November: Family Memory Catch-Up
This month I am dedicating time to catching up with my 2013 family yearbook. Each month I enter pictures into a Shutterfly book. We love looking through these books through out the year. I’ve kept up with loading my monthly pictures onto Shutterfly (I’ve had one hard drive crash and learned my lesson. Backing up pictures, documents and videos is top priority to me!) but I am behind adding them to our yearbook (4 months behind! Yikes!)
In addition, I’ve been saving cards for the girls from their birthdays and holidays from family members. I am going to find time this month to put their cards together in a little memory holder like this example. My plan is to combine as many birthdays worth of cards into one book. Then they will go into our girls memory boxes (they have two big ones they will get when they leave the house) and they can decide what to do with them when they are older!
I am really excited about this month. Besides my crafty projects, our family will spend time doing things for others to pay it forward and be thankful for all that we have.
October: Green Smoothie Challenge
Follow-Up: I missed a few days here and there but my favorite part of this month’s green smoothie challenge was the fact that Dave kept up too. Two months of a smoothie challenge has easily made our green drinks a part of our daily routine.
This month I purchased two great products for our smoothies. The first is a set of plastic lids. Our regular canning jar lids get rusty from being washed so much! I also bought blue vintage mason jars and they are just plain pretty to use!
Not only did I learn a lot from the green smoothie challenge but I made a committment to my family and have stuck with making these green drinks for us through out the week. Check out all there is to offer in doing the 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge!
September: Clean-Up the Attic
Follow-Up: Phew! So happy my attic clean-out is over with. It took me several days to do it but it’s done and it feels really good! I found some pretty funny things I was saving like plastic table clothes I haven’t touched in 10 years that had crumbs still folded up into them! Ugh!
I must say, the labels make me really happy when I go into the attic to retrieve things now. It’s the little things….
August: Online Parenting Class
Follow-Up: This month I am participated in a class that came with the purchase of a new book I read called Beautiful Babies. This course was AMAZING! It was quite time consuming and I could have stretched it over two months instead of one. Some of my favorite things about the course were the birth stories (they were included in each lesson) and the videos. Here is a brief outline of what was introduced in the course…
Lesson #1: Diet and nutrition for women
Lesson #2: Dangers of industrial goods and hidden ingredients (especially GMOS)
Lesson #3: Local and pasture based animal foods (along with the benefits of buying them)
Lesson #4: Foods that help populate the gut with HEALTHY bacteria (ex. Raw Milk)
Lesson #5: Fertility and pregnancy nutrient filled diets
Lesson #6: Midwives and Doulas
Lesson #7: Chairopractic care and Acupuncture along with natural, alternative remedies for common ailments
Lesson #8: Natural childbirth and understanding the fear-tension-pain cycle
Lesson #9: Breastfeeding and homemade formula
Lesson #10: Baby Led Weaning-introducing solids instead of purees and cereals
Lesson #11: Postpardum exercise and nutrition
Lesson #12: Where to buy REAL food locally, Meal Prepping and the 80/20 rule
I would highly recommend new mothers take this class and anyone who has interest in changing their family’s nutrition lifestyle. For years I have listened to my friend Danielle about what foods are good for me and why. This course backed all of what Danielle taught me with research and went into depth about why these changes are so beneficial to my family.
July: Exercise Challenge
Follow-Up: I did it (I do have two days left so up to this point, I did it!) Every single arm challenge (including the suggested rest days) minus one set of push ups and one set of biceps. Dave started off doing them with me and as you can see in the picture, he had an extra 20 lb. challenge on him! I do not see a difference in my arms which is a bummer but Dave does which is great! It was REALLY hard near the end of the month with the challenge but I stuck to it. I like when I commit to something and I follow through. It gives me those personal brownie points we all need every once in awhile.
June: 35 of My Favorite Things
Follow-Up: I listed 35 things (in honor of my 35th birthday in May) that make me happy to complete in June. Here’s the list. I did almost everything. Sitting in the sun and doing nothing did not get crossed off my list. I’ve come to realize that as a working from home, mother of two, sitting in the sun and doing nothing is unrealistic. I like to be busy and this was the old me who loved laying out in the sun. Now, if I am sitting in the sun, it makes me happy to be reading for enjoyment or work—to be productive.
