5.27.2021

We're Pregnant.....with TWINS!

 

2020 had one last big surprise in store for us, we learned we're expecting TWINS on December 28th. It was such a surreal moment. We are so excited (and slightly terrified) and feel so lucky to have this experience. I can't wait to watch Graham as an older brother and see the bond between the new babies. I know they will bring so much love and joy to our family. I still can't believe we are going to be a family of five, and I am going to be a Mom of THREE. So wild! 

I spoke a little bit about finding out we were pregnant and about the loss we experienced last year in my last post, but I figured I would do a more in depth post specifically about finding out we were having twins since it was such a life changing moment. 

I had changed my healthcare plan with work to Kaiser starting January 1st, 2021 but since I was having so much anxiety about the pregnancy I wanted to get in with my current doctor at Sutter Health as soon as possible. Even though I knew I would be changing doctors for the remainder of the pregnancy. I was supposed to go in the week before Christmas, but they ended up calling and having to reschedule for December 28th, just before the year ended. It ended up being a blessing that I was able to squeeze in that first visit before switching to Kaiser because Sutter was allowing partners to come in for ultrasounds where Kaiser didn't allow anyone due to Covid-19. (Andrew JUST went to his first appointment with me at 28 weeks)! I am so thankful that we were able to be together for that moment. 

Our appointment started out as expected. When the doctor pulled up the ultrasound we saw the baby and were able to see the heart beating. She took measurements and the baby was measuring right on track at 9 weeks. It was special and a relief seeing the little heartbeat and knowing everything was okay after having had the miscarriage. It felt like a decent amount of time that Andrew and I were able to look at the monitor and soak it all in, I'm sure it was at least 1-2 minutes. The doctor was trying to get a photo to print for us, but was having trouble. So she reached down to fix the printer, then had to readjust the ultrasound wand. As we were watching the monitor when she was going to print the photo, we saw who turned out to be Baby A pop into view. It was very obvious to me and I knew exactly in that moment watching the screen there were two babies, and our doctor said "Oh! You're having twins!" It was SO surreal. Both Andrew and I just starting laughing. I was already teary eyed from before but the laughter and shock of that moment I welled up even more. I had never even considered the possibility of two, so it was a complete shock! Looking back it's funny, because with Graham I remember being caught off guard when the doctor looked during our first visit and said "there's just one baby" which was shocking because I hadn't considered the possibility of two. In hindsight, it's funny to have that memory then end up with twins this time!   

The doctors office was very excited because as it turns out that doctor was a twin Mom as well. As well as an old partner who moved to Kaiser and is now my current doctor! They gave us a copy of the photo and wrote "twins!" at the bottom. It's the best picture we have that clearly shows two babies. I think both Andrew and I were in a state of shock and disbelief. There was so much running through our heads. For me it was the newborn stage and feeding two babies, lack of sleep, and being out numbered. For Andrew it was logistics like needing a larger car and bigger house. The first thing he said when we left the doctors office was, "now we have to pick two names!" Which by the way, we still haven't decided on names, it's clearly the hardest part for us! 

After the doctor appointment, we headed back home where Andrew's Mom was with Graham since she was still at our house from Christmas. We had just told her a few days prior we were pregnant and then had the big twin news to share. She was so shocked and excited! Next we called my parents on FaceTime. I asked my Mom if they wanted to see the ultrasound picture, I know it's hard to tell if you don't really know what you're looking for, but I thought my Mom might. I started slowly pulling the camera view back so you could see where the doctor wrote "twins!" at the bottom of the photo and right around that same time my Mom realized she was looking at two babies! My parents were SO excited, especially my Dad. It's such a special thing to experience, plus his Mom was a twin so he liked that connection too. It was a very exciting and fun way to share with them. After the initial excitement, my Mom said she had actually had a dream a few weeks prior that I was having twins! She didn't want to tell me and freak me out, isn't that wild? My Dad said the thought had also come to him but not in an actual dream but he thought about it. I thought that was pretty crazy since it never even occurred to me. It felt so good to share the news and excitement with our family, and feel their excitement for us. 

