Thursday, January 19, 2017


Eating //  All the bad things.  Haven't had much time for grocery shopping or meal planning so I've been eating whatever is convenient.  The other day we went to Wendy's because it was nearby and I wanted a salad, but after placing everyone's order (I had the kids with me) and paying, I realized I hadn't ordered myself a salad.  I ordered a baconator instead. #oldhabitsdiehard

Drinking //  Coffee, water and alcoholic beverages.  Because the holiday drinking doesn't have to end when the holiday season does.  One of my goals this year was to be more festive during the holidays and not be such a bore so why not celebrate every holiday with a drink or two, right?  So, I celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. day with a couple glasses of Viniq.

Watching //  Grey's Anatomy (yes, still).  Also watched Keeping Up with the Joneses (4/5), Monster Trucks (1.5/5) and Underworld: Blood Wars (3/5).

Reading //  Finished Everything We Keep and The Buried Book.  Currently reading The Original Dream and still on track with my goal of reading 52 books (one per week) this year.  Also trying to keep up with my goal of logging in my books on Goodreads (thanks Kristen!).

Buying //  Not much, actually.  I mean, you can't tell by my bank account, but I haven't splurged on anything besides a couple of books lately.  We've been spending ridiculous amounts of money on takeout, snacks, and random crap instead.

Enjoying //  All the sunny days.  We've been taking advantage of the good weather lately by going to the water park and/or the beach at least once every week in January thus far.  Yesterday was a little overcast, but that didn't keep us from enjoying the ocean.

Planning for //  Christmas, birthdays, holiday events and family time.  I was a wreck last year as far as being on top of things so I'm trying to plan better for all the things coming up throughout the year.  That means planning birthdays/events months in advance even if we're just going to Chuck-E-Cheese's.  I'm also going to start writing down things that the kids mention so I can get their gifts a little at a time throughout the year instead of rushing around like a madwoman when the holidays come around again.

Creating //  Lists on lists on lists.  I'd been eyeing The 52 Lists Project since last month but didn't purchase it because (a) I'm cheap like that; and (b) I wanted to start ASAP.  Instead, I bought a notebook, printed out the list prompts, and created my own little 52 lists journal.  DIYing it cost me more than I would have had to pay for the actual book, but my notebook gives me more writing space and lots of room to customize.  I did just order the 52 Lists for Happiness and Start Where You Are so this year's goal of journaling and writing more is gonna be a breeze.

Stressing over //  The chaos and craziness in the months ahead.  Baseball season is starting and I'm dreading the fundraisers, practices, games, potlucks, etc.  This is also Niyah's last year in middle school so she's got a lot of end-of-the-year events coming up as well as testing and registration for high school.  Don't even get me started on our summer plans!

Looking forward to //  Tidying up!  I've joined the KonMari bandwagon and am planning to start my decluttering this weekend.  Lord knows I need to overhaul all the crap I've accumulated over the years and even though I get rid of a bunch of crap every once it a while, other stuff starts piling up and the process starts all over again.  Saturday morning I will tackle all my clothes and get rid of all the items that don't "spark joy".  Wish me luck!

What have you been up to?  Are you a KonMari follower?  How has the weather been where you are?

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Monthly Mantra 2017: January

January is the first month of the year so I put my best foot forward by changing my look.  I've never been one to take the whole "New Year, New You" thing to heart, but this year is all about CHANGE for me so I'm going for it.

After much deliberation, I've jumped back on the eyelash extension bandwagon and I also finally cut my hair.  I'm also getting back into makeup by learning new techniques, trying new products, etc.  I plan to overhaul my entire wardrobe as well so I can get back to the basics rather than splurging on trendy pieces that I only wear for a month or so.

And, keeping with the CHANGE theme for this year, I'm going to learn to style my hair.  Hair is where I fail as a girl.  It always frustrated me because I can never get it to cooperate!  This year I'm going to try to style my hair differently at least once a week and do some fun things (like dye) throughout the year.

