Featured Essay For We Are Beautiful + The Best Devotional Books For Busy Women

If you haven’t already figured so by now, I love to write. I’ve had a journal or a diary or a running note pad going ever since elementary school. Writing and storytelling has always come second nature to me – it has been a way for me to creatively express myself while gathering my thoughts and processing the inner workings of my heart.

After starting this blog in 2014, I saw the opportunity to create a platform that would provide a safe space of encouragement, support, and relatablity for other women in the same walks of life as I am. The Mini Apartment has since grown into a brand, where not only do I blog here but I also guest post on other blogs/have been featured on podcasts/help create other brands develop their voice for their own blogs and written mediums. I truly love what I do here in this space, and love that I get to share it with you. Continue reading

4 Easy Ways You Can Revamp Your Instagram This Year

When I first started being serious about building my platform on Instagram in 2016, I wrote down my intentions + my WHY behind doing it. Doing so helped me figure out what I wanted to say, what my purpose would be for building an audience/who my audience is, and what kind of community I wanted to surround myself with. I wanted the takeaways from my content to be valuable, relatable, and most importantly – make others feel encouraged and understood. Continue reading

My Word To Live By For This Year + 2018 Reflections and 2019 Goals

It’s the first Saturday of the new year! How have your first few days been? I hope you’re thriving and excited for what this year will bring you ❤ I would say that I am, despite this first week of the new year being a poo-show of one hard thing after another (read my Instagram post about what happened here, and find out how I’m “de-fogging” my motherhood goggles). But c’est la vie, I’d rather it all happen now rather than later on in the year!

Do you have a word picked out to live by for 2019? I started doing this last year with my word being intentional, and loved the opportunities it gave me to be more mindful and, well, intentional about the way I live my life in all aspects. This year, my word came to me after experiencing a lot of s t u f f that made me stop and realize I am worth more than I am giving myself credit for. It was high time to embrace feeling enough over feeling unworthy or like I’m always falling short of other’s (and my own) expectations.

word to live by in 2019: enough

The is the first day out of 365 chances for: new adventures / new (and second) chances / ways to make a difference, even if it’s the smallest one / learning when to say no /  realizing your worth / choosing joy / intentional mornings / time to create new passions / making new memories / new friendships / better decisions / opportunities to try something new / refocusing + recentering / rekindling / realizing that you are absolutely positively e n o u g h just as you are.

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Second Trimester Workouts You Can Do Anywhere

This post is sponsored by Pink Blush. All opinions and content are honest and my own. ❤

THE MINI APARTMENT - second trimester workouts you can do anywhere - sponsored by Pink Blush maternity clothes

Now that I’m in my second trimester (I’m 22 weeks now!), I’ve been devoting more time to working out and staying active. Whether it be going on walks outdoors or following fitness videos on YouTube, getting my sweat on is important to me to stay fit and healthy throughout this second pregnancy.

Only thing is, I was in desperate need of updating my active wear with pieces that actually fit. I’m growing a lot faster this time around, and my previous workout clothes from being pregnant with izzy were a bit snug and constricting, making it hard to get motivated to workout.

So when Pink Blush reached out to me to do a collaboration on dressing the bump, I was so excited to see what I could put together from their selection of trendy maternity clothes! I decided to go with maternity fitness clothing since it’s been a real struggle for me to find quality workout pieces that fit properly, were flattering, and stayed put while working out.

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What You Should Make Instead of a To Do List

I have this love/hate relationship with creating To-Do lists. I love the idea of goal setting and crossing off completed items. I’m very much a list person! But ever since my baby became a toddler, it’s like a flip switched with my ability to keep up with my To-Do lists. I suddenly had to devote more time and resources in keeping up with her growing ambition to explore and do (which I love!)…but it made me feel discouraged at the end of the day for not completing everything I had made a list “to do.”

In fact, feeling like that at the end of the day is the reason I stopped making To-Do lists altogether. Recently, I heard an amazing talk by Meg Johnson where she said to “STOP making a ‘TO-DO’ list at the beginning of the day. What we really should be doing is at the END of the day, look back and see everything you DID do and call it your “TA-DA” list.’ Mind blown!

As an entrepreneur mama of a young toddler who works from home, I love this idea. There have been so many days where I’ve felt defeated by the chaos of my day and didn’t have a chance or the time (let alone energy or brain power) to complete the To-Do list I made for myself that morning. Heck, I’ve even had To-Do lists go unchecked off for as long as a month.

Most days I’m able to just give myself grace and move on. Other days however Continue reading