Spring Bucket List

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love my to do lists. I’m pretty sure I have a list for everything in my life, and my bucket lists are no different. I have one giant overall Life Bucket List for all the things I want to accomplish in my lifetime. And I have seasonal bucket lists for things that I want to do with the family, or primarily my children. I love following Lisa Marie over at Paper and Glam and how she really incorporates seasonal living into her life. So one of the small things that I do is come up with seasonal bucket lists. And I know I’m running out of time to get these all done, so I better get to it! Happy Spring!!

Spring Bucket List

2015 Fall Bucket List

Fall Bucket List

Summer Schdule

Summer Schedule

101 in 1001 ~July Recap

My 101 in 1001

I’m a few days behind in posting my 101 Recap because I was vacationing last week in North Carolina last week. I got to do some sight-seeing, visit an old high school friend, take my kids to the lake and the beach, and my husband and son had some time together. They went to catch the latest Minions movie in theaters. We all had a blast!

July was a bit tricky for me. I have been adjusting to some major schedule changes and it’s pretty much turned our world upside for a bit. But after our little R&R in North Carolina, I think we’re all feeling much better. This month I tackled a new craft, finally ordered my business cards, gave one Just Because gift, and took my kids to one new museum.

Pink My Little Pony Set

For my new craft, a tackled making a few hair bows and headbands. This one in particular was extremely challenging for me and it took me a good 2.5 hours to finish. Needless to say, I don’t know if I’ll be doing many more matching bows to go with my necklaces. But my mom snatched this set and another one up to give to my little niece for her birthday next month.

Southern Glam Business Card

A good friend of mine was thoughtful enough to design this business card for me and get them on order for me. Oh yeah, see that mug there. She made that for me too. I keep it on my desk for a little glambition! But wait, there’s more!

Boutique Sign

She also made me a custom sign for my craft show table. I’m signed up for my very first craft show this weekend, and I have another one lined up for October. Which is a good thing considering how many necklaces I have stockpiled!

Patriotic Bracelet $5

For my Just Because gift this month, I gave my niece this bracelet. She already had a patriotic necklace that matched it perfectly. My family had a huge family reunion on the 4th of July and I thought this would be a good final touch to her adorable outfit.

4th of July OOTD

Here’s a quick picture of my Baby Girl at the beginning of the reunion. I don’t remember where I got her little dress, but it was just perfect for our reunion.

4th of July Jewelry

Baby Girl also had her very own custom 4th of July Minnie Mouse necklace. For those that may not know, my daughter has a slight obsession with Minnie Mouse. Just a slight one.

Wilbur Bear

For our first museum trip this summer (yes I know I got a late start) we went to the National Museum of the USAF. I mainly went because my dear, sweet friend threatened exile if I didn’t join, but also because the museum is giving away this adorable teddy bear. You take one of the maps/brochures and visit at least seven of the museums listed inside, you get this teddy bear. Free! Of course, as I sit here and type this up, I can’t for the life of me remember where I put my kids’ maps. Typical Mom Fail!!! Well, hopefully I’ll be able to find them and figure out which museum we’ll head out to next time.

About 5% completed.

