February 13, 2020

Fashion

Yesterday, I took a poll on my Instagram to see if you would like to see my Spring Style Inspiration for Spring 2020 in an image style or boutique style. The poll was split pretty evenly, but favored the image style. I received a few DMs requesting the boutique style so I figure, WTH, I will just do both! Because I wasn’t able to fit all of my favorite picks on the image below, be sure to check out the boutique for more of my favorites, like this, that didn’t fit on the image!

Below you will see my look-book Spring style inspiration for Spring 2020! It’s crazy that our little bébé will be here in just about 2 short months! You will see how that reflects some of my picks for Spring this year. Lot’s of comfortable dresses, wedges and one piece swimwear! I have really loved florals so much this year and think they will be so flattering this spring. You will find my favorite accessory picks, some beauty things and shoes and bags of course! Simply click on any product images below to shop!

Spring Style Inspiration 2020

As I did with my Valentine’s Day Post for this year, I will continuously update this boutique throughout the Spring months, leading into summer. I will be sure to let you know, on Instagram, whenever I update these options!

What are you shopping for this Spring?! Let me know in a comment!

Spring Style Boutique

Spring Style Inspiration: Spring 2020

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One-Piece Swimsuit Picks for Spring 2019

February 4, 2020

Recipes

Lately, I have been positing my smoothie on Instagram and have gotten a few questions about what I like to include in my green smoothie! I love this smoothie because it has helped me cut back on the amount of sugar I am consuming in a smoothie and helps me get some added greens that I don’t usually reach for throughout the day.

Fab 4 Green Smoothie Recipe

Kelly LeVeque has taken celebrities and celebrity bloggers by storm over the past few years. I originally purchased this book back in 2018, I believe, and over the past couple of years have slowly shifted my smoothie to match her Fab Four concept. While I don’t follow the entire lifestyle plan, I love this book for her smoothie recipes and references.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love an indulgent smoothie, but on the daily I prefer to drink this one. Even Jay likes it!

Fab 4 Green Smoothie Recipe

Fab Four Green Smoothie Recipe

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

Handful of spinach (I like to be generous and add a ton because I can’t taste it at all!)

2 Tablespoons of Peanut Butter

1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds

1/4 cup Blueberries (I usually just grab a handful)

1-2 Cups of Almond Milk

Blend, blend, blend in your favorite blender.

Also, because I am in my third trimester of pregnancy right now, I have been adding two dates to my smoothie! It definitely increases the sugar, but its good for the third trimester and adds some sweetness if you need it!

I pretty much have this recipe down and have a little routine, so there is little mess and measuring! Here is what I do… Use a table spoon, from my kitchen flatware set, to measure chia seeds first. Then, I use the same spoon to measure my peanut butter. Grab handfuls of spinach and blueberries and use my blender to measure my almond milk. My least favorite part about smoothies is having a whole lot of mess to clean up. This way, I only have my glass, the blender, and a spoon! Plus, my favorite glass straws that aren’t essential but make drinking my green smoothie that much more enjoyable and chic! They are a great amazon find. For this post, I decided to shoot this smoothie in a mason jar and there is just something about a smoothie in a mason jar that makes you feel good!

Thank you so much for stopping by! You can also check out Kelly Leveque’s new cookbook here. I can’t wait to buy it!

Fab 4 Green Smoothie Recipe: My Go To Smoothie

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One-Piece Swimsuit Picks for Spring 2019

January 28, 2020

Lifestyle

I’m not quite sure how this pregnancy has flown by so quickly and I’m already sharing my Second Trimester Recap, but I’m officially 29 weeks pregnant! The Second Trimester was much better than the first but had it’s own challenges and obstacles. It’s surreal that we are already into the Third Trimester and that we will be meeting our little fella in just less than 3 months! Whoah.

Second Trimester Recap, Maternity Photos
Thank you so much to my sweet husband, Jay, for snapping these beautiful images that I will cherish forever!

I’m feeling so excited and even more emotional. Can you imagine? haha Jay is tired of me analyzing labor and delivery. Shoot, even I’m tired of analyzing it but I’m trying to get an understanding of what my body will endure in order to try to begin to wrap my head around it. Lol.

There is still so much to do before our little Baby P arrives and I’m definitely feeling the pressure, in all areas! I will have a two new videos up soon, more of a chatty overview of this blog post, and will link them here when they are live!

How are You Feeling

Overall, at the end of the second trimester, I’m feeling pretty good! I have my days, as we all do, but in general I feel the best I have this entire pregnancy right now. I was physically sick up until about week 18, which was far longer than I had anticipated, especially carrying a little boy. However, I’m convinced that some people are just prone to more nausea than others.

After the nausea subsided, the hunger, aches and pains set in, later followed by thirst. I coped with the nausea by making sure I always had something in my tummy to combat that feeling. When my appetite returned, it came in hot and heavy! In December, I pulled a muscle in my back which took over a month to heal and have also been experiencing some pretty bad rib pain on my right side. These days, most of that doesn’t get too bad until the evening, so for that I’m grateful.

One thing that I didn’t anticipate was pelvic pain and oh boy, that is no joke!

Was the Second Trimester easier than the First?

They each have their on challenges, but overall the second was much more enjoyable and easier than the first trimester. I don’t think I have ever been more miserable than I was during my first trimester. It’s so easy to get down when you feel so terrible all of the time and it’s hard to be excited!

Any Cravings or Aversions?

For the most part, no aversions! As far as cravings go, I’m not sure that I had any true cravings, maybe more favorite foods and lack of self control? haha

At the beginning of my Second Trimester I lived off of Ovaltine as a breakfast/pre-breakfast snack. That obsession slowly turned into a love for chocolate milk and milk in general. I drink about a gallon per week, which is a lot because I never really drank that much milk before due to it’s ability to really upset my stomach! (lol) I drank chocolate milk every morning on our trip to NYC too!

The Mexican food cravings have subsided and thankfully, the heartburn left the building, for now at least. However, I still have had a real hankering for fast food which has not helped the cellulite on my thighs and bum. I foresee a lot of squats in my future this Summer.

Sweets have definitely been on my list more the past few months, then they usually are. I have indulged in several PB&J sandwiches, with a glass of milk of course. I have eaten them for breakfast, for lunch and for dinner. PB&J with a glass of milk has always been one of my favorite meals, so that has to count for something. Right?

Lastly, I will say that my thirst has increased tremendously this trimester! I never understood women saying that they were so thirsty. During my first trimester, the thought of water made me so incredibly nauseous. Now, I drink sooo much water everyday. From the moment I wake up I’m thirsty. I will usually down an entire bottle within the first 20 minutes of being awake. From the moment my eyes open up until I fall asleep, I’m constantly drinking water. Which, unfortunately, keeps me up all night long! I’m always drinking water and I love it with lemon.

Best Part of the Second Trimester?

Definitely feeling this little guy move around all day and Jay feeling him move too! It took us both a while to feel consistent movements and that is most likely because I have an anterior placenta. You can read more about that here, but basically it just means that the placenta is growing between baby and my abdomen. I definitely believe that this muffled some of his movements during the early days. Now, he is moving up a storm and I love his response to Jay’s touch.

Also, passing our gestational diabetes test was a huge relief for me and just being healthy in generally is such a blessing. You can see our vlog of the gestational diabetes test here. Seeing our little one at 20 week and 24 weeks was such a joy. He finally gave us a good profile image! <3

Second Trimester Recap, Maternity Photos

Worst Part of the Second Trimester?

By far the pulled back muscle and rib pain was the worst and most uncomfortable part of the second trimester!

Nursery Plans and Update

I’m hoping to share a Nursery update blog post and video soon, if you are interested in that! However, for the most part all of the big pieces are here and/or are ordered and should be arriving shortly (fingers crossed). I ordered our glider through an interior designer but decided to take on the rest of the project myself. Not only is it more special this way but I felt like I needed to do this as a soon-to-be mom. I really wanted to decorate his room myself.

Here are the things we have already purchased that are available online:

Crib

Dresser

Bathroom Mirrors

Light Fixture

We have also ordered a rug, glider and wallpaper. I have a few small things on my list that are most decor pieces: stool, floor lamp, artwork, mirror for above dresser and a few other decorative details to fill in the space. I’m not sure that this will be ready by the time he arrives, but if not, hopefully soon after!

Second Trimester Favorites

My body did a lot of changing during the second trimester, as do most! I had to make a few changes to my wardrobe and also have skimmed through a couple of books! Here are a few things I have loved and needed throughout my second trimester.

Commando Underwear

Wireless Bra

Skin Bra (these are my favorite, so comfortable and supportive)

Eberjey Pajamas and Nightgowns

Lululemon Align Leggings

Lululemon Tank

Belly Bandit Leggings

Paige Maternity Jeans

Babywise

The Gentle Birth Method

If you are interested in seeing a “what we have bought for baby” or maybe “what’s on or registry” blog post, I would love to share. Just let me know!

Second Trimester Recap, Maternity Photos

Second Trimester Recap and Pregnancy Favorites Update

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One-Piece Swimsuit Picks for Spring 2019

January 22, 2020

Lifestyle

Productivity is something that I have always struggled with but is essential in meeting goals and excelling in life. In order to reach some of my goals in the new year, I have to work on my productivity a bit. Recently, I have been focusing more on how I can be more productive each day while still enjoying all of the little moments. I was gifted two books (1,2) for Christmas that have inspired me to really focus on productivity in a new light this year.

As you probably already know, I am continuously inspired and impressed by my husband, Jay. His ability to remain calm, handle situations and reach goals is so motivating to me. He truly is amazing and I aspire to be more like him daily! As if he doesn’t have enough going on, I badgered him to share a few of his tips for productivity with me and how he get’s so much sh*t done!

Also, I am going to mention that some of these I have observed him doing on a daily basis, so I forced him to share those too!

So, how can you increase your productivity in 2020? Here are five ways you probably haven’t considered yet.

How to Increase Your Productivity in 2020: 5 Ways You Haven't Considered Yet

Have a Simple Morning Routine

These days, I think there is a lot of hype around morning routines and finding the perfect, scientific, morning routine. There are so many books out there that tell you that you need to plunge into an ice bath every morning, exercise for 30 minutes, read, write, and the list goes on and on. While there are so many beneficial aspects to these activities, as a part of a morning routine, I think Jay has found the sweet spot.

It’s not about what works for other people, it’s about what works for you. Everyday, I observe Jay as he wakes up around the same time. He heads straight to the shower and does his thing. Once he is out, he will drive to Starbucks, grab his coffee, come back home and get to work. That’s if he is working from home that day, which is the case most of the time. For a while I thought he was insanely addicted to Starbucks. While they know him by name AND his order, at our local Starbucks, it recently dawned on me that it isn’t really the magic of Starbucks as much as it is the simple act of routine.

Getting out each morning allows him to enjoy some personal time to grab his coffee, clear his head and come home ready to work feeling more inspired than he would have it he went straight from the shower to his laptop.

So what it is it for you? Maybe its a quick walk, a ride to your local coffee shop, a swim, journaling for five minutes or so? No matter what it is, find a simple morning routine that you will stick to and enjoy. You don’t have to do all the things. Instead, just do the things that inspire you and motivate you to focus throughout the day.

Have a Todo List

Jay is the master of tackling a todo list and it has taken me some time to figure out how he does it so well. Since giving his way a try, I have really increased my productivity just in the past few days! Here is what he has to say about todo lists and making them.

Add Everything, Even the Smaller Items

Have a daily todo list and add things to it no matter how small. Whether it’s a big work task or something as small as “put more toilet paper in the bathroom” having a list that you can work off of is necessary when getting things done.

Don’t Complicate Your List and Erase Tasks as They are Completed

Just the same as with morning routines, I think people over complicate todo lists. It feels good to take things off of my todo list and get things done throughout the day. As the day goes by and you check things off, erase them from your todo list so you can focus on what’s left to be done.

It’s Ok to Move Tasks to Tomorrow

Also, don’t feel like everything has to be done today. It’s ok to move things to tomorrow that can wait. New tasks are likely to come in throughout the day, that need to be done and might have priority over original todo list items. Some things can wait and that’s just fine. Don’t feel like it’s bad to take things and move them to a new day. Remember not put too much pressure on yourself to complete everything in one day, it’s ok to be dynamic.

