I love summer – it’s soooo good! Everything is brighter and lighter and my winter blues melt away. I wanted to do a watermelon/picnic theme this month, but I couldn’t find much that I liked as far as embellishments go. I went with some camping stickers I had laying around, and it got me excited for all the fun summer things I get to start doing with family and friends. Here it is:
One of my favorite spots to sit and plan is our little patio on the back of our apartment. It’s one of the better spots, since we have a few trees instead of a full parking lot to look at. The hubs brightened it up with some flowers earlier this month. It makes living in the city a bit easier since we both come from a rural area.
*Disclaimer – I purchased all these stickers myself, and I was not paid to give my honest review of these products.*
Another month, another chance to decorate! I’m still not happy with my planner skills, but I’m practicing and learning. I think it’s mostly because I’m just not that happy with the layout of my ELCP as I initially thought I would be. My handwriting is big and unless you’re ambidextrous it’s really difficult to fill out a spiral-bound book. I also just can’t find a STINKING PEN that doesn’t smudge and works on matte and slick paper! I end up using white-out (ew). I’ll definitely be looking for some better pens this month – its a goal for sure! Hopefully I can do a review post on them. Do you have a favorite? Comment and let me know!!
Despite my setbacks, I DID find a really great sticker shop on etsy! The SweetPaper Co had a super cute May set that I tried and I liked it. The stickers match well to the ELCP month’s colors, and they are matte so they are easy to write on (if you have the right pen). Next month I’m going to try and not have everything so matchy-matchy. It’s not bad, I guess it’s just not my style! Here’s my layout:
Who doesn’t want a rockin’ bod? We see pictures on a daily basis of the ideal female body.For me, it has always been Oxygen magazine’s muscular fitness models’. To stick to a goal and finish strong. To use my body for what it was meant to do, work! While I don’t plan on gracing the covers of Oxygen anytime soon, I have made a major change to further my health and fitness goals.
As usual with these sorts of endeavors, I jumped in with both feet and became a Beachbody coach. Beachbody is the founder of programs like P90x, T25, and Insanity. It also has an amazing meal replacement shake called Shakeology. Being a coach is scary for someone like me who has a long way to go in her fitness journey, but it’s a great motivator to have a few more pairs of eyes keeping me accountable. That’s why I’m sharing this with you! I want you to follow me on my journey to a healthier me.
Sharing something so personal is scary. I have failed at this before. I have made a 360 degree change just to turn right back around. I have lost weight and found even more. I am at the heaviest weight of my life, and that’s why I knew it was time for a change. Not just a temporary diet, but a new way of thinking. It was time to take small steps toward a goal important to me.
So, I started slowly this time. I am drinking a gallon of water a day and drinking my Shakeology every morning. I will make time to get in an at home workout everyday. I will eat more meals at home. This won’t be perfect. I will make mistakes and miss workouts. The difference this time is that I won’t allow my past to interfere. My past doesn’t control my future, I do.
As terrifying as this is…I wanted to share my “before” picture with you. I want you to see where I’m starting. See that making a change is scary and hard but if I can do it so can you! Here it is:
Please send me a little support and encouragement as I work to make this BIG change! leave a comment and make sure to follow our blog to find out how my journey progresses!
Budget. That’s what you’re supposed to do as a responsible adult. You are supposed to live within or below your means. You are supposed to have a savings account. You aren’t supposed to have credit card debt. These are the things that your mom tells you. These are the things countless Pinterest articles are written about. These are the things of nightmares.
It seems common sense when you say it out loud, “Don’t spend more than you make.” Obviously. Wait…what about credit cards? Those don’t count. Do they? What about store cards that have 25% interest? Those definitely don’t count. You’ll pay those off every month. You’re just using them for the discounts and coupons anyway!
It’s easy to see how someone, like me, gets into some serious debt without having much to show for it. We convince ourselves we need it or that waiting for it would be silly. We use our cards to get the immediate satisfaction of buying the thing instead of using better judgement.
This is going to be the year of change and major progress. This is the year I stop using credit cards. (Even just typing that I had some major anxiety…) It will be hard. I will get to eat out less and I will have less clothes. I will have to resist the urge to buy something just because I have a coupon…or three. Everything will change. That’s what I’m counting on.
I want to be free of the debt. Free of the worry and stress. Free from the addiction of buying STUFF. I want to look at the things I do have and know that I’m not still paying on it. This will take more than a year, but this is the year I start!
Here’s a link to the binder I’m using to stay organized. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00GDDUXJQ/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1453307692&sr=8-1&pi=SY200_QL40&keywords=organizher+expense+tracker&dpPl=1&dpID=51V4eucl9ZL&ref=plSrch
Do you struggle with any financial goals? Do you have a specific plan to get debt free? I’d love all the advice I can get!
Wow this year sure is flying by isn’t it? March got pretty crazy for me, so I was a bit of a slacker on several things I meant to stay on top of. Allison and I decided that this upcoming month of April would be a fantastic time to refresh ourselves and our goals. A “reboot” if you will…
I was sick in late February, and my exercise goal of the month (100 body squats a day) went out the window and so did my exercise goal for March. This month I’m going to try and do a plank challenge AND re-do February’s challenge. I’m starting on April 1st (no joke) – want to join me? You should!! We can be accountable to each other! Leave me a comment if you are interested and I’ll do a middle-of-the-month-check-in to see how we’re doing! Here’s the link to the challenge.
Another part of my life that needs a little push is my food intake. We have been eating out SO much and both myself and my wallet are feeling the effects. We need to stop spending so much money on eating out and start eating at home again. To do this, I’ve made a whole month meal plan. I always do better when I have a plan, but I’ve never done a whole month! I figured if I at least have something on every day, we are more likely to use that meal instead of going out. These are just dinners, but still really helpful! I’m sure I’ll give in sometime (I just really love pizza), but I guarantee it will be cheaper and healthier than last month! I found this cute printable calendar and wrote it all out – then hung it on the fridge as a reminder! Here is my menu:
Two years. I have lived in my house two years with one fully functional bathroom. Not a big deal, except I have two bathrooms.
I have, during this time, had a roommate and both of my parents as house mates. We shared to the best of our abilities this space, but the urge to complete the renovation to the master bath was always there. Slowly, I began to collect the necessary items for the remodel.
To replace the old corner shower that leaked, I found a full sized shower insert for $200 at the local discount store Cargo Largo. I had a similar stroke of luck with my floor tile. I found the cutest tile at Habitat for Humanity ReStore for a reasonable price. My Christmas present was a Lowe’s gift card that I bought my accent tile with. The pretty finishing touches were purchased with birthday money. TJ Maxx and Target were where I found the majority of the decorative items…I just love those stores!
The final step was finding a person to do all the hard work. It took a few bids and some patience, but I found a guy I went to high school with who was great! He did everything I wanted and worked with my bargains.
Here is what the bathroom looked like in the process of taking down tile.