18 for 2018: My Resolutions for the Year

18 ways to better yourself in 2018. Habits to start that are worth keeping for happiness and abundance in the New Year. Clean, made bed in a peaceful and serene bedroom. -Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

In December I was listening to The Happier Podcast, and decided to join in on their 18 for 2018 challenge. The idea is that you create a list of 18 things you’d like to accomplish in the next year. They aren’t all resolutions. Many are one-time bucket list items that you can easily check off once complete. But others are daily resolutions to uphold year long.

Initially, I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about sharing my resolutions and my list on here. After all, resolutions can be deeply personal. However, I have been feeling some incredible changes in my life because of my simple list. I would be remiss not to share.

It’s not lost on me that I’m only two weeks into upholding these “resolutions.” But when I started this blog I wanted it to be a space to share my thoughts and experience with others. If I didn’t want to share, I would have just written in a journal, or a typed out a Word document that was never published. This list has already made such a positive impact on my days, I had to share.

  1. Swim with fish. I have a deep-rooted love and fear of sharks, so I have never been snorkeling.
  2. Bake healthy. I love sweets (obviously) but I don’t always love the way I feel after eating them.
  3. Make bed every morning. I used to be so good at this! It sets the tone for the whole day.
  4. Find the perfect diet for me. Not diet, diet. But diet as in what I eat. I think I’ve found it, and I’ll explain more on that in a separate post.
  5. Learn to braid hair. How do I not yet know how to French braid?
  6. Teach Julian to swim.
  7. Send a letter once a month.
  8. Perfect one signature dish for dinner.
  9. Write in Inez’s baby book. Here’s Inez’s book.
  10. Print family photos.
  11. Celebrate anniversary. This should be a no-brainer, but Jeff and I have not done it once. I have been sick and pregnant for nearly every anniversary, or he has been out at sea.
  12. Pause. Listen.
  13. Practice gratitude daily. I love this journal
  14. Go to the library at least once a month.
  15. Spend a full day at a spa.
  16. Practice spirituality. Find exactly what that means to you. Don’t be so darn squeamish to admit that you believe in something greater than yourself. (This has been the hardest and most rewarding of all.)
  17. Wear sunscreen everyday.
  18. No phone in the bedroom. This one has brought me the most immediate result of happiness. I sleep better. I am on my phone a whole lot less. I am focused on my family and myself. No longer staying up until 11pm reading how Chrissy Teigen claps back to Twitter trolls. *This has also been the reason I’ve been on social media and the blog less lately. And it feels so good.*

I would love to hear what your lists are. Or even just what’s at the top of your list. Are you sticking to your resolutions? I hope they are ones that are bringing you joy and abundance in this New Year!

xx,

Heidi

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I’ll Be Home For Christmas

Our beautiful Bainbridge Island home in the Pacific Northwest for the Christmas season. Home decor, interior design, home styling, for the holiday season. How to decorate for Christmas. Christmas decorations, classic and simple with lots of wreaths and natural greenery, silver, gold and red! Simple Christmas decorations create a beautiful aesthetic. Merry Christmas to all! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Julian’s PJ’s, My Sweater, My PJ’s, Inez’s PJ’s, Bow

Our beautiful Bainbridge Island home in the Pacific Northwest for the Christmas season. Home decor, interior design, home styling, for the holiday season. How to decorate for Christmas. Christmas decorations, classic and simple with lots of wreaths and natural greenery, silver, gold and red! Simple Christmas decorations create a beautiful aesthetic. Merry Christmas to all! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Our beautiful Bainbridge Island home in the Pacific Northwest for the Christmas season. Home decor, interior design, home styling, for the holiday season. How to decorate for Christmas. Christmas decorations, classic and simple with lots of wreaths and natural greenery, silver, gold and red! Simple Christmas decorations create a beautiful aesthetic. Merry Christmas to all! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Our beautiful Bainbridge Island home in the Pacific Northwest for the Christmas season. Home decor, interior design, home styling, for the holiday season. How to decorate for Christmas. Christmas decorations, classic and simple with lots of wreaths and natural greenery, silver, gold and red! Simple Christmas decorations create a beautiful aesthetic. Merry Christmas to all! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Our beautiful Bainbridge Island home in the Pacific Northwest for the Christmas season. Home decor, interior design, home styling, for the holiday season. How to decorate for Christmas. Christmas decorations, classic and simple with lots of wreaths and natural greenery, silver, gold and red! Simple Christmas decorations create a beautiful aesthetic. Merry Christmas to all! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Our beautiful Bainbridge Island home in the Pacific Northwest for the Christmas season. Home decor, interior design, home styling, for the holiday season. How to decorate for Christmas. Christmas decorations, classic and simple with lots of wreaths and natural greenery, silver, gold and red! Simple Christmas decorations create a beautiful aesthetic. Merry Christmas to all! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge BohemeTable: Barns 2 Home // Personalized Christmas Stockings and HangersOur beautiful Bainbridge Island home in the Pacific Northwest for the Christmas season. Home decor, interior design, home styling, for the holiday season. How to decorate for Christmas. Christmas decorations, classic and simple with lots of wreaths and natural greenery, silver, gold and red! Simple Christmas decorations create a beautiful aesthetic. Merry Christmas to all! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Our beautiful Bainbridge Island home in the Pacific Northwest for the Christmas season. Home decor, interior design, home styling, for the holiday season. How to decorate for Christmas. Christmas decorations, classic and simple with lots of wreaths and natural greenery, silver, gold and red! Simple Christmas decorations create a beautiful aesthetic. Merry Christmas to all! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Our beautiful Bainbridge Island home in the Pacific Northwest for the Christmas season. Home decor, interior design, home styling, for the holiday season. How to decorate for Christmas. Christmas decorations, classic and simple with lots of wreaths and natural greenery, silver, gold and red! Simple Christmas decorations create a beautiful aesthetic. Merry Christmas to all! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Wreath, Red Pillow, Wreath Pillow, Tray, Blanket, Candle

