Friday, January 31, 2014

Friday Letters

 Hi Lovelies!

Just wanted to share some Friday Letters with you!
Dear God-- thank you for helping get through one of the worst (mommy) days of my life. I was difficult, but I made it through.

Dear Little-- I love you so much! You are the light of my life and the best blessing we could ever have. 

Dear Weather-- please be nice to us. That's all. K thanks!

Dear Self-- your birthday is next Saturday. You're going to be one year older, but remember, age is only a number. So have fun on your big day!


Thursday, January 30, 2014

How To Clean Your (top loading) Washer

Hi Lovelies! 

Today we are going to discuss how to properly clean your (top loading) washer. Clean your washer? Silly question, right? Sounds kind of unnecessary doesn't it? Yes, it does sound that way, but washers need to be cleaned to. Actually it does make perfect sense when you think about all the dirt and grime that cycles through your washer on a day to day basis. 

So, here's a very simple method for cleaning your top loading washer:

Step #1: Fill the washer with hot water. Add 3 cups of white vinegar  and let the mixture sit for 2 hours. 

Step #2: After about an hour, take out a microfiber cloth and start scrubbing all of the nooks and crannies of your washer, including the knobs, the lid, and the exterior. If you have a built in dispensers, clean those too. If the dispensers are not removable, warm one cup of white vinegar in the microwave or in a small pan. Pour it into the dispenser and allow it to sit up for a few minutes to loosen the buildup.

Step #3: After an hour, run the longest wash and spin cycle.

Now, your washer is shiny and sparkly clean!

Have a happy and wonderful Thursday!!!


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

What I'm reading Wednesday

Hi Lovelies!

One of my resolutions was to read more because it is something that I love to do and sometimes I just can never find the time for it. Right now, I have only read one book in the last three weeks, however, this is going to be changing, and I would like to read at least one book a week. 

The book that I want to share is John Saul's "Hellfire". I have wanted to read this for quite sometime, so when I saw it on our local library I snatched it up before anyone else could grab it. 


The old mill has been silent for a hundred years, its dread secrets locked from view. Still, the people of Westover, Massachusetts, remember . . . and whisper of that terrible day when horrifying flames claimed eleven innocent young lives. The day the mill's doors slammed shut--forever.

But now, the last of the once-powerful Sturgess family is about to unlock those doors again . . . and unleash an elemental fury. For behind the padlocks, deep within the dark, abandoned building, a terrible vengeance waits. A vengeance conceived in HELLFIRE.

In my opinion, this book was a page turner and has a few twists and turns, but overall it was an intense read. It had sympathetic characters,  a spooky plot, and a heated resolution that all make for a very compelling story. 

I would highly recommend this if you love reading suspense novels.

What are you reading today?


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Ramblings on a Tuesday

Hi Lovelies!

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone is staying warm. It's been cold here, but it's nothing we can't handle. I feel for the people who are living in the states were the negative temps are. Stay warm.

Today I wanted to share a random type of post with you today:

It's cold here so we stayed in yesterday and we probably will stay in tomorrow as well. It makes for a very energetic little girl.

We have a busy week coming up: doc appointment, library time, dance class, maybe a dino exhibit, and our annual Superbowl party.

Speaking of the dino exhibit....this is the one we are thinking about going to:

I really want to see  Mr. Peabody and Sherman. I loved Mr. Peabody when I was a kid.

I also want to see this movie:

I'm really loving this outfit right now:

love the colors!

I'm behind on my laundry, who isn't? However, I did clean the washing machine this morning (I'll have a post about how to clean your washer later in the week).

 I'm thinking about starting the series "Breaking Bad" or "Sons of Anarchy". Which is the best one?

Is a random kind of day for you? If so, please tell me about in the comments below!

Have a terrific Tuesday Lovelies!


Monday, January 27, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday

Hi Lovelies! 

It's Monday....again. Don't you just hate Mondays? I can say that even though the weekend went by super fast, we did have fun and spent most of the weekend outside, just playing and going for walks. 

As I look out the window:

Right now, the sun is just rising, it's windy, and it's cold, so cold. The high is only supposed to be 33 with a windchill of 20. So, I think we will be staying in today, even though we were supposed to take the Little for a re-check on her ears. That can wait until tomorrow. 

Right now:

I am watching the Disney channel with the Little, the Husband is still asleep, and I am writing this post.

Thinking and Pondering:

Just thinking about life in general, what we are going to do this week, and how I need to plan me week soon.

