August 28, 2017

trying to relax!

Guys real talk I am never really relaxed I've realized. When I have literally 30-60 minutes to myself I'm usually cleaning, cooking, working out, taking Ollie out- all of that super fun stuff that is not even a little bit relaxing. I also have pretty intense anxiety, which makes it a thousand times harder to just simply relax even when I do have a moment to do so.

I literally rely on baths for any kind of relaxing time. I go ham too. I do bath bombs, and bubble bath, I have candles, I have Netflix on my phone so I can watch FRIENDS which can cause some stress sometimes (they WERE on a break... why does Richard confess his love to Monica when Chandler wants to propose?!?!??) Anyway... I love them. I LOVE them. I live for them. When I was pregnant I had a bath bomb bath probably twice or three times a week and it completely saved me.

Between Kelly living away from me, moving, being crazy pregnant I was stressed out of my mind and that 20-30 minutes I had in the bath was completely refreshing. I could stop thinking so much and just spend some time to myself (and let me tell you- bath bombs are GREAT for stretch marks since they moisture the water so much). Now that I have a baby, like I said, I never have two minutes to myself that I'm not doing something, but when Kelly is home and can take care of Jax- or if he decides to go to bed fairly early I take the time I have an I have a bath, with a bath bomb almost always.

 But I'll be honest with you- I can't afford the amount of bath bombs that I want. They can get pricey... I mean, $9 a bath is kind of insane for 30 minutes of pleasure, but I do it anyway. I am always on the search for a cheaper alternative though, because I am not willing to give up those baths whatsoever, but I have definitely got to find a most cost effective way to take such a great bath.

That's when I came across Rocky Mountain Rinse and I can't tell you how excited I was about it! Their bath bombs are $2.95 each (yeah I'm serious) and they are amazing! They're made fresh in Colorado Springs and they are made with 100% pure essential oils and they don't use any artificial dyes or scents which makes them completely safe, so I actually let Jax use one tonight since he was having a particularly bad day and I needed something to just calm him down haha. They are incredible and I was so pleasantly surprised at how great they made me feel for such a good price!

I'm all about essential oils, especially lavender so being able to put it into a bath is such a great feeling and I love that I can trust them with my kid and even with myself! I hate having to worry about what kind of crap is being put into something that is covering my entire body- the last thing you want to do when you're trying to relax is worry about what kind of stuff happening.

It comes with a chart showing you what each bath bomb is best used for.

Sangre (Lavender + Tea Tree) is best for sore muscles. 
Marcellina (Peppermint + Cypress + Lavender) is best for aches and pains.
Hesperus (Eucalyptus + Peppermint) is best for sinus pressure.
Almagre (Chamomile + Lavender) is best to relax and sleep (this is the one I used for Jax). 

Seriously, we have really hard jobs being moms. It's straining and it can be really difficult to find time to relax and just have time for ourselves. Do yourself a favour and get a bath bomb and take 30 minutes to yourself- it is SO important to not forget about yourself when you're a mother, it can lead to depression and make life even more difficult!

Check out Rocky Mountain Rinse on Instagram and their website here! You'll thank yourself!

August 27, 2017

so ready for fall

Kelly and I spent the day yesterday just wandering downtown which I'm always down with, because I honestly love living so close to downtown. Seriously... when I lived in Rexburg it was brutal living so far from any kind of downtown, so I love being able to be this close. Every so often I'll go downtown on the bus with Jax and we'll meet Kelly at work. I just love being down there.

So, Pink Blush has officially starting bringing out their fall kind of clothes like this sweater which is the CUTEST and the most perfect fall colours and I jumped on it so fast (they are a trendy online boutique with the cutest maternity and non-maternity clothes btw- I wore them pregnant all the time and I could rave about them for days). This sweater is definitely not made for the kind of weather that we were having yesterday, but I really didn't care. I'm lowkey hoping that if I can manage to wear fall type clothing, and buy all the fall candles and handsoaps, and start making pumpkin flavored things that fall will come sooner.

It probably won't work.

But we can pretend.

My house will soon be smelling like fall. As of right now I just have fall smelling handsoap in my bathroom, and I'm wearing sweaters in 30 degree weather and that's good enough for me.

There is the cutest little coffee shop downtown just like a two minute walk from Kelly's office so we stopped in there for random cute coffee shop pictures and hot chocolate and cookies. It's honestly just tiny and super sweet and I loved it. Like they had letterboards for their menu and a neon 'Coffee' sign, are you kidding me? Is that not the cutest little tumblr thing you've ever seen? I'm all about that life.

And I guess Dick's sporting goods was having like a party thing going on at Gallivan Center and there was the cutest little water display thing that Jax was obsessed with. He looooooves anything involving rain or water, so he was so in love with staring at it. It was adorable. I love finding things that Jax loves so much.

that double chin tho.

August 22, 2017

new phone + new case!

