Who Will Finn Grow Up To Be?

Finn will be 20 months old next week! As he gets older, I find myself stopping to take it all in a little more often. There was something hectic and chaotic about the first year that didn’t allow much time for reflection. Now that he’s essentially a little boy, I am astonished at how much he changes each and every day. David was away last weekend, and after just four days away, he came home in complete denial at just how much he has changed! Can any other mamas relate?

Finn has long since grown out of his baby face and now I can start to picture what he will look like as he gets older. (Pretty much he’ll be David’s twin with a little mix of my dad… is that weird? HA! But I totally see my dad in his face 🙂 ) As I start to picture what he will look like, I can’t help but wonder what type of person he will be. Will he be athletic? I hope so! Will he be rebellious like his dad, or a goody-two-shoes like his mom? (At least in relation to David, I was definitely a goody-goody!) Will he want to follow in his dad’s footsteps and join the military or will he want to go to college? What will interest him? Will he like reading books or playing video games?

shop the post: finn’s shirt – old navy // finn’s jeans – old navy // finn’s kicks – nike // david’s sweatshirt – patagonia


It’s so fun to get lost in thought about all of these things. I imagine him being a pretty good mix of David and me. I mean, he kind of already is! HA! But in all honesty, I know that it’s up to us to help shape him and guide him to make good decisions. That’s a lot of pressure, if I’m being frank. Above all else, I hope Finn grows up to be kind and accepting of all different types of people. The most important thing I want to teach him is to be understanding, patient and open-minded about the differences that make this world go round. My parents instilled in us the importance of acceptance, to never ostracize people because of their beliefs or backgrounds, especially if they are different from our own. There is always something to learn from one another, and I hope to be able to pass this along to my children.

Secondly, I hope to teach him the importance of family. I’m so, so, so beyond grateful for the love and support of my family and David’s family and I feel so lucky to be able to raise Finn with the help of all of his grandparents. My sisters and I make it a priority to talk every single day and to see each other more than just a few times a year. Family is everything to David and me, and I hope Finn grows up to feel the same way. I hope he never has a second thought about where he belongs and never takes for granted the amazing people he is lucky enough to be related to!

I wonder if there are other parents out there who do this type of daydreaming, too? What do you picture your kids to be? Do you see yourself in them? Is there one lesson above all else that you hope to instill in them? Let me know!

 

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My Favorite Bloggers to Follow

I believe the year was 2014. I was in that ‘what the hell am I gonna do with my life?’ phase. I had a blog online journal called Life As I Know It. The content was lackluster, there was zero photography, and it wasn’t even self-hosted. I started doing research into making my blog better, and I fell into a world that would change the way I digested online content, change the way I shopped, and how I used my social media. It may seem trivial, but you know those hobbies I was wondering about the other day? Welp, reading blogs is one of my favorite things to do! I start every day on Bloglovin’ going through new content. (PS. Bloglovin’ is a great place to aggregate all the blogs you follow. It’s like a news site for blogs. You can follow me here.) I spend my lunch hour (and really every other hour) scrolling Instagram and watching Stories. I find so much daily inspiration for everything from motherhood to style to home decor to hair and beauty.

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So today’s post is a little different! I’m rounding up a list of bloggers that I think you all should follow! Go, spend some time on their sites! I’m sure you’ll all find something you love!


Lauren McBride at Lauren McBride Blog

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photo via lauren mcbride blog

Lauren McBride is a Connecticut-based blogger who blogs about pretty much everything! She is a mom of two little ones (with one on the way) so she does talk about great baby products, kids toys, and being a mom. However, she has the best style – basics and neutrals that she styles to look so fabulous! And don’t get me started on her home decor. OMG it’s so beautiful. She just has great overall taste. Of everyone on this list, she is my favorite to follow on Instagram stories. She is so real, and makes me laugh daily! Plus she always shares the BEST sales and makes it so easy to shop.

Brighton Keller at Brighton The Day

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photo via brighton the day

Admittedly I’m new to #TeamBTD, but Brighton at Brighton the Day has quickly become one of my favorite bloggers to follow! She is a former CPA, which I find so fascinating! Besides having impeccable style and a gorgeous home, Brighton spends a lot of time inspiring her followers. She reads great books and provides her insight on them. She is more than just a fashion blogger, she wants to provide insight and inspiration in your every day life! Her blog posts are great, but it’s over on Instagram Stories where you really get the most out of BTD. She shares great quotes, tips, real life stuff and does it in a sort-of stream of consciousness way that is totally relatable and makes you feel like she is just chatting with a good friend! I’m glad I stumbled upon her Instagram because she has some awesome life tips!

Blair Staky at The Fox And She

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photo via the fox and she

Blair was one of the first bloggers I found and have been following her for almost four years! I’ve found so many other great bloggers through her site, too. She has great style, and her home decor is so spot-on. Blair blogs a lot about health and wellness and I find it so refreshing that she is pretty honest about all of it. She just had a baby in November, which has been fun to follow along with and relate to in a different way.

