Monday, October 5, 2015

October 2015 Goals

Last week was SOOO busy due to two very LATE girls nights.  They were really fun, but the effects afterwards made the week a little sluggish (hence no blogging last week).  I’m hoping for a much calmer week.  I’m very much behind on blogging, so hopefully I can catch up this week!

Let me quickly go over last September’s goals
1. DRINK 64oz. WATER A DAY – I didn’t do this consistently, but I did drink more water than I normally do.  It really makes a difference for me.
2. KEEP SUGAR INTAKE BETWEEN 30-50 GRAMS – I was good about tracking this the first part of the month, but life got busy and I didn’t track it as well and indulged on several occasions.  I do keep in mind though how much sugar I’m eating/drinking now and it really does help me to count it.
3. RUNNING – I’ve decided to NOT do a race right now.  It is just impossible for me to find time to run consistently.  I can do the gym a little easier, plus it burns more fat anyways which was my purpose in running to begin with (lose weight)
4. FINISH SMART MONEY SMART KIDS by Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruz (his daughter) – I finished this and I HIGHLY recommend it.  The bottom line is that it’s imperative we teach our kids about one of the most important and impactful subjects on this planet, and that’s money.  If we don’t teach them the correct way to use money, the world will (or our bad habits will) and that is a deadly end.  This book is encouraging for both those who have diligently saved and for those who have not.  Even if you’re child is in high school, it’s not too late to help them go to college debt free.  The statistics in this book will blow you away.  Pick up this book! 
4. ADD 10 SIGNS TO MY SHOP – I added 8 signs to 
the shop, but created 10.  I just need to simply add the other 2.
PicMonkey Collage
5. TRANSITION THE BLOG TO WORDPRESS – I’m  holding off on this right now.   
6. SCHEDULE ACTIVITIES WITH THE BOYS – I realized I already do a good job of doing this.  We like to stay busy in the morning (usually out of the house), have lunch at the house, take a nap (B play independently or watch TV), and then play outside before dinner.  These two think I’m a horse :) 

7. CLEAN GARAGE – I cleaned about 3/4 of the garage last month.  I got rid of a lot of junk and we installed a SafeRack, which looks awesome.  Once we have a shed out back that can store the lawn equipment and get it out of the garage, I’ll complete the last stage.

My To-Do List:
1. Purge extra items around house and in garage – For the most part.
2. Schedule a dentist appointment – Nope.
3. Paint underneath kitchen sink – Nope.  
4. Clean vacuum cleaner – Nope.
5. Buy new running shoes – not going to right now.
6. Go through Maddox’s clothes – Yes.
7. Consign baby items and some clothes – I did sell some on Facebook.
8. Get a small teacher gift for kids’ teachers and create their favorites list –
Yes and they loved it.

Now on to OCTOBER goals:

I feel like I should concentrate on ONE goal and that would be sleep.  It’s the catalyst to all other things.  If I’m tired (which is always), I find it harder to be productive, hold my temper, and work out (and make good food choices).  I really have a problem with getting in the bed early.  I know why…I just feel like I’m sleeping away precious time I could use doing one million things at night when the kids are in bed.  It’s a problem, but I am going to commit to still trying to get in bed earlier.  Other than sleep, I do have some other goals.

1. WORKOUTS – My goal is to go to the gym twice a week, have one good run (probably on Saturday), and do a video at home twice a week (the days I don’t go to gym).  I’m not a home fitness person, but it’s tough going to the gym with kids.  Period.  No matter what people say. Overall, I’d like to workout in some manner 6 days a week. 
*I was looking into getting one of those double jogger/bike trailers to take the kids on a run now that the weather is great.  We’ll see though.

2. BE AWARE OF CALORIES – I’m not going to go crazy and stress over exact number of calories, but I am going to count as much as possible.  Calories can really get away from me and when I count them, I’m much more aware of what I’m eating.  I like using My Fitness Pal to help me.  I’d also like to continue keeping my sugar below 50 grams per day.

