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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Twelve Days of Christmas: I Have a Toddler Edition.

On the first day of Christmas, my toddler gave to me...A picture with Santa where there was so much screaming, even Santa isn't smiling. (I'll frame it anyway).
On the second day of Christmas, my toddler gave to me...Two epic meltdowns before 10:00AM, because Christmas errands are not for the faint of heart, and they are also not for toddlers. 

On the third day of Christmas, my toddler gave to me...Three Christmas cookies used as bribes, that will most definitely result in a skipped nap. 

On the fourth day of Christmas, my toddler gave to me...Four showings of Curious George Christmas (in a row) (on the same day) (send wine). 

On the fifth day of Christmas, my toddler gave to me...Five strangers staring in the grocery store as he stood up in the cart and declared his true feelings about grocery shopping the week of Christmas. 

On the sixth day of Christmas, my toddler gave to me...Six hours I spent googling "toddler Christmas gifts" knowing full well he'll be happiest with the wrapping paper. 

On the seventh day of Christmas, my toddler gave to me...Seven awkward FaceTime dates with out of town family who wants to wish the toddler a merry Christmas, but the toddler only wants to make a brief appearance, leaving you to handle the rest of the conversation.

On the eighth day of Christmas, my toddler gave to me...Eight extra miles of driving because he finally passed out and there is no earthly way I'm going home and waking him up. 

On the ninth day of Christmas, my toddler gave to me...Nine pizzas ordered (so far) this month because this. mama. ain't. cooking. 

On the tenth day of Christmas, my toddler gave to me...Ten different attempts at staged candid Christmas pictures before giving up and promising I'll get professional pictures taken this year (I won't). 

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my toddler gave to me...Eleven "last minute" Target runs for things I convince myself he needs for Christmas. 

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my toddler gave to me...twelve broken ornaments from tackling the Christmas tree. 

Twelve broken ornaments, 
Eleven Target runs, 
Ten failed photoshoots, 
Nine pizzas delivered, 
Eight miles of driving, 
Seven awkward FaceTimes, 
Six hours googling, 
Five strangers staring, 
Four Curious George shows, 
Three Christmas cookies,
Two epic meltdowns, 
And a picture of Santa that borders on creepy
(but I'm framing it anyway)
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Monday, December 11, 2017

Here's Your Reminder to Stop and Savor.

Hi, you. 

You, thriving in the holiday hustle and bustle. Or you, overwhelmed by the chaos. You, so excited that Christmas is in two weeks. You, feeling behind and like you haven't even started the season yet. 

Wherever you are, here's your reminder to slow down, stop, and savor. 

Whether this season is everything you hoped it would be or looks nothing like you wanted it to, it's still your holiday season. And it's worth savoring, even just for a minute. 

While you're buying gifts (cheerfully, or frantically), savor the fact that you have relationships in your life that are Christmas present-worthy. When you're driving home from a night full of errands (always chaotic this time of year), savor the coziness of pulling into your neighborhood to see houses lit up with lights. 

Savor the feeling of plugging in the Christmas tree before you turn any other lights on. Savor how your favorite Christmas song makes you feel. Savor the feeling of laughing at Elf, or Home Alone, or The Grinch. Curl up with a blanket and some hot chocolate and take a second to just be happy that it's Christmas. 

Every moment won't be perfect. You'll still have moments of being tired, or overwhelmed, or disappointed, or fill-in-the-blank. But this season, this cozy, beautiful, bright, wonderful season, will be over before you know it. So before that happens, take a second to slow down. Look around and savor it while it's still here. 
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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Just Today.

"All we have is today. Just today." 

That was my best friend's response to a situation I was frustratedly telling her about. And while it wasn't advice, and it didn't help me understand how things were going to play out, it was comforting. Because she's right. All we have right now is the day we're living in. We can hope to make tomorrow good, too. We can hope to learn from yesterday. But right now, today is the only thing you can control right this second. So might as well make it a good one. 

