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Why you should have a life list

Many people talk about checking things off their bucket lists or things they’d like to do before they die.  However, I refuse to have a bucket list, or rather, I refuse to call my list that.  As with most things in life, I enjoy putting a positive spin on things so instead of focusing on what I want to do before I kick the proverbial bucket, I think of it as what I want to achieve in my life time.  Same premise, less focus on the life ending part.  I call mine my life list.  Some of the things have specific time stamps and some do not.  But why should you have one?  I’m glad you asked!Continue reading

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March 5 Favorites

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I have absolutely no idea how it’s April already. I feel like I blinked and three months passed. Granted, at the same time, some of the days in between felt like a blinking and half a second went by. Anyway, March was an interesting month for us. My husband is in the middle of changing his career which has brought a bit of stress but it has remained surprisingly manageable. It’s amazing what can happen when you focus on supporting your spouse and leaning on God for support. I know that sounds like a super cheesy, uber bible thumping, self help book but it’s the truth. More on that another time. Here’s what I found in the month of March that I’m loving!Continue reading

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February 5 Favorites

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February felt just as quick as January for me but that probably has a lot to do with the fact that its 2-3 days shorter than all the other months.  I hope yours was filled with all the 50-75% off Valentine candy you could stomach and lots of love!  I’m not big on all the “love day” celebrations but I will say that I enjoy the holiday for my boys.  Gav and I went to the Valentine dance at his school and I can’t begin to express just how special that was for us.  We dressed up, had dinner, got our picture taken, and it was something I have looked forward to since first finding out we were having a boy 6+ years ago.  Other than our fabulous dance date, here’s 5 more things that I’m loving from February:

  1. THESE racerback tanks from Walmart.  I basically live in workout clothes since I’m a dance teacher, workout twice a week, and am a mom. (Hashtag what are real clothes?) These tanks are incredibly comfortable and soft and I want one in all the colors times 12!
  2. I am happy to report that I read TWO more books last month on my way to my 20 books in 2018 goal.  I’m also happy to tell you that I recommend them both.  The first was Rise by Cara Brookins.  It’s an amazing story of how a broken family built themselves back together by literally building a house from the ground up.  I’ve never known all the steps in house building and it’s insane!  The second was another suspense novel by David Bell called Somebody I Used to Know.  (cue song by Gotye)  I enjoy Bell’s writing style and found myself, just like last month, trying to put all the details together before the final reveal.
  3. THIS dressing by Bolthouse Farms.  I’ve been tracking what I eat lately just to keep myself accountable and feel better about what I’m putting in my body.  The Bolthouse Farms ranch variety of dressings are yogurt based so yay for less guilt.   Also, eating more veggies on the daily is part of my new year goals so that means salads abound when I don’t have time to cook.  If you’re not a cilantro fan, than this definitely isn’t the dressing for you (they have a salsa verde one that is great too), but if you love it like I do, get this in your belly!
  4. BANZA PASTA is my new jam.  Yeah, it’ll cost you a couple more dollars than a standard box of pasta but the benefits are so worth it.  It’s pasta made strictly from chickpeas so it doesn’t have any enriched/bleached flour which has always bothered me.  Its also gluten free if that’s your thing. Skeptics, I hear ya, but it totally tastes like real thing.
  5. Showering with essentials oils is next level relaxation.  I may be late to the game on this one but it’s a game changer.  After a night at the studio or when I have next day soreness from a work out, I love to mix R.C. and Panaway, crank the heat just a bit, and magic!  Not on the oil train yet?  Shoot me a message and I can get you all set up!

What were some of your highlights/favorites from February?

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DIY Mountain Mural

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DIY Mountain Mural

My sweet 2 year old has been out of a crib for some times now.  Like, before he actually turned two.  He was basically catapulting himself out over the edge sideways with zero regard for safely so, you know, it was time.  The other thing he started doing, much to my utter dismay, was ripping off all of the decals he could reach.  What decals you ask?  These…Continue reading

My DIY Must-Have Supply List

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DIY must have supply list

Let’s be real.  If I could, I would own everything from all craft stores.  I literally mean that.  I’m the lady you see at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s (sometimes multiple days of the week) that roams every aisle.  I’m also that lady you see that zooms from one side of the store to the other, then back, then the middle, and then back again to the first side.  That’s usually when I’m thinking of a project and want to consider all my options.  Yes, I’m the crazy craft lady.  But if I had to pare it all down to my must have craft items, the ones I use most, the ones that will be most useful to the casual DIYer, the list would look a little something like this…Continue reading

January 5 Favorites

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For some it’s felt like January went on forever and for some, it flew by.  For me, I love January.  The newness, the birthdays, the reset mode mindset, the birthdays…..did I mention the birthdays.  It’s always been one of my favorite months and here are five things that loved about this particular one.

