A Thankful Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is the onset of many different things from crazy Christmas shopping to cooler weather, but most importantly it is the start of the holiday season. It’s time for giving and spreading joy. Everyone personifies this in different ways and … Continue reading

How I’m Keeping it Together During this Crazy Time

I completely realize that it has been a while since I have posted anything, and for that I apologize. Life has been crazy and hectic lately, and therefore this little blog space of mine has fallen to the bottom of my pile. Well I am going to start putting myself and therefore this corner of the internet of mine back towards to the top. In a nutshell here has what’s been going on:

We Moved!

Enough said with a 9 month old, right? But seriously it was tough and took us nearly 2 weeks to get all of our stuff moved over to our new place (but of course not everything is unpacked yet).

I’m Student Teaching!

I am having an absolute blast but oh man am I busy with all sorts of different things related to this. On top of being in a middle school I still have university classes, with all kinds of homework. Needless to say I no longer know what “free time” is.

We are trying to make time for fun family memories.

This is after all Charlotte’s first year and with Fall being my favorite time year there is so much I want to experience with her. We went to the Pumpkin Patch, Trick or Treated for Halloween, and have gone on plenty of cool Autumn strolls plus she loves playing with the leaves.

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Just these three things have kept me incredibly busy and honestly a lot of the time these days I feel like I am going to lose my mind. I’m learning to keep it all together some how and I’ve learned some survival techniques along the way. Mostly I’ve realized that perfection across all aspects of my life is just not going to happen. Letting go of those small details, that don’t matter in the bigger picture is crucial. Learning to say and to prioritize the things that really matter is difficult in all honestly but since I do value sleep I have learned to do these two things much better!

My apartment isn’t as clean as I would like, dinners aren’t culinary masterpieces, and the laundry piles up but at the end of the day I just want to spend time with my daughter, have a successful outcome from student teaching, and to be with my husband. Nothing else matters more than these 3 things. Some days I need constant reminders but its getting easier each day.

What do you do to get through those hectic stages in life?

Fostering My Jewelry Addiction with RocksBox

I will fully admit that I one hundred percent have an addiction to buying and wearing jewelry of all kind. My husband will also not hesitate to tell anyone he can that I have “too many” necklaces. What’s really too much though? I say to him to each their own. Well I now have a fun way to make both of us happy! Marriage is about compromise right?

Thank you Rocks Box for making this compromise so insanely easy!

For only $19 per month I get 3 pieces of jewelry sent to me (in the cutest little box, might I add). When I’m done playing dress up with those 3 pieces I just send them back with the prepaid shipping and wait (anxiously) for 3 new ones. How have I not done this sooner! I can buy any piece(s) that I can’t live without!

Here is my first box!

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Oh and did I mention that I have a code for you to get a month for free!? And you can cancel at anytime!

Use code: uponalovelylittlelifexoxo

Let me know what you lovelies think!

Love Always,

Sam

Balancing Act

Well I have spent the last 3 weeks student teaching 3 days a week on top of being a mom, wife, and taking care of household chores, and I am feeling a bit (okay very) overwhelmed. Now Monday the fun begins.

Monday my university coursework officially begins, which means I will be gone 5 days a week 40 hours (plus an evening class), with homework and assignments.

My question to all of you amazing women is what is your trick to balancing it all?

I realize that I am going to have to let go of some of the housework, which means the cleanliness level is going to decline a bit. I just honestly don’t know how I’m going to handle that because having things neat and organized is what keeps peace in my life. It keeps my stress level a little lower, and just generally makes me happy.

Asking for help seems to be the most common advice I seem to get from people, and honestly it is probably the hardest for me to follow. I HATE asking others for help. In my mind I want to still be the same kind of mom and wife that I am now, before returning to school (and eventually working). I want to make dinner, do my family’s laundry, etc, and I totally realize that this is old fashioned. Doing these things for my family is a sort of validation for me. I feel like a better mom to my daughter when I do her laundry, prep her food/bottles, and put her to bed. I feel like a better wife when I do my husband’s laundry, clean, and make meals. None of these things are true to anyone around me, but they hold true for me.

I’m trying desperately to mentally prepare myself to ask for help.

I’m trying to let go of the need for perfection (or at least close to it) around the house.

I’m trying to keep my priorities in order.

But these things are all a lot harder than I ever thought they would be.

Please give me all the advice or words of wisdom you have Mommas!

Love Always,

Sam

Fall Family Bucket List

Alright so at the start of summer I made a bucket list for our family, but we have had a crazy summer so we didn’t get to everything. I’m just going to add those to next summer and get ready for my FAVORITE time of year…

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FALL

Again this is the first Fall with our little girl and she, and since she is now 8 months old our options for activities are growing! Here’s what I hope to do before the winter and the “Christmas Season” sets in.

