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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!

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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!

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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

D’s New Chore Chart and Moon Money Jar!

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Today, I’m happy to share with you all D’s new chore chart and our new way of teaching Declan about helping others and managing money. These are both two very important skills that D will need in the future and I believe that there are many things that we should begin talking to our children about as early as possible in age appropriate terms.

Declan has been doing chores since age 2. This began with just cleaning up after play time. (I’ll be honest, this is one of our biggest struggles. I think it’s because we all need to establish better patterns of putting things away after use.) I discovered Declan’s new chore chart while planning for his homeschooling this year. This is chart is so simple to make and it’s been very effective with Declan so far. He does all of his chores (most) every day!

Declan’s Chore Chart

For this chart you will need:

Cardstock (for you printable tickets)

A pocket chart (like the one below)

Reward Stickers

A small prize box

Instructions for the slots:

You’ll need a card with child’s name.

Monday-Friday chores to be completed.

Reward tickets earned, Sticker Sheets, Best“ Bee-havior” awards

Extra cards can be kept in the bottom slots OR you can do a simplified chart like my version below!

At the end of the day, I look to see which tasks are completed and switch them out with reward tickets.(Each ticket has different number values. For example, Declan gets .5 for helping me with folding the laundry, but he gets .50 for taking out the trash. I try to keep it based on his skill level with each chore, as he improves the numbers can increase, but we will see how time goes with all that.)  If Declan completes his chores he receives tickets and a sticker for his reward chart. The tickets he redeems for money go in his new bank. (More on that in a few.) Once the reward card is filled, Declan gets a prize from the big prize box. (Right now, we are doing something a little different, but I’ve decided to switch gears. The prizes will be healthy, but tasty treats. Sometimes we can have goals that combat other goals. One of ours is also to have a more clutter free home and giving out prizes is great for D, but not so great for mama.) Lastly,  is a “Best Bee-havior” card that Declan will get if he has an extra good day. These cards can be redeemed for fun things like going to the movie with mommy, going out to fro-yo with the whole family, etc. If Declan does not complete his chores he gets nothing. He has three chores that are non-negotiable. He cleans his room every day, feeds the girls, and makes his bed.

If you like this idea, you can get the printables, here!

We bought D the Moonjar bank here. This money box is too cool! It’s divided into three sections: Green is spend, Red is Share, and Blue is Save. (I was so excited to discover it on the Mighty Girls page on FB.) We are now teaching Declan to give 10% to our church or charity, 45% to save, and 45% to spend. D love it! The box also comes with a little check book to keep track of deposits and withdrawals. I really wish I had one growing up! 😉

Do your kiddo(s) have chores? What system do you use? What do you think of the money box?

<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

My Happy Place and 31 Years in this World!

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While D was away with Nana we took a trip to Asheville, NC. I must say that Asheville is one of the friendliest, most inclusive places I’ve ever visited in the South.

We first enjoyed a tasty lunch at Lenny’s (It’s a local chain that serves subs…Think Firehouse Subs.) They specialize in any Philly cheese steak you can think of and if you know me, you should know that if Philly Cheese steak is on the menu, it’s a must order! We then went by the Visitor’s Center and John had a brilliant idea. He suggested we take the Trolley Tour and we got the Hop on/off stickers that were valid for 2 days. It was perfect for our weekend getaway. The tour guides were friendly and knowledgeable of the area. We learned so much and were able to feel like locals because we became so familiar to the area. (I’m hoping we will get to take D with us next time…hopefully, in October.)

Waiting for our trolley! I have to say that this goes in the books for my favorites of all our getaways! <3

We stopped for water, but we will visit again thanks to the white chocolate bread pudding…yum!

The first day we mostly just listened to the tour and ended up hopping off in the Biltmore village. I LOVE the old Christmas store there. It’s where I purchase our Christmas ornaments for our ornament swap each year. After all that touring we were able to check into our room. We stayed in the Red Roof Inn which was conveniently located within walking distance of Cracker Barrel and Dunkin Donuts. (We actually ate at Cracker Barrel that first night for dinner and grabbed a quick breakfast before dashing back to church to serve. It was a crazy fun weekend!)

