March Reading List

Hi Guys!

It’s a new month, so you know what that means, another new reading list…

March Reading List

Here’s what we are planning on reading in March.

Samuel (13 years old/ 8th Grade)

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The Prince Warriors and the Unseen Invasion – He is LOVING this series!

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The Prince Warriors and the Swords of Rhema

Dasean (11 years old/ 5th Grade)

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Mystery on Church Hill (The Virginia Mysteries) – He read book 1 in this series a few months ago and really liked it.

Karina (7 years old/ 2nd Grade)

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Silly Milly

Cruz (4 years old/ Preschool)

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The Wonky Donkey

Veronica (Me)

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Women of the Word

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Everyday Millionaires

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Made Well

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Wild in the Hollow

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Happy Wives Club

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Money Making Mom 

 

That’s it, those are the books we are reading this month! What are you reading?

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Goals For March 2019

Hi Guys!

Every month this year, i am making goals for that month and sharing them with you all. Today i’m going to be sharing my goals for March…

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  1. Lose 5 pounds – This is the same number i had last month, and i think it’s doable again for March.
  2. Read 6 books – This is a jump from my previous months of reading 4 books, however i think it’s totally doable.
  3. Get at least 15,000 steps each day – It was tough to get 15,000 steps every day last month, that’s why i don’t want to increase it yet.
  4. Go on 2 field trips – We didn’t go on any field trips last month, so i really want to go on 2 this month.
  5. Remodel our camper trailer – We have an older camper trailer, that we temporarily fixed up a few years ago. Now we are really wanting to do a full makeover on it. I really hope we can get it done this month.
  6. Plant a garden – With Spring right around the corner, now is the time for us to start planting.

That’s it, those are my goals for the month. I’d love to hear your goals.

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Goals For February 2019 *Update*

Hi Guys!

Last month i shared my goals for February, and today i’m going to tell you how i did with my February goals…

Feb 2019 goals update

I’m kind of scared to share this update because February was a tough month for me, but here goes.

  1. Read 4 books – This is the same goal i had last month, however this goal will increase next month. I completed this goal easily, and even started reading a 5th book!
  2. Lose 5 pounds – Since February is a shorter month and it has a few different holidays, plus one of my kids birthday, i thought i would make my goal smaller. This was sooo tough, but i did it! I lost 5 pounds last month!
  3. Buy only 1 coffee from a coffee shop – I feel like if i don’t have this goal i will buy coffee every time i leave the house, so this goal is sticking around. I failed this goal HARD! I got 4-5 coffees out last month. 
  4. Get at least 15,000 steps each day – This shouldn’t be too hard of a goal for me to accomplish, but it is a step up from last month. I did it, but man some days i just didn’t want to take another step. This was tougher than i thought it was going to be.
  5. Go on 2 field trips – Last month my goal was 3 field trips and i believe that if i didn’t set that as a goal we probably wouldn’t have gone on any, so i’m keeping them in for now until it becomes a habit. Another failed goal, we didn’t go on ANY field trips last month. 
  6. Workout 5 times a week – Another goal that is the same as last month. I feel like it works well for me though. I completed this goal, but not without trouble. 
  7. Blog 3 times a week – I don’t know if you noticed, but my January posts were not consistent at all. I really want to get more consistent with blogging, so hopefully having this goal will push me to get better at it. I kind of completed this goal, but not really. I tried my best and i think there was one week where i only ended up doing 2 posts that week. So it was close, but not a complete victory. 
  8. Do some form of scripture writing every day – I really want to get more into the habit of studying the bible, memorizing scripture, etc., so i’m hoping this helps me with that. I started off strong, but completely failed this one. I maybe did it for like a week, and never did it again. So another failed goal. 

 

As you can see February was just a tough month for me, lots of failed goals, but i’m not giving up. March is going to be amazing, and i’m going to crush all those goals. Tomorrow i will be sharing my goals for March.

If you set goals for yourself for February, i’d love to hear how it went for you. Did you crush all your goals? Did you struggle (like i did)?

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Paying Yourself To Workout

Hi Guys!

If you are anything like me than you can’t go to a gym to workout. Whether it’s because of kids, your schedule, or money, you just can’t make it to the gym.

Before i really started my health journey, last month, i had a thought… “Since i’m not paying for a gym membership, why don’t i pay myself a little something every time i workout”.

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This is how it looks like for me…

Every time single time i workout, i pay myself $5. I put that money into an envelope and save it away.

Once I’ve reached my goal weight, i will then give myself all that money that I’ve been saving away. Which i will then use to probably buy myself some new clothes. Because at that point i will definitely need new clothes.

It’s just nice to have a little extra motivator to workout.

If you want to do this too, but $5 seems a lot or not enough, you can totally customize your amount. $1, $2, $10, $15. etc.. It will all add up in the end. And you will have a very nice little gift for yourself for all your hard work. Which you can then spend on anything you want.

I hope you have enjoyed this little “tip”, and if you end up doing it let me know, i’d love to hear about your experience!

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Current Health Journey *Update*

Last month i shared my health journey, and today i figured it was time to give an update on how everything is going…

Current Health Journey update

As of today (2/25/19) i am down 19 pounds from the beginning of the year!!

