I Can’t Do It All (and it’s okay)

Hi. Long time no talk, huh? I haven’t been able to commit very much time to my blog lately, and it’s driving me crazy. I have other things that I need do when I get home from work — work out, eat, sleep, maybe do a load of laundry and watch a TV show with my husband, all typical things that somehow seem more difficult when adjusting to a new schedule — so blogging gets pushed to the back burner.

Truth be told, I’m falling into the comparison trap. How are bloggers able to raise a family, work full-time, train for [insert some fancy race here], and still manage to blog everyday? They seem to exist — I just wonder how they do it.

I am not one of those bloggers.

I like my job and things are going well, but I’m still trying to adjust to a new routine. I think it’s normal. After all, it’s only been three weeks. I’m learning that in order to get everything done on my to-do list, I have to erase some things from my to-do list. If I leave dishes from breakfast in the sink, or replace a gym workout with a quick walk around the block, I’m going to be okay.

As far as blogging goes, I hope to post more regularly eventually. I have two giveaways that need to (and will!) go up soon, and I want to start interacting in the blogging community again!

How have you been? Fill me in!

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Hilary’s Bridal Shower

My sister is getting married in 26 days. 26 days! I didn’t think I’d be sad because I haven’t lived with her in over two years, but it still feels bittersweet. Traditions change, inevitably, when people get married, and those who know me well know how well I do with                    change ;) . I’m happy for her, but time is passing quickly!

In honor of Hilary’s upcoming wedding, my sisters, mom and I packed up and drove to Michigan on Friday morning for her bridal shower weekend. Since all of our extended family lives in that area, it makes sense for us to go to them.

We spent Friday picking up last minute things and making sure the room was set up correctly, and on Saturday, all of our family arrived to celebrate the bride-to-be.

I had my shower in this room over two years ago, but they changed up the linens and centerpieces, which match Hilary’s fall colors — isn’t it cute?

The shower turned out beautifully, and it was so nice to spend time with the family members we rarely see. It’ll be great to see everyone again at the wedding, in just four weeks!

And just for fun…

My bridal shower, May 2012

Hilary’s bridal shower, September 2014

My hair has a mind of its own. Molly looks taller. Lighting is everything.

Times goes by so fast!

How did you spend your weekend?

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An Anniversary Tradition

In exchange for this review, Uncommon Goods provided me with my choice of personalized item. As always, all opinions are my own.

When Jordan and I celebrated our first anniversary, we decided that we were going to give each other presents following the traditional anniversary gift ideas. The first year is paper, so I gave him a big scratch-off map to document the places we’ve traveled, and he gave me tickets to a baseball game.

Then, our second anniversary rolled around — the 2nd year is cotton — and time got away from us. The idea of buying traditional gifts didn’t seem as exciting. Assuming we’d end up buying linens or clothes, we decided that it’d be better to pick out one thing together.

Right around the time that we were searching for the perfect gift, Uncommon Goods reached out me. It couldn’t have been a more perfect time! Uncommon Goods specializes in one-of-a-kind, high-quality, personalized gifts that you won’t find at the mall.

I was a fan of Uncommon Goods long before they contacted me — I could spend hours browsing that site! After looking around the site (there are so many cute things to pick from), I decided on the anniversary journal. The cover is cotton — very fitting for our 2nd year — and it’s something that we’ll be able to keep forever.

Now, we can write down our memorable moments every year and look back on those of the past. The pages are nice and thick, so I know that they’ll last a long time. There are also pages in the back for photos, but I’m terrible about printing them out — I need to order some so I can add them to the book!

If you’re not on the Uncommon Goods mailing list yet, I encourage you to sign up. I signed up a couple of years ago, and I love looking through the catalog when it arrives around Christmas time — there are so many fun things to choose from!

If you’re married, do you give each other traditional anniversary gifts?

Have you ever shopped at Uncommon Goods?

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Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall

Today, we trade in shorts and flip flops, summer produce, pool days and summer celebrations for cool breezes, sweaters and boots, apples and pumpkins, and crunchy leaves.

Over the weekend, Jordan asked me when we were going to go to the apple orchard, and I realized that we’re already running out of good apple picking weekends. How is it almost October?

Truthfully, I’m a little sad. Summer is my favorite season, and it’s always hard to see it go. But at the same time, I’m excited for cozy weather — reading a good book by the fire, burning pumpkin-scented candles, picking apples and pumpkins, going for walks and bike rides, and watching the new fall lineup on TV. Of course, I’m also looking forward to my sister’s bridal shower, a trip to my favorite island, and my sister’s wedding!

This is a new season of life for me, both literally and figuratively. I’m settling into my new proofreading/editing job, I’m spending a little less time on social media and a little more time with my husband, and I’m trying my best to embrace the changes that life brings.

What are you looking forward to this fall?

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Be Back Soon

On Friday, I spent my last day as a nanny. Over the weekend, Jordan and I packed up and went to Michigan for a wedding. We got back home on Sunday night, and on Monday morning, I started my new job. This week has been a whirlwind!

While I’m catching up on sleep and adjusting to my new responsibilities and schedule, I’m giving myself a break from blogging.

I have a couple of fun giveaways coming up next week, so be on the lookout for those!

Have a great week!

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