Finding Balance

Friday, April 28, 2017

Sometimes we women try to do all the things. I don't know about you, but I feel like I can only keep a few parts of my life organized and functioning smoothly at a time. I feel like it really comes down to how you feel at the end of the day. If I feel like I have neglected my house or my business, I will put extra effort in that area the next day. This is something that I am constantly working on...trying to keep it together. I have personally become more willing to say no to things that don't make me feel fulfilled or that take up time that I could be spending doing something that I love. At the end of the day, I want to feel like I have lived a day of purpose.

While trying to be better at balancing life, I have read several books with tips and life lessons to encourage mindful decision making and thoughtful use of time. And I was so excited to learn about Oola for Women. What is Oola? Well according to the authors, Oola is that state of awesomeness you experience when your life is balanced and growing in all the key areas of health and well-being. Sign me up for this awesomeness, please! The book talks about finding balance in the seven key areas of life: faith, family, friends, fun, field, fitness, and finance. (Oh, and for all of my oily friends out there...they have an entire line of Young Living Essential Oils that correspond with each of those areas...that is actually how I first heard of Oola.) 


This book is filled with encouragement for women seeking a balanced life, and the personal stories within the pages have both made me cry and given me so much hope! I am pretty much recommending it to every woman I know! :) 

You can preorder your own copy from Barnes and Noble or Amazon! And even if you don't think you need any help in the balancing life department, I encourage you to follow oolalife on Instagram! Everyone could use some positive reminders once in a while, mmmiright?  

20 Weeks

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

This pregnancy is really flying by! I cannot believe we are halfway done, and will be meeting our new baby boy in a few short months. Part of me hopes that September would just hurry up and get here so I can snuggle and kiss this babe...and then there is the other part of me...the one that realizes we have a lot of stuff to get done and a lot of fun to be had as a family of three before baby bear makes his appearance. Oh, and he still has no name...in case you were wondering.


I am no longer sick, but I was really expecting to get some energy back after we made it to the second trimester. I guess chasing a toddler around pretty much takes care of that. I am going to have my hands full once the baby arrives...he is already an active little thing. I have been feeling him move around for the last couple of weeks, and it is so much fun! And we got to see all of his squirming today, at our 20 week ultrasound. 

I have been craving ice cold water and vegetables...in fact, I may or may not have purchased this pretty cook book in the middle of one of my cravings for asparagus. Amazon Prime is such an enabler. As far as getting the house ready...that is supposed to start this week! I cannot wait, but I also feel like our lives are about to get a lot more hectic. I will be sharing all of those details soon!  

Easter Basket

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Easter is right around the corner and I am trying to get some goodies together for Rowan's basket. Putting together his Easter basket has become one of my favorite traditions. Honestly, I would rather give him a few small gifts, than a ton of sweet treats...mainly because Dane and I are the ones that have to deal with sugary Rowan at the end of the day. However, I have included a few of his favorite snacks in years past. This year that might be a bunch of bananas...he is always asking for them! Here is a rundown of what I have been eyeing this year.


We are still using this basket from Target that I picked up a couple years ago. It looks so cute filled with Easter grass, and it serves as storage throughout the year!

Disclaimer: I am not usually this organized when it comes to Easter, but I have already grabbed a couple of these goodies. SUCCESS! Now watch me wait until the very last minute to get the rest of it together...and don't even ask me what we are wearing! 

It's a...

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

BOY! We are excited to share that we will be welcoming another sweet boy to our family in September! 



I will be honest, I had a feeling this baby was a girl, (only based on the fact that the pregnancy has been much different than my first) but I was so excited to find out that Rowan was getting a little brother. I can already imagine all of the messes and fun they will make together. 

Thank you for all of the prayers and good wishes for this precious babe. 

Color Inspiration

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

We have been spoiled with some beautiful weather during these winter months. I have been longing to open all the windows, breathe in the fresh air, and pretend that spring is here to stay. I can't wait until our neighborhood awakens with green grass and flowers and leaves filling the trees. Luckily, we don't have to wait for spring to add some green to our lives. With the addition about to begin, I have had decor and home design on my mind a lot lately. Clean, crisp whites, fresh greens, and natural light give me all the heart eyes! 

