Today I shared a few details about my breastfeeding journey so far over at Charleston Moms Blog. It was a rough start but so very worth it. Go visit to read the full post here. And celebrate any breastfeeding mamas in your life this week! #NBW2016
Hi friends! I’ve been blogging over at the Charleston Moms Blog for the summer, and it’s time to catch you up! My content is all geared towards the mamas now, but don’t worry, I’ve got plenty of decor and recipe content coming soon.
In the meantime, explore these posts over at the Charleston Moms Blog:
Hi friends! I recently joined the contributors team over at the Charleston Moms Blog. So that when I’m not with James, I can make sure to still fully obsess over him. It’s a great team of mamas with awesome content for local or non-local mamas!
Go visit to read my latest post, Baby on Board! Baby-Wearing Benefits and Tips.
Hi friends! I hate to say, I’ve been distracted for a few months – my first sweet baby is here! James Driver Webb was born on Christmas Day and he is perfect. If you haven’t already seen my stream of pictures, head over to Instagram and follow me!
Now that I am a mama, I’d love to share some of my experiences with you. If you have ZERO interest in topics a la bebes please send over your feedback. I’m exploring some options on splitting up blog streams. For the rest of you, feel free to send feedback on topics you’d like to hear about or issues your having with your little ones! Or, just email me with your long list of mama complaints and whiney faces because good grief I know you have them and I would love to listen! In my short journey so far I’ve realized that moms really do need to stick together to get this gig worked out. I have quickly learned how beneficial it can be to surround yourself with supportive moms. And I haven’t even had any bad experiences!
I’m not going to include the full birth story because, snooze fest for those who weren’t there. It went well! Instead, just soak up these smiles…
Hello friends! I’m excited to finally be back on the blog this week after a small hiatus. I’m pregnant (eeeek!) and the first trimester slowed me down
a little a lot! Parker and I are so excited! We cannot wait to meet the little sweet pea in January. Anyway, for now, I’m excited to be feeling better, happier than ever and ready to give the blog some love.
Today I’m sharing something that I find fascinating as someone obsessed with online shopping. I love finding vintage home decor, jewelry, and trinkets, but often lack the enthusiasm to go searching endlessly in antique stores. And I get so burned out when I do attempt such a task and find nothing! Thankfully, Chairish allows you to hunt for treasures from your couch!
Even though they have a gorgeous (and massive) collection of furniture, I tend to stick to the smaller items on Chairish because the shipping is more realistic (unless you are lucky enough to be in a good area for free pick-ups!).
Here are a few of my favorites:
I have no affiliation with Chairish and will not receive any compensation for this post or subsequent purchases. I just love it!
You do not have enough indoor plants! I promise. They make such a huge difference in a home. Not only do they look wonderful and spruce up your decor, but they can even freshen up your home’s atmosphere! They increase oxygen, purify the air, release water, improve health and sharpen your focus! Learn more about the benefits here.
But while all plants have a positive effect on your decor, not all are equal air purifiers. Leave it to NASA to help us out. In order to bring a little bit of earth to their stations, they explored which indoor plants were most effective at the task of removing toxins and improving air quality.
Of the NASA approved list, here are my favorites! Be sure to plant them in your own fabulous gold planter.
The Snake Plant is an essential indoor plant. It is in the succulent family which means it retains a lot of water and is therefore one of the easiest to care for (just leave it alone!). Plus, it improves air quality by releasing oxygen at night – when you need it most while you get your beauty sleep. It is also a champ at filtering out formaldehyde.
Water it: sparingly. I water monthly
Sunlight: low light and full sun are both ok!
The Bamboo Palm has such an impact on a room! It’s gorgeous in a sunny corner, especially if it is nice and tall, but it also does well in shady areas if your home doesn’t get much sunlight. The Palm is also the best at filtering benzene and trichloroethylene and is resistant to insect infestation. My favorite benefit is its humidifying qualities. My house gets so dry in the cooler months and the Palm releases fresh moisture into the air. Yay! My skin thanks you, palm.
