Category Archives: Friday Finds and Favorites

Family Fun Day

Hi Friends!

I’m playing catch up, but I have lots of adventures to share here. So just bear with me on the picture heavy posts. 😉

Last month, our local library teamed up with our train museum for a fun Train Day. We began our day at the Hen and Egg (a local restaurant that we were excited to try!) It was wonderful with fresh foods and delicious flavor! We’ve definitely found our weekend breakfast spot. 🙂

After breakfast, we made our way to the Train museum for the main event. 😉 Declan was enjoyed a train story time, songs, and crafts.

Story Time

We then explored the Train Museum next door. The model trains were very impressive! D had a blast watching them and playing with the toy trains in the kid’s area.

So grown up!

We also recently visited Hickory Dickory Dock. This is a local fun place that is similar to Chuck E. Cheese, but much better in my opinion. 😉 D decided to have his birthday party here. So we are looking forward to another visit later this month.

Hickory Dickory Dock has a wide variety of activities including, mini golf, mini bowling, soft play, and more!

Check out that bowling stance.

 

 

September Goals and Progress

Hello all!

Things have been crazy busy here! It’s been tougher to find time to post, but I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things. Believe it or not, I haven’t even gotten my fall stuff up yet and I usually have it out on day one! It seems as Declan gets older that our schedule gets busier, I’m not complaining though. I feel that we are pretty good at keeping things fairly balanced. One way that I do that, is by sharing my goals and progress here. It helps to hold me accountable and crossing those goals off my list is fun. 😉

  1. I worked on my decluttering checklist.
  2. I’m working on weekly lesson plans for D.

This month, I want to focus on:

1) Declan’s lesson plans– I’m dedicating Sundays and (any other day I have time) to finishing up for this year.

2)Decorate the house for fall- This one is no surprise. 😉

3)Order Declan’s birthday cake- We have the venue chosen and the final step is the cake and invitations.

I’ve decided to stick with three goals per month so that I can more easily achieve them. The holidays are just around the bend and I don’t want to get discouraged because I made too many goals per month.

What goals are you setting this month?

<3 Anna

Friday Finds and Favorites #6 An Update Post

Hello Friends!

It’s been over a week since my last update. I want to say that things will slow down a bit here, but I know with D beginning soccer and music class again that this isn’t true. We will get back into our own routine though and I’m looking forward to working on Pre-K and Kindergarten curriculum with D this year. We have made the decision to put Declan in Kindergarten next year (He missed the deadline this year and I’m thankful for the extra time for him to grow and mature and enjoy him being here with me.) We came to this decision because Declan wants to go and I want to respect his decision and also it will help me to gauge his progress if we decide to homeschool him for first grade.

Since we’ve been gone, John has turned the BIG 3-0 and we celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary. I can’t believe it’s been that long! I wish I had gotten some pics from our date night, but it completely slipped my mind. We went to see The Dark Tower and had dinner at IHOP. The Dark Tower was pretty good. John explained a lot of the flaws to me because he read the series, it’s Stephen King in case you’re interested. 😉 John definitely made me want to check out the books. It sounds like they would be waaay better. I will say that Matthew Mcconaughey and Idris Elba were wonderful in their roles. I’ll admit that I may or may not have a bit of a crush on Idris Elba…;)

Before I end this post I want to highly recommend this podcast, The Wellness Mama podcast has been an awesome resource to me and my family as we try to improve our health in various areas.

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Wishing you all a safe and wonderful weekend. This time tomorrow I’ll be in Charleston. AGH! I can’t wait to have my feet in the sand. 😉

<3 Anna

Friday Finds and Favorites #73 Usborne Launch Party!!!

Hello everyone!

