- Cool Springs: Benchmark and Uneek
- Huntsville: Frederick Goldman and Artcarved
- Florence: LaVie and Stuller
You guys know by now that I have a new baby and an almost 5 year old. If you have children too then you definitely feel my struggles of not having a moment to yourself or finding time to relax. As mothers and also just as women, we need to find the time to relax and enjoy the little pleasures in life. I know it’s hard to do because we always feel the need to get all the things done around our house etc. It’s especially hard when you’re a type-A person and just can’t learn to sit still. You HAVE to make time for you to do not only things that you enjoy but also activities that help put your mind at ease.
A few of my tricks I’ve learned to help put my mom brain at ease:
Read a good therapeutic book. I’m personally loving “Hustle and Heart.” I’m joining up with Kail Lowry for her Virtual Book Tour in honor of her new book. Also, if you’re in the Baltimore area, you can meet Kail in person at her book signing March 25th at noon at John Hopkins University Barnes and Noble. Make sure you visit these other awesome posts from this virtual blog tour that are listed below. Kail discusses her life struggles growing up and as a mom. Her book is full of “motivational messages, personal advice and relatable experiences for those making their way through life’s challenging mix of joy and hardship.” Sometimes, you just need to know you’re not alone. It’s inspiring to read similar struggles of others to really process life. Check it out mommas.
Sweat It Out.
Go to a sauna, steam room or a Sweat House. The steam room or sauna always helps to clear my head. Sweating out the toxins gives you a profound sense of relaxation/release as your entire body starts to eliminate irritability along with helping your cramped muscles and nerves begin to dissipate. The far infrared sauna helps to reduce physical stress by boosting blood circulation. I personally love the Sweat House in Green Hills. I have never left there feeling less than extraordinary. If you live in the Nashville area and you haven’t been…do yourself a favor and GO!
Touching on the sweat it out… go to the gym. I know personally that running to the gym is my favorite way to decompress. Whether it be going for a run, hitting up a yoga class or boxing it out. All of these things increase your endorphins and help you release all of your built up tension. Exercise is not only good for your mind, it’s clearly good for your body so it’s a win win situation. Earn that summer bod. Also you better believe you’re gonna sleep like a champ. Exercise helps with concentration and anxiety so it is good for us ladies since we tend to stress a lot more than men.
Have a glass of wine and watch a new show on Netflix or a movie. I seriously look forward to my nightly glass of wine so I can wind down from my day. I put my kids to bed around 8, pour myself a glass of wine (actually I kindly ask my hubby to do so) and kick my feet up to watch my “shows.” Tonight it was Walking Dead and Big Little Lies. I sometimes think of all of the things I could get accomplished and I would be lying if I said I didn’t do the occasional load of laundry, dishes and food prep. (I told you I can’t sit still very well) However, I cherish that glass of wine every night, it has became like a savior to me. Oh and my tv shows, I’m an addict. I won’t quit them. Ever.
Oh bubble baths…how I love thee. Actually I had one today for the first time in forever. Bubbles, epsom salt and champagne. I was in a state of euphoric bliss until my 4 year old walked in and started throwing toys in my bathtub wanting to play. With that being said, maybe wait until the kids go to bed. Have a glass of bubbly and light some candles. Here are my favorite bubble bath (so elegant) and candles.
Get your booty outside. Speaking from someone who suffers from not only anxiety, but from a vitamin D deficiency, I’m gonna go out on a limb and say it’s highly beneficial to your health to get some sun in your life. Don’t just trust me though, it’s medically proven y’all. Just make sure you wear sunscreen because no one has time for those pesky wrinkles. No sir.
Time With Your Girlfriends
Make time for your friends. I know what you’ll say because I say it too. “I’m tired or I don’t wanna get ready” Suck it up buttercup. You’ve been around tiny life sucking humans all day. I know you’re craving adult interaction like no other. So give the mail lady a break. You deserve a decent conversation and some grub, a movie or drinks with your girls. I have two kids, one is only 3 months old and I have already had like 4 girl nights. That’s unheard of I know, but you have to make time. You’ll thank me. Sometimes it’s just nice to get out of the house, put some makeup on and feel human again.