3. EAT MORE AT HOME / AVOID THE GROCERY STORE DURING WEEK – Y’all last month, I would casually go in the grocery store way too many times when we were out and about, just to grab “one or two things” (turned into 5-10) and it killed our grocery budget.  In addition, I want to cook more at home.  We have plenty of food as I just stocked up yesterday.  I’m going to be very intentional and try and plan the day before to keep us eating at home!  It’s both healthier on our bodies and nicer to our wallet.

4. SLEEP – I know I sound like a broken record, but I’m not giving up on this goal.  My goal?  7 hours.  12:00-7:00am will be my goal, give or take the time.

1. BUDGET DAILY – This means record what I spend every night before I go to bed.  This helps me see where we are in our budget so I don’t over spend throughout the month.

1. ADD 10 MORE SIGNS TO SHOP  - 10 signs was a tough, but manageable goal, so I’m planning on doing the same as last month.

2. DO SALES TAX – Not a fun goal, but sales taxes are due this month.

3. ETSY SPREADSHEET – I purchased a spreadsheet last month that helps me keep track of EVERYTHING finance related with my shop.  I just need to import my data into the spreadsheet so I can get started.  This should be pretty helpful when tax season comes around next year.

1. MORNING DEVOTIONAL – This has gotten away from me and I simply need to consistently do this.  My plan is to read my Bible (I have a 1 year plan that I’ll use as a resource) and read a little of something else (I have several different devotionals from MOPS, apps, and Jesus Calling)…whatever floats my boat that morning.

1. BECKHAM’S 4TH BIRTHDAY PARTY – I need to start planning his party.  You’ll be surprised what I decided to do this year. 

2. BEHAVIOR/CHORE CHART – Ugh, why I have I not started this yet?  Shame on me.  I will do this asap!

3. LEARNING – Work on writing Beckham’s name with him (that may just be the letter B) and read more books to Maddox.  Simple, but really important.

4. FIND BECK A DENTIST – His old one retired and it’s time for him to go back, so I’ll need to look for another one.

TO DO’s:
1. Organize closet and Ryan’s clothes (I cannot express how hard this is)  #packratVSme
2. Schedule dentist appointment…if my teeth don’t fall out first.
3. Paint underneath sink and caulk the edges on top.
4. Clean vacuum cleaner (I’ll assign this task to Ryan).
5. Hire someone to refinish door and replace/extend fence (these will be huge if we get this done).
6. Get Halloween costumes for boys.
7. Schedule times to go to the State Fair and pumpkin patch.

We’ve got a busy month with TONS of parties and all the fun seasonal activities.  Fall is here and I’m pumped!  I love connecting with y’all.  My Facebook,Instagram(@snyderstellall) and Pinterest.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Friday Favorites

This week started off rough with Maddox having a stomach bug, but he’s finally over it and we’re back into routine!  Y’all I woke up SO late for MOPS today.  AND I was supposed to bring food.  I woke up when kids were supposed to be dropped off and texted my friend to let her know.  She insisted I still come up without my food so I did.  Talk about a true hot mess!  My alarm didn’t go off, my kids didn’t cry to wake up…I have no idea.  Going to bed at 2:30am totally made me pay!  Here are some favorites from the week. 

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My favorite moment (besides Maddox getting better) was eating my lunch and watching my cooking show all by myself yesterday.  The boys were at school and I usually go, go, go during that time, but I sat down right before I left to pick them up and had this delicious sandwich and watched The Pioneer Woman.
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We have been eating leftovers and anything we can find in the fridge this week, but I did enjoy that BLTT above.  We had family over for the Cowboys game and I made some really good queso and a Butterfinger poke cake that is always my favorite (I forgot to take a picture of it with the cool whip and Butterfinger…just with the caramel and Eagle brand milk drizzled on top).


