Thursday, July 25, 2013

Crafty Christmas: Snowman Smile Ornament

Christmas Countdown: Christmas is just 22 weeks away!

Okay, ya'll know I just cannot resist felt ornaments! In general, felt ornaments are easy, quick, and cheap - my favorite kind of craft! I first found this idea via Pinterest, but when I followed the link to see the tutorial, the link led me to a kit I could purchase for $12 from joanns.com. I thought that was a bit ridiculous since I could make the ornaments for far less than $12. But I wanted to give everyone else a tutorial to follow because it can be very daunting to look at a project and just make it without one {my husband would know - he hears me grumbling when I'm figuring out a project sans tutorial}. 


Here's what you need to make this snowman smile ornament: 
  • White felt
  • Orange felt 
  • Two pink buttons
  • Blue ribbon
  • Black embroidery thread
  • Pink embroidery thread
  • Orange embroidery thread
  • Blue embroidery thread
  • White embroidery thread
  • Fiberfill
  • Needle
  • Embroidery hoop 
  • Scissors 
  • Pins
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Glass
  • Black Sharpie marker
I know the supplies list looks daunting, but these supplies are extremely cheap. The only thing I needed to purchase to make this project was pink buttons. I purchased a big bag of them at Joann's for $2.29 before coupons {always, always use a coupon at Joann's, please!!!}. Depending on your own craft stockpile, you may need to purchase a bit more, but this project is still cheap, I promise! 

Directions: 
  1. You need to make the back circle part first. I have found the best way to do this is to use a glass and tailor's chalk. However, since we're using white felt for the circles, tailor's chalk, which is white, doesn't really work. So I used a Sharpie marker and held it very, very lightly. Please be very careful if you use this method and have limited felt {thankfully, this was not my case, but I've screwed up loads of times with other projects and know what can easily go wrong!}. You may choose to make a circle in another way, perhaps by printing a circle template from the web and pinning it to the white felt. Your choice. 
  2. Cut out the back circle. You're just going to set this to the side for now, but it will help serve as a reference for the front piece since you will be free-handing that and won't want to make the face too big for the front which you wouldn't have cut out yet. 
  3. Put a piece of white felt in an embroidery hoop and thread your needle with black thread. We're going to start with the eyes. I used a straight stitch for the eyes, and I stitched each eye several times so they would be extra noticeable. You want to sew each eye separately. After you finish Mr. Snowman's first eye, knot the thread, cut it and start anew for the second eye. If you do not, you will be able to see the black thread between the eyes after Mr. Snowman is completely finished. Sewing the eyes separately is cleaner. 
  4. Next comes the big orange carrot nose. Mine is extra big because I'm just fun that way, but feel free to make yours a bit smaller. I drew a carrot nose on a piece of paper, cut it out and pinned it to the orange felt. Then, I cut out the nose. Simple! Pin the orange carrot nose to the white piece of felt. I used a stitch that I do not even know the name of, but it's a simple stitch. You can just any type of stitch you would prefer. 
  5. After the nose, sew on the pink buttons. 
  6. Here comes the incredibly tricky part: sewing the smile. This was very difficult for me on the first ornament and super easy on the second. My best advice: go really, really slowly and use your needle and thread to keep visualizing the smile as you make it. 
  7. After the smile is finished, remove Mr. Snowman from the embroidery hoop, flip it over and use the glass and Sharpie marker to draw a circle. Cut out the circle. Now you have two white circles. 
  8. Take the back circle and sew a bit of ribbon loop at the end so Mr. Snowman can hang on a tree when he's done. I used white embroidery thread here so it wouldn't be so obvious later where I stitched the ribbon to the felt. 
  9. After the ribbon is sewed on, you're ready to pin the two pieces together and sew them together. I used three different pins and started at the top of Mr. Snowman, just to the right of the blue ribbon loop. I used a blanket stitch to stitch Mr. Snowman up, and I really feel this is a great stitch for circle ornaments. You can find free tutorials online if you're having trouble {and trust me, I always have trouble and am so thankful to the free tutorials online!}. 
  10. Make sure you leave an opening to stuff Mr. Snowman! Just to the left of the blue ribbon loop, I left about an inch or so of an opening and stuffed him up. Once he was stuffed, I pinned the top as much as I could where there was still an opening. I finished my blanket stitch and once my thread was right next to the blue ribbon loop, I did three straight stitches at the top to finish him off. 
Each ornament, from start to finish, took me about three hours. I'm a very slow sewer, though, so depending on your skill level, you may be able to make one much, much faster! 

