September 2016 Goals

September is here!  It’s the end of summer and the start of the fall season which means cooler weather, sweatshirts, and pumpkin spice everything. While I’m sad to see summer go (I know we technically have until the end of the month), I’m excited for the fall season to begin. 

First lets check in on how I did on my August goals:

Break through my weight loss plateau: Sadly this was a no go.  While I’m close, and haven’t gained above the plateau, I technically I still haven’t busted through it. We’ll be adding this to the list of September’s goals.

Establish a better nighttime routine: I’ve gotten really good at getting ready for bed and even getting in bed at a reasonable hour, so I’ll consider this a win, but of course things like routines are always changing and improving.  Even though I’ve gotten good at the routine, that doesn’t mean my body cooperates and lets me sleep… that’s a whole different situation.

Read 3 books: I finished 2.  Not too shabby.

Start blogging daily: I’d say I’m 80% there.  I don’t post daily (not yet anyway), but I sat down and did something for the blog or channel most days.  Still working on this one. 

September Goals

Break through my weight loss plateau

Rolling this one over from last month. It’s pretty self explanatory.

Read 2 books

Because clearly 3 was a little too ambitious. Granted, if I applied myself to a little more reading and a little less evening tv or poking at a game, I could do it, but still…baby steps.

Find and buy a standing desk

I don’t necessarily want a whole new desk, but I want a computer stand or something that I can put on top of my desk or a table that allows me to stand for a bit while I work.  I told my husband this, and he’s 100% on board because he wants one too.  It’s really difficult to be a blogger who should be sitting at a computer working and someone trying to lose weight who should be active and moving all the time, so this would be a great happy medium.

Establish an official work schedule

I am very good at procrastination.  When I don’t have anywhere that I need to be at a certain time, it’s very easy for me to get distracted by social media, or a youtube video, or whatever, mainly because it ultimately doesn’t effect me much…except it really does. This month I want to work on my daily schedule, and establish more of a routine in my work, working out, and housewifing duties day to day.  If I know that I have to have my butt in the chair to work by 10am (workout done, showered, etc), then I have to figure out what has to happen to get me there.  This has been an ongoing battle, but back to school season really helps me put a fresh label on things, so September means its time to buckle down.  

Put out my video on my CMT story

Fun fact: September is CMT awareness month. While I’ve talked about it on my blog, I have only mentioned and briefly described it on my channel, and I really feel compelled to dedicate a whole video to my life experience with the disease, as well as talking a little bit about what life is actually like with CMT.  It’s a video where I will literally expose my weaknesses and show people what’s normally well hidden on camera, but as the biggest disease that no one knows about (1 in 2500 people have it), I feel like this video needs to happen. 

Make a pumpkin cake

It’s September.  It’s time to whip out the canned pumpkin and make a yummy, moist pumpkin cake.  Don’t worry, this will happen closer to the end of the month when fall actually starts. 


What are some of your goals for September?  Do you feel like September is a fresh start month (kind of like new years) like I do? 

September Watch/Wishlist


September means my favorite season is fast approaching!  Time for cosy warm sweaters, hot tea and coffee, and pumpkin everything!  As I’ve been browsing the internet I found a handful of things that I’m dying to get my hands on this month.

1. Victoria’s Secret Hooded Cardi: Oh my gosh, I saw this and it was love at first sight.  To me, the cooler seasons are all about staying warm and cozy in Chicago’s sometimes vicious weather. This cardigan runs big, so you can bundle up and stay warm.  I also love the hooded idea for those times when I really want to be cozy. I’m loving the grey (pictured) and latte colors. Read more

My Top 5 Fall Lip Colors


In an attempt to be a good beauty addict I am actually trying to switch up my look from the same old every day and go for colors that actually work with the season.  After poking through my collection I’ve found that these are my top 5 go-to colors for a nice fall (but still natural looking) lip.


Listed in order from left to right (top photo) and top to bottom (swatch photo)

  • Tarte LipSurgence natural matte lip tint in Envy ($24)- This deep mauve berry shade just screams autumn to me.  The matte finish gives it an extra sophisticated feel.
  • Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie (about $6-$7 at drugstores)- This is probably the most summery of the bunch because it’s a slightly brighter pink. There’s some gold glitter mixed in.  I think this shade transitions nicely from summer to fall.  These butters are a wonderful semi-sheer wash of color with a great dose of moisture.  I currently have a small collection of  5 different ones.  Great product!
  • NARS Lipstick in Dolce Vita ($26)- Sheer dusty rose that has buildable color and feels great on the lips.
  • Buxom Big and Healthy lip stick in Brooklyn ($19)- This shade is described as a harvest fig color and is the most potent color in the bunch.  I treat this product more like an all over liner.  The color payout is strong and the tip is finer than most lipsticks, so it takes a few swipes to cover your lips completely.
  • Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist ($16)- This is the most neutral shade of the list, but it still has a nice hint of pink in its beige base.  This stick is pretty sheer, really moisturizing and very pretty.  Added bonus: it smells like vanilla.

What lip colors would make your Top 5 for Fall list?