Date Night Out
Ok my last piece of advice is this: Go on a date with your husband/boyfriend. You HAVE to make time in your relationship after kids otherwise you’ll be like ghosts to each other. Passing each other in the halls, working on your computers at night side by side. I pretty much just explained my hubs and I day to day with our new baby but even then we dedicate time to each other by going on a date at least every 2-3 weeks. It’s a necessity. Get out of the house in your fancy new dress and remember why you made those babies to begin with. Love. Sometimes a night out with your partner can be all you need to forget the worries of the world.
I hope this gave you some ideas or at least helped you see most of us moms are a complete mess that need a mental time out here and there. Check out Kail’s book and also the great pages listed above. Xoxo.
If you follow along with my story then you know I am a mother whose life is mostly chaos, most importantly mother with a newborn. When you have a child, you relish any moment of free time you may be blessed with. When you have more than one, you literally bolt out the door the second you can. When I had the chance to have a spa day, I not only indulged but I savored every second.
I had a long talk with my sister in law over the holidays and she told me I needed to invest in more me time. I, of course, being a parent thought to myself “I don’t have time, my kids need me.” I have been doing a lot of soul searching in the past year to find out what truly makes me happy because the hard truth is when you become a mother, you lose a but of yourself. That’s ok because you should be selfless most of the time for your children. But you know what? You should have be selfish sometimes. You need time for yourself, you need to pamper yourself. Because if you’re not happy, if you’re not mentally well…guess who suffers also? Your children, your partner. They need you to be at your very best just as much as you do. So I have made a point to do more self loving. One of the things to start this journey is pampering myself more.
Before having my first child, I think I’ve only had one facial and one massage. Period. In 28 years of life, that’s ridiculous. In the past 5 years since she was born, I have had a handful here and there. So on my road to self love, I made a promise to myself that I would get a massage, facial and blowout once a month preferably but at the very least every 2 months. I’m thankful that Osho Collective, a new spa & salon in Nashville granted me with a day of relaxation to experience all these things and more.
Herbal Foot Soak
I started my day with an herbal foot soak which is something I had never experienced. I have such a hard time letting myself go or releasing. When I sat down, Gabrielle (the owner) gave me a blanket, a warm neck compress and a mask to get all the feels and all comfy. From there, she poured the water in the foot tub. Here’s a little info on that for ya because I didn’t know either.
“The Herbal foot soak is really to art of setting the body in such a way that supports the body’s ability to release stress and to receive healing/nurturing. Stress being the largest factor for most health issues (physical and emotional), every movement/service on the Osho wellhouse side is held with the intention of releasing stress/trauma in the body and supporting the blossoming, growth, and alignment of our clients life force (authentic happiness). All of the soaks are made in house by are magical apothecary artist Alyson Spence. The house soak (the osho soak) is a combination of woodsy tones for grounding and a light citric element which is uplifting to the spirit, resulting in a really smooth balancing of the body’s vibration. It also contains epsom salt, pink salt, and dead sea salt that work as powerful clearing agents and help to relax muscles. Once the body is set and cozy, we begin the pouring of the water, pitcher by pitcher, beginning to open the body’s senses and promote rejuvenation. With the warm neck wrap and hot tea, combined with the indigenous music you are bound to step into another world. After this journey, you may find yourself particularly rested, centered.” (Gabrielle)
It was really really hard for me to shut down and enjoy but I really tried. A day at the spa is a “destination to transform your psychological and physiological well-being.”
Ok I’m gonna be real with you for a moment. That was hands down the most relaxing facial I have ever had in my life. Their aesthetician, Christina Gandy, is simply magical. She’s so amazing I went back. And I will go back again very soon. I kept asking her over and over about all of the relaxing, heavenly smells. She’s not paying me to say this either haha… she’s the cat’s meow for sure.
