This week the house has been a flurry of home TO DO's. Most importantly, we embarked on the Change the Nursery and Create a Toddler Room project.
The walls went from yellow to the most perfect green in the nursery. (Behr paint - 50% Japanese Fern, 50% Grape Leaves)
And from beige-y brown to a sophisticated gray in the soon-to-be toddler room. (Behr paint - Elephant Skin) I promise this room won't end up nearly as bland or nearly as grown up as things might appear now.
On Thursday I gave myself permission to take a few "mental health" hours. After our leisurely stay at the lake, there is so much to do in general and in preparation for this baby. And August is crammed full of activity, so I've been using these few weeks in between to go, go, go in productivity.
When I felt my mind and spirit start to teeter a bit earlier this week, I decided to set aside a few hours on Thursday to myself, with no agenda. On the days I have help with Pigtail, I usually want to take full advantage of that time and do the things that I can't do with a toddler in tow. But I rarely use that time to do....nothing. Yesterday I laid down in my bed, in the middle of the afternoon, and read. I zoned out. I tried to stay very still when a light breeze came in through the open patio doors. I thought I would nap, but I didn't. Though after two hours I got up as rejuvenated as if I had taken a doze.
I'm glad that I did this before I had a full-blown hormonal meltdown. It's good to know your limits, to watch your own body and heart for signs that you need some space. Because it's much harder to come back from hitting a wall than to brake the moment you see it.
For your weekend reading pleasure:
This was a fantastic interview about motherhood and balance and pretty people with makeup artist Molly Stern. (Girls Gone Child)
While we're on the subject of balance, did you read Cup of Jo's series on freelance motherhood balance? Because it was great. This was my favorite one, but they're all interesting in different ways. (Cup of Jo)
This tutorial by Amanda on how to use a group of people to curate boards together for a specific project was so useful. And then look how cute the Feather Your Nest shower turned out afterwards! Good information, good eye candy here. (Oh Amanda)
Over the next few days we have X-Games, book club, and lunch with a long lost friend. What about you?
Happy Weekend, HH readers!