On Saturday, we had a delicious breakfast at the Good Girl Eatery. Everything was perfection on a plate! I’m blessed to have a hubby who likes to share food, so we order different dishes and are able to try new things. 😉 After breakfast, we stopped by the aSHEville museum. This place is wonderful! It’s a shop with books and beautiful odds and ends made by women in the community and beyond. There is also a very interesting and informative museum there that shares history of women everywhere. The owner was super friendly and wished me an early happy birthday, she noticed my Wonder Woman shirt and asked if I had watched it yet. I told her I would be seeing it on my birthday the following Monday. (More on that below!) Just to keep from having any confusion, we visited 3 book stores while we were in Asheville. That is our idea of a vacation. 😉 The two most memorable were the Battery Park Book Exchange and that evening we visited Firestorm Books and Coffee. The latter was definitely my favorite. 🙂 I was just excited to learn that they will have online shopping soon. So I can shop anytime…this could get dangerous! 😉

Our book haul

We stopped for lunch at The Green Sage Cafe. We were still pretty full from our big breakfast, but they had the option of getting half sandwiches and in house made sweet potato chips. It was the perfect compromise for lunch. I was also impressed to see that they have a recycle system and even have a place to put items for composting. It was very impressive!

After lots of walking and bus hopping, we decided to head back to the room for a rest and read. This sounds heavenly right about now. I ended up taking a nap after reading a good bit. We then headed out for dinner at King Daddy’s Chicken and Waffles. This place has chicken and waffles any way you can think of! It was very tasty! (This was below Firestorm Books. We visited the book store afterwards.) I also fell in love with Holly Golightly. They were playing her music at the cafe part of the store and I had to ask who it was. I’m so glad I did, even if I fan girl stumbled over my words. 😀 (Can I just say that I’m not big into listening to music…I haven’t been since probably college. I really have to be in the mood to listen. I’m not sure, maybe it’s because there are so many hours in the day! Maybe it’s because I enjoy reading and listening to podcasts instead…?)We then headed back to the hotel so we could get rest for our early morning. Our wonderful trip had come to an end…BUT I can’t wait to visit again soon!

Batman spotted! This place is so magical and artistic. It makes my heart happy!

As I said earlier, we celebrated my birthday on that Monday, July 10. We (finally!) watched Wonder Woman and it was everything that I dreamed of and more…SOOOO GOOOD! I can’t put into words because it won’t do it justice, that good! I found myself tearing up a few times and just feeling so happy. It’s just like the first time I saw the Wonder Woman dolls in Walmart. My little girl heart was so envious. The dolls were so fierce and amazing! I can imagine how empowered this generations girls will be because they can see that girls can do amazing things! After the movie, I got a salted caramel bubble tea and shared the tapioca pearls with D. They definitely taste like gummy bears. I think the greatest gift of all was being reunited with D after him visiting with Nana for a whole week. <3 <3 <3

Rocking my 30’s because I can!

Be sure to check back here on Friday for my birthday reflections and my Friendly Fill-in’s! Where is your favorite vacation spot? How do you celebrate bdays?

<3 Anna

Friday Finds and Favorites #68 July Progress and Goals

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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

Declan’s Capsule Wardrobe

Hello Friends!

Do you remember when I shared about my capsule wardrobe? (If not, you can find that post here!) Well, today, I’m sharing our journey of going through D’s wardrobe and selecting his new capsule wardrobe. I’ll be honest, capsule wardrobes are always a work-in-progress. The reason is because you are cycling through your clothes. There will be pieces you no longer want to wear, pieces that no longer fit, pieces that have holes or stains, etc. Also it’s important to replace those items and often we don’t have the funds to buy everything all at once. If you do, more power to you! Personally, it’s best for me not to go on a clothing retail therapy trip. I always end up with things that I don’t need or that I think I like, but never wear. I’ve learned that I’m the type of person that needs to find something I love and buy piece by piece over time. I say all of this to say, you do you, boo. (Credit to January Harshe for that awesome catch phrase. ;)) All that matters is that you have less clothing to deal with and more of the clothing that best fits your own set style.

For D, I decided to just do a spring and summer capsule wardrobe and in August I’ll go through his fall and winter stuff.

This is what D has:

4 polo shirts

2 dress shirts

7 play shirts

2 pairs of jeans

2 pairs of plaid shorts

2 pairs of athletic shorts

1 pair of pjs (possibly 2)

sneakers

flip flops

dress shoes

play shoes

7 pairs of socks

10 pairs of undies

What we still need:

7 solid colored t-shirts (This will be bought from a great website, here.)

