Family Ice Cream Night

This past Saturday, after another crazy week, I decided family time was going to happen! We ignored everything that needed to be done, left the house messy and headed to the grocery store. I know you’re thinking, what? Just wait people, I’m getting to the good stuff 😉 You know, the really good trip to Walmart. JOKING. In all seriousness (or as serious as I can actually be), we went to the grocery store and picked up, half and half, strawberries, sugar and whole milk. Any guesses what we had up our sleeve?! 

AN ICE CREAM NIGHT!

Not just your ordinary ice cream night though. I’m talking homemade ice cream. We have a homemade ice cream maker from World Market and it was just time we used it. Before we left for the grocery store Marcus pulled it out of the pantry and we picked the strawberry frozen yogurt recipe. YES, you heard that right it ALSO makes frozen yogurt. We got home, brought Blake’s high chair out back and made an entire night of it. 

It was Blake’s first time eating an ice cream cone and she was in HEAVEN. It was everywhere and so cute. She would take a bite of it and then make this funny face after realizing “holy cow that’s cold” and then dive in again and repeat the process. Ha! It cracked me up and she loved it. The pups were also in heaven because she was spilled ice cream everywhere…so naturally they had her back and cleaned it up off the ground 😉

Family nights are just so good y’all. I think so often we get wrapped up in the fast pace life and forget to just slow down. I’m not going to lie it gave me a little bit of anxiety leaving my house a disaster and moving onto something better. I’m a clean freak and the freak in me just wanted to pick up all the toys! BUT, now that it’s done and I let it be, I’m glad I did so. We laughed, we got messy and we had quality, uninterrupted family time together. It’s just a good little reminder to take a step back, remember the most important parts of life and to hold them close and never let go! 

Plus, with all these pics … Y’all get a peek at the part of our backyard that is done. Ha! Good thing you can’t see the other sides because well, they’re dirt. A whole lot of dirt. Seriously though, you’ve been asking for a house tour so here is a portion of it. Our little backyard patio that we got to design with World Market.. I’m obsessed and it’s the perfect little spot for us three to enjoy time together as a family or have an ice cream party. 😉 

homemade ice cream

homemade ice cream

homemade ice cream

homemade ice cream

homemade ice cream

homemade ice cream

homemade ice cream

homemade ice cream

homemade ice cream

homemade ice cream

homemade ice cream

homemade ice cream

SHOP OUR PATIO…

PS. Today World Market is having a 15% off sale too…so you’re in luck!

This post was in collaboration with Cost Plus World Market. Jess was gifted items as part of the collaboration.

 

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Favorite Shop Friday: Baby Vintage

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Blake: Playsuit & Headband c/o Sunshine Baby Clothing | Shoes c/o Robeez
Jess: Shirt c/o Loved by Hannah & Eli | Jeans: Grab similar, here | Bag c/o Fawn Design

Literally, give me all the cute ruffles, crop tops and tiny dresses, so obviously it’s happening today for favorite shop Friday. Every single week I am in awe at how fast the week flies by. Especially this week for some reason. I think it’s just been BUSY. I’ve been dealing with all the car stuff, working on some pretty exciting projects (stay tuned) and our kitchen floor was replaced yesterday after it was damaged. So it’s just been a BUSY week and now it’s over and guess what?! It’s memorial day weekend! I love this weekend because it’s a beautiful day of remembrance and a day to hold your loved ones close!

Okay, but for now–let’s just focus on Friday–Favorite Shop Friday.

The Shop: Sunshine Baby Clothing

The Deets: Did you see my snapchat the other day of the gorgeous “Alice” dress?! Yeah, it’s from this shop. However that’s not all they make, in fact they’re probably going to drain my bank account. (Insert the stack of money with a knife through it emoji) They make high quality vintage inspired handmade children’s clothing. Yeah, you heard me right–I said the word vintage and children’s clothing in the same sentence. It’s a freaking match made in heaven!! Oh and Moms with boys, don’t worry–this shop’s got chu. 😉

The Deal: As many of you know we always get you a deal for Favorite Shop Friday! And for those that are new, welcome to the best day ever! Today’s deal, grab 10% off your total purchase with the code, “POSOAKES10

Now…go get your shop on and Happy weekend!

