BIG ideas!

The biggest change that I am going to make this year is to become healthier. My goal is to finally drop all of my baby weight – plus 10 pounds!

I’m not sure that I’m even allowed to call it baby weight since my baby is now a full fledged toddler. My ultimate goal is to lose 30lbs. Thirty. I am going to lose THIRTY pounds before the end of the year.

HOW?

I am a firm believer that there is no magic cure in weight loss. Anyone can do it. Yes, even you! I began my fitness journey on February 1st. I’m using the very popular exercise and fitness program 21 Day Fix. The program is only 21 days long, however, realistically I do not expect to reach my goal in 21 days. No way. BUT I can use the program for multiple rounds and I know that by the end of the year I will be where I want to be.

The part that I am most excited about is that through my own weight loss journey I have the opportunity to help others. If you would like to join me, you can sign up for a FREE beachbody account here.

 

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Hello 2016

Here’s my obligatory annual post. I guess I didn’t write one in 2015… I was busy recovering from having a baby.

In all honesty, I’m still recovering. My son, Eli, is almost 14 months. What a year! It is the most amazing thing watching a tiny human grow. I have saved everything from his life and jotted down the important bits and put most of it on instagram but I have seriously failed to document it all.

So I am here to say, without droning on, 2016 is MY year.

I have major plans for this year. It is going to be BIG in terms of personal growth for me.

Hello 2014

To say that 2013 was rough would be an understatement. I’m looking forward to a fresh start and tackling many more challenges in the new year. 

– Fill all of my empty frames.
– Sleep outside
– Grow a garden
– Become an active member of a club/organization
– Continue & stick with Project Life

In addition I would like to update this space at least once a month. My “big” resolution is to try to green up my life a little more. I’ll have to think more about ways I can do that.

Goodbye 2013

2013 was a roller coaster that I’m glad is over. I didn’t quite get to all of my goals but I’m not giving up.. they’ll be added to the list for next year. 

– Run a 5k

– Read 13 Books

Volunteer 13 hours

My intention was to go to an animal shelter or something and actually log some time. I found a boxer, decided to foster him, and then adopted him. I’m going to count this as my “volunteering” 

Go see a live performance

– Visit a place I’ve never been

– Fill all of my empty frames.

– Sleep outside

“Disconnect” for a day

– Teach my dogs a new trick
While Jack and Emma didn’t learn any new tricks I did teach Teddy how to “sit” and “leave it”

– Complete 13 projects from Pinterest

1. Painted Curtains
2. Fall Decor
3. DIY Dry Shampoo
4. Strip Quilt
5. Creamy Chicken Enchiladas
6. Crochet Owl Hats
7. Crochet Minion Hats
8. Super Easy Baby Blanket
9. Glittered Bulb Ornaments
10. Pine cone Ornaments
11. Knit Christmas Stocking
12. Maskcara HAC and Maskcara Smokey Eye
13. Coat rack/mantle

– Grow a garden

– Become an active member of a club/organization on campus

– Continue & stick with Project Life

13 Things

We are halfway through the year and since I’ve neglected this space for the entire time I figured it was time for an update!

– Run a 5k
I was able to do this one twice! My first was for The Color Run in Tulsa on 4/20 with my friend Brittany. The second was Color Me Rad in Oklahoma City 5/11 with my friend Amy (also the mother of my boyfriend’s son!) and her daughter Nayeli.

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– Read 13 Books

I thought this one would be harder! I’ll probably more than double my goal by the end of the year! One of my favorites was re-reading The Great Gatsby.

– Volunteer 13 hours

– Go see a live performance

This is another one that I didn’t think would be quite so easily accomplished. I’ve been lucky and have seen musical performances by some amazing artists such as Sigur Ros, Dave Matthews Band, Iron & Wine, Hosty Duo and still to come Beyonce, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, and Mumford & Sons! I also saw A Midsummer Night’s Dream as part of a Shakespeare in the Park series.

– Visit a place I’ve never been

– Fill all of my empty frames.

– Sleep outside

– “Disconnect” for a day

– Teach my dogs a new trick

– Complete 13 projects from Pinterest

Progress 1/13. Currently working on project 2.

– Grow a garden

Due to circumstances this one doesn’t look like it will work out as planned. I’m still going to grow a few things but not quite a full garden.

– Become an active member of a club/organization on campus

– Continue & stick with Project Life

I’ve botched this one but hopefully I’ll still be able to work on some Project Life in the coming months.

Winter Break

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TINY Plane! 

School started this week so life has been a little hectic, trying to get into a routine and such. Last week, I got to go to Atlanta to visit my best friend. It was such a great, fun, relaxing trip I wish I could just fly there every weekend for some girl time. Some of the fun included: wine shopping at Target (seriously, every time I leave Oklahoma it blows my mind that other states sell wine in grocery stores!), sushi, and late night chats. 

 

 

 

Project 1 of 13 – Striped Curtains

I decided to jump right into my project list with striped curtains. This one has been in the works for quite some time so I am happy to get it checked off the list and I am absolutely in love with the results, they make such a difference in this room!

I don’t live near an IKEA so I asked my friend Laura to mail me some curtains. This was obviously before we had planned our trip to Dallas to get the new furniture. Sweetly, she agreed, and sent them to me for Christmas.

Ideally, you’d want to do this project outdoors, however, it was 35º here yesterday and my living room is still fairly empty.

Start with a tarp to cover your surface. Because of my limited space, I did one panel at a time.

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I had never used Frog tape before this project, it was recommended in the original tutorial and worked great! I will say an important part of getting the stripes even is lining up the tape correctly. You’ll notice once it’s taped that the stripes look uneven.

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I would recommend you use two coats. I only used one coat and spot touched where I missed but once the panels were hung light shows through the spots I didn’t know I missed. I’m okay with this.

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I am far from  perfect, and dripped some paint across the line. You can see I tried to wipe it up without success. I’m okay with making mistakes since you really don’t notice it unless you look for it.

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As recommended, I removed the tape before the paint dried. The lines were very crisp.

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Finally, hang your curtains and then “Oooh” and “Ahhh” over them for the next few days!!

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My inspiration for this project came from:

My original pin.
The inspiration post from Mrs. Devore.
Mrs. Devore’s inspiration, the original tutorial by KFD Designs.