Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year y’all!

I’m slightly delayed on “starting” my New Year.  My husband took some extended time off for Christmas & New Year’s, and it was really nice. Between the two holidays, we traveled to see my mom in North Carolina. It was a new experience as a family of three as well as our first time up there since they moved. We had a nice time visiting and were blessed to see some beautiful views on our way out of town.

So, it was back to the hustle this past week. Honestly though, it was a little bit of a rough start. Trying to get into a groove has been tough. Around Thanksgiving I became consumed with preparing for Christmas. Then after, I feel burnt out just in time to clean it all up and try for a fresh start. And while trying to set goals and get a good schedule going, I am also starting to plan a birthday party for our soon-to-be two-year-old! How is this happening already?

With this New Year, it is clear we need to refresh our home, and declutter. We, like many, have a spare room that is mostly a storage space. I have a desk filled with paper work, my craft stuff and other miscellaneous items; there is also a full size bed and baby items we are keeping or only use sometimes. This room has been worked on a many times, but never quite reached its full potential. It has been my goal for since last week to get it closer to a guest/craft room. Next housekeeping goal: toys and outgrown clothes.

And YES, we have watched a couple episodes of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, not entirely into it but I do like her folding techniques! Definitely worth a watch, y’all!

Do you agree it’s time for some cleaning up to start this new year off fresh? I am also excited, because I finally bought new sheets for our bed and am looking forward to a new design. What are some new things your are working on, mama? Let me know, I’d LalaLOVE to hear about it all!

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Christmas Gift Ideas that are STILL an Option and EASY!

Christmas Gift Ideas that are STILL an Option and EASY!

Why hello, four days until Christmas! Or as parts of our family would say, three days and a wake-up.  Anyone still struggling with gifts? Well that was me, but now I’m all set, minus a quick errand.  This is the last “regular” day before Christmas.  Y’all know this weekend is going to be complete HAVOK and even though Monday is a business day, it’s partial in a lot of eyes (half days, the day off completely or even a day requested off, but there is mail everybody).

So I have some ideas for you, since there is STILL the option to order online, you’ll probably just be paying a little extra. A lot of stores offer order online- pickup in store and I also LaLaLaLOVE that.  I actually pickup in store often at Target.  I mean, come on, Target has nearly everything you could want or need.  Old Navy has this option too, so if clothes are on your radar they have what you want.

I ordered this photo puzzle from Personalization Mall for some family members:

If you’re an Amazon Prime Member like us (or check out the free trial) then there are LOTS of options left from there. Any ladies that like Alex and Ani bracelets? Then check out Amazon’s selection- still an option to get some of these by Monday! I love these bracelets personally, but for other too because there are so many options. One for your sister, mother, daughter, aunt, godmother, monogrammed, birthstones, etc.
Have a craft-lover on your list? Well PERRRFECT. Michael’s does buy online pick up in store. Amazon also has A LOT of craft materials. So stay home, or go to that party/get-together instead and have Amazon deliver it for you.  I have ordered materials for my silhouette on here many times as have some of my friends. Here is a link for tons of Silhouette related products and materials 🙂

How about an Oil Diffuser, that was actually on my wish list. Amazon has tons of those too! We have family that uses a couple throughout their house, and I lalalaLOVE it.  I also went to the Spa at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando and they had them which was AMAZING. I have purchased essential oils on amazon in the past as well, they have quite the selection.

Is there someone you like A LOT? Maybe they are a gadget person, or an Apple fan? How about the new Apple Watch or even a previous model? I realize this is not in everyones budget of course, but Best Buy does do same day pickup, so it will depend what you’re looking for and what your store has in stock.

Ok, who doesn’t love jammies or cozy blankets? Haven’t met anyone. I’m sure they exist, but we’re not focusing on them. Old Navy and Target have a lot to choose from for those snugglers in your life, and HEY- same day pickup!

There are soooo many great gifts out there that you can totally make yourself too. We usually make at least one gift for Christmas, if not more.  It’s such a great way to really give someone something special. I’ve made mugs, ornaments, plaques, monogrammed vases, etc.

Wanted to get these ideas out sooner, but you know how life goes.  I hope you still find it helpful and get to finish up your shopping! We have something going on each night through Christmas so we will definitely not have much time to do anymore shopping. Enjoy the rest of Christmas time, the events, the giving, the true meaning- JESUS.  It is a time to be grateful and spend time with those we love most, even during the craziness that goes along with it.


