Decor Trend : Gothic Chic

Gothic Chic

I know what you are thinking, excuse me Gothic? yes, Gothic, and I am not referring to the phase you had in high school, I am talking about a breath taking decor trend! I am so in love with this style that it is all I look at on Pinterest.

It not only incorporates rich deep colors, but also vintage and modern pieces. There are many details in this decorating style while still maintaining its elegance. I also love that there are elements of nature in each design.

I am itching to use this as inspiration for a room design, DIY, or maybe even my cube at work!

I would love to hear about your favorite decor trends currently and what makes you gravitate to them

I hope you are having a great day wherever you are 🙂

-Allison

*all design images via Pinterest

Organization – What is that again?…

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Does anyone else get lost in Pinterest boards of home organization and storage? It truley can be a black hole, but also so satisfying to look at – that is until you get up from your computer and look at you own home to see the overwhelming amount of stuff!

I have made a goal for 2018 to be the year of the purge in our house. I will be honest with you and admit that I am a little bit of a hoarder. I find meaning in  a lot of items and I am working on moving past it. I really want to get this book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up because I have heard nothing but wonderful things! I have also heard that it really helps people get rid of stuff and this mama needs that.

One of my main issues is that I will take time to organize something and a month later it will need to be organized again! (Yikes, I know) I would love to hear any tips or tricks you have to get rid of things, getting organized, and staying organized

I hope you hare having a great day wherever you are!

-Allison

Mama-Hood Monday Vol 2

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Once you are finished working your butt off and your little one is here there are countless emotions that you go experience; overwhelming love, excitement, exhaustion, nervousness and maybe a little bit of, now what? Well, what happens next is your whole world gets flipped upside down and shaken up like a soda can ready to burst! Lol, okay a little dramatic, yes, but somewhere close to accurate, also yes! Read on to hear about my experiences and what I wish I would have known prior.

1. Girl, you better pee!

Sounds so weird right, but this is super important unless you like catheters – which I don’t know of anyone who does – but I do mention this because no one told me anything about this I just happened to stumble upon an article a few weeks before giving birth that mentioned it. Once to are admitted you cannot have food or water, just ice chips, and you better load up! Once baby is out and your epidural (if you choose to get one) is shut off someone will come in and tell you it’s time to try to go to the bathroom. I will be brutally honest with you, I have never worked so hard in my life to pee. My sister was in the bathroom with me just shooting the shit for like a full 20 minutes. #BondingMoment

2. Your entire body will feel odd and people will be poking you often

Yes, you will be sore and tired, but I also thought my belly felt so odd – like jello! Definitely a moment it time when you feel like a body snatchers and don’t really recognize yourself, but it is part of the miracle so don’t be upset or embarrassed – you just brought a human into the world! Also, for the first 24 hours or so there will be people not only constantly bugging your baby, but also you. You will have your belly pushed on a lot! (I think this is to make sure your uterus is shrinking normally) you will also have your temperature taken frequently as well as discussing your trips to the bathroom – oh joy!

3. For the love of god, sleep!

This is advice that I did not follow and boy was I sorry when we got home. My daughter was born at 12:50pm and since it was during the day I wanted to socialize and dote of her instead of resting. I cannot stress this enough, that sleep is more important than entertaining you cousin’s best friend’s barber (again with the drama! Lol) but seriously that baby will be up every 2-3 hours yelling at you for food and it is a whole lot harder to deal with when you are past the point of exhaustion. Because of how tired I was our first night at home was the hardest night of my life – don’t get me wrong it was a joy having her, but I do already struggle with depression and anxiety, so mixing that in with almost 3 days of no sleep and extra crazy hormones was not good.

4. Have different sleeping options for baby’s first night

I know this sounds a little ridiculous but we had only her crib (which was in the nursery and couldn’t fit in our room) or a cradle that my grandfather built for my sister and I. Both were completely flat and open, and baby was not having any of that! So my husband and I took turns the entire first night home holding her for 2 hours until she needed to eat again – see why sleep is important!? We actually had her sleep in her car seat for the next 4 nights before we went out and bought a bassist for her.

