Monday, January 22, 2018

How We Wore It | White

You read that title right. I'm happy to announce that our favorite series, How We Wore It, has been picked up for another season (queue the applause)! Yay! To start off this year, we decided to style all things white. The reason we picked white was that we thought it represented a clean slate and a fresh start to the new year.

I don't have a lot of white in my wardrobe.. especially not winter friendly white. So I decided to style my 'white' hair that my amazing sister, Matlin, did for me over the Christmas break. She's the best and I'm not just saying that because she's my sister. She's really, really great at what she does! If you are in southern Alberta and need a fabulous hairstylist hit up @hairbymatlin!! My hair tends to pull really bronze/yellow when I go blonde but Matlin is a wizard and makes it the perfect ashy tone that I love. It's always a little more grey/almost purple at first which is really fun and then it wears off and becomes the perfect ashy blonde after a few weeks. Be sure to check out how my beautiful friends styled white this winter via the links at the bottom of this post!

Jordan Cidelle
Brittany Lowry

Coat: Abercrombie and Fitch. Also, love this!
Top: Bluenotes (its Canadian). Loving this one, too!
Jeans: American Eagle.
Boots: Kohls (old). Love these!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Bachelor Monday!

xoxo, Chelan

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Get Outta Your Mind

This week has been a little bit nuts. Today, in particular, has been super busy. Last night I was feeling really stressed about everything I had to do today and how I was going to get it all done so I contemplated staying up late but opted to just go to bed and leave the stress for the morning. Before Parker left this morning, he sat on the bed beside me and said, "I know you are really busy and I'm sorry but I need to ask you to do something for me today." Immediately my response was something along the lines of "No. Absolutely not. I don't have time." And honestly, I didn't think I did. I'm also ashamed to admit that I was feeling a little bit of resentment toward Parker for not being more efficient and getting his own stuff done even though he has had an even busier week than me (he was supposed to have today off to study for a test but they made him go into the hospital anyway - rude). Luckily, the thing he wanted me to do was something that was already on my list so it wasn't a big deal... Anyway, I got up, said a little prayer asking for some help to get everything done that I needed to do today and that I could focus and guess who is done everything on her to-do list by 2:30 pm? ME. 

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As was sitting around trying to decide what I should do with this unexpected hour of free time, I had a little lightbulb moment that I wanted to share. 

How much could I get done if I would just do the thing I'm stressing about rather than taking the time to stress about it at all? 

Then there would be no energy spent on worrying about it, the to-do list would get done faster, and I would be in such a better mood! I get in my head so much and get so worked up about stupid things. Sometimes a simple task like doing the dishes is completely overwhelming to me because both sides of the sink are filled up and there are dirty dishes scattered about the counters so it looks like a much bigger job than it actually is. In reality, it usually only takes me about a half hour to bust them out and get the kitchen cleaned. 

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So ladies and gents, get outta your mind. Stop stressing, start doing. You can do this! You are amazing! I'm cheering you on!


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Bachelor... Among other things.

It's no secret that I love the Bachelor. I've watched almost every season since I can remember. One of my favorite things is talking about it with my friends at work and asking them who their favorites are/how they felt about the drama, etc. So I thought it would be kinda fun to do a little post on my feelings about how this season is going. This will only be fun if other people share their opinions so please comment below or on the link I'll share on Facebook!

Arie is AWK! He is so, so, so, so awkward. I don't not like him but I don't love him, either. There is just something about how he acts around the girls that makes me cringe. I really liked him on Emily's season so I'm surprised at how I'm feeling this season. I'm really hopeful that he'll win us all over later on in the season but at this point, I don't really care who he ends up with.. is that bad? I'm really just over here picking out my choice for the next Bachelorette!

As far as dates go - Becca K and Crystal's dates were the best (even though Crystal seems a little crazy, but we'll get to that later). These group dates are awful and so weird. The demolition derby was the least awkward out of the three but the GLOW girls one was horrid.

Let's chat about the girls. My current favorite is Tia (her accent is the cutest) and Becca K is a close second. I don't love the short-haired Becca. There's just something about her that bugs me. Taxidermy girl freaks me out, or rather her collection does. Crystal, poor Crystal. I feel bad that everyone hates her so much because I feel like a lot of the editing makes these ladies seem like crazy people but I guess that's just a risk you take when you agree to do the show? Maybe she is crazy? Her poor voice. But she's got some wicked arms and abs! I'm sure she's actually really sweet. Chelsea is bothering me less and less but I think that's because they've chosen Crystal to be the true villain. I'm just a little puppet and the editors are my puppet masters telling me how to feel, I know.

