Goal Setting, Goals, Life, Weight loss

Bathing cats, Christmas is coming, and goals for the rest of 2016

Can you believe that there’s only about 2 months left in 2016? This year started with travelling up to Michigan so Braden could attend his final 10 weeks of classes as a DPT student. In March, we moved in with the in-laws while he did his internships and searched for a job. Here we are almost 8 months later and we’re just about ready to move into our first home in Maryland! With less than 3 weeks til moving day, we’ve got a lot of sorting and packing to do.

We’re excited to be moving closer to his work and all our favorite date spots and I can’t wait to live less that 10 minutes from TWO different Targets! I’m looking forward to have my own kitchen again! It’s going to be easier to meal plan and eat more meals at home once we’re in our own space. It’s also going to be funny to see my Shadow baby roam more space than just our bedroom. Speaking of… it’s going to be amazing to get her litter box out of our room!

I gave her a bath today and she didn’t love it. Poor girl. I had to blow dry her because the house was too cold and she was shivering. She didn’t like that either but she forgave me after I gave her a few treats and a good brushing.



There’s about 9.5 weeks left in 2016 and I’m determined to accomplish a lot during these last few weeks.

I’d like to try and start running again and just get back into fitness. I was really struggling with being sick and in pain for a few weeks which really threw me off of my fitness plan. The place we’re going to be moving into has a small fitness center and there are a lot of trails in the area as well. I also want to pick up yoga and Zumba again.

I’m currently sitting at exactly 180 pounds and I really like the goal of being 170 or under by Christmas. It’s hard to lose weight at this time of year because Thanksgiving, Christmas parties and all of the amazing fall treats but I’m determined to lose instead of gain.

Here are the things I’m going to be working on for these last 2 months of 2016.

  1. Lose weight and focus on health.
    • Drink water: other drinks are a treat (this is hard for me)
    • Fitbit: take 10,000 steps daily.
    • Pick up swimming, running, yoga, and zumba again!
    • Focus on veggies, grains, and legumes. Less processed food, more meal planning.
  2. Continue growing business + blog more.
  3. Set up new home and decorate on a budget (DIY, using what I already have, budget shopping).
  4. Home-make most Christmas presents.

I really want to be fully set up and moved into our new home by Thanksgiving break when my sister comes home so we can decorate for Christmas! My favorite time of year! I found these adorable mini cookie cutters for $1.49 at Target today. You can tell I was also testing out nail polish colors…

Mini Christmas Cookie Cutters

Since I love Christmastime so much, I’ve been planning out a series of blogs to present as my 25 days of Christmas! Subscribe via email or Bloglovin’ so you don’t miss out when that starts up.


What are your goals for the end of 2016?

Fall, Friday Faves, Life

Friday Faves

So many amazing things are happening today! That’s a comfort because on this day of awesome news, my childhood home of 14 years officially becomes someone else’s new family home. Yesterday I went and said goodbye for the last time… but I’m not going to spend much time dwelling on that right now.

Onto the good things in life and what I’ve been loving lately!

Fall Colors!

october apple picking

My sister was home for fall break 2 weeks ago and we had a fun day at the farm! 🙂

Lake Elkhorn Fall colors

From my walk around Lake Elkhorn on Wednesday with Lisa.

Michael Buble <3

Buble’s new album just released today and my favorite worlds collided in the song “Someday” which features Meghan Trainor! Ahh. Such a happy day. I’ve been a Michael Buble lover since my mom bought “It’s Time” and it became our go to album to listen to on the way home from school. The songs are fun and I’ve already added a couple to my workout playlist.


I’ve been anticipating Buble’s album for quite a few weeks now but Pentatonix was a happy surprise that I found out about this morning! The opening song “O Come, All Ye Faithful” is just amazing, you have to listen. I’m probably going to have that on repeat for a while. I LOVE Christmas!!! 9 weeks to go!

