October 2017

October 2017 - my to-do list!

” O hushed October morning mild, / Thy leaves have ripened to the fall; / Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild, / Should waste them all.” – Robert Frost

It’s October!  For so long, I didn’t really like this month…it’s cold…it’s in the way of Thanksgiving and Christmas…it’s full of scary decorations in all the stores.  But for some reason, this October I’m totally getting into the spirit of fall!  Maybe it’s because I’m in the south and so September didn’t really feel like the fall.  Or maybe it’s because my baby will be here soon, that October 2017 is full of good feelings and anticipation.  Whatever the reason is, I’m just happy to be excited for this month!  And excited for getting my to-do list done:

  1. House clean my blog  – I have some irrelevant content that I want to sweep up and trash.
  2. Write my guest blog post – I still need to do this.  It’s been on my list for a while.
  3. Finish my baby tutu – I’m working on the top ruffle, and then need to do the bottom one and the waistband!
  4. Read “The Beautiful and the Damned” by F. Scott Fitzgerald – For my book club.  And for me.
  5. Complete my baby diary – You guys, I’ve made so much progress.  I just need a FINAL push to get this done!
  6. Buy some clearance fall decor – I never really stocked up, and don’t feel like doing it at full price!
  7. Sign up for a class or study phone photography tips – Mostly for blogging, but also just for us.
  8. Spend Halloween with my family –  I don’t even like Halloween, but we’ve been married for 4 and never spent one together!

Is it bad my to-do list is shorter than normal?  It’s just that last month I made an ambitious list and got like none of it done.  So I’m trying to be a bit more realistic.  And I also don’t want to put too much pressure on myself, as I really want to enjoy this fall and special time!  For some reason, I haven’t been as “productive” lately when it comes to checking off my lists, but I’ve been having really happy and productive days.  So it kinda balances itself out in the end I guess!  Anyway, what’s on your October 2017 t0-do list?  I would love to know, so leave a comment below!  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll be back soon for my next post.  (Spoiler: It’s a revelation of the baby mobile I’ve been working on!) See you soon!

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Round-Up: September 2017

September 2017 round-up!

“Bronze bells’ breeze of September showers, / Freezing fluttering fragile flowers, / Tearing the time’s tide tactile sense / May leave long love’s lighting lance in tense.” – Marieta Maglas

I love posting round-ups of the month because I get to revisit the past 30ish days and contemplate what we did!  This month, pretty much everything we did was NOT on my to-do list.  Which I was totally okay with!  It was a wonderful month.  I always love September and this was a particularly good one.  But sometimes good = fun which can also mean too much fun, or in my case, just not getting a lot of my “projected” items done.  Here’s my attempts on the to-do list I made at the beginning of the month:

  1. Celebrate my toddler’s birthday!  It was a really, really fun day.  We did a 2-day celebration for turning 2!
  2. Finish my bunny mobile and decorate the nursery.  Finished both!
  3. Get back into writing my novel.  
  4. Invest some time in photography tips.
  5. Enroll in an online class.
  6. Journal more.
  7. Write a guest post.
  8. Do a daily art project with my toddler.  
  9. Finish watching the Gilmore Girls.
  10. Put together my photo album. 

Hmmm… 3/10.  Not my best record.  In fact, I think it’s my worst!  But like I said, we did a lot that wasn’t on the list, and they were (almost) all important things.  We created a (paper) list of things that we hadn’t gotten done around the house that were long overdue, and we did every single one of them!  I can’t tell you how relieving that felt. haha  Plus I need to take a moment to mention that the Starbucks in our area began carrying the PSL and Salted Carmel Mochas, among other things.  It’s too important of a September thing to not make note of.  Besides the aforementioned coffee, this month was full of swimming, walks, and playdates (toddler mom life), and those are the unplanned things that filled up the month with a lot of fun and special memories.

Anyways, enough about me.  What did you do this month?  I hope that you will come back soon to see my hopes and dreams for October.  And thanks so much for stopping by!

