1.06.2017

life lately + 2017 goals



Hello there! It's been awhile since my last post -- I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays! We had four Christmases (!!) so December was crazy busy. It was so much fun to watch Violet experience the holidays and introduce her to new traditions. We watched Christmas movies -- she LOVED Frosty the Snowman and wanted to watch it almost everyday -- (we didn't. I ended up buying her this book instead). We made Christmas cookies together and she was such a great little helper! And she helped me decorate the Christmas trees (we had one in the living room and a small one in her playroom). It was really cute to watch her show off her "Crissmas teee" and other holiday decorations when anyone came to the house. And of course she was VERY happy about all those presents! It's hard to believe December is already over and it's the start of a new year! I always make resolutions/goals for the new year -- here's mine for 2017:

BLOG:
Ever since I had Violet I want to spend all of my free time with her. And then when we moved back to Illinois last May things got even busier with visits with friends and family. So that didn't leave much time for me to spend blogging. But I really miss this space and all of the other bloggers and readers I've met over the years. It's also important for me to have a creative outlet that doesn't involve construction paper and glue sticks... so I'm not going anywhere :) One of my goals for the new year is to get back on a semi-regular schedule.

REFLECT:
I want to continue a resolution that I made last year -- my daily "good things" journal. The days go by so fast and I want to space where I can reflect on everything. It's been really fun to look back at entries and see what we were up to a year ago (last January we were living in Charleston and Vi was starting to stand by herself!) I love these small notebooks.

SHOP RESPONSIBLY:
I wrote a conscious closet shopping post a few months ago and I've already bought a few things from ethical stores. My new favorite is Amour Vert, they are a little pricey, but their clothes are made in America with non-toxic dyes, sustainable fabrics, and a zero-waste philosophy. They also offer free shipping + returns. The two shirts I bought (Liv Relaxed V-Neck Tee + Jenna Softest Ballet Tee) are SO soft and comfortable. I'm excited to try other shops and share my favorites on this blog.

BUY A HOUSE:
We're still in our rental and our lease ends in June, but I'm hoping we'll find a home soon. I'm ready to settle down in Illinois and have a space of our own that we can decorate and really personalize.

Have a great weekend!!
-xo-
Jillian
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  1. I've definitely missed your posts girl! Looking forward to seeing more from you this year!! Good luck with the house hunt! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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    1. aw thanks!! i missed reading your blog!! xoxox

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  2. I started a "good things" journal this year too!!!

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    1. awesome! it's such a nice way to end the day.

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  3. YAY! Christmas is so much fun with a little one.

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    1. it was the best!! i cant wait for next year :)

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  4. Ah holidays with a little one are the best! They make everything so much more magical. So happy to hear you're going to be blogging more - it's tough to juggle it all but you can totally do it! xx
    Isn’t That Charming.

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  5. Aww that picture of you and Violet is so cute! Your goal of buying a house is very similar to mine for this year. Hope we can both reach it!

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    1. thanks Ivonne! I hope so too! good luck!

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  6. I totally hear you on the blogging topic! It's so hard with kiddos...but I do still love the space!

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    1. it's so nice that other mama bloggers understand! your kids will always be your first priority but it's nice to do something for yourself once in awhile too!

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  7. Was just thinking about you and wondering how you were, so it was nice to stop by today to get caught up!

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    1. thank you so much elle!! i've missed this space, thanks for stopping by!

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  8. oh, the daily "good things" journal is SO smart. i want to start one of those! hope you find a house this year :)

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    1. it's funny at first i felt corny for keeping a journal but it's become a really nice part of my day!

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  9. Great goals girl! So excited to have you back around regularly and I agree - it's so important to have something that's an outlet for you!

    Amanda Kids and Cabernet

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