Making House, Home.

Happy long weekend, everyone!

While I sit on my bed listening to my sweet baby hum himself to sleep in his room (right next door)… I’m pouring over all the different projects I want to do to my home. RIGHT. NOW. haha

I’m ready to run to World Market and re-do everything in my home… I’m in love with their inspiration photos:

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that rug on top of the larger jute rug… Brilliant. All things in good time I suppose.

Today the seasonal organization bug hit me and I woke up early to get a few things done since we have a pretty packed day.  I have a feeling I will be heading to the store to pick up some items I really shouldn’t due to the pictures above.  I need to win the HGTV lotto or something… Ever since we bought this house I’ve been obsessed with home improvement projects that are outside our spending zone but when you own a home you want things perfect and I feel there is so much to do around here to make it perfect.  Yesterday we picked up this little guy:

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He was $5.00 at Lowes, we are naming him Ralph and hope to nurse him back to health.  First step, new pot and fresh fertilized soil.  Luckily the weather is still pretty nice so he might make a patio appearance until the weather gets too cold. Ralph likes lots of sun and warm weather.  He does not like to sit in water, he likes his soil moist and never dry.

It is amazing what a few fresh plants can do to a space.

Another random note; yesterday my boys and I ventured out for some outstanding coffee at our favorite weekend stop, the Blue Max:

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Evan sat in his own patio chair and was so well behaved.  I hit the toddler jackpot.  He sat down, read his book and played with his caterpillar while eating roasted sweet potatoes and some of my spinach omelet.  There was a sweet little girl who just turned 2 at the table next to ours and he just sat there and flirted with her… My little charmer.

We went shopping to our usual spots Whole Foods, Target and Costco.  While at Costco we came across:

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*GASP* CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS!  Now, I’m such a HUGE FAN of Christmas time.  I feel like there is a natural magic in the air, pop in The Santa Clause and I’m a kid again thinking about the North Pole… But GEEZ!  Isn’t it early?!  It isn’t even Labor Day!  Hector and I are looking so forward to this Christmas with the new house; last year we had a fake tree and were not sure if we were closing on a house or not.  We were in a weird place as a new family unsure of what the future held. Spending was tight because we had all those house expenses that creep up when you buy:  prepaid insurance, inspection, appraisal, etc. Plus we were recovering from me taking unpaid time off work for maternity leave.

Needless to say, we are looking forward to all the holidays this year but feel like Costco is reminding us too quickly that they are approaching!  It is hard to believe that at this exact time last year Hector and I were just chatting on how maybe we should start house hunting thinking that a year from then we would start making serious offers and here we are now… in our home. It is so amazing.  Where we are today is so amazing, my whole family is within walking distance.  I feel like we have rekindled our family relationships and feel like we are all in such a good place:

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and put together fab little meals in our kitchen:

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I’ve never been in a better place mentally.  I think it is a product of those around me, (My amazing friends -you all are so inspiring, my phenomenal family) and taking better care of myself.  Pretty sure these B vitamins (the Bliss Kit!) are also doing some amazing things! But we will chat about that later.

So after this random blog; what makes your house home?  We are always burning fun scents in the house typically in line with the seasons (except my lavender scents that burn year round, it is my absolute FAVORITE) – we are starting to fill the house with more pictures too which makes it feel homey.  I feel like the minute things go on the wall it feels like we are here to stay.

Off to do many projects with the mom.  Be back later!

 

 

 

Finding my “Zen”

I love weekends.  It is safe to say I live for them.  I get 24 of this little dude:

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and time at home with the puppy, hubs and our home which is still fairly new to us.  Lately I have had a chance to really absorb things around me.  I’m finding more time to workout, more time to relax (ha, 5 minutes or so) and more time to read.  The hubs got me this awesome gift for mother’s day:

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I broke my other kindle somehow, and was devastated so this was a welcomed addition and I am really enjoying it pretty much everyday.  I am almost finished Relic and recently finished The Wolf of Wallstreet and I downloaded a book on meditation as one of my goals is to start to meditate as I hear it works wonders and I need to find that calm.  Lately anxiety has been getting the best of me (probably why the surge in gym-goings)… So this is something I really am stoked about.  Other ways I’m looking to find my zen?

