Thursday, September 18, 2014

Emily Ley Planner Review

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Being a new mom is overwhelming. I went from being the most organized, "together" person to being completely scatterbrained. It frustrated me that I couldn't keep "it" together. After I had little E, I wanted more than anything to simplify my life by scaling back and getting rid of all of the clutter- whether it was in my house, in my life, or in my schedule.

Enter the Simplified Planner.

I never thought I would say this about a planner, but this thing is a Godsend. But before I really explain why, let's talk about a couple of fun things. First of all, I am in love with the cheerful, happy cover design. I never thought I would want a bright pink planner, but I guess I need some girly things in my life, now that I'm outnumbered. ;)

I love that there's a pocket in the front of the planner where I can easily store receipts, documents, or cards that I need to send out (because let's keep it real- I still have plenty of thank you notes to write).

I love that there is an inspirational quote at the top of every page- it motivates me to keep going and stay positive. Of course, I decided to show you this quote because I'm a music teacher.

Something that I've missed with my planner from this year is a monthly tab. I've been using a paper clip to access the week that I'm on, and while it's efficient, it's not cute. I like that the tabs are durable, and that they're in happy colors. 

But my absolute favorite thing about the Simplified Planner is the page layout. Here are a few reasons why:

1. One day gets an entire page. This is exactly what I've needed all along, and I especially need it now that I have to manage another person's schedule, too.
2. The day is broken down into hours, so you can keep everything in a neat, organized list
3. There's a spot for a checklist. You know that I'm like Monica Geller when it comes to checking things off of my list.
4. There's a spot to write about dinner plans. I just love this.

While the planner is heavier, thicker, and more expensive than others, it's exactly what I need to stay organized, focused, and feel like there's some kind of structure in my life. I know that I will get much more than my money's worth out of the Simplified Planner. It's pretty, practical, and perfect for this new mama.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Weight Loss Wednesday

Well, I will be honest with you. Because that's the best way to do things. I broke the veggie/fruit rule several times this week. And I ate more unhealthy food than usual because we had company all weekend (which meant that we ate out much more than usual). There were some places that didn't have healthy choices, but I ordered salads with vinaigrette any time I had the option to do so.

BUT. In spite of the not-so-successful week as far as the rule goes, I still lost inches! WOOHOO!
Here are the stats from this week:

Weight lost this week: 0 lbs (27.5 total since E was born)
Inches lost this week: 1.25 inches (9.75 in 4 weeks)

This is my game plan so I will have a successful week:
1. Get back on the fruit/veggie band wagon
2. Drink a lot of water. I plan on doing this by drinking 4 - 24 oz. glasses of water while I'm at school. In addition to that, I will drink a glass of water before any meal.

Here's to a better week, getting healthy, and feeling better than I ever have before!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

30 before 30

No, this isn't a recent picture. I'm just missing my skinny, long-haired self. 

So I've seen these 30 before 30 posts for many years. I've never been interested in writing one of these posts, because it was always going to be a loooooong time before I turned 30.

A few weeks ago, it hit me... I'll be 30 in only 3 years.


So I finally decided to do this and make a 30 before 30 list. Here we go!

1. Begin doctoral work (I can't decide if I want to get a D.M.A. in Conducting or a Ph. D. in Music Education)
2. Learn to play a new instrument
3. Take a trip at least once a year
4. Learn how to make fried rice (like the good, Japanese steakhouse kind of fried rice)
5. Sew a minimum of 3 articles of clothing for myself (and actually wear them)
6. Learn how to paint with oils
7. Grow a garden (flowers or food... doesn't matter)
8. Create a successful blog brand (this blog has come a long way, but I think it could grow a lot more)
9. Become more proficient in photography
10. Open an Etsy store
11. Go to New York
12. Watch a movie at a drive in theater
13. Host a dinner party
14. Run a half marathon
15. Go to a vineyard
16. Disconnect from the world for a weekend (no phone, email, social media, etc.)
17. Visit an orchard or a pumpkin patch
18. Master the eight-angle yoga pose
19. Have a spa day
20. Be a published or paid writer (or maybe both??)
21. Start (and stick with) a skin care regimen
22. Improve my posture
23. Learn how to bake a delicious (and pretty) dessert
24. Have a post go viral on social media
25. Go to a high-end restaurant and eat a dinner that I cannot afford
26. Learn how to do pretty coffee art with lattes
27. Learn how to play a piano piece more challenging than any other piece I've learned.
28. Participate in a 30 day challenge (photography, whole 30, etc.)
29. Find the perfect LBD
30. Upgrade my camera