This is Tia if you can't remember. I want to talk with a southern accent just like hers. 

Anyway, I want to know your thoughts. Who do you love? Who do you hate? What do you think of Arie? No spoilers, please!

I listen to a few Bachelor-related podcasts that you should totally tune into if you like the Bachelor. I almost enjoy the podcasts more than the actual show.

1. The Almost Famous Podcast with Ben Higgins and Ashley I. Theirs is mostly focused on the Bachelor with some relationship advice mixed in every so often which is fun to listen to. I love that they have guests come on the show - Annalise just went on the dish about the other girls and about Arie and ugh. I just love the drama!!!

2. Scrubbing in with Becca Tilley. I think Becca may be my favorite person to ever come out of the Bachelore franchise. I just want to be her best friend.. Is that too much to ask? They talk a lot about Grey's Anatomy on her show, which I also love, and do a lot of dating advice segments - doesn't apply to me since I'm married but still entertaining all the same.

3. Off the Vine with Kaitlyn Bristowe. So good. I really didn't like her all that much on the Bachelor or as the Bachelorette but I have loved almost every single one of her podcasts! She talks about all sorts of different things and has all sorts of different guests but it's always a good time. I don't care much for all the talk about wine but that's her thing so I deal. She just upped her episodes to two a week in 2018 rather than 1 and I'm jazzed about it!

"Ladies. Arie. This is the final rose tonight. When you're ready."

Chris Harrison

Friday, January 12, 2018

2018 Check In

Hey everybody! It's Friday afternoon, Parker is having a nap on the couch and I'm trying to be super quiet so I don't wake him. He's had two really, really early mornings and has been so busy the last few days that I think a nap is totally warranted. So I'm just trying to find something to fill the time during his nap that won't wake him up and is semi-productive. Why not write and share a blog post?!

I figured I'd do a little check in on how my 2018 goals are going so far! I know we are only a couple of weeks into January but it's never a bad time to see what's going on and where I can do better, right?

I chose a word for the year, as I've seen SO many people do this year and my word is consistent. Whether that be I'm more consistently organized, consistently being productive and efficient, consistently keeping caught up on laundry or even my favorite tv shows (balance, right?!). However that may look on any given day. You can read more about my quick 2017 year in review and see some of the words I was considering using as my theme for 2018 here.

Alrighty, lets check in!

+ Diet. This year I'm trying to be more intentional with how I take care of my body. Parker and my family have been into it, too, which makes it a lot easier. I complain pretty consistently about it lol but I know it'll be worth it. I'm not 'dieting' per se, but I am being really conscious of the things I put into my body. Trying to think of food as being fuel rather than a social activity or a reward is HARD! I just meal planned some low-carb meals for this coming week and when Parker wakes up we are going to brave the winter storm to go get groceries. If you have any low-carb snacks or easy meals (lunches specifically is what I'm lacking on right now) send them my way! We aren't avoiding carbs completely, just trying to eat less of them. RIP my favorite food: potatoes. May you always be remembered with fondness and happy times.

+ Exercise: I've only exercised once this year. Whoops! I'm still sore from my PiYo class on Tuesday so that's good! I've been teaching dance a little bit but I'd love to get my gym membership reactivated so I can start going and lifting some weights! I miss going to the gym!

+ Reading. I want to read at least one book a month this year. I used to read so much and I really made it a priority. I miss that! I set aside some specific time this week and it was really nice to just relax with a good book. If you have any recommendations for books I should have on my list this year, send them my way! I'm open to lots of different genres but would love to try something in the 'self-help' genre at least once this year, maybe? Usually, I stick to my romance, historical fiction, and YA books. I'm hoping to get back to posting my 'Currently Reading' posts every so often, too!

+ Blogging. I set a goal to blog more this year. I'm thinking at least once a week but this week I'm already at two posts. Go me! Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for reading my blog, you guys. It makes me really happy to see that a few people read these posts that I pour my heart into. I don't blog to someday be semi-famous or for monetary purposes (although, I wouldn't complain about either of those things if they were to happen at some point) and I try not to put too much stock into how many page views each blog post gets but just know that when you read, comment, and share my posts it really does mean so much to me! You just make my entire day every time you take the time to visit this here site, so THANK YOU!

+ Plann(er)ing! I got a cute new 365 Happy Planner for Christmas this year and I've been really diligent about using it. I also got some adorable stickers to put in it! Here's a peek at this current week so far :). Don't the stickers make it so fun?!

What are your goals this year? Have you been sticking to them? If not, it's never too late to start. You've got this!

xoxo, Chelan