Hey, Hey!

Man, have I slacked on blogging or what this month. Sometimes life happens and sometimes you write a this and that post at the beginning of the month and at the end of the month you're writing another one. Nothing wrong with that, I say. 

January has gone by in a flash, but we've done a lot this month, so that makes me happy. This is my first month with my power sheets and I have to say, they really did give me the push I needed to get things done and to love well on the people in my life. I will say that I was a bit hesitant at first about just how much power sheets were going to effect my life, give me motivation, etc. etc. BUT I honestly and truly have been pleasantly surprised. I found that as long as I committed to opening the workbook at least once and week and reflecting on what I had written, my goals and tending list, I was truly getting things done. I was able to love on my friends and family SO WELL this month, SO WELL. I have to type that in all caps because it makes me that excited. When I looked at my power sheets and the people I was focusing on this month and HOW I was loving and encouraging them, it really spurred me on to go the extra mile. I sent lots of snail mail and hope that my friends we're encouraged. So, since I had such a great month in January with my power sheets, I'm really hoping to go full steam ahead in February. I'm hoping I'll have some quiet time this weekend to work on my February tending list! 

Josh and I have been loving our Qalo rings that we put in each other stockings for Christmas. They are awesome in the gym, when we play golf or basketball, and when we take Murphy out for long walks through the trails near our house. We recently bought a cheap outdoor basketball to use at the park at the end of our street that has a basketball court, maybe this practice will help me improve my skills.

I'm pretty positive I've mentioned it on the blog before, but if you didn't know I am a huge LeBron James fan, which has turned my husband into a big fan of his as well. The Cavaliers are playing the Charlotte Hornets next week and Josh and I have tickets and early escapes from work so we can head north and see King James. I'm so excited and we both have LeBron shirts coming in the mail this week that I can't wait for!

And a not so fun thing going on....I have to get braces, again. I know, I know, I'm as upset about this as you are ;) So here's the deal, I was religious about following all, and I do mean ALL, the requirements when I wore braces from middle into early high school. I didn't eat any of the things I wasn't supposed to, I wore those awful no good terrible rubber bands exactly like I was told, and that resulted in a beautiful smile, and wonderfully straight teeth when I got my braces off after two and half years of wear. Then I wore my retainer religiously throughout high school, into college and after I graduated; I only stopped a little over two years ago after we got married. Bad idea friends, bad stinking idea. I noticed a few months ago that one of my bottom teeth had shifted...a lot. I freaked out. As in obsessed over this tooth after I realized the shift. Quite honestly, I was heart broken. I finally got around to making an orthodontist appointment in November and got the no good terrible very bad news of, yep your tooth has indeed shifted, no we can't give you a new retainer to fix it, you need braces again. Cue my dramatics. BRACES AGAIN?!?! Worst thing. But this time around I've only got to wear them for about three months, and I decided to do Invisalign, for the obvious reason of you can't see them very well and I only need braces on the bottom, however one or two of my top teeth have moved ever so slightly, and with Invisalign you automatically do a top and bottom pair, so I see it as knocking out two birds with one stone. My first appointment is next month to get the ball rolling. You can bet your bottom dollar that after these come off and I get another retainer, I will never stop wearing it at night until I'm in the grave. Pinky promise. 

A few things I'm loving: 

This mask. I try to use it once a week and can tell a difference when I get up the next morning. My skin is clearer, brighter and my blemishes/scars have diminished.

I'm anxious to pick up this mask and put in my weekly rotation, I've read great reviews.

We will be re-doing our deck in about a month and I've been busy pinning ideas on my outdoor board.

This is my very favorite tea in the world. Delicious hot or cold. I add in lemonade in the summer time and make a big jug to keep on hand.

I was gifted this Lilly Pulitzer planner for Christmas from a dear friend, and it's the first planner I've used since college! I used my planner day in and day out during school, but as soon as I graduated I quit. Well, actually my first year out of school I did keep a tiny planner in my purse for a few months. However, after using a planner again for just one month, I have gotten so much more accomplished on my daily to-do list, and have planned more fun activities with my friends and with Josh. Because I look at my planner everyday to see where we've got open space, I've been filling my time more intentionally, whether that be an event, coffee with a friend I haven't seen in a while, or time for rest for me and Josh.

Happy Friday eve, we're inching closer to the weekend! 


A Few Things

Hi friends! Let me first start off by announcing that I have yet to win the lottery, but not for lack of trying. So, I suppose I can't start shopping around for my private island, but maybe one day soon. 

A few things I'm loving lately: 

I asked for this scent for Christmas and I'm so in love. Smells SO good and the mercury glass jar is came in is the icing on top. I may or may not have also bought myself another one in December after I asked for one for Christmas, because they were on sale for $19! 

Last weekend, Josh had to work for half of the day and I had no plans, so I took everything out of every closet, cabinet and drawer in our house, purged them and then put the things we were keeping back in an organized manner. I just can't tell you how good it felt to really clean things out and organize what was left. We gave away three massive bags to Goodwill, had two huge bags of trash, one massive bag and one massive tub full of clothes for Plato's closet. You won't believe it, because I barely can, but our office/man cave is FUNCTIONING. Functioning. I'm elated. I may or may not have been sitting at my desk in the office last night just looking around...for an hour...Josh came to check on me several times just to see what I was doing, haha! I have to say, I was really convicted this past weekend about our home and our space. Our home isn't huge, but it is certainly enough (and more than enough!) room for us and we do have good storage space. We weren't being great stewards of our space and that was heavy on my heart. Once I got to working on cleaning things out, it was so apparent how much space we do have, and how we can utilize it best.

This week I used some of my Christmas money and ordered myself this Sigma brush cleaner. My foundation and powder brush are both Sigma and I love them. I also like to keep my brushes clean, but can't say that I enjoy the act of cleaning them. I think this cleaning mat will help with that and will encourage me to clean them more often because of the ease.

One of my best friends had her first baby last week. Handsome Brayden entered the world on January 4th weighing over 8 lbs. He is perfect with his delicate, tiny features and I am over the moon for my friends Griffyn and Brandon. I'm taking them dinner next week and will be using this shrimp fried rice recipe, Josh's FAVORITE, so I think it will go over well at their house too.

I made these snickerdoodle bars for marriage study on Tuesday and they were delicious! Not to mention, very easy to whip together. They will certainly be going on rotation in our house, Josh loves snickerdoodle! Speaking of marriage study, we have been so blessed by this and have made great friends since we started back in September. I'm so thankful that the Lord brought us into this study!

I've been wearing my crock pot out this week and I have to say, I do love coming home to a meal that is basically finished! This week we've had buffalo chicken sandwiches and beef stew, and I've got a recipe for chicken noodle soup from this month's Southern Living lined up for the end of the week. It's on the cover of this month's magazine and as soon as Josh saw it laying on the counter he asked me if I could make it.

And last but not least, this weekend will be spent celebrating my sweet husband. His 31st birthday is on Sunday, and we've got a fun dinner planned for Saturday night, tickets to Carolina's basketball game tomorrow and Sunday we'll be headed to Aiken to celebrate with his family!

Happy Friday, friends!