Monthly Goals, October 2016

Hello October, Hello Fall!

When I was putting my goal post together last month I was so excited that summer was almost over. Now, it feels like we are knee deep in fall. It is crazy to me how much can change in single month. 



I knew with 8 days of vacation that September was going to be “rough”. What I didn’t know is the whole week before said vacation I would feel like I got ran over by a bus. My September just wasn’t what i hoped it would be goal wise.

* Have several blog posts scheduled so I can take most of the month “off”
* Host or Co-host a giveaway
* Start working on updating my About Me page
* New head-shot

For almost half of the month I didn’t write any blog posts and it was fantastic. This gave me the time I needed to pack for and enjoy vacation while keeping things normal around here. It was also really nice to be ahead when I had that HORRIBLE allergy attack. With sickness and vacation the updated About Me and head-shot just never happened. Maybe next month.

* Have the very best time enjoying our vacation together
* Wrap up our summer bucket list

Vacation was amazing. I am still in the middle of blogging all the details. You can check out recaps one and two here. We also finished our whole summer bucket list. I still can’t believe we did it all.

* 4-5 workouts a week 
* Cut myself slack on vacation
* Run on the beach
* Run 5 miles twice

Can you say epic fail? I can. 

When I was sick I didn’t go to the gym all week and then I was gone the next week. I tried to make it up by going Monday – Friday for the last two weeks of the month but that still only gave me 12 visits. Running on the beach just didn’t happen. I spent my early mornings with Marissa and much after sunrise it was just to dang hot. We did chase each other around though. And the 5 mile runs… nope.

However the cutting myself slack part. I totally nailed that.

* Continue praying for specific things with the girls
* Get connected to a Bible study or small group at church

Hooray, success. I love that the girls both have big hearts that want to pray. It has been a fairly new development and so awesome to watch. We also finally found a small group… then we found another. The first one wasn’t quite the right fit but I feel pretty good and abundantly thankful for where we are now.

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* Continue having the week prepped on Sundays
* Get out of the house with our school work twice
* Attend home school skate

I have been writing all my lesson plans down on Sundays which does help to make my dreaded Monday morning easier. Outside of that when it came to school, we just got it done. I suppose that is enough though.

* Try a new recipe
* Decorate for fall
* Use a one photo a day app
* Wear more lipstick
* Drink more water
* Doodle at least two chalk boards

Apparently the randomness was my thing this month. Maybe I should make all my goals totally random from here on out?



For my October goals I would be totally content just working on our fall bucket list, baking and cooking all the fall foods, and trying every single pumpkin spice food item I can get my hands on. But I should probably be a little more ambitious than that?

* Host or Co-host a giveaway
* Start working on updating my About Me page
* New head-shot

*Work on our fall bucket list
*Attend the Hot Rod Reunion
*Have a movie night

* 4 workouts a week 
*Eat more protein
*Find some new workouts to try

*Work with the girls in their AWANA books
*Attend small group
*Find a daily devotion and do it!

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* Continue having the week prepped on Sundays
* Get out of the house with our school work once
* Work with Marissa on memorizing multiplication facts

* Try 4 new recipes
* Decorate for Halloween
* Use a one photo a day app
* Pick out Halloween costumes
* Sort through the tubs of kids clothes in the attic
* Doodle at least two chalk boards

What goals have you made for October?

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All Things Pumpkin {Fall Link-up Announcement)

The arrival of October is pretty routine around our home. We start getting serious about planning Halloween costume, I put up our “spooky” decorations, and the weather finally catches on that fall is here so we sort through piles of clothes seeing what fits who. But my favorite yearly “ritual” is seeing how quickly I can drive Russ crazy by making ALL the pumpkin things. In past years I have succeeded in less than a week, but he seems to be growing a little more tolerable each fall. Pumpkin desserts, pumpkin breakfast, pumpkin smells, pumpkin crafts. If a pumpkin twist can be added to anything, I’ll gladly try. When I was asked to co-host a link up that featured ‘All Things Pumpkin’, I couldn’t possibly say yes fast enough. 