Photos by Angela Minnick Photography

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Postpartum Work Out Routine

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I’ve been working out and trying to eat healthy for a couple of months now. It’s been really hard, I’m not even going to sugar coat it. I’ve been awful with updates (and I’m sorry!), but tonight I’m going to give you a little update and a behind the scenes look at a few of the work outs I do! Plus..if you didn’t already see I’m giving a starter kit away on Instagram!

So eating healthy, let me just give you an update on that. That’s been my biggest struggle and I’ve slipped a few times (sue me!). However for the most part, I’ve done better than I ever have before at sticking to something. I’ve only had TWO Dr. Peppers in a two month period! Which may seem REALLY high to you in two months, but if you knew me before I drank one sometimes two A DAY. So this is a big accomplishment. That being said, now I totally want a Dr. Pepper 😉 oops. So NEW SUBJECT. 

A typical healthy eating day goes a little something like this for me: 

Breakfast: Oatmeal or a a piece of whole wheat toast and yogurt 

Snack: granola bar or fruit

Lunch: I usually eat something different everyday, but try to keep it low fat and healthy. Salad is my go to!

Snack: veggies or fruit 

Dinner: Usually a meat of some sort with a side 

Dessert: I always allow myself one treat for the day. Some might not agree with this, but it has helped make the transition a little easier and I don’t feel like I’m totally starving myself. Now, I don’t go overboard–but I’ll have a piece of chocolate or a couple of Oreos. It subsides the cravings and helps me keep trucking on!

Now, let’s chat about work outs because y’all have been asking me forever and ever about this! Plus, as I discussed on snap chat I’ve made a PRIVATE Facebook group for us to all chat about fitness, what works for us and be each other’s motivation. It’s a completely JUDGEMENT free zone and you can request an invite at the end of this post!

The biggest tool I have been using as of lately to work out is MERRITHEW’s postpartum work outs. I was doing my own at home things before, but since they sent me this it’s honestly been GAME CHANGING. I think the biggest reason I’ve seen pretty fast results and am better able to do the work outs is because it’s an entire workout specifically made for pregnancy and postpartum. That means it’s an entire work out made for us MOMS! When I first started really diving in and working out I knew I needed to do something at home. I tried just making up my own exercises, but quite honestly found I wasn’t pushing myself enough or seeing results. So MERRITHEW came at the perfect time. I can do them at home, with Blake nearby or when she’s napping and knock them out much quicker than going to the gym and back. I usually do them at night, that’s just what works for my schedule and then it’s after Blake has gone to bed for the night. So I’ll put her down for bed and then go straight to a work out! If I don’t do it in that order and just bust it out, it won’t happen. It’s worked really well for me, my crazy schedule and my lifestyle. So far I’ve lost 3 inches in my waist and 5 pounds. I haven’t lost a ton of weight, but I think it’s because I’m starting to tone up a little bit–which is a-okay with me!

The best thing about MERRITHEW is it’s not only for Moms, but they also motivate people of all ages and life stages to lead healthier lives through safe and responsible exercise. Their education, equipment and accessories literally make it so easy y’all! Some more of their exercise programs include their premier Pilates brand, STOTT PILATES® along with Total Barre™, ZEN∙GA® and CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training.™ 

Now, I’ve been talking about this a lot and it’s finally happening!! Use this link below to request joining our Facebook group!! Again, it’s totally just a fun, support group where we can share work out tips, tricks and whatever else for beginners! Plus we can motivate each other and well…I need that. 😉 ha! It’s a private group so you’ll have to request, but then I’ll accept it within 24 hours!

GET ME IN ON THAT FACEBOOK GROUP!

HAPPY THURSDAY!

This post was sponsored by MERRITHEW

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Modern Baby Style

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Y’all have been asking and asking for me to do more baby style posts and GUESS WHAT! It’s happening. I swear I do listen, most of the time 😉 HA! So tonight I’ve teamed up with Wheat Canada tonight to show off some cute baby pieces from their shop AND I’ve got y’all a promo code for y’all to get your shop on! Plus..I might have a giveaway too, but you’ll just have to read and see won’t you? 😉

Now, in case you weren’t totally aware already–I’m kind of picky when it comes to what I will let Blake wear. Oops. So when I share shops, I only share shops that we shop at ourselves and LOVE!

