A New Year, A Clean Slate || 2018

Happy New Year, friends.  How are you this morning? Sleepy-eyed wishing for a little more shut eye? Alert and energized by this first day of the new year?  I’m somewhere in between this morning.  Our part-time nanny begins tomorrow and it’s both exciting to know that there will be time for all of the projects I am dreaming about for 2018 and a relief to know that I will have time to let my words spill out on a digital page without wondering if the baby monitor will soon light up from the sounds of a baby whose nap is now complete.  On the contrary it’s also bittersweet.  I have treasured our slow mornings full of baby smiles, made up songs, the choosing of baby clothes, and nursing all snuggled in my bed.  So here we are.  A new year, new routine; a fresh start, a clean slate.  I’ve been thinking, how about less resolutions, less pressure and more mindfulness?  About moving towards wholeness and choices that bring us joy rather than keeping a tally, score, or count.  Progress.  Baby steps.  Not perfection.

As a team this month, we are exploring this idea of clean and giving ourselves space for this fresh start of a year.  From clean eating recipes to the clean beauty products that we have all been testing out for over two months now!  We are going to be talking candidly about moving on after a break-up and how (for the love!) to keep a kids closet organized.  There just might even be a guilt-free Super Bowl party, packed with nutrient-dense foods because, go sports!  Our newsletter will exclusively bring you all of our favorite clean beauty products this month. We’re calling it our first ever Clean Beauty Awards and, spoiler alert, I finally found a clean mascara that I LOVE! (Make sure you’re signed up for that here!)  We are also planning a four week Instagram story series that will help you not just edit and organize your closet, but identify your personal style and the clothes that make the most sense with your lifestyle, so that you don’t have to repeat the dreaded closet clean out so often.  Long story short?  It’s going to be a good month!

We sent out a poll last week via Instagram stories and it was so insightful!  Lots of votes for another capsule wardrobe, more of the real mom series, and a travel video.  Oh, and interiors as per usual.  You also said that you would prefer to see more content over on Instagram, but obviously there’s a little bias since the poll was on IG.  What about you?  Do you prefer blog content or IG content?  Any favorite types of content or content series that you would like to see more of this year?  I’m sure I don’t need to remind you that all of this is only possible because of you, so I want this to be the best destination it can be for you.  Keep all those thoughts, suggestions, and comments coming!

Happy New Year, friends!  I’m really excited to see where this year takes us, 365 days from now 🙂

Initial image via Katie Jameson for The Effortless Chic, Other Images via Fine Life Co.

  1. Katie H.


    Super excited about what’s in store for us. I do love IG, but truly enjoy your blog content.

    • Jen Pinkston


      Thanks, Katie! I love hearing from you and so glad to hear that you prefer the blog content! It won’t be going anywhere– promise! Thanks always for the feedback 🙂

  2. I defintely prefer blog to IG content 🙂

    (IG seems like a sea of sponsored posts and ads of late.)

    • Jen Pinkston


      Such good feedback! I realized with the poll being over on IG that it was definitely biased towards the platform, so really glad to hear people love our long form blog content over here, too.

  3. Your month sounds great. Can I come play with you?!

  4. Anne Ramallo


    Totally looking forward to the organization posts, especially kids’ closets. It’s top of mind for me sad we get ready to move back to our expanded/ remodeled house as a family of 4. Closets are some of my blank slates. Also, i vote blog over IG.

  5. I do prefer blog content but I still like IG content! I’m super excited for your clean beauty series!! cannot wait!

    Effortlessly Sophisticated

  6. Sounds Like a full month! Although i aDore ig, Blogs take first place For me!