February 19, 2016

Five on Friday 2.19.16

Linking up with the ladies today to bring you five things I'm loving this week!

1. Fixer Upper. How can you not be obsessed with Chip and JoJo? Joanna's design eye is on point and I love her casual yet put together style! Chip is hysterical and I always think how nice it must be to be married to someone so handy! Other than the house prices making me cry into my wine glass because they're so cheap, I absolutely love this show. Ready to shiplap my whole house haha. 

2. Usborne Books. If you're anything like me, you decline any and all Facebook invitations but I urge you not to skip a Usborne Book party! My sister-in-law hosted one on Facebook and since I read to J everyday, I was in need of some new books. Besides the great stories, the books are of really great quality. The pages are sturdy and the colors are so bright, perfect for grabby little hands! Some personal favorites: Animally, B is for Bedtime, Bears Can't Read, and the Usborne Big Book of Colors. 
3. Snapchat. I used Snapchat when it came out a couple of years ago but then fell off. My sister convinced me to start using it again and I've been having such fun with it! If you're interested in the ever so exciting activities of SAHM with an infant, follow me! My user name is prissytal. 

4, Essential Oils. I know EOs are such a buzzword/fad these days but my mother-in-law has been into them for years and is always spouting their benefits. Then a girlfriend of mine also got into them and well, here I am, awaiting my starter kit. I don't expect to get into like making my own chapstick but I am excited to diffuse some oils to make our house healthier. I promise not to become an EO pusher :)

That's all I've got for today, J and I are headed to Stroller Strides and then to meet up with some friends! I hope ya'll have a great Friday and an even better weekend! 


February 18, 2016

On Motherhood

I'm three months into being someone's mother. It seems both short and long at the same time. For a large part of my adult life, I was unsure if I wanted children. Being teacher, I was so mentally and physically exhausted at the end of the day, that most days I thought, "I could not do this 24/7". I vacillated weekly about whether or not motherhood was for me. I had, and still have, fears of how my child will grow up. Will he/she be a good person? How will I react if he or she is not a good person? What if my child is a bully or is physically hurtful towards others? I blame these fears partially on reading the book, We Need to Talk About Kevin (excellent book- chilling but excellent). These fears, when vocalized, were met with anger. People would say, "that won't happen to you" or "you won't raise your child to be like that". Well, thanks for the vote of confidence, but do you really think mothers of children who are bullies or worse, ever thought they were raising someone that could behave in such a way? Highly doubtful. 

There are things I took issue with when speaking with others about the decision to become a parent. The idea that I was somehow incomplete without a child, that the life I had worked hard to build wasn't enough, that I would regret it later in life. I love my son with every fiber of my being but I can say with certainty, that he does not "complete" me. He is a wonderful addition to our lives and yes, makes me a better person, but he did not fill some arbitrary empty hole in my life. I worked hard, alongside my husband, to build a life that reflected us and the things and people we value. To say it was incomplete before does all those previous years a huge disservice. I do believe that somewhere down the road, I would have regretted not having children but ultimately, I will never know and no will anyone else who said those things to me countless times. Also, all of those things seem like shitty reasons to procreate if you ask me. Bringing a child into this world is a HUGE deal. Possible regret is NOT A GOOD ENOUGH REASON. On the daily, I saw what happens when people have children because they think they should and guess who suffers? Everyone. 

My husband and I discussed children regularly. Almost every Friday night was spent discussing how we would raise them, the things we would teach them and show them and ultimately, we decided that parenthood is something we wanted to embark on together. 

Three months in, I can say that parenthood is one of the most surreal experiences of my life. It has brought indescribable joy and unexplained tears. No one can ever prepare you for what being a mom is like, no matter how many times and ways they try to explain it. I certainly didn't understand it as a non-parent. I love this kid so much it hurts. Ours was the slow burn kind of love not a huge rush of emotion but it is deep and profound nonetheless. It is the hardest job I've ever had and I question my ability to do it well on the daily. But at the same time, everyday that we get to spend together is a new opportunity to get it right. To be the parent I want to be. To teach him new things and watch him grow.  Yes, I still have fears about how this whole thing will turn out and think about all the ways (that are much too easy, might I add) I could royally screw this up but it is an adventure unlike any other and I am grateful for the opportunity. 

In closing I want to say this, becoming parents was the right choice for us. It is not the right choice for everyone and I respect those who choose otherwise. I will never try to convince someone that parenthood is the better choice, the responsibility is too much to put on someone who doesn't want it. And also, whenever I used to say that I wasn't sure I was going to have kids, people would get SO angry. I vow never to do that to someone else.  


February 16, 2016

Tuesday Trend: Playroom Dreams

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Even though J is still an infant that can't do much and we live in a 1500 square foot rowhome, I can't help but dream about a place in our home for the babe to run wild. I absolutely love the idea of a dedicated playroom and hope that in our next house this can be a reality. The space needs to be functional for young kids but can't be an eyesore either. How great is this tufted couch by Novogratz 9 from Walmart? Only $349 and it turns into a futon! Perfect combination of modern and budget friendly, a playroom necessity! The kid-friendly sheepskin rug is also a personal favorite and I'm dying over the personalized busy board by Mortimer's Busy Boards on Etsy! I think I know what someone is getting for his first birthday (...9 months from now)! I'm a sucker for gold accents and love the bright red color of the lamp. The alphabet print would be great for youngins learning their ABC's!

couch//print//storage bin//sheepskin rug//teething toy//NogginStik//personlized busy board//lamp//pillows

February 15, 2016

Monday Musings: Gallery Wall Inspiration

Gallery Wall Inspo

Happy Monday! Did everyone have a lovely Valentine's Day? We celebrated Saturday night with dinner at home after putting the babe to bed. He is finally sleeping a fairly long stretch at night which gives me a little more freedom. Loving it. 

One of my focus areas for 2016 is our home. I have so many pictures from our travels and moments with friends and family that I would love to display on our walls. We also had newborn photos taken and we have a few those of I'd love to get on the walls as well. He is already growing so fast! We have a wall just outside of our bedroom that is just begging for a gallery wall! Today, I've rounded up some gorgeous gallery walls to serve as inspiration as I start to gather frames and photos to hang in our space! 

One// I love the idea of using picture ledges to create a gallery wall. It gives you the ability to switch things up without having to change photos out of frames. 
Two// While I do appreciate the symmetry of hanging photos in a grid, what I think is really pretty here is the color photographs in the black frames and the thin black lining of mat that was used to frame the picture. 
Three// Loving the texture this eclectic gallery wall provides. I love the idea of mixing it up and using more than just pictures. 
Four// This gallery wall provides the symmetry of a grid but gives a little more interest. One day I hope to have a staircase where I can do this! Love the ascending gallery wall look. 
Five// For me, this gallery wall is all about the frames. I think keeping the frames in the same color family but different sizes and with different detailing is really stunning and provides great visual interest. 
Six// Absolutely love this statement making gallery wall. I love looking at pictures in other people's houses so I could probably spend hours taking a gander at this hallway! 

So tell me, what do you think of the gallery wall look? Is it a must for your home or do prefer a more minimal look?
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