Monday, May 2, 2016

One Little Word: May {Link Up}

Hello May! 




Today I'm linking up with Aubrey, Suzanna, and Ashley. I'm so excited to welcome May, but anxious, too. This month is very busy for me/us. We have plans with family at the end of the month and I am turning in my FINALIZED version of my thesis. This means that I still have to: analyze my data, write the final two chapters of my paper, and do all the formatting which is something I am TOTALLY dreading. I am entertaining the idea of paying someone to format for me. I need someone who knows how to format the navigation bar on Word and also knows how to work with adding tables, objects, figures, captions, --all while keeping everything else in place. If you are that person or you know someone--let me know. Zach thinks he can help me, but I still think I might need to get outside help. Anyway, with so much going on this month, I feel that some of these goals are unlikely to happen--others are just par for the course. We'll see. I'll be doing a lot of juggling, praying, and looking forward to June. I don't want to wish away May, though, so here are some goals to MAKE the most of it. 


You can see how I did on my April goals here

Home
*Buy curtain rods and hang curtains 
*JaiseAnn's room (pillows, blankets, letter "J," hang blessing dress)
*Print off pictures from our trip to Seattle (before JaiseAnn was born) and Charleston (before we were married) to add to our gallery wall in the kitchen

Motherhood
*Buy bird food and hang bird feeder (make a second feeder) hang humminbird feeder, too
*Finish JaiseAnn's baby books 
*Peppa Pig activity
* 2 play dates

Marriage
*Do something fun and different for date night
*Do something intentionally thoughtful for Zach each week
*Time with Zach each night
*Play a card or board game together one night

Health
*No refined sugar treats
*Eliminate nighttime snacking
*Strength training 2 times per week (while getting in the habit) 
*Find a deal on a bike trailer for my Mother's day gift
*Reduce body checking behaviors to twice a week (I want to get this number to zero someday--sooner than later. I am embarrassed to admit this on my blog-I feel very vulnerable in sharing this goal, but for true mental/emotional health this is something that needs to be addressed more than any of the other goals I have for health.) 

Spirituality
*Write a conference schedule 
*Share conference schedule on blog
*Activity Days and Nursery Mother's Day activities
*Put up a scripture to reflect on on the fridge

Career/Education
*Finish thesis 
*Set date for thesis defense (communicate date with office at college) 
*Finalize plans for next year (apply for one job)

What are your goals for May? Link up and share with us! 



Sunday, May 1, 2016

How Did I Do, April?

Since tomorrow is the One Little Word Linkup and I feel like the posts are way too long if I touch base on April and fill in my goals for May, I'm just going to update you really quickly on April.  Tomorrow you can see my new goals for May. If you have any posts about your goals for the year, please link up. We'd love to read and cheer you on!

Here we go!



Home
*Buy curtain rods and hang curtains (the curtains I bought were way out of our initial budget, but I loved them...so we have to wait and get the rods. I'm hoping this month so it's going on here.) Did NOT do. So I decided that I needed new workout shoes...badly. I use them every day and I needed a new pair. So the budget went toward those this month. May, new curtains coming at you
*JaiseAnn's room
*Print off pictures from our trip to Seattle (before JaiseAnn was born) and Charleston (before we were married) to add to our gallery wall in the kitchen
*A print for one of 3 places in our house we want them.
So none of this happened. Big fail on making the home more homey this month. 

Motherhood
*Make and hang bird feeders So we painted ONE bird feeder, but haven't hung it yet. 
*Invite for 2 play dates
*Finish JaiseAnn's baby books (seriously, this one is on here each month. I hope I can really complete it this month) Oh my gosh, you guys! I still haven't done this yet. I'm putting it in my calendar and think I might actually finish it next month. We will see. I'm really really close. 

Marriage
*Spend time with Zach each night

Health
*Strength training two days a week I did this-and felt really good about it, but I stopped feeling sore after my workouts about two weeks into this--even though I changed up the workouts each week. I'm not sure what that means. I tried to talk to my brother about it, but he and I have different outlooks on exercise and health in general so I left that conversation just as confused as ever. So if any of you out there can tell me. Do I need to feel sore? If I feel fatigued and tired during the workout is that enough to build more muscle? I don't like strength training--I love cardio exercises--in many different forms I've learned--so I am new to this world. 
*Eliminate excess sugar This was a huge success for me overall. I learned a lot and am following this through next month. 

Spirituality
*Review Priesthood session of conference talks and then write up a schedule for studying the talks from May-October (more to come on this I hope) Still need to write up my schedule
*Continue listening to podcasts on Mormon Channel
*Go to the temple

Career/Education
*Apply for two jobsI also interviewed for two jobs this month and sort-of interviewed for a third. I got one job and am waiting to hear back on the other two. One of them I *think* I really really want. All are super part-time and from home...and in the field of education. I honestly am just taking it all a day at a time and am feeling incredibly grateful that I can even apply for jobs like these right now. 
*Finish conducting experiment
*Analyze data Just now starting to analyze--it will be done by the end of May, though, because I have to have my whole entire paper turned in by May. So yeah, don't be surprised if my goals for next month are pretty slim. 

How did April treat you? 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

What Would You Do With Pink Lipstick

It's time again for another What Would You Do Wednesday? A quick review--we're each given a prompt and have to share our ideas of what to do with it. This is a link up--so of course we'd love to see what YOU would do with pink lipstick as well. This month's prompt was pink lipstick

I wasn't sure what to do with this prompt. Just wear pink lipstick and get pictures taken of it? I opted for something else instead. I don't typically wear lipstick--I even talked about that in my About Me page.  In fact, I have a post in the drafts about lipstick alternatives for people like me. 

