(This post was sponsored by Jord Wood Watches. All opinions shared are my own)
I live in a constant battle of wanting to have my life perfectly organized and neat, and naturally being an incredibly disorganized and messy person. Before having Emery, I managed a fairly organized life by doing all cleaning and to-do's during the evenings and weekends when I wasn't nannying and things stayed fairly neat, but once I found myself in a situation where my baby never "went home" because she was actually mine, my entire system got thrown out the window and I felt like I was constantly in a state of chaos and trying to play catch up. I knew that I needed a change, so I did some serious self-reflection and was able to come up with three simple things that personally helped me to get back on track and feel less overwhelmed with mom life. It's definitely not a perfect system, but for me has made a huge difference in how productive I am throughout the day, and who doesn't want to feel productive and good about life??
The first step to getting my life more organized was to find a way to hold myself more accountable to the hours in my day. I can't even tell you how many nights I would put Emery down for bed and then realize that I hadn't found time to do simple daily but necessary household chores, and then would end up staying up into the late hours of the night just to get things done. As a new mom heaven knows that I wasn't getting enough sleep just as a result of having a young baby, and this definitely wasn't helping. I had finally had enough and went to Target to purchase the most detailed planner that I could find. I found one that was cute enough to be left out on the counter, big enough to be noticed, and that had monthly, daily, and hourly slots for me to document my day. Instead of using the planner traditionally to plan out my day however, I basically use it as a daily accountability tracker for how I'm spending my daytime hours. If I spend an hour and a half playing outside with Emery and H, then I write it down. If I get distracted and end up perusing through Pinterest for two hours during nap time instead of folding laundry, that goes down too. At the end of the day it is SO helpful to be able to have a visual representation of my day and do some self reflecting on how I can make the next day more productive. My planner also has a section for weekly to-do's, but also has a "top 3" section at the top of each day so that I can really prioritize what my most important tasks are that day and work to get those done. As someone who had previously just crammed all of her chores into the weekend blocks, this has been a huge help with breaking things down. All of this documenting did take a little bit of practice as it goes against that naturally chaotic personality of mine, but has seriously been one of the best things in helping me on my journey out of my own disorganized brain!
The second step to me getting out of my "new mom mess" was to invest in a really good watch. I'd worn watches here and there when I felt like they went with outfits, but knew that I really needed a fully hands free way to keep track of time in the form of a watch that I would actually want to wear all the time. If I was going to be keeping track of my day hour by hour in my planner, having a practical but cool watch was an essential purchase. For me, this JORD Wooden Watch was the perfect answer. I have fairly thin wrists with awkwardly large hands, so finding a watch that fits well is always a challenge because the men's watches look huge and bulky on my arm but a women's watch is too small and looks awkward next to my hands. JORD actually custom fits their watches to your wrist size so that when the watch comes it's already a perfect fit! The watch I chose is actually a men's watch and I feel like it fits perfectly on my wrist AND with my hands! Aside from the perfect fit, I am seriously in LOVE with the look of this watch. The fact that it's made from wood just makes it a really cool, unique watch, and I love the pop of color with the navy face! It's clean and simple enough that I can read it quickly while carrying two babies and three bags of groceries, but stylish enough that I can wear it with basically anything in my closet and immediately feel like my entire outfit has been elevated to a whole new level of nice. As someone who is struggling to find time to really dedicate to myself, this watch has been a huge plus! I wear mine every day and always get compliments on it when I go out! It's really nice because even though the original purpose of getting the watch was to be able to better keep track of time throughout the day, it's also helped me to feel more like a "stylish" mom, and that's something I'll take any day of the week!JORD does offer men's and women's styles, so for anyone that has been feeling like they want a cool watch and haven't yet found one, definitely check them out! :) Also, as promised, JORD has given all of my readers the chance to win a gift card to their shop so that you can all get a watch of your own! Details for the giveaway will be at the bottom of this post so keep reading and be sure to enter and tell all your friends!!