I’m a little embarrassed to say…. (No, scratch that, I have no shame.) I have been planning new content to share through the month of October since early summer! But, let’s not forget some of our older ‘posts of pumpkins past’.

Fall Bucket List: Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Syrup {Recipe}

Easy Pumpkin Bread {Recipe}

{DIY} Pallet Pumpkins


The idea is simple, link up posts that feature any and all things pumpkin!
Kids activities
Or anything else you can think of.

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If you are proud to call yourself #basic and can’t get enough pumpkin spice this fall, plan to join us every Tuesday through the month of October!

We can’t wait to see what you have to share!

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Fall Bucket List 2016!

With the first official day of fall arriving tomorrow I thought it was the perfect time to share our fall bucket list.

Disclaimer: the odds of me being one of the last to post my list is probably pretty high, especially since I waited until right before fall officially starts. BUT, I would like you to know that I made this list and scheduled this post on August 12th! I just had to put that in here so my being “late” to the bucket list party wasn’t confused with me not being excited. I love fall every bit as much as any other boot & scarf wearing, pumpkin spice eating, giddy that it’s fall, basic white girl. It’s a stereotype that I will always proudly embrace.

Here is what I have planned for our fall.


*Have a bonfire
*Have a chili night
*Go geo-caching
*Play in the leaves
*Make apple dumplings
*Date night
*Make sweet potato pie
*Visit a pumpkin patch
*Day trip
*Carve pumpkins
*Go for a nature walk
*Bob for apples
*Navigate a corn maze
*Have a pumpkin spice latte
*Halloween movie night
*Make a fall craft
*Drink apple cider
*Go trick-or-treating
*Go on a hay-ride
*Make a thankful tree
*Attend a fall festival
*Make s’mores
*Try a new pumpkin recipe

We plan to spend from now until Thanksgiving working hard on our list, crossing off as many things as we can, and making as many memories as possible.

Feeling uninspired?
Grab your copy of our fall bucket list here!

What is your favorite thing about fall?

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Project Sunday {October 2015}

With October long over I am now just a few weeks away from wrapping up my 2015 photo project.

I have so many exciting plans for next years picture project that I want to share and get excited about, but I guess I should get a little closer to wrapping up 2015 first?! 

Here are weeks 40-43!

I love this fun asymmetrical skirt on Marissa, especially with those cowgirl boots.

Emily was excited to wear some orange, her favorite color. 

You have to love fall in Missouri where you can wear pieces from every season all at once.

The hot-rod reunion meant we dressed down a bit.
Doesn’t Emily look like a pink lady?
A blurry photo and Marissa’s first Maxi skirt (that I secretly wish was mine).

10 months down, 2 more to go!
How have you documented 2015?
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Halloween 2015

We went into Halloween 2015 with a few questions.


Would we freeze?

Would it be raining?

And most importantly, would Emily be dressed like Minnie Mouse?

I am happy to report the answers:

No, no and of course she would!

This year we escorted around a Cowgirl Princess and Minnierella!

Marissa had decided MONTHS ago that she wanted to dress up as a cowgirl but Emily’s Minnerella combination was pretty spur of the moment. She had planned on a different costume (still Minnie inspired) but after a trip to Walmart with me she changed her mind. Thankfully I had the perfect Cinderella dress already on hand so I was easily able to amuse her. 

We snapped some photos and headed over to Russ’ parents house to meet up with our friends.

This crazy crew is so much fun. Some of the coolest kids I know for sure!

We even had this gorgeous sunset as we started out.

I snapped this photo of the sunset and the kids.

I can’t help but laugh seeing Emily’s Minnie ears stand out so clearly.

House after house my heart was beaming when I would hear them loudly shout “TRICK OR TREAT” in unison. They had so much fun and were given SO much candy. I’d say our loot was 80% candy bars, the good kind too! This is NOT going to make the candy easy to resist.

Once we were back the kids all dove head first into their candy buckets…. the moms might have snuck a few (dozen) pieces too. 
Group photo. So happy I actually remembered. I might just turn into a real blogger after all ;).

Thanks Grandma & Papa for letting us come over and bring our friends along too!

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What was the most memorable part of your Halloween?!

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