  • Go Apple Picking and make homemade applesauce and pie
  • Take Family pictures surrounded in leaves and trees
  • Visit a pumpkin patch
  • Complete a corn maze
  • Paint Pumpkins (More to come on this but I hate carving pumpkins)
  • Go for our first family hike
  • Go to a Harvest Festival
  • Go on a Hay Ride
  • Make Candy Apples
  • Go to a Football Game
  • Trick or Treat for Halloween
  • Enjoy a Foggy Morning Walk with Hot Apple Cider
  • Take a scenic drive
  • Charlotte’s first Thanksgiving
  • Drive through a Covered Bridge (Oregon is full of them and they are even more gorgeous with the Fall foliage)
  • Make a Handprint Turkey with Charlotte
  • Be Thankful for our beautiful little family

 

What do you all have planned for this wonderful time of year?

Love Always,

Sam

Fashion Friday: Student Teaching Round-Up

Well all I survived my first week student teaching (granted this was the week before students start so wish me luck next week). Overall I have to admit that I do not know how I ever survived without Old Navy pants in my life! They are literally my new best friend and the comfiest, stretchi-est professional pant. Plus they have the greatest patterns!

Here is a round up of this past week’s looks (I am only required to be there 3 days per week which is why there are only 3 looks).

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My biggest goal for getting dressed was to look professional, but I also want to always portray my personality through my clothes. As a student teacher, in all honestly, besides wanting to learn everything I possibly can, I want a job at the end of this process. Dressing with personality is just another way for me to be memorable. Plus, I always feel the most confident when I feel good in what I’m wearing.

Let me know what you lovelies think, and have a wonderful weekend!

Love Always,

Sam

Letting Go

Hi my name is Sam, and I’m a bit (okay a lot) of a control freak.

In unison, “Hi Sam!”

As some of you may know I recently started my student teaching program, so I am now out of the house all day during the week. This means that I am also away from daughter all day for the first time (see here for how I feel about that part). My daughter isn’t being taken care of exactly the same way that I would (Well, hello Sam they aren’t you). She plays a little differently, she has naps at different times, and well everything is just a little different because its not me with her. In reality I’m pretty okay with this because I understand that she is happy, clean, and fed; which in the big scheme of things is all that really matters. There are times, however, that I literally want to lose my mind a little.

I will admit to you all that I like things done the way I like them done.

I know that this is slightly childish and rather annoying for people around me, but I just can’t help myself. Now when it comes to my daughter I’m even worse!

I’m learning (slowly, very slowly) how to let go and enjoy the way other people function and complete tasks. I’m not super woman and I simply can’t do everything myself, but honestly sometimes I wish I could. Help, therefore, is a bit of a necessity these days.

I want to smile and laugh with my little girl when I am home. I don’t want to be stressed and frustrated because somethings a little different. So I’m working on that…

I’m working on ignoring the little things to focus on the big ones.

I’m realizing what really matters.

I’m learning to accept help.

What do you all do to let go of control so that others can help you? And how do you know which “battles” are worth fighting?

Until Next Time Lovelies,

Sam

To My Little Girl

My beautiful little girl.

Oh how I am going to miss glancing over to see that wide-eyed smile,

Hearing you “talk” to your toys,

And comforting you after you get upset.

I know I am going to miss out on so many of the little things in your day-to-day life.

I hope to not miss too many of the big ones,

And mostly I hope you don’t ever miss me.

With so many new adventures, new faces, and new smiles

I hope you forget to miss me.

But I still want you to want your Momma.

I promise I’m not doing this because I need a break.

I’m not doing this because I don’t want to be with you little girl.

I want more for you. 

Your Daddy and I want you to run barefoot in your backyard. 

We want to you smile and run down that soccer field. 

Most of all we want you to be a strong, confident, beautiful young lady. 

Momma hopes to set this example for you by working. 

I hope you learn that you can have it all in your life. 

I love you beautiful girl. 

Smile for me when I get home. 

Who Else is Ready for Fall?

Don’t get me wrong I do love summer with warm weather comes a lot of fun adventures. We’ve enjoyed the beach, swimming at the lake, and splash pads, but you guys I’m OVER the heat. Let’s be real I’m really over having to shave every. single. day. I mean come on where did the pants weather go?

So to get me (and hopefully all of you) in the mood for my favorite time of year here’s a round up of my favorite fall outfits from my Instagram page.

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Here’s to hoping Fall will arrive soon! Happy Fashion Friday Lovelies!

Sand Between Her Toes

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We made our first trip out the coast this past weekend, and boy did my little girl LOVE the sand! She was completely obsessed with it and wanted nothing more than to play and sit in it. This trip was … Continue reading