Valentines, Colds, and Goals… {Life Update}

Hi Guys!

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day, and if you don’t celebrate, then i hope you had a wonderful Thursday! Fun Fact: My husband proposed to me on Valentine’s Day, 16 years ago. It seems like so long ago, i was just a baby then (17 years old). 

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We have been battling a cold in our house for the past week, so that is why there hasn’t been much new content on the blog. The 2 year old has it really bad, and is not really napping because of the cold. Which, if you are a work from home mom, you know those nap times are when all the work magic happens, so if they stop taking the naps, your whole schedule gets messed up. But it’s fine, it’s fine. He is on the mend (he actually took a 2 hour nap today), so i’m back on track.

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One of my goals for February was to put out 3 blog posts every week, but i don’t want to just put out content for the sake of putting out content, i want it to be good/useful content. So far, it looks like i’m going to make that goal, but it would be super helpful if you (Yes, YOU reading this blog post) could leave me a comment and let me know what else you would like to see/hear about… Do you want more homeschooling things? Mom life/parenting? Food? Animals? Books? Fitness?… Let me know in the comments.

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I did this crazy thing recently, well crazy for me at least because i’m such a big introvert. We joined a homeschool co-op. It had really been a goal of mine to get out there, and meet new people, etc. So i heard about a new co-op in my area starting, and i went to the information meeting, and ended up signing the family up to join. This was a huge step for me. HUGE. It has turned out to be pretty great though, the kids are loving it, and all the people there are so friendly.

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That’s about all the news i had to share. I hope you all had a fantastic week.

Take care,

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Valentine’s Day Resources

Hi Guys!

Over the years i have created several different Valentine’s Day resources, that i thought it would be worth sharing them again this year in one blog post.

Valentine’s Day Sweet Treats

#1 – Valentine’s Day Buttons

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#2 – White Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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#3 – Heart Shaped Brownies

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#4 – Red Velvet Milkshakes

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Valentine’s Day Printables

#1-  Valentine’s Day Cards

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#2 – Valentine’s Day Part 1

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#3 – Valentine’s Day Part 2

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#4 – Conversation Hearts Science Experiments

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#5 – Conversation Hearts Graphing

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#6 – Valentine’s Day Bookmarks

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#7 – Love Bundle

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I hope you enjoyed this Valentine’s Day resource roundup!

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Healthy Valentine’s Day *Kid Friendly* Menu Plan

Hi Guys!

I know how hard it is to come up with a healthy meal for my family, especially holiday meals. That’s why i’ve decided to write up a healthy menu plan for this Valentine’s Day.

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Before, for Valentine’s Day, we would most likely have donuts for breakfast. Don’t get me wrong i absolutely love a good donut here and there, but they aren’t healthy and they are packed full of sugar, and they don’t fill you up.

Instead, for a healthy breakfast option, how about Banana Oatmeal Pancakes!

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You could even make them in a heart shaped mold, to make them more festive. What’s great about these pancakes is they are; sugar-free, oil- free, gluten-free, and dairy-free.

For lunch, the Banana Dog Bites are super yummy!

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We have been making these for years, and all my kids love them. They are also super simple to make (only 3 ingredients)!

**If you are not a fan of peanut butter and bananas, you could do a tortilla roll up instead, with deli meat, cheese, and your favorite condiment (i love mustard on mine).**

Where we live Valentine’s Day is always chilly, so warming up with a hot bowl of soup always sounds like a good idea. This Cheeseburger Soup is a big hit with all of my children.

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Packed with veggies, even a secret one that was blended up that my kids still don’t know about (Shhh!), it’s creamy, delicious, and can be made in a pressure cooker!!

Of course it’s Valentine’s Day we are talking about ,so i can’t forget about dessert. Chocolate Covered Strawberries will always be a classic Valentine’s Day dessert for me.

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You can make them healthier by using a dark chocolate, and skipping out on the sprinkles.

I hope you have enjoyed this healthy sample menu for Valentine’s Day. What do you normally eat on Valentine’s Day?

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January Favorites

Hi Guys!

Today i’m sharing all my favorite things from January.

Jan favs 2019

Water w/ lemons – In December I was loving water with cranberries in it, but in January lemons in my water were my jam!

Mothering From Scratch – This was such a good book, filled with valuable information about mothering. I highly recommend it! (While i was finding it on Amazon to link, i noticed it was on sale for $5, it is regularly priced at $15. What a great deal!)

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Bullet Journaling – I love, love, love bullet journaling! Every morning in January i made time to spend bullet journaling. I have this bullet journal and i’m using these markers!

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Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation – This foundation is my new favorite, i bought it in December and have been using it ever since. It’s a little bit on the pricey side, but the coverage is amazing! It’s well worth the price in my opinion! (Tip: I recommend buying this at a beauty store {Ulta or Sephora} because Amazon’s price is like $20 more expensive!)

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Running on my Treadmill – That is all i did in January for my work outs, was running on my treadmill!! I love having a treadmill, because there is no way i could go to a gym regularly or run outside regularly. It’s so convenient to have a treadmill at home.

