Life with Kristianna Jade, Mom and Military Wife

Kristianna Jade is a mom, military wife, hairstylist, and home & style blogger. For her signature style, she uses neutrals as a base with pops of colors, patterns, and textures like leather to make things look fresh.

As a first-time mother to an infant, when her military husband left for trainings, her new life as a stay-at-home-mom became a difficult adjustment. She needed to find a way to be creative so she could feel human again. For inspiration, she loved flipping through magazines, and scrolling through Pinterest and style bloggers’ pages. She took it one step further and started taking pictures and connecting with other mothers on Instagram. She loved the support and community she found. She was able to relate so much to the other mothers and it really helped her. Even better, her creative outlet developed into a side job and she now takes pictures for small shops. She loves showing her followers things she truly loves and uses.

Tips for When Daddy is Deployed

"Motherhood is hard. When you throw in being a military wife and planning anything around my husband's job, it’s just plain tough!" says Kristianna. "Before my hubby left for his deployment, we recorded him reading a book so my daughter can hear his voice everyday. We do FaceTime as much as possible. I also try to take a break for myself! Keeping my household going and juggling everything while he is away can take a toll so it’s important for me to take care of myself! This Father’s Day he is deployed, but we made sure to paint him some pretty pictures and send him a happy Father’s Day care package with little gifts and goodies!"

Check out her Instagram or read her blog to see her gorgeous neutral style.

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New Mom Friend: More about Kristianna

Me Time: Every Sunday I use the day to go to church and refocus for the week ahead. I call it Shower Shave Sunday because I’ll do my face mask, self tanner, and take a deep cleansing shower! Afterwards I moisturize, do my nails, and style my hair for the week! So the rest of days I’m lucky if I brush my teeth. Haha, Jk! But seriously, looking forward to a pampering Sunday is exciting for me. Yes, it’s only about an hour and a half of me time but it works wonders!

Mommy and Me Time: I enjoy our time before my daughter goes down for bed. We sing and read her daddy’s voice book. It makes me feel like she’s still a little baby when she crawls up and cuddles!

Daily Routine: I wake up and make my bed first thing. Something about that ritual makes me feel better. Then, I’ll clean bottles, make breakfast and clean the house a little while she watches Elmo! Also, I’ll drink some coffee and take a bath if I’m super lucky!

A Few of My Favorite Things: I love a good pair of distressed denim paired with an ankle bootie and graphic or basic t-shirt. If it’s cold, I layer it up and if it’s hot, I wear cut-off shorts. I am also a sucker for some bandanas. I’ve always worn them but since becoming a mom it’s kinda been my staple piece!

Favorite Quote: Everything happens for a reason. Yes, kinda cliche, but I truly think everything does happen for a reason. Sometimes it’s hard to accept it, but a few years from now it will make sense!

Keeping It Real -> Toughest Thing About Motherhood: Honestly, motherhood is just tough, period! It’s by far the hardest thing I’ve gone trough and I’ve gone through some crap for my age! I struggled with postpartum anxiety/depression for about the entire first year and that made it really hard to enjoy motherhood.

Keeping It Real -> Best Thing About Motherhood: The best thing is seeing my daughter smile or laugh or when she runs up to give me a hug or kiss!

 

June 13, 2018 by Heather Atwell

Moms Who Rock: Bailey Valente

Bailey Valente is a professional makeup artist and mom to her one-year old baby, Cruz. She and her daughter live in Kauai, Hawaii, travel a lot, and document some of their life through social media. One of her superpowers is sharing quick and easy beauty tips and tricks with other moms. Check out her YouTube channel for vlogs and beauty tips and tricks!

Takeaway Tip: Look Fresh and Awake in Five Minutes

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Mom-to-Mom Chat with Bailey

Me Time: I love uninterrupted showers and peeing alone. 😂

Mommy and Me Time: I actually spend a lot of my time with Cruz—24/7 😂. I wouldn’t have it any other way. She is my heart outside my body. We have mommy and me time daily, but some of her favorite things to do are: gymnastics, beach, play in the rain, and ANYTHING outdoors!

Daily Routine: One of the things I try to do daily is to wake up a few minutes before Cruz to give myself some time to mentally get ready so I can be my best. Sometimes that means being on my phone, drinking coffee or just listening to the 🐓chickens. Haha! We have a lot of chickens that wake us up every morning.

A Few of My Favorite Things: Some of my favorite things are coffee, lululemon (I rarely really get dressed anymore), and a good manicure.

Keeping It Real -> Toughest Thing About Motherhood: I’ve had the BEST 16 months of my life with Cruz. She is a dream. But the toughest thing to me this far would be exclusively breastfeeding. I nursed her for 15 months. It was demanding, exhausting, and rewarding. I knew I wanted to nurse her until she was ready to wean herself and that’s exactly what I did.

Also, lack of sleep. Haha. That was tough too. She didn’t sleep through the night until 15 months. The first night she slept through the whole night was the night we stopped nursing. That’s how I knew she was ready.

Keeping It Real -> The Best Thing About Motherhood: EVERYTHING! The laughs, though. The laughs are the light of my life.

May 10, 2018 by Heather Atwell

Purple: A Celebration of the 2018 Pantone Color of the Year

Purple: A Celebration of the 2018 Pantone Color of the Year

Trending: Fun Facts about This Fantastic Color

Have you noticed purple popping up everywhere this year? We have and we're excited because we love purple. It's such a versatile color. In fact, our new long sleeve ruffle leotard in purple looks so pretty with almost every color combination imaginable—purple and lilac, purple and pink, even purple and orange!

COLOR OF THE YEAR

Pantone, the worldwide standard for color communication and inspiration since 1963, announced that Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet, is the Pantone Color of the Year 2018. "This dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future," according to Pantone.

Since 2002, The Pantone Color Institute, the consulting arm within Pantone that forecasts global color trends, advises companies on color in brand identity and product development, and on color assurance programs. Through seasonal trend forecasts, color psychology, and custom color consulting, the Pantone Color Institute partners with global brands to leverage the power, psychology, and emotion of color in their design strategy.

ROYALTY

Purple is the color of royalty because purple dye was so expensive and diffucult to make until 1856 when a British chemist, who was trying to develop a treatment for malaria, created a synthetic purple that cost much less.

EASTER

If you celebrate Easter and attend church services, you've seen a lot of purple recently on the altar and elsewhere. Purple is associated with the Easter season, especially the season of Lent that precedes Easter Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


March 26, 2018 by Heather Atwell