Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Literary Exploration Reading Challenge 2014

Genre Challenges have become my favorite challenge the past few years.  It gets me reading books I would normally not think about reading and growing my to read list by bounds.  This challenge has three levels Easy with 12 genre's,  Hard with 24 genre's and insane with 36 genre's.  I am going to shoot for 36!!!!  And an awesome part of this challenge is if you go to the challenge here you can click on the name of the genre and it will take you to a list of books that fit that genre.  I am also keeping up with this on my goodreads.

Insane Challenge
  1. Action/Adventure ~ Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis
  2. Auto-Biography/Biography ~ Persepolis: The Story of Childhood (Persepolis #1-2) by Marjane Satrapi
  3. Chick-Lit ~ The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger 
  4. Childrens Book ~ The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle 
  5. Classics ~ Atonement by Ian McEwan
  6. Contemporary ~ Blood Brothers by Nora Roberts 
  7. Cyberpunk/Steampunk ~ Forgotten Girl: Season One-Episode 1 (Steampunk OZ) by Steve DeWinter
  8. Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic ~ Crossed by Allie Condie
  9. Epic ~The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  10. Erotica ~ Chains of Frost by T. A. Grey
  11. Espionage ~ Night Fall (John Corey #3) by Nelson DeMille
  12. Fantasy ~ An Apple For Creature by anthology 
  13. Graphic Novels ~ Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel (Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novels #1) by Eoin Colfer
  14. Gothic ~ Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Graphic Novel by Seth Grahame-Smith
  15. Historical Fiction ~ The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 
  16. Horror ~ Doll Bones by Holly Black
  17. Humour ~ Are You There Vodka, It's Me Chelsea by Chelsea Handler
  18. Literary Fiction ~ Persuasion by Jane Austen 
  19. Magical Realism ~ The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  20. Mystery ~ Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
  21. Non Fiction ~ Things I Overheard While Talking To Myself by Alan Alda 
  22. Paranormal/Supernatural ~ The Red Sun Rise by Victoria Kinnard 
  23. Philosophical ~ The Giver by Lois Lowry 
  24. Poetry ~ The Death Sonnets by Justin Tate 
  25. Pulp – (Hard-Boiled or Noir) ~ This Doesn't Happen In the Movies (Reed Ferguson Mystery Series #1) by Renee Pawlish 
  26. Romance ~ My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding by Anthology 
  27. Science Fiction ~ The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis 
  28. Self Help/Educational ~ The Universe Doesn't Give a Flying Fuck About You
  29. Short Stories ~ Home Improvement Undead Edition by Charlaine Harris
  30. Thriller ~ Forever Odd by Dean Koontz
  31. Travel ~ Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler
  32. True Crime ~ Killer Files: Abduction and Murder in South Carolina by John Humphrey
  33. Urban Fantasy ~ Strange Brew by Anthology 
  34. Victorian ~ Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
  35. Western ~ Spurs and Lace 
  36. Young Adult ~ The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis 

Anne & Kristilyn’s 2014 Book Bingo Reading Challenge

 You Can go check out the challenge here, and here are the rules

  1. Be awesome. If you’re not, this isn’t going to work.
  2. The challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2014.
  3. If you want to participate, you can join in any time of the year! Feel free to write up a blog post with the rules linking back to my and Anne’s blog in your sign-up post. You can add your post to the Linky at the end of this post!
  4. If you read one book for the “1 book” in any category, you can’t change it later on when you read another book to “2 books.” Once a square is crossed off, it’s crossed off for good! (Feel free to print off the scoreboard to keep track!)
  5. Books read for one square are for that square ONLY and cannot be counted towards another category. This is all about reading ALL THE BOOKS.
  6. The FREE SQUARES are a little different this year — now you can use those squares to read ANY book you like of any genre! Woo!
  7. You can start your board over again, but ONLY if you receive the stamp of awesome by completing a blackout. The “winners” of the challenge will be the ones who achieve the most winning combinations by the end of 2014.
  8. You can feel free to post your reading list for each category, though it’s not a requirement.
  9. Having a blog or writing reviews for books read is not required. So long as you want to have fun, you can participate!
  10. Every 3 months I will post an update here and all participants can link to their own updates. An update post will go up April 1st, July 1st, October 1st, and December 31st.
  11. This isn’t a race, but don’t be afraid to rub your reads in the other player’s face. This will be seen as encouragement. Feel free to use the hashtag #BookBingo2014 on Twitter!
While you can definitely “win” by the boring ol’ vertical or horizontal (or diagonal!) lines, the best ways to win are as follows:
BINGO Wins 2014-01
Like it says in the guidelines, the ONLY way to start a new board is to become the SUPER READER! The goal is to read ALL THE BOOKS! To be a winner (thus, to become the awesomest reader around), you’ll want to accomplish as many wins as possible!

TBR Pile
One Book ~ Crossed by Ally Condie
Two Books ~ Home Improvement Undead Edition
Three Books ~ Strange Brew
Four Books ~ An Apple for Creature
Five Books ~ My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding

Mix It Up
Non Fiction ~ Things I Overheard While Talking To Myself by Alan Alda
Classic ~ Atonement by Ian McEwan
Reread ~ Persuasion by Jane Austen
Free Square ~  The Giver by Lois Lowry
Contemporary ~ Blood Brothers by Nora Roberts

One Book ~ Forever Odd by Dean Koontz
Two Books ~ Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis
Three Books ~ The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis
Four Books ~ The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis
Five Books ~ Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire

Fantasy ~ The Last Unicorn
Free Square ~ Reached
Historical Fiction ~ The Book Thief
Mystery ~ Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
Romance ~ The Red Sun Rises

New Releases
One Book ~ Uganda Be Kidding Me
Two Books ~ The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel Volume 2
Three Books ~ Forgotten Girl: Season One - Episode 1 (Steampunk OZ)
Four Books ~
Five Books ~

2014 Series Challenge

So my series reading has gotten out of control.  I love a good series but my too read list is so long that I don't finish them.  So when I found this challenge I knew it was the one for me.  So if your like me and need a push to finish those series you have building up then hop over here and sign up and check out the rules.  No levels with this challenge it's badges instead.  I have my series I am working on that I need to finish.  I am listing the number of books I need to read and the novellas.

  1. The Undead Series by MaryJanice Davidson ( 2 books and 3 novellas)
  2. The Giver Series by Lois Lowry (3 books)
  3. Georgina Kincaid Series by Richelle Mead ( 1 book and 1 novella)
  4. Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris (1 book and 13 novellas)(Finished 4 novella)
  5. The House of Night Series by P. C. Cast (4 books and 2 novellas)
  6. The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater  (1 book)
  7. Inkworld by Corneila Funke  (1 book)
  8. Parsol Protectorate by Gail Carriger (2 books)
  9. Argeneau Series by Lynsay Sands (9 books and 1 novella)
  10. Chronicles of Narnia  (done)
I have a ton more series I am stuck somewhere in but I will start with these

I am also working on
Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie (2 books) (done)
Wicked Series by Gregory Maguire (1 book) (done)
Hush Hush Saga (4 books) (Finished 4)
The Bellum Sisters (4 books) (3 done)
Fablehaven Series by Brandon Mull (5 books) (5 done)
Millennium Series by Stieg Larsson (1 book) ( 1 done)
Bone Series (9 books) (9 done)

Bronze Badge

If you complete 1-3 series you will earn the Bronze Badge.

