Tuesday, October 16, 2018

October Small Goals





Happy mid-October! I know this is late but I'm posting our monthly goals late anyway so DEAL WITH IT. Not that I think people care that much, but I love goal setting and monthly small goals are a great way to hold myself accountable for getting things done. What's on your October goal list? Tell me so I can get ideas to steal for my November list! 

Jen's September Small Goals
1. Decorate for Halloween.  Done! Not only have I decorated, I've purchased so many new decorations that I think I can justify having a Halloween storage tote now. Go me!
2. Finish WIPs.  This one is a work in progress. I had 4 WIPs to finish. 2 are done and I've cut out the fabric for the other two and have them sewed into blocks.  I just need to quilt them now and get them ready for display. I'm counting this one though! 
3. Fix Drywall Cracks I really want to count this one but I won't. I did not touch the drywall this month. As predicted, I got distracted by removing part of the carpet upstairs and uncovering old hardwood. New plan: remove all the carpet glue off the hardwood and I'm thinking about painting the hardwood gray. I'm in love with this new plan.
4. Yearly Sampler Catch Up.  Done! This is probably the first time I've been caught up all year. It really is perfect timing with the release of some seasonal patterns.
5. Goldie Vance Marathon. Thank you cozy Sunday afternoon for letting me binge this series. It was so good!

4/5 is pretty badass which means I'm pretty badass.

Jen's October Goals
1. Josie and the Pussycats Marathon.  I'm really digging making a comic book marathons a goal. There are 2 comics in the newest version of this series and I can't wait to dive further into the Archie world.
2.  Removing Carpet.  Now that I've started this goal, there is no going back. My goal is to have at least half the room carpet free. It's a really big room and removing the glue is a really slow process. Hopefully I can knock this goal out of the part and surpass my expectations.
3. Finish Quilt.  Sew I've been slowlllllly working on a quit this summer. It's nothing special - just a patchwork quilt made out of a hodge podge of fabrics. My husband sleeps hot and prefers quilts sans batting. The goal was to finish it by fall and oops, it is fall and it isn't finished. The top is getting close to be done and I just plan on yard tying it for quilting purposes. Maybe I'll finish this month?
4. Start an Outfit Diary. I've always secretly wanted the Clueless closet set up. Being able to see your entire wardrobe and generate outfits is a literal dream. I've decided to download an app that does basically the same. You load all your clothes into it, it can help generate outfits on lazy mornings and I love the idea of keeping an outfit diary. Being able to see the stats on how often you wear something and if you are getting your money out of each purchase.  Loading my entire wardrobe seems daunting, so I'll probably just start out small with keeping the outfit diary and with some time I'll get a majority of it loaded.
5. Halloween Books.  I love picking out spooky books to read during the month of October. Spooky books are my jam and I just love participating in season nonsense, even if its nonsense made up by me. I'm hoping to squeeze in 5 different spooky stories! Also, stay tuned for your spooky book list for October!


Heather's September Small Goals
1. Sign up for workout classes I did it! I signed up at Trufusion, which offers a variety of different classes at different levels. So far I've tried a kettlebell class that killed me & I'm planning on a cycling class, dance class, & yoga. I'm really into the variety and it's kept me excited about working out. 
2. Finish at least one knitting project Done! I finally finished knitting a cardigan I started last year. Now I just need it to be cold enough to wear it. 
3. Track my money  This is one I did not do. I know my spending was much less than it's been in the past, but I didn't keep an exact count of what went in/out. 
4. Find some new lunch recipes I tried a few new things this month. A winter pasta salad & cauliflower leek soup. Both were winners & even the girls loved the soup leftovers. 
5. Organize my extra room Another goal smashed! Its' not perfect yet, but serious progress has been made. 

4/5 goals complete! 

