Baskets for My Bunnies

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

While browsing the aisles of Target recently, I stumbled across these absolutely adorable bunny tote bags and I couldn't resist picking them up for some special bunnies in my life! The ears and bunny noses got me! I'll be dropping them off to the boys tomorrow so they will have them to celebrate with because I thought the bags would be perfect for collecting eggs too! I wanted to share them here in case you're looking for inspiration for somebunny special in your life!

Our best family friends who I have grown up with and used to babysit their kids, now have kids themselves and they are like nephews to me. I absolutely love that I get to watch them grow and be a special part of their lives! Since we don't have kids of our own yet, it's fun to get to do things like this on holidays.

I filled the bags with goodies I found at the Dollar Tree like play dough, a foam football, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, and rubber ducky. Oh, and a harmonica because I'm the fun aunt like that. ;) Then I finished them both with a galvanized personalized name tag so they know whose is whose or they can reuse it somewhere else.

Happy Egg Hunting!

Self Love

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

I know we've all heard the saying, "You can't pour from an empty cup." Sort of like when the flight attendant tells you to put on your own oxygen mask before helping others. So why do we as humans feel bad sometimes about taking care of ourself? I don't get it!
Via Pinterest
I am 100% guilty of this. I feel bad when I take time off of work. I feel bad if I make myself an appointment just for me. I feel bad if I don't have enough time for all the things and everyone in my life that matter.

It really doesn't matter what stage of life you're in or what you have going on in your life, you've got to make the time for you because you are important too. I thought the above picture was so fitting and also with today marking the first official day of Spring. Although I don't have quite the green thumb, I've found that there's always room to improve and grow and it really starts within yourself.

A few things I've started doing for me:

Making myself a priority and more importantly, not feeling bad about it. I mentioned I invested in my health and started a new nutritional program and that has really gotten me on the right path to feeling good and moving in that direction. It felt good to take control of my health and put myself first. And it's true that I feel like I have more energy to give, more motivation to do the things I love, and to be the best version of myself that I can be.

Make more ME time. This might simply mean brewing a cup of special tea and indulging in one of my shows, making a massage appointment, getting that pedicure on my lunch break, or simply setting some time aside to go in my office to write or drawing a hot bath and skimming through a magazine for inspiration. Whatever you're feeling, feel it and don't apologize for it.

Allow yourself to be vulnerable. This is a tough one, especially in the world we live in today. It's like we want to show the world the best version of us and hide the rest. That's absolutely not reality and for me it's hard because even when bad things are happening, I always want to see the good in each day and try to get through it so I often don't share. I feel like we all have our struggles so why do I need to tell others about them when they have their own issues? But if we don't allow ourselves to be vulnerable, to feel those feelings that are present and open up a little, we are really doing ourself a disservice and missing out on the opportunity to feel supported and encouraged.

Unplug + Disconnect. Technology is all around us and we've become so accustomed to everything being right at our fingertips in an instant. It's overwhelming. Even when I am trying to be present in the NOW, it's like my mind has been programmed to multitask and think about what is next. Remember, almost everything will work again if you unplug it, even you.

Spread Kindness. One of my favorite things to do that is an instant mood booster is to simply do something nice for someone else. It's no secret I am obsessed with finding the perfect card and sending it via snail mail to someone.

What have you done for YOU today?

Weekend Snapshots

Monday, March 19, 2018

This weekend was pretty low-key, despite it being Saint Patrick's Day, and allowed us to catch up on some much needed rest!
Saturday Ryan had a test out of town for work, but I rode along with him so that I could do some early morning shopping while he was busy. Of course I started the morning at Target, which I must say, was one of the friendliest stores ever! All of the employees acknowledged me and were helpful, then unbeknownst to me, next door was a Hobby Lobby. Jackpot! I was going to hit up a few other stores, but once I saw that, I happily spent the rest of my time in there.
Sorry Logz, I tried not to fill the basket! Some was a gift...
When I stepped outside, the fog had rolled out and revealed the most gorgeous Spring day and these trees in the parking lot gave me all of the heart eyes.

After he got out of his test, we met at a cantina for a quick snack and drink while he relaxed a bit then headed home.

We had high hopes to head out for a date, but once we got home and ran a few more errands around town, we were both ready to call it a day and relax at home after our early morning. Plus, we knew it would be packed/crazy with it being Saint Patrick's Day! It was totally unlike me to not decorate or even make a festive dinner (who am I?) but it turned out to be the best evening in playing Rummikub nonstop and watching movies with just us and the dogs! I had to at least dress them up for the holiday though and snap a picture. Can you tell they were so pleased!?
Bring your green hat!
Sunday we played pop tennis then I worked on getting a few last minute details finished up for my cousin's baby shower we are hosting next weekend. After that, I came home and did some chores around the house, but it really didn't feel it because it was the perfect day to open up the windows, let the sun shine in and just enjoy being home, my most favorite place.
We wrapped up our weekend with family dinner and a movie at my parents and I hate to rush time, but I can hardly contain my excitement for next weekend to be here so I can squeeze me cousin and celebrate her little man!