Happy crafting! 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Purposeful Parenting: Dressing your Bump... on a budget!

The first month I knew I was pregnant, I was very happy we had upped our clothing budget. But at the same time, I didn't want to buy many, if any, maternity clothes. I didn't want to spend money on clothes that feasibly, I would only wear for seven or so months and never wear again.

Before I bought anything, I analyzed my closet. My style naturally includes a lot of cardigans and open sweaters, and those can be worn with a bump rather easily. I got a lot of mileage out of sweaters like this one:

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The funny thing is I knew I would need t-shirts and jeans, but I don't think I ever anticipated just how large my bump would get. I didn't take pictures of it {I think my thought was why would I want to remember just how large my belly is}, but let me tell you - it was huge! I spent exactly $100 on maternity clothes, and I had more than enough and was very grateful for the basics.

Here's what I purchased:
  • 2 V-neck t-shirts in blue and pink
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 2 pairs of underwear
I bought all of my items from Motherhood Maternity. I found their prices to be reasonable, and they had a great selection of hard-to-find items {such as plus size jeans with a petite inseam}. Just a quick side note on maternity bottoms, such as jeans: heaven above, are they comfortable! Would you all judge me if I said I still wear them?

You may or may not need to purchase panties. Other moms have had a need to purchase bras, so that may be something you will find you need. I had bras that are stretchy {it's kind of hard to explain}.

While on the subject of bras, I'll just quickly share which nursing bras I purchased. If you're plus size or have an ample bosom, you may like these bras. I purchased two, and they are comfortable and easy to wear:

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You may or may not need more bottoms, such as jeans, depending on your lifestyle. Since I work out of the home only one day a week and try to spend as much time as possible at home, I could make one pair of jeans work. But I will tell you - there were a few times I wish I had one more pair. If you do opt to get a second bottom, I would suggest a dressier bottom than jeans, such as black pants or a skirt. Again, I made do without, but I definitely would've used them if I had had them.

I typically get my style pretty simple, and this came in handy most while pregnant. Most of my clothes I wear when I'm not pregnant, I was able to wear pregnant. With that said, I was very, very glad when Bug came out because some clothes I was not able to wear while pregnant and the clothes I could wear were getting a little boring.

I'd love to hear which clothing items were essential for you during pregnancy. What am I missing out on? Please share!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

This Book Room

Evelyn has been married to her husband for forty years—forty years since he slipped off her first wedding ring and put his own in its place. Delphine has seen both sides of love—the ecstatic, glorious highs of seduction, and the bitter, spiteful fury that descends when it’s over. James, a paramedic who works the night shift, knows his wife’s family thinks she could have done better; while Kate, partnered with Dan for a decade, has seen every kind of wedding—beach weddings, backyard weddings, castle weddings—and has vowed never, ever, to have one of her own.

As these lives and marriages unfold in surprising ways, we meet Frances Gerety, a young advertising copywriter in 1947. Frances is working on the De Beers campaign and she needs a signature line, so, one night before bed, she scribbles a phrase on a scrap of paper: “A Diamond Is Forever.” And that line changes everything.

A rich, layered, exhilarating novel spanning nearly a hundred years, The Engagements captures four wholly unique marriages, while tracing the story of diamonds in America, and the way—for better or for worse—these glittering stones have come to symbolize our deepest hopes for everlasting love.

My thoughts: This book sounded fascinating to me because I'm totally not a diamond girl. When Chef Jason and I began to discuss marriage, I insisted on an nontraditional ring - partly because I couldn't stomach the idea of someone spending so much on a piece of jewelry and also because why have something exactly like everyone else has it? He bought an aquamarine ring, and I loved it (I say loved because I also happened to lose it - one more reason why no one should ever buy me an expensive piece of jewelry!!!!). Anyway, this book was really fascinating to read, but the characters were... annoying at best. I would read this if you need a book to read, but if your pile of books is a mile high, skip this one.

After enduring a chaotic childhood, Emily McKellips yearns for a drama-free life, complete with a

Ryan is Emily’s first husband from a disastrous starter marriage. They wed on a whim, only to discover that combustible chemistry couldn’t ensure a happily ever after. But Ryan is no longer the headstrong boy she left behind. He’s now a successful film producer who just happens to be scouting a resort in Valentine with his adorable retriever in tow.

