Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 Plans

Welcome to 2014! I hope that it's happy, healthy and FANTASTIC!

You might have noticed that I dropped off for the last 2 weeks of December and I didn't complete the Picture a Day.

And I'm okay with that. Life (in a good way) got in the way and something had to give. So it was picture a day. I did enjoy the ones I did get posted and it's something I might try again down the road.

On to my plans for 2014.

My Happiness Project!

I shall post each month my goals for that month and try to update throughout the month.

January is all about taking care of myself. When I take the time and effort to feel my best I'm happier and I'm also able to better take care of those around me.

To take care of myself there are little and big things that are going to happen.

In no particular order things I want to accomplish are:

Brushing my teeth twice a day for the recommended two minutes. I admit I always brush my teeth in the morning but not at night and I'm lazy and don't brush long enough. I should though because I have a fancy shmancy toothbrush that has a timer.

Drink more water and cut out pop. This I started back in December and was all over the place on this one. By the end of January I hope to be consistently drinking approximately 8 glasses a day. This will be one of my harder challenges I expect.

Workout 3 times a week. I have a plan in place. I'm using Body By You by Mark Lauren. This is a work out at home plan. This means I don't have to leave the house and I really shouldn't have an excuse to not work out.

Meal Planning. I eat better when I plan out my dinners and it's less stressful too.

Get my nails into better shape. They're prone to ripping and I want to stop that. I have strengthening products; I just need to use them regularly.

Boy that seems ambitious....but I'm serious about this because I know in the long run this is the best thing for me.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Something that ISN'T a picture

So a little update and to give you all a break from the photo a day thing.

This month I wanted to drink less Coca-Cola and more water. I'm doing alright on that. I'm managing to not drink a Coke a day which is good. I'm drinking way more water which is also good! I'm not tracking how much I'm drinking because I'm lazy like that but I do know I am drinking more water and more consistently through out the the day.

I also wanted to move more and work on my posture. Still works in progress. I haven't wanted to go out much as it's been freaking cold here. I'm just going to have to start sucking it up and make myself get outside a bit each day. I do think I've found a home work out plan that will work for me. Details coming in January. As for posture I have a post it note above my computer reminding me to have good posture.

As for sleep it's also a work in progress. I think most nights I'm getting a solid sleep in. I'm still trying to figure out the best routine for me. This will probably be a continuation into January.

I've been pretty good on the Christmas treats mainly as I haven't received many yet nor done my Christmas baking yet. I'm starting that today and I will not pig out.

And well as you noticed I've been really good on the picture a day thing. I've been enjoying it and it's been a guaranteed way of getting regular posts up.

Hope you're all enjoying the Christmas season!

Photo a Day #18

Today's theme: WANT

My lovely best friend holding up a want from my childhood!

I loved my Spirograph and would love to get a set again.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Photo a Day #17

Today's theme: TREE

Bet you were expecting my Christmas tree weren't you? LOL! That's coming up in a few days don't worry.

I really like how pretty this looked with all the snow on it!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Photo a Day #16

Today's theme: GAMES

Some of my favorite games! From top to bottom: Time's Up!, Apples to Apples, Pandemic, Milles Bornes, Settlers of Catan, and Ticket to Ride.

If you'd like to learn about  Pandemic, Settlers of Catan, and Ticket to Ride check out Wil Wheaton's Tabletop. Good way to learn about new games!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Photo a Day #15

Today's theme: SHOPPING

Taken with my iTouch so I apologize for the quality.

This was taken while browsing around at Pottery Barn. I found this and went SQUIRREL! (like in UP!).

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Photo a Day #14

Today's Theme: RECIPE

This is a recipe for fruit crisp. This comes from The Best of Chef at Home by Chef Michael Smith.

This is a pretty flexible recipe so use whatever fruit and spices you want!

2-3lbs of fruit (I used two very large apples and a bag of frozen fruit [peaches, blueberries and strawberries])
1tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup of white or brown sugar (I use brown)
1 tsp of nutmeg
1/2 cup of melted butter

Preheat oven to 350 F. Toss the fruit with the cinnamon and spread evenly into baking dish (I used a casserole dish; use what you got!). In a mixing bowl mix the flour, sugar and nutmeg together. Drizzle in the melted butter and stir until well mixed and crumbly. Scatter evenly over fruit mixture. Bake until fruit juices are bubbling around the edges and fruit is tender and top is golden brown approx 1 hour.

I recommend serving with vanilla ice cream!