Silver Badge2

If you complete 4-6 series you will earn the Silver Badge.

Gold Badge * This is where I am now

If you complete 7-11 series you will earn the Gold Badge

Platinum Badge

If you complete 12 OR more series you will earn the Platinum Badge.

2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

 For rules and challenge details click on the picture or visit this blog

Last Year I read 78 books this year I am shooting for 85 so that puts me in level Out of Breath.

     Getting my heart rate up – Read 1–5 more books
     Out of breath – Read 6–10 more books
     Breaking a sweat – Read 11–15 more books
     I’m on fire! – Read 16+ more books

  1. Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
  2. Crossed by Allie Condie
  3. Forever Odd by Dean Koontz
  4. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  5. Home Improvement Undead Edition by Charlaine Harris 
  6.  Strange Brew
  7. Atonement
  8. The Last Unicorn
  9. The Red Sun Rises
  10. The Giver
  11. Prince Caspian
  12. The Silver Chair
  13. The Last Battle 
  14. An Apple for Creature 
  15. My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding
  16. Reached
  17. Shadow of Night
  18. Out of Oz
  19. Blood Brothers
  20. Hush Hush
  21. Crescendo 
  22. The Book Thief 
  23. Al Capone Does My Shirts 
  24. Chains of Frost
  25. The Princess Bride
  26. Bonds of Fire
  27. Bloodfever
  28. Corsets & Crossbows
  29. Switched
  30. Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself
  31. Snow White Blood Red
  32. The Fault In Our Stars
  33. Silence
  34. Fablehaven
  35. Ender's Game
  36. Doll Bones
  37. The Daughter of Time
  38. Finale 
  39. Fangtastic
  40. Matilda
  41. Re-Vamped
  42. Brother Odd
  43. Airman
  44. Hyperbole and a Half
  45. Fallen
  46. Charlie Bone and the Time Twister
  47. Night Fall
  48. Rise of the Evening Star
  49. Grip of the Shadow Plauge
  50. Ties That Bind
  51. Uganda Be Kidding Me
  52. Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel
  53. Vampalicious
  54. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest 
  55.  The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel Volume 1
  56. The Perks of Being A Wallflower
  57. Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea
  58. Twilight The Graphic Novel Volume 1
  59. Twilight The Graphic Novel Volume 2
  60. Blood Memories
  61. Coraline Graphic Novel
  62. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  63. Bone Volume 2 The Great Cow Race
  64. First Love
  65. Hamlet Graphic Novel
  66. A Mercy 
  67. Beezus and Ramona
  68. Rose
  69. Rock Jaw Master of the Eastern Border
  70. The Little Prince Graphic Novel
  71. The Alchemist
  72. The Graveyard Book
  73. Persepolis
  74. The Halloween Tree
  75. If I Stay
  76. Out of Boneville
  77. Ramona Quimby Age 8
  78. Eyes of the Storm
  79. The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  80. Old Man's Cave
  81. Home
  82. The Dragonslayer
  83. Ghost Circles
  84. Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary
  85. Crown of Horns
  86. Treasure Hunters 
  87. The Hobbit
  88. Keys to the Demon Prison
  89. Odd Hours
  90. Torment
  91. Persepolis 2
  92. The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel Volume 2
  93. Pride, Prejudice and Zombies Graphic Novel
  94. The Sea of Monsters Graphic Novel
  95. Ramona the Pest
  96. The Death Sonnets
  97. Killer Files: Abduction and Murder in South Carolina
  98. Forgotten Girl: Season One - Episode 1(Steampunk OZ)
  99. The Time Traveler's Wife
  100. Fangirl 
  101. This Doesn't Happen in the Movies 
  102. Spurs & Lace
  103. The Universe Doesn't Give A Flying Fuck About You

2014 Reading Challenge TBR Pile
Just click on the picture to be taken to the blog hosting the challenge or click here
This challenge runs from January  1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.  If you want to enter just go to the blog and sign up (you don't have to be a blogger but you do have to review the books you read (on your blog, Amazon, Goodreads, Shelfari).  Only books released in 2013 or later count nothing in 2014 or ARC's for 2014. 
(how many books you're planning to read for this challenge in 2014) Remember you can go up levels but not down

1-10 - A Firm Handshake
11-20 - A Friendly Hug
21-30 - First Kiss **  This is where I am now
31-40 - Sweet Summer Fling  * This is where I am now
41-50Could this be love? 
50+Married With Children

I am going to start with 11-20 books A Friendly Hug level.  That way I can move up if I need but it's not too far out so I don't get stuck.  

  1.  Atonement 
  2.  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  3.  The Last Unicorn
  4.  Prince Caspian 
  5. The Cuckoo's Calling 
  6.  Crossed
  7. Forever Odd
  8. Home Improvement Undead Edition 
  9. Strange Brew
  10. The Silver Chair 
  11. The Last Battle 
  12. An Apple for Creature 
  13. My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding 
  14. Reached 
  15. Out of Oz
  16. Hush Hush
  17. Crescendo 
  18. The Book Thief
  19. The Princess Bride 
  20. Corsets and Crossbows 
  21. The Fault in Our Stars 
  22. Silence 
  23. Fablehaven 
  24. Ender's Game 
  25. Doll Bones
  26. Finale 
  27. Matilda 
  28. Brother Odd 
  29. Fallen
  30. Charlie Bone and the Time Twister 
  31. Rise of the Evening Star
  32. Grip of the Shadow Plague 
  33. The Perks of Being A Wallflower
  34. Blood Memories (Vampire Memories #1)
  35. The Graveyard Book 
  36. The Alchemist
  37. The Five People You Meet In Heaven 
  38. The Hobbit 
  39. Keys to the Demon Prison
  40. Torment


So this took me longer then it has ever.  I did have a vague idea of what I wanted but couldn't find the word I wanted for it because "me" just wasn't the word I wanted.  This past year I have seen a major change in myself in a short amount of time.  I have lost 42 pounds, that's a serious amount of weight but it doesn't make me where I want to be.  It did show me though how much I have lost myself since we have moved to Maine.  So with that my Word of the Year (W.O.Y.) for 2014 is EMPOWER!!!!!

 I am thinking that this is the year for wooden blocks now it will be finding them if not I will have to find something different. I want to EMPOWER myself to find Me again!  To get myself closer to my weight goal and make better choices for myself.  To find my happy inside me again and not this funk I have been in.  I want to EMPOWER myself to bring back my creativity and make time for the things I love doing again. 

