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Refresh: Camo + Chambray

So, we are half way through 2017.  Can you believe it?? It’s time to refresh in camo!

Next week we will all be celebrating our nations Independence Day!! We are spending the holiday in the mountains; there is something about small town mountain parades, fireworks and festivities that I absolutely love. In fact we are headed up today and staying for almost a week!!!  I promise to not go ghost like last time…. well maybe!!

As I check in on how 2017 is going I have a lot to celebrate but I also have a few challenges that need to be brought to the surface and worked on.  As we are mid-way through this calendar year (side note: because I was in school and a teacher for so many years I often think of a year from being Sep-Aug ?) I want to refresh some of the intentions I set for this year; being intentional, being thoughtful and being authentic.  I want to add a few to the list to finish out the year; being flexible, opening my heart and taking care of myself.  Like flowers, each year I plant new and refresh the old… I tend to them, nurturing them and giving them love.  It is time I do the same with my life.

Being intentional and authentic in my actions, my thoughts, my time and my decisions has been at the forefront of my mind this year but recently, I have found myself slipping away from that. I have been catching myself caught up in the “should be” or “perception” of my life instead of the true authenticity of it.  Recently I took some time away from social media and got a little lazy about the blog in order to really determine my intentions in continuing and how to remain authentic.  What I found was a greater opportunity to be present with my family BUT I missed the interactions with my friends on social media and I missed the opportunity to express myself on the blog.  So, I refreshed and reset my intentions to be authentic and real here in this space and on social media.  Finding the balance is important and it took a little slip for me to be reminded.  So, I am back but with the understanding and commitment to not let this rule and dictate my life.  If I don’t post one day it is not the end of the world, if I have a gap in blog posts people won’t turn away from me and if I miss an opportunity for a collaboration there will be another one soon (and probably one that is a better fit for me anyway).

I recently shared with you guys, here in this post, the importance of raising a kind and respectful son yet I have been slipping on being kind and thoughtful to the people around me.  Sure, I wish people a happy birthday or happy anniversary but I have stopped going out of my way to be thoughtful.  I have stopped sending those handwritten cards, I have stopped sending a random text to brighten a day and I, sometimes, have stopped returning people’s phone calls. “I am busy” is how I justify those actions… but that is just an excuse and downright pathetic one at that.  Being busy should never stop me from being thoughtful.  Folding laundry can wait until I send that quick text, watching that show can wait until I write out that card, finishing this blog post can wait while I call my sister-in-law back.  Time is what I make it and I am refreshed and ready to make thoughtfulness a priority instead of my to-do list.

Photos: Jenna Sparks Photography 

shop the look: shorts // top <similar> // trainers // necklace 
shop Declan’s look:  shorts <similar> // shirt // shoes

 

YOU GUYS—CAMO.  CAMO.  CAMO.  I mean if you didn’t know I am obsessed with camo however I tend to be a very picky camo lover.  Like it has to be just the right colors, the right camo print and obviously the right price. This shirt defines perfection in my camo world.  Target does it again.  I am seriously loving Target this summer season.  I swooped this baby for under $20.  What is better with camo then my other love; chambray? J. Crew Factory is my summer clothes go-to and these shorts are currently less than $20 and come in so many colors and prints.  I own about 17 pairs of these shorts but the chambray are by far my favorites.  They are light and easy to wear on these hot hot hot summer days.  Classic Adidas kicks  Clean white Stan Smith’s…need I say more.

New Intentions

As I reflect on the past 6 months I recognize that my heart has been closed- to friendships, to opportunities, to life. Not for the next 6.  As someone who craves routine and structure I am often thrown into a small panic attack when plans or activities don’t go the way I had thought.  RELAX AMANDA.  Go with the flow, enjoy the ride and see the benefit in learning to be flexible.  I am a mother (duh) and that comes synonymous with not taking care of yourself.  I mean I get a good amount of sleep and I drink my fair share of wine but I need to continue to focus on my physical and emotional health.  I am back to running (as one of my friends pointed out I don’t share my love for running very often- I guess I am a closet running lover), I am working out again.  I am determined to read more despite being exhausted at night and I will focus on disconnecting when I need to.  Hold me to these intentions and help me keep my priorities but please forgive me when I slip up.

With Love,

 

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36 Comments

  • Alina Orozco

    Such great mama outfit, so simple and chic! And love your little gardener 🙂

    June 29, 2017 at 9:08 am Reply
    • pishtoposh

      Thanks Alina!!
      A

      June 30, 2017 at 8:24 am Reply
    • pishtoposh

      Thanks Alina- A

      June 30, 2017 at 8:25 am Reply
  • Jana

    These photos are so cute! I’m loving your camo top paired with the chambray shorts!

    June 29, 2017 at 9:44 am Reply
    • pishtoposh

      Thank you Jana- thanks for stopping by!
      A

      June 30, 2017 at 8:26 am Reply
  • Kara

    Love all of this. It’s so easy to lose ourselves and what we truly want out of our lives. I struggle daily with living my life with true authenticity and following through with my intentions. We are all a work in progress, right?! ❤️❤️❤️?