WHEAT is simple Danish designed clothing for babies and children. Combining comfort with beautiful Scandinavian inspiration. LIKE LITERALLY BEAUTIFUL y’all! Each season their collections are filled with mix & match styles that make it easy to dress your little one with style and comfort. They offer everything from basic wardrobe staples, stylish play clothes to technical outerwear designed to let kids play outside no matter what the weather. They have pieces available from sizes 3 months to 10 years! So pretty much for all the littles in your life!

Our favorite pieces from their current collection are:

WHEAT

You can use the code, “WELCOMETOWHEAT” for 20% off your purchase today!

Okay, okay…I mentioned a giveaway. AND I always follow through on my promises! So enter below for the chance to win a giant mystery bundle of goodies from their Spring Summer Collection!

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Every baby needs a good pair of shoes! Shop my favorites below to complete the outfit..

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Baby Shower Gift Guide 2016

Since today has been all about baby showers, good news and a whole lot of celebrating tiny life–I figured, what better day than today to list the ultimate, best, baby shower gifts?! We’ve rounded up a few of our favs, with three featured ones (two with promo codes) and all that touch my heart. Then the rest of our favorites are split up by price below!

OUR FEATURED PRESENTS:

 

Haiti Babi Signature Blanket

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I chose this to be our featured present because it’s not only gorgeous and the perfect memory piece, but it comes with a story. Each purchase from Haiti Babi provides jobs to moms in Haiti so they can earn a sustainable living wage, provide for their children, and keep their families together. And really, isn’t that what life is about? Being able to provide for and love our babies as a family?!

| Grab 20% off with the code, “OAKES20″ |

Owlet Baby Monitor

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I can’t rave about the Owlet enough. Seriously, as a first time Mom (and even in the future with more) I swear by this. It gives me peace of mind and makes me so grateful for modern technology. It helps my anxiety go down knowing that Blake’s little heartbeat and breathing is being monitored while we sleep adn that it will alert me if something goes wrong. Especially after our scare where Blake stopped breathing in the car, you better believe she wears this every night! 

| Grab $25 off with this LINK HERE |

Solly Baby Wrap

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My Solly Baby got me through all of the hard, chaotic days. I recommend one to every single one of my friends. It allowed me (and still does) to comfortably wear baby while I was trying to get things done, work or whatever else. It was the one thing I could count on to always calm my babe down and she took the BEST naps in it!

Photo by: Locke Photography


NOW LET’S TALK ABOUT MY FAVS BY PRICE..

 

The Best Gifts $100+..
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A Positively Baby Shower Boise Recap

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a positively baby shower

A couple of weeks ago I got the opportunity to throw the most amazing, beautiful baby shower for expecting and brand new Moms. It was probably one of the best things I have ever decided to do! Today I am going to give you a recap of it, all the details and lots of pictures! I can’t wait for y’all to see it! And exciting news at the end…so stay tuned.

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We chose 50 Moms that could use this pick me up during this special time. They each got to bring a plus one and we spoiled them at a local venue, The Powerhouse, with lunch from Whatever Works Catering, Games, Giveaways and a whole lot of fun! Each Mom went home with a Solly Baby Wrap, Diapers and wipes, A Happy Family bag of goodies and a giant Paper Mart swag bag of even more goodies! We spoiled them good! Here’s a full look at each swag bag:

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a positively baby shower

a positively baby shower

a positively baby shower

a positively baby shower

Each swag bag contained the following:
Bags & tissue paper provided by Paper Mart

Nurselet | Bamboobies Nipple Cream | Read Between the Line Card
Cherub Baby Sippy | Zutano Beanie | Lucy Darling Month Stickers
River Babe Threads Bib | Pic’s Peanut Butter | Lulujo Swaddle
Munchkin Latch Bottle | Zaza Couture | Oat Mama Bar
Kiinde Pump Pouch | Team Subaru Bag | Honest Healing Balm
Little Sun Hat | Whistling Blue Bird Rattle | Medela Swag
Baby Lit Stroller Cards | Rubber Duck | Baby Washcloth Set

COUPONS:

Shop White Loft | European Wax Meridian | Happy Family
Owlet | Bamboobies | Baby Nibblez | Baby Talk| Dutch Bros
Covered Goods | Parabo Press | Lactation Link 

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a positively baby shower

 Each Happy Family Bag Contained:

Happy Baby Food & Bib | Essential Oils Postpartum Kit by Emily Howard
Summer Infant SwaddleMe | Baby Bump Bundle Teether

Lunch was gorgeous and Whatever Works Catering seriously killed it, with sandwiches, salads, cookies and lemonade! Rowdy Cakes made a gorgeous cake for our dessert table. And the tabletops were more gorgeous than I could have ever imagined complete with Bundle Organics Juice for each Mama, a gorgeous schedule of the event by Minted (who also made our invites), a Hen & Co “Letter to Baby” card and gorgeous flowers from Hope Blooms.

