Wednesday, October 5, 2016

october goals | fall manifesto 2016

october goals | fall manifesto 2016
(That's my Get to Work Book)

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 October I plan to:
As you can see, some of my goals for October are on my fall manifesto. At the beginning of this year I decided I wanted to write manifestos for all seasons this year.

Related: my winter manifesto | my spring manifesto / my summer manifesto

october goals | fall manifesto 2016
(Click to enlarge ... the list is also below!)

As far as fall, these are things I'd like to do:

-Go on a moonlit hike
-Carve pumpkins
-Throw a potluck, fall dinner party
-Craft for the season
-Use our crockpot more
-Go to a fall festival
-Make soup
-Go to the library and roam around
-Celebrate Evie’s ½ birthday
-Pick up a classic novel
-Wear a cozy scarf
-Go to the zoo
-Watch a TV series with Jesse
-Enjoy seasonal drinks
-Play board games
-Watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
-Set up our hot chocolate bar &
-drink hot chocolate
-Find a 2017 monthly/weekly planner
-Make caramel apples
-Visit an apple orchard

*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 / season?? 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

currently in september

currently in september
feeling the pull back to blogging. As you know (or maybe you're not so sure anymore), I am determined to continue writing in this space. I am obviously lacking consistency. (I am in a creative rut, have a bit of writer's block, have had trouble making time to blog, and the list goes on and on). I hope to shake off these barriers to blogging soon.

appreciating routine. My girls went back to school last month. I reworked my morning routine to fit my life at this time. I like a fresh start.

Related: Establishing a Morning Routine

enjoying Juli's long nap in the late morning. I have time to actually think. If you have toddlers, you know what a relief it is to think. ;)

recommending the book Boundaries in Marriage to those who are married or looking to be married. I read it a couple of weeks ago. I picked it up after having read Boundaries at the beginning of the year (which was like free therapy. Well, actually it was therapy for $1. My friend Denise picked it up at the library for me). Boundaries in Marriage is written by the same authors. I'm still rereading Boundaries and looking to share a more in-depth review of it on my blog in the future.

listening to extended versions of Andy Stanley's podcast discussions (his church sermons). I'm in the middle of What Makes You Happy. I just finished up 5 Things God Uses to Grow Your Faith and The N Commandments. Also listening to this discussion by Les Parrott, which I listened to in person a few weeks ago.

paying attention when Les Parrott says: "If you try to build intimacy ["a connection," "a relationship"] with another person before you've done the difficult task of getting whole ["healthy- psychologically, emotionally, spiritually"] on your own, all your relationships become an attempt to complete yourself... and they'll fall flat. Guaranteed. Why? Because nobody was designed to complete you. [...] It's nobody's responsibility to do that for you."

going to Zumba class a couple of times a week at the gym. It's been a fun way to reach my daily, 10,000 steps goal.

anticipating my nephew being born soon. My sister Jasmine and her husband Oscar are excited, too, I assume. ;)

having Special K's maple brown sugar oatmeal for breakfast nearly every morning. (I heat almond milk and use that instead of water). I tell everybody- it has 8g of protein!

Related: My Weight Loss Toolbox: Let's Talk Protein

reading All the Bright Places. I heard it's going to be made into a movie in 2017. I really enjoy my reading-the-books-before-I-watch-the-movies hobby.

making chicken soup regularly these days. It's cold/flu season. Some time ago, I heard that chicken soup has medicinal properties. (Here's one source). I really do feel better after a cup of hot, chicken soup. [I have a very, simple recipe. I boil homemade, chicken stock. (I make the stock by seasoning water with bouillon to taste, using any bone-in chicken that's on sale, and finely diced onion and garlic). Once the stock boils, I add chopped carrots and chopped potatoes with the skin and allow that to simmer for 15 min. Then, I add chopped Mexican squash and corn kernels or corn on the cob, and allow that to simmer for another 15 minutes. Finally, I add heated, already cooked diced chicken or a shredded rotisserie chicken. EASY].

Related: Rotisserie Chicken Soup

living with a teenager now. Lani turned 13 last week. (Juli turned 3 two weeks ago, so I'm living with a toddler and a teenager). I wholeheartedly agree with Christie from Stie's Thoughts: "Disbelieve the myth that teenagers are sullen, angry creatures who slam doors and hate their parents. [...] Teenagers are incredible. They are funny, smart, eager to please, and up for just about anything as long as food is involved. They have the most generous hearts and want desperately to be loved and validated. They are quirky, and messy, and have the best sense of humor." I'm taking notes from her wise rules in How to Raise a Happy Teen.

preparing for Addy's 7th birthday coming up in October. She's at a very sweet age. (If you're wondering, Evie is turning 10 1/2 in October. We'll be celebrating her 1/2 birthday with 1/2 a cake and singing 1/2 of the birthday song*).

