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Snow Day(s)

By Friday night the house was covered in snow and come Saturday morning, Scarlett could barely contain her excitement. We’ve been playing in the snow in spurts – It’s 10º out right now; so you know, there’s only so much we can be outside!

As much as I love the snow, the ice, not so much. But I also love the traditions we’re starting to make when it snows. Aside from playing in the snow as soon as it’s light out, each year, on the first snow, we make a big batch of cookies (you can get the recipe for our favorite vegan chocolate chip cookies right here), and of course, I take ALL of the pictures.

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In Miami, we never really got “seasons,” but here in North Carolina, there are very clearly defined seasons – all four of them – and I totally love that. The novelty of snow and a real winter still hasn’t worn off.

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Did you get hit by the storm? Are you playing in snow or enjoying your sunshine?

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Seriously, SO excited.

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We’re still working on mastering a proper snowball.

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How do you celebrate the arrival of winter?

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Stay warm, friends!

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Lexi

Happy New Year! (+ a Holiday Card for the Procrastinators)

I just wanted to pop in to wish you all the happiest of holidays and a wonderful new year! For the first time in seven years of blogging, I’m slowing down the blog for the Holidays. Typically, I stress and churn out content straight through the holidays and new year, but this year, I’ve officially decided to give myself a bit of a holiday. Scarlett is LOVING the holiday season, and it’s so nice to spend time with our family for the festivities. You can expect amazing new content in the new year – which is just days away. Time flies!

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It’s been an incredible year of blogging. I can’t thank you all enough for helping me to turn this little blog of mine into a full-time business. I couldn’t be more proud, or more thankful. I’ll be checking in here and there on the blog, and you can definitely follow along on social media; I’ll be sharing what we’re up to throughout the holiday week over on instagramfacebooktwitter, and snapchat → glitterinclexi (lots of fun behind-the-scenes there). Follow along!

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Now let’s talk about family holiday cards for the procrastinators:

I can’t remember a year since being married and on our own that I haven’t sent a New Year’s card, rather than a holiday card. Between the huge holiday “to do” list I have each year, wrapping up work, getting ready for vacation, and in the last few years, getting Scarlett ready for the holidays, our family holiday cards tend to get forgotten. Until the last-minute that is, when I panic, and realize I haven’t even ORDERED our family’s holiday cards. Every. Single. Year. Guys, I am a procrastinator when it comes to our poor holiday cards.

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But in swoops Minted and they go and save the day. Their card selection is amazing, they have plenty of New Year’s cards for the procrastinators, and right now, they’re offering rush service and free rush shipping. And in case that’s not awesome enough, after years of testing out our New Year’s cards, I have to say, I really like sending and receiving New Year’s cards. We get so many holiday cards, it’s nice to separate ours from the pack. And Minted offers these adorable messages on the back of their cards, including a Season in Review, which we love doing, because we can write a little yearly wrap-up and share with our friends and family what’s been going on in our lives. Everyone seems to love that touch, especially now that we’ve moved to North Carolina.

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So whether you’re in panic mode trying to get those holiday and New Year’s cards out, or you’re looking to update the artwork in your home (oh yeah, Minted has GORGEOUS framed art work and prints!), Minted is our go-to.

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Big thanks to Merritt Chesson for these incredible family photos! Trying to get all three of us to smile in unison, and keeping a cold toddler happy in a field – where all she wants to do is run free and collect sticks – is near impossible – but she managed to take gorgeous photos for us, and I can’t wait to frame a few of these for our someday gallery wall.

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Lexi

Life Lately

Checking in with a little update on life lately! I’m still in awe of how quickly this year has flown by. There are just two weeks left of December, and our holiday to-do list is a mile long. Anyone else panicking over all of the gift shopping to do? Thankfully, I tackled most of the gifts on the agenda earlier this week, but I’m still missing a few essentials. I’m thinking Amazon Prime will be my holiday BFF. And I haven’t even ORDERED our holiday cards yet. Happy New Year’s, everyone … because those are the cards you’re getting. Whoops! (Though I promise an awesome post all about last-minute holiday cards, and giveaways for my fellow procrastinators, is coming soon.)

But I’m loving the holiday season too. I can’t stop making treats (our favorite sugar cookies for decorating, a s’mores graham house, candied cinnamon-roasted almondsOREO cookie balls, the easiest donuts, frosted chewy gingerbread cookies, sugared cranberries, marbled peppermint bark, the list goes on and on.)

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It’s also predicted to snow here in North Carolina early next week and I can’t say that I’m not just a little bit giddy. This Florida girl is still totally enamored by snow … even if it’s usually just a thin layer of frost. Scarlett and I will have our noses pressed to the window until Tuesday if you need us. Meanwhile, she’s totally digging all of the leaves.

