7 Home Projects on My List

I’m sure you know how this goes. You live in your space for a while and suddenly you hate the paint color of your living room or you want to redo the kitchen cabinets. Maybe you want to remove a wall (ambitious but you do you). Little things about your home start to get on your nerves or show different potential.

We’ve lived in our home for about six months and have started to get a little squirrely. Our house is actually really great and we only want to make a few cosmetic changes. However, my husband hates painting and being pregnant, I had to limit my exposure to paint fumes. Now, with an extensive maternity leave looming, I’ve started to dream up small home projects I’d like to complete in the coming months. Read More »

7 Tips for Stress-Free Mornings

Fun Fact: I hate to be rushed. Loathe it. If I feel crunched for time, I am the most irritable person in the world, and it takes a while for me to come down from the unwanted, unnecessary stress.

For this reason, I spend quite a bit of time investing in my morning routine. Starting my day off right truly does set the tone for the rest of the day and I’m sure you feel me on this. How many times have you had a hectic morning and felt frazzled the rest of the day? I’m sure it’s more than you could count!

Over the years, I’ve implemented different morning routines to adapt to my changing lifestyle. From being a full-time student working two jobs to working full-time from home, the techniques used to set the proper stage for my day have been all over the place. Here are my seven favorite tactics to ensure I start the day stress-free.

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7 Scents I Love

One of my greatest pleasures in life is filling my home with beautiful scents. Whether using candles, wax melts, or flowers, I always have some smell wafting through the air. My tastes change with the seasons. Spring/Summer are more floral/tropical. Fall/Winter are more woodsy. However, seven scents consistently catch my attention and affection.

  1. Eucalyptus : Perhaps this is because I grew up with eucalyptus trees in my backyard, but I love the cleanliness of aromatic eucalyptus.
  2. Balsam Fir : While I prefer a real Christmas tree, a balsam fir candle is an excellent substitute to fill your house with holiday cheer.
  3. Sandalwood : Sandalwood is my go-to to bring a woodsy smell into my house. Also, this is my preferred scent for meditation.
  4. Bergamot : The citrus spice of bergamot makes it blend well with other scents. Most of my favorite blended scents contain bergamot.
  5. Coconut : There is such a thing as too much coconut but a light touch is ideal to bring on the summer vibes.
  6. Plumeria : My favorite floral smell. I love the diversity of plumeria’s scents and that it reminds me of Hawaii.
  7. Rosemary : Not only do I love to cook with rosemary, I’m obsessed with the smell. I keep a rosemary tree in my house during the holidays and you will catch me rubbing my hands on the leaves of a bush when I walk by. I’m absolutely in love.

What are your favorites?

7 Books on My Reading List

Happy Sunday! As we prepare for little arrival, I’m soaking up every bit of quiet alone time I can and mostly filling it with reading. Under the advisement of a few friends, I’ve also begun putting together my maternity leave bucket list. My friends have warned that while a newborn will make my schedule more erratic, they can be a bit… boring and I’ll have time to indulge in tv shows, podcasts, and if I’m lucky, a few books. While I will be filling my time by knocking out my current goals, there are a few books I’m very excited to get reading.

Without further ado, here are seven books currently on my reading list. Click the titles for the descriptions.

  1. You Think It, I’ll Say It: Stories by Curtis Sittenfeld (currently reading for my book club)
  2. Being Boss: Take Control of Your Work and Live Life on Your Own Terms by Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon
  3. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders 
  4. Jackie’s Girl: My Life with the Kennedy Family by Kathy McKeon
  5. You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life by Eleanor Roosevelt
  6. The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn: An Untold Story of the American Revolution by Robert P. Watson
  7. My Life in France by Julia Child

Any other recommendations to add to my list?

I’m always looking for new, interesting books to enjoy.

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7 Current Goals

Happy Sunday! The past few weeks, I’ve been working hard to get my life in order (as much as I can) before baby makes their appearance. As I jokingly tell my friends, we’re in the danger zone now and who knows what twists and turns the rest of my pregnancy will take. Hopefully, very few unexpected events are ahead of me, but hey! You never know. Right now, at eight months pregnant with this Arizona heat, bed rest sounds AWESOME. Haha. Anyway, as a result, I’ve been a busy bee trying to knock things off my to-do list and getting my ducks in a row. Here’s what I have on my mind…Read More »