3 Points Plus Sausage Pizza

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A kitchen creation from a die hard pizza fan.  I was really craving pizza the other day, so I looked around my house and found 4 ingredients that make a killer sausage pizza for only 3 Points Plus, and I’m going to share the awesomeness with all of you.

 

Here is what you’ll need:

  • 1 Mission Carb Balance soft tortillas (small)
  • Canned tomato sauce
  • 1 oz Fat free shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 a serving (1/4 cup) Jimmy Dean turkey sausage crumbles
  • Spices of your choosing (I used oregano and basil)

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The Points breakdown is 1 Point for the tortilla, 1 Point for the cheese, and 1 Point for the 1/2 serving of sausage.   The tomato sauce and the spices are 0 points 🙂

-Preheat your oven to 400 degrees or so and build your pizza.

-Spray your cookie sheet (or pizza pan) with a little nonstick olive oil spray ( I find it helps crisp the tortilla a bit)

-Once your oven is hot, pop this baby in the oven for 5-7minutes, until the cheese is melted and the tortilla starts to crisp

Then remove and enjoy!

This is a great way for me to curb my pizza craving in an extremely guilt free way.  If you’re craving more, two of these end up totaling 7 points plus.  The two tortillas end up equalling 3 Points Plus.

Delicious!

Song of the Week: Reach (Olympic Theme from 1996)

 

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This week’s song of the week is in honor of the 2014 Winter Olympics starting up.  When I was in Jr. High school, my chorus teacher had us learn the song that was the theme for the 1996 Atlanta’s games. I remember really loving that song, and forgot about it until I was thinking about the Olympics this week.

Check it out on iTunes here

 

 

Food Find: Panera Bread Power Breakfast Egg White Bowl

 

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Major food find here my friends!

Meet the Panera Bread Power Breakfast Egg White Bowl with Roasted Turkey!

Breakfast at Panera will never be a guilty pleasure again, just pure, guilt free pleasure.

This huge bowl starts with a generous serving of warmed fresh spinach with some roasted red peppers tossed in there.  Hello, flavor!  Then you get two servings of their egg whites as well as a nice serving of antibiotic free turkey.  All of this is topped with a pinch of pepper and a delicious basil pesto.

Pair this bad boy with a quality cup off coffee and even the worst mornings will have a little more sunshine.  Delicious, healthy, power food heavy sunshine 🙂

I checked the Points Plus on here and checked again because I didn’t believe what I was seeing.  With only 4.5g of fat, and only 5g carbs, 1 g fiber and 28g of protein (bam! Protein power baby!) this breakfast clocks in at only 4 Points Plus!

Yup..you read that right. 4 Points for this generously sized breakfast at a fast food (ish..I don’t know if Panera is considered “fast” food or somewhere in between) restaurant.

 

It’s delicious, filling, healthy and an amazing food find!

 

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Monthly Favorites: January 2014

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Happy February! I’m going to start up my monthly favorites again!  I’m going to try to keep them from being a huge list, and make sure they contain a variety of things, as opposed to just beauty favorites, because my favorite things are a lot more than what I put on my face 🙂

1. MAC Pro Longwear Foundation and Concealer

I discovered this foundation and concealer thanks to my amazing makeup artist for my wedding, Jacqui.  My skin is one of my biggest insecurities, so I tend to like heavier, stay all day foundations and concealers for days that I need to look good all day long.  This stuff is perfect!  The concealer work great at covering both my blemishes/discoloration and my dark circles, and the foundation looks natural, controls oil, and doesn’t break me out! Hallelujah!  Thank you Jacqui for enlightening me.  Even beauty bloggers need their go-to people 😉  The foundation is $31 for 1 fl oz (comparable to many others I use, so I’m fine with this), and the concealer is $19 for .3fl oz, which is cheaper than what I’ve been using!  Win!  I use the shade NC 15 (apparently I’m more pale than I thought I was).  You can find these wherever MAC is sold; Mac stores, Department stores, and of couse on their website.

2. Eboost Acai Pomegranate Energy Powder

I am hooked on this stuff.  Seriously…and not just because Jillian Michaels is a fan of it either.  Being the caffeine addict that I am, the major sell for me is the 110mg of caffeine (via green tea leaf extract and a bit of green coffee bean too) right in the powder.  I’m used to popping a caffeine pill (200mg..I know, I know, shame on me) but since I’ve had a hard time finding them lately, I decided to give Eboost  a try.  This is a healthier alternative anyway, since there’s also a rather large punch of important vitamins (C, D, B6 and B12, along with other goodies) in addition to my energy boost.  I love the powder because it makes me drink an extra glass of water, tastes delicious, and I get to marvel at the insane hot pink color of my drink.  As you know, I love color! Seriously, the picture above is not an exaggeration.  I’ve found Eboost online and at the Vitamin Shoppe.