  1. Pay off all my debt, excluding our mortgage.
  2. Build our emergency fund to 3-6 months of expenses.
  3. Start a Christmas savings account.
  4. Start my kids college funds.
  5. Gain 100 followers on my blog.
  6. Post 2 videos to my YouTube channel a week for a month.
  7. Have 3 blog posts published a week for a month. ~Started on
  8. Start an Etsy shop, or a shop on my blog June 2015
  9. Make my daughter a toy box.
  10. Grow a herb garden.
  11. Make my own spaghetti sauce.
  12. Read 40 books completely and not half way through.
  13. Go 1 entire week (including the weekend) without eating out.
  14. Take my husband away without the kids for a weekend.
  15. Learn a new craftJuly 2015
  16. Make at new recipe.
  17. Lose 20 pounds.
  18. Take a yoga class a few times.
  19. Go a full day with no technology.
  20. Take the Canadian road trip I planned.
  21. Take the kids on a Disney cruise.
  22. Join the local VFW.
  23. Attend a photography workshop.
  24. Host a cooking class.
  25. Make a memory jar on Jan 1 and read everything in it on Dec 31.
  26. Learn to quilt.
  27. Take a weekend trip to Vegas.
  28. Write a cookbook.
  29. Go zip lining.
  30. Make a jar full of rocks with my favorite Bible verses written on them.
  31. Go on a road trip with some of my girlfriends.
  32. Host a huge Halloween masquerade party. ~Started planning
  33. Rent a beach house for a week.
  34. Swim with dolphins.
  35. Go camping with my kids.
  36. Have a picnic in the park.
  37. Make yogurt popsicle with my kids.
  38. Pay a strangers restaurant bill.
  39. Go on a hot air balloon ride.
  40. Learn to ice skate.
  41. Attend the Kentucky Derby.
  42. Take a pin-up photo shoot.
  43. Prepare a care package for a homeless person.
  44. Build a blanket fort.
  45. Go to Country Concert.
  46. Make every recipe from 1 of my cookbooks.
  47. Take a Segway tour of a city.
  48. Go to a monster truck rally.
  49. Take a self-defense class.
  50. Make pasta from scratch.
  51. Go one month without shopping except for necessities.
  52. Read 5 biographies.
  53. Learn how to tie a tie.
  54. Start a new blog series. May 2015
  55. Give 5 “Just Because Gifts” 1~July 2015
  56. Visit Chicago.
  57. Make sushi with my new kit.
  58. Run in a color run.
  59. Have a spa day.
  60. Host a Vision Board party.
  61. Attend a blog conference.
  62. Establish a family tradition. May 2015
  63. Write a guest post for another blogger.
  64. Have a guest post on my blog.
  65. Attend an Alabama home football game.
  66. Host a blog giveaway.
  67. Put $20 in savings for every goal accomplished.
  68. Visit 5 new museums. AF Museum~July 2015
  69. Go on another marriage retreat.
  70. Stop drinking soda for 1 week.
  71. Learn to make a burlap wreath.
  72. Determine my MBA major.
  73. Take a photo booth picture with my hubs.
  74. Go snowboarding.
  75. Have family photos taken every year.
  76. Visit a new state.
  77. Go geocaching.
  78. Go to 3 new festivals.
  79. Be able to do 10 pullups.
  80. Create a business plan.
  81. Make an editorial calendar. May 2015
  82. Order business cardsJuly 2015
  83. Create a media kit.
  84. Have 5 photos accepted to FoodGawker.
  85. Attend a women’s bible retreat.
  86. Make a list of 101 positive things about myself. ~Started on
  87. Make my bed for a month.
  88. Put aside $50 a month for 6 months and go on a shopping spree.
  89. Write a letter for each of my children and place it with my will.
  90. Send a message in a bottle.
  91. Host a favorites party.
  92. Do a craft show.
  93. Go golfing with my hubs.
  94. Take each kid on a mom date.
  95. Plan 12 dates (1 for each month) for the hubs and I.
  96. Buy a silhouette cameo.
  97. Make 2 weeks worth of freezer meals.
  98. Leave a 100% tip.
  99. Have poker night.
  100. Journal every night for a month.
  101. Write a letter to myself to open in 10 years.

Summer Schedule

Toddler Thursday Blog SeriesWelcome to my first Toddler Thursday series! As a stay at home mom, my day pretty much revolves around my children. Sure I get the thrill of the occasional house chore or blog post or maybe even some quiet craft time. But I’ll be honest that those are far and few between. And if I thought I was busy during the school year, I didn’t know what awaited me during the summer break.

