Currently December

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Doing…visiting Santa, decorating a gingerbread house, crafting, and so on. There’s so much I’d love to do for Greyson and his first Christmas I just hope we have enough time to do it all!

Enjoying my new programmable coffee maker! I know it seems like such a small gift to ask for, but I am so thankful to my gracious mother-in-law who gifted it to me this year! Every morning with Greyson I have to hit the ground running and oftentimes I don’t have the time to make coffee with our French press. I had always wanted to wake up and have a fresh pot waiting for me and now I do! I’m loving my small 4-cup coffee maker as it’s the perfect amount for my two cups in the morning.

Cooking a lot for our #verydanielxmas food and drink movie pairing. I am always so excited to kick off our holidays each year because I really do enjoy planning the meals and drinks that go along with the movies we’ll be watching. We started with The Grinch and we ate Rare Roast Beast with Who Hash (OMG it’s sooooo good and easy to make!) with a dessert of Who Pudding and I made these Grinch Pretzel Bites. To sip on I made ‘melted snow’ which were White Russians. Next up is Home Alone with these puff-pastry pizza wheels, macaroni & cheese bites, and a nod to their Paris trip by drinking French 75s. Cute, right?!

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Wrapping nothing except for the fake presents under the tree for decoration. All of the kids and friends we shop for live away from us so we do a lot of online shopping and ship our gifts straight to them. So, no presents under the tree until Greyson is older – however he does love a good box full of tissue paper. 😉

Playing Gilmore Girls on Netflix all day long and I love it. I can’t believe I am working my way through season 5 already knowing it’s only a few more seasons until the end. I’ve become so attached to these characters (and even Rory is beginning to really annoy me – but I have to remember I was probably that annoying as a young girl who thought she knew everything) so saying goodbye will be hard. What show should I get into next?!

Linking up with Anne and Kellie.

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10 Things About Me | An Introduction

A throwback to last year in Hawaii. Love this photo – the hair, how skinny I was, us in a nutshell.

I feel like ever since I began blogging I never really took the time to formally introduce myself to my readers. Many of you who are friends and family know me pretty well (and thank you for following along on this little blog of mine!), but I thought it would be fun to share a little more about me and what inspires me both here on the blog as well as in my personal life. These questions dig deeper than just a what’s your favorite color so it is my hope that you learn a bit more about me and my life thus far.

  1. What inspires you to blog?

    I first began blogging back in 2012 when I created my kindergarten teacher blog, but after that school year I moved up to 2nd grade and created Sliding Into Second Grade. It was a fun way for me to share and journal my teaching experiences and over time really got involved in the teacher blogging community. Then Teachers Pay Teachers was born and I began creating and selling my own educational resources, which continues to be a blessing to our family now that I’m a SAHM. After blogging for so many years I began to realize that my posts were more about my life than teaching, so I thought to start a lifestyle blog. Primarily Inspired is a take on my primary teacher influences that are blended with what inspires me whether it be teaching, home life, decorating, cooking, being a wife and mother.

  2. What is your favorite season and why?

    For the longest time spring was my favorite because of that sense of a new beginning. However, living on the east coast my whole life I couldn’t deny the beauty that is fall. So, I would say that fall is my favorite season because of everything associated with it; the clothes, colors, coffee, pumpkin everything, the decorations…and the list goes on. Although fall is my favorite actual season, Christmas should also be considered the fifth season for obvious reasons. Nestled between fall and winter, Christmas is all about cozying up with your favorite pine scented candle, wrapped up in your blanket scarf, and watching feel-good Christmas movies while sipping on gingerbread coffee just sounds so lovely.