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a positively baby shower

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The games consisted of a chair game (where we randomly put a sticker under one chair and they were our winner), “What’s in your Purse” and “How Much are these Baby Items”? Both of the last two games designed by the ever so fabulous, Visions 2 Images! The prizes for the games were of course amazing (thanks to our sponsors) and consisted of Freshly Picked Moccs, an Oat Mama gift Bag, Love Luck & Cake Goodies and Cheerily Co. New Mama Gift Baskets,

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a positively baby shower

a positively baby shower

Then, the giveaways–y’all the giveaways were seriously SO good. We put each Mama’s name in a hat and randomly selected each winner for the following giveaways:

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Y’all, seriously I can’t express how grateful I am for all of our sponsors that helped put this on and for the opportunity to even throw this! A HUGE shout out to our main and local sponsors, Team Subaru of Nampa, CBH Homes and Shop White Loft! A THANK YOU to our venue, The Powerhouse and catering company Whatever Works Catering and EVERYONE else that was listed above and helped make this absolutely amazing!! AND FINALLY, A GIANNTTT thank you to our photographers, Locke Photography and Angela Minnick Photography!

Now…the big news…

I am SO excited to announce that because this was such a big success we are throwing one this October in UTAH for all my Utah (and nearby) ladies!! Stay tuned for more details…we’re still just in the planning stages, but I can’t wait to share more with y’all!!! TELL YOUR UTAH FRIENDS!

More Photo Peeks from the shower…


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Smoothie Dates & Baby Shoes

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smoothie date family

smoothie date family

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smoothie date family

Blake’s outfit details: Romper: Carters | Shoes c/o Mon Petit Shoes | Headband: Grab similar, here 

Smoothie dates might be my new favorite thing. As much as I don’t want my Blake girl to grow up, I would be totally lying if I didn’t say it’s so much fun as she gets older. She can do more things, communicate better and her giggles are my favorite. We have this little bond and it’s the best. Lately we’ve been going on a lot of smoothie dates as a family and it’s the best. 

We pack up the car, listen to fun music (aka: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 😉 ) on the way and make a little night of it. Jamba makes tiny baby sizes (for Blake), Marcus always orders off the “secret menu” and I get my usual Razmatazz. In fact I’m pretty sure the employees are going to know us either by name or by smoothie here soon…;) Then Blake always watches them mix and make our smoothies–literally the cutest thing ever! Once they’re ready, we sit down, giggle, admire how cute Blake is and drink our smoothies! It’s seriously the best to watch her drink a smoothie. She won’t pick it up with her hands unless you hand it to her. Instead she leans forward and drinks out of it as it sits on the table. Ha! And she doesn’t stop, she just drinks and drinks and drinks until I pull it away. Talk about a brain freeze!

Tonight’s date was just as great! Blake was a total Daddy’s girl the whole time though and it was so sweet to watch them together! Plus tonight I’m excited because see those cute shoes Blake is rockin’? Well, we’ve teamed up with the shop that makes them, have a promo code for y’all and are giving away a pair!

The shop behind them is called Mon Petit Shoes and we are obsessed with them! Blake can pretty much wear three types of shoes; shoes with straps, elastic or laces otherwise they come right off. Well, Mon Petit makes shoes in those categories and they’re cute too! Which is really a win, win for all of us 😉 

Today you can use the code, “POSITIVELY15” for 15% off your total purchase!

Plus, you can enter right below to win a pair of shoes of your choice!

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Post in Collaboration with Mon Petit Shoes.

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What I Learned After a Getaway With my Husband

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Yesterday we headed to Utah for the night. I had a couple of work things happening there and we decided it was a good chance for us to have a little getaway. It was perfect, fun and not too long (because well I missed my baby the minute we pulled out of the driveway, ha!). The minute we were about an hour into our drive I started to realize some things. I couldn’t remember the last time we did something just us, the last time we really put down our phones and enjoyed each other. 