On my bedside table (Kindle):

The same books that I have been switching between for the last few weeks. A couple of V.C. Andrews books, a new Stephen King book (Dr. Sleep) and a John Saul book (Second Child).

On my TV tonight:

How I Met Your Mother
A few episodes of Dawson's Creek

Listening to:

The sound of the TV and my daughter's giggle.

On the menu this week:

Monday: Baked potatoes, salad, and a veggie
Tuesday: Tacos, chips and salsa
 Wednesday: Chicken Cheesestake sammies, french fries, and salad
Thursday: Baked pork chops, orzo, and veggies
Friday: Beef Stew, cornbread
Saturday: Meatball sammies, and salad
Sunday: (Superbowl) Shredded beef/chicken cheesesteak sammies, potato salad, mini taco salad, totinos pizza rolls, salad, some sort of dessert.

On my to do list:

Vacuum all rooms
Work on paper

Plans for the week:

Monday: relaxing and just hanging out at home
Tuesday: relaxing and just hanging out at home and a little bit of studying
Wednesday: a little bit of studying
Thursday: library
Friday: dance class
Saturday: at home date night with the Husband
Sunday: Superbowl party

My simple pleasure:

Reading a good book

Looking around the house:

The house a pretty clean, just a few hot wheels scattered around the living room and the breakfast dishes need to be washed.

On my prayer list:

Family and friends. 

Have a great Monday Lovelies!!! Stay warm!!


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sunday Social

Hi Lovelies!

It's Sunday night, 11:20pm and I am just now finishing this post. I hope everyone has had an enjoyable and relaxing Sunday. Before today ends, I wanted to link up with Neely for Sunday Social.

Here are this week's questions: 

1. How old were you when you started wearing makeup? 

I think I was in the 7th grade when I started wearing makeup
2. What are your top 3 favorite beauty products? 

Avon Magix face profector

Loreal Mineral Foundation


3. What is one makeup product you don’t leave home without? 

I never leave home without my Eos Lip Balm

4. What is your daily beauty routine? 

Wash my face with cetaphil morning and night and then I put my Avon Magix face profector (it takes the redness from my face)
Blistex on my lips

5. What is your favorite hair/makeup product you’ve discovered in the last year?

Avon Magix Face Profector


Saturday, January 25, 2014


For some reason, every time I hear this particular word, a particular song comes to mind. D*I*V*O*R*C*E by Tammy Wynette.

When I was a little girl, one my of favorite aunts would sing this song to me. I'm not sure why, but at the time I knew that Tammy Wynette was one of her favorite county singers. 

As I grew up, I began to realize the significance of the song and just what it really meant. Maybe she was trying to subtly tell me something that my mom just couldn't tell me and help me understand. I don't know (maybe I'll never know), but I do know that I am a child who comes from a divorced family. I also come from a blended or a step family. And let me tell you, it was nothing like what yu see on "The Brady Bunch". Believe me I always wished for that, but sadly that wish never came true. 

I remember being confused when at first we were living with a mom and then all of a sudden right after Christmas we were suddenly living with our dad and his girlfriend (who became our a stepmom a few months later). Later I realized that I was also the stepchild that my stepmother never wanted. For some reason she resented me and I still don't know why.

Like I said I come from a divorced family, it might have been the reason why it took so long my husband and I to finally take the plunge and get married. We were together for 16 years and I was 6 months pregnant with our daughter, when he finally proposed to me. I know that coming from this type of family, I know that I will never put my child through what I went through growing up.

My husband and I have our argument, but we always apologize and make up. I just hope that our daughter never ever has to go through what I went through when I was a child. 


Friday, January 24, 2014


Hi Lovelies!

Good Morning! It's Friday (insert happy dance)!!!!

Sorry about not posting the last couple of days. Since my current class started a couple of weeks ago, I have been busy trying to keep up all of the readings. Well, all three of us are finally over the colds that we have had for the last two weeks. Hopefully we won't get it again, fingers crossed.

I thought I would share what my day was like yesterday. Actually, it was a great day filled with homemaking duties, making the most delicious homemade recipes, and just hanging out with the two most important people in my life. 

My morning was spent fixing breakfast for the Little, who ate peanut butter toast, a popsicle, and a granola bar (her appitite has been off because of the medicine she is taking for an ear infection). I made myself a bagel with a little bit of cream cheese, and the husband ate oatmeal and blueberries. After breakfast and while the Little was watching the Disney Channel, I started making beef stew. I cut up the veggies (potaotes and carrots), browned the stew meat, threw everything in the crockpot along with some beefy mushroom soup, and a can of beef broth and waited for the yumminess to come together and this is the result:

Then after some quiet time, we ate some delicious apple pie (that I had made that morning)....

