August 2017

August 2017

“eighth month commences / august as in grandiose- / resigned to the heat.” – Laurie Kaz

I am SO happy August is here.  It is one of my favorite months, and I really think that this year it will reign as a favorite.  I’ve got my usual list of “to-do’s” compiled–which feels but exciting but longer than usual.  I’m just really looking forward to August 2017, and have high hopes for it.  Hopes that include:

  1. Enjoy two visits from my relatives.  My dad is visiting, as are three of my sisters!  YAY.
  2. Celebrate my husband’s graduation.  I’m so proud of him and can’t wait to celebrate with him!
  3. Make an exercise routine.  Walking and pilates are my two favorite, but I need a consistent mix of them.
  4. Get my toddler back into a consistent nap and night routine.  We’ve made progress and regressed. lol
  5. Update my wardrobe/jewelry collection.  Not necessarily shopping, more like weeding thru what I own!
  6. Catch up on my baby diary.  I wasn’t going to add this, but now that I’m making progress I want to finish!
  7. Expand/develop one blog category.  Even if that just means contributing a few posts to it.
  8. Write a guest post.  I’ve done this before, and would like to do it again!
  9. Scrapbook.  I love scrapbooking and want to do some this month!
  10. Make a crib mobile for my baby.  I’m needle felting little bunnies for it right now.
  11. Get an editing program for images.  Just something small, to get me started!
  12. Find a skin-clearing secret formula.  Maybe no such thing exists?  I have hope…
  13. Clear the basement boxes out.  Something that should have been done a few bats ago…

I could add some more but I should probably start there before I get carried away!  I guess my love for August has just created some pretty high expectations.  But maybe there is nothing wrong with that?  I can tell that I’m not really seeing this month as the beginning of autumn, the way I usually do.  Maybe it’s just the South and all this heat?  Or maybe it’s because my baby is due in the LATE fall?  But I can’t help but feel this August is going to just feel like an extension of summer.  I guess that’s not a bad thing though…is there such a thing as too much summer?!

Oh, but before I forget (AGAIN), I need to make one last goal.  Back in January, I established a plan to choose a virtue/skill/strength and try to embrace it during the month at hand.  In a few of these monthly check-ins, I forgot to do it formally.  But I almost always have some kind of emotional/mental goal running through my mind and making an appearance in my month.  For August 2017, I want to focus on being present.  I have a LOT coming up in the future: more Army school, my second baby being born, and a second move within a 12 month period, just to name a few.  I don’t want to live in anxiety or in the future, because I have everything I need right here, right now, in front of me.  I’m so blest and I want to savor that grace and be grateful for it!

And now I feel like I can sign off.  I have a long August in front of me! lol  And I’m so happy about that.  If you are a list-maker, please share some of your own August 2017 to-do’s in the comment section.  I would love to hear your plans!  Thanks for reading and I hope you’ll come back soon.

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Round-Up: July 2017

Round-up: July '17

“Fine Fourth of July /Another one has passed by / Thanks to our soldiers.”  – James Horn

Goodbye, July!  I’m looking forward to August in a lot of ways.  July has never been my favorite month, and this one definitely wasn’t.  Is it okay for me to start out that gloomy?

I mean, it definitely had some highlights–for instance, celebrating our 3-year wedding anniversary over the long Independence Day weekend was SO incredibly special.  And we did some really fun retail therapy this month, as well as countless mommy-and-me dates.  Those are priceless to me.  We also discovered a new Mexican restaurant, drank a ton of coffee and swam pretty much every day.  But there were some stressful patches that come with being pregnant and also being in the Army lifestyle, and especially being both at the same time.  I’m lucky to have such a wonderful husband and daughter(s), and they definitely make everything better.  Before I get side-tracked, here is a list of what I was supposed to do, reflecting what I *actually* did this month, haha:

  1. Begin a walk routine.  But my morning walk routine was replaced by 3 weeks of swim!  Same benefits!
  2. Catch up on my baby diary ONCE AND FOR ALL.  No, but I did some SERIOUS catch-up, so yay!!
  3. Publish a blog post once a week.  Finally!  I’d like to do it more than once, but once a week was manageable.
  4. Drive “downtown” on my own.  I did it!
  5. Knit a tutu for my new baby.  Almost started it, but changed my mind about the yarn I had.  Time to shop!
  6. Add buttons and a pom-pom to my previous knitting project. I should post a pic of it!
  7. Put together a memory chest for my baby.  I made a temporary one, but would like to buy a prettier box.
  8. Take a Mommy-and-Me Tumbling class with my toddler.  OMGEE we love this.
  9. Take a Mommy-and-Me Swim class with my toddler.  We love this too!
  10. Create/Expand a category of my blog.  I can see this happening soon.
  11. Read to my toddler every day.  If we add this to our routine we will have more success!

