Precious Moments

Watch: Lord Timepieces (Use code 'ANNA' for 10% off!)// Sweater: Nordstrom (Similar here [on sale!] and here)// Leggings: Alo Yoga

James' Onesie: MilkBarn

Oh, this sweet little boy of mine. He brings SO much joy to my life...motherhood is indescribable and the love I feel for my sweet baby is more than anything I ever thought possible.

James is growing up SO FAST and lately I've been really focusing on trying to savor each and every little precious moment. In six and a half months, he has already grown so much - he is becoming incredibly independent and his personality is coming through more and more. He's the smiley-est, sweetest, gentlest, smartest, funniest person! He has two teeth now, can sit up on his own, can stand on his own holding onto something (without me holding him), can wave, says "mama" and "dada", and is so close to crawling. I desperately want time to slow's going too quickly!!

Time is slipping by, and I want to make sure that I am living in each moment and really experiencing every single minute with baby James. I don't ever want to forget these times.

I've been a lot more mindful of time-management techniques for this very purpose. I work from home, and it can be so easy to get caught up in work. I like to set limits for myself for how long I am on the computer or phone at a time. I've found that the BEST tool for this is just a good, classic watch. I love this one from Lord Timepieces - they have such a beautiful selection of women's watches and you can get 10% off your purchase with the code 'ANNA'. A good watch allows me to put my phone away and not rely on it for keeping track of the time, so that I can submerse myself in the sweet little moments with James and in the present.

As with each of James' first holidays, I am SO excited to celebrate Valentine's Day with him!! I have two Valentines now - Ben AND James! :) I feel like the luckiest girl in the world and my heart is so full of love it could burst!

So, who is celebrating Valentine's Day over the weekend?? The fact that V-Day is on a Tuesday night makes it a bit tricky to celebrate the day restaurants are always so busy on the actual holiday!! I'm AAALLL about celebrating the weekend before. Ben and I actually went out on a Valentine's Day date yesterday! More about that soon! :) <3 Have a happy weekend, friends!

*Thank you to Lord Timepieces for sponsoring this post.

Social Media Detox

This year, I'm making it a goal to take some frequent breaks from social media. As a blogger and social media manager, this is no easy task. Social media is a huge - I mean HUGE - part of my daily life. It's not only what I do for work, but it's also something that I really really enjoy. 

But, even though a lot of what I do on social media is for work and for my blog, I definitely end up wasting a lot of time on it as well. Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter...the list goes on and on. If there's a social media channel, I'm on it. My days are consumed by these sites and apps, and while creating content and managing all of my accounts and my clients' accounts brings me so much joy, sometimes I find myself scrolling aimlessly through feeds when I could be doing something a lot more productive. Basically, there's more to life than what goes on on social media, and I'd like to try to re-capture some of that.

That's why, in an effort to manage my time better, I'm committing to taking frequent social media breaks - a social media detox, if you will. 

Once a month, I'm going to go a full twenty-four hours without checking social media. Now, twenty-four hours may not seem like a very long time for a social media detox, BUT keep in mind that on an average day, I am checking all of my different accounts multiple times every HOUR. So, twenty-four hours off is kind of a big deal, and will actually be somewhat of a challenge for me. 

What am I hoping to get out of this? Clarity. I hope that taking time away will help me manage my stress, will give me time to re-center, connect face to face with loved ones, and work on other projects that I just never seem to have time for. I've heard so many good things about taking time away from social media, so I'm willing to give it a try. 

Have you done a social media detox before? What was your experience? If you'd like to join me in this challenge, comment below. It would be great to discuss!!