I know becoming a Mom, and a Caregiver have pushed my onto the back burner, but the longer I let it go the harder it is going to be to try and find me again.  I have lost sight of what is important to me and what makes me who I am.  So that lead to my thinking of my 2014 word needing to revolve around ME.  But me being me I couldn't just choose me because it didn't feel right.  I needed something that called to me as MY word, my strength through the fight to find me.  I needed a word that could bring me to my core and help me rebuild what has been broken and lost.  I needed a word that made me feel strong and that I could accomplish this, I could find me again and be happy with myself.  And with that it came to me, I needed to EMPOWER myself to find the change to bring me back.  So with that I will find myself amongst all the chaos and retrieve what has been lost and broken to rebuild the new Empowered Me!!!!

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Scale is my Friend

So before I refused to own a scale the freaking thing scared the hell out of me.  I wasn't doing anything right and the numbers kept growing and growing.  Now that I have a better idea of what is right and what really needs to be done I weigh myself every Monday unless it's weigh in day (the end of the month regardless) and I am so proud of the difference I have been seeing.  I got on the scale this morning to see I am under 170.  I am 4 pounds away from my first goal, 4 pounds and I will weigh less then where I was when I got pregnant with Kyrie.  It's been a hard road to take it all off, and it has taken huge improvements and lifestyle changes from my end but I am doing it!!!!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

#79 Do Something Special and get a new bag

I got a Grace Adele bag.  A black one.  It feels great having a new purse and doing something for ME!!

Visual Motivation

I saw a version of these on pinterest but wasn't happy with them because they said Pounds Lost.  I never want to find those pounds again so I didn't want to do lost.  Pounds destroyed sounds better because those suckers are NOT coming back.

Monday, November 4, 2013


It's amazing to see what motivation can do.  I have been working hard this year on loosing the weight I gained from moving to Maine, on taking off the pregnancy weight from both girls and trying to reach my healthy weight.  I have been making progress with a little set back at first but with encouragement from Seth, I got through the upset that came with gaining muscle when I was trying to take off weight.  I have come to see the people who care notice and help.  Little things make a huge difference.  I saw a friend yesterday that I haven't seen in about a month and she told me I was the incredible shrinking woman.  The people at Church have noticed the difference and always have encouragement and support for me through my struggle.  I get that it is my battle, no one can fight it for me.  That I have to do it myself but it's nice having support in my corner to help me get there.  Seeing the difference just from July is overwhelming.  In July my Mom bought me a shirt and I needed to take it back but never got around to taking it back.  Just to see I tried it on and now it fits.  It is absolutely astounding how many people try and hurt you along your path to a better you.  Who constantly try and break you.  It's crazy how those people call themselves your family.  But I am working on getting over the fact that some people just suck.  They can't seem to be accepting of something that is different from them, they can't build you up even if you build them up.  I'm okay with it now or trying to be.  I have spent too long crying over people who don't deserve to have me be a part of their lives in the first place, so now I am letting it go along with my weight and emerging better for it all.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

My Fight For Me

I had slowly come to hate how I looked.  It hit me in February how much this really struck home, and how much I was blaming it on moving to Maine.  It took me 6 months to get my thyroid meds back and during that time I had I had no control over my weight no matter how much I fought it.  I cried myself to sleep, couldn't understand how Seth and the girls could love me when I couldn't even love myself.  Nothing I did mattered I saw myself as ugly and I could care less how much good I did for anyone else I wasn't happy with me.  In February I decided enough was enough and started working on dropping some weight.  In July after seeing my Mom and brother it really hit home I wasn't working hard enough so after they left I threw myself into loosing weight even harder.  I started tracking calories, going on walks, tracking all the activities I did and working more on working out daily. I set my first goal at 165 and I am 8 pounds away from meeting that first goal.  I feel better about myself, I am seeing the results from my work.  I am even getting Seth doing workouts with me.  It is amazing how much one thing has made such a difference in how I see things.  I might still have "issues" with being so far from home and my family but I am at least working on me and that is one of the biggest things I was having problems facing.  I plan on working hard and staying focused and get down to my final goal and showing the girls how important taking care of your weight is.  I am in charge of ME, MY Health, and it is going to help me work on loving me more.

#24 Watch at least 33 Movies I Have Not Seen

  1. He's Just Not That Into You
  2. Unicorn City
  3. A Bag of Hammers
  4. Red Riding Hood
  5. Public Enemies
  6. J. Edgar Hoover
  7. Hansel and Gretel Warriors of Witchcraft 
  8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2
  9. Pirates of the Carribean on Stranger Tides
  10. The Invention of Lying
  11. Pretty in Pink
  12. Charlie Bartlett
  13. Zoolander
  14. Ted
  15. This is the End
  16. Hangover 2
  17. From Hell
  18. Dylan Dog and the Dead of Night
  19. Bad Teacher
  20. Snow White and the Huntsman
  21. Rum Diaries
  22. The Witches of Oz
  23. The Great and Powerful Oz
  24. The Adventures of Tin Tin
  25. Noobz
  26. John Dies at the End
  27. Shoot the Hero
  28. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
  29. The Crow 
  30. A Haunted House
  31. Zack and Miri Make A Porno
  32. One for the Money
  33. The Blind Side 
 Making this list made me realize how much I don't take the time to watch movies for Me and how far behind I am on watching movies.  So I am going to keep working on catching up on movies.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Faith and Me

I am still testing my Faith not so much in God because I know how much he does for me daily but in myself.  I am still second guessing myself even though I am right.  Like in Lucky's case.  I knew before we went into the Shelter he was the dog for us and I let my own fear overplay my Faith in myself.  I am glad that we decided on him because I was right he is PERFECT for us.  I am also working on being for grateful for everything in life.  I am going to go back to keeping a gratitude journal because the negativity around me is drastically bringing down my thankfulness.  It will also help increase my PEACE and I can use all the peace I can get.

Monday, July 29, 2013

#65 Have a Tea Party with the Girls

 The girls and I have been doing Tea Parties a lot more often lately.  We used real tea (thankfully I have caffeine free) and I put some sugar in a container too along with a pitcher of water just in case.

#1 Visit with my Mom and Brother

My Mom, Brother and Shannon came up for Seth and I to renew our vows and my 30th Birthday.  It was the best having them here even though it was only for a few days and taking them to the airport was one of the hardest things I have done in a long time.  I didn't want to let them go.  Being this far away from them has taken a huge toll on me emotionally.  I know my Mom and I were not the closest people but that relationship grew over the years.  Being here has only made me realize even more how close we have become.  I want nothing more then to be able to go back to our Sunday dinner's, weekday lunches, special Halloweens with the girls, and all the other things we did.

