Tough as a Mother.

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It’s crazy to believe that this is my second Mother’s Day as an official member of the “Mother’s Club”. I mean please someone explain to me how time flies so quickly?? But man oh man I could do the typical blog post about how I have been changed, and how I love being a mother more than anything in the entire planet ( which is all VERY true) this year I have decided to switch things up and get on a real level with you. So here are 5 things I’ve learned about being a Mom (while also being a full-time marketer, home rehabber and wife) and how I try to balance and attempt to be the best Mom I can.

  1. Don’t get too comfortable- I think back on my pre-momhood stage and laugh now because I thought all my years of working with children would prepare me for motherhood. While I definitely learned a few things that have made the transition easier, I quickly realized that little babies are CONSTANTLY growing, changing and becoming little people. Once you have a few days in a row of consistent sleep and a solid routine starting to build…. WHAM.. BAM. They change and they are on to a new stage. For my type A personality this has been a humbling challenge to say the least. But I’m soaking it all in because I look back at how FAST a year flew and dang. The days are long and the years are lighting fast.

  2. One day you will feel like a human again- I am proud to say that I survived a year of nursing and pumping. I know that it is not for everyone and I 100% believe it’s every mother’s decision on how they nourish their children, but this ended up being the thing that worked best for our family. BUT. OH. MY. GOSH. I had no idea what pumping was going to mean for me. Over the last year, I have pumped in my car, in a storage closet at work with a non locking door, at the job site (several times),  a LOFT dressing room, several bathrooms and the list goes on. Not going to lie, for the majority of this year I felt like a human feeding machine who solely existed to make sure my baby never went hungry. And while I will definitely check this off as one of my greatest accomplishments, it does not take away from the dedication and discipline it required of me as mom and person. But there is light at the end of the tunnel and the day I stopped pumping I felt like a BRAND NEW WOMAN! Score.

  3. Prepare to be HUNGRY all the time- As noted above I pumped and nursed constantly so inherently I was also hungry ALL the time. I read a quote the other day that said something to the effect of, “it takes 30% of your energy to breastfeed your baby, which is more than your heart requires to beat.” So phew. Hungry all the time, yes, because my energy supply was depleting. But as soon as Ivy started eating solids she also became very curious of the food I was eating. So the cutest girl in the whole world essentially was eating all my food. Becoming a parent is a real selfless act, ha.

  4. Copy cats walk among us- This is a lesson I’m still very much learning, but babies are like little sponges. They look to you for everything and they are always watching and learning. It has been equal parts fun and terrifying as you then realize you want to be the BEST version of yourself so that your child only picks up on the good parts. It just reminds me on a daily basis to slow the heck down, smell (or in Ivy’s case eat) the dandelions and be kind to everyone you meet because those little ones are watching.

  5. You can always justify a purchase- I’ll start this one off by saying- Gray if you are reading this stop reading now. Okay- I always wanted a little girl especially since I am one of 3 girls and having Ivy has been NOTHING short of incredible. But man, I can literally justify buying her something almost everywhere I go. Whether it’s a snack, a toy, a shirt, some socks, pajamas or a stuffed animal it does not really matter because I find some real joy in picking her up little thing. In full disclosure, she just hit the stage where she can really comfortably sit in the cart at Target and it has all gone down hill. Just the other day I bought glittery gold Pumas because she saw them and kept saying “shoes”. SO yeah, the shopaholic within me might be taking over as Ivy’s interest in shopping continues to grow but I’m trying to wrangle her back in and remember she’s just a baby and she doesn’t need it all. Can any other moms or dads out there relate? Well I’ll be sure to keep you updated on my progress though, oops.

So in conclusion, I am very much still figuring out this Mom thing but really enjoying the process a long the way and hope you enjoyed reading this post!