Our beautiful Bainbridge Island home in the Pacific Northwest for the Christmas season. Home decor, interior design, home styling, for the holiday season. How to decorate for Christmas. Christmas decorations, classic and simple with lots of wreaths and natural greenery, silver, gold and red! Simple Christmas decorations create a beautiful aesthetic. Merry Christmas to all! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Our beautiful Bainbridge Island home in the Pacific Northwest for the Christmas season. Home decor, interior design, home styling, for the holiday season. How to decorate for Christmas. Christmas decorations, classic and simple with lots of wreaths and natural greenery, silver, gold and red! Simple Christmas decorations create a beautiful aesthetic. Merry Christmas to all! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Our beautiful Bainbridge Island home in the Pacific Northwest for the Christmas season. Home decor, interior design, home styling, for the holiday season. How to decorate for Christmas. Christmas decorations, classic and simple with lots of wreaths and natural greenery, silver, gold and red! Simple Christmas decorations create a beautiful aesthetic. Merry Christmas to all! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge BohemeStar, Tree Skirt, Ribbon, Wrapping Paper

There’s no place like home for the holidays! I wanted to share a few snapshots of our home during this Christmas season. Last year I went all out, but this year with the two babies I have been forced to slow down a bit more. And I can’t say that I mind! We’ve been busy decorating and listening to Jingle Bells on repeat. It’s Julian’s favorite, and he asks for it all. day. long. And I just can’t deny the man his favorite song!

I like to create cozy spaces in our home, like my little Christmas window nook. It’s so fun how a simple wreath, or a holiday candle can transform an everyday space. I also wanted to give Julian’s room a little Christmas spirit this year now that he is older. He was so thrilled to see that wreath in his room! Every time I put him down for bed he points it out and says “Julian’s wreath!” When he sees our Christmas tree first thing in the morning it’s “lights on! Star on it! Ornaments!” The joy of Christmas through the eyes of a child is pure magic.

How do you style your home for the holidays? I’d love to know! Leave me a comment below!

xx,

Heidi

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Great Gift Ideas for the Home

The ultimate gift guide for gifts for the home this Christmas! Perfect host and hostess gifts that everyone can enjoy around their home this holiday season. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Can hardly believe Christmas is right around the corner! Gifts for the home are always at the top of my list. I know that every time I use our beautiful salad bowl (very similar to the one linked above), I think of my dear friend Joanna who gifted it to me. I like to think that all gifts can carry sentiments towards the giver. That’s why gifting for someone’s home can be so fun. Plus, you don’t have to worry about sizes, hehe.

These are a few of the items I am eyeing for Christmas gifts this year. And a few I’ve already picked up for some lucky friends. Michael Buble’s “The More You Give (The More You Have)” had shopping in mind right?

Tis the season! Happy shopping!

xx,

Heidi

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12 Children’s Books for the Month of December

Best Christmas books for toddlers, and babies. Your kiddos will love these timeless tales of the Christmas season! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Best Christmas books for toddlers, and babies. Your kiddos will love these timeless tales of the Christmas season! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Seeing the joy of the holidays through a child’s eyes is pure magic. Teaching Julian about Christmas and the winter season has brought so much excitement for me about the upcoming holiday. We are in full holiday swing at our place, and a huge part of that has been pulling out all of our holiday books for the kiddos.