  3. What are 10 interesting facts about you?

    1. I am the youngest of five siblings
    2. I am the last of my siblings to have children
    3. I learned American Sign Language in high school
    4. Paris was my very first out-of-country traveling experience
    5. I played soccer starting at 4 years old up to club soccer in college
    6. Moving to California with my husband was my first move to a different state
    7. I worked retail all throughout college: Deliah’s, Victoria’s Secret, and The Gap
    8. I spent an alternative spring break in college to go down to New Orleans to help rebuild homes after Katrina
    9. My first tattoo was at 18. I now have five including a cover-up
    10. We are pretty firm on the idea that Greyson will be our only child

  4. What was your most cherished childhood possession?

    My most cherished possession as a child was my pillow. I literally took it everywhere with me, and as gross as it sounds, would only wash it when my mom got disgusted enough and made me. I don’t know what it was; possibly the comforting smell it had or how I could just wrap my arms around it and feel okay. But, as a kid if the house was on fire I would be my pillow for sure that I would grab. To give you an idea, I didn’t get rid of it until I moved in with my boyfriend (now husband). He was actually really gracious about my need for this pillow – he told me that since it was falling apart (and it was pretty gross by this point- I was 24 years old) that instead of throwing it away I could keep the pillowcase folded up in the closet. That way if I needed it it was there. Eventually I completely forgot about it and felt comfortable tossing it. Weird, right?!

  5. How do you define family?

    Family is a funny thing because you have family that is blood then there’s a family you create with your friends. The saying, “you can’t pick your family, but you can pick your friends” is so true as it relates to my understanding. For example, I come from a blended family. My parents were both married previously and had two children, then divorced, met each other, got married, and had me in between. I was an ‘oops baby’ in the sense that I wasn’t planned, and according to my mom, was a deep consideration considering how old she was at the time and if my parents were really ready to have another child. Thankfully for me they decided to keep me 😉 but in doing so I was four years younger than my closest sister. I was the baby of the family to older siblings and although I had a lot of family, I felt like an outsider. I don’t have a close sisterly bond like some of my friends do but I’ve learned to be okay with it. Friends make for wonderful family because they’re there when you need a release from the stress of your actual family or life in general. I love my family, I love my friends who are like family, and consider myself blessed regardless of bloodline.

  6. What are your current favorite shows or movies?

    In our home we don’t have cable so it comes down to streaming the shows or movies we want. Staying home with Greyson has really helped me catch up on some TV and helps my husband and I wind down from our day. Some of my favorite shows that we routinely watch is The Walking Dead, Ink Master, various competition cooking shows, and American Horror Story. On Netflix and Hulu I love catching shows like Gilmore Girls (thanks Janelle and Catherine!), Empire, and Bob’s Burgers to name a few. I’m getting into This Is Us (OMG all the tears!) and the new American Housewife. However, my mainstays are always my Housewives of [fill in the blank city] and Ladies of London on Bravo.

  7. Name your favorite coffee/tea flavors for each season! Go!

    Fall: pumpkin spice latte
    Winter: gingerbread latte or creme brûlée late
    Christmas (remember the 5th season?!): Christmas Blend coffee
    Spring: iced caramel macchiato or a frap of some kind
    Summer: iced caramel macchiato

  8. What describes your style?

    I like to think that I have a pretty classic and conservative style – think skinny jeans, basic tops, and a comfy cardigan. Living in CA and by the beach has me wearing things that I wouldn’t typically wear when living back on the east coast. There’s definitely a different trend out here than I’ve seen in any other place. For example, flip flops are a staple and style here is more relaxed. No one really gets dressed up unless you’re headed to Santa Barbara or want to brave going into L.A. I love living here in Ventura because there’s no need to be trendy – just comfortable. I’m also adopting a more capsule wardrobe in my attempts at living more minimally. With me being home with Greyson I’m pretty much wearing the same thing anyways so I enjoy having a limited closet.

  9. What would you like to learn before you die?

    I would love to try and learn to drive a manual again. I hope you noticed the word again there. My husband attempted to teach me (and he’s a wonderful teacher – very patient!) a few years ago back when I was shopping for my dream Mini Cooper. I had the fleeting thought of buying it in a manual considering it is British, but after getting stuck on a hill and rolling backwards I decided to purchase an automatic and never got behind the wheel of a manual again. So, if I could learn one useful skill before I die it would be that.

