Friday, January 20, 2017

The one where I cut my hair after almost two years

I'm interrupting our regularly scheduled programming to share an exciting change over here.  Ok, maybe it's only exciting to me.  But y'all.  I recently got a new hair cut.  I haven't had a hair cut since February 2015.  Mostly because I like my hair long and it takes so long to cut and hair cuts are expensive and because my hair is pretty healthy, so it doesn't get crazy and frizzy so it takes a long time before it starts to bother me.

But it's also really thick and heavy so it was to the point where I couldn't wear it in a messy bun all day without a headache, and it was ALWAYS up because otherwise it would too easily get in they way buckling the car seat, changing diapers, etc.

It was just above my shoulders the last time I cut it and here's how long it had gotten:

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Staying Fit When Life is Busy

Soon after having our Little back in 2015, I wrote here about being strong and not necessarily skinny.  It was my resolve to focus on being strong after having some knee trouble toward the end of and following pregnancy.

If I'm honest, I fell a little off the health train with the holidays and especially once I was able to fit back into most of my pre-pregnancy clothes and the number on the scale went back down (it's SO easy to just be fixated on that one number!).  We recently got a smart scale though that helps measure not only your weight, but also your body fat % and let me just say that after taking one step on that bad boy, I am in need of some toning up.  Of course, this is just a reminder of what I already knew.

You would think that staying at home affords me lots of time to exercise.  You would think that chasing around an adventurous toddler would keep one in shape.  The fact of the matter though is that while I run around a lot, it can be hard to think about and stick to an exercise routine.  At least for me anyway and I can't believe that I'm alone in this. I started going back to the gym before the holidays, but only went a couple of times with the Little because he wasn't a fan of being left in the kids' room.  I'm hoping to keep trying with him though so that he can get used to it.

That said, today I'd like to share a few of the quick exercises that I try to do during the day at home in effort to keep my muscles toned and keep be thinking about health when I don't have time to be in the gym.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Come & See: an invitation for 2017

With the new year just beginning, we're all busy making or trying to keep our resolutions and goals for 2017.  For the last few years, I've shared my goals here on the blog and some years I do better than others at getting them accomplished.

2016 was a really good year for us.  I quit my day job and started staying home with our Little.  This is my favorite job.  Now that we're in a new year, I've been spending some time thinking about what my goals will be for 2017.  I am a list maker, so I will eventually get to writing some things down.  Hubs and I will write out some concrete goals for our family.  That said, I have one more overarching goal for this year that I'd like to share.  Think of this as my version of the word of the year thing that people like to do.

For me, this year's theme is: Come & See

This is something that stuck out to me and hasn't left as I was recently reading along with the She Reads Truth girls in their current study of John.  In Chapter 1, Jesus is calling his disciples.  He calls a man named Philip from Bethsaida who then goes and finds another man, Nathanael.  Philip tells his friend, "We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph" (John 1:45).  Nathanael skeptically responds in the next verse - "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip then simply invites him to "Come and see" (John 1:46).

Nathanael does and in the next verses he meets Jesus and believes.

Monday, January 9, 2017

New Year - New Instagram

Happy [belated] New Year, friends!  It's on my list this year to get back to the blog.  I've got several draft posts that need final touches and lots of things in my head to write about - just needing to find the time to sit down to the computer. 

That said, I finally decided to create an Instagram account just for the blog, which will allow me to share much more on the go and keep you guys in the loop more regularly.  There's a lot going on over here at the Thrift for Today house.  We continue to grow and learn and explore and I hope you'll continue to follow along.  You'll find me @thriftfortoday, just like the blog.

See you there! 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Momming in the Mundane: having the nice things

So this happened a while ago and while the picture isn't much to look at, it is a glass pitcher that we got as a wedding gift on top of my kitchen counter in pieces, having been pulled off of the fridge shelf and dropped while full of sweet tea by a sweet Little that just saw a handle to pull and pulled it.

I'll be honest, my first thought, after making sure the Little was okay (he was, just confused a little bit and covered in sweet tea goodness), quickly taking off his wet clothes and moving him to the living room to be sure he didn't step on any glass while I cleaned up, was "this is why we can't have nice things."  It was mostly a joke.

Everyone told us to put away the nice things once Little was mobile.  But, we don't have lots of fancy things anyway, so I haven't been too worried about it.  But here it was, my pretty pitcher in a little pile.