Now that I am back to work full-time, after a short bout of pneumonia, I am having a hard time figuring out what my goals are. I love my children and want to be there for them, especially since schools/daycare/activities in my town seem to always end at 5pm. Being there for them is really difficult with my current hours and commute. On the other hand, I am enjoying working on my projects, having adult interaction, and bringing home a paycheck. I guess this is the dilema of every mom out there; what is the balance between what is best for me and what is best for my family.
To continue with my series, here are a few of my favorite shops for myself. Since my weight (and dress size) fluctuates on a yearly basis, I do not spend much on clothes that will probably not last more than a season. I am a sucker for well made and unique jewelry and home decor. Once again, I was not compensated in any way for this post.
If you are ever looking for an excellent quality jewelry gift in gold, silver, or rose gold I recommend this shop. I have one of their simple silver inital necklaces that I wear almost every day. J got it for me to commemorate the birth of L, and I am looking forward to getting an R to add to it to commemorate her birth. When it comes to jewelry, I am a fan of simple and understated pieces with good quality. On my wish-list are the stitch bar earrings, stackable rings, and the tiny hammered rose gold hoops… hint, hint J…
If you haven't heard about Toms shoes yet, I am going to think that you have been living under a rock. They are an amazingly comfortable pair of shoes that donates a pair to children in need in third world countries every time you buy a pair; their motto is "One for One". I wore the Toms canvas classics in black to work every day while I was pregnant. They were comfortable and forgiving on my poor swollen feet. I am also a fan of their ballet flats and L loved is tiny Toms we got him last year. One thing to note, there is quite a variance in size between the different styles (I wear a 8.5 in classics, but a 9 in the jutti flats, and an 9.5 in the ballet flats) so check the review to see which way the sizes run, big or small, before ordering.
My favorite thing about this shop is that the inventory is always changing. My least favorite thing about this shop is that the inventory is always changing. If you like to browse for great home furnishing ideas, this is the place to go. Unfortunately, if you find something that you like, you need to jump on it because it will only be around for a short amount of time (sometimes sold out within minutes). My favorite purchase from here is a rustic sunburst mirror that is currently residing above the fireplace. I have received many compliments on on it, and getting a large mirror that I love for less that $100 is a major win to me! I am currently considering a this garden stool to add to our living room. It has an interesting texture…I just have to find a place to put it…
I am a sucker for Mommy jewelry. I never thought I would be, but I just love having necklaces with my kids initials and/or birth stones on them. This shop does not only make Mommy necklaces, but you can customize a charm necklace to have a variety of items on it for any purpose you could imagine. I have not had a chance to purchase one of these for myself, but they have been on my wish list for almost 3 years now.
I love furniture made with reclaimed wood. The history, texture, and color variation makes each piece unique and a statement. Currently, I am living with 80% IKEA furniture in my house (durable and cheap cause kids destroy furniture), but as soon as my current coffee table dies (aka. gets so many scratches and dents that even J is embarrassed by it), I am going to be purchasing this beautiful replacement. It is irresistible, right?