Life Update + Semi-Hiatus

Apr 10, 2015

I haven't been able to pop in as much as I would've liked to over the past few weeks because I've been working on completing so many half-completed projects that I started on and never actually finished. It's great getting around to crossing all of these things off my ever-growing to do list but at the same time, I kind of feel like now my blog has become one of those half-completed tasks which needs some serious attention. And unfortunately, this space of mine on the inter-webs has also traveled all the way down to the bottom of my list at this point, so there's that. :/

Weekly Wishes : Vol. 8

Apr 7, 2015

Time again for my weekly goals link-up over at the Nectar Collective! Considering I hardly looked at my goals from last week I'm actually pretty proud of myself, I completed almost all of them! The only thing I still need to do are invest in my new logo {which is in the process, won't be long now}, and finish my skillshare class which is almost finished. It's just so difficult to find the time to sit down and really focus on extras but I'm trying to get better about prioritizing.


Easter! 2015 {Round 1}

Apr 2, 2015

Hi all! Just thought I'd pop in and show y'all a little recap of our first round of Easter egg hunting for 2015.

We went to a lovely little egg hunt set up by my Nana's neighborhood which is actually more like a small community in and of itself. It's a bit ridiculous honestly.


They set everything up behind the neighborhood clubhouse in separate areas for each age group. (0-2, 3-4, 5-6, then 7+) Evelyn seemed to be one of the oldest in her age group so it was just way too easy for her to snag as many eggs as would fit in her basket - with the help of myself and Aunt Sharon of course ;). It was almost unfair for the other babies who seemed to all hate the idea of being in the grass in general. No seriously, it had me questioning how the other half lives... these babies were acting like they'd never been subjected to such nonsense as crawling through grass. Poor things. They don't know what they're missing!

Overall it was a fun experience, especially once the sun came out and the breeze died down a little. They did have a "petting zoo" of sorts set up away from the egg hunts that we visited before making our way back to Nana's. I'd say that was definitely Evelyn's favorite part of the afternoon. I didn't take as many pictures as I would've liked because of all the goings on that was happening but here are a few highlights from the day!

* Side note: I recently got a new phone {thank God! Goodbye POS iPhone!} so these are the only photos I was able to recover for the time being. I will be adding more to this post this weekend probably when I have longer than 2 seconds to myself before I am interrupted by A. a very needy toddler or B. the Boss Man/Lady. So don't forget to check back!



Weekly Wishes Vol. 7

Mar 30, 2015

Hello lovely readers! I'm sorry for the radio silence over here. I don't know what it was about last week but I was just in a weird funk all week. I was crazy overwhelmed with everything going on in the real world and blogging got put on the back-burner temporarily. I'm sure you've all been there before so no need to explain further, right?

Awesome! Moving on.

















I really am a little bummed about missing out on my Weekly Wishes post last week so I'm catching up this week fully charged and ready to tackle some projects! It's time to get some shit done and I am so ready! You know how some days you feel like doing absolutely nothing and getting out of bed/off the couch is literally the hardest thing to do? Well, just as those days exist, as do opposite days when you just feel like you could literally tackle anything in the world and be successful. Well, I'm determined to have many of the latter days this week. Go big or go home, right?

So let's get started! Woo!

One.

Treat myself to a movie night. I see a Redbox in my near future. Any suggestions? :)

Two.

Invest in a new logo for this lovely little blog of mine. I think it's past due for a little face-lift around here. 

Three.

Cook at least 3 nights. It's so hard for me to take the time to cook a full meal knowing that it's only me and Evelyn eating it, so most of the food will be wasted or frozen (if I remember to freeze it, which I usually don't). Anyone want to come over for dinner?

Four.

 Buy a new microwave because Evelyn caught mine on fire over the weekend. I kid you not.

Five.

Find a new bank to transfer my accounts to because; Bank of America. I've been looking pretty hardcore into this online Ally Bank but I feel like it's almost too good to be true... any feedback on this one would be so much appreciated. Do you have a bank that you love and that doesn't have any crazy fees that they thoroughly enjoy slapping on your accounts for no reason? Send them my way, please! 

Six.

Make sure Evelyn and I are both ready for Easter at Dad's house! The best thing about the holiday's is getting together with family and eating yummy food, and that is exactly what I am planning to do this weekend! Yay for holidays and family time!

Seven.

Finish the latest course I've enrolled in on SkillShare. It's a course on productivity (naturally) and I'm excited to get it knocked off my to-do list! I've already begun using many of the {very} practical tips in the video and am excited to start tackling my ever-growing to-do list one task at a time. The clutter that it creates in my mind to have so many things going on at once is seriously daunting, so that to-do list needs to be cut in half. At the very least. By this weekend, preferably. 