While I can’t say this was my most productive month, I definitely feel good about what I got done!  I started a few new projects that weren’t on this list.  More than that though, I created quite a few mental lists of goals and intentions that I think will carry through August.  I already noticed them making a difference in my July!  While I didn’t get everything on my list done, I felt like I made some personal progress in a few areas…blogging and socially especially.  Any kind of progress in those areas feels extra big to me, since they aren’t always my natural strengths.  For me, making steps in the right direction feels like a goal in itself.  haha

I’m very hopeful about August and think it will bring a great many joys and accomplishments!  I’ll be posting about my August plans soon, and hope you’ll be back to share yours in the common section!  And if you have any thoughts to share about your July ’17, please be sure to leave those in the comment section below.  Comments are some of my most favorite things to read, ever.  And I’m a Lit major, so I really mean it. 🙂  Thanks for stopping by!

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July 2017

July 2017 to-do list

“The fireworks are bursting in the sky, / (like breadcrumbs kids are throwing in the bay, / to fly in fun and freedom of July) / like fish we rush to see surprises blast away.” –  Richard J. Heby

July 2017 is looking like it’s going to be a quick month.  Is that possible in the summer?  I feel like summers used to have this aura of being long, relaxing, days of laze.  And then something happened and they became the time for trips, programs, moves, etc.  Maybe that’s because I’m not a student anymore? (At least for now).

I just feel like July is going to fly by.  Maybe because I’ll be 5 1/2 months pregnant by the end of it, and so my pregnancy is making time go by quickly.  Or maybe it’s because our current Army training situation will be coming to a close next month and so this “final haul” will fly by.  I’m not sure, but I can already feel like it’s going to be a quickie.  I’m okay with that.  Hopefully it won’t be so quick that I can’t get a few things done.  Things like:

  1. Begin a walk routine.  I think some sun vitamins and fresh air will help with my pregnancy anemia.
  2. Catch up on my baby diary ONCE AND FOR ALL.  I think it’s totally possible.  I hope.  See above issue.
  3. Publish a blog post once a week.  A bit steep, based on my previous posting schedule.  But I need to do this.
  4. Drive “downtown” on my own.  I need the practice, and more than that, I need the confidence.
  5. Knit a tutu for my new baby.  I’m thinking a pink fur one.
  6. Add buttons and a pom-pom to my previous knitting project.  It’s that baby cozy and a hat to match.
  7. Put together a memory chest for my baby.  I have some little sentimentals I’ve been collecting for her.
  8. Take a Mommy-and-Me Tumbling class with my toddler.  I think she’ll love it!  Almost as much as me. 🙂
  9. Take a Mommy-and-Me Swim class with my toddler. Never to early to learn to swim!
  10. Create/Expand a category of my blog.  More on this later….
  11. Read to my toddler every day.  Last month, 2 books was apparently too daunting. haha So we will try 1!

Wish me luck.  haha  What are your plans for July 2017?  Leave a comment below! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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Round -Up: June 2017

“O come sweet June, my lovely June / The month when first the roses bloom – / A wondrous, colorful display /By sunlight kissed throughout the day” –  Valerie Dohren

One of my all-time favorite months is coming to a close. (Or if you’re reading this on the day I *actually* published it, June 2017 is long gone.)  But there are so many reasons why that is surprisingly okay with me.  I feel like I have a new season of motherhood quickly approaching, as I hit the “half-way” mark this month in my second pregnancy.  The fall is going to hold so many new and exciting things for us, that for some reason (many reasons!) I am totally fine with enjoying this summer as it passes by.  But I don’t want to get ahead of myself–here is my completed/revised “check-list” for the month:

