January was the longest month, maybe ever!!! There were a lot of days–so many days–that just blend together, but I love to take a minute at the ended of every month to pull out a few highlights of the month.
We just got back from a wonderful work trip to Las Vegas where we shared with a bunch of designers how to grow an authentic audience online (after which my girlfriends flew out to spend a few fun days together!)
A few other highlights–I got a call at work that the girls wanted to go ice skating, and it was *just* cold enough in North Carolina to make it happen.
Lately, I feel like my nightstand has been a catch-all, and it’s maddening. I couldn’t sleep one more night with all that STUFF out. Shockingly, it took only four minutes to clean up. Isn’t that always the way with chores that plague us? Here, you can see only the essentials: my lip mask and my nightly (protein) hot chocolate.
Speaking of drinks, I went through the drive-thru at Sonic more than once this month for a large water with fresh strawberries and lemon water. I get thirsty just *looking* at this image.
You guys know I’m big on listening to audiobooks while doing chores around the house. This month, I finished “Tom Lake” by Ann Patchett, and every last article of clothing was cleaned, folded, and put away. I give the book four stars. I give the laundry room five stars :)
Our girls have chores to do every day after school. My favorite is when they unload the dishwashers — because Chris is also in the kitchen, making dinner, and I love this everyday moment with my family.
My snuggle buddy waits every night for couch time — and I happily oblige.
I had a bit of a health scare this month: After a stomach ache that lasted too long, I was officially diagnosed with Celiac disease. Because I also have Hashimoto’s, I haven’t eaten gluten in years! However, we discovered that there were traces of gluten in my thyroid medication and other things, We changed it up, and I’m feeling much better.
Chris uses these gloves to break up brisket, but you could use them for anything that’s too hot to handle.
I added Her to my vase collection this month. Isn’t she lovely?
I bought this bed for my parents this month. Can you believe that they’ve been married for 43 years and they’ve never slept in a king-size bed?! This is sturdy and handsome and affordable. They’re loving it.
This brush was so good at de-tangling Polly’s hair that I bought one for myself!
These are my all-time favorite sunglasses! I thought I lost them forever, and then I found them in an old purse! Reunited, and it feels so good…
Chris got this for my for my birthday in November, and I love all of the health info I’m getting on the daily, including blood oxygen level, hours slept, resting heart rate, skin temperature, and steps taken.
I’ve been filling this out every night, and I’ve felt such a change in my mood and my mindfulness.
Oops. I think I wore this hoodie every day this month.
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We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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