This summer is going to be a first for me in many aspects. The first summer I won’t be working outside the home. The first summer since I’ve had my daughter that my mother isn’t staying with us. Along with those firsts, my husband will be gone some on business, I have multiple events lined up with a nonprofit organization, and I made myself quite the ambitious editorial calendar. Perhaps I was a little too ambitious.

To help me stay on task and to help keep the kids active and engaged in things other than the tv, I dug through Pinterest and other websites looking for fun summer ideas.

Summer Schedule

Summer Schedule by Somewhat Simple

This is the first summer schedule I found on Pinterest. You can find the original post for it on Somewhat Simple, here.

Summer Schdule

Summer Schedule by Melanie Makes

Here’s the second example I found. It’s from Melanie Makes, here. These spurred a bunch of different theme ideas that I considered doing. But when I went through my schedule I found myself being drawn to the summer schedule from Somewhat Simple. We’ve been on this for 4 weeks now, and while we have missed a few days it has been a lot of fun. Here’s a few things we’ve done.

Nature Bracelets

Make Something Monday – Nature Bracelets

Nature bracelets are extremely easy and my little ones loved it. They love being outside and going for walks and the bracelets allowed us to talk about plants and bugs among other things.

Apple Shakers

What’s Cooking Wednesday – Apple Shakers

For our What’s Cooking Wednesdays I try to get the tasks simple enough that my toddler can do them. These apple shakers are a fun treat. I put a little bit of cinnamon and sugar in a Ziploc bag. I then gave each kid some apple slices to put in their bags. Once the bags were sealed, the kids went crazy shaking their apples up. The kids had a slight sugar high after this, but it wouldn’t be summer break without one!

Museum of Discovery

Museum of Discovery

Museum of Discovery

Museum of Discovery

While we were in Arkansas, the kids’ grandparents took them on a trip to Little Rock to the Museum of Discovery. That day I got a lesson in trying to teach a 5-year-old about science. There’s a reason my degree isn’t in education so hopefully Baby Boy will have some pretty awesome teachers in his life that can more than make up for my short comings!

If you need ideas for your summer schedule, I highly recommend this book.

Toddlers Busy Book

I have found so many great ideas for my both of my children with this book. You can get a copy from Amazon here.

If you want to see more of what I have planned for our summer schedule, please let me know in the comments below. And catch up with me next week for another Manic Monday!!

New Obsession…Chunky Necklaces

Manic Monday Blog SeriesWelcome back to other Manic Monday! I thought today I would share my new obsession with you. I have recently decided to run a craft booth in a bazaar later this year, which is crazy since I’m really new to the crafting world. Sink or swim, right? So I have decided to start making some chunky necklaces for toddlers, among other things. I use to buy all my daughter’s necklaces from a friend, who just happen to move to another country. So instead of finding someone else to buy the necklaces from, I decided to make some of my own. And I must say, I’m quite liking how they’re all turning out.

Purple Minnie Mouse

I made this necklace for my daughter’s birthday later this year. It’s perfect for her purple Minnie Mouse theme.

Pink Lemonade

This one is adorable and perfect for summer outfits. My friend has already received one for her daughter to wear on their vacation.

Pink and Blue

This one is kind of classic. My daughter loves wearing this one around the house.

If you like these, head over to my Facebook page here to check out the rest of my latest obsession!!

Tile Coasters

Tile Coasters

I’ve recently branched out with my crafting and decided to try my hand at tile coasters. I have a bunch of scrapbook paper on hand so I had my mother pick out two patterns that she liked. She chose these colors for living room. I love how the coasters with the writing turned out! I still have more of that paper left so I will be making a few more of those for our den downstairs.

Tile Coasters

This is what the tiles looked like when I started. I bought these as is from Lowe’s. They weren’t exactly what I was looking for but they worked like a charm.

Tile Coasters

My mother traced and cut out the scrapbook paper while I wiped down the tiles to ensure there was no residual tile dust.