The skin care line used is Eminence, an all natural, organic line. Facials helps release tension from the face, neck and body while rehydrating and nourishing your skin. It can take years off your face with regular visits. Here is a little something, something I found from Miss Christina regarding facials:
60 Minute Massage
I swear these opinions are my own and it seems like I’m sugar coating everything but I’m not! With that being said, again this massage was the best massage ever. Keep in mind I like deep tissue massages. When I am asked how I like my pressure, my response is “I wanna feel your fingers in my bones.” Yes I’m aware how truly creepy that sounds but hey, it’s me. I like rough massages, sue me. I was extremely heart broken when the massage ended. Note to self: next time do 90 minutes or more. Robin is a genius. And when I complimented her on this at the end, she said it was;t the first time she’s heard it so it MUST be true, Simply magical.
This was the part I was most nervous about. I am an extremely private person unless you’re a close friend of mine. I was terrified to discuss anything about my feelings or life etc. Yah I’ve got trust issues and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Gabrielle’s way of explaining the sessions are like this “The guide session is an experience of being guided to a deeper listening on ones true/higher self. It would be like having someone hold up a mirror to your emotional body to help you see where you might be holding old trainings and experiences that are likely the cause of our feeling stuck or unhappy. A guide session is used to help people navigate their internal waters to get where they are really trying to go, to get fulfillment.”
Going through life like I have (like a champ btw) I have really learned to zone in on what makes me me and what makes you you. The guide session is very therapeutic and could really benefit someone who is going through rough times or really just need to rid their soul of some junk. Personally I feel like I’m pretty good at that myself because like I said, I am really trying to take care of myself lately. I let myself feel, let myself cry, let myself be angry. Holding anything inside your soul just isn’t good for your well-being. Gabby is really talented in the way she can zone in on your concerns and internal battles.
Well, I experienced the Wellhouse side of Osho and it was awesome but I spend most of time in the salon side of it because that’s where my girl Jessica Joy is. Jessica has beautified these locks of mine for nearly 5 years now. She is the artist behind this blonde mane. It’s only fitting that I end my day in her chair. She is the queen of blonde hair but she is uber talented in hair color alone. She’s literally the bomb.com She is a top notch PerfecTress Hair Extensions Specialist and educator. One of the very best here in Nashville, Girl is wicked talented.
Here is the latest magic she has worked on my hair and the bottom pic is my sweet friend Sheeva.
Bonus if you live in the Nashville area, Osho is running an AMAZING February special that I personally am snagging. Such a great deal. I definitely recommend the facial & massage. Let them know I sent ya! Xoxo
I have rounded up some amazing small business along with some awesome sales and discount codes for you guys. Some local in Nashville and some scattered over the US that I love and fully support. From apparel to jewelry to baby/kid items…you name it, it’s on here. Please take the time to check them out for your holiday shopping.
Now that Black Friday is said and done, we can move on to the shops that need the most support: small businesses. These are your local shops that are run by one person or even by families/or a few employees. They deserve our business and support more than anything. Having more businesses in your area means more money for your city. That is a major reason to support local business owners and invest in your community this coming Saturday. Xoxo.
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How was your weekend? I hope everyone did something fun and celebrated fall since we actually had good weather this weekend. I took a much-needed social media hiatus this weekend to relax since I’m narrowing in on the end of my pregnancy, with only 7 weeks left. I took Keatyn to the zoo on Thursday and to Disney on Ice Friday night. I really tried to spend as much time savoring my last week alone with her considering she was on fall break. We had so much fun 🙂
My friend Tina recently opened a boutique in the Nashville area, located in Hendersonville, and I wanted to share one of the outfits she sent me. Keep in mind that I am over 7 months pregnant so I can guarantee it will look 10x better on you guys haha. It did make the dress a little shorter with that big belly bump of mine (look at that belly button hehe)! I loved how soft the suede was and the color fit perfectly with my new olive hat I’ve been wanting to wear. Soooo cute! I’m a huge fan of suede and it’s so trendy for fall.
I’m so proud of her for venturing out and starting her own boutique. I’m a big believer that we, as women, should support not only local businesses but girl bosses. Life is not a competition, there’s room for us all to succeed. So get out there and support local business and fellow girl bosses, ladies. They have such cute stuff at her store so please check them out and her online inventory should also be updated very soon if it isn’t already.
