Thursday, February 4, 2016

January Goals Update

January was a busy month and was a good month for the most part. I didn't make too much progress on my goals but I didn't expect to anyway with everything that's going on.

Goals for 2016:
  • Blogging:
    • One post a week: Done. I did do 6 posts in January. 
    • Family:
      • Get my daughter potty-trained: Still working on this. Making some progress but still on-going. I'm going to start a sticker chart in February and see if there's any improvement. 
      • Get her ready for Kindergarten: Spent some time everyday coloring with her, reading books, introducing alphabet and talking with her
    • Professional:
      • Learn one new technology over the course of the year: No progress on this
    • Home-making:
      • Organize the entire house top-to-bottom and room-by-room: Spent time organizing my daughter's room and the master bedroom. Both are still in progress but some significant work was done. We bought a new bed for her, moved some furniture around and organized her closet. 
    • Financial:
      • Create a budget every month and stick to it: Did a good job sticking to January's budget. 
    • Personal Goals:
      • Read 12 books this year: I did do some reading but mostly fan fiction and a few romance novels
      • Do some craft projects: I did my first adult coloring page :)

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

    Top things to buy in February

    Top 5 Things To Buy In February :- I probably will stock up on breakfast foods, cereals and canned goods this February.

    Top 5 Things To Buy In February :- This is another list from one of my favorite websites Hip2Save

    Monday, February 1, 2016

    What I've Been Reading

    Even though I feel like I haven't read much in the last year and last month, I did actually read quite a bit.

    I read a lot online articles and at the computer. I read a lot of Pride & Prejudice Fan Fiction and Harry Potter Fan Fiction. Last month, I reread some romance novels which I love to read over and over again.

    I love Judith McNaught's book - Once and Always. It's one of my favorite books and I love reading it over and over again. The characters make me laugh and cry and that's what makes me go back and read it when I feel the need to read something light.

    I also read these books of hers which I love - Almost Heaven, A Kingdom of Dreams and Remember When.

    I didn't keep track of which Pride & Prejudice Fan Fiction I read as I read so many but I love this series of Harry Potter Fan Fiction - Backwards With Purpose: Always & Always

    Monday, January 25, 2016

    My First Attempt at Adult Coloring!

    For the past several months, I had been wanting to try coloring pages for adults to see if it will help me reduce my stress. I printed one of my favorites out on card stock instead of regular paper and tried it out to see whether I have the patience to actually do it.

    And I did!! I was so proud of myself..

    The hardest thing for me was to realize there were no instructions - I had to decide which colors I wanted to pick and color. Also, realizing there's no right or wrong color - that was big for me.

    I hope to color more of the pages from the website below and hope you try it out too!

    20 Free Coloring Pages for Adults - Crafts on Sea

    Friday, January 22, 2016

    Life Advice from Kid's Entertainment

    I'm a huge fan of Disney movies and cartoon characters and my husband has frequently caught me watching my daughter's shows along with her. :)

    Here's some great life advice from beloved kids's characters by AAA State Of Play

    My personal favorites are from Olaf, Dory, Edna Mode and Dumbledore.

    Life Advice from 50 Beloved Characters in Kid's Entertainment - - Infographic

    Thursday, January 21, 2016

    2015 Hottest Year On Record!

    Yesterday, NOAA reported that 2015 was the hottest year on record breaking the previous record of 2014 as the hottest year on record. Global warming is becoming more and more of a threat but it saddens me that so many politicians just ignore global warming as a threat at all.

    I understand that there are other pressing issues at hand but we shouldn't ignore this long-term threat and do as much as we can - each and every one of us. I'm guilty of this too - My carbon footprint is probably quite high and I don't recycle or re-use as much as I should.

    But I'll make an effort to do so from now on. I'll start with 2 small ways:-

    1. Reduce my use of paper towels and switch to cloth napkins and re-use the paper towels I can when they are used
    2. Recycle paper and gallon milk plastics