3. Teavana White Chocolate Peppermint Rooibos Tea

It’s exactly as it sounds; this tea actually has little shavings of peppermint flavored white chocolate in it.  I bought a little Teavana holiday teas gift set for 75% off when I went to the mall in January, and this happened to be one of the teas in there.  The taste is light, but it is flavored enough where it takes care of killing off my sweet craving.  It’s an excellent rescue on days I want to eat my entire kitchen.  I’m trying to get back into tea drinking again, and this certainly helped jumpstart my desire to do so.  Head to Teavana (or their website) to pick some up before it’s gone.  They now accept Starbucks gift cards!  Awesome!

4. Thomas’ Light Multi Grain English Muffins

With  8g Fiber, 5g protein, and only 100 calories in each of these babies, I have been using them for everything lately.  I love making eggs and spinach, melting cheese on them and making an amazing breakfast sandwich, toasting them up and putting homemade tuna salad on them, or even toasting them and throwing them in my favorite Progresso Hearty Tomato and Parmesan soup.  The possibilities with these are endless (I sprinkled cinnamon on it this morning) and the best part? They’re considered a Weight Watchers power food and are only 3 Points Plus of whole grain, healthy carb goodness.  Find them at your grocery store or the big pack at Sam’s Club.

5. Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist

This has been my most used lip product this month, hands down.  It’s a beautiful pink-beige shade, making my lips look natural, but with a little something more.  The formula is super moisturizing which means it feels wonderful to re-apply throughout the day, and the size and shape of the product makes reapplication really easy and convenient.  This gives the chapstick in my purse a break.  The vanilla flavor is delicious as well.  Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick  is $16 at Sephora.  I got mine in a gift set around Christmas time that had this stick and a full size lip gloss in it for $20, so keep your eyes peeled for any limited edition stuff.

6. “Say Goodbye to Survival Mode” by Crystal Paine

Crystal Paine is the woman behind the blog www.moneysavingmom.com, which helps moms (and non-moms, like me) with finance advice, coupons, and everything in between.  She recently released her book “Say Goodbye to Survival Mode,” and I was so excited that I ordered a copy right away.  The tag of the book is “9 Simple ways to stress less, sleep more, and restore your passion for life.” Now I know that’s what I’m looking for in my current state of super stressed out, striving for superwoman, newlywed whose husband is so busy it’s like I have no husband that I live in right now.  I’m stressed about something (or 6 things…) constantly, and it makes it very difficult to do anything with my days except trying to survive until the next one.  I’m sure that’s how many women feel, moms or not, which is how she got the title for her book.  I’m only halfway done, but I love everything she has to say.  Crystal uses her own story of barely surviving and how she turned her life around to guide her advice to the rest of us.  It’s simple, it’s clearly defined, and I’m sure it works. I haven’t sat down to do the work that it wants me to do yet, but I look forward to having time to do so soon.  Want to check out how to stop living in survival mode?  Check out her book here.

There you have it!  A few of my all time favorite things from January.  February brings the continued chilly weather (the entire country has been having a beast of a winter this year..), the Super Bowl, and Valentine’s day.
What were some of your favorite things this past month?  Comment below and let me know!

Song of the Week: “Let It Go” from Frozen

 

This week’s “Song of the Week” (and the very first of my “Song of the Week Series” is none other than “Let it Go” from Disney’s latest and greatest motion picture “Frozen.”

First of all, Idina Menzel plays the character of Elsa, who sings this song.  Anyone who knows me knows that this is a huge sell for me.  I adore her and long to belt like she can (some days I feel like I’m getting close!).  The scene in the movie has a great message about accepting yourself for who you are, even if you are different, and embracing it rather than trying to hide from it.  Story of my life!

If you’re a Wicked the musical fan, you will notice some striking similarities between Elphaba’s empowering moments and Elsa’s moment here.  In the movie theater with my in-laws and hubby, which was my first exposure to this song, I got that goose bumpy, giddy, emotional fulfillment from a song that I hadn’t felt in quite some time.  It was nice to have that feeling back.

Most of my weekly picks won’t have this long explanation, but I felt this song should, because I love it for so many reasons.