As the bridesmaids revolt and the mothers of the bride and groom do battle, Emily is surprised to discover new sides of both her ex and her fiancĂ©. She thought she had life and love all figured out, but the next seven days might change her mind—and her heart.
white picket fence. Her dreams are about to come true: She has a stellar career, a gorgeous house, and a fiancé any woman would die for. But as friends and family arrive in picturesque Valentine, Vermont, for her wedding, an uninvited guest shows up.

My thoughts: I really liked the book at first. But I really can't stomach the idea of anyone doing what Emily does. It just really bothers me when people don't stand by their word. And if your word wasn't true, you shouldn't have given your word. Maybe I'm just cranky today. But this book and its characters really bothered me.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A Day in the Life

Here's what I was up to yesterday, Monday, June 15:

3:34 AM: Feed Bug.

4:32 AM: Feed Bug.

6:08 AM: Feed Bug:

7:09 AM: Feed Preston. {I think my only existence on earth right now is to feed hungry mouths}

7:12 AM: Start my work day.

8:03 AM: Feed Bug.

8:10 AM: Back on work.

8:36 AM: Bug up for the day. We cuddle, I change her diaper and her sleeper, and I pop her in her crib for morning play time with her mobile and stuffed bear.

Good morning, mama!
9 AM: Leftover pizza is an acceptable breakfast food, right? That's what I thought :)

9:15 AM: Jason and I are discussing my upcoming vacation from work in October. I suggest we sleep a lot during the vacation. Jason agrees. I suggest we do something really fun on the Wednesday day of our vacation. Jason agrees and suggests we go to a mattress store and sleep. I mention our three-year wedding anniversary will fall on Thursday during our vacation. Jason suggests we celebrate a day early and go to a mattress store. To sleep. Can you tell we don't get enough sleep between caring for an infant 24/7 and working full-time jobs?

9:34 AM: While I work on getting Bug down for a morning nap, I watch the latest episode of Big Brother online. This is the only show I'm currently watching {Jason and I both enjoy watching it which makes it even more fun to watch because then we discuss it with each other}, but the people on it this season, some of the people anyway, are really ugly people. Prejudiced, horrible people. The ones who are not are glorious. I hope one of them wins in the end!

10 AM: Bug asleep for her morning nap, so I start working again.

11:42 AM: Bug wakes up from her morning nap, but I'm off Bug duty until 5 PM. Jason takes over with the Bug.

11:55 AM: I declutter the house, load and run the dishwasher and pick up the kitchen.

12:09 PM: Shower time!

12:35 PM: Back on work. While working, I get to taste test dinner, and I eat lunch: cottage cheese, strawberries and bananas. Much more sensible than pizza for breakfast!

My office for the afternoon - I am incredibly blessed to have a mostly work-from-home job.
I commute to a big city once a week; otherwise, I work from home. From my couch. Usually in PJs.
4:56 PM: Time for dinner!

Pasta with sausage and broccoli; it was edible {which is more than can be said about a new recipe we made last week},
but the dish was blah. We won't be making it again.
5:48: We giggle at Bug while she plays with and chews on her teether. I think she may be starting to teethe, but more than anything, she's definitely at the "I want to pick things up and pick them in my mouth" stage. It's so fun watching her explore.


6:02 PM: I unload, reload and run the dishwasher. I declutter the house, water our garden, and start to freeze breast milk but Bug decides she's hungry.

6:53 PM: I finish freezing breast milk, and I read a chapter of my Bible and my devotional out loud to Bug.

7:21 PM: I complete my daily Swagbucks tasks {daily poll, NOSO, 1 search win; you can read more about Swagbucks here}.

7:25 PM: Feed Bug.

7:43 PM: I work on knitting a scarf for Bug while she plays with her teether. I catch her watching me knit - maybe she's a budding knitter!


8:11 PM: Bug decides I should be done knitting. She sits on my lap while I check in on Facebook.


8:22 PM: I whip up this cornbread to go with this chili for dinner tomorrow night.

8:35 PM: Jason takes over Bug duty and works on her bedtime routine with her while I work on my own bedtime routine, such as getting a snack, getting pajamas on, etc. I suddenly decide that this night's bedtime routine must include cleaning out the refrigerator and unloading, reloading and running the dishwasher. Again. For the third time. In case anyone lost count.