Kelly Larkin at Kelly In The City

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photo via kelly in the city

Kelly in the City is one of the blogs I found through The Fox and She. Like Blair, Kelly and her family live in Chicago. I love her blog because it’s essentially it’s her family’s diary! She talks about what they’ve been up to each day or on the weekends, and does it in the most conversational way! Kelly’s daughter Emma is just a few months younger to Finn so I love reading about her experience as a mother. Kelly’s style is a little on the preppy side, but the pieces she chooses are still neutral enough that they can be styled in so many different ways. Her husband, Mitch, also cameo’s on the blog every now and then, plus he takes most of the photos that are shown, so it’s truly a family affair.

Jess Loftus at The Golden Girl Blog

photo via the golden girl blog

Jess is another Chicago blogger. She got married last fall, so her wedding planning content is super fresh and she was very transparent with everything she went through. Jess’ style is a little edgier, but I tend to gravitate towards everything she wears because she her outfits are so on point. In addition, she has great posts about capsule wardrobes (aka how to wear one piece of clothing in multiple ways) and has started a new series about style tips (like how to make your legs look longer.) On Instagram, she shares some great recipes and beauty products and she is so relatable (aka rarely has makeup on and wears pajamas all day – my kinda girl!)

Emily Ann Gemma at The Sweetest Thing

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photo via the sweetest thing blog

If you follow any fashion bloggers I’m sure you’ve heard of Emily Ann Gemma. She is one of the more prominent people in the blogging industry, but still totally down to earth. She has a little baby boy named Luke and her husband just finished his residency and she talks a lot about both on her blog. Her style is a little flashy/high-end/designer, and some stuff she wears is just a little too expensive for me, but she also includes basics and makes them look so fancy! Ha! Plus, her photos are absolutely gorgeous (and actually are taken by her husband, too!)


These are just a few of my faves to follow! I hope you check them all out. Who are your favorite bloggers to follow?

 

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Things I’m Loving, Vol. 10

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Here we go, into the dog days of winter (is that a thing?). The days drag on and we seem to be living for March when sixty degree days aren’t a fluke. A couple things that keep me going? Cute clothes and awesome sales, both of which are included in this week’s Things I’m Loving. If there’s one thing you buy from this post, make them the Ponte Pants. I can’t say enough good things about them!

Things I’m Loving:

JCrew Ponte Pant

J.Crew Ponte Pant

If you don’t have Ponte Pants and you work in an office, then grab this pair up right now! J.Crew Ponte Pants are essentially leggings but thicker, and with a cute little zipper in the back making them look like pants instead of leggings, but you still have the comfort of essentially wearing leggings. These are usually $75 but are on sale for $25 with code SALEONSALE.

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Abercrombie Side Slash Leggings

 

Abercrombie Side Slash Leggings

I just really love the color and the detail of these leggings. Also on sale, also a must-have.

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Abercrombie V-Neck Dress

 

Abercrombie V-Neck Dress

This dress is such a great basic that can be worn year round. It can be worn with sneakers or sandals, or with OTK booties or even booties in the fall and winter. Throw a cardigan or vest over it and you can wear it to work or pair it with a denim jacket and it’s great for date night. So simple and yet so many options!

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Abercrombie Lace Pintuck Dress

 

Abercrombie Lace Pintuck Dress

I love the lace detail on this dress. It also comes in white, which I think would make a perfect option for any brides-to-be!

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Sole Society Tie Back Bootie

 

Sole Society Tie Back Bootie

I’m such a fan of low-heeled booties. They are just more functional and versatile in my wardrobe. The tie detail on these are just adorable.

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Caslon Tunic Sweater

 

Caslon Tunic Sweater

Looking for a tunic-length sweater that can be worn this spring? Found it! I love this blush pink color and the length is just right. Maybe pair it with you new pair of ponte pants??

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Do You Have Hobbies?

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Do you have any hobbies? As I think more and more about 2018 and what ultimately makes me happy (I talked more about this here) I realize that I need to get back into doing things just for me. I think it’s far too convenient to accept that as parents, we have to set aside our hobbies. Why? Because we have to dedicate 100% of our free time to our children? Because when we become parents, that’s the only word that defines us? I’d like to challenge that with the theory that by creating time for our own habits and interests, we not only teach our children to do the same, but we also become better parents.

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The tough pill I have to swallow is that even long before Finn was a thought, my hobbies seemed to disappear. I used to define myself as an athlete, an artist, a singer, a concert-goer, a reader, a traveler. The things I did were who I was. The reality is that I’m still all of those things – I love being active and competitive, I love getting my creative juices flowing and creating things, I love music and I love to read. The problem I find is that my hobbies are more feelings than tangible activities. For instance, David loves fly fishing. So when he’s feeling the urge to do something for himself, he goes fishing! When I feel that same urge, I can’t just up and play a soccer game or go to a concert – so I don’t.

