5 WAYS I’M SIMPLIFYING MY LIFE

It’s hard to believe we’re already more than half way through February. I feel like we were ringing in the New Year two seconds ago and I was setting my goals for 2019. Every year around this time, I check in with myself. Have I completely thrown away my resolutions already or am I still sticking to them? One resolution I’ve realized I really need to work on this year is simplifying my life. Once 2019 hit and I went back to work, I feel like I’ve been on autopilot. I’m constantly exhausted, I’m calm on the outside but overwhelmed on the inside and I never feel like there’s enough time in the day to get everything done on my to do list. If this sounds familiar to you too, today’s post is for you.  I’m rounding up five ways to simplify your life no matter how overwhelmed you may be. For the next few months, I’m going to challenge myself to stick to all five and I’ll report back to share how it goes.

WHY I STOPPED GROCERY SHOPPING

LA blogger, RELish By Arielle wears a striped made well sweater

I don’t know about you but I absolutely dread grocery shopping.  As a full-time working mom, I’m often racking my brain to figure out exactly when other moms find the time to shop, learn recipes and cook.  None of these things are my forte but surely, these moms must have some sort of secret!  Now that I have an almost one-and-a-half year old, I know it’s time for me to get this grocery shopping thing together (it took me long enough)! Thankfully, I think I’ve finally found a service to help me that I can’t get enough of.  Excited to share more about this with you today because fellow mamas who can’t stand grocery shopping: hopefully this will have you covered too. 

GALENTINE’S DAY & SALES YOU CAN’T MISS

Los Angeles mom blogger, RELish By Arielle, celebrates with her daughter in matching robes for a girl's day

Happy Valentine’s Day, Everyone! So excited to celebrate with the fam today–especially because Naiya is finally old enough to enjoy it (for at least a few minutes)!  Since I’m working today and Naiya will need to go down for the night right when I get home from work (#thestruggleisreal), I planned a special “Galentines Day” celebration for her and I over the weekend. This past Sunday, spent a couple of hours relaxing in bed (in between running around to chase her). It’s been raining like crazy here in LA so it was the perfect cozy day to stay inside and cuddle. Excited to share some of our favorite photos from the day–all of which were inspired by Life Magazine and Old Hollywood. I’m also rounding three Valentine’s Day sales happening today that you should know about.

MOM & BABY UPDATE: 17 MONTHS

I can’t believe Naiya is 17-months and will be turning a year-and-a-half on the 30th.  I keep blinking and months seem to be flashing right by.  Naiya is growing like crazy and her little thigh rolls are starting to slim out (cue the ugly tears!) She’s a full-out toddler now and I find myself scrolling through her photos from a few months ago wondering where our baby went. Rounding up our outfits of the day today as well as a mom and baby update.

TODDLER POUCHES WE’RE OBSESSED WITH

Los Angeles blogger, RELish By Arielle shares baby food pouches by Tiny Giants that are soy, dairy, nut and gluten free

For the first six months of Naiya’s life, we were both completely soy, dairy, nut and gluten free. We basically ate air. Looking back, sometimes I’m not even sure how we survived it! Naiya’s gut wasn’t fully formed yet and she had horrible food allergies and painful reflux.  Since I was nursing her, I had to eliminate any potential allergens from my diet too (more about that here).  Thankfully, Naiya has now grown out of her allergies we still try to eat as clean as possible. Naturally, we both fell in love with the most amazing soy, dairy, nut and gluten free probiotic pouches. The best part? These pouches don’t taste like air at all–they’re flavorful, delicious and Naiya can’t stop gobbling  them up! Sharing a bit more about these pouches below as well as where to snag the cutest pom pom skirt for your mini.