. . . for Lauren and Lauren

February 25, 2015

I Can't Live Without

scarf: discovery    tunic: loft    leggings: costco   boots: justfab

. . . . my Costco leggings.  I seriously wear these all the time.  A worthy $13 investment.  Especially because it's ridiculously freezing here all the time and they are super warm.  And they're thick enough to continue my slippery slope to wear leggings as pants.  

I know it's a general feeling that the blogging community has lessened quite a bit the last year and I really do miss commenting on other blogs and spending time getting to know new bloggers.  So my friend Lindsay from Pursuit of Pink and I decided to try a new link up.  Every Thursday we'll write about something we can't live without.  A piece of clothing, a recipe, a favorite baby item, a tv show, anything you love that you wouldn't want to live without.  Link up on one of our blogs and check out the other posts.  I'm excited to read everyone's posts that link up and hopefully feel a little more connected!  

Our first link up will be next week, Thursday March 5th.  (I always publish my posts in the evenings, so feel free to link up Wednesday night.)  You can grab the code below or in my sidebar to add to your post if you'd like!  I'm excited to read your posts! 
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February 24, 2015


Friendships used to be a big struggle for me and a major area of insecurity.  It took me a really long time to feel like I had solid friendships.  A year ago this month I met my now closest friend.  I had seen a picture of her and her daughter on our photographers website and recognized her from our church.  Even though Chris and I had been going to our church for years, we only had close friends from our small group, and didn't know many other people in our big church.  I remember thinking once I had babies it'd be easier to make friends because you'd at least have your kids to talk about. But initiating something with a total stranger is not something that comes easy to me.  But I messaged Meredith, we set up a playdate and right away knew I wanted her to be my friend. 

Since then we text a million times a week, get together with our girls often, ask for prayer for each other, occasionally get to eat dinner and drink wine together, brave errands with toddlers, and she's become my best friend.  I'm so thankful for her and think about how much I'd be missing out if I didn't send her a message on facebook.  The other day I saw someone's post on facebook about how her and her lifelong best friend both got to announce their daughters were pregnant at the same time and that now they get to be grandmas together.  I immediately thought this is going to be me and Meredith.  I pray we get to be friends now until we're grandmas together.  

I'm in a better place spiritually, in a better place as a mom and for sure happier because she's in my life.  It reminded me of my goal this year to be brave.  I wonder what other opportunities or friendships I am missing out on because I let my insecurities get in the way. 

I love you Meredith and Eleanor and I am so thankful you are in mine and Addilyn's life!  

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February 23, 2015

The little things.

blazer: loft    jeans: old navy  tee: j.crew outlet   boots: target 

The weather is awful, cabin fever is in full effect and little things start piling up and feeling like big things.  The easy thankful season of the cool weather and approaching holidays are long gone and it's easy to get into crabby attitudes and stay there.  I was there last week.  I'm still there in moments this week. But I want to do a better job these harder days of finding joy in the little things.  This week they are . . . . 

Blueberry banana bread

This blazer I got from the Loft for $15. 

A good playdate with a friend I hadn't hung out with for awhile. 

Addilyn's ever expanding vocabulary and putting words together, even if it's her recent favorite phase "No want it." 

Saving the last chapter of the Nesting Place because I didn't want it to be over, but finally finishing it and loving it.  

A solo errand trip and cycling class. 

Double nights of the bachelor last week. 

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February 22, 2015

How to nag your husband less

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I've shared before that I am probably one of the most easily annoyed people in the world, and Chris does a good amount of annoying things.  Proof in the picture of him picking his teeth.  That along with chewing louding, biting his nails, constantly bouncing.  I really do love him.  I just find myself nagging him a lot, which is annoying.  To both of us I'm sure.  So while I save my energy to tell him to stop his annoying little habits, here's some ways to nag your husband less in other areas: 

1.  Say it at the right time.  I learned that there's about a 5% chance Chris and I can have successful discussions about anything important first thing in the morning.  Chris is the opposite of a morning person, and it just never goes well.  Same for the middle of the night.  That one goes to about a 0% chance.  If I want Chris to do something before he leaves for work, I'll save it until he's been up for a little while.  Or better yet, right before he leaves because he often forgets anyway, so it's better to just say it once right when he can do it.  (Like taking out the garbage.) 