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September 2017

September 2017

 

“for all I can really do is /stand here /in September’s rain /savoring…/ soaking it all in/ slipping…” – Sanober Khan

It’s a few days in and I’m already loving September 2017!  Maybe because amazon is having a 20% off baby sale all month.  I just made my registry!  Maybe because I have a bunch of craft projects keeping me busy.  Or maybe because September has a bunch of romantic memories for me.  Probably a combination of all three!  Anyway, I have a list of projected “to-do’s” that I’m hoping will help me usher in fall.

  1. Celebrate my toddler’s birthday!  I love celebrating her everyday, so her birthday means a lot to us!
  2. Finish my bunny mobile and decorate the nursery.  It’s one big project…mobile goes in the nursery. lol
  3. Get back into writing my novel.  It’s been too long. 🙁
  4. Invest some time in photography tips. I’m particularly looking for some phone photo ideas/information.
  5. Enroll in an online class.  It can be about blogging, massage, or aromatherapy…etc. I just want to learn!
  6. Journal more.  Its therapeutic.  So, I need to do it more.
  7. Write a guest post.  This is making a reappearance on my to-do list.  Because I REALLY need to do it!
  8. Do a daily art project with my toddler. She’s so artistic, and I forget til I see her with a pack of stickers! haha
  9. Finish watching the Gilmore Girls.  I started the series soooooo long ago and I’m ready to end it.
  10. Put together my photo album.  Luckily, I have all the photos printed.  So now I just need to organize them!

I tried really hard not to make this a baby-nesting list.  Obviously I have 5 million things running through my head of things I want to do before my little girl arrives.  But, I think I should just make an entire post about that!  So for now, that’s what I’m hoping I can get done in September 2017.  Will it happen?  Probably not all of it.  Ha!  But a girl can dream.

What are your September 2017 goals?  Thanks for stopping by.  And come back soon!

                         

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Round-Up: August 2017

Round-Up: August 2017

“That August time it was delight / To watch the red moons wane to white.”  — Algernon Charles Swinburne

I loved August 2017!  This month was such a bright, beautiful, breath of fresh air.  I finally reached my third trimester, and hit a “turning point” in my pregnancy.  I mean, it has been a good pregnancy.  But there is something about being 30 weeks today and realizing that within 10 weeks I could have my baby in my arms!  My husband also graduated from his Army school and that was a big accomplishment, as well as a great move for our family.  It’s bringing our future assignment closer into view and we’re excited about that.  Plus, we had some unseasonably “cold” weather (meaning not 100* F) and for a moment or two I felt that “windy blow” of fall approaching.  It was a magical few moments, and is getting me incredibly excited about the cozy fall!!!!

But oh my goodness, I’m totally getting ahead of myself.  Here’s my list of to-do’s from my original August 2017 post:

  1. Enjoy two visits from my relatives.  So much FUN with my sisters and dad.
  2. Celebrate my husband’s graduation.  I’m beaming with pride and joy!  It was such a great day.
  3. Make an exercise routine.  I’ve been doing afternoon pilates and evening walks.  And loving it!
  4. Get my toddler back into a consistent nap and night routine.  She sleeps a good 12 hours a day now.
  5. Update my wardrobe/jewelry collection.  Did this a bit, but will finish it once I’m not pregnant. lol
  6. Catch up on my baby diary.  I made a lot of progress this month!
  7. Expand/develop one blog category.  My Mama category is my current target.  Read my latest post.
  8. Write a guest post.  
  9. Scrapbook.  I love scrapbooking and have almost completed our book!
  10. Make a crib mobile for my baby.  I’m needle felting little bunnies for it, and thinking of adding hearts.
  11. Get an editing program for images.
  12. Find a skin-clearing secret formula.  This toner right here.  Miracle worker for smoothing the face.
  13. Clear the basement boxes out.  I’m counting this as something I did because we are doing it this weekend!

