Monday, July 25, 2016

Weekend Recap 7.25.16

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a fun filled and relaxing weekend!  I know it definitely was that for us over at the Thrift for Today house and I remembered to take some photos of all the happenings around here! 

I got this awesome voxbox from Influenster and Mayfield Ice Cream in the mail on Friday and I cannot wait to get some ice cream!

On Saturday, my sisters came over and we went to brunch.  Hubs isn't a huge brunch fan, so I always look forward to when my friends are visiting to sneak out with them for brunch food!  We went to First Watch, which is one of my favorite places!

My baby sister just got engaged recently, so this was also a little celebration weekend for us.  So, after lunch, we walked the mall a little and came home to ice these sweet cookies that I made earlier in the week. 

One of my college friends asked me to be in her wedding next spring, and hubs' brothers came over on Sunday night to visit. 

It was a packed weekend full of family and friends and I wouldn't have had it any other way. 

Did you do anything fun over the weekend?  Tell me about it!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Momming in the Mundane

Before you say it, don't worry, I already know.  Momming isn't a real word.  But, it's a made up word and I use it somewhat frequently in real life when people ask what I do.  Hubs even laughed at it and likened it to the other made up word that is making its way so quickly around people my age and younger these days - adulting.  And just to be clear, I don't use that word.

But, momming, man I love so much that I get to be a mom to our sweet little.  So, today, I'm starting a little series here called "Momming in the Mundane: Appreciating the everyday joys of motherhood" in which I hope to document some of the little things that happen around our home that just make my heart swell.  Sometimes these are major milestones, and more times they are sweet baby giggles when I make a silly face.  But I want to remember it all. 

I think that this will be a fun way for me to document how I'm feeling and what I'm learning without having to share all the nitty gritty and personal stories from our days.  

We are 10 months in now, which in so many ways feels totally crazy to me.  The little is growing and learning so much these days and he is constantly on the move and into everything.  

I was a little concerned about his crawling when at six months, everyone started asking me, "so, is he crawling all over the place yet?"  I would always respond with a quick, "not yet, but he's trying to scoot all around!"  And then one day, he just started to get around.  Now, he is pulling up on everything, crawling here and there and always wanting to walk holding our hands.  It is so fun.  

He's also got 4 top teeth trying to come through so we've had some challenging days here in the past few weeks, but I'm excited for him to be getting more teeth!  

And finally, I've talked a little about his sleeping here before, but we successfully transitioned to the crib in his own room a few months ago, which was huge!  Little started sleeping MUCH better through the night, only waking up once.  That is until recently when he only wants to be with me when he gets tired.  I've slept with him the last few nights, which has allowed us all to get more sleep.  Am I creating bad habits?  I don't know.  But, we are all more well rested.  Frankly, I am being reminded more and more of his independence everyday and if he wants to snuggle, I want to snuggle with him.  He does know how to sleep on his own, as he proves to me at nap times, so I just let it be.  

Y'all.  I just really love momming so much.  I am learning constantly, always on my toes, and totally in awe and full of thanksgiving for this sweet little love. 

Friday, July 8, 2016

Budget Recap: June 2016

I feel a little late with this post this month, but I want to be sure to post it anyway.  Last month, I started posting budget recaps of the things that I purchased with my "fun budget" in the previous month.  If you're interested, you can check out May here.

Basically, hubs and I allocate $75 to each of us each month in a "fun budget" pool.  This amount is what we can each spend on things that are totally for us because we want it.  Since going through my closet post-partum, I've really been wanting to update my wardrobe with pieces that I love, make me feel confident and put together, and that I will get lots of wear out of.  In June, I spent most of my budget on that.

Sunglasses: $5.99 from Ross Dress for Less.  I don't have a photo of these, but they will definitely make an appearance soon.  They're my only pair, so if you see me in sunglasses in a photo, they're the ones.

Banana Republic tank top: $8.00

LOFT striped tunic top: $10.00
LOFT vintage soft tee: $6.00
Old Navy Mint shorts: $8.00
Esprit wedge sandals: $15.00
All these clothes were purchased second hand from Clothes Mentor

Lunch at Chick-Fil-A with friend: $6.78

TOTAL FROM FUN BUDGET (with tax): $63.34

Panera Bread: Latte and bagel - $6.06 with gift card

I was really happy with how I spent my money in June.  We also had our anniversary, so we went out a few times, which was fun.  One little trick that I tried which was really helpful this month was to wait until close to the end of the month to spend.  That was great in the last week or so because I knew that we were so close to July that I really didn't need to spend anything else.  Also, I really love all of the pieces that I bought and have worn them several times.  I've started shopping almost exclusively for my clothes at Clothes Mentor because they have all my favorite brands at an affordable price and it is so convenient to go to one store rather than the mall.  I can shop quickly and efficiently, which is really important to me these days.

How did you do with your budget in June?  Any big purchases that you are looking forward to this month?

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Here's to four and many more!

Yesterday, hubs and I celebrated 100 months since we first started dating and today we get to celebrate four years of marriage!

I find myself sharing the same pictures on our anniversary each year, but this is one of my favorites from our wedding day, so here it is again.  Surely there are some new folks here this year that haven't seen it, right?  

To be totally honest, I'm not even sure what our plans are for today, but I'm good with that.  I went back to an earlier anniversary post and wanted to reshare some of the bible verses that are encouraging to me through marriage.  

"Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins." 1 Peter 4:8

"Be completely humble and gentle; Be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace."- Ephesians 4:2-3

"Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken." - Ecclesiastes 4:12

"Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.  Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.  Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless." Ephesians 5: 21-27
This has been one of the most fun years of marriage so far.  I love sharing life with my hubs and I love even more getting to parent with him.  Little ADORES his Daddy and it is so fun to watch the two of them together.  
Happy anniversary, my love. and all the others.  