I ordered this super cute shirt and it arrived in the mail this week.  It fits perfect, is soft, and has the cutest saying on it: Jesus loves this hot mess! :)  Perfect attire for today!
IMG_1824hot mess

I also have to mention my new favorite diaper rash cream concoction.  I shared this on my IG this week, but here it is:
-1oz. Desitin maximum strength cream
-1oz. A&D ointment
-1Tbsp. liquid Antacid (like Maalox or Mylanta)

I wish I could show you the difference.  His stomach bug completely took a toll on his little bum and it looked like his skin was literally burned off.  The pediatrician’s office gave me this recipe and I love it.  It made more than the picture shows, but this is what I have left.

Not grocery shopping this week (well, not very much).  The grocery budget is killing me lately and I’m doing a bad job staying within budget, so this week I’m trying to be really creative and use the food already in our house.  I’m also putting off several things I want and need right now in order to stay in budget.  And I’m starting to think ahead to Christmas and getting prepared for that since that’s always a HUGE cost!

I’m nearing the end of Smart Money Smart Kids and it is SOOOO good!  Here are a couple of good quotes from the book:
“Make sure your heart is full of gratitude for the blessings in your own life.  Let your children witness this in you, and they will want to respond with gratitude for the blessings in their own lives.”

“Contentment is a manner of traveling.  It’s an attitude of peace and joy where you are, even while you are working to be somewhere else.”

“Leaving adult children a great value system but little money is still a great legacy.  But leaving adult children a great value system and wealth to impact and help others is a stellar legacy.”

Aren't’ those good?  A lot of people think I’m naturally frugal and enjoy it.  NOOOOO!  I most definitely do not enjoy NOT spending money and it is not natural at all to me.  I struggle with contentment, but what I do enjoy is knowing we are spending our money wisely, not wasting it on interest or house payments, saving for an AMAZING retirement, and leaving a “stellar legacy” for our kids and their kids.  We are blessed to be a blessing! 

Again, I didn’t take a picture of any outfit besides the one above, but I love this outfit I found on Pinterest.  I cannot wait for cooler weather to wear some jeans a booties!

I didn’t pin too much this week, but I did pin this cauliflower pizza crust.  I haven’t made it yet, but it looks pretty good.

Some other sweet moments this week.  Beckham is my hilarious, independent boy, and Maddox is definitely my cuddle bug.  I got extra cuddles this week and I'm just obsessed with this age!

And lastly, this special family has been on my heart lately.  Madeline was just diagnosed with Osteosarcoma.  She is in 7th grade and is one of the most precious little girls and her family is the best.  I taught her older brother in 3rd grade.  Madeline was in 3rd grade also when I was teaching, but she had my best friend, Kristen, for her teacher.


You can order a t-shirt (today is the last day) to help support them.  Proceeds go to cancer research.  Her parents also have a blog to document and share their journey.  Most of all, keep them in your prayers.  This was so shocking to find out and I am just hurt even more now that I have my own kids.  I can't imagine.

Hope you have a great weekend.  I’m hoping for an overdue date night with Ryan and a relaxing weekend at home. 

Link Ups: Friday Favorites with Erika and Momfessionals and The Pick with Astleigh

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Happy Fall Y’all

I’ve had my Fall decorations up for 2 weeks now and I thought I’d share how I add some Fall flare to our house…on a budget of course.  I cleaned out the garage a couple of weeks ago and decided to get the Fall décor down since I was already in there. 

I’ve also been burning my Scentsy with Fall scents (I’m using the ScentSationals brand from Walmart).  Each one is $2.00 and they smell great!  I bought Warm Apple Pie, Pumpkin Spice, Sugared Pecan Pumpkin, and Vanilla Cookie Crunch.  Aren’t you hungry now?  I also stocked up on Fall scented soaps from Bath and Body Works when they had their 5 for $18 sale.  I’m now waiting for the candles to go on sale to grab a couple of those.