All of these books are ones that are sure to warm the hearts of adults and children alike. Julian is partial to Little Blue Truck’s Christmas right now, because he loves how the Christmas tree lights up on the last page! And I love that it teaches him to count along throughout the pages. Dream Snow is another beautiful choice that is great for counting and learning about animals. Plus, it’s a lift the flap!

One of the prettiest tales, The Message of the Birds, also has the most powerful message. It is a message of peace and how children can help to spread that message and bring us peace on earth. But of course, no list is complete without the classic poem of The Night Before Christmas. I bought this copy one Christmas to read to my future children before I had even become a mother. I know that sounds crazy, I know! It is just one of those books that has that power to become an instant family tradition and hold endless holiday memories. And I couldn’t wait to create those moments with my own family someday.

I hope that these books bring the joy of the season into your homes and into your children’s eyes. It really is the most wonderful time of the year!

xx,

Heidi

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Making Myself a Priority Postpartum

How to ask for and receive help postpartum. A moms constant struggle! Learning to take it slow and embrace the help others were willing to offer. It's so important to make moms a priority, and help to prevent postpartum depression and anxiety. Not only that, but to promote moms thriving postpartum! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme.How to ask for and receive help postpartum. A moms constant struggle! Learning to take it slow and embrace the help others were willing to offer. It's so important to make moms a priority, and help to prevent postpartum depression and anxiety. Not only that, but to promote moms thriving postpartum! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme.How to ask for and receive help postpartum. A moms constant struggle! Learning to take it slow and embrace the help others were willing to offer. It's so important to make moms a priority, and help to prevent postpartum depression and anxiety. Not only that, but to promote moms thriving postpartum! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme.How to ask for and receive help postpartum. A moms constant struggle! Learning to take it slow and embrace the help others were willing to offer. It's so important to make moms a priority, and help to prevent postpartum depression and anxiety. Not only that, but to promote moms thriving postpartum! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme.How to ask for and receive help postpartum. A moms constant struggle! Learning to take it slow and embrace the help others were willing to offer. It's so important to make moms a priority, and help to prevent postpartum depression and anxiety. Not only that, but to promote moms thriving postpartum! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme.How to ask for and receive help postpartum. A moms constant struggle! Learning to take it slow and embrace the help others were willing to offer. It's so important to make moms a priority, and help to prevent postpartum depression and anxiety. Not only that, but to promote moms thriving postpartum! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme.How to ask for and receive help postpartum. A moms constant struggle! Learning to take it slow and embrace the help others were willing to offer. It's so important to make moms a priority, and help to prevent postpartum depression and anxiety. Not only that, but to promote moms thriving postpartum! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme.How to ask for and receive help postpartum. A moms constant struggle! Learning to take it slow and embrace the help others were willing to offer. It's so important to make moms a priority, and help to prevent postpartum depression and anxiety. Not only that, but to promote moms thriving postpartum! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme.How to ask for and receive help postpartum. A moms constant struggle! Learning to take it slow and embrace the help others were willing to offer. It's so important to make moms a priority, and help to prevent postpartum depression and anxiety. Not only that, but to promote moms thriving postpartum! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme.

How to ask for and receive help postpartum. A moms constant struggle! Learning to take it slow and embrace the help others were willing to offer. It's so important to make moms a priority, and help to prevent postpartum depression and anxiety. Not only that, but to promote moms thriving postpartum! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme.
Photos by Chelsea Macor Photography

Robe: Belabumbum // Necklace: Starfish Project // Inez’s Onesie: Skip Hop // Receiving blanket & bow: Barna & Co (softest baby blanket ever!)

Like a lot of moms, I struggle with asking for and receiving help. In fact, my biggest postpartum regret with my son was that I didn’t ask for enough help. My husband left for work in another state, for a month, when our son was just 2 weeks old. I was in such a fog, I didn’t even know how to ask for help. But during my second pregnancy I vowed to do things differently postpartum.

I vowed to focus on allowing my body to fully recovering, bonding with my sweet baby girl and embracing our new family of four. Those seem so simple when I type them out, but those are huge tasks for a new mom. Ones that often get overlooked in the day to day of the motherhood grind. I wanted to share a few ways that I was able to embrace this new role as a mama of two babies under two years old.