We live in a world where technology, the hustle of life and everything else creates a distraction from what really matters. I work late, he works late, we eat dinner as a little family of three and then go our separate ways. He kisses baby girl goodnight, I put her to bed and then I go to work while he finishes work himself. That’s our lives. We are happy and work is a must and something we enjoy so that’s not my point, but then I realized something else. After we finished working and would cuddle up on the couch or in bed we would both be on our phones or just not in the moment. 

Life happens, things change, beautiful babies make us parents and well, the reality is “routines” just happen. We do the same thing everyday, all day. So this weekend was just what my heart needed, what OUR hearts needed. We enjoyed each other. We didn’t worry about the “rules”, any “diets”, work or whatever else. We missed our baby, but we enjoyed our time together. We ate junk food, stayed up late, laughed, went hot tubbing, took way too many pictures and held hands. It’s like we were dating all over again. Which brings me to the whole point, that main lesson I learned. 

DATE YOUR HUSBANDS.

I mean, really date them. We go on date nights usually once a week, but we don’t really date. Our dates usually consist of dinner, a whole lot of cell phones, me worrying about baby, frustrations because he didn’t park somewhere fast enough and then a rush home because we have things to do. I think if we’re all really honest with ourselves we will realize we all do it…

Here’s the thing, we need to SLOW DOWN. Life will still be there when we get back. An extra 30 minutes isn’t going to change anything. That email can wait, your babe will love you just as much if you get home a few minutes later and Instagram is still going to be there when you’re done. The same rule goes for family dates too. Our babies are growing up SO FAST, like SO FAST. Mine is going to be one in a little over a month! When the heck did that happen?! We should be making all the memories, soaking it all in. Separate things, work happens when work happens, but family dates and husband dates happen when it’s family and husband date time; which means don’t rush it and DON’T make it work time. 

How often do we hear our Elders tell us to enjoy the now, that it goes so fast? That they wished they had just slowed down a little? ALL. THE. TIME. So I’ll go ahead and just say it, I think they know what they’re talking about! In fact I know they do. Just like we learn little lessons everyday, they’ve had an entire life experience and lesson that we are currently in. Let’s take their advice, let’s slow down and enjoy these moments. “Things” can wait. 

So ignore the dishes, don’t worry about vacuuming, answering emails or preparing the perfect meal. Enjoy now, order a freaking pizza, get messy, laugh, snuggle and push all the worries out. 

Xx,
Jess 

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Favorite Shop Friday: Teething Toys

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Currently Blake is hardcore teething, in fact that’s an understatement. By hardcore teething I mean, everything in the mouth, drool, poor little red cheeks and a whole lot of tears. It breaks my heart. I can’t imagine having lots of little teeth push through my gums on and off all the time! Just thinking about it sounds painful. Well, today’s favorite shop Friday fits perfectly with our current teething situation. In fact–a LOT of y’all have asked me recently what we use for teething toys so..you’re in luck, we’re covering just that today 😉

The shop: LouLou Lollipop

The deets: I literally can’t rave about this shop enough. In fact, they make one of Blake’s FAVORITE toys in general (and it just happens to be a teething toy). LouLou Lollipop makes handmade silicone teething jewelry and accessories, including teething toys and pacifier clips. We love them because they’re soft, but still give Blake a little relief when chewing on those sore gums! Her favorite toy that I mentioned earlier, their little silicone ring teether with maple wood rings–literally she has that thing ALL day long. They also have really fun teething toys like donuts and cookies– so obviously that’s a win.

The deal: We got chu 😉 Grab 20% off today with the code, “POSTOAKS20

The giveaway: Enter below for the chance to win a necklace for mama and a donut teether for baby!

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HAPPY FRIYAY!

Teething toys c/o Loulou Lollipop

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My Day in a Nutshell/How I Got my Blog Started..

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I asked y’all what I should blog about tonight and I got two of the same questions over and over again, how I got my blog where it is AND a typical day in our house. So I figured those go hand in hand so I’ll chat about them both!