Now that my body is finally back to normal after my gallbladder surgery last month, I'm able to start working out again like I used to.  I'll be starting from day 1 and rebuilding the habit of exercising consistently with my Sweat app and running every week.  Without my gallbladder, I'm not able to eat some of the foods I used to so I'm still experimenting with what my body can and can't tolerate in order to create a healthy (but still delicious) diet plan.

Also, since we're talking about changing appearances, I'm thinking of redoing the appearance of this blog as well.  Adding some pages, changing the layout, etc.  What do you think?  It's been a while since I've done anything besides post sporadically around here so maybe a re-brand is in order...

So, those are some of the changes happening this month.  What about you?  Are you changing anything about yourself this year?

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2017: CHANGE

It's a new year and it's time for a change.  2016 was not the best and instead of being on top of things and taking control of my life, I let life run me over.  I set myself up for failure by creating impossible goals for myself and all those failures put me in an funk for most of the year.

This year I've set goals and resolutions that are attainable and will help me to improve myself and motivate me to keep progressing and changing.  No more getting comfortable and being stagnant.  I know my faults and I've called myself out on my BS so it's time to (wo)man up and make some changes instead of waiting for the changes to happen on their own.

I've written down some of my resolutions/goals (in no particular order) for the year but will be adding to the list as the year progresses.

//  Read more.
//  Worry less.
//  Start journaling.
//  Make improvements around the house little by little instead of hoping for a major renovation.
//  Declutter and purge to live a simpler, more organized life.
//  Make changes to my appearance every so often.
//  Capture moments each day by taking at least one photo.
//  Set aside time for Joey and I to spend without kids.
//  Stay on top of financial obligations and curb my splurging habits by budgeting.
//  Take care of myself by visiting the doctor and dentist regularly.
//  Make time to spend with friends.
//  Sew one project a month.
//  Draw more. 
//  Exercise regularly.
//  Eat healthier and save money by planning my meals in advance.

These are my goals/resolutions for the year.  What are yours?

Books Lately: December

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling
Finally finished the Harry Potter series!  I was going to read the newest book, The Cursed Child, but it is written like a play and the reviews I read were terrible so I'm not about to mess up my newfound HP love with that.  The series has been so fun to read that it was hard for me to get through other books after this last one.  I loved all the twists in this book and I especially loved how it ended with all the characters grown up with kids of their own.  Such a great series and I'm definitely going to binge watch all the movies once I get some time to myself.

Good as Gone, by Amy Gentry
This book was crazy.  It's a story about a girl, Julie, who was kidnapped from her home when she was 13.  The chapters jump back and forth between characters and it was a little hard to follow at first because there were all these different names but that's because Julie had changed her name so many different times throughout her life after being taken from her home.  What makes it even crazier is that when you read about HOW she was taken, it makes you realize just how easily your own kids could go missing, especially these days when kids are acting and dressing like they're much older than they actually are.

What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, by Randall Munroe 

This book is a compilation of hypothetical questions submitted by users and answered by the author on his website,  The author, Randall Munroe, previously worked for NASA and he blends science with humor and comics in answering the questions in this book.  It really is an interesting read and you learn a lot while not getting bored.  It's like having a science class with a really cool teacher.

And that's it for my December reads.  I've got a challenge set up for 2017 that I'm super excited about.  I'll be posting it shortly so you all can follow/join along in reading with me!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Friday, December 16, 2016


This month has been a doozy so far and we're only halfway through it.  Started the month off with surgery to remove my gallbladder and almost went crazy not being able to do much for a few days afterwards.  Honestly, being at home and not being able to do the things you want to do is maddening if you're a busybody like me.  Couldn't clean, couldn't take out the trash, couldn't rearrange the furniture, couldn't do much of anything besides napping, reading, and Netflix.  Chloe, my 8-year-old, was my nurse during my recovery and I was constantly getting scolded by her.  It was annoying yet entertaining at the same time.  Thankfully, it only took me three days until I was able to move around and do things without much pain so she's off my back.

