As we were wrapping up some peonies in paper for some mama friends this morning, I couldn’t help but whisper a prayer for those who have a difficult weekend ahead.
There are wombs in waiting. There are arms aching for the children they have lost. There are sons and daughters with fresh wounds from the loss of the person who raised them.
It is easy for me to be overwhelmed with tears these days. I tear up when I notice my child is growing. I straight up weep when I think of their birth. But today I can’t help but shed some tears for those mothers in waiting, those who mourn, and those who are trying to muster through the weekend.
A prayer for you today and through the weekend that God brings you peace, comfort, and HOPE that life still holds so much goodness for you, and is not too far in the distance. Know you are not forgotten, and that big bouquet right there^^…that one is for you.
And for each of you new and long time mothers, cheers to the life you give to your children tirelessly. I hope you are celebrated this weekend, and throughout the whole year! x, Anna
Fringe bangs are a fun way to sport a chic hairstyle when you actually don’t have much time to style your hair every day. However, since they sit right above eye level, you have to keep up with trimming them in order to avoid blocking all vision. Soooo, after several terrible self-trim jobs I finally took the time to research how to trim my own. After trial and error, here is what has worked for me!
1). Grab a pair of hair cutting scissors and a comb, and make sure your bangs are dry. I like to blow dry mine for best outcome, or if they get greasy I will spray with dry shampoo. 2) Comb out your hair and pull out the middle section of your bangs to sandwich with your two fingers. Pull down the section and leave the amount you want to trim hanging out. Make sure your fingers are straight at eye level.
3) Start snipping at an angle towards the bottom of your fingers which is what will achieve the fringe effect. Continue around your forehead always making sure you include a piece from the section before to measure evenly.
4) On the side sections you can angle your fingers to frame bangs around your face or keep them straight depending on the look you want to go for. Continue to snip at an angle towards your fingers.
5) Do a happy dance that you saved yourself the $20-$30 and the time at the salon to get them trimmed!
Definitely not a hair expert, but if I find a time and money saving trick, you bet I am going to share it;) Have a happy weekend ahead gang!~
This year was a heavy one, wasn’t it? I can’t stop thinking of the global sufferings that are affecting families and cultures across the world, my friends and family who have lost children, husbands, and fathers in recent weeks, and the many local shelters filled with the hungry and cold. It seems to be a time of year where we feel the ache for peace more than ever, and subsequently is a time when we need the hope Christmas brings more than any other time of year.
The light of a newborn King born in a humble stable reminds me that light in a dark world is simpler than it seems. That within our homes there is first chance to practice compassion, understanding, and love for each other. There are opportunities all around us to ignite more light in this world.
I have found so much hope in my children this year, and their eagerness to do acts of service this year renewed my spirit. They are all anxiously awaiting Christmas morning, and they make Gabe and I feel like big kids ourselves.
No matter what faith you are, I sincerely hope each of you gets a taste of true peace and joy this Christmas and, and I look forward to keeping in touch with you in 2017!
We will be back soon, but taking a small break to celebrate the goodness that Christmas has to offer.
P.S. Thank you for each of you that entered the Home for the Holidays giveaway. I wanted to send so many of you home for Christmas! We drew a winner and she is a very deserving gal who will hopefully share how she used the tickets very soon!
Veronica used to say she wished her hair was straight and short like her brother Gabriel’s. I would have to try not to laugh as she told me through her sincere blue eyes. She looked up to her brother, and as far as she knew, getting haircuts was the cool thing to do. I would reassure her she was given such lovely curly locks that were a unique family trait passed down to her from her great grandmothers, and that she should be so proud of that.
Fast forward till today and she wishes her hair was long and dark like Rapunzel’s. A more accurate depiction of a 5 year old dream right? I work on confidence in her weekly. Reminding her that there are many types of beauty. Long hair isn’t as important as a kind and compassionate heart. Looking to help others or building up your siblings and friends with kind words is a far greater feature than exterior details. She is learning and responding more as she can now finish my sentences when I ask her, “What is more important than how we look?” Discontentment or comparing starts at such a young age, and I truly believe confidence in her self-worth can stem from catching her thoughts and changing them in a different direction.
A recent Dove study found that 82% of girls learn to care about themselves from their mother. I couldn’t agree more. As a mother, you can make an impactful difference on the way they view themselves. My own mother was such an encouraging voice in me and my own sisters, followed by a support system of other family members and peers who reinforced those values. It taught me how I would pass self-confidence onto my own girls.
This month, you can join us in Dove’s mission to promote hair (and whole person) confidence with a mommy and me #LoveYourHair selfie and tagging @Dove. Let’s show our girls how beautiful their hair truly is. Add a special touch to one of your photos with Dove by visiting LoveYourHair.Dove.com!
Thankful to Dove for partnering on this post, and spreading a message I strongly believe in. Thank you Morgan Blake, for these photos I will hold dear!
For our very last gift guide of 2016 I had so much fun teaming up with Kate Spade New York to create some thoughtful ideas for gifts that won’t be re-gifted at the next white elephant. Here are a few combinations that will hopefully help you solve the puzzling hunt for the impressionable gift…
For the bestie – Grab a few of these rose gold dotty frames and put some uplifting messages inside to adorn your bestie’s room, and also remind her of just how valued she is. I found these quotes in my favorite magazines.
For your favorite couple – Whether it is your parents, a pair of newlyweds or your dearest friends, a fine set of rosy toasting flutes and a bottle of champagne offers them a night to celebrate …. even if it’s just a Monday.
For the holiday party hostess – Forget the bottle of wine, and go for the gold. When you want to bring a gift for the hostess of your holiday parties, I love this glam golden serving set duo that would be perfect for use over the holidays.
For the co-worker – It’s usually easier to play it safe with our fellow female co-workers and always land on chocolate or gift cards. Take a risk, give a little sparkle to add to her handbag, and include a matching card case to boot!
For everyone else – Being a devoted lover of both coffee and color, I swooned over these initial monogram mugs. This should cover just about every unsolved person on your list. Fill it with a few holiday trees and christmas ornaments, and you have a thoughtful and fun loving gift.
I don’t think we talk about postpartum recovery very honestly amongst each other. It’s easier to talk baby names and birth stories than it is to address how difficult the first weeks and months after having a baby can be. I have had a different recovery process for each of my children, but I can tell you after having my 5th child Azelie, I was more tired and in need of help than I have ever been. More due to the fact I still have a 14 month old that is glued to his mother’s ankles, and a three year old trying to adjust in his own stubborn way to a new little one. But you know what? I have never been more humbled by the people that have showed up for me. Our “tribe” as you would call it that have shown up in ways I really needed. I wanted to write a few ways that have helped me tremendously navigate the first blurry weeks of postpartum in hopes to help more women who may also be in need. Here are a few things you can do for any new mother, whether it be their first or fifth, that can be incredibly comforting or helpful in the postpartum weeks.
With a new baby, I am keeping the expectations real low around here for a fall bucket list, but autumn being my favorite season, you bet your bottom I am still making one! Even if it takes till the end of November to complete;) I asked my little ones to help me come up with some ideas. Here are our top ten:
“Rake a big pile of leaves and jump in them!” – Veronica, 5 yrs.
Apple Orchard visit
Find costumes for all 5 kids before halloween (big goals, little steps) – Me
Backyard bonfires with marshmallows “and fire!” – Max, 3 yrs.
Let’s talk swimsuits. (When I was expecting Azelie last summer, wearing Rey Swimwear, GigiPip Hat) Okay ladies. I have come to accept that I will never enjoy swimsuit shopping in stores. Surely Continue Reading →