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In my previous post i shared how i’ve been doing it (i.e. my workouts, diet, etc.), so i thought i would share those things again because some of it has changed since then.

First for my workout schedule.

I’m currently working out 5-6 times a week. I tried to do Bikini Body Mommy again, because i really liked it the last time i did it, but i only made it like 9 days before giving up. Here is why it just doesn’t work for me… I don’t sweat enough/burn enough calories for it to make an impact on my weight loss. I do love how it works out your entire body, seriously i can’t walk right for days after starting that program, but in the end it just doesn’t fit me.

So i’m still running on the treadmill, which i absolutely love! I’ve been working on getting stronger and faster at running 1 mile, and i’m super happy to report that my newest fastest time is 9 minutes and 38 seconds. That is a HUGE improvement from 14+ minutes when i first started running back in January!

I would really love to be able to run more than 1 mile, but i’m pretty wiped out after 1 mile, so that’s all i’m doing right now.

Besides working out 5-6 times a week, i’m also getting over 15,000 steps every single day (workout day or not!). Most days i average 18,000 steps, and on a really good day i can get 25,000 steps.

Now for my diet.

I’m still trying to stay away from: chocolate, candy, soda, bread, pasta, rice, and ice cream.

I shared a beachbody meal plan in my last post that i was using, and it was pretty good. I also discovered another beachbody meal plan that i ended up liking even more.

Here is the meal plan:

Breakfast M/W/F: Sautéed Kale and Red Bell Pepper Egg Cups (based on the Sautéed Kale with Poached Eggs recipe on page 32 of the Eating Plan)

Breakfast T/Th: Greek Yogurt Bowl

Lunch M/W/F: Seasoned Turkey and Black Bean Burrito Bowl

Lunch T/Th: Spinach and Roast Beef Salad

Snack M/W/F: Herbed Yogurt Dip with Raw Veggies

Snack T/Th: Hard-Boiled Egg and Baby Carrots

Dinner M/W/F: Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce and Parmesan Cheese

Dinner T/Th: Jalapeño and Cheese Turkey Burgers

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Seriously i loved all the foods on this meal plan!! So good!!

That’s it, that’s how i’m losing the weight and getting healthier. Are you on your own health journey? I’d love to hear what you are doing, and how it is going?

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Minecraft Birthday Party

Hi Guys!

This week my son turned 11 years old, and since he is super crazy for Minecraft, we had a Minecraft themed party for him. I found lots of great ideas online and i couldn’t wait to decorate…

Minecraft Birthday Party

The Nether Portal – To  be honest, we created this super last minute, so it didn’t turn out exactly like i would have wanted it to (mainly a cutely decorated sign), but my son was super impressed with this. All you need to create this is: Streamers (black & purple – I bought mine at the dollar store), tape, and a sign that says “Nether Portal”.

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Minecraft Window Panes – This part was super labor intensive, that we actually had to start on this the day before. It was well worth the effort though, it turned out great. All you need to create this is: White Tape & scissors.

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Creeper Face – Probably one of my favorite decorations was this giant creeper face! All you need to make this is: Square Paper Plates (dark green, light green, & black – they sell these at the dollar store) and tape.

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In This House Sign – We have a regular “In This House…” sign, so i just printed this Minecraft version out and taped it over our sign.

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The cake – I ordered a plain cake (just blue frosting on it) from the bakery and then i ordered this Minecraft cake topper and decorated the cake myself. My son loved the way his cake turned out!

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That’s mostly it, except for some other hanging decorations, some balloons, some inflatable swords, and a happy birthday sign. I hope you have enjoyed this peak into our son’s birthday.

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Great Christian Book Sale

Hi Guys!

As i was browsing through the Christianbook website last night, like i do some nights, i saw they were having a $0.99 sale (through 2/25/19). Now my first thought was “oh it’s some of those cheesy pamphlet style books”, but it turns out they have a few really good books for only $0.99! I ended up buying several books, and i thought i would share the ones that i’m most excited about…

The Money-Making Mom: How Every Woman Can Earn More and Make a Difference by Crystal Paine – To compare, this book is regularly priced at $22.99, on Amazon right now you could buy it for $2.40 + $4.49 Shipping (even Prime members have to pay that shipping fee). So needless to say i think $0.99 is a great deal!

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Wild in the Hollow by Amber C. Haines – To compare, this book is regularly priced at $16.99, on Amazon right now you could buy it for $6.95. Again, $0.99 is a great deal!

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Happy Wives Club: One Woman’s Worldwide Search for the Secrets of a Great Marriage by Fawn Weaver – To compare, this book is regularly priced at $16.99, on Amazon right now you could buy it for $8.70. Another steal at $0.99!!

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Made Well: Finding Wholeness in the Everyday Sacred Moments by Jenny Simmons – To compare, this book is regularly priced at $14.99, on Amazon right now you could buy it for $6.99.

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Strong and Kind: And Other Important Character Traits Your Child Needs to Succeed by Korie Robertson – To compare, this book is regularly priced at $24.99, on Amazon right now you could buy it for $9.99.

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Those are some of the amazing deals Christianbook has going on right now with their $0.99 sale! Another thing i wanted to add was, that all these books come with a 4-5 star rating! Great books at an amazingly low price, you really can’t beat that!

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