Monday, June 20, 2016

On Goals and To-do lists: how my listmaking got a makeover

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If you've been around here for any length of time, you may have guessed that I am a list person.  I write things down in my planner that stays on the desk (or sometimes in my purse).  I write things down on the family calendar that hangs in our kitchen.  I write things down in notebooks and scrap pieces of paper so that I don't forget things that are important for the day, but maybe not part of our regular routine.  Now that I am at home, I am especially aware of this new season in my life and want to be intentional about the goals I set and how I spend my time here.

It's only been two months, but today I'd like to share some of the things I've learned so far about my goal setting and list making as well as information about an awesome resource that has been a tremendous help to me along the way.

Goals are not the same as to-do lists.  

Goals are things that I want to accomplish over some set period of time.  To do lists are the action steps that I need to do on a given day to meet the goal.  Or some of the little things that come up that just need to be done.

For me, this was pivotal.  To actually think through all of the action steps to reaching a goal.  To keep the house cleaned and organized (goal) for example I need to: wash the dishes, put toys away, make our bed, etc. (to-do).  Goals will be accomplished when the to-dos are done dilligently.  BUT, the to-do's need to be in line with the larger goals. 

It matters how I choose to spend my time.  

This is a sneaky one because it sounds so simple and it so easy to forget.  Time, like money, is a valuable resource that needs to be stewarded well.  I've said it so many times in previous posts on stewardship and budgeting, but you really do have to understand that EVERY single time you say "yes" to something, you are saying "no" to something else.  This is important when it comes to accomplishing your goals.

At present, the Little takes two naps per day that are about 1-1.5 hours each.  That's the amount of time to myself that I have each day.  It is so easy to let that time slip by if I am not intentional and proactive.  I'm working on getting better at using this time wisely and creating specific routines to help me stay focused during these times each day so that I can really be present with the Little when he is awake.

When I am clear about and self aware of my goals, it is easier for me to decide how to spend my time. 

My goals need to be aligned with my priorities.  

Priorities should be the things that drive our goals.  They include our responsibilities and "titles" during any given season of life and should be the foundation for the goals that we set.  During this season, I view my priorities as follows:

1. Christ follower
2. Wife to Hubs
3. Mama to Little
4. Homemaker
5. Personal health/wellness director (director seems like a silly word to use here, but I think it's right - basically, I'm in charge of my own well-being)
6. Sister/Daughter
7. Neighbor/Friend
8. Blogger (although if I'm honest, this one gets trumped SO many times by the top 7...not mad about it.)

When I write it down like this, it really seems like a lot, but I don't really see a way of condensing it.  If I'm being intentional with my goals, they HAVE to fall under one of these priorities.  And frankly some of them overlap.  For example, as a Christ follower, it is important to me to maintain a strong and active relationship with God.  That also trickles down into all the other priorities.  As a homemaker, I want to create a safe, relaxing, and welcoming atmosphere in our home, which includes keeping things organized and tidy.  This also allows our family to spend time together (wife/mama) and to be able to host others in our home (sister/daughter, neighbor/friend) without major stress.

And then there are all the other things.  

I've also learned that there are a lot of things that I would like to accomplish and get done that don't fall specifically into those categories.  Several of these are on our family "home" list.  Some of them include some landscaping work, replacing the mailbox post for a newer one, finishing the garage, etc.  These are good things to do and I still want to do them, but I've realized that they have to be done during other free time when it is available.  I can't stop keeping the house in order for example, to paint the garage.  I can't miss my quiet time to make sure the bushes in the backyard are evenly trimmed.

So, these things stay on a separate list:  "all the other things".  It's a good list, but it's a lot more long term and flexible.

Goals with grace

So what's next?  All this sounds great, you say, but where in the world should I start?  I was in the same boat not too long ago.  I knew I needed to make some specific goals, but I already had some goals written down and a to-do list that spanned SEVERAL sticky notes.  Then I took some time to read through Victoria's e-book, Goals with Grace.  It was game changer.  

Goals with Grace is an excellent e-book that walks you through step-by-step how to identify your priorities and purpose, create a personal mission statement, and goals that matter and will put you on the path of accomplishing more.

Personally, Goals With Grace has really helped me reevaluate the process by which I set goals and make my to-do lists.  It has given me resources to be intentional about my goals, making sure that they align with my priorities and that my list is realistic and specific.

It's an easy read and comes with lots of beautiful printable worksheets to help you through each and every step.  I've gone back to it several times since reading it.  I highly recommend it for anyone who feels like they are always on the go, but never reaching the end of their list.

The best part about this e-book is that it is available at three different price points (and there is an early bird deal going on now!).  Click on any of the links below to learn more about each package.

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60 page PDF ebook
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26 beautiful worksheets for you to print off and work through
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The Deluxe Edition $20
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60 page PDF ebook
11 chapters with assignments
26 beautiful worksheets for you to print off and work through
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Lifetime access to any future updates — FREE!

The Premium Edition $35
Only $26 if your order before June 26, at 9pm CST

60 page PDF ebook
11 chapters with assignments
26 beautiful worksheets for you to print off and work through
Bonus Goal Planning Printables
5 Inspirational Prints
Audio Book version
5 Video Tutorials
Goals with Grace Action Planner which includes 22 customizable printables, an eGuide and an additional video tutorial.
Lifetime access to any future updates — FREE!
But maybe you're still not sure.  You can download a FREE guide to creating your personal mission statement for starters.  (It's like a small taste of all the goodness that's in the book!)
No matter which you choose, I hope that you will start making intentional and purposeful goals today.  Go out and accomplish that list!