    June 29, 2017 at 10:10 am Reply
    • pishtoposh

      I know right?!? A constant work in progress and I am learning to enjoy the journey. Miss you friend!
      A

      June 30, 2017 at 8:26 am Reply
  • Stacie LaMothe

    What a great read! Your son is precious! I am also learning how to balance social media and being present for my daughter and yup, also learning that it’s not the end of the world if I don’t get a post up…. not losing those special memories with my daughter is so much more important.

    June 29, 2017 at 10:38 am Reply
    • pishtoposh

      Stacie- I am so glad you could relate!! It is a fine balance for sure- certainly not mastered it just yet.
      A

      June 30, 2017 at 8:27 am Reply
  • Cara Newhart

    You always looks so adorable in camo! I dont think I can pull it off, but I would be willing to give it a try with this top.

    It’s also so funny because I feel like I’m on the opposite end of the coin where structure doesn’t come naturally to me, but I need to work on creating it for my little on.

    June 29, 2017 at 10:53 am Reply
    • pishtoposh

      Cara- everyone looks in camo!!! Its the best neutral around. Ha. Crazy that we are on opposite ends!!
      A

      June 30, 2017 at 8:29 am Reply
  • Linda

    So cute! Loving these photos!

    Linda

    June 29, 2017 at 12:31 pm Reply
  • Kristin

    Loveee these photos & that camo top! And LOVE how you’re revisiting some areas of your life as we’re approaching the halfway point of this year. Thank you for being so open & honest. You’re doing a fabulous job, mama 🙂

    xox,
    Kristin
    http://www.amidwesternmix.com

    June 29, 2017 at 1:55 pm Reply
    • pishtoposh

      AHHH thanks Kristin- I needed to just check in on myself!
      A

      June 30, 2017 at 8:30 am Reply
  • Devon Butler

    This is the cutest photo series! I love your top so sweet.

    xx Devon

    http://www.modernlamb.com

    June 29, 2017 at 3:38 pm Reply
  • Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms

    I love love love Target! You can get such great stuff there!

    June 29, 2017 at 5:52 pm Reply
    • pishtoposh

      I know right!!!
      A

      June 30, 2017 at 8:30 am Reply
  • Susan

    Great photos of you and your son! Love the shirt too! Enjoy your 4th of July weekend!

    June 29, 2017 at 8:01 pm Reply
    • pishtoposh

      Hey thanks Susan- hope you have a great holiday weekend as well.
      A

      June 30, 2017 at 8:30 am Reply
    • pishtoposh

      Hey Thanks Susan- have a great weekend!

      June 30, 2017 at 8:31 am Reply
  • Courtney Violet Bentley

    right!? like where did those 6 months go!! I super love your camo top!

    Courtney Bentley || http://www.starsystemz.com

    June 29, 2017 at 9:41 pm Reply
    • pishtoposh

      Thanks Courtney!
      A

      June 30, 2017 at 8:32 am Reply
  • Nicole

    I know, where did the last 6 months go? I am reminded of this by my littlest one turning 6 months on Sat. the 1st! I love what you said and I love these sweet pics of you and your Declan. I hope you enjoy the mountains too.
    xo, Nicole

    June 29, 2017 at 11:04 pm Reply
    • pishtoposh

      Thanks love!! 6 months old- that is great!!! Have a great weekend lovely-
      A

      June 30, 2017 at 8:32 am Reply
  • Clair

    I love me some Target! Such a great reminder…I find myself making the ‘I’m too busy’ excuse. Your pictures are beautiful ❤️

    June 30, 2017 at 8:47 am Reply
    • pishtoposh

      Ahh thank you so much. Clair!
      A

      July 3, 2017 at 3:20 pm Reply
  • Debbie Savage

    You are such a babe! Your little man is adorable! My son would love to plant too, except I hate getting dirt under my nails and bugs! I love the outfits too!
    xo Debbie | http://www.tothineownstylebetrue.com

    June 30, 2017 at 11:40 am Reply
  • Joanna

    Ohh I love the fact that it’s a camp button up! So cute:)

    June 30, 2017 at 12:13 pm Reply
    • Joanna

      *camo… not camp. Haha.

      June 30, 2017 at 12:13 pm Reply
    • pishtoposh

      Thanks lady!!!
      A

      July 3, 2017 at 3:20 pm Reply
  • Shannon | Mom Without Labels

    These pics are SO cute! I love the camo combo! It can be so hard to be intentional when you’re floating through the motions of life. I struggle with that, too!

    June 30, 2017 at 2:02 pm Reply
    • pishtoposh

      Shannon- It really is hard but when I make it a priority I do better- it clearly hasn’t become a natural habit for me yet!
      A

      July 3, 2017 at 3:20 pm Reply
  • Jamie

    So happy for you that you are able to get away for a while and recharge. wishing the best for you to accomplish your goals over the next few months.

    July 2, 2017 at 10:42 am Reply
    • pishtoposh

      Thanks Jamie!! Have a great weekend.
      A

      July 3, 2017 at 3:19 pm Reply
  • Angela Kim

    I’ve been pondering about the same things lately, feeling the need to decompress and step away from social media for a bit. I also am rethinking where my blog is going and what to do differently. I hope your search continues to bring more clarification. And you and Declan are adorable as always. <3

    July 3, 2017 at 7:10 pm Reply
    • pishtoposh

      Thanks Angela- it seems like there is always something more to think about or consider or figure out with this blogging… it is certainly a challenge!!
      A

      July 5, 2017 at 9:34 am Reply

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