Guess who just found out she’s going to the beach for a week this weekend? I can’t wait. Momma needs a little vacation, even though is it really a vacation with kids? Hmmm well I’m still pretty stoked about embracing my inner mermaid. Cannot wait to share all my cute beach looks with yawl too! So since we head off to the beach this weekend I’m gonna be sharing some beach posts this week. Starting with one of my favorite summer trends: Palm prints. Why am I talking about palm prints? Well mainly because I plan on rocking it nonstop while there. I’m also showing you how I’m styling the palm print spring trend.
I got a super sweet deal on this cute dress from Forever 21. I have also linked below a lot of my favorite palm prints. If you’re wondering how to style the palm print spring trend, I’m gonna share a few of my favorite cute prints that work really well with this print.
Black and white stripes. The black and white stripes contrast very well with the leaf print. See that banana leaf and striped nail by my girl Jen at Parlour 3.
Pink. Hot pink or Ballerina pink. Either works with this print. I chose to rock these amazing shoes from Zappos.
Cork and Straw. I got my beach bag at Target and they have some cute options. Also I found a couple at Asos.
Flamingos. Again see my perfect wine glass above ha.
These are just some of my suggestions. Please reach out to me if you guys have any questions on styling or what not. It’s one of my loves. Oh and btw sorry this is so short but the Preds game was on and WE WON!!! We are going to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Hope y’all enjoyed seeing how I’m styling the palm print spring trend. Xo.
This “Tips on Staying Productive From A Busy Mom of Two” post is sponsored by Erin Condren but as always all opinions and thoughts are my own.
If you follow along with my blog or social media at all you know how chaotic my life is. Not only did my husband and I both decide to venture into our own companies within the past year but we also added a baby to that mix. So now here I am, mom of two, trying to balance life. Clearly it can be done, moms do it every day. You just have to prioritize.
I was invited to an amazing event for Erin Condren a couple of weeks ago and learned so much about being organized and all the sweet goodies Erin Condren offers. (Plus we had some pretty amazing appetizers at one of my favorite places, Adele’s.) As a mother to two children under the age of 5, who runs all parts of my blog, YouTube channel and also my family (taking care of kids, cleaning, cooking, baths, the million activities Keatyn does after preschool), I need structure more in life more than ever. Now, I’m no expert by any means, I run around like a chicken with my head cut off 90% of the time but I am offering some tips on staying productive to help you get organized.
First and foremost, make a schedule and a deadline for projects you want to tackle. 9 times out of 10 I’m gonna complete my task if I set a guideline for it because I’m now holding myself accountable instead if saying “Oh I’ll do that tomorrow”
Prioritize what’s most important. Decide what needs to be tackled first and then go down the list.
WRITE IT DOWN. Again, if I write it down I am definitely more likely to hold myself accountable. I know there are so many apps you can download to stay organized and I have a lot of them. There’s just something about writing it down for me though. I’ve always been a list maker and it helps me get my day in order.
Get a good planner. My Erin Condren Life Planner™ is literally saving me from being a train wreck. I customized it with not only my name but the prettiest floral cover. I’m also a pretty big fan of the cute stickers to use during my scheduling. Whenever you make plans for any event or need to keep track of tasks and errands, mark them in your planner. I also suggest color coding your planner to organize it even better. Otherwise it’ll all blend together and certain tasks won’t be set apart. Also take your planner with you wherever you go so you will remember to put any tasks or events in your schedule as soon as you find out.
WORK. After you make the schedule and get it all delegated, GET IT DONE. The long you put it off and procrastinate just adds more to do on the following days in your schedule. Stick to your schedule and tackle those goals.
Also, BREATHE. Life is stressful, I get it. Try to live in the moment as much as possible. In the meantime, go to Erin Condren and look through all the amazing goodies she offers. The Life Planner™ is a game changer. You can get 15% off your purchase until 7/31/17 with code: GETSOCIAL15 Hope you guys enjoyed my tips on staying productive.
It’s Friday which means it’s time to update you guys on my weekly fitness and health venture. Why is it so freaking hard to get back in a groove? No joke my arms are so sore I feel like I have the flu after working out this week. Speaking of working out, I did manage to only work out twice this week but for the most part I did well with my diet. If you disregard that hamburger and fries with Keatyn one night. It was a cheat night haha
Tonight I food prepped for the next few days. I plan on sharing some food prep ideas for you guys next Friday. It’ll have a ton of great ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you guys have any specific request please let me know beforehand.
Ok my update: well i lost a few lbs 3 weeks or so ago BUT i have gained it back. It is seriously such a struggle to keep on track. I get so down on myself. It’s so hard to look at my body in the mirror right now. I just want it to look like it did pre-pregnancy. I still look 3 months pregnant. It’s insane the damage pregnancy can do to your self-esteem. Something so beautiful can also cause so much insecurity.
Soooo…on to workout clothing. Since I practically live in yoga pants and athleisure wear, I find myself quite the expert on all the different types and lines of clothing. For the most part I wear yoga leggings but I also branch out at times. For classes like yoga and barre, I prefer either yoga leggings or yoga shorts so I have the flexibility but they don’t stick to me if that makes sense. For high intensity workouts I prefer capri leggings because long ones are too hot but shorts make me irritated when I run. I am linking my favorite brands and places to buy below:
Ok I’m not gonna lie to you guys, this has been one crazy & rough week. I’ve had birthday parties, 2 birthdays, family in town, photo shoots and two events. Now I’m in the car writing this as we drive 5 hours to my hometown. The struggle is real. However this completely proves my point of how busy we tend to get and sweep exercise under the rug.