Last night, was my first Usborne LAUNCH Party! It was so much fun! I got to discuss one of my favorite topics, books! 😉 The party is closing tonight at midnight. So if you wish to place an order with me, please do so before that! Here’s my link: https://s6780.myubam.com/

Week 66: August 11, 2017

  1. Blind dates, I’ve never been on one. I almost went on one just before I met my husband, but as soon as I met him—I broke things off with the guy I was talking with. I did have a pretty hilarious conversation once with a guy I talked with online. He called me one day while I was in college and talked to me in Klingon. Needless to say, I seem to attract and enjoy the company of other nerds. ;).2. It’s hard to believe that nearly 5 years ago, I gave birth to my son. He was due on September 18 and I gave birth on September 22, The First Day of Fall.
  1. I admire    anyone who doesn’t let age, disability, etc. keep them from achieving their dreams because we are only given this one life and it’s best to make the most of each day.
  1.       People’s ignorant comments and actions makes me think I should lose faith in humanity, but I know there are still good people out there and besides we all make mistakes and don’t have perfect days. 

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Wishing you all a safe and fun weekend!

<3 Anna

Friday Finds and Favorites #72 August Goals and Progress

Hello Friends!

Can you believe we are already in the month of August?! It seems the years just continue to fly by! This is just another reason why making goals each month is so important. We are only given so many hours in the day, week, month, and year. It definitely puts things into perspective and pushes me to make goals each month.

In July, I set two dates for taking boxes to Goodwill. Our Goodwill dates are the 15th and 30th (or last day of each month.) This has been super helpful to us! It takes the pressure of trying to remember to take a load of clutter off every time we are going out. (Which we would always forget anyway! :/)

I took my first yoga class this month. It was so relaxing and I’m hoping to make it twice a week or at the very least once a week. I’m also planning to set a schedule for workouts once I figure out what days I wish to do yoga.

  1. Finish planning D’s lessons and use Sundays as pre-planning for each week.
  2. Finish Living Room and Kitchen from Decluttering Check-list.
  3. Set Workout schedule.

What are your goals for August? Now it’s your turn! Link up your favorite posts and finds of the week! 

 

Wishing you all a fun and safe weekend!

<3 Anna

Friday Finds and Favorites 71 DoTerra Goodies!

Hello Friends!

Thank Goodness It’s Friday! It has been a looong week here. We are in the dog days of summer and I’m just so ready for fall. I read yesterday that it won’t feel like fall until November this year. I wanted to cry. I’m going to try to repress this information for as long as possible. 😉 Today, I’m keeping this post short and sweet (as possible!;))

For those who don’t know, I’m a Wellness Advocate with DoTerra Essential Oils. I mainly decided to do this for the discounts, but I have to say I love these products! Tri Ease is capsules made with Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint oils. You take them twice a day and they have done me wonders this allergy season. It’s the only thing that has gotten me through! I love the Deep Blue Rub for my achy lower back. It works better than Tiger balm which I was using every night! I bought Cheer this week. It’s the roll on which has fractionated coconut already in this easy to roll on container. Cheer is great for anxiety and depression. It smells wonderful with the scents of orange peels, clove cinnamon, and much more!

If you are interested in learning more, you can check out my website here. Thanks!

1. As a child, my favorite playground activity was I really can’t remember much about playgrounds, but I think I really enjoyed the swings.

2. For breakfast, I have It really depends on my mood. Sometimes I’ll make something simple like cereal and avocado toast and others I’ll take more time and make coconut flour pancakes or breakfast hash. I usually have hot tea as well.

3. An instrument I would like to play is the guitar or the ukulele. I just think either could be fun and very versatile.

4. I always try to accept the things that I cannot change. Sometimes things happen without warning and you can either ride with the wave or let the wave over take you. I’ve done both, it seems that riding with the wave gives you the more desired outcome.

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Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! Be safe out there!

<3 Anna

Friday Finds and Favorites: 31 Birthday Reflections

Hello Friends!

This is one of my favorite yearly posts that I share. I enjoy reflecting over what I’ve learned each year and areas that I need to grow. So sit back and enjoy the ride!

1) My health and well-being is paramount for my family. I must take care of me, so that I can be the best for my guys and just as important, myself.

2) I’ve become a lot more creative in the kitchen thanks to playing with various diets due to my chronic illnesses.