  1. Read my baby two books a day.  Did this some days, failed at other days.  Better luck next month!
  2. Write for 1 hour every day.  Ha ha ha.  I wish this wasn’t so funny.  🙁  One word: anemia.
  3. Drive to 1 new location.  Did it, and I’m ready for more!
  4. Catch up on my baby diary.  Well, I DID do some catching up, but unfortunately I’m not totally finished.
  5. Enjoy a visit with my sister.  SO much fun!  I’m missing her, and all my sisters now.
  6. Take a few important photos for my blog.  At this point, I like a mix of stock photos and personal ones.
  7. Finish reading my current book.  But I’m close…I’m reading the final short story.
  8. Begin daytime weaning.  This is making me really sad, but it’s really good for us!  And baby #2 coming soon.
  9. Set up bird feeders.  I didn’t do this, but I’d still like to.
  10. Celebrate our 3 year wedding anniversary.  <3  <3  <3  The best 4-day weekend ever.
  11. Find out my baby’s gender!! Oh my goodness….we did find out.

My motherly intuition proved true… It’s a GIRL!

June 2017 -- It's a GIRL

I was 19 weeks and 1 day pregnant when I got the morning ultrasound.  We didn’t have the technician tell us the gender, because we wanted to find out later that night.  But she did show us many pictures of the baby, and I can honestly say I could watch our little girl all day!  That afternoon, we filled a balloon of surprise confetti at the store, and baked a cake.  It was kind of hard to wait–but I knew it would be worth it.  Plus, we had already waited 19 weeks, so what was a few more hours?  (answer: the longest few hours of my life)  In the evening, we popped it and pink confetti fluttered all around us.

I just KNEW it would be a girl!  I have had so much fun being a girl mom, I just love it.  And getting the chance to do this all over again with our second baby is such a blessing.  I can’t wait til she is born!   Finding our we are having another daughter was my favorite day of June, besides of course our wedding anniversary celebration!

I might say this every month, but June really is one of my favorite months.  And this June 2017 was a great one.  It did have a few downers, like the fact that my husband was in the field training during our anniversary.  But it had way more uppers, like the fact that we went on a 4-day weekend away trip to celebrate our anniversary.  Traveling is just so fun, and “getting away” for our anniversary really makes a difference.  It wasn’t really a babymoon, but I guess it is probably our last trip before our second baby comes.  It was an anniversary trip, and subconsciously a babymoon. haha It was so much fun, and very romantic!

Hopefully, your June 2017  was spectacular.  I would love to know what you were up to– leave a comment below!  Comments are pretty much my favorite thing to read.  And please come back soon…I always appreciate your readership!

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Glam Bag Unboxing: June 2017

June 2017 ipsy glam bag unboxing

The theme for the June 2017 ipsy glam bag had a punk-centric vibe focused on speaking your mind through your looks. The glam bag’s official catchphrase was “Volume Up” but alas, I didn’t get a volumizing mascara.  If you’ve read any of my ipsy glam bag reviews, you might guess that this theme isn’t really to my taste.  🙂  However, I love that ipsy tailors the bag to each individual subscriber’s preferences, no matter the theme, which always guarantees at least a few gems in the glam bag.  Sometimes that means the results aren’t super theme-y, but I don’t mind.  I’d rather get what I want than get a perfectly-themed glam bag! Onto the unboxing:

MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua XL Eye Pencil – Matte Black M-10

I didn’t get a mascara, but I did get an eyeliner, which is almost as good. (If not better, since we all know how attached I am to my go-to mascara). The eye pencil is “my kind of formula” in the fact that it’s a creamy-based pencil.  However, the whole “sharpening requirement” is not my cup of tea.  Despite the fact that I can’t get mine into a point now that I’ve used it, this is honestly one of the best pencil liners I have ever used.   EVER.  I like how this is waterproof (for the  waterline), and smudges easily (for under the eye).   Versatile is always good, and so I count this as a glam bag score!

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Luna by Luna Cosmetics Eye ShadowJace

This is an interesting shade. I actually really like it, though I have nothing like it. The red undertones are too strong to consider this a pink, but the peach undertones are too strong to consider it an orange. Like I said, interesting. I am thrilled to have a matte in a “fun” color because I feel like all my mattes are so….basic.  The texture is soft and not at all crumbly or dry.  It has good pigmentation and doesn’t come on as sheer.  Overall, I really like this product…though I don’t feel like it necessarily looks good on my skin. haha  And I also don’t feel like I have the necessary eye shadows to put together a well-rounded look with this shadow. Time to go to Sephora? hehe!

