Thursday, October 29, 2015

october recap

Every month at the end of the month, I recap my monthly activities and goals and link to various personal blog posts. See this year's monthly recaps here. See 2014's monthly recaps here.
october goals
(Printable calendar from Jillian McClenahan) (The recipe for my caramel apple, Greek yogurt is here).

I can't believe it's almost November already. I try not to sound too cliché every month when I do my monthly recaps by saying things like "the month went by in a blur" or "we were so busy" or "time flies-" but I can't help it if it's true!

Addy's birthday was this month. She turned 6. Per her request, we celebrated with a birthday picnic exactly like we did last year. See here. We did that one weekend. On the actual day of her birthday we went out with friends and family to the $1 theater to watch Inside Out again. It was so fun!

Evie's 1/2 birthday was this month. She turned 9 1/2. For her 1/2 birthday, she requested pizza for dinner and pumpkin pie for dessert. We sang 1/2 of the birthday song to her. (If you're curious, this is when we first started celebrating 1/2 birthdays. :)

As far as paper crafting, I didn't get much done this month. Eek. I did share a Gift Guide for the New Scrapbooker. I had confused husbands in mind for this one. ;)
gift guide for the new scrapbooker
At least my sister got some paper crafting done. :/ Jasmine shared her August spreads with us. See her guest post here.
jasmine's pocket scrapbook / project life book : august
In other news, I recently shared that I've reached the halfway mark with my Greek yogurt 52 ways project. I decided to share my top 10 favorite recipes so far. See that post here.
my top 10 favorite "greek yogurt 52 ways" recipes
I added one, new recipe to my project this month:
greek yogurt 52 ways # 27: broiled apples with a crunchy oat topping
See that post here.

This month I started blogging about weight loss again. It had been a while. I blogged about Exercising when Injured and introduced a new feature to my blog: Our Weight Loss Toolbox. As I mentioned in that post, I've invited my sisters to share their perspective on various weight loss / healthy living topics. I'm looking forward to this feature.
jennifer, jasmine, and me
This month I blogged about my "reading the books before I watch the movies" project.
book report / reading the books before I watch the movies
I also read books that aren't going to be made into movies, guys. I read After You by Jojo Moyes this month and The Girl You Left Behind- also by Jojo Moyes. I really liked them both though there was one, unsettling part in The Girl You Left Behind. I'll be blogging about my thoughts on that book the next time I do a book report.
five on monday
I updated my etsy shop twice this month. I added some stamp sets:
for sale in my etsy shop
and listed what I have left of my tiny books- like this "spooky" tiny book:
etsy shop update
this Jack Skellinton book:
etsy shop update
and this pumpkin tiny book:
etsy shop update
I mentioned that with any order of $10 (not including shipping) this month, I'll throw in one tiny book of your choice (from the tiny books that are currently for sale in my etsy shop). Be sure to let me me know when you check out as I'm only offering this to my blog readers.

As far as my goals for October, this is how I did:

  • Write a fall manifesto. 
    • I did:
fall manifesto
Do you see "Do '30 Days of Thankful'" on there? I'm excited for that. I blogged about it earlier in October. See here
30 days of thankful
These were my ongoing goals for the year and a couple goals from September that I continued to work on this month:
  • Read daily 
    • I did well with this. Two books in one month is pretty good for me.
  • Eat healthy desserts 3 times a week
    • This is a work in progress. I could be doing better.
  • Incorporate low-impact workouts into my daily routine
    • I did not do well with this. I'm still working on it.
    • Plant winter vegetables 
      • I'm losing steam with this one. I may drop it altogether.
      • Track
        • I did okay- progress > perfection, right?
      • Stick to my "new," evening routine   
        • I did okay with this. Again, I made some progress.
      • Complete Project "465" (inspired by Jessica O'Brien)
        • I didn't complete it, but I'm still working on it. 
      I'm trying to acknowledge my progress all around. I can't expect perfection from myself. It's not realistic.

      So, there you have it. The month of October in a nutshell. I'll be back tomorrow with "Five on Friday," and I'll be sharing my goals for November on Monday.

      Thanks for stopping by. :)