Brand Spotlight | Something Borrowed Blooms

When I got married two years ago, I was determined to find an eco-friendly alternative for flowers, rather than spending a lot of money on bouquets that would only last a few days. I chose recycled wood flowers from a company that has since gone out of business. (My wedding bouquet, however, still sits in my office, looking beautiful as ever.)

These days, there are even more eco-friendly alternatives for your wedding bouquets - and these bouquets look so realistic, you'd never even know they are made of silk.

Kinsley bridal bouquet, photo via Something Borrowed Blooms

My Sustainability Goals for 2019

Last week I shared my top 2019 resolution of getting reorganized after having a baby and being on maternity leave. My new habits are getting stronger, although apparently my writing motivation is not!

However, I've got a few other goals I'd like to aim for this year, even if I don't fully achieve them.

How I'm Getting Organized (Again)

You know what one of the most cliche new year resolutions is? Getting organized. And yet, here I am, making that my top goal for the next few weeks.

I even started working on it before Christmas. I'm typically a pretty organized person, with to-do lists, an app to keep my tasks organized and reminders set up. (Of course I operate pretty much paperless these days!)

However, having a baby and being on maternity leave can throw any semblance of a routine out the window. Focusing on the baby was my top priority, but as I returned to work, I realized I needed to gather my scatterbrain and put everything back in order.

2018 Reflections

Usually it feels like the end of December has arrived way too quickly, but this year has, to me, felt like it's lasted for three years. I suppose a year that literally started with a pregnancy and ended with an infant will do that to you!

This Christmas was a fun adventure with a little extra magic. I know the holidays will only get more fun over the next few years, and I'm honestly looking forward to when we get to play Santa and Ariana can open her own gifts. The idea of starting new traditions as a family makes me so excited, as I reminisce on all of my favorite childhood traditions.

For now, Christmas as a three-month-old basically means sleeping through gift opening and playing with tissue and wrapping paper. Rough life!

I certainly enjoyed getting to open more gifts, even if the majority of them were for Ariana. I especially loved this gift to her from my parents, in a special gift bag. This one has been with our family since I was probably 8 or 9 years old, and it's been reused countless times. My mom would still put my gifts in it after I became an adult.

This year, the Barbie torch was officially passed down as the gift tag changed from "To Caitlin, From Mom and Dad" to "To Ariana, From Mimi and Paw Paw." Yes, the holidays have turned me into the biggest ball of mush.

While the holiday spirit is still in the air and we wrap up the last few days of the year, I've been doing a lot of reflecting. It's been quite the rollercoaster, and this year has taught me a lot of important life lessons. I'm looking forward to taking these into 2019 and along my parenting journey.

Merry Christmas!

I can't believe it's already time to officially say Merry Christmas!

This year has been, hands down, the one that has changed me the most. Last Christmas came after a hard year, and the holidays were bittersweet for me. This year was all about answered prayers.

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