  10. How will you spend the holiday break?

    We are traveling to Texas for Christmas, like we do every year, and it will also mark our first airplane trip with baby Greyson and Murphy in tow. I’m praying we’ll be properly prepared (thanks #NetflixEverywhere!) for the trip and it goes smoothly. We always get excited to visit with my husband’s family because of all the Christmas traditions they celebrate. There’s a ton of Scrabble and Catchphrase to be played, wine to be drunk, cookies to be made and decorated, and his extended family always hosts a fun Christmas Eve gathering with songs, games, and tons of food. Christmas is also very special this year because my sister-in-law also had a baby this year and his parents will get to enjoy their first Christmas with the grand-babies and cousins will get to meet for the first time!

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Holiday #adulting Inspiration | Gift Cards

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Tis the season for holiday shopping! Although our hearts are pretty full this year with Greyson’s arrival and celebrating his first holiday season, our Christmas lists are looking a bit different than previous years. This year it’s all about the #adulting going on and preparing for the bigger days that lie before us. Yes, are there little things here and there I’d love to receive like a programmable coffee maker (because I’m a new mom with a kid who has discovered crawling and coffee is an essential food group) or a subscription to The Magnolia Journal magazine (because, Joanna Gains). However, the next best thing for us are gift cards.

Gift cards typically get a bad rap as a gift because they come off as impersonal and give the impression that the giver didn’t put much thought into it. I couldn’t agree AND disagree more. However, I’ve realized over the course of the year that these days gift cards would be the perfect gift for my husband and I. At the end of the day most of our resources go into the baby and making sure he has everything he needs – especially considering his needs change the more he grows and develops new skills! There’s toys, books, baby gear (oh, my!) or food, diapers, and baby proofing items. Meanwhile, there are a few places that we shop as a family and receiving gift cards to those places allow us to purchase what we need without the hassle of gift receipts, wrong sizes, and the dreaded customer service dept.

So, if you’re like me and are being asked what you’d like to receive for Christmas and can’t think of anything off the top of your head, here are a few gift card inspirations to get you started.

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Magnolia Market

This is an obvious choice for me considering no one can go wrong gifting me anything from this website. It’s almost hard to narrow down specific things so a gift card makes it easy for my friends and family to get me something I’d be happy to use! Finding out what retailer your friends or family regularly shop at and giving them a gift card will be one of the easiest, and well-received, gift you could give this year.

Stitch Fix

I absolutely love using Stitch Fix, especially as a new mom and not getting out to shop all that often. It’s something I already use and with a styling fee of only $20 it makes it an affordable gift card to purchase. So, if you’re looking to get someone in your life something fun, or someone you know loves fashion, Stitch Fix would be a great place to start!

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Subscription services like these help relieve some of the stress of everyday chores or can be just for fun. You could also look into food delivery services, like Blue Apron, too. We loved trying it out and would make for a great gift for any new parents or foodie friends of yours. Another great delivery service I have used (prior to pregnancy) was Naked Wines. It an amazing service for the wino in your life because not only does it benefit local winemakers in CA, it is an affordable option too!

Sur La Table

My husband and I love to cook and are always looking for fun new toys to add to our kitchen. There’s so many things we’d love to replace, too. Having a gift card to a kitchenwares store allows us to pick up something fun or needed that the giver may not be aware of. I also love that Sur La Table also offers cooking classes, which would be a fun date night! Just always check to see if there’s one located nearby the person you’re gifting it to.

Etsy

All you have to do is a search on my blog using this keyword to find just how much I love Etsy. Finding the perfect handmade item either for myself or as a gift to others is so easy. Plus, I love supporting small businesses and friends who own their own shops. There’s just something so fun about having unique pieces around ones home. I love browsing and finding cute knick-knacks or jewelry. Shopping Etsy I’m oftentimes paying less than what I would find in a chain store for items like candles, knitted items, home decor, etc.

