Choosing My Battles

 


If there is one lesson I have learned over the past 9+ years of being a mom, it’s that I need to choose my battles, and choose them wisely. Today I want to share about my silly six-year-old and how we are learning to find each other in the middle.

There are some things in life that are important to me, but there are lots of things that are very important to the super spunky and energetic girl who calls me mama. For example: being able to wear mismatched socks, creating beautiful & “super cool” outfits, and having free rein to let her wild hair go untamed as much as possible.

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Mugs for Mom & The 2017 Mug Exchange

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It’s absolutely no secret around here that I have a slight mug obsession. It’s funny really. At one point I remember not having any coffee mugs to call my own. They were all Russ’ or just random, meaningless ones. Now it seems that over half of the coffee mugs in our ever-growing collection are mine.

Why? There is just something about drinking my coffee from the perfect mug to match my mood that makes me smile. I mean let’s be honest, the contents of the cup already do that. But walking around my house or sitting on my porch and holding the perfect mug adds a little something to my day. 

Today I want to share with you a collection that I call “Mugs for Mom”. Realistically this collection is picked out with me in mind. But I think pretty much any mom could find a coffee mug or two that they love from this round-up.

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Fall Family Fun List, 2017

With the official arrival of fall just over 2 weeks away, I thought now would be the perfect time to share our 2017 Fall Family Fun list. 

In the spirit of being honest I need to confess something… I almost didn’t make a fall list. I think a huge reason for that has been complete and utter failure with our spring and summer lists. I made them and then life just happened. But more than that, I discovered that we didn’t need them to fill in the gaps anymore. If all that I put on our summer list was attend VBS and go to the pool my girls would easily declare it the ‘Best Summer Ever’. 

However, fall and Christmas are more about tradition than the relaxation of spring & summer break. There are things that our family has done year, after year and making a list helps me to keep track of them. So even though I may never create another spring or summer bucket list, I think fall and Christmas ones are here to stay. 

Here is what we have planned for our fall.

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My Monthly Goals, September 2017

 
Let’s take a look at what I completed…

* Figure out a new blog routine by the end of the month.
* Plan out posts through September.
* Participate in a giveaway.
* Wrap up working on our summer bucket list.
* Average 4 workouts a week or 16 for the month.
* Complete weekly long runs. (This months long runs will all be 6+ miles!)
* Find a healthy breakfast routine for weekdays.
* Get everything ready for school.
* Start back with half days on August 7th.
* Start full days on August 14th.
* Show extra grace to everyone, including myself, while finding a new routine. 
* Get our building permits and the electric lines scheduled.
* Celebrate ‘Back To School Eve’!
* Celebrate 10 Years of marriage!
* Read 2 books.
* Start sorting items for consignment sale.

And what I didn’t …

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Friday Favorites 9.1.17

Hello Friday, Hello long weekend!

It has been one crazy week friends. School assignments stacking up, to-do’s a mile long, and all of life really kicking in has made this mama exhausted. As a result, I haven’t exactly been the most patient person. I may or may not have put myself into mommy time out & apologized to my girls on more than one occasion. So needless to say, I am REALLY looking forward to the weekend.

Anyone else having one of those weeks too?

Let’s take a look at this weeks Friday picks!

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What’s Up Wednesday, August 2017

The last Wednesday of the month means What’s Up Wednesday. It’s a day that I share a little more about what we have going on behind the scenes with a list of provided prompts… Only this month I opted to switch things up a little bit. Maybe it’s because the same prompts month after month can be a bit repetitious or maybe I just felt like keeping y’all on your toes. Either way, mixing things up a bit was a nice change. I’ll definitely be doing more of it in the future.

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