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Life Lately || July
Life Lately || July || ADOS || Cheree Salter, styling, wearing, eating, watching, loving, wanting

1. STYLING:

Twisty updos to get my hair off of my neck and out of my face. Herriman is a pretty windy place, so I find myself pulling these long locks of mine up and out of the way 90% of the time. It's fun to finally be able to play around with styles like this on my own head of hair. 

2. WEARING:

Smiles and sunscreen! I've been making an effort to get outside more and it's doing Turner and I a lot of good. Also, loose shirts and skirts to keep cool in the summer heat.

3. EATING:

Teriyaki Turkey Lettuce Wraps. YUM! If you're like me and can't live without those carbs, try it over steamed rice. Equally delicious. 

4. WATCHING:

Lark Rise to Candleford is a BBC series on Hulu. Matthew and I are OBSESSED with BBC's. We just finished the first season. It's clean and we love it so far!

5. LOVING:

Making our house a home. I'm trying to be very conscious of what brings me joy and simplifying the clutter. Less is definitely more in the decor department for me these days. 

6. WANTING:

To stop time with this sweet baby boy! He is growing so fast, I can't believe it! He's 3 months old now, and 16 lbs. He's super chunky and that's just how we like 'em around here! I don't want to miss a thing, so I am taking our days one at a time and trying to cherish each snuggly baby moment. 


I know I've been MIA on the blog lately because of all of the things that come with a move, but I hope you all have had as lovely of a July as I have! It's been bittersweet and I'm learning a lot about myself through all of the change. 

xo
Cheree

Life Lately || April
Life Lately || April || ADOS || styling, wearing, eating, watching, announcing, loving

1. STYLING:

This twisted updo paired with this gorgeous hairpiece my sister in law, Emily, gave me as a push present. Isn't it fabulous? It's really making me want more hair accessories...like this one, and this one

2. WEARING:

My Gilligan O'Malley knit robe and fuzzy socks, all day, every day. Because changing your clothes 10 times a day isn't fun. The amount of bodily fluids that get all over you from nursing a newborn is unreal. Plus, postpartum recovery in no joke, people. Comfort and ease are all the rage around here right now. 

3. EATING:

I've been craving apples with peanut butter on the daily. I thought my pregnancy appetite was bad, but I forgot how nursing gives me the munchies 24/7. At least my craving is healthy and packed with protein, right? 

4. WATCHING:

We've been watching Wreck It Ralph at least 3 times a week. It's Turner's new favorite, and the video game nerd in me can't complain. I love it! 

5. ADJUSTING:

It's been quite the adjustment to manage two kiddos at home on my own. At least 3 times a day both of my boys are crying because I can't give them what they want/need. Luckily it doesn't last very long, but it's still taken quite a toll on my stress and anxiety levels. The lack of consistent sleep doesn't help either. Still, I think we're getting the hang of it. I just have to reassure myself that I'm doing the very best that I can.

6. LOVING:

I am loving this new precious little boy. So so much. I snapped some newborn shots of him and I'm obsessed. Stay tuned for those photos next month. I can't believe he is almost 3 weeks old already! It's such a blessing to have him home and healthy. He's already gained a pound and a half! We all can't seem to get enough of him around here. 


I hope you all had a lovely April! Just so you know, I've got my birth story, Grey's newborns and some other fun posts in the works! Subscribe to my email list, in the sidebar or below, so you don't miss them! 

xo, Cheree

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Life Lately || February
Life Lately || February || ADOS

1. STYLING:

My best friend Olivia just started a YouTube channel for her beauty, fashion, and lifestyle videos and so we decided to collaborate! We did a No Mirror Makeup Challenge video for her channel and a Twisted Mermaid Hair Tutorial for mine! Olivia has the most beautiful, long and thick hair and I'm obsessed with how this style turned out. We're both posting the videos on Friday, so get excited!

2. WEARING:

My new Green Good Samaritime Watch from Arvo! It's everything thing I've dreamed of in a watch and more. I wear it almost ever single day. Did you know that when you buy a Good Samaritime watch 10% will be contributed towards a social cause? Cool huh?!  By choosing the color of your Good Samaritime second hand, you are also choosing a charity that will be benefitted by your purchase! 

3. EATING:

We went to Rooster's on 25th street in Ogden for our last fancy night out before this baby is born. We went to Wiseguys on 25th for our first date and lived nearby for the first three years of our marriage. It was nice to reminisce on how much our lives have changed over time and how we are happier than we ever could have imagined. I ordered the Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich and Matthew got the Sicilian Pizza. Oh! And they have the most amazing hummus appetizer that's not on the menu, but you can still ask for it! The food there is so delicious and the atmosphere is romantic and cozy. 

4. WATCHING:

The Grinder is one of our new favorite shows. It's family appropriate and super funny! I can't get enough of Rob Lowe ever since he showed up in Parks and Rec. I was never a Boy Meets World fan, but Fred Savage is awesome. Is that on Netflix?? I'm making a list of shows to save for after the baby is born. That might be on the list. 

5. CREATING:

Matthew and I have been brainstorming ways to bring in a little extra income and that's how these wall hanging designs were born! I have really enjoyed creating them and can't wait to start selling them on the shop TOMORROW! The design above is just one of the five I've created. They're handwoven around a 12" brass colored steel ring and decorated with wood accents. I love how modern, minimal, and perfect they are hanging in my home. I'll be sad to see them go!