#91 Finish Birthday/Anniversary Binder

I got the idea to do this awhile ago and did half of it then set it down and never picked it back up.  So I added it to my list so I could get it done and actually use it.  Here is my blog post on my craft blog about it.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

#58 List of 100 Things That Make Me Happy

  1. Snuggle time with Zee
  2. Kyrie reading
  3. The girls getting along
  4. Reading
  5. Date Nights with Seth
  6. Playing video games with Seth
  7. Being on the Road (Road Trips)
  8. Scrapbooking
  9. Hugs from the girls
  10. Seeing the girls smile
  11. Hearing the girls say "Roll Tide"
  12. Talking to my Mom
  13. Kyrie helping me by cleaning her room
  14. Movie time with the girls
  15. Church
  16. Volunteering
  17. Mondays
  18. Crafts with the girls
  19. Talking to Austin
  20. Relaxing Baths
  21.  New Chapstick
  22.  Helping the girls do things they can't
  23.  Sunshine
  24.  Comfy socks
  25.  New Purse
  26.  Hugs
  27.  Love
  28.  My Family
  29.  My Friend Family
  30.  Sharing from my childhood with the girls
  31.  Puppies
  32.  Scentsy smells
  33.  Chick-fil-a
  34.  Chinese food
  35.  Blue
  36.  Kermit
  37.  Stitch
  38. Summer
  39.  Library
  40.  Writing
  41.  List Making
  42.  Music
  43.  Decorating
  44.  Rearranging the house
  45.  A Clean House
  46.  My Mink Blanket
  47.  Snoopy
  48.  Pinterest
  49.  Dr. Seuss
  50.  The girls Artwork
  51.  The South
  52.  Lemonade
  53.  Crickler
  54.  Sudoku
  55.  Organization
  56.  my Grandparents
  57.  Great Quotes
  58.  pajamas
  59.  old pictures
  60.  genealogy
  61.  Tea Parties
  62.  Retro Clothes
  63.  Sparkles
  64.  Watching Kyrie do her homework
  65.  Scooby Doo
  66.  Healthy Girls
  67.  New Bath and Body Works Hand Soap
  68.  Craft Stores
  69.   Suprises
  70. Colorful daisies
  71. book club
  72.  women's group at Church
  73.   fun pirates
  74.  ballet
  75.  cartoons
  76. Children laughing
  77.  Watching the girls sleep
  78.   mommy and daughter dates
  79.  loosing weight
  80. being grateful
  81. being appreciated
  82. notes from Kyrie
  83. chihuahuas 
  84. crafting
  85. writing
  86. Zee with her doll
  87.  The Girls at Church
  88.  Kyrie with her Nook
  89.  Zee talking about missing Nana
  90.   Plays
  91.  Shoes
  92.  Creativity
  93.  Day trips
  94.  Yoga
  95. Boxing
  96.  The Bloggess and her Blog
  97.  Seth's cooking
  98.  The girls love of learning
  99.  My Mom's apple pie
  100. Hidden Object Games

#15 Do Something Big Before I Turn 30

So my something BIG is being more healthy.  I have been working on this and not making a big deal out of it.  And I have already noticed differences!!!

Friday, June 21, 2013

#13 Decorate Zee's Room

I finally got all the stuff up on Zee's wall and the stuff arranged the way she wants it and I like.

#53 Volunteer at School 10 times

Had I known I was going to hit 10 times before the end of the school year I would have made a higher number but I got into the swing of being there and having Zee there next year I will have more time to go in and volunteer.  I loved being up at school and helping out with the box top store, book fair, helping the teachers.  It gave me a huge sense of accomplishment.

#42 Send out cards for subcommittee meetings

We only had 4 meetings but I sent them out for each one.  I got the same people showing up but I kept it up from my end.

#36 and #37 Decorate dollhouse walls and floors

I finally got around to decorating the floors and walls in the girls dollhouse with scrapbook paper so it looks like flooring and wallpaper.  The girls absolutely love it.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

#88 Get Zee a library card when she turns 5

She was so excited to be able to get her OWN library card and check out books on her card.

#99 Compliment a Stranger

I've done this one a few times and have gotten the same response, thankful but a little shocked a stranger would talk to them.  Still getting used to this "Northern" response. 

#20 Wear earrings and necklace when I leave the house for 60 days

It's become easier to remember to put on some nice earrings and a necklace now when I head out of the house. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

#61 Write Letter to Kyrie to open when Challenge Over

Once I sat down and got started the letter was easy to write.  I tried not to make it too long so it is over a page.  I have written the girls letters before but when they were babies to open when they are 18.  So this was different having a shorter turn around.  Now to work on Zee's letter.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

#23 Organize Stickers

I got rewards points in the other day and with my discount I scored two sticker holders for $3.00.  I know YAY!!!!!!   So I decided it was time to organize my stickers.  I still need 3 sticker holders but I put everything into individual zip lock bags so it's all nice and organized for whenever I get the containers.

Monday, February 18, 2013

#8 Organize Scrapbook Paper

I could use another three drawer tote and one more of the single totes for it to be as organized as I would like it but.  The paper is organized and labeled.

#39 Drink Water Daily for a Month

So this one has been going so well I didn't even realize I hit a month a few days ago. 

Saturday, February 9, 2013

#87 Be Asleep Before 11:00 p.m. For A Week

So the difference it made being asleep before 11 was huge.  I have had two nights since I finished that I didn't get to sleep before 11 and I could so feel it the next day.  But when I do get to sleep before 11, I am more rested and wake up in such a better mood. 

#86 Try 5 New Drinks

Who knew this would be so easy.  I would have shot for more if I knew I would knock them all out the first month.  Seth and I went out one night and I got a Star Spangled Rita, then at the store they had new frozen drink pouches so I got the Smirnoff Blue Raspberry Lemonade, Cherry Limeaid, and Strawberry Lemonade.  Then I tried Coconut Water.  I loved the Rita, the Strawberry Lemonade was good the other two were sour and I am a Cherry Limeaid lover and it was too sour for me.  And I do not care for Coconut Water.  Well unless it's the Sobe one.

Friday, February 1, 2013


Today is a new day let the worries of yesterday was off of you, I will not let the people who want to bring me down win!  I am STRONG, I have been through things you can not even imagine and I have come out on top, I might be scarred but it makes me who I am.  I learned who belongs in my life and who doesn't.  I refuse to be treated like I have been, I deserve better and I have finally accepted that those people do not belong in my life how many chances I give them.  To bring me to tears because you treat me like garbage ninety percent of the time and because you thing think that because ten percent of the time you treat me right does not make it right.  You are nothing to me, and I will no longer let you bring me down.  I deserve better and I will have better.  I am tired of being treated badly and I will no longer accept it, if you can not treat me and my children with the respect and love we deserve don't bother.  It may not bother Seth but I will not accept it.  VENT OVER!!!!

JUST REMEMBER 159 DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

#85 Take Multivitamin every day for 2 weeks

I hit the two weeks today and am going to keep going.  It's gotten easier to remember to take them.