P.S. Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing, hardworking, hustling moms out there. xoxo- Air

 
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Cool People Doing Cool Things: MetalWork Austin

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Ever wonder how (and where) things like metal staircase rails, hood vents, and furniture are made? Enter MetalWork Austin: a custom metal fabrication shop that focuses on creating unique architectural details, interior furnishings, and metal art; locally owned and operated by Ryan Scott-Nairns.  

Ryan was inspired by his uncle, a welder and fabricator who worked on everything from power plants and space shuttle parts to metal sculptures and art cars. In his late teens, Ryan decided to follow in his uncle’s footsteps. He took a metal sculpture class at ACC and from there pursued a degree in metal arts. After gaining experience working in metal shops, blacksmithing, and creating decorative ironwork; he decided to set out on his own.

Ryan says, “The best thing about my job is that it’s a never-ending learning process. You can study endlessly and still not know everything. I never know what challenging or interesting items our clients will request. We have designed and built so many unique items, like a cactus cabinet, a copper vent hood, and even a hanging library with a catwalk!”

We met Ryan and his wife Marie through our mutual friends and neighbors and hit it off from the start. As South Austin residents, Ryan and Marie enjoy every bit of what 78745 has to offer, from its restaurants and entertainment to its sense of togetherness.

“We love South Austin because it’s a very neighborly community. I like working with other local small businesses and there’s a strong sense of camaraderie between the entrepreneurs here. We all are very supportive of each other.”

And it’s easy to support MetalWork Austin when all of their creations are unique, beautiful, and made to last. We work with Ryan and his team to incorporate his designs into the houses we renovate and are always recommending MetalWork to clients who are remodeling their new homes.

So if you’re in the market for a beautiful staircase railing, a one-of-a-kind kitchen table the whole family can gather round, or even want a piece of metal art to make a statement; look no further than MetalWork Austin.

Follow along for all things MetalWork Austin >>> facebook.com/MetalWorkAustin | Instagram @metalworkaustin Portfolio + Website http://metalworkaustin.com/ <<<<<

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Coastal Inspiration From Grand Cayman + Top Favorite Trends

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Today's post is all about my experience in the Caymans, and what inspired me on my trip. A few weeks back I traveled to Grand Cayman Island with my Sister and Mom. This was a first time for us on this beautiful, tiny island and it certainly did not disappoint. We stayed at the Grand Cayman Marriott which is located on Seven Mile Beach, so we were surrounded by lush vegetation, perfectly groomed landscaping and interior decor that made my jaw drop straight to the ground. What made this interior stand out was their use of bold tiles, calm accent colors and a whole lot of plants. With that said find out my top 4 favorite trends to bring coastal inspiration to your very own home.

My 4 favorite trends include:

  1. Mixing different types of wood. When going for a costal/ boho inspired room you don't need every piece of furniture to be the same texture, color, or type of wood. The care free mix and match of different items really brings a little uniqueness and personality to a space! A great example is the first first picture above that area was one of my favorite nooks at our hotel! 
  2.  PLANTS everywhere! I loved that almost restaurant, bar, hotel, sidewalk was surrounded by beautiful lush plants. As an avid plant lady, I firmly believe in having a plant in every room but if you're known to have a less than green thumb, look for plants like Mother in Laws tongue, or money tree that requires low light and are very resilient.
  3. Cool Coastal Colors. Whether you live by the beach, in the country or in the heart of a city you can incorporate coastal colors to any space. Colors can be added with rugs,  accent walls, throw pillows, or hanging art work that inspires you.  I am currently loving JenSun Art prints and Gray Malin beach prints. 
  4. Fun Tile. Is there anything more fun than choosing a fun tile to perk up your place? I could not get over how many amazing mosaic walls and funky back splashes there were in the Caymans. Common places you can incorporate tile include (but not limited to) kitchen back splashes, bathroom back splashes, showers, designated bar area and outdoor patios! Whether you choose a calm colored tile, or go bold with a funky pattern make sure to do your research and find the right team to lay your tile so it makes all your dreams come true! Favorite tiles right now this, this and this.