A New Year – A Better Me

With every new year, the outside world encourages us to push a restart button, to reinvent ourselves, to start over with new beginnings.  But, what if we don’t need to be reinvented?  What if we like who we are, what we stand for and what we bring to the table?

This year, instead of making broken promises to myself or becoming something that I’m not, I am embracing the real me.  I don’t want a new me in 2018, I want a better me.  I want my best self! With that being said, I came across this fantastic journal at Marshall’s, The 52 Lists Project – A year of weekly journaling inspiration.  For those that don’t know me, I love making lists so it was like this journal was made for especially me!

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The journal is broken into sections by season i.e. winter, spring, summer & fall.  Each week it prompts you to write a list “that will help you discover the beauty, joy, creativity, and power you already have!”  In the words of the author, this journal is the perfect way to “celebrate, enjoy, and take ownership of your life, as each week of the year becomes more thoughtful and vibrant.”

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Like I said, I picked this book up at Marshalls for $9.99, but you can also find it at Barnes & Noble, Anthropologie, or on Amazon.  Whether you use this journal or your own blank pages, you’d be surprised at how therapeutic making a list/writing down your thoughts can be.  I won’t be posting about this every week but I will include updates here & there on my progress on becoming my best self.  Stay tuned!

The Wexford Housewife xoxx

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#OOTD -Play Mat T-Shirt

Unfortunately, my son caught a nasty bug this week so my outfits have consisted of mostly leggings & slouchy tees.  Posting an Outfit Of The Day is the last thing on my mind, plus I doubt anyone is interested in what booger covered tee I’m rocking today 🙂

I am, however, super excited to share this fun tee I purchased for my husband’s birthday. This Play Mat Shirt courtesy of BKYKID on Etsy is by far one of my favorite purchases to date!

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My husband was a little confused at first, but once I explained the concept of turning into a live play mat for our son, he loved the idea!  I definitely recommend this for anyone looking for a fun & unique holiday gift.

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As always – comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx

Boys will be boys

We’ve all heard it before, “boys will be boys”.  Until I had a son, I thought this saying was just an excuse for bad behavior.  However, I have found over the past two years that boys truly are made of snaps and snails and puppy dog tails.

I am sure that there are parents out there that will disagree with this but through my experience boys and girls are inherently different.  What makes them tick is different.  It’s neither good nor bad, just different.  Being in MOMS Club, I have had the chance to observe the way the kids interact and play with one another.  Though they all get along & all have their moments, it’s mostly the little boys who are impatient for lines, would rather explore than sit & listen to a story, are climbing up the slide and are yelling, chasing and playing tag.

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My son has such a big imagination!  Whether he’s a loud, stomping dinosaur or a fast, flying plane I often find myself apologizing for the way he plays.  Which is ridiculous!  The other day I read an article on Scary Mommy titled A Plea for Boyhood and Rough Play.  I loved reading this article!  It basically states that boys need to be boys & that by saying “things like “Hands off!” and “Quiet down!” to our boys, we are asking them to suppress something innate inside of them”.

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It’s time to let my son be himself & play like a boy should.  No more stressing out if he’s playing too loudly in the library or running too fast at the park or exploring underneath the dinner table when we go out to eat.  After all, it’s through his energetic, creative & rowdy play that he will learn & grow.

#OOTD – Casual Monday

The rain has finally stopped & the sun is shining bright.  The grass may still be wet but we’re taking advantage of this beautiful Monday!  Forget about the bubble mower, the swing set or even the cozy coupe car…our new obsession is walking up & down the steps.

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For me, taking advantage of this beautiful day entails a cotton maxi dress & denim jacket accompanied by a layered necklace from StitchFix & my Lacoste wrap bracelet

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As always – comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx

 

Mommin’ Ain’t Easy

Celebrating Mother’s Day over the weekend brought me to reflect on my journey as a mom.  It has not been easy.  In fact, it has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done.  From sleepless nights to struggles within my marriage, to almost 2 years later trying to potty train & control my toddler’s tantrums…did I say this hasn’t been easy?!

But with struggle comes reward.  We have the most adventurous, full of life, loving, funny as hell little man.  Before our son arrived, my husband & I would see parents with frustration on their faces glare at their children while their kids did cute, witty things.  We couldn’t understand why they weren’t laughing or at least smiling at their mischiefs.

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It was then we told ourselves we would cherish those little moments, laugh more than we yelled and encourage our son to be bold.  Even through the sleepless nights & frustrating days of reasoning with a toddler I find myself constantly laughing at his shenanigans.  Our little comedian brings a smile to my face every day.

We are so blessed to have such a healthy, energetic son in our lives.  He has taught us to be patient, communicate better and not to sweat the small stuff.

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