Hi ladies and happy Friday to you all! You know it’s funny, sometimes, when I sit down to write my Friday Five blog post, I have a list of things in advance that I plan to share and some weeks I decide as I write the post. This week is one of those random weeks where I don’t have the entire post planned prior to drafting it, and I kind of love that. So, here it goes…
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Over the weekend, we had the pleasure of shooting some “day in the life” photos with Nikki, a Houston-based documentary family photographer from Olive Shoot Photography. We’ve shot family photos before, but this was a really unique experience because it’s all about capturing your real day-to-day life and moments as a family. We baked some cookies, read books, played in our playroom and jumped on the bed. I will share our entire session soon, but below are a couple of sneak peeks!
Nikki is so sweet and it felt really natural to have her in our home with our family. I also love that these photos aren’t posed and totally true-to-life. We will cherish these for a long time and can’t wait to shoot with her again! You can check out her Facebook page here. These photos are also motivating me to finish our master bedroom, haha 🙂
T W O
This week I shared that we booked our Disney World trip and I’ve started shopping to pick up some essentials for it. I got these walking shoes (the shade of pink is amazing) and this adorable pool float. I’m also looking for some cute denim shorts and ordered these ones and am about to order these, these and these as well. I got this on-sale top too! My friend over at Tulip + Vine is creating some custom tees for us as well.
T H R E E
I’ve been making an effort each morning to share my daily work/office outfits on Instagram stories and I thank you all for the wonderful responses it has generated! I love sharing my new purchases on the blog, but I also enjoy showing you how I wear those things in my day-to-day life, so Instagam stories has been a great place to do that.
I’m getting a lot of questions about my skinny work dress pants, so I’m re-sharing my Best Work Pants blog post here (note that these photos were taken in a year ago, in August 2016). I’m pretty much obsessed with these two styles and wear them more than anything else in my closet. Most of my co-workers have them too – we’re obsessed! And as an aside, you can wash the Banana Republic ones. I dry cleaned them for years, but found washing them on gentle in cool or cold water and then hanging them to dry worked perfectly. They continue to wear well and maintain their shape. The Old Navy pair do fade significantly over time, but I don’t mind shelling out $29.95 each year to purchase a new pair when they’re on sale.
F O U R
I’ve been exercising regularly for 6 months now (yay!) and I’m really proud I stuck with it. It’s still a challenge to wake up so early and some mornings I have to force myself to go, but I always feel better afterwards.
What I’m working on right now is getting my nutrition/supplementation right. I eat a lot during the day- breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, but we eat dinner at around 6 every night and then I don’t eat breakfast until I get to work.
I’ve been finding myself really struggling through my workouts lately in terms of endurance and feeling nauseous/light-headed, and my trainer told me I need to be drinking a pre-workout supplement and post-workout protein. Basically, I need to start fueling my body before my workouts to get the best results. If you have any brands you like for pre-workout or post, I would love your recommendations!
F I V E
I read this article in the Washington Post this week and it really made me reflect on parenting in our day and age and how it’s different from when I was growing up. I talked with a co-worker about it and we both agreed that a factor influencing this may be that nowadays, there are more households where both parents work outside of the home. So in turn, the time we do spend with our children is focused on ensuring they have fun experiences and is centered around their happiness. We are absolutely “guilty” of that.
Another factor, of course, is technology and our constant access to information via smartphones. When we were growing up, the internet didn’t exist at all, let alone smartphones. Today’s parents are inundated on a daily basis with parenting advice, articles, crowdsourcing Facebook posts, online moms groups, etc. It’s nearly unavoidable if you spend time online or on social media. Our parents didn’t live in a time where reading articles on parenting and children on a daily basis was a “thing.” They just kind of parented how they wanted and didn’t care what anyone else thought.
I recall that growing up, my happiness or boredom levels were rarely a priority for my parents. If I was bored, I was expected to find something to do. If my parents were busy, I would play by myself. I think this fosters creativity and development, but somehow our generation has gone in the total opposite direction. Personally, I recognize the limited time I have with our children because we work, and I suppose there comes some guilt with that in terms of always wanting to ensure that our family time is something that’s for them. But is that the wrong approach? I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic — please leave me a comment if this article interests you!
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