Set a Time to Have Your List Completed By

This was one of the most surprising tips for me that Jay shared. “Set a time to have your list done by, so you have time to put out fires and time to deal with things that occur throughout the day.” A lot of Jay’s time is spent handling “fires”, as are most contractors and business owners. Dealing with things as they arise is essential and can be hard to do when you have a todo list ten miles long.

Jay sets his time for 9am, which is very ambitious, but he manages to get it done. After that, he spends his time dealing with new tasks, responding to completed todo’s and so on. Maybe you could set yours for lunch time or whatever works best for you schedule. But, don’t set it for the end of the day as chances are there will be a lot added to your list by then.

** A few “Todo” list resources that help me are this book, Trello, and Notes on my iPhone. A cute notepad definitely helps too!**

Take Care of Things as They Come

I am personally a big procrastinator and always have been. Jay is great about dealing with things immediately as they arise. Maybe this is why he is able to manage his stress so well? He deals with things right away, so he doesn’t have too many things hanging over his head for later. Take care of things as they come in and don’t let them pile up.

Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today

Benjamin Franklin

Delegate What Can Be Delegated

You don’t always have to do every little thing. Some things are best served when delegated. Whether it’s a phone call that needs to be made, grocery shopping, house cleaning, or part of a work task that isn’t your expertise, find someone who can do it better and delegate. This may come in the form of splitting tasks up between your coworkers or hiring a service to help you manage your tasks.

Either way, it’s ok to delegate and most of the time, tasks are completed more efficiently, allowing you to spend your time on what you do best.

Be Smart About Multitasking

It’s easy to let things slip when too much multitasking takes over, but it’s ok to implement some smart multitasking. For example, Jay tries to make the majority of his phone calls in the car on his car speaker phone. This allows him to manage jobs on the go and spend his seated computer time efficiently, rather than talking on the phone. It also helps him manage phone calls and todo list items while he is on his way to do something else. That’s good multitasking!

Find areas in your life where multitasking makes sense and use that to your advantage.

5 Ways to Boost Productivity

So There you have it! 5 ways to boost your productivity in 2020 that you probably haven’t tried yet. I hope you find this post as helpful as I have in boosting my productivity. Jay is a huge inspiration for me and I am so grateful he took the time to share his insights for this post!

If you enjoyed this post, inspired by an outside source, please let me know. One of my goals for this space, over the past few years that I have neglected, is brining in outside sources to share more about their area of expertise! This is something I hope to do more of in 2020 and would love to know if it’s an interest for you and what topics you would like to hear from!

How to Increase Your Productivity in 2020: 5 Ways You Haven’t Considered Yet

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One-Piece Swimsuit Picks for Spring 2019

January 17, 2020

Fashion

For some reason, I have never been a huge Valentine’s Day person but I can definitely get on board with Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas and Inspiration. Pink, red, gold and all things glittery? Yes, please! Maybe I was having a bit of Gift Guide FOMO or maybe it’s just a new holiday season that has me inspired, but I wanted to share with you some Gift Ideas and Inspiration for Valentine’s Day !

I hope this post inspires you for gifts for your friends, mom, significant other or my personal favorite, for yourself-girl! I have curated a list of wish listed, beautiful items, as well as a few things that “fit” that I personally own! Also, I decided to do things a bit differently, so this way I can add more inspiration/gift ideas into one post. Let me know if you like this format better or prefer older styled inspiration boards?

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

See more Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas and Content here.

Photography by Tiffany Sigmon

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas and Inspiration

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One-Piece Swimsuit Picks for Spring 2019

January 9, 2020

The Home

Last year, right around this time, Jay and I decided to hire Merry Maids of the Peninsula to take care of cleaning our home every other week to help me out with managing the common cleaning necessities. Prior to hiring them, I was never really able to keep our house in presentable condition and was constantly feeling guilty and discouraged by my inability to keep up. Over the past year, I have become so passionate about how hiring Merry Maids of the Peninsula has changed our daily lives and home, that I want to share with you 5 Reasons to Hire a Cleaning Company in 2020. Also, be sure to check out the end of this post for a special bonus from Merry Maids of the Peninsula for my local friends. They are giving you a FREE coupon to use!

The past year has really been so eye opening for me and I can’t believe we didn’t hire them sooner. As you know, I have shared two posts (here and here) in collaboration with Merry Maids of the Peninsula and I’m excited to bring you the last post in our collaboration together. It has been an honor to work with them and share with you their business after already being a loyal customer!

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out their Instagram page where they share endless cleaning tips and free hacks you can use in your home right now! Today, I wanted to share how hiring them to maintain our home cleanings has changed our lives over the past year! Also, I’m here to answer any questions you might have!

5 Reasons to Hire a Cleaning Company in 2020
5 Reasons to Hire a Cleaning Company in 2020

5 Reasons to Hire a Cleaning Company in 2020

A Cleaner Home

This one is pretty obvious, but the first advantage to hiring a cleaning company is a cleaner home that you don’t personally have to clean. I love that Merry Maids of the Peninsula does such a beautiful and thorough job cleaning our home. They are professionals, unlike me, so naturally they do a better job!

Less Guilt + More Free Time

Other than having a clean house, that I don’t have to clean (just pick up), this is one of my favorite things about hiring a cleaning company. Spending my weekends and evenings free of worrying about all of the cleaning I need to get done is a huge stress relief! I used to spend so much time feeling guilty about not getting housework done on the weekends, especially when the weather is nice or you have something fun planned. Now, I don’t have to feel guilty because I know everything is going to look nice and get done! I can enjoy more guilt free time.

Freedom to Have Company Stop by *almost* Whenever

Jay and I love spending time with our family. However, I quickly learned that frantic feeling when you want to have people over for dinner but feel like you have to clean the toilets and vacuum and do all the things before they come. Now, I’m not embarrassed for people to stop by the house on short notice. Obviously, it’s nice to be respectful and give notice, but most of the time, our home is pretty clean despite my random clutter and things I need to pick up so I feel comfortable with people stopping by. It’s so much easier to grab a few pairs of shoes and put them away rather than having to do that plus vacuum and do other random cleaning tasks before they arrive.

Ability to Organize Smaller Spaces

One of my goals for the past few years, really since moving into our house, has been to cut down on clutter and waste. Efficiency is something that I struggle with and the more clutter I have around, the less efficient and focused I am. With a baby on the way, this is feeling even more and more amplified on the daily! Hiring a cleaning company has enabled me to use my free time to organize smaller spaces. I can declutter our pantry and bathroom cabinets frequently, because I don’t have to spend my time doing other tasks. This has been huge for us. In the winter, Jay and I like to spend Saturday and Sunday mornings decluttering certain areas of our house!

It feels like, slowly over time, we are becoming more clutter free!

Flexibility to Work On Fun Projects

In addition to having time to organize smaller spaces, we also now have more free time and flexibility to work on fun home projects. Things like planting a garden or working in our flower bed. Decorating and looking for furniture is fun too! I feel like now that our home is maintained better, I stay inspired more often and get things done. An untidy space leaves me feeling drained and stressed. Now, I’m better able to manage my clutter and keep things more tidy on a daily basis!

5 Reasons to Hire a Cleaning Company in 2020

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5 Reasons to Hire a Cleaning Company in 2020

The Cleaning Company You Need to Hire in 2020: Merry Maids of the Peninsula

Before hiring Merry Maids of the Peninsula, I had a lot of questions and fear about hiring a cleaning company. For example, wouldn’t it cost a fortune? No. How could I trust someone in my home when I’m not there? By hiring the right company. How would they treat Diesel? They treat him with so much love and spoil him while we are gone! Don’t I basically have to clean before they come? No, just picking up anything laying around helps them out! And truly just so many more questions that were generally the wrong impression of hiring a cleaning company.

After calling, I was so surprised at how quickly they were able to come give me an estimate and how helpful Stacey is at helping you find exactly what fits your lifestyle. I knew I wanted our house cleaned frequently, but I wasn’t sure what would work for my budget. I knew once a month wouldn’t be frequent enough, but I thought once a week would be too much. She helped me settle on once every other week and the price was just right for us! I had imagine it costing several hundreds of dollars and boy was I wrong!

Getting a free quote helped me understand exactly what we needed to have cleaned and that their basic coverage covers so much more than I had imagined. We were able to customize our plan and add in extras whenever we feel like we need it. Our house stays cleaner than I had ever imagined and I’m not going to lie, I don’t miss scrubbing the bathtub, shower and toilets one bit! Did I mention they will clean the inside of your fridge? This is next on my list to try!

I’m so happy with how much free time we have had over the past year and not feeling guilty for being behind on my cleaning. We now have a clean home and I’m able to spend my free time organizing, declutter, or just doing what I love to do, rather than scrubbing and mopping! I wanted to share my personal experience with Merry Maids of the Peninsula and why we love them so much. If you have any questions, please just send them my way and don’t hesitate to call them (757) 394-9289 for your free quote. Let them know that I sent you to receive a coupon for a FREE FRIDGE CLEANING with your scheduled service.

5 Reasons to Hire a Cleaning Company in 2020

5 Reasons to Hire a Cleaning Company in 2020

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One-Piece Swimsuit Picks for Spring 2019

February 4, 2020

Recipes

Lately, I have been positing my smoothie on Instagram and have gotten a few questions about what I like to include in my green smoothie! I love this smoothie because it has helped me cut back on the amount of sugar I am consuming in a smoothie and helps me get some added greens that I don’t usually reach for throughout the day.

Fab 4 Green Smoothie Recipe

Kelly LeVeque has taken celebrities and celebrity bloggers by storm over the past few years. I originally purchased this book back in 2018, I believe, and over the past couple of years have slowly shifted my smoothie to match her Fab Four concept. While I don’t follow the entire lifestyle plan, I love this book for her smoothie recipes and references.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love an indulgent smoothie, but on the daily I prefer to drink this one. Even Jay likes it!

Fab 4 Green Smoothie Recipe

Fab Four Green Smoothie Recipe

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

Handful of spinach (I like to be generous and add a ton because I can’t taste it at all!)

2 Tablespoons of Peanut Butter

1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds

1/4 cup Blueberries (I usually just grab a handful)

1-2 Cups of Almond Milk

Blend, blend, blend in your favorite blender.

Also, because I am in my third trimester of pregnancy right now, I have been adding two dates to my smoothie! It definitely increases the sugar, but its good for the third trimester and adds some sweetness if you need it!

I pretty much have this recipe down and have a little routine, so there is little mess and measuring! Here is what I do… Use a table spoon, from my kitchen flatware set, to measure chia seeds first. Then, I use the same spoon to measure my peanut butter. Grab handfuls of spinach and blueberries and use my blender to measure my almond milk. My least favorite part about smoothies is having a whole lot of mess to clean up. This way, I only have my glass, the blender, and a spoon! Plus, my favorite glass straws that aren’t essential but make drinking my green smoothie that much more enjoyable and chic! They are a great amazon find. For this post, I decided to shoot this smoothie in a mason jar and there is just something about a smoothie in a mason jar that makes you feel good!

Thank you so much for stopping by! You can also check out Kelly Leveque’s new cookbook here. I can’t wait to buy it!

Fab 4 Green Smoothie Recipe: My Go To Smoothie

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January 28, 2020

Lifestyle

I’m not quite sure how this pregnancy has flown by so quickly and I’m already sharing my Second Trimester Recap, but I’m officially 29 weeks pregnant! The Second Trimester was much better than the first but had it’s own challenges and obstacles. It’s surreal that we are already into the Third Trimester and that we will be meeting our little fella in just less than 3 months! Whoah.

Second Trimester Recap, Maternity Photos
Thank you so much to my sweet husband, Jay, for snapping these beautiful images that I will cherish forever!

I’m feeling so excited and even more emotional. Can you imagine? haha Jay is tired of me analyzing labor and delivery. Shoot, even I’m tired of analyzing it but I’m trying to get an understanding of what my body will endure in order to try to begin to wrap my head around it. Lol.

There is still so much to do before our little Baby P arrives and I’m definitely feeling the pressure, in all areas! I will have a two new videos up soon, more of a chatty overview of this blog post, and will link them here when they are live!

How are You Feeling

Overall, at the end of the second trimester, I’m feeling pretty good! I have my days, as we all do, but in general I feel the best I have this entire pregnancy right now. I was physically sick up until about week 18, which was far longer than I had anticipated, especially carrying a little boy. However, I’m convinced that some people are just prone to more nausea than others.

