Morning Exploring

Happy Sunday guys!

We caught a break in the rain yesterday and (gasp!) the sun even came out for a bit.  We bundled up to take a stroll downtown along the river and the girls had a blast throwing rocks into the water.  I love the age they're at ... everything is exciting to them. 

These are my favorite kind of days.  No big plans, no running around, just the four of us hanging out all day without anything that has to be done.  The girls will be two next Sunday, so I feel like I'm trying to soak up every last minute with my one year olds.  This mama has been getting emotional thinking about them really leaving all of their "baby-ness" behind.  :(

What's your favorite way to spend the weekend?

xo
lindsy

At This Time Last Year ...

... the girls were still just babies and life was still just as busy!  It never really slows down much though, does it? 

People always tell me that it gets easier, but I've yet to enter that "stage".  For now though, I'm just trying to enjoy the days (even the difficult ones) because it's all flying by and most days feel like a whirlwind.  I blink and it seems like a week has gone by!  If I could have one birthday wish, it would be that time would slow down and the girls would stay little forever.  I think I said the same thing when I saw these pictures taken around my birthday last year for the girls' FIRST!!

Who else takes a hundred pictures a day? I probably took about a thousand pictures during my birthday week last year, but I'll share just a handful of my favorites with you.  :)

I can't believe how much the girls have grown!  I see them everyday and know that they're getting bigger, but when you see the pictures and take a peek at life in rewind, it really hits you.  Going to bed with a full heart tonight ... a full, 35 year old heart.

xo
lindsy

 

Never Miss A ...

Life is busy.  I have two toddlers, a business, a home to maintain, a marriage to nurture, friends & family that I love to spend time with ... this doesn't even include all the other things that I enjoy like shopping, manis & pedis, happy hour, etc.  Those last few don't make an appearance on my schedule very often but I daydream about them regularly.

If you've followed me on Instagram and Facebook for awhile, I'm sure you've seen me mention barre3.  I am a die hard, totally committed, can't live without it, member and I've been one for five and a half years - yep, because it's THAT GOOD!!  But it's not just the physical results that I love, it's the mental clarity and all the feel good emotions that come from my hour spent in the studio (and they have a full library of online workouts if you don't have studio access!). 

Anyway, here's a mantra of theirs that has really been resonating with me ... "It's not about prioritizing your schedule.  It's about scheduling your priorities."  There's truth in that, right?  Well, I think so.  I've started scheduling my priorities to ensure that I'm really making it happen because when I do this, I consistently feel my absolute best and find that I'm much better for my family because of it - and yes, I schedule caffeine.

NEVER MISS A . . . W O R K O U T.  I schedule my workouts in advance and do anything and everything I can to stick to my schedule.  Like anything.  I go to barre3 4-5 times a week.  It's a must for me, a total priority.  We live in the pacific NW and it's grey and rainy a LOT.  The weather makes me feel totally blah and I need a regular pick-me-up!  I schedule my classes out 2-3 weeks in advance because, well I'm a planner.  And not only that, but I have ZERO excuse to not go if I already have it all planned out.  Sick kids?  I call a grandma.  Snowed in?  Bust out the snowshoes.  Okay, not really ... but I would if I lived closer! 

NEVER MISS A . . . S T O P F O R C O F F E E.  Everyday after barre, the girls and I make a stop for my caffeine fix.  If I'm not working out that day, I'll make a special trip out for it!  It's my guilty pleasure and I can't (and won't!) give it up.  My workout and those venti iced lattes and caramel macchiatos literally power me through my (sometimes very long) day so that I can wrangle kiddos, do my work-at-home mama thing, and maintain my sanity at the same time.  I fake being well rested with caffeine and I'm 100% ok with that.

NEVER MISS A . . . B R E A K F O R M I N D L E S S A C T I V I T Y.  Every night after the girls are tucked in, I get ready for bed (yes, at 7pm) and curl up for some time with a book, a magazine, my favorite show, Pinterest, Instagram ... you get the picture.  Something that I enjoy that doesn't take any effort or cause me to think too much.  I prefer an hour but even when I can't swing that big of a chunk of time, I take SOMETHING for myself.  This is my time to unwind after going nonstop all day.  I will ignore whatever I didn't get to during the day ... the dishes, the laundry, the toys scattered all over the house.  It will all be there the next day.

