Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Sunday Sweats 2016: Vol. 1


I know I'm a little late to post this, but it's about time I do one of these to help keep me on track with my fitness goals.  Truth is, I've been a little - okay, a LOT - lazy during the past few months.  Work has been extremely hectic lately, to the point where I've been working weekends and by the time I get home, all I do is eat dinner and pass out.  Joey's been really great about it, letting me sleep early while he gets the kids ready for bed.  Also, since December I've been having some really bad migraines on and off, to the point where I can't do anything at all because my head hurts so bad and it makes me nauseous.  Because of all that, I haven't really mustered up the motivation to do much as far as workouts go.

Now that February is in full swing, I figure I'd better get my ass moving and work on something - anything - to get me healthy and fit again.  I bought a couple fitness toys last month (5lb. kettle bell, new jump rope) that I've been using on and off, but I need to put an actual plan and routine down so I don't lose focus and get distracted as much.  I also want to start running again and now that the holidays are over and the weather has been pretty decent (hope I didn't just jinx it) I think it's a good time to hit the pavement.

My goals for this week are pretty simple:

1.  Run at least twice.
2.  Do at least 10 minutes of cardio each day.
3.  At least a 10 minute yoga routine each day.
4.  Drink more water.
5.  Take my vitamins (B-2) to help with my migraines.

That's about it.  Just gonna try to keep up with myself, continue controlling my portions when eating, and try to keep these migraines at bay.

What about you?

Monday, February 8, 2016

WNWM: Quick recap of January


What's New With You

Decided to join in on Kristen and Gretch's What's New With You? linkup to recap what's been happening in my life lately, which really isn't much.  If you couldn't tell, the title "WNWM" stands for What's New With Me.  Duh.



Work.
As in, every.  single.  day.  For the past two weeks.  We've got a few huge cases that we've been working on lately that have been pushed forward by the court so I've been working on nothing but three cases for the past month.  I'm talking huge printing/copying/scanning/organizing/binding/etc. projects that need to be done ASAP.  It was so crazy that my boss told me to hire a temp to help me out.  Thankfully, the bulk of the projects are done now so hopefully I won't have to come into the office again this weekend.



Sewing.
Thanks to Crazy Little Projects' Learn to Sew blog series, I've been sewing up a storm lately.  I'm kind of addicted now.  Seriously, most of my time on the internet has been spent looking for new sewing patterns, tutorials, fabric, thread, etc.  I just want to stay home and make EVERYTHING!  So, if you ever want to gift me something, I'd happily accept gift cards to Joann's and Etsy or Paypal cash.  Lol.


I'd post a photo collage of the books I read in January but...lazy.

Reading.
When I wasn't up until 1am sewing a project, I was up until 3am reading.  January was a pretty good month as far as reading goes.  I knocked 3 books off my ABC Reads list already and am currently on the hunt for more books to add to that list!



Here's what I wasn't doing in January:  waxing my legs, getting enough sleep, exercising, budgeting, taking pictures, drawing, shopping.

And really that's about it.  Everything's been rushing by so quickly lately, I'm just ready for a weekend to sleep it all off and refresh my brain.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

February 2016 Wallet Watch


I've decided to try the "Wallet Watch" challenge this month since I didn't keep track of my budget very well during the past few months.  Now that the holidays are over (and I won't get a weekday off until May), it's time for me to buckle down on my spending.  Here are the guidelines I'm setting for myself:

- Do not spend more than $100 on clothes/shoes/accessories/etc.  This is for the entire household, which includes Joey, the three kids and myself.  Everyone (besides me) got new shoes and clothes for Christmas so we don't need to be stopping at Foot Locker or the mall anytime soon, except for maybe a few staple pieces.  And since we also got a few gift cards during the holidays, those won't count towards the $100 limit.

- No stopping at the store for snacks in the morning.  This is a bad habit that we have not only because of how much we spend, but also because it's mostly junk food that we can just grab on the go.  Every morning we'd stop at the local gas station/mom&pops store to grab snacks and drinks for the kids to take to school, and then of course I'd HAVE to buy myself some empanadas or musubis or something too.  We were racking up quite a bill every month because we'd spend about $10-$15 every.  single.  day.  That shit's not gonna fly anymore.  Now we'll be buying snacks/groceries in bulk once a month so we don't have to waste so much money.

- No splurging on Valentine's day.  I've already placed an order for cookie bouquets as gifts but other than that, there's no need for us to buy Vday gifts (I love when holidays like these fall on weekends because it saves me money on buying treats for the kids' class.  And instead of an expensive brunch or dinner, our plans for Vday will be something fun for our whole family to enjoy together (maybe one of the things on my 30 by Thirty list).

- Keep track of daily spending.  I need to get better at this.  By keeping track of the types of things we spend on, it'll be so much easier to figure out what areas we need to work on.

- No coffee unless it's free.

- Skip the month for subscriptions.  Sorry Fabletics, Fabkids, JustFab, and ipsy.

- No unnecessary purchases.  Nuff said.

Approved purchases:

1.  Gift for baby birthday on Saturday.
2.  iPhone 6s upgrade (My contract will be up soon so I'm able to upgrade my phone and extend it - I also need a new phone since Joey and Trace used it for all of one hour last month and now the display is all screwed up.)
3.  Supplies/material for sewing and DIY projects ($50 limit for the month - I mean it!)
4.  Anything towards my 30 by Thirty list.


And that's it.  Hopefully I'll be able to stick to it, or at least curb my usual spending habits a little more this month.  With a family of five (including 3 growing kids) it's pretty impossible to have a "No Spend" month, but this will challenge us (okay mostly me) to separate wants from needs and prioritize things more.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

WODW: Untitled (for now)

Be like the sun,
Shining bright and spreading warmth.