Even 30 weeks in, it's still so wild to me knowing we are having twins. It probably won't feel real until they're here. As time has gone it's become less overwhelming and more exciting. But in the beginning it was a lot to take in. Previously I hadn't been nervous at all. I felt confident, and knew Andrew and I could handle the newborn stage together and make it through everything like we have with Graham. But knowing there were two babies, all those first time mom anxieties and fears crept back in. So many unknowns. I especially had a lot of fear and emotions around nursing and feeding them based on my experience with Graham. I'll go into a more in depth post all about breastfeeding, but I've decided that this time around, I'll be able to determine what is best for both the babies and myself when it comes to nursing. If it doesn't work for us, I am perfectly fine exclusively pumping or formula feeding. I can recognize that my mental health is a huge factor in the scenario, which is sadly often overlooked when it comes to the topic of breastfeeding. 

Now that we're getting into the final stretch, and I'm beginning to get that nesting urge, I'm really excited. I have been buying sweet little matching outfits and it feels like everywhere I turn there are twins. I know it's such a special and unique experience to have twins. I cannot wait to watch their bond and see them grow, and watch Graham as an older brother. He's excited and talks about the things he'll teach them, and how he will help, I know my heart will burst when I see it. There will be a lot of difficult days and I'll be tired for years, but thankfully my Mom is close by to help. They say it takes a village and I know we're going to need one now more than ever. I'm also lucky enough to have a couple very close friends with twins who have been amazing at giving advice. I still can't believe that my college roommate, the reason I ever met Andrew, had a son, then 2.5 years later twins. And now here we are in the same situation. I'm sure she's sick of all my questions already. It has been invaluable having her. Knowing I can speak honestly about things I'm feeling and fears I have, and she truly gets it. She doesn't judge me at all and offers great advice that is specific to our situation. For that I am SO thankful! 

So, I hope you're all ready to join us along this journey with twins! I like to say that we're going to be the Magliozzi Circus! It's going to be a wild ride, but oh so sweet. 

5.25.2021

Let's Catch Up!

 


A lot has happened since I have posted and I wanted to catch you up and document things here so I have a place to come back and revisit this time. I'm pretty sure only 5 people read my blog and I'm related to almost all of them, so this is mostly for me. But time and time again, I find myself wishing I hadn't given up on blogging, so I've decided to release all the pressure to be a "blogger" or "influencer" and post only for a creative outlet and what makes me happy.

*trigger warning, miscarriage...*

Shortly after I stopped posting last fall, we found out we were expecting and were so excited to grow our family. It was a really bright spot during an otherwise really difficult year. I'm not sure if it was intuition or what, but I found myself taking a pregnancy test every day wanting the line to get darker (not something I worried about at all with Graham) and unfortunately, I miscarried early on at about 6 weeks. It was really hard to understand especially after such a smooth pregnancy with Graham. I felt very alone and like I couldn't talk about it, or mostly didn't know how to talk about it. I did have a couple very close girlfriends who have also experienced a loss so that was invaluable having their support. I really only mention it now in case one person reads this and feels less alone, and like it is okay to talk about and ask for support. It was a really confusing and emotional experience for me. I felt like I couldn't be sad because I do have a healthy, wonderful toddler, when so many women continue to struggle to conceive at all. It was hard to unpack and understand all the feelings I was having. I tried to just believe that my body knew what was best, which did help some. I placed a lot of hope in the fact I was able to carry Graham and that I would be able to have another successful pregnancy. 

My doctor said we needed to wait at least one cycle before we could try again to let my body recover and reset. And just before Thanksgiving we found out that I was expecting again. This time, I was mostly just filled with anxiety. Worried each time I used the bathroom I would see blood, or question any little cramp or twinge. I was so anxious to get to 8 weeks so I could see the doctor and know that everything was alright. Basically the first several weeks I just held my breath and waited for the other shoe to drop. I did notice more symptoms right away than I remembered from my pregnancy with Graham. We had Thanksgiving just the three of us because of Covid, and I cooked the full feast because I'm a sucker for tradition. I felt like I got ran over by a truck for the following few days after standing in the kitchen so long. The same thing happened again around Christmas. Just pure exhaustion. I took that as a good sign, but again didn't want to get my hopes up until we had an ultrasound. 

Of course, my doctor ended up having to push my appointment out a week, so it wasn't until I was 9 weeks along that we finally got to go in. It was a day I'm sure neither of us will forget. I'll do another post with all the details, but we found out not only did everything look good, there were TWO healthy babies. Thankfully, at that doctor Andrew was allowed to come in with me even with Covid, so he was there the moment we found out. We were both so shocked we couldn't stop laughing. It was so overwhelming, all the logistical pieces that go through your head. My Dad's mom was a twin, so it feels like a special connection to her that I will experience raising twins. 