NYX Professional Makeup Whipped Lip & Cheek Souffle – Plush

I hope I don’t shock anyone when I say that I don’t really love liquid/cream blushes. If you read my Maskcara Beauty review, then that will most definitely come as a shock.  (Because theirs is amazing).  I’m also not a lipstick person, as I have established post after post.  So I have to be completely honest when I say this product didn’t do a lot for me.  The color itself, a nude pink, was nice.  But I’m not really a “dual-product” kind of person, and definitely a lip and cheek isn’t my favorite combination. But, to each their own!

Kokie Cosmetics Nail PolishGone Rio

I was first introduced to Kokie Cosmetics in my October 2016 glam bag.  I really like this polish brand, as it isn’t thin, sheer, or overly “chippy.”  It’s perfect for painting my toddler’s toenails because it’s a quick swipe on each little nail–no need for second or third coats. Two of my favorite nail polish colors are pink and red.  So I feel really, really silly for saying I didn’t love this color.  I feel like its a little too pink to be red and way to red to be pink.  Ugh, I sound ridiculous! Am I the only one who likes two colors but doesn’t like them combined??  Oh well, at least I know this nail polish is high quality–that in itself makes it a keeper!

Pure Brazilian Shine Ultra Light Nourishing Oil

So I thought it was a little ironic that the bag is themed “Volume Up” and yet I got a smoothing hair product. haha Volumizers aren’t as useful to me as smoothers, so it’s not a problem, really.  The fact that this is a nourishing oil makes it all the more valuable to me.  I love oiling my hair, though I don’t do it as often as I would like.  This oil has an amazing smell, and is a perfect concoction of exotic oils. I like the fact that it is light, as most oils aren’t!  And while heat protectant isn’t on the top of my list for oil qualities, the shine factor and split end prevention is key.  This one was another win.

I know I am totally being picky, but the bag design (and theme) just weren’t my favorite of the year.  However, all that aside, I felt like this month was a really good haul. I know I say this pretty often, but I can’t believe how inexpensive ipsy subscriptions are, for the amount of product you get each month.  If you are an ipsy subscriber, please comment below and tell me what you got!  And if you aren’t a subscriber, but would like to be, you can follow this link.  Doing so will not compensate me in any monetary way, but it will credit me with some bonus points to use on products in the future!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Come back soon!

 

Slight editorial note: I published this late, again.  Sorry guys!  But I back-dated it to fit into the June calendar because I’m OCD and it would bug me to have a June review published in July.  Silly me, I know. 🙂

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June 2017

June 2017

 

I never like starting a post out with something cliche– but how is it already June??  It feels like just yesterday in April my life was getting turned upside down the moving, pregnancy, and life in general.  But it’s June.  So I can’t even act like everything is still out of control.  Luckily, it’s not, really.  In fact, I’m hitting that second-trimester-stride of feeling great and being able to actually accomplish goals.   With that in mind, here’s my to-do list for this month:

  1. Read my baby two books a day.  Two books always turns into two hundred, but at least this is a good start.
  2. Write for 1 hour every day.  Preferably, in the form of authoring my novel, but blogging or diary time counts.
  3. Drive to 1 new location.  I realized that my fear/hate of driving sometimes holds me back and I want to fix it.
  4. Catch up on my baby diary.  I fell a bit behind and desperately need to catch up!
  5. Enjoy a visit with my sister.  I LOVE hosting my sisters and I can’t wait for our visit this month.
  6. Take a few important photos for my blog.  At this point, I like a mix of stock photos and personal ones.
  7. Finish reading my current book.  I’m reading a collection of short stories by Louisa May Alcott.
  8. Begin daytime weaning.  Not an easy step for us, but I think something we need to try.
  9. Set up bird feeders.  I’d like a full station, but even a few sprinkled around would be nice.
  10. Celebrate our 3 year wedding anniversary.  <3  <3  <3
  11. Find out my baby’s gender!! Pretty much dying of excitement and curiosity.  I’m predicting….GIRL.