I’m actually surprised that I got most of these done.  It was kinda a long list for me, and I didn’t think I’d be able to get quite so many done.  But I guess that’s what the elusive “burst of pregnancy energy” is all about!  lol

I already “recapped” my month at the beginning of this post, but I can’t sign out of August without bringing up a very heavy topic.  LWYMMD.  Words?  There are none.  I actually really like it.  I thought I would love it.  Then I heard it and was pleased.  I listened to it two more times and began to dislike it.  Then the VMAs happened and I have a whole new appreciation for it.  Now I’m a total fan of the song.  Probably because I am a tried-and-true Swiftie.  Anyone else?

Okay, I’m done. haha  Thanks for sticking around and reading about my August 2017 (and letting me ramble).  I hope you’ll come back soon.  My next post will be my goals for September…see you then!

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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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Glam Bag Unboxing: January 2017

 

This time, I really hit the jackpot! If you read my previous Ipsy unboxing, you might remember I thought the December 2016 glam bag was the best edition yet. But then I got this one.  And now I might have to name the January 2017 glam bag as the winner of all glam bags.  It’s a big statement.  Especially since the theme isn’t particularly special– Metropolis.  Makeup translation of Metropolis = Lifetsyle vibes = makeup.  I wasn’t particularly moved by the “Uber makeup tutorials” inspo and “taxi cabs & lip balm” vibes.  But that’s water under the Brookyln Bridge once I opened the little netted pouch and looked at what was inside.  Miracles.

 

theBalm Cosmetics Contour Bahama Mama

Any Ipsy bag that starts out with a contour product is a really good thing.  And any Ipsy bag that starts out with a product from theBalm is an even better thing!  So a theBalm contour product is really the perfect kick-off product. I really love the creaminess, and longevity of their powders/eyeshadows/etc. and am in need of a new contour since my baby smashed my go-to bronzer a few weeks ago.  My only complaint about these products is the tiny pan and window. I would rather a very shallow and wide pan, especially for a product like contour that involves a large brush.

                                                 

naked cosmetics mica pigment – Desert Sunset #02

I love me a good pigment pot! But one this color especially speaks to me.  In case you missed it, I love the L’Oreal Infallible eyeshadows, which are very similar to mica pigments. I can see this shade easily working for a new year glam look, or a bronzed glow vibe in the summer. Really glad I got this!

 

Manna Kadar Cosmetics blush Paradise

I was in desperate need of a new blush. This one looks like it has slightly orange tinge in person, but once it’s applied it’s actually very pinky and rosy.  It claims to have a shimmery (but not glittery) effect.  At first I didn’t think I liked that quality in blushes.  But this product has reversed my thoughts on that, just like the DS Cosmetics highlighter did.  I will say this product is *extremely* pigmented, so a little goes a very long rosy way.  My only complaint about it is that the compact is incredibly hard to open–I split my nail trying to get it open! *ugh*  The fact that it comes from a Parisian designer made up for that little mishap.  I love french beauty!

 

ciate London geology top coat

If I had gotten nothing else in my glam bag, this product alone would have been worth the $10 subscription cost. This retails at $17, and I have been so close to buying a gel topcoat every time I walk past a shelf of polishes. The at-home gel manicure trend has been going strong for a few years now, but I was never inclined to buy the little UV finishing light.  I also didn’t want to use a two-step polish bc I had colors in my own nail polish collection I really wanted to use.  Now that this product has tumbled into my life, I can finally fulfill my mani dreams with favorite colors from my stash!

 

Rimmel London Lip Conditioning Balm by Kate Moss – 01 Clear

I don’t normal do this, but I saved the best for last in this unboxing.  I was SO incredibly excited to get this! It’s not everyday that I get to carry around a beautiful lipstick case, since I hate wearing lipstick.  I love lip balms, but their packaging is just never that cute.  Total chapstick vibes.  ENTER: Kate Moss Lip Balm.  I die.  This is so incredibly soft, beautiful, luxurious, and moisturizing.  Last unboxing, I said that the Hanalei Lip Treatment was my favorite lip conditioner I have ever tried.  Well, this beauty is by far my favorite lip balm.  Ever.  With those two products, I will never need to try another lip product!

Thank you for stopping by and looking at these products with me!  If you are an Ipsy subscriber, what did you get in your January 2017 glam bag?  If you’re not, but would like to become one, just follow this link.  Doing so will not give me any monetary gains, thought it will credit my account with a few bonus points to spend on more makeup.  Thanks for reading!