First and foremost, I was incredibly fortunate to have my husband stay home with us for a month after our daughter was born. It pains me that I just wrote “incredibly fortunate” because I believe that’s what all families deserve. But that is not the world we live in. I can’t even tell you how many other moms told me how “lucky” I was to have my husband help out and stay home for that long. Lucky?! I thought that should be a given! I had a c-section delivery and was under doctor’s orders to not lift anything heavier than my baby for 6 weeks. Well my 2 year old toddler is close to 40 lb. So if my husband wasn’t staying home to help, who exactly was going to be lifting our son all day long? I am grateful for my husband for caring for me during that time. I wish that every mom had that same opportunity.

One of the best things I did postpartum was learn to listen when people offered help. More often than not, I would simply nod and say thank you, without really hearing their offer. Perhaps I was too prideful to accept, or maybe I was delusional and thought I didn’t need any. I started to hear that my friends, family and neighbors were sincere in their offers. They wanted me to take them up on it. Before I knew it, my friends were bringing hot meals, wine, and presents for my kiddos. My neighbors have walked my dog, done my grocery shopping, brought me flowers and fruit from their gardens. They have taken my toddler to the park, and dropped off my overdue library books. My parents and in-laws have taken my toddler so I can relax and bond with baby. Even having one of those simple tasks checked off my list made my life feel worlds easier.

I am so grateful for my husband and all of our friends, family and neighbors for allowing me this time to just slow down and get comfy in this new role. Moms making themselves a priority isn’t always simple. It requires lots of helping hands to pick up the slack so mama can shower, or meet with a lactation consultant, or simply rest. I encourage you all to find those helping hands. So, grab your robes, get cozy, and make yourselves a priority.

xx,

Heidi

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Happy Halloween From Our Club!

Happy Halloween! Halloween costume for family of three with older brother and baby sister. Newborn girl costume for Halloween and toddler boy and mama! Simple and easy Mickey Mouse Club Halloween costumes! Bainbridge Boheme, Heidi Stephens. Follow along on IG: heidi.stephens Happy Halloween! Halloween costume for family of three with older brother and baby sister. Newborn girl costume for Halloween and toddler boy and mama! Mickey Mouse Club Halloween costumes! Bainbridge Boheme, Heidi Stephens. Follow along on IG: heidi.stephens Happy Halloween! Halloween costume for family of three with older brother and baby sister. Newborn girl costume for Halloween and toddler boy and mama! Simple and easy Mickey Mouse Club Halloween costumes! Bainbridge Boheme, Heidi Stephens. Follow along on IG: heidi.stephens Happy Halloween! Halloween costume for family of three with older brother and baby sister. Newborn girl costume for Halloween and toddler boy and mama! Simple and easy Mickey Mouse Club Halloween costumes! Bainbridge Boheme, Heidi Stephens. Follow along on IG: heidi.stephens Happy Halloween! Halloween costume for family of three with older brother and baby sister. Newborn girl costume for Halloween and toddler boy and mama! Simple and easy Mickey Mouse Club Halloween costumes! Bainbridge Boheme, Heidi Stephens. Follow along on IG: heidi.stephens Happy Halloween! Halloween costume for family of three with older brother and baby sister. Newborn girl costume for Halloween and toddler boy and mama! Simple and easy Mickey Mouse Club Halloween costumes! Bainbridge Boheme, Heidi Stephens. Follow along on IG: heidi.stephens Happy Halloween! Halloween costume for family of three with older brother and baby sister. Newborn girl costume for Halloween and toddler boy and mama! Simple and easy Mickey Mouse Club Halloween costumes! Bainbridge Boheme, Heidi Stephens. Follow along on IG: heidi.stephens Happy Halloween! Halloween costume for family of three with older brother and baby sister. Newborn girl costume for Halloween and toddler boy and mama! Simple and easy Mickey Mouse Club Halloween costumes! Bainbridge Boheme, Heidi Stephens. Follow along on IG: heidi.stephensHad to pop into the blog to wish you all a safe and Happy Halloween! This year I waited until approximately 2 days before Halloween to purchase our costumes: mom fail! This was the only one left that fit Inez! It’s funny because last year I went all out and had everything coordinated weeks in advance. It’s a whole new world with two!

Excuse the slightly blurry iPhone pics! Taking a selfie with a toddler and a baby is no joke. Mostly because of that crazy toddler.

I also picked Julian up an Elmo costume, because he is obsessed with Elmo and I just had to! He wore his costume to trick-or-treat at the library last week and I about died from the cuteness.

But, to tell you the truth, I really wanted to dress Julian up as Richard Simmons!  If I wasn’t in such a sleep deprived brain fog, maybe I could have pulled it together. I mean those curls would have been perfect under a sweatband! Amiright?

Happy Halloween everyone!

xx,

Heidi

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