Lately I've been trying really hard to go on walks with Jax more. It's going to start getting colder soon (which I'm actually stoked about) but that means it's going to get harder and harder for us to go on walks together, which is such a more fun way of losing the baby weight. Today we walked down the Corner Bakery Cafe which is honestly one of my favourite places that I've discovered since moving to Utah. I've had their pasta, breakfast, and sandwiches and I'm always 100% satisfied, and it's awesome.

Check out my phone case and laptop btw! I am all about the marble fad that has been going on and I'm not even slightly embarrassed about it. It is such a classy look and I am in love with my how my laptop looks with this laptop skin! The case and the laptop skin are from CaseApp and they are honestly one of the coolest phone case companies that I've come around! They give you SO much freedom with your designs and they're such great quality! You can either choose one of their premade designs (which is what I did for my laptop skin and the phone case), or you can design your own! That means you can literally add any picture that you want. You want a picture of your husband, your child, your dog, your plant??? You've got it. AND if you want to take one of their premade designs and add your own words or clipart on top of it, you can totally do that too!

I'm obsessed with my custom iphone case. I think the design is so classy and the quality is so nice! It feels perfect in my hand and it isn't at all bulky. It just fits so nicely and I love it. The design isn't just a sticker that you could peel off of the case either, which is something I've found for most phone cases with cute designs!

So, go and check out CaseApp and check out what they have to offer! Also, use the code SUBLIMELIFE20 for 20% off their website!

August 20, 2017

Let's Talk Motherhood: Self Care

One of the greatest parts of social media for me lately is the connections that I've been able to make with other mothers. We are all going through a really transitional time as we try to balance ourselves with becoming a mom and figuring things out, and being able to have such a long mom community to rely on and ask questions and honestly just to chat to can be so therapeutic and makes this whole motherhood thing just a little bit easier.

McKell Quilter-Wilson is a friend of mine that I met through Instagram and she's honestly so ridiculously awesome. She started a series called 'Let's Talk Motherhood' where a group of mothers each month write a blog post about a specific topic and I am so privileged and excited to be able to be a part of the series for this month! We are talking about self care, and honestly this is probably one of the areas of motherhood that I struggle with the very most, so being able to talk about this is so refreshing and I am so excited to see what the other mothers in the series say about this topic! You can find the links to the other mother's blogs down below!

1. Has your view on self care changed since becoming a parent? If yes, how?
My view on self care has changed significantly. I've never been one to need to put on makeup, to do my hair, or even put on anything other than sweats. I've always been completely happy eating whatever I wanted, wearing what was comfy, and just kind of going with the flow. Since becoming a mother I've realized that you need to take time for yourself. You need to eat healthy and take care of your body. You know on an airplane when they say to put the oxygen mask on yourself before you put it on a child? It's the same idea. You need to take care of yourself before you can take care of another human being. You won't be able to give them nearly as much care if you're not first taken care of. 

2. How do you make time for self care as a mom?
On days that I know it's going to be especially difficult because Jax didn't sleep very well, or I didn't, or the house is a mess I always try to wake up at least an hour before I expect Jax to. I need that time just to clean, or eat a good breakfast (or breakfast at all). 

3. What are your favorite ways to practice self care?
Eating and putting on even the slightest bit of makeup. I don't know what it is, but I feel like I can conquer so much more if I put on makeup or do my hair at least a little bit. I feel good about myself and it makes it so much easier to be patient. Also, I've always had a tendency to just skip meals, and so if I can make an effort to actually make some meals for myself instead of just worrying about Jax eating then I really feel a difference.

4. How do you overcome 'mom guilt' when you do take a few minutes to yourself?
I struggle with this... a lot. I feel guilty when I can hear Jax crying but I just want to eat my meal while it's still hot, or when all of the dishes are dirty including his bottles and I spend that time putting makeup on or working out. I think about that oxygen mask analogy a lot. If I want to be patient and I want to be a better mother than I need to do what is important to myself. I've seen plenty of times that I lose my patience if I didn't get a chance to focus on myself that day, and it's just not worth it. 

5. What advice would you give to moms that struggle with practicing self care?
You are still important. Believe it or not, you are more than just a mother. You are your own human being, and although it might seem like the other important human in your life is your child, it's not true. You are still a human being that needs to be taken care of. Whether it's working out, putting makeup on, or eating a meal that you actually prepared for yourself- do you. Your baby takes up the other 99% of your day, but give yourself that 1%. You deserve it.

This is something I've always struggled with, and even since having Jaxon it's only gotten so much worse for myself. I don't take time for myself, and when I do I feel extremely guilty for it, which is honestly ridiculous and when I say it out loud I realize how silly that really is. I could ramble on about this forever in both directions, I could easily justify not spending enough time for myself, but just as easily justify why it's important that I do!

Here are some other mom's blogs & Instagrams!