Christmas this year is creeping up fast and we've only just finished putting up our tree two days ago (see picture above).  And I've we've only just started getting gifts yesterday.  I'm so behind.  Last year I was on point, this year I'm just trying to keep my shit together.  Hopefully next year I'll do better.


Eating |  This microwaveable quinoa and brown rice w/ garlic packs.  My dad sent me a couple to try out last month and I've been obsessed with it.  He sent me a full box of it last week and I don't think I've ever been more excited.  I've also passed my obsession on to my coworkers who have ordered boxes of their own.  It's that good.

Drinking |  Lots of water, apple juice, and coffee.  I've only just been able to drink coffee again without discomfort and I'm so happy.  Not being able to get my caffeine fix was making me very irritable.

Watching |  Grey's Anatomy, The Addams Family,  and Moana.  I made the kids watch The Addams Family and they loved it.  We also watched Moana twice this month and it is such a great movie!  Now the kids are torn between dressing up as the Addams Family or the characters from Moana for next Halloween.  Hmm...

Buying |  All the Christmas gifts.  Just ordered a shit ton of stuff online and hoping it'll get here on time.  I told you I'm horrible this year.

Reading |  I finished the last Harry Potter book (Deathly Hallows) and Good as Gone earlier this month.  Now I'm in the middle of reading What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Hypothetical Questions.

Listening to |  All the Christmas stations on Pandora, Solange's A Seat at the Table, and the songs from Moana that the kids keep playing and singing along to.

Wearing |  Leggings, t-shirts and simple dresses.  Wonderland Honolulu had a huge $10 sale last month (still going on right now) and I scooped up a bunch of things I'd been coveting.  Hoping I'll have some $$ left after Christmas to order more.

Stressing over |  Not being able to workout.  I can't really push myself for another few weeks because of the surgery and it's driving me crazy.  I can't wait until I'm able to run and workout again!

Obsessed with | Chrissy Teigen.  Her style, her personality, her everything!  Love it all.

Planning for |  A productive and prosperous 2017.  2016 grounded me a bit so I'm working on keeping my goals attainable and making improvements little by little to make the most of the situations I'm faced with.

Dreaming of |  Eyelash extensions and microblading my brows.  I'd had eyelash extensions before that were done horribly so I've been against them since that experience, but I'm thinking of getting them again.  Also REALLY want my brows microbladed but it just costs so much!  I mean, it's good for about a year (give or take) but $500 is a big chunk of change to fork out for some eyebrows.

Looking forward to |  Being able to jump in the ocean again, seeing the smiles on the faces of my kids on Christmas, all the holiday parties (mostly food), and (of course) 2017!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Books Lately: November

The King's Traitor, by Jeff Wheeler
This was the third book in the Kingfountain Series by Jeff Wheeler.  You can see my review on the first book HERE.  I thought I had reviewed the second book as well but apparently I didn't.  Basically, it's a historical fiction set in medieval times.  Owen, the main character, is taken from his family and raised in the castle as punishment for his father's betrayal to the king.  He ends up earning the trust of the king (who everyone hates and fears) but grows up living a double life because he is not truthful about the magical powers and knowledge he possesses. In this third book, Owen finally finds love after being denied his dream of marrying his childhood friend and first love, Evie.  He also helps to overthrow King Severn and put the rightful heir to the throne in his place. 

Harry Potter, Books 1-6
I've never read any of the Harry Potter books until now.  I was in high school when the books became popular and it wasn't something that interested me at the time.  Now that I'm finally reading through the series, I'm a bit obsessed with it.  I'm finally understanding all the HP references that used to fly over my head before and have used the word "muggle" when referring to some stupid driver who cut me off only to drive 10 miles below the speed limit in front of me.  I regret that I hadn't read them until now as I'm sure I would have liked it a lot more when I was younger.  I'm trying to get my kids to read it too because I'm sure they'd like it as well, but so far they're not taking to it.  Oh, well.  I just started book 7 last night so I should be done with it and the last book in time for next month's book update.

What has everyone else been reading?  Need to add new books to my list for 2017 so I'm looking for recommendations!!