My mom gave me several Fall décor pieces of hers when we got our own house.  I also bought several things when we had Beckham’s 2nd Fall Birthday Party.  And this year I added 2 new things and have cut myself off.  Hobby Lobby and Michaels are my go to stores for seasonal décor.

This is the new Fall wreath I bought at Michaels this year.  I’m a sucker for sparkle and gold.

When you walk in the door, this is the entry way table.  I made that wreath 2 years ago with my sister in law and decided to hang it here this year.

And this is what you see when you walk in.  The lighting in this picture doesn’t do it ANY justice, but it is so pretty when you walk in (even with the high chair) :)

My mom gave me these two wicker pumpkins a long time ago and this is my first year to use them.  I absolutely love them and they’re perfect next to the centerpiece I bought this year (my 2nd new décor piece).  I like simple on a table because we actually eat on it and I don’t feel like moving décor every time we need to eat.

IMG_2940My mom also gave me those pumpkins and I love how they add some Fall-ness to the table but are simple.  I’m loving simple décor more and more these days as it’s clean and clutter free.

The bookshelf is the same as last year’s décor as well.  I need to print off a picture of B and M in last year’s Halloween costumes and put it in that frame (I put the previous year’s Halloween picture in that frame each year).  That owl holds candles and is really pretty when lit. 

Our fireplace this year.  Very similar to last year, but I took away that subway art and added it to our kitchen.  I love this garland.  It’s one of my favorite purchases.  I got it for B’s party.

A couple of little door hangers.

And this stays on our bar.  Also very pretty when the candles are lit.

This is where I put the subway art I found at Hobby Lobby last year.  Or maybe it was Michaels. I can’t remember.  It sits next to my Scentsy to hide the cord and plug.

I can’t believe the boys last year.  Maddox’s costume was great! Winking smile

Fall signs are popular in my shop right now.  Here is a collection of most of my Fall signs.
Fall signs

And this is a new one I created this year.  It’s my favorite.  I have a color version and a black and white version.
ETSY Listing Give Thanks
ETSY Listing Give Thanks 1

And if you’d like a FREE fall sign to use as some décor, just right click on this image and download to your computer and you can print it from your home computer.  It’s designed as an 8x10.
8x10 Fall is Wonderful

I’m impatiently awaiting the cooler temps and will really be able to enjoy Fall when I can cozy up with my favorite Salted Caramel Mocha outside on the patio while the kids play!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Working at Home With Young Kids

I’m always curious how other moms work at home AND take care of their small children.  With a 14 month old, a 3.5 year old, and a very busy husband, working can be really difficult.  But over the last couple of years, I’ve done some things that have made it work and have been able to grow my business.

I’m a teacher turned graphic designer, so a TON of time had to go into the beginning stages of learning Photoshop AND running an Etsy shop.  I remember spending hours into the morning learning all about Photoshop, watching YouTube videos one after the other, and perfecting designs.  Needless to say, there were many nights of just a few hours of sleep (and sadly, still are).  But it paid/pays off.

I had to find systems that helped me transition into a work at home role and succeed as a small business owner, while also being a good mom.  I definitely do not think I have this mastered, but do think I’ve been able to help support our family financially while staying home with our kiddos.

Woman hands writing in notebook and boy playing

Here are some things I’ve learned about working at home:

1. Have a good planner/calendar
It’s key to be organized both personally and in your business.  I write down almost everything.  From doing laundry to when my sales tax is due.  I have the Plum Paper calendar.  It has a weekly template behind each month-at-a-glance calendar.  I use the weekly view to write down my to-do’s each day.  To be honest, I’m in the works of creating my own daily page that’s suited to my lifestyle/work, but this works for now. 


2.  Find a good time to work
This is the hardest part about being a work at home mom.  From the moment your kids wake to when they go to bed, you’re taking care of them, especially when they’re so young and dependent.  The beauty of young children is they take naps (well my 3 year old doesn’t, but I’ll get to that in a moment), so this may be a good time to get some work done, even though you have one million other household things to do as well. 

