Pardon the bout of silence over here, but I was in my happy place. For the past two weeks, Doug, Gracie and I have been in Michigan spending quality time with our families. I had great intentions of getting ahead with blog work, I really did. Particularly since I was with grandparents, aunts and uncles who love spending time with Grace. I thought, “Perfect! They’ll watch her and I’ll pound away at writing, photoshoots, setting up posts and brainstorming for the months ahead.” But then you know what happened? Those to-do lists just grew, as I enjoyed lazy beach days and nights filled with euchre and long chats. While enjoying the time, I didn’t put much thought into what I was wearing. The waves have a way of making you laugh at too much effort. Comfortable maxi skirts like this, paired with sandals and tied white t-shirts, were on constant rotation, give or take a sweatshirt on a cool night by the bonfire.
Now, we’re back in Chicago and – surprise! – my to-do lists have patiently waited for me. Hopefully this week I’ll get ahead. Or at the very least, I’ll catch up. Either way, can you blame me? I’ve officially figured out that, in life, the tasks will always be there. The sunshine, lake, and people you love are well worth putting them on hold for.
I’ve heard two schools of thought on the whole baby front. One is to not take them anywhere until they’re at least 3 months to try and avoid potential exposure to germs. This is valid, no doubt, particularly when considering that as a new mom you’re nervous about basically everything. (Confession: Grace’s pediatrician and I talk at least once a week.)
The flip side, however, is to take the baby everywhere you’d normally go (within reason, obviously) in hopes that they — and you — will get quickly acclimated. This route is definitely more nerve-wracking. However, despite taking 3x as long to accomplish even the most basic tasks, it’s a route that has its plus side as I’ve found that experiences are even more fun when a baby is involved. (Can you tell which route we’ve taken?)
If there’s one thing that every new mom needs, it’s a little relaxation in her day, even if just for a few moments. Prior to having Grace, I didn’t quite comprehend the extreme difference that my time would be comprised of. How extreme, you ask? Let’s just say that I went from always having a packed schedule to being lucky if I got dressed by 4 pm.
Now, at 6 weeks in, I know that a big majority of this change has been a part of adjusting and I’m slowly starting to resume normal “me” as I become more comfortable with balancing motherhood with it all. Most days I now have a shirt on by noon, so that’s progress! (In full disclosure, I am typing this the morning it’s going live, and no, I do not have a shirt on. Sorry neighbors!)One thing that I have been able to keep up with has been relishing the quite moments where it’s just me, myself and I. As most of my day is being drooled on by my adorable little lady (something I say with the utmost affection), these moments are often found getting ready for the day or for bed. Which, inevitably, happens in the bathroom.
As you can imagine, products that make me smile have lately become a genuine treasure in my moments of quiet time. Which is why when One Love Organics sent me Sea Salt Soak and Shave Balm, I was excited to try them out. For one, they both have a key quality that I hold at a high regard in products, and that’s that they’re made up of ethically sourced, raw materials that are certified organic. Not only that, but they smell heavenly. My favorite was the soak, because it essentially transformed my tub into a spa. (Side note – They’ll be at the A Night For Green Beauty event in Chicago on August 6! I won’t be able to make it, but if you’re in the city, definitely go so I can live vicariously through you!)
There’s nothing like a great bath to unwind, am I right? And, ladies, I think we can all agree that there’s nothing better to accentuate an adorable skirt than silky smooth legs.
Sometimes, in beauty and in life, it’s the little things that make the biggest difference.