Diapers are so very wasteful. Can you imagine a landfill full of dirty diapers? Laying there for eternity, never decomposing? Naaaasty. So we've been trying to use eco-friendly diapers so that we can make a tiny little difference in this world.Read More
The post is entitled "Palm Springs Flings" because whenever we go to Palm Springs it's always for a very short while. Like, just a day. Which gives us just enough time, usually, to swim and explore a little. We like to do Hotel Tonight to find our hotels. This trip we decided to stay at The Saguaro, which is a really popular hotel, and we quickly regretted it as we walked into our room to hear music blaring outside and a pool full of drunkards. Not exactly kid friendly. So we found another pool and all was well.Read More
Jesse had the whole weekend off, Saturday through Monday, so we got to celebrate him lots and lots. We had a date night, found a super fun park, went to LA, and took naps.Read More
I've talked quite a bit about our nursing journey on social media and my blog, because it had a really rough start. And I like to think that the next baby will be easier, but who knows, I may have a whole new slew of issues to deal with, and that's perfectly fine. I've learned that it's all worth it. In the beginning, we didn't get much help from the lactation nurses at the hospital, and I was under the impression that it would just come naturally (which I think is the case for most moms). So when it didn't come naturally I had no idea what to do. It seemed so easy for everyone else. I felt so alone and lost in the midst of trying to figure out our rhythm, that I wish I had something like the Happy Family Infant Feeding Support. They offer countless resources to help moms (and dads!) navigate their way through infant feeding, whether their baby is breastfed or formula fed, there's a Happy Mama Milk Mentor there to answer all your questions, as well as countless articles you can read. And what's even better is it's absolutely free. Thought up by moms themselves, they know the struggle and are passionate about helping other moms figure it all out together.Read More
I have always loved jumpsuits. When I was in high school I would thrift the ugliest but awesome-est vintage jumpsuits, sometimes cutting them into shorts, sometimes leaving them long. And I still have a few of them. Not to brag or anything but I did wear them before they were cool ;)
But, that's beside the point. This jumpsuit by The Bare Road is what dreams are made of. It's super comfortable and can easily be dressed down with some sneakers or up with some heels. I'm not big into heels myself, but I know it would look super cute.Read More
My little sister just graduated high school, as I stated in my "Utah in May" post. So a few days after we got home, she flew in to stay with us for almost a whole week! It was so much fun. I hardly ever get one on one time with my younger sister because the rest of my family is usually there, so it was super fun to get to know her a little better and show her all my favorite places (and try to convince her to go to art school here).Read More
I've come to the conclusion that everything Australian is better. I'm not gonna lie, I've even googled their immigration policies to see if we can move there (we can't). I don't even care if that makes me a bad American, because their brands are the best. Australian style is amazing. So effortless and low maintenance.Read More
I love finding new brands that offer a healthy alternative for my daughter. I recently discovered Sprout, and I think I'm in love. Sprout provides premium organic snacks for babies and toddlers to help parents raise healthy and adventurous eaters. Sprout has a broad range of choices including only USDA certified organic, non-GMO ingredients, with a mix of whole fruits, vegetables and grains. Sprout’s products are designed to expand baby’s palate beyond sweet and establish a love of nutritious foods early on.Read More
Prepare for yet another photo dump. We went to Utah for my younger sister's high school graduation, and it was so good being with family. Every time we go to Utah it's always for some sort of event, so we don't get to really explore or go on any adventures. But spending time with family is much more needed than adventures.Read More
Summer is my favorite season, always has been, always will be. Especially when it comes to fashion. My style is pretty basic, I love neutral colors and casual, laid-back looks. If you're like me, you'll love these looks as well.Read More
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I recently was asked how I don't go crazy with spending so much time with my daughter. That question took me by surprise, and I wasn't sure how to answer.
Of course, it got me thinking.
I don't get much alone time, other than nap time. I don't get much time to myself. I don't go out much by myself, or even really take much "me time". So how is it that I'm still sane? Am I even sane? Have I gone crazy and there's no turning back so it's just the new normal?
I don't consider myself a stay at home mom because I do work (only 3 hours a week..). But I pretty much am a stay at home mom. Which is great, because that's always what I wanted to be.
In 2nd grade when we were asked to write about what we wanted to be when we grew up, while all the other kids wrote about being astronauts and firefighters, I wrote about being a mom.