October Small Goals
1. Schedule in two kinds of self care My therapist recommended scheduling in my self care. I have been really letting myself get pulled in a lot of different directions so I feel like I'm the last thing I prioritize. I would like to get my nails done & get a massage this month. 
2. Go to two workout classes a week The gym I signed up for is $95/month for unlimited classes. To really make this worth continuing past the cheaper intro month, I need to go to classes AT LEAST twice a week. I'm putting it on my calendar now! 
3. Make some Halloween crafts I got a good start with my Hocus Pocus sign, but I'd like to make even more Halloween decorations for my house. 
4. Redefine my style I'm in such a style rut lately. I'm living in leggings and most things in my closet are going untouched. Do I need to do a big purge and start over? Do I accept that I just wear leggings every day now? I'm not sure. I'm going to figure it out in October though. 
5. Make a budget for the last 3 months of the year One of my huge lifelong goals is to be better at money. I want to look at the upcoming holidays and budget accordingly. Do I need to start a spreadsheet? I guess we will find out! 

Friday, October 5, 2018

September Rewind



Read 
This month feels like it was a weird one for reading. I just did not have as much motivation as I expected. I finished the book Traction by Gino Wickman for work, which is maybe only exciting if you are also interested in business related books. I loved our book club selection Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson & caught up on the August book club pick From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon. 

Watched
I started watching Jane the Virgin & I'm obsessed. It hits all my buttons. I'm a sucker for shows on the CW anyway, but this one is on another level. I am ready to binge watch even more of it in October. 

Listened 
If you don't know, I got promoted recently into a management role at my job. I'm so excited about it, but it's my first time managing people. Obviously, I want to read or listen to things that can help me figure out my management style without relying on my extensive knowledge of Michael Scott. I've really loved the Being Boss podcast. It's mostly geared towards entrepreneurs (which I am not), but I've found a lot of value in it. They also touch on some woo aspects of things which I am very into!

Also this month 

Werq the World drag show 
I love RuPaul's Drag Race and when some friends from work wanted to go to the tour, I was like hell yeah. We had great seats and got to see the top 4 queens from season 10, plus some past season winner. Bob the Drag Queen was maybe the highlight for me, along with Aquaria's Kill Bill themed performance. We are now planning to go to the Christmas themed tour in November and I cannot wait! 

Cards Game 
Jarrett's mom got us tickets for a Sunday afternoon game recently and it was actually our first (and probably only) game of the season. Despite being in the sun & sweating the whole time, it was a lot of fun. I got to eat ballpark nachos, which I'm convinced are one of my love languages, plus the Cardinals won! 

Bestie painting day! 
Jen's sister has her own business making theme amazing wooden signs, so Jen got her to organize a painting day for us (and their mom!). We both made these Hocus Pocus themed signs & I'm so excited to find the perfect place for mine when I drag out my Halloween decorations this weekend. We already have another painting day planning in October. It's such a fun way to spend some time with my bestie & make something new.


Read
This month was a bust reading wise. I just could not stay motivated. Other than binging all the Goldie Vance comics I only read one book: Renegades by Marissa Meyer.  I usually tear through anything Melissa writes so I was surprised it too me close to a month to finish this book. I guess I just wasn't in the right headspace, yah know?

Watched
I've been very into binging Buffy the Vampire Slayer recently. I'm now on season 3 and it's really grabbing my interest. I was unaware Seth Green was a main character and other characters are showing their super powers and I'm INTO IT.

Listened
I don't think I listened to anything new, but has anyone seen Dimitri Martin's new standup special on Netflix? I'm always a sucker for puns and plays on word. Watch it.

Also this month

Bathroom Refresh
I've been going through a bit of a nesting phase. I've been spending a lot more time by myself and in turn really figuring out what I want and need out of my home spaces.  I decided to paint my bathroom, including my cabinet and medicine cabinet, over labor day weekend.  The space is so much more cheerful and it has inspired me to continue refreshing different areas of my home. Just because my house is old doesn't mean its too far past a simply refresh. Next project, removing 50+ year old carpeting and repainting the hardwood underneath. Stay tuned!

Taylor Swift Concert
So I did something a little out of my comfort zone, I went to a Taylor Swift concert.  A sweet friend from work invited me to go with her. She was chauffeuring her granddaughter and a friend and I happily tagged along to the event.  Taylor puts on an amazing show and I'm very happy I jumped at this opportunity. The wristbands were the coolest. They were synchronized with the music and you basically got to watch a light show throughout the stadium in addition to Taylor's performance. 10/10 recommend to a friend.


