Heart eyes over JORD Wood Watches! (+ A Giveaway)

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Outfit Details: Shirt: Mom Shirt Co. | Jeans: Old Navy | Shoes: Target | Watch: JORD | Hat: Lack of Color 

When it comes to accessories, I love simple. Not too flashy, not too much, just simple. As far as arm candy goes, I typically wear a watch and a bracelet here or there. My new unique watch by JORD is the perfect addition to my arm candy. And yes, it’s WOOD. This women’s watch is the Frankie 35 series: Zebrawood & Champagne. If you’re currently looking for a new watch, or need an idea for a birthday, or even a valentine’s day gift, then this post is for you!

Here are 8 reasons why I love my JORD women’s watch:

It’s Practical

  • I love that the watch is practical. It goes with any and everything. I love accessories that can be worn every day that go with just about everything you throw together.

It’s Lightweight

  • Seriously. This thing feels like air. It’s so lightweight that sometimes I forget that I even have it on. I LOVE pieces that don’t tie me down. Pieces that allow me to run, jump, play, dance, etc.. (because I’m 8 years old).

It’s Handcrafted

  • This watch is all natural AND all of the materials are sustainable. The main material of this watch is Zebrawood, native to West Africa.

It’s subtle

  • It’s not too flashy. Because I’m so tan, it kind of blends in with my skin tone, which I absolutely LOVE. There aren’t too many watches for women that are subtle. It seems as though jewelers think women want and love flashy, well I guess some do…but what about us simple girls?? I guess JORD got the memo.

The clasp is easy and secure

  • The clasp is very easy to navigate and keeps the watch on securely. So no need to worry about it accidentally coming off.

The packaging is fabulous

  • From the box to the contents inside; everything is perfectly packaged together. It’s almost so pretty that you don’t want to ruin it. I’m a sucker for cute packaging! It comes in a gorgeous wooden box with the JORD logo on top. The watch is then nestled on top of a mini pillow. SO cute.

It’s easy to clean

  • To keep my watch looking gorgeous, all I do is apply lemon or orange oil extract with a cloth and it continues to shines beautifully. The watch already comes with a cleaning cloth, preserving oil, and a humidity pack, because JORD wants your watch to be in top condition always.

Free Shipping Worldwide

  • You gotta love free shipping and WORLDWIDE!?!? Yes, please.

**GIVEAWAY**

I’ve teamed up with the folks over at JORD to give my readers a chance to win a $100 credit towards any of their watches. Also, every entry will receive a $25 shop credit just for entering! So basically everyone is a winner. I’m about that life. Enter the contest here for your chance to win. Contest ends on 12/2 at 11:59pm. Winner will be announced on my Instagram, so be sure to follow me there!
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*This post is sponsored by JORD. All opinions are my own)*

Allow Me To Reintroduce Myself

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Alright. It’s 2017 and I wanted to take some time to reintroduce myself and this blog. So….Welcome (back) to the Cool Hip Mom blog.

My name is Brittany. I’m a first time mother to a baby girl named Blake who is almost a ONE YEAR OLD. I say it in all caps because I can’t freaking believe a whole year has passed. It just flew by. I’ve been married to my husband for 4 years now. He’s originally from the Ohio/Michigan area and I’m originally from Laguna Beach, California, however, my entire extended family is from Michigan. That connection we have makes traveling for the Holidays much more hectic. We make it a priority to visit both families while there for either Thanksgiving or Christmas.

We currently live in California, near the beach, in a 600 sq ft apartment. That’s right. 3 of us, in a tiny apartment! Some people think we are crazy, but we make it work. It definitely forces us to get rid of a lot of unnecessary items and hold on to only those items that hold value to us. It also forces us to spend more time outdoors (which my Husband loves).

I’m a Communications & Public Relations Professional. Outside of the office I love to dance, discover new music, try new recipes (although I’m a horrible cook, HORRIBLE), visit local coffee shops, find small shops, and hang out around Laguna.

I started this blog in hopes of inspiring mothers to be themselves. To be the person that they always were before raising a family and having kids. Being a mother is so much WORK but also so much FUN. Don’t let the new title or new role define who you are or what you’re capable of. I’ve always been the fun loving, outgoing, dance when there’s no music, crazy girl around…and my friends still say I’m that same person even with my diaper bag, stroller, and nursing bra. (HA).