When Maddox (15 months) takes his nap, I set Beckham (3, almost 4) up with a couple of shows or some activities like play dough, Legos (or anything in his playroom), or a coloring book (he only JUST got into sitting down and doing something like this).  I hate using the T.V. as entertainment, but let’s be honest, I do! 

The other major time I use to get some work done is after the kids go to bed.  Once the kids are in bed (M by 8:00, B by 8:30 or so), I clean up the kitchen and then get busy around 9:30ish!  I’m a night owl and this is the best time for me to work.  I’d love to transition into working in the morning, but I’ve failed at every attempt, so I’m sticking with this for now.  The problem with working at night is there really isn’t a stopping point (no kids to wake up and make you stop).  I go until I hit that point of “I’m going to hate life tomorrow if I don’t get into bed.”  Sadly, I go past that point often.  I go to bed any time between 12-2am.  I wake up around 7:30 with the kids.  Yes, I hurt some most mornings, but the work has paid off and it kind of comes with juggling mom by day and work by night.  Speaking of no sleep…

3. Get some sleep… or don’t
I could argue both ways how sleep (or lack there of) improves your business.  Robert on Shark Tank once said he sleeps 4 hours at night.  He’s quite successful so maybe he’s onto something.  Just kidding.  Although less sleep provides more hours to work and make money, it can also have negative effects on your health, which can in turn effect your work.  For me, I’ve noticed less hours of sleep really wears on me after a few nights.  Now that I’m in more of a groove with my business, I can choose to get more sleep if I need, but when you love what you do, I find it hard to go to sleep when I could design a new printable (and often times I need to stay up late to fulfill orders during busy seasons).  Where my lack of sleep effects me negatively is in motherhood (and as a wife).  I’m short with my kids/husband and when I don’t have energy during the day, my kids will totally make me pay. :)  I don’t want to be that kind of mother/wife, only to make money.  My thoughts are that this is a season of life that may have less sleep in it, but it’s still important to make that a goal.  My body thrives on 8 hours of sleep and I’ll continue to make that my goal.

4. Have your own space
If you can, having your own space can really put your mind in “work mode” versus working on a lap top on the couch with the TV.  When you work at home it can be tough to differentiate the two, so having your own space can give you the feel of “going to work.”  Right now, my work space is next to our kitchen, kind of in the breakfast nook area.  Although I have plans to move it someday to our study (currently a playroom) or a bedroom (when the boys share a room), this is what I do for now.  At night my husband watches TV which is directly behind me as I work, so I can often get swept up in a show while I’m “working.”  This is why I can’t wait to have a room designated to it, but I’m grateful for a space and the opportunity to even work.


5. Set yourself up for success
This could be a number of things, but for me this is having a clean space.  If my house is clean, I work SO much better.  Since the kitchen is right next to my desk, I have to have it clean if I sit down at my computer.  At least the counters clean with dishes in the sink.  I also like to light a candle or turn on my Scentsy.  Maybe for some it’s getting dressed from head to toe, make-up included, to be successful, or listening to music while you work, or closing all your social media tabs on your computer (this kills me sometimes).  When the space around me is clean, my head is cleared of clutter and I can concentrate better.  I also like to sip on coffee while I work.


6. Take a break
I don’t mean a break during the day, as I don’t have much time to work anyways, but a break as you would at a regular job.  My shop is open all day everyday and my turn around time for most printables is 48 hours.  Therefore, I fulfill orders on the weekends (although I try and avoid Sundays).  Given that, I take a good break after Christmas.  Christmas is one of the busiest times for most Etsy shops so I take about 2 weeks off and close my shop.  It’s the most freeing and wonderful feeling.  And I’m ready to jump back into things once that time is over.  I’ll also close the shop for any vacations we take during the year…or you know, when I had a baby.   I’m also big on relaxing and having fun once during the week and on the weekends.  I like to get pedicures once a month, have a moms night out, or even play dates where I can chat with other moms while the kids play.  I also do MOPS twice a month, which is a great 3 hour break to fellowship with other moms while the kids are in child care.  And I love reserving weekends for family.  An hour at the gym while the kids are in the care center is also amazing (we’re still working on Maddox warming up to it…I feel guilty dropping him off, so I’ll sometimes avoid it). 