 

Click Here to buy the song on iTunes

 

 

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Create Your Amazing Year: Life + Biz Workbook Review

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As you know, for 2014 resolutions I got pretty big on goal setting and improving myself.  I happened to stumble upon this book thanks to someone in an Erin Condren fan group with me and was intrigued.  I decided to dive in further and discovered the author, Leonie Dawson, has this entire website and list of products geared specifically toward women and helping them set and meet their goals.  Needless to say I was intrigued, so I decided that (after reading tons of positive review and thanks to an Amazon gift card I had) I would pick up the “2014 Create Your Amazing Year Workbook.

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Right off the bat you can see the unique text and the bright colors.  It is like this the entire book! There are fun doodles, lots of colors and some things that even look handwritten, which definitely makes this more of a workbook/journal than some mechanical feeling goal setting textbook.  I am a huge fan of color, so this was a really fun thing to discover.

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Now let’s dive right in.  I got the book that combined the Life workbook and the business workbook, but each of these can also be purchased separately as downloadable PDFs which you can write in on your computer or print out and bind yourself.  I went with the print edition because I like to go all-in like that, and my husband would kill me if I decided to print an entire book in color from our printer.

First up was the life planner.  You start off with a “Celebrating 2013” ritual and work through a few pages reflecting on last year. Some of the things it asks are:

  • What beautiful things did I learn about myself in 2013?
  • I let go of…
  • What beautiful lessons did you learn?
  • What do you need to share/rant/express about to feel COMPLETE about 2013?

and so many more.  She really gets you to sit and reflect on the year you had, both good things and bad, but even the bad things are spun in a very positive way.

After you reflect you consider 2013 done and now it’s time to move on.

Then we move into 2014 with her first question asking what you want to experience this year, and following along those lines she asks how you want to feel, what you want to experience and everything in between.  Basically this allows us to think of our goals in a different way.  Usually when people set goals like “make more money” or “lose 25 pounds” they don’t put it in terms of “I want to feel successful” or “I want to experience feeling comfortable in my own skin.”  I think that imagining the emotions and feelings and experiences help excite and motivate to reach the goal that will get you there.

 

I think my favorite pages in the whole book is the list “100 things to do in 2014”

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Thats literally all it is; 3 pages with a list of 100 blank lines (all written in different, fun colors) with a few adorable doodles mixed in.  Leonie emphasizes that these things can be “silly, fun, joyful, big, creative..” and I’m striving to do just that.  I don’t want to sit and make a list of 100 major resolutions like “get back in shape” and “go to the gym 6 days a week.”  Those are great, but a list of 100 items like that would be a little much. The first thing I wrote on my list was ” 1. Drink a fancy latte.”  You know, those beautiful, photo worthy lattes with the foam art on the top?  I’ve never had one, and being the coffee addict that I am, I SHOULD have one.  So that’s one thing I want to do this year.  A few other things on my list:

  • Have a for real Harry Potter weekend (watch all 8 movies)
  • Complete a planner (rather than using it for a month and letting it gather dust the other 11)
  • Try a Pure Barre class
  • diet down a new baking recipe
  • Try the Advocare Herbal Cleanse (currently in progress)

Sure, some of these things (like complete a planner) are larger, but in general I’m shooting for experiences, and littler goals that would be a great thing to do this year.  I have only managed to fill out 17 so far (I figured as ideas come throughout the year, I’ll add them to the list).  I want your opinion, friends; what should I add to my list of 100 things?

Moving on..  Leonie then has you writing things like a “List of things to do when things get sucky” and affirming messages, and planning some ritual days. Then she has you set goals for in each typical goal eating category:

  • Financial
  • Body
  • Business
  • Creative
  • Persona
  • Family/Friends
  • Spiritual
  • Etc…

There are also several pages with her own mantras, ideas, and advice tossed around in the mix, including instructions on how to create some of her most used resources.  There’s talk and reflection on habits and time management (how you’d like to spend your time versus how you actually spend it) and so much more, This workbook is literally filled with goal setting gold, but it doesn’t intimidate you as you do it.  I found it fun and relaxing to sit down and work through this book. It gives you an amazing way to think about and write down what you really want to get out of life this year.

The Biz (Business) Edition is laid but very much the same way.  The difference here is rather than focusing on your life as a whole, you focus solely on your business.  You do the 2013 closing ceremony the same sort of way, and then she walks you through your vision for your business as well as specific goals (how many Twitter followers do you want? How many new products will you release or new posts will you make? etc..).