Coasters

These are definitely my favorites! Here they are drying from the second layer of Mod Podge. Once they were dry, I hot glued some corkboard pieces on the bottom and took them outside to spray them down. I used a clear coat acrylic enamel spray paint to seal the Mod Podge. My mother is in love with her new coasters and I couldn’t be any happier with that!

Tile Coasters

Where Have I Been??

Style, Strollers, and Sweet Tea

I just love how crazy and busy life gets sometimes. It almost seems as if you traveled ahead in time. I swear it was just my birthday and here we are two weeks later. Time flies when you’re having fun, right? My schedule has been jammed packed with meetings, appointments, diaper changes, and field trips. I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had time to really stop, rest, and regroup. Here’s a little recap of what we’ve been up to or what’s coming up!

Lunch Bunch

Lunch dates and play dates galore!! Now that the snow seems to have subsided and the sun is out, I’ve been trying to get the kids out and about. I know I get cabin fever quite a bit so I’m sure they’re feeling it too. Plus, just how adorable is this shot??

ESC Spring Bazaar

The Spouse Club that I’m a part of has been working around the clock preparing for our largest social as well as our 2nd Home Business Bazaar. A certain challenge that comes with being a military spouse is all of the moves. While the change of scenery can be great, it can be challenging to restart your network if you work from home. We’ve been working hard to give people a chance to come out and meet new people and learn about new opportunities that are open for them. This is something that we’ve just started this year, but we are really hoping that it’ll become an annual event. Plus, I’m learning how great I am at organizing events such as fundraisers!

Bleeding Heart

Another beautiful thing about Spring, yard work!! While I hate pulling weeds and getting chased by bees, I do love how pretty our yard can be. I realized this Spring that I have at least 7 Bleeding Heart plants in my yard! How did I miss that before? These are gorgeous!

Wall Art

I’m currently working on creating some wall art for my dining room. I found this inspirational picture on Pinterest. This particular set can be bought from Golden Paisley on Etsy. I’m using slightly different materials that what she has listed but I’m hoping that I can get it looking pretty decent. I’m practicing on a few other ones first to make sure I have my technique down. If I’m successful, I’ll be sure to share it on here when I’m finished.

Minnie Mouse Party

And speaking of Pinterest and inspiration, I’ve already began looking around for my daughter’s 2nd birthday. Can you guess the theme? Yep, she’s in love with Minnie Mouse and I had so much fun with my son’s Mickey Mouse party a few years ago so I figured why not! Thankfully one of my best friends just started up her event planning business, Posh Planning, so if I do run into any snags I can always hire her!!

I’m hoping to get some more posts up soon. Unfortunately my laptop has crashed on me beyond repair so I have to get another photo editing software. Fun times!! I know I have roughly 200+ pictures on my camera right now that I really need to start working through! But in the mean time, let me know if  you have any favorite Food, Craft, Christian, or Mommy blogs that you’re a part of or that you would recommend. I would love to see what fun things other people have been working on!

Hair Bow Hangers

Hair Bow Hanger

I have never been a real crafty person but this year I’ve decided to change that a bit. The only thing I’ve really known how to do is crochet a Granny Square blanket. I’ve made several of those and I’m currently working on one for my daughter.

Crochet Baby Blanket

But I decided to branch out lately. I have been on quite the shopping binge with hair bows for Baby Girl. Since her and her brother have been temporarily sharing a room, we’ve been using part of his curtain to hang her bows.

Hair Bows

Lucky for me, I have Pinterest and a few crafty friends! I went to Michael’s and picked up a frame, ribbon, and mesh fabric. I went to a crafty crew get together and had one of my friends help me out a little. Here’s the finished product!

Hair Bow Hanger

It turned out even better than I could have imagined!! But once I got home, I realized that it wouldn’t quite be big enough. So I took another trip to Michael’s.

Hair Bow Hangers

Much better!!