Saturday, January 5, 2019

New Year Plan!!

Happy 2019!! I love a new year. It is a clean slate to so many possibilities. I love revamping and de-cluttering everything.  Home and office reorganization, new workout/diet plans, reaching new personal goals, and new clean calendar are what I'm focusing on this year. Who else gets excited about a new year? I wanted to share some of what I am doing this year to start fresh and recharge. 
1.  Organize everything: I LOVE things organized, from everything in my home to weekly planning. I try to organize all year long and day by day so that I don't have a ton to do at the beginning of a new year. This year I am decided to try out the Home Organization Challenge with A Bowl Full of Lemons, with Toni Hammersley. I purchased her book about a year ago and read it but didn't really put her plan into motion. The book is a great reference guide to the challenge. So I thought no better time then the new year to start! The challenge consists of 14 week (1/5-4/6/19). Each week focuses on one room in the home. There is also a facebook page that allows you to follow along with others that are participating in the challenge as well. 


The one organizational piece I need to work on is, organizing papers such as bills, receipts, mortgage papers and insurance paperwork. I stink at this. It is such a tedious task that I usually just throw it into a bin and wait for it to pile up. This past year we were looking for some important insurance paperwork and couldn't find it. We ended up having to call and request it waiting around 2 weeks to receive it. That was a wake up call. So, I ordered this filing cabinet from Ikea  for monthly paper filing and this filing box for yearly papers. 
2. Organized and Planned Workouts: I definitely need to make this a priority this year. Everyone who knows me, knows I am not a fan of working out. I hate strength training and gyms. I would rather run, walk or play an organized sport for workouts. I really need to strengthen my core and just improve my overall fitness.  We have an elliptical but it just doesn't interest me. I would really love a Peloton bike, who wouldn't right? But that is definitely out of our price range. I found this cycling bike on Amazon that I need to talk my husband in to getting. Then you can download the Peloton app and use all of there cycling trainers.  Plus, they offer running, walking and other workouts. 
As far as dieting, I hate diets. I do however love the concept of Weight Watchers. It keeps me on track and shows you just how bad a certain food it because of the points value. Right now, if you can join for free with the purchase of a monthly subscription. 
3. Take time to slow down: I am always on the go. I either have things that I need to do or that I "think" that I need to do. I go from one thing to another and never take time to slow down. Last year, I started painting the bedrooms in our house along with my office. Then when my Mom moved out, we made the additional room into a playroom/bonus room so I painted and redid that, along with the bathroom that is connected to the room. After that, I sanded and painted our kitchen cabinets. I just never take time to sit. I am going to make more of an effort to relax, maybe read a book or just enjoy more family time. 
4. Reach personal goals: My goal for this year is get back to work. I loved having a career. I spent most of my twenties and thirties working, moving up the ladder and making that a priority. When I found out I was pregnant, it was important to both Joe and I that I stay home with Mason until he was of school age. We thought that would be last year but we had decided to hold him back a year, that meant, one more year at home with him. I have really enjoyed being at home with him and me being the one to mold him, but I really miss working as well. My goal has always been to be successful and to help make money for our family so we can go on family trips, move to a bigger home with more land and just live comfortably. 
5. Planning: I love planners. I usually have about 2-3 planners a year that I start and each has different things in them from meal planning, to budgeting, to day to day activities and appointments. Since I am following the weight watchers plan, I found this great Recollections meal planner at Michaels. It includes a shopping list and pantry inventory along with meals for the week. I also picked up the regular calendar one for what I have scheduled to teach Mason. Michaels also has others that include, budget, faith, to do and a journal. They were $5.99 in the scrapping booking area. 

The Day Designer Planner is one of my favorites. Last year, I used a different one and it just wasn't the same. I like to plan my days along with a to do list. I love that it has a section to enter what you need to do at every hour of the day. It is a bit pricey but definitely worth it. 
I hope that gave you a little motivation. Stay tuned for more posts on my workouts, meal planning and receipes. If you have anything you would like me to write about, leave it in the comments! 

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Saturday, December 29, 2018

HELLO AGAIN

 Well, hello! Gosh, I can't believe it has been almost a year since I posted on my blog. We have been busy as a family, going through the motions of life and trying to figure out new dynamics. A lot has happened since I've been on here and I can't wait to share. I hope to get this blog off the ground in the new year and share some more aspects of my life. Stay tuned for a new post on January 1st. In the meantime, here is a fast recap of what I've been doing with my family this past year!!! 

We made some renovations to some rooms in our home.
This is Mason's room.

I got a new office!!

We celebrated Valentine's Day in -10 degree weather.


My Mom, Mason and I took a day trip to Elmira, NY to go shopping.
We stopped in Montour Falls, NY to see the amazing falls!

And of course, we visited our favorite place, Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada for
Joe's birthday in April. We couldn't pass up the Hershey store.

We found a new area on the American side in Niagara Falls,
that has amazing rapids leading down to the falls. 

Then we celebrated Easter!!! 

Easter 2018
One of the days that Joe wasn't working we hiked around the farm and looked for fish in the pond.

SOMEONE STARTED T-BALL!!!!! He has been playing with a ball and bat since he was 2.
It was fun to see him finally be able to do what he loves. Organized sports was still a tough thing to grasp for
him, but by the end of the season he got the hang of it. The best part was that he met some new friends! 

That smile says it all!!! Last game of the season. He is really looking forward to it this spring.

This was the first night we spent in our house as a family of 3 not 4.
After 10 years of living with us, my Mom moved out to
her own place. It was a hard adjustment at first but we are getting through it. 
We spent one night watching the MILB Rochester Red Wings Baseball team play.
We LOVE baseball. And someone likes the food even more! 

