Happenings Lately

Happenings Lately

This week has been so crazy but so good at the same time. I feel bad taking a week off from posting but I needed the time to organize myself and my thoughts, plus I couldn't get anything out of my head and onto the keys anyways. I have a bunch of random topics swirling in my head so I am going to do a "Lately" and get it all out in one post. 

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Health Goal: Starting a New Program!

Health Goal: Starting a New Program!

After I had Macie, I was itching to workout. This isn't a common feeling for me. I'm not the person that craves the gym and never misses a workout. Once I was cleared by the doctor, I purchased the 21 Day Fix workout program from Beachbody. This seemed like the perfect thing to kickstart my body post baby. I followed the program to a T with my workouts and nutrition, drank Shakeology daily and within three weeks I saw major changes to my body. I was back to pre-baby size.

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Planting the Creativity Seed

Planting the Creativity Seed

Through all of the busyness of the holiday season, I've lost a little bit of my creative focus. My creativity was manifesting itself in other ways, Halloween costumes and Friendsgiving decor, Elf on the Shelf and Christmas cookies. Creativity for me comes in many different forms. I feel fulfilled doing almost anything creative, from photography to baking, painting to lettering. 

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My Good Reads of 2017 (& 2018 to Reads)

My Good Reads of 2017 (& 2018 to Reads)

I love reading. Even as a kid and teenager, I was always digging to a great book. I always have at least one book in my queue at all times and actually have to read before bed or it takes me forever to fall asleep. Similar to my love of music, my taste in books ranges from young adult to thought-provoking, murder mystery to trashy sex novel. I really do not discriminate.

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Playroom Reveal

Playroom Reveal

Great news guys! The girls' playroom is finally complete! I am so excited to show you all. Some of you may remember from this post that I was frustrated with sleep situations and wanted a space for the girls to be able to enjoy their toys without destroying my house in the process. We went back and forth and finally landed on moving them together and turning Macie's room into a playroom. It has been over a month with them sharing a room and while they do have some nights where they end up with us, overall it has been great. 

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2018!

2018!

For the last few years, I have been lucky enough to take the week between Christmas and New Year's off from work. Prior to this, I would take a few days before Christmas off and use that time to finish up any last minute prep or shopping for Christmas but that usually left me feeling exhausted and wishing I was home to recover the days after. I have learned that having the time after Christmas to organize, clean, and declutter has been priceless.

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Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies

Thinking back on my childhood Christmases, there are lots of great memories but a few memories stick out more than the others. I remember how much I loved our house at Christmas time. My mom decorated our home, changing out practically every decoration she could to replace it with something festive. It was so fun seeing our home transform into a Christmas wonderland. Besides the home, my mom's Christmas cookies are another thing I remember so vividly. I can't recall how long my mom would bake for or even exactly what kind of cookies she was making but I do remember our entire dining room table being stacked with bins and bins of cookies. My mom would give some away as gifts and keep the rest for our family. I still have my favorites and request them still to this day. 

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Five Years Later...

Five Years Later...

Five years ago I woke up to an unsure feeling. What was going on? Is this what Braxton Hicks feel like? I continued on to work, asking friends what labor felt like. I called a nurse who assured me it was likely Braxton Hicks. The pain continued throughout the day and eight hours later, I was in full on later, praying this precious, little peanut was coming soon. 

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