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2019 Monthly Goals: January

I’m going to do my goals a bit differently this year. I’m breaking them down into 5 categories to help keep myself motivated and accountable.

1. Personal Goals- 

  • Replace coffee with hot tea in the mornings
  • Drink only water during the daytime
  • Delete at least 10 unwatched things off DVR

2. Book Goals-

  • Purge and organize my Amazon wish lists
  • Read at least 5 books from Kindle Unlimited
  • Work on my delia.reads Instagram account 

3. Family Goals-

  • Redo chore lists
  • Have at least 1 family movie night

4. House Goals-

  • Clean kitchen every night before bed
  • Create new laundry schedule

5. Blog Goals-

  • Update pages & categories
  • Sort old posts from 2018

I have high hopes for actually accomplishing some much needed things this year!

~Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.

Jim Rohn



What I’ve Been Amazon Priming

It’s no secret that I love Amazon Prime. I hate to go into stores, I hate to run errands, and I hate lines. So Amazon Prime is pretty much the best thing ever invented in my eyes. Ha! Here’s some of my favorite purchases over the last couple of months. 

Dr. Dan’s CortiBalm Lip Balm– This is the best lip balm ever! Tyler had such a hard time with extremely dry and cracking lips while he was on Accutane and this was the lip balm recommended. Now we’re all addicted to it! 

Not Your Mother's Deja Vu Do Style Extending Hair Primer Spray 6 oz [688047130340]

Not Your Mother’s DeJa Vu Do spray– I love this stuff! I don’t wash my hair every day, usually every other day or every 2 days sometimes. On the day I do wash my hair I spray this on my roots of my wet hair before I blow it dry and style it. The spray helps eliminate oil the next day and then I use dry shampoo. It’s a game changer if you have fine hair that gets greasy after one day!

 

Intex PureSpa Cup Holder– I needed cup holders for our new hot tub and this one turned out to be perfect! It fits snugly on the side and holds 2 drinks. It’s worked perfectly for my margaritas!

Skywalker Jump ‘N Dunk Trampoline– We promised the kids a trampoline when we moved because our new backyard is completely flat and even. But I didn’t want a huge one so we finally chose this one. It’s big enough for the kids to have fun but it doesn’t take up the whole yard. 

Gourmia Electric Kettle– I’ve been working hard to limit myself to one cup of coffee a day but I still want hot drinks. I bought this kettle so I can make myself cups of tea. My mom is British- hot tea is a staple! I love how quickly this kettle boils water and I’m going to use it for priming thermoses when the kids go back to school. 

Tazo Awake English Breakfast Tea– speaking of tea, this is my absolute favorite tea! It has enough caffeine to keep me awake and moving! It also has a pretty strong taste- I cannot handle weak tea. Blech! 

Whitmor 5 Section Closet Organizer- One of my least favorite things about the school year is the fighting about clothes. My kids wear uniforms, you would think that would cut down on the arguments. It does not. Zoey is the worst for this- she never wants to pick out her outfit the night before and then we spend 15 minutes arguing about it the next morning. I’m not doing this anymore. Every Sunday night we will pick out 5 outfits for the week. And that’s the end of the discussion. Pray for me. 

Mpow Cell Phone Holder– My old cell phone holder doesn’t fit in my new car so I needed a new one. After reading about a gazillion reviews I finally chose this one. I’ve had it for about a month and so far it’s been great! I try not to use my phone at all while I’m driving since the new Pathfinder has navigation but I like to charge it and having it in this holder keeps it from sliding all over the place. 

Baby Foot Exfoliant Foot Peel– I bought this last month in prep for our beach trip because my feet are awful. I played soccer for so many years and I have soccer player feet. It’s embarrassing. I was so pleased with this foot peel. I applied the booties, waited the recommended amount of time, and then about 5 days later the dead skin started peeling right off my feet! I’ll definitely buy this again!

So that’s some of the things I’ve bought off of Amazon Prime lately. It’s probably the most random collection of stuff ever. Ha! I love me some Amazon Prime!

 



5 Things Friday {3.9.18}

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1. So we pretty much have a revolving door of kids in our house every weekend. Maliah has a handful of friends who rotate sleeping here most Friday and Saturday nights. Mason has his best friend here fairly often. Zoey and her bestie take turns having playdates at each other’s houses. And we never know who or how many friends Tyler is going to show up with. It’s awesome and I love it. I love knowing their friends and what is going on in their lives. 

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2. I shared this picture on IG and captioned it “How you know offseason football training is starting back up this week” haha! Tyler has weights several afternoons a week plus field work several afternoons and on Saturday’s. He also has a combine coming up at the end of the month so he’s working hard to get back into peak shape and shed his winter body. I’m still not pleased that he wants to go back to football but at this point he’s been cleared by his sports medicine doctor and the neurologist has given his tentative approval. Tyler’s completed another round of concussion specific physical therapy that concentrated on brain function and his grades have come up. Still….it’s scary. 

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3. We spent last weekend cleaning out the garage. Holy clutter. We threw away or donated several car loads full of stuff. Some of it I’m still trying to figure out where it came from. I don’t remember buying it. But it’s done. We were hoping to get the garage painted this weekend but of course the weather isn’t cooperating. We’re supposed to get torrential rain both Saturday and Sunday and temps are COLD. Maybe next weekend. 