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Seriously, I can’t with the cuteness.

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We took these pictures at Duke Gardens with our friends a few weekends back – one of the few days hubby has had off this month. He’s been on a working spree, but thankfully, he gets a decent vacation and we’re taking full advantage; headed to the mountains next week. SO excited.

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I’m not sure we will ever have a family photo where all three of us smile and look into the camera at the same time.

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But these two … oh my gosh, my heart.

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Until then, we’ll be playing in the leaves and patiently awaiting snow. Oh yeah, and trying to tackle our holiday to do list. Maybe.

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How has your December been going so far? Tell me I’m not the only one WAY behind on holiday cards!

My Dress: Free People // My Lace-up Boots: Free People // My Lipstick: Mac Diva // Scarlett’s Pom Pom Sweater: Target // Scarlett’s Dress: 3Claps // Scarlett’s Riding Boots: Carter’s

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Lexi

Parenting Hack: Florastor Kids Probiotics

This post is sponsored by Florastor Kids. Thank you so much for supporting the sponsors that make Glitter, Inc. possible!

Parenting is the hardest job I’ve ever had. Sometimes I worry I might break our baby girl, and my husband and I laugh at the huge learning curve that comes along with having a new baby. I call my mom and our pediatrician more than I care to admit. Parenting is scary and overwhelming and utterly amazing all at the same time. One of the easiest decisions we’ve made, and probably one of my best parenting hacks yet, was adding daily probiotics to Scarlett’s diet. At just a few months old we started adding probiotics to her bottles on her pediatrician’s recommendation (she has acid reflux and probiotics definitely helped.) I’m so glad we started the routine early. We’re huge fans of #FlorastorKids #IamBiotic, a daily probiotic that is great for gut health and the immune system. And now, more than ever, since our little girl has just recently started preschool, I’m so glad that in addition to helping her stomach we’ve been subtly helping to boost her immune health as well.

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Made with natural ingredients that are vegetarian, gluten-free, and safe for lactose intolerance, and appropriate for ages two months and older, Florastor® probiotics complement your little one’s healthy and active lifestyle. Toddlers are notoriously tough to feed the good stuff to, so being able to sprinkle probiotics into their food or drink is such a parent lifesaver. Both kids and parents alike can take Florastor daily to strengthen digestive balance and support a strong immune system. Did you know that having a healthy digestive balance supports a healthy immune system because 70 percent of your immune system is located in your digestive tract? How cool is that?

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Even I’ve jumped on the bandwagon. Whether you’re training for a marathon or pushing yourself on the yoga mat, Florastor helps to keep you driven, healthy, and strong. In addition to strengthening your digestive balance and promoting a healthy immune system, Florastor also helps your body perform two other essential functions: 1) Break down carbs and fiber; and 2) Absorb water and nutrients. Florastor helps you maintain healthy water balance and bowel function. I call that a win.

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As for how easy it is to sneak those probiotics into your little one’s everyday diet, Florastor makes it easy to take your probiotic every day because it doesn’t require refrigeration.

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You can toss the individual packets into your purse or diaper bag and take it wherever you go. FlorastorKids comes in these super-convenient powder packs with tutti-frutti flavoring. We just add a pack to Scarlett’s water, applesauce, or juice. Easy peasy.

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These pictures are from a little trip to Merritt’s Store and Grill in Chapel Hill. They have a great outdoor area, which is the perfect place to eat breakfast when the weather is nice.

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Scarlett decided it was paramount that we collect all of the leaves and put them back on the trees. I’m obsessed with her.

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You can learn more at the Florastor website AND Florastor is offering Glitter, Inc. readers a $6 downloadable coupon!

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So tell me, how do you keep your little ones healthy and happy? Any easy parenting hacks to share?

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Lexi

The Easiest Way to Grocery Shop

This year I discovered something magical: online grocery shopping. I don’t know about you, but this was pretty life-altering for me. Sometimes I joke that “busy” is my middle name. Between running a business, a family, and trying to focus just the teensiest bit on myself every now and then, the groceries are usually at the bottom of my “to do” list. That is, until, we’ve run out of … well, everything. And then of course, if you have kids, you know what a struggle grocery shopping can be. Truthfully, long before I had a little one, trying to carve out time to shop for groceries (blah!), always seemed like such a chore, but having a toddler just amplified that tenfold. Scarlett is the cutest and makes friends with everyone in the grocery store. She also asks for a new snack on every single aisle, throws at least 75% of said snack on the floor, and by the frozen foods aisle, she’s about had it, and I find myself singing “The Wheels On The Bus” at least twelve times before we make it out of the grocery store in one slightly more frazzled piece. So when Walmart reached out with their new online ordering, I nearly jumped off of my sofa at the chance. I mean, online grocery shopping means I don’t have to get out of my car and someone does the shopping for me! Hallelujah. 

