Add a punch to your polish!

I have a couple “go to” nail colors for summer, but this year I’m starting to see a new way people are adding a little extra dazzle to their digits!

One of my all-time favorite colors is Barefoot in Barcelona by OPI… look at how painting just one nail in a similar tone but with shimmer can add a splash of fun!

Here is another favorite of mine, San Tan-tonio by OPI… I’m loving the creative combo with this bold turquoise color!

During winter, I usually go darker on the hands and toes. I’ll go through at least a bottle of You don’t know Jaque by OPI by the end of winter. This year I’m really excited about trying some favorites such as that, but in the matte version! How fun are these examples of matte-finish polishes?

What are your staple colors for summer and winter?

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. – Psalm 51:10

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Sleeping Through the Night

It’s probably the question I get asked most as the parent of a newborn. It usually goes something like, “Congratulations! He’s so adorable! Is he sleeping through the night?” or “Oh my goodness, he’s so tiny! Are you getting any sleep?”  I have to say that generally speaking, in my opinion, there is too much emphasis put on newborns “sleeping through the night”. Should they really be expected to even know when “nighttime” is as a brand new baby? What does it even mean, anyway? I was surprised to hear that most would consider 6 hours to be “through the night” for a newborn. Uhmm… what?!

It was probably one of my biggest fears going into this whole “becoming a parent” thing. If you know me at all, you know that sleeping is one of my very favorite things to do, especially in the form of an afternoon nap on the couch! I’m a self-proclaimed “night owl” and I’ve never in my life been known to wake up bright and early ready to greet the day! (Just ask my mom or husband!) I was so afraid that the day J was born, my napping and sleeping-in days were up, but I have to admit I got really lucky in that department…. or did I?

Since all babies come with their own set of rules and instructions (wouldn’t that be nice?) my question to all of you is, what did you find to be helpful for your newborn? Warm bath? Swaddling? Ambient noise? Pacifier?

I’ve found that the things that helped J sleep longer when he was 3 weeks old are different from what worked for him when he was 12 weeks old, and will most definitely be different from what will help 2 months from now! Some of our favorite “tools” so far have been swaddling and ambient noise. My very favorite swaddling blankets are by far the Aden + Anais bamboo muslin swaddles, they are so soft and have perfect flexibility for tight wrapping! For J, those things have been like magic!! Our favorite read on the subject has most definitely been “Happiest Baby on the Block” by Dr. Harvey Karp. I would recommend it to anyone, although every baby is quite obviously different.

What I didn’t think I would ever say is, I now wake up, bright and early, actually excited to be greeted by the cutest little face in the world. I cherish the times that I sit up in bed in the wee hours of the morning together, before the rest of the world starts their day, just enjoying all the little noises and breathes, the hiccups and burps, and the smiles and sometimes even cries. I know the days are so limited where this will even be part of our routine (if that’s what you want to call it) which is a relief to know at times, but also can make me sentimental and sad that it’s all going so quickly! Mostly, I just enjoy it while it is, well, whatever it is.

Wake up, my heart! Wake up, O lyre and harp! I will wake the dawn with my song. – Psalm 57:8

There’s a First for Everything

As I sit here next to my beautiful, napping boy, I’m overwhelmed with joy and excitement for the many, many blessings bestowed upon me. So much has already happened in these first few months with our little guy, I just can’t even put into words how excited I am for all the things to come! (But, I’m gonna try to!)

There are so many things I am passionate about and things I want to learn, to teach, and to do! From breastfeeding and homemade baby food, to sewing and DIY projects, and even fashion and trending hairstyles! I am constantly wanting to learn more about ways to be more creative, save money, raise a happy and healthy child in a healthy home, and to do my part in making a healthy environment for our children to bring their future children into.

This is an attempt to organize my thoughts, ideas and inspirations and to hopefully be able to look back on and remember all the fun little things along the way in this amazing journey called motherhood. The idea is not to be perfect in my writing or have something fabulous to say everyday (although, that would be nice) but just to share it as it comes and see how it goes! I hope to inspire and to be inspired, so please be patient with me and help me as I learn how to do this whole blogging thing!!

 

Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust in him and he will do this. – Psalm 37:4,5