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Bottom line: I think the 2014 Create Your Amazing Year Life + Biz Workbook is a fun, colorful, laid back and productive tool to help women plan the amazing year ahead.  I thoroughly enjoyed working my way through this book, and plan on looking back at it, referring to it, and adding things often.  It’s purpose is to be a productive tool in helping you make your dreams come true and help you meet your goals.  Anything that can help keep me motivated past January (which is why I got a beautiful, slightly pricy but amazing Erin Condren Life Planner..read about that here) is a good thing, and I think this will help me do just that!

Want to get your hands on a Create Your Amazing Year Workbook?  Go ahead and click here and you can browse the options for yourself.  There are 4 different ways to get your hands on a workbook.  You can buy the PDF ebook and print it out for the Life Edition ($9.95), the Biz Edition ($9.95), both together ($17.90 10% savings!) or you can get the printed and bound version that I have which is on Amazon for around $30 (I think I got mine for $27).  As I said, I guess you can type right on the ebook format if you don’t want to print it out, but personally I’m a big fan of dolling it up with colored pens and doodles of my own 🙂

Disclaimer: I purchased this product on my own (thanks to a gift card from work) and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Food Fail- Smart Ones Chicken Strips & Fries

 

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When I discovered the latest addition to the Smart Ones frozen entree family, I thought it might be too good to be true.  For only 8 PointsPlus I could get 2 yummy looking fried chicken strips AND french fries!!  This is the dream of many dieters everywhere!

Well, you know what they say about things that seem too good to be true?

 

Yeah…

 

I regret that I didn’t take a picture of the actual food, but it wasn’t until after we ate it that my husband and I both decided this meal was a frozen food failure and he suggested I write about it.  When I opened the box, I literally laughed out loud.  For the amount of food in the box, it could have been over half the size of the box that currently held the meal.

The box had one of those silver crisper trays on both sides.  Apparently you’re supposed to make sure all of the food is touching the tray and then set the other one on top of it, press it down so the other side of the food is also touching the crisping tray, then microwave like normal.

Now, I failed to read all of the directions, so I didn’t have the crisper going on the upper side of the food, but to be honest (and Erik agreed) that fixing that little thing would not have made the food any better.

The breakdown: There were 2 chicken fingers in the box that came out dark brown in color and pretty soggy as opposed to a nice crispness.  As a woman who used to love the skin of crispy fried chicken (lets be honest, if I still ordered it (on on rare occasions, I will), I’d still love it) this is a huge let down.  There were also a few fries, maybe enough to fit in the itty bitty bag of McDonalds fries, tossed in the box.  These were pretty typical frozen fries, only I have had frozen fries out of the oven that tasted much better (Wal-mart fries.. Seriously, if you’re a fry person, they’re pretty good.  At least they used to be.).  These seemed to be slightly over spiced in an effort to make them taste better, but all they ended up being was slightly awkwardly seasoned, flimsy fries.

Now, I am fully aware that I might have my expectations set too high on getting a chicken strip and french fries dinner for 8 PointsPlus.  Maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised at my level of disappointment.  Heck, maybe I should have even applauded the 8 Points that were sitting in their sad little box, but I can’t help but think that some foods just aren’t meant to be in the “frozen diet food” category.  Smart Ones does A LOT of things really well, and we always have their products in our freezer, but some things are just better left alone.  Don’t put pathetic amounts of french fries and sad looking chicken strips in a box just so you can say you have that to offer.  Stick with what’s good!  Now a Smart Ones Chicken Parmesan..that’s delish!

 

Bottom line: If you really feel the need to have chicken strips and fries, please use some of your weekly Points Plus Values to go and get some that will satisfy your body’s craving.  Your body and soul will thank you for the splurge rather than spending your precious Points on a less than satisfying experience.

 

I’m sorry Smart Ones..I love you guys, but this particular meal is a Food Fail in my book.

 

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Beauty on A Budget: Project 50 Pan- New Years Resolutions 2014

 

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If you take a look at my beauty product cabinet, you’d notice that I have managed to create quite the collection over the last few years.  Being the beauty addict that I am, it is easy for me to keep buying the next new product and I end up adding it to a stash that gets hidden and forgotten when I move on to the next product.  This adds up to a gigantic amount of money that literally sits in a cabinet in the form of eye shadow palettes, blushes, brushes and creams…and don’t even get me started on the amount of lip glosses and nail polishes I’ve acquired! In an effort to to be more money conscious (part of my 2014 resolutions) I have challenged myself to take on a “Project Pan.”

