Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Weekend Recap- Birthday Shenanigans

Weekend Recap- Birthday Shenanigans- #rainbow- design addict mom
I feel like it was just yesterday that I was telling you about the birth of Cheyenne and now here I am telling you she turned 1. It sounds cliche but the time flew by so quickly! There are really no words adequate enough to describe the joy she has brought into our lives. She is truly remarkable and we love her so much!

Many of you know she's a rainbow baby,  and her personality is as colorful as the rainbow, thus the idea of a rainbow party to celebrate her was born. Here are a couple pics...

Weekend Recap- Birthday Shenanigans- design addict mom

Weekend Recap- Birthday Shenanigans- design addict mom

Weekend Recap- Birthday Shenanigans- design addict mom

Weekend Recap- Birthday Shenanigans- design addict mom
that side eye though!:-)


Weekend Recap- Birthday Shenanigans- design addict mom

Weekend Recap- Birthday Shenanigans- design addict mom
Hanging out with Glory the fig

Weekend Recap- Birthday Shenanigans- design addict mom
The rainbow cake was made locally by Sweet Boutique Bakery. I've used them here and here to celebrate Zion and Ian's first birthday parties. They are amazing!  I ordered the rainbow print as e file from Tess Guinery, then had it printed and mounted at a local Fedex store.

Weekend Recap- Birthday Shenanigans- design addict mom

Weekend Recap- Birthday Shenanigans- design addict mom

I also celebrated my birthday this weekend:-). It was a very special time for all of us. xx

almost all the images: Lea Hartman

Thursday, November 15, 2018

H&M Home Brings The Cozy This Christmas

H&M Home Brings The Cozy This Christmas- design addict mom
It's been raining and cold here all this week, and I just want to dive into these cozy sumptuously layered editorial Christmas scenes from H&M Home...

H&M Home Brings The Cozy This Christmas- design addict mom
very hygge, isn't it?

H&M Home Brings The Cozy This Christmas- design addict mom

H&M Home Brings The Cozy This Christmas- design addict mom

H&M Home Brings The Cozy This Christmas- design addict mom
such a festive tablescape

H&M Home Brings The Cozy This Christmas- design addict mom

H&M Home Brings The Cozy This Christmas- design addict mom
I read somewhere recently that people who decorate earlier for Christmas tend to be happier...i think they might be on to something there:-). xx

images via H&M



Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Online Learning Makes Higher Education Accessible for Military Spouses

This post is sponsored by American Women’s College, all opinions are my own.

#Motherhood-design addict mom

As a military spouse, I feel such pride supporting my soldier husband unconditionally. However,  often times being a military spouse is riddled with challenges and sacrifices in support of the service member. Deployments are rampant and because of our nomadic lifestyle, it usually feels like as soon as we establish some sort of normalcy at an assigned duty station, it is time to move again. This makes it very difficult to establish our careers or maintain our jobs.

Despite the challenges, being a military spouse doesn’t have to translate to dreams deferred. I remember having to relocate to Italy from the United States right around the time I was about to secure a teaching position. When we arrived in Italy, my husband deployed and was away for the entire first year of our time there. It was difficult navigating a foreign country by myself, but I also saw it as an opportunity to further my professional growth through online education. 

Motherhood-Hanging out in #playroom-design addict mom

With the uncertainty of military life and frequent deployments, online education is an invaluable resource for military spouses. An accredited, fully online Bachelor’s program, The American Women’s College, was created just for adult women and offers over 20 degrees in dynamic fields to afford military spouses the opportunity to seek higher education that is accommodating for their lifestyle. They even offer an accelerated program that allows you to get to the finish line quicker than the usual daunting 4 years. 

That Fiddle Leaf Fig is stealing the show- #plants- design addict mom

I especially love the convenience and flexibility of online education. I can complete my classes in the comfort of my living room.

When it was time to relocate to our next duty station, I was still enrolled online and had not yet completed my advanced degree. However, because it is online learning, the only challenge was figuring out time zones to ensure I met writing or participation deadlines. There were no hiccups or break in the education I was receiving because I was moving. 

Accessible education is golden for military spouses; it enables professional growth and a better quality of life. As a female, preserving my sense of self and independence are very important to me and pursuing higher education was a wonderful way for me to do so. I felt empowered to be able to attain such an accomplishment amidst the challenges of being a military spouse. 

After I completed my advanced degree online, and paired with my prior teaching experience, I was able to acquire a teaching position as a highly qualified teacher. Programs offered like the ones at The American Women’s College can help facilitate the professional growth of military spouses and I’m thankful these opportunities exist for us. xx


images: Lea Hartman