Civilization 6

Civ 5 is the only game in the series that I’ve played and I’m pretty loyal. I’m not going to tell you how many hours I’ve played since Brady first introduced me in 2012. I don’t like the graphics for the new game but there are a lot of new tweaks that make me excited to try it. This isn’t exactly a favorite but it’s something I’m looking forward to trying out and it just came out today so…

Civilization 6

OPI “Taupe-less Beach”

This nail color is gorgeous. I’ve been looking for a fall grey color for over a month and I’ve found my happy color. It has a purple-y undertone and in yellowish light it kind of has a brownish tone to it but it’s the perfect fall color.

OPI Polish Taupe-less Beach Nail Polish

Ricola Cough Drops

My dearest hubby got sick at work a little over a week ago and of course I caught it too. It’s been a miserable week for me as a go through the stages of a bad cold. Head pressure, using all the tissues in the house, sore throat, and coughing. It’s been a rough week for sleep. I needed a break from the menthol cough drops so these were perfect. Maybe the sugar isn’t worth it, but they taste good and still help so it’s a win.

Ricola Supplement Drops With Vitamin C Mixed Berry 19 Each (Pack of 2)


That’s all for now but let me know what you’ve been loving or if you have a fave song on either of the two new albums out today!

Food, Goal Setting, Healthy eating, Life, Meal Planning, Recipes

Apple Picking, Meal Planning, and Calorie Counting

You know how last week I posted about the various bad things that happened all in a row? I was determined to change my fates but not before getting punched a few times first. Apparently I can’t survive without a phone because it tells me everything I need to know, like what the temperature is and how I should dress for the day… so after my phone died, I got a new S7 and while in the process of looking for the right screen protector and case to buy, I dropped it when I was getting out of the car for church and smashed the screen on both top corners of the phone. Sigh. Then on Sunday, I accidentally broke my glasses beyond repair. I mean it was time for new ones but still… now I have to wear contacts until I can get new ones. I don’t love wearing glasses but ever since an eye infection I had in 2011 my eyes have not loved wearing contacts so I rarely wear them anymore. Continue Reading

Back Pain, Life, Thinking Out Loud, Weight loss

All bad things happen together at the same time

Can you believe that today is the last day of summer? I can’t believe fall is already here! I don’t love when sundown is getting earlier but it was perfect timing for me last night when I was picking up hubby from work. It was a spectacular drive.

Maryland Sunset

On Sunday I went to the B&O Railroad museum with my dad, brother, step-sis, and hubby. I don’t have half the photos though because my phone is now dead forever. See below.

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Back Pain, Biking, Exercise, Life, Yoga

It finally happened (!!!) and a season of change

I’ve unofficially officially left my job! If you’re confused as to what that means, it means that I’ve turned in my badge and I’m not planning on returning but they’re keeping me in the system for up to 90 days in case I change my mind. They’re going to miss me so that makes me feel good. For a little over a year, I’ve been working as a “floater” in a large office building moving between departments as they needed help. I’ve done so many jobs ranging from web to administrative assistant, editor, office grunt work, inventory, and handling international visa applications. There have been a handful of fun moments, but I’m really ready to move on now that I’m not the main support for our little family.

I did have a moment of sadness yesterday when I turned in my badge because while it wasn’t at all what I wanted to be doing, my dad works there in a different department and it was really nice being able to eat lunch with him regularly. Continue Reading

Life, Thinking Out Loud, Vacation

Thursday Thinking Out Loud (TOL) 9-8-2016

Today I am going to be doing my first Thinking Out Loud linkup with Amanda from Running With Spoons! I’ve been reading her blog for a while and decided that today I had some stuff I wanted to share with you so I’m going to jump right in and share some of the things I’ve been thinking about and loving lately…

1. Aly Raisman

The best news ever was announced yesterday!!! Aly Raisman isn’t planning on retiring yet and after a year off she’s going to resume training for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo! I love Aly so much and was feeling a bit bummed because it seemed like she was probably going to retire but she is so phenomenal and fun to watch. I watched the all around event live and I almost cry even just seeing this photo because it was a perfect moment.

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