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2018 Vision and Goals!

Happy new year friends! I'm a little late, but I still hope I have caught you in your fresh start mind set!

Which is amazing.

Starting a new year is rad, it reminds you to look back on the last year and see the blessings and the hardships. To see what you accomplished or what you wish you would have worked harder at. 

There are a few things I am really going to work at this year.

1. Putting the Word before the word. I have SUCH a bad habit of getting lost in my phone. I call it getting lost because one second I'm looking at a friends cute baby and the next I'm watching a compilation of dog fails. And to be completely honest, aside from the connections with other women on social media it very rarely adds positivity or speaks life! 98% of the time I am left feeling worse after scrolling than when I started, thoughts crowd my brain:

why can't my house be as clean as hers

why isn't my skin that clear

why can't I get myself together

if only I was a nurse already

if only I had x,y,z.

And I know better! I know that most of the things on social media are fake! Heck, I stage things for blog posts all the time! 

But it's when I put the world before Jesus, that's when my perspective gets wonky. That's when I feel defeated, inadequate.

When I start my day with the Lord it changes my heart. I am able to see who I am in Him. I am able to see how the enemy wants to take me down with the comparison game. So this year I have promised myself to open the Word before I give my attention to the world. 

Being totally realistic here! Because I know somedays Ryder will wake up before me so the Word may just be the bible app on my phone while he's having breakfast. 

The ministry Well Watered Women inspired this and wrote a whole blog post on how they are going to put the #wordbeforetheworld this year. Please check out their post and their amazing ministry. Gretchen, the founder makes it her mission to share encouragement on social media! Their posts are sure to inspire and point you back to the Lord!

There are a few other things I'll be working on this year!

2. Like cutting out toxic products from our home. Don't worry I'm not going to message you to try my oils! But I do love them and I want to use them more in our home. (they work, that is something I will say)

3. Eating more whole foods. Even if that means less Chick Fil A *tears*

I'm not putting a huge amount of pressure on myself because that usually yields defeat! I know from past experience. Just kind of going to keep those three goals in  mind all year.

Our old church Lifecenter posted this picture and I thought it was really good! I love #5! It really is true, writing your goals down or making a vision board totally helps! 

Making SMART goals is another great tool:

S: Specific. A goal of “being the best” is too broad for specific execution. ...
M: Measurable. How will you tell if you are heading towards your goal? ...
A: Attainable/Achievable. ...
R: Relevant. ...
T: Timely.

I'm really into goals, really into lists and really into worksheets. When I started working for lululemon part of employee culture was setting goals and creating visions. 

The visions are specific pictures of how your goals will manifest! I found some of the worksheets online just like the ones we used. I'm totally printing them out in the morning.

I hope this little post encouraged you in the new year! I have really been clinging to this verse:

Lamentations 3:22-23

22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;[a]
    his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.

It is such a blessing that we don't have to wait for a new year for a fresh start! His mercies are new every morning! His grace abounds! 

Wishing you an amazing 2018! 

In love, Rachel

Dressing My Little Man

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Ryder and I have had quite the couple of days. It's only been 2 days of weaning him from breastfeeding but it feels like months. He's doing really well during the day! It's just when we need to get him to sleep we run into problems. So I'm just taking it day by day and drinking a lot of coffee. Even though it's been hard, he has been SO cuddly. He's just been giving me hugs and kisses all day. He will grab my face so I'm looking at him and then he'll hug me! I could just melt. He is such a mama's boy!

One thing I totally wasn't expecting when having boy was how much fun I would have dressing him. Don't get me wrong, honestly dressing Avery is way more fun, haha! But! I just love dressing this bubba like the little man he is. So handsome!

It's so simple too! One piece like a vest or sweater really makes the outfit fun without making the kiddo uncomfortable, my kids don't do uncomfortable. They'll just sit there like potatoes if they are not comfortable in what their wearing, Avery included she can't stand itchy tulle!

One of the first baby boy clothing pieces I bought were these little jeans with suspenders from OshKosh B'gosh. Swoon! Now that it's cooling down again I was able to get Ryder another pair of them for this season.

My favorite part though was this little sweater! So so cute!

And the thermal onesie underneath was seriously cozy.

OshKosh always has really good sales so I love popping in when I can. The stuff lasts forever! If you are going to be checking them out soon here is a handy store locator

and a COUPON!

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 20% off $40 or more purchase

Exciting! OshKosh supplied me with a $50 gift card to giveaway to my readers! You can enter over on my Instagram page here:

Thanks for letting me spam you with Ryder pictures, he is such a little lovie! I've gotta head back to  my babe who is missing his boob, any advice for that would be awesome!

In love, Rachel

A White Elephant Gift That Doesn't Stink

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MerrySpritzmas #CollectiveBias

One thing I get super excited for every year is our family's white elephant gift exchange. I can remember the "adults" doing this since I was just a kid! Soon enough though everyone was included in the exchanges, which was so fun!