6. PRACTICING: 

I accepted the challenge to Love Myself given by the Small Seed Blog and I have sincerely been practicing that habit. More than just loving my body, but my whole soul. I've been trying to love the things I am capable of. To love what I create and accomplish instead of criticizing myself that I'm not ________ enough. Most of all, to take a risk and not fear failure. To realize that a failed idea doesn't make me a failure. I've been working on praising myself and taking pride in my accomplishments rather than focusing on the things I haven't done. I'm so glad I took this challenge to heart, because it taught me something life changing. It taught me that I have the power to change how I perceive myself, body and soul. 

One more thing...

HAPPY LEAP YEAR! Matthew and I started a fun tradition four years ago to write a letter to each other to read the next leap year. I am so excited to read our letters and write ones to read four years from now! 

xo

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Pregnancy Diary: 13 WEEKS

It's been almost 2 months since I did my last post. I have been so sick with this pregnancy. I haven't been feeling up to updating the blog, but I want to start spending more time writing down the memories and experiences I've had throughout this struggle. I've learned so much about myself and I want to be able to remember that.

This sickness has been extremely hard on me, mostly physical, but emotional and spiritual as well. If you've ever been in a situation where you know you need help, then you understand how frustrating it can be.  This is the first time in my life I've felt like this. Completely  and utterly helpless. I am being controlled by the hormones taking over my entire body. 

At one point, around 8 weeks, I wasn't keeping anything down. For 1 1/2 weeks I was throwing up all day. I lost 10 pounds. I thought I was going to be hospitalized due to dehydration. I reached a point of complete weakness. As I was hunched over the toilet I sobbed and started to pray. Why, why did I have to go through this? I thought it over and over again. And as I prayed, I was overwhelmed with peace. I had a distinct thought enter my mind. You are doing exactly what you need to be doing, and it will all be okay. This will not last forever. It will be worth it. 

I was so grateful to have that revelation, because I know it's true. It will all be worth it. I know the second I hold this precious baby in my arms I will start to forget everything I went through leading up to that special day.

I had another day of sickness that Turner was being extremely difficult. He needed a diaper change and was not cooperating. As I struggled to keep him still I started to break down in tears and beg him to hold still while I changed him. He instantly looked up at me with sincere concern. He remained perfectly still and made every attempt to cheer me up. I was grateful at the time, but as I looked back on that moment later in the day it started to touch me even more. I knew that my son loved me. He didn't want me to feel sadness. He wanted me to be happy. He wanted me to feel better. What a comfort that was to me that day, and now. 

I've had so much help through it all. My mom has dropped everything to come over and cook food, clean my house, and play with my son while I am less than capable to do it myself. She has nursed me to feel better on many different occasions and I couldn't have survived without her. She is an angel!

My husband has been so patient and understanding on the nights he comes home to a mess and no dinner on the table. He's done all of our grocery shopping and held me when I was feeling my worst. His love for me is something I am so grateful for and it makes my love for him grow even more.  

So many friends and neighbors have offered to help me get through this difficult time and I have been completely overwhelmed by the love and support I have felt. There are so many wonderful people in this world and I am so glad to be surrounded by them!

I hope I can post some Halloween photos before we leave for California! I absolutely love this time of year! I hope everyone is having a happy October! 

Signature || Cheree || A Dash of Salter
 
Summer Bucket List || UPDATE

As many of you know, I posted a Summer Bucket List with my toddler in mind. I created it to encourage us to get out more and do new things together. To be honest, I kind of forgot about it for a while. Since opening the shop, our summer schedule has been super busy. When I remembered our bucket list, I looked over it to see if we had, unknowingly, completed things on it. To my surprise, we had! So I thought I'd update you on the things we've crossed off the list!

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1. SWIMMING:

We've been swimming at least 5 times this summer. Turner is a fish just like me. He can't get enough of water and slippery slides! His bravery is somewhat terrifying for me, but the happiness in his face helps me endure the constant anxiety. 

Summer Bucket List || Bubble Blowing Machine || A Dash of Salter

2. BLOW BUBBLES:

Turner is obsessed with bubbles. OBSESSED. I mean, most kids are, but I have to hide them from him so I can maintain consciousness and the oxygen in my body. I need one of these automatic bubble blowing machines. Batteries are easier to replace than lungs.

Splash Pad || Summer Bucket List || A Dash of Salter

3. SPLASH PAD:

We went to the South Ogden Splash Pad for Hazel's 2nd birthday party, and he was the only kid at the party to go in. Turner had a blast! He kept splashing in all of the puddles and giggling. I just adore him. Oh, and do you want to know the best part about this splash pad? It's free!! 

Run through the sprinklers || Summer Bucket List || A Dash of Salter

4. RUN THROUGH THE SPRINKLERS:

Are you seeing a theme yet? Haha! It's too hot outside to do an activity that doesn't involve water, okay? Now that I've been reminded about all of the other activities on our list, I'm excited to take Turner on some exciting adventures. 

What fun things have you done with your toddler this summer? What awesome things do you plan to do with your little one over the remainder of the summer? I'd love to hear about them!

Lots of love!

Signature || Cheree || A Dash of Salter