I’ve always wished I were a Type A personality. My mind looks a bit like one of those butterfly exhibits at the zoo–full of beautiful things swirling about; completely scattered and predictably unpredictable. I have so many ideas, so many dreams and one million ways to execute each of them. Each plan sparks ten more and despite my best intentions, no amount of writing them down ensures they’ll come to fruition. Despite these things being true, I work best as a mother, wife and business owner with a plan and loose schedule in place. Here’s how I allow for a bit of freedom and creativity without flying by the seat of my pants each day.
I’ll never forget the first time I made an Amazon Prime purchase. I was 20 weeks pregnant and had heard so many moms say this was “the key” with harsh emphasis on “key” so I took their word for it. A yellow baby bath sponge and some swaddles showed up two days later. It was magic. I was hooked. While I’ve been no stranger to a brown prime box on my doorstep, these past few months have ramped up the arrivals a bit since we had 20+ hour of road trip time, a mini-move and a school switch. Here are a few of my more recent purchases plus a couple old favorites just for good measure:
Keogena has been sleeping in a queen bed for our whole stay in Memphis. The furniture rental company we used didn’t offer cribs and we were unwilling to bring our own. We head back to Texas in a couple weeks and her sweet baby crib will be waiting for us so it’s time to transition her nursery to a big girl room!
While I’ve used almost exclusively natural skincare products for the past few years since I began the pregnancy and nursing journey, I switched over to 100% clean products this year. Between learning more about the parabens and chemicals in regular products and finding out about my own autoimmune disease, the switch was a no brainer. A necessity. That being said, it wasn’t easy. I’ve amassed quite the skincare collection over the years and letting go of my ride or die products felt like a loss of much more than moisturizer and eye cream. It felt like losing a little bit of my freedom-of myself. I’m here to report it’s not as dramatic as it seems and I truly look forward to my skincare routine every morning and evening.
It’s 2019! It’s a weird sci-fi thing to say and very wild to think we’ll be in the year 2020 next year. Very Zenon (I hope ‘Supernova Girl is stuck in your head for the rest of the day). I love reflecting on my best purchases of the year to see which items made the biggest impact across the board. From the quick, impulsive AmazonPrime purchases to the items that I spent years considering, comparing and hoping for–here are my best purchases of the year.
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It’s time for my last gift guide of the year- stocking stuffers! I love a stocking, guys. It’s the first thing we open every Christmas morning and O and I still like to make them special for each other! I usually get the kids very little things like a deck of cards or beads or things like that, but I do try to make O’s stocking a balance of things he needs but would never think of, wants but would never buy and something just to make him smile.