7. Prep dinner wisely
I have a love/hate relationship with dinner.  I love cooking and could literally spend hours in the kitchen, but I also hate it.  There is something about pre-dinner time that kids also hate.  They could be great all day and then once I prep dinner, it’s a whole new ballgame.  Therefore, I try to prep dinner at lunch time or right when Maddox goes down for his nap (and have B “help” me).  Whether that’s chopping something up, browning meat, marinating chicken, putting together a casserole or dish, throwing something in the crock pot, or making one part of the dinner, it all helps a little.  I’ve also learned to make simple dinners or eat after the kids go to bed.  And eat leftovers.  I’m the kind of girl that likes a new dinner every night, and a really delicious one.  These days though, even Cheerios can be extremely tiring to make.  I mean, getting out that milk and pouring it can be too much sometimes.  I wish I was kidding.

8. Pay for part time child care
This seems silly to suggest if you’re truly a work at home/stay at home mom, but a little help can be powerful.  I struggled with this a lot when Beckham was almost 2 years old and I had been doing my Etsy shop for over a year.  I felt like I needed to take care of him all day, everyday.  I was finding it harder and harder to work and also wanting to spend time doing it.  I was making more money and thought I could be more productive if I had a few hours to dedicate to getting things done without taking care of a baby.  Two days after pre-schools had started, I finally decided to put him in a two day week pre-school program.  Thankfully, they had a spot for him and it’s been an awesome investment, not only for me, but for my kids (I can only really speak for Beckham…Maddox has only been going a couple of weeks).  I had M home with me last year while B went to school a couple of days and it reminded me how much stuff I used to get done during that time (last year was quite the adjustment and I just had to give up some things, but it was good time alone with my baby).  Paying for child care will obviously depend on how much you’re making, but it can be great for the kids and also free up some time for work. 

9. Ask for help at home
Again, I felt like the household duties AND child duties should be done by me.  But I was wearing myself thin and watching Ryan relax (as he should be allowed to) while I spent the entire night getting everything done and working.  One day he told me, “Olivia, I’m happy to help you where you need help, but I need you to tell me what you need help with.”  Umm, wow, okay!  I don’t know why I complicated it so much.  Well, I do know…I like to do a lot of things myself, but you just can’t if you’re going to be a stay at home mom AND work at home.  We have a white board on our fridge and throughout the day, I’ll write what I need help with at night when he gets home (or I’ll just tell him when he gets home).  He helps a lot with after dinner kid duties, like going for a post dinner walk and/or bath time (usually while I’m cleaning up dinner).  He’ll also take them for walks before dinner so I can make dinner if I need to. I hate unloading the dishwasher, so he’ll often do that for me as well.  We’re a team and I’ve learned to ask for help when I need it.

10. Realize you can’t do it all
I just can’t.  My #1 priority is my family.  That is my ministry right now and my responsibility.  I will work hard to support my family financially if possible, but I know God has called me to raise my children at home during this time in MY life.  My kids are young and very dependent right now.  It just doesn’t lend itself to a lot of work time…and that’s okay.  I just have to realize I have a certain amount of time I can spend making money, and make it work in that allotted time.  This is where social media can eat me alive.  I compare myself to the BEST parts of other moms who have their kids at home and also a business, and I feel like I should being doing everything they’re doing.  That is absurd and impossible.  I’ll work hard at motherhood, being a good wife, and my business, and I believe God will bless that.

The key?  Remembering I’m created by God to flourish exactly where I am with hard work!  He did not create anyone else like me and I need to celebrate that.

Do you have any tips for working at home?  Or being more organized as a stay at home mom?  Or for moms who work outside the home, how do you stay organized? 