1 pair of jeans

2 pairs of khaki shorts

1 swimsuit (He has already lost one. :/)

2-3 pairs of pjs

As you can see, I’m giving D a lot more clothing options. The main reason is because he is a growing boy and he stains EVERYTHING.  Below are a few outfits from recent outings:

I plan to share John’s capsule wardrobe soon and more details on how we decided to start this journey and even more how-to’s. Stay tuned! 😉

What items would you consider necessary for a child(ren)’s capsule wardrobe?

<3 Anna

Friday Finds and Favorites #66

Hello Friends!

Last weekend, we had a quick GA visit to celebrate Karson’s birthday. We arrived at the tail end of the party thanks to some very bad directions, but we made it! It was fun telling Karson that he had one more present to open. 😉

My TWO Year old nephew and his beautiful momma!

After the party festivities ended, we decided to take a trip to the lake for an afternoon of water fun!

My little fish. I’m proud of how well he did. He is much braver with water than he was last year.

Karson saw some people “burying” each other in the sand and he decided he wanted to try it too. 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mermaid Miya! <3

This week I have some really awesome episodes for my podcast play list. Be sure to check them out in the links below!

Podcast Play List

These four podcast episodes are all from the NEW season of Invisibilia. If you don’t currently listen to Invisibilia this is a great season to start. They are doing a new project this season and it’s unlike anything they’ve down before!

The first episode of the season is Emotions pt. 1, this episode will pull at your heart strings as it shares the story of a family who was in a car accident. The family loses their child and ends up being sued by the truck driver who was also involved in the incident.

Emotions pt. 2 shares the discovery of a new emotion and how a young woman learns about her emotions on a first date.

Reality pt. 1 This episode deals with perception. In the small town of Eagle’s Nest Township, some of the locals believe that black bears are gentle and even feed bears from their own mouths, while others are fearful. Should the locals be afraid or are they overreacting?

Reality pt. 2 In this episode, a man name Max creates an intriguing app that allows him to learn about local events from random locations. This experiment helps him to get out of his own bubble.

Friendly Fill-In’s

1)I challenge everyone to step out of your bubble this week. Shake up your routine and meet new people with interests different than your own. We can learn so much from one another.

2) I regret disposing of nothing. Maybe it’s because I’m on a minimalist/downsizing kick, but I only feel freer when I get rid of stuff.

3)I have a difficult time admitting when I need others to lean on. Usually, if I get quiet and begin isolating myself—I’m dealing with hard stuff and need others to step in. The problem is that I’m not brave enough to say that I need my friends in those times. I usually end up inadvertently pushing people away because I don’t want to be a burden. :/

4) If I were given a psychic power, I would like it to be more trusting of my own inner intuition as well. I’ve always felt sensitive to people and situations.

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Final Thought:
This weekend is Father’s Day. I’m looking forward to spending this day with my amazing husband who is a wonderful father to our son. I don’t have a father to celebrate and my great grandfather (who is the closest person I had to a father passed away August 1, 2012), this leaves me with a hurting heart for those of us who don’t have fathers to celebrate. I think things are a little easier because I have the joy and privilege of seeing my husband with our son, but my heart still longs for a Dad that cares. I will never know the love of being a daddy’s girl. All this to say that, I understand the pain of this day. Sometimes certain holidays can be a painful reminder of what we don’t have, but I hope that those like me can find a way to enjoy the day even if that means staying away from social media. Self care is so important. Maybe this year can be the year that you create a new tradition. ❤ ❤ ❤

Have a wonderful and safe weekend!
❤ Anna

Smoothie Time!

Hello Friends!

I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend. Yesterday, felt like Monday. It was one incident after another, including Sophie rolling around in her own poo, which resulted in a bath for her. She was super stubborn and refused to get washed off. It was a lengthy battle of wills. I’ll share with you more on our Memorial Day weekend in an upcoming post, but for now…It’s that time!

It’s time to announce the winner of the Mandisa Out Of The Dark CD Giveaway…Drumroll…

Brandi! Congrats, girl! You won! 

A BIG thank you to everyone who entered and took the time to like, share, and comment on that post.

Now, I’ll be switching gears and talking smoothies and soccer. 😉 Summer is coming very soon and believe it or not, it’s not my favorite season. I’m one of those people who hates getting hot and it’s as my GG ALWAYS says “You can always put more clothes on when it’s cold, but there is a limit to how much you can take off when it’s hot” 😉 She cracks me up! One thing, that I really appreciate about warmer weather is…smoothies! They are cool, refreshing, and perfect for any meal!