There's something really freeing about realizing that. The circumstance that has you stumped, that you don't know what to do next? Well, do your best today. The Christmas season (that can make the best of us feel inadequate) making you feel like you should have already done more? Get your festive on today. Having a crappy week, or month, or year with no real end in sight? Make today good. Make it really good. 

Maybe tomorrow will be better. Maybe it won't. But right now, you have today. 

Just today. 
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

10 Under $10: Things You (Maybe, Might) Need

I love seeing people's favorite things. Honestly, a lot of my favorite things, or things I use on a daily basis, came from seeing people recommend them online. So many things I never would have known about if it wasn't for people sharing their favorites!

I am also a sucker for a good deal, so it should not come as a surprise that the majority of my favorite things are under $10. Here are ten of them...treat yo'self. 

Daisy sunglasses. HOW FUN ARE THESE?! I need them. 

Fuzzy socks. There is truly nothing more cozy this time of year than warm feet. There's just not. 

Hey Sugar mug. This mug is $4 and was practically made for instagram pictures. Look a those colors! 

Lip lingerie. This is my go-to lip color right now. They have over twenty shades so you can find a nude that looks good on you. Your lips naked, but better. 

If you can read this, bring me hot chocolate socks. These are adorable and pretty much begging to be worn on Christmas morning. 

Christmas tree candle. We got a tiny real tree this year, and it smells amazing, but not enough to make my whole house smell like Christmas. This baby takes care of that. 

Yoga mat spray. This smells incredible and really does help you stay focused. It adds a whole extra element to Yoga. I love it. 

Sushi stud earrings. I cannot explain to you why I need these so bad, but I do. I really do. 

Mug warmer. If you're anything like me, after gulping down that first cup of coffee, it's a miracle if you can finish a mug before it gets cold. This guy keeps it warm until things calm down enough for you to remember that you did have a cup of coffee somewhere around here...

No bad days shirt. Because there are no bad days in December, that's the rule. 

What are you loving that's under $10?

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Spending Your December: A To-Do List For Adventuring Through The Most Magical Month of The Year.

The most magical month of the entire year is here! We get 31 beautiful days this month and we get to choose how to spend them. Of course, I have some suggestions. 

1. Start an Advent calendar. 

2. Decorate your space for Christmas. 

3. Get your pet a Christmas sweater. This one lights up. You're welcome. 

4. Make hot chocolate. Not just from a packet, either. Get fancy with it.

5. Bake Christmas cookies. 

6. Watch Elf. 

7. Leave a secret Santa gift. 

8. Donate to a family in need. It doesn't have to be extravagant to help. Most of us probably have things in our pantry we could spare that a food bank would happily take.

9. Go through ____ in preparation of incoming gifts. Asking for clothes for Christmas? Get rid of the ones you don't wear anymore. Know your kid will get a bunch of toys? Throw out the broken ones, donate the ones she doesn't play with anymore. 

10. Watch a Christmas movie you've never seen. I will happily give you allll my recommendations. 

11. Look up Christmas-y things in your town.

12. Listen to Christmas music by a fire. My personal definition of cozy.

13. Make a fun day out of Christmas shopping. Grab lunch somewhere fun, listen to Christmas music on the way, grab a peppermint mocha...'tis the season.

14. Decorate gingerbread houses.

15. Go look at Christmas lights.

16. Play Dirty Santa. Even if you have to throw a party of your own to make this happen. . .worth it.

17. Give someone a Christmas card that wouldn't expect it. A maintenance worker, your mail lady, the cashier at Publix. . .the possibilities are pretty endless with this one. 

18. Go see Santa. Borrow a child if you must.

19. Get Christmas PJs. 

20. Have a Christmas dinner party. Whether this means you invite all your friends over or just cook some festive things for yourself, do whatever you'll enjoy the most! 

21. Clean your house. Either you'll be happy to spend Christmas in a clean home, or you'll be happy to return to a clean home from wherever you spent Christmas.