May: Pursue My Hobby
Follow-Up: I completed a four week class from Jessica Sprague called Portraiture 101. I also watched one-hour of an online workshop but it wasn’t speaking to me so I didn’t watch the entire clip over at Creative Live. It felt really good to be challenged behind the lens and to capture our everyday moments with my fancy Nikon and not just my iPhone! We had a journaling assignment where we created an artist statement. I also got a fun camera bag for my birthday!
April: Going Green
Follow-Up: Our family had a green smoothie every single day this month except for one! It was one day in Florida and I couldn’t find a restaurant on the run to make me a green drink. 29/30 days, not bad. Will we keep it up? Sure! Everyday? I don’t think that’s necessary. Here’s what I found out: Prepping ahead of time and making up your smoothies in bags in the freezer saves you a ton of time. The recipes make enough for our entire family and sometimes we have an 8oz drink left over. I keep this in the fridge and it is good for up to 24 hours. My blender is not the quality blender to be using for making smoothies every day but I am not ready to spend close to $500 for a Vitamix. I will put up with our current blender until it gives out on us!
Follow-up This month I wanted to grow in a few areas in regards to work.
1. Read Pinterest Savvy by Melissa Taylor and create five things I learned from the book that I am going to put to use. These are the five things I learned about: Verify my website (check), comment on pins (I haven’t done this yet), pin my videos (check), create a board and invite others to pin on it (check), after you follow someone new pin some of their stuff (check).
2.Google+ -I am on it, my profile is set, I’ve joined communities and circles but I am not sold on this platform yet.
4. Thank you to my intern Karelyn for your support in our super successful Twitter Party! We had over thirty people join in the conversation. There were women from Hawaii, India and Singapore! We also had almost 200 entries for our Kindle Giveaway on Pinterest. It was a great month of new marketing adventures.
February: Clean Up & Clear Out
Follow-up This month I wanted to clean or organize something every day of the month. I also wanted to tackle a task that I had been thinking about for a very long time.
1. The clean up was good! I liked having a small task each day. I got a bit behind when we took our family trip.
2. I wrote the letters. Letters to my loved ones in case anything unexpected were to ever happen. Creepy, yes. Something I’ve always wanted to do though.
Follow-up This month I wanted to learn something new. I committed to doing this in three ways.
1. Learn to load the dishwasher. Check. It still doesn’t look professional but with all the plastic servingware I am getting in there, I am not sure that’s possible. Thanks to my pal Erica, I am able to fit more into my dishwasher with some organization!
2. UPDATE: September–I now ignore the warnings on my phone and haven’t played the piano in months!!!!!Play the piano twice a week.
3. Learn to share my love. I participated in the Happier at Home 21 Day Relationship Challenge. I signed up for this challenge to learn some new, creative ways to show my appreciation to those I love in my life. I don’t see my home lacking in love but why not learn more about vulnerability and authenticity? My favorite things I learned: Don’t keep score, create a threshold ritual, and kiss in the morning and at night.
One Little Word:
I have followed Ali Edwards project “One Little Word” for two years now. My word for 2011 was Peace and my word for 2012 was Balance. I’ve never taken her class but I have incorporated my word into my monthly goals/wishes/resolutions. Here’s how to come up with a word (from Ali). My word for 2013 is Grace.
Can you identify a single word that sums up what you want for yourself in 2013?
It can be something tangible or intangible. It can be a thought, a feeling, or an emotion. It can be singular or plural. The key is to find something that has personal meaning for you. This is not your mother’s word or your spouse’s word or your child’s word”this is YOUR word.
One little word can have big meaning in your life if you allow yourself to be open to the possibilities. And here’s one thing that is totally interesting: sometimes a word will pop into your brain and it will not make any sense to you right now. Give it some time. Let it percolate a bit. I have often found that our heart speaks to us in very unique ways. Maybe this is a word you need to hear but just aren’t ready for it yet.
Again, be open to the possibilities.