Monday Morning Musings | No. 234

Happy New Year!

Happy first Monday of 2023, friend! It’s no secret that I love a Monday… it always feels like such a fresh start each week and I always look forward to the first Monday of the year. Today we are traveling back home from our family cabin in Blue Ridge, Georgia (full guide here!) where we soaked up lots of family time, rest, and rang in the New Year with a bonfire, Prosecco, and s’mores while the baby slept soundly.

This past week has been so wonderful, which makes me even more excited to get started on the new year. We’ll be home later today and I’m ready to settle in! We put away Christmas before we left, and I’ve prepped for our arrival home with a grocery order, a clean house, and fresh sheets… so I’m hopeful that we can unpack and get cozy ASAP. I cannot tell you how excited I am to get home!

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H&M sweater, jacket, hat // Citizen denim

Speaking of the new year, I’m not a big resolutions gal, but I do love a new routine or adding to my current routine (all about my mornings here). And there is nothing I love more than a fresh start, so I definitely do a little planning… I’ll chat more about this later in the week, but I’d love to know how you feel about it! Everyone I talk to has a wildly different opinion on the subject, which is so interesting and fun.

Regardless on your resolutions thoughts, Happy New Year, friends. I’m so grateful you are here and choose to spend your time with me. I’m praying that 2023 is a year where we all have a little more fun, get the chance to be ourselves more often, and enjoy the season we are in. Cheers to a fruitful New Year!

Okay, now let’s get into the five things I’m loving right now…

5 Things I’m Loving

A few new obsessions…


Crushing on H&M

I did a big H&M order before our trip to the mountains and I have really loved everything I ordered (see here!). And don’t even get me started on the baby clothes.

But this sweater ($18!!) is a total winner. The florals are so sweet. I ordered a size medium and it fits like a DREAM.

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Lake Footie Pajamas

I have been DYING for Lake to make footie pajamas for babies and I feel like I may have wished this into existence because they are here and so sweet. I’m definitely ordering a few pairs for Laurens.

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My New Year Planner

If you are looking for a new planner for 2023, look no further! I’ve been using the Simplified planner for YEARS and I always love a fresh new planner for the year. This is the one I have and I’ve gotta tell you… it’s great.

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New Kicks

No time like the first week of January to invest in a fresh pair of sneakers! I ordered these a few months ago and I just love them. The soles were coming off (no lie) my old Nikes, so it was time. I really love the fit, TTS and SOOO comfy!

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January’s AB Book Club Pick!

If reading more is on your list of things to do in 2023, look no further! This month’s AB BC selection is just *so* good. It’s a fun art history mystery set in Pairs, so if you are a fan of Emily in Paris, you will be a fan of this book! Scoop up a copy and read along with us this month.

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  1. I love routine as well so January always feels like a nice refresh. So excited to read this month’s book-I already have it in my Amazon cart. Cheers to a sweet New Year xo

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