Follow their Instagram here -> Cliff & Cilla
Happy Monday loves! Hope you have a positive week. I have SO much to share with you guys the next few weeks. This momma has been a busy bee!
This post was written by me through an activation with HireInfluence on behalf of Grogan Jewelers by Lon. Although I received compensation for participation in the campaign, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Can you remember at least one moment in your life where you felt absolutely beautiful? I truly hope there are many times you feel beautiful but we all specifically have a few moments in particular that really stand out in our mind. For me, I feel absolutely beautiful when I’m with my husband. Now that’s not one moment in time I’m referring to, but a series of moments in my mind mainly involve him. The way he looks at me simply radiates love. When he is talking about me to people, his eyes sparkle. I know he’s proud to call me his. He has been so encouraging about me venturing out, starting my blog and conquering all the new challenges I’ve been facing since doing so. I have his full support. That makes me feel like the most beautiful girl in the world. The pictures above are from our wedding day and engagement session.
Another photo I’m sharing with you that makes me feel most beautiful is any photo of me being a mother. The way my daughter beams at me like I’m the most beautiful, smartest, coolest woman in the world makes my insides all mushy. To her, I am everything. I love being a mother more than anything else I have ever accomplished in my life. It truly makes me feel like I’m in heaven on earth. All of these memories stand out to me because these are times I can pinpoint where I felt admired and loved (which in turn makes me feel beautiful. )
What does all this mean? Why am I telling you about what makes me feel beautiful? Well the exciting news is one lucky winner will win an all expenses paid trip (hotel accommodations for 2 nights and airfare) to the Nashville Lifestyle’s 25 Most Beautiful Reveal Party, compliments of Grogan Jewelers by Lon, along with a shopping experience to purchase her dress, a professional beauty package (hair, makeup, nails) to get all dolled up AND all decked out in gorgeous jewelry from Grogan Jewelers by Lon. If you didn’t feel beautiful before, you definitely will now. (Past celebrities included for this award are Taylor Swift, Luke Bryan, and Jake Owen.)
Here’s the sitch ladies…
Upload and post a photo of yourself when you’ve felt the Most Beautiful (wedding, prom, etc) tagged with #GrogansGirl on Twitter or Instagram to be entered in the contest. How easy is that?! Click the link below to for more information on how to enter:
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I hope you guys are having a great week! Don’t forget to enter 🙂 Xoxo
Good Morning loves! In celebration of Lululemon’s Summer of Yoga going on today in 10 US cities, I thought I would share some of my favorites from my favorite athletic apparel clothing line. Lululemon is hands down my favorite store to shop at for my athletic gear. I’ve never had something fit me so well or hold up like a boss like this company does. Yes it may not be cheap but hey you get what you pay for. This year they are doing their Summer of Yoga event on June21, 2016 (TODAY!!!) Lululemon is going across the country to network with fellow yogis, musicians, athletes and entrepreneurs and have fun while doing it. The RV is traveling to 10 cities in the US and guess what….Nashville is one of them! So come out today and have some drinks, practice some yoga and shop some limited edition #wanderlust apparel you can only find on the RV truck.
(Inhale) I love Juice Bar Brentwood 9-10:30 am
(Exhale) Shakti/Get Fit 615 Music Row 12-1:30 pm
(Party) Libation/Marathon Fitness 12 South 3-5 pm
There will also be break dancers at the last stop of the day. In addition I thought I would also share favorites of mine from Lululemon and link them below. Look on my Instagram today for more pictures of the limited edition items and GO CHECK IT OUT!
Ahhhh now here is where the real love affair starts.
I can’t trust someone who doesn’t love dessert. I personally love it all. I eat healthy pretty much the whole day but there’s one thing that is my weakness: Sweets. Candy, chocolate, cupcakes, donuts…you name it. I recently saw a study that suggested we may have inherited our sweet tooth. Man I hope that’s not the case because God help my poor Keatyn if so. I love Krispy Kreme and all but donuts from an actual bark make my head spin.
