Mantras + Mom Jeans

This weekend turned out to be a downward spiraling mess. If you saw my Instagram stories yesterday, then you know that I have 7 campaigns to shoot THIS weekend. We couldn't shoot in the house yesterday like I had planned because it was snowing and there was absolutely no natural light (meaning that it was too dark to get quality photos). Due to bad lighting, we tried to change the game plan and head to a local Christmas Tree nursery.  The first place we went to was the furthest thing from a Christmas tree lot. It was more like a big dirt pile with planted fruit trees without leaves. Once we determined that it was not going to work to shoot there, our choices were to either turn around and go back home and say forget it or try to get to another place. The next spot that we knew about was another 30 minutes away. We had already been in the car for 20 minutes and my gut told me that it was going to be too far for Winter and that she would get carsick. But, I also knew that the deadlines were piling up and that we had to at least try to knock some stuff off our list.

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3 Ways To Make The Magic Of The Holidays Last

As Winter gets older we find ourselves adapting, revising and starting new holiday traditions. Last year I wrote a post on our holiday traditions (here). This year I really want to focus on making the magic of the holiday spirit last throughout the year. Below are three meaningful ways to achieve a little extra holiday cheer.

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The Best Winter/Christmas Books for Kids 2017

Eek! Tomorrow is December, which means I have put away all the fall books and got out all of the winter ones. I am super choosy when it comes to books. I feel like because I work in an elementary school and have a daughter that lovesssss to read books, I have had my fair share of reading some doozies over and over. Below is a round-up of my most favorite winter/Christmas themed books out there right now. I hope you like it! 

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The Best Darn Pair of Overalls Ever

So remember when I said I shot a pair of overalls and then left sans overalls in the bathroom of a coffee shop? WELL, these are that pair. Thank god the owner and his girlfriend at Luna Rose General Stores in Denver are saints and saved them for me! I was freaking out. Like who leaves overalls at a coffee shop? Apparently, I do!

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A Bohemian Christmas Decor Guide

Eek, the holidays are upon us and I loved spending my days off getting our house nice and festive for the holidays. Christmas music is playing and I have already had my first hot toddy of the season. This year, we decided to decorate two rooms, our living room, and our family room. The first room that I was so eager to decorate was our living room. I hope you enjoy the design.

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5 Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season 2017

We want to teach Winter that Kindness is infinite and oh so important. A few weeks ago, Winter and I had the opportunity to participate in a campaign called the #DoGoodWeek. We bought four dozen roses and gave them out to strangers to people walking in the park, coming out of a nursing home and at a local school. At first, WInter was so shy and wanted me to hold her while we passed out the photos, but within 10 minutes of being at our first location, the park, she was so excited and willing to hand them out. She would say, "here" or "more" while smiling and handing them out to people. I found myself stepping back a bit and just watching her interact. The joy I felt that day was indescribable and I want to keep the momentum going and do some more selfless acts for others.

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Black Friday/Cyber Monday Wish Lists

You guys!! This post probably took me 15 hours to put together. I hunted for the best deals and was really choosy about the products that I put on these lists. Below you will find a shopping guide for Winter, our home, myself and Perry. Just click on a photo to shop!!

I promise you that you won't be disappointed with these picks! I WANT IT ALL!

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Gifts that Mean Something

Perry and I will be traveling to Arizona this year to be with my family for Christmas. We plan to pack up our belongings including a 70 pound Husky and drive the whole 13 hours to Phoenix (if you have any travel tips with toddlers. please let me know)!

Because our car is going to pretty full from the get-go, we are opting to either send our gifts to the family via mail and/or be very thoughtful about what we pack in the car. When I discovered, Snapfish, a digital photo printing service that helps you personalize your prints, I knew that this was the route I wanted to go for my family.