With that said…join me on this journey of lifestyle blogging as I tackle all things cool, all things hip and all things mom.

Photography: Andrea David 

When Trying Your Hardest Isn’t Enough

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The struggle is real. Motherhood. Adulthood. Life. It’s a lot right now. To be honest, it’s like REAL rough! While we have bad moments (a lot of them), we also have many great moments. It’s so easy to dwell on our circumstances. It’s so easy to fall into the trap that we’re measured by our performance and our success. Who determines if we’re successful? Who came up with a scale of what success looks like? Why are we only successful by other people’s standards? Why are we measured by what we do or what people think of us?

Last week I cried. I cried a lot. So many emotions hit me at once when I received some news about my current position at my corporate job. When you put your heart and soul into something to only be told that you are not good enough….it hurts. As a working mom there is so much that is asked of you. You are often pulled every which way by so many. Keeping up with the worlds expectations of who you should be, what you should be, and how you should be is exhausting.

After my major meltdown (ugly cry and all) my husband took the night off from work to be with me. He took me out to my favorite place, sushi, we had green tea ice cream and then went home to have a glass of wine (well, I did. Hey!). Through my husband’s actions and the way we handled things as a family, I am reminded of God’s grace. He helps us through the hard stuff. He’s loving, patient and kind. He is accepting, loves our mess and embraces our brokenness.

If you’re feeling like you’re not doing enough, or you’re not good enough, or there is even someone telling you these things about yourself just remember:

You are DOING enough. 

  • You are. You really are! Believe it. Everything you are doing for those around you that you love is enough. It’s enough for them. Let it be enough for you! That is the hardest part. We’ve placed these expectations on ourselves and we want to try to do it all. We just can’t. Do what you can and let that be enough….because to some its everything!

You are GIVING enough. 

  • As moms we are always giving, giving, giving. Just know that what you are giving to others is appreciated. Some may say otherwise, but know that you are giving you’re all and if its not enough for some people than they aren’t worth your time and efforts.

You are ENOUGH. 

  • Trust this. It’s true. You are enough to God because you were fearfully and wonderfully made and that’s all that matters.

You are LOVED. 

  • All that you are giving to others is appreciated because you are loved. Because so much is asked of you, means you are trusted. Be confident in this and hold your head up high. The world will try to bring you down but you are loved by a God who forgives and loves your mess.

You can do ANYTHING. 

  • God has a plan for you. Don’t dwell on the world’s views and expectations. Society will say you are doing it all wrong but for you and your family it works. Don’t allow others to tell you what is best for you. You know what’s best for you and your family and that’s exactly what you are doing. You do YOU girl 😉

Be PATIENT. 

  • We have so many hopes and dreams and we want them all right now. While some people say having kids puts those on hold, I would disagree. I think your dreams and ambitions are extremely important and your kids would love you to pursue them. I would just say be patient. Be patient in your waiting for the right time. It may even look different than what you originally planned and that is the beauty of being patient. Good things come to those who wait. Wait for it.

Believe in YOURSELF. 

  • People will say what they want and you need to believe in YOURSELF. Believing the lies will only limit your growth, your ability to follow your passions, and will ultimately feed into your self doubt. Believing in yourself will boost your confidence and will empower you to do great things (that YOU know you are capable of).

GRATITUDE is the best attitude. 

  • Changing your mindset to that of gratitude will not eliminate the hardships but will set your mind right to to remind you of whats most important. Here are some of mine that help me get through the day. I am grateful to come home to a healthy and happy baby girl. Grateful to have a loving husband. Grateful to have family that support ANYTHING and EVERYTHING I do. Grateful for a community of friends who surround me with love, encouragement and constant prayer. Grateful for a job. Grateful for a roof over my head and food on the table. Grateful for another breath each day.