1.  At home quiet “me” time.  Getting in a bath, painting my nails, and figuring out new natural scrubs and beauty regimens.  Loving this and this right now.  <— Another one of my favorite bloggers, Maria is hysterical.

2.  Thinking about at home projects – making lists.  Hector and I are a family on a budget :) – Not crazy, but enough of a budget that I cannot go out and purchase everything I want (wouldn’t that be nice! Not sure I know anyone like this… but I can dream haha).  So I have a long list of at home projects that we are working on or attempting to work on for our new home.

3. Getting and staying organized.  Even the little improvements in this department make me feel so much better.  I love when someone says “hey do you have this…” I can go straight to it.  My new obsession is mason jars.  I love the look of them and I really wish I would have taken a before and after picture of this “after”:

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4.  Getting my craft on.  Well although I have dabbled in craftiness and have a creative side finding the time to stay on top of it is difficult; but – this fun machine is going to help me turn Evan’s party paper into cool decor:

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I did a lot of research before purchasing including hopping into my local Paper Source who swears by it (it is what they use!!) – This helps me find my Zen for the simple fact that there is an immediate tangible end product.  After the awesome decor at my baby shower, I need to be able to make a solid effort to make Evan’s big 1st birthday bash a success even with decor.

5.  Sounds, Sights and smells – nothing beats an awesome smelling candle, fresh air, clean home, flowers from the garden and my favorite music station (an awesome playlist or fav pandora station):

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6.  Remembering the things I do right… The hard work I do put in like still nursing Evan:

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There have been countless times where I have thought to myself “why am I still doing this” as I hear the “whomp whomp whomp” in the background.  But looking back at my 10 + month nursing journey… I can honestly say I am so proud.  Evan’s first year of life has flown and I’m proud I put in the effort and am lucky it was so easy for me.  Sure I missed some nights out because I rather be home to nurse then make time for another pumping sesh, but it has all been worth it for me and I need to give myself credit instead of feeling annoyed at its inconveniences.

Each day I work towards letting the positive in and the negative out.  It is a daily battle.  Just remember you aren’t the only one who has bad days but you are the ninja in your life. Get moving, let toxic things go and sweat it out.

Treat yourself to something special.  Do things just for you.  Just because you are a mom, or have other crazy commitments doesn’t mean you can’t do things for yourself.  With that said… Some shopping, some yoga, and some cleaning.

Last night's awesome sunset from our bedroom. xoxox

Last night’s awesome sunset from our bedroom. xoxox

Stay happy, friends.

Weekend In Pictures

I promise, someday soon I will catch up with words… As far as words for this post I feel, less is more.

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Smoothie a day challenge is still going strong and I plan to blog about some of my new found smoothie love!DSC_0856

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lululemon came to the rescue when I found myself at the gym without *gasp* a hair tie!  This nifty thing was attached to my gymbag as a pull and reminded me it is a HAIR TIE.  Brilliance.  one of the many reasons I love my luluDSC_0845

Alas more insane beauty in my yard.DSC_0832so awesome.

DSC_0867 DSC_0887 DSC_0936I have the worlds best behaved baby… Even when this forgetful momma forgot daddy’s car keys at grandma’s car – he played so nicely :) *sigh* yeah Hector’s car allows him to drive whereever once you start it… shut it off you can find yourself with a real problem…

Now for momma’s day!  Hanging around town and in the Gold Coast:

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I sure as the sky is blue… Love my life and love my family.  <3 Excellent weekend.
Cheers!

 

 

Dedicated.

