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January 9, 2017
by Jessica
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9 FAVORITE SKINCARE PRODUCTS

I have tried many skincare products, some that work for my skin and some that don’t. These are the nine products that I have fallen in love with and will continue to use in 2017. I am always looking to try new products, but I’m happy to know I have a great regimen that works for my skin. I am a big fan of safe & natural/organic beauty products for many reasons, but mostly because they have truly helped my skin and give me peace of mind as I know my body is absorbing wholesome ingredients and not toxins.

one – farmaesthetics herbal cleanser // I use this twice a day and am obsessed. Here’s my trick to making it work best. Put three pumps of the cleanser in your dry + clean hands, then add a small amount of warm water to your hands and take about 2-3 minutes massaging your face. This is something I look forward to every morning and night…a little spa treatment if you will. It has astringent + antiseptic properties and in addition, balances out combination or acne-prone skin.

two – nourish face balm from organic bath co. // I absolutely love using this product before bed! It leaves my face feeling moisturized throughout the night and helps with my acne-prone skin. I also can’t say enough great things about this small business – they are based in Boston, MA, and a constant inspiration to me!

three – thayers witch hazel toner // my favorite toner, will never use anything different again.

four – one love organics vitamin e eye balm // it’s going to be hard to find an eye cream I love more than this one. It’s anti-inflammatory so it actually helps with any tired eyes you may have in the morning. A little goes a long way.

five – one love organics skin savior // I use this miracle worker to moisturize during the day AND to take off my make-up. It’s amazing and again, a little goes a long way!

six – josh rosebrook cacao antioxidant mask // this mask does wonders and just after one use – it restores, tightens and brightens your skin! I’m obsessed and rotate using this and the next mask every week.

seven – follain stewart + claire mint rose lip balm // I will never use another lip balm.

eight –  french girl rose lip polish // I don’t know about you, but my lips tend to get chapped easily, especially in the winter, so I will exfoliate them before applying lipstick or my rose lip balm above.

nine – may lindstrom the problem solver mask // worth every single penny and will last a long time. This mask has helped my hormonal acne that comes and goes each month and leaves my skin feeling like new! I get so excited to use this every other week!

December 30, 2016
by Jessica
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A LOOK AT 2016

I want to take a moment to reflect on 2016. It was definitely a year of learning for me – being a mom and a business owner.

THINGS I LEARNED:

– I will be honest and admit that I went through some personal battles. One was realizing I can’t run my business AND be a good mom to Evie full-time. There were many days I felt trapped and not like myself, leaving me feeling stressed at the end of the day and not in a creative state for my clients. Together, Cody and I decided to hire a sitter for a couple days a week so I can step away from my mom role and continue growing my business. I learned I just simply cannot do it all. Repeat, I cannot do it all. It’s definitely a big expense (dear family – anyone ready to move to Boston??), but worth every penny. The other personal battle I dealt with is not something I talk about often here, but it’s something a lot of people deal with on a daily basis so I’m going to be open. I struggle with anxiety and have for awhile but didn’t realize it until recently. I have some very specific triggers for my anxiety attacks, but mostly I’m trying to understand the root of my anxiety. So I’ve decided in 2017 I’m going to get help and talk to someone about it because like I learned recently (thanks to my recent coaching at Capital One), talking to a complete stranger helps you gain some clarity.

– I can successfully work from home. I’ve created a space in our guest room and it serves me well! Although for some bigger goals I have in the upcoming years, I will need more space, but for now, I am thankful to even have a dedicated space to work from.

– Traveling with a baby is hard, but worth it. Cody and I have made a promise to one another that we will not let having a child stop us from doing the things we love. That means going out to eat, traveling, etc. However, we do have a big ski trip planned for February and we will be shipping Evie to her grandparents’ in Oklahoma. ;) Because “mama” and “dada” could use a little break every now and then.

– We’ve been blessed with a trick baby. No, not Urban Dictionary’s definition of it… YIKES. But, a baby that is easy going and he/she makes you think you should have another one! Now, this doesn’t mean we are planning for another one in the foreseeable future, but it does mean we have been given a child that loves to sleep, is easy to make smile and is great when we hand her off to friends. Since she has developed her own personality, she makes us laugh at something new every single day. This is not to say parenting has been a breeze, trust me, it has not. But we are extremely thankful for those 9+ hours a night she gives us every night to recharge since she was 4 months. You can read more about “trick babies” here. ;)

– We love New England. It turns out we may never leave…because after 3 years of living in Massachusetts, we found out how much we adore the surrounding states as well! I’m not one to predict the future because if you are a long time reader here, you know we have gone through MANY changes over the past 6 years. But I can definitely see us living here for a long time!

photos by: madison snider

GOALS FOR 2017:

– Say YES to the RIGHT projects, whether it be for the blog or the interior design side. Be cautious and ask a lot of questions before committing.

– Create an email list and exciting content to go along with it! You know – like free interior design products, design tricks, motherhood, etc.

– A NEW WEBSITE! Okay, so this is actually happening, but I’m going to make it a goal because there’s a lot of work to be done behind the scenes to make this site a better one. We can all admit there are a sea of blogs out there now, so my friends at The Business Bar are working on a unique design and fresh logo to keep Oh I Design going strong. The new site will also make it easier to read previous posts, a guide to my interior design services, my portfolio, etc. I am very very excited about this!

