Another Year in the Books: 2015

Happy (almost) new year all!

This is by far my favorite holiday of the year. Yes, I am one of those people that’s all about “new year, new me.” It’s not that I necessarily believe that everything has to change with each roll to a new year, but I do think that the closing of one year is an opportunity to reflect; on the good, the bad, what you’ve learned, and what can be changed. It is a great way to mark the passage of time.

So, I made a little list last year at the end of 2014, nothing crazy, just a few things I wanted to try and accomplish.

2015 Resolutions:

  • Starting with the most important, I transitioned to my natural hair! It was a long-time coming but so far, so good. I’ve learned lots, but my journey is still beginning. Onward to 2016!
  • We were able to successfully rid our house of pacifiers, but potty training is still in-progress.
  • Baby #2? Well, work, school, life, my health…heck, everything got in the way :-/

2016 Resolutions:

  1. This child will be potty trained. By March, is my plan!
  2. Save money! $$$
  3. Finish my graduate degree. My goal is Spring (optimistic). Could be Fall (realistic).
  4. Baby #2. Let’s try this one again…

 
Those are just a few this things that I’d like to work on in 2016. I hope you all have a safe New Year’s Eve and a wonderful new year. Bring on 2016!

Thankful

Per usual, I’ve been remiss in updating my blog with the goings-on in my life. I will say that things have been exciting for sure. Since today is Thanksgiving, in addition to reviewing what I’ve been up to, I’d also … Continue reading

How it’s Going

Howdy peeps and long time no post. As usual, life gets in the way and I have to remember to return to this blogging thing. We are in the full holiday swing, having just finished with Thanksgiving. We had a small little gathering at our house, consisting of my father stopping by to eat and share. The most important part of the holiday for me is having time off to spend with my favorite people.

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Being silly, as usual

Also, I love to eat and hubby and I did an awesome job with Thanksgiving dinner this year. Super yummy!

Looks at this goodness

Looks at this goodness

Other fun updates: I’m trying a new beauty regimen. I’ve heard and read a lot about coconut oil and all of its amazing benefits, so I’ve decided to jump on. So far, I’m using it to remove my makeup and clean my face. I will say that though it seems counterintuitive, cleaning my oily/combo face with oil seems to calm it down. I feel like my pores are getting small and my face actually feels tight and clean when I’m done at the end of the day. I take off my makeup in the evening with it and wash in the morning with it. So far so good. I’ve slathered myself in it before showering and shaving my legs, and I’m even putting it on the little one to soothe his dry skin. Apparently, this little jar will take me far in life!

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this is everything

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i’m wearing makeup in this pic but my skin is looking fly…oh and this is the end of the day!

Also, I’m incorporating more makeup/beauty products into my life. There is a lot to be said for feeling a little pretty everyday 🙂

date night...feeling pretty

date night…feeling pretty

Till I post again, my friends! xoxo

 

 

Happy Birthday America!

What are holidays other than an excuse to spend time with family? We were pretty low-key this year for the 4th of July. We went to the Aerospace Museum of California and let G run around like a madman looking at planes, helicopters, and anything with an engine. He loves it there.

 

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Then, instead of the traditional hot dogs and potato salad, I wanted to try something healthier for dinner. We had the most delicious “healthy” chicken pitas. I was quite proud of myself for making it all. They were pretty easy too. Prepping the chicken was the most time-intensive part. Can’t wait to make these again. Maybe I’ll post my make-shirt recipe one day too.

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And because we still have a toddler on a pretty set schedule, no fireworks for us this year. My thinking and hoping with all of these “when he is older” moments is that he has his whole life to enjoy them. Maybe next 4th of July he’ll be ready to stay up and watch the fireworks. Most importantly, while I heard fireworks for about 3 hours straight, he barely flinched. I’m always worried the raucous would wake him up but he slept like a champ.

I hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July!

 

 

Always Thankful

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Happy holidays all!

The pictures from above are just a glimpse of my wonderful time off for the Thanksgiving holiday. I have always loved the holiday season because of the time off to relax and renew. Now, with my growing little family, I just love the opportunity to spend time with them. Being a full-time working mom who is also taking classes full-time, the break from school and work gives me a chance to spend all of my free time with my husband and son. I know I’m not cut out to be a stay-at-home mom but what a blessing it is to see him all day, every day.

Thanksgiving was great. We had the opportunity to host, cook, and had my father over. We did Skype with my mother-in-law so Gabe got to see almost of all of his grandparents. We avoided the Black Friday madness by heading out late in the afternoon to see what deals were left. The rest of the weekend seemed to fly by. Visiting my mom, movie/date night with the hubby to see Thor in 3D. Saturday and Sunday to relax.

Tomorrow it’s back to the grind. What I do have to look forward to is three more weeks of school and work until another break. A light at the end of the tunnel….and one of the many things I am thankful for!

Resolved!

Wow, 2012….where do I even begin. To say this was a difficult year would be an understatement. To say that I have grown tremendously as a person would hit the nail right on the head. Here’s a short recap of the highlights and low lights of 2012 for me: Continue reading