For Your Weekend | School’s Out Edition

For Your Weekend | School’s Out Edition

Sweet Summer is upon us!
Yes!!! Students shouted all across schools in the US as they finally reach the last day.  


Almost simultaneously yelled by parents everywhere upon the reality that school’s out for summer!

Don’t panic…here’s a great linkup to help ease both you and your kids into summertime!

Enjoy the blue skies!
And, most importantly this summer, eat the cake!!! 

There is a scrumptious German chocolate cake underneath the whipped cream!!

      April Goals

      Well, y’all I cannot believe April has already arrived! #nojoke  It’s already time to give an account of how my March goals went {clearing throat} and moving on to my April goals.

      1. Read Julia Child’s Life in France.  ✔️ I did it!  A review of this fascinating book will be forthcoming!
      2. Begin reading Essentialism by Greg McKeown ✔️ Although I have begun reading this book, it’s been on the back burner.
      3. Reach my daily Fitbit goals of 10,000 steps and 10 flights of stairs. Y’all, I killed my Fitbit by drowning. Seems it hitchhiked in my skirt pocket through the washer and dryer. I exerted every lifesaving effort on the little guy, but it was too late. RIP my little Fitbit One. Now, I have no idea how many steps or flight of stairs I take each day.  #sadface
      4. Hot Yoga practice 2-3 times a week. I’ve only reached this weekly goal once in March. I definitely need more namaste in my life for April!
      5. Increase my daily intake of water to a gallon a day While I’ve increased my water most days and I’ve noticed an improvement when I do (besides more visits to the bathroom) I’ve only drank a gallon once this past month.  I will continue to work on increasing my water intake in April!
      6. Cheer on UK Basketball✔️ Y’all, this was a gimme goal for me, but I do feel like I earned it after the heart stopping Notre Dame game! #BBN #FinalFour
      7. Work on creativity.✔️ Done and done!  Besides doing art almost daily, I also signed up and took Scarlet and Gold’s free calligraphy class!  Yay!!
      8. Donate blood✔️ Yes, and in the middle of bad snowy roads!  You can read about how it was to donate blood here.
      9. Continue to journey through Lent with “Follow” devotional guide✔️

      And now, here are my April Goals:

      1. Complete Clean Mama’s 30 Day Challenge Cleaning a house can be hard and especially for someone like me {scatter brained} overwhelming. Have y’all visited Clean Mama Blog?  You can download her 30 Day Spring Clean Challenge for free!  I appreciate how she breaks down tasks over the course of the month and she has some awesome homemade cleaner recipes that I use that work and save money!  That’s a win-win!! Let me know if you join this challenge too!  Would love some accountability!
      2. Complete reading Jeff Goins’ The Art of Work book.  Jeff was generous enough to offer his brand new book for free and the timing couldn’t be more perfect!  Can’t wait to implement some of his strategies in my life!
      3. Have adventures! Sometimes I hold myself back in life from having adventures.  I say, no more!  I will report here at the end of April for all big and small adventures I undertook!!

      How’s your April shaping up?  Let me know in the comments below!

      March 2015 Goals

      Wow! Although February was short, it packed a powerful punch with loads of snow and bad weather. March is now here and Spring will arrive, whether by ice/snow or warmer rains!   So, here’s my list of March goals to keep me moving forward in 2015! (In no particular order)

      1.  I’m so enjoying reading Julia Child’s Life in France. My goal is to finish reading it in March! by the way, I lurve my nook, first generation and it’s  still going strong!  Any nook fans out there?

      2.  Upon completing My Life in France, I can’t wait to start reading Essentialism, by Greg McKeown. I first heard about this book a few months ago via Whitney English recommending the read  and since then, I’ve seen it pop up everywhere…blogs, Instagram photos, recommended lists.  Let me know if you’ve read it because I would love to discuss it with someone after I finish reading it!


      3.  With the mounds of snow and inhospitable weather lately, I’ve not been reaching my Fitbit daily goals of 10,000 steps and 10 flights of stairs.  This March, I’m hitting those goals!  I’m often asked about if using a Fitbit is worth it, and I say Yes!  First, it shows me how sedentary I can be day to day and second, it motivates me to get my steps in!  Who else uses a Fitbit out there?  Thoughts?!

      4.  Sadly, my hot yoga practice suffered last month with weather, etc.  My goal this month is to get in 2-3 hot yoga sessions weekly.  So far, I’m on track this week, as I already have two under my belt.  Besides the health benefits, hot yoga really calms my mind.  Has anyone else found that to be true as well?

      5.  The trifecta of health goals this March is to increase my daily intake of water to a gallon a day.  Besides coffee, water is my jam, but it’s super hard to get in 128 ounces every day.  Seriously.  What prompted the “gallon goal” have been recent articles and my yoga instructor’s amazing weight loss of 40 pounds by drinking a gallon daily.    To help me keep track of my water consumption, I use AddWater app. While there a ton of water apps, I like how this one tracks ounces and not just a “glass”. 

      6. Being March, one of my favorite goals is to cheer on the University of Kentucky Wildcats during March Madness!  Traveling in Paris, France during last year’s amazing run did not keep me from cheering them on! #BBN #IbleedBlue

      7.  Work on my creativity!  Years ago I enjoyed drawing, painting, creating. I’m putting it down here to stop pushing my artistic interest to the side because I’ll have to report to y’all at the end of the month, right?  

      8.  Another March goal is to donate blood.  Several years ago, I regularly donated blood. But then I moved to a different state, got out of the habit, and honestly forgot about it until Hurricane Katrina hit. I went to my local Red Cross and surprisingly was  declined because I had recently traveled to the Guanacaste peninsula in Costa Rica. Several times my travels have kept me from donating, but I kept trying, scheduling another donation appointment once the time period preventing me from donating had expired.  And now I’m happy to say, the Red Cross has changed their travel restriction rules (or at least where I’ve travelled) and I’m able to regularly donate again! Donations right now are desperately needed due to the nation’s blizzards wiping out scheduled donations.  If you’re able to donate, it’s super easy. Just go to the American Red Cross website to find a local blood drive. 

      9.  I am still journeying through Lent and still loving Naptime Diaries’ Follow Lenten journal.

      How is your March shaping up?  Do you  set monthly goals to keep you on task?  What are trying new this month?  Please share in the comments to continue the conversation!!