Water it: only when dry
Sunlight: indirect/filtered light
Tips: keep away from A/C vent drafts and clean leaves with a wet cloth when needed
Classic. Easy to care for, grows quickly and very versatile. It is ideal for pots and soaks up carcinogens from second hand smoke! Stick it in the bathroom to take advantage of its ability to eliminate airborne fecal-matter particles. Gross. But, bonus!
Water it: when top inch of soil is dry. Mist leaves often
Sunlight: bright, indirect light or fluorescent bulbs
I love the unique patterns on a Golden Pothos leaf. And there are so many varietes! The Pothos is nearly indestructible, grows quickly and effectively eliminates carbon monoxide from your home. One of NASA’s favorites.
Water it: when top half of soil is wet.
Sunlight: low light and full sun are both ok!
Who doesn’t love a Peace lily?! The Peace Lily is a gorgeous plant with beautiful flowers unlike the other plants on the list. It’s effective in removing trichloroethylene, benzene, acetone, and alcohols from the air. Keep it away from children and pets though, it is toxic.
Water it: thoroughly when leaves begin to sag
Sunlight: full shade or indirect light. Great for dining rooms without large windows!
Tips: brown leaf tips mean you are letting it dry out too long between waterings
The Lady Palm is has gorgeous leaves and is resistant to insects, filters multiple indoor pollutants and is so versatile!
Water it: when top inch of soil is dry
Sunlight: bright, indirect light
With all plants, remember to back off of your regular watering schedule a bit in the colder months as they growth slows. It also helps to fertilize plants just a bit in the spring and summer when their growth picks up.
If you’re local to Charleston, SC – explore Hyam’s on James Island. It is amazing!
Pinterest has been on my mind a lot recently. I love it, obviously. It has amazing recipes, inventive craft ideas and enough design inspiration to last a lifetime. I’ve customized my feed so that I even get some news! It’s an amazing tool. But, in time, I’ve seen that it can also come with negatives.
You’re scrolling endlessly through a feed of beautiful, delicious, convenient things that you do NOT have. I believe we all have enough challenges fighting the I want it now syndrome. We don’t need any help being reminded that sometimes it’s easy to feel that you never have enough. I think we all could admit that we occasionally acquiesce to a feeling of discontent in the age of instant gratification, over-stylized ads and societal pressures.
It’s already common knowledge that Facebook has been proven to increase depression linked to social media induced jealousy. And if Facebook is a highlight reel, then Pinterest is a professionally photographed advertisement for perfection and unattainable, stylized moments. Ack!
But, if we stopped using everything that had pros AND cons we’d be in trouble. This is about forming a positive environment, not removing all potential challenges. Pick up some of these tips on social media positivity.
I will definitely not stop using Pinterest, because I do thoroughly enjoy being able to plan my backyard easily with my husband or create a wishlist for things I plan to buy. And, it was crucial to my wedding planning process! Anyone who got married before Pinterest deserves a do-over, actually.
Again, I am not suggesting to remove yourself completely from the world of delicious bakery recipes and life hacks. My personal solution is a combination of two things. Edit my environment and counterbalance the negative.
I learned from a great book, Foodist, that willpower cannot, and should not be relied on 100% of the time. This had a big impact on the way I thought about a lot of things, from dieting and exercise to house work and social media habits. Willpower can be depleted. It wears out, you give in, then feel bad for not being stronger. When the issue was not your weakness, but rather your misplaced efforts and a lack of habits. If you cannot resist eating the entire bag of kettle corn from Trader Joes (true story), then don’t keep it the house on a regular basis. If you can’t stop buying it (true story), then send your husband to the store. Don’t want to spend too much time on Pinterest? Don’t keep it on the front page of your phone where you see it constantly. Do certain boards inspire you while others bring you down? Edit your feed! Rely on your habits and environment, not your willpower.
If you take anything away from this, let it be these thoughts on willpower.
Instead of spending energy mourning that gorgeous outfit you don’t have, or skill you haven’t mastered, explore your own wardrobe and celebrate your personal accomplishments! For this, my first step was to create a board of things I DO have – my favorites board. What do you have that you can celebrate? Books you’ve finished lately? Recipes that were a success? Places you’ve already traveled? So many ideas!
Some may think this is me trying to make myself feel better with “stuff” but I have many other aspects that add to my happiness, and this is just a Pinterest-specific facet of the larger plan.