I don't know if it's just us but when we do these exchanges you can probably hear all the laughter 5 miles away.

Like, pee your pants, can't breathe laughter.

It's great! The thing is since we have all been doing these exchanges for so long, we're all really good at them! I can still remember some of the best gifts I have gotten and some of the craziest ones I have given out.
So much to choose from at Bed Bath & Beyond!

This year though I'm getting slightly crafty and really smelly! I am going to gift my lucky recipent a whole bunch of Poo~Pourri and a sign made by your's truly for their bathroom! So it's totally fun and something they can really use. If you haven't heard of Poo~Pourri It’s pretty simple, really! When spritzed into the toilet bowl before-you-go, Poo~Pourri’s pure blend of NATURAL ESSENTIAL OILS creates a film on the surface of the water.
The protective barrier traps odor under the surface, before it ever begins! All you’ll smell is a refreshing bouquet of NATURAL ESSENTIAL OILS. Flush yeah!

Really I feel like I'm giving the gift of freedom. Freedom to poo wherever when ever because when you leave the restroom people will think you were artfully creating a bouquet of flowers. Bless.

The sign was ridiculously easy to make! I picked up a chalkboard sign from Hobby Lobby and just used a chalk pen to right my sweet message.

This potty gift set is actually adorable! It even comes with the seasonal Merry Spritzmas® spray!

Merry Spritzmas® – (Peppermint+Vanilla+Citrus)
Add a spritz of holiday magic by leaving the porcelain sleigh smelling better than you found it. Poo~Pourri Merry Spritzmas® is a blend of peppermint, vanilla and citrus natural essential oils that eliminates bathroom odor before it begins by creating a barrier on the water's surface. Smelling is believing!

If you are in need of a White Elephant Gift that doesn't stink you have to head to Bed Bath and Beyond to pick some of this stuff up. I mean it also makes a really good stocking stuffer for husbands...who don't ever turn the poo fan on. Idk...

You can click here to learn more or just use your mouse to hover over this handy shoppable image below.

Don't forget to look out for special coupons on one item at Bed Bath and Beyond's website before heading out to shop or shopping online.

Let me know if you created a "have a nice poop" sign!

Gift Ideas For the Kiddos!

Hi Friends,

I am just feeling all the holly jolly feels! I had a blast putting together some lists for my two favorite kiddos. I hope this gives you some fun ideas this Christmas season!

1. Ruby Doll: Made by one of my favorite brands, Matilda Jane. I asked Avery to choose from the three new dolls they came out with and she told me Ruby was her favorite! I LOVE the little outfit she comes in. And bonus, her outfit comes in little girl sizes too! 

2.  Tegu Blocks: We have never played with these buy I have heard amazing things! They are magnetic which makes for super fun building. I am a proponent of creative play so I really love these. 

3. Vet Outfit: Avery has made several career changes lately, first she was on track to be a doctor, then a space doctor and now a veterinarian. She loves animals, so when she found out you could be an animal doctor she was sold. I love her!

4. Bitty Baby Washer/Dryer: We love playing pretend together. Avery has been wanting this forever! I was kind of confused at first as to why she would want to do laundry for fun, haha! But I totally get if, if she put this next to her play kitchen she would have her own little play house! And heck, maybe I can teach her how to do laundry while we play!

5. Alice and Ames Dress: Love love LOVE these dresses. They are durable, awesome quality and beautifully made! Avery loves twirling in them and I hope she stays twirling for many many years.

6. Bookshelf: I love reading, and I hope that Avery learns to love it as well. I feel like this bookshelf would be super helpful for her since the titles would be facing out instead of buried in a cubby somewhere.

7. Body Puzzle: When I was really little I was super into anatomy, and the human body in general. I mean I was 6 years old infatuated with ER documentaries. I had no idea that Avery would be so interested in the same thing! She loves learning about the human body. I love how this puzzle breaks everything down visually.

On to Mr. Ryder! He inspired my toddler boy list! I feel like it would be a good fit for a boy 1-2 years old.

1. Grimm Rainbow Stacker: The possibilities with these things are endless! I love the open ended play this stacker inspires

2. Sand Box With Cover: I am looking forward to many backyard playdates since our backyard is finally in playable condition! Both kids, ESPCIALLY Ryder love playing in this little dirt pile, I would love to get this for him so I don't have to hose him down every time we play outside. 

3. Dump Truck: If you give the kid a sand box, he's going to need a big ol' dump truck to go with it. 

4. New Shoes: This baby is growing so fast! He is almost grown out of his converse and I'm thinking the next pair of shoes he gets need to involve velcro. He does not sit still!

5. Sound Machine: I know, lame mom award. But since I'm going back to school this might help get him to sleep through the night, in his crib? I'll take any advice you have! 

6. Train Table: Ryder loves anything with wheels and making things go! I can totally see him spending tons of time at this table!

7. Farm Animal Set: These are super durable and I think Ryder would love setting them up, setting them on a table or carrying them around in the dump truck!