The Easiest Way to Grocery Shop: How to order your groceries for FREE right from home and pick them up without ever having to get out of your car. #GroceryHero

And you can order days out, or the same day. So convenient.

The Easiest Way to Grocery Shop: How to order your groceries for FREE right from home and pick them up without ever having to get out of your car. #GroceryHero

Every step of the Walmart Online Grocery ordering process was a breeze – from ordering online, to pulling up to the parking lot and waiting just a couple of minutes to have my groceries loaded into my trunk for me. The convenience factor alone was enough to make this busy mama happy, but the fact that you can pick up more than just groceries – without ever actually having to go into a busy store to shop for them – at amazing Walmart prices, made me a convert. I was able to get all of our groceries, including fresh produce and meat, pumpkins (it’s fall, y’all!), toys, hair products, baby gear, home décor, pots and pans, planets, gifts, crafts, the list goes on and on.

The Easiest Way to Grocery Shop: How to order your groceries for FREE right from home and pick them up without ever having to get out of your car. #GroceryHero

If anything is missing, someone from the store will call you and ask if any alternatives will do. My local Walmart had run out of Diet Peach Snapple (anyone else addicted?), and my store rep felt so bad about not having what I wanted, he sent a half-dozen free roses after I had asked about what kinds of flowers they had available. How nice is that?

Pickup is super easy. At your designated time – that you choose – go to your store’s grocery pickup location. Your local store will call and text you 15 minutes before the start of your time slot and will text and send you a “thank you” e-mail after you’ve picked everything up. You simply wait in a spot and someone comes to you.

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Oh, and did I mention the service is totally FREE? Someone shops for you for items at Walmart’s Same Every Day Low Prices, and then loads your car while you and your little one jam to Taylor Swift. I call that WINNING.

The Easiest Way to Grocery Shop: How to order your groceries for FREE right from home and pick them up without ever having to get out of your car. #GroceryHero

Want to be a #GroceryHero too? Head to Walmart’s Online Grocery site to see what stores are offering online grocery in your area. And the next time you order online, share your win by tagging @walmart with the hashtag, #GroceryHero and tag me –@glitterinclexi – so that I can send you a virtual high five! Happy online shopping!

Photos by Annie Watts Photography

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Lexi

How to Deal When You Feel a Little Like a Failure

This summer I found myself in a funk. I’ve sat on this post for a good month now, trying to decide if it had the right “tone” for my blog. I love this blog. LOVE it. I love that it’s light and fun and full of beautiful inspiration. I love that it inspires and might actually mean something to people. But the girl behind the blog – nerdy, shy me – she’s very real.

For the past many weeks I’ve had this overwhelming feeling that I’ve been failing. At everything. So much so that I was going to title this post, “Because Sometimes I Suck At Everything,” but then I realized that would upset my Grandma (Hi, Grandma!) and I realized I could find the positive spin. It all started when I learned that I had made not one, but two, rather stupid mistakes relating to my work. I’ve been a full-time blogger for a year, managing this blog for more than six years, and juggled blogging and a career as a lawyer for six years. Yet in just the past few weeks, I made two mistakes I’ve never made before. I was able to correct both, thank goodness. But both made me feel like I was awful at my job. The funny thing is, I dealt with much more pervasive issues – people’s lives, health, finances, and futures in a demanding legal career, while juggling a growing blog, for six whole years – and yet even making a mistake on a blog post about something almost inconsequential in the grand scheme of things, reduced me to tears and left me doubting my ability to be “good” at my job.

Those blog business mistakes, e-mails I’ve yet to return, missed opportunities because of my schedule, and a “to do” list that feels miles long, along with a brand new house filled to the brim with moving boxes that my clumsy toddler keeps walking into, plus a trip to the emergency room this past weekend when Scarlett fought the coffee table and the coffee table won (and the worst part is: I’ve vowed for weeks to get rid of that stupid coffee table for this exact reason, but “busy” got in the way and I plain old forgot), has me feeling like a total failure. For the record: Scarlett is perfect – just some minor bruising on her ear. She was actually happy as a clam even as we waited in the ER and hubby and I knew we had officially suffered our first major first-time-parent overreaction.

Failing at life stuff and even the occasional business mistake, while it sucks, I can deal with it. I can make amends and try to be more organized. Failing at being a mom, that hurts. I know inherently, that I’m not. Dinner is on the table, mostly made by me, every night, and Scarlett is well taken care of, learning constantly, and is so loved. But it doesn’t stop the guilt train … it barely slows it at all.