#12 Start a Mommy and Me Journal with Kyrie

So I decorated this journal for Kyrie and me to write to each other back and forth.  She loved it so much when she saw it after coming home from school.  I'm hoping this will keep us talking about things through her teen years.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Being Thankful

"Throughout history wise men and women have encouraged us to feel grateful for what we have.
Why? Very simply because gratitude makes us feel good. When you're feeling grateful, your mind is clear, and therefore you have access to your greatest wisdom and common sense. You see the big picture."
- Richard Carlson, Ph.D., (1995)

Today I realized I am not nearly as thankful as I should be and I want to change that.   I want to show the girls how thankful  I am for everything daily so they will live the same way.   I am so thankful not just for the BIG things but the small things and I need to spend more time being thankful for them.  I need to get into the habit of writing in my gratitude journal.  I am blessed with two amazing little girls who both have amazing Best Friends.  And in the way of best friends the girls really picked some great ones.  I don't think I could have picked better friends for them.  Forming forever friendships is one of the best things, I think I was Kyrie's age when my best friend stopped being just a friend and became my SISTER!!!!  I know the girls were not given the same luxury as I had of having a best friend from like day one, and even though we don't see each other as much as either one of us would like, have gone big periods of time without talking it doesn't affect us.  I also had to explain to Kyrie we can have more then one best friend.   
        I have an AMAZING Church, whom without my Church family I would have packed up and left Maine a LONG time ago.  Our Church makes me feel so welcome and blessed and I have spent more time with my Faith since finding it.  And I believe that it has brought Seth and I closer together.
       I am always thankful for Seth, even when he drives me bonkers.  He gets me and it takes a lot to get me.  He has patience even when I don't.  Not just dealing with all things but dealing with me.  These past three years have been some of the hardest in my life.  Leaving my home, my family, my friends and moving more then a two days drive away from it all.  I've made new friends, and I have Seth's family but the South will ALWAYS have my heart, it will always be my HOME!  Maine hasn't changed that and I don't think it ever will.  I am PROUD to be a Southern Girl, proud our daughters were born Southern girls!  With in the span of a little more than a year I lost not one but two AMAZING women in my life and I shattered.  Not many people knew how much I was rocked by it all because I kept it to myself.  I can no longer be the person everyone wants me to be, I have to be ME!  Now if you don't like it so be that way but I am who I am like it or Leave.  What will I be teaching the girls if I can't be ME!  
          I am finally to a place where I want to be HAPPY again.  My life is not what I wanted, I am far from HOME, but I need to be Happy or I will never be able to rebuild myself.  And a big start to that is being thankful for all those little things I don't think about as much.
I just need to remember 

"This is my temporary home
It's not where I belong.
Windows and rooms that I'm passin' through.
This is just a stop, on the way to where I'm going.
I'm not afraid because I know this is my
Temporary Home." 

Monday, January 21, 2013

#63 Find and journal 25 Quotes I LOVE

  1. Friends pick us up when we fall down, and if they can't pick us up, they lie down and listen for a while.
  2. You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child.
  3. You have to be brave with your life so that others can be brave with theirs. 
  4. Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes can change your life.
  5. The greatest thing a father can do for his daughter is love her mother. ~ Elaine S. Dalton
  6. Thanks for the advice but what I really need are minions.
  7. Don't let the muggles get you down.
  8. Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.
  9. When life gives you rain puddles, laugh because playing in the mud always makes everything better. 
  10. To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  11. I remember when I was a kid, I used to dream of flying a lot.  I guess most kids do.  You grow up and all kinds of hardships get thrown on your shoulders.  You don't dream of flying anymore. ~ Johnny Depp
  12. Fall in love or fall in hate, Get inspired or be depressed.  Ace a test or flunk a class.  Make babies or make art.  Speak the truth or lie and cheat.  Dance on tables or sit in the corner.  Life is divine chaos, embrace it.  Forgive yourself.  Breathe.  And enjoy the ride.
  13. You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.
  14. Wake up every morning with the thought that something wonderful is about to happen.
  15. Everything will be okay in the end.  If it's not okay, it's not the end.
  16. Life is too short to stress yourself with people who don't even deserve to be an issue in your life.
  17. Sometimes you need to step outside, get some air and remind yourself of who you are and where you want to be.  ~ Gossip Girl
  18. Family isn't always blood.  It's the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are.  The ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what.
  19. Life isn't about finding yourself, Life is about CREATING yourself.
  20. Love me when I least deserve it, because that is when I really need it.  ~ Swedish Proverb
  21. If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales.  ~ Einstein 
  22. Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... it's about learning to dance in the rain.
  23. Perhaps strength doesn't reside in having never been broken... but in the courage required to grown strong in the broken places.
  24. Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. ~ Dr. Seuss 
  25. Truth is, everyone's going to hurt you. You just have to find the ones worth suffering for.   ~ Bob Marley
And one extra just because
There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief...and unspeakable love. - Washington Irving

Sunday, January 20, 2013

#73 Organize my photos (Kyrie, Zee, Mine, Seth, Girls, Family, Events)

So I decided to rearrange my Scrap area with the hope of it making me more "Crafty" and in doing so I decided to clean and organize all my stuff.  So while I was sorting and organizing all of the other stuff I figured I might as well do the photos too.  So now they are all in order sorted by age, event and person for my books.  This way I just have to pull out a stack of pictures when I start working on books.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

101 In Progress Tracker

#4 Complete two scrapbooks of  Kyrie
#5 Complete two scrapbooks of Zee
#6 Write and mail 10 handwritten notes
  1. Mom
  2. Ryan
#7 Read 120 books
  1. Kingdom of Hamelot:  Potrait of Doctor Leachum, A Controversial Man by Sharon Watts
  2. The Innocent by Taylor Stevens
  3. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  4.  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:  The Tertiary Phase by Douglas Adams
  5.  Helmet for my Pillow by Robert Leckie
  6.  The Witch House
  7.  Enchanted Castle Book 1
  8.  While the World Watched:  A Birmingham Bombing Survivor Comes to Age During the Civil Rights Movement
  9.  Fifty Shames of Earl Grey
  10. Crime and Punishment
  11. Pixie's Passion
  12. UnEnchanted
  13. Sarah Plain and Tall
  14.  Presumed Guilty
  15. Sweeney Todd and the String of Pearls 
  16. Room
  17. Warm Bodies
  18. The Night Circus
  19.  Yiddish Tales
  20. Love With A Twist
  21.  Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror
  22.  Neferet's Curse
  23.  Let's Pretend It Never Happened
  24.  Secrets to the Grave
  25.  My Life
  26.  Darkfever
  27.  A Weekend to Change Your Life
  28.  Cross Roads
  29.  Daily Dose of Determination
  30.  Bossypants
  31.  The Dressmaker
  32.  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  33.  Beautiful Creatures
  34.  Song of the West
  35.  The Kite Runner
  36.  The Lightning Thief
  37.  Emily Windsong and the Siren Song
  38.  The Sea of Monsters
  39.  The Titan's Curse
  40.  Witch and Wizard
  41.  The Memory Keeper's Daughter
  42.  The 39 Clues
  43.  A Dirty Job
  44.  Emma
  45. Tiger Lily
  46.  A Simple Act of Gratitude
  47.  My Favorite Fangs
  48.  The Casual Vacancy
  49.  Heaven is for Real
  50.  Bridget Jones The Edge of Reason
  51.  The Lovely Bones
  52.  One For The Money
  53.  The Care and Keeping of You
  54.  Soulless
  55.  Changeless
  56.   Blameless
  57.  Matched
  58.  The Great Gatsby
  59.   To Kill A Mockingbird
  60.  Lamb:  The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Friend
  61.  Twenties Girl
  62.  The Life of Pi
  63.  Acquiring Hearts
  64.  Wallbanger
  65.  The Paris Wife
  66.  Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  67.  What the Dickens?
  68.  The Night Relevations
  69.  The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
  70.  The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  71.  Faerie Tales
  72.  Igraine the Brave
  73.  Reckless
  74.  Kindred Souls
  75.  A Darker Shade of Grey
  76.  Seduced by Innocence
  77.  A Bit of Bite
  78.  The Horse and His Boy
#11 Make 10 things off pinterest (not food)
  1. Christmas Card book
  2. I'm Bored Jar
  3. Artwork Hanger
  4.  Doll Stuff
  5.  Card Sorter
  6.  Weight Loss Jars
  7.  Turkey game mason jar
  8.  Turkey table decorations
#14  Volunteer at 5 Church Events
  1.  Yard Sale set Up
  2.  Yard Sale
  3.  September Dinner Set Up
 #16 Ten Asian Recipes
  1. Teriyaki Crock Pot Pork Chops
  2.  Honey Stir Fry
  3.  Wontons
  4. Crab Rangoon
 #19 Read all 7 Harry Potter books with Kyrie
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone done January 22, 2013
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets March 1, 2013
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of  Azkaban March 17, 2013
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire April 15, 2013
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

