Currently: August Edition

Two blogs posts in one week and it's only Wednesday? What has gotten into me, right?! ;) It's time for my favorite post and link-up of the month, of course!  I'm joining in with Anne and her cohost of the month, Shea, for the Currently link-up. Check out their blogs and link-up, it's fun! I'm Currently...

Snacking On: 
Blackberries. I have been popping them like crazy this past week- yum! I seriously cannot get enough of them. Bonus, T loves them too and we can share :)

Another big month of selling books as an Usborne consultant! I met all my goals for the first month which was super exciting as someone totally new to the world of direct sales. The books truly do make it easy though, because I love them and anyone who checks them out loves them as well. I need to meet quite a few goals in month two in order to promote up, eek! I'm ready to put the work in and make it happen.

Lawn tools? Ha! The list of things we want/need with a new house grows daily it seems. In the meantime, I'm thankful for friends and family that let us borrow stuff we just aren't quite ready to purchase at the moment. (Psst- for Christmas I will take Lowes gift cards, please and thank you ;))

My adorable kid! While he can be a total monster from time to time (I'm talking to you, one-year molars) I also just can't get over how stinkin' awesome he is most of the time. I look at him learn and do new things every week and can't help but admire "my work" ya know? He is at such a fun age and he's my best little buddy, even on the hard days. And yes, our selfie game is strong.

Honestly, nothing. We are back on track, back to sticking to our budget and keeping our wallets closed. Other than the necessities, we won't be spending "for fun" for awhile now. The house needs are a priority but even those we are doing little by little. Gosh, being an adult is so much fun ;)

Link-up and tell me what you're currently up to!

The Last(s)

Happy Monday, everyone! Since we're wrapping up July today I thought I'd throw things back to the MySpace/Xanga days (yeah, I had both of those!) and write about a few "lasts" of mine.

Last thing I ate: Well, I'm writing this and haven't had breakfast yet- so I guess I had some gummy bears last night after dinner. Oops. And also, yum.

Last text I sent: "I will!" with like 8 various emojis after it.

Last book I read: I finished The Things We Keep. Didn't love it, and certainly don't get the hype that was around it. But I'm currently reading Betrayed by Lisa Scottoline, one of my favorite authors, and it's really good so far.

Last time I laughed: Over the weekend there was a lot of laughter for a lot of different reasons. I like that I can't think of the last specific incident because it means I was laughing all weekend :)

Last thing you bought: Other than groceries (so boring) I finally found T a pair of shoes. At the Nike outlet for half price- score!!

Last movie you saw: Well I have not seen a movie in theaters since BEFORE T WAS BORN. Isn't that ridiculous?! However, I finally (!!) got to rent and watch Hidden Figures and it did not disappoint. I knew I would love it, it was just a matter of finally sitting down to watch it. Great movie!

Last thing you googled: Perry Mackin bags. I went to the Cincinnati Baby & Beyond Expo over the weekend and scored a ton of awesome freebies. Diapers, wipes, snack pouches, toys, free gym/swim passes and a lot of really good coupons and discounts too! Perry Mackin had a booth set up there and while I'd never heard of them, I fell in love with her bags. Lots of diaper bags, but they can serve many purposes. I'm kicking myself for not buying one now, since she had a great discount for those in attendance. Dangit, they are so pretty!!

Last thing I want to share with you: Please consider donating to my fundraiser for books for kids in foster care! These books will help give kids who sometimes have nothing of their own, something to cherish and love. A brand new book would mean the world to them!!

Talking 'Bout Time

You know what is so awesome about blogging? Y'all know everything. Truly. I love that I can ask a random question about kids shoes on here and get a wealth of ideas and information within hours, sometimes minutes! It's incredible! Thank you to everyone for your suggestions this week. T's little feet are going to be styling (on a budget!) very soon again :)

I find it really hard to believe that we are about to finish up the seventh month of 2017. Time is always escaping us, but this whole year feels like a blur. From prepping our house and selling it within days; to temporarily moving in with family; to building our new house and moving into it; to hosting T's birthday party and then leaving for a family vacation; to a looooong summer of crutches... seriously- where is the year 2017 disappearing to? 

I know everyone says not to wish time away, blah blah blah but I'm ready for fall and I'm ready to somehow make fