It’s Monday! Monday’s seem to be pretty hard on almost everyone. I was thinking a few weeks ago about ways that could make Monday’s better, things that would be attainable and simple for everyone to try. I was trying to incorporate some aspect of yoga, because I love it so much (I am certified in yoga!).

The thing that came to my mind immediately was mindfulness. It’s something that I have been meaning to work on for a really long time, but prioritizing things like this can be really hard sometimes. I feel like so many of us, especially moms (and dad’s!) put ourselves last on the to-do list, which needs to stop! I am the worst at it, so I really try to be better. I also feel like so many of us are living in the future, or in the past, and rarely fully aware of our present. I’m totally guilty of this. I hope that this blog series will help me and some of you!

Today’s Mindful Monday is going to focus on something easy: breathing. Mindful breathing is really simple. Sometimes breathing exercises are really vague, which makes them really hard to achieve for the majority of us. So I will guide you through this exercise as in depth as I can, in hope that everyone will be able to try it out!

Today I want to start out with something basic that will get us started in the direction of mindfulness. I know it may seem a little silly at first, but I PROMISE you it will be beneficial! By the end you will be surprised at how much you noticed!

Here is how we will get started:

  • find a quiet (or semi-quiet, I know it is hard for some of us!) place to take 5 minutes to yourself. It can be the shower, before your kids wake up, while you are eating, etc. Do what you gotta do!
  • take 3 deep breaths to get yourself started.
  • in your head, name off 3 things that you see.
  • take a deep,slow breath.
  • in your head, name off 3 things you smell.
  • deep, slow breath.
  • in your head, name off 3 things you hear.
  • deep, slow breath.
  • in your head, name off 3 things you feel. (this can be physical or emotion, or both!)
  • take 3 deep breaths.

Take just a moment to reflect on the things you noticed being fully present for just a few moments. Note how you feel afterwards; was it easy, or difficult? Do you feel refreshed? Do you feel peaceful?

Please share your feedback with me! I would love to hear if this has been beneficial for you, or not, and maybe help find a way that would work for you.

I would also love to hear what you guys think about this series?

Share in the comments below, or on Instagram!

Thank you so much for following, and reading. I hope that everyone has a great Monday!




Cheers to Saturday! Today I am fighting the overwhelming desire to pull out my Christmas trees and decor! I don’t know how much longer I can hold out though… I love Christmas! To make it even harder, we are attending the largest tree in Utah being lit tonight and I can. not. wait.

It’s been awhile since I have shared any tutorials, so I wanted to get one out there this weekend. Lately I have been loving stacked braids. Postpartum has been hard on my hair (stay tuned for a post on help with that, mama’s!) so a stacked braid adds a lot of depth and volume that I really need right now.

  1. I like to start a stacked braid with messy hair. I allow my hair to air dry without brushing it, and instead run my fingers through it when it is dry!
  2. I HAVE to add dry shampoo for texture right now, and it works amazing.
  3. Gather up a small amount of hair at the crown of your head.
  4. Pull it slightly to the side, to make it crooked, and do a regular 3 strand braid all the way to the ends. Secure with elastic. Instead of pulling out the whole braid, I do every 3 strands pulled out and leave the rest alone. I think it looks super cute and unique! (Sometimes I stop here if I am feeling like wearing my hair down!)
  5. I tease the sides just a little now for a little volume. Gather it all and do a dutch fishtail all the way to the ends. Pull the braid out, and knead it with your thumbs to create a thick, messy look.
  6. Take both braids and secure them together with an elastic. I use about 4 pins in the back of the braids to secure them together. Just be sure they aren’t visible in the front.
  7. Pull some pieces out in the front to frame your face, and mess with any pieces that need to look messier.

I hope that everyone is having a great Saturday, and if you try this braid out, use my hashtag on social media so I can see it! #tessamariehair

Thank you so much for reading and following!



Hey everyone! I have been having a hard time with social media this week, as most of you probably have as well. This election seemed especially stressful on the majority of people. The hardest thing to see, for me, has been the fighting happening between people on social media. It’s painful. I wish we could all just agree to disagree and come together for the greater good. I feel like a good place to start is by thinking positively, which is something we can all do everyday, no matter what is going on in the world. Now just felt like a really appropriate time to share positivity, and I hope these things will help you as much as they help me!

When feeling negative:

  1. read something inspirational
  2. get fresh air
  3. drink more water
  4. write something down that you are grateful for
  5. play with your kids!
  6. volunteer
  7. get involved with something you are passionate about
  8. small acts of kindness
  9. invest your energy in the present
  10. celebrate the small successes
  11. practice meditation and yoga
  12. find your peace
  13. disengage in social media

This year has been really hard on me, and while I still battle postpartum depression and anxiety, these things really help me when I am struggling. I hope that they help some of you too.

I love you all, and thank you for reading and following along!