9:23 PM: Bug is successfully asleep. Her bedtime routine includes getting her into a paper diaper {we use cloth during the day}, a fresh sleeper, and a bottle of breast milk. We read to her every day; though not always at night. Jason read to her earlier in the day, and she's pretty tired so no nighttime story tonight.

10:23 PM: I complete my eighth hour of work, so I'm done for the day. Woot woot! My plans for the rest of the night: finish this post, finish getting ready for bed, and fall asleep {after checking on my Words with Friends games of course!}.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

In the Kitchen with Jason: Cheesy Penne with Broccoli

This recipe was fast, simple and delicious. If you participate in Meatless Monday (or just enjoy a meatless dinner now and then), this is a good one to try and make often. We found this recipe in the March 2013 edition of Cooking Light magazine.


Ingredients
  • 8 oz uncooked penne pasta
  • 5 cups broccoli
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2/3 cup cheddar cheese
Directions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. During the last 3 minutes of cooking, add broccoli to pan; drain. Place pasta and broccoli in a large bowl.
  2. Combine milk and flour in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Cook 5 minutes or until slightly thickened; remove from heat. Add 2 tablespoons Parmesan and remaining ingredients, stirring with a whisk until smooth.
  3. Add cheese mixture to pasta mixture; toss. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan.
Please enjoy!

-Chef Jason

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Purposeful Parenting: Envision Your Child at age 18

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Since Bug's birth, I've felt I have a lot to share of our journey, things we've learned and what we're doing with her and why. I thought a series on this blog would be a great way to share this information! This series will be twice a month.

Jason and I didn't "plan" to have children - rather, we let God decide. This might be crazy to some, but God calls us to be fruitful and multiply. He also calls us to trust Him in all things. We didn't want to hinder any of the plans He had for us.

Since we have never used birth control, all through our marriage, we have discussed what we would do if God did bless us with a child - whether biological or adopted {in case you didn't catch it earlier this year, Bug is our biological child}.

More than we discussed how we would take care of a child in the day-to-day, we envisioned what our child would be like at age 18. What skills would we want to encourage in our child? What character traits did we want our child to display? What sort of lifestyle would our child have?

Here's the thing: you are the molder of your child's life. Just as God is the potter with us {and with our children, too} and we are the clay, it's very much the same in a child's life in terms of the relationship between the child and parent. My child is the clay, and I am the potter. I am molding my child through my own actions.

And I'm molding my child through what I'm teaching. If I want my child to be a certain way at age 18, I have to be intentional about doing what I can to ensure my child becomes that. My child may not be what I envisioned at age 18 because God knows, I can't control that. But that doesn't mean I shouldn't do what I know what I can to help my child learn the life skills I feel are important.

There were three character traits that were in my mind even before we knew we were pregnant that I wanted my child, should I be blessed with one, to have at age 18: strength, courage and grace.

Throughout my pregnancy, those three words repeated themselves over and over in my mind. Jason and I spent many evenings discussing what exactly we would teach our child for him or her to have these characteristics. We spent many, many evenings envisioning our child's future: would s/he be a doctor? would s/he be a homemaker? would s/he get married and raise children? would s/he have a heart for serving God and all people? would s/he be smart with money?

Whatever we desired for the child growing in my belly, we knew we had to play a part in helping him or her reach his or her full potential.

Now that Bug is here, and we're getting to know her, all these feelings have only increased in their intensity. I envision her at age 18, making her way into the world. For her to lead the life I've envisioned, I envision she'll still be at home, done with homeschooling, serving in our church and attending a local college. She'll be strong - both physically and emotionally. She'll play sports. She'll stand up for others and be courageous when doing so. She will love animals and attempt to bring home every animal in need {although I doubt we will let her keep every single animal since they would probably overrun our house!}. She will be gracious - she'll always have a kind word and a ready smile.

I envision Bug will meet a young man, one who is strong in his faith, and they will fall in love. They will get married and have lots and lots of babies. Bug may be a stay-at-home mom, or maybe she'll have a career, like me. Either way, she will know how to balance life because she'll see how I've done it and am doing it.

Bug will be frugal when necessary and smart with money always. She'll know how to cook, she'll shop at secondhand stores and garage sales for clothing and home goods. She'll grow food in a garden and be fully funding her ROTH IRA every year. She'll have no debt and a fully funded emergency fund.

