Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you welcomed 2020 in the perfect way for you whether that was a night out on the town or cozied up at home. We opted to stay in this NYE and have a quiet and cozy little night at home. We put the boys to bed, snuggled up with some Prosecco, and listened to some good music while the year changed from 2019 to 2020. It was perfect for us and exactly how I wanted to start out this new year and decade! It brought me pure joy...which is my word of the year for 2020!
I spent a lot of 2019 angry, sad, and tired. I finished out the year on a high note of being very happy and refreshed from giving birth to Finn, but if I'm being totally honest, most of the year was not like that. So this year, I want to continue down the path I started at the end of 2019 and focus on the joy of life.
First off, I want to bring joy to those around me. Whether it be a stranger that I smile at to brighten their day a little more, to my closest friends and honing in on their love languages. One of my personal strengths is reading people and understanding them, but doing so takes time. I want to take that time to really focus on others to bring more joy in to their lives. Most importantly, Caleb, Kai, and Finn. They bring me more joy than I could have ever imagined so I want to ensure I am doing the same for them each and every day.
I also want to bring myself more joy. I know from personal experience you can't just be happy at the snap of your fingers. Trust me, I tried that a lot in the last 2 years...it doesn't work, at least not for me. It takes time and sometimes it takes help. I struggled with postpartum depression and anxiety for awhile after giving birth to Kai, so I have promised to be honest with myself that if I start to feel that way again, I will seek help sooner rather than later. It's never something you want to admit...that something's wrong, but it's so important for not only yourself but for your family, too. At the end of the day, if I take care of myself mentally, physically, and spiritually, I will feel joy. I don't need to do big, grand, fancy things for myself, I just have to take care of myself and allow myself to be who I am. What I've learned is when you finally love yourself for who you are, that's when you will finally be happy with your life. I want to make sure I am always in a place to feel that way and truly feel the joy in life. So I'll be focusing on doing whatever it is I need to do to bring myself all the joy in the world!
I hope you start this year out focusing on whatever it is you need to do to feel joy and better yourself, as well! Share with me in the comments some of your resolutions, mantras, and words of 2020!
Happy Monday, dear friends! I can't believe 2019 is almost over. Is it just me or did this year fly by!? This year has been a crazy one for the books years for us. We started out the year with a one year old and now we're saying goodbye to it with a toddler and a newborn! At times it's seems like a lot but having Finn in our lives has also given me so much drive and focus. He is exactly the REFRESH I needed this year. He has given us so much love and joy already and I'm so grateful I was able to spend this year focusing on my time with Kai and preparing for Finn to join us. I've been able to let go of so much negativity that has been weighing me down and have been able to move on from the complicated emotions that 2018 brought. I'm truly looking forward to what 2020 is going to bring for our little family, but I'm so grateful for 2019 and the growth that happened during this year. I started my dream job this year, had such a powerful birth experience, and gained a lot of confidence in myself as a mother and woman. Let's take a walk down memory lane of this refreshing year!
I always look forward to a new year and a fresh start but I will be a little nostalgic for 2019 though. It's time to say goodbye though, so cheers 2019, it's been refreshing!
We're so excited to announce that baby #2 will be joining our little family this November! I am about 16 weeks along and due just before Thanksgiving. We found about our newest addition back at the end of March and are so excited to grow our family. Kai is going to be the best big brother and we can already tell that he's excited. We've nicknamed this little one, Peanut!
I'm so excited to back track and share all about my first trimester with all of you as well as take you along on the journey through this pregnancy and becoming a family of 5. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the love and support you continue to give our family!
A couple weekends ago I took a short trip down to Nashville to celebrate one of my closest friend's bachelorette party! It was my first time going to Nashville and I had the best time. I flew in Friday night and left Sunday evening, so like I said, very short trip but I wanted to share with all of you some of the fun things I did while down there!
Day 1 - Bachelorette Festivities
I flew in late Friday night and basically just went straight to bed that night so nothing fun and exciting there to report so let's start with Saturday! Saturday was the big bachelorette party day! We started off our day with having brunch at Suzy Wong's House of Yum. It was a brunch drag show and it was an absolute blast. The food was delicious, too! I got BBQ pulled pork with scrambled eggs and queso and yes it was just as amazing as it sounds. The drag show was of course the best part though and I highly recommend this place for any bachelorette party or girls weekend!