At the end of the day, the most important lesson that I've come to learn while organizing my day is that after all is said and done as long as my kids and family are happy then I can consider it a successful day. This one can be hard to remember, especially because even with a super planner and a fab watch there are still going to be those days when it's 12:30 in the morning and I'm scrubbing our bathroom because it needed to get done and the hours in the day just didn't allow for it. On days like those, I especially like to look back on my day and see how much time I dedicated to my family, H, and even friends. If my day was filled with reading children's books, playing on the playground outside, playing pat-a-cake a million times and cuddling with my favorite guy while watching a movie, then honestly the rest of the stuff doesn't matter as much. I'll still use my planner and my watch to make sure things get done in good time, but I'm a mom, wife, and nanny first and want to make sure that I'm giving those my top priority. Those precious moments with the people I care about most really do fly by so quickly, and I want to make sure that I'm making every minute count.
shirt: target (with lettering from hobby lobby) | cardigan: forever 21 | skirt: the rose nest | flats: old navy
make-up inspo: twiggy/mod 60's (similar look here) | mua: my sister alicia who is way better at make up than I am :)
For this blog post to make much sense to anyone reading, you first need to know that I have a weird obsession with the 1960's. I seriously sometimes think that I was born in the wrong decade. I love their music, movies, tv-shows, social culture, and of course their style and fashion! When the theme for our #bloggersFALLfor trend was set as bold eyes or lips for this week, I knew immediately that I wanted to do something inspired by the mod-60's, and what better inspiration to use for bold eyes than Twiggy!? She was famous for her bold eye look with the cut crease and dramatic drawn-on bottom lashes, and I thought that it'd be a blast to try and put a modern spin on the look while still keeping her as the true inspiration. Since I knew that it'd be completely impractical for me to rock this make-up on a regular nannying/momming day, I figured that I'd save it for when I had an opportunity to get out of the house and dress up a little bit! I love mixing patterns and colors when I can so I chose to pair the make-up with a basic burgundy checked cardigan, striped skirt, and my FAVORITE yellow lace-up flats! I also specifically chose to pair my "going out" look with my "imperfect" tee because the back story behind it hits so close to home for me. I'd be lying if I said that I've had a super easy time loving my post-baby body. I seriously LOVED being pregnant and obviously love Emery more than anything in the whole world now that she's here, but once Emery was born I think that I expected my body to just bounce back to what it had been before getting pregnant and that definitely has not been the case. From weird looking boobs that will never be the same after breast-feeding to loose skin and belly that both used to be tight, I have and still am struggling to come to a place of self acceptance where I can really feel confident and comfortable in my own skin again. A few months ago I ran across a message that read, "imperfect." I instantly fell in love with the motto and went to work to create the shirt above so that I could constantly have it as a reminder. Whether it's a post-baby body or something that you've been struggling with since middle school, I feel like most everyone probably has something about their physical appearance that they consider "imperfect". I feel like it is SO important to remember that those little so-called imperfections are far from actually being imperfect; in fact, they really are what makes you as perfect as can be! Whether it's a physical trait that makes you unique from everyone else, or something that tells a story of an experience you've been through and a challenge that you've overcome, your body is so beautiful and perfect just the way it is, and accepting it as such can seriously be such a life changer. It is easier said than done, but everyday I'm working to change my mindset from "look at how imperfect I am" to "I'M PERFECT" just the way I am. :) Be sure to check out all of my lovely blogger friend's looks below and to follow #bloggersFALLfor on Instagram to keep up with all of the trends we've featured so far! Sorry for the longer post, but I so appreciate you for stopping by and reading! You are all so wonderful and I love you all! :)
