From Montessori to minimalism.
2017 has been quite the year (to say the least.) It’s been tumultuous and . It’s been and . It’s been a year of shocking event after shocking event (in good ways and bad.) But one thing I personally loved from 2017 is connecting with you mamas and learning and growing alongside you.
It’s been one amazing ride so far, hasn’t it?
Thanks for including us in your journey—for sharing your thoughts and opinions, your photos and life hacks—and mostly, your stories.
It’s been an absolute pleasure and we can’t wait to show you what’s in store for 2018. It’s going to be pretty magical. ✨
We talked about a lot together this year, girlfriend. Here’s some of the stuff we loved most.
1. All things Montessori
Montessori was a big one for us—and with key terms like ‘calm’, ‘positive’, ‘purposeful work’, ‘freedom’, ‘creativity’, ‘happy’ associated with this parenting and teaching style—it’s no surprise. We wanted to , create , buy all the , , and buy our .
2. Getting rid of ‘stuff’
We craved simplicity and minimalism in 2017—and based on some of your Instagram photos, I know why—because your clean, fresh and crisp spaces are beautiful and inspiring. We wanted to ditch the things we didn’t need anymore or . We wanted to free our minds and spaces of . We wanted to take control of our lives and get organized. And we definitely wanted to . (, anyway!)
3. Peace, love and happiness
4. COFFEE, obvs
Moms loving coffee is such a cliche. I know. But if and being a mom is wrong, I don’t want to be right. Coffee is my friend, my support system, my lifeline. It’s there for me after a night of multiple child wakeups or when deadlines are approaching. It comforts me, energizes me and keeps me going.
We will drink coffee in our home. We will drink it in the car alone. We will drink it while in bed. We will drink it even before our children are fed. We will . We will drink it with our bae. , they say. Coffee rules any way. ☕
5. Celeb news
A lot happened with celebrities this year—pregnancies, mom tips, having to ‘defend’ their mothering techniques—and we loved joining the conversation. We especially loved , , , , and anything Kardashian. (I mean with , and pregnancy rumors—there was a lot going on in that family!)
Sometimes it’s nice to realize celebrities are just like us—trying to figure out like Serena, praising like Mila, talking about like Pink, or asking Twitter for help dealing with like Chrissy (those are rough!).
6. Baby names
Coming up with potential baby names is so much fun it could *almost* convince me to go for baby number four. Almost. We loved checking out the latest creative baby name lists like the , the and the on the path to popularity.
7. Target, duh
I mean, again, the Target-loving-mom is as cliche as the coffee-loving-mom, but there’s a reason some cliches exist—because some of them are true! This one being one of them, in my humble opinion. —plain and simple. ?
8. Growing your family
Essays about growing your families seemed to resonate with a lot of mamas. Maybe you’ve taken the plunge, maybe you’ve decided to wait—or maybe you are already at the perfect number of children for your family. Either which way, we all loved to read about other mamas’ takes.
Self-care rose to the top of our priority list this year. Maybe (hopefully!) we were able to make more time for it, but either way—we were definitely thinking about it. Everything from what to do when to . Everything from (particularly in the or during ) to believing that truly does make us better mothers and partners.
I think we should declare 2018 the year for self-care, mamas. You in?
10. Validating each other
Thank you for all the support, #TeamMotherly. And here’s to an amazing 2018.
Remember, mama, you’ve got this. ?