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4. Have I mentioned how much I love our charter school? Maybe a time or two? Or a thousand? I get pictures all the time from teachers, parent volunteers, and on the Facebook and IG feeds. I love seeing my kids during their day. The pictures of Tyler at the varsity basketball playoff game were posted on IG. He was so so bummed to have to miss basketball season this year due to the concussion but he’s been at every game supporting his teammates and friends. The pictures of Maliah were taken on the 7th grade trip to Washington DC and posted on Facebook by a parent chaperone. The pictures of Zoey were taken by a parent volunteer during her STEM class and the pictures of Mason were taken by his teacher and sent out to parents. I really love this!

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5. Maliah has had such a rough transition to school this year. It’s so hard to jump into middle school not knowing anyone, especially when it’s a smaller school and most of the kids have been together for years. She’s made friends and her grades are fantastic. But recently she’s been dealing with a mean girl situation. This girl is someone Maliah considered a friend so to have her all of a sudden turn on Maliah and start some false rumors has been hard. Mean girls suck. Maliah seems to be handling it well. There were some tears and then she got angry. She introduced this girl to the definition of slander and let her know that bullying will not be tolerated. It helps having an older brother who is uber popular and known by everyone…including the mean girl’s older sister. That helps a lot. 

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Friday Favorites {1.5.18}

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Helllllo first Friday of 2018! I’ve decided to start participating in Friday Favorites again this year. I need some positivity in my life right now. Today I’m sharing some favorite things I’m grateful for right now. 

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One of the biggest things I am grateful for right now are the amazing friendships my kids have made at their new school. Making the decision to switch them to a charter school was full of anxiety for me. I knew in my heart that they were better off in this new school but switching them to a school where they knew nobody was hard. It was a rough few months- especially for Maliah. But they’ve adjust so well and they’ve made some great friends. I was worried that I would never see any of their friends because we live so far away from the school. Having a house full of kids, knowing their friends, and knowing what’s going on in their lives is something I have always really enjoyed. It took a few months but my house is full of kids again. Tyler has football teammates and basketball teammates here all the time and recently there have been new friends too. Maliah always has gaggles of giggling girls over here- which I’m sure has nothing to do with the amount of teen boys also hanging out here ha! Even Mason and Zoey have had quite a few friends over in the last couple of months. I love it. 

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Something else I’m grateful for is my master bedroom. Matt and I upgraded to a king size bed in 2017 and it’s been amazing. Somehow the master bedroom is always last on my list to get done so it never gets finished. I finally buckled down and finished some long overdo projects. I also splurged and bought some of the most amazingly soft and comfy sheets ever known to man- Cuddl Duds Luxury Plush sheets. They’re like being wrapped into minky fleece and sleeping on a cloud. Seriously. Life changing. 

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2017 was a hard year for our family with Tyler’s concussion and complicated recovery, some health scares, and just a lot of stressful things. But looking back at our best 9 of 2017 reminded me that we had good stuff happen too. We visited family, we went to Niagara Falls, we hosted family, we had fun. It wasn’t a total wash of a year. There were a lot of memories made. 

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10 Lessons Learned On The Neighborhood Website

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A couple of years ago my neighborhood started using an app called NextDoor to let neighbors communicate, post announcements, and the such. Now, at first glance this seems like a great idea. But a couple of years into this endeavor a few things have become clear- giving 1000 plus homeowners and residents an open forum to discuss whatever strikes their fancy is not a great idea. I try not to interact too much with these people. And below you’ll find 10 reasons why. 

1. Don’t poop where you eat. Puppies learn this lesson early. It’s taken the neighbors awhile to catch on. It’s easy to pick an argument online behind the relative safety of your keyboard. It becomes trickier when you have to see Harry getting his newspaper every morning after you called him a “big-headed ninny pants”. 

2. The neighborhood watch is a hot button issue. Not everyone likes being watched. 

3. Naming your wifi can start a war. On one street alone we have “Carl is a cable thief”, “Bob is a baby”, “Get your dog poop off my lawn”, and “that’s not dog poop”. These are grown people, y’all. 

4. Some peeps are scary crazy, not just eccentric. I’ve seen some For Sale posts that raised my eyebrows clear off my forehead. We won’t be trick or treating at that house. 

5. The old adage “Opinions are like buttholes” has never applied to anything more than the neighborhood forum.

6. There will always be that one neighbor who is never happy. Even when he gets his own way.

7. Quickest way to become a pariah in your own neighborhood is to let your dog poop on someone’s lawn and leave it there. See number 3. 

8. Everyone has a camera. Please wear pants while getting the newspaper in the morning.

9. Hiding excessive wine bottles in your neighbors recycling can will be noticed and you will find AA pamphlets in your mailbox.

10. There will always be that one person who can quote the bylaws by heart and loves to point out all the houses where the grass is 1/10 of an inch too tall. 

Best thing to do in my unsolicited, non professional advice? Turn off your lights, close your blinds, and hide in the back of your house where you can’t be seen. It’s safer that way. Then pop some popcorn and scroll through the posts on the forum shaking your head and marveling at the magnitude of crazy living right down the street from you. 

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