weight & height: 15 pounds 6 ounces and 25.83 inches long! I am in the 91st percentile for height and the 70th percentile for weight, and everyone always comments on how quickly I'm growing up! eating & sleeping: I am still drinking Mom's milk but tried formula for the first time this month and found that it was a lot more gentle on my tummy than Mommy's milk has been and keeps me more full, so I've been doing a mix of both and eat 4-5 ounces every 3-4 hours. Towards the end of the month I went through a crazy growth spurt where I was hungry ALL the time and would sometimes eat up to six ounces of milk in one sitting! exciting firsts/milestones: I rolled over from my tummy to my back all by myself! Grandma Anderson was working really hard with me on it while I was out visiting in Utah, and while out there I did it twice without any help! I haven't done it again since then, but since it happened I figured we'd better document it as the official first time! things I love: My FAVORITE thing in the entire world right now is attention from other people. I'll take it from anyone, but attention from Mom, Dad, and other kids and babies is the best! I also LOVE watching kids move around and play, and will laugh a whole bunch when my cousins or my friend H. act silly for me! I've also learned how to put things in my mouth and love gnawing on anything that I can fit in there (usually a couple of my fingers, a blanket, or my pacifier). things I don't enjoy so much: I really like being able to see everything that is happening around me, so as of late I haven't been a huge fan of laying down on my back. The ceiling just doesn't have much to offer for entertainment, and I'd much rather be sitting up or being held so that I can be part of whatever is going on! mom & dad's biggest parenting lesson so far: This past month Mom & Dad have been able to become better in-tune to what I need and what I'm trying to tell them when I cry, and have been working to feel and know that it's OK if things don't go quite as planned or expected. Mom had a really hard time introducing me to formula because she had always planned for me to drink just her milk for at least a year, but over the past few weeks has come to realize that sometimes things aren't going to go as planned, and that's OK as long as they still go well. Formula is gentle on my tummy and keeps me full and fed, and Mommy and I are still able to get lots of special bonding time in doing other things besides nursing. I know that we've said it a million times before, but over and over again we are constantly reminded that as long as we have our health and plenty of love for each other that we can make it through anything. :)
P.S. This update is about a week and a half late because our doctor's appointment got rescheduled and we wanted to be able to include Emery's height/weight in the post, but hopefully next month we'll be able to get back on schedule! :)
me | cardigan+belt:j.crew factory | top: gap | jeans: pacsun | shoes: keds
emery | dress: baby gap | sweater+socks: carter's | bow: target
This week's #bloggersFALLfor trend for me personally was all about stepping out of my comfort zone and trying something new! Never in my entire life had I ever worn leopard print anything before this post, and it did take quite a bit of thought to figure out how I could fit it in with my own personal style esthetic. As a vegetarian I also needed to make sure that whatever I wore was purely just a leopard print as to try and remain as animal friendly as possible and not offend any of my fellow vegetarian friends out there and to not be the most ironic vegetarian on the face of the planet. The answer for me came in the form of these adorable leopard print Keds! I have a pair of classic white Keds that I wore all spring and summer this year that literally saved my back while pregnant, but I'd stopped wearing them with the season changes and realized that this was my perfect chance to have a comfy sneaker-style shoe for the cold seasons! For me now these leopard print shoes have honestly become more of a neutral go-to statement piece because the colors match with pretty much anything but because of the fun print they instantly make any regular outfit a bit more interesting! Because I needed the moral support on my fashion venture (and because literally EVERYTHING is cuter in baby sizes) I found Emery this darling bow from Target so that we could have a little mommy & me trend to wear together :) Her bow is actually a clip found in the girls section, but Hobby Lobby sells these headbands that have an extra piece of fabric that you can clip any bow onto so it worked out perfectly! This week was such a good mini life lesson for me to not be afraid of trying new things. It may sound silly, but since getting married and especially since having a baby I feel like I've subconsciously become a much more cautious person, and I'm sure some of that spread into my personal style choices. I feel like mixing things up a bit with my style is such a good boost of self confidence and a great reminder that I can totally stay true to myself and still have a bit of fun trying something new, even if it's something as small as some leopard print shoes. ;D Be sure to check out how all of my lovely blogger friends styled their leopard print below and check out #bloggersFALLfor on Instagram to see all of the trends featured so far! More to come next week! Cheers! :)
I'm Chelsea. I'm a wife, mommy, photographer, and lover of life's little adventures. Join me here to celebrate the beautiful things in people and life.