Friday, September 18, 2015

Friday Favorites

Life lately has been busy and messy…can I just have a clean house for more than 2 hours.  I’m so glad it’s Friday.  I’m going back to my Cleaning Day Fridays and doing some deep cleaning…and by deep, I mean, picking it up and cleaning the bathrooms.  It’s going to be a great weekend.  Low key Saturday, Cowboys on Sunday!

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My favorite moments this week were having some time for myself.  I know that sounds selfish, but when you dedicate every waking hour to your family, a little me time is celebrated greatly.  The boys go to a mother’s day out type program two days a week for 5 hours each day, and it really allows me to work and get things done.  But I don’t have a picture of just myself at home, so here are a couple of other favorite moments this week. 

B and I have created a new routine of watching The Pioneer Woman while we eat lunch at home.  He’ll now ask, “Mom, are we going to watch your cooking show?”  And then he asks if we have all the ingredients for her recipes as we watch.  His favorite part is watching them eat the food at the end.   

At the car place, B is “working” on his letters, colors, and numbers.  It was cute watching him “work”

This week I made Nachos, Fajitas, and Baked Pasta!  All were good, but this was nice because it fed the kids too.  Little man (14 months) ate THREE helpings of this stuff with a side of pears.  I’ll post the recipe in the next couple of weeks.  I didn’t measure anything so there will be some guessing.


I found these two earrings at Walmart for $2.88 each.  I don’t normally buy jewelry, let alone at Walmart, but I was walking by and took a look at some cute earrings.  They may only last a week, but for under $3, we’ll see.  And they don’t hurt my ears (I have sensitive ears to some earrings).


I love a good fitness person on IG!  I love the ones that show different exercises IN THE GYM.  I definitely prefer the gym over my house.  I love feeling “at home” and cozy in my home.  It’s just the wrong place for me to workout.  I’ve tried, but I have more success getting out the door to the gym with two kids versus doing a workout at home.  Rachel (@rachelnicolefit) is one of my favorite workout inspirations.
Source: This pic is from her IG

BUDGET.  Yes, that is my tip.  Make a budget, write down all your expenses (doing this daily makes it SO much easier…I’ve learned the hard way).  Every time I write in our expenses, I’m so aware of what money we have and make better decisions when spending.  We are in charge of our budget, our budget is not in charge of us…well, most of the time ;)  You can click on image to enlarge it.
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If you remember, one of my goals is to finish Smart Money, Smart Kids this month.  I’m enjoying this book and highly recommend it to parents.  It is OUR responsibility to teach our kids how to use money correctly.  They will be taught how NOT to use it from everyone else, teach them young!


I really don’t know why I buy anything other than jeans/shorts and a t-shirt.  It is my absolute favorite thing to wear!  Long, a little loose and comfy for the shirt.  And the perfect fitting jeans.  The perfect outfit on my favorite girl!
I also loved this look…
And now I miss my long hair…I missed it the second I chopped it off. 

I have several this week.  Here are some of my favorites.  You can click on each picture to go to that pin.
Craft Fabulous: DIY Merry Mail Greeting Card Holder:
I know it’s early, but I’m always planning ahead with my signs and came across this yesterday…perfect for a Girl’s Night Party!

Great for a guest bathroom!! Love the towel rods on the back of the door! #diy #home #decor:
I’m wanting to do a little makeover to our guest bathroom (along with the one million other projects in my head) and thought this was a good idea.

Joyously Domestic: Cheesecake Caramel Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars:
I made these last night and OH MY GOSH!  They were delicious!  I sent half of them with Ryan to work to hand out to his teammates!  Mine didn’t look as pretty, but they were great! 

Okay, this one is cheating a bit, but I just love these place mats I made last week!  Just print, laminate (or not) and you’ve got the cutest table décor.

Next week I’m sharing how I work from home with two small children!  Have a great weekend!  Go Cowboys!