At the beginning of the year, I decided that I wanted to also make a focus keyword for each month.  This month, I want my theme to be “go get ’em.”  I feel like the exhaustion from moving, combined with first trimester sickness, kept me from doing a variety of things.  When I’m pregnant I feel like I’m training for a marathon (I kind of am) and it takes over a lot of my motivation, perspective, and energy.  But, I want to focus on doing things I would “normally” attempt if I’m not pregnant (obviously while staying safe!) –things like driving, writing, socializing, and exploring around our town.  I think I can do it, even if it’s just baby steps.  Writing lists helps me, both monthly and daily ones, so I will try to keep that up too.

I think June is going to be a great month.  In fact, I KNOW it will be because its our anniversary month.  And as a hopeless romantic, I love, love love celebrating our marriage–not just on our wedding–but every day!  I can’t wait to see what June holds for us.  Do you have any plans?  Leave a comment below sharing your June to-do list!  And come back soon for an Army-wife post.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Round-Up: May 2017

Round-Up: May 2017

“If you never try, you’ll never know.”

I usually try to find a poetic excerpt that fits with the month at hand, but this quote really struck me as perfectly fitting for this particular month.  The word “may” is so important, because it makes all the difference in the world when it comes to effort.  Everyone “can.”  If you try, you can, but if you don’t try, you definitely can’t.  That’s where “may” comes in.  I want to put an emphasis on “may” in my daily life, giving myself permission (or motivation) to DO things that I have or have not tried.  Instead of focusing on “can I?” and “will I fail?” instead I want to focus on “may I?”  Because I know, I CAN.  Even if not the first time, eventually I can.  I just have to try, and allow myself to try.

I also felt that this quote was fitting to the month that bears Memorial Day.  If those countless heroes hadn’t ever “tried,” then none of us would ever have experienced the freedom we are experiencing here and now in the USA.  It was their effort, their strength, and their ability that have paved the way for and preserved the country we so love.  I am incredibly grateful and honored to be living in a place that heroes built and secured, and continue to operate today.  Thank you for you service.  You will never be forgotten!

And thank you to my readers for caring enough to read a monthly round-up of my less-than-shocking life.  It’s really nice that you care, and please make sure to let me know you came because I like to follow back.  Whether it’s social media or your own blog, leave me a note in the comment section so I can check out your work!

Onto the main meat of this post…my to-do lis for May 2017.  At the beginning of the month, I said I wanted this list to be more enjoyable.  And I actually think it was–which is why I did 9/10 items!  Hmm..maybe I should remember this for next time– I get more done when it’s something I want to do…oops!  Anyone else?

  1. Order and print our family photos. The prints are ordered, and I can’t wait to hang them!
  2. Update a few corners of my blog.  1st update of the year. New pics, no ads, and an evaluation of my content.
  3. Finish our garden.  I will took a “before” pic, when all the plants were small, and plan to take an “after” later!
  4. Get at least 3 seeds to grow. I have alyssum flowers (like 8) & 1 mini pumpkin.  Planning to grow a gourd too.
  5. Go on a creature-seeking adventure.  We went to the Aquarium and on a Safari adventure (my fav).
  6. Cast off my baby cozy. Ran out of yarn, but decided to create a trim to bring the second color into the design.
  7. Find time to write in my novel.
  8. Plan one picnic.  We went on a non-traditional “machine gun picnic” to watch Daddy train.  Loud but fun!
  9. Experience Maskcara IIID foundation.  IT FINALLY CAME.  IN REAL LIFE.  A post will ensue.
  10. Celebrate our birthdays!  We celebrated our birthdays on the same day, and it was so much fun.

I got the same 9/10 score as last month, so hopefully I’m starting a trend of to-do list success for myself.   I feel more motivated to have success in my future June to-do list now that I have been able to make progress for two lists in a row.  (My March to-do list was a bit of a doozy and my success was less than successful). One thing I forgot to do at the beginning of May was pick a special keyword that was supposed to animate my month.  Since this to-list was intended to be “fun,” I will count my focus word on having more “fun” in my daily life (and I won’t forget to make a focus word for June).