3) I’ll probably always have an issue with hoarding books. I have gotten better in the sense that, I try to give books to others that I think will enjoy/benefit from them.

4) Water is perfect and I should drink more of it each day.

5) Reading before bed is a much better idea than watching tv.

6) Sleep needs to be a priority.

7) I love myself and the person I’m becoming. I’m excited to “meet her” 😉

8) Compassion goes a long way with people. We all just want to feel loved.

9) White Kit Kats are actually very good, don’t let regular fool you.

10) I love my husband more now than I ever thought possible. He makes me tear up just thinking about the faith he has in me and loving me despite all of my shortcomings.

11) God’s love is even deeper than that. I can’t fathom John’s love for me, so I marvel at my Father’s love.

12) There is still a very huge hole in my heart. Little girls should have an awesome earthly daddy, but that doesn’t always happen.

13) I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to watch John be that kind of dad.

14) I miss my Paw Paw every day. I wish so much that he could’ve met D. I know that he would be so proud of him and amazed at how intelligent he is. He would also love his spirit and how he can never sit still. 😉

15) Therapy is a wonderful thing. It took me too many years to admit that I have issues that need professional help. My therapist has done wonders and I’m so grateful to have her along on this journey.

16) Taking medication is NOT the worst thing in the world. I take 1 pill every day for my anxiety and it helps me so much. It does not mean I’m weak or that I’m a “druggy.”

17) It’s not easy to relive traumatic experiences or learn how to better cope with them.

18) I now know that I can face the demons of my past and win!

19) Moana and Wonder Woman can still inspire the little girl in my heart.

20) I love Sci-Fi. More than I ever realized. It fascinates me and I need to read more works, such as Ray Bradbury.

21) I don’t want to live my life in fear. I will work towards my goals and I will face my fears.

22) I would rescue every injured animal that I could. I wish I could have an animal rescue one day!

23) Exercise is vital. Don’t skip it.

24) Decluttering makes my heart happy. I love giving things away or donating. I’m happy to not hold on to everything.

25) I’m very excited about trying a plant based diet. I’m hoping this will be the right step for me.

26) This will be my first year doing several new things before we hit 2018. I won’t stop!

27) I’m so thankful to God for the hope in my heart. I’m so much happier these days, despite the pain.

28) I wish that I realized this stuff in my 20’s.

29) I have had Moana’s “Where you are” stuck in my head for weeks.

30) I’m a dog and cat person. I’m an animal person.

31) This planet is so important to me. This election has given me pause to want to learn and help with so many issues in any way that I can.

  1. My favorite thing on my daily to-do list is my devotional time first thing, followed by blogging, and later teaching D.
  2. My least favorite thing on my daily to-do list is folding clothes and washing dishes.
  3. I could really do without hateful people. If you can’t be loving, just don’t speak at all. It’s that simple.
  4. I would love to have more peace and quiet in my life, but that’s not the season I am in. I have learned to enjoy my snippets. Unless we adopt, those days will come far too soon for me.

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Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! Be safe out there!

<3 Anna

Friday Finds and Favorites: Family Fun!

Hello Friends!

It’s been a week since my last post! I can see why many fellow bloggers choose to take a break or scale back in the summer months. It can be tough to keep up with a blogging schedule when everyone is away on vacation, out enjoying the sunshine, etc.  So today will be a picture heavy post so I can play catch up. 😉

A few weeks ago, we visited Hickory Dickory Dock. It’s a local Chuck E. Cheese-esque kids play place. (It especially works for us since D is scared of Chuck E. Cheese. ;)) In my humble opinion, it was much better! Hickory Dickory Dock has a three story play place, a separate play area for kids under 5 years, an arcade, mini bowling, mini golf, and a concession stand. The funnel cake fries are the bomb dot com! 😉 D loved it so much that he wants to have his birthday party there. (I guess I better get on reserving it!)

He is so silly!

Mini golfer

Soft play area

Fearless!

