ONE little MOMMA: January 2016

Three Questions for Tough Days

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TEE- Nordstrom // PONCHO- Stitch Fix (similar 40% off now) // JEANS- Nordstrom // BOOTS- Rockport // CUFF- N&S // EARRINGS- N&S Black Woven large // SUNNIES- Ray Ban
Well in between busting out dinner and helping the kids after school, I have a few minutes today. I opted to hop on the computer and do my "one thing that can't get undone". And look at that, it's a blog post again!
Today I thought I'd share three topics that I have found are in a way therapeutic for me to think or write about. On days that I'm in a funk or stressed or down about life its really a great exercise to consider things that I'm looking forward to, things I'm struggling with and things that I'm genuinely grateful for. It helps me see to the positive things that I have going for me today and in the future and it helps me to work through some of the tough things. I'd suggest you do it too! Try to think of three for each category and I think you'll feel a load lifted and have a better outlook to face the day with. 
Here's how I'm answering these three today:
Things I'm looking forward too: 
- Girl's night tonight watching The Bachelor. I haven't ever had a consistent watch party with friends, but I've started watching this season of the Bachelor with friends and wow is it more fun! I can't believe the jabs and jokes and hilarious things that are said as we watch together. I'm laugh my head off and enjoy every minute of it. 
- Kesler starting preschool next week. He has been waiting a long time for it to start back up again and I'm so excited for him to have something to go to each week. We aren't big on paying for preschool at this house, but one of the local high schools offers a basically free preschool as part of their child development class. We love it. Kesler went last year and I'm sure he'll enjoy it again this year. 
- A sneak peek at progress on our store this weekend. We'll be photographing the demo/build on Saturday. It's hard to believe we'll be opening in just a few short months, but being there in person and seeing it in the works really makes it feel more real. 
Things I'm struggling with:
- Comparing myself to others. Since having Baker I've had a lot more time to spend on my phone browsing IG or Facebook or blogs. I spend a lot of time nursing ya know? But I have really noticed it taking a toll on my self esteem. I usually have pretty high self confidence, but lately I've been pretty down on myself for everything I do. I could go into it more, but I'm sure you get the gist of it. I'm trying to step back from it a bit and shift my perspective before it becomes any more damaging. I know social media is a trap, but boy, is it easy to fall into!
- Time. There is never enough time. I sure love my baby, but he is such a time sucker. I'm having a hard time keeping up with just about anything and that just feels crappy. I know this too shall pass and that things will keep getting better, but this week has been off to a rough start.
- Difficult work decisions. I don't have a degree is business or marketing or anything like that. My degree is in Nutrition and those health and chemistry classes aren't doing anything to help me with my current job description. I'm doing my best and thankfully Soren has a wealth of business school knowledge, but it's hard when I have to ask him questions about everything. Especially hard if you are as prideful as I am! :)
Things I'm genuinely thankful for:
- Our family vacation last week. It was so nice to get away and have such a fun trip together. It was busy and exhausting and expensive, but totally worth it in every way. I'm planning a post where I collect all of our tips and ideas for anyone making a similar trip in the future!
- Soren going to Sams Club for me today. It's a little thing, but man am I glad to have a minute to sit and blog rather than deal with kids and a giant cart full of groceries. 
- My kids, especially the baby. Baker may be my biggest challenge as far as winning at life right now, but he sure makes me feel like a winner. His little smile or Knox telling me he loves me SO much totally turns me to mush. I'm so thankful for sweet boys that I am able to let run my life for right now. They are certainly are top priority and the best things I have going for me. :) 
So take a stab at it? I'd love to hear if these three help you too!


Sunday Style- Sequins

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SWEATER- H&M (on sale!) // SKIRT- H&M (less than $25!) // SHOES- Nordstrom // CLUTCH- Sole Society //  SUNNIES- Ray Ban // EARRINGS- N&S Signature Silver size large
After Christmas is always the best time to buy Christmas decorations. We all know it. But it is also that time when I personally, feel like buying them the least. How do you feel when you read the word Christmas right now? Over it? Yeah me too. The deal seeker in me wants to go scour the aisles at Target, Micheal's and Hobby Lobby for 50% off holiday decor, but most of me is totally OVER Christmas. I'm ready to put it all away and after spending so much on Christmas, I certainly don't want to spend money on things that will just get packed away until next year. 
Clothes can be the same way. Leading up to Christmas and NYE we dream of buying all the shiny things- which happen to all be full price. But because these are specialty items in your wardrobe, you don't need to buy them at full price. Just like decorations, after the holidays is when sequins and fur and shiny things are a good deal. Those items all go on sale in January. 
So what to do?  Buy them and save them? No way! We buy them and wear them! Sequins are not only for NYE- you can wear them at other times too. It might be a little much for some people, but I wore this skirt to church last week and it was perfect with a neutral sweater and heels. The sweater tones down the bling and makes for a really fun outfit that is outside my norm. I think peep toe boots would also work great with this skirt and sweaters might be my favorite top to pair it with. You'll be thrilled to pull out the sequins next holiday season too.
If you held out because you couldn't justify a sequin skirt or pair of pants at full price during the holidays, or you thought you had nowhere to wear them, now is your chance. I recommends the one I've linked above and below, but H&M has tons of sequin items on sale here as well. Happy sequin shopping!

Family Pics As a Family of Six

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Kilee:
 BLOUSE- H&M
SKIRT- J Crew Factory 
SHOES- Nordstrom 
EARRINGS- N&S Metallic Gold

Soren:

Easton:
SWEATER- GAP
PANTS- GAP

Kesler: 
SWEATER- GAP
PANTS- GAP

Knox:
SWEATER- GAP
PANTS- Old Navy

Baker: 
SWEATER- GAP
PANTS- GAP (thrifted)

We had impromptu family photos a few weeks ago in our Christmas Sunday outfits and even though it was FREEZING- I'm still so happy with how they turned out. My boys are just my favorite people and the walls have seemed a little lopsided with no pictures of Baker up yet. I'm excited to get this babies printed and hung. And to take a few more once things warm up a bit in the Spring.