Friday, July 22, 2016

five on friday

Happy Friday! I have 5+ links to share with you. :)
five on friday
1. Interesting! Psychologists Recommend That Parents Plan Nothing For Their Children This Summer by Esther Rivers. Child psychologist Lyn Fry, who Rivers references, suggests having your child write a list of activities they would like to do during the summer. "If the child goes through summer feeling bored or complaining of boredom, the parent can then refer the child back to the list. This way, says Fry, the child is referencing their own ideas on how to best proceed with activities during their spare time."

2. I wish I was closing the book of my 2015 memory book like Kelly Purkey. Her stamps are currently at Michael's!

3. This is a raw piece on motherhood, marriage, and feminism: You are Not a Tree by Jolie Ankrom.

4. This is a must-read: 9 Reasons It's So Easy to be Misunderstood by Leon Seltzer. Also helpful: 6 Tips for De-Escalating an Argument by John M. Grohol.

5. I need to reread this and take notes: Five Things Organized People Do Every Day by Jen Hunter.

Hope you have a good one!

Read through more Five on Friday posts here.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

summer break diary 2016: week #3

My daughters are currently on summer break. I am planning to do one, fun activity with them every day of their summer break. I will be documenting our various projects together and sharing them here every week and possibly more detailed projects within the week. This is our fourth summer doing this. 

Related: My Girls Summer Break/Kids' Activities: 2015 2014 2013 ; Summer Break Diary 2016 (introductory post) | Summer Manifesto 2016
summer break diary: week # 3
summer break diary: week # 3
summer break diary: week # 3
summer break diary: week # 3
summer break diary: week # 3
summer break diary: week # 3
summer break diary: week # 3
On Sunday, day 17, we celebrated father's day. We had a nice brunch together (I made breakfast sandwiches). That afternoon we went to our friends' daughter's first birthday. My girls enjoyed the magic show and having their faces painted. That night we went to my parents' house for a father's day dinner. :)

On Monday, day 18, we went to my parents' house again and played Skip-bo.

On Tuesday, day 19, my girls went to the library with my mom and spent the day with her. Jesse and I were able to go on a date together- we went to the beach to have dinner and walk along the beach. The best!

On Wednesday, day 20, we went to my sister Jennifer's to go swimming. My girls were thrilled.

On Thursday, day 21, Jesse took the girls to the park.

On Friday, day 22, we all went thrift store shopping in the afternoon. We really, really enjoy making fun, 50¢ purchases. I got a new basket planter. I love those.

On Saturday, day 23, Jesse took the girls out in the evening for Wendy's Frosty's (chocolate milkshakes) and caught a firework show.

It was a good week. :)

Monday, July 18, 2016

five on monday

Happy Monday! I haven't been on top of my blogging game... hope you don't mind me sharing my list of inspirational links today instead of Friday (as I've missed the past few weeks).
five on monday
1. "What do you do during an evening to yourself?" is a good question. Here are 14 Self Date Ideas - Fun Things You Should Try on Your Own. Sarah von Bargen says, "Let’s do the stuff we love doing even if that means we’re doing it alone. Doing things solo makes us more interesting, independent, creative, capable, fulfilled, and self-reliant. And those qualities make us better partners and better friends."

2. Introverts, You're Going to LOVE This 30-Day Challenge | Sometimes I like to expand on challenges like these for my monthly goals or include a couple in my current, seasonal manifesto.

3. 5 Tips for Reducing Ever-Growing Mom Guilt

4. Tracy's Summer Capsule Wardrobe 2016 is awesome. I love her color scheme for this time of year.

5. What do you think about holding a weekly marriage meeting? I am a type A person, so I believe this is 100% the right thing to do. ;)

Hope you have a good one!

Photo credit | Kaboompics

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

summer break diary 2016 : week #2

My daughters are currently on summer break. I am planning to do one, fun activity with them every day of their summer break. I will be documenting our various projects together and sharing them here every week and possibly more detailed projects within the week. This is our fourth summer doing this. 

Related: My Girls Summer Break/Kids' Activities: 2015 2014 2013 ; Summer Break Diary 2016 (introductory post) | Summer Manifesto 2016
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summer break diary 2016 : week # 2
summer break diary 2016 : week # 2
summer break diary 2016 : week # 2
(my mother-in-law, my friend Susie, and my sister-in-law Jenna shared some of these pictures with me :)

On Sunday, day 10, we went to my sister-in-law Jenna's college graduation. To celebrate, her mom kindly hosted a get together at her home after the graduation. Pizza is always deemed a fun activity by me. ;) Plus, my girls got to visit my alma mater and get free cookies and juice from the psych department. (The little things count!)

On Monday, day 11, we cleaned all day long (fun!), so I ended up owing my girls for today.

On Tuesday, day 12, my mother-in-law came over to visit and stay with us for the rest of the week. (That's why we were cleaning- I behaved like this on Monday). That night we went to dinner together. Earlier in the day, my mom took my girls to the library for the first program of the summer.

On Wednesday, day 13, we went to watch Zootopia with my MIL. My MIL kindly treated us to manicures and pedicures later in the day. My girls loved that.

On Thursday, day 14, we headed out to Devil's Punchbowl to picnic and shop in the nearby city (the shops are adorable).

On Friday, day 15, we went to see Finding Dory (so cute).

On Saturday, day 16, we played games together on the last day of my MIL's stay. My girls especially enjoyed playing Mafia. Lani introduced us to that game.

Another fun, memorable week in the books. :)

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

july goals 2016

Happy July! If you celebrate, I hope you had a happy 4th of July celebration. We did what we do every year- BBQ'd and headed to the Freedom Festival in Apple Valley (a city neighbouring ours) to watch the fireworks show. My girls waited in an excessively long line with my sister and brother-in-law for funnel cake right before the fireworks show. Deep fried pasties are important to any celebration. ;)
july goals 2016
(That's my Get to Work Book and sandwich #6: apricot, turkey, and cheese from my 52 sandwiches project, which was tonight's dinner)

At the beginning of every month, I look over my overarching goals/projects/resolutions for the year. This year I hope to blog often; read at least 15 min. every day; exercise (incorporate strength/interval training 3x a week and reach 10,000 steps a day); document our memories; declutter and "redecorrange" our home; meal prep; eat mindfully (eat more greens + vegetables and eat healthy desserts); drink more water; embrace routine; keep a prayer journal; get out alone; get out with each of my family members (for one on one time); and write fun, seasonal manifestos.*

In July I plan to:
  • Create a cleaning schedule and implement it
    • I mean. Let's get the party started in July, right?? My friend Denise has a cleaning schedule (i.e. Monday: clean floors, Tuesday: clean bathrooms, etc.). I think a system like this could make my life more manageable.
  • Continue working on my summer manifesto
    • We went to the drive in this past weekend and watched The BFG and Finding Dory. I'll be checking "go to the drive in" off of the list. 
  • Continue doing 1 fun activity every day of my girls' summer break
    • I've been more lax about this so far. I need to pick it up with some fun, hands-on projects. 
  • Make time to scrapbook
    • I really miss it. 
  • Throw away, recycle, or donate 20 items a day
    • We could use some overhauling.
*I blogged about each of those goals in more detail at the beginning of the year: January 2016 Goals. I set monthly goals to get more specific with my yearly goals. There may be something specifically inspiring me this month, for example, that won't work (or I'm not feeling) at another time of the year. I talked about my goal-setting process in more detail: Goal- Setting: 2016

What are you up to this month?