Painting Day
Ok, I really tried to think of something else I did this month so we wouldn't be talking about the same thing. Buttttttt, I'm a boring person and painting day was so much fun. Plus, I'm very proud of my little sister starting her own side hustle.  Her creations are amazing and I'm in awe of her craftiness.  Her future goal is to be able to teach painting classes and she is using us as her subjects until she feels ready to tackle that. Please check out ironpineappledesigns on facebook, instagram and etsy.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

October Book Club



Hey book friends. October is hands down my favorite month. I've been working on some spooky reads & movies & tv shows to binge all month long. 

When deciding on a book to read this month, I knew I wanted something spooky. It’s weirdly kind of hard to find something super scary that’s not Stephen King (please send me any suggestions obviously) or that I haven’t read already. However, when I picked up this ARC I’ve been meaning to read for months, I realized it might fit the bill. Sadie by Courtney Summers is more of a thriller. Once I realized it also has chapters told in the style of a true crime podcast, I was SO IN. True crime podcasts are my jam. This book just came out last month and I can’t wait to dig in. 


What’s it About? 
Sadie hasn't had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she's been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water. 

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie's entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie's story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie's journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it's too late.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Summer Summer Summer



I don't know about where you are, but I think summer might be done for here in Missouri. Maybe it's the fact that the literal first day of fall just happened or maybe it's that the temps are dropping little by little, but I'm here for it. I am ready to wrap myself in cozy cardigans and drink fall teas and pumpkin spice lattes all day every day. Fall is my season, Halloween is my favorite holiday, I'm  r e a d y  for it. 

I am glad that Jen and I got together for at least one more summer themed outfit photo sesh. If I'm being completely honest, I've lived in leggings and tshirts this summer. I work in an office with a very lax dress code & I mostly want to be comfortable. BUT if I'm ever going out with friends or on a date, I tend to gravitate towards this skirt, graphic tee, & converse combo. 





My current wardrobe is a mix of cute & casual. I like to think I would be more of a boho, floral, quirky print queen, but I don't think I'm there yet. Slowly but surely I'm going to get there though. For now, cute & casual & comfy works for my lifestyle. 






I'm feeling pretty good lately on where my mindset is with my body image & self confidence. It's a constant struggle, I'm always a work in progress, but I think it's getting better & easier. These photos make me feel so cute & cool, plus I had so much fun taking photos with Jen in front of the one wall we go to in her town for our classic "Blogger Brick Wall" photos. I think that can be enough for now. Feeling cute with your bestie is maybe the ultimate goals. 




Outfit Details 


Man, this summer has been a trip. I cling to the familiar and this summer has been anything but. Some life changes were forced upon me and it has been a summer of growth and independence. I was so used to things being done for me and plans being made for me that it has been liberating to realize that I'm the one in charge of this party.   



Like, it is a little embarrassing to admit, but I've hardly cooked myself a meal in the last 8 years. I didn't know how to meal plan or how to make a legit grocery list. There are so many domestic life lessons I've learned over the summer. This summer started out a little overwhelming for me but do you know what the outcome has been?


CONFIDENCE
I've never been the most confident of people but learning how to "adult" this summer has taken me to a whole new confidence level. I feel like I second guess myself way less and that I'm comparing myself to others way less. I also feel like I'm allowing myself to be more open to adventures and doing things alone.

It's helped me realize I'm a strong ass lady and I can tackle most anything I put my mind to. Outfit doesn't fit properly - alter it.  Don't like the color of the living room walls - paint them.  Feeling tired of the same old meals - pinterest some new ones.  I feel like I've finally really taken control of my life. 



I feel like my new found confidence is coming through in these photos.  Maybe it's because this is one of my favorite summer looks. Maybe it's because I was chilling with my bestie and living my best life. Maybe it's a little of all of the above. 


Outfit Details
Top {Forever 21-sold out} / Jeggings {AE} / Sandals {AE}





Friday, September 14, 2018

Summer of the Jumpsuit

Who knew it would take us so long to post some new outfit photos. Our unintentional blog break was great, but I really did miss taking outfit photos with my bestie. It's creatively fulfilling and helps me remember what things I have in my closet that aren't getting enough love. 