After the nausea subsided, the hunger, aches and pains set in, later followed by thirst. I coped with the nausea by making sure I always had something in my tummy to combat that feeling. When my appetite returned, it came in hot and heavy! In December, I pulled a muscle in my back which took over a month to heal and have also been experiencing some pretty bad rib pain on my right side. These days, most of that doesn’t get too bad until the evening, so for that I’m grateful.

One thing that I didn’t anticipate was pelvic pain and oh boy, that is no joke!

Was the Second Trimester easier than the First?

They each have their on challenges, but overall the second was much more enjoyable and easier than the first trimester. I don’t think I have ever been more miserable than I was during my first trimester. It’s so easy to get down when you feel so terrible all of the time and it’s hard to be excited!

Any Cravings or Aversions?

For the most part, no aversions! As far as cravings go, I’m not sure that I had any true cravings, maybe more favorite foods and lack of self control? haha

At the beginning of my Second Trimester I lived off of Ovaltine as a breakfast/pre-breakfast snack. That obsession slowly turned into a love for chocolate milk and milk in general. I drink about a gallon per week, which is a lot because I never really drank that much milk before due to it’s ability to really upset my stomach! (lol) I drank chocolate milk every morning on our trip to NYC too!

The Mexican food cravings have subsided and thankfully, the heartburn left the building, for now at least. However, I still have had a real hankering for fast food which has not helped the cellulite on my thighs and bum. I foresee a lot of squats in my future this Summer.

Sweets have definitely been on my list more the past few months, then they usually are. I have indulged in several PB&J sandwiches, with a glass of milk of course. I have eaten them for breakfast, for lunch and for dinner. PB&J with a glass of milk has always been one of my favorite meals, so that has to count for something. Right?

Lastly, I will say that my thirst has increased tremendously this trimester! I never understood women saying that they were so thirsty. During my first trimester, the thought of water made me so incredibly nauseous. Now, I drink sooo much water everyday. From the moment I wake up I’m thirsty. I will usually down an entire bottle within the first 20 minutes of being awake. From the moment my eyes open up until I fall asleep, I’m constantly drinking water. Which, unfortunately, keeps me up all night long! I’m always drinking water and I love it with lemon.

Best Part of the Second Trimester?

Definitely feeling this little guy move around all day and Jay feeling him move too! It took us both a while to feel consistent movements and that is most likely because I have an anterior placenta. You can read more about that here, but basically it just means that the placenta is growing between baby and my abdomen. I definitely believe that this muffled some of his movements during the early days. Now, he is moving up a storm and I love his response to Jay’s touch.

Also, passing our gestational diabetes test was a huge relief for me and just being healthy in generally is such a blessing. You can see our vlog of the gestational diabetes test here. Seeing our little one at 20 week and 24 weeks was such a joy. He finally gave us a good profile image! <3

Second Trimester Recap, Maternity Photos

Worst Part of the Second Trimester?

By far the pulled back muscle and rib pain was the worst and most uncomfortable part of the second trimester!

Nursery Plans and Update

I’m hoping to share a Nursery update blog post and video soon, if you are interested in that! However, for the most part all of the big pieces are here and/or are ordered and should be arriving shortly (fingers crossed). I ordered our glider through an interior designer but decided to take on the rest of the project myself. Not only is it more special this way but I felt like I needed to do this as a soon-to-be mom. I really wanted to decorate his room myself.

Here are the things we have already purchased that are available online:

Crib

Dresser

Bathroom Mirrors

Light Fixture

We have also ordered a rug, glider and wallpaper. I have a few small things on my list that are most decor pieces: stool, floor lamp, artwork, mirror for above dresser and a few other decorative details to fill in the space. I’m not sure that this will be ready by the time he arrives, but if not, hopefully soon after!

Second Trimester Favorites

My body did a lot of changing during the second trimester, as do most! I had to make a few changes to my wardrobe and also have skimmed through a couple of books! Here are a few things I have loved and needed throughout my second trimester.

Commando Underwear

Wireless Bra

Skin Bra (these are my favorite, so comfortable and supportive)

Eberjey Pajamas and Nightgowns

Lululemon Align Leggings

Lululemon Tank

Belly Bandit Leggings

Paige Maternity Jeans

Babywise

The Gentle Birth Method

If you are interested in seeing a “what we have bought for baby” or maybe “what’s on or registry” blog post, I would love to share. Just let me know!

Second Trimester Recap, Maternity Photos

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January 22, 2020

Lifestyle

Productivity is something that I have always struggled with but is essential in meeting goals and excelling in life. In order to reach some of my goals in the new year, I have to work on my productivity a bit. Recently, I have been focusing more on how I can be more productive each day while still enjoying all of the little moments. I was gifted two books (1,2) for Christmas that have inspired me to really focus on productivity in a new light this year.

As you probably already know, I am continuously inspired and impressed by my husband, Jay. His ability to remain calm, handle situations and reach goals is so motivating to me. He truly is amazing and I aspire to be more like him daily! As if he doesn’t have enough going on, I badgered him to share a few of his tips for productivity with me and how he get’s so much sh*t done!

Also, I am going to mention that some of these I have observed him doing on a daily basis, so I forced him to share those too!

So, how can you increase your productivity in 2020? Here are five ways you probably haven’t considered yet.

How to Increase Your Productivity in 2020: 5 Ways You Haven't Considered Yet

Have a Simple Morning Routine

These days, I think there is a lot of hype around morning routines and finding the perfect, scientific, morning routine. There are so many books out there that tell you that you need to plunge into an ice bath every morning, exercise for 30 minutes, read, write, and the list goes on and on. While there are so many beneficial aspects to these activities, as a part of a morning routine, I think Jay has found the sweet spot.

It’s not about what works for other people, it’s about what works for you. Everyday, I observe Jay as he wakes up around the same time. He heads straight to the shower and does his thing. Once he is out, he will drive to Starbucks, grab his coffee, come back home and get to work. That’s if he is working from home that day, which is the case most of the time. For a while I thought he was insanely addicted to Starbucks. While they know him by name AND his order, at our local Starbucks, it recently dawned on me that it isn’t really the magic of Starbucks as much as it is the simple act of routine.

Getting out each morning allows him to enjoy some personal time to grab his coffee, clear his head and come home ready to work feeling more inspired than he would have it he went straight from the shower to his laptop.

So what it is it for you? Maybe its a quick walk, a ride to your local coffee shop, a swim, journaling for five minutes or so? No matter what it is, find a simple morning routine that you will stick to and enjoy. You don’t have to do all the things. Instead, just do the things that inspire you and motivate you to focus throughout the day.

Have a Todo List

Jay is the master of tackling a todo list and it has taken me some time to figure out how he does it so well. Since giving his way a try, I have really increased my productivity just in the past few days! Here is what he has to say about todo lists and making them.

Add Everything, Even the Smaller Items

Have a daily todo list and add things to it no matter how small. Whether it’s a big work task or something as small as “put more toilet paper in the bathroom” having a list that you can work off of is necessary when getting things done.

Don’t Complicate Your List and Erase Tasks as They are Completed

Just the same as with morning routines, I think people over complicate todo lists. It feels good to take things off of my todo list and get things done throughout the day. As the day goes by and you check things off, erase them from your todo list so you can focus on what’s left to be done.

It’s Ok to Move Tasks to Tomorrow

Also, don’t feel like everything has to be done today. It’s ok to move things to tomorrow that can wait. New tasks are likely to come in throughout the day, that need to be done and might have priority over original todo list items. Some things can wait and that’s just fine. Don’t feel like it’s bad to take things and move them to a new day. Remember not put too much pressure on yourself to complete everything in one day, it’s ok to be dynamic.

Set a Time to Have Your List Completed By

This was one of the most surprising tips for me that Jay shared. “Set a time to have your list done by, so you have time to put out fires and time to deal with things that occur throughout the day.” A lot of Jay’s time is spent handling “fires”, as are most contractors and business owners. Dealing with things as they arise is essential and can be hard to do when you have a todo list ten miles long.

Jay sets his time for 9am, which is very ambitious, but he manages to get it done. After that, he spends his time dealing with new tasks, responding to completed todo’s and so on. Maybe you could set yours for lunch time or whatever works best for you schedule. But, don’t set it for the end of the day as chances are there will be a lot added to your list by then.

** A few “Todo” list resources that help me are this book, Trello, and Notes on my iPhone. A cute notepad definitely helps too!**

Take Care of Things as They Come

I am personally a big procrastinator and always have been. Jay is great about dealing with things immediately as they arise. Maybe this is why he is able to manage his stress so well? He deals with things right away, so he doesn’t have too many things hanging over his head for later. Take care of things as they come in and don’t let them pile up.

Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today

Benjamin Franklin

Delegate What Can Be Delegated

You don’t always have to do every little thing. Some things are best served when delegated. Whether it’s a phone call that needs to be made, grocery shopping, house cleaning, or part of a work task that isn’t your expertise, find someone who can do it better and delegate. This may come in the form of splitting tasks up between your coworkers or hiring a service to help you manage your tasks.

Either way, it’s ok to delegate and most of the time, tasks are completed more efficiently, allowing you to spend your time on what you do best.

Be Smart About Multitasking

It’s easy to let things slip when too much multitasking takes over, but it’s ok to implement some smart multitasking. For example, Jay tries to make the majority of his phone calls in the car on his car speaker phone. This allows him to manage jobs on the go and spend his seated computer time efficiently, rather than talking on the phone. It also helps him manage phone calls and todo list items while he is on his way to do something else. That’s good multitasking!

Find areas in your life where multitasking makes sense and use that to your advantage.

5 Ways to Boost Productivity

So There you have it! 5 ways to boost your productivity in 2020 that you probably haven’t tried yet. I hope you find this post as helpful as I have in boosting my productivity. Jay is a huge inspiration for me and I am so grateful he took the time to share his insights for this post!

If you enjoyed this post, inspired by an outside source, please let me know. One of my goals for this space, over the past few years that I have neglected, is brining in outside sources to share more about their area of expertise! This is something I hope to do more of in 2020 and would love to know if it’s an interest for you and what topics you would like to hear from!

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January 17, 2020

Fashion

For some reason, I have never been a huge Valentine’s Day person but I can definitely get on board with Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas and Inspiration. Pink, red, gold and all things glittery? Yes, please! Maybe I was having a bit of Gift Guide FOMO or maybe it’s just a new holiday season that has me inspired, but I wanted to share with you some Gift Ideas and Inspiration for Valentine’s Day !

I hope this post inspires you for gifts for your friends, mom, significant other or my personal favorite, for yourself-girl! I have curated a list of wish listed, beautiful items, as well as a few things that “fit” that I personally own! Also, I decided to do things a bit differently, so this way I can add more inspiration/gift ideas into one post. Let me know if you like this format better or prefer older styled inspiration boards?

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

See more Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas and Content here.

Photography by Tiffany Sigmon

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January 9, 2020

The Home

Last year, right around this time, Jay and I decided to hire Merry Maids of the Peninsula to take care of cleaning our home every other week to help me out with managing the common cleaning necessities. Prior to hiring them, I was never really able to keep our house in presentable condition and was constantly feeling guilty and discouraged by my inability to keep up. Over the past year, I have become so passionate about how hiring Merry Maids of the Peninsula has changed our daily lives and home, that I want to share with you 5 Reasons to Hire a Cleaning Company in 2020. Also, be sure to check out the end of this post for a special bonus from Merry Maids of the Peninsula for my local friends. They are giving you a FREE coupon to use!

The past year has really been so eye opening for me and I can’t believe we didn’t hire them sooner. As you know, I have shared two posts (here and here) in collaboration with Merry Maids of the Peninsula and I’m excited to bring you the last post in our collaboration together. It has been an honor to work with them and share with you their business after already being a loyal customer!

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out their Instagram page where they share endless cleaning tips and free hacks you can use in your home right now! Today, I wanted to share how hiring them to maintain our home cleanings has changed our lives over the past year! Also, I’m here to answer any questions you might have!

