Sunday, July 7, 2013

40 before 40!


Another birthday, this time it was my last birthday in my 30's, which is just crazy! I feel like I am finally hitting my stride and now I am going to be 40 next year?  How did this happen?  How did it all sneak up on me so fast?  I feel like I snapped my fingers and I went from 27 to 39 overnight - wow!

Now that I am starring down 40 in less than a year, it has really motivated to make a list of some things I want to do before I actually turn 40.  So here goes my version of 40 before 40:

  1. Running -- I want to do more of it and be more comfortable doing it. I want to run one 5K (or longer) per month for a total of 12-5K's by August 2013. 
  2. DIY projects - finish the abandoned projects in the land of DIY (our garage!)
  3. Blog - Update my blog at least 3x per week! 
  4. Project 365 - with my camera or my phone and publish them!
  5. Photography - keep working on it, invest the time and even some more money
  6. New Workouts -- try a new fitness activity every other month
  7. Budget - build our budget for 2013-2014 and stick to it
  8. Buy our house
  9. Weight - get back to my pre-baby comfort zone
  10. Family Exercise - at least once per month go on a hike, bike, etc.
  11. Read 40 books - yep 40, make the time. 
  12. Cooking Class - I have ALWAYS wanted to go and now is the time
  13. Book Club - join one and actually read the books and go to the meetings! 
  14. Write a letter/card/email each week - and let the person know thank you, or good luck or congrats or encourage them.  
  15. Sloane's Baptism - get it done. 
  16. Church - go to church next year, no numbers, just go. 
  17. Roadtrip - family trip to the Ocean or Oregon Coast. 
  18. Volunteer - volunteer my time to at least once in the next year
  19. Medical - go to all my doctors and get check ups to kick off my 40's right! 
  20. Europe - plan a trip to Europe with Joe, he has never been overseas and I want to take him 
  21. Eat somewhere featured on the Food Network - Triple D, Best Thing I Ever Ate, etc. 
  22. Re-learn how to sew -- I forgot how to thread the machine, which is ridiculous 
  23. Wine Tasting Trip - with my girlfriends to either Napa/Sonoma, Eastern WA or Oregon 
  24. Create a joint Will - morbid but necessary
  25. Garden - I miss my garden, plant some herbs and flowers at the new house! 
  26. Camping - go camping in the next year
  27. Write letters to my parents & sisters 
  28. Sloane Monthly Update - Finish her monthly pictures and updates on the blog
  29. Sponsor a Family - buy gifts for a needy family during the holidays
  30. Pay it Forward - pay for someone else's food or coffee, just because and leave a nice little note to go with it. 
  31. Sloane's Baby Book - Catch up and add photos 
  32. Dinner Club - start a dinner club with friends, rotate houses and themes! 
  33. Sloane's First Year PhotoBook 
  34. Sloane's First Birthday Party - get creative and throw her a fun little party
  35. Clean & Organize our storage - garage, closets, etc. 
  36. Family Tradition - start a new family tradition, monthly movie night or monthly game night? 
  37. Paint & Draw again - just do it, don't think about it.
  38. Decorate our home - we are off to a good start, but finish it
  39. Kick Ass 40th Birthday Party! 
  40. Make another list for next year.  :-) 
Hoping I haven't put too much into this list, who knows what the next year will bring, that is the crazy part!  But at least this gives me something to keep me motivated and focused on some goals I want to achieve for myself - and that makes me happy. 

Wish me luck!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

my first mother's day


I celebrated my first mother's day as a mother - wow is that surreal, even to type!  We ended up going to a Mariner's game with my Mom and Joe's whole family. It was fun, but a bit challenging with a 5 month old. Joe ended up walking around with Sloane in the stroller for much of the game, so I could spend time with my Mom.  All in all, it was the perfect day with my favorites.  

Here is a little video from our day at the M's game...



I am so lucky to be her Mom - so very blessed.  Everyday, I bury my nose in her neck and snuggle her baby smell and Thank God for that day, that moment and my little bug. These last few months have been a blur and a bit crazy, with a huge learning curve, but it has been so worth it. I love my little bug and she makes me feel like everything "fits". I don't know if that makes sense, but that is how I feel.  

Hope you all had a fantastic Mother's Day... 


Tuesday, April 30, 2013

oh baby - all about baby registries!


I have had so many friends in the baby zone.  Trying to get pregnant, pregnant, just had a baby, or in the toddler stage.  I have been talking a LOT about babies lately.  Everything from registering to what was most useful those first few months.  I was inspired to do a post about my Baby Registry this week, and then next week I will do a post about my favorite Baby Gear for those first 3 months!

BabyList Registry
I wanted to do one Baby Registry in one place, and I wanted to register items from many different stores, that left me with one good option, that I could find), BabyList.  (please note the funky domain - http://babyli.st/)  I loved doing my registry this way, especially since I never had to walk into a Babies R'Us, which is pretty much my nightmare.  Plus I could do most of my researching and shopping online.  Score!  I installed the plug-in into my browser bookmark bar and started shopping.  Any page, anywhere I found something I wanted to register for - I could just hit the BabyList button in my browser and it would 'pin it' to my BabyList Registry.  I used the term 'pin it', because it was just like using the Pin It browser button for Pinterest.  I shopped on Etsy, Amazon, Babies R'Us, Target, Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Land of Nod, Pottery Barn Baby, etc.  I had items from just about everywhere on my registry and it worked out perfectly!  Here is a link to my registry, BabyList Registry - Baby Girl Whitesel, outdated but you can still check it out.



Now what did I register for?  Well, that is a really good question.  Above is an image of the spreadsheet I used, here is a link to review or download it for your own use.  A girlfriend sent it to me when I got pregnant and told me I could use it to start making my list.  I added a lot to it for my use, plus have updated it with a post-baby update as well - noting whether I bought it, used it, etc.  You will notice it has categories, descriptions, URLs (where applicable), price, whether it was added to my registry and a comment field.  I found it super useful to gather everything in one spot, even those things I wasn't planning to register for that I still needed to buy.

Hope you find this as helpful as I did...and good luck!  If you have any great tips or advice - feel free to add them in comments.


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

a little music for the soul...

(via Macklemore + Ryan Lewis)

It should come as no surprise to anyone that I am completely obsessed with Macklemore.  He is from Seattle, he has an old school hip-hop vibe, with some funk and soul thrown in for good measure.  He has a great story of redemption and loves his hometown.

So in the spirit of yesterdays post about good winning...let's continue that idea with Can't Hold Us.  


Here's to having a good (or at least better) one...
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