Blogging has been a labor of love for me for many years. I’ve blogged for about seven years, failed, failed and failed again and finally semi 😉 figured it out with Positively Oakes almost three years ago. I think a lot of the time people don’t realize how much hard work goes into blogging. It took me a LOT of hard work, tears, fails and frustrations to be able to blog full time. Even now that I do, I work anywhere from 45-60 hours a week plus. With blogging, you don’t stop working–especially since I’m a lifestyle blogger and share my life, journey, favorites and everything in between. My job is pretty much 24/7 of picture taking, strategizing, brainstorming ideas, answering emails, balancing finances, phone meetings, editing, traveling, computer work and a whole lot more. So anyone who thinks that I just take pretty pictures all day and make money is far off. Ha!

Like I said it took me years to get here and I’m still not where I want to be. I don’t think any of us will ever be “where we want to be”, goals change and life happens which changes everything. I outreached, got told no (A LOT) and failed miserably. I think that’s really how it starts for a lot of us. I look back at some of my beginning stuff and almost get embarrassed, but then I have to remember we all start somewhere! My advice to anyone wanting or trying to start a blog–

1. PATIENCE. It’s not going to happen over night.
2. Be prepared to work. It’s not all free product, pretty pictures and doing whatever you want. I have a strict schedule and a babysitter for Blake most days.
3. Give it your all. Read every book, tip, trick and course you can on social media, blogging and whatever! Fill your brain with knowledge and don’t ever stop. I still take courses to this day!
4. Don’t compare. Don’t compare yourself to others. It’s the worst thing you can possibly do and it’s only going to set you up for failure. Focus on you, ONLY you and your successes and growth!
5. Ask for help. Don’t think you have to do it all! Ask for help, from other bloggers, family, whoever!
6. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Outreach, network and talk yourself up!
7. USE ALL THE SOCIAL MEDIA!

Blogging is an art…and it takes a lot of work. I made an entire e-course on it and you can grab it here if you want.

Now, let’s talk about a typical day. My days are CRAZY from the minute I wake up to the second I go to bed I am going, going, going. It goes a little like this on the days Blake stays with me all day;

Blake likes to wake up pretty dang bright and early, like anytime between 6:30-7:15. So we’re up and ready to rock and roll everyday by 7:15 at the latest. We eat breakfast, I try to bust some emails out and Blake plays. Then around 9, she goes down for a morning nap. I rock her to sleep still (because well I’m forcing her to stay little ;)) and then I head to work while she naps. She usually takes like a 45 minute morning nap so things get a little chaotic. Then I spend the rest of the morning attempting to be a Mom and work. Ha! I wish you could just see us one day so you could see how comical it is. Blake is at the stage where she gets into everything..sooo it’s a really fun game of me trying to work, but really chasing her down before she eats all the dog food. 😉 Eventually we make it to lunch and I always try to sit down with her and we eat lunch together. I try REALLY hard to spend as much one on one time with her as possible and this is one of those moments where it’s usually possible. I’ll whip up some lunch (like really healthy Mac & Cheese) and we have “girl talk” and chow down. After lunch she goes down for an afternoon nap and will (usually) sleep for a couple of hours. Those couple of hours are when this Mama BUSTS as much work as possible out (emails, posts, editing, calls, you name it and it’s probably happening during nap time). After she wakes up it’s usually around 3:30 and I’ll come downstairs and set up a little mini office with my laptop on the coffee table and Blake watches Mickey Mouse and eats a snack. We will do that, play and work in between until Daddy comes home. Once Marcus is home we eat dinner together, have a little family time and I jump back on work for my nightly post if I have one that night. Then I put her down for bed around 7:30-8 and of course rock her to sleep again, ha! (judge me) SHE HAS TO STAY LITTLE!! After she’s asleep I head back to work (work, work, work 😉 it’s a good thing I love it!). I finish up whatever has to be done that day and then I try to check out with enough time left for Marcus and I to get some quality time together. Our quality time usually consists on TV and popcorn. Ha! We love our shows and homemade popcorn.

So there’s a look at my days. They’re crazy, chaotic and happen WAY too fast. I am HOPING (key word: hoping) to hire some help soon and then I can cut back and spend more time with baby girl and Marcus. But we will see when and if that happens. 😉

How do you Mamas balance it all!? Tell me, I want to hear your tips and tricks please!! Leave a comment below with your best advice.

xo,

Jess

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