Then the rest of the day was filled a little bit of cleaning here and there and playing with the Little. It was such a fun and relaxing day, and I am happiest in the kitchen making yummy, scrumptious meals that my family loves.

I love days like yesterday and I hope to have many more of them in the future.

Have a wondeful Friday and I'll be back in the evening with another post.


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Random Thoughts on a Wednesday

Hi Lovelies!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Tuesday. I just wanted to share some jumbled thoughts that have been running through my head all day.

  • I wanted to write a Tasty Tuesday post today, but I just haven't found a recipe that I have wanted to try. Although, I think I will make some Chicken Lasgana rolls up and some traditional lasgna roll ups. 
  • I have been watching Crazy Heart on Amazon Prime and I'm loving it. Who knew Jeff Bridges and Colin Farrell could sing. 
  • I really need to work on the second part of my paper and I still need to read two chapters for this week.
  • I love my new haircut.
  • I'm excited about my birthday next month. Age is just a number ladies!
  • Teen Mom 2 is back (one of my guilty pleasures)
  • Keeping Up With the Kardashians season premire was Sunday and Monday. So excited and yes it is one of my guilty pleasures.
  • I watched the remake of "Flowers in the Attic" on Lifetime this past Saturday. I still think the book is better, they seemed to have glossed over some of the more important parts of the book, which I thought were important.
  • I can't wait for the Lifetime movie "Lizzy Borden Took an Ax". It premires next Saturday. For some reason I have always been facinated with this particular story.
  • I'm currently reading "Hellfire" by John Saul. He is a great story teller. I'm biting my nails while reading this book.

That's all the ramdomness that I have for now. Have a great Tuesday and I'll see ya tomorrow!


Monday, January 20, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday

Hi Lovelies!

Is it really Monday? Where did the weekend go? Anyway, another week is here so we might as well just accept and move on, right?

It's time for Happy Homemaker Monday with Sandy from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.


As I look out the window:

The weather has been amazing this past week, but it looks like we are in for a cool down this week. Hopefully it won't get any colder than this!

Right now I am: 

Sitting on the couch, watching the Disney Channel with the Little and updating my planners.

Thinking and pondering:

If I should make an appointment for the Little for a recheck on her ears. Also, I need to update my planners and finalize a study schedule for my current class (Research Methods).

On my bedside table:

Just a few books by V.C. Andrews and a few by books by Nicholas Sparks, and couple by John Saul.

On my TV tonight:

I'm watching "The Bling Ring" tonight.

Listening to:

"Time for your checkup" from Doc McStuffins on the Disney channel.

On the menu for this week:

Monday: Beans and cornbread
Tuesday: Spaghetti and meatballs, salad, garlic bread.
Wednesday: Homemade pizza and breadsticks, salad
Thursday: Baked pork chops, baked potatoes (crockpot) and salad
Friday: Beef Stew, "homemade" bread, salad
Saturday: Roast, potatoes, and corn
Sunday: Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, salad, and rolls

On my to do list:

Laundry (six loads to fold and put away)
Vacuum all rooms
Plan our Superbowl/my birthday party

Plans for the week:

Library time for the Little 
Dance class for the Little
Tackle my growing to do list
Run a few errands

What I'm sewing, crocheting, knitting, and creating:

I'm making bracelets and necklaces right now.

My simple pleasure:

Sitting on the couch, under a blanket, reading a good book.

Lessons learned this past week:

To let God be in control. He does not give us more than we can handle and I need to trust in Him more. 

Looking around the house:

The house relatively clean. The kitchen still needs to be cleaned, and the clothes need to be folded and put away.

From the camera:

Prayer List:

Friends and family

Bible Verse, devotional:

 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
(Isaiah 55:8-9, ESV)

Have a nice and wonderful Monday!


Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sunday Social

Hi Lovelies!

It's Sunday! You know the deal!

This week's questions:

1. Top 3 favorite kinds of food

 peanut butter cups
macaroni and cheese

2. First 3 things you do in the morning

put on my glasses
take the Little to the bathroom
fix breakfast
3. Last 3 things you do at night

drink water
check on the Little

4. 3 TV shows you NEVER miss

American Idol
Keeping up with the Kardashians
How I Met Your Mother
5. 3 places you want to visit


Have a lovely Sunday!