Today and everyday, choose Joy! When no one else believes in you or when life throws some unfair circumstances your way, choose to be joyful. Focus on God’s power and not your problems.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”
James 1:2-3
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Freshly Picked Cyber Monday Sale + Giveaway

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Why are baby shoes the cutest thing in the world? Because babies have such cute, tiny feet and so the shoes are just as cute and tiny. I’m totally obsessed over here. Too bad baby girl isn’t having it with the shoes. She never fails to rip them off immediately after I’ve worked so hard to get them on her. Well, this Momma recently had a #momwin when I finally found a pair of baby shoes that our baby girl won’t rip off (well, she still tries, but can’t)…success! Freshly Picked Moccasins are IT. These shoes are absolutely adorable, trendy and they stay on! Yes.

They have the sweetest collection of leather moccasins that are carefully crafted to perfection with love.  An assortment of colors and patterns, your little one is sure to be best dressed with this fun, hip accessory. We have the Glitz & Glam pair from the FP x Ayesha Curry Limited Edition Holiday Collection. I have such cute ideas for outfits to pair with these bad boys. I LOVE dressing our little girl.

Head over to the Freshly Picked website today for Cyber Monday and get 25% off all seasonal styles! Hurry – this sale only lasts 24 hours [TODAY ONLY] and starts at 10am MST. Get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping for your littles.

Here are few of my favorites from the Cyber Monday sale! [Click on the image for details]

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**GIVEAWAY**

I am also so very excited to be teaming up with Freshly Picked to giveaway a pair of baby moccasins in your choice of COLOR and SIZE. To enter head over to my instagram for all the details. The giveaway runs until Saturday, December 3rd at 12pm PST. Winner will be announced shortly after. Hurry and enter and be sure to invite all your Mama friends!

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Livin Laguna Local: Sawdust Festival – Winter Fantasy

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One of our favorite things to do as a family is explore. We especially love to explore the town we live in. I grew up in Laguna Beach and my husband is from the Midwest. We’ve lived in Laguna together for about 4 years. There are always new things to do, new shops, new eateries, etc… and for that reason I wanted to start a new series on the blog called, “Livin Laguna Local.” As a local, I want to highlight all things Laguna Beach. Whether it be the best places to eat in town to the newest shops that recently opened, this will be the place to get the latest scoop on one of the most beautiful towns in Orange County.

Having lived here for so many years (just about 25 years so far), I often take for granted the beauty that it has to offer. There are restaurants that are unique to Laguna, small shops, and art festivals with one-of-a-kind art that will just blow you away. We decided to head to the Sawdaust Art Festival last weekend with our baby girl. While this was her second time at the festival, it was her first time at the Winter Fantasy where she was able to meet Santa. (that didn’t go over too well). The Sawdust Festival has a special place in my heart because I worked there for about 10 years. I worked at the amazing greek restaurant “Thasos Greek Island Grille.”

When we went to the Winter Fantasy is was very cloudy and gloomy, with a high chance of rain. It ended up drizzling a bit while we were there. Luckily the festival is open rain or shine. Phew!

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Our baby girl did not like Santa. At all. He was in good spirits though and let us take a photo with him while we held her. She eased up a bit, but that was the only way she was getting near him. Anyways, Santa is on the grounds from 10:30am-1pm and 2-5pm. Make sure you get to his area at this time to get your photo with him and the kids or even a family photo. Great for Christmas Cards 😉 The photos are beautiful.

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I loved this wall. It’s a Sawdust Memories wall where people grab a piece of chalk and reminice on their favorite moments from the Sawdust Festivals in the past. It’s nice to remember how much of an impact the Sawdust has had on so many people yound and old.

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Santa’s official photographer is Mary Hurlbut. She’s an amazing photographer with a beautiful soul. She also photographed our wedding, so she has a special place in our hearts!

The Winter Fantasy knows that family photos are important during the Holidays so below are the designated areas for a #SawdustSelfie with the family or of the kids.

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There are numerous christmas trees throughout the festival where organizations like the Laguna Beach Parents Club and the Boys & Girls Club helped decorate.

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The Sawdust Festival Winter Fantasy is open weekends only from 10am – 6pm (rain or shine)
November 19 & 20
November 25, 26 & 27
December 3 & 4
December 9, 10 & 11

Admission:
Adult one day: $6.00

Senior one day (65+): $5.00
Children (6-12): $3.00
Children (5 & under): FREE

Nearly 175 artists display their work at the Winter Fantasy. It’s all one-of-a-kind pieces that you can’t get anywhere else. It’s definitely worth a trip this season. Only 2 more weekends to go!

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