I can definitely attest that this was a super, super fun month.  My husband planned so many activities for us that our weekends were just brimming with happiness (aka coffee and retail therapy).   And while the most fun moment of the month might have been having a buffalo stick its head inside our truck

–or no actually, when a zebra opened the truck door–

there were plenty of “quiet” moments that really filled my May 2017 with a peaceful joy.  Knitting my first piece for the baby (it’s a bundting wrap) really felt special, and helped connect me with my growing baby in a very real way.  Gardening and grilling outside became entertaining as well as therapeutic for our whole family.  Celebrating our birthdays together is something I look forward to all year, so that definitely helped brighten the month.  But my very favorite moment of all of May 2017 was when I saw my baby for the first time on the ultrasound screen, and heard it’s tiny heartbeat thump across the monitor.  The miracle of life is truly breathtaking.  And knowing that the tiny person I am seeing and hearing is our own one–its an inexpressible joy.  I’m only 16.5 weeks pregnant, but I feel like in no time I will be holding my new little baby.  I can’t wait!

I hope your May was spectacular.  As always, leave a comment below letting me know what you have been up to!  My next post will be my June to-do list, and will be coming out in a  day or two.  I hope you’ll come back to read it!

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An April Absence Backstory

April Absence Backstory - post about why I have been gone (hint, I MOVED)

Hopefully someone has noticed out there in the great big blogosphere that I haven’t been here in a while.  I have some pretty good reasons for that, which I will get into for a second.  But first, I just wanted to thank you for showing up here today!  It makes the writing more worth it and the editing actually necessary. 🙂  It feels good to be back.  And while sometimes these kinds of posts are written as a point-of-accountability, I’m actually just writing it as an explanation.  Because you deserve it and so does my blog.  Plus, I have some news to share!

I have two main reasons for my month of absence (the longest I think I’ve ever taken!)  It’s not that blogging was far from my mind, it’s simply that my life was crowded with some very real occurrences and obstacles.  First, I’ll get into the big occurrence and then I’ll get into the obstacle.  Because this occurrence is my favorite reason for my absence:

April Absence Backstory- why I have been absent (hint: I am pregnant!!)

We are so overwhelmed with joy and excitement about the life of our second baby!  This week I began my second trimester, which means that the majority of my morning sickness is over (I hope!).  That was a very, very, very, influential part of my absence, but I’m not referring to it as an obstacle because there is such a big reward at the end of this pregnancy!  We will be finding out the gender (and revealing it) in June.  So stay tuned!

The other very significant cause of my absence was a three-acronym that I’m sure will all-too-well resonate with my Army ladies out there: PCS.  Yes, we finally did it!  Remember back in August 2016 when I thought we were moving in October?  And then we weren’t.  And then we weren’t supposed to be moving til June of 2017.  But with less than a month’s notice we moved the first week of April this year.  So things have been unexpectedly hectic and delightful all at the same time.  And putting morning sickness into the mix just made my day very full and left no room for creativity of blogging time.

But again, that has changed!  I am in the second trimester and we are settling well into our house.  I am hoping to do a bit of a housing series down the road, as I love reading from other military wives (and renters) how they make someone else’s space their own.  And in our case, making it our own for just the remainder of the year.  As of now, we are planning to move yet again in the winter.  I will keep you updated, as we all know this could easily change. *too soon to laugh*

Anyway, I have a few posts to catch up on, namely my April Round-Up, May to-d0 list, and April 2017 ipsy Glam Bag unboxing, which I will provide links for as I publish them.  A quick admin note: I will date those according to where they should fall on my calendar (since I am OCD like that).  But for the sake of transparency, I’m telling you right now that those are post-dated! Because no blog is perfect.  At least, mine isn’t! haha

Thanks for stopping by.  Like I said at the beginning of this, your readership is so important to me.  I appreciate you sticking by my absence.  Since a lot has been going on the last month, I have had some time to step away from my blog and think about it for a while, in a “constructive criticism” kind of way.  I’ve been able to evaluate it’s direction and consider/reconsider if I’m accomplishing the purposes I have set out here.  I always have my own list of ideas going, but I also want to cover what you’re here to see.  Are there any series you would like to see added?  Something to take away?  How did you stumble upon this blog, and do you ever plan on coming back to read more?  Leave a comment below if you have any opinions, as I am always open to suggestions.

 See you soon!

A little edit:  Click here to find out the baby’s gender!