What do you use Pinterest for?
Since jewelry is, obviously, one of my favorite things, you’d think I’d have my storage situation organized. Not so much. I still somehow fit everything into one of those small, white (with bubble gum pink lining) stand up jewelry chests. What have I been thinking! It’s time for an upgrade.
I’m planning a display wall area so that I can clearly see my jewels without digging through drawers. I feel like this will help not just with organization but also help me wear a larger variety once pieces are easy to spot.
I’m pulling together a combination of ideas from my inspiration below and can’t wait to update you on the progress soon!
via Latte Everday
Meal planning is crucial for me. Well, I have a lazy-friendly strategy, but still important. Over the past few years I have had to change many of my dietary habits after realizing food was a major cause of some health issues. Cooking became a life-saver, but also an exhausting pattern of last minute grocery shopping and a growing indecisive attitude. Hello, frozen pizza. If healthy, whole food options are not readily available, it does not matter how badly I want something fresh and delicious, I’ll go with easy every time. When I am not prepared things do not work out well.
And of course if it takes too long to plan – I won’t do that either! I must be high-maintenance? I knew there had to be a way that I could enjoy the benefits of home cooked meals without exhausting myself planning.
I tried plenty of meal planning apps and settled on Pepperplate. It is the marriage of simplicity and function. But for me an app is not enough – a combination of Pinterest and Pepperplate was the solution.
If you do not already have a Pinterest food board (does anyone not have this?), create one! It is a great resource for ideas and I know that if I am busy or on a mobile device, I can always save something here quickly and know exactly where it is later.
Import to Pepperplate
– Download the Pepperplate button to your browser.
– Open your recipe in Pinterest and select to “open in Safari”(or whatever browser you use). If the website isn’t supported by the automatic add button, it will still open an easy copy/paste window.
– Click your Pepperplate browser button and you’re done! You can also add a recipe manually if you have old family recipes written on a good ol’ recipe card.
Choose + Add to Shopping List
The rest is fairly obvious – I spend a few minutes on Sunday deciding what we want that week and add to the shopping list. This syncs across all devices quickly, so either I or my husband can head to the store with just our iPhone.
The iPhone has tons of great not mentioned here, but my favorite is the ability to sort the shopping list by aisle or recipe!
I love following this pattern because using Pinterest as a tool before I add to Pepperplate gives me a chance to determine whether what I pinned in a hurry is really something I’ll make, or if it needs a few tweaks before I save it. This step is important to me because often our tendency is to save tons of stuff that we think we will make/create/read/do later, and we never see it again! With my process, nothing in Pepperplate is questionable. I know I can make everything, eat all the ingredients, and I don’t end up with an overwhelming list of unfamiliar recipes. It is a reliable resource.
A few of my favorite resources for recipes
Mother’s Day is May 10 – don’t forget! We owe these ladies cars, houses, boats and planes for what they’ve done. But, I’m sure for now they’d be happy to enjoy a tiny treat from us and some quality time. Maybe next year they’ll get something that requires insurance…
Since you’ve got about two weeks – order online NOW, or plan to pick up in store. Nordstrom has great shipping policies and many stores have easy in-store order pick up. Also wine. And a card. Whoever makes mom cry with their heartfelt card wins! I suppose this only applies if you are a sibling in a group of 5.
1. Organize yo’self. Sometimes moms need help here. A gold ceramic box will help with the jewels…
2. Moms are too busy to keep track of time. Lend a helping (watch) hand.
3. Giant bags are out. Convenient and lightweight crossbodys are in.
4. Working mom? She needs this chic business card holder.
5. Upgrade her farmers market style with a garden herb tote bag.
6. You also may need this mood brightening scarf!
7. This is an easy one – flowers that last! Win-Win. I ADORE this print.
8. Petite candle – best paired with a bow and a bottle of Conundrum.
9. Don’t let mom drink from plastic! BKR = no BPA.
10. Copper candle which will also help with jewelry storage post-candle.
11. Seriously upgrade her morning coffee and afternoon tea with my favorite electric kettle.
Find more ideas in the gold&grace curated shop.
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