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BP-poncho-nordstrom

As I start to live with more intention, I’ve realized that it’s not the things I do, but the feelings I get while doing them that I enjoy. Same with David and his fishing – he loves the feeling of fishing, of being alone on the water, of catching a trout on a fly that he created.

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It also made me want to ask – what do you do as a hobby? Do you prioritize time for these things that make you feel happy? Is it something tangible, or just a feeling that you’re chasing? How do you incorporate it in your life? I challenge myself to create new hobbies and continue to chase the feeling I got when I was playing competitive soccer or singing in the high school musical. Those things aren’t reserved for teenagers – moms can be competitive too!

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Lastly, about this outfit. I’m a huge fan of the poncho trend. It’s such an easy way to look put together, but stay super casual and warm, too! This poncho is unfortunately sold out, but I linked some more below and they are really reasonably priced! Also, I’m sure you’ll see this tee and these jeans over and over again. They are my go-to basics! Along with these sneakers! So easy to throw on, super comfortable, and super cute!

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BP-poncho-nordstrom

outfit details: poncho – BP. at Nordstrom, sold out 🙁 similar here and here // tee – caslon (such a great basic) // jeans – american eagle // sneakers – target // sunglasses – target


So tell me, do you have hobbies?

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Life Lately – January 5, 2018

Here we are, the first Friday of the new year and things are full steam ahead for the Gregory family. The holidays are in the rearview and life lately has been all about adjusting back into our normal routine. This time of year is a little awkward, don’t you think. There’s little to look forward to because it seems like winter is going to drag on forever. Plus, the next real holiday isn’t until Memorial Day, so it’s a long stretch of cold before anything exciting happens.

We’ve tried to make it a point to give ourselves something to look forward to. My mom and dad are planning a visit, my birthday in mid-February is going to be memorable, and at some point this year, we hope to moving into a house! Little things that help to break up the gray days of January do wonders!

The Holiday

We had the most relaxing Christmas! We stayed in Charlottesville, which is sure to help reduce the stress. We spent Christmas Eve Eve with David’s dad and Christmas Day with his mom. Finn was still a little young to understand the magic of Christmas, but he did like to tear the wrapping paper off. However, he would then get sidetracked with whatever he just opened and forget that there was plenty more loot under the tree. It’s the best feeling watching Christmas through your children’s eyes!

David and I only took a few days off from work, and unfortunately Finn came down with an ear infection in the days after Christmas, so the rest of the week remained pretty low key. New Years was as anti-climatic as they come – we ordered in sushi and watched Netflix in bed. We were both asleep by 9:30! #toddlerparentproblems But I don’t regret it! It was nice to feel refreshed and well rested on the first day of 2018!

David

As of Friday morning, David is en route to Long Island for another work trip. As I’ve mentioned before, he absolutely loves his job, which makes these work trips easier to handle. This is the first one that falls over a weekend, so I’ll be riding solo with Finn and Juneau.

Finn

Speaking of that little boy of ours, Finn is still the cutest thing ever :). He surprises us every day with a new word or action that he’s picked up on. He loves to chat, especially about his ‘choo choo’ trains! He has reached the age of throwing tantrums, which is something we are still working through. Some days I feel like super mom and can handle the tantrums with ease. Other days, my patience fails me and I have to walk away from the situation before I lose it. I know every mom feels this way, but it’s definitely testing me recently.

Family

Everyone send some good vibes to my sister, Emily this weekend. She has some important stuff happening in her professional life and she’s pretty nervous! I know she’ll do great! XOXO

Also, pretty jealous of my younger sister, Sarah, and her boyfriend, Ryan who spent their Christmas holiday skiing in Colorado. The photos and Snapchats we got were absolutely gorgeous and I’m wondering why I haven’t taken advantage of their proximity to some of the best skiing in the country. Also, the Snapchats I got of Ryan when the Buffalo Bills made the playoffs for the first time this century were just as amazing.

Lastly, shoutout to my mom and dad for simply being the best. Maybe I don’t give them the credit they deserve as often as I should, but the things that they do (like paying over $20 in postage so Finn can have his Christmas presents on time) for all three of us truly make us better people and make our lives easier. If you’ve ever been lucky enough to meet my mom and dad, you know what I mean. They would bend over backwards for just about anyone and I feel like I hit the jackpot when I got them as my parents! Love yas!

Our Life In iPhone Photos:

finn got sick the week before christmas and slept in our bed for the first time. he took advantage of all the space!
double duty with his new toys!
sometimes after i look through my photos, i find a million photos of toddler feet
new train! he’s obsessed!
christmas eve with my man
icymi, i wrote an entire post about this sweater and boots. check it out here.

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