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Lowe’s | Costco

Knowing we will be moving in the spring has me thinking ahead and planning for the purchases we’ll need/want to make for our new home. We will be moving to a larger apartment in our complex and with a bigger patio space. I already have my Pinterest boards filled with patio/living inspirations and a gift card to Lowe’s or Home Depot will help me make our new space feel more like ours.

Costco Cash is a great gift card for any family and especially ours. We love stocking up on basics like TP, paper towels, and toiletries such as shampoo, things we cook with all the time like oil, garlic, and meats like chicken and beef, as well as wine or liquor and various other things like cleaners or toothbrushes. Having a gift card to Costco will definitely help us out making those necessary purchases on our once a month trips.

Babies R Us

A Babies R Us gift card will be beneficial to any new parent out there because let’s face it, we’re all making that trip at least once a month…at least. I love shopping in-store as well as online and there’s the incentive with their benefits program, too. I love browsing the aisles because you’re able to find practically everything you need versus shopping at Target.

Starbucks…Target…Visa…

This is another obvious no brainer and needs no further explanation 😉

Kirkland’s | Pottery Barn | Crate & Barrel

Home decor is my life and a gift card to a few of my favorite shops helps me satisfy those cravings. And again, these gift cards will help us later on when we move so I don’t feel completely bad for spending money on our new place.

So let’s end the shame in giving gift cards this year! They end up being wonderful gifts, especially to new parents, and I couldn’t be more excited if I were to receive one. It really allows us to shop for the things we truly need and takes the guess work out of the equation for the person giving it. Are you a fan of gift cards? What gift cards would you love to receive this holiday season?

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Scenes From Our Weekend | vol 4

What a beautiful weekend it was – but, boy was it busy! My heart is so full of gratitude and joy that I’m not sure how others will compare…that is until Christmas! Greyson had so much fun getting to try new foods and visit with friends both here at home and up in Los Olivos when Philip helped out at the tasting room. We experienced a refreshing rain, stayed full with plenty of Thanksgiving leftovers, and I’ve stayed busy with my cup of coffee and Gilmore Girls on repeat. Here are a few scenes from my weekend…

Gilmore Girls

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This weekend has been full of a lot of fun giveaways here on the blog. First, there’s my collaboration with a few of my favorite bloggers who have come together to celebrate the revival of Gilmore Girls! I had never grown up watching the show, but now that the complete series is on Netflix I’ve been streaming it all weekend. So, if you’re like me who is only falling in love with these characters for the first time (or you just like some fun goodies) or you’ve been watching since the beginning, check out the giveaway here and be sure to enter before Thursday!

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Get these suuuuper comfy joggers from Cotton On today for $10 during their Cyber Monday deal!

New Bangs!

Scenes From Our Weekend | vol 4 | theprimarilyinspired.com |

Bangs and I go way back – like, to early 90s childhood days – and I’ve been rocking a variation of them ever since. I’ve done the side-swept for ages and finally after since becoming pregnant with Greyson I grew them out. For a time I really loved not having some extra hair in my face and how easy it was to pull my hair back, but there was a part of me that missed them. I always go back and forth as to what to do with my hair and so one day I stood in the bathroom with scissors in hand and make the cut. They’re not salon perfect, but gave me the change I needed and I’ve loved having them again. So…what do you guys think?!

Thanksgiving 2016

Scenes From Our Weekend | vol 4 | theprimarilyinspired.com |

I was so excited to host a little Friendsgiving this year and celebrate Greyson’s first Thanksgiving with our friends. I could finally break out a few more wine glasses from our wedding registry box and pull together a cute tablescape thanks to inspiration from Pinterest. It was a pleasure to serve our friends and we can’t wait to do it again next year!

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California Rain

 

Rain is not something that us Californians get to experience that often, but when we do it’s beautiful. On Saturday as we were driving up to Los Olivos the most beautiful rainbow popped out and I tried my hardest to capture it (even while my husband was driving). So although it doesn’t truly capture it I’m happy with my little rainbow video. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did seeing it!

Linking up with Emily.

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