It might be a little too early to call it, but it seems like fall is on it's way here in Missouri. The mornings have been cooler, it's less humid, I'm wearing jackets. It could definitely turn back around and be in the 90s again with 100% humidity, but I'm being optimistic that it's fall. This was part of the reason we wanted to showcase our favorite summer jumpsuits before it got cold and stayed that way. 


This jumpsuit is my dream outfit. It's my power color, it's got cute ruffle & eyelet details, & it was only $15 at Forever 21. So major fashion score for me. 

I will be honest and say when I first saw these photos, I did not love them. I've been deep in the emotional eating space recently & I was shocked to see how the jumpsuit looked on me, especially in the stomach area. I've been living in stretchy leggings recently, mostly because I did not want to see how bad I look in my regular clothes. I struggle constantly with tying my value as a human to the way I look in my clothes. It's like I know I have value & worth, but then feeling uncomfortable in my clothes makes me feel like I don't. It's really stupid. 




I'm in therapy twice a month, sometimes more. We talk a lot about my food issues and how to address them. We talk about how to stop thinking I only have value if I look a certain way. Obviously this is still a work in progress, but I'm embracing these photos of myself. I had fun with Jen this day. I love this jumpsuit. I am trying to focus on the good instead of the negative, which is probably me just being way too hard on myself. 


So here's to the summer of living in jumpsuits & also learning to be more kind to myself. Cheers to that. 


Have you missed us? I've definitely missed everything about blogging, but most particular outfit posts. They always inspire confidence and sometimes inspire me to put together outfits I wouldn't normally put together. Anytime I'm shopping, I always make sure to scour the clearance racks to see if there are any hidden jumpsuits on sale for a good price.


The older I get, the more I hate to pay full price for something.* Usually if I wait a couple of weeks a sale will run or I'll get a coupon code to use. Then in my mind, with the difference saved I can buy other goodies. I'm not going to lie, sometimes I miss out on items by waiting but usefully if proves fruitful. This jumpsuit was on the clearance rack at Target for $9. It was in my size but I could tell it was going to be wayyyy to long for me. By about a foot. Since I've experimented with making clothes in the past, I thought I would try to alter it myself.





I cut off a several inches on each leg and hemmed them. I was really worried about making the legs to short when honestly I probably could have taken it up another inch or two. I also adjusted the straps to make them fit tighter since they were a little loose. I spent about half an hour altering this outfit and I'm glad I took the time to do it. I could see myself wearing this out to brunch or shopping or really to any fun summer activity. Its comfy, cute and fits so much better than it did previously. 



Altering clothes is a little out of my comfort zone and isn't a project I would normally take on. Usually when I see something that would need altering, I'd just put it back on the rack and move on. I hate the thought of spending money on something that won't work and that I might destroy in the process of trying to make work.  I think this is inspiring me to slow down and evaluate things I'm contemplating purchasing to see if I can make it work even better for me if I take the time to do a little alteration.


*Please note, I'm not perfect and I do buy things at full price from time to time. Sometimes my lack of will power gets the best of me and I try not to feel bad when I do. We're all just on the same road to cuteness, yah know?


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

August Rewind


Read
I've been in kind of a reading slump lately.  I haven't allowed myself a lot of down time lately and I think that might be the culprit.  However, I did get caught up on latest of the Archie comics - Volumes 1-5. I love the Riverdale world so much and I'm counting down until Riverdale comes back and the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina debuts.

Watched
I started watching the X-Files! I've seen so much fandom online and figured it would be my jam and it 100% is. I know I'm like 20 years late but this is one of the best shows out there. Plus, Fox Moulder reminds me of my all time old man crush, Richard Gere so its a win-win for me.

Listened 
I've been all over the place lately. One of my favorite new podcasts I've discovered is Defrauded which is about fundamentalism specifically in the reality tv world. If you know anything about the Duggar or Bates families and love to listen to snark about them then this podcast is for you.