#22  120 Movies with the girls
  1. Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman
  2. The Great Mouse Detective
  3. Alvin and the Chipmunks the Squeakuel
  4. Open Season 2
  5.  Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
  6.  Scooby Doo Ghoul School
  7.  Mars Needs Moms
  8.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt. 1
  9. Alvin and the Chipmunks Adventure
  10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt. 2 
  11. Alice in Wonderland
  12.  Rugrats Movie
  13.  Phineas and Ferb the Movie
  14.  Scooby Doo Meets the Boo Brothers
  15.   Scooby Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf
  16.  Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs
  17.  The Nightmare Before Christmas
  18.  The True Story of Puss N' Boots
  19.  Secret of the Wings
  20.  Smurfs
  21.  Double Double Toil and Trouble
  22.  Scooby Doo and the Monster of Mexico
  23.  Chill Out Scooby Doo
  24.  Smurfs and the Magic Flute
  25.  Peter Pan Returns
  26.  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  27.  Despicable Me
  28.  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  29.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  30.  Muppet Treasure Island
  31.  Barbie:  A Mermaid Tale
  32.  Space Dogs
  33.  Big Top Scooby Doo
  34.  Alex vs. Alex
  35.  Batmunks
  36.  Hotel Transylvania
  37.  Muppets Take Manhattan
  38.  The Neverending Story
  39.  Frankenweinie
  40.  Hercules
  41.  Arthur and the Invisibles
  42.  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  43.  Willow
  44.  Monster High:  Ghouls Rule
  45.  Coraline
  46.  The Witches
  47.  Felicity:  An American Girl
  48.  Molly:  An American Girl on the Homefront
  49.  The Hobbit
  50.  Madagascar 2
  51.  Ever After
  52.  Paranorman
  53.  Vampire Dog
  54.  Ghost Cat
  55.   The Addams Family
  56.  Ice Age
  57.  The Great and Powerful Oz
  58.   Madagascar 3
  59.  The Adventures of Tin-Tin
  60.  Casper Scare School
  61. Scooby Doo Camp Scare
  62.  Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2
  63.  Arthur Christmas
  64.  Brave
  65.  Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure
  66.  Ratatouille
  67.  Rise of the Guardians
  68.  The Never Ending Story 2
  69.  Gremlins 2

 #26 Go to the Library twice a month
January 14, 28
February 19,28
March 16,30
April 2, 5
May 6, 13
June 10, 24
July 1,10
August 7, 22
September 3, 12
October 3, 18
November 14, 22
December 1, 9

#27 Make 20 cards a month
January 20 done on the 28th
February 20 done on the 20th
March 20 done on the 23rd
April 20 done on the 10th
May 20 done on the 30th
June 20 done on the 17th
July 20 done on the 31st
August done on the 31st
September done on the 15th
October done on the 5th
November done by the 11th

 #28 Try 15 Recipes from Pinterest
  1. Crock Pot Teriyaki Pork Chops
  2. Poptarts
  3. Baked Balsamic Chicken
  4.  Colored Waffles
  5.  Weight Watchers Berry Cake
  6.  Stroganoff
  7.  Buffalo Tofu
  8.  Pumpkin Crock Pot French Toast
  9.  Crock Pot Applesauce
  10.  Crock Pot Blueberry Applesauce
  11.  Crock Pot Strawberry Applesauce
#31 Help Kyrie earn 5 patches

#38 Complete 1 Craft Project a month
January ~ Christmas Card book
February ~ I'm Bored Jar, Hairbow and Headband Container
March ~ Artwork Hanging
April ~ Doll Jewelry
May ~ Altered Containers
June ~ Doll notebook, folder, batons
July ~ Doll Hula hoops
August ~ Card Organizer
September ~ Book Fair Teacher Board
October ~ Decorations for Halloween
November~ Mason Jar things
December ~ Altered Clothes Pins

#48 Skype or talk with  Mom once a month
January15, 28,
February 5, 9,10, 14,
March 4,
April 6
June 7
July 1
August 6
September 2
October 4
November 5
December 13

#49  Complete my 5 Craft gifts
1. Megan L. ~
2. Loretta G. ~ done
3. Sarah T. ~ done
4. Jessica G. ~done
5. Beth H. ~ done
extra ~ Nilka
extra ~ Manda ~ done

#50 Blog about each goal as I complete it

  1. DONE

  6.  DONE
  10.  DONE
  11.  DONE
  13. DONE 
  15. DONE
  18.  DONE
  21.  DONE
  22.  DONE
  23.  DONE
  25.  DONE
  34.  DONE
  35.  DONE
  37.  DONE
  40.  DONE
  49.  DONE
  51.  DONE
  56.   DONE
  59. DONE
  61.  DONE
  63.  DONE
  71.  DONE
  77.  DONE
  82. DONE
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  84.  DONE
  85. DONE
  88.  DONE

  90.  DONE
  91. DONE
  95. DONE

#54 Make and give out 5 Happiness Cards
  1. Ryan
 #56 Read All of my Book Club Books
January ~ The Maze Runner
February ~ Warm Bodies
March ~ DarkFever
April ~ Beautiful Creatures
May ~ The Lightning Thief
June ~ Witch and Wizard
July ~ Tiger Lily
August ~ My Favorite Fangs
September ~ Soulless
October ~ Matched
November ~ Twenties Girl
December ~