Merry Christmas!


*I have not been paid in anyway to share any of my ideas here, maybe next year- Mama can always use a couple bucks. This post as with all my posts are based COMPLETELY on my own opinions and ideas. You are free to shop wherever you like.

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DIY Fall Wreath

DIY Fall Wreath

Hey y’all, I am SOOOO excited to share my FALL wreath creation.  This is my second go at this. I picked up a few supplies from the Dollar Tree.  The wreath structure I originally had was a whicker-type and small, only option at the location by my house. I had to cover it and it just didn’t look right to me.  So I made a special trip to Hobby Lobby (always special & any excuse to go there, I’ll take it) to grab a grapevine wreath, which is really what I wanted all along.

I LaLaLaLOVE the partially exposed look of this wreath, it has such a simplistic, rustic look and requires less supplies. It also didn’t take too much time, easily less than 30 minutes. I just wish it hadn’t taken me so long to make it to Hobby Lobby.

I was so happy to hang my wreath this past weekend (a bit behind, remember I kept missing out on getting to Hobby Lobby, not like it’s far lol). I LaLaLOVE Fall, even though Florida seems to miss the memo on that. With that said, this Saturday was the coolest day of the season and really felt like Fall was starting to make an appearance- finally.  I really enjoy opening the windows and letting that Autumn scent in the air circulate through the house.

So… how did I make this?  Here’s the how-to y’all:

Supplies to gather:

  • Grapevine Wreath 14″– Hobby Lobby (Michael’s also carries)
  • Monogram Letter– mine was from Hobby Lobby (since I was already there 🙂 but you can find them at Michael’s and Wal Mart too).
  • Sunflowers- one set (bunch) from Dollar Tree
  • Fall Leaves- cut from one garland purchased at Dollar Tree
  • Paint (I used an antique white I already had) for your letter & a brush (if you don’t have a brush on hand you can use a cheap makeup sponge)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Juke rope, twine or ribbon to hang wreath with

Now, get to your designated crafting area and plug that glue gun in to get heating. You will want to make your wreath based on where you will hang it from, so find a good strong twig or two that will be centered enough to tie your twine to. Then you can turn it around and begin designing. If your wreath hanger has a big enough hook you may be able to skip this step.

I cut each sunflower, so that they are all separate. Trim them for what works with your wreath, then bend and push through the vines or glue if need be. It’s easiest to use the wire stem to help the flower stay put. Next, cut however many leaves and glue in place. Lastly, hot glue the letter in desired location. And BOOM, just like that you’re ready to hang your wreath!

Feel free to mimic this one, mirror it or use it for inspiration. Some other ideas to add or change yours up: different flowers, burlap, add a bow, small pumpkins or gourds. You could even go a little scary or more Halloween themed.  I love Fall as a whole, and I LaLaLOVE that I can put up my Autumn decor and it works before Halloween through Thanksgiving; therefore, making this wreath perfect from beginning to end.  Be sure to share any other ideas or ways to add a special touch. I’d also LaLaLOVE to see how yours turns out, please share!

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Learning Self Care

Learning Self Care

Self Care is one of the new goals I have set for myself. I’m kinda figuring it out as I go.

Yea, mani & pedis are nice (not like I get much of those lol) and massages, too. Who doesn’t love a new outfit?

But really, it is so much more than that.  Although, when we do any of the above mentioned we are spending time on ourselves, and we may feel that we are taking care of ourselves, BUT are we missing an opportunity for something we really need though? What could we be doing with our time alone instead of “pampering?” Some quiet time? A change of scenery?  A chance for deep prayer? A time to force ourselves not to think about any negative and recognize we cannot control or solve everything? These things could also be viewed as pampering.  I suppose it’s a balance of the mind, body and soul. While my body could always use some pampering, I think the mind and soul are more of what I need to stay sane.

I have started trying to give my worries to God rather than drowning in them. Worry and anxiety stepped into my life in such a way, it had began to rule me.  God doesn’t want that for me, or any of us! I was letting it happen though, not him. My Mom’s Bible Study group is reading “How to have a Mary heart in a Martha world,” and that has really been helping me to realize some things about myself.  Pray more, Worry Less- Philippians 4:6. (I’m buying the T-SHIRT or making it, lol). It seems simple, but it takes some changing. Changing of habits, a change of perspective, and so on.