Also this month

Painted Living room
My house is old - like 100+ years. It has a lot of layers and is need of some serious redecoration and renovation. The living room was covered in wood paneling; some of which were covered in deer/wildlife print. Probably the ugliest paneling I've ever seen.  My husband had previously convinced me that painting it wasn't the best solution but I threw caution to the wind and painted it anyway. I went with a soft gray and painted the trim white. It was a lot of work, but I love it and I feel happy and content every time I'm in that room.

Paint Party
My sister has a pretty great side hustle. Her and her husband refashion furniture and make fun signs and such out of wood.  She invited me and my mom over for a girls paint day and we made front porch signs. Mine features cats, of course. I don't live in the greatest part of town so I was hesitant to put it on my porch so it greats me in my mud room. 

Weekend Routines
My husband has officially moved to weekends and I'm still figuring out my weekend routine. At first it felt really weird to spend so much time alone, but now it feels more normal and soothing. I've been getting a lot of things done and spending lots of time with friends. I do need to figure out a good weekend balance though. Lately I've been full steam ahead, making and crossing off massive to-do lists, working on house projects that by the time Monday comes around I'm exhausted. I think I need to make Sundays more of a relaxing day.

 
Read 
August was an amazing reading month for me. It helped that I went on my honeymoon and had an entire week to read by the pool/beach. Two of the stand outs would be The Anomaly & The Cheerleaders. Both were thrillers, but also completely different. The Anomaly felt like a mix of a ghost hunter type reality show & the movie The Descent. Super weird & creepy & mysterious. The Cheerleaders was more of a straight up thriller/horror novel. I finished it in one day and was hooked as soon as I picked it up. 

Watched 
August was a slower tv/movie month for me. I have not had time to watch a lot, mostly Bachelor in Paradise, which is my favorite reality show. It's just crazy, dramatic fun. I did also talk Jarrett into watching Fast Five on our honeymoon so that was fun. I was definitely more into it than him, but who cares. Memories right? 

Listened
One of my favorite podcasts, My Dad Wrote a Porno, premiered season 4 at the end of the month. I spent a few weeks listening to older episodes so I could remember exactly where we left Belinda. I forgot how much this podcast makes me laugh. Most of my commutes were spent laughing until I cried, which honestly is maybe the best way to spend a 3 hour daily commute. 

Also this month
Six Flags 
The girls had free Six Flags tickets they earned from reading at school that expired right before we left on our honeymoon, so we took a Friday and spent that day in the heat there. It was actually a blast. It wasn't super busy, we didn't really have to wait in long lines, and Morgan was amazingly brave and went on The Fireball, which goes upside down (pictured above). It was such a fun time to spend together as a family. I can't wait to go back next year.

Honeymooning 
Jarrett & I went on our delayed honeymoon to Puerta Vallarta Mexico. We stayed at Secrets Vallarta Bay, an adults only all inclusive. It was my first time out of the country & I fell in love with Mexico & all inclusives. I am planning to write a whole post about it with a ton of photos, but it was the most relaxing vacation I've ever been on. I can't wait to do it again.

Back to School 
Emily & Morgan are officially in 3rd grade. Lately they seem to look super grown up. They have all these plans & ideas & just seem like tiny adults, less like my tiny babies. I can't wait to see what this year has in store for them. 

Sunday, September 9, 2018

September Small Goals


I don't know about you, but I've been feeling a ton of cleansing vibes lately. Maybe it's the rainy weekend that brought this fall chill into the air, maybe it's just the changing of the seasons. I feel this pull to really organize and purge things that aren't working for me any longer. I think this is reflected in a lot of my small goals. I'm excited to get back into setting intentional goals each month with my bestie. What goals are you working on this month? 