#57.  Make 10 kid "WOW" foods
  1. poptarts
  2.  Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
  3.  Velata Fruit Sprinkles Medley
  4.  Colored Waffles
  5.  Banana Pudding
  6.  Banana Muffins
  7.  Wafflemen
  8. Berry Cakes
  9.  Applesauce

     #59. Talk with Brother at least once a month
    January ~  26th
    February ~ 9th
    March ~ 15
    April ~ 27
    May ~ 7
    June ~ 16
    July ~ 10
    August ~ 4
    September ~ 21
    October ~ 24
    November ~ 14
    December ~ 20
    January ~
    February ~
    March ~
    April ~
    May ~
    June ~
    July ~
    August ~
    September ~
    October ~
    November ~
    December ~

    #64 Do a sleepover with girls at least once a month
    January ~18th
    February ~ 8th
    March ~ 1st
    April ~1st
    May ~2nd
    June ~20th
    July ~ 1st
    August ~ 23rd
    September ~ 1st
    October ~ 1st
    November ~ 16th
    December ~7th
    January ~
    February ~
    March ~
    April ~
    May ~
    June ~
    July ~
    August ~
    September ~
    October ~
    November ~
    December ~
    #68 Listen to Bob Marley 4 times a Month
    January ~ 14,18, 28,31
    February ~ 2, 5,17, 18
    March ~23,24,26,31
    April ~3,10, 14, 26
    May ~25, 26, 27, 31
    June ~ 21, 26, 27, 28
    July ~ 4, 10, 12, 19
    August ~ 12, 14, 17, 19
    September ~ 2, 6, 12, 16
    October ~ 5, 6, 8, 10
    November ~ 7,15, 19, 20
    December ~ 23, 24, 29,
    January ~
    February ~
    March ~
    April ~
    May ~
    June ~
    July ~
    August ~
    September ~
    October ~
    November ~
    December ~

    #70 Do 15 Craft Events with Girls
    1. Egg Carton Chick
    2.  Mike and Sully puppets
    3.  El Chupacabra plane
    4.  Rainbow bracelets
    5.  Bottlecap Snowmen
    6.  Minion Car
    7.  Egg Monsters
    8. November's Craft
    #72 Write 4 people and tell them how much they mean to me
    1.  Megan E

     #75 Do a craft with the girls each month
    January ~  Tissue Paper Animals,  Foam Bracelets, Dress Up Bear
    February ~ Valentine Boxes
    March ~ Egg Chickens
    April ~ Finger Print Trees
    May ~ Plaster Animals
    June ~ Dad Shirt
    July ~ Nana signs, wood build it kits
    August ~Tie Dye Shirts
    September ~ Loom Potholders
    October ~ Rainbow bracelets
    November ~ Owls and Turkeys
    December ~ Penguins
    January ~
    February ~
    March ~
    April ~
    May ~
    June ~
    July ~
    August ~
    September ~
    October ~
    November ~
    December ~

     #78 See 8 events live
    1.  Chizzle Wizzle 2013
    2.  Magical Mystery Tour 2013
    3.  Sea Dogs Game Aug 2013
    4.  Christmas Dance 2013
    #80 Change up blog 8 times
    1. January 15th 2013
    2.  February 20th 2013
    3.  July 10th 2013
    4.  November 7th 2013
    5.  December 29th 2013
    #81 Do at least 1 Kid Fun Event a Month
    January~ Military Kids Club
    February ~ Roller Skating
    March ~ Chick Craft
    April ~ Bike Riding
    May ~ Mommy Daughter Date
    June ~ Relay
    July ~ Lighthouse and Ocean
    August ~ Camp
    September ~ Fire Pit with Friends
    October ~ Fort Knox
    November ~ 2nd Thanksgiving
    December ~ Meeting Santa

     #82 Take a picture of Zee a week
    January ~15,23,28,
    February ~ 3,10, 23, 25
    March ~ 8,13,22,26,31
    April ~13,19, 27
    May ~ 2, 7, 17, 24, 27
    June ~6, 10, 21, 24
    July ~4, 8, 15, 27
    August ~ 2, 10, 14, 21, 25
    September ~ 6, 14, 15, 28
    October ~ 2, 6, 15, 24, 31
    November ~ 5, 15, 18, 26
    December ~ 5, 14, 18, 25
    January ~
    February ~
    March ~
    April ~
    May ~
    June ~
    July ~
    August ~
    September ~
    October ~
    November ~
    December ~ 

    #83 Take a picture of Kyrie a week
    January ~17, 22, 28,
    February ~ 3,10, 23,28
    March ~ 8,12,22,26,31
    April ~13,19, 23, 30
    May ~11, 18, 24, 27
    June ~ 7, 10, 21, 24
    July ~4, 9,15, 27,
    August ~ 2, 10, 14, 19, 24
    September ~ 6, 11, 15, 24, 31
    October ~2, 6, 15, 24, 31
    November ~ 5, 15, 18, 26
    December ~ 5, 14, 18, 25
    January ~
    February ~
    March ~
    April ~
    May ~
    June ~
    July ~
    August ~
    September ~
    October ~
    November ~
    December ~ 

    #92 Wear a Homemade Item out at least Twice a month
    January ~ Scarf 14, Bracelet 16
    February ~  Bracelet 2, headband 5
    March ~ Bracelet 1, Headband 4
    April ~ Bracelet 14, 20
    May ~ 6, 24
    June ~14, 29
    July ~ 1,12
    August ~6, 17
    September ~ 23, 24
    October ~ 5, 6
    November ~ 28, 29
    December ~ 14, 16
    January ~
    February ~
    March ~
    April ~
    May ~
    June ~
    July ~
    August ~
    September ~
    October ~
    November ~
    December ~

    #96 Do 5 layouts in a book for me
    #97 Do 5 layouts in Seth's book

     #98 Do 5 pages in the Family book
    #100 Say yes to 10 activities Zee asks me to do with her
    1. Color and Garfield time
    2. Playing Wii 
    3.  Sleeping in her room on the bottom bunk mattress on her floor
    4.  Color and netflix just the two of us
    5.  Play Zelda with her
    6.  Take a walk
    7.  Let her paint my nails

    #101 Make another 101 list before the end of this one
    1. Blog about every goal I complete
    2. Come up with and Blog about my word of the Year for 2016
    3. Come up with and Blog about my word of the Year for 2017
    4. Come up with and Blog about my word of the Year for 2018
    5. Come up with Reading Goal 2016
    6. Come up with Reading Goal 2017
    7.  Come up with Reading Goal 2018
    8.  Have 20 Dates with Kyrie
    9.  Read 20 books out of my Reading Binder
    10.  Read 200 books
    11.  Start a Mommy and Me Journal with Zee
    12.  Read 20 books off BBC book list
    13.  Start Kyrie on her own Reading Goal
    14.  Craft once a month
    15.   Have 30 dates with Seth
    16.  Do 10 pages in Kyrie's book
    17.  Do 10 pages in Zee's book
    18.  Do 10 pages in Seth's book
    19.  Do 10 pages in Family Book
    20.  Blog once a month for a year
    21.  Write 20 handwritten notes/letters
    22. Have 20 dates with Zee
    23.  Try something new
    24.  Have a Girls Day with a Friend
    25.  Volunteer at School 25 times
    26. Get something for myself
    27.  Go visit someplace new
    28.  Take the kids on a day trip out of town at least 5 times
    29.  Go on 10 hikes
    30.  Do family pictures 3 times
    31.  Help Zee scrapbook
    32.  Donate things 5 times