Recently, I have attempted eating healthy and exercising, and I am doing pretty well at it for the most part. The main thing that hinders me is that darn sweet tooth of mine. At some point every single day I will have something sweet. The experts are dead on, sugar is highly addictive.
For you Nashville folks, I have put together a list of some of my favorite local (and some are chains) dessert & candy whereabouts. Hope you check them out & ENJOY!
Goozy in Green Hills is one of my ABSOLUTE favorites. I have eaten there with a friend of mine and our kids and every single thing we ordered we LOVED. We had the grilled cheese (they were fabulous), the Nutella Goozy cake (I can’t put into words how amazing this was), lattes for the mommas and ice cream for the kids. They gave us rock candy to sweeten our latte which was such a cute idea. They also have a dessert and a full bar during the evening for a date night. I’m definitely wanting to try a hot toddy there. There is a vinyl record selection and customers can select whatever record they choose to play. This is definitely a place I would return to…and frequently if my stomach allowed me to.
Ok every Valentine’s Day I ask my husband to get me chocolate covered strawberries and that’s literally all I want. So the name of this place alone makes me happy. Look how delicious that baby looks in the above picture. They carefully select each strawberry that they use to cover in chocolate or in dessert dishes, use in entrée dishes, and make homemade strawberry lemonade. Their sweet ending desserts are well-rounded too in case you’re not looking for chocolate.
Every person I have heard talk about Christie’s Cookie Company just love love love the oatmeal raisin cookie. (There are many gluten-free options too) They are 30+ years old and also the creators of the Doubletree cookie, I had no idea about that honestly until I researched them but that is pretty nifty. You can also order them online and have them shipped anywhere in the US.
Sweet Cece’s started in Nashville and has spread like wildfire through middle Tennessee. Their frozen yogurt is a favorite around here. Every location has endless choices of toppings and are always changing their specialty flavors, and also keeping the traditional ones like Original Tart and Country Vanilla. My personal favorites are Yummy Green Apple Sorbet, Cupcake Batter and Peanut Butter Cup. There are multiple locations spread all over the Nashville area.
Even though Menchie’s isn’t a Nashville specific product, we do have locations in Nashville and Smyrna. It’s worth a mention because of the location in Lennox Village primarily makes it very accessible to families, especially with children. I don’t personally enjoy it as much as Sweet Cece’s but I do love that they have a giant chalkboard wall for kids to draw on and activities to distract them.
This ice cream joint is my FAVORITE in Nashville right now and not just because it’s fairly close to my house. The decor is so eclectic; the store has barbies and shabby chic chandeliers scattered all around. They have unique flavors of ice cream like Bourbon Ball ice cream and cakes and pies galore as well. They make mostly everything from scratch and with local ingredients. You can also have it shipped. I am definitely looking into ordering the chocolate collection: intense dark chocolate, chocolate squared, chocolate raspberry truffle, curry curry, coconut almond white chocolate dream and mexican chocolate ole’. Also I feel I have to mention for your doggie mammas like myself, they also have pooch treats for your pups.
This 12th South gourmet popsicle shop has something for everyone’s taste, ranging from fruity to sweet to adventurous. I cannot wait to try the chocolate avocado popsicle. I could eat an endless amount of these babies. Who doesn’t love a popsicle? It brings you back to that moment as a child on a hot summer day. Ahhh nostalgia. The price per popsicle is $3.50.
Like the Comfy Cow, Jeni’s has very unique flavors also. Some that I have tried are Whiskey & Pecans, Brambleberry Crisp and Goat Cheese with Red Cherries. I’ve never tasted anything bad from here and trust me, I’ve eaten here often. they also used to sell Jeni’s at Fresh Market in Brentwood so I used to buy them often.
I will warn you. The wait can be ridiculous. Especially in the summer at the 12th South location…the line is the door. I’m embarrassed to admit I have waited in that line a couple of times. Jeni’s is a Nashville staple. It is so good you won’t ever want any other kind of ice cream. My personal favorites are the Darkest Chocolate and Salty Caramel.
