Life, Style

Not So Basic and Busy Bee’s Change of Mind

March 2, 2017

This past week was so busy, and I often don’t know how time flies by so fast. We did squeeze some time in to go out as a family and be together just the three of us before Cove’s bedtime. I never like complaining about things being busy because I’ve realized they always will be. At least until we retire, and even then I don’t know if we’ll want to slow down. I also don’t want to live in a state of mind where I’m always drained and complaining about things being busy. You know those people, every time you ask them how they are doing they say “busy” with that low moan in there voice. Even if I respond “we’re busy”, I hope it’s with a smile, because I’m blessed to have a family, job and activities to make it that way. I want to accept things as they come and make time for what’s really important, even if there’s a lot of other things to get done.

I recently had the opportunity to try some outfits from Kestan. I’ve always loved when clothes are made from organic cotton, because they’re so soft, so when I saw this not so basic geo tee, I thought it would definitely fit my casual lifestyle. I paired it with a denim cut-off skirt I picked up last fall and these heeled booties from Guilty Soles. I love the chunky heel on them. And as always, I’m wearing one of my favorite local artists’ block necklace from The Curly Haired Fox.

We’ve got some really exciting things coming to TST this summer, and I’m trying really hard to keep my lips sealed about them. Hopefully in the next few weeks I can give you guys a sneak peek. Until then, I hope you guys have a wonderful day! Continue Reading…

Life, Photos, Style, Travel

Nashville and Birthday Musings

February 28, 2017

This past weekend I turned 26 and got to spend the weekend roaming around Nashville with my love to celebrate my birthday and our anniversary. I have to say, I felt super spoiled and loved on by so many. I really appreciate all your kind words, messages and thoughts. This year has probably been one of the first birthday’s I haven’t been super thrilled about turning another year older. I wanted to be 25 forever. (cue all the laughs) Now that I have gradually started accepting the fact I am in my late twenties, I am embracing more and more that these years will be some of the best of my life.

We visited Nashville about three years ago and fell in love with it. Since it had been a while, and we didn’t want to drive too far for our getaway, we decided to visit again and see all the new things the city had as well as a few things we weren’t able to see last time. Ian booked us a suite at the Hutton and it was divine. The customer service was amazing and I loved being near The Gulch. Some of my favorite stops of the weekend included Le Sel, Proper Bagel, Mas Tacos, The Pharmacy and Killebrew Coffee. (Can you tell I love food or what?!) We also loved shopping on 12th Avenue near Frothy Monkey and seeing all the new/old stuff there as well. Ian and I both really enjoyed the Gulch, and spent a good amount of time strolling through Two Old Hippies and gawking over all the interior design throughout the area.

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Health & Wellness, Home, Life

Oily Life with REM Sleep, Bruschetta, and Airplanes | Be Well Do Well

February 24, 2017

Happy weekend loves!!

Last week we looked at better ways to think. I shared a little about my husband and I’s oily life, and why we love using essential oils to help our thought life.

When it comes to healthy practices, the big hurdle is implementing them into the daily routine. This Huffington Post article explains the study done by a health psychology team who examined the habits of 96 people over 12 weeks.

Each person chose one new habit for the 12 weeks and reported each day on whether or not they did the behavior and how automatic the behavior felt. Some people chose simple habits like “drinking a bottle of water with lunch.” Others chose more difficult tasks like “running for 15 minutes before dinner.” At the end of the 12 weeks, the researchers analyzed the data to determine how long it took each person to go from starting a new behavior to automatically doing it.

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Life, Motherhood, Style

Tunnel Vision

February 22, 2017

Only about a month after I shared with you how Cove had taken his first steps here, he started full on sprinting. I have to say it has been a really fun stage for us. Cove really loves to be outside, so most days we fit that into our schedule. Since temps have been mild this winter, we will usually go to the park and walk around or collect sticks and rocks around our house. We are doing a couple renovations on our house (not large ones, thank goodness), so last week we were able visit the lumber store by our house and had lunch together as a family. Burger Fi has an amazing veggie burger, so we stopped by there and walked next to the train tracks and through the tunnel. Cove figured out his voice echoed and was screaming and giggling so much. It was a perfect afternoon.