The last/first weekend of June/July, we spent with our besties in Greenville. We had a tasty cook out the first evening, including smores for dessert and before we left we all went and watched Despicable Me 3 at the local cinema. The kids loved it…Not going to lie, I fell asleep! ( I think it was more so to do with my meds. :/ )

Best friends! <3

Pinterest project: Making smore dip!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We then traveled to Anderson and met my mom for lunch at Denny’s. Afterwards, we moved D’s stuff to mom’s car and he was off to Nana’s for the week! He wasn’t far from my thoughts though. <3

John and I went to my favorite commercial book store, Books a Million and renewed our membership and of course, got books! 😉 We then enjoyed a very quiet evening at home. I had a few days to work on projects while John was at work before our trip. It was nice to get things done and not have a tiny tornado following me! 😉 On July 4, we went super non traditional this year. We both were not feeling very patriotic given the current political climate. So we skipped the usual Independence Day festivities and went out to lunch, went to car wash, and ended the evening watching Pineapple Express.) It wasn’t your typical celebration, but I think it was just what we needed that day.

This week’s fill-in’s:

My inner child_____________________.

My favorite month is ________________.

My favorite commercial is                      ,because                                .

Personally, I don’t care for                                    .

My inner child probably gets out more often now than when I was a child! There’s a HUGE sense of freedom when you become comfortable in your own skin and I’m more comfortable now than I’ve ever been.

My favorite month is October. I just love the cool crisp Autumn nights. We always have a fun Fall bucket list to keep things interesting!

My favorite commercial is—I don’t really have a favorite commercial. The only time I really pay attention to commercials is during the Super Bowl and at Christmas. I love holiday commercials usually.

Personally, I don’t care for gossip or people making others feel inferior. Who gives anyone the right to treat someone so poorly?!

Be sure to stop by on Wednesday for my post on our trip to Asheville, NC! Now it’s your turn. Link up your finds and favorite posts of the week. Don’t forget to grab a button! (optional!)

 



 

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! Be safe out there!

<3 Anna

Friday Finds and Favorites #68 July Progress and Goals

Hello Friends!

This week has felt super long. I think part of it is because I was waiting on the PLL finale on Tuesday and then we have the Fourth of July holiday coming up. John has a week off from work and D is going to spend a week with his Nana. We are all super excited and will definitely miss our little noisemaker while he is away.

Tomorrow is the last day of June, so it’s time for my progress report and new goals for July!

  1.  Finish cleaning out downstairs rooms
  2. Clean out closet

These two I plan to finish up this week while D is away.

3. Begin lesson planning for next school year.

I have had a slow start with this, but I was able to get started and am hoping that I’ll get even more done this week.

4. Star meal prepping on Sundays again.

This one has gone really well. I really enjoy washing our linens, prepping food, and just taking a gentle approach to our Sundays. It’s nice to have everything ready for a brand new week! 🙂

  1. Make several Goodwill trips this upcoming week as well as cleaning and organizing of each room.

I know this is a big undertaking, but I rarely have time minus D to accomplish all of these things.

2. Get our Charleston beach trip booked.

3. Begin taking yoga classes and get more information about Tai Chi classes for the family.

Since I began my new meds and am not as active now, I have been struggling with my weight. It’s not a huge thing, but I’ve gained 20 lbs much more quickly than I care to admit. I am in a mostly comfortable space in my own skin, but I just don’t feel my best. The added weight has made me more sluggish and I’m not happy about that. This is where the classes come in and pushing and encouraging myself to be more active and health conscious.

Podcast Play List

  1. Stuff You Missed in History Class, The Philadelphia MOVE Bombing

This was definitely a “stuff you missed in history class” moment for me. I’ve read many times in history that the south was not the only region that dealt with racial injustice and this is a great example. I was not aware of the MOVE Organization and this is partially due to the fact that it happened a year before I was born. (Let’s be real here. The other reasons are obvious. 1) Schools teach a very watered down version of history. It’s “convenient” to pretend that certain things didn’t happen, regarding: race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. 2) I’m a white woman who has had the privilege of not having to fight and proclaim my life matters because my country already recognizes that it does. There are areas that my country doesn’t recognize, but for the purpose of this post, this podcast is discussing race.) This whole situation was filled with many issues including many people losing their homes and belongings and having to deal with the aftermath which sounded like a hot mess to me. This is definitely worth a listen, especially if you have never heard of The Philadelphia MOVE organization and the bombing that took place.