By now, I'm already 30 weeks along and everything is going well! They're both growing at the same rate and will hopefully stay put until at least 38 weeks! Besides some lower back pain which I've been able to manage with chiropractic care, I'm doing pretty well. The second trimester was especially good to me. I can't believe how fast it's going, and how much left we have to do to get ready! More to come on pregnancy! 

Since until recently we were still pretty isolated due to Covid, there haven't been a lot of other updates. In early March, Andrew and I were so thankful to both get our first dose of the Covid vaccine. By mid-April we were both fully vaccinated and my anxiety around events and seeing people went way down. I realized how much it has been weighing on me and it feels SO GOOD to have a light at the end of the tunnel and getting closer to our old way of life. Especially family and friends, we've so missed that. Thankfully the majority of our family and friends are also vaccinated, so it feels safe to see them again. I am so thankful for the scientists that worked so hard to create these vaccines and thankful for those who I've followed the past year that answered my questions and gave me confidence in the vaccine, especially getting it while pregnant. Knowing that the twins will be born with antibodies is such a peace of mind, plus they'll continue to get it through my breastmilk. 

Another recent big change is that Graham started preschool. It's been such a transition and way harder for me than I expected, but he's doing great. Our friends that also have twins with an older son suggested we get him all set up in a routine at preschool before the twins arrive, and I knew it was a good idea. Until the morning after I dropped him off his first day, I had no anxiety or worries. But as soon as I walked back to the car I cried. Then I found out he was having a hard day and crying for me and I was a total wreak. Crying in my office all day wondering if we made the right choice and how we'd make it through this transition. After only two days, he was totally fine and loves "real preschool" and is doing very well. Even going potty at school all by himself! Of course, after only three days he brought home a cold that turned into a mild ear infection he passed on to Mom. Thankfully Dad stayed healthy and managed to care for all of us for a few days. I'm sure it will take a while for our bodies to get used to those preschool germs. 

In the midst of all this, we've also been house hunting during the most insane housing market in years. We've put offers on over 10 houses and lost many to cash offers even at about the same offer price. A few were especially heartbreaking in our favorite neighborhood and after writing letters to the seller pouring our hearts out. We really wanted to be moved and settled by now, but are still keeping our eyes out for the right place. I really struggle with looking back with regret which I know doesn't help, but we passed on a few houses last Fall when we first started looking because I was being very picky. And of course now I'd do anything to be in those houses! For the price we could have paid at that time. Now we'll be getting a lot less for our money, but hoping to still get into one of our more desired areas. But it's looking like that might not even be possible. It's been an extremely exhausting and emotionally draining process and we often want to give up. But we also want to feel settled and have a place of our own, especially knowing this market isn't going to change soon. I'll be sure to keep you updated if we have any exciting announcements, but so far it's been mostly one disappointment after another.  

So I think that pretty much catches you up on all the big updates from the past 6 months or so. A lot of BIG changes for our family. Looking forward to connecting more! I have several posts drafted and a ton of ideas for things I want to write about. 


9.14.2020

A New Mindset + Morning Routine

I've always wished that I was a morning person. That I would wake up happy and ready to start the day, rise early to get in my workout or have some 'me' time before everyone else is awake. In reality, I'm ready to get up and start my day around 8am after laying in bed for a bit gradually waking up. In the past few months I've been doing a lot of reading and soul searching, trying to be the best version of myself. And I have finally figured out that with some habit and mindset changes, I can become a morning person. 

It was after a FaceTime date with one of my besties, Kristin that I was really inspired and had more direction about how to focus my energy and what steps I could take.  We did a Hawaiian Mana Card reading which was so fun! It's not like a tarot card or fortune telling, it actually was so fun and helped me recognize on aspects of my life that I needed to focus on and learn to interpret my own thoughts and desires more clearly. Mana Cards each represent an element of Hawaiian Wisdom or Mythology that offer insight into a problem or guidance about a goal. Shel lived in Hawaii for a while and is starting a coaching business so I was happy to be a guinea pig with a session. It was so fun, I highly recommend it! She's in the process of moving now but I'll let you know when she starts coaching again and link to her site! 

Beyond the card reading we also talked about ways I can use a morning routine to set intention and really create a positive effect on my entire day, and therefore life. When we hung up I was so motivated and inspired! I'm sure some of that was from spending that time with a dear friend, but also I just felt like she helped me gain a little direction for how to live my best life. She gave me a little bit of homework and suggestions for things I can incorporate into my day to notice positive change. 