Friday, January 17, 2014

Friday Letters

Hi Lovelies!

Hello! I hope you are having a wonderful Friday. I felt compelled to write a few Friday letters tonight. Friday favorites will be back next Friday.

Dear God, Thank you for getting me through the difficult time that I have been expereincing lately. I will be spending more time with you, every day.

Dear Husband, thank you for talking to me tonight. It really did make me feel better. And I'm sorry for being such a pain today. I can't promise it won't happen again, but I will try my best to be a better wife.

Dear Little, you make my world so much brighter. You bring me so much joy and I love you very much.

Dear American Idol, I finally think you have the best panel of judges this season. I have been loving watching the new season and I cannot wait for next Wednesday to get here. 

Dear Self, you really need to start feeling better about yourself. Just work on small goals and just take it one day at time and things should go smoothly.

Dear Planners, thank you for keeping me so organized. 

Dear Research Methods, it's only been one week and I am already stressed out. Please take it easy one me I don't know how much I can handle. 

Dear Sleep, please come easy tonight. I need some sleep. It just might make me feel better. 

Dear blog readers, thank you for coming back every day. I know I'm not much of a writer, I try my hardest. Thanks for reading and commenting. You're the best!


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Hi Lovelies! 

My heart is overwhelmed with thankfulness today and I am so blessed to have the life that I have. Tonight. I wanted to share a little list of what I am thankful for today.

I'm thankful for:

My sweet husband

My beautiful daughter

My planners. Yes I said planners..... I use 4 different planners to keep my life organized (My Life Planner, My Family Planner, My Blog Planner, and My Organizher planner).

My to do list. Without it my days would be chaotic

What are you thankful for?


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Tasty Tuesday- Cheesy Slow Cooker Meatballs

Hi Lovelies!

Welcome to another edition of Tasty Tuesday! I know this post is going up late, but today has been a busy day ( with homemaking and playing with the Little) and I am just now sitting down at the computer.

I don't know about you, but spaghetti and meatballs are one of my favorite comfort foods. Even the Little loves them and just devours an entire plateful. Now, I have never thought about sneaking some cheese in the centers of the meatballs, but I think I might just have to try this the next time I make this meal. Since the Little loves cheese, I think this will be a big hit with her. 

For some reason the Little will not any type of food on a stick except for popsicles. Weird, I know, but that's just how she is. So, I think I will just stick to good ol' Pepridge Farm Garlic Bread.I have made this recipe before, I just haven't taken any pictures of it. The next time I make it I will post the pics of it.

Here is today's recipe: Cheesy Slow Cooker Meatballs


Meatballs and Sauce

1 1/2 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1/2 cup Progresso® Italian style bread crumbs 
2 tablespoons milk 
1 egg, slightly beaten 
Salt and pepper to taste 
5 mozzarella cheese sticks, cut into small pieces 
1 jar (24 oz) tomato pasta sauce 


1 package (l lb) pasta  


1 In large bowl, mix beef, bread crumbs, milk egg, salt and pepper with hands until well combined. Shape mixture into small balls about the size of a Ping-Pong ball. 

2 With finger, make hole in 1 ball but do not go all the way through. Place 1 piece of cheese in hole; enclose cheese by pinching hole back together. Repeat with remaining beef mixture and cheese pieces. 

3 Spray 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Pour pasta sauce into cooker. Place meatballs in sauce. 

4 Cover; cook on Low heat setting 4 hours. 

5 About 25 to 30 minutes before meatballs are done, cook pasta as directed on package; drain.



Monday, January 13, 2014

Where would I be.......

I recently saw a status update that posed the following question: Where do you think you would be if you hadn't met your significant other? This is something that I think about quite a bit, I know that I would not be the person that I am now and I know I would not be a wife and a mother. As some of you know, the Hubbs and I have known each other since the third grade and all through school we had the same circle of friends and I had a crush on him all through high school (he did not know this). He finally started talking to me about a year and half after we graduated and we started dating in March of 1993. We have been together for 20 years and we have been through so much that has made us that much stronger. 

Now back to the question: Where do you think you would be if you hadn't met your significant other?

I would not have the life that I have now. I would be 40, single, and still living with my parents and taking care of them, babysitting my nieces and nephews, and just not having a life of my own. I thank God every day that Paul saw me leave my parent's house, picked me up, and took me to his parents where I lived for a year until we found a place of our own. I would not have Angelina and I would not have Paul. They are the best blessings that a girl could ever have. I love them so much and they have given me the life that I have always wanted. 