So how is your week looking?

Olivia

First Day Of Spring!

Mar 20, 2015

Happy first day of Spring from my little boogahead! 


Spring is by far my favorite season and I'm looking forward to what is supposed to be quite a nice weekend here in Georgia. Hoping you all have a wonderful weekend as well!


Photo courtesy of Megann Allen Photography.

On the to-do list for the first weekend of Spring for me and my munchkin:


My Journey To Adulthood; 4 Things I Wish My 18 Year Old Self Was Aware Of

Mar 18, 2015

 Lately it seems I've been doing a lot of reflecting on my "adult life" thus far...or should I say, the journey I'm still on to reach adulthood. Because I'm not totally convinced I'm there yet. Maybe after I can finally buy a house, I'll feel a little more "there". I don't know; I'll keep you updated on that though.

So far this is the conclusion I've come to regarding said journey: I have done some incredibly stupid things on my road to adulthood. But, I've also learned some extremely valuable lessons that I wish I could go back and tell my 18 year old self, so {naturally} I've compiled a list of topics to go over with that incredibly naive girl that I knew so well only a few short years ago.


Number 1

YOUR CREDIT FUCKING MATTERS. Stop right there and DO NOT submit that application for the credit card offer that was mailed to you. I know it's tempting. Just don't do it. I understand that they didn't teach you shit about this in high school but it's actually the single most important determining factor in everything you will do as an adult. So, even though you've basically been completely in the dark about this up til now because of our lack of real-life, practical education in public school systems, just trust me on this one. This is one lesson that you do not want to learn the hard way. 

Weekly Wishes: Vol. 6

Mar 16, 2015

1. Update my resume. 

Not for any reason in particular other than I've almost been at my job for a year now and I'd like to keep track of the new skills I've been learning. I usually try to update it every 6 months and I haven't touched it since I started back in May of 2014. It's time to freshen it up a little !

2. Go to bed earlier/Wake up earlier. 

These two pretty much go hand in hand and should probably be on this list every week.

3. Finish my March Wantable Box review post for March. 

I promise I will do my very best to publish this one in a timely manor. I think it's safe to say you can be keeping an eye out for this one by the end of the week! 

4. Read every night before bed. 

And no, reading something on my phone does not count. I'm talking about a real book here. I'm currently re-reading Tuesday's With Morrie by Mitch Albom. Love all of his books! They keep me inspired and I always interpret the lessons differently each time I read one of them. 

Olivia

February Wantable Box Review

Mar 10, 2015

I've literally had this post sitting in my drafts for almost a month now and just keep forgetting to post it, so I'm sorry this is coming to y'all so late! And honestly, what reminded me that I needed to publish it still was an email from Wantable telling me that my March accessories were on their way. Lol! So I may have another review coming y'alls way soon. If I can keep my shit together and actually post it, I mean. ;)

I decided to review my latest Wantable Box because my last Wantable Box review still seems to be getting some interest half a year later (sorry it's been so long ladies!), which gives me the impression y'all are still curious about what comes inside these lovely little goody boxes delivered right to your door. {re: mailbox} I know, so blissfully convenient. Plus, half the time I completely forget they're coming so it's kind of like a present of sorts - to me, from me. ;) I'm always super excited to see what they send me each month. It's a mood enhancer without a doubt! Instant happiness.

My latest Wantable Box arrived the day before Valentine's Day so I definitely have to give props for that one. It was like the universe deciding that I deserved a present, no date necessary. So thank you, fine people of Wantable, for making my weekend. And what was even better than unintentionally getting a present for myself per se? All of the wonderful goodies that came in the box, that's what!

Sunday Morning Baking

Mar 8, 2015

One of the many reasons I love Sundays: 
Making breakfast with my girl. She's getting pretty good at this homemaking stuff. 


Potty Training Under 2 | Is My Baby Ready?

Mar 6, 2015

So, lately I've really been thinking that Evelyn may be ready to take on the task of using the "big girl potty". I've heard/read a lot about most moms waiting to potty train until after the baby's 2nd birthday but I'm not sure how realistic that actually is. I know every child is different, but I'm a little worried about rushing into things before my little one is completely ready and then scaring her away from the idea.

I've been closely watching for signs and it seems like more and more of them have been popping up lately, which makes me feel like it's my mommy duty to go ahead and take on the challenge. Evelyn's given me all the clues I need and now it's my turn to take action. Right?


I've made a little list to put things in perspective and also to maybe get a little mom advice from those of you who have successfully made it through the potty-training phase of toddler-hood. Here are some of the things Evelyn's been doing (sometimes not regularly, but they've been done more than once):

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