Kristin recommended this morning meditation video that I have gotten completely obsessed with. It also lead me to learn more about Abraham Hicks and how our mindset can have such a huge impact on our life. I now try to focus my energy on things I am grateful for, as well as visualizing my dreams as if they have already happened, feeling what that is like, and being grateful or what is to come. It sounds so crazy, but I've found the more I practice the easier it has become. 

In addition to the morning meditation while I drink coffee or slowly wake up, Kristin suggested a guided meditation on an app like Headspace or Calm. After meditating, I would play music and write in my gratitude journal, then do my affirmations and visualization practice. Part of the homework was to create a vision board. I had so much fun doing this, it brought me back to all the collages I made as an adolescent for my room with magazine cutouts. I visualized the life of my dreams (with no restrictions) and printed images that reflected that. I have it in my office and it makes me so happy to see each day. I also wrote down affirmations that again are a reflection of the life I envision. For the affirmations, I wrote them down as if they were already done. For example: I am _____. Part of the practice is that if you train your mind to feel this is already true, it allows it to happen. Another thing to note is it's best to do this full routine before ever checking your Instagram, emails, phone, etc. It helps set the tone for the day and minimize distraction. 

I wanted to share this new routine here because I think it can be so helpful, and also because while I have been able to do this here and there, I'd really like to commit to myself and make it a daily routine. I've done the morning meditation a few days a week, and having the vision board in my office helps me focus my thinking. But I would like to make this a consistent routine. I know the benefits of doing this would be huge, and of course what is a better way to keep yourself accountable than putting in out there for the world to see. 


Morning Routine

Exercise

10min Good Morning Meditation  

Guided Meditation

Gratitude Journal

Affirmations

Visualization


Kristin had given me this routine to try with exercise at the end, but I've found for me, it's best if I get the exercise done immediately before I make excuses. We'll see if I end up changing the order as it becomes more of a habit. 



My goal is to wake up and be out of bed by 6:00am to start this routine each day, I'll do another post or share on Instagram in a few weeks to let you know how it's going! I know this all seems a little woo woo but I really think there is truth to a positive mindset being the catalyst to finding joy and contentment in life. 

What is your morning routine? Have you heard of the Mindful Morning? I have heard great things about it and wonder if it's similar to this concept? 

9.11.2020

Floral Blouse + Denim


Guys, I promise this is the last post in my drafts folder from two years ago! I can vouch for this look though, I wore this countless times. It might actually be my most worn top of all time. I still love and wear it. I love when you find a piece like that, that you can wear for years and still feel good in.


Looking at these pictures makes me want to take another trip to the city. We loved going on walks around Pac Heights or Presidio Heights and just admiring the houses and taking in the city. We were lucky to live in such an amazing neighborhood (Laurel Heights). It was pretty centrally located, and easy enough to get around the city, but it was also quiet and felt safe and more like a small family neighborhood within the city. 

We've already taken Graham to the city to visit last year and then just this past weekend we spent the day at Ocean Beach with Auntie. Thankfully Auntie Nina and Kenzie still live there and even have an extra bedroom for us to stay in (in our old hood no less)! We had the best time walking around and telling him about all our favorite things. I can picture this happening many times over as he gets older, I hope he grows up to love and appreciate San Francisco through our eyes. There are still so many places I want to show him, and I can't wait for a trip to the Academy of Sciences, the Exploratorium and the Zoo when we're able to! I hope to take him at least once a year so he grows up familiar with the city we love so much. 

I'm so glad that I still have an office in San Francisco and once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted I'll be able to go back regularly again. (Hopefully sometime early next year our office will open back up, they confirmed it won't be before then). After we moved, I was still able to take frequent trips to the city for work, although I'm not sure if that just made me miss it more! I can tell you one thing for sure, I definitely left a piece of my heart in San Francisco. 

*photo by the talented Stephanie Court!

9.10.2020

Tuolumne Meadows Camping

For as long as I can remember, I've gone camping in Tuolumne Meadows every summer. When I was really young, I think we spent more time in Yosemite Valley, but at some point when it became more crowded, we started going up to Tuolumne instead. It's by far one of my favorite places in the world. Early in our relationship, Andrew joined me for a weekend there and thankfully he was hooked too. You can see more posts from our various trips here

It's such a beautiful place and although it's gotten more crowded over the years and hard to get a reservation, it still has a different vibe than Yosemite Valley. There aren't really any services so it attracts a more rugged crowd. People who go there are typically climbing, backpacking or hiking. Then there are the people driving through or making day trips to the lake from the Valley. 