This unique ice creamery is located in the Five Points district of East Nashville.They have 24 flavors available at any given time and these certain flavors are always available: Trailer Trash, Professor, Oatmeal Raisin in the Sun, Chocolate, Vanilla, Toffee Loaded Coffee, C is for Cookie, Movie Star, Some Like It Hot, Strawberry and Peanut, Peanut Butter and Chocolate. The location is set in a house and Pied Piper Creamery actually made the list of the 21 best ice cream shops in America! That’s insane. If you can’t tell by the ice cream choices I pick, I definitely can appreciate thinking outside the box with these quirky ice cream flavors.
I haven’t stopped thinking about Sprinkles cupcakes since I had them in LA 7 years ago. I just kept hoping one would open closer to me. I loved them so much, I even had a friend buy me the baking kit so I could attempt them myself. When I heard we were getting one in Nashville, I was ecstatic. What is even better is the fact that we have a cupcake ATM for when they aren’t open. Holy crap. Prayers answered. My favorites are the Red Velvet and Chocolate Marshmallow. Their cupcakes just have the perfect icing to cake ratio so it doesn’t feel too heavy. If you haven’t been, you HAVE to go.
The cupcakes are served in the cutest house in Germantown not far from my old condo. I am in love with that area and absolutely hate that I had to move the to burbs. But when you have kids…what else can you do?!
You’ll wanna get there early to make sure you get the best choice of flavors before they sell out. The cupcakes are the perfect size and so moist & flavorful.
This downtown location is beyond charming and the fact that the display has the candy spelling out Nashville is impressive. The leading favorite seems to be the Chocolate Pralines. Everywhere you look there is candy, from wall to wall. They also have ice cream and gelato.
Look at those two cuties! The adorable little boy in the bottom pic is my friend’s son and he is the sweetest little boy ever! That little princess in plaid is my sweet baby Keatyn almost a year ago. They were like kids in a candy store….oh wait, they actually were. Ha. This store reminded me of an old candy store like when you were young. Candy everywhere, and of pretty much any genre. They had stuff I had been looking for but couldn’t find. The only con is that it isn’t cheap.
I love that it is family owned and it is the perfect setting for children. And…..they also sell Jeni’s ice cream. That’s truly a win win. Candy and the most delicious ice cream ever, you just can’t beat it. If you’re looking for a location to re-live your childhood (and who isn’t), this is definitely the place.
This place reminds me of a place in my hometown that I used to go to often after school or after bike rides with my family. It has been in Sylvan Park for over half a century and is also a Nashville hit. They do have a full menu if you want to indulge in a burger & fries but you absolutely have to have one of their yummy dipped soft-serve cones or an old school specialty shake.
Guys seriously. This donut place is LIFE. I simply cannot stop. After I discovered Five Daughters Bakery almost a couple of weeks ago, I ate it 4 days out of 7. Not even kidding. Their 100 layer donuts (aka cronut) are the end of me. The Maple Glazed and Vanilla Cream are currently my favorites. I have also sampled the Cherry Rhubarb, Chocolate Sea Salt, Vegan Chocolate, Raspberry Chocolate and Paleo Chocolate. Emotional eating at its finest. Yes I have an addiction. I literally find reasons to go there. My friend had a baby, let’s take her donuts. My friend is sick, I’ll take her donuts. It’s real friends. They’re addicting.
They have locations in Franklin at the Factory and the new location in 12th South. The locations are family owned by a husband and wife and their 5 daughters. Again, so adorable. If you don’t try it, I just can’t talk to you. No really, do it. You will thank me.
I hope my round-up of the best shops for your sweet tooth (in my opinion) do not disappoint. I can guarantee you that if you love anything ice cream, donuts or candy you will fall in LOVE. I hope you guys check them out if you live in the Nashville area or if you plan on visiting our fine city. We love to support our local businesses and it makes it super easy when they are unbelievably amazing already. Let me know if you have any questions or comments. I’m intrigued to know your thoughts on any of these if you check them out! Have a great weekend.