Self Care + Bow Neck Sweater

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I decided that I’m going to make myself a priority this year.  I’m not going to be hard on myself anymore and I’m going to take some time out for me.  It’s been a rough four years and it’s time I take back control and make myself happy.  A lot has happened in my life and in the midst of becoming a mommy, I forgot to take care of myself.  Obviously it’s worth it but in order for me to be the best mommy possible, I have to be healthy, strong and happy.  Anyway, I wanted to share this adorable bow neck sweater that’s currently on sale!

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I think it’s so important that we do small things for ourselves even if it means taking a few minutes of quiet time to just sit and do nothing.  My treat to myself is getting my nails done once a month.  I went 3.5 years without a manicure and boy was it rough.  After I stopped breast feeding last June, I finally went and got them done and it felt SO GOOD!  It’s the one time that I get to sit and get pampered.  It makes me feel human again.

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As you may already know, I work from home and run my blog full time while taking care of Miss Milan.  I am SO grateful that you guys have allowed me to not only do what I love and am passionate about but I get the privilege of staying at home with my baby.  You’d think working from home would be super easy becasue you get to live in sweats right?  Gosh no!  It’s by far 100x more difficult than working in an office.  Especially if you have a 3 year old teenager who won’t even allow you to go to the bathroom!  Obviously there’s major perks for being your own boss and working from the comfort of your own home but trust me, it is very difficult to get anything done.  Which explains why I work from the time she goes to bed until 2-3 am.  Wake up and repeat.

At the end of the day, I always feel like I failed in one way or another.  I didn’t get as much done as I wanted to or I could have done that so much faster…the list goes on and on.  We are our own worst critics!

Milan has been extra clingy and her tantrums are SO MAJOR.  She cries when I have a photo shoot or have meetings to attend.  Mom guilt is NO JOKE.  I’m rambling again but more so to remind myself and all of you out there to take care of yourself.  Even simple things like putting on lip gloss or combing your hair or even taking a shower.  I find when I have the time to get dressed and look somewhat presentable, it makes me feel much better.  🙂 XO

pink bow neck sweater black bow skirt over the knee boots

Sweater: Maison Jules Bow Neck Sweater (size XS) | Skirt: c/o Bow front box pleated skirt (size XS) ] Boots: Stuart Weitzman Highland over the knee boots (another option HERE) | Lip: Smashbox | Earrings: c/o Ann Taylor pave bow earrings

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  1. Oh Annie! I feel you. My kids are now 5 and 7 … and it does get easier. But it is super important not to lose yourself, or at least to refind yourself, as time goes on. Manicure once a month is not enough pampering! And try to fight the Mom Guilt because guilt is the worst feeling you can have and you’ll end up being irritated and not your best mom version. Milan is getting bigger and doesn’t need you as much as before, giving her a bit more independence is good for both of you. You’ll come back feeling refreshed. Good for you in making 2019 the year in which you become the priority… should also be 2020, 2021, 2022… so on and so forth. 🙂

    • Hi Johanna! Aw thank you so much and congrats on you two kiddos! I loved everything you wrote and such wise words. I’m so going to save your comment and refer back to it when I need a reminder. THANK YOU!!!! XOXO

    • SO IMPORTANT! OMG. The rare times I do have a few minutes to do nothing, I don’t know what to do with myself so I start doing things which defeats the point. LOL

  2. “it is very difficult to get anything done. Which explains why I work from the time she goes to bed until 2-3 am“ my goodness! How do you deal with the sleep deprivation and exhaustion?! I’m in the same boat (first time mom) and I’d appreciate any tips you have – how do you keep yourself productive and motivated?

    • To be completely honest, I have NO IDEA how I have managed to survive for so long. I think what helped me is when I sleep trained her at 9 months. She sleeps through the night which is a blessing because that’s when I run my business. I love what I do so much that it doesn’t really feel like work so maybe that’s how I get through. How old is you LO?

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