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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Blinded by Blogging


I think as a blogger we're so sucked into everyday life being placed on social media in the most perfect and pristine way. It's all about the perfect instagram photo and the weekly manicures and now the snapchats of "daily life" that are also, mostly staged. I too have fallen into the well lit photos and the moments of only sharing what's perfect and pretty but lately, I'm so drawn to being real. What a concept! This doesn't come from a hateful or bashing way but in a sense that I want the people following me and keeping up to date with my life and kids to feel inspired because I live a normal life.

I'm up at 6am with a baby, getting a 9 year old off to school, hitting the gym and then not even getting ready for the day sometimes until 2pm IF I even get ready for the day. If we're being honest, I tend to get blinded by a needy baby and client emails that half the time, I'm a smelly mess until the kids are asleep for the night. So realistically, I don't have time to stage a great photo or share peeks of blogging details because shit, I'm busy being a mom and business woman. Truthfully, there is a day in a week that I can manage to get ready and enjoy a Starbucks or even a lunch out with a friend but guys, that's a rare occasion.

The intent of this post has everything to do with our new home. I'm so enamored with the lovely pinterest kitchens and home decor and find myself in this season of life lusting over everything that's trendy and EXPENSIVE. K, we don't have a money tree in our yard... or world so the things I see and pin and would die to have in our new home just.can't.happen. That's the reality of it and that's something I've had a hard time swallowing when Andrew and I have house talks - which is daily now - about what we can and can't afford. Are upgraded countertops throughout the house a must? No. Do we need to do custom flooring right when we close? Not at all. How about the 6 inch crown moulding and baseboards? Nope. We can't afford it and that's okay.

We're 25 and 27 with two kids and just getting into our dream home after our starter home. We really don't even need the space this new home offers but we're blessed to be able to afford that. We are lucky to have the ability to have kids with their own rooms, a guest room, an office and heck- a 4 car garage. But cosmetically, it's going to be a journey over time making it perfect for us.

Being in this world of "perfect" makes me want want want and it's not healthy. It's outrageous I now have expectations of a $40,000 kitchen because she has it. I mean, snap out of it. I'm excited to be sharing this home journey with you guys but please know, if you're expecting the most perfect home when we move in come August, you won't be seeing that. It's going to be real and down and dirty for a while so we can simply adjust and embrace the new blessing of our dream home.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The New 'Do

dress- Nobella Grace | wedges- Nordstrom Rack | clutch- GiGi New York

Well, I did it! I went ahead and chopped my hair off. I was having some issues with my extensions and felt like all that was happening was me losing my hair so after being long for about 6 years, I decided it was time to go back to my signature cut and take 9 inches off my natural hair. Whew- it was nerve wrecking and I had hot flashes and I don't think I fully realized how long my actual hair was because I was wear extensions for so long but I'm a fan. I will admit, it's something I have to get used to again since it hasn't been this short since Andrew and I started dating in 2009 but I will embrace the length, dammit! That doesn't mean I won't rock the occasional extension though... ;)

Also, meet my photographer!
Ain't he cute?

Monday, March 23, 2015

Proud Supporter

top-| jeans- Paige Denim | heels- Marshall's | watch- Kate Spade | sunnies- RayBan


Because Monday.

But really since being mommy... well since being pregnant if we're being honest, I've been a huge fan of comfy attire. I really wish this top came into my radar while I was pregnant because maybe it would've made people stare less at my not so cute public appearances. These days though, it's my go-to when roaming around the house or running to Costco or even school pickup. Just being truthful with you all! I got it from and they have some sweet deals worth checking out- here!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Our New Home

I realize I've completely slacked and didn't officially mention it here but we bought a new house! It's something Andrew and I really took our time on and prayed for the right answer and over time, we felt in our heart going with the new build we first fell in love with is the way to go. It's so appealing to us (more me than him, ha!) knowing this home will be built for us and we're not coming into something someone else has already called home. I love the idea that we will be getting things dirty first and we will be making memories in that backyard before anyone else did- it's ours.

We listed our home within days of signing the contract on the new house and within the first week of it being up, we had 2 offers! We're now in the middle of a contract and will be closing April 15th on our current home so in just under a month, we're saying goodbye, moving in with Andrew's parents for a couple months and then will be welcoming our new digs in August!

So we're actually pretty far into things with the new development and visited the design center to pick all our finishes already so I thought it was about time to share the aesthetic of where we're going with this baby! My definition if probably Farmhouse Chic... bahahah- whatever that means!

We are just so pumped to see it all come to life over the next couple months and to see them break ground on the lot very soon! It's completely surreal knowing Emery will be celebrating her first birthday in our forever home and that Drake has his own guest suite.... I mean what 9 year old has a walk in closet and bathroom attached to their rooms? I'll do my best to share pictures and details along the way- happy weekend!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Staying Motivated with Albion Fit

leggings- Albion Fit | top- Albion Fit | yoga mat- Target | baby wrap- Solly Baby Wrap | water bottle- BKR | iPhone case- Kate Spade

Monday I wrote about beauty and how I define it in my eyes. I had a great response from that and I want to extend a huge thank you to the women who were moved and commented positively on that post, It seems we need more encouragement and uplifting people to support while in this field and I hope I can be just that for you all. On that same note with defining beauty, I also believe you are able to find things about yourself you're always wanting to improve for your own happiness.

Not long ago, I shared on instagram my hurt after adjusting to my new post baby body and my journey to getting back to being healthy and happy in my own skin. It's been about a month so far and although the progress is slow, there is progress! I've found adding a few new items of workout gear to my closet here and there really keep me motivated to stay at it and it helps to have something stylish and comfy while keeping up with a 9 year old and infant. Right?

Albion Fit and I teamed up today to bring you a giveaway on some stylish new leggings for you too! Not only do they stock some seriously cute workout/yoga attire, they have an adorable line of vintage, luxury swimwear! If only I had the body to rock it.... maybe next summer! ;)

Make sure to stop by my instagram today to enter to win!