Friday, July 29, 2016

July Goals Revisited

Did anyone else feel like July flew by? I guess it's true that time flies when you are having fun! Lets see how I did with my goals this month.

1. Make overnight oats. I found a simple recipe on Pinterest and had everything on hand so I decided to give them a try. The verdict? Not a fan. The texture was too mushy and the taste was too sweet for me. 

2. Grill at least once a week. The weather has been so hot and dry and I'm loving every second of it. G has been making us grilled asparagus, steaks, chicken and peppers and brats. It's funny how once we got intentional about it we couldn't stop grilling!


3. Do not let bad moods affect my mood. Some days are harder than others, but for the most part I consciously try not to let anyone dull my sparkle. I know this is silly, but G and I recently started watching Parks and Recreation again and I forgot how funny and awesome this show is. Not only is it a great stress relief at the end of a tough day, but it's inspiring watching Leslie Knope. She is amazing and I want to be her.

4. Be intentional with my time with G. I said yes as much as I could. He surprised me with a wonderful birthday vacation that I can't wait to share. We spent so many evenings grilling on the deck. We spent many weekends on the lake swimming, floating and hiking. Being tourists in our own hometown. Eating at new restaurants. Brunching. Checking out a Lansing United vs. Detroit City soccer game. Great conversations. Good quality time. Memory making. Making the most of our summer! I feel G and I are closer than ever and happier than ever. It took time adjusting to the new schedule and adjusting to not working together, but it's been so good for us. Of course, I miss working together. It's a new season though and I'm embracing it.

So that's July. It was an amazing month and I can't wait to see what August brings! How did you guys do with your goals?

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Want List

My birthday is right around the corner so I thought it would be fun to share a few things I'm wanting lately.


I've heard such great things about this book and would love to read it.


I'm loving these fancy hotel sheets on Groupon right now (in champagne).


I love this duvet cover set. Can you sense the theme? I've stayed in some nice hotels lately and it makes me want to make my bed feel more like a hotel.


You guys know how much I love candles and I hear this one is the best. It's a bit more than I would ever spend, but would love it as a gift.


I can always use more workout pants. Target has my faves, they are so cute!


My favorite black cardigan has holes in the armpit and elbow which is a bummer. At this price I'll take one in every color!


This devotional caught my eye since I have been struggling with trusting God in this season of life.

What are you wanting lately?

Monday, July 25, 2016

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Life Lately

Per tradition, G and I went out for Mexican Thursday night so I could have a marg to celebrate being cavity free since '83.

Cheers to Detroit and cheers to another wonderful summer weekend!

I kicked off the weekend with a pedicure. I haven't had one in years and it was time to treat myself. I'm hooked! It was so relaxing with the massage chair and foot massage and now I can't stop looking at my cute toes.

Saturday I spent time with two of my best friends. (Hi Brit!!!) We had the most relaxing time lounging by the water, laughing and deep conversation. It was perfection. Love these girls so much!

Sunday was for church, yard work and movies. We watched The Martian and I highly recommend it. We have also had a few crazy storms and this picture doesn't do it justice, but the sky was just bright yellow. Crazy!

I made a new breakfast casserole last week and it was delicious. 

But my all time favorite breakfast is a half slice of TJ sourdough with an egg and string cheese.

I also made a big batch of chicken with Salsa Verde in the crock and we ate it all week. We made burrito bowls and also ate it over rice. It also made great lunches!

Another favorite lunch lately has been a turkey sandwich with TJ sourdough bread, turkey, spinach, mustard and a slice of cheddar.

I read this tip a long time ago about cutting up your veggies as soon as you get home from the grocery store and it really does help me eat them faster so they don't go bad.

I will end this randomness with adorable pictures of Bennett and big sis Ella. How precious are these two littles?! I'm so blessed to be their aunt!

So that is life lately. Cooking. Pool time with sweet friends. Movie watching. Yard work. Always searching for the glorious in the mundane.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Friday, July 15, 2016

July Goals


So it's half way through the month and I'm just sharing my goals now. Sorry, not sorry. There has been so much going on lately I wanted to document that this just kept getting pushed back. But better late than never, right?

1. Make overnight oats. This is something I've wanted to do forever and I pinned a good recipe I want to try so now is the perfect time to try it. They are so popular and I am just on the fence on if I will like them or not. So curious!

2. Grill at least once a week. This summer has been a lot of fun and a little busy, but one thing that is missing is grilling. We haven't grilled in a few weeks and it's time to change that! I want to take advantage of this grilling weather before it's gone. 

3. Do not let bad moods affect my mood. My new job can be extremely stressful and my coworkers can be cranky and I sometimes find myself reflecting their negativity. I know I am easily excitable and an overly optimistic person by nature and I work with people that aren't quite like that. i need to accept we are all different and not let other people's moods affect my own. Deep breaths. Don't take everything personal. Brush it off. Just keep being me. Don't let anyone dull my sparkle.

4. Be intentional with my time with G. Date nights. Deep conversations. Spontaneous trips to the lake. Hiking. I want to say yes more when he offers up a spontaneous idea. Spend more time together interacting and having fun. Now that we don't work together I really want to be intentional about how we spend our time.

So those are my goals for this month. I like to keep them pretty light in the summer because summer goes so fast and I just want to soak it all in. What are your goals this month?

Thursday, July 14, 2016

June Goals Revisited

I cannot get over that is July. Slow down, summer! Lets see how I did with my goals for June.

1. Limit social media to once a day. This was actually easier than I thought it would be. I found myself forgetting my phone and just being. I didn't have to constantly have it every second to pacify me if I had to wait on something. I would just be. I learned to be more present and for that I'm so thankful. I don't plan on giving up this goal anytime soon. It has been more life giving than I ever imagined.

2. Lose eight pounds this month. I lost three pounds this past month and with a busy month full of fun plans with friends and family AND a three day vacation thrown in there I say it's a win. I have stepped it up for July and I am finally ready to finish what I started over a year ago.

3. Read 3 books this month. I tried so hard to read All The Light We Cannot See but I could not get into it. I'm just finished the The Royal We. The Royal We is really long (almost 500 pages) so it took most of the month to read, but I loved it. It was a fun summer read. Light, easy and cute. So I read one book, but did I mention how long it was? I just started 10% Happier and I have high hopes for it. One of my favorite bloggers said it changed her life so my expectations are high. I'll keep you posted!

4. Savor summer. Especially with the help of goal #1 I find I have truly savored summer. Stepped away from my phone. Be still. Be present. Say yes to dinners on the patio with friends. Sitting on the deck and reading. Going to the lake as much as possible.  Going out for impromptu frozen yogurt. Hiking new trials and exploring new lakes. BBQs. It has been the best summer yet!

So that was June. We have been in a serious drought which is so weird, but I love it. Hot, sunny summer days! Enjoying every moment. Saying yes to fun plans. Being outside as much as possible. Putting my phone away and being fully present. July is for focusing more on moving and eating well, but more on that tomorrow!