This time last year I was about 31 or 32 weeks pregnant, preparing for my baby shower and discussing pregnancy must haves.  This year I am chatting with one of my best friends about her huge new move and career and watching my other best friend prep for her very own little man all while enjoying every moment I can with my little man that just steals my heart – everyday:

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I’m definitely feeling overwhelmed by emotion these days.  I am both beyond grateful and totally in shock with everything that is going on around me.  My son is about to be 10 months old, my best friend’s baby is 2 years old and going to school, and my other love above is really close to the end of her pregnancy… Can time slow down just a bit? (Joanna is the only one saying No to that… but this time next year she will be on the “where is the time going bandwagon”).  This time of the year it is so natural to celebrate motherhood and all of the wonderful, terrifying and crazy things we do because we are moms.  Last year I thought I had a grasp on how much I would love my little guy, after all he couldn’t be closer to me, right?

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This was just about a week before I had little Evan, now he is in this big world… it is exciting and terrifying.

Now that Evan is happily here with us, I could not imagine life without him.  He has brought me so much joy.  This Mother’s Day I will celebrate with my own mom, my grandma and my sweet husband and extended family.  Last night I spent with my three main men: Evan, Hector and Oso (not pictured) cuddled on the couch watching a movie – it was perfection:

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I’m so blessed, and so happy and excited to spend the day with people I love.

For the moms,

Happy Mother’s Day… You are all rockstars!

Love, Jen.

 

Off to Farmer’s Market!  Yippeeee!

Loving me

I have learned to so much this year, it is truly incredible.  You think the things you learn in college will translate to the real world but all of the text books, notes, lectures and late night-last minute study sessions could not have prepared me for real life.

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I remember being in High School thinking I knew it all.  Turning 21 and thinking “I am so grown up” – Ha. These past 5 years after 21 have been so incredibly packed with learning experiences .. I was just a baby at 21, and now (hindsight being 20/20 of course) I know I grew up too fast… But that is my personality and I would not change anything, all of my choices led me to where I am today, and for that I could not be more grateful.  Some did not see it but I was born to be a mother, sure he surprised us but nothing puts your life into full speed crazy perspective then having a child.

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He has saved my life in certain respects.  Each day is brighter because he is in it.  So many people told me “life will be over” when you have a child… Yet I feel like the opposite has happened to me.  Sure, I can’t just jet out of the house to a yoga class or take a random trip to Europe (we have to get him a passport first! duh!) – but those trade-offs are so worth it to me – that and I’m a lucky girl who has a CRAZY support group behind me.

Lately I have had such issues with time management (I think that has been an apparent theme in my blog ;-) ) but that is what happens when you own a house, have a baby and start a new job with longer hours.  I feel like the past few months have been crazy challenging and have really pushed me to continue to nourish my strengths and learn to build healthy mindsets, healthy relationships, bond with my son, and try to be a better friend and wife.  I want to thank the friends that have stood by me through this transition because I finally see the light… it has been a rough couple of months.

This month of May is going to be a great one, I’m getting my groove back one new lululemon top at a time:

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I’m challenging myself to focus on renewal.  I’m going to stress less, yoga it out more and really start getting mileage in.   I have found that I make excuses for skipping workouts:  Evan’s teeth, Hector’s hours, my exhaustion ..  Yet the common theme is if I don’t get them in I’m miserable.

I’m also taking on a 30 day smoothie challenge and have ROCKED days 1-3 so far (today is day 4, and I’m thinking after workout smoothie):

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I must say, and this might be counter-intuitive  but ever since I had Evan, I appreciate my body so much more.  It has done AMAZING things, and really held up and even when I eat pizza and add mayo – it holds up. ;-)  It is still giving Evan a MAJOR part of his diet, and it is still keeping me moving.  So this month I’m going to focus on chiseling in some of the finer lines and cleaning up my eats a bit more and cutting back on the sugars! I have no idea where the need for sugar is coming from, I bet something is lacking from my diet or because I’m always tired I crave the sugar rush? Either way – that is one of my major goals this month!

Today is going to be nutzo just like any other day – Gym, shopping (TJs, Costco, the norm), desert making for a bests baby shower (ha, less sugar but lets cover oreos in chocolate ;-) ) – and some cuddle time with that little man that lights up my life.

Any plans?!

xoxo