This was Graham's second trip to Tuolumne which is so special for me (and Andrew) as well as my parents. He has even been on the summit of Lembert Dome twice now, something I've done countless times in my life. We decided we'd stick to the trails and wait until he's 4 or 5 to take him up the face. Apparently I was 4 the first time I hiked up that way. It's so fun looking back over the years of pictures on the summit, sitting on top of the erratic boulder. Someday I'm going to collect all of them and make a scrapbook with just that one pose over the years. 

This year we weren't sure if the trip was going to happen or not. We had reservations for August 8th but they decided not to open the campground due to Covid-19. Understandably so, but still so disappointing. We were able to get the day use permit to enter the park, and decided to just wing it, and do our best to get a first come first serve campsite. Thankfully my parents were able to head down a bit early (retired life), and they got a campsite just outside the park entrance at Junction Campground. We left on Saturday morning to join them and spent three days together enjoying our favorite place. 

When we arrived on the first day we didn't have our car pass to get inside the park so we played around the campsite in the afternoon before dinner. Graham loved his campsite and still talks about it and asks to go back. He even brought home a special "smooth one rock" he found there. It was a great set up near a creek, far from other campsites, and had little granite outcroppings he could climb on.

Sunday morning we woke up and started with our annual hike up Lembert Dome. I was too scared to let Graham out of the pack on the summit, so we headed back down for the tree line to our same spot from last year for a picnic. Graham did great in the pack, we sang songs and chatted the whole way. Once we were back down to the car we made our way to another favorite spot, Tenaya Lake. We have a rock that we've claimed as ours that is perfect for diving off, and having a snack or a beer after a long hike. Most times it's open, although over the years some folks have discovered it. I guess we can share sometimes. After the lake we explored the meadow for a little bit before driving back to the campground to make dinner. I love some of the photos we got in the meadow, Graham had a great time exploring in the river and on the boulders. Of course, roasted marshmallows after dinner was probably the highlight of the day for him!



On Monday we decided to hike up to Elizabeth Lake, we've done this a few times but it's the perfect distance with Graham in the pack and it's always nice to have a lake to enjoy during lunch. Graham was a bit cranky on the hike, but we sang and tried to distract him. Thankfully he was able to take a nap on the last part of the hike which made the remainder of the day go smoothly. We had a great picnic at the lake and enjoyed the sandy shelf and cool water on our feet. We could see the clouds building and wondered if the rain would come, so we decided to head back down. We saw a few deer on our way which was fun for Graham, and we stayed dry! After our hike we made our way back to Tenaya for our daily swim (I opted out this day since it was a bit cold and windy) then we drove down to Olmstead Point to take in the views and snap a family picture. 

Our last morning in camp Papa was getting ready to head out for a day of climbing so he and Graham played a bit in camp before he left. Graham was sporting his Papa shirt that his cousin gave to him. Since we planned to leave that afternoon, we packed up around camp and Mimi played with Graham and did the breakfast dishes. Once we were all packed up, we headed into the park to hike up river. This has always been my favorite activity. I don't know what it is about this spot, but it's one of my most favorite places in the world. My Mom's too. I think I actually took my first steps there as a baby, so a special place for our family for sure. I think when I was little, when my Dad was out climbing, my mom would take me and my sister up here because it's a short hike with a lot of space to play and splash in the water. We had a quick picnic on a sandy little section we found along the river, but we started feeling a few raindrops so we packed up and headed out to beat the rain. We even caught a flash of lighting and some thunder in the distance, but managed to stay dry. One last trip to Tenaya Lake for a swim before heading home. This time our rock was taken, so we found a spot close by and took a swim. It was perfect and I actually didn't want to get out! Graham didn't want to swim, he was too busy snacking on M&Ms with Mimi, but Mom and Dad enjoyed the lake. 

        

It was such a great trip. Different than usual, we missed our soft serve at the Tuolumne Meadows Grill after a long hike, and it was so quiet and a little strange seeing the campgrounds empty and so many less people out and about. But it was also nice, and I'm grateful we were still able to go. I hope that next year feels a bit more like we're used to, and we can stay in the campground. Maybe even at A72, our coveted favorite spot near the river! And best of all if my sister and her family can join us! I know the cousins would have so much fun together!

I have so many great photos from the weekend but I'm having trouble with the quality from those I took on my iphone when I upload them to the blog, hopefully I can fix it and add more soon.

Do you have any special places like this from your childhood you've continued to visit as an adult? 