  1. I’ve kept up with my new year reading goal so far and finished not one but TWO books! I am loving getting back into reading.  At first I had to force myself away from the urge to just veg whenever I had a second to relax.  But, after I got into the habit, I looked forward to my reading time.  This month I read In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day (Christian/Non Fiction) and Bring Her Home (Suspense/Fiction).  I highly recommend both!
  2. THIS BLANKET!  I’m always on the lookout for super soft/neutral blankets for our living room and basement.  This one is under $10 and so soft and warm.  It’s my napping blanket.
  3. THIS Sweater – If it wasn’t obvious, I love to be comfy and warm.  This sweater goes great with literally everything because it’s neutral and keeps me warm without being too heavy.  It runs just a tad small so the arms aren’t long like I usually prefer but I still love it.
  4. My office is almost complete and I had fun making THIS art inspired by pieces I found in Target.  (Who isn’t inspired by Target?!)
  5. My newest sweet treat obsession is THIS peanut butter “ice cream”.  If you’re on a restricted eating plan or diet, this is a must try.

Bonus faves: Donut cakes for the cutest six year old birthday boy and that gorgeous Kate Spade (my first designer bag ever!) from my bestie for my birthday.

Now it’s YOUR turn!  What was the highlight of your January?

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Doing Better For My Skin // Part 2

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In my last post I tackled the preventative/corrective measure that I’m taking to keep my skin looking it’s best. But there is an even more important part of doing better for my skin that I’m trying move towards. Less chemicals. Honestly I’m trying to do this in as many areas of my life as I can but what never occurred to me was something I’ve always used, makeup.

Makeup is full of junk that our skin, our largest organ, is constantly absorbing. Let that SINK IN. (See what I did there?!) It’s really crazy when you sit down to think about it. If you were to turn over a number of makeup bottles on the drugstore shelf, you’d find a list of ingredients you’d never want on your skin in the first place and most you probably can’t pronounce. This is where I introduce you to my friend, Rebecca.Continue reading

Doing Better For My Skin // Part 1

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One of my smaller goals for this year is to do exactly what the title says, doing better for my skin.  Why a smaller goal you may ask?  Because, a lot of the time, doing better means getting better quality products which means dollar amounts higher than I’m used to.  I want to do all the things that are better for my skin, especially now that I’m in my thirties (technically the beauty world says you should be using wrinkle cream in your 20s but whatever), but my budget just doesn’t allow me to completely overhaul my beauty routine with top of the line products.  So, for now, I’m doing two things and today I’m sharing with you number one.Continue reading

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Welcoming the New Year

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It’s 2018!  Here’s to a good few months of everyone totally forgetting to write 8 instead of 7 when they have to write the date.  Happens to me every year.

I’m sure I’m not the only person out there that loves the newness of January first.  It’s like you get a reset button on just about everything.  Also, this particular day is a new year, month, and week all rolled into one which makes me and my fellow OCDers super stoked.  I’m so excited about this new year and, just like most people, I have a good amount of goals I’d like to achieve.  I’ve looked at the different “categories” of my life and set my goals according to what I feel like I’ve lacked this past year (which is why one of my focus words is patience), what I’d like to accomplish moving forward, and so on.  There’s something both freeing and anxiety inducing about sharing your goals publicly.  It’s that big A word….accountability.  But it’s a good thing and I want it, so here goes:

Personal

  • read 20 books
  • make (and stick to) a cleaning schedule
  • eat more veggies
  • drink more water
  • learn to use my sewing machine
  • practice patience

Family

  • more outside time
  • more hands on time

Professional

  • more blog posts
  • start to write a book (something on my life goal list)
  • actually read all those Pinterest posts about blog tips and implement them
  • ditto for photography
  • devote more time to promoting the shop

Spiritual

  • focus on prayer
  • daily quiet time in the Word

I’m sure there are a ton more tiny goals I have that will pop up as the year goes on but what these broad goals boil down to is more intentional time.  I have to find a balance, as we all do, between all of the things that need my attention.  I plan to really make some strides in bettering my daily quality of life.  Striving for less stress here!  And I think this is a very achievable goal.  This brings me to my focus words for the year, prayer and patience.

A few days before the new year I prayed about what God wanted me to focus on for 2018.   I prayed that God would lead me to a verse that would speak truth into my life and help me be a better wife, mother, and all around better person.  I started thinking about the words prayer and patience.  Let’s be real, as a mother, my daily (hourly, minutely, secondly) prayer is for patience.  But I think that God wants me to focus on long term patience as well.  To be patient and joyful in the waiting periods of my life.  So, I looked up verses that had to do with both of those things and was led to Romans 12:12.  “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

And that’s where I am on this first day of 2018.  I plan to live day by day while still planning and looking to the future (Seems counter productive doesn’t it?  But it makes sense to me!).  Happy new year and may God bless you and yours!

What are some goals you’re setting for yourself this year?

 

 

 

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