5 Reasons to Hire a Cleaning Company in 2020
5 Reasons to Hire a Cleaning Company in 2020

5 Reasons to Hire a Cleaning Company in 2020

A Cleaner Home

This one is pretty obvious, but the first advantage to hiring a cleaning company is a cleaner home that you don’t personally have to clean. I love that Merry Maids of the Peninsula does such a beautiful and thorough job cleaning our home. They are professionals, unlike me, so naturally they do a better job!

Less Guilt + More Free Time

Other than having a clean house, that I don’t have to clean (just pick up), this is one of my favorite things about hiring a cleaning company. Spending my weekends and evenings free of worrying about all of the cleaning I need to get done is a huge stress relief! I used to spend so much time feeling guilty about not getting housework done on the weekends, especially when the weather is nice or you have something fun planned. Now, I don’t have to feel guilty because I know everything is going to look nice and get done! I can enjoy more guilt free time.

Freedom to Have Company Stop by *almost* Whenever

Jay and I love spending time with our family. However, I quickly learned that frantic feeling when you want to have people over for dinner but feel like you have to clean the toilets and vacuum and do all the things before they come. Now, I’m not embarrassed for people to stop by the house on short notice. Obviously, it’s nice to be respectful and give notice, but most of the time, our home is pretty clean despite my random clutter and things I need to pick up so I feel comfortable with people stopping by. It’s so much easier to grab a few pairs of shoes and put them away rather than having to do that plus vacuum and do other random cleaning tasks before they arrive.

Ability to Organize Smaller Spaces

One of my goals for the past few years, really since moving into our house, has been to cut down on clutter and waste. Efficiency is something that I struggle with and the more clutter I have around, the less efficient and focused I am. With a baby on the way, this is feeling even more and more amplified on the daily! Hiring a cleaning company has enabled me to use my free time to organize smaller spaces. I can declutter our pantry and bathroom cabinets frequently, because I don’t have to spend my time doing other tasks. This has been huge for us. In the winter, Jay and I like to spend Saturday and Sunday mornings decluttering certain areas of our house!

It feels like, slowly over time, we are becoming more clutter free!

Flexibility to Work On Fun Projects

In addition to having time to organize smaller spaces, we also now have more free time and flexibility to work on fun home projects. Things like planting a garden or working in our flower bed. Decorating and looking for furniture is fun too! I feel like now that our home is maintained better, I stay inspired more often and get things done. An untidy space leaves me feeling drained and stressed. Now, I’m better able to manage my clutter and keep things more tidy on a daily basis!

5 Reasons to Hire a Cleaning Company in 2020

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The Cleaning Company You Need to Hire in 2020: Merry Maids of the Peninsula

Before hiring Merry Maids of the Peninsula, I had a lot of questions and fear about hiring a cleaning company. For example, wouldn’t it cost a fortune? No. How could I trust someone in my home when I’m not there? By hiring the right company. How would they treat Diesel? They treat him with so much love and spoil him while we are gone! Don’t I basically have to clean before they come? No, just picking up anything laying around helps them out! And truly just so many more questions that were generally the wrong impression of hiring a cleaning company.

After calling, I was so surprised at how quickly they were able to come give me an estimate and how helpful Stacey is at helping you find exactly what fits your lifestyle. I knew I wanted our house cleaned frequently, but I wasn’t sure what would work for my budget. I knew once a month wouldn’t be frequent enough, but I thought once a week would be too much. She helped me settle on once every other week and the price was just right for us! I had imagine it costing several hundreds of dollars and boy was I wrong!

Getting a free quote helped me understand exactly what we needed to have cleaned and that their basic coverage covers so much more than I had imagined. We were able to customize our plan and add in extras whenever we feel like we need it. Our house stays cleaner than I had ever imagined and I’m not going to lie, I don’t miss scrubbing the bathtub, shower and toilets one bit! Did I mention they will clean the inside of your fridge? This is next on my list to try!

I’m so happy with how much free time we have had over the past year and not feeling guilty for being behind on my cleaning. We now have a clean home and I’m able to spend my free time organizing, declutter, or just doing what I love to do, rather than scrubbing and mopping! I wanted to share my personal experience with Merry Maids of the Peninsula and why we love them so much. If you have any questions, please just send them my way and don’t hesitate to call them (757) 394-9289 for your free quote. Let them know that I sent you to receive a coupon for a FREE FRIDGE CLEANING with your scheduled service.

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January 7, 2020

Lifestyle

We packed away all of our Christmas decor this weekend and while it was bittersweet, I’m finally warming up to the idea of a new year. For the first time, probably ever, I was slow moving to jump into a new year. Maybe it was the short holiday season or the uncomfortable cold I caught around New Years, but either way, I needed to hold onto 2019 and the holiday season a little longer this/last year.

Looking Forward...2020

As I am looking forward to and through 2020, our lives are about to change forever. We have a lot of change coming Baby P’s arrival in April. I am so excited and can’t wait to hold him in my arms, but something also makes me a little nervous. Maybe it’s giving birth or having a newborn to care for? I don’t know, but I’m feeling all of the feelings these days!

A New Year is always clean slate but when you already feel so blessed it’s hard to want a fresh start, if that makes any sense. However, after packing away Christmas and returning our home to its “normal” state, I can’t help to crave a routine and feel a bit of excitement to set and reach a few new goals.

This little corner of the internet, that I have created, is both a passion project and my personal work of art. Something that I feel could have surpassed it’s reality if I could ever be more routine and consistent. I’m sorry for my lack of consistency, but for some reason I run out of steam so easily. Sometimes I feel like I just haven’t found what quite works for me and sometimes I feel like it’s the constant struggle between creating written content and video content. I mean, how do these girls do it all? I know that they have big teams behind them, but they didn’t always have a team and an office and all the things. How did they create their reality?

I pray that 2020 is a year that something clicks inside of me. That something feels right and has the numbers to support it. If you know what I mean?

Jay and I set some personal, home and financial goals last year and proudly we checked the majority of them off. It felt so good to realize all that we had accomplished and to also see that we set goals that pushed us but were actually attainable. This year, we set a few more and I’m so excited to start working toward them. I read this book at the end of 2018 and it really helped us formulate a good way to set and track goals. You can read more on that here.

I’m not really sure the entire purpose of this post, other than to share what is on my heart and mind for the beginning of 2020. I am eager to share some new content and would love, more than anything, for you to share your feedback with me. What would you like to see? Do you prefer blog posts or videos?

I pray that your 2020 is full of blessings and joy! What are some of your goals for the new year? Should I share mine?

Looking Forward…2020

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January 28, 2020

Lifestyle

I’m not quite sure how this pregnancy has flown by so quickly and I’m already sharing my Second Trimester Recap, but I’m officially 29 weeks pregnant! The Second Trimester was much better than the first but had it’s own challenges and obstacles. It’s surreal that we are already into the Third Trimester and that we will be meeting our little fella in just less than 3 months! Whoah.

Second Trimester Recap, Maternity Photos
Thank you so much to my sweet husband, Jay, for snapping these beautiful images that I will cherish forever!

I’m feeling so excited and even more emotional. Can you imagine? haha Jay is tired of me analyzing labor and delivery. Shoot, even I’m tired of analyzing it but I’m trying to get an understanding of what my body will endure in order to try to begin to wrap my head around it. Lol.

There is still so much to do before our little Baby P arrives and I’m definitely feeling the pressure, in all areas! I will have a two new videos up soon, more of a chatty overview of this blog post, and will link them here when they are live!

How are You Feeling

Overall, at the end of the second trimester, I’m feeling pretty good! I have my days, as we all do, but in general I feel the best I have this entire pregnancy right now. I was physically sick up until about week 18, which was far longer than I had anticipated, especially carrying a little boy. However, I’m convinced that some people are just prone to more nausea than others.

After the nausea subsided, the hunger, aches and pains set in, later followed by thirst. I coped with the nausea by making sure I always had something in my tummy to combat that feeling. When my appetite returned, it came in hot and heavy! In December, I pulled a muscle in my back which took over a month to heal and have also been experiencing some pretty bad rib pain on my right side. These days, most of that doesn’t get too bad until the evening, so for that I’m grateful.

One thing that I didn’t anticipate was pelvic pain and oh boy, that is no joke!

Was the Second Trimester easier than the First?

They each have their on challenges, but overall the second was much more enjoyable and easier than the first trimester. I don’t think I have ever been more miserable than I was during my first trimester. It’s so easy to get down when you feel so terrible all of the time and it’s hard to be excited!

Any Cravings or Aversions?

For the most part, no aversions! As far as cravings go, I’m not sure that I had any true cravings, maybe more favorite foods and lack of self control? haha

At the beginning of my Second Trimester I lived off of Ovaltine as a breakfast/pre-breakfast snack. That obsession slowly turned into a love for chocolate milk and milk in general. I drink about a gallon per week, which is a lot because I never really drank that much milk before due to it’s ability to really upset my stomach! (lol) I drank chocolate milk every morning on our trip to NYC too!

The Mexican food cravings have subsided and thankfully, the heartburn left the building, for now at least. However, I still have had a real hankering for fast food which has not helped the cellulite on my thighs and bum. I foresee a lot of squats in my future this Summer.

Sweets have definitely been on my list more the past few months, then they usually are. I have indulged in several PB&J sandwiches, with a glass of milk of course. I have eaten them for breakfast, for lunch and for dinner. PB&J with a glass of milk has always been one of my favorite meals, so that has to count for something. Right?

Lastly, I will say that my thirst has increased tremendously this trimester! I never understood women saying that they were so thirsty. During my first trimester, the thought of water made me so incredibly nauseous. Now, I drink sooo much water everyday. From the moment I wake up I’m thirsty. I will usually down an entire bottle within the first 20 minutes of being awake. From the moment my eyes open up until I fall asleep, I’m constantly drinking water. Which, unfortunately, keeps me up all night long! I’m always drinking water and I love it with lemon.

Best Part of the Second Trimester?

Definitely feeling this little guy move around all day and Jay feeling him move too! It took us both a while to feel consistent movements and that is most likely because I have an anterior placenta. You can read more about that here, but basically it just means that the placenta is growing between baby and my abdomen. I definitely believe that this muffled some of his movements during the early days. Now, he is moving up a storm and I love his response to Jay’s touch.

Also, passing our gestational diabetes test was a huge relief for me and just being healthy in generally is such a blessing. You can see our vlog of the gestational diabetes test here. Seeing our little one at 20 week and 24 weeks was such a joy. He finally gave us a good profile image! <3

Second Trimester Recap, Maternity Photos

Worst Part of the Second Trimester?

By far the pulled back muscle and rib pain was the worst and most uncomfortable part of the second trimester!

Nursery Plans and Update

I’m hoping to share a Nursery update blog post and video soon, if you are interested in that! However, for the most part all of the big pieces are here and/or are ordered and should be arriving shortly (fingers crossed). I ordered our glider through an interior designer but decided to take on the rest of the project myself. Not only is it more special this way but I felt like I needed to do this as a soon-to-be mom. I really wanted to decorate his room myself.

Here are the things we have already purchased that are available online:

Crib

Dresser

Bathroom Mirrors

Light Fixture

We have also ordered a rug, glider and wallpaper. I have a few small things on my list that are most decor pieces: stool, floor lamp, artwork, mirror for above dresser and a few other decorative details to fill in the space. I’m not sure that this will be ready by the time he arrives, but if not, hopefully soon after!

Second Trimester Favorites

My body did a lot of changing during the second trimester, as do most! I had to make a few changes to my wardrobe and also have skimmed through a couple of books! Here are a few things I have loved and needed throughout my second trimester.

Commando Underwear

Wireless Bra

Skin Bra (these are my favorite, so comfortable and supportive)

Eberjey Pajamas and Nightgowns

Lululemon Align Leggings

Lululemon Tank

Belly Bandit Leggings

Paige Maternity Jeans

Babywise

The Gentle Birth Method

If you are interested in seeing a “what we have bought for baby” or maybe “what’s on or registry” blog post, I would love to share. Just let me know!

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January 22, 2020

Lifestyle

Productivity is something that I have always struggled with but is essential in meeting goals and excelling in life. In order to reach some of my goals in the new year, I have to work on my productivity a bit. Recently, I have been focusing more on how I can be more productive each day while still enjoying all of the little moments. I was gifted two books (1,2) for Christmas that have inspired me to really focus on productivity in a new light this year.