This week I’m not proud of the little bit of time I have fit workouts in my schedule. I’m not gonna beat myself up over it though and just start over next week. I do little spurt workouts when I get a few minutes free though. Every little bit helps. Sheeva put together an ab workout for me this week that I wanna share with y’all. Also make sure to do bursts of cardio between sets. (Jumping rope, high knees, mountain climbers etc to get your heart rate up)
Also in the future when we discuss workouts we are going to start doing videos that I’m posting on my YouTube and including on here as well. Next week we are diving into diet too.
All you need is a med ball. If you don’t have one, use a weight or plate. Do three sets of 20-25.
Boat pose legs straight out, (modification- legs 90 degrees), low boat pose – 20 sec each
Russian twists with med ball of weight. Must TOUCH ball on each side. Hold for 2 seconds and go to the other side
Side planks with dips
Ball toss or ball slams (adds cardio but also works on abs)
Around the world with medicine ball. -arms straight make a circle -ads arms into it. -do side to sides with the ball or weight too
Spiders – in Plank position bring knee to shoulder. Do one side then other side. That is one. Hold for more strength. Go faster for cardio.
Cork screw- legs are straight up. Lay on your back. Bring hips up and move your legs up towards the left. Back down then towards the right
Check out next week for some more detailed plans discussing workouts and diet. Xoxo.
Woo Hoo! Another Nordstrom sale. This one is a really good one too. I’ve found so many good deals and things I love. The sale goes until January 2 so use that Christmas money from your family and get to spending! Everything except one item I’ve listed is not only under $100 but well under it. Especially this leather jacket below that I wear on repeat. It will NEVER go out of style. Enjoy and let me know your favorites 🙂 Xoxo
I have another Holiday Gift Guide for you guys. This time from Nordstrom. One of the best parts about Nordstrom is if you use their card you build up points that you can use as cash towards future purchases. I am sharing some of my favorite gift items today from Bauble Bar jewelry to makeup. Hope you guys enjoy! Look out for my next gift guide coming Tuesday or Wednesday 🙂 Just in time for Black Friday.
Well it’s Monday and we are back from Gatlinburg. Tomorrow is the big Election Day. I plan on hibernating. My munchkin is out of school tomorrow so we are gonna run some errands and finalize some stuff with the baby. This week makes for the 3 week countdown…EEK. Pray I don’t have her early.
So I know you guys see me talk about local Nashville spots a lot. I’ve decided to start a weekly local spotlight on boutiques, restaurants, spas, etc. All things Nashville and shopping,
This week I want to highlight an online Nashville boutique, Hazel and Mae. Their stuff is really cute and very reasonably priced. Also, if you live in the Nashville area and would like to see their merchandise you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up your own private shopping experience.
I’m rocking the Piazza dress in size small. I also shared a few of my faves below. (Look below for a discount)
Bonus: This week if you use my code ASHLEY20 you can score 20% off. So support local & small business 🙂 Also check our their Instagramfor up to date fashion looks. Xoxo
Today I am 35 weeks pregnant. It just set in that in less than 5 weeks I will have a new baby around here. For a woman who already has one child, I’m a tad scared honestly. I’ve never been one who adapts well to change and that’s not really a good thing. I love being a mother though so I know it will be fine. Just sharing some real life over here.
Since I’m having a harder time fitting in my clothes lately, I love finding options that fit my growing baby bump. I have been loving elastic waist bands and wrap dresses because I can rock them with my bump but also continue wear after the baby is born. I especially am obsessed with this dressfrom Make Me Chic. It’s so elegant I could wear it to a more formal event if I wanted to. Plus it’s $34! You can also go on their site right now for a special discount code.
At 9 am every morning, Make Me Chic is giving away 50 t-shirts to the first 50 people and that ends in a couple of days.
How is it only Tuesday and I already feel stressed from the week? I swear the stress is on for these final 6 weeks before Charlie comes. I still have to finish her room, pack my hospital bag, and catch up on all my business stuff before I’m out of commission for a little bit. Today my girl Sara King and I filmed an amazing Harley Quinn makeup look for Halloween that will be on my YouTube hopefully tomorrow.
So this cactus shirt… I love it so much. I want to wear it everyday. It is so cute and under $20 so I couldn’t go wrong. You have to check it out along with the items from the store. So cute and inexpensive. I paired it with my favorite Ettika necklace right now. They are doing so many collaborations with Free People, which is great for me because they are two of my favorite brands.
Anyway, this tired pregnant chick is off to edit some videos and go to bed. (ps. did you guys watch Scream Queens or This Is Us tonight?) Both so good, Night loves. Xoxo.
It’s Wednesday!!! That means the week is halfway over. I feel like I’ve barely gotten anything accomplished that I needed to do even though I’ve done so much. I officially have 7 weeks left until Charlotte is born. My nursery isn’t finished and I am boggled down with work on top of that. I just keep telling myself it’ll be ok but I am getting stressed honestly. Today I had a little pamper day. I had a facial at Sieveking Plastic Surgery by my girl Ashley (if you’re in Nashville, she’s the cat’s meow) and got a bomb manicure and brow job by Jen at Parlour 3 (look for my IG photos tomorrow). My local Nashville girls…ya’ll need to go check them out. They are amazing.
Speaking of Nashville, I’m back once again working with one of my favorite boutiques here, Lizard Thicket. This kimono is perfect for fall and I have worn it into the ground. My stepmom even borrowed it she loved it so much. You can check them out online, on their Instagram or call the store (615) 678-7092. Also the tank I paired is from there and it’s one of the comfiest tanks I’ve ever worn.
Oh and these jeans you see on me quite often are also local from Stars & Rockets and you can get 15% with the code ASHLEY.
I hope you guys have a wonderful Thursday and I’ll be sharing more with you tomorrow! Xoxo