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I buy a lot of things off amazon and I feel like there is an endless amount of boxes in my house on any given day. So, maybe Amazon could offer a courtesy box pick up, or something…. Please.  

I live in Indiana and we have had frost advisories for over a week now. Wish I had checked for a weather update before I bought all of my bulbs. Im itchy to get outside and plant my roses & peonies. C’mon, weather, give me a break. 

Speaking of my cutting garden, I have been thrifting cute mismatched vases of all sizes and boy oh boy, I can’t wait to fill those up with flowers. There is absolutely nothing better than fresh cut flowers in the house. Am I right? 

It’s rainy today and I think my son has started teething (ugh). So, while he naps I’m going to make some banana muffins. It’s definitely a good day for some therapeutic baking. 

Randomly Yours, 

Anna 

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Put the pieces together to find peace 

My son is 17 weeks and just had his four month check up. He’s grown so much! From 6 lbs, 9 oz to 14 lbs, 10 oz and 20.5in to 26.5in. He’s a testament to the perfection of nature and he is my breastfeeding trophy. He is really developing his personality and has some serious preferences (he likes to face out when we hold him, he doesn’t like to wear socks, he likes to sit in our laps when we are out at a restaurant). I love it! He is a little man, exploring his world, the master of his tiny universe. 
So I’ve been devoured by being a mama. Every moment and breathe I take is for my little baby. He is the still point of the turning world. Recently, I have been trying to get back to me. Incorporate my old life with my new one. 

So my first step in that was getting back to the gym. I put it off for months. My exercise release from my doctor came and passed.  I did Pilates a couple of times a week at home but that was nothing compared to my old routine. Before my babe was born I spent an hour on cardio six days a week, I did circuit training & core work. So I got back to it this time I’m pushing him in a stroller on the track while I run laps. I do core work when I have time during my sons naps. It’s not at the level is once was but damn it, I’m trying and I’m proud of myself. 

How do I say this without sounding cheesy and cliche. I love fashion, outfit concocting, playing dress up in my closet. I knew what to expect from my postpartum body, I wasn’t hard on myself or disappointed with the changes my body had gone through. This being said, I stood in my closet in total confusion trying to find an outfit that I felt comfortable and confident in. Once I found that outfit (black jeans, black top, black boots, black moto jacket) I wore it everyday. It became my postpartum uniform and I no longer put any thought into my style. This went on longer than it should have much like my relapse in fitness. So I’m focusing on using fashion as a form of self expression again. It helps me feel like, me. Which I have discovered is really important. When you are breastfeeding, changing diapers, washing laundry, making dinner, being a wife, being a mother. You deserve to do some things for yourself. It’s working for me. 

Stay tuned for outfits of the day and photos of my fitness progress! 

Sending Light & Love 

-A 

3 months

Julian can lift his head up whilst on his belly. He reaches out with intent and grabs toys which he immediately shakes. My little guy has a hard time finding sleep & taking naps during the day, He doesn’t want to miss a thing. In the mornings I play some of my favorite songs for him while we talk & play. Julian is always smiling and he is so engaged. His eyes are full of so much light and wonder. Talking to him is my favorite thing right now, I love to hear his sweet baby responses.

 My son had a hard time with a cold he picked up from family. We ended up in the ER with concerns about his breathing. He was in such good spirits considering the situation. We were released from the hospital with breathing treatments. Upon arriving home, Julian laughed for the first time(while awake)! It was the sweetest most wonderful noise I have ever heard and it was exactly what I needed after such a scary & stressful day. 

Julian rolled over for the first time, from your back to your belly. The look on his face was priceless, such an accomplished expression. He is always experimenting with his little voice. His most exciting discovery has been his feet! They are his constant entertainment. He likes to roll over on his side and grab onto them. Oh, my sweet little baby. Tummy time isn’t torture anymore and he seems to enjoy the new vantage point while playing with toys. We discovered his ticklish spots and love sending him into tickle fits. I could listen to him laugh all day long! 

Weekly Inspirations 

Last weekend my husband sat on my sunglasses and broke them to pieces. R.I.P.  I’m now in the market for a new pair….or two. 

Sunglasses:

Show Stopper Tortoise 

Marbled Shades

Round Tort 

Metal Hexagon 

Cateye Ombré

Sometimes city life really limits your garden space which can be really annoying. These vertical gardening ideas can help you utilize every inch of your yard or patio effectively. 

Vertical Gardening:

The Pyramid
The Staircase
The Living Wall
The Garden Shelves

Garden Goals 

The weather is warming up and some of my green friends from last year are popping up! I’m really looking forward to the garden season & I can’t wait to prep my beds. I have planned to build a couple of vertical beds for herbs & greens. I also have dreams for a cutting garden this year, who could resist fresh bouquets of flowers.

I’ve never canned or pickled my produce before but I have been doing some research and I think this year I will give it a go. It will be a great opportunity to stretch the garden bounty through the winter. Picture this: Apple butter, apple pie filling, baked apples, Apple sauce, pickled radishes,pickled jalapeños & pickled beets, salsa, tomato sauce, oh and strawberry jam. It will be a lot of work but absolutely worth it! 

Here is a photo of my garden from last year!    

    
   

A treat for your skin 

I’m sure I am not the only one who spends way too much time roaming the aisles of target. I really do try to keep to my list but… I am not always successful in keeping surprise items out of my cart. Recently I purchased a few needed products that I thought I would share because they really are so nice. All three of these items are cruelty free & free from gmo’s. You can’t beat the price either! 

  • YOU ARE AMAZING body wash in eucalyptus mint. The fragrance is so refreshing! 
  • ANDALOU night repair cream. The cream isn’t heavy & absorbs into the skin quickly. 
  • ACURE brightening facial scrub. The fragrance is earthy and the texture is corse, which I prefer. I use it twice a week to increase cell turn over.  

 
The next time you are hopping around target, check out these gems. I think you might like them. I sure do. 
Xoxo  

Weekly Inspirations:

I’m a sweets fiend. Seriously, I’ve got it bad. I usually make one goodie a week to soothe my cravings. Here are a few fun little desserts. 

Food: Something sweet

Beautiful spring dessert inspiration
A sweet breakfast dessert 

If you love macarons this will put hearts in your eyes

Is anyone else making a wish list for their spring wardrobe because I most defiantly am. How could you do spring without floral?! 

Fashion: Floral 
Off the shoulder midi

Swoon worthy crop top

I’m already dreaming about bathing suits

Ethereal Botanical Maxi 

Sassy statement bra

Dreamy 

My biggest accomplishments today were bathing my son & cleaning my home. Is this real life? Slow sipping coffee and staring into the eyes of my perfect tiny child, planning meals for the week, folding laundry with a small babe wrapped around me, filling the house with music & burning candles while I clean. Such simple and fulfilling activities.

The pace of life is slow & sweet. Being pinned under a sleeping babe while he naps is a joy. Feeling his little heart beat against my chest fills my soul with so much happiness. I love taking care of my family & keeping our nest comfortable. This is what I have always wished for. I’m living the most beautiful dream. 

   
 

2 months 


My little guy smiles and talks (coos and babbles) so much! His personality is so big for a person so limited with words. You can read his emotions in his big blue eyes. His hand control in improving and he practices by reaching up and pulling my hair, Ha. Julian can lift his head and chest off the ground. I’m just astonished by how quickly he is growing and developing, it’s wild. 

My son’s hair is still a light strawberry blonde, I never would have guessed I’d have a red haired baby. I envy his eyelashes they are so longhand beautiful! He hasn’t laughed while he is awake yet but he is constantly laughing in his sleep. So I look forward to bedtime for this reason. There is no sweeter sound than a baby giggle.