See Kai Run has shoes that are perfect for every stage of development. The first two pairs we received were for first walkers, which means the cartilage in his foot is hardening and bones are developing. The shoes were easy to bend and perfect for that crawling/walking transition. Now since he is running everywhere, we have moved to walkers, which have harder soles with good support and room for his feet as they grow and slim down. We got this cute pair of Dane high tops, a pair of the Tanner grey sneakers which are super easy to get on and off and go with pretty much anything, and a little pair of Jude sandals with leather lining for when it gets warmer. Continue Reading…

Home, Life, Motherhood, Photos

Let’s Be Honest Mamas

February 20, 2017

Before I had a baby, I was really unsure of whether I would stay home with him / her or not. I’m a big advocate for encouraging mothers, no matter what they decide to do, because being a mama is already hard enough without all the unnecessary guilt others like to impose. We all have different circumstances, challenges and struggles. When we had Cove, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to decide for myself whether I wanted to stay at home or not, and after returning from maternity leave (to the most amazing job, which I loved), I felt like God had another plan for my life. There was a little guy at home who I wanted to spend every second with and a husband who was all in with their startup. More than my boys needing me, I needed them. I was so excited when the beautiful Hannah Rennee asked me to be a part of the “Let’s Be Honest Mama’s” interview group to share some insight into my life as a stay at home mom.

Motherhood itself has been the biggest growing experience for me. I have learned more through it than probably any other experience in my life, and I know it will continue. There are so many things I wish I would have known (and I am sure people tried to tell me) before having a baby, but I think it’s something you have to experience for yourself. Being able to stay at home with my baby and have a side hustle I’ve always dreamed about, is one of the coolest things ever. I am so grateful for technology and how it has given me this opportunity. I’ll stop rambling now, because I could go on and on about motherhood and just answer the interview questions… Continue Reading…

Health & Wellness, Home, Life, Style

The Oily Life | Be Well Do Well

February 17, 2017

There is real estate in your brain just like there is real estate in a city. Think of your brain as a city. When a city’s community is wrought with discord, crime, and a lack of care, that community becomes difficult to live in and its population suffers. When your brain is anxious, dwells on the negative, and is not taken care of, it will become a difficult place to live in.

The brain is the unsung hero of the body. We are so familiar with our limbs, our faces, our hair, our skin, and how they are doing, but are we familiar with the beauty of our brains?

Maybe your next thought is why should I think about the beauty of my brain? Because it is where you are living. The brain is the seat for our mind. Last week we said our mind is our very soul. Our brain captures what our mind dictates. Why is that a big deal? It is because our brain is constantly changing according to what we think on. Continue Reading…

Home, Life, Motherhood, Photos

A Little Book Goes A Long Way

February 15, 2017

In my mind, every year is a year for the books. Whether it is the best year of our lives or we’ve been to hell and back, each year is one of growing, shaping and celebration. After all, we aren’t promised tomorrow. Every day we have here counts. With that in mind, Ian and I have always done yearly photo books. We love to take pictures. We are so grateful we enjoy documenting things all the time because it is so great to look back and remember seasons and specific memories we shared with each other.

In the past it has taken us days to sort through and edit photo books just the way we want them, but I was so excited when Shutterfly reached out to us to try their new Make My Book Service. For an additional $9.99, Shutterfly will edit and compile your book for you. I chose the theme and color scheme I wanted and uploaded all my pics (I think there were over 400). There team then sifts through all the images and places them perfectly in the book for you. It only took 24 hours for them to send me the book proof they had compiled for me. I only made a few finishing touches and re-arranged a few pages by date. But overall it saved me SO MUCH time. If you are someone like me who loves to get images printed and books made or you have been putting it off because you know how long it’s going to take you to put a book together, I really recommend giving Make My Book service a try. Continue Reading…


3 Things To Ask Yourself Before You Buy Something

February 13, 2017

Anyone else guilty of buying things you know will sit in your closet for the next 5 years until you finally purge? Okay, glad that’s not just me. I started really trying hard to get rid of one thing every time I buy something new, but I also started asking myself three things before I buy something.

  1. Is it comfortable? If its not, we all know I won’t wear it. Mom attire doesn’t call for scratchy and it certainly doesn’t call for me pulling and adjusting things all day. I am so much happier when my clothes are comfortable. Don’t we always pull those pieces out first to wear too?
  2. Is it me or is it just what’s in style right now? Please tell me you’ve been there with me. Those shoes that were so in style one minute and then in a season they were already collecting dust in your closet. I’ve been guilty of it, but I am really working to only buy pieces that fit ‘my’ style and what I love to wear.
  3. Will I wear it more than once?  You know those outfits that you bought for a single occasion, but you will never wear them again? Yeah, let’s not keep doing that. Let’s buy pieces we love that we will wear over an over again and not be afraid if someone already saw us in it, because it fits us like a glove.

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