Tuesday, February 13, 2018

DIY Valentine Bird Feeders

Need a last minute Valentine's craft or school party project? Girl, I've got you covered. And I bet you already have everything you need to make it. 

What You Need:
-1 cup Fruit Loops (more if your kids will eat most of them)
-Pipe Cleaners
-Ribbon or Yarn

What to Do:
1. String Fruit Loops onto a pipe cleaner. Leave about one inch uncovered on both sides
2. Bend both sides of the pipe cleaner inwards to create a heart shape
3. Twist ends together in the center and reshape if needed
4. Add ribbon/yard if desired (we hung some with ribbon and some without)

Hang outside and keep watch for the birds. My boys love checking on them each morning to see if any are eaten. 

Monday, February 12, 2018

Weekend Recap

It's been way too long since I've done a weekend recap. We had absolutely zero plans this weekend which was perfect since we ended up getting freezing rain and ice. 

Friday night I found my favorite book by one of my favorite people at Target. My pre-ordered signed copy was also delivered Saturday morning so to say I was a liiitttllle excited would be a understatement. If you haven't snagged a copy of this, get one now!

Due to icy roads we missed out on our usual donut Saturday, but these cinnamon rolls made up for it.

And because life is all about balance, I carefully drove the one minute drive to our neighborhood clubhouse to workout. 

The boys and I did a super easy Valentine's craft which will be up on the blog tomorrow. 

Later that evening I tried out this new wine I picked up during my trip to Target and J and I watched The Cloverfield Paradox on Netflix. We didn't think it was as good as 10 Cloverfield Lane, but still a good movie for date night from home.

Sunday morning brought even more ice which naturally meant it was time to make cookies. 

Ben got a bunch of new games for Christmas and Wet Head is definitely one of our favorites. Just be prepared to get really wet.

Jack also worked on addressing his Valentines for his school party. This year we went with store bought ones and his Trollhunter loving heart was so happy.

By Sunday evening we were all going a little stir crazy and if I heard the boys fight one more time I was going to sell them both. We decided to make an escape to Mexican for dinner, the roads ended up being fine, and mama had a margarita so all was right with the world :)

I hope you all had a great weekend!

Linking up with Biana for Weekending. 
Thursday, February 8, 2018

3 Ingredient Greek Dip

My friend Jaclyn made this dish for a white elephant party last Christmas and from the first bite I knew I needed to recreate it. It only has 3 ingredients and takes just few minutes to make so it's perfect if you need a list minute appetizer or just want something to snack on at home. 

What You Need:
-10oz container of regular hummus 
-1/4 cup Feta
-Cucumber peeled, sliced, and cut into fourths

What to Do:
-Spread the hummus on the bottom of a dish (I used 9 1/2 inch round but you can also use a 9X9)
-Crumble feta and sprinkle over hummus
-Place cucumber on top and cover until ready to eat

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Jump Around: Ben's 9th Birthday

On January 29th this handsome fella turned 9 years old. And then promptly reminded me that he will be a teenager in 4 years. Cue the tears.

When your birthday falls on a school day it's not quite as fun as the weekend, but we made the most of it. Donuts and a candle in the morning. 

I ate lunch with him at school and then that night we ate his favorite Olive Garden and had cake and presents. When the candles are trick ones, you have to blow extra hard :)

As Ben's gotten older I've traded in pretty Pinterest inspired parties for practical ones and I don't miss it one bit. Not having to clean and cook for a house full of wild kids is just as great as it sounds. A new SkyZone just opened in our town and it was perfect timing for a birthday party. The kids had so much fun and could go as crazy as they wanted. 

And just like that another year has passed. 
Thursday, February 1, 2018

2018 Goals Update: January

We're one month into the New Year so it's time to check-in and see what progress I've made in the last 31 days. I'd also love to hear about all the great things you guys accomplished in January so make sure to share in the comments. It's always inspiring and motivating to hear other people's successes. 

Let's get to it.

//Write down ten things that I am grateful for at the end of every single day//
I’ll be honest, although I think this is the easiest one to complete on the list, it’s the one I do the least frequently. I was writing them down in my planner at the end of the day but that wasn’t always practical so now I’m putting them in my phone at night before bed and it makes it much easier to remember.

//Complete at least 3 devotionals or bible studies//
I still need to find some devotionals. The ones that I’ve looked at so far haven’t really peaked my interest so please send me some recommendations.

//Workout at least 4 times per week for at least 30 minutes//
I’m pretty proud of myself on this one. Especially on those days where I don’t get my workout done in the morning, I make it a priority to do it after work. Four days a week is also way more realistic and doable than seven so I'm not setting myself up to fail. For February, I plan on tracking the actual number of days I work out.

//Lose 20 pounds//
I’ve lost 7.2 pounds since the 1st which is progress, but I’ve definitely had a few cheat meals here and there so if I really reigned those in it would probably be one or two more. I’m really trying to stick to “all things in moderation” and making sure to track all of my food in My Fitness Pal. If I do have a cheat meal, I make sure to adjust the calories elsewhere throughout the day. I also only allow myself a cheat meal. Before if I had a cheat meal it would turn in to a cheat day, which then became the rest of the week. Again, this is where consistency is key.

//Give up soda for at least 30 days//
I officially made it 31 days and going strong. This goal wasn’t even so much about the soda as it was making a promise to myself and not breaking it. I still remember how great a Dr. Pepper tastes and will probably have it again at some point, but as a treat not a regular habit.

//Wake up an hour earlier on weekdays in order to have the best start to my day//
Getting back into this routine has been hard, but I definitely notice a positive difference in my mood and energy level when I wake up earlier.

//Drink half my body weight in ounces of water each day//
Doing it although I’ve never had to pee so much.

//Read 12 books throughout the year//
I’ve already knocked out 4 books so I’m way ahead of schedule. And if you’re looking for book recommendations make sure to check out my post on 3 Books to Get You Through Winter.

//Declare our house a yelling free zone and create a plan on how we'll do this//
Definitely not perfect, but there’s been progress. One thing that helps cut down on a lot of the yelling and arguing is the fact that we spend a lot less time cleaning since I did a big purge at the beginning of January. I will write a whole blog post about this, but instead of spending our weekends cleaning were able to do a lot more of the fun stuff. And we all know that an unstressed mom is a better mom

//Have bi-weekly date nights with my husband. Whether we go out or do something at home, a time carved out for just the two of us to strengthen our marriage//
This month we went to our favorite pizza place and then to a movie and then had a few at home dates where we watched a movie after the boys were in bed. 

//Continue to create a budget each month and update the budget at least weekly//
January’s budget is completed and February’s is created and ready to go. In February, I really want to focus on looking at the amount I’ve allocated in each category before spending not just logging it after I’ve already bought something.

//Create a house where stuff does not cause chaos. Each room will only have things we love and all of those things will have a place//
I did a huge purge and organized everything at the beginning of January and it felt great. I threw away and donated SO much stuff and it also made me so much more aware of what we are bringing into our home. Ben’s birthday was Monday and we were super intentional about the gifts we gave him and not just buying presents for the sake of presents. I’ve also been talking to him a lot about experiences over things and it seems to be sinking in. One of the things he asked for was concert tickets to Charlie Puth this summer :) 

Besides these monthly goal updates, I'm also going to share how I felt at the end of each month. Not only is it a great way to reflect back on the month, but it will also make it easier when I do my 2018 End of the Year Review.

January Feelings: Proud, Accomplished, Hopeful, Settled