Be like the moon,
Beautifully mysterious through your phases.

Be like the stars,
A glimmer of hope during the darkest times.

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Whatever you choose to be -
Sun, moon or stars,

I will be like the sky,
To hold every part of you.



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I wrote this a while back (probably around November or so) but haven't posted it until now because I've been trying to come up with a title for it.  I still haven't come up with anything that I think is fitting.  So, I decided to just post it anyway in the hopes that maybe one of you wonderful and insightful readers could help me out with a title.

Just a little background on this:  I was inspired to write this while talking with my kids about the kind of people they want to be when they get older.

So, what do you think?  Have any ideas about a title?  Have any editing comments?  (Kind of unsure about: whatever vs. whichever)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

#learntosew Project No. 3 & 4

This is going up a couple weeks late, I know.  The past few weeks have been extremely hectic at work.  And when I mean extremely, I mean I've been working every single day, including several hours on the weekends.  I racked up a little over 92 hours last pay period.  Yeah.

I figured I might as well post my projects anyway, especially since a lot of you have expressed your interest in sewing so hopefully these posts inspire you to start learning how to sew as well!


For the project, I decided to sew this linen bucket bag but used an old belt as the strap, since I couldn't find any leather supplies nearby.  Love how well it turned out and how simple it was to make.


Week 4 was How to Insert Elastic.  It's basically creating a hem and stringing your elastic through and then closing the hem.  I've used elastic in several projects already so this one was pretty simple for me.

I had more of the pineapple print fabric from the bucket bag so I made myself a pair of cute little tulip-style pom-pom shorts.  I made up the pattern myself so I ran into several bumps along the way and had to whip out my seam ripper a few times, but it turned out okay.  And I'm glad that I attempted it so I know what NOT to do for the next pair I make.


Oh, and here's another project I whipped together in the last couple weeks.  Figured I might as well give leggings and a sports bra a shot, especially since I'll be working out more this month.  It turned out pretty okay, my machine's tension was acting up so it was a bit wonky as the fabric started gathering a bit, but it really isn't noticeable at all so whatevs.


What have you been creating?  Have you decided to start sewing yet?  What are you waiting for?!

30 by Thirty



Alright, so the cat's out of the bag and my real age is revealed here on the internet for the whole world to know:  I'll be turning 30 on May 29, 2016.  I know, right?

Anyway.  So I've decided to do one of those 30 by thirty challenge things and since I've been in denial about my age for the past few years, my list is pretty simple so I can try and accomplish it all within the next four months.  I'll be updating this as I go along and I'll also try to write a post about each thing I cross off.  No promises on that though.

1.  Go on a hike.
2.  Do a headstand.
3.  Sing karaoke.
4.  Feed the homeless.
5.  Fire a gun.
6.  Try a new food item/dish.
7.  Ride The Duck
8.  Go on the Seawalker Tour
9.  Plant a tree.
10.  Make a new friend.
11.  Write to old friends.
12.  Try golfing.
13.  Get a spa treatment.
14.  Get another tattoo.
15.  Run in a race.
16.  Go to a live yoga class.
17.  Write a children's book.
18.  Establish a legit savings account.
19.  Buy some stocks.
20.  Take control of my debt.
21.  Do the splits.
22.  Read 30 books.
23.  Knit something.
24.  Explore a local place I haven't been to before.
25.  Donate to a good cause.
26.  Host an outdoor movie night.
27.  Take a family photo.
28.  Have "date night" once a month.
29.  Go to a Sip & Paint event.
30. Go on the Atlantis Submarine tour.

ABC Reads: January

Linking up with Mia and Andrea for this month's ABC Reads update!  Really enjoyed setting aside time to read, especially since this month has been crazy hectic with work, home, etc.  Looking forward to reading more and adding new books to my list this month, so if you have any recommendations for any of the letters I haven't got a book for yet, please let me know!

A:  (The) Atlantis Plague, by A.G. Riddle.  Completed January 2016.
B:  Broken Grace, by E.C. Diskin.  Completed January 2016.
C:  (The) Color of Secrets, by Lindsay Jane Ashford.  Currently reading.
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N:  (The) Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah.  Completed January 2016.
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 Here's my mini-reviews on what I've read this month (in the order I read them):

The Nightingale
After Kristin's review of this book a few months ago, I knew I just had to add it to my reading list.  Thankfully, it went on sale during the holidays so I was able to treat myself to it and finally got to read it.  LOVED it.  Those who know me know that I'm a huge fan of historical fiction and kick-ass female characters and this had everything!  Drama, secrets, love, conflict, death - I seriously didn't want the book to end!
The Atlantis Plague
This is the second book in The Origin Mystery series and it was pretty good.  The story line was a little hard to follow since the author switches the points of view a lot throughout the book, but I guess that's just his style of writing as it was the same in the first book.  This book was more sci-fi than mystery/adventure than the last book so it didn't hold my interest as much as the previous one, which is probably why it took me the longest to get through.  I'll still read the third and final book in the series though, because I ain't no quitter!  Lol.
Broken Grace
This was the last book I read in January, literally finished it last night (January 31st).  I love mystery/thriller books and this one was awesome!  The story starts off with Grace, a 20-year-old who gets in a car crash and suffering from amnesia.  She has no recollection of who she is or her life before her accident and ends up finding out that her boyfriend was murdered the morning of her accident and that she is the prime suspect.  This book seriously has some crazy twists and turns in it.  You think you know what's going to happen then BAM!  Plot twist!

Your turn!  What have you been reading?  Got any good recommendations?