Monday, August 7, 2017

Mommy Style Monday: Happiness List

Happy Monday!
I have started listen to this book called "The Happiness Project", I haven't finished it yet but I have loved what I have listened to already.
In the beginning of the book she mentions that she wanted to make her life a little better, a little happier. She says that just because you're making a happy list doesn't mean you are currently unhappy with your life, and that the majority of people who make happiness lists are already pretty happy with their lives! It's just a way to give your life more meaning.
I love having this topic as our Mommy Style Monday post for the month. It is very different from what we usually do but I wanted to hear what other mom's had in mind.
Again, a happiness list isn't a list of things that currently make you happy. It's a list of things that you think would make you happier overall!

Life has been pretty crazy. I have been reading this book for the past week or so and have had this blog post topic in mind for the past week as well. But I am writing it pretty last minute so it isn't as in depth as I would like it to be. I'm sure I will go back and reword things/add things to this list. But here is my happiness list for now...

1. Exercise regularly and eat healthy: I already do this for the most part. But I really notice a change in my life when I do these things. I know I've mentioned it before but by exercising each day, it makes me feel good, which then makes me want to do good. Exercising helps motivate me in other areas of my life.
2. Learn how to manage money: With Braden going back to school and us living on a teacher's salary... I have been pretty stressed out. I have never been good at budgeting. We have never really had the need to. I mean the first few years of marriage we were way more poor than we will be ha. But our life was also different. We had cheaper rent, cheaper utilities, no kid(s), no car payment... Life is just different now. If I could learn how to manage money/budget I think I would be a little less stressed. So... any tips? Send them ALL my way please.
3. Enjoy the moment, make memories: I am someone that is always worrying about something. Something from the past, something in the future, something that may not even ever happen. It makes me not enjoy RIGHT NOW. I want to be able to live in the moment all of the time and worry less.
4. Use time productively: I feel like this doesn't really need an explanation. But instead of just sitting down and watching Fixer Upper for hours I should be doing something else with my time. Like folding laundry while watching Fixer Upper? Ha. I just want to get more done, do more things, read more books, practice the piano, practice the guitar, pick up a new talent. Just be more productive!
5. Declutter and stay organized: Again, I feel like this is self explanatory. I feel like I have been on a decluttering/minimalistic journey for the past year. There are parts of my life I can declutter and parts that I just can't, like my clothes. I like clothes and I just don't think I'm ever going to be one of those people with a "capsule" wardrobe. I have come to accept that I am just a wannabe minimalist ha. But there are areas that need to be decluttered. I want everything to be neat and organized.

This is my happiness list. Like I said, I'm sure I will be changing and adding things. But now I want to know, what would you put on your happiness list?

Don't forget to check out the other moms and their happiness lists!
Madeline at CaseyLand
Monica at It's All About
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Carolinas

I was so excited for this trip and super nervous. As you all know I struggle with anxiety and schedules are something that really triggers it. I love schedules. I love having my day planned and organized. I love Boston being on a schedule and he does so well being on a schedule. The trip was stressing me out. Like months in advance I was having anxiety attacks about it. I knew the two days of traveling would suck but as long as he could get at least a short nap every day while on the trip then I'd be okay. But it was worse than I ever could imagine and I'm an expert at always thinking of the worst case scenario. 

Our flight left at 11:59 pm. A red eye. We drove to Braden's parents that night and our plan was to lay him down for bed at the regular time so that he could get some sleep before we left. I rocked him to sleep and sang him a song (like I always do) then laid him in the pack n play. I closed the door and went into the other room. He immediately stood up and started screaming. Which is very unlike him, Boston is so good at sleeping on his own. After a while Braden went in to rock him, when it comes to putting Boston to sleep Braden has some sort of super power. But Boston started screaming again once he left. After another chunk of time I went back in again then sat on the couch. I headed upstairs when I saw the door open, thinking Braden went in again to rock him. Then all of the sudden Boston comes walking out the door... no Braden. Which meant Boston climbed out of his pack n play, walked over to the door, opened the door, and came out on his own. So yeah, no sleep for him. We got to the airport and boarded around 11:30pm and waited. The pilot came on and said that the AC was broken and a crew was working on it and that it would probably be 30 minutes. It had been way longer than 30 minutes and Boston wasn't having it. He was crying and screaming and nothing would calm him down. This cute newly wed couple asked if we wanted to change them seats. They had more room and more leg room. They were so sweet. We switched them spots and that gave Boston some room to run around for a little. Well 2.5 hours later and a baby that hadn't slept since 3:00pm that day they decide to switch us planes. So everyone had to deboard and wait for the other plane to be ready. They had to move over all the luggage and food. Boston was happy to be running around. So at 3:00am I was chasing him around the airport. He found a penny and was throwing it and chasing it. So many people commented saying how amazed they were that he was happy and calling me super mom 👊🏼. (But seriously, Braden and I were considering going back to our car and heading back home because this was the worst.) We finally got on the plane and Boston fell asleep the moment the lights turned off. 

We landed in NC on Friday morning and got to Braden's brother's house and we desperately needed a nap. And of course Boston wouldn't take one. Luckily his family watched him while we napped. Then we tried putting him down for a nap at his regular nap time (Utah time) and again he freaked out when I put him in his pack n play. I didn't want him climbing/falling out again so I laid in bed with him until he fell asleep, then so did I. We had dinner and played, went swimming and went to bed. And yes, we couldn't put him in his pack n play. So I fell asleep with him on the bed. Luckily we were staying on Utah time for his schedule so a 9:30 bedtime for me wasn't completely ridiculous. I had to wait until he was in a deep enough sleep to transfer him into the pack n play. The entire trip was like this. I had to nap when he napped and go to bed when he did. I love sleep so I had no problem with it. But I did feel bad on missing out on family time when I had to be laying down with Boston instead. But aside from that, he stayed on a pretty good schedule!

