Weekend Recap || Hope + Feelings

We celebrated Harper’s 2nd birthday this past weekend with a small family get together and Minnie Mouse (her new favorite)…. it was a contrast to last year’s larger fiesta but was not void of the same amount of love and excitement…..

On Saturday evening, as TJ and I got to reflecting on the past two years (her birthday was actually yesterday….) we talked at length about how becoming parents changed us a lot, but how much joy she brings to our lives daily…. and then I asked him “If you had one wish for her in life, what would it be?” I already knew my answer, but was curious to know what TJ’s would be. He didn’t hesitate and stated “That she would always have hope….” and as he expounded, his answer started to fall in line with what my one wish for her in life is…

And that wish is that she will always feel. That she will feel happiness, joy, sadness, anger, frustration, love, and heartbreak. That although some will be uncomfortable, she will welcome those feelings and know that on the other side of the “tough” feelings are those “feel good” ones that make life worth living. That she will always know we will be there to support her through them all… and that, in the end, she has hope that whatever trial she is going through there is an eventual light at the end of the tunnel.

We talked about how, of course as parents, you want your child to ultimately be happy…. but happy all the time simply isn’t possible. And, the best way for us to help her learn how to manage and allow herself to feel life, is by setting a good example for her. So, as we embark on this week ahead, it’s my intention to be open to feelings, both good and bad, as they come…. Have a good one friends! xx

(A delicious lunch with my mom, sister, and Harper at Driftwood Kitchen….)

(We went with a very simple, Minnie Mouse themed birthday celebration, for Harper’s birthday… Harper’s skirt, sweatshirt)

(A little Saturday evening rosé tasting…. glasses, bar cart)

(Birthday croissant for the birthday girl with her great grandma…. Harper’s sweatshirt)

(Pink + pearly for the birthday celebrations… sweater (other favorite MinkPink sweaters, especially that faux wrap one!), jeans)

(Kept things casual for a Sunday spent playing with all of little miss’ new toys…. joggers, pullover)

Finished the Tone It Up 5 day detox and will be sharing my thoughts and results on it this week…. I’m also planning on getting back on the spin bike Tuesday, after taking a few weeks off during the holidays. Seriously can’t wait…..

A few cozy loungewear items I currently have in my cart include these comfy slippers, super soft pearly joggers, and this blush velour pullover. This star joggers/pullover pajama set is adorable too (love all pj savage lounge pieces though….) This fleece also looks super comfortable too.

I’m also eyeing this gorgeous pullover sweater (love the knit detailing), floral tunic top, floral flutter sleeve bodysuit (would be super cute with high waisted boyfriend jeans and booties). This ruffle cuff ribbed top is a great layering basic too, and how cute is this wrap front sweater??

Free People also has some beautiful new basic arrivals… like this lace-up tunic (love it in the blush color), slouchy hooded pullover, and casual tunic dress. Since we’re not experiencing much of a winter here, those pieces would be perfect for light layering.

I’m also in the market for a great everyday jacket…. I’m loving this bell sleeve utility jacket, slouchy utility jacket, fleece lined denim jacket, and this gorgeous black faux fur jacket.

A brand that I love for their everyday comfortable basics is Lou & Grey… and I think this bohemian sweater, flower stitch sweater, and this fringe cardigan are all gorgeous.

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