| mama musings // summer sun |

It’s still January and the grey days have kicked in. There are a few ways I survive January; lots of bubble baths, countless cups of tea, hours of cuddles, and plotting out my warm weather wishlist. This year I have the shop so I  am also getting my inspiration swirling for a little Spring | Summer shopping. 

Old San Juan

We are visiting in May and this mama is just a touch excited…like I have already ordered the perfect beach dress from Cleobella and am packing in my head as we speak.

Cuddles

Time outside and time with bae.

All white, all attitude

Really been thinking about white jeans this summer, but with a rocker twist.

Me time

Really any element from here will do. I will take the bubble now…

Perfectly cropped

I think this might be my new favorite hem. 

Become a garden gnome 

I am looking forward to our own home in Spring and my own space to escape to. 

All day every day

The new uniform, and I just snagged the perfect Ulla Johnson top of my dreams. Wait it’s like I forgot I have a two year old who uses my shoulder as a hanky. Note to self; get good dry cleaner.

And slide, and slide

Really? Laces? Who has time. 

Salt Flats, Puerto Rico

I am excited can you tell? Also when somewhere boasts your eternal color palette you go. 

Siesta

The joys of sleeping in the shade are highly undervalued. 

The perfect blouse 

Doén is my summer vibes in Spring, Fall and even Winter.

To market 

Finally get out and explore those glorious Mid-West markets. 

Stop and smell the roses 

Above all enjoy it, savor it, cherish it. Out time is short here, why not make the most.

Follow along with us on Pinterest, or as we call it a mood board without the hassles of scissors, paper or pins!

| around here // clearing the air |

After the New Year everyone takes the approach of cleaning up their lives, with diets, resolutions, promises and parties. For me this is always the time that I look to shake off the previous year and make a promise to myself to look forward. There are many ways to approach this, usually a thorough cleaning of the house, a purge of the closet and a few little extras to really seal the deal.

To note, anything listed below I in no way claim to be an expert. Novice at best, and that is being generous. I suggest if you are truly interested in learning more about these practices to do so!

  
// crystals //

Here are just a few of my favorites to scatter around the house.

Quartz:

The most common healing crystal, it is thought that the powers of clear Quartz were used by Aboriginal shamans and elders to receive their magical gifts. Most common uses for Quartz are to relieve stress, frustration and anxiety. This is incredibly easy to bring into your home.

Amethyst:

Aside from its beautiful color, which is foremost why it is my favorite stone, it is also thought to encourage spirituality and contentment all the while increasing psychic ability and intuition. Leonardo Da Vinci even weighed in on amethyst by saying “is helpful in dissipating evil thoughts and improving intelligence.” Most common uses are good dreams, improved skin, relieving headaches and curbing fatigue.

Citrine:

What is not to love, it’s called the Sunstone. Who wouldn’t want to harness the power of the Sun. This packs a huge punch assisting with creativity and stamina, helping with depression, low confidence and gives you the ability to make tough decisions. I have known many people to sleep with this stone under their pillow to best receive the benefits of citrine.

There are so many crystals to choose from, @goldirocks.co is a beautiful feed!

  
// smudge sticks //

The history of smudge sticks lies with Native American cultures. The ritual was done for cleansing and purification with the thought that the smoke from specific herbs latch onto your negative energy and carries them away. I love them because it’s a moment when you concentrate, while walking through your home, and make a concious effort to let go of negativity, plus they small great!

You can buy these, usually made with sage, at various retailers. If you are in the DIY spirit you can make your own using fresh lavender, Rosemary, thyme and cinnamon!

  
// flowers and plants //

Bringing flowers and green into your home is always a way to instantly turn around a bad day, in my opinion. During the cold and grey winter months they remind me that Spring is coming and for many that alone can symbolize a rebirth, a chance to re-introduce yourself to the world! They also off the chance to nurture something, other than yourself, and care for a living being. Another perk, plants naturally purify the air around your house, so they are working for you too!

Here is some great plant inspiration!

  
// piñon incense //

Thanks to a last minute gift  of this adorable incense burner from my husband this is the newest addition to my new year, new you agenda! Piñon incense is made from evergreen wood and has been used for healing, balancing and clearing energy. This smoke-filled experience takes you back to summer bonfires and frolicking around in nature. 

You can pick up your own here and here!