Jen's September Small Goals
1. Decorate for Halloween.  It takes everything in my being not to decorate for Halloween in August. I know, I'm one of those people.  Halloween is my favorite and I can't wait to surround myself in my Halloween d├ęcor.
2. Finish WIPs. I forever have a stack of work in progress crafts. When I finish a stage of a project it simply moves from one WIP pile to the next.  I've got about 4 cross stitch projects, in particular, that I would like to finish and turn into the final project.
3. Fix Drywall Cracks.  I've been on a home repair/remodeling kick lately. In the last month, I've painted both my living room and my upstairs bathroom.  Both were covered in hideous paneling and both rooms have been transformed by a can of paint. I can't emphasize this enough, when in doubt definitely paint it. Anyway, my husband started remodeling a room (9 years ago-ahhhhh!) and I'm going to get my hands dirty fixing up a few drywall cracks so it can be prepped for painting. Hopefully I don't get distracted with removing the gross carpet upstairs and scraping the glue off the original hardwood. I could this going in so many different directions this month.
4. Yearly Sampler Catch Up.  I do a cross stich yearly sampler every year (its tradition at this point).  I'm about 2 months or so behind on it so my goal is to get caught up with the exceptions of the borders. The project is jungle themed so its a pretty adorable stitch.
5. Goldie Vance Marathon.  I recently ordered the next 3 volumes of the Goldie Vance comics and I plan on devouring them this month.  I'll probably reread the first comic in the process. I need more of this sassy detective in my life.


Heather's Small Goals
1. Sign up for workout classes I've been working through the best way for me to workout and I think giving classes a try is my next adventure. There are some kickboxing classes at a local gym close to my house or a gym with lots of interesting classes by where I work. The hardest thing is finding the time to make it happen.
2. Finish at least one knitting project I have a few projects sitting around in my extra room taking up space. Another one of my small goals is to organize my extra room so finishing up these projects is a win/win.
3. Track my money I am working on being more intentional with a lot of things in my life. Exercising, eating, & how I spend my money. I want to keep track of how much money I spend this month and make sure I'm really honoring that goal.
4. Find some new lunch recipes I feel like all my goals this month are kind of related. I've been eating out more than I'd like for lunch during the work week. I am kind of bored with frozen dinners so I want to find some easy, delicious, healthy-ish recipes that I can bring for lunch.
5. Organize my extra room Our extra room has become a catch all sort of place. Like the room in Harry Potter with all the junk piled up in it. That's our extra room. I want to do the best I can to organize it without purchasing anything. That means lots of decluttering, donating, and trashing things I don't need any more.


Sunday, September 2, 2018

September Book Club


And we are back baby! It's been a long summer. We relaxed and took a blogging break but here we are with more books & outfits & life stuff that we know you missed. 

First up, September's book club pick! Jen took the reigns this month and suggested we read Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson. I bought this one a few months ago, and like most of my books, it's sat on my shelves unread ever since. I was so excited Jen picked this book. It seems like the perfect read to ease in to fall. Let's all read about lady friendships with a silly, creepy twist ok? 

What's it about? 

Meet teenage Wiccan Mila Flores, who truly could not care less what you think about her Doc Martens, her attitude, or her weight because she knows that, no matter what, her BFF Riley is right by her side. So when Riley and Fairmont Academy mean girls June Phelan-Park and Dayton Nesseth die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe everyone's explanation that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. Instead, armed with a tube of lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life.

Unfortunately, Riley, June, and Dayton have no recollection of their murders. But they do have unfinished business to attend to. Now, with only seven days until the spell wears off and the girls return to their graves, Mila must wrangle the distracted group of undead teens and work fast to discover their murderer...before the killer strikes again.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

July Book Club


Hey book lovers! I'm so excited to announce July's book club pick (11 days late of course). I preordered this book last month specifically because I needed a cute summer read and Morgan Matson always delivers. Plus it's marketed as "Father of the Bride meets Sixteen Candles." I mean, COME ON! It was just a bonus that I snagged a signed copy off Amazon! I didn't even realize that until I was taking this photo. I can't wait to read this from the comfort of my air conditioned couch because it's way too hot for some outside reading right now. Join us in reading Save the Date by Morgan Matson now! 

What's it about? 
Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.

The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.

There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.

There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo.

Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractingly…cute.

Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.

Monday, June 11, 2018

June Small Goals


What's up my dudes? June is already in full swing but it's not too late to talk about some goals for the month. I feel like May flew by and I didn't get any time to relax. June is shaping up to be more of the same, but I love summer so I'm trying to soak it in before I shut myself up inside for the winter. We are linking up (late) with some other lovely goal setters with Nicole at Feel Good, Dress Better. Check the other posts out and let's crush some goals together! 