As you probably already know, I am continuously inspired and impressed by my husband, Jay. His ability to remain calm, handle situations and reach goals is so motivating to me. He truly is amazing and I aspire to be more like him daily! As if he doesn’t have enough going on, I badgered him to share a few of his tips for productivity with me and how he get’s so much sh*t done!

Also, I am going to mention that some of these I have observed him doing on a daily basis, so I forced him to share those too!

So, how can you increase your productivity in 2020? Here are five ways you probably haven’t considered yet.

How to Increase Your Productivity in 2020: 5 Ways You Haven't Considered Yet

Have a Simple Morning Routine

These days, I think there is a lot of hype around morning routines and finding the perfect, scientific, morning routine. There are so many books out there that tell you that you need to plunge into an ice bath every morning, exercise for 30 minutes, read, write, and the list goes on and on. While there are so many beneficial aspects to these activities, as a part of a morning routine, I think Jay has found the sweet spot.

It’s not about what works for other people, it’s about what works for you. Everyday, I observe Jay as he wakes up around the same time. He heads straight to the shower and does his thing. Once he is out, he will drive to Starbucks, grab his coffee, come back home and get to work. That’s if he is working from home that day, which is the case most of the time. For a while I thought he was insanely addicted to Starbucks. While they know him by name AND his order, at our local Starbucks, it recently dawned on me that it isn’t really the magic of Starbucks as much as it is the simple act of routine.

Getting out each morning allows him to enjoy some personal time to grab his coffee, clear his head and come home ready to work feeling more inspired than he would have it he went straight from the shower to his laptop.

So what it is it for you? Maybe its a quick walk, a ride to your local coffee shop, a swim, journaling for five minutes or so? No matter what it is, find a simple morning routine that you will stick to and enjoy. You don’t have to do all the things. Instead, just do the things that inspire you and motivate you to focus throughout the day.

Have a Todo List

Jay is the master of tackling a todo list and it has taken me some time to figure out how he does it so well. Since giving his way a try, I have really increased my productivity just in the past few days! Here is what he has to say about todo lists and making them.

Add Everything, Even the Smaller Items

Have a daily todo list and add things to it no matter how small. Whether it’s a big work task or something as small as “put more toilet paper in the bathroom” having a list that you can work off of is necessary when getting things done.

Don’t Complicate Your List and Erase Tasks as They are Completed

Just the same as with morning routines, I think people over complicate todo lists. It feels good to take things off of my todo list and get things done throughout the day. As the day goes by and you check things off, erase them from your todo list so you can focus on what’s left to be done.

It’s Ok to Move Tasks to Tomorrow

Also, don’t feel like everything has to be done today. It’s ok to move things to tomorrow that can wait. New tasks are likely to come in throughout the day, that need to be done and might have priority over original todo list items. Some things can wait and that’s just fine. Don’t feel like it’s bad to take things and move them to a new day. Remember not put too much pressure on yourself to complete everything in one day, it’s ok to be dynamic.

Set a Time to Have Your List Completed By

This was one of the most surprising tips for me that Jay shared. “Set a time to have your list done by, so you have time to put out fires and time to deal with things that occur throughout the day.” A lot of Jay’s time is spent handling “fires”, as are most contractors and business owners. Dealing with things as they arise is essential and can be hard to do when you have a todo list ten miles long.

Jay sets his time for 9am, which is very ambitious, but he manages to get it done. After that, he spends his time dealing with new tasks, responding to completed todo’s and so on. Maybe you could set yours for lunch time or whatever works best for you schedule. But, don’t set it for the end of the day as chances are there will be a lot added to your list by then.

** A few “Todo” list resources that help me are this book, Trello, and Notes on my iPhone. A cute notepad definitely helps too!**

Take Care of Things as They Come

I am personally a big procrastinator and always have been. Jay is great about dealing with things immediately as they arise. Maybe this is why he is able to manage his stress so well? He deals with things right away, so he doesn’t have too many things hanging over his head for later. Take care of things as they come in and don’t let them pile up.

Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today

Benjamin Franklin

Delegate What Can Be Delegated

You don’t always have to do every little thing. Some things are best served when delegated. Whether it’s a phone call that needs to be made, grocery shopping, house cleaning, or part of a work task that isn’t your expertise, find someone who can do it better and delegate. This may come in the form of splitting tasks up between your coworkers or hiring a service to help you manage your tasks.

Either way, it’s ok to delegate and most of the time, tasks are completed more efficiently, allowing you to spend your time on what you do best.

Be Smart About Multitasking

It’s easy to let things slip when too much multitasking takes over, but it’s ok to implement some smart multitasking. For example, Jay tries to make the majority of his phone calls in the car on his car speaker phone. This allows him to manage jobs on the go and spend his seated computer time efficiently, rather than talking on the phone. It also helps him manage phone calls and todo list items while he is on his way to do something else. That’s good multitasking!

Find areas in your life where multitasking makes sense and use that to your advantage.

5 Ways to Boost Productivity

So There you have it! 5 ways to boost your productivity in 2020 that you probably haven’t tried yet. I hope you find this post as helpful as I have in boosting my productivity. Jay is a huge inspiration for me and I am so grateful he took the time to share his insights for this post!

If you enjoyed this post, inspired by an outside source, please let me know. One of my goals for this space, over the past few years that I have neglected, is brining in outside sources to share more about their area of expertise! This is something I hope to do more of in 2020 and would love to know if it’s an interest for you and what topics you would like to hear from!

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January 17, 2020

Fashion

For some reason, I have never been a huge Valentine’s Day person but I can definitely get on board with Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas and Inspiration. Pink, red, gold and all things glittery? Yes, please! Maybe I was having a bit of Gift Guide FOMO or maybe it’s just a new holiday season that has me inspired, but I wanted to share with you some Gift Ideas and Inspiration for Valentine’s Day !

I hope this post inspires you for gifts for your friends, mom, significant other or my personal favorite, for yourself-girl! I have curated a list of wish listed, beautiful items, as well as a few things that “fit” that I personally own! Also, I decided to do things a bit differently, so this way I can add more inspiration/gift ideas into one post. Let me know if you like this format better or prefer older styled inspiration boards?

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January 9, 2020

The Home

Last year, right around this time, Jay and I decided to hire Merry Maids of the Peninsula to take care of cleaning our home every other week to help me out with managing the common cleaning necessities. Prior to hiring them, I was never really able to keep our house in presentable condition and was constantly feeling guilty and discouraged by my inability to keep up. Over the past year, I have become so passionate about how hiring Merry Maids of the Peninsula has changed our daily lives and home, that I want to share with you 5 Reasons to Hire a Cleaning Company in 2020. Also, be sure to check out the end of this post for a special bonus from Merry Maids of the Peninsula for my local friends. They are giving you a FREE coupon to use!

The past year has really been so eye opening for me and I can’t believe we didn’t hire them sooner. As you know, I have shared two posts (here and here) in collaboration with Merry Maids of the Peninsula and I’m excited to bring you the last post in our collaboration together. It has been an honor to work with them and share with you their business after already being a loyal customer!

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out their Instagram page where they share endless cleaning tips and free hacks you can use in your home right now! Today, I wanted to share how hiring them to maintain our home cleanings has changed our lives over the past year! Also, I’m here to answer any questions you might have!

5 Reasons to Hire a Cleaning Company in 2020
5 Reasons to Hire a Cleaning Company in 2020

5 Reasons to Hire a Cleaning Company in 2020

A Cleaner Home

This one is pretty obvious, but the first advantage to hiring a cleaning company is a cleaner home that you don’t personally have to clean. I love that Merry Maids of the Peninsula does such a beautiful and thorough job cleaning our home. They are professionals, unlike me, so naturally they do a better job!

Less Guilt + More Free Time

Other than having a clean house, that I don’t have to clean (just pick up), this is one of my favorite things about hiring a cleaning company. Spending my weekends and evenings free of worrying about all of the cleaning I need to get done is a huge stress relief! I used to spend so much time feeling guilty about not getting housework done on the weekends, especially when the weather is nice or you have something fun planned. Now, I don’t have to feel guilty because I know everything is going to look nice and get done! I can enjoy more guilt free time.

Freedom to Have Company Stop by *almost* Whenever

Jay and I love spending time with our family. However, I quickly learned that frantic feeling when you want to have people over for dinner but feel like you have to clean the toilets and vacuum and do all the things before they come. Now, I’m not embarrassed for people to stop by the house on short notice. Obviously, it’s nice to be respectful and give notice, but most of the time, our home is pretty clean despite my random clutter and things I need to pick up so I feel comfortable with people stopping by. It’s so much easier to grab a few pairs of shoes and put them away rather than having to do that plus vacuum and do other random cleaning tasks before they arrive.

Ability to Organize Smaller Spaces

One of my goals for the past few years, really since moving into our house, has been to cut down on clutter and waste. Efficiency is something that I struggle with and the more clutter I have around, the less efficient and focused I am. With a baby on the way, this is feeling even more and more amplified on the daily! Hiring a cleaning company has enabled me to use my free time to organize smaller spaces. I can declutter our pantry and bathroom cabinets frequently, because I don’t have to spend my time doing other tasks. This has been huge for us. In the winter, Jay and I like to spend Saturday and Sunday mornings decluttering certain areas of our house!

It feels like, slowly over time, we are becoming more clutter free!

Flexibility to Work On Fun Projects

In addition to having time to organize smaller spaces, we also now have more free time and flexibility to work on fun home projects. Things like planting a garden or working in our flower bed. Decorating and looking for furniture is fun too! I feel like now that our home is maintained better, I stay inspired more often and get things done. An untidy space leaves me feeling drained and stressed. Now, I’m better able to manage my clutter and keep things more tidy on a daily basis!

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The Cleaning Company You Need to Hire in 2020: Merry Maids of the Peninsula

Before hiring Merry Maids of the Peninsula, I had a lot of questions and fear about hiring a cleaning company. For example, wouldn’t it cost a fortune? No. How could I trust someone in my home when I’m not there? By hiring the right company. How would they treat Diesel? They treat him with so much love and spoil him while we are gone! Don’t I basically have to clean before they come? No, just picking up anything laying around helps them out! And truly just so many more questions that were generally the wrong impression of hiring a cleaning company.

After calling, I was so surprised at how quickly they were able to come give me an estimate and how helpful Stacey is at helping you find exactly what fits your lifestyle. I knew I wanted our house cleaned frequently, but I wasn’t sure what would work for my budget. I knew once a month wouldn’t be frequent enough, but I thought once a week would be too much. She helped me settle on once every other week and the price was just right for us! I had imagine it costing several hundreds of dollars and boy was I wrong!

Getting a free quote helped me understand exactly what we needed to have cleaned and that their basic coverage covers so much more than I had imagined. We were able to customize our plan and add in extras whenever we feel like we need it. Our house stays cleaner than I had ever imagined and I’m not going to lie, I don’t miss scrubbing the bathtub, shower and toilets one bit! Did I mention they will clean the inside of your fridge? This is next on my list to try!

I’m so happy with how much free time we have had over the past year and not feeling guilty for being behind on my cleaning. We now have a clean home and I’m able to spend my free time organizing, declutter, or just doing what I love to do, rather than scrubbing and mopping! I wanted to share my personal experience with Merry Maids of the Peninsula and why we love them so much. If you have any questions, please just send them my way and don’t hesitate to call them (757) 394-9289 for your free quote. Let them know that I sent you to receive a coupon for a FREE FRIDGE CLEANING with your scheduled service.

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January 7, 2020

Lifestyle

We packed away all of our Christmas decor this weekend and while it was bittersweet, I’m finally warming up to the idea of a new year. For the first time, probably ever, I was slow moving to jump into a new year. Maybe it was the short holiday season or the uncomfortable cold I caught around New Years, but either way, I needed to hold onto 2019 and the holiday season a little longer this/last year.

Looking Forward...2020

As I am looking forward to and through 2020, our lives are about to change forever. We have a lot of change coming Baby P’s arrival in April. I am so excited and can’t wait to hold him in my arms, but something also makes me a little nervous. Maybe it’s giving birth or having a newborn to care for? I don’t know, but I’m feeling all of the feelings these days!

A New Year is always clean slate but when you already feel so blessed it’s hard to want a fresh start, if that makes any sense. However, after packing away Christmas and returning our home to its “normal” state, I can’t help to crave a routine and feel a bit of excitement to set and reach a few new goals.