Now, it's your turn to answer the question:
Where do you think you would be if you hadn't met your significant other? 


Sunday, January 12, 2014

Sunday Social

Hi Lovelies!

Happy Sunday and Happy Sunday Social day!

1. What is the name of your blog? How long have you been blogging?

Life with the Vanns and I have been blogging for almost 5 years now. Wow! 

2. Why do you blog?

 I blog because I love to write. I may not be very good at it, but I'm trying and I hope to continue to get better at it.

3. What is the first blog you ever followed?

The Glamorous Life of  a Housewife
4. What is your favorite post you wrote in 2013?

I know we are supposed to list our favorite post in 2013, however, I wanted to share the post where I was very honest and talked about a topic that still hurts to this very day.
 The post was titled: My Life

5. What are your blogging goals for 2014?

to blog at least 4 times a week

to grow my blog more
 6. Top 3 favorite blogs to follow?

Have a great Sunday!!


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Saturday Stuff

Hi Lovelies! 

I'm a list maker. I love lists, so I thought I would write this post using a list! Saturday Stuff, here we go!!

~ date happened tonight, and we watched "Man of Steel". Not my favorite. I prefer the original "Superman the Movie" with Christopher Reeve. Don't get me wrong, it was good, but in my opionion, not great.

~ after being inside for seems weeks and weeks, we were finally able to go outside for some fresh air. We enjoyed ourselves in the beautiful weather (65 degrees!).

~ tomorrow we will be in the 70s and we plan to spend some time outside. 

~ my next class started on this past Thursday. I have so much reading to do for this week and I have to work on my first assignment for the class. Wish me luck!

~ I'm opening my Etsy store in a few days. Once it's open I will post the link. So excited!!!

So, that's what's been happening around here!


Friday, January 10, 2014

My Sick Minions

Hi Lovelies!

I'm so sorry about being MIA since Monday, but have been taking care of the Hubby and the Little. Both of them are sick..... Hubby has been sick since Monday and the Little just started feeling yucky yesterday. So, I should be back to blogging tomorrow evening.

Until tomorrow Lovelies!!!!


Monday, January 6, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday

Hi Lovelies! 

Can I just say that it's cold outside? We are staying in and cuddling together and watching some movies today.  We had a great weekend complete with an at home date night with the Hubby.  Weekends always seem to go so fast these days. Am I right? 

P.S. this was suppose to post early this morning. I'm not sure what happened, so it's late! Sorry! 

Anyways, I just wanted to pop in and link up with Sandy for Happy Homemaker Monday.


As I look out the window: 

All I can say is that's it's cold outside. The sun can be very deceptive during the winter months and when you step outside the cold air just takes your breath away.

Right now I am: 

Sitting on the couch watching the Disney Channel and eating breakfast with the Little.

Thinking and pondering:

On my paper for my current class that ends on Wednesday, and trying to figure out a study schedule for my next class that begins on Thursday.

On my bedside table:

Just a few books by V.C. Andrews and a few by books by Nicholas Sparks, and couple by John Saul.

On my TV tonight:

I plan on watching  "The thing called love" with River Phoenix and Samantha Mathis. River was one of my first crushes, I loved all of this movies and saw every one of them.

Listening to:

The movie and the game the my hubby is playing on the Xbox,

On the menu for this week:

Monday: Breakfast for dinner. Pancakes, scrambles eggs, turkey bacon, fruit, and milk
Tuesday: Spaghetti and meatballs, salad, garlic bread.
Wednesday: Chicken tacos with spanish rice and veggies
Thursday: Baked pork chops, baked potatoes (crockpot) and salad
Friday: Catfish, orzo with parsley, and veggies
Saturday: Beans and cornbread
Sunday: Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, salad, and rolls

On my to do list:

Laundry (six loads to fold and put away)
Vacuum all rooms

Plans for the week:

Library time for the Little 
Dance class for the Little

What I'm sewing, crocheting, knitting, and creating:

I'm making bracelets and necklaces right now.

My simple pleasure:

Sitting on the couch, under a blanket, reading a good book.

Lessons learned this past week:

To let God be in control. He does not give us more than we can handle and I need to trust in Him more. 

Looking around the house:

The house relatively clean. The living room is cluttered with hot wheels and other toys. The floors need to be vacuumed again, and the breakfast dishes need to be washed.

From the camera:

I haven't taken many pictures this week.