If there's one thing I've learned in the almost two years since having kids, it's that it can't be all about everyone else ALL the time.  I tried that for waaay too long and it left me feeling depleted and unfulfilled.  Not to mention, I want my girls to grow up seeing me do things that make me a better mom, wife, and woman in general not just running myself ragged everyday and not giving ME the time and attention that I deserve.  My family is my number one priority and at the forefront ALWAYS, but what I've figured out is that this doesn't take away from them at all!  Quite the opposite actually.  So, it's a win-win for everyone.

What is at least one "Never Miss Moment" in your day?  Or if you don't have one, what would you love to have time for? 

xo
lindsy

'Tis The Season To #considerkindness With Us!!

"No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted” -Aesop


It is the simplest of actions that truly have the most profound impact. All too often, we think it requires a tremendous amount of effort in order to make a difference in someone’s life. How often do we suppress our best intention to show a small act of kindness due to self-consciousness or (sadly enough) inconvenience? Conversely, how wonderful is an out of the blue phone call from a friend or a random act of kindness from a complete stranger? In a cultural climate where we’re too quick to build up boundaries, thoughtfulness can be a dynamic tool to soften hearts when we need it the most. 

With all the negativity surrounding our country’s current events, here at chip&chisel we want to inspire something we don’t see as often as we should- KINDNESS; an undervalued quality that can have a lasting and powerful effect.  

Thanksgiving just happens to coincide with our 5th anniversary, so we've decided to host a challenge that involves paying it forward and we want you to join in! We truly believe that kindness is life giving! Our hope is that we would see an altruistic shift through our intentional actions and that our communities would be a little bit warmer because of YOU! 

For 3 weeks, we will be hosting a kindness campaign encouraging individuals to consciously choose to #considerkindness! It will include opportunities for you to get involved with us as well as simply recognizing those people you know already killing it in the kindness department! Each week we will have a different theme and each week we’ll choose someone that we find most inspiring. YEAH- that means prizes. (sidenote: We believe that kindness is it’s own reward, but hey, we like prizes and especially giving them away!) Any time you’re part of something involving a thoughtful gesture or donation of your time either:

●     Post a comment on any of our #considerkindness campaign Facebook and/or Instagram related posts sharing your act of kindness

AND/OR

●     Post a picture to Instagram showing your act of kindness with #considerkindness and tag us (@chipandchiseljewelry

At the end of the week- we’ll choose a winner! And HOPEFULLY, what started out as a “challenge” will become part of a greater movement or more frequented habit in our lives!

For each comment on our social media posts, chip&chisel will donate one canned food item to the Clark County Food Bank.  For each photo that you post and tag @chipandchiseljewelry with #considerkindness, two canned food items will be donated.  If we repost your photo highlighting your act of kindness, you will also be given a $10 chip&chisel shop credit! Not only are you directly touching lives, but your simple act of kindness will also benefit those in need during this holiday season!

There are HUNDREDS of ways you could show simple acts of kindness, but here are a few ideas to get you started:

-Open the door for the person behind you
-Pay for someone’s coffee behind you in line
-Call your grandparents!
-Leave an encouraging note on someone’s car
-Put a few quarters in someone’s expired meter
-Babysit for free
-Host a festive holiday party to get in the spirit
-Bake a yummy treat for your neighbors
-Purge your closet and take a bag to the women’s shelter
-Leave an extra large tip for your server
-Send someone anonymous flowers
-Start a “things I am grateful for” discussion at Thanksgiving dinner!

So- let’s start now! Inspire one another! Sometimes all it takes is the action of one person to start a huge initiative. Wouldn’t it be so great if, despite all the negativity that threatens to take root, as a community, we would turn our focus and encourage one another to spread the love?? We know it’s possible and we can’t wait to see all the ways that, together, we can so easily #considerkindness.

xo,
Lindsy