When your out celebrating your friends 40th birthday in wine country and you make a pit stop at Husch Vineyards, you naturally have to sing "rush” by Paula Abdul. Can you hear it now? 🎶 Rush, Rush... It's kind of catchy, right? Sorry to all of my friends that had to hear me for a few hours on the ride up to Mendocino. I know I can't sing, but I do it anyways #coveryourears
PS - This place is darling and you should add it to you list of wineries to tour!
Buy yourself flowers!
This is something I did during & after my divorce. Yep, I bought myself flowers.
It not only brightened my house but it was a reminder to myself to love on myself. Divorce is rough. If you have kids also your focus is probably on them & just getting through the divorce.
Just don’t forget to love on yourself too! You are so worthy of love!!
#ad Sometimes I worry about what would happen to Charlie if my husband or I got sick, and how we would make ends meet if unable to work or if we became buried in bills. Based on the result of the #MetLife 15th Annual Employee Benefit Trends Study, I know I’m not alone. Did you know that 30% of employees lay awake at night worrying about money? I know I’m definitely guilty of that.
Trying to navigate the world of insurance and benefits is something I have seriously struggled with in the past (anyone else with me?) but with #OpenEnrollment happening for many companies in the fall, I’m starting to research the different options of voluntary benefits to relieve some of that pressure.
One interesting option I found was Critical Illness Insurance. Not only does it apply for many different illnesses, it also pays out a lump sum that can be used to take care of everyday expenses or medical bills—making sure our family can keep on moving forward during an unexpected illness. There is a great article linked in my bio with more about it—I definitely recommend checking it out especially if you are nearing your open enrollment period or have some big changes on the horizon (like a new baby or buying a home). I want to make sure I have plenty of time and energy to focus on the important things (like reading to Charlie), so it’s time to get myself into gear and make sure we are covered.
Have you elected to get voluntary benefits from your employer? I’d love to know which ones you chose to get and why!
you guyssss I FINALLY made an instagram for my floral designing! I’m working on another exciting project coming soon but I’m calling it all @wanderfleurco— if you luv me, then plz check it out 💕 or even you don’t love me, please do anyways
TGIF! Headed off to celebrate my bestie & her husband this weekend at their baby shower! - less than 2 months until we meet little Oliver!👶🏼❤
Headed to a baby shower? Hop over to the shop & grab this sweet card & write some words of wisdom to the baby & congratulate the parents!🎉💖👶🏼 #monstera
Ayer no fue 6 de enero, pero OS JURO que @minabarrio y yo íbamos tan emocionadas a conocer el nuevo local de @ofeliabakery como un niño la noche de reyes 🤤 En serio ¡Hasta hicimos nuestra particular cuenta atrás! Sí, somos #ofeliers hasta la médula y no podemos ser MÁS felices con su regreso 🍰🤘🏻
Oh, how time flies. Yesterday was the 1 year anniversary of my cochlear implant being 'switched on' for the first time. This time last year, I was taking the first steps with my brain to make sense of all the beeps and booming echoes that the world was producing...and gradually relearn to hear. Thankfully, my journey was smooth, and before long things started to sound how they should, and how I remembered them sounding (no more booms, thank you very much - those first few days and weeks were a funny time). My decision to go down the route of cochlear implantation was a very personal one, after being deaf for the whole of my 27 years (at the time), and it's different for each and every person who has ears that don't work as well as hearing ears. For me, it was about the future, and all that comes with it, and the fear of losing more hearing due to having a progressive hearing loss. After the struggle of losing more of my natural hearing in 2011, I didn't want to have to face that heartache again, rather, I plunged myself into the unknown with the hopes that it would provide stability. It has given that and so much more; in the past year I've discovered sounds that I hadn't heard before, and it's been a joy. Some highlights include: occasionally hearing what Matt is saying without looking at him (this has been really fun to experiment with - and still catches him off-guard!!), hearing a man playing a guitar from across a busy street in London (and this was within the first week after the initial switch on, which had me giddy), birds singing (although some are annoying...especially wood pigeons that wake me up whilst camping...), the nuances and inflections in voices, and the fact that music far exceeds the expectations I had pre-implantation. During the summer of 2016, I read so many accounts of people who had cochlear implants, and the biggest thread that ran through their experiences was that they had no regrets - getting a cochlear implant had been one of the best decisions they've made. And now? Now, I wholeheartedly agree with them. ❤️
Back in September we styled a @samitipi within a lakeside secret garden. Looking forward to being here next year to style a Wedding.
Here's a little bit of what we did.
Styling assistant @ffionnicholson
Love letters @in_my_life_uk
you need that stability. your people, group, bff’s, squad, community, whatever it is you want to call it. not just once in a while. not when it’s only convenient for them. not only in the good times. not just at housewarmings, birthdays, halloweens. a connection only over messages and texts. you need more. more than three times a year or here and there. more than curt responses and replies. silence and secrets don’t cut it. there’s no place for cliques, missed invites, and cancellations either. you need deep-down roots, someone to weather every storm, flood, and fire with. maybe this means you start with just one. maybe you’ve already found him. the standards you’ve set with everyone else – he’s established. the patience, humility, and hard work. the endless generosity. the care and concern. yes, you need those people, but thank god, you’ve already found your person. 👫🍎
Anyone else get multiple doubles of things from their #sephoraplay box? Heavily debating on canceling it along with #ipsy next year 🤔.
After 2+ years I've gotten more doubles than I've discovered items I love 😔.
"Let's get a dog." It took months to convince me to get a dog. Tripp secretly looked at the local shelter's website and was keeping tabs. When he saw a picture of a little mutt, he called me from work and said "just go see her!" I thought this dog would not like me. Now here I am staring at that sweet mutt steal my seat [my nice dining room chair as a matter of fact]. Dog toys are in just about every room. This little mutt is my best buddy and my little shadow. Thank goodness, she can't read because she'd be embarrassed I wrote this long of an IG caption about her. 😜🤗🖤
Breakfast is life, raise your hand if you agree!! 🙋🏻❤️ I can’t do anything or even begin my day without having breakfast first. I’ve always been super conscious of what I eat because I want to make sure that my body and immune system is strong and healthy and lately I’ve been even more conscious because I want to make sure that baby girl is getting all her vitamins to grow strong and healthy too. 👶🏻💖 I found the CUTEST glass jar from the @westelm x @quaker collaboration that is specifically designed for overnight oats and I’m loving it! It makes it so easy to have breakfast in the morning because all you have to do is pull it out of the fridge and stir it up. It has predetermined measurements that makes the process of putting it together the night before so easy and fast! I used Quaker oats/almond milk/Greek yogurt in mine this morning and topped it with chia seeds and berries! 🍓 These glass jar cuties are available exclusively at your local West Elm. #sponsored#overnightoats
Every 7 minutes a child is bullied — And kids who are obese, LGBTQ, or have disabilities are up to 63% more likely to be bullied than other children. Bullied students tend to grow up more socially anxious, with a lower self-esteem, and require more mental health services throughout their life. I was one of the relentlessly bullied.
So I’m wearing purple to publicly stand against bullying on #SpiritDay . We always have a choice about how we treat others. Let’s always choose kindness, friends. Always. 💜