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January 2017

January 2017

“January is here, with eyes that keenly glow, / A frost-mailed warrior / striding a shadowy steed of snow.”
– Edgar Fawcett

Happy New Year!  And happy new month.  I love the crisp, clean, open feeling of a new month.  And January has the crispest, cleanest, openest (most open?) feeling of all the months!  As usual, I have a list of things I want to accomplish this month–not to be confused with my new resolutions–and hopefully not to compete with those either!  I really want this month’s to-do list to help kickstart my yearly resolutions, and to shape my year by providing a really good beginning.

In light of that fact, I’m starting a new “thing” with these monthlies.  For the next 12 months, I’m going to choose a focus keyword to try to embrace in my everyday life.  I don’t have each keyword planned out yet, but I’m guessing as the month approaches, I will have a an inspiration for what keyword needs to be focused on (much the same way my monthly to-do tasks evolve).  This month’s is joy.  In a more specific sense, I want to let joy replace other less-desirable emotions in situations that arise.  I think joy can be used to combat anxiety, fear, and definitely ingratitude.  I just really want to make it a part of my January 2017, and hopefully a part of this year!  And I hope to make these other things a part of my January 2017:

  1. Write the first chapter of my new book.
  2. Begin reading a romance novel.
  3. Do crafts with my baby.
  4. Try to find and bake a good table-bread recipe.
  5. Go dress shopping.
  6. Begin diffusing essential oils.
  7. Reorganize the pantries and strategize grocery shopping.
  8. Try out 2 new hairstyles.
  9. Make an ear warmer for my baby.
  10. Waste less time scrolling through instagram!

This list is coming out a few days late, but I am happy to say that I have begun working towards at least two of them already!  I don’t know why, but it’s hard for me to completely accomplish a monthly to-do list…it just hasn’t happened yet!  I started doing these back in April of 2016, so not a full year yet.  Maybe this month will be the month!  What are your monthly goals?  Thanks for stopping by!

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Hello, 2017

 

hello 2017

Hello, 2017.  Happy New Year’s to all!

It is just one more day in the beautiful world, and yet it feels like a whole new era for me.  Each year feels so incredibly different from the last.  Is that just because I’m in my twenties, or do new years stay as a novelty throughout life?  If you have been my reader for any length of time, you know there is nothing I like more than posting lists.  Which is too bad, because that’s probably the least “informative” post I could publish.  A list about myself.  So helpful.  But if I skipped over writing lists at crucial moments (like the turn of the year), well then I wouldn’t really be spending my blog time the way I want.  And there is no fun in reading (or writing) a forced blog.

I have finally created a list of 4 “major” resolutions that I plan to weave into the next 12 months.  Maybe these won’t surprise you, based on my monthlies and round-ups.  The 4 resolutions aren’t in any particular order, and they are equally important to each other.

1. Write another novel.
2. Editing. Whether the new novel, or 2015’s novel, I need to REALLY edit.
3. Continue to make music a part of my daily life.
4. Pursue my blogging dreams (see Blogiversary post for details).

I know people like to make jokes about resolutions crashing and burning before they even take flight.  In my experience, that hasn’t always been true.  Yes, if I make extremely narrow resolutions, they might not specifically come true.  But for the most part, every year I really feel like I spent the year the way I wanted to.  The more general the resolution, the more naturally it becomes part of my life.  The above resolutions are ones that have been floating in my heart for some time now.  They just kind of rose to the surface as 2016 came to a close and 2017 blossomed into existence.  I feel really confident that these 4 goals can and will be a part of my new year.  I hope you’ll follow me on the journey as I blog about making them a reality.

There are quite a few personal mini-resolutions flowing in my mind, but you will see those pop up appropriately in my monthly posts for 2017. In fact, tune in for next post, my January 2017 to-do monthly!  Leave a comment below if you have any resolutions to share…either major or mini.  I would love to hear.  Thank you for stopping by!

“A new heart for a New Year, always!” – Charles Dickens

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