9.07.2020

My Favorite Oils Outside The Premium Starter Kit

I remember when I first got my Premium Starter Kit I was a bit overwhelmed. I didn't start using my oils for a week or so because I wasn't sure where to start. But that's what I'm here for! My team has so many awesome resources and I am happy to share fun diffuser blends and ways to use your oils straight out of the box. 

If you're anything like me, you'll find you get addicted to using oils as soon as you start and will want to jump in with Essential Rewards to get the most bang for your buck! (Think, monthly freebies and rewards points to cash in on free products! It's the best). Back when I started I would take notes from other people on Instagram and in our Facebook groups to see which oils were their favorites that I also wanted to add to my collection. I also started saving diffuser blends I wanted to try, and making a note of what oils I would need to create them. 

I thought it would be helpful to share my list with you of all my favorite oils outside of the kit. That way you have it saved and easy to access when you're putting together your order each month. I shared this with my members and they've just been getting a few each month to build their collection. I hope it's helpful for you, too! 

I tried to put these somewhat in order of favorites to be helpful, but they're all truly favorites I continue to use almost daily and restock as soon as I'm running low. 

Favorite Oils:

  • Grapefruit
  • Northern Lights Black Spruce and/or Idaho Blue Spruce (slightly different but interchangeable)
  • Bergamont - citrusy and yummy
  • Cedarwood - sleep support and smells good
  • Jade Lemon
  • Orange
  • Eucalyptus Radiata
  • Geranium - floral, but great in blends with citrus
  • Tangerine
  • Christmas Spirit
  • Joy - this is a Young Living blend, it's floral and I love it with citrus. I use this almost daily.
  • White Angelica - an emotional and sleep support oil and just smells amazing, I diffuse it at night.
  • Vetiver - smokey and woodsy scent
  • Spearmint - peppermint is a bit much for me, this is just more subtle in blends
  • If you have kids, the KidScents oils are amazing

Most used Blends:
  • Anthro Blend - 4 Idaho Blue Spruce OR Northern Lights Black Spruce, 5 Grapefruit, 3 Lime, 1-2 Geranium, 3 Bergamont 
  • Evening Blend - Valor, Frankincense, Lavender, Stress Away 
  • Relaxing - Cedarwood, Roman Chamomile and Lavender
  • Seasonal support - Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon
  • Happy - Lemon & Valor 
  • Stress Away, Joy, Orange, Valor (this has been a go to lately)
  • Valor, Lime, Joy
  • Lemon, Grapefruit, Bergamot 
  • Tangerine, Lime, Valor, Grapefruit
  • Eucalyptus and Lemon 
  • Orange, Peace & Calming, Lavender
  • Peace & Calming with Lavender
  • Citrus Fresh & Lemon
  • Lavender & Frankincense 
  • Thieves & Lemon 
  • Lemon & Peppermint 
  • Raven & Thieves 
  • Stress Away & Citrus Fresh
Non oil favorites:
  • Whitening Toothpaste
  • Foaming hand soap (I like both thieves and lemon, haven't tried lavender)
  • Thieves Cleaner (a must!)
  • Fruit & Veggie Soak
  • CBD Calm roller - Andrew and I both use this every night before bed
  • If you have kids, the KidScents shampoo and body wash

I hope you find this to be a helpful resource when you're getting started. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. On my oils instagram account you'll find a lot of diffuser blends and ideas for all your Young Living goodies. 


9.04.2020

Free People Floral Tunic Blouse



Another one I found in the drafts folder from before my blogging hiatus! Unlike the last outfit I shared from the archives, this one I would actually still wear today. Or at least a version of it. I got quite a bit of wear out of this floral blouse, I even wore it for Graham's newborn photos since it's very postpartum friendly.

I think I'll always be a fan of this bohemian kind of style, fun and easy to wear!


Before Covid-19 when I had started posting regularly again, I planned to do a #LiftedHerLook challenge. But being in quarantine doesn't really promote getting ready everyday. To be honest, whatever remained of my personal style has pretty much been thrown out the window at this point. I'm thinking once it cools down a bit this fall I'll give the challenge another go. It would be fun for October, my favorite month and season to dress for. Plus, I could really use some motivation to get myself ready each day beyond workout clothes. Since I'm working from home, and rarely go anywhere besides picking up groceries, I have found myself in a total style slump. 

If the challenge goes well in October, perhaps I'll keep the style content coming. Most likely with more of a focus on practical looks for motherhood, because chasing around toddlers is no joke! And if I recall, these bell sleeves are very impractical!

*photo by the talented Stephanie Court!

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