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Best Christmas Sweaters of 2017

Eek! I know I may be jumping the gun a little on talking about the holidays, but last year I waited too long, and all the good stuff was sold out. So this year, I got a head start, scored the internet to bring you the best Christmas sweaters out there. *To shop, just click on a photo below. You can also hover your mouse to see where the item came from and the price. 

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Gratitude: 10 Things I am Thankful for this Season

So a few days ago, I decided to take a break from all the fertility stuff such as ovulation strip testing, temperature taking, and app tracking. Instead of doing those things first thing in the morning, I took a vow to write in my gratitude journal. I have been doing it for a few days. It takes literally 30 seconds and I write the first thing that comes to my mind. This is the journal I got to write in. It's only $14 and peppered throughout it are little quotes and insightful prompts. 

Because Thanksgiving is around the corner, I wanted to expand on this list that I started and blog the top 10 things that I am thankful for. I encourage you to join me. 

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Winter at Two

Winter,

Today you are two-years-old.

You have mellowed out quite a bit in the last few months, yet you are still our mighty Winter. Your independence, language, and empathy have soared to new heights over the past few months. You are our little observer; taking in the world around you, watching others and patiently waiting to engage once you feel like the time is right. 

You express so much love for those that care from you. You look sincerely into the eyes of those you love and provide us with the sweetest gestures of affection from holding our cheeks with both hands, saying "te amo" (which means "I love you" in Spanish) and asking for besos (which means "kiss" in Spanish) or to hold our hand.  

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Trunk Club: Winter is Coming

Last month,  I decided to give Nordstrom's Trunk Club a shot (you can read my initial review, here). Trunk Club is a personalized styling service that sends you clothes right to your doorstep. 

I liked it so much that I continued the service and just received my second trunk. My stylist,  Jennifer, is excilent and I feel like she nails my style! I asked her to include a few pairs of jeans and fun and cozy sweaters. I am so ready for cooler temperatures and all the snow!

Here is what came in my trunk this time. 

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Home: Featuring One of My Favorite Pieces in it

I remember when Perry and I bought our first home, we used our bed as the couch, ate pizza on the floor and stayed up until the wee hours beaming with glee as we talked about our future. When we moved, we essentially purged or donated our every piece of furniture that we had (which was an eclectic mix of goodwill finds and Ikea) so that we could start over and buy pieces that we know would stay in our household for many years to come. 

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How Much Time Do I Spend On Instagram/Blogging

Well, I wish that my blog and Instagram account would just write themselves. Man, life would be so much easier as a full-time working mother if it did. But because it doesn't, I spent one week tracking how much time I spend on my social media business to give you guys an idea of what it takes to keep things going on a weekly basis. 

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Who I am as a Mother

A few weeks ago, I shared on this post how Perry and I started making "To Be" lists, which are primarily a tiny list of adjectives that you want to embody that day. These lists have helped me wrap set intentions and take the pauses that I need when I find myself become reactive.

One day while I was taking a three-minute pause to reflect on how I was speaking to my husband, It dawned on me that the lists that I was creating also mirrored images of how I now see myself as a mother. 

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How To Do Mindfulness With Your Kids Before Bed

hese past few weeks, I have noticed myself become so intensely in tune with how I spend my time with my daughter. I already get emotional when I think how one day she won't be the only child that has stolen my heart (and I am not even pregnant yet). I want to breathe in as many moments with her before our family size does grow. One of my most favorite times of the day with Winter is before bed---it's my time to practice mindfulness with her, wind down from the day by stretching and to spend uninterrupted time with my girl. 

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Best Halloween Books For Toddlers

At our baby shower, my sweet friend suggested that we ask the guests to bring a book with a handwritten message to our baby in it. I am so grateful that she suggested it because Winter and I spend a lot of time reading together and when I read those sweet messages from my friends and family, I get a lovely rush of joy. 

Since her shower, we have slowly been building up her book library (buying books in both English and Spanish because we are rasing her bi-lingual). I may have overdone it this Halloween, but below is a collage of all the books we are currently reading. 

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