Today in our culture kids are seen as a burden rather than a blessing (at least here in southern california), people put it off until the last second. Like, there are much more important things to do and kids ruin everything, so put off having children until you have 2 eggs left and you can't wait any longer. We, as a society, are so obsessed with money and career that family is becoming less and less of value. "Don't you have dreams and aspirations?" "You didn't buy a home before having kids?", is what I imagine they're thinking when they see me. What they actually say is "you're too young to be a mom."
Oh, I am? Well somehow it still worked... the sperm found the egg despite my age and economic status. But thank you for your opinion that you stated as a fact.
I've often heard about or seen comments like "you're so strong and brave and independent for leaving your baby to go work". Not too long ago, you were looked down upon for leaving your child with a caregiver to work, but now it's the complete opposite where you're looked down upon if you don't leave your child with a caregiver to go work. Neither are right, in my opinion. I have a great respect for ambitious women because I wouldn't necessarily consider myself one. The world needs ambitious women. But the world also needs "just a mom"s. Isn't that an equally brave and strong thing? To sacrifice your dreams and ambitions for the wellbeing of your child. To spend your days pouring yourself out to rarely be filled back up. Isn't that equally empowering?
I've always felt kind of ashamed of the fact that I just wanted to be a wife and a mom. I always felt so much pressure to be more than that, as if there's anything better and more fulfilling than motherhood. I always thought I wouldn't be satisfied unless I was doing big things for the Lord, and like I wasn't called to an ordinary life. Or If I didn't graduate college (which I didn't) and establish a career (which I didn't), but instead got married and had babies (which I did) that I would somehow be a failure.
But, now, here I am in this ordinary life, and I'm realizing it's exactly where I'm supposed to be and that there was never anything wrong with desiring to be "just a mom". It's the most important job in the world. I, personally, can't see a greater definition of feminism than motherhood itself.
No woman should be looked down upon whether they choose to be a "traditional" wife and mother, or whether they choose to chase their dreams via career. We're all strong and we're all brave. My daughter will grow up knowing that she can do anythign she wants, even if that means being "just a mom" like her mom.
It's my second mother's day, and I'm so excited! Last year Jesse woke up early and made me a huge feast for breakfast (see the post here). The year before that we still celebrated because I was pregnant, and I bought myself this bag (because I needed an excuse). Ha!
This year, I treated myself to some goodies (some of which are in this guide). Jesse got the day off work, too, so I'm excited to be able to spend the entire day together as a family.Read More
Well, this gloomy and chilly weather came out of nowhere! But I'm not complaining, other than the fact that I really would have loved to wear our matching rompers all day. I was so excited to put them on in the morning, then we walked outside and was utterly disappointed.Read More
Parenting and motherhood are the most beautiful God-given job on this earth, but it also really sucks. We're given these precious lives to nurture and take care of, but only for a short time, until they develop their own dreams and desires and opinions and leave us high and dry for the next best thing.
It's the most fulfilling, yet heartbreaking job. Knowing that I cannot hold her safe in my arms forever. Knowing that I can't keep her to myself forever. Knowing that I will eventually have to let go.Read More
So, I've been coveting some Olympia Activewear for a while and finally took the plunge and bought myself a set. And I love it! Probably the most flattering leggings I've ever owned, and I have another set sitting in my cart waiting to come home to me.
I love the colors and unique design, and I could literally give them all my money. And I probably will end up doing so...Read More
So, this is basically just a photo dump because we packed so much into one weekend that I'm too overwhelmed to write it all. I will say, however, this is one of the best weekends we've had in a while. Jesse was off for 4 days in a row which never happens! So we took full advantage of it.
Enjoy allll the pictures :)Read More
Nap time, oh nap time. I love you. You allow me to do so many things like snack on those cookies I dont want to share, and binge watch that show on Netflix I don't want Ever to watch, and even maybe get a workout in.
This is a simple 20ish minute workout that you can easily do at home with no equipment.Read More
When you become a parent, you begin to see the world in a different light.
You see all its beauty in a new way, but you also notice more of the bad things like chemicals, toxins, carcinogens, etc. everywhere. That's why I appreciate companies like Baby Mantra, who go to extreme precautions to make sure their product is safe for little ones.Read More
Jesse went into work at noon today. The days he works 12-8 are very bittersweet. It means we have time to do something in the morning, but it also means he doesn't get home until late, usually after Evvie is already in bed. Today, he's MOD (manager on duty) which means he'll be extra late because he has to be the last one to leave.Read More