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2018 Monthly Goals: September

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Where did August go? How is it already September? I feel like I blinked and August is over. I guess the stress of back to school made the month go by much faster than normal. But looking back at my goals for August- I rocked them! 

August Goals:

1. Finish buying uniform pieces. DONE. All 4 kids have full uniforms for the entire year! It’s such a relief to not have to worry about finding uniform pieces until next year. 

2. Get back on the monthly meal planning train. DONE. I’ve been really good with the meal planning. I’m going to start doing a weekly meal plan post again soon, I think. 

3. Get back in the school year groove. DONE. It was painful and it sucked all the life out of me. But we did it. Kids are waking up with their alarm clocks every morning, I’m going to bed before midnight, all the laundry is done on the weekend, and dinner is at 6:00. Go me.

4. Enjoy our last 2 weeks of summer. DONE. We enjoyed the heck out of our last 2 weeks of summer. Carowinds, swimming, the movies….we enjoyed every last minute.

5. Get organized. DONE. All my calendars and planners are up to date, closets are organized, pantry is organized. It feels great!

September Goals:

1. Spend more one on one time with the kids. Maia, in particular, needs some one on one time right now. She’s still having a hard time. I need to be more conscious of taking her out for coffee or to window shop. 

2. Celebrate 2 birthdays. Zoey turns 8 and Camden turns 16 this month. We’re planning parties, and outings, and school celebrations. 

3. Volunteer. I’m class coordinator for Zoey’s class again this year and I’m co-chair of the used uniform committee at their school. I want to do more volunteering on a weekly basis in the middle school though. 

4. Have a minimal spending month. Birthday presents are already purchased, uniforms are purchased, weekend clothes are purchased, shoes are purchased….I want to spend nothing extra this month. 

5. Try 5 new recipes. I’ve found so many new recipes that my family loves since buying the Instant Pot and there are so many more out there! I can’t wait to try even more. 

 



Favorite Things Friday {8.3.18}

1. This has been the summer of Fortnite in our house. Both Mason and Maia are addicted. They spend a lot of time playing together on separate TVs and Xbox’s. Sometimes they cheer each other on…and sometimes they try to strangle each other in the kitchen. Even Tyler has enjoyed some marathons with his friends. But Maia has been the worst. On more than one occasion I have found her sleeping on the couch in the bonus room with headset still on and game controller in hand. She’s also fallen asleep multiple times in the car when we’ve had morning appointments because she was up all night playing. I warned her that I would be posting all these pictures if it continued to happen. Mom doesn’t go back on her threats, y’all. Boom. 

2. Zoey went up my parents house for a mini Nana Camp last week with my nephew, Jax. My mom is a brave soul. But they all had a blast. They did so many fun activities and had such a good time! She stayed 4 days and it was the perfect mini vacation for her. My mom baked cookies with her, took her shopping, went to the gem mine, had picnics, let her pick out things from the gift shop…basically this is not the same woman who raised me, y’all. 

3. While Zoey was gone we decided to take Mason and Maia to Carowinds with a couple of friends so they could ride the roller coasters. Zoey doesn’t like to ride anything outside of Camp Snoopy so the big kids kind of get the shaft when we go as a whole family. This time we let them ride anything they wanted and it was so much fun! Then we had a sleepover at our house. The four of them decided to watch the newest Amityville movie and scared each other silly. We found them the next morning all sleeping huddled up together in the bonus room with the dogs. Ha!

 

4. My parents brought Zoey and Jax back home on Sunday and we planned a big family cookout. Matt’s parents were able to come and my sister came too. It was really fun. They all got to see some of the new updates we’ve done to the house and we celebrated my birthday and our 22nd anniversary at the same time. It was just a fun family day- nice and relaxing before the craziness of the school year starts.

5. Speaking of the craziness of school starting- it’s already started to get nuts here. Varsity football started this week for Tyler and their first scrimmage is next Friday already. Cross country starts next week for Maia. We had the first senior meeting and college planning night this week. I cannot believe summer break is almost over! It went way too fast!