What do I mean my “pan?”  When you are using makeup, like an eyeshadow or blush, that moment when you start to see the glimmer of silver at the bottom is when you hit the bottom of the pan; hence, project (get to the bottom of the) pan.  Basically, the project is a “Mission: use up at least 50 things in my stash before I buy more” challenge.

The rules are easy: I will not be buying a single beauty product (no new lotions or lip glosses! *gasp!*) until I use up 50 of the products already sitting in the apartment.  It doesn’t matter what type of items they are, as long as there’s 50 of them empty, used, and in the trash can.  I have my Erin Condren Life Planner notes section all organized to have a page just for tracking the items that I finish up.  Of course, if I completely run out of shampoo or all of a product I use regularly, I will obviously go out and buy one so I have something, but the likelihood of me running out of anything other than shampoo is highly unlikely.  If I happen to use up something that I will replace, I will not count it in the 50 items used up.

I’m excited about this little (or big, depending on how you look at it) challenge for a few reasons.  Not only will it help me to not spend money on beauty products, but learning how to “shop my stash” will also help me rediscover products that I’ve long since forgotten about as well as help me practice the discipline of delayed gratification by not being allowed to go out and get something as soon as I get excited about it.  My husband is totally on board with and excited by my goal, as I’m sure many other husbands would be as well.

Below are a pics of my stash as well as the layout of my chart in my life planner.

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And I downsized this nail polish collection majorly already..

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9 eyeshadow palettes.  I have single shadows in my cabinet

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Piles of cheek color in back, other eye things, foundation/concealers, and of course, my lip stash (not including lip products located in purses and around the house)

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The black bin and pile in back is all bath and body product, and the row of hand soaps goes clear to the back of the cabinet.

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My chart listed right in my life planner 🙂

I’m sure many of you have made resolutions involving finances this year.  If any of you are as beauty addicted as me, join me in this money saving challenge to start 2014 off right.  A 50 pan is a huge endeavor, but you can choose a goal of any kind.  Why not pan 25, 10 or even 5?  You can also pick one specific type of product.  Is your hand soap or lip product stash looking a bit like mine? Maybe you forbid the purchase of soap until you’re down to one in the cabinet or you ban lip product purchases until 20 beloved lip glosses have seen the trash can.  Many people could find a use for a financial and gratification-delaying challenge like this.  Join me, and get your spending and your beauty stash under control in 2014!

New Year’s Resolutions 2014!

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I love the new year.  Every year it’s a chance to sit down, assess my progress in all areas of life and to set goals for the next year.  This year, I happened to kick off 2014 by getting married (on January 4th), which creates a whole new area of life that will need to be maintained along with all of the others.  I’ve decided to break my resolutions down into categories to make it easier for myself to follow.

 

Family

  • I’ll start with the obvious one.  I’m a married woman now, which means Erik is my most important family member.  Starting off a marriage among the stress that he and I are constantly under will be nothing short of an outstanding challenge, but one we’re both obviously very excited to take on.  My resolution is to make the first year of marriage the best it can be. Putting Erik first, putting us first, practicing patience and forgiveness that will be necessary in creating a loving and strong marriage.  I’m not entirely sure exactly how to put “Make first year of marriage awesome” into a set of resolutions because I don’t know what it will take, but you guys will for sure be along for the journey.
  • I want to put forth a conscious effort to stay in contact with family members, especially since I’ve moved away, and now that I’m married it’s super official that I’m starting a new life away from home.  Marriage also means I have two families to manage, and since I’m quite close to my in-laws (I’m very lucky.  I adore them!) I want to make sure that I just keep in contact, whether it be dropping a few texts to my sisters, emailing grandparents or sitting down and Skyping with my mom.  Life is short, and I don’t want to regret leaving my family to be with Erik.

Physical

  • Get back on track.  The holiday season (with Christmas, travel, and getting married) was a joyous mess of parties and celebrating and FOOD!  I got knocked so far off track the scale is not amused (but hey, I still fit into my tight wedding dress 🙂 ).  So resolution #1: start tracking again and paying attention to what I eat.
  • Find the passion that I had for working out and eating well that I had while I was losing weight.  I miss that fire, and I need it back.
  • Tone up!  I’m generally pleased with where my body is save my holiday gain, but without Planet Fitness around I can tell I’ve lost some strength and tone.  Having Muscular Dystrophy, it’s important that I keep myself as strong as I can, so I need to focus less on losing and more on toning to gain my strength back.
  • Flexibility.  Muscle tightness has been making me very uncomfortable, so starting a regimented flexibility plan will be in my goals as well.  Life is better when you can actually move!
  • Find a gym or a class to.  I might fork out the $100 to try a month of Pure Barre classes (I’m DYING to!) or find a way to join UNC’s gym now that I’m married to a student.  I know there are also great online options like Daily Burn to help me take classes right at home.