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mama Mondays

Leslyn's Lovely Life
Well, this mama survived her first week back at work. PRAISES. I didn't cry, but I think it had a lot to do with the fact that my mom was here to keep our little E. Today, he starts at his day care. I'm super nervous about it, even though I've heard great things about the room he'll be in. So if you could say a little prayer for me today (and this week) as I hand him over to complete strangers, I'd appreciate it.

If I could sum up my life in one word at this moment, it would be OVERWHELMED. So I need to get a few things off of my chest. Hopefully some of you can relate. 

1. I really need to clean the house, but I don't get to love on Emmett while I'm at work, so I end up choosing to spend time with him. While I don't regret my decision to love on him, I don't like sitting in a house that I clean. And yes, my husband is super helpful around the house, but I want to do it because it's kind of therapeutic for me. 
2. Pumping at work is SO STINKING HARD. WOW.
3. I want to throw out about half of my stuff in my house so everything is much more simplified. All of the "noise" and clutter is bothering me and stressing me out. 
4. I miss my kiddo all the time. Even when he's in the other room. Good grief. 
5. I missed 3 weeks of school, and I have SO much to do to get caught up. Last week, I never stopped to take a break. Like, I ate while I was doing something else. 
6. I haven't gone grocery shopping in nearly 2 weeks.
7. There's a secret project I'm about to start working on, but I'm so scared that I will fail.
8. Medical bills are super dumb. Insurance is even worse. 
9. Sometimes, the blog stresses me out... But then I start writing about everything, and I feel so much better. So I'm not quitting the blog.
10. I feel like I've been irritable over the past few weeks... I suppose it's sleep deprivation? Regardless, I feel terrible for the catty things that go on in my brain (I try to filter them and not say things out loud). 

So there's a fraction of what's going on in my brain. I promise that next week will be more fun and happy and light. 

Leslyn's Lovely Life

Friday, September 12, 2014

Emmett: 2 Months

Another month has flown by. Emmett has changed a lot... And it makes this mama a little sad. Here's what's going on in our little buddy's world these days.

Weight: 10 lbs. 8 oz. (32nd percentile)
Height: 22.5 in. (47th percentile)
Head: 16 in. (79th percentile)

Milestones: Emmett is continuing to hold his head up longer and longer. He smiles a whole lot, which warms this Mama's heart. He coos, and will respond to us when we talk to him. Whenever he gets really excited, he inhales really loudly and it's the sweetest thing I've ever heard. His hair on his head is growing back, and he still has very hairy ears and a hairy back. 

Sleep: We still wake up twice a night to feed him. He's slept through the night (7 hours straight) 3 times this month. We're hoping that he will start doing this more often (he hasn't done this in a few weeks).

Favorite Things: Playing with Mama and Daddy, looking at our curtains in the living room (and anything else that's high contrast), looking at the gallery wall in our dining room, blowing spit bubbles, listening to classical piano music, reading books, sucking on his fist (and paci), and bath time. Bath time is probably his favorite thing of all. He's also a morning person like his Mama. We also love going on walks and looking at the big trees in our neighborhood.

Health: Our little buddy is growing at a steady pace. There are days where we have to give him gas drops like it's candy, but overall, he's doing great! He got his first set of shots last week, and he was sleepy for about 2 days. Then he was back to his old self. 

Feeding: He eats every 2-3 hours. I have to pump at work, which is frustrating and time consuming (there are some days where I don't get a break at all, which means that I'm pumping while I type emails. So fun). But hey, it's way cheaper than formula. So I'm sticking with it.

And here's the obligatory "I-hate-getting-my-picture-taken" photo...

Our darling Emmett, we can't get enough of you, sweet boy. It blows our minds that we were hoping, wishing, and praying for you a little one just a year ago. You're our sweetest gift.