Ordering on Costco.com – Costco will ship non-perishable items to your house in 2 days with free shipping on orders over $75! I really enjoy this option in winter months, where maybe i can’t get out of the house (snowy days) or the flu is going around and i don’t want to risk getting sick. I took advantage of online ordering twice last month!

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Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, & Nails Gummies – Although i don’t see a major difference yet, i think my fingernails have been growing a little more quickly. It’s only been a month, so i’m going to keep taking them and see what happens. Plus they taste yummy!

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That’s all for my favorites for January. I hope you enjoyed this blog post.

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Mardi Gras & Chinese New Year

Gung Hay Fat Choy! (Or Happy New Year!)

Today is Mardi Gras (“Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, refers to events of the Carnival celebration, beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday” – Wikipedia) and today is also Chinese New Year (“the Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar” – Wikipedia).

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I took that picture back in 2015 when we went all out for Chinese New Year. This year our celebration will be low key.

This Chinese New Year is the year of the Pig. If you were born in: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, and 2019 then you have the Pig for your zodiac sign. If you are a Pig, you are smart and sincere!

We don’t really celebrate Mardi Gras, occasionally i will tell the kids “hey it’s Mardi Gras today, let’s wear some beads”, but that usually happens every other year or every two years.

Tonight we might eat some Chinese food, but probably not because i forgot about Chinese New Year when i was making my February menu plan. Most Friday’s we eat Asian inspired dishes, so i could take Fridays meal and make it tonight, but we’ll see what happens.

And if i wasn’t trying to lose weight, then i might make a King Cake that Pinterest keeps showing me.

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I’ve never had a King Cake, but they sure do look good!

Are you celebrating Mardi Gras or Chinese New Year? Let me know how you celebrate!

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February Reading List

Hi Guys!

I’m back today with our February reading list!

February Reading List

Here are all the books we have planned to read this month…

Samuel (13 years old/ 8th Grade)

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Infinity Ring book 4 

Dasean (10 years old/ 5th Grade)

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The Great Escape (Secret of the Hidden Scrolls book 3)

Karina (7 years old/ 2nd Grade)

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May I Please Have a Cookie?

Cruz (4 years old/ Preschool)

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The Kissing Hand

Veronica (Me!)

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Everybody, Always – I actually just finished this book yesterday. It is was so good, i highly recommend it!!

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Mere Christianity 

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Emptied

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It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way – I have loved every Lysa Terkeurst book I’ve read, so i expect this one will be no different.

Read Aloud Book

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Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

That’s everything we have planned to read this month. What book(s) are you reading?

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Goals For January 2019 *Update*

Hi Guys!

Today i’m sharing with you all,  how i did with my goals for last month…

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  1. Read 4 books – My major book reading goal this year is to read 50 books, so for January i want to read at least 4.   I completed this goal pretty quickly. I actually read 5 books in January, and even started reading a 6th book!
  2. Lose 10 pounds – Almost 2 years ago now, i lost a lot of weight, but unfortunately i gained all of it back and then some. So for January i hope to lose at least 10 pounds! I’m happy to report that i reached this goal and then some! I’m down 13 pounds since January 1st!! 
  3. Buy only 1 coffee from a coffee shop – I’ve gotten so used to every time i leave the house i buy myself a cup of coffee, i want to put a stop to that. So this month i have challenged myself to only buy myself 1 cup a coffee from a coffee shop this month. I tried so hard guys, but i failed this one. I ended up getting 2 coffees out this month, not super bad, but a failed goal nonetheless. 
  4. Go on at least 3 field trips – We have been slacking in the field trip department, so i really want to start making them a priority. With the help of my amazing hubby i was able to reach this goal. Yay! We went to the aquarium, an air museum, and drove to a bordering state where we had a little mini adventure. 
  5. Get at least 10,000 steps each day – This shouldn’t be too hard of a goal, as i usually get 10,000 – 12,000 steps every day, but i want to start being more intentional with my steps because next month my goal will be even higher. This was an easy goal for me and i’m happy to report i crushed it, with most days getting 15,000+ steps!! 
  6. Drink at least 4 bottles of water each day – When the weather gets colder i find it harder to drink water, so i’m really pushing myself to drink lots of water each dayThere were only 2 days this month when i didn’t drink 4 bottles of water. So it’s a fail, but i’m still super proud of myself for all the water i did consume. 
  7. Workout 5 times a week – This can be hard for me, because if i’m getting 10,000+ steps every day i can convince myself that i have moved enough so working out isn’t necessary, when it really is. I did it, i worked out 5 times a week!! I was nervous about this one, and sure there were days i didn’t feel like working out, but i pushed through and i’m so happy i did! 
  8. Put my phone down more and be present with my family – I wouldn’t say i am obsessed with my phone, but i can get lost in mindless scrolling versus being present with my family. This goal isn’t specifically for January, but for the whole year. I did pretty good with this one. I tried to only pick up my phone when the kids weren’t around (mornings/evenings). However i did mess up a few times, but this goal is for the whole year so i think i’m off to a good start. 

 

So as you can see, i crushed some of the goals and failed a couple of them. Overall, i think January was a pretty good month goal wise. Did you set any goals for yourself for January? I’d love to hear how you did.

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