Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Let the Fireworks Begin!

Hello JULY!

It is amazing how quickly the time flies by when you are having fun and June was definitely a fun month for us! Between the wedding receptions, graduation parties, birthday celebrations and strawberry picking, I feel like I blinked and the month was over.  I believe I am almost all the way caught up with my posts from June  ( I know I am missing my book review) so if you have not been around for a while, come check out some of the exiting things that we did in June!

Like May & June, July will also be a fun-filled month for us.  However, it will start out a little slower than most months because I will be studying for my CAPM exam on July 11th! Once I pass that exam, the real fun can begin.

In Chronological Order:
  • Up North for the 4th of July
  • Visit Danielle's family while we are up north
  • CAPM Exam
  • Caroline's Bachelorette Party
  • Dress Shopping (for me) for Courtney & Ronnie's Wedding
  • Coffee with Wendy
  • Barbecue Party
  • Movie Monday with Justin
  • Surprise Trip for Justin

Other happenings in JULY!

June was a disaster for working out, so I am going get back on track with the fitness challenges for the month of July.  I also am behind on my June read, so I am likely going to have two book reviews for July.

My Challenges in June are:

Justin and I watched The Monuments Men movie last week and it was really good so I am hoping that I enjoy the book as much as I did the movie.   I also need to get my butt in gear for working out - I promised my doctor I'd lose 50 pounds by March of next year and so far I am only down seven - only 43 to go! 

Question of the Day:
What fun things do you have planned for July?

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Monday, June 30, 2014

6 Places + Weekend Review

Happy Monday Everyone! I trust that you had an excellent weekend filled with fun and adventure.

My weekend was not very exciting since I was holed up at home studying for my big exam on July 11th.  I know I have mentioned my taking the CAPM exam before - but it is even more of a reality now since the exam is a little over a week away! Ahhh.   Suffice to say, this weekend was very chill and relaxing.  Even the cats took advantage of the quiet and were very lazy sleepy.

Today I wanted to continue with Day 5 of the 10 Day You Challenge.  If you have not had a chance to view my other challenges, please click this link ---> linky to check them out.  This is just a little fun challenge as a way for you all to get to know me a little better and a way for me to challenge you all as your write your blogs.

Day 5: Six Places

1. On the Couch with Justin 

Justin and I really enjoy watching movies and television together, so I can say with full honesty that our couch is one of my favorite places to be.  Plus, we have a super comfortable couch, so it is always relaxing to pop a squat on the couch and watch something together

2. Cuddling in Bed with My Kitties

Both of my kitties are snuggle-bugs when it comes to laying in bed and will take every opportunity to cuddle as closely as possible while were are laying in bed.  The only problem is I can hardly ever get a good picture of both of them because Leilah is our speed demon.

3. Anywhere with My Girlfriends

My girlfriends and I try to get together at least once a month and so far we have been successful for almost every month for the last year and a half.  I look forward to getting together with my girlfriends because they bring such a light to my life and laughter is always to be had when they are around.

4. My Grandma's House at Christmastime 

For the last 20+ years, my cousins and I have been going to stay the night at my grandma's house and I can say with full honesty that being there is one of my favorite places on this earth.  My grandma is such a wonderful woman and has instilled such a fondness for family in our lives.  

5. Up North

I have talked several times on the blog about my love for going to the cabin, so of course it had to make it's way onto this list.  There is something so calming about being up north away from the hustle and bustle of life and enjoying a quiet and relaxing time away.

6. Jamaica

This place has been on my mind so much lately that I seem to be constantly daydreaming about it.  I think I left a piece of my heart in Jamaica when I went there.  The minute I get an opportunity to make my way back to Jamaica, I will most definitely be doing so.

Question of the Day: What are you favorite places? 

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Friday, June 27, 2014

#jackabeedaily2014 Week 25

Happy Friday Everyone! I trust you have had a wonderful week and have an exciting weekend ahead.  I am going to spend the weekend studying for the CAPM exam and relaxing.

Day 171: Optimus and Bumblebee paid a visit to my office today and it was pretty neat to see them in person! 

Day 172: Happy Birthday Sarah! I hope your 25th birthday was amazing! 

Day 173: We went Strawberry Picking today for my mother-in-law's birthday and the weather was perfect! 

Day 174: I saw this and thought it was super adorable.  I love kitties and the mouths made them so much more hilarious.

Day 175: I spent the majority of my day moving into a new desk.  Check out my new digs!

Day 176: Justin and I spent the day at home with a bad case of food poisoning.  I had to laugh when I ran across this today.