Saturday we drove to South Carolina. We stayed at a beach house, seriously right across from the beach. It was so fun. We spent that day at the beach.

Grandma gave all of the cousins some matching pi's. Boston is the only boy. And he really didn't want to be in the picture.

Sunday we hung out at the beach for most of the day. In the evening we went on a short walk to a light house that was nearby.

Monday was super rainy so we stayed inside and played. We went to some souvenir shops but had to go home shortly after we got there because it was nap time and Boston was super fussy. We went to a nice restaurant for dinner with everyone and then we stopped at the farmers market on the way back to the beach house. Braden and I found this really cool painter and we custom ordered a painting from him as our souvenir. It should be getting here next week and I am so excited! There was a fun little dock/pier so we walked along that then went back to the house.

Tuesday we started off the morning with a walk on the beach looking for shells and shark teeth, which we unsuccessfully found. Once we had breakfast and changed into our swim suits we went back to the beach and played. Boston loved playing in the sand but he had mixed feelings about it. One minute he would be loving it and then the next minute he would be begging for us to pick him up and saying "ew" while trying to dust off the sand on his feet. Overall he liked it though. After a nap and some dinner we went back to the beach and walked around.

Wednesday we drove back to North Carolina and then hung out and Braden's brother's house where we had dinner and went swimming.

Thursday we hung out at Braden's brother's house, went to lunch, played, napped, packed, and headed to the airport. Luckily this flight wasn't as late. It was an 8:00 pm flight which had us landing in Utah at 10:15ish. And guess what, our flight was delayed. Luckily only by like 15 minutes. Boston did REALLY well on this flight. He loved take off. The plane was pretty empty so Boston had his own seat. He loved looking back between the seats and flirting with the people behind us. He got apple juice and the flight attendant gave him cookies. Then he cuddled with me and slept the whole time. We got to Braden's parents around midnight and he went to sleep pretty quick

We have now been home for a few days and Boston is right back on schedule. While we were on the trip I had my mind set that we were not going on anymore trips with a young kid ha. But thankfully he went right back on schedule and I'm not as afraid for the next trip. Whenever that is. 

We had a lot of fun and I am so glad that we went. We made a lot of fun memories and Boston loved playing with his cousins.

Also, if you didn't see our announcement on Instagram... here it is!
Baby number 2 coming in February!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Influenster Splash VoxBox

My Splash VoxBox had the following:
Mike and Ike Sour-Licious Zours
Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Tapioca Dry Shampoo
Sinful Colors Nail Polish
Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink
Tree Hut Exfoliating Mud Mask Detoxifying Charcoal
Nature's Origin Peppermint Roll On

Mike and Ike Sour-Licious Zours: I am always a sucker for candies and these were really good! They are definitely sour though so make sure you're a fan of sour things. Between me, Braden and Boston I think we ate the entire box in just a few days.
Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Tapioca Dry Shampoo: Not Your Mother's Dry Shampoo is one of my favorite brands of dry shampoo. There are only two brands that I use and this is one of them. I have tried so many different brands but I feel like all the others actually end up leaving my hair even MORE greasy. This brand is amazing and I am obsessed with the smell of this specific one. I will definitely be buying this again when it runs out. I love having the little bottles of them as well so that I can take them with me when I travel!
Sinful Colors Nail Polish: This is one of my favorite brands of nail polish. The color I got was more of a top coat because it is glittery. But the color is really pretty.
Tree Hut Exfoliating Mud Mask Detoxifying Charcoal: I LOVE masks. This mask goes a long way which is super nice. It's spreads on really easily so you don't need to use that much of it. It left my skin feeling super clean and smooth.
Nature's Origin Peppermint Roll On: Who doesn't love the spell of peppermint! I love the roll on application of this. I have never used it that way but it was really nice because there was no possible way I could accidentally pour out too much.
Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink: I am saving the best for last. I am OBSESSED with this product. I had my mom try it and she went out and bought it for herself and she said that she has worn it everyday since she bought it because she only has to put it on once! I love LipSense. I own 10+ colors of it ha. But I do have to say this stuff is better. Reason #1: It is cheaper. It is $8 and you don't need to buy a gloss or top coat to go with it. It is $8 for one product and that one product is all you need. Reason #2: You seriously only have to apply it ONCE. You never have to apply a gloss on top of it. You apply it once and it will be there until you go to bed. I actually slept with it on and it still looked amazing when I woke up! Reason #3: Maybe I am not as diligent in putting on the gloss with LipSense but I feel like by the end of the day it kind of flakes off. This stuff doesn't! Reason #4: When the glossy gloss runs dry when I am wearing LipSense I feel like the color really dries out my lips but with Maybelline SuperStay it seriously feels like you don't have anything on. It is sticky for the first little bit but once it dries, it feels like you have nothing on.

So there you have it! This is one of my favorite boxes I have gotten so far, but I think I say that every time. If you want to be a part of the Influenster team let me know and I can send you an invite! It is free! You get sent products to test and then write a review about them.
All of the products I received I got for free for testing purposes.