2018 Monthly Goals: August

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I got a lot of things marked off my to do list in July! I love getting things done! 

July Goals:

1. Finish the kids bedroom decor. SEMI-DONE. Everything is ordered but some things aren’t delivered yet. The kids love their rooms and I’m super happy with how they turned out! I can’t wait to share them!

2. Find some new recipes for the Instant Pot. DONE. I have a big list of recipes I plan to try. So far we’ve loved everything I’ve made! I even talked my mom, my sister, and my mother-in-law to buy an Instant Pot!

3. Create a cleaning station in the laundry room. DONE. It literally took me 2 minutes! And it’s saved me a lot of time already when I’m cleaning the upstairs! I love having a laundry room on the second floor. Love it!

4. Finish the bonus room. SEMI-DONE. I created the art center and hung a huge canvas map in the art center. I still need to do the movie posters on the TV wall. 

5. Sort through school uniforms. DONE. I not only got them sorted but I already sold most of the ones the kids had outgrown! I’m ahead of schedule!

6. Furnish and decorate the front 2 rooms. SEMI-DONE. Again, everything is ordered but some pieces haven’t been delivered yet. 

August Goals:

1. Finish buying uniform pieces. I’ve already made my list and bought some items but there are still some on my list. All 4 kids need various things- from uniform polos to hoodies to jackets to bottoms….it never ends. 

2. Get back on the monthly meal planning train. Now that school is about to go back in I need to get back to monthly meal planning. I’m going to plan 4 weeks at a time but I am going to shop every 2 weeks. I think that will work best for my schedule.

3. Get back in the school year groove. I need to get back into the habit of waking up early, doing laundry before everyone is out of clothes, cooking dinner before 8pm, etc. It’s going to be painful.

4. Enjoy our last 2 weeks of summer. School goes back in 17 days. I want to cry. But I’m determined that we will enjoy our last 2 weeks of summer. I’m hoping to take the kids to see one more movie, maybe hit Carowinds at least once more, go to the beach at the lake, and maybe go bowling. We’re saying goodbye to summer with a bang.

5. Get organized. I need to get my calendar and my planner in sync and get folders done for the new school year. I still have to set up the lunch box area and hang up new uniforms. We’re not going to talk about school supplies. Ugh. 

 



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!

 



Life Lately: Beach Trip Days 3 & 4

Day 3 started out bright and sunny with some very tired kids who we had to drag out of bed at 10am again. Matt bribed Maia out of bed with promises of Starbucks coffee. One of the reasons we love this hotel so much is the Starbucks coffee shop in the lobby. Once her caffeine craving had been satisfied we hit the beach. The kids were anxious to try out their new boogie boards. 

 

The kids LOVED the boogie boards. And I had the best time sitting in my beach chair watching them. Even Matt took a few turns. Zoey and Mason really figured it out and could surf a long way to shore. I packed a cooler so we could eat lunch at the beach which worked out perfectly. I think we spent at least 8 hours down at the ocean before anyone wanted to go get dinner. 

We hit our favorite steakhouse/tavern for dinner that night and since we went before 5:00 the kids ate free and we only had to wait 15 minutes for a table! Early birds for the win! 

After dinner we hit the beach again and took another long walk to the pier. The kids collected seashells and we enjoyed the sea breeze. 

The kids tired of the beach finally after a few hours so we went back to the room to eat lunch and then hit the pool (and the pool side tiki bar!) for the rest of the day. I had a mango pina colada and OhMyGosh it was delicious!

We ate dinner at the tiki bar that night too. The grilled bacon cheeseburgers smelled too good to pass up! After dinner we hit the beach for a long walk on our last night. Walking on the beach at night is one of my favorite things. One day I will find a way to live at a beach somewhere. 

And that’s a wrap on beach week 2018! We had a blast and I can’t wait to go back again.