*Related: Juli is 1/2 a Year Old | Gotta Have Cake + Addy's Birthday / Oak Glen Schoolhouse Museum

thinking about how there is only 95 days left in 2016. I considered starting a "100 Happy Days Project" on Sept. 23 when there was 100 days left in the year. I feel like maybe I missed my window of opportunity, but it's never too late to start a happiness project, right?

looking forward to my fall (and my first pumpkin spice latte with Denise later this week. It's the little things).

Hope to be back soon. :)

Monday, August 15, 2016

five on monday

five on monday
Happy Monday! As you know (or don't if you're new here) I typically post "Five on Friday" links- those which inspired me or I enjoyed reading this week. I've been slowly getting back into blogging. I don't have the best consistency, yet. Hope you don't mind me sharing 5 links today instead of this past Friday. :)

Here are my 5 from last week:

1. Make Your Own Personalized Photo Ring Dish! by Laura Gummerman | cute project!

2. Do You Have the Same Love Language as Your Partner? by Gal Szekely | I've read The Five Love Languages before and am rereading it to refresh my memory.

3. 25 Popsicle Recipes Your Family Will Love by Jessica Turner | yum!

4. 6 Simple Ways to Boost Your Happiness by Steven Schwanitz | good list!

5. 100 Pep Talks by Elise Cripe | Elise shared 100 pep talks as a challenge on Instagram (#100daysofelisepeptalks). I enjoyed reading along. She created a book of her pep talks- really cool.

Read through more posts like this here.

Photo credit | Kaboompics

Thursday, August 11, 2016

greek yogurt 52 ways: #36 crepes with greek yogurt cream

It's been a long time since I've shared a Greek yogurt recipe for my "Greek Yogurt 52 Ways" project! I think I needed a little break, but I'm looking forward to being more consistent with this, again, until I complete the project.
greek yogurt 52 ways: # 36 crepes with greek yogurt cream
I came across this recipe last week. I had crepes for the first time in high school. I took French for my foreign language requirement. I can still count to ten and I know how to say hot chocolate amongst other things, but I don't sound nearly as good as I sound in my head. Anyway, my teacher made crepes in class towards the end of the year, and I loved 'em. I've made crepes a handful of times in my life and I'm thinking I should make them more often. They're delicious and less caloric than pancakes.
greek yogurt 52 ways: # 37 crepes with greek yogurt cream
To make about 8-10 crepes, combine all of the following in a blender and blend until smooth: 1/2 c of water at room temperature, 1 c of milk, 4 eggs, 4 tbsp of melted butter, 1 c of flour, 2 tbsp of sugar, and a pinch of salt. Melt butter on a nonstick pan, pour a bit of batter into the pan and form your crepe. Cook until golden on both sides.
greek yogurt 52 ways: # 37 crepes with greek yogurt cream
After you've made your crepes, combine 8 oz of cream cheese at room temperature with 1 1/4 c of vanilla, Greek yogurt. Beat until smooth. Spread a layer of Greek yogurt cream onto each crepe and roll or fold the crepe. Top with fruit preserves and/or fruit of your choice. You can add powdered sugar if you'd like, as well.
greek yogurt 52 ways: # 37 crepes with greek yogurt cream
I'll definitely be making these again. This recipe for crepes was a good one!

Have any Greek yogurt, dessert (or breakfast!) recipes you'd like to share? Leave your recipes or links in the comments. :)

If you try a recipe I share, be sure to let me know! Use the hashtag: #greekyogurt52ways.

**I'm making Greek yogurt 52 ways. Read about why I'm doing this project right here and read about the health benefits of Greek yogurt right here. See all of the ways I've incorporated Greek yogurt into my dessert or breakfast so far here. I recently completed a 52 sandwiches project. Read more about that project here.**

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

summer break diary 2016: week #6

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 2016: week # 6
summer break diary 2016: week # 6
summer break diary 2016: week # 6
summer break diary 2016: week # 6
summer break diary 2016: week # 6
summer break diary 2016: week # 3
summer break diary 2016: week # 6
summer break diary 2016: week # 6
On days 38 - 44, our girls went to VBX (formerly "VBS." The "X" stands for "experience"). My girls enjoyed singing songs, listening to stories, watching skits, playing indoor and outdoor games, doing arts and crafts, and spending time with friends. My mom still took my girls to the library on Tuesday for the weekly library program. They watched a magic show this week. On Saturday, we went on a moonlit hike at Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area. This was the first time we went hiking at night. It was a fun experience. Some portions of the hike were challenging. My girls slipped a couple of times and some parts were steep. Addy broke out into an encouraging song that she learned at VBX as she was climbing a steep incline: "I know that I can make it..." It was funny. :) (P.S. Going on a moonlit hike was on my summer manifesto).

Related: Tips for Hiking with Kids

It was another good week this week. I only have a couple of weeks left to share. Thanks for reading along. :)