Accomplishing…a few things from my 30 Before 30 list believe it or not! There are a few items on my list that are ‘in progress’ and I feel good about being on the path to accomplishing them. I’m making my way through Order of The Phoenix now and can’t wait to watch the film as a little reward once I finish reading the book.
Feeling…a sense of renewal! Spring is a beautiful month (although it does lend itself to allergies too) and is a time that I love thinking about how to recharge and renew for the following few months. It’s all about spring cleaning for me, cutting down on our things and living more minimally, enjoying as much of this California sunshine as much as possible, and diving back into the Word for guidance and reassurance. A fresh start is always a good feeling.
Needing…more greenery with succulents and flowers. For a while I’ve been wanting to add more plants to our patio to create an oasis of sorts, but with moving soon I’ll just have to put it on the back burner until we get into our new place. The patio space in our next home is much larger and, of course, I already have a few ideas in mind. Greenery just fills me with peace and I’m really looking forward to relaxing on my new patio with fresh flowers and succulents reading a book!
Practicing…some self-love these days. Thanks to Blogging For Books I am reading The Power of Meaning: Crafting A Life That Matters. I loved reading A Purpose Driven Life years ago with my small group I had at church back home and this book echoes a lot of similar ideologies in finding ones purpose and how to use that to live a purposeful and meaningful life. I’m currently experiencing a pivotal point in my life where I need to dig deep and figure a few things out on a personal level and a little self-love.
“Too many of us believe that the search for meaning is an esoteric pursuit—that you have to travel to a distant monastery or page through dusty volumes to discover life’s secrets. The truth is, there are untapped sources of meaning all around us—right here, right now.”
Pinning…all of my inspirations for decorating our new apartment. I am so excited to make this move and get to work painting and making it feel like our home and not just another apartment. There’s this mural idea for Greyson’s room which I think is just so cool looking. It’s reflective of the mountains we have in the background here in Central California and the overall design for his room his more mature since a little boy somehow took the place of my baby!
Linking up with Anne and Tiffany.
Watching: The Great British Bake Off is my absolute favorite right now and is actually currently playing on my TV. I just finished season one and am beginning season two now. I love a good food competition show but I’ve come to notice that American competition shows like Top Chef and Master Chef are quite brutal compared to this feel-good one. All of the contestants are so sweet to one another, which is a bit refreshing. I also love learning about new types of bakes and watching the process of each.
Eating: Last night I made a spicy Pozole Rojo from my newfound favorite vegan cookbook, Thug Kitchen. I’ve really enjoyed learning how to cook vegan and substituting other things for animal products even down to eggs and butter these last month. Even eating out I search the menu for vegan or vegetarian options and I am so pleased that more restaurants offer them!
Saying: “where has time gone?!” I feel this way especially with Greyson who will be turning one in just two weeks. He’s walking now, talking even more, learning new sounds and I pause constantly and just admire this little boy of mine. I’m always in a state of awe that my husband and I created such a happy, beautiful, and smart little boy. Check out his 11 month update!
…and today I am like, “is it really March already?!”
Wearing: my capsule wardrobe that I am beginning to shift towards spring. I have really been loving my Stitch Fixes lately (catch Feb, Jan, Dec, and Nov) and am excited about adding some new items as the weather begins to warm up here in Ventura. I am also loving my new hair color and cut I got over the weekend. I am growing my hair out and a simple trim makes me feel so refreshed without losing the length I’ve managed to grow! I am grateful for my new stylist over at Matiz Salon downtown!
…also, my usual hairstylist, Chelsea, is undergoing treatment for Leukemia in LA. I would greatly appreciate you checking out her story or check out her Go Fund Me page by clicking the Support Chelsea link on my sidebar. (thank you!)
Posting: Since taking a break from the blog a couple of months ago I am beginning to feel inspired again and am slowly returning here. As I prepare new posts and content, I am excited to reshare some of my older posts from the archives such as my DIY baby binder and travel tips since we’re off to Washington, D.C. tomorrow for a week!
Linking up with Anne for her monthly Currently linkup!
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?!
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.
Discovering the shows everyone else is raving about and catching up on my favorites. Thank goodness for fall, amiright? Another reason to love the season is the fall TV lineup and as a SAHM I’m always looking for a new show to get into. At the moment I’ve kind of fell in love with Empire, This Is Us (OMG all the feels in every episode), American Housewife, and of course catching up with my girl, Meredith Grey (I can’t believe I’ve been loyally watching this show for 13 years!). When the baby goes down for a nap and I get my little shred of me time, you bet I’m cozied up with my remote.
Celebrating Greyson’s first Halloween! The holidays are upon us and to have Greyson with us to share in our family traditions for the first time are memories that just fill my heart with so much joy. I’ve had so much fun planning our Halloween festivities and capturing these little moments have been so enjoyable. It just makes me that much more excited for Thanksgiving and Christmas!
Starting to learn more about sponsored posts and beginning to monetize my blog. This whole experience of being approached by brands and businesses is completely new for me. One of my main values in starting this blog was authenticity – I don’t want to do anything for the money and lose what I’ve worked so hard to build and be a part of. I want to ensure that I only share products that I personally love and would love to share with others. So, if you have any helpful resources or posts about the Dos and Don’ts of sponsored posts I’d love to read ‘em!
Wearing…it’s all about simplifying my wardrobe these days and it begins with purging all, and I mean ALL, of the pieces of clothing that I haven’t worn in forever or don’t fit since giving birth to Greyson. It feels so good to get rid of so much through donations or selling to consignment stores. I’m attempting to create a capsule wardrobe especially since I’m at home with Grey full-time so thankfully I don’t have to actually put much thought into getting dressed in the morning. So lately what I’ve been wearing are my basics and my trusty skinny jeans. Oh, and Spanx. Love the Spanx 😉
Googling “how to delete photos from my iPhone” was literally the last thing I Googled. My phone is always telling me that my memory is almost full and I’ve tried everything to help cut down on the space I have (which is mostly photos and videos of Greyson). While updating it last I was having a hard time finding how to put all the photos on my iPhone into Photos on my computer and delete them from my phone freeing up space.
Linking up with Anne and Catherine for currently.
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