September 28, 2015
September 23, 2015
Story of my life
Thats my backyard y'all. As much as I crave big city life it sure would be hard to leave this view behind!
I haven't been to the pumpkin patch since Graycie was a little baby and she just turned 5 so its definitely time for a trip back!
Have a Scream movie marathon
I proposed this idea to my brother, sister in law, and sister a few weeks ago and can't wait until we do it. I love the Scream movies, but hate most other scary movies and could never watch a scary movie while home alone. Just no
Purchase a new pair of Ugg boots OR Hunter boots
My favourite pair of chocolate brown Ugg boots that I got for Christmas 2008 finally kicked the bucket at the end of Winter 2014. I shed a little tear when I finally had to throw them in the trash. I'm currently winter boot-less and that is no bueno here in the GWN. I'm undecided on whether I should finally get myself a pair of Hunter boots and get a liner to wear them as winter boots OR if I should buy the exact same pair of Ugg boots that I just threw out because I loved them SO much. Decisions, decisions
Carve pumpkins for Halloween
But no touching the 'guts' of the pumpkin for me. Blechhhh
Complete another round of the Whole30
I've looked at the calendar and plan to start on November 5th, but hopefully sooner. It has to wait until after Thanksgiving and Halloween (obviously). Game 7 of the World Series is scheduled for November 4th and since I have big hopes that the Blue Jays will be in the World Series I need to leave my schedule open until after Game Seven. Hopefully I'll be able to start sooner though because it would really help my anxiety if the Blue Jays could take the Series without having to go to Game 7...
Take Fall photos of the girls (and Krickit...)
Fall is just SO pretty. I've been pinning lots of different Fall themed photo ideas to try out and just hope that the girls will cooperate
Watch all my favourite Halloween movies
Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Practical Magic, Casper, Double, Double Toil and Trouble, etc.
'Boo' some family and friends
Don't know what 'Boo'ing is? Check out an example here. I'm so excited for this!
Attempt to make a Pumpkin Cheesecake from scratch
My idea of making cheesecake is buying the Jell-O cheesecake in a box and 'making' it. It's delicious and fool proof so it's my go to. My cousin convinced me to take a cheesecake from scratch for Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner one year and it was SO much work that I haven't attempted it since - over 10 years ago. Now that I've tried and loved Pumpkin Cheesecake I think I'll give it another go. But I'll have a back up in the freezer just in case...
Cook all the Fall things
Chili, potato soup, beef barley soup, reece's oatmeal cookies, halloween cookies, pecan pie, apple crisp... the list goes on and on! I can't wait - Mmmmm
Play the Hocus Pocus Drinking Game ala Jessica Garvin
It combines two of my favourite things - drinking and Hocus Pocus - so its a win-win!
Stock the freezer by having a freezer meal making day
I haven't done this since early 2015 so its over due. I'm thinking soups, chilis, and casseroles to have on hand for chilly days where I don't feel like cooking
Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate while snuggled up in a blanket on the deck on a crisp fall morning
Sounds like bliss to me
Complete Acts of Kindness
I never did complete Acts of Kindess for my birthday so its been moved over from Summer Bucket List to Fall Bucket list
That's my list so far, but I'm sure I'll add a few more things as they come up! You can check out my 2014 Fall Bucket List here
What's on YOUR Fall Bucket List? Let me know in the comments!
September 22, 2015
September 16, 2015
September 3, 2015
It could have been so much worse so I'm just thanking my lucky stars and going about my normal routine like it didn't even happen, though I gave myself a couple days break on getting back into blogging just to be able to collect my thoughts and let the shock of what happened wear off. But here I am, getting back into it with my September goals post. Also, prepare yourselves for an influx of emails as I go back WEEKS and catch up on what everyone else has been up to! (Sorry!)
My work is hosting a 5K at the end of the month to fundraise for the Centre and though I have to help out at the event I would also like to 'run' it. And by 'run' I mean half ass jog/walk because I am sooo out of shape from taking the last month off of doing anything other than eat all the bad things I wasn't eating before the wedding. Like Skittles. I've ate my weight in Skittles over the past week
2. Create a coffee budget for myself
This hasn't been a problem for me in over 2 years because there is not a single coffee shop in O-town. so I just use the Keurig at work for my morning coffee. However, now that I have a part time job in 'the city' two days out of the week I need to make sure I'm not throwing what extra money I'm making right back into my coffee addiction. Lately I've been stopping at Tim Hortons for coffee before work and after work and that has to stop!
3. Stick to my monthly budget!
I have BIG plans for 2016. BIG. Buying a home being focus #1, but a trip to Toronto has creeped up on my list of things I MUST do asap too (even more important than going back to NYC if you can believe it!) due to my newfound love of the Blue Jays (though I can't be considered a bandwagon fan because I started loving them in May when they weren't doing so good). I have made a budget for myself that doesn't leave much room for anything other than the necessities and I plan to stick to it
4. Get back into a fitness routine
Pretty self explanatory. I didn't work so hard leading up to the wedding to just let things go back to the way they were last year!
5. Have a freezer meal making day
If you have any tried and true freezer meals send them my way - I want to try a few new ones and Pinterest is just SO overwhelming
6. Create a Fall Bucket List
Make a huge batch of chili, carve pumpkins, and make an apple pie from scratch are just a few of the things that will be on the list - stay tuned!
7. Finish setting up Phase 1 of my new bedroom oasis
I headed to Minot, ND with my sister and nieces last week to do some last minute back to school shopping. Toni and I both had some American $ leftover from Vegas to spend and I was having Target and Starbucks withdrawals so Minot won out over Regina or Brandon. I bought a bookshelf from Target that I am absolutely in love with and as soon as I got home that night I set it up (it was quite the task!). Once I had it set up I decided I needed to completely revamp my room and I started rearranging furniture, changing out decor, and I'm now on the hunt for a white dresser, headboard, and tv stand to go with my white desk and bookshelf and also want to get a new comforter set to go with the new colour scheme. I'm obviously not going to completely get everything exactly the way I want it because BUDGET but I am going to get it to the point that I can enjoy the space again until I have the money to completely set it up how I picture it. Hence why its called Phase 1
8. Set time aside for connecting with friends and family
This Summer didn't leave a lot of time for connecting with friends and family outside of my immediate family because of all the wedding prep. Even at the wedding we were so busy doing wedding-y things that I didn't even get to talk to some of my family that came from 10+ hours away. (I'm really looking forward to a cousin getting married so I can sit back and relax and just enjoy the next family wedding! Now someone just needs to get engaged...) I also didn't get to see much of my friends this Summer - it's been a looong time since the Beaver Cove ladies were all in one room and that needs to change!
9. Check off the remaining items on my Summer Bucket List
There's still lots left to check off and I only have 19 days left so I better get to work on it!
10. Practice, practice, practice with my new camera AND take some fall themed photos of my nieces
I've been using my camera a lot but only on Auto mode. I haven't even had a spare second to read over my manual yet but I will for sure carve out some time to do that this month! And I need some new photos of the girls to show off so I might as well get some more practice in with them!
August may have ended with a bang - literally (I've said in the past when I've been hungover that I felt like I got hit by a truck but now that I actually know what that feels like a hangover definitely doesn't compare) but I'm not going to let what happened drag me down and I'm choosing to stay positive and focus on an entirely new month and getting things DONE - wish me luck!
What are YOUR September goals?