All in LIFESTYLE

LETTING GO // with ThirdLove

If you’ve been following me for awhile this year, then you know that I’ve opened up about anxiety and depression a lot. Opening up about these things may be uncomfortable for some, but for me… it has helped me cope tremendously.

This Summer I have started spending more time outside, mainly because of the kids. By doing this, I’ve realized how grounding it is for me.

TRAVEL // Highlands, NC - Toyota Camry: There for Life 

Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (“Toyota”) provided me with compensation and use of a Camry for a short period of time. The opinions I have shared about this vehicle are my own.

It’s Summer. If you’re like me, you have big hopes and dreams every year for having the best summer ever. Hopes and dreams of traveling and making memories with our families, sure...but what about the stress that comes with traveling?! Forget about it. There shall be NO SUCH THING!! Right?! Wishful thinking…

But on top of these unattainable goals we give ourselves, we scroll our feeds and often see people we may or may not know on lavish family vacations, seemingly having the time of their lives. 

THE BEAUTY OF GETTING UNCOMFORTABLE

BIKINI TOP $4 | BOTTOMS $4

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Taking these photos wasn’t easy. I had to climb into a rocky river, knowing I’m not as strong as I used to be and knowing that I could easily slip and fall at any moment.

On top of that, I was wearing a two piece swimsuit which is never actually as easy as it looks. To be honest, two piece swimsuits are usually more comfortable for me because finding a one piece that fits my torso right is near impossible. But I am always a little more self conscious.

TRUE LIFE // surviving baby months 4-7

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If you follow me closely, you may have noticed that the struggle was more than real a few months ago. This past Spring was rough and we are finally coming out of it. Pearl went through major sleep regressions and I really struggled with whether or not to sleep train her. I am so attached to her like any mother is to her child, but I also have just been trying to soak up every possible moment with her because I know she is likely my last baby. So for a while there… we co-slept a lot.

MENTAL HEALTH // what my self-care looks like these days

This post is sponsored by FAGE; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I think generally speaking, when you live in a negative headspace everything in your life is harder than it should be. I’m figuring out that the hate I subconsciously have felt throughout my whole life towards myself and how my body looked has translated in so many ways, including my own self care. 

POOL PARTIES // NOT JUST FOR SKINNY BABES

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If your body type is characterized as being skinny, I love you just as much as I love my big girls. This message is for everyone, but especially those who have been so highly underrepresented in the media.

I grew up skipping pool parties, or agreeing to go to them but conveniently “forgetting” my swimsuit. I’d go on vacation with friends and would refuse to get in the hot tub. I’d stick my feet in and chat instead of letting myself just live my life. Sound familiar?

WHY.

WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY.

JUNE Q&A // strapless bras, workout wear, intimacy (gasp!) +MORE

This month, I’m dishing about our personal life, undergarments/bras, our living situation and SO much more - this is a compilation of FAQ’s via email and Instagram!

Q: What is the best strapless bra for a plus size woman?

A: I personally love this Wacoal one. I have worn it for YEARS and used to buy it for clients/actresses as well. It gives you great support and the shape of the cup is perfect. I cannot stand when the cup of a strapless bra looks pointy!!! Like, what’s the deal with that anyway? Ha! It comes in a large variety of sizes.

HOW I'M (trying) TO RAISE CONFIDENT DAUGHTERS

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If you’re new around here, you may not know that I have a 3 year old daughter and a 5 month old daughter. And sometimes the fact that I have these daughters frightens me.

HOW GETTING A KING SIZE BED SAVED OUR MARRIAGE // our master bedroom makeover

… Ok, ok, OK. Call me dramatic. We may not have been on the edge of serious marital issues, but having a toddler who doesn’t sleep very well in her bed, plus a newborn baby, plus the chaos of living in a smaller sized home… you can imagine the amount of anxiety and stress we’ve been under. And having a queen size bed CERTAINLY did not help the situation.

Let’s rewind for a minute. Originally, we bought this house as a starter home but, 7 years later and here we are! Last January, Wes and I made the decision to finally commit to living small. We love our neighborhood so much and the schools are great, and with commute times to work and finances it really doesn’t make sense to move anytime soon.

ATHENS, GA // A SIMPLE TRAVEL GUIDE FOR THE 30-SOMETHING

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Not in college anymore? Yeah, me neither. I can’t believe I’m saying this but, honestly, there’s so much more to Athens, Georgia than football. This little town… it will always hold a special place in my heart. I really kind of found myself here, so to speak. It took me awhile and several colleges, but once I landed in Athens I magically found my people and a college major I was passionate about (film and tv production).

My senior year of college, I met and fell in love with my husband. Needless to say = we LIVED IT UP our last semester. We graduated together which is such a special memory to me as well. But the biggest and best memory of all was our wedding! We got married at the Foundry right in the heart of downtown Athens.

YOU ASKED, I ANSWERED: MY PREGNANCY FAVES

This was my second full term pregnancy, and although I thought I knew it all the first time around… I really had no clue!! This time, with a full time blog business and a wild toddler running around… I was only able to focus on the essentials I needed during pregnancy. Which, to be honest, was kind of awesome.

MY SIZE AT FASHION WEEK // a NYFW photo series

Babes of all shapes and sizes now have a seat at the FASHION WEEK table.

When I decided to try and go to New York Fashion Week this February, I wanted to go with purpose. I’ve always dreamt of going, but what if I went and didn’t belong?

The stylist part of me would surely fit in, because I’ve been helping design costumes and wardrobe for film/tv for years and I just geek out over fashion in general. But the style blogger part of me thought… would I really have a place on my platform for these sorts of runway shows? Would my audience that I’ve worked so hard to genuinely build feel a little less empowered by seeing women that might not represent their body types on the runway?

SELF LOVE UPDATE AFTER BABY #2

It’s been 2.5 months since I had Pearl Jo, and I’m finally starting to feel kind of normal. With that also comes the normal anxiety and the self love/body image struggles. To be honest, it really doesn’t have anything to do with having children. I mean… SURE. I’ve gone through the pain and heartache of losing the body that you thought you knew so well to pregnancy and having to adjust not once, but twice to a new and different body.

But these issues have been with me since I was young and long before having children.

BRINGING HOME BABY

Bringing home baby - a phrase I never thought would have as much meaning as it does to me now.

A phrase I didn't realize that some people don't experience.

And a phrase I took for granted.

3 years ago, I went into labor with my first daughter and things went smoothly. We delivered her, but I knew immediately that something wasn't right.

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING THE RIGHT CHILDCARE

Whether or not you’re a working parent, if child care is an option you’re exploring it can be seriously overwhelming. It’s also something you can’t take lightly, because after all… this is the place that will be taking care of your child while you aren’t there. This is the place that will be feeding them, teaching them, inspiring them while you can’t be.