    #94 and #95 DONE

    94. Organize Kyrie's Memento box
    95. Organize Zee's Memento box
     So today while had her BFF over I pulled out the girls Memento boxes and organized them.  It did show me I need to search Pinterest for something to do with all the cards they have accumulated and I need to get to work on some layouts.  Plus since I was already organizing, and I needed another box for Kyrie's stuff (so now she has two boxes) I went ahead and did all of them.  Plus I put the photos in the new photo box I got for volunteering at school.  Now I just have to organize the photos and see how far behind I am on scrapping.  And this doesn't even all of last year's photos I still have to print those out.

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

    101 in 1001 My Bucket List

    101 in 1001 My Bucket List


    I got this idea from the blog Pretend Like It's the Weekend so if you are interested you can go check her blog out.

    The Mission:
    Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.
    The Criteria:
    Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).
    Why 1001 Days?
    Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple goals such as New Year’s resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.
    The Start Date:
    January 14, 2013 (age 29)
    The End Date:
    October 10, 2015 (age 32)

    Goals Completed are in Blue
    1. Go visit my Mom and Brother
    2. Visit Megan and Eric
    3. Paint the Living room and Kitchen
    4. Complete two Scrapbooks for Kyrie (0/2)
    5. Complete two Scrapbooks for Zee(0/2)
    6. Write and mail 10 handwritten letters (2/10)
    7. Read 120 books (81/120)
    8. Organize my Scrapbook Paper
    9. Start Zee's Friends Scrapbook
    10. Get Caught up on Kyrie's Friends Scrapbook
    11. Make 10 things off Pinterest (not food related) (9/10)
    12. Start a Mommy and Me Journal with Kyrie
    13. Decorate Zee's bedroom
    14. Volunteer at 5 Church Events (3/5)
    15. Do something "Big" before I turn 30
    16. Attempt 10 Asian Recipes (4/10)
    17. Go Blue
    18. Read a Bible Verse Every Day for a year (hopefully once I get in the habit it will continue after the year)(351/365) (January 15th 2013- January 14th 2014)
    19. Read all 7 Harry Potter books with Kyrie (4/7)
    20. Wear earrings and necklace when I leave the house for 60 days (60/60)
    21. Take a Road Trip as a Family
    22. Have 120 Movie Dates (at home or out) with the Girls (70/120)
    23. Organize my Stickers
    24. Watch at least 33 movies I have never seen (33/33)
    25. Color a whole color book by myself (96/96)
    26. Go to the library at least twice a month (24/66)
    27. Make 20 cards every month (220/220)
    28. Try 15 Recipes from Pinterest (12/15)
    29. Go through and organize all our recipes
    30. Have "Me" time weekly (50/132)
    31. Help Kyrie earn 5 patches (0/5)
    32. Help Kyrie complete her own scrapbook
    33. Clean out the basement (half done)
    34. Empty out the storage unit
    35. Make an clothes for Kyrie's Doll (I don't have a clue how to sew so this should be interesting)
    36. Decorate dollhouse floors
    37. Decorate Dollhouse walls
    38. Complete 1 craft project per month (13/33)
    39. Drink Water Daily for at least a month (30/30)
    40. Redo all the outlet plugs in house with Seth
    41. Build Bunk Beds for Kyrie's dolls
    42. Send out cards for all subcommittee meetings (4/4 (for 2013)
    43. Organize all photos on computer and get them backed up
    44. Finish scanning in old photos
    45. Go to a Wine tasting
    46. Complete my Wreck this Journal
    47. Organize my Itunes and Create some new playlists
    48. Skype or talk with my Mom at least once a month (12/33)
    49. Complete my 5 craft gifts for 2013 for friends (5/7)
    50. Blog about each goal as I complete it (32/101)
    51. Get up at 7:00 or before every day for 2 weeks (14/14)
    52. Have a home Spa Day Party with the girls
    53. Volunteer at School (10/10)
    54. Make and give out 5 Happiness Cards (1/5)
    55. Finish my Operation Homefront Facilitator Training
    56. Read all my book club books for a year (11/12)
    57. Make 10 Kid "Wow" Foods (9/10)
    58. Make a list of 100 things that make me Happy (100/100)
    59. Talk with my Brother at least once a month (12/33)
    60. Bare my soul in a letter then burn it
    61. Write a letter to Kyrie to open when this challenge ends
    62. Write a letter to Zee to open when this challenge ends
    63. Find and Journal 25 quotes I love
    64. Do a "sleepover" with Zee or Kyrie monthly (13/33)
    65. Have a tea party with the girls
    66. Take pictures while the girls do a fashion show
    67. Order pictures to catch me up to the year I am in
    68. Listen to More Bob Marley four times a Month (it's good for my soul) (48/132)
    69. Clean out and organize the Shed
    70. Do Craft events at (Michael's, A. C. Moore, Lowes, Library, School) with the kids (8/15)
    71. Tie a worry to a balloon and let it go
    72. Write and tell 4 friends how much they mean to me (1/4)
    73. Organize my photos (Kyrie, Zee, Mine, Seth, Girls, Family, Events)
    74. Paint my nails or the girls nails at least 66 times each (48/66)
    75. Do a Craft with the girls every month (12/33)
    76. Complete my List Your Self book (106/268)
    77. Organize files on computer
    78. See 8 events live (sports games, recitals, plays, etc) (4/8)
    79. Do something special for myself and get a new bag
    80. Change up my blog 8 times (5/8)
    81. Do at least 1 kid fun event a month (12/33)
    82. Take a picture a week of Zee (50/132)
    83. Take a picture a week of Kyrie (50/132)
    84. See Carolynn
    85. Take my multivitamin every day for two weeks (14/14)
    86. Try 5 new drinks (5/5)
    87. Be asleep before 11 p.m for a week (7/7)
    88. Get Zee a library card when she turns 5
    89. Clear out the brush behind the shed
    90. Help Seth make his garden
    91. Finish birthday/anniversary binder (12/12)
    92. Wear a homemade item out at least twice a month (25/66)
    93. Buy 3 new bras (2/3)
    94. Organize Kyrie's Memento box
    95. Organize Zee's Memento box
    96. Do 5 layouts in a book for Me (not Seth or the girls) (0/5)
    97. Do 5 layouts in Seth's book (0/5)
    98. Do 5 pages in the Family book (0/5) 
    99. Compliment a complete stranger  
    100.  Say yes to 10 activities Zee asks me to do with her (7/10)
    101. Make another 101 list before the end of this one (32/101)