This little corner of the internet, that I have created, is both a passion project and my personal work of art. Something that I feel could have surpassed it’s reality if I could ever be more routine and consistent. I’m sorry for my lack of consistency, but for some reason I run out of steam so easily. Sometimes I feel like I just haven’t found what quite works for me and sometimes I feel like it’s the constant struggle between creating written content and video content. I mean, how do these girls do it all? I know that they have big teams behind them, but they didn’t always have a team and an office and all the things. How did they create their reality?

I pray that 2020 is a year that something clicks inside of me. That something feels right and has the numbers to support it. If you know what I mean?

Jay and I set some personal, home and financial goals last year and proudly we checked the majority of them off. It felt so good to realize all that we had accomplished and to also see that we set goals that pushed us but were actually attainable. This year, we set a few more and I’m so excited to start working toward them. I read this book at the end of 2018 and it really helped us formulate a good way to set and track goals. You can read more on that here.

I’m not really sure the entire purpose of this post, other than to share what is on my heart and mind for the beginning of 2020. I am eager to share some new content and would love, more than anything, for you to share your feedback with me. What would you like to see? Do you prefer blog posts or videos?

I pray that your 2020 is full of blessings and joy! What are some of your goals for the new year? Should I share mine?

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January 2, 2020

Lifestyle

Hello 2020! I spent Day 1 of 2020 resting, eating soup and trying to kick this little cold I have. Thankfully, I am on the mend (I think) and feeling so much better today! I never got around to sharing a 2019 year in review post with you and while I almost let it slide, I felt like I need to do one, even just a small one, for me to reflect on in the years to come.

While I now write this blog for an audience, I also always write for me too. Looking back on so many memories, how far my relationship has come, and all of the highlighted moments in our lives is something I treasure and hold closely to my heart. This is like my personal, and very public, online diary, that I share with you.

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2019

Phew, that was a big year. Am I right? I feel like 2019 was a pivotal year for so many people I know personally and follow online. The year slipped by me and I didn’t blog very much. I did try to put a decent amount of time into my Youtube channel and that grew quite a bit. It’s incredible to compare yearly statistics from the past few years and see just how much my little platforms have grown! I am a so incredibly thankful four your support, love and encouragement over the years.

Miami

Jay and I kicked off 2019 with a birthday trip to Miami to celebrate me turning 25 on January 31, 2019. 25? That’s a reason for a big year all in itself. We had the best time. The Four Seasons Surfside is beautiful and if you are ever in Miami, definitely make it a point to even just stop by. It’s beautiful. Jay treated me to this trip, so I surprised him with a little gift of his own, for the day at least! We rolled around Miami in a Rolls Royce Dawn and were finally able to do a little site seeing after so many trips spent in the back of an Uber. It was probably one of the best trips of my life, little did we know how much we would cherish that time of relaxation as reality hit us hard when we got home.

February

We spent the first week of February at many doctors appointments, having tests ran and Jay ended up having surgery just two days after finding out some big news. You can read more about that here. I have grown to despise that “c” word even more and usually refuse to even say it. I will keep this short, but God has blessed us me far beyond what I am worthy of. Because truthfully, I’m not worthy of any blessings yet he continues to love me everyday. I spent several hours and days on my knees praying to him during this time, weeping in private and learning how to have a brave face for someone else even when you are falling apart.

We were given the best outcome there is and while I pray we never have to experience that again, and that no one does, I am forever grateful for everything I learned and endured. It has changed me as a person and I pray I can always hold on to those feelings and that mindset. That I will forever praise his name and share our blessing with as many people as I can.

As if I wasn’t obsessed and in love with my husband enough before, I truly am now. I learned how selfish I was and I try to work on that every single day. He is my greatest blessing and I love him more than life itself.

Jay, thank you for loving your family the way you do. For working so hard to provide our home and life and continuous giving to others and your community. You are one of a kind and change so many lives every single day. I love you!

Back to Miami

Honestly, we can’t stay away! We decided to book a trip a few days in advance to Miami again in May to just take a breather after a busy and worrisome Spring Season. We stayed at Faena, did a little shopping and of course ate a ton and drank too! Upon arrival, thank you Amex Platinum, we were upgraded to a Oceanfront Corner Suite room. Honestly, this is the biggest hotel room I’ve ever stayed in. It had TWO bathrooms! It was incredible and you can see our Faena Room Tour here. I love weekend getaways with Jay and that is something we are already prioritizing after the baby comes.

Pool and Garden

We spent many of days at my parents new pool and working on our garden. I never got around to sharing our progress with you, but hopefully I will this year! We built raised beds and planted our crops! Our harvest was bountiful and I realized I don’t need quite so many squash and cucumber plants, but it makes sharing all the more fun.

We drank cocktails by the pool and got the bed suntan we have had in years. We tried to teach Worm to love the pool, but he still has a little ways to go. Maybe Summer 2020 will be the year he learns to love the water! (LOL)

St. Barth’s

The phrase “last minute” is probably the best to use when describing Jay and I. We do most things last minute, but I’m learning the value in planning. Speaking of last minute, we booked a last minute trip to St. Barth’s and had a blast! We celebrate Bastille Day like locals, until about 2:30am at Bagatelle. Le Sereno is one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve ever stayed at! I will never understand how Heineken comes free in your mini bar but you have to pay extra water?! Either way, we came home rested and thirsty! You cane see our St. Barth’s Travel Guide Here.

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Baby P

On August 5, 2019 we found out that we were expecting a little Baby Parlett in April of 2020! I don’t think anyone can prepare you for that moment! We were both so excited and grateful, and I personally was in major shock. A true blessing this little guy is, but he really took me off guard at how quickly he arrived. I’m so grateful for that. At first, pregnancy was the weirdest thing. I mean, how could a human life be growing in side of me? Quickly, I found out. I spent the entire month of September on the couch or in bed. October was a little better, but then the actually vomiting started. I would say it took to about 16 weeks for me to feel almost back to feeling decent. You can read all about my First Trimester Here.

We are 25 weeks and 1 day pregnant today and it seems nearly impossible that our second little baby boy will be here in about 15 weeks. The amount of love we have received is overwhelming. We can’t wait to become a family of 4 and watch Diesel become the best big brother in the entire world.

2019 Year in Review

New York City

One of our goals for 2019 was to travel more and I think we definitely did that! We headed back to NYC in December to take in the holiday decorations and do a little shopping. There is something so magical about NYC at Christmas. I will say that I’m not sure that I’m cut out for NYC at Christmas while 5 months pregnant. I might skip on that next time!

We stayed at the Four Seasons hotel and ate plenty of room service. We also got to eat at The Polo Bar, Maman, Bergdorf Goodman and a few other great places. You can see all of this on my Instagram Stories NYC 19 highlight! I had no clue that The Polo Bar was so difficult to get into. Thankfully, our sale associate at Tom Ford has a connection and was able to get us a table. She was so amazing! Thank you! I wish we had a Maman because I would be drinking their iced oat milk latte everyday!!

2019 Year in Review

Diesel

As you know, Diesel is a 9 year old boxer (as on November my baby is 9)! Boxers are ironed to having many health issues and while we had quite a few scares in 2019 and a few things to get straight in 2020, our little baby boy is healthy and his heart is responding good to all of this medicines! We love every single day with this boy and are so grateful God allowed us to be his parents for his time on earth. He is my little miracle baby and the one who made me a mama and brought a new importance to my life that I had never known. I love you, Diesel.

Our Home

In 2019, we checked off several new home updates and basically decorated our entire living room! We also got a new fence for Diesel to run around and play in and we all love it. Each season we updated our landscape and I’m so excited for what all there is to come in 2020. 2019 brought us so many exciting moments and checked off some of my lifetime wishlist items (that would be a Range Rover and a Birkin). Not trying to be too materialistic but those are pretty exciting for me!

Most importantly, 2019 taught me several lessons that I am thankful for. Learning to live in the moment despite my appliance or what others might think was a big one for me. I do think that pregnancy has made me more confident and it has also brought along a lot of aches, pains, nausea and sickness that I will be happy to see go (hopefully) when our little baby boy arrives in April.

2019, you were a wild ride but you were a blessed year and I can say with confidence that my cup does overflow! Thank you, Jesus!

I have my family, food to eat, a roof over my head and I don’t need much more. I’m grateful for every blessing that comes my way but I have learned what is the most important things in life and thankfully all of mine are healthy.

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Hello 2020! I spent Day 1 of 2020 resting, eating soup and trying to kick this little cold I have. Thankfully, I am on the mend (I think) and feeling so much better today! I never got around to sharing a 2019 year in review post with you and while I almost let it slide, […]

January 22, 2020

Lifestyle

Productivity is something that I have always struggled with but is essential in meeting goals and excelling in life. In order to reach some of my goals in the new year, I have to work on my productivity a bit. Recently, I have been focusing more on how I can be more productive each day while still enjoying all of the little moments. I was gifted two books (1,2) for Christmas that have inspired me to really focus on productivity in a new light this year.

As you probably already know, I am continuously inspired and impressed by my husband, Jay. His ability to remain calm, handle situations and reach goals is so motivating to me. He truly is amazing and I aspire to be more like him daily! As if he doesn’t have enough going on, I badgered him to share a few of his tips for productivity with me and how he get’s so much sh*t done!

Also, I am going to mention that some of these I have observed him doing on a daily basis, so I forced him to share those too!

So, how can you increase your productivity in 2020? Here are five ways you probably haven’t considered yet.

How to Increase Your Productivity in 2020: 5 Ways You Haven't Considered Yet

Have a Simple Morning Routine

These days, I think there is a lot of hype around morning routines and finding the perfect, scientific, morning routine. There are so many books out there that tell you that you need to plunge into an ice bath every morning, exercise for 30 minutes, read, write, and the list goes on and on. While there are so many beneficial aspects to these activities, as a part of a morning routine, I think Jay has found the sweet spot.

It’s not about what works for other people, it’s about what works for you. Everyday, I observe Jay as he wakes up around the same time. He heads straight to the shower and does his thing. Once he is out, he will drive to Starbucks, grab his coffee, come back home and get to work. That’s if he is working from home that day, which is the case most of the time. For a while I thought he was insanely addicted to Starbucks. While they know him by name AND his order, at our local Starbucks, it recently dawned on me that it isn’t really the magic of Starbucks as much as it is the simple act of routine.

Getting out each morning allows him to enjoy some personal time to grab his coffee, clear his head and come home ready to work feeling more inspired than he would have it he went straight from the shower to his laptop.

So what it is it for you? Maybe its a quick walk, a ride to your local coffee shop, a swim, journaling for five minutes or so? No matter what it is, find a simple morning routine that you will stick to and enjoy. You don’t have to do all the things. Instead, just do the things that inspire you and motivate you to focus throughout the day.

Have a Todo List

Jay is the master of tackling a todo list and it has taken me some time to figure out how he does it so well. Since giving his way a try, I have really increased my productivity just in the past few days! Here is what he has to say about todo lists and making them.

Add Everything, Even the Smaller Items

Have a daily todo list and add things to it no matter how small. Whether it’s a big work task or something as small as “put more toilet paper in the bathroom” having a list that you can work off of is necessary when getting things done.

Don’t Complicate Your List and Erase Tasks as They are Completed

Just the same as with morning routines, I think people over complicate todo lists. It feels good to take things off of my todo list and get things done throughout the day. As the day goes by and you check things off, erase them from your todo list so you can focus on what’s left to be done.

It’s Ok to Move Tasks to Tomorrow

Also, don’t feel like everything has to be done today. It’s ok to move things to tomorrow that can wait. New tasks are likely to come in throughout the day, that need to be done and might have priority over original todo list items. Some things can wait and that’s just fine. Don’t feel like it’s bad to take things and move them to a new day. Remember not put too much pressure on yourself to complete everything in one day, it’s ok to be dynamic.

Set a Time to Have Your List Completed By

This was one of the most surprising tips for me that Jay shared. “Set a time to have your list done by, so you have time to put out fires and time to deal with things that occur throughout the day.” A lot of Jay’s time is spent handling “fires”, as are most contractors and business owners. Dealing with things as they arise is essential and can be hard to do when you have a todo list ten miles long.