Our next big event of the day was the Hick Chick Pub Crawl! It was a bar crawl through downtown Nashville that incorporated some history and comedy in to it and it was a damn good time! The woman who runs it was hilarious and it was a great way to learn a bit about Nashville, plus we got to hit up a bunch of different bars! They all had live music, which made it extra fun and all the musicians were so talented! The bars we hit up during the crawl were Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar, Layla's, Bootleggers Inn, and Whiskey Bent Saloon. After the crawl we spent some time at Ole Red, which I'm not going to lie to you guys, I wasn't super impressed by. We ended at my favorite bar of the night though, which was Florida Georgia Line House. It has 4 different levels and they are all so different. We started out in the basement which had a DJ and a big dance floor. It definitely brought me back to my college days! We headed up to the 2nd floor after we danced for awhile and grabbed a bite to eat. I had a Bavarian pretzel the size of my face that came with mustard aioli and it was SO GOOD! After we ate, the rest of our group headed out and I stayed with the bride and we had the best time dancing and singing to the live band that as playing on the first floor.
We ended our night back at our hotel, we stayed at the Holiday Inn Express right on Broadway downtown by the way and I highly recommend it, and had tacos from Jack in the Box! Guys, I love Jack in the Box so much. It's probably my favorite fast food restaurant ever, so I went to bed that night veryyy happy and so did the bride!
Day 2 - Solo Adventure
The next day I ended up going off and adventuring on my own because everyone headed out to go home in the morning. My flight wasn't until later on Sunday, so I rented a car and drove out to some of the neighborhoods! I started my day off with coffee and a donut at Five Daughters Bakery. I got the blueberry lavender donut and it is probably a top 5 donut of all time for me. I walked down 12th Ave a bit and wasn't finding much so I decided to reference my Nashville list (yes I'm a nerd and had a list, ha!) and noticed that the Draper James store was on 12th Ave. So I mapped it and discovered it was just down the street but in the other direction! So I headed down that way and that is where I hit the gold mine! I found the I Believe in Nashville wall, did some shopping at Draper James and imogene + willie, got some flowers from Amelia's Flower Truck, and grabbed a cookie at Christie Cookie. Get the southern butter pecan cookie, it'll change your life.
After my fun little spree down 12th Ave, I grabbed some lunch at bartaco. I got some chips and guac and a glazed pork belly taco that were both so good. I hopped back in my car after lunch at went over to the Gulch neighborhood and did some more shopping at Uncommon James, which is Kristen Calvalari's store. It's a gorgeous store and they just came out with a kids line! So naturally I had to grab Kai something. My time was up after that, so I headed over to the airport and made the journey home.
It was a nice weekend away to have a break from the #momlife but I actually can't wait to go back and take Kai and Caleb with me! Nashville or bust, friends!
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Happy Friday, friends! I hope you all had an amazing week and have some fun things planned for your weekend! We had quite the week with lots of exciting things happen that I can't wait to share with you so soon. We're also really looking forward to this weekend because we're going to our first Cubs game on Sunday! We're heading up to Milwaukee to see the Cubs play the Brewers with a big group of our friends. We try to make it up to Milwaukee to see the Cubs play at Miller Park at least once a year since we live so close. You can also tailgate at Miller Park, which makes going to games up there extra fun!
Today I wanted to share these magical photos with all of you! We received them back last week and I was so blown away by them. Like I said back in our Disney Travel Story post, on one of the days we did an hour long shoot with a private photographer at Magic Kingdom to have a special set of photos to remember our first trip to Walt Disney World with Kai. This was truly the most magical experience and I'm so glad we did it! Caleb and I agreed were probably going to do something like this every time we go now because each trip is so special to us.
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*All photos shot and edited by Hey Team Kelly
I’m Diana; curator & author of Tiny Dapper Fox. Here you’ll find posts on motherhood, home life, travel, & fashion/beauty as well as City Guides for places all around the world. Make yourself cozy and let’s be friends!
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