2. It's not on purpose.  Chris is incredibly forgetful and I really do think a big part of it is not his fault.  I have to remind myself that he is never purposely forgetting things to make me mad.  He wants to make me happy and has good intentions.  When I remember that, it helps me not be nearly as mad about him forgetting to do something I asked.  

3.  Do it yourself.   There's many times I'm annoyed that Chris left his cup on the endtable or a wrapper on the counter when it doesn't take much time to put in in the dishwasher or garbage.  But I realize it takes me just about the same time to ask him to move it, as to move it myself.  Those little things really don't take much time and I'd rather save my "nagging" for things that I really don't want to or can't do.  Plus he's pretty appreciative when he realizes all the things I do around the house, which makes a world of difference. 

4.  Divide it up.  Speaking of saving your nagging, pick a few things that are always each other's jobs.  For example Chris is in charge garbage.  I rarely take the garbage out and he knows that's always his job.  The same goes for the car litter.  Not that this comes without nagging, but it's his job.  Ever since I got pregnant and the best news ever came that pregnant women aren't supposed to change litter boxes, he took over every time.  

5.  Get a litter genie. Speaking of litter boxes, I hate changing the litter box and thankfully have maybe done it once or twice in the last two years.  I was super excited to try out the Litter Genie system in hopes of it solving my problem of constantly nagging Chris to change it.  Both because maybe he'd be able to do it faster and maybe I wouldn't hate it as much and just do it myself. It's only been a week, but so far so good.   Doesn't he look thrilled? 

(Our laundry room isn't fancy one bit.  Maybe some day.)

Litter boxes are disgusting.  The smell is by far the worst part and our litter box is in the laundry room, in our basement, right next to the playroom where we spend a lot of time.  Often is just smells like cat pee no matter when we've changed it last.  The Litter Genie makes it easy to keep up with changing the litter box and takes care of the nasty odor.  There's a lid, and then a funnel at the top.  You open it up, pull out the handle, dump the clumps of litter inside and close it so it seals in the smells. 

This way you can just quickly clean out the litter box then empty the bag once it's full, which can last up to 14 days.  Our laundry room is quite small so this works perfect for little spaces.  

We spend a lot of time in our basement and now I can just go in our laundry room take a few scoops out, put them in the Litter Genie and done.

Now I just have to teach Addilyn how to do it!  

I was checking out the Litter Genie website and found a $5 off coupon for the Litter Genie, and when you buy any two Litter Genie or Fancy Feast products at Target, you get a free Cat Toy or Friskies party mix cat treat. (Offer available 2/15/15 - 4/11/15 while supplies last.) I purchased the Litter Genie itself (for only $10 after the coupon) and then a refill pack.  I got a toy with Catnip in it for free and Biscuits loved it and Addilyn thought it was hilarious watching her play with it! 

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February 19, 2015

My favorite place to decorate

I've shared before that this is my favorite place in the house to decorate.  I found this window pane on the side of the road during one of my marathon training runs.  Thankfully it wasn't far from my house because that thing was heavy!  I love changing the selves and garlands up as the seasons change.  

christmas window pane

I find it a little tricky to decorate when there's not a holiday and find myself constantly switching things around.  However, I love how it is right now.  That is until next week I'm guessing . . . 

Regardless of how long everything else lasts, I think this picture will be sticking around.  

picture: c/o pear tree greetings  

I had so much fun looking through all of Pear Tree's wall art and picking out what I wanted.  Some of my favorites were the pear art print, the family of fonts, and the wall decals.  But I immediately thought of something I could put on my white shelves so I went with the easel art which is kind of like a combination of a canvas and picture frame.  You can include text, but I knew I'd put it next to one of my framed prints and thought that may be too much text.  I love how it turned out.  It's clear and bright and is one of my favorite pictures of our family!

Scrabble letter block:  I found at Hobby Lobby on clearance for $3. 
Owl: was a pencil holder that used to be on my grandma's desk and I love it!  
Framed print: is from my sweet friend Liz's shop Emma Joy Designs.  She made it especially for me to represent my theme for the year, mighty warrior
Vase and pom pom: Dollar spot Target vase and I made the felt pom pom ball. 
Plant: Target 
White garland: two pom pom strings sewn together

Do you have a favorite spot in your home to decorate? Are you constantly changing things around?

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