Monday, April 24, 2017

Mommy Style Monday: Me Time

Happy Monday guys! 5 more weeks of school and I am so excited for summer! Braden and I are starting to make a bucket list of things we want to do this summer. If you live in Utah, do you have any suggestions? This is our list so far:
Hogle Zoo
Bear Lake
Bear World
Aquarium
Swimming
Snow Cones
Farmer's Market

What else do we need to add to our list?

Moving along... Today's Mommy Style Monday topic is ME TIME! And if you read my last Mommy Style Monday post about managing time (here) you will have noticed that I don't really get a lot of free time. I work full time and then when I'm home I am spending those precious hours with Boston. I am definitely not a night person so I go to bed shortly after Boston goes to bed. After Boston goes to sleep I exercise, clean, get everything ready for the next day, and then I get ready for bed. 

I would say my "me time" is when I exercise. Exercise has become a routine and if I don't do it then I feel like everything else is off balance. You know how when you exercise in the morning then you are more motivated to eat healthy the next meal? Maybe even for the rest of the day? Well that is what exercising does to me but in more than one way. When I exercise it makes ME feel better. I am a happier person when I exercise. When I exercise I feel productive which then makes me want to be even more productive. Exercise also helps me with my anxiety. It helps relieve some of those stresses that have been bottled up all day. So no, I don't really get "me time" where I have a girls day with friends, or I get to work on a craft, or paint my nails. My "me time" is exercise. I need that in my day in order for everything else to fall into place.
On weekends my "me time" might be going to a store by myself or taking a bath. But I find that as long as I get that exercise in, I really don't need that much "me time".


I am in love with this top from Lululemon. This is another top that I have been on the search for. They no longer sell it in stores but I LOVE the peplum style. If you don't know by now... I am OBSESSED with peplum everything. Anyway, this is another Poshmark find! And it was NEW!

What do you like to do when you have a moment to yourself?

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Madeline at CaseyLand
Rachel at Tutus and Heels
Monica at It's All About

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Florals & Corsets

Good morning!
Today I am sharing this fun dress with you from eShakti. When I chose this dress I wanted to pick something super different from what I usually pick out and I am really happy with my choice. I was a little worried it might look somewhat "pilgramy" but I was pleasantly surprised when I tried it on!
What I love about eShakti is that they offer a wide range of sizes and you can customize your dress! You can change the length, sleeve length, add pockets, and change neck line (on some designs).
There are so many different designs to choose from and they almost always have some sort of sale.

Now for the bad news. I have worked with eShakti before on a collab and I was very happy with my experience. I actually bought a dress from them a few years ago. I was really excited to do another collaboration with them but that blog post was supposed to go up on January 30th. The dress came more than two months late. I tried emailing them a few times and never heard a response. I was a quite annoyed. Then one day it magically appeared on my door step.
I hate to give negative reviews but I also want you to know my HONEST opinion. I am not going to go on and rave about a company/product that I don't actually love.

I love what this company does, I love their selection of dresses, I love that you can customize, and I love that they offer to so many different body sizes. But I am very unimpressed with their customer service.

So, here are some pictures of the dress I got!
Funny story about this location. I saw that a photographer had gone to this park and it was so pretty. I told Braden I wanted to go here. When we pulled up it was nothing like I had imagined. There was a stream, lots of picnic tables set up, and this bridge. Nowhere to run around and no playground. So, obviously we couldn't let Boston run around because we were afraid he might go into the river. Braden had to take these pictures one-handed with my big DSLR camera AND hold a ridiculously wiggly baby! Haha. But he did a pretty good job.



Don't you just love this lace up corset? It's on the back too!



Everyone needs a picture of themselves twirling in a dress, right?

Monday, April 10, 2017

Mommy Style Monday: Managing Time

It's another Mommy Style Monday! We just had Spring Break last week and I am dreading going back to work. But only 7 weeks left of school! I say "only" but 7 weeks still feels like A LONG time.


Our topic for today is how we manage our time. I am someone who loves having a schedule. I love making a to do list just so I can check things off. I love having a planner because I love writing in it and organizing my days. I am not much of a "go with the flow" kind of person. I like having a plan and I like feeling like I am in control, which isn't always the best.
As a working mom I feel like I don't have a lot of down time. I am constantly busy.

Here is a little outline of how a typical week day goes.
6:30-7:30 
Wake up, get ready, get Boston ready, drop Boston off at the baby sitter.
7:30-3:15 
WORK
3:15-6:00 
Play with Boston, run errands.
(I have to brag about my husband for a second. He cooks dinner EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. Because I am not able to be a stay at home mom right now, he cooks dinner so that I can have some extra play time with Boston. Luckily, I have a husband that loves cooking. He is the best)
6:30-7:30 
Clean up dinner, get Boston ready for bed.
7:45-8:30 
Exercise
8:30-9:00 
Clean up around the house
9:00-9:30
Get ready for bed
9:30/10:00
Go to bed

So as you can see my day is packed full! My only "free" time is from 3:15-6:00. That's really the only GOOD chunk of time that I have to play with Boston. And after a full day of work I am TIRED. I feel like I am good at managing my time. I try to pick up the house every day so that I am not spending a lot of time cleaning because that is more time I can be with Boston.
I guess my biggest "tip" would be to prioritize your time. What is most important to you? Make sure you make time for that each day. I don't get a lot of "me" time but exercising is something that helps me relax after a long day at work. It isn't necessarily the "me time" that I want. But it will do. That is, until the weekend comes and I can finally take a long, relaxing bath.

And honestly, blogging is one of the last things on my list. I enjoy it, but if I don't have time for it then I just don't do it. That is why some weeks I am able to post 3-4 times. And there are some weeks that I post once, if at all. I used to stress out a lot more about having to post 3 times a week ALWAYS. But sometimes I don't know what to blog about! And I'm not going to write a blog post just to do it. I don't have time for that. As much as I'd like to quit my job and be a super famous blogger that gets paid to go on vacations... (haha) I know that isn't going to happen. So for now, blogging is just going to happen when I have the time. (I still think about quitting blogging... anyone else?)

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How do you manage your time?
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Madeline at CaseyLand
Erica at Good Job Momma
Cayli at Nightchayde
Rachel at Tutus and Heels
Monica at It's All About