Thrifty

“It is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow.” – Aesop

What a day! I realize now that whenever I leave the house with the boys, I’m that much more tired in the evenings then if we spent the day in the house. I didn’t get much done today in terms of going to the market or getting a new tank for spike, buuuuut I found where I am getting ALL of our furniture when we buy a house. Can you say mid-century modern heaven!!! This thrift store was incredible, I actually think that thrift store is the wrong term for this place. Let’s call it a reasonably priced collection of relics.

The name of the store is Ryan’s Relics. They now have two locations on Belair Rd. The first location had a little bit of everything; old magazines, jewelry, furniture and dishes, while the second location was strictly furniture. On my way home I was kicking myself for not taking pictures…ugh!!! Words can not describe the sights that I saw. Oh well, while we were on that side of town we stopped at ikea. Actually, our primary goal was to go to ikea, Ryan’s Relics was an added bonus. Anyway, i got to price more glasses on our friend’s wedding. I also got this cool turquoise hanging lamp from the as-is section. The as-is section is one of my main reasons for going to ikea!

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That’s okay, I will be back Ryan’s Relics…and with a very large vehicle.

Sanctuary

“Sanctuary, on a personal level, is where we perform the job of taking care of our soul.”-Christopher Forrest McDowell

Last night as I whisked my little man back into his own bed, I thought about a conversation I had with the hubby about the sanctity of our bedroom. It’s something that I never thought about until recently; when the need for a place to retreat became a must. I mean as a kid I never actually thought about what my parents did in their room, they were old, I figured they just slept and watched TV. Even in our apartments pre-babies the bedroom was where we went to sleep. For my husband and I now, it’s the place that takes us back to pre-babies condensed into one room. It’s the place where we can go to be adults; no sippee cups, toys or diapers.

As I thought about what I wanted my next post to be about I did some research on the internets. Googling sex as new parents gets you some pretty run of the mill stuff; have sex anywhere, date nights are key, don’t wait until bedtime and you don’t have to always close the deal to get the juices flowing. Now I totally approve of all of these suggestions; I mean who can say no to sex in the kitchen or those lucky enough to have a garage or a quiet street, sex in the car. I just want to add sex in the bedroom. Not just any bedroom, but one designed just for you and your significant other, it’s like leaving home and going to an hotel. That is where the design comes in. Now that I have been focusing on our bedroom the feel of an hotel is what I keep in the back of my mind. Combining and adult retreat with still being parents and still, on occasion, sharing our bedroom.

On instagram I follow decor8, she posted a picture from somewhere over seas, but the color palette was mint green, chocolate brown and white. It immediately made me think of my husband and his love of mint chocolate chip ice cream. My theory on design is that it has to be about more than just strategically places pretty things around your home. There should be thought and feeling incorporated into each piece and every design idea.

When complete, our bedroom will be a place where we can reconnect, have lots of sex and have an unnatural need to eat ice cream, both a good and bad thing.

Life

“There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

Today started with a deep self-awareness session. My time in the morning is becoming precious to me once again. For the past year I’ve just wanted to catch up on sleep. Or maybe I just wanted to sleep as I did before kids (both things being equally impossible). I think about my weekday alarm, titled Life, and how I never wake up to it. I feel really bad, if not stupid, about how long it has taken me to realize what I’m doing wrong. I think about how everyday I would wake up and get ready for work, while I was always late, I was preparing myself for the day in the mornings. Going to work, I had a timeclock and a supervisor who held me accountable for my latenesses; now its my two amazing sons and husband. While being a stay at home mom and wife is staying home, it doesnt mean it time off of work; it is certanly NOT a vacation. It’s the most important job I have ever had. My decisions directly effect others, not just staff around me or a boss that I never see; my decisions effect those that I care about the most; my husband and my children. Writing this post and publishing it online is me being accountable for my actions. If I do not stick to my goal then I have myself to answer to, and is there anyone who is tougher on you??

This realization is one of the reasons why studying life, family and organization means so much to me, why i wish to share it with others. As a mother and wife all of our actions should be altruistic. Your families happiness is your reward.

I have been given one of the few things that I have always wanted; to have a family and to raise a family. It’s so easy to focus on what you don’t have or what you’re not doing as opposed to the things that you do have and are grateful for.

With that being said, take a moment each day to make a note of the things that you are thankful for. You can write them down, type them up, or just make a mental note. Either way I think this is key to happiness; it keeps us connected to one another and it keeps our perception of life positive, while keeping our overall demeanour positive.

Today, I am thankful for:
1. My husband’s kiss.
2. My 1 year old learning his body parts.
3. My 2 year old learning manners.

No matter how small the gesture or event may seem, if you smile while typing them then you are on the right track 🙂

Raina.

Branching Out

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci

This is the beginning of a new era; a blog written by a wife and stay-at-home mother of two, that lives in a regular apartment in the middle of Baltimore. This blog will log this incredible journey called life, while sharing tips, stories and fun how-to’s along the way. I’ve published other blogs in the past, mostly geared towards interior design, apartment hunting or organizing; this blog will be a clever combination of all those things along with my personal day-to-day trials.

I strive to showcase that life isn’t perfect, and that it’s okay for it not to be. Happiness is defined differently from person-to-person; so we all don’t require the perfect filing system, the immaculate kitchen or the meal plan that would rival that of a four-star restaurant, and if you do, that’s okay too. Sometimes it’s simply about finding what works for us as an individual and going with it. I hope that the tips and stories that I share let you know that you are not alone; I hope that they inspire you to go off and explore you.

Happy Reading!