Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Show and Tell Tuesday: FAVORITE Blog Posts

Hey Tuesday! It's been awhile since I linked up with Andrea for Show and Tell Tuesday but here I am this week! =)

I've spent the last 24 hours learning about the right/left brain, bilateral stimulation, butterfly hugs, and processing that my brain feels like mush right now. This next post seemed like the perfect fit for a brain that doesn't really want to think too hard right now. I'm sharing my FAVORITE posts, EVER. It's been so fun looking back and reading through old posts and I  can't wait to share some of my absolute favorites. Some are very lighthearted and fun and some, more serious. Enjoy! Happy Tuesday y'all!

PS- We're down to 10 days till we move!!! (insert squeals!!!!!)

My 30th birthday was this August, I loved making a list of the things I've learned so far!
30 Things I've Learned in 30 Years 

I reflect on how my career choice has impacted other areas of my life- specifically parenting
5 Ways Being a Therapist Has Impacted My Parenting

Our 7th anniversary is coming right around the corner.. I love this post where I talk about all the ways Will wins my heart over each and every day

Show and Tell Tuesday: How to Win My Heart 

And the things I would tell myself about marriage... 

And sharing deep, dark confessions of mine.. =)

Owning My Crazy

A post about my struggles with perfectionism


A post that questions if we can "have it all."

Having it All

A few posts about my journey with breastfeeding

If They're Too Old To Ask For It, They're Too Old 

All Done 

My thoughts on being adopted

National Adoption Month 2015

There are just a few of my favorite posts! As always thanks for visiting! Now excuse me while I go pack!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Life Lately

Dear Blog, 

I've abandoned you. When I go to sleep at night, I hear, "throw, toss or keep," repeating itself in my mind. And black garbage bags? Don't even get me started. So, blog you see, I haven't abandoned you intentionally, it's just that life right now is consumed by all things packing. It seems as though the last seven years of my life are in question and for good reason. A box of old textbooks? A box of unused cords? WHYYY for the love, WHYYYY did we feel the need to keep these things?! 

Needless to say, blog, it's been a long time coming. It feels SO good to purge unnecessary stuff out of our lives. This truly will be a fresh start and we're so excited! 

So, other than cardboard boxes and packing tape, here's been life lately..

Life as 1st grader is pretty great! 

Can you say, Hobby Lobby? Loving these pieces for Sophias new room!

Celebrated 32 year old's birthdays

Packing, all the packing 
and all the cleaning out

*happy squeals*

Took a break from packing and spent the day at Adventureland! 

Boxes are great for sliding down the stairs with! 

It's starting to look bare here...

Cheering for the Cyclones sometimes is painful but we still do it and love the team immensely! 

House Divided ❤️💛⚫️ 

Excited to decorate for our new house! An inspiration pic for an outside table potentially! 

So, that's life lately! Thanks for reading!! 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Friday Favorites- SUMMER MOMENTS

We made it to Friday friends!! This week went by pretty fast as I took Monday and Tuesday off from work. We started 1st grade and the response I got when I asked how it went was, "MOM! It was AWESOME! We didn't do any hard work and it was so fun!" Only my child.. =)

I thought I would share some of our FAVORITE Summer moments today as I'm linking up with Andrea at Momfessionals. 

New Summer program for Sophia and new child care for Saidey kicked off our Summer!

Playing in the sand at the beach was a FAVORITE 

Swimming was a FAVORITE this Summer 

Family time at Des Moines Moms Blog event was a FAVORITE

Farmer's Market and grilled cheese with bacon are FAVORITES 

Thelma's Treats is a FAVORITE

Celebrating 4th of July was a FAVORITE 

Yankee Doodle Pops is a FAVORITE tradition

And let's be honest- Italy was a FAVORITE 
You can see posts about our trip here, here, and here

Celebrating a special lady's SIXTH birthday was an absolute FAVORITE 

Let's Flamingle!

Selling our house was a FAVORITE (the rest of the process- not so much =) ) 

Visiting the zoo was so much fun! 

American Girl dolls have become a FAVORITE in our house! 

The IOWA STATE FAIR is always a FAVORITE (two times!) 

And finally, celebrating back to school was a FAVORITE moment!

Summer 2016 was sure good to us! We made so many good memories! But Fall- my favorite season- you can come any day now! =)

Happy Friday all! Enjoy the weekend! 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

30 Things I've Learned in 30 Years...

It's that time of the year again when I start to reflect on life and where I'm at. Do I like the direction life is going? What have I learned? Where am I going? Birthdays never seemed like a huge deal in the past.. just another day and another excuse for cake (like I needed an excuse) but this year feels a little different. I am turning THIRTY guys. THIRTY. Ohmygoodness. I can't even believe it. I can't believe I am THIRTY which is only five years away from 35 which is a mere hop, skip and jump to 40! Catastrophizing at its best. Thanks  to my fellow co worker, Jessica for defining that for me. #therapistproblems 

Anyway, now that I am one year wiser, I'd like to share the thirty things I've learned so far about this imperfect, perfectly messy and beautiful life of mine. Here goes nothin'. 

1) Eat the cake. Seriously. Life is too short to NOT eat the freakin' cake. Or ice cream. Or both- what the heck! Indulge yourself. It's ok. 