Pantone recently announced their color of the year, Greenery, and I am a fan. I thought I would share some tips on how to incorporate the color into your space. Painting a room green may not be your thing, but there are lots of other ways to add a splash of the trending color. (Disclaimer: I am NOT a design expert...this is just how I would use the color in my space.)


Find a collection of little green accents: I love the idea of grouping a bunch of green books together. This can be a very inexpensive addition to your space. Go on a hunt at your local thrift store or yard sales to find old books with green covers. Even if you have no intention of reading them, they will make a creative statement. 

Find a fun piece of green furniture: Add a colorful couch to an otherwise neutral space. There are so many spaces that this would work in...exposed brick anyone!? Don't know where to find a green couch? This one from IKEA is perfect! You could also find a cool green chair to pair with an existing leather couch, or to stick in the corner of a room to create a little reading nook. The options are endless! 

DIY some green furniture: Don't want to go out and spend a ton of money on a green furniture that you may get tired of after a year? That is totally understandable. Hit up your local thrift store to find a piece of furniture that could use some TLC. A couple coats of green paint will have you on trend with color of the year. And there is no shame in repainting it down the road if your tastes change! 

Paint a green accent wall: One quick and easy way to add a splash of color to any space is paint. However, instead of painting a whole room green, try a small area of the room. I love the example above, because the green is hidden and unexpected, but it adds so much personality to the space. 

I must have flowers always and always. - Claude Monet

The easiest (and probably my favorite) way to get some greenery in your life, is to invest in some plants. I love the look of fresh flowers on the counter or a cute succulent in the window. Plants always seem to add life to any space! 

These tips could really be used with any color that you wish to incorporate into your space. The key to a happy home is creating a space that you love and feel comfortable in. :) 

Oh Brother...or Sister

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Rowan has some exciting news to share...


We are going to be adding a baby brother or sister to our "goop skeezes" in September. 
Rowan loves a good group squeeze.

We are so excited to be adding to our family. I am sure Rowan is going to be the sweetest big brother, and I can't wait to watch our babes become the best of friends. 

Also, Row is nearly impossible to photograph...he kept getting distracted by baby goats and crunchy leaves.


Hope you all are enjoying your weekend! 

Home Sweet Home

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Our sweet little house has served us well for the last 5 years, but we are ready for a little bit of a change. Over the past few months our home has felt a bit more cramped. So....we are adding on! Not where you thought that was going? I am still a little surprised myself. We have long been dreaming of the day when we found a little place nestled in the country. However, with that dreaming, came a feeling that our home was just not...well, home. Instead, it felt more like a waiting place until we got to where we wanted to be. We are not quite ready to commit to our forever homestead, so we decided to turn our little house into something that we loved and weren't waiting and dreaming to leave. 


Once the decision was made, it seemed like the best plan we had ever thought of. We quickly drew up plans and have been dreaming of our new space...plus, doing a lot of adulty stuff that comes with it. I can't wait to share all of the fun details with you!

Grown Up Art

Sunday, February 05, 2017

When I was younger I loved DIY art. I would buy paint and canvases and make all sorts of "masterpieces" for my room. As I have grown up, my tastes have changed, and I have developed an appreciation for beautiful, well crafted art. It seems that I am especially drawn to watercolor prints, photography, and signs with beautiful words and calligraphy...and I love the mixture of canvases and frames. Below are just a few of the pieces that I am loving right now.


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The thought of a beautiful gallery wall filled with art, family pictures, and some fun decor is giving me all the heart eyes!

A Curious Boy to Celebrate

Monday, January 09, 2017

Our curious little man turned TWO a couple weeks ago, and we finally got to celebrate over the weekend. Rowan is obsessed with Curious George, and I had decided a few months ago that I wanted to somehow incorporate George into his birthday party. We decided to serve some of George's favorite treats. We had a banana split bar, donuts, a little cake for the birthday boy, and some banana shaped cookies for guests to take home. My mom made the birthday cake, and it turned out so wonderful! Rowan LOVED it!





I kept the decorations pretty simple, and I love how it turned out. I was so excited to find a bunch of awesome quotes about curiosity and make up prints to display on the cake table. Rowan is also in love with "ba-oooons" and we had plenty there! We had TONS of yellow balloons and clear balloons filled with yellow confetti...which the kids loved! They are fun to pop, but not as much fun to clean up! 

Rowan had the best time celebrating his birthday with so many of his family and friends, and he sure was tired afterwards! 

"Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventures." - L. Drachman