What is it about mom guilt that can knock you down so fast, no matter how hard you’re trying?

I’ve worked tirelessly for months moving us from one house to an apartment then into another house (the current and hopefully somewhat permanent house) almost completely on my own. I adore my husband, but as a resident, he’s barely here, and most of the home burdens fall to me. Then, the last two weeks, I’ve spent hours each day – often neglecting my own blog work, which I’m sure contributed to the above mistakes – unpacking boxes. If you’ve moved, you know just how awful unpacking can be. Unpacking with a toddler is a whole different ballgame. I stare at the boxes some days and think, “Forget it, we’re living just like this, boxes and all.” Other days I get so frustrated that I set out determined to find help at any cost and send out e-mails looking for a professional unpacker/organizer. Note to self: help does have a cost, and it’s way too expensive. So back to the boxes I go.

And then Scarlett stumbles into the same open cardboard box twice in one day, leaving two neat cuts on her little arms and it takes everything in me not to cry right along with her each time she gets hurt. Her hitting the coffee table; that was even worse. When your baby falls or hurts themselves, you panic, and rightfully so. When your baby falls or hurts themselves because of something you did, you feel like the world is ending. Typically, that’s accompanied by feeling like the worst parent in the world. It’s one of the most horrible feelings. It’s also stupid and unfounded and totally overblown, but as a parent, it’s the state of things. Sadly, we felt that exact feeling before when Scarlett was just a few months old and she had to be hospitalized for eye issues and later, and on several occasions, for stomach issues. When she cried, because I had taken her to the doctor, hospital, ER, for a procedure, etc., I did that to her. I know it’s not rational. I know it was the right thing to do. I know I’m just trying my best. But it feels … devastating.

As it were, the combination of all of this stuff, has made me feel like I kind of suck at everything. Maybe if I did one thing, or possibly two, I could do those things really well, but trying to be it all, do it all, it makes me feel like a fraud. Perhaps brands are only getting a fraction of the blogger that maybe I could be, our pretty little house could be so much more but I just don’t have the time, bills sit waiting to be paid, my friends wonder where I’ve been, and Scarlett is only getting a part of the Mom she deserves. The juggle is real.

So what’s a girl supposed to do?

I look at this little bug.

Toddler Playing in Summer Time (Plus thoughts on mom guilt and how to deal when you feel a little like a failure.) Toddler Playing in Summer Time (Plus thoughts on mom guilt and how to deal when you feel a little like a failure.)

Growing up right before my eyes.

Toddler Playing in Summer Time (Plus thoughts on mom guilt and how to deal when you feel a little like a failure.)

I remember what’s important.

I plan day trips and weekend trips and someday vacations. I put those things in my calendar so that I can remind myself that they are there and that the good things are ahead.

That not everything is about work.

Toddler Playing in Summer Time (Plus thoughts on mom guilt and how to deal when you feel a little like a failure.)

I give myself a break and cut myself some slack. I tell myself that even though a small mistake feels monumental in my world, so long as I act with grace and humility, and attempt to fix things and do my best, I’ve done just that – my best – and in all likelihood, it’s not monumental at all.

Toddler Playing in Summer Time (Plus thoughts on mom guilt and how to deal when you feel a little like a failure.)

My friends know that I’m here, but that I’m busy, and that I love them. I try to make new friends too, because moving to a new place, it’s lonely, and loneliness gets overwhelming too.

Toddler Playing in Summer Time (Plus thoughts on mom guilt and how to deal when you feel a little like a failure.)

But I want Scarlett to know that I love her right now. Not that I was always working or worrying. So I put down my phone when we drag out the plastic pool to splash around in the startling late summer heat. I remind my tired hubby to do the same; to tuck her into bed and to read her too many story books at night, even though he comes home exhausted. We make new traditions; Taco Tuesdays is Scarlett’s current favorite.

I can’t say that I have all of the answers. And frankly, this week, even though I told myself all of these good things on repeat just the other day, I feel crummy again. I can’t lift that stupid coffee table on my own, and hubby has been working long shifts and he looks so tired at night. I feel behind today, and overwhelmed, and unsure about the path that I’m on. But I am sure, crystal clear in fact, that being this little girl’s mama, a good wife to my hubby, a good daughter, sister, grand-daughter and friend, a person who is passionate about what she does, that I’m not so bad at those things. That to those people and passions, I’m just enough. I hope that helps you too. You are enough, and you’re doing your very best.

So tell me, how do you deal when you’re feeling a little bit (or a lot) like a failure?

Photos by Annie Watts Photography


Lexi