The Great (Shower) Escape

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Friends, these past two weeks have been a whirlwind. Work has been kicking my butt. Caleb’s two-year-old tantrums are wearing me down. The housework is piling up. And, I am in a season of personal transition. Needless to say, your girl has been stressed. Taking care of myself was the absolute last thing on my list. Yes, I know that self-care is important, but I have been doing a horrible job at making it a priority.

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5 Questions to Ask Before Donating to Charity

These days, it has never been easier to financial support a charitable cause or organization. Whether it’s a “text-to-give” campaign or clicking a “Donate Now” button, we can contribute in a variety of ways on our own terms. However, just because it’s easier to make a difference, it’s still important to be diligent about who gets our dollars.

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10 Quotes about Gratitude and Giving Thanks

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Can you believe that Thanksgiving is in two days? We were originally planning to host family dinner, which I was both excited and stressed about. However, plans recently changed and now we are heading back to my Granny’s for dinner. While I’m bummed that we won’t be doing the honors, I am low-key happy to not have to stress over coordinating the meal and decor.

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My Holiday Bucket List

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I know that we haven’t even celebrated Thanksgiving yet but I’m already thinking about what things I want to get done this holiday season. In the past, I haven’t been as intentionally about planning out my Christmas/New Years activities. However, having kids has helped the magic of the season return to my life. I’m starting to feel super festive again!

As such, I’ve brainstormed more than 20 things that are on my holiday bucket list. Read them below!

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Tiny Prints x Baby2Baby Holiday Cards are Here!

‘Tis the season for holiday greetings. I love getting cards in the mail and Christmas is no different. We have not yet decided on our cards, but the Baby2Baby Holiday collection on Tiny Prints is a strong contender. I first became aware of this collaboration when we ordered Caleb’s birth announcements.

The holiday collection consists of seven cards that gives a wide range of styles to fit your desired preference. For me, I think this gold foil-stamped card is my favorite in the bunch.

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Baby2Baby provides low-income children ages 0-12 years with diapers, clothing and the basic necessities that every child deserves. The organization collects and distributes items to shelters, Head Start programs, foster care programs and children’s hospitals across the country. This network serves children in more than 20 cities. In Chicago, the participating organization is Share Our Spare, a group that I have highlighted before.

To help Baby2Baby continue to fund their efforts, Tiny Prints is donating 25% of the sales of the holiday collection back to the organization.

View the rest of the collection below.

 

 

Photos: Tiny Prints

What’s In My Makeup Bag

What's in my makeup bag

Wearing makeup on a daily basis always seemed like a chore until I discovered the right products and an easy routine. Once I figured out what worked best for me, I packed those items in my trusted makeup bag that stays in my purse at all time. The goal of my everyday makeup is to look fresh-faced and not tired.

Here’s a glimpse into my makeup bag and the products that keep me together.

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Slowing Down Sundays

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With only two weekend days, it can be SO tempting to overcrowd Saturdays and Sundays with activities and errands. It’s something that I still struggle with, but I will tell you that I have gotten so much better at having “Slow Sundays” in our house.

I don’t have much control over the pace of my life Monday – Friday. Of course, I can choose what activities I do after work, but I’m usually on someone’s else’s schedule between 6 am – 6 pm. This mindset left me feeling like I needed to have FULL control over my calendar on the weekends.

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