Prayer List:

Friends and family

Bible Verse, devotional:

 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
(Isaiah 55:8-9, ESV)


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sunday Social

Hi Lovelies! 

I hope everyone a safe and wonderful holiday season. It's time for Sunday Social. Here are this week's questions:

1. Do you plan to change any of your eating habits in the new year?

Yes. I recently rejoined Weight Watchers and hope to achieve my weight loss goal by the end of the year.

2. Any workout tips to get us back in shape after the Holidays?

Do what is simple for you and something that you enjoy doing. For me, that's walking. It's easy and you can do it anywhere.


3. What is your favorite thing you did over the Holidays?

Spent time with my family, watching holiday movies and just relaxing.

4. What is something you hope that you accomplish in 2014 that you did not in 2013?

Reach my goal weight. This was something that I did not accomplish in 2013. I lost all motivation for losing weight.

5. Name 3 things happening this year you are excited about and why.

My daughter's 4th birthday
My birthday
Achieving my goal weight

Have a wonderful Sunday!!!


Saturday, January 4, 2014

Saturday Inspiration: Kitchen Command Centers

It's the start of a new year and that means a new list of projects. This list will include....

Creating a kitchen command center

It is something that I have always wanted to do for a while because I think it will eliminate all of the counter clutter and it will help to tidy up my kitchen and create a little tiny office space. I just haven't tackled this paricular project yet, because I'm in the process of rearranging my kitchen in order to make this happen. Right now, I have a counter where I have my microwave with a set of cabinets above it that serves as my pantry. I'm planning on moving the microwave to the counter by the stove and I'm moving the drain board to the other side of the kitchen sink. And then I will take the empty counter and turn that into my kitchen command center. 

I wanted to get some inspiration, so I turned to pinterest and here's what I found:

Everything that I have pinned is on my pinterest board, Kitchen Keepers.

Do you have a kitchen command center? If so, where did you find the inspiration for it?

Have a lovely Saturday!



Friday, January 3, 2014

Friday Favorites #2

 Hi Lovelies!

Happy Happy Friday!!!! I just thought I would share some of my favorite finds from this week.

I make a similar hoagie, but these look so delish.

 Favorite DIY: Braided T-shirt Bracelets
I plan trying to make these one say with some old t-shirts that I have laying around. They look pretty easy! 

I've made these before, and they are so yummy. Even the Little loved them (she loves anything with peanut butter and chocolate chips).
 Favorite Fashion
Self explanatory! 
I love to try new recipes for such a classic dish. 

Favorite Place
London. This another place that I would like to visit one day.
Favorite Sip: Pomegranate Cooler
I have never had a pomegranate, but I would love to try this sometime. 

Favorite Snack: S'mores snack mix

Now, I make a similar snack mix and I know the Little would love this!

Favorite Find: Kitchen command center
This is something that I have been wanting to do in my kitchen. It would keep everything organized. I love this idea. 
 Favorite Slurp: Crockpot potato soup

Favorite Decor
This is a breathtakingly beautiful bedroom. I love the shade of blue that was used on the walls. 

What some of your favorite finds this week?


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Setting goals for the New Year

Hi Lovelies!

I've decided that this year instead of making New Year's Resolutions, I'm making small goals for every month in 2014. I'll list them out and at the end of the month I'll recap how I have done with the goals that I have set for myself. So, we we go!

January Goals:

Spend time in the Word

In order to accomplish this I plan on participating in several Bible studies over the next few months. I want to begin and end my day in scripture and I want to include the word of God in my daily life.

Drink more water

I know I drink alot of water, but lately I have slacked off. So I hope to get better with this goal throughout the month.

Be healthier

I have recently rejoined Weight Watchers and I plan on making this a lifestyle style change instead of just a diet. I will do updates here and there on my progress throughout the year. Hopefully by doing this it will keep more accountable. 

Use my calendar more

I have a Erin Condren Life Planner and Daytimer Family Planner that I use, however, I have slacked off on updating them in the last few weeks. My hope for this month is to update them more often and actually use them more often as well.

Put my phone down

I admit, even though I use a Tracfone prepaid cell phone, I need to put the phone down during the day. I have gotten into the habit of checking Facebook and Twitter multiple times throughout the day and this needs to stop now. I hope I can make this happen. 

Be more present

I want to more memories with my family  and just enjoy the special moments that we have together. I want to be in the moment with my family and to just enjoy this time that we have together.

Do you make New Year's Resolutions or do set monthly goals throughout the year?

Have a lovely day!