Jennifer Blake

May 16, 2016

A New Chapter

Writing hasn't been easy. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about this space and want to come back to it, but life doesn't always have the same plans we have for ourselves. I have been working 2 jobs for the past 4 months, it has been exhausting and time consuming. A few weeks ago I had to make a decision, a decision to reclaim some normalcy and time back into my life. I have officially given notice at the first job I worked at as and occupational therapist. In two weeks I will be completely done as and early intervention occupational therapist and working my other job full time at a pediatric outpatient clinic.

I go back and forth on a daily basis about being ready to leave EI, I will miss my kids and my families. I have been with some of them since they were babies and now they are 1.5 year olds! It is crazy to think about saying goodbye, I just keep reminding myself that this is what is best for me and that like all things in life things must come to an end at some point. I know one day I will probably venture back into the world of EI, but for now I am excited (and nervous) to be working at a clinic. Financially, it is also a little nerve wracking, going from two pay checks to one is scary, but I have a very supportive husband. I will only be working 3 days a week for the summer and I plan to soak up all the goodness of summertime, and not take the extra time off for granted. I'm working on my summer bucket list and I cannot wait to get started.

Wish me luck on the new adventure and stay tuned for most posts! More free time, means more blogging and I couldn't be more excited!


May 8, 2016

Currently: May

Currently I am...

loving that life is slowing down a little, I plan to soak up every day of this summer.  

anticipating the next chapter. I am currently about to close one and embark on something else! 
laughing at Happy Endings, such a good show and such a bummer it got cancelled after season 3.
reading The Nest, I am not too far in, but so far so good.
enjoying blueberry coffee in the morning.
eating salad with grilled chicken, goat cheese and champagne vinaigrette dressing, I can't seem to get enough. 
thinking about what I will do with more days off soon! 
creating content and a new website!
excited for my birthday, May is filled with birthday love in this house. We both get to celebrate 27 this month!
wishing for the sun to come out, we have had nothing but rain and clouds for over a week now.
working on finding a balance of work and life.

March 29, 2016

4 ways to make a rental feel like home

1. Statement pieces. There is something about big pieces of 'art' that take up a lot of room, for one it cuts down on having to buy things to decorate the wall and secondly, they look really great on white bare walls. Two of my most favorite pieces in our house are my metal ampersand and my Stendig calendar. The ampersand isn't huge, but it takes up a decent amount of space and certainly stands out. The calendar is HUGE and takes up half my office wall, but I absolutely love the black and white minimalist look to the calendar. 

2. Meaningful words. I am obsessed with typography and meaningful prints. There doesn't need to be a fancy frame, just grab some cute washi tape and print out words that mean something to you. I also love getting prints from local letterpress stores or this shop and this shop on Etsy. If the words have meaning to you, hang them up. 

3. Personalized prints. I have been married for 3 years. It took me 3 years to get wedding pictures printed. 3 years! I should have taken the time to do it earlier, but better late than never. Adding pictures of your family and your life to your apartment adds such a wonderful, homey, personalized feel. It wasn't until I hung our pictures up that this place truly felt like our own. A home to me will always be anywhere where my family is, but this little town house of ours feels full of love and life with pictures of us scattered around. Canvas prints and metal prints from Tiny Prints add an extra wonderful touch. I actually love the metal print the most, the printing is wonderful and I definitely plan on ordering more at some point and I have always had amazing lucky with Tiny Prints.

4. Small, but curated spaces. We have a lot of stuff scattered around our little home, but one of my favorite and most simple spots, is our bar. The liquor is tucked away, but a simple act of some paper straws in milk bottles, a cute print and some recipe books make this spot perfectly decorated and well loved.