Another thing I finally did was take a personal day. Just me. Mom life is constant.  While I love my mini and being her mama, I felt exhausted and nearly burnt out. I found myself extremely irritable and inpatient.  It may not have been super obvious, (not all the time anyway- not a perfect person right here) but I could feel myself boiling so much that my pot was overflowing. So I did it, I went to the beach and it was great. I had a simple and delicious lunch, alone, as I chewed each bite slowly and sipped on a freshly made cappuccino. Even being away from my family for the day, I could not clear my thoughts of them completely– so still partial mom-mode. The point is, I was away.  I took a day for me and they are fine.

I could feel the positive effects of my mama day off.  I returned home calm and to hear of a great day at the zoo.  The next day I was able to stop myself from feeling frustrated.  This is a work in progress though, y’all.  Sunday night was a little rough, I got emotional; however, I got through it.  A day away certainly helped me to take a moment to reflect and realize (even more) I need to be taking better care of my mind and soul- the body too, yes.

I encourage all my fellow mamas out there to do this too! And all ladies alike. We’ve all heard it before take care of yourself so that you can take care of others, but it really is true.  Until you make it happen you don’t realize how much you may have been neglecting yourself.  And ladies, if you want a pedicure that DOES count, my point is though that it’s not just what’s on the outside. If our insides are rotting, the outside will eventually show in some ways- whether or not our toe nails have been polished.

LaLaLOVE La Casa Del Pane Italian Bakery in St. Pete Beach. Cannot pass this place whenever I am nearby.

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Hi, I’m a mom blogger

Hi, I’m a mom blogger

Hey y’all! Here I am, blogging.  This is not the first time I have started a blog; however, this is the first time I am starting with a purpose and a direction.  In the past, I liked the idea of blogging, the idea of using it as a creative outlet, but I struggled to find a voice or what to exactly share.  My husband would often mention to me my strengths, and even though they were not foreign traits to me I still just did not have the voice I felt I needed to truly move forward.

Even now, as I have been planning this out and writing down every single idea for a post or strategy, I feel some doubt about continuing to have things to write about. But that is part of the journey, always looking for things to write and share.  I also feel like there is passion behind this specific drive to blog. I need to be better about looking at uncertainty as a positive challenge, an opportunity to grow rather than something to fear.  We all have our fears, we all get discouraged and feel doubts whether about ourselves, individually or in aspects of our lives.

What changed? I became a mother.  This is a career path I have considered many times and for quite some time– remember not my first blog. I even for a short time, had my own (at home) bakery. I love to bake, it seemed straight forward, but baking alone all day not as exciting as expected. Being a mother has been an experience I would have never been able to really comprehend before it happened.  I know I am not alone in this feeling, even while carrying a child it just didn’t hit me. Going through all the beginning stages of learning to breastfeed and how to change diapers, it still seemed mostly surreal. Now, 19+ months later even though I don’t claim to have this down pat, I have sort of settled in.  I’m still a work in progress as a mother and person. My child is growing more and more everyday and just when I think I have something figured out that stage is over.  This is motherhood.

I am sooo extremely blessed to be a stay-at-home mama.  With that said, it is no walk in the park.  We are not wealthy or financially comfortable, but this is what we want and we are somehow (by the grace of God) making it work. Even though this is what I wanted for me and my child in the season of our lives, I still have felt a little lost at times.  Here I am a mom now, I’m not getting dressed for my old 9-5 days, but instead rolling out of bed to an awake toddler every morning.  It is truly a wonderful way to wake up, the best actually, even in my zombie-like/still asleep/get me coffee/need more sleep/whyyyy feeling (seriously though even if it were 10 a.m. I would probably feel this way).  This mama is NOT a morning person, never have been. Add it to my list of struggles.  I awake each day usually feeling behind but still wanting more sleep and starting the cycle over every single morning.  Nonetheless, my mini wakes me and we go on with our day. Back to the lostness in motherhood though…. I can’t quite explain it but if you are a mom you must have some idea what I am talking about.  That too is part of my drive for this.  A way to find myself.  Although, I don’t feel lost as often as I used to, time does not slow down and I need to kick it into gear. I need to do more for myself, because doing more for myself does in turn do more for my family.

This is my outlet.  To share and be me.   I am a lover of baked goods, crafts, style, cooking, coffee, wine and more.

Being a mother is a gift from God, and I plan to be more intentional in my duty. Thank you for joining me on this journey! I hope that this will also inspire you to make moves toward a better you– a happier you.

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