Jay sets his time for 9am, which is very ambitious, but he manages to get it done. After that, he spends his time dealing with new tasks, responding to completed todo’s and so on. Maybe you could set yours for lunch time or whatever works best for you schedule. But, don’t set it for the end of the day as chances are there will be a lot added to your list by then.

** A few “Todo” list resources that help me are this book, Trello, and Notes on my iPhone. A cute notepad definitely helps too!**

Take Care of Things as They Come

I am personally a big procrastinator and always have been. Jay is great about dealing with things immediately as they arise. Maybe this is why he is able to manage his stress so well? He deals with things right away, so he doesn’t have too many things hanging over his head for later. Take care of things as they come in and don’t let them pile up.

Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today

Benjamin Franklin

Delegate What Can Be Delegated

You don’t always have to do every little thing. Some things are best served when delegated. Whether it’s a phone call that needs to be made, grocery shopping, house cleaning, or part of a work task that isn’t your expertise, find someone who can do it better and delegate. This may come in the form of splitting tasks up between your coworkers or hiring a service to help you manage your tasks.

Either way, it’s ok to delegate and most of the time, tasks are completed more efficiently, allowing you to spend your time on what you do best.

Be Smart About Multitasking

It’s easy to let things slip when too much multitasking takes over, but it’s ok to implement some smart multitasking. For example, Jay tries to make the majority of his phone calls in the car on his car speaker phone. This allows him to manage jobs on the go and spend his seated computer time efficiently, rather than talking on the phone. It also helps him manage phone calls and todo list items while he is on his way to do something else. That’s good multitasking!

Find areas in your life where multitasking makes sense and use that to your advantage.

5 Ways to Boost Productivity

So There you have it! 5 ways to boost your productivity in 2020 that you probably haven’t tried yet. I hope you find this post as helpful as I have in boosting my productivity. Jay is a huge inspiration for me and I am so grateful he took the time to share his insights for this post!

If you enjoyed this post, inspired by an outside source, please let me know. One of my goals for this space, over the past few years that I have neglected, is brining in outside sources to share more about their area of expertise! This is something I hope to do more of in 2020 and would love to know if it’s an interest for you and what topics you would like to hear from!

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January 17, 2020

Fashion

For some reason, I have never been a huge Valentine’s Day person but I can definitely get on board with Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas and Inspiration. Pink, red, gold and all things glittery? Yes, please! Maybe I was having a bit of Gift Guide FOMO or maybe it’s just a new holiday season that has me inspired, but I wanted to share with you some Gift Ideas and Inspiration for Valentine’s Day !

I hope this post inspires you for gifts for your friends, mom, significant other or my personal favorite, for yourself-girl! I have curated a list of wish listed, beautiful items, as well as a few things that “fit” that I personally own! Also, I decided to do things a bit differently, so this way I can add more inspiration/gift ideas into one post. Let me know if you like this format better or prefer older styled inspiration boards?

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

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January 9, 2020

The Home

Last year, right around this time, Jay and I decided to hire Merry Maids of the Peninsula to take care of cleaning our home every other week to help me out with managing the common cleaning necessities. Prior to hiring them, I was never really able to keep our house in presentable condition and was constantly feeling guilty and discouraged by my inability to keep up. Over the past year, I have become so passionate about how hiring Merry Maids of the Peninsula has changed our daily lives and home, that I want to share with you 5 Reasons to Hire a Cleaning Company in 2020. Also, be sure to check out the end of this post for a special bonus from Merry Maids of the Peninsula for my local friends. They are giving you a FREE coupon to use!

The past year has really been so eye opening for me and I can’t believe we didn’t hire them sooner. As you know, I have shared two posts (here and here) in collaboration with Merry Maids of the Peninsula and I’m excited to bring you the last post in our collaboration together. It has been an honor to work with them and share with you their business after already being a loyal customer!

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out their Instagram page where they share endless cleaning tips and free hacks you can use in your home right now! Today, I wanted to share how hiring them to maintain our home cleanings has changed our lives over the past year! Also, I’m here to answer any questions you might have!

5 Reasons to Hire a Cleaning Company in 2020
5 Reasons to Hire a Cleaning Company in 2020

5 Reasons to Hire a Cleaning Company in 2020

A Cleaner Home

This one is pretty obvious, but the first advantage to hiring a cleaning company is a cleaner home that you don’t personally have to clean. I love that Merry Maids of the Peninsula does such a beautiful and thorough job cleaning our home. They are professionals, unlike me, so naturally they do a better job!

Less Guilt + More Free Time

Other than having a clean house, that I don’t have to clean (just pick up), this is one of my favorite things about hiring a cleaning company. Spending my weekends and evenings free of worrying about all of the cleaning I need to get done is a huge stress relief! I used to spend so much time feeling guilty about not getting housework done on the weekends, especially when the weather is nice or you have something fun planned. Now, I don’t have to feel guilty because I know everything is going to look nice and get done! I can enjoy more guilt free time.

Freedom to Have Company Stop by *almost* Whenever

Jay and I love spending time with our family. However, I quickly learned that frantic feeling when you want to have people over for dinner but feel like you have to clean the toilets and vacuum and do all the things before they come. Now, I’m not embarrassed for people to stop by the house on short notice. Obviously, it’s nice to be respectful and give notice, but most of the time, our home is pretty clean despite my random clutter and things I need to pick up so I feel comfortable with people stopping by. It’s so much easier to grab a few pairs of shoes and put them away rather than having to do that plus vacuum and do other random cleaning tasks before they arrive.

Ability to Organize Smaller Spaces

One of my goals for the past few years, really since moving into our house, has been to cut down on clutter and waste. Efficiency is something that I struggle with and the more clutter I have around, the less efficient and focused I am. With a baby on the way, this is feeling even more and more amplified on the daily! Hiring a cleaning company has enabled me to use my free time to organize smaller spaces. I can declutter our pantry and bathroom cabinets frequently, because I don’t have to spend my time doing other tasks. This has been huge for us. In the winter, Jay and I like to spend Saturday and Sunday mornings decluttering certain areas of our house!

It feels like, slowly over time, we are becoming more clutter free!

Flexibility to Work On Fun Projects

In addition to having time to organize smaller spaces, we also now have more free time and flexibility to work on fun home projects. Things like planting a garden or working in our flower bed. Decorating and looking for furniture is fun too! I feel like now that our home is maintained better, I stay inspired more often and get things done. An untidy space leaves me feeling drained and stressed. Now, I’m better able to manage my clutter and keep things more tidy on a daily basis!

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The Cleaning Company You Need to Hire in 2020: Merry Maids of the Peninsula

Before hiring Merry Maids of the Peninsula, I had a lot of questions and fear about hiring a cleaning company. For example, wouldn’t it cost a fortune? No. How could I trust someone in my home when I’m not there? By hiring the right company. How would they treat Diesel? They treat him with so much love and spoil him while we are gone! Don’t I basically have to clean before they come? No, just picking up anything laying around helps them out! And truly just so many more questions that were generally the wrong impression of hiring a cleaning company.

After calling, I was so surprised at how quickly they were able to come give me an estimate and how helpful Stacey is at helping you find exactly what fits your lifestyle. I knew I wanted our house cleaned frequently, but I wasn’t sure what would work for my budget. I knew once a month wouldn’t be frequent enough, but I thought once a week would be too much. She helped me settle on once every other week and the price was just right for us! I had imagine it costing several hundreds of dollars and boy was I wrong!

Getting a free quote helped me understand exactly what we needed to have cleaned and that their basic coverage covers so much more than I had imagined. We were able to customize our plan and add in extras whenever we feel like we need it. Our house stays cleaner than I had ever imagined and I’m not going to lie, I don’t miss scrubbing the bathtub, shower and toilets one bit! Did I mention they will clean the inside of your fridge? This is next on my list to try!

I’m so happy with how much free time we have had over the past year and not feeling guilty for being behind on my cleaning. We now have a clean home and I’m able to spend my free time organizing, declutter, or just doing what I love to do, rather than scrubbing and mopping! I wanted to share my personal experience with Merry Maids of the Peninsula and why we love them so much. If you have any questions, please just send them my way and don’t hesitate to call them (757) 394-9289 for your free quote. Let them know that I sent you to receive a coupon for a FREE FRIDGE CLEANING with your scheduled service.

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January 7, 2020

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We packed away all of our Christmas decor this weekend and while it was bittersweet, I’m finally warming up to the idea of a new year. For the first time, probably ever, I was slow moving to jump into a new year. Maybe it was the short holiday season or the uncomfortable cold I caught around New Years, but either way, I needed to hold onto 2019 and the holiday season a little longer this/last year.

Looking Forward...2020

As I am looking forward to and through 2020, our lives are about to change forever. We have a lot of change coming Baby P’s arrival in April. I am so excited and can’t wait to hold him in my arms, but something also makes me a little nervous. Maybe it’s giving birth or having a newborn to care for? I don’t know, but I’m feeling all of the feelings these days!

A New Year is always clean slate but when you already feel so blessed it’s hard to want a fresh start, if that makes any sense. However, after packing away Christmas and returning our home to its “normal” state, I can’t help to crave a routine and feel a bit of excitement to set and reach a few new goals.

This little corner of the internet, that I have created, is both a passion project and my personal work of art. Something that I feel could have surpassed it’s reality if I could ever be more routine and consistent. I’m sorry for my lack of consistency, but for some reason I run out of steam so easily. Sometimes I feel like I just haven’t found what quite works for me and sometimes I feel like it’s the constant struggle between creating written content and video content. I mean, how do these girls do it all? I know that they have big teams behind them, but they didn’t always have a team and an office and all the things. How did they create their reality?

I pray that 2020 is a year that something clicks inside of me. That something feels right and has the numbers to support it. If you know what I mean?

Jay and I set some personal, home and financial goals last year and proudly we checked the majority of them off. It felt so good to realize all that we had accomplished and to also see that we set goals that pushed us but were actually attainable. This year, we set a few more and I’m so excited to start working toward them. I read this book at the end of 2018 and it really helped us formulate a good way to set and track goals. You can read more on that here.

I’m not really sure the entire purpose of this post, other than to share what is on my heart and mind for the beginning of 2020. I am eager to share some new content and would love, more than anything, for you to share your feedback with me. What would you like to see? Do you prefer blog posts or videos?

I pray that your 2020 is full of blessings and joy! What are some of your goals for the new year? Should I share mine?

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January 2, 2020

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Hello 2020! I spent Day 1 of 2020 resting, eating soup and trying to kick this little cold I have. Thankfully, I am on the mend (I think) and feeling so much better today! I never got around to sharing a 2019 year in review post with you and while I almost let it slide, I felt like I need to do one, even just a small one, for me to reflect on in the years to come.

While I now write this blog for an audience, I also always write for me too. Looking back on so many memories, how far my relationship has come, and all of the highlighted moments in our lives is something I treasure and hold closely to my heart. This is like my personal, and very public, online diary, that I share with you.

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2019

Phew, that was a big year. Am I right? I feel like 2019 was a pivotal year for so many people I know personally and follow online. The year slipped by me and I didn’t blog very much. I did try to put a decent amount of time into my Youtube channel and that grew quite a bit. It’s incredible to compare yearly statistics from the past few years and see just how much my little platforms have grown! I am a so incredibly thankful four your support, love and encouragement over the years.

Miami

Jay and I kicked off 2019 with a birthday trip to Miami to celebrate me turning 25 on January 31, 2019. 25? That’s a reason for a big year all in itself. We had the best time. The Four Seasons Surfside is beautiful and if you are ever in Miami, definitely make it a point to even just stop by. It’s beautiful. Jay treated me to this trip, so I surprised him with a little gift of his own, for the day at least! We rolled around Miami in a Rolls Royce Dawn and were finally able to do a little site seeing after so many trips spent in the back of an Uber. It was probably one of the best trips of my life, little did we know how much we would cherish that time of relaxation as reality hit us hard when we got home.

February

We spent the first week of February at many doctors appointments, having tests ran and Jay ended up having surgery just two days after finding out some big news. You can read more about that here. I have grown to despise that “c” word even more and usually refuse to even say it. I will keep this short, but God has blessed us me far beyond what I am worthy of. Because truthfully, I’m not worthy of any blessings yet he continues to love me everyday. I spent several hours and days on my knees praying to him during this time, weeping in private and learning how to have a brave face for someone else even when you are falling apart.