Bug definitely has a fantastic future... as long as we are proactive in helping to nurture these characteristics. Every parent should homeschool - in that, you're always teaching lessons at home. Maybe every Saturday morning, you teach your child a new life skill. I wasn't in school that long ago {just 10 years!}, and I promise: your kid isn't going to learn to cook or balance a budget in school. I didn't. In fact, when I moved in with Jason, these are the things I did not know how to do:
  • change a tire
  • change the oil in my car
  • run the dishwasher
  • use a washer/dryer
  • have a budget and keep it balanced
  • cook
Admittedly, I still don't know how to do the first two things, but Jason does, so that's positive! But I literally didn't know how to work a dishwasher. In fact, the first year we lived together, I refused to use it because I didn't think it would adequately clean the dishes. Then, I used it once when I really had to, and I was amazed. I love dishwashers now!

Anyway, my point is that your child will have a slim-to-no chance to being what you envision if you don't take the time to first envision your child and then realize what you can do to help your child grow to be that amazing person. Think of all the ways you can nurture your child to grow into your vision. We have so many lessons in mind:
  • tire changing lesson
  • house cleaning lesson
  • shopping for the week using that week's budgeted grocery money and not a penny more lesson
  • creating a budget based on living on your own {including visiting apartments to see what you can afford and picking a profession so you know how much you make}
  • cooking dinner for the family for a week/month/year
These are lessons everyone should do, even if you're not homeschooling! Homeschooling really just means you're teaching your child at home. Everyone should be teaching their child something at home, even if they attend a traditional school. Schools will not teach your child the life skills he or she needs to succeed in life.

No matter if you have kids already or you don't, envision your child's future. What characteristics do you want them to have? How can you nurture your child so s/he reaches that future?

Monday, July 8, 2013

Beauty Fix: Items Worth the Splurge

We all love bargain beauty buys and over the last couple of months, I've shared with you my favorite items that are affordably priced and essential for my beauty bag. But there are just some items that I refuse to skimp on.

When I was a teenager, I suffered from horrible acne. This followed me into my early adult years and I was so self conscious about my appearance. A fantastic facial wash changed all that for me. I've tried other cleansers since then in an effort to save money, but I've never found one that performs as well as this one. I'm also a huge, huge fan of philosophy's microdelivery exfoliating facial wash. I keep them both on my bathroom counter and would never, ever be without them. My pick: philosophy's purity made simple facial cleanser

My eyelashes do not curl well with a regular store
eyelash curler. If you skimp on everything else, I highly, highly urge you: do not skimp on this item. You need a good eyelash curler. It makes all the difference in how bright and awake your eyes will look. It's practically an eyelift in a curler. You can read more about why I love this eyelash curler so much here. My pick: Japonesque Power curler

It's rare when I get alone time, especially now that I'm a mom. And when I do get alone time, my favorite thing to do {besides sleep!} is take a nice bubble bath and read magazines or a book. I prefer not to skimp on bubble bath because bubble baths are meant to be luxurious. Indulge in a good bubble bath product and let the bubbles soothe you. I bought this bubble bath for my aunt when she was battling cancer, and I remember she told me she did not take bubble baths. But she did, eventually, and I remember she told me how much she loved this bubble bath. It is incredibly luxurious and just the thing for any day you need a little pick-me-up. My pick: Deep Steep Lavender and Chamomile bubble bath

Friday, July 5, 2013

In the Kitchen with Jason: Cheesy Chicken and Rice

This recipe is tasty and simple because it involves the use of a slow cooker. We get the rice, cheddar cheese and corn all in a bowl the night before so the dish is even easier to make up the next day when things are sure to be chaotic right around 5 PM or so. We found this recipe here.


Ingredients
  • 4 medium chicken breasts
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 prepared serving of homemade cream of something soup
  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 onion, chopped  
Directions
  1. Place chicken breasts at the bottom of your slow cooker (we use a 6 quart cooker for this recipe).
  2. Toss chopped onion on top, then add the soup.
  3. Cook on low for 7 hours.
  4. Add corn, rice and cheese; cook until everything is hot together.
Please enjoy!

-Chef Jason

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

State of Our House Address: June in review

The month of June really went by quickly. We definitely stayed home more, and that was both good and bad.

Our internet went out twice during June. For normal people, this might just be an inconvenience, but sadly, I'm not normal. I rely on the internet to be able to work from home. So when my internet is down, I can't work. Thankfully, I'm blessed to have a very understanding boss, but my life is still not easy. I had to work very late quite a few nights to get caught back up once my internet finally came on. AT & T, consider this my official notice that we're searching for a new internet provider. You suck.