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May 2017

May 2017

My May 2017 to-do list is going to be a lot more fun than my April one!  This is partially due to the fact that May is my birthday month, my husband’s birthday month, and the month of Mother’s Day–the month can’t help itself but be fun. Also though, I’m trying to make up for lost time, since April contained some things that weren’t exactly fun.   Anyways, now that we are settling into our new home quite cozily, I’m ready to make a pretentious list of hopefuls that may or may not get done:

  1. Order and print our family photos.  They were taken a month ago and I still haven’t hung any!
  2. Update a few corners of my blog.  Maybe my “About” section, ads, and categories?
  3. Finish our garden.  We made our first family garden and have had way too much fun doing it!
  4. Get at least 3 seeds to grow.  I have 2 trays and a bunch of mini-pots going.  Still, nothing has sprouted.  🙁
  5. Go on a creature-seeking adventure.  Maybe the Aquarium?  Or a bird observatory…
  6. Cast off my baby cozy.  I’m knitting a little bundling for my baby, and am a few inches away from finishing!
  7. Find time to write in my novel.  Getting back to my blog was step one.  But now I need to work on both.
  8. Plan one picnic.  Because one usually ends up turning into one after another 🙂
  9. Experience Maskcara IIID foundation.  AT LONG LAST, I’m ordering some for my birthday.
  10. Celebrate our birthdays!  I love that our birthdays are back-t0-back…double the fun for my husband and I!

So far, May 2017 has been very, very good to us!  And looking at this list is making me hopeful that’s its really going to be a good month.  Of course, this list doesn’t include the house cleaning, morning sickness, laundry, and baby spills– but that’s because it’s not hard to make sure those get done (well, maybe the house cleaning!) 🙂  And I really don’t mind those kinds of things in the end, since they go with the territory of domestic diva.  We all have to do it at some point or another!  That’s what social media is for–to remind us that everybody else is doing it too! haha

What’s on your mind to accomplish in May?  Let me know in the comment section below!  Thanks for stopping by.

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Round-Up: April 2017

My April 2017 Round-Up is finally here!  It’s my one-year anniversary of round-ups and my first official “full circle” year.  (You can read my first round-up here).  Unfortunately, despite it’s record-breaking honor of being my anniversary round-up, the actual list broke no records when it came to being fun.  None whatsoever.  This was definitely a “to-do” list, unlike some of my “dream scheme” lists, which are basically a compilation of hobbies and ideas I’m hoping to do.  Secretly, I don’t mind that this month is over.  (Is it still a secret now that I typed that?)  It was a fun month, but it was busy.  Just read my less-than-relaxing list below:

  1. Move.  We finally…..finally did it.  More on that in my last post.
  2. Purge my vanity of old or hated items.  I did 1 round of this, though I could probably do a second one.
  3. Separate likes and dislikes when unpacking–don’t just put stuff away.  Uhh, I liked everything!
  4. Check back on my Pinterest boards and decorate according to vision, not convenience.  YAS.
  5. Come up with and implement the ultimate bug-prevention plan.  Ultrasonic beepers + EOs.  Gold.
  6. Create a storage room, and use it!  Okay, so the using part is coming along…the organization, not so much.
  7. Mail change-of-address cards.  So point of them was to announce our pregnancy, but we did move!
  8. Try not to be too sad about moving, but take some memorable pics.  It went SHOCKINGLY well.
  9. Give myself a little time for blogging/writing!  You can read my *fairly* valid reasons here.
  10. Celebrate Easter in our new home. Our first holiday here: enjoying Mass, dinner, and baby’s first egg hunt!

I also had some admin to-do’s that I didn’t include on the original list, but of which I made a mental note (and a physical note since I have pregnancy brain). haha  The biggest admin issue was that I needed to renew my domain name– KIND OF important.  The other biggie was removing ads from my website for a few days, while the Google Adsense plug-in deprecates.  I’ve never had a plug-in deprecate before, but I think I caught it JUST in time before my ads froze on my blog forever!

For anyone who doesn’t have a blog, ignore that above paragraph.  But for all my fellow Adsense bloggers…did your heart stop when you saw that the ads couldn’t be edited once the plug-in deprecates??  Whether you’re a blogger or not, thank you for stopping by.  I appreciate your readership.  And thanks for bearing with my during the hiatus!  I’m happy to say the “worst” is behind us. 🙂  See you soon!

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