Spring Time for Mama + Mads

I very much enjoy online window shopping. So many fantastic, little shops are out there. I can’t get enough of their individual personalities. With spring officially here, I started to look for a few pieces for the little lady and myself. I’m surprised that I picked out clothing for her and accessories for me. Just happened like that. Surprised there are no shoes! I encourage you to check out these gems for a little something special – maybe for you or a gift for someone you love.

What are your favorite online shopping spots for one-of-a-kind finds?

Spring Time for Mama + Mads :: #EatSleepMarket

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Making the Commitment

So, you’ve sat down with yourself and discussed the pro’s and con’s. Maybe you’re like me and grabbed your notebook and took way too long to write down each itty bitty pro and con in bullet-list form. Maybe you’re like my hubs and enter reminders into your Blackberry or iPad. Regardless, you know all the options. The “should I or shouldn’t I”‘s were debated. They wrestled around in your mind and heart.

You know the answer. You know what should be done, but you are held back for a moment.

It’s pushing through the moment that not only makes you stronger but puts you on the path to a better something.

That’s what I decided to do – I pushed on through to the other side. A series of commitments, no matter how big or small, that I made for myself and my family to live a better life.

{It helped that I spotted the poster below. Truly inspiring. The words matched exactly what I was feeling and going through in the moments of transition. I hope it speaks to you.}

The Commitments

+Eat like you love yourself :: homemade meals during the work week. prepping on the weekend is helpful but not required. greens & proteins are priority. not always clean but 100% beneficial to our bodies and soul. cooking together is a bonus and always welcome.

+Move like you love yourself :: running became my new hobby late last year and I’m still working on it but still in love with it. 6-10 miles a week. plus, outside weekend time with our lil miss is a must as we move swiftly into “sprummer” in StL (just combining the two because let’s be honest – these two seasons just meld together…)

+Speak like you love yourself :: attempting {successfully} to end the self-hate talk. eliminating the negative remarks I sometimes whisper to myself, remembering that it’s not just me those words will hurt. encouraging others to do the same.

+Act like you love yourself :: live with intent. a daily reminder that is necessary. I’m constantly aware of the commitments I set forth and continue to follow through with them.

Have you thought about your commitments? Maybe they are for just you or perhaps part of the bigger picture.

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Have you made a commitment lately? Big, medium, small. Doesn’t matter. It’s proving to yourself that you are capable of what you set out to do. An obvious point, I know, but one that can be often forgotten or not understood. Go and do it, already!

Have a wonderful day, folks!

Thankful Thursday // 03

Things I'm Thankful For

I’m feeling a little pink tonight. Hope you enjoy the view :)  It’s inspired by my Mads. Lately, every color has been pink. Every. Color. She will pick out and point to correct colors when asked, but if we ask, “Mads, what color is a green bean?”, you can bet your booty that she will say that green bean is PINK.

This week, I’m giving a shout-out to all the amazing pinky hues with five things I’m crushing on HARD! I think Diana of Our City Lights would be so proud, don’t ya think?

Pink heart stickers from the brand-spankin’-new the sweet fox

Roasted strawberry shortcake shakes…um, yum!

Pink jellys!!

Lana sunglasses from Moorea Seal. This might become a purchase soon.

Unicorn hot pink note cards from May Designs. It’s under “kids” but whatever.

 

Remembering the Big Picture

My day-to-day involves a million different details.

Remembering the Big Picture

{Here’s a personal life snapshot.}

Morning Light Details: At home, I rise and shine at 5 a.m. I complete a multitude of varying tasks that include running, breakfast and lunch assembly, baby cuddling and coffee making. Oh, and getting myself put together. Out the door by 6:50 a.m. – at the latest.

Early Morning Work Details: Wrangle top priority to-do list. Check email, social media, feedly.

[insert fast-forward sound here.]

Evening Rush Details: Get dinner fixed and plated as fast as humanly possible before my babe turns into a pumpkin {aka fussball} and into the bath by 6:30ish.

And the day goes on…

None of this is new to you because I suspect you have just as many details, if not more, that swarm your day. And the details go into further detail. AH! And of course it doesn’t stop.

{This is where I go marketer on you.}

Just like in life, our marketing selves need to prioritize those details.

If you are involved in any aspect of marketing {big or small}, you’ve been there before – where you may not get overwhelmed, but you get so excited that you have so much data for a campaign. It’s exciting to think you tracked and measured all of this “stuff”. Details.

Analysis happens once you get those formulas and numbers and titles and descriptions entered into a glorified Excel report. More details.

What about what happens next? Recommended next steps, probably. Again, more details.

{And this is where two worlds can collide.}

What about the overall goal? Oftentimes, we can get caught up in the {very important} details that we forget we are doing this for a much grander purpose…whatever that may be. And whatever it may be needs to be clearly defined and understood. Don’t know? Go figure it out! Because without knowing the reason behind all of the details, not only are we unable to measure a success or failure {if you want/hope to}, but defining a purpose lets us know that we are at least working towards something. It may not be a resolution or a destination. Perhaps it will be one small milestone within a decade-long journey. And that’s fine. Define it. Let yourself in on the secret. If the purpose was greater than anticipated, harder to grasp or maybe two steps from accomplishment, welcome it. I encourage you to be comfortable with knowing instead of just going through the fog of the daily grind.

Have a wonderful day everyone!

April Desktop Wallpaper

I selected a few flowery favorites for April. I’m a bit premature, I know. We’re in for buckets of rain but I can’t help but anticipate the May flowers. So here they are…that, and a friendly little peacock. A reminder that we can all weather the storm and enjoy the beauty that results. Enjoy, friends!!

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