Motherhood

Inspiring Parenting Quotes

We’ve had some rough parenting days. The long days that test, challenge and nearly break you; the weeks that try your spirit; the ones that cause you to remember that you are merely mortal, not superhuman and certainly not the perfect parental specimen.

There are evenings I sit down after bedtime is complete and I am rushed with thoughts of moments I could have managed better—been more understanding, gentle, kindly instructive, spontaneous, played more, prayed more, etc. Sometimes I come across an inspiring reminder or hilarious feed that brings levity. These days can be hard, but when you step back, they can also be sweet, ridiculous, precious and fleeting. Continue reading “Inspiring Parenting Quotes”

Organize

Family Grocery List Printable

weekly grocery list printable — mrscaseyann

I recently went to grab one of my stylish “to market” grocery lists I ordered a cute stationery company last year, and as it folded over, ripped and fell out of my hands (for the thousandth time), having already lost the back cardboard and magnet piece, I grabbed a random scrap of paper and jotted down my Costco list, and our regular chaotic shopping trip commenced 🙂 Continue reading “Family Grocery List Printable”

Travels and Day trips

Winter weekend in Lake Tahoe

I’d forgotten how truly stunning Lake Tahoe is! I grew up coming here and have treasured both the winter and summer vacations over the years. Summer has it’s own special dreaminess to it, but winter is pure magic! Walking up to a nearly 360° panorama of snow capped mountains surrounding the nearly still, crystal clear (ice cold) lake is stunning. And no picture captures it! Trust me, we keep trying 🙂 Continue reading “Winter weekend in Lake Tahoe”

Maternity

26 week bump (and gender reveal!)

Just a little bumpdate—26 weeks! Things are going well right now, and the weeks are flying by. And before the updates, i promsied a gender reveal.. it’s a boy! I know, I know, a bit anticlimactic as far as gender reveals go, you are most welcome 😉 But we are excited to know there’s a little mister joining us. Luke is elated to be “evened up” and keeps computing little brothers age in conjunction with the rest of the siblings. The girls are so excited about a baby and don’t really know what to expect yet.

Fun fact, our first ultrasound, baby’s umbilical cord was wrapped around his legs and long story short, we were told we are expecting a girl! A few weeks later, I went in for some more imaging on a few of baby’s vitals and the technician broke it to me that this is most definitely not a girl.. wait, what?! Threw us for a loop, already keeping us on our toes. I sensed this was a boy pregnancy from the beginning (the girls gave me so much nausea, so it’s encouraging to know the intuition is en pointe.

Size: I am told we’re about the size of a baseball glove now! This seems huge, and also wide, and overall a bizarre shape to use for comparison’s sake, but there it is!

Sleep: Fine! It’s fine, okay?? Ha. Generally I’ve been sleeping well. But late bedtimes and early mornings and insomnia do not help. I definitely need to start turning in earlier, 1130pm is not cutting it these days! (surprise surprise, it’s 11:34pm as I’m typing this).

Symptoms: I’ve had vertigo which is new for me. It may or may not be pregnancy induced but if you ever wondered what it feels like to constantly be doing a somersault, that’s pretty close. But since the vertigo stopped, things have been fairly smooth.. a miracle!! Some acid reflux, there’s that. Bear with me long enough and I’m sure I’ll have added exponentially to this section 😉

Food cravings: salads, espresso drinks, tacos, popcorn with nutritional yeast mmm.

Exercise: still walking as much as I can, but much of it has been on the treadmill because of the rain. Also trying to do as many weights and resistance exercises as I can. I am pretty thankful that Kayla of the world famous “Sweat” app is due around the same time as me, she has so many recommendations that I’ve been saving on my Instagram to try out. I am hoping to keep some strength throughout this pregnancy so we’ll see how that goes.

Movement: so much movement as of late! It’s fun to see my belly begin to rise in certain places. And he’s just constantly moving around in general. So much activity and he’s not even out! Yikes!

Books

5 free ways to read online and on your phone

Five Apps for Free Books — mrscaseyann.png

I love the freedom of being able to read on my phone. Conceptually, the idea of having a book in hand is quite wonderful, and maybe when my life slows down and books aren’t vulnerable to my children’s cute, sticky fingers, I shall read, book-in-hand, again. But meanwhile, I need a book to be handy on my phone and available at a moment’s notice for my short 5 minute openings, when my rarely quiet home is eerily and fleetingly silent!

Well, I quickly discovered that too much reading online or in your phone gets expensive! Being a member of your local library Continue reading “5 free ways to read online and on your phone”

Beauty · Style

January wishlist

Hello Friday 🙂 It’s been a week! I was so ready for some quiet days at home after the nuttiness of the back-to-school excitement and adjusting to our routine again. I’ve got a rainy/snowy January wishlist here, with most things revolving around health and wellness—like keeping my skin happy through these colder months, updating my workout supply and my posture while I’m at it. There are also a few pretty things for good measure.

 

Upright GO Posture Trainer—I’ve been eyeing these on Facebook and a friend who ordered it gave it rave reviews! I’m always trying to remind myself to straighten up, even focusing on certain core exercises to keep me strong and upright (pregnancy definitely does not help). I’m thinking this could be extremely helpful, especially over the next few months!

Silicone iPhone marbled case—this is so pretty! I like having a few extra cases handy, and these silicone ones are so easy to clean.

Moroccan oil hair mask—Luscious conditioners have been a lifesaver to help keep my winter hair in check, so dry and brittle! A moisturizing mask from time to time helps keep things silky til the weather warms up.

Women’s high-waisted color block leggings—I am liv-ing in workout leggings right now. These are so soft but give good structure to help me feel supported while my bellow grows.

Women’s Adidas Ultraboost Running Shoes—Love this color (and all the other color options, for that matter) and these are really supportive when I need to stay on my feet all day (which is, in fact, everyday!).

Sara Happ lip scrub in pink grapefruit—There has been quite a bit of chapstick usage in our family over these last weeks and also some cracked/peeling lips (ugh). A fresh, citrus scrub like this keeps my lips polished and soft.

Made by Mary disc necklace—I’ve followed this company for a long time and I love this necklace with these sweet initialed discs!

Home & Design

At Home in January

Warm white minimal home decor

I have been thinking quite a bit about decluttering this month. The cleaning up of sparkly Christmas decor, the sudden emptiness once things are boxed and away, the start of a new year and of course, the release of the Marie Kondo Netflix series, which I’m sure is filling up most secondhand stores with many items worthy of sparking joy for all society 😉 I’m in the process of Continue reading “At Home in January”