I’ll be honest, I’m limited on what I can use in my smoothies, but these recipes are super tasty!

Blueberry Smoothie

You’ll need:

1 cup milk (I use almond/coconut or almond and coconut)

1 cup of blueberries

1 scoop protein powder (This is the kind I use!) 

a handful of spinach (Gotta get those veggies in!)

and sometimes I add a little cinnamon and/or turmeric creamer

I blend this all up in my magic bullet and I’m good to go!

PB2 Smoothie

You’ll need:

1 scoop PB2

1 cup of milk (almond/coconut or almond and coconut)

1 handful of spinach

Sometimes I add cinnamon/carob chips/turmeric creamer!

I blend all of these ingredients in my magic bullet.

Podcast Play List

1) and 2) Stuff You Missed in History Class, Abbott and Costello pt. 1 and pt.2

I love Abbott and Costello so I had to listen to these episodes. It was really interesting learning more background information on these guys. It really made me want to get some of their movies for our own personal collection. 🙂

3) Radiolab, Funky Hand Jive

This episode was so fun to nerd out on. 😉 I am fascinated with the microbiome!  So it was no surprise that an episode about how handshakes can literally stick with you was a perfect listen for me.

4) Stuff You Missed in History Class, 6 Impossible Episodes: Soldiers, Snipers, and Spies

These are stories that couldn’t fit into a full length episode and so the ladies chose 6 interesting stories on soldiers, snipers, and spies. It was wonderful learning about women in history that I had never heard of before.

5) Code Switch, The LA Unrest (Or Riots), 25 Years Later

This is a powerful episode. I could go off on a tangent with this one, but I won’t. I’ll just say that this is definitely worth your time. <3

I’ll end today’s post with soccer pics!

 

Today, is D’s last soccer game. (These seasons go by so quickly!) We are all looking forward to watching him play one last time for the spring season. <3

What’s your favorite smoothie recipe(s)? Thoughts on podcast selections. Sound off below!

<3 Anna

My Capsule Wardrobe

Hello Friends!

Today, I’m excited to share with you all my capsule wardrobe. It’s still a work in progress, but I’m so proud of how far I’ve come! I decided to create a capsule wardrobe for efficiency and let’s be honest—the less clothing to wash, the better! There are no rules when creating a capsule wardrobe.  You make your own rules and it’s really a process of learning as you go along.

These are a few of the rules/guidelines I created for my wardrobe:

7 t-shirts

5 dresses

2 blouses

2 tank tops

I have 3 seasonal shirts that I’m hanging on to and am undecided on whether I’ll keep them or not.

1 denim over shirt

1 collared shirt

1 black cardigan

1 brown cardigan

Outer wear-

4 pairs of leggings

2 pairs of jeans

1 grey skirt

1 jean skirt

1 black skirt

1 white skirt

1 polka dot skirt

Shoes

1 brown boots (I need to make sure these fit.)

1 cowgirl boots

1 slip on shoes

1 sandals

1 flip flops

Items to buy:

1 hoodie

1 black boots

1 rain jacket

1 tennis shoes

1 flannel shirt

One thing I’ve found is that there are a few shirts that I’m not completely in love with. (I replaced 1 t-shirt with the one pictured below.) My main goal now is to finish getting the items I want as I go and also create fun new looks with my “new” wardrobe. 😉

“Cats Against Cat Calls”

I’m festive in one of my outfits from my capsule wardrobe! <3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final Thoughts

This wardrobe idea worked so well for me that I decided to do it for Declan and John. I have just finished D’s and am still in the process of convincing John of how awesome it is. 😉 If anyone is interested in capsule wardrobes, I’m happy to talk with you. I’m still a newbie, but I love to learn and help educate others. I’ve found that jewelry, scarves, and headbands have made this even more fun. I’ve become a big accessory person to add a different personality to each outfit I wear. My advice for anyone starting out is to keep it fun and lots of trial and error. You will learn your own sense of style through this process and it helps you to not hang on to excess. Also don’t be afraid to let things go. If it’s a perfectly nice sweater, then someone else can find beauty and use in it. It doesn’t have to be yours. <3 If you spent the money on it and have worn it, you have already made it worth the expense. You will save money by wearing the things you own and love until they have worn out. Stay tuned for my next capsule wardrobe posts in the coming weeks.

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for the Mandisa Out Of The Dark CD. Deadline for entries is Monday!

<3 Anna