Day 177: At home date night with this guy.  I love him so much!

What exciting things have happened for you in the past week! I'd love to hear from you all! 

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Are You a Morning Person...?

...because I am most definitely not! 

Yesterday I came across this article from Huffington Post and thought it would be good to share with you all since this is definitely something I struggle with almost every.single.day.  Saying that I am not a morning person barely begins to describe how much I dislike waking up int he morning.  I am hoping that by trying some of these techniques, I will be able to maybe help myself stop hating mornings so much.

10 Steps to Becoming a Morning Person

1. Get more sleep.   Seems simple enough right? Then why do so many of us not get the recommended 6-8 hours of sleep every night.  It is because we are too busy and unfortunately sleep is the lowest priority on the list.  But that has to change!

2. No screens in the bedroom.  This one is hard for me.  For the past eight or so years I have been going to bed with the T.V. on even though I know it is not good for me to do so.  Studies have shown that people who have no screens (iPads, phones, tablets, TVs) in their rooms tend to get a more restful sleep throughout the night.

3. Go to sleep when you are tired.  Again, this one is pretty straightforward, but somehow this also never seems to happen.

4. Create a nighttime routine and environment.  In the last few months, I have been trying to get in bed a half hour before I really need to get in bed and just read.  It has helped my brain relax and has helped me fall asleep quicker.  Even the simplest change in my nighttime routine has allowed me to be more relaxed when going to bed.

5. Stop pressing snooze.  Oh boy.  I do not think this is possible for me.  I know I would feel less stressed throughout the day if I just got up when my alarm went off, but I always feel like I need that extra 10 or 20 minutes before I actually get out of bed.

6. Get moving as quickly as possible.  I agree 100% with this suggestion.  On the days where I hop out of bed and start my day off quickly, I feel much better throughout the day.  If I drag my feet and take my time getting out of bed (either by checking Facebook or emails) I end up not feeling so great by the time I actually get out of bed.

7. Get up at the same time every day.  Again, it is straightforward.  If you go to bed and get up at the same time every day, you can set a routine for your body and our bodies sure to love routines.  I have found that I struggle on the weekends when I sleep in a lot more because I almost feel like I overslept.

8. Work out in the morning.  
Um, no. haha.  Okay, okay fiiiinnneee.  Honestly, I know that if I got myself up a half hour earlier I would be able to get my workout in and still have the rest of my day to accomplish everything else.  Put this on my list of things I will try after my exam.

9. Expose yourself to natural light.  Justin and I just put up a sheet to block the window because the sun starts shining into our room around 5:00 am.  Personally, I have been having a more difficult time waking up ever since then because the sun has not been waking me up.

10. Always have something to look forward to.  Have you ever been so excited about something that you could barely sleep the night before? If you have something exciting on your calendar every day, I promise getting up in the morning will not be difficult.

Photo found on Life Hacker Website

Other articles on becoming a morning person:

Question of the Day: Are you a early bird or a night owl?

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Strawberries and Sunshine

Happy Monday Everyone! 

I trust you had a wonderful weekend filled with fun and adventure! My weekend was a bit crazy but it was also a ton of fun! 

Saturday morning I went with Janelle to help with a Mom2Mom sale for Infantly Cute.  The show was very nice and we met some pretty awesome ladies while we were there.  After the show, I made my way out to the mall to do some shopping for Sarah's birthday gift before heading home and relaxing for a little bit.  

Saturday evening, Sarah, Danielle, Beth and myself went out dancing and it was so much fun! I love spending time with my girls and look forward to getting out again for a fun evening.

Sunday morning, Justin and I got up early to head out to the Strawberry Patch to pick some strawberries for my mother-in-law's birthday.  If you can remember, this is a tradition that we started a few years back and have continued doing because it is so much fun.

The weather was absolutely beautiful when we were out there.  It was in the mid-seventies and there was a slight breeze so you did not feel like it you were roasting in the sun.

Plus, the strawberries were SO beautiful! Justin and I ended up picking 29 pounds of strawberries between the two of us which we will be using to make pies, jams and freezing for smoothies.  In fact, if you have any good recipes for strawberries, make sure to share them with me! I will do a post on the blog when I try them.

After strawberry picking, we went to visit the animal and play on the playground with McKenna and JP and it was so much fun listening to them laugh.  The evening ended with us going out to dinner to P.F. Changs to celebrate and it was delectable.  I cannot wait to have my leftovers for lunch today!

Question of the Day: What traditions does your family have?

Happy Birthday Marcy! 

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