We bought this Rock n’ Play Sleeper and it was our saving grace! Then we received a second one as a gift and it worked out perfectly as we have a two-story home – highly recommended

5. Recovery from childbirth is not easy

Before I had my daughter I did not really hear a lot about the recovery stage for mother’s and I do think that women should be more open about their experiences because after all it is the greatest thing you can ever do! I was lucky in that I was able to have a natural birth and I did opt to have a epidural so childbirth was more comfortable for me than the recovery. I am going to be honest (this might be TMI for some) and tell you the swelling makes everything much more difficult – especially getting out of a hospital bed! But there is relief in the cooling pads the hospital provides (it is like a pad but much bigger and it is an ice pack as well – oh sweet Jesus were those great!) make sure to ask for extras of whatever you need at the hospital, they encouraged me to take home anything left as they usually just start from scratch for every patient. Mental recovery is also hard for some people. I not only had battles with all my extra hormones but also had some postpartum depression. Make sure you have someone to talk to, I did cry a lot the first week at home because I was all over the place emotionally, and I had mom guilt for being depressed and also not being able to breast feed (we will talk about that soon)

I could literally write about this forever! It is one of the hardest things I have ever gone through, but it is the most fulfilling. I would love to hear about your birthing experiences and the things you wish you would have known prior.

Have a great day wherever you are!

-Allison

Amazon Favorites

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So we all know that Amazon is taking over the world right? We I have to say that I totally jumped on the band wagon because it is so convenient and they literally have anything you need or want. Also, the Prime membership is a awesome thing to get new parents (that is how we go sucked in and I am never looking back) Below are the link to a few of my current favorites and re-orders (click on the title to find them on Amazon)

I would love to hear about your favorite things in the comment section!

Veeda Natural Tampons

weird, yes, awesome, also yes! the older I get the more concerned I have become with the ingredients of everything – including feminine items. I feel a little better during my time of the month knowing that i am using a organic, cotton only product.

BS-Mall Makeup Brush Set

I was skeptical of these bad dogs when I saw the price, but when i saw the reviews I thought why not?! I am so glad I ordered them, I have had these since October and I am still a big fan (I do always suggest washing makeup brushes before use)

Lappi Baby Bassinet

Our daughter did not like laying in her cradle or on flat surface to sleep at night because of all the open space around her. I was searching online trying to find the perfect solution and this is it! It is half the price of a Dock-a-Tot and I think it works great! (I was willing to buy a Dock-a-Tot because they have such great reviews but I wanted to see if something more affordable would work first and lucky me, it did!) This product is also machine washable which is a huge plus!

Himalayan Salt Lamp

I am all about the natural energy that things posses and what they can do to the “vibes” in your home and work spaces. These salt lamps are so awesome for clearing negative energy and also looking beautiful! They also really help with respiratory issues which is great because asthma runs in the family.

Five pound bag of Haribo Gummy Bears

Don’t judge me, mama just likes her gummy bears! Also buying them in bulk like this is much more economical than the little bags.

Silicon Baby Bibs

Best. Thing. Ever! especially when you have a little one that is just trying “solid” foods. So easy to clean off, wipe down and store.

Beauty Glazed Makeup Palette 

This palette is inspired by the Jaclyn Hill Morphy palette that I sadly was not able to purchase. I found this and the reviews were great, so I took a leap of faith and so far I have been pleasantly surprised with how great it is

 

 

Thanks for reading – Hope you are having a great day wherever you are!

