02/02/2018

Life Lately – In the Midst of the Move.

Hello from the other side… of a big move! We are slowly digging our way out of piles of boxes around these parts. I do have to say though that it’s much more fun to unpack than it is to pack. I actually enjoy going through the boxes, organizing, and putting away our belongings. It is also nice because it gives you an excuse to be a bit more intentional about what you keep and what you donate or throw away. Having a new, clean space does not make you want to overload it with pile of stuff!

I don’t really have a pre-set post idea for today, but I simply wanted to share a few happenings in my life lately. If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ve already seen a lot of these pictures, but I wanted to document them here on the blog also. Lately my posts have been more picture heavy than wordy – which you know is a change for me as I can be long winded sometimes, ha. But don’t worry, I am sure I will get back to my long, drawn out posts very soon. 😉

#HWHLHOME

On Saturday, I spent the afternoon at the house alone, organizing and putting away our stuff. The kitchen took awhile to get all the glassware and plates in the cabinets, but it was fun to see what all I have. Since everything has been in storage since March, I forget what we even own! So I took this time of solace to turn on the fireplace, watch Chip and Jo, and simply zone out. It felt like such a treat to just have a few minutes of alone time in our new home.

Yoga - Jana

I shared in this post about my current post-partum body, and the self-conscious feelings that can still pop up from time-to-time.

When these thoughts creep up though, I try to take a deep breath, and say a prayer of thanks. Sound cliche? Perhaps. But if I can turn my thoughts away from myself and instead intentionally point out all the beauty in my life, it really works wonders.

And, is it really so bad to ‘look’ like I recently had a baby? To still have the physical reminder of how much my life has changed in the past two years since welcoming two precious babies into our family? This isn’t an excuse for me to not work out or take care of myself. On the contrary, I want to be STRONG for those beautiful kids – both physically and mentally. And, I still want to feel good about myself and like what I see when I look in the mirror. But even more important, I want to love what I see when I do a check of my soul.

Beautycounter Countermatch

Fans of Beautycounter and those who’ve always wanted to try it, our Regimen sale is continuing until February 7. We very rarely have skin care products on sale, so this is a great deal! Choose from the Nourishing, Rejuvenating, and Countermatch Collections, complete with special savings ranging from a discount of $30 to $44 dollars.

Truly having a great skin care regimen is about using products that work together to maximize results. I think so often we mix-and-match all the products looking for a miracle, but in doing so we forget that someone out there has already put many of the pieces together for us! (This includes our scientists and innovation team with BC!)
 
I always encourage clients to find a set regimen, and then we can add in products as needed. (Too dry? Let’s add a Face Oil. To oily? Let’s try the Charcoal Bar. Sensitive Skin? Let’s shy away from products with active agents. And on, and on!)

Learn more about our Regimens here. If you have questions about which Collection is best for your skin type, feel free to email me at jana.antil@gmail.com . I am happy to help you narrow down the options.

Savannah's Nursery

These baskets from Pottery Barn Kids arrived this week for Savannah’s nursery, and I’m obsessed! I love the texture they bring to the space.

Her room is a work in progress (aka – still waiting on the crib to be delivered), but it’s starting to come together. Typically nursery details are chosen pre-baby delivery, but mine are happening months down the road. Pouring my heat into making it a place of peace and comfort for my sweet girl!

Motherhood

During the month of January, I focused on self- care and challenged myself to do 31 days of care –  – all chronicled under the hashtag #hwhlselfcare on Instagram.

Somewhere during the middle of the month though, I started to run out of ideas. It turns out that as a mom, you’re so busy that you barely have time to do the laundry much less spend an entire month focusing on little things to do for yourself.

I worked out only three times this month (all yoga – and nowhere near the ‘unlimited’ sessions I had paid for), I ate more chocolate than I would like to admit, and I spent a lot of the month stressing over the move and packing and unpacking and helping my kids adjust to a big change.

I shared this not to be a whiner, but to remind myself, and to encourage other mothers that this season of life isn’t really about us. It is, but it isn’t. It’s mostly about those little lives entrusted to our care. And that’s okay right now. We will have time for little things like coffee and walks (my ultimate versions of self-care), and we must make time for the big things like our marriage and Jesus. So here’s to the end of a long January, and a fresh new month ahead. Wherever you’re at today in your journey for a happy, peaceful life, know that I’m right there with you. Whether you make it to yoga, or not.

Home - #HWHLHOME

If you are local to the Dayton or Cincinnati area (or even Columbus), then I highly suggest you make plans to attend Charm at the Farm this year. I went twice last year, and the second time I bought a ton of beautiful pieces for our home that I’ve just been waiting to decorate with. One of my very favorite pieces is this sign from The Shed. I bought this work that highlights Jeremiah 29:11 –“for I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord…” – to hang in the hallway between the kids’ rooms, but it’s such a beautiful reminder on my stairwell too. Decisions, decisions! 

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  1. You’re doing such a great job through this transition and I LOVE your perspective at the end of the post!

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