Despite scrambling to work due to the internet situation, we had a lot of fun staying home {even though at times, I didn't want to be home because I was just so frustrated at the internet situation}. We canned two batches of strawberry jam, I sewed a bit, and we cooked and baked a ton. We've been eating out a lot less which is good for our budget and all around happiness. Perhaps if Chef Jason weren't such a great cook, I'd be happy eating out, but when we eat out more frequently, I miss home cooked meals. We've been cooking a lot of hamburgers and chili since we picked up 180 pounds of beefs from our friends at Becker Farms.


Speaking of food, June is such a great month for produce, as is basically any summer month here in Michigan. Our tomato plants really took off, and we have 8 tomatoes growing now. The cherry tomato plants we were given are coming back to life and we have 3 cherry tomatoes growing. We're having so much fun with container gardening that we're going to add to it next year. Our balcony is very small, so we're not really sure where we're going to put all of our containers, but we'll make it work!


Early in June, our church held a fundraiser for the building of a new facility. Jason served food, and I just hung out with Bug. It was a ton of fun. The fundraiser was a car show with food and vendors. A TV crew showed up at the end to film what was going on, and Jason apparently was on the news! Since we don't watch TV, we missed it, but it was fun to hear about. Jason sang in the worship team a few times this month, and we donated a bunch of items to the church for their rummage sale and to the food pantry there and we donated a few things to our local library where Jason works.

Bug has been growing, growing, growing. When people say all babies do are eat, sleep and poop, they really should add in growing. That's all she does. I promise. She can follow objects with her eyes, smile, coo, laugh, hold her head steady and bring her hands together. Her favorite activities right now are being read to, looking at herself in a mirror, being sang to and rolling around in her stroller. Speaking of reading, we enrolled in our library's summer reading program, and she's already finished! We read to her 10 times for 15 minutes each. She loves to look at books and for us to read to her. We often read our daily devotional and Bible to her, and I also often read to her from whatever book I'm reading.


For July, we're going to continue to focus on putting our efforts toward the matters of our hearts: staying home and being together. It's a special month this year for me because July is the month we knew we were pregnant last year. It's really fun to think back on our lives a year ago and compare those lives to these lives. Boy, what a difference a year makes!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Life & Style: July goals + an update on June goals

Here's how I did on my June goals:

Personal
-Read my chosen devotional each day {this year, I'm reading 365 Meditations for Women by Women}
-Read my Amplified Bible each day
-Read 8 books
-Work on one fitness habit - for June, I'm working on getting 7 hours of sleep per night {again}
-Work on one other habit per month - for June, I'm doing a fast food fast - no fast food!
-Craft weekly - for June, I'm planning to can two batches of strawberry jam and sewing a heating pad for a Christmas gift

Marriage
-Pray for husband daily
-Have monthly date nights
-Have monthly movie nights
-Start reading Love and Respect and completing the accompanying workbook together

Mothering
-Continue tummy time with Bug
-Read to Bug each day
-Continue gross motor activity skills with Bug
-Pray with and for Bug each day

Financial
-Send as much money as we can to my student loan institution

I did not read my Bible each day, and I only read 7 books. I am proud of myself for doing as well as I did on my fast food fast, but I did eat fast food a few times. I will consider that an accomplishment! We didn't have a monthly movie night, and we didn't start the Love and Respect books yet. But I'm happy I could cross some goals off my list.

Here's my July goals:

Personal
-Read my chosen devotional each day {this year, I'm reading 365 Meditations for Women by Women}
-Read my Amplified Bible each day
-Read 8 books
-Work on one fitness habit - for July, I'm tracking all of my calories through My Fitness Pal.
-Work on one other habit per month - for July, I'm doing a fast food fast - no fast food! {again}
-Craft weekly - for July, I'm planning to pick many pounds of blueberries and can one batch of blueberry jam and freeze at least 16 cups of blueberries. I may also work on some things for baby Bug, like a scarf and fleece hat for this coming winter, but we'll see. I don't want to over commit myself!

Marriage
-Pray for husband daily
-Have monthly date nights
-Have monthly movie nights
-Start reading Love and Respect and completing the accompanying workbook together

Mothering
-Continue tummy time with Bug
-Read to Bug each day
-Continue gross motor activity skills with Bug
-Pray with and for Bug each day

Financial
-Send as much money as we can to my student loan institution

You can read my full goals for 2013 here.