Lately I've been enjoying adding color to my lips when I get ready and I've been surprised at what a difference it makes-as I've always been more of a tinted gloss type person. I discovered Burts Bees Lip Shimmers and they have made a huge difference. The shimmer goes on easy-it's not chalky and adds color without being more bold than I'm comfortable with. The color I used for this prompt is-Peony. 




Wanting to do something different with my lipstick, I started thinking. I often drive the car that Zach uses for work when I go to class at night. Sometime (read: not often enough) I will leave Zach a little something to find in the morning on his way to work--a favorite treat, a note, or both. I decided to leave a note for him sealed with a kiss. I also added a little lipstick to the front of the envelope as well, just to make it fun and a little flirty. 



Lipstick notes are so fun! I hope Zach's note made him smile when he found it this morning. 





What would you do with pink lipstick? Link up with us!


Friday, April 8, 2016

Moms, How Do Your Kids Play Outside?

JaiseAnn loves to play outside! Most kids do from what I understand, but I am so happy she likes it because nothing makes me happier (besides my family and the gospel of course) than sunshine!

Our backyard is boring--in every sense of the word. There's absolutely no landscaping (hoping to change that LITTLE by LITTLE) and there are no toys. JaiseAnn has a water table and a few balls to kick around. That's it.


It's a little too cold for water right now, so we do rice in the water table and she loves that, but I have rice EVERYWHERE! I've been wanting to get some things for the backyard for her. We have a park in our neighborhood and we live near a school so we can use that playground almost whenever. I have no problems going to a park, so until I can afford the swing set I really want (which is almost two of our fairly modest mortgage payments) I'm not really wanting a swing set.

I like the idea of a slide, but I have been looking for ones that have a wooden rather than plastic base. Really, though, I want you guys to tell me your secrets. What are some other outdoor toys that I should get--especially ones that are not too expensive? What do I not know about? What do your kids love?

Monday, April 4, 2016

One Little Word: April Goals

I'm ready to share April's goals with all of you and touch base on how March went. I didn't post March's goals, so I decided that instead I will take a page from Brooke's book and do a DONE list and let you know what I accomplished in March.

I'm linking up with Aubrey, Ashley, and Suzanna. We'd love it if you linked up with any post that shares your accomplishments for March or new goals for April!


Home
*Bought curtains
*Spring cleaning--one area a day. So far some big accomplishments include cleaning out under the sinks, cleaning our mattress, cleaning off the front (and side) of our fridge, wiping down baseboards, light switches, door knobs, etc. I still have a lot to do, but I feel good about what I've accomplished so far.

Marriage
*I made time for Zach every night and we spent every weekend hanging out. We didn't have any elaborate date nights, but that was okay. I feel like I'm taking it easy on planning so much while we are so busy. Right now, just relaxing on the weekend is all I want to do.

Motherhood
*Did 2 Easter crafts with JaiseAnn
*Did Toddler Ressurection eggs with JaiseAnn to help her tell the resurrection story
*Made a treat (homemade pretzels) together one afternoon
*Took pictures at the temple of JaiseAnn in her Easter dress-she wasn't the most cooperative but we got a few gems
*Invited people over for 2 play dates-my goal this year was to MAKE things happen and so rather than waiting to be invited, I started being the one to invite--imagine that. It only took me 31 years to figure that one out!

Spirituality
*Attended the temple (first time this year--man, this took us too long to make happen)
*Started listening to podcasts on the Mormon Channel app again-I do this while making breakfast or dinner usually. It's so uplifting to bring such edifying media into our home

Health
*Hit between 63,000 and 70,000 steps each week this month!
*Exercised 4-5 days a week and started doing online Barre or ballet workouts for strength trainin

Career/Education
*Proposed my thesis (for those of you that don't know how this works a brief summary is you write your first three chapters of a thesis, propose it to a committee, they approve it (hopefully) which ultimately approves your study, conduct your study, collect and analyze data, and write the final two chapters of your thesis, and then defend your findings--I'm thinking of writing a blog post about this when I'm all done because I had a really difficult time finding information about stuff when I started and I wanted a regular person to just explain the basics to me:) So my proposal happened and was approved. I still need to do ALL THE REST so you'll notice that I'll still be pretty absent around here.
*Started conducting my experiment
*Applied for 2 jobs

APRIL GOALS




Home
*Buy curtain rods and hang curtains (the curtains I bought were way out of our initial budget, but I loved them...so we have to wait and get the rods. I'm hoping this month so it's going on here.)
*JaiseAnn's room
*Print off pictures from our trip to Seattle (before JaiseAnn was born) and Charleston (before we were married) to add to our gallery wall in the kitchen
*A print for one of 3 places in our house we want them.

Motherhood
*Make and hang bird feeders
*Invite for 2 play dates
*Finish JaiseAnn's baby books (seriously, this one is on here each month. I hope I can really complete it this month)

Marriage
*Spend time with Zach each night

Health
*Strength training two days a week
*Eliminate excess sugar

Spirituality
*Review Priesthood session of conference talks and then write up a schedule for studying the talks from May-October (more to come on this I hope)
*Continue listening to podcasts on Mormon Channel
*Go to the temple

Career/Education
*Apply for two jobs
*Finish conducting experiment
*Analyze data

How are you doing on your 2016 goals? Link up any post that is related in ANY way (really there are no rules) below. I promise to check it out and cheer you on!