Jen's May Small Goals
1. Write at least once a week. I did this like 1 week and got off track. Definitely something I want to make a habit in my weekly life.
2. Explore Self Calming Techniques. Man, I should have labeled this one "Listening to One's Body".  I've been trying to be very aware of how my body is feeling and try to work through exactly what it needs whether is more calorie intake, eliminating caffeine entirely or experimenting with CBD oils.  Eliminating the caffeine has been a game changer, even with the withdrawals. 
3. Exercise and Meditation. This was 100% my main focus this month. My life has felt pretty out of sorts in the last couple of months and this has been a huge step in helping me regain some control. I'm really enjoying my new morning routine which usually consists of walking to and from the park racking up 2 miles each go. Meditation has been great for clearing my head and helping me realize I need to work on letting go of things I cannot control. I'm making progress, friends.
4. Work on Decision Making Skills. I'm just not great at making decisions on my own. I always tend to not make decisions or wait until I can confer with a trust person. I'm not sure I made very much progress on this but I'm trying to be less passive and more confident. 
5. Continue Closet Clean Out. I didn't make a lot of progress on this goal. I dad take some things to the resale shop to sell, but I didn't physically take anything out of my closet that I hadn't already mentally parted with.  Hoping to revisit this goal when my husband switches to the weekend shift.

2/5 - Not great, but I'm feeling so much better mentally that I'm fine with it.
June Small Goals 
1. Try some homemade smoothie recipes.  I've always had issues with textures. From the research I've done, I think I fall under the spectrum of having sensory processing issues. It is so hard for me to consume fruits because of this.  I'm going to do some searching and find some recipes to try out to eat it in smoothie form. If you have any great one, send them my way!
2. Pool life.  I'm hoping to get to spend a couple of afternoon soaking up the sun poolside!
3. 6 Miles.  I want to get an average of walking/running 6 miles per week.  I should be able to accomplish that within 3 days.  I've found a park pretty close to my house that has a walking trail and its so peaceful and probably where I'll be murdered but I'm very excited about this new walking trail.
4. Crafting Ruts.  Man, I'm stuck in a crafting rut. I love stitching and the art that can be created, but I'm feeling a little burnt out.  I'm ready to tackle something new.  I'm not really sure what that'll entail and that leaves this goal pretty open but I'm curious to see what I come up with by the end of the month.
5.  Closet Shop.  I've finally started buying a few pieces of clothing here and there since my husband is employed again. But this month I really want to focus on shopping from my own closet, mix and matching outfits and dressing as if I'm always taking outfit photos for the blog.  I'm hoping this will continue to help me eliminate pieces I'm no longer into or no longer flow with my personal style.


Heather's May Small Goals 
1. Start Couch to 5K I did restart this, but lost steam when I got sick. I'm planning to start again in June. I'm not giving up! 
2. Read 5 books Done! I felt like I was able to get back into my reading groove this month. 
3. Wear lipstick twice a week Nope. 
4. Restart the Feel Good, Dress Better workbook Done! I got through the closet clean out section and am planning to do some more this month! 
5. Outfit plan for two trips Done! I basically brought the same outfits on both trips, but they are solid outfits so I'm ok with that. 

4/5 goal complete. Not too shabby! 

June Small Goals 
1. Continue with Couch to 5K I started in May then kind of stopped for 2 weeks. I want to get back to it this month. 
2. Start a food journal I'm working on my relationship with food in therapy and I think keeping a food journal will help me dive deeper into this. Especially recording my emotional state/how I feel after I eat will give me the insight I need. 
3. Hit my end of quarter work goals At work we have quarterly goals to hit and I'm not where I want to me at this point. I want to hit my goals by the end of June. 
4. Plan our honeymoon We have paid off most of the wedding at this point so it's time to look into planning a honeymoon for August. I'm so excited to see where we end up going. 
5. List things on Poshmark I went through my closet recently and I have a ton of things I haven't worn before. I want to try listing them on Poshmark before donating them. 


Saturday, June 2, 2018

June Book Club


Doesn't this photo scream summer (minus the remnants of a sticker I could not remove)? The colors, the book, the La Croix. It's a dream. 

