Thursday, September 5, 2019

Hitting Publish on Drafts

If I had a word for the current state of my life it would be "draft". In the literal sense, I have many blog and social media posts just sitting in draft. For most of them, they are either too personal or not "on brand" or the photography doesn't seem good enough of the publish button. In the metaphorical sense, I have a ton of visions for house decor, renovation projects, new products for my Etsy shop, and the like. And yet, when I go to start something, the project seems much more involved than I have the time span for. Every day during Graham's nap I try to tackle one thing off my never-ending list and some days I feel so overwhelmed that I spend the entire nap time with the lowest hanging fruit, like laundry or dishes...while scrolling through social media of course.

I need to set better expectations and break down projects into smaller (more palatable) tasks that will eventually get me to the finish line. For instance, this blog. I have so many recipes I'm craving to share here, but I want to wait until we renovate our kitchen so that the photos are clean and crisp. But with each passing month, no kitchen progress equals no blog posts. I certainly can't post new content without a website "refresh". And I can't do the refresh until I feel comfortable pouring money into it. It becomes a landslide of hesitations that I can't even start one project. Do you ever do this to yourself? It's exhausting!

Today I decided to update my to-do list with much more detail. That way, I can chip away at simple tasks and it's much less daunting to get the finished result! For specific home decor items I've been watching...waiting... stalking for a better deal. But who's to say there will be a better sale or when that may even come? The sale it is today will be good enough, I'm certain. I'm ordering them and moving on! I'm deleting posts that are in draft, they only add anxiety to see them sitting there! I'm already feeling better and more decisive with this small shift in decision making.

I'm curious how you tackle daunting tasks and get yourself out of a rut!

Friday, August 16, 2019

Better Health Habits

In full transparency, I am not a "fit" person. I may look okay in my clothes but I'm not comfortable exposing what really lies beneath the flowy tops, you know what I mean?! Every so often I feel motivated to start some sort of fitness activity but it typically weans by the time I start researching. I was one of the lucky ones and breastfeeding helped me lose my baby weight, although my body is still different than it once was! While I was nursing I would eat whatever, whenever, and there wasn't much fluctuation to my weight.

About a month or so ago I ended my nursing journey with Graham and each week since, I've found the scale increasing a little bit. Not having changed anything about how I was living, I can only assume not nursing was the culprit. I finally hit a point this past weekend that of all the things I can't control in life, my body and health is something I can! I dusted off my Fitbit and went for a long walk (alone!) while my husband was home with a napping toddler. I was only gone for about 35 minutes but I felt so good afterward! Maybe it was simply taking time for myself but I felt so motivated to continue this "health kick". Aside from moving more, I'm trying to eat cleaner/more consciously and taking deep restrain for my after dinner snacking. So far, it's been 5 days and I'm already seeing some improvements on the scale and my mental health.

Anyone else struggle to put yourself as a priority when you have kids? It's much harder to prioritize than it seems! I'm starting small (with walking) so I don't get ahead of what I can actually handle and hoping to add more intensity with running and some sort of routine from there. It's not about weight loss at this point, it's really about carving out time in my day that's just for me and also clear my head in the process. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Favorite Kitchen Helpers Part 2

My favorite things to cook with changes often, due to how I'm cooking and what season it is. But the everyday tools and gadgets that I can't rave enough about, are here in this helpful guide. Let's dive in!

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Favorite Kitchen Helpers

As a chef, I love all the tools, appliances, and gadgets! But as home chef and mom, I need things to work double duty! I try to avoid a gadget or tool that only does one specific thing, like a corn husker for example. While I love the idea of so many of them, I just don't have room in my kitchen for single purpose gadgets. I am often asked, what are my favorite tools, and here's my answer! This is a two-part post because I have more to share!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Cyber Monday

To celebrate Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I'm offering 20% off everything in the shop! Because I'm late to announce here, I'm extending the discount for my readers through Wednesday. Click the "Shop" tab to be taken to my Etsy shop. At checkout use code "Insider" to receive the 20% off. Hope you all are having a great start to holiday shopping!

Stay tuned for more insider deals and promos!  :)

Monday, November 12, 2018

Holiday Thoughts

My baby has been fighting sleep for the last few days and I'm in motherhood survival mode armed with red wine and leftover Halloween candy. I've been fortunate to have a great sleeper and he's been sleeping through the night (give-or-take a middle of the night feeding) since about week 3. But, every few weeks I'm kept on my toes with a change in behavior. It's definitely a test of patience and I try my hardest to keep my cool given the lack of sleep. Thank goodness for coffee and under eye concealer. Both of these have saved me through these trying days!
Speaking of, I haven't gone to Starbucks in a couple weeks but I have seen that the much anticipated holiday cup has returned! Have you been recently? I swear, the coffee just tastes better in a festive cup! I try to fight all Christmas urges until the day after Thanksgiving but I have to admit, it gets harder every year! I'm so tempted to just go for it- decorate, binge the holiday Hallmark movies, listen to ALL the Christmas music, and let the baking begin! But I'm staying strong, after all, I only have 10 days to go until after Thanksgiving! Which also has me thinking about the Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals quickly approaching. I'm working on getting my holiday gift list organized so I can shop strategically this year! Is there anything better than saving money on something you were planning to buy anyway?

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Where I've Been

I've been a little absent from this space. With working full time, running my Etsy shop on the side, being pregnant, and now as a new mother, life has definitely been busy! My style of cooking has shifted to making recipes that are familiar and uncomplicated. I'm lucky if I have the time to take a "glamour" shot (aka quick iPhone pic) for Instagram let alone post a step-by-step for this blog. However, I've found myself missing this little peaceful place I call my blog.

Writing, creating, and cooking is therapeutic for me. I love hearing from readers that they tried a recipe and liked it! My goal is to dust off the cobwebs and start posting helpful content again. My photos are not professionally staged or edited with fancy software but they are apologetically real. So much of my social media feed these days are very far from that. It's impossible not to compare how clean their houses are or how well they are put together (how does that new mom have time to bathe herself, style her hair, wear heels, and put on a full face of makeup?). I've recently found myself drawn to influencers that are keeping it real. Life is messy and it's refreshing to see the pile of laundry in the background or a plate of food that's actually being consumed.

When you come visit, you can expect to read about what I'm into, motherhood, and food. Recipes I create, recipes I've found and love, tips I swear by, and places I've eaten at.

Cheers to an updated place to hangout with me!