Sometimes a break from routine is EXACTLY what we need, especially for us parents and couples! Bradley and I have never left Josephine before, which in itself is stressful. So, mommas I feel you! But we have made it a point to devote some time to focus on us this year as a couple. I was looking for a great staycation option that would allow us to be close to home, just in case Josephine needed us, or if I couldn’t handle being away from her for long. That’s when I found Choctaw Casinos & Resorts- Pocola. And Y’all this was a gem! 30 minutes from home and we felt like we were somewhere new! It was absolutely perfect!
I woke up to the sweetest message from a follower who wanted to tell me how she wishes to one day have a perfect marriage and perfect husband like I have. It was so kind of her to sing her praises over my marriage and life, however, I thought gosh if she only knew! Y’ALL my life, my marriage, my world is far from perfect. And I mean FAR from it. Some days I feel like I crushed it and then others I think Jesus take the wheel real quick because I am fixing to wreck into a brick wall.
Here is the deal folks. We live in a world where people post their “highlights” of their life and marriage. Sweet snapshots of their husbands gifts, love notes, and perfectly placed kisses plaster our screens. While we all have these moments we also have the gritty moments too. No one is posting picture of themselves mid disagreement. Hold on honey let me selfie this so I can post how today I asked you to change your clothes, per my germaphobe issues, before you sat on the couch and how you eye rolled at me super annoyed which set me off. Or hey real quick let me snap a pic of me trying to pick at you, which is your biggest pet peeve, and how much it sets you off. Or hey lets selfie the really deep hard times, like the moments we are not sure how to handle what life has thrown our way.
My marriage is far from perfect.
I am far from perfect. I’ll be the first to own that.
My husband is far from perfect.
Shhhh I’m on the phone! Isn’t it mind blowing how we use our phones everyday all day?! Some more than others, but I can promise you we all keep that little piece of technology within arms reach. With my family being far away I love that Josephine gets to FaceTime with them everyday multiple times a day. When my phone rings she claps and shouts “Noni”, which is what we call my mom. It’s adorable!!
Where are all my girls at who come home and slip off their clothes into something comfy?! Totally guilty over here! The minute I get home the jeans come off and I am back into comfy house lounging attire. Usually a tee or sweater and panties, no britches needed! And YA’LL have I found the cutest most comfortable panties EVER! Best part is you don’t even have to shop for them, they come to you!
Hey loves! Since Josephine is turning 16 months this month I thought I would answer some of my mommy questions I get a lot. One of the biggest questions I seem to be getting lately is what her schedule looks like. So below is what our day looks like. Now let me say a few things here to preface our schedule.
1) Every sweet babe is different in their own way.
2) We follow the taking Cara babies plan and have since she was born.
AND a big AND 3). schedules are a general foundation some days we are right on time and some days she is all over the place running around. I used to be so incredibly scared of “breaking” our routine or schedule. I thought if we are off our nap schedule by 10 minutes it will throw our entire day and her night off… this is not true! It took me an entire month to think about even going to music class because it “broke” our routine and I was for certain it would mess everything up. Guess what, it didn’t! So know this momma, routines are wonderful and kids thrive on structure but don’t let the routine trap you into a regimented life. Use it as a foundation for your day and if you deviate from the plan that is OKAY!
If you follow me on Instagram, Christinejaxx, you saw that I got the Young Living Essential oils starter kit! I got the kit from Amanda Joy who is the sweetest oil guru EVER. Her oil Instagram is Beau & Bumble. If you are not following her you need to! She has the greatest ideas and tips for using your oils. When I was sick she was messaging me every day with ways to use my oils to feel better! She is seriously so kind and knowledgeable! Ps. At the end of this blog post she has a treat for you!
Now that I have had my kit for a few weeks, I had to share my all time favorite ways to clean with it. You all know me, anything related to cleaning, I have tried it! I mean your girl loves to clean! I have tried so many different products, but oils are my favorite so far. Mainly because I know they are effective and leave my house smelling heavenly! Below are my top 5 favorite ways I use my oils when cleaning!
I recently hit Nordstrom rack and found the cutest 14th an Union loafers! They are so comfortable and fashionable. I literally live in a loafer because as a mom they are easy to slide in and out of while holding your little babe. I love a good practical fashion trend and these bad boys are both. I rounded up my fave affordable loafers for you to shop below!
We love a good Amazon find! These cute overalls and her bow is also from Amazon! These are the bows we wear with every outfit! They are such a good price for an entire set and the quality is great! I would size up one in the overalls as they run small. This super cute outfit for only $12! Yes girl yes!
Ever have those days where you just want to grab your phone swipe up on your home screen, switch that little airplane button on and simply shut the world off?
That was me yesterday.
You know one of those days where sadness just overwhelmingly crashes over you like a wave and you’re too tired to fight it off. You just want to wallow in it and drift off into it. You feel like you’re floating in that deep sea of despair and anxiety.
That was me yesterday.
If you know me well you know I’m all about a good SALE. Seriously I’m one of those people that can’t walk pass a sale, my husband really loves this!
Anyhow, I found the GREATEST sale on this adorable lavender sweater at Express! Y’all it was $50 dollars and I paid $11.99!!! YES! You read that correctly. It is on sale for $29 and another 40% off on top of that in checkout. It comes in three colors as well. Lavender is a major color this season so I of course had to get it in lavender.