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 down...it'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 of...plus 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.

Tips For Managing Time During The Holidays

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with The 5TH. However, all opinions are my own.*

Ok, look at the carvings on the railing...'B+A'...BEN AND I did not do that, just a coincidence, but HOW PERFECT?!?!? <3

 Watch: The 5TH // Use code 'Anna' for 10% off

I don't know about you, but there is something about the month of December that makes me VERRRRYY aware of time and just how quickly it's going. Maybe it is because the year is quickly coming to a close, or maybe it's because of how busy and exciting everything gets with the holidays. Whatever the reason, this time of year I always find myself scrambling to get things done and wishing that I had just a bit more time in each day. And this year, as a new mama, time seems even more scarce! I mean, James will be 5 MONTHS OLD this month... what!? Seriously, where has the time GONE?

I'm sure that I am not the only person who feels pressed for time come the end of the year. There are so many things to finish up, goals to try desperately to achieve, gifts to buy, parties to plan, events to go to...

So I've put together a few tips to help you manage your time this holiday season:

  1. Make A List. Wait no...make several lists! I know this is the simplest tip ever and you're probably like, oh great, thanks a lot. BUT, really, do it. Make lists. Make a gift list so that you can see all of the gifts for each person written out on paper. Make a list for events and parties that you need to RSVP to. Make a grocery list. Make a list of chores. Make a list of outfits that you plan on wearing this season. Make a list of goals that you wish to accomplish by the end of the year. Bottom line: write. things. down. Get them out of your head, and visually look at what you need to get done. Then you can start to prioritize.
  2. Prioritize. Now that you have your various lists written out, go ahead and make another list. This one is your list of TOP PRIORITIES. The things that are crucial to get done ASAP. The non-negotiable, must-dos. This list is where you start. This list is what you knock out first. These are the most important activities, events, things to do in your life right now.
  3. Time Block. I've read a lot about time blocking lately, and I am excited to try it out. It is supposedly an excellent method of keeping on task. It helps you to focus on just one task for a set amount of time. When the time is up, you move on to the next task. No ifs, ands, or buts. I'm going to be picking up one of these bad boys. I might even get it for a few people I know as a stocking stuffer!
  4. Get A Watch. Seriously, I know that you can tell the time on your phone, but a watch is a life saver when it comes to staying on task and getting stuff done! Being able to glance down at your watch is much easier, (and more polite) than constantly checking your phone. Not to mention that using your phone to check the time is a great gateway to hours of mindless Instagram scrolling...aka, WASTED TIME. Try putting your phone on silent and sticking it in the other room. Eliminate the temptation to hop on social media or check your messages, and instead, use your watch to keep track of the time. You can get a beautiful watch from The 5TH for 10% off right now - just use my code 'ANNA'! These make great gifts too, so you can go ahead and check that off of your list! ;)

What are some of your tips for managing time and keeping on top of things during the holidays??

Holiday Gift Guide

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with The 5TH. However, all opinions are my own.*

Photography: Ben Cohen

Dress: Closet Candy Boutique // My Watch: here // Ben's Watch: here

The holidays are right around the corner!! I am SO excited for Christmas, I can't even control myself. I've already gotten a good start on shopping for gifts and I'm feeling very on top of things! Nothing is worse that waiting until the last minute to start buying presents for people. This year I made it a goal to plan ahead and get my shopping done early!

It can be hard to know what to buy people, so I've put together a couple of gift guides with some great gift ideas for the guys and gals in your life!

You BETTER believe that these watches from THE 5TH are on my gift guide because they. are. amazing. Seriously, how beautiful are they?? They make the PERFECT present for anyone. There are so many different styles and pretty colors. Ben and I are just obsessed. They are classy and cool.

THE 5TH gave me a special discount code exclusively for my readers/followers, which is SO AMAZING of them! You can get 10% off anything from THE 5TH with the code 'ANNA'.

Yay! Enjoy! And be sure to tag me and THE 5TH in any pictures you take of your loved ones unwrapping their new watches! @tiugirlanna + @thefifthwatches

Anyways, read on for my Holiday Gift Guide! Happy shopping!