August Goals

Yes, I totally know that it is the middle of August but this post is still getting a lot of love from me.

Friends, I was scrolling back through these goal posts and realized I have been writing them since 2011. It makes me laugh to read pre-baby goal posts compared to what they tend to look like now. Overall though, my goals are simple, realistic, obtainable. I feel like that is the only way to really feel a sense of accomplishment plus offer yourself a little grace if things don't happen how you intended. Plus you all tend to hold me accountable and I cannot say thank you enough for that!

I also would like to throw in that this post would be even sweeter if you listened to this playlist. It is my current favorite and is really driving home the last few weeks of summer. Even in a corporate office, I am still finding that it makes me happy.

So what does August hold for me? Well, the biggest thing is I turned 30 which is both exciting and unbelievable at the same time. R surprised me with a trip to Charleston. We ate, walked, took lots of photos and slept a ton. We went to Charleston to sleep. That sentence was spoken like a true parent with kids of any age.

Now that we are back and currently living out days filled with demands from small children here are my goals for August...

1. Start prepping and begin another Whole 30. I keep saying I will blog on this, I will blog on this, I will blog on this but guess what? I haven't yet. Rusty and I completed our first Whole 30 in June. It taught us so much and Rusty requested we do another one when we get back from all the birthday celebrations. I need to start stock piling cooking supplies, order a few things and get to meal planning. Can we all just admit how hard a Whole 30 is but how rewarding it is in the same breath? For those who follow me on social media, you know that we have started. Join us!

2. Keep blogging. I have a schedule I want to stick to but I am finding it difficult with how much work I have been taking on lately. This is a reminder to find balance for the things that make me happy. Truly, writing these posts and my newsletter just brings so much happiness. I am smiling as I type and that is the best reminder to keep writing.

3. Start another downsizing sweep. We have been in our house 8 months and there are still things that need to be sold, donated or tossed. Each year we have a weekend or two that we call the Farrin Family Work Weekend. Almost like a family reunion but with a lot of projects involved so not like a family reunion at all. Labor day weekend is gearing up to be our weekend of projects. Before we get to painting and decorating, I am needing to go through things one more time. Things being cabinets, drawers, closets and our garage. How did we get so much stuff?

4. Unplug. Specifically when I get home from work. A couple times a year I get in a terrible habit of climbing in bed and scrolling. An hour later, I am still scrolling. While I do love social media, the constant scroll or feel to check my phone isn't a perk. Things that sound better: sitting down at the dinner table with my family, going to bed earlier, not feeling tied to something (don't mean that in a negative way - just how I feel), watching a show with Rusty, playing games with my people, dinner parties. See, unplugging is a good thing and social media free weekends may come back in play. Stay tuned!

5. Fall garden planning. I am thinking I just want a fall flower garden versus a vegetable garden. Simple maintenance and I think I may even start with seeds. Never having planted seeds, the whole evolution fascinates me. Start to finish, I want to watch the whole process and even some beautiful fall flowers.

That's it for me. When I write these posts, while I wish I could list all the little things I try to accomplish, I try to keep these posts to larger things that I need to learn, improve on or that make our family/me better and healthier. So what are your goals for the upcoming fall season? Yep, she just made mention of fall. You are welcome.

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Clara June Turns One!

When I was pregnant with Skip, all I could think about was having a sweet baby girl. I just knew that I would be an outstanding girl mom. I thought for sure Rusty would spend his life with all women.

Then we opened the envelope and it was a boy. Total and utter shock.

A boy was never on my radar. Like, at all.

What do you do with a boy? What do boys even like? What do they wear? How do I change a boy diaper? Just to name a handful of thoughts that crossed my mind.

When we became pregnant a second time (not planned and a huge shock), from the start I was 100% confident it was a girl.

In fact a friend commented on Clara's nike shorts the other day to which I replied, "I bought those for her before we even knew we were having a girl." That is how sure I was.

We planned to do our gender reveal (just Rusty, Skip and I) at home but due to Rusty being delayed getting home from a business trip I had to wait another 24 hours for the surprise. Utter suspense and slight irritation with Rusty. Hey, just being honest.

When we threw that confetti, well you can see my overjoyed reaction here. God was faithful.

Clara June turned one a few weeks ago and it was such a great day. We thought our family was complete with Skip but little did we know that we needed this firecracker.

Clara loves everything that her brother has. She already has an obsession with shoes (honestly, she didn't get this from me). She wakes up talking and smiling. She loves to dance and adores music. She will eat practically anything you give her. She sleeps like a champ (from the beginning - praise the Lord)! She is hysterical and 10 minutes around her every knows why we call her Toots. She is a handful in the best way.

Clara June, may you never change baby girl. You are such a blessing. You make everyone happy. You make everyone laugh. You make everyone feel loved. You are our bright light!


30th Birthday Gift Ideas

Is this post a hint? Possibly.

Is Rusty reading this? Hopefully.

Am I turning 30 soon? Definitely!

Guys, 30 feels really exciting for me.

I am thrilled for this new stage in life. It does feel a bit odd and sometimes I still think there is no way I am about to be 30. At times I feel I have been 30 for years. Especially when I talk about gardening or decluttering. While other days I think, let's go out and stay up late and karaoke.

I remember when I was little pretending to be 30, running a hotel (no lie) in New York City with my best friend Laura and being single. I kid you not. My imagination was specific. Yet here I am living in my childhood hometown, married with two babies. Funny how things change.

30 just seems like a good number. We really feel settled. We feel good about this stage of life. We are happy. Growing together and happy.

So yes, turning 30 can be scary but this gal is finding it liberating. Just remind me of this the days leading up to the big day. In fact, it is less than a month away. :)

Y'all, I love taking old and working it in with the new. My house is full of vintage treasures mixed with new pieces. I love taking my time, looking through everything and especially love this dresser.

On my Instagram stories you can regularly see me putting on a good record. Currently, I am dreaming about Fleetwood Mac on vinyl.

This past summer I purchased my first good quality swimsuit from Albion Fit. Ever since then I have been obsessed with trying to pick out my next purchase with this brand. This romper wins!

It is no secret that I love flowers and attempting to garden. Potted plants have been my go to but this late summer/fall I plan to turn one of my vegetable garden beds into a full floral bed. I am looking forward to planning my garden bed and purchasing seeds or blooms. Currently drawing inspiration from these flowers.

I am a classic studs gal. Fun, colorful and sparkly studs but these tassel earrings are making me want to try something different.

For my 29th birthday I purchased my first pair of clogs. Y'all, if I were any shoe personified, it would be a clog. I love them. I wear them with shorts, dresses, jeans, everything. While I love my Lotta's and have worn them religiously, I am wanting to make an investment in a forever pair of clogs. I sound like a little old lady. Ha! These Bryr Emma Clogs are my jam. I l-o-v-e them.

An afternoon baking in the kitchen with Skip sounds so nice! Warm baked goods, a good record and coffee.

Then after baking, sitting down to read a new thriller is ideal. I have heard a handful of people rave about The Couple Next Door.

So hopefully someone is planning to email my family this post. Any takers? :)

What is on your birthday wishlist?