Monday, January 20, 2014

Surviving Winter

Today I received my first, "Are you alive? You haven't blogged in FOREVER," texts. I knew it was coming…it has been almost 10 days since my last post and even though I said I was going to be so much better about posting, 2014 isn't off to a great start. Ha! But I swear I have so many good excuses.

For starters, I have been working hard on my Jillian Michael's DVD challenge and trying my damnedest to get back into my groove with running.

After all, one of my biggest resolutions this was year was:

But when your hubby leaves you home alone with the kids for 7 days while he hunts, it's hard to worry less and run more. I was basically just in survival mode that whole week, praying that none of us got this nasty flu that is going around. I must say…the three of us did pretty well! But, we also had help from our families. If I would have known how many dinner invites the kids and I would get, I would have sent Eric hunting for two weeks :-)

But in all seriousness, it was nice to have him home this weekend. The kids were missing him like crazy and so was I. Also, I was DYING to go for a run and get in just one uninterrupted workout. I finally got my wish on Sunday and it felt SO GOOD…even on the treadmill. Then Jillian kicked my abs.

In addition to trying to work out and get back into fighting shape, I've also been working hard to do some organizing!!! I've got Spring Cleaning Fever a little early, but it will take me at least that long to get through my project list. I basically want to redo every cabinet, drawer, closet and BINDER in my house.

But one thing that I really wanted to start from the beginning this year was a Budget Planner {which I posted about here on our shop blog}.

Last year I tried so hard to follow a budget with some software I purchased online but by March…I was already over it and back to my half-ass ways of tracking expenses. But this year I wanted to do so much better and I knew I needed to move to a paper and pencil system. I have only been using this binder for a few weeks but I have to say, I am loving it!!!

As I said above, my project list is about a mile long at this point, but I am excited to tackle each one and share them with all of you!! In fact, it is going to be a new segment on our shop blog!!

Photo: Did you know that ThePolkaDotPosie has a blog? We have BIG things planned for in 2014 and we hope you will all follow along :)

My mom and I have so many exciting things in the works…I hope you will all follow along :-)

So speaking of my shop…it turns out that once you become a part of the "Planner Biz," you can kiss your January goodbye. Ha! It seems that everyone is in organization/planner mode and my shop has been on fire. Words cannot express how truly grateful I am for all the incredible feedback I have received about my planner pages. Creating these and having people love them the way I do is just a freaking dream come true!! I could cry. Seriously. It's been such a fantastic start to the year…I only hope and pray it continues :-)

So…when I am not squeezing in Jillian Michael's workouts or making planner pages, I've just been spending lots of quality time with the fam and trying desperately to survive winter.

Winter has been pretty rough this year. We got all the beautiful snow we wished for {and then some} but it's been too cold to enjoy it. We've had lots of movie nights by the fire, lots of Wii marathons and more Lego building and crafting than I can even process. We are all struggling with cabin fever a bit, but it is nice to be back to school and in a routine.

So now we wait for good old Punxsutawney Phil. That furry little shit better not see a shadow :-)


  1. You are doing awesome. If my hubby left for 7 days, you would find me at the bar. :)

  2. I love the idea of a budget binder, but I know myself, and I know I totally wouldn't stick with it. I'm more of a person who just throws money in savings, pays my bills and spends the rest ( sparingly,of course). Do you budget groceries, night out's, etc...? I would totally do that in a perfect world. Maybe I'm just not motivated enough. haha! I like your blog, by the way! :)

  3. very very exciting what more can vacation with family


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