-Allison

 

It’s Valentine’s Day…

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I am sure that many of you out there feel me when I say that I am not into Valentine’s Day. Don’t get me wrong the get the whole flowers, chocolate, diamonds bit, the part I don’t understand is it is one day a year designed to put major pressure on people in relationships and then expects single people to wallow in misery with a tub of ice cream. (Take no offense if you are single or not, if you are happy that is what matters! and let’s get real a tub of ice cream is ah-maz-ing either way)

My husband and I have never really celebrated Valentine’s Day, even when we were dating, i just don’t really like it (now let me clarify, I ALWAYS like diamonds and maybe if I got those every year I would feel differently, but alas I do not) Mostly kidding, but what I am trying to say is love should be given, shown and shared every day with the people you hold dear, for the rest, well I just tolerate them 😉

-Allison

Vintage Finds

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Anyone who has scored a designer anything for pennies on the dollar knows the feeling of thrifting victory! There really is nothing like it, feeling excited, amazed and maybe even a little giddy? I have learned a lot of things over the years about vintage and more current designer items and it has paid off when combing the racks and shelves at my local thrift store. Below are a few things that make it easier for me to spot designer shoes, I would also love to hear your tips for success at the thrift store (designer items or not!)

  1. do your research! I will be the first to admit that I spend more time than I should on websites for authenticated designer resale. Sometimes it can seem like a black hole I can’t get myself out of, but it has actually paid off knowing what older labels, logos and styles look like for designer footwear.
  2. Don’t get too excited too quickly I too have fallen trap to the dreaded knock off because I got way too excited too quickly. If you have doubts something is real, well, you are probably right. The quality of designer items speaks for itself and are close to perfect with details, labels, land logos – trust your gut!
  3. Pay attention to the details Sometimes thrift stores, consignment shops or even estate sales can be crazy, with a capital C! Just because it is busy don’t rush yourself when looking. Some of the smallest details give the you most information.
  4. Take care of those beauties! In this day and age not many people (my husband included) want to take the time to fix things, when other people (myself included) would rather fix and keep everything. I am the same way with all my shoes – designer or not. Like anything, you have to care for it to make it last. I think everyone should know where a cobbler is and use their services. Not only does it help to keep your kicks looking beautiful, but it also helps local businesses.

If you are interested in the shoes shown above I also have a Etsy shop here

-Allison

Mama-Hood Monday Vol. 1

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There are so many scary things about pregnancy – from the first positive test to the moment the doctor comes into the room and tells you its time, you (or at least I was) filled with worry, doubt and thoughts of “can I do this?” Well I am here to tell you that you can, and all the fears you have are valid, but useless until the situation arises (which hopefully it wont!) I am a firm believer that women are the strongest creatures on earth, but we all need a little support sometimes right?! Below were some of my top fears going into labor and how I coped in order to have a welcoming environment for our little one.

      1. Something will go wrong

I know all my control freak, A-type personalities (like myself) can relate with this one! I was so scared that something would go wrong, and I would not be able to contribute to a resolution or control anything. Well to be honest there is not much you can do to stifle this fear, but having a supportive partner (or support system) to share these concerns with does help. I also tried to replace each negative thought, with a positive one which helped me change my outlook.

     2. I would be too tired to keep pushing

I was very luck to be able to have a natural birth, but once I knew that was the official birth plan (when we were in the hospital) I immediately thought, what if I get too tired? But once the time came the complete opposite happened, I had so many emotions and LOTS of nerves that I was ready to put all I had and more into getting my daughter out as fast as they told me too. When she was out and laying on my belly, yes I was tired, but there was no way I would change those moments. Sleep is definitely something you do not get much of in the first few months with a new baby, but it is totally worth it.

   3. How will I know what to do after the baby is delivered?

Guess what, no first time parents have any idea what to do once the baby is born, and what is even better is that your baby doesn’t know either so you can learn together! Doctors, nurses, lactation consultants are all there to help, so if  you have questions ask! the only dumb question is the one that is not asked, and I assure you that they have heard it all so there is nothing to get embarrassed about. (and honestly after you give birth most of the people you see on the regular have seen all of you up close and personal anyway)

I will be doing a mama-hood post every Monday, so stay tuned for more. Please note that these posts are based on my own thoughts, feelings, and experiences so take with a grain of salt and sense of humor. 🙂

-Allison