We were given the best outcome there is and while I pray we never have to experience that again, and that no one does, I am forever grateful for everything I learned and endured. It has changed me as a person and I pray I can always hold on to those feelings and that mindset. That I will forever praise his name and share our blessing with as many people as I can.

As if I wasn’t obsessed and in love with my husband enough before, I truly am now. I learned how selfish I was and I try to work on that every single day. He is my greatest blessing and I love him more than life itself.

Jay, thank you for loving your family the way you do. For working so hard to provide our home and life and continuous giving to others and your community. You are one of a kind and change so many lives every single day. I love you!

Back to Miami

Honestly, we can’t stay away! We decided to book a trip a few days in advance to Miami again in May to just take a breather after a busy and worrisome Spring Season. We stayed at Faena, did a little shopping and of course ate a ton and drank too! Upon arrival, thank you Amex Platinum, we were upgraded to a Oceanfront Corner Suite room. Honestly, this is the biggest hotel room I’ve ever stayed in. It had TWO bathrooms! It was incredible and you can see our Faena Room Tour here. I love weekend getaways with Jay and that is something we are already prioritizing after the baby comes.

Pool and Garden

We spent many of days at my parents new pool and working on our garden. I never got around to sharing our progress with you, but hopefully I will this year! We built raised beds and planted our crops! Our harvest was bountiful and I realized I don’t need quite so many squash and cucumber plants, but it makes sharing all the more fun.

We drank cocktails by the pool and got the bed suntan we have had in years. We tried to teach Worm to love the pool, but he still has a little ways to go. Maybe Summer 2020 will be the year he learns to love the water! (LOL)

St. Barth’s

The phrase “last minute” is probably the best to use when describing Jay and I. We do most things last minute, but I’m learning the value in planning. Speaking of last minute, we booked a last minute trip to St. Barth’s and had a blast! We celebrate Bastille Day like locals, until about 2:30am at Bagatelle. Le Sereno is one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve ever stayed at! I will never understand how Heineken comes free in your mini bar but you have to pay extra water?! Either way, we came home rested and thirsty! You cane see our St. Barth’s Travel Guide Here.

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Baby P

On August 5, 2019 we found out that we were expecting a little Baby Parlett in April of 2020! I don’t think anyone can prepare you for that moment! We were both so excited and grateful, and I personally was in major shock. A true blessing this little guy is, but he really took me off guard at how quickly he arrived. I’m so grateful for that. At first, pregnancy was the weirdest thing. I mean, how could a human life be growing in side of me? Quickly, I found out. I spent the entire month of September on the couch or in bed. October was a little better, but then the actually vomiting started. I would say it took to about 16 weeks for me to feel almost back to feeling decent. You can read all about my First Trimester Here.

We are 25 weeks and 1 day pregnant today and it seems nearly impossible that our second little baby boy will be here in about 15 weeks. The amount of love we have received is overwhelming. We can’t wait to become a family of 4 and watch Diesel become the best big brother in the entire world.

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New York City

One of our goals for 2019 was to travel more and I think we definitely did that! We headed back to NYC in December to take in the holiday decorations and do a little shopping. There is something so magical about NYC at Christmas. I will say that I’m not sure that I’m cut out for NYC at Christmas while 5 months pregnant. I might skip on that next time!

We stayed at the Four Seasons hotel and ate plenty of room service. We also got to eat at The Polo Bar, Maman, Bergdorf Goodman and a few other great places. You can see all of this on my Instagram Stories NYC 19 highlight! I had no clue that The Polo Bar was so difficult to get into. Thankfully, our sale associate at Tom Ford has a connection and was able to get us a table. She was so amazing! Thank you! I wish we had a Maman because I would be drinking their iced oat milk latte everyday!!

2019 Year in Review

Diesel

As you know, Diesel is a 9 year old boxer (as on November my baby is 9)! Boxers are ironed to having many health issues and while we had quite a few scares in 2019 and a few things to get straight in 2020, our little baby boy is healthy and his heart is responding good to all of this medicines! We love every single day with this boy and are so grateful God allowed us to be his parents for his time on earth. He is my little miracle baby and the one who made me a mama and brought a new importance to my life that I had never known. I love you, Diesel.

Our Home

In 2019, we checked off several new home updates and basically decorated our entire living room! We also got a new fence for Diesel to run around and play in and we all love it. Each season we updated our landscape and I’m so excited for what all there is to come in 2020. 2019 brought us so many exciting moments and checked off some of my lifetime wishlist items (that would be a Range Rover and a Birkin). Not trying to be too materialistic but those are pretty exciting for me!

Most importantly, 2019 taught me several lessons that I am thankful for. Learning to live in the moment despite my appliance or what others might think was a big one for me. I do think that pregnancy has made me more confident and it has also brought along a lot of aches, pains, nausea and sickness that I will be happy to see go (hopefully) when our little baby boy arrives in April.

2019, you were a wild ride but you were a blessed year and I can say with confidence that my cup does overflow! Thank you, Jesus!

I have my family, food to eat, a roof over my head and I don’t need much more. I’m grateful for every blessing that comes my way but I have learned what is the most important things in life and thankfully all of mine are healthy.

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Hello 2020! I spent Day 1 of 2020 resting, eating soup and trying to kick this little cold I have. Thankfully, I am on the mend (I think) and feeling so much better today! I never got around to sharing a 2019 year in review post with you and while I almost let it slide, […]

December 28, 2019

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It seems unreal that I’m here to share with you the my favorites and the Best of 2019! How did this year go by so fast? 2019 has been a true blessing but rollercoaster of a year. My New Year blog posts are some of my favorite to share, so I will keep things short, from a personal standpoint, and share that later. But, I’m so thankful and excited to share with you the Best of 2019!

Honestly, I have been debating how I break this up and share everything and I think I will share big categories with small to subheadings for each product or brand. This year has definitely been a brand discovery year, I feel like. In some ways I have tried new things and in other areas I have really cut back on my purchases.

Skincare

Skincare is a category that I’m most excited about, particularly for one reason, Dr. Barbara Sturm! Her products have really changed my skin but I have also found a few other favorites too! At the end of 2018, my skin was the worst it has ever looked. I made it a point to not only clear up my skin but to try to clear up my life a bit too. Fast forward to the end of 2019, I’m not doing the best with my eating (because, well, pregnancy) but I’m still trying to keep a more minimal mindset.

Best of 2019

Dr. Barbara Sturm

There is no confusion as to why Dr. Barbara Sturm’s products are raved about the way they are. They are gentle, clean and effective. I love the chic packaging and how effective each product is. In 2019, I have tried several of her products. I have found a place for each of them in my skincare routine, even if it isn’t everyday. The biggest downfall of this brand is the price point. The serums are the most expensive, but everything has a higher price point. I would recommend giving some of the less expensive items a try first to see how they react with your skin.

Cleanser

Enzyme Cleanser

Balancing Toner

Eye Cream

Lip Balm

Clarifying Serum

Calming Serum

Hyaluronic Serum

Sun Drops

Farmacy Green Clean

As I have tried to opt for cleaner products this year, the Farmacy Green Clean makeup remover came highly recommended from you and let me tell you, you were so right! This product is amazing. I have read the benefits of double cleansing specifically with an oil based cleanser first to breakdown SPF, but never have been able to find one that didn’t irritate or break my skin out. The Farmacy Green Clean is not irritating and breaks down everything easily, without needing to continuously rub my makeup off. Such a great product!

Microneedling

While this isn’t a product, it is a treatment that has drastically changed my skin and my acne scarring. Over the first half to the year, I had four microneedling treatments. While these were painful during the healing, they tremendously improved the texture of my skin. You can see my experience here and read my review here.

Makeup

I really kind of skimmed by in the makeup department this year as I wanted to focus as much as possible on skincare! However, there were a few standout products and brands for me this year.

Chantecaille

I dabbled into Chantecaille a bit this year and while it is not completely clean, it’s a step in the right direction and they are cruelty free which I love. The Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer is one of my favorite products. It’s a thicker tinted moisturizer and provides good buildable coverage. I also really love their brow pencil and brow gel, both of which have lasted me six months so far! Literally, the longest lasting brown pencil! I’m sure it will run out next week now that I said that! (haha) However, I will mention that I gave the mascara a try and did not love that. I will leave it open for a month or so and give it another try once it dries up a bit!

Bare Minerals Warmth

I have talked about this bronzer for years and for good reason. If you are looking for a great natural bronzer, I couldn’t recommend this one more. I use it for both contouring and bronzing and even as eyeshadow sometimes!

Best of 2019

Aerin Amber Musk

If I had to give this year a favorite fragrance, it would definitely be Aerin’s Amber Musk. I am a huge fan of Aerin Lauder and her brand and this perfume captures it all in a bottle for me.

Haircare

As with skincare and makeup products, this year I really simplified my haircare routine. I’ve never been one to really have too many products in my haircare routine, but I just wanted to clean it up and focus on using products with better ingredients, for the most part!

Rahua

Rahua is a brand that has changed the way I look at hair care! Before I became pregnant, I started using Rahua and now Jay uses it too. We always joke that we are both very oily people-oily skin, oily hair, you name it,we got it! This shampoo has changed my hair for the best. Not only do I feel like my hair has never been stronger or thicker (also, thank you pregnancy), but I noticed that my hair is shinier and truly just healthier overall.

Because the ingredients are so clean, I was worried it wouldn’t do much for my hair. However, I have been completely impressed by the shampoo and conditioner and now I’m completely ombsessed with the dry shampoo. I’ve never been one that has been able to use dry shampoo. Remember how I said we are oily? haha. But, in all seriousness, this dry shampoo is unlike any other product I have ever tried. It’s consistency is extremely interesting, it actually works, it gives my hair volume and one of my biggest pet peeves for dry shampoo is that it isn’t really scented. It has a mild scent but definitely no fragrance which is huge for me. For some reason, over time, I begin to associate the smell of my dry shampoo with dirty hair and then can’t stand it all together! I don’t know, I’m weird, but it’s a thing!

Fashion

Obviously, the second half of the year I have had to adapt my style a bit to fit this growing bump! However, I have definitely found some great clothing pieces and accessories this year.

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Manolo Blahnik BB Pump

My obsession with this shoe started last year, but has continued well throughout 2019. If you are looking for a great classic, luxury, pump I think this is one of the best options out there!

Mother White Denim

You know I am a huge fan of white denim and this year, I found this pair that absolutely stole the show! These are super comfortable and I love the cut. They look beautiful in the Spring and Summer and even cuter with a chunky sweater and ballet flats in the Fall.

Skin Pajamas

I discovered Skin back in January when I ordered this comfy set for our trip to Miami. These pajamas have been a staple in my wardrobe all year long and I just added a few more pieces to my collection this Christmas! They are beautiful and comfortable, and I love them so much!

Le Spec Sunnies

You know that I am a die hard Celine sunglasses girl, however in Summer 2019 I fell in love with this pair from Le Spec. I love how chic they are and how durable they are. They are luxury without the price and perfect for beach/pool days!

Commando Undies

I know, I know, I’m highlighting my undies, but y’all these are soo good! They are comfortable and flattering. Think Christmas Vacation, “Look Russ! No lines!” Seriously, though these are my new favorites and I have repurchased several more pairs since my very first purchase back in May!

Home

This year was a big home year for us. Since building our home, I have had an ever pressing todo/to-buy list that continues to grow with Baby P on the way! Our home is a huge source of joy for me as I require a lot of down time and enjoy spending my days here. Spending time in our home with our family is what excites me the most! However, it can also be a source of anxiety, enter a major meltdown this morning. Either way, its my labour of love.

Living Room

In 2019, we did a lot of work on our living room. A new sofa, two chairs, a coffee table, rug, and an accent table! Holy moly, we really did accomplish a ton in this room this year. It’s all coming together so beautifully and brings me so much joy to enjoy this space.

We also added some new light sconces in our breakfast nook and I am soo in love with these! As well as a runner in our master bathroom.

Fence

Fencing in our backyard for Diesel to play has been a huge stressor for me the past few years. We wanted him to be able to run and play but to also keep our yard looking beautiful and manicured. Balancing all of that with a budget was difficult but we finally came up with a good solution and I’m so happy with how it all turned out!

Best of 2019: Dr. Barbara Sturm, Manolo Blahnik, Home Decor and More!

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