2. Healthy Mamas Podcast, Using Naturopathic Medicine to Beat Hormone Imbalance & Nutrient Difficiencies

What can I say about this episode?! It was super informative and we have been using candles at night ever since. (More on that to come!) We also have amber glasses on our Amazon Wishlist. Are you wondering what I’m talking about? Listen to this episode. It covers so much material in such a short amount of time. If you listen to podcasts regularly and want healthy tips from another mom, you can do no wrong by subscribing to the Healthy Mamas podcast. It’s always super informative and leaves me with things to think about to improve our home and our lives as a whole. Good stuff!

3. Frontline, Povery, Politics, and Profit

This makes me so sick and angry! There are so many people out there that need help and this investigation by NPR and Frontline shows why they are not getting it.

Friendly Fill-In’s

  1. My next vacation will be this week. I’m not sure what we will do, but John will be off work and D is going to GA to spend a week with his Nana. He is so excited! We are going to miss him, but will enjoy the time of just us two and the fur babies.
  2. Fireworks are beautiful, but not everyone enjoys them. Please be mindful of other people and your pets. Keep them inside where they can feel safe.
  3. This week, I am thankful for the time that my husband and I will have together. It is so precious! <3
  4. Freedom is something that we can be thankful for each day. There are many things that I wish that could be done differently, but it doesn’t change the fact that I’m able to freely express these thoughts due to living in the USA. It’s a privilege that I try not to take for granted. 

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Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and Happy FOURTH of July! Be safe and have fun!

<3 Anna

Friday Finds and Favorites #67 Father’s Day 2017

Hello Friends!

It’s been a long hard week, but we have finally made it to Friday! *happy dance* I finally feel like I’m becoming adjusted to my new meds and am feeling excited after a really good session last night with my therapist. She is truly a God send! I can’t help, but feel proud of myself for learning to take better care of me. It’s been a tough couple of years, but I’ve learned so much and being kinder to myself is helping me to better serve those around me. <3

Father’s Day is a tough holiday for me. I won’t go into all that here because I’ve done so in the past. What I will say is that others need to be mindful that not everyone has a dad they are proud of for Father’s Day. Some people have lost their dads too soon or their dad may be distant. There are many factors to consider. (The same goes for Mother’s Day!) I’m very blessed to have a wonderful husband to celebrate on that day. I also feel honored to be treated as a daughter by my father-in-law and John’s step father. There is still a hole in my heart that cannot be filled, but I am grateful for the family God has given me.

We celebrated Father’s Day by going out to lunch at Firehouse Subs, followed by frozen yogurt, and a round of mini golf. It was so fun, but HOT! (I’m so NOT a summer person!)

 

  1. A reoccurring dream I have….I don’t really have reoccurring dreams. I have had dreams in the past that have freaked me out. These were dreams about people that I didn’t know and horrible things were happening. I often wonder if the people were real and if I was unable to help them. I know, it’s weird! My dreams are especially vivid now with the meds I’m on. This doesn’t help with sleep much. I’m having to learn which ones to take at specific time to help.
  2. Turn lemons into lemonade. This is a phrase that is used often and it makes me laugh now because acid is terrible for my bladder. Lemons and lemonade would feel like battery acid to me now. I guess my phrase now would be “Turn lemons into blueberries.” 😉
  3. Meal planning has been driving me crazy! BUT I’m learning a lot from Real Plans and am excited about finding new recipes to try and the convenience of the service mostly building my shopping list for me. 🙂 More on that later!
  4. Lately, I have been watching too much tv. I fall into this pattern when I’m feeling bad/feeling depressed. I really want to get back into reading more. Last night, I turned the tv off and read for about an hour before bed. It was nice!

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Wishing everyone a safe and fun weekend! Stay cool! 😉

<3 Anna