NOVEMBER WARM FUZZIES

Hi friends!  It’s about that time of year-when I hunker down and go into my “why do I still live in the Midwest?” state of mind.  The weather is completely unpredictable from day to day and everything is turning brown, or white if there happens to be a random snowfall.  Although I enjoy decorating everything in white, I’m not a fan of it being outside…mmmmmk?  🙂

However, with that said, November always gives me the warm fuzzies, in that, after Thanksgiving, I’m full on Christmas mode, which sort of takes me back to being a kid, as it does for most people.  In honor of all the warm fuzzies, here are my absolute favorite things about late November.

***The start of Christmas movie season!  I don’t break them all out…but I do start the day after Thanksgiving with Miracle on 34th Street (the new one with Mara Wilson) and then usually watch Serendipity and The Holiday before month end.  Oh, and also, every year I find myself buying another favorite movie, since I’m getting too impatient in my old age (ha) to wait for them to come on TV.  Haha!

Miracle on 34th street

The Holiday movie

***Thanksgiving leftovers.  I mean….right??  I’m pretty sure Brock and I eat turkey sandwiches, turkey salad and turkey for breakfast for a week after Thanksgiving.  Yes, turkey for breakfast…put it in a pan, flip it a few times and have it with eggs and toast.  And, since our turkey isn’t crazy marinated or fried, I feel like it’s the only healthy thing to come out of Thanksgiving.  Speaking of healthy choices–I also love eating a slice of pumpkin or apple pie, for pretty much everyday after Thanksgiving, for a good week.  My mom eats pumpkin pie for breakfast after Thanksgiving.  I mean, I’m not there….yet.  But, I seem to be headed down that path. Don’t know what to do with all the leftovers?  Well, you could start here with this amazing panini RECIPE

***Decorating for Christmas.  I personally am old school and believe every holiday needs it’s own time.  I also am crazy busy with work and sports and life, so no shame to those who jump the gun and decorate early.  Truth be told, if we didn’t host Thanksgiving, I would most likely have the trees up the week of Thanksgiving, just so I could enjoy them the day after Thanksgiving and not be rushing around like a crazy person on my day off.  I typically have Brock get everything down the day after and put the trees up and start decorating them with the kids, and spend the next week or so getting everything else out and up.

***Christmas mugs for life!  You know what I do FIRST THING after I get my kitchen cleaned up after our guests leave?  Get out my Christmas mug collection!  I have, probably like most, had a few Christmas mugs stashed in my cabinet for years.  However, in the past 5 years or so, I decided that I wanted to start picking more up, because these mugs bring me so much silly joy for an entire month!  What used to be 3 random Christmas mugs from the early 2000’s has now turned into about 20 mugs!!  I’m not even sorry!  It’s probably the most inexpensive, joy filled tradition I have for myself in November/December.  My 2 newest additions can be found HERE & HERE!

These things are all simple, yet bring me so much joy in the start of a season for giving and sharing.

I hope you can find time to look for the things that bring you the most smiles as we head into the Christmas season.

Cheers!

xoxoxo

Mary

 

Last 90 Days!!

It’s here, friends!  I can’t believe that I’m now “that person” that gets really excited for challenges on the internet, but it’s all happening.

For those of you who do not know what the Last 90 Days challenge is, let me school you a bit.  (Also check the bottom of this post for resources)

It’s simple really…..we challenge ourselves to live the last 90 days of the year as intentionally as we did the first 30 of the year.  Along with that intention, there are 5 basic principles that run right alongside it.  Those 5 principles are called “5 to Thrive”.  They are:

  1.  Drink half your body weight in ounces of water.  Every day.
  2.  Give up one food you know that you shouldn’t be eating. If you eat a very clean diet already, consider adding a new healthy food every day.
  3.  Jot down 10 things you are grateful for each day.  This could be as simple as coffee, seeing the sunrise or your kids not complaining about dinner. 😉
  4. Move your body for 30 minutes a day.  This could be power walking the aisles of Target, jumping on the trampoline with your kids, walking the dog, running the stairs in your home, etc.
  5.  Get up one hour earlier and use that time for YOU!  PS, yes, this means you should go to bed one hour earlier as well.

5-to-Thrive

Last year was my first time joining this challenge.  I decided not to partake in the up an hour earlier part of the challenge, only because in the spring and summer of 2018 my severe panic attacks wrecked havoc on what used to be a pretty great sleep schedule.  My sleep still wasn’t the greatest by October when the challenge started, so I decided I would let myself sleep.

Last year I decided to give up cow’s milk, unless it was baked into something like a dessert or casserole.  In doing that, I realized I consumed hardly any cheese, which also felt really great.  If I had cheese, it was buffalo mozzarella (cow’s milk free) or goat cheese.  I would eat pizzas with Daiya dairy free cheese on them yes, they are actually good.  Cow’s milk always tended to make me bloated and congested feeling, so it was a nice feeling to know I could give it up!  Today, I still hardly consume cow’s milk.  Occasionally I’ll have a mini blizzard from Dairy Queen, feta cheese on my salad or a regular piece of pizza, but that’s it!  I even take the slices of cheese off my frozen eggwiches I buy.

