A bit of a stream of consciousness post again! Here are the first ten things that came to mind…
KINDLE // I think I may have talked about Kindle before. I used to have a Nook (do they even make those anymore?!) and absolutely loved it. Then I went back to reading “real” books. And now, I’m back to e-reading. I miss real books, but reading books on my phone is the best way to guarantee I’m going to read during the day. I always have my phone with me and I can read in the middle of the night while nursing or in bed with the lights off if I don’t want to wake Mike up. With that said…. I’ve been wondering if it’s worth investing in a Kindle. There are so many options!! Do I go with one that mimics “paper” (or at that point should I just go back to my beloved real books) or do I get one that I can read at night (or is it a waste to do what I’m essentially already doing on my phone). This is probably why I keep avoiding the Kindle. Also, there are so many Kindle options….
WEANING HORMONES // Holy hormones. Jack is eating more and more solid foods and he’s definitely consuming less milk. I think the hormones from weaning have been the worst part of “postpartum.” They’re intense!! I am terrified for when Jack is fully weaned. The more research I do, the more I realize just how “boosted” I’ve been from all the good breastfeeding hormones. I’m also just so confused by weaning in general. We’ll go, of course, to one year and then I’ll slowly start the weaning process I guess… But yea, dreading it!
FAKE JEWELRY // Before our trip to the Bahamas, I wanted to “invest” in fake jewelry so I wouldn’t have to travel with my ring and earrings. I wasn’t even really concerned about traveling with them, so much as being at the beach and getting in the ocean with them. I bought a fake ring and fake diamond studs…… I’m obsessed. If you look really closely, they’re clearly fake and they feel light, but wow, they look pretty dang good overall.
GROCERY SHOPPING // If you’ve been reading here for a while, you might remember how much I hated grocery shopping. I really can’t quite explain it but it overwhelms to an extreme. Except…. not anymore?! Who am I? I swear becoming a mom changed me 🤣 In so many ways, starting with the fact that I don’t hate grocery shopping now. I’ve got this whole grocery store shopping “routine” so to speak. I hit up different places on different days for different things… and look forward to it all. I know I’m very (very) late to this, but I’ve become kind of obsessed with going to Trader Joe’s. I’ve been loving trying new snacks, picking up produce and flowers, and getting lunch for home options. Nothing new, obviously, but just needed to share with the world that I GET IT NOW. (I also am really into getting all our pantry staples from Thrive Market… I place an order about every other week with all our faves.)
NAIL PAINTING // I hated painting my nails. Then got really into it. Then stopped for a while. Then got back into it… and then when the pandemic hit, I pretty much went cold turkey again (even my toes). I painted my nails for my wedding with a pale pink and that was about it. When I first had Jack, going to get a pedicure became my go-to little time for myself. I love my natural nails and kind of out of the blue I started getting really excited about having RED polish. Way more than the natural and a lot more than the pale pinks I tend to lean towards. I painted them for a few days and legitimately felt like a new woman. Such a tiny change, but it totally made me feel great!
SHARED NOTES ON IPHONE // Recently learned that you can share an iPhone note with someone else! My friend Riley and I started a shared note where we’re going to add recipes/foods/meals we’ve given our kiddos. We had been sharing via text, but it was hard to keep track. It’s so simple and a great way to coordinate with another person.
STANLEY CUP HYPE // I got one of the Stanley Cups. You know the tumbler that is everywhere on social media??? I was so curious what all the hype was about and I have to say, I do get why it’s a good cup, but it’s not that good. At least so far, it’s just like a Yeti with a handle. It’s HUGE, which is nice, but I wouldn’t bend over backwards to get one unless you 100% want one for the aesthetic. (Which, honestly… I get that if that’s what you’re going for!) I’ll keep you posted if I have some life changing epiphany over it 🤣
REELS // I am so over Reels on Instagram. It’s annoying as a content creator, sure, but more than anything I just hate what Instagram has become as a consumer. The videos I get served are so boring and I feel like they could have just been a caption (and often it’s just someone standing with a seven second video loop with text saying, “read the caption.”) I love TikTok right now and I just think it’s a better app for that kind of content and it’s just not working on Instagram. Anyone else?! Very glad I am still blogging. (I kind of think blogs will end up making a comeback when it becomes impossible to really follow specific people on IG vs just getting served random content…..) THOUGHTS.
FEELING GOOD // Hormones aside, maybe, just maybe, I’m starting to feel more comfortable in my own skin again. It is not a matter of bouncing back (after growing an almost nine pound baby for nine months and breastfeeding that baby), I know there’s no going “back.” I am so proud of my body, but it was a challenge for a while looking in the mirror and reconciling what I’m seeing with how I’m feeling. Well, I really do feel more comfortable now. And I’m realizing it’s less about how I look and more about how I genuinely feel. I think I just feel all-over more at ease.
TANS // Okay I know I just said I was feeling more comfortable in my skin. BUT… this is the time of year when I start feeling incredibly self conscious about my pale skin. I try so, so hard to embrace how it is, but most of the year I wear jeans and feel okay. More than anything, it’s my legs. They are just so white and I get self-conscious the minute I have to put on shorts or wear a short dress. Still resisting the self-tanner 50% because I’m lazy and 50% because I wish I saw more people with my skin tone not using it, too….