This week I’ve been giving some thought to the pressure we (I) sometimes put on ourselves to do it all. As I navigate these early days of motherhood and career, it can be hard not to feel like I’m constantly letting someone down, be it my team because I can’t be at every meeting and photo shoot, or Phoebe because I had to leave her with her grandmothers for an extra hour one day, or my friends because, well, I haven’t seen a whole lot of them these last few weeks. After talking with some of my other mom friends, I learned that this is an across-the-board struggle…so I’m starting to realize that sometimes, the only solution is to learn how to give ourselves a break. The first way I’m practicing putting it into action? Phoebe’s Halloween costume. I’ve been brainstorming the perfect original costume and how to craft it for weeks, and suddenly realized that the entire thing was just stressing me out. And then I thought – What would happen if my 11 week old doesn’t dress up at all for Halloween this year?  Absolutely nothing, I realized. And if I’m not in the mood to get super crafty, I shouldn’t force it and should instead use that time to play and have fun together! Let’s face it, she’ll be more happy in a onesie, anyway…

I’d love to know: do you guys deal with feelings of guilt over not being able to give 100% to everything all the time? How have you dealt with it? Leave a comment to discuss, and hope you enjoy my favorite links from the week!

Dying to make this perfectly autumnal apple cake.

Loving the new 5 under $25 series over on Jen’s blog.

Could there be  any prettier envelopes?

Wouldn’t this sweet potato & feta crostini make the perfect T-day appetizer?

I’m on the hunt for pretty office accessories, and this vintage-style stapler fits the bill.

This dress left me speechless.

I’d love to toast the weekend with this cocktail.

And if I’m feeling virtuous, I’ll whip up this healthy dish featuring some of my fave flavors.

*and a few fun things you may have missed!

Entertaining with House of Brinson (and a couple of to-die-for dinner party recipes.)

The most stunning holiday dessert.

10 best Thanksgiving centerpieces.

*image: call me cupcake

 

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