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.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

What I Wore: Green linen tunic and white cropped jeans

Happy Wednesday!  This week is kind of a doozy for us as we've got things to do and places to be outside of the house every day.  The little and I are also on the mend from a small cold that we were fighting last week.  Yuck. This week for me is all about efficiency, lists, and being proactive to get things done and keep all the things moving. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Influenster VoxBox: Bloom Box Review

Happy day, friends!  You all know I love a good mail day.  (Good mail day = anytime there is personal mail and/or a package on my doorstep, FYI)  I especially love when the good mail day includes new goodies for me to try out from Influenster's voxbox program.

I got this "Bloom" voxbox for spring a few weeks ago and I've been trying all the things so I'm sharing those reviews with you today.  The box was complimentary, but all the opinions are my own. 

As you can see, this was a fun box - with a little of this and a little of that.  There was some nail polish + remover, a little granola bar snack, travel size deodorant, hair lift produce and body oil.  Where to even begin?  (hint: with the snack.  Always start with the snack.)

Sunbelt Bakery Granola Bars: Oats & Honey 
I cannot tell you enough good things about this little nugget.  I'm eating one right now just for good measure, in fact.  I loved the way this tasted.  The texture was perfect and it was just sweet enough to feel like a treat.  They aren't kidding when they say this tastes like it's from a bakery.  It's not dry like some other chewy bars I've tried.  I also LOVE that it has a little bit of coconut in it - perfect flavor.  I've already bought 2 boxes of these for our pantry.  They come 10 to a box and were on rollback at Walmart for just $2 recently.  (Regular price is $2.69).

Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover Pads
These worked really well.  I don't do my nails that often if I'm honest, but I do like to have my toe nails painted for the summer.  I think that these are more accurately described as polish remover sheets, but soft, pad like sheets because there are pretty big for what I was expecting.  One of them was enough for me to take the old polish off of all of my toe nails without any trouble.  I've got lots of nail polish remover under my sink already, so I haven't bought these yet, but I think they would be GREAT for travel and on the go.

Sinful Colors Nail Polish in VIP (1231)
This is a really fun color for the summer!  I love all the red/pink/orange/coral colors this time of year.  Sinful Colors is a great polish if you are looking for something that isn't very expensive.  In fact, it's one of the cheapest polishes I've seen that still works well (just 1.99-2.99/bottle).  I've been wearing this on my toe nails for a week without it chipping, so I'll be using this throughout the summer.  I only put one coat on my nails, and it's lasted about 3 days so far and is starting just now to show some wear.  Sinful Colors has tons of colors to choose from and can be found almost anywhere that sells nail polish.

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil
This oil claims to nourish, repair, and soften face, body, and hair quickly and easily with lots of botanical oils and vitamin E.  But I'm not a huge oil person.  That said, I've tried it and it definitely did make my face feel nice and smooth when I used it before bed.  I'm not totally sure about it on my hair, but I don't have a huge hair routine to begin with and my hair is almost always up these days with the Little.  I did love the smell of this oil though.  It's got a light fragrance and is just lovely.  I would definitely use this as a moisturizer before going out.

Secret Outlast Xtend Invisible Solid
The weather has really warmed up around here (along with the humidity - oh, the humidity) so I feel like I start sweating the minute I go outside and then just don't stop sometimes during this time of the year.  Deodorant that lasts a long time is a must.  This fits the bill.  I got the completely clean scent and I really like it.  It is fresh without being overbearing.  It claims to have 48 hour protection, but I really can't go more than 24 without reapplying, so I can't speak to that.  This is a deodorant that I'd like to try more of though and would recommend.

Not Your Mother's Plump for Joy
This hair lifter spray claims to add volume and shine to your hair.  I tried this once, and it worked well. It is lightweight, which I really appreciate so it doesn't weigh my hair down or feel icky after a while.  It's also got a very light scent, which I really like.  I think this is great if you have thin hair, or are looking for a little pick me up for your hair, but I don't plan on buying the larger size since my hair is already thick and usually in a ponytail.  I do plan on keeping this sample though - it should last a while!

And that's it.  Have you tried any of the products listed here?  Which are your favorites?    

Friday, June 3, 2016

Happy Doughnut Day!

Is it doughnut or donut?  Or is it either?  I always spell it doughnut, but I think that's becoming less popular.  There needs to be one way to spell it.

Either way though, it's NATIONAL DO[UGH]NUT DAY!  

So you better believe I got mine.  In fact, on my family's group text thread, one sister sent a reminder out to everyone to which I responded with a pic of the doughnut above with the text "Done."  My youngest sister quickly sent another text:  "I had NO doubt, ML."  It's like they know me or something.  

Anyway, I hope you get a free doughnut today.  It is Friday after all. 

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Budget Re-cap: May 2016

We like to budget around here.  It's something that we are committed to and feel strongly about as we work to be good stewards of the resources that we've been entrusted with.  I've talked on here before about why we budget, how we budget, etc.  (You can find all of those posts at the bottom of this page).

What I realized that I don't talk too much about here are the specific ways that we spend our budget and while I do enjoy a good personal finance blog - I tend to go back and forth about what I feel comfortable with for blog life vs. keeping personal in real life.  That said, I was recently inspired by one of the blogs I read, The Cream to My Coffee when she did a budget rewind post a few weeks ago.  That is, she went back to things that she purchased long before and reflected on whether or not they were good purchases.

So today, I'm sharing what I spent my $$ on in May and hope to use this as a monthly little check in to see what I'm spending on - to share some of the deals that I find and to explore ways to keep thrifty over here.  Each month, hubs and I allocate $75 to each of us for what we call our "fun money".  That is, recognizing that we have different spending habits and things that we enjoy buying for ourselves, we each get our own little pot of money each month to spend how we want.  This might not seem like a lot, and some months it really doesn't seem like a lot, but it is what it is.  $75 is for us to "play" with if you will.

This month was actually a really low spending month from the fun budget for me.  Which is not terrible since I bought lots of things and went out with lots of friends in April since it was my last month working in the office.  Fortunately though, there were some fun free things I did this month that I didn't even think about spending from my fun money that much.


I ended up getting these two long sleeve t-shirts from Target (links below photos) on clearance for just $4.48 each.  With an additional online coupon code and 5% with the redcard, the total for both of these, with free shipping of course because of the redcard, was just $7.47.  Major score.  It's actually way too hot to wear long sleeves often this time of year, but I love a good comfy white tee that is versatile in all seasons and I really just loved the mint color, so welcome home little shirts.