– Attend a design conference. I need to get inspired again in the design world and I think a conference would do just that. Seeing new products and meeting other designers in real life would help. Any recommendations? I was thinking the Design Bloggers Conference in LA? It’s coming up though so I need to make a decision by early January.

– Collaborate more! I want to reach out to more companies that I love and find interesting ways for us to partner together on blog/social media projects. More of this will result in better content for you guys! :)

– Achieve at least one of my business-related goals – i.e. meeting my profit goals, creating an email list, etc.

– Find an accountability partner. Someone who checks in on my goals and vice versa.

– Become a part of a volunteer organization or program. We are thinking of getting Bella certified to visit children in the hospital and that’s one of our main goals for the New Year as a family.

PLANS FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE: staying in with my little family. We are going to pop open a bottle of Freixenet champagne, even if we don’t make it to 12:00! haha

I’d love to hear some of your goals if you are willing to share! Happy New Year to you guys!!

December 13, 2016
by Jessica
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A FOCUSED + THOUGHTFUL YEAR AHEAD

This post was written in partnership with Capital One. As always, my thoughts, opinions, and experiences are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that support Oh I Design!  Money Coaching with Capital One x Oh, I Design Blog

The end of this year feels so different than previous years. In previous years, the holidays would sneak up on me and I would find myself scrambling to send my loved one’s gifts, let alone brainstorm & write down my goals/resolutions for the upcoming year. This year, I feel so motivated to sit down and plan for 2017 and I have few things to thank for that, including my recent Money Coaching session at Capital One. Seriously, keep reading.

I signed up for a free 1:1 coaching session with a Money Coach at a Capital One Café in Boston. Yes, they are free! I had no idea what to expect from this session and was pretty nervous about what I had just signed up for. To be honest, money is not a topic I bring up often on this blog, mostly because I don’t love talking about it. I get stressed out, feel guilty about my spending habits, am overwhelmed by budgets, and sometimes just wish that money trees really existed. How’s that for honest?

That being said, I am excited to say the Money Coaching session was enlightening – their creative approach helped me put my financial situation and emotions into words so I could see the big picture. It made me appreciate where I am at and gave me the roadmap I need to begin planning for 2017. I basically left the Café feeling like I could accomplish anything. I think a lot of people would benefit from this program and am excited to team up with Capital One to share my experience. So let’s jump into the details!

THE 1:1 DETAILS:

So I walked into the Capital One Café, grabbed a chai tea latte (already feeling better about the idea of this session), and was ready to face my fears. Aayla, my money coach, greeted me with a warm smile and walked me through how the session would go and why they started this program. She answered a question I had right off the bat: what is the difference between money coaching and financial advising? I learned that Money Coaching is a judgement-free, guided program designed to help people discover fresh perspectives on their money and also build actionable plans through workshops and in-person sessions.

We started the session with a survey so Aalya could get a sense of my current lifestyle & relationship with money, and from there determine the best direction for the session. Keep in mind, we were not talking specifics in money (i.e. how much I spend on groceries) it was more conceptual.

Next, we started talking about my today self vs. future self. After asking some open-ended questions, I was able to get a visual of where I am today, what I’m doing today and what I have today, and understanding what that might look like in the future. A lot of things we talked led me to conclude that I need to say YES to the RIGHT projects.

Finally, Aayla had an activity for me that helped chart my values so that I could identify what I should be spending money on and what I should be saying yes to. She mentioned that I should go through my values for each project inquiry and see if it fits those before moving forward. What a great idea, I thought, why didn’t I think of that? Here’s what I’ve come to realize: sometimes it takes talking to a complete stranger without any distractions to find some clarity.

HOW YOU CAN SIGN UP:

Please do yourself a favor and sign up for a session! It’s free for everyone and super easy to schedule a session in their Harvard Square Café. The 1:1 money coaching is part of Capital One’s ongoing efforts to reimagine banking and continued growth in Boston. If a 1:1 isn’t your thing, you can sign up for a workshop, which are also held at their Cafés. The workshops, which range from talking about money with your significant other to how work impacts your finances, are designed to get you talking and thinking about money in a whole new way. 

Also, can we take a moment and all agree that the Café concept is genius?! Capital One brought the concept to Boston more than 2 years ago and have since expanded to five locations across the city. You may catch me working/drinking a chai tea latte at the Ink Block location in the near future. I’m also planning on attending another 1:1 session to hone in on my business and set more goals. 

3 OF MY GOALS FOR 2017:

  • Saying YES to the RIGHT projects + collaborations. This is my #1 goal.
  • We have some exciting plans for Oh I Design in the upcoming months, like a new website design by The Business Bar!! We doing a lot of work behind the scenes to give this site a new look and easier to navigate.
  • Volunteering more. I feel as though I will spend less on trivial items if I get fulfillment elsewhere, like volunteering for something I am passionate about. We have talked about getting Bella certified to visit children at the hospital and we are going to do this in the new year!

What are one of your goals for the New Year?

December 2, 2016
by Jessica
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HOLIDAY GUIDE: GIFTS FOR THE LITTLES

Gift Guide for Kids via Oh, I Design

wooden dollhouseSavor’s The Library Keepsake Box (we have this for Evie and absolutely love it! you can store all of those sweet tactile memories in this box and store it forever) | pantone box of colorsitting cat in striped sweatertegu 42-piece magnetic wooden block set | cozy apres ski booties | vintage bowling game |  taxi push toyanimal matching game | ride-on wagon in gray