At Home: Himalayan Salt Lamp + Candles

At Home: Himalayan Salt Lamp + Candles

If you know me personally or have been to my home, you know that I am pretty much obsessed with pink himalayan salt lamps, candles, and even the edible stuff. At my wedding, we had a candle on every table, and in my home, I have lamps in (almost) every room.

To be honest, I love them mostly because they add warmth and bring a gorgeous glow to the room – but, there are also benefits to these lamps (or so, it it claimed). I can’t say for certain that all of these are true, but I do know that they definitely have a calming effect – and that is enough for me. When I was going through a rough/stressful period in my life, I used to get up extra early, turn on my lamp, and just relax. It was and still is my favorite routine to start my day on the right note. When we are lounging at night (or even while I bulk cook on the weekends), I leave that thing running hot. There’s just something very comforting about it!
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Reuse Recycle Baby Clothes

Baby Thrifting: Reuse + Recycle!

Hi friends! I’ve been so excited to write this post, but kept putting it off because I wanted to really sort through and take some cool pics to go along with it. Recycling baby clothes – weeeee!

One of the very first things I did when I found out we were having a girl was ask family and friends if they knew anyone tossing baby clothes. The fact that babies need to be changed multiple times a day along with the time they actually fit into the clothes you buy… I did not want to spend a ton on it. We’re trying to save in any way we can – and I wanted to start with her wardrobe.

Before I even posted this to my friends and family, my sweet friend Lauren messaged me to let me know she had bags and bags of girl clothes for me. Lauren – you are an angel. You have no idea how much it means to me! Plus, Lauren dresses her little girl in the very sweetest clothes. Needless to say, I was thrilled! After sorting through bag after bag, I ended up with a very large and overflowing trash bag full of months 0-6 (with some 6-9 sprinkled in!) I have the best friends in my life, and I am so grateful for all the overwhelming love and support. There’s literally nothing better than thrifting, recycling, and reusing.

Why?
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Baby Girl Wish List

Baby Girl Wish List

When we found out the gender… basically, it was all over. Let the shopping begin. And when I found out it’s a GIRL on top of that… eeeee! Let’s just say it took everything in me to not spend my entire paycheck on Etsy items.

I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorites – you know, so maybe it won’t just be my ovaries exploding over here alone. Haha!
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LUSH Vegan Haul

My LUSH Haul

Like most, I’m very much in love with LUSH products. Aside from their wide variety of products with great quality with amazing scents, they are also a mostly vegan and cruelty-free brand. It doesn’t get much better than that. Over time, I’ve tried a ton of their products – from hair care to bath bombs [!!] to face masks. They’ve all been a treat, but some of my favorite products are below. These are the products I can’t get enough of (except also the lettuce face mask, but I didn’t have it on hand). Just thought I would share and possibly inspire a few of you to give them a try.

If anything, just please grab the sleepy hand + body lotion when it is back in season (winter). It is what sweet dreams are made of.

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It's A Girl

It’s A Girl!

I’m absolutely bursting at the seams right now. I am NOT good at holding in secrets and this lime-sized one has been absolutely killing me. We’re expecting a daughter in the warm, sunny days of September 2017!

There are no words to express how blessed and thrilled Joe and I are to be able to share this news – it still hasn’t fully hit us, quite honestly. But each day, it becomes a little more real. It’s pure magic.
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200 Artsy Creative Spirit Baby Names

200 Artsy + Creative Spirit Baby Names

Artistic and creative spirits are some of my favorite people. Not only do I work on a design time myself, but I’ve just always connected to creatives (I mean, I majored in English/Creative Writing with a minor in art). That said, I love names that evoke that same artistic aura. These may or may not resonate with you the same way they do me, but here’s a list of names that I personally compiled that I feel captures a creative spirit. Enjoy the inspiration – whether you are a name lover like me or a mama bear on the hunt for the perfect moniker. xx

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200 Indie Bohemian Baby Names

200 Indie + Bohemian Baby Names, part 2

Hi friends!

I wrote this same post in the past, and it has been such a hit. Being as obsessed with names as I am, I wanted to follow up with a part 2 – there are plenty more indie and boho names out there, and they are a great addition to part 1 of this post – no repeats! I hope you don’t mind ;)

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Trader Joe's Vegan Haul

My Vegan Trader Joe’s Haul

Hi friends :)

I hope life is good with all of you – nothing crazy going on over here. We’ve been enjoying the quiet of January and getting ready to go to Florida in February. My parents have a place down there, so I am excited for warm weather and to explore Delray, West Palm Beach, and possibly Miami. I hear there are a ton of vegan/plant-based spots, and I’ll surely post about it once I get back. I’m so excited!! If you have any recommendations for me, please don’t hesitate to share in the comments.

Other than that, I thought I would just write a simple post today sharing my usual vegan haul from Trader Joe’s. We go shopping once a week, which has worked for us for years now. It’s one of our favorite things to do together. While I definitely grab some speciality items from TJ’s every once in a while (I mean, they always have new awesome products), we stick to pretty much the basics. I usually come up with some meal ideas beforehand to make sure I grab everything I’ll need for the week.

So, take a look below if you’re interested to see I’m grabbing at the grocery store. I hope it inspires your own shopping list, too!
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Spirit Animal Ink

Spirit Animal Ink

Hi friends – spent some time on the last day of 2016 by getting my third tattoo – and I’m still swooning.

Ever since I could remember, I’ve felt a strong connection to the whale. To be honest, I think it was the movie Free Willy that did it. I was obsessed as a kid, and ever since then, it was orca and whale everything. I had a whale themed bedroom, a ton of books, went whale watching as often as time and money allowed, and wanted to be a marine biologist. While the marine biologist bit didn’t stick, my connection never faded. I’ve been wanting a tattoo on my forearm for a while now, and I knew that a whale friend would be the perfect addition. I love tattoos, but I am picky and very cautious. But with the whale, I just knew that every time I look at it, I’ll smile. That will never change. They make me so happy.

So friends, meet my spirit animal, Luna. Of course I had to name her. Symbolism is a large part of what I do for a living, so I wrote a quick excerpt of what she means to me.

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