As far as writing down 10 things to be grateful for, my water consumption and moving my body….let’s say last year I gave it a good effort but probably ended up with a solid B-/C+ grade in the end.  I found myself not drinking the water at work because I didn’t want to have to use the bathroom so much since it was the beginning of cold and flu season (OCD strikes again).  And though I did try to move in some capacity everyday for about 45 minutes, I would say it ended up being more like 4 days a week.  My gratitude practice was pretty lack luster to be honest.  I started out great, and by the end of November I was down to writing in my gratitude journal maybe 3 days a week.

But this year….this time is different.  I don’t want to let myself down.  I also really need a boost in productivity.  I have so many different projects going that I always feel like I run out of time and run late everywhere I need to go.

So here are my goals for this year……

  1. Get up an hour earlier, at LEAST 3 days a week.
  2. Cut out chips.  Chips of all kinds.  They are such a trigger for me.  I can’t just have a handful.  I have to eat half the bag, then feel bad about it for 2 days.  They’re going.
  3. Drinking my water, all of it!  Washing those impurities out of my body!
  4. Moving every day, for 30-45 minutes.  Doing Pilates more alongside my treadmill time.
  5. Being a lot more intentional with my gratitude practice.  I have a lot to be grateful for and I’m forever an optimist and looking out for silver linings.  Now I just need to put the pen to the paper for it.

If anyone would like to join me in this challenge, message me or leave a comment on this post!  I’m putting together a Facebook group where we can all hold ourselves and each other accountable, and talk about our triumphs and struggles as a group!

I can’t wait to watch myself succeed, as silly as that may sound.  We only have one body, friends.  It’s time to make it physically and mentally fit for the rest of your life.

Good luck to all those participating…may your purpose pull you through!

xoxo

Resources:

What is Last 90 Days?

Last 90 Days Tracker

 

 

 

New Year! New Outlook!

What will the New Year bring for you?The New Year is always fun for me. I think it just kind of gives everyone the clean slate they need. Usually December is crazy busy and stressful and then you get to sleep in a few days and wake up with a new outlook.  

Also, I always find myself doing the same two things on New Years Day; watching Clueless and getting on the treadmill while watching Friends….but only the episodes from the first 3 seasons. Apparently something happened to me in 8th grade over Christmas break that was magical because I seem to do these 2 things every year and Clueless came out on VHS on Christmas break my 8th grade year and Friends was in Season 2 that year. Strange how memories like that can make my stress melt away, even just for 2 hours or so.

I was able to be home for about a week and it was just me and the boys, all day, everyday. It was so nice to be able to get up, make them breakfast, play a game with them, read to them, get on the treadmill for 45 minutes during nap time and have dinner fixed. I felt like I actually had “ME” in my life again. Even though I only spent about 45 minutes actually on me with treadmill time, I was able to truly accomplish a few things everyday and it brought such a sense of relief. I mean, BIG relief. That should be a sign. That should tell me something. I need to slow down and spend more time with my kids, I need to be able to fix dinner even though I hate being in the kitchen, I need to have a bit of time for me and get on the treadmill. 

I’m trying this new concept out…..when anxious (which is a lot) or nervous (which is a lot) jump on the treadmill (if I am at home and if the kids are safely occupied) and see where it gets me. I want to escape to the Friends world, even if it’s just for 30 minutes; most likely letting my mind get caught up in my favorite TV show will ease some of my tension.

Aside from trying to spend more quality time at home with the family and fixing meals, I would love to go to a professional makeup artist….and learn makeup tips and tricks specifically for my face. I’m not talking about someone who works part time at the MAC counter on weekends…..I’m talking about someone local that works on television sets or on actual talent that has done makeup their entire life. I also want to be a lipstick wearer! I have always been a bronzer and eye makeup type of girl, but I feel like I want to give lipstick a shot. Nothing like Gwen Stefani red or anything, but just a hint of color with a gloss over it.

Speaking of makeup, another goal of mine this year is to transition to natural makeup. I use organic brushes (most of the time) and organic skin care (most of the time-but for the most part I haven’t found a skin care system I like and trust) and I’ve tried organic mascara with no luck, but now that Jessica Alba’s Honest Beauty line has launched, I’m so excited about transitioning to natural makeup! I’m ordering the “everything primer” and eye pencils this weekend. I’ve noticed eyeliner runs by the end of the day and makes my eyes burn. At first I thought it was my mascara, so I went about 3 days without wearing mascara to test this theory and it was still happening and the only thing I was wearing around my eyes was a 3.00 cover girl eye pencil. After I integrate the primer and eye pencils into my everyday routine, then I’m moving onto the powder in a darker color for a bronzer and a luminizer. I’m not sure whether I will switch my eye shadows and lip color yet. As mentioned before, I don’t really wear a lot of lip stick and I’m REALLY set on my MAC lip glass since it’s basically been my favorite lip gloss since I was 19. But, regardless, I feel like I’m doing a great thing by switching to organic products that cover 95% of my face and right around my eyes. The primer will be on my eyelids before applying eye shadow anyways, so there is an organic barrier there. Or, at least that’s what I tell myself.  Seriously though, check out http://www.honestbeauty.com

 They have everything from skin care to foundation, lip crayons, eye shadows, eye plumper and lots of other fun finds. Have questions? The staff is AMAZING at answering any question and they will pack it full of stats and helpful information.  

I also want to spend a little time decorating our house a bit and my husband is planning on building a built in shelving system in our playroom and living room. So that’s really exciting too!

What are some things you plan to get done this year? Please share!

 

 

 

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