This picture began our summer!!! My sister, niece, nephew, my Mom, Mason
and I took a day trip to the zoo in Syracuse!! It was a great day and a great way to kick off the summer of '18.

Rosemond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse New York

We spent many days in our pool this past summer!!
This was our 2nd trip of the year to Canada. Joe, Mason, myself and my Mom visited Safari Niagara.
What a great place and definitely a must see. 

On the trolley at the Safari

Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls, New York 
Mason started Pre-school. We decided to hold him back from Kindergarten this year.
I plan to write a post soon. He is doing GREAT though!!! 

First day of school!! Not thrilled

We visited the Pick N Patch in Stanley, New York.

October 2018

I'm not sure what I will do when he can't or won't wear "themed"
jammies any longer.

Our yearly trip to Bass Pro Shop in Auburn, New York to visit Santa.
He had a ton to tell Santa this year.

Mason's elf Reboh returned and brought a friend Susie this year!
I don't know what I was thinking adding another elf. But Mason loved it.
He loved it that much, that he was up every night at 3am and then again at 5:30.
WHAT A LONG SEASON
THAT WAS! 

CHRISTMAS 2018!! What a year it has been. We are looking forward to 2019 and some
new beginnings on the horizon!! 


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Friday, March 16, 2018

FEBRUARY FAVORITES!!!

I'm a little late on this post but better late than never, right? Thank goodness February is over and spring is approaching!! Here are a few of the things I used most in February or was introduced to. 


This stuff is amazing for lips. I usually do not like Blistex products but with the unbearable temperatures and the bitter cold wind, this lip balm helps protect against the wintery eliminates and has an anti-aging serum included in the formula! Which is an A+ for this 40 year old!


Hats are my jam!! I love a good baseball cap, winter cap and anything that keeps the sun off my face. This Adidas hat is perfect for any weather. I have been wearing it to the grocery or to Mason's speech therapy appointments since they are so early in the morning.
I love a good mascara. For years, I used L'Oreal Voluminous and then I got hooked on Youniques' fiber mascara. This IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara is great. I have seen so many Instagramers using it and saying they can't live without it, they are right. I like pairing this with L'Oreal's Primer and coat the lashes about two times. This mascara is also easy to remove at night and doesn't pull out your lashes.





These plush leggings from Aerie are so comfortable and feel like heaven. I hate to say I own every color. If you like a  fleece type of legging to wear to sleep, give these a try.



Since the flu has been so bad this winter season, I am so glad that this Young Living Essential Oil Aria Diffuser has saved the day. I love the eclectic design. This diffuser also has displays changing colors, sounds and a timer. 2587619

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Last but not least, are these no show socks by Avia. I hate wearing socks and do not ever want my socks to show when I wear sneakers or a pair of Converse. I have a pair of Nike no show socks and they always fall below my heal and get stuck in my arch which is super annoying. So when I discovered these beauties at Walmart (yes, Walmart), I thought I would give them a try! They are pretty great and super affordable. You can thank me later! They are not available online, but I spotted multiple pairs at my Walmart. 

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

MASON TURNS FIVE!!!

I can't believe my baby turned FIVE on January 19th!!! How is that possible? It was just yesterday that we prayed for him and wished we would have the chance to be parents. It's been a few short years that he was up all night being fed, crawling towards everything, running his walker into the walls and hitting a ball from the time he stood up. Now he's of school age and full of life. January birthdays are not the most fun to have or fun to plan. It's inevitable living in New York, there will either be a snow storm or there will be snow. This year was a perfect 40 degree day. Luckily, in weeks past, we had gotten enough snow for sledding that day. We rode the four wheeler and pulled the snow tube behind, went sledding and made a snowman. My Mom, sister, brother in law, niece and nephew came from Canandaigua to join us along with my mother, father and brother in law. We had lunch, cake and ice cream. We really couldn't have imagined a better day to celebrate OUR BOY!!! 


I made the letters covered in moss. Supplies from Michaels and Target. Birthday banner from Tin Cakes


Cupcakes from Walmart; Wooden deer antler: Wooden You Like it; Tulip Baking Cup: Your Party and Gift Shop
"Five" cake topper: Forever Wedding Crafts











FIVE things about Mason: 

1- He is full of LIFE!!! And I mean this kid never sits. He loves to have a good time. He is always smiling and laughing. He has more energy than a freight train. I love his carefree spirit. He rarely is in a bad mood or cries. Mason is such a happy little guy. 

2- He loves snacks!!! From day one, he would eat like every 2-3 hours and it would be little amounts.   Today, he would rather eat a snack and not his meal. He loves, loves, loves popcorn and anything sweet. Ice cream is his JAM!!!! 

3- Mason loves baseball!! Since he learned to stand he would gravitate towards a ball to play with first. He has been hitting a ball from a pitch since he was 2 1/2. Today, if he doesn't have a ball in his hand at some point of the day, he may not be feeling well. He will start his baseball career (lol) this April when he plays t-ball! 

4- His speech is slowly progressing. He is responding to his speech therapist, which has never happened. He asks if tomorrow is the day that he has speech and wonders what they will be doing at the next meeting. We are seeing that he is speaking in sentences and we can understand his words better!! This is major progress. 

5- He is obsessed with quirky items such as masking tape and bubble wrap. Funny, right? He loves taping everything up with tape including his father, the refrigerator, and toys. I'm sure he will get a laugh about doing this when he is older!! Gotta love the innocence. 
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