Monday, February 29, 2016

february 2016 recap

Every month- towards the end of the month- I recap my monthly activities and goals and link to various personal blog posts.

Related reading: Monthly Recaps: 2016 // 2015 // 2014
february 2016 goals
(My 2016 winter manifestoBookworm acrylic stamp set2016 daily trackerGet to Work Book)

It's the last day of February. Happy leap day! ;) (It's a typical slow going Monday for me).
our lady and the tramp valentine's day celebration
It's February's recap, so I have to tell you what we did for Valentine's Day. This year, we paired dinner and a movie (like last year). Jesse, our girls, and I watched Lady and the Tramp and had a spaghetti and meatball, salad, and breadstick dinner just like the famous candlelit dinner scene from the movie. Though tiramisu would've fit our theme better, I surprised Jesse with his favorite- homemade brownies a la mode.

This past Saturday, we went to a Los Lonely Boys concert in Santa Clarita. They're best known for this song. I got Jesse tickets for Valentine's Day. It was so much fun. Jesse is finishing up a scrapbook cart for me. My love for scrapbooking goes pretty far- did you hear me say "scrapbooking CART?" It's so cool! I can't wait to show you.

I had a kinda quiet month... on the blog anyway. There are a couple of posts I'd like to point you back to in case you missed one though.

I shared My Top 5 Favorite Homes on Instagram this month.
my top favorite homes on instagram
Above: @elisejoy
my top favorite homes on instagram
Above: @elsielarson

That was a fun post to put together. It's inspired me to update my home a little- I'm thinking more plants, more baskets, and adding some script art.

This month I added 1 recipe to my Greek yogurt 52 ways project:
greek yogurt 52 ways: # 34 lemon yogurt cake
I really like this one: Greek Yogurt 52 Ways: #34 Ina Garten's Lemon Yogurt Cake.

Speaking of healthy living (we kinda were), I shared Tips for Getting More Steps this month. I compiled part of today's post walking around my living room. (I do trip occasionally. ;)
andy stanley's "staying in love" synopsis
Last week I shared my synopsis of the book, podcast, and video episodes "Staying in Love." I shared my synopsis in 4 parts (the book has 4 chapters and there are 4 podcast and 4 video episodes). See them all here: part 1: "Love is a Verb," part 2: "Re-Modeling," part 3: "Feelin' It," and part 4: "Multiple Choice Marriage." As I said in the final post, I did the best I could to share some of what I learned, but I invite you to buy the book and DVD "Staying in Love" with all 4 extended video versions here or watch (or listen) to the episodes at the site Your Move right here. :)
february 2016 recap
Finally, this is how I did with my February 2016 goals:
  • Try a new zumba class.
    • I currently go to a zumba class once a week. I really enjoy it. She is my favorite, zumba instructor. Not all classes and instructors are the same, so I'm looking for a good class. I would like to go twice a week instead of once a week.
      • I'm going tonight! :/
  • Stick to my 29-day evening routine challenge.
    • I have had trouble sticking to an evening routine. My evenings are very hectic. I do all that I have to do and need to do, but I don't always do what I want to do. I am going to challenge myself to stick to my evening routine for this entire month. 
      • I didn't do great with this, but I did make progress. My evenings are so hectic.
  • Continue working on my winter manifesto.
    • I'm really looking forward to going to a concert AND going to the library this month. :)
      • I did! I enjoyed going to the library multiple times this month and going to the Los Lonely Boys concert this past weekend. 
That's that! I'll be back tomorrow to share my goals for March. See you then!

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