Spiritual

  • Do a daily devotional.
  • Spend more time with God.
  • Remember to relax in His peace.

Financial

  • Try out a cash envelope type system for groceries (and maybe more.  We’re going to start small)
  • Kick my spending habit.  I LOVE to shop, and at this point it just isn’t necessary.  Focus on buying only what is needed and saving up for (and delaying gratification) the bigger items.
  • Complete a “Project 50 Pan.” (more on that later)
  • Pay off at least one of my school loans

Career

  • Create and stick to a blog and YouTube posting schedule
  • Post at least 3 times each week
  • Put at least 2 hours a week into Weight Watchers outside of  my meetings.
  • Create a successful curriculum for the music school’s audition related summer camp.

Home

  • Create and stick to a cleaning schedule
  • Have an efficient shopping system involving use of coupons and paying closer attention to sale papers.  It doubles the amount of time grocery shopping takes, but it saves a lot more money.
  • Start to create a home organization system that is both efficient and easy to use.
  • Find a balance between being a working woman, blogger, and housewife.
  • Use my Erin Condren Life Planner to its amazing full potential.  I will not stop using it 3 months into the year (which is typical of me).  Erin Condren products are very motivating.  Check her out here.

Education

  • Keep the brain sharp by spending time doing puzzles (sudoku, word search, Lumosity.com, etc) daily, even if it’s only 5 minutes.
  • Complete my new music theory workbooks
  • Read at least one of my Music Theater text books from college.

Social

  • Spend time with a friend or do something social at least 3 times a month (it might seem like a small number, but with a schedule like mine, that will be an accomplishment)
  • Send out birthday cards, Christmas cards and general greetings to my friends and family.
  • Befriend a few fellow bloggers to create a community for work and socialization.

Artistic

  • Find time to sing and play piano outside of giving someone a voice lesson.
  • Rekindle my passion for music.  It’s been “work” for so long that it’s getting difficult for me to find the joy it brought me in high school and college.  I want that back.

Pleasure

  • Read at least 12 books for pleasure
  • Remember that completing a to-do list is not as important as preventing a breakdown due to stressing myself out.
  • Take at least an hour a week to schedule in “me time”
  • Cook/bake at least one recipe from every cookbook in my apartment
  • Take a cooking class

Well, there you have it.  I’m sure I ave some more little things in there, but that is the general idea of how I want to focus my year on bettering myself.

Now, I want to make my 2014 resolutions into a bit of a mini series, so throughout the month of January I will write about some of the materials I have purchased to help me achieve my goals this year and some plans of attack to set myself up for success.  Feel free to tell me about your 2014 resolutions as well as what you’re going to use to help yourself reach them.  The new year is a time to dream big, make plans and turn those dreams into a reality.

Let’s make this year the best one yet!

Happy 2014!!

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Hello friends-

 

This is just a quick note to wish you all a very Happy New Year!  I’ve been MIA for a few weeks, but I have a good reason: Erik and I get married in 3 days.  3 DAYS!!  We’re currently getting covered in snow in Illinois spending time with my family and getting final things done before the big day.  We have our marriage license ready to go and the to do list is almost complete.  This is such an exciting time.  Unfortunately, all of the running around, celebrating, planning and spending time with family (we were in Florida last week to be with Erik’s family) means that Diva and the Divine had to take a backseat.  Once we’re back from our little one day mini-moon things will start to run smoothly again.

One thing that will be happening is a whole series on New Year’s Resolutions.  I love the new year, as it’s always a chance to start over, set goals and get re-motivated to accomplish things.  I plan on talking about my goals and resolutions as well as some of the books and tools I plan on using to accomplish them.  I have high hopes for 2014.  I’ll be starting the year as a newlywed with a whole new chapter of my life unfolding and ready to be written, and I can’t wait to share my journey with all of you.

 

Until then, I hope all of you had a very happy and blessed holiday season full of love and joy.  Get ready to be excited about all that 2014 has to offer each one of us.

 

Love, the soon to be Mrs. E!  🙂