Jen suggested we check out Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli. She wrote another one of our favorite book club books (Simon vs. the Homosapien Agenda) and this story takes place in the same universe! I feel like this is the perfect way to kick off our summer book club. I am already planning a trip to the pool with the girls so I can read this in the sun while they swim. Let's kick things off together and get this summer book party started! 


What's it about? 
When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic.

She’s an anomaly in her friend group: the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high.

It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Book Club Discussion Catch Up {April & May}

Welcome to part two of our book club catch up! 2018 has been such a varied year for book club and I have been dying to talk about these books with people. Jen and I always talk about what we think, but I'm hoping this gets us back in the habit of posting monthly on the blog. So let's dive in to the April and May book club selections. 

April

Heather Says
I made Jen stop reading this book so we could read it for book club in March. I had it on my kindle for months and thought it was the perfect reason to finally read it. If I'm being honest (which, duh of course I'm gonna be honest) this was not my favorite. Alosa is the title mentioned daughter of the pirate king who lets herself get captured to search for a map for her father. She is able to pick locks and spends nights out of her cell searching the ship, along with building a romance with the second in command, Riden. She also has a secret: she's half siren. So this all sounds like it should add up to a fun romp, but it's actually kind of boring and unbelievable. The siren thing gets dropped in out of nowhere and it feels like something that we should know but there's literally no build up to it. The romance feels a little too insta-love to me, and I just had a hard time with the writing in general. It didn't really flow as much as I would like and it felt like so much of the novel was surface level stuff instead of diving into back story and motivation. I do not think I will read the sequel, but I'm glad I got to read this with Jen. 

Jen Says: 
I read this book during a very emotion time and I kind of wonder if that factors into my opinion on this book. I felt like I liked the first half of the book pretty ok - I even remember thinking bring on this sexy female pirate! But then instead of her sexiness being a ploy to trick men, we discovered she was a half siren and once I learned that I wanted to chuck my kindle out the window. I thought the second half of the book felt choppy and a lot of character facts were suddenly introduced that made no sense and derailed the story. I thought the book ended pretty suddenly and I refused to even look to see if a sequel was on the author's radar. Heather vented to me it was and I have since vowed I'll never continue this series. Thinking back, I won't be breaking that vow.


May

Heather Says 
This was on my fall TBR in 2017 and I never got around to it, so I was really happy Jen was on board to read it for book club in May. I devoured this in one day at the Lake of the Ozarks last weekend. It was storming on and off so I lost myself in this absolute treat of a book. It's a retelling on Cinderella, so there are definitely some plot points you know will come (evil stepmother & step sisters, losing a slipper, a ball, one of the step sisters destroying Cinderella's stuff before a big event, ect.) but it was such a fun twist on an old tale. Elle lives with her step mother and step sisters in her house that her dad left her when he died. Her dad introduced her to Starfield, a scifi show that reminded me of Battlestar Galactica/Star Trek, and founded a Con for it way back when. Elle just wants to work on The Magic Pumpkin, a vegan food truck, and save money to escape when she turns 18, but when the casting for the new Starfield remake is announced, she decided to enter a cosplay contest to honor her parents (they met at a con and were big into cosplaying). Along the way she makes some friends and falls in love and basically makes me want to cosplay and go to more cons. It was such a sweet book and I loved all the geeky references and the fandom love that oozed out of the pages. This book is taking a place on my bookshelf so I can reread it again. 

Jen Says 
I've been trying to be more mindful about purchases lately so I was able to score the audiobook at the library. First off, I am an absolute sucker for fairytale retellings. I just love them. Especially Cinderella probably because they all have the happiest of endings. I also die over random hookups because I despise tales of fate. This story instantly made me think of the Hilary Duff/Chad Michael Murray retelling. I loved that so much of this story entailed a fandom. Everyone of us can be guilty of becoming a little too involved in fandoms (hello Harry Potter). I absolutely loved the narrators of the story and every time I turned it on it brought me instant happiness.  The ending almost caused my heart to burst. This magical book is inspiring me to want to connect with my fellow nerds and get my con on too. I also might have to buy a physical copy because this book was seriously everything I needed this month.