22. Read the Christmas story.

23. Go to a Christmas service. No matter what your faith, there is something magical about attending a Christmas service.

24. Celebrate Christmas Eve. The best day! 

25. Celebrate Christmas! 

26. Be the laziest. Look, no one gets anything done the day after Christmas. Embrace it. 

27. Do something to avoid the post-holiday blues. Whether this means go to the gym or go to your favorite restaurant, do something that makes you happy! 

28. Exchange any gifts you need to. It's not fun, just get it over with.

29. Think about your goals for 2018.

30. Write 2017 a letter. A love letter, some hate mail, whatever you need to do.

31. Celebrate New Year's Eve!

How will you be spending your December?
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

What November Taught Me.

To make the most of your moments.  Life is such a weird and delicate balance of planning for the future and living in the moment. You can't truly live in the moment all the time, otherwise, you'd spend all your money on something that made you happy right now and not be able to pay your rent at the end of the month, or take off traveling and not have a job when you get back.

But there is something to be said about being aware of the fact that this moment, today, is all you can be sure of. Hopefully you'll have tomorrow, and the next day, and the next, so of course it's important to plan and work and prepare. But don't get so busy doing those things that you don't even enjoy the moments in front of you. 

That not everyone will understand the choices you make, and that's okay. Have you ever needed to cancel plans pretty late? Not flaked out, or changed your mind, but desperately needed to cancel plans for your own well-being? And when you catch flack for it, you think, I wish I could just make you see into my head right now so you could understand this. But you can't, and that's okay. Becuase you made the decision you needed to make for you. 

I'm learning a lot of life is like that. Since so much of daily life is made up of decisions, it makes sense that there are going to be a few (or a lot) decisions that not everyone in your life understands, or agrees with, or supports. The important thing is to make the ones you think are right. 

That it's okay if you can't bring yourself to savor every single second. It doesn't make you a bad friend or partner or parent. I'm so big on savoring the time we're given, but do you know what I spent last night doing? Cleaning up throw up from my carpet. Do you know how much of me savored those moments? Exactly none. Zero percent. I love Jack, I love being his mom, I love spending time with him. But last night, my thoughts were somewhere along the lines of OKAY FRIDAY, I NEED YOU, STAT. And that's okay. Savor what you can, but truly, not all of it can be savored. And that's okay. 

What did this month teach you? 
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

3 Things You Need to Know About.

O N E || Philosophy Pore Extractor Mask. Guys. I have found the face mask to end all face masks. It is nothing short of straight-up wizardry. 

I kept seeing ads for it, saying blackhead-free skin in TWO uses, so I was obviously intrigued. But Ulta was sold out, and they closed down my Sephora (BOOOO), and you can only buy the full-size online. I was hesitant to spend the full-sized money on something I hadn't tried yet. Then, I got my Sephora Play box, and it was one of the samples! 

It does exactly what it says. I'm telling you, it sucks the gunk out of your face. It's amazing. While it is on the more expensive side (hi, I usually pay $5 for face masks), you're only supposed to use it twice a week, and a little goes a long way. 100% worth it. I've already ordered the full size. 

T W O || Lowes has mini (real!) Christmas trees for $19! I was worried about our tree this year, because last year Jack wasn't even walking yet. Now, he runs around the house, bringing terror to anything not bolted to the wall (just kidding) (but only kind of). We have some sentimental ornaments that I don't want to risk breaking, so we got one of these little trees and put the glass ornaments on it, safe out of Jack's reach. I'm sure he'll pull our big tree down at some point, but at least nothing will shatter when he does. 

T H R E E || Frosted Sugar Cookie Creamer from Aldi. It is delicious and tastes like Christmas is having a dance party in my mouth. Look, I know flavored creamer is garbage. I do. But I'm very healthy in most other aspects, so just let me have this one. CHRISTMAS DANCE PARTY, OKAY?!

Tell me what I need to know about! 

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