WHEN.

Are you taking maternity leave?

You better take maternity leave.

But still take pictures! & share them! We want to see the baby!!!

Ahh. Welcome to my life.

I have never been a gal who can’t say “no.” I pretty much say “no” more than I say “yes” (a wonderful skill I have already passed onto my dear daughter) and I can manage my life because of it. This means I do the things I want to do & spend time with the people I enjoy. But lately I have been forgetting how to say “no.” & it is catching up with me. I am tired. & a bit overwhelmed. & despite having a very accomplished to-do list…I still have a lot of stuff I need–and want– to do. But I feel like a ticking time bomb. & it’s stressing me out.

So when do you say when?

Well. My when is now.

I’m choosing to live off the computer for a bit. caroline & I have very little time left as the pair we are right now and I want to enjoy every second with her. I have a couple of major projects I want to accomplish pre-baby (like my 2011 Blurb books & sewing a chair & ottoman slip cover) and I have to finish Ina May and Hypnobabies & I need to do it. Just DO it.

& take my girl to starbucks for morning chit chats over hot chocolate. & to the book store to browse the shelves for fun stories to read. & to lunch so we can enjoy our special mommy & me time.

So…I’ll still be here. Sometimes. Fridays for sure, but nothing regular other than that. If something strikes my fancy & I can find the time & energy to share, I will. I’ll be on the styleberry facebook page here & there too. But I need some down time. Some ME time. Some US time. Time to relish life as three. :)

I know you’ll understand.

I am so grateful for all of you who help to support, encourage & inspire me through your comments & your sweet facebook messages. I have about a zillion unanswered emails from many of you & it kills me that I cannot respond to each one, but I just can’t. My facebook wall is the best place to keep in contact with quick questions. I promise to reply there as time allows.

You can also direct all stylebabyLOG questions to shawna [at] stylebabyLOG [dot] com. Orders will continue to ship ASAP (usually within a day)–with the exception of the week that I deliver. You’ll get a special message should you happen to order during that crazy window. :)

You can also catch me over on my latest obsession–instagram. My username is miss_shawna and I’m pretty sure the first pics of the new babe will be there before anywhere else. :) I’m loving what I can do with my iPhone images…and it’s a fun little community too! Here’s a peek at my life through instagram…

  1. girl time…from forever ago, but it’s still one of my faves. :)
  2. eff sewing.
  3. big sky country, indeed!
  4. top pregnancy craving #3. yummm.
  5. POP!
  6. B12=sanity.
  7. yuck. yuck. yuck. trade you for snow?
  8. red toes…in hopes of a valentine’s day babe! ;)

Now…off to tackle that four post-it to-do list. Yowza.

 HAPPY MONDAY!

oooh. & I also want to direct you over to the home of my latest collaboration–a place I will now be contributing regularly! You can find my first article up today on Honest to Nod, which is the lovely & inspirational blog from The Land of Nod. I’ve shared my love of all things Nod before, but it is one of my absolute favorite places to shop for my caroline! :)

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Hi! Hello! I am Shawna, the founder of Styleberry Blog. This creative corner of the internet has become a learning haven for moms and creatives, offering a warm and encouraging nudge to those who wish to be better and do better, but often don't know where to start. From Decorating to DIY to Diapers and Paleo-ish Dishes, I strive to make the complicated simple and empower women to take action beyond their personal comfort zone. I subscribe to the Shine Theory & so strongly believe that we shine when the women around us shine and mutual support—lifting up instead of tearing down--will always be the culture here. Are you in? I hope so! Beyond the computer, I run Styleberry Creativewhere I work with clients to create low fuss, high function spaces that are pretty and practical in San Antonio, Texas and beyond. I LOVE making a house a home. My own studs out renovation is almost complete and I am now back to working with clients. Please don't hesitate to drop me a line if you'd like to work together! I hope you’ll join me on this fun new adventure! Xo.