2.) Fear is good. It means beautiful things are about to happen. Embrace the fear. Go with the fear. If you aren't scared out of your ever loving mind- something's wrong. Just go with it and watch beautiful things happen. 

3.) Be intentional. I think that should have been my word for 2016. Being intentional in positive thinking. Intentional on choosing happy. Intentional on being kind. Intentional in my responses to family, friends and my kids. 

4.) You need friends. Those 24/7's. Your people. They're almost as important as the air you breathe. It's all about quality vs. quantity, here too.

5.) Chips and salsa is a meal

6.) Being comfortable in your own skin and owning everything about yourself is a process. But as each year passes, it gets easier and easier

7.) Find your thing. You know, the thing that lights a fire within you. The thing that you can't go a day without doing. For me- it's writing and reading.

8.) Some people are assholes. Simple as that. No complex diagnosis. No complex explanation. Just an asshole. And you know what? That's ok.

9.) Getting financials under control is definitely not the most glamorous. But it's important, even if you think you have all the time in the world. Just get it over with and get those finances on track!

10.) You can only control your reaction to certain people and situations. Once you realize this, your life will become a whole lot simpler.

11.) Travel is good for the soul. It rejuvenates you and opens your eyes to the ways we as humans are much more alike than different.

12.) Reacting vs. responding. Two VERY different things. Learning how to differentiate between the two and then acting accordingly can be so.hard. But I'd go as far to say it can be life changing once you know the difference and see it play out in your life.

13.) We all have stuff. Everybody has a story. Taking the time to know their story and getting below the surface, you will only find you connect and empathize with them on a deeper, newer level

14.) Pinterest.(and yes, that is it.)

15.) Even though you are close to 30, it's ok to still jam out to MMMBop and Spice Girls

16.) It's a total cliche. But family is family. They are the constant in life. No matter what, Crazy Aunt Susie will always be Crazy Aunt Susie and you wouldn't have it any other way.

17.) Listen to your gut. Always, always. It will always tell you what direction to go.

18.) Always keep learning. About the world. About yourself.

19.) Less is more (in every sense)

20.) From Brene Brown: "I'll never know if people are doing the best they can or not. But when I assume people are, it makes my life better."

21) Goals. Make them.

22.) You can't please everyone and that's ok

23.) Being vulnerable doesn't make you weak. It facilitates change, compassion and connection

24.) Comparison is the worst.

25.) Invest in staple items in your closet. It is worth the money.

26.) You might like those amazing heels but your feet don't. So quit trying.

27.) Say yes

28.) It's ok to use your kids as an excuse to get out of something

29.) Wait to worry. "The average worrier is 92% ineffecient- only 8% of what we worry about ever comes true." Fred Smith

30.) Love and live with your whole being.

There you have it! The 30 life lessons I've learned in life so far. What would you add?

Happy Friday and Happy Birthday to ME! =) 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Friday Favorites

We made it to another Friday! I have missed the last several Favorite Friday link ups but I AM BACK! I am now free from all thoughts consumed by showings, negotiations and contracts. But of course, now comes all the packing. 

Anyway, as usual I am linking up with Momfessionals and sharing my favorite moments from this week! 

 Our house sold after being on the market for about 9 days. We had about a showing a day and I'm so glad that part is over. Before we sold, we found a home we really liked- it was three bedrooms, had a fenced in back yard and was in our school district. We decided to go for it and put in an offer with the contingency that ours would sell. They ended up accepting another offer without a contingency three days before our house sold. Talk about a huge letdown and disappointment.

But, once we accepted an offer, we really started house hunting. We fell in LOVE with a home on Sunday and we put in an offer on it that evening. By Monday evening, we had an accepted offer (after a little bit of an emotional roller coaster, but that's a story for a different day)! We are so excited and now that all the negotiations and stress are over, I just want to be moved in already! We close on both homes September 30th. We have a little over a month to pack and I'm already wanting to procrastinate. I wonder how long it would take to pack everything up?? Hmm, probably more than a few days! ;)

We are LOVING watching the Olympics! It is a FAVORITE for sure! Can you say Michael Phelps and the women's gymnastics team!??! #finalfive

Jen Hatmaker's status updates about the Olympics.. are an absolute FAVORITE

This girl is my FAVORITE

I am always a Pinterest fan but when you are moving into a new home, I can't help but pine over all the pretty images of homes on Pinterest. Check out some of my home inspiration here!

Cat and Jack Clothing Line at Target
If you've been to the kid's section at Target, you probably saw the new line, Cat and Jack. I am in love, it's definitely a new FAVORITE! We might have possibly bought every single item...

Glennon Doyle Melton
I follow Glennon Doyle Melton and I can't wait to read her latest book, Love Warrior! This quote she posted is a FAVORITE

Love Grows best sign...
I've seen this sign a few times and here and there and it's a FAVORITE every time I see it. Let's just say that this sign will most be likely making into the new house...

Lace up flats

I scored these cute flats during the Nordstrom sale and they're a FAVORITE! They will transition wonderfully into the Fall months! I can't wait to wear with them cuffed jeans and a scarf!  I don't see the ones I have online but I linked a pair that are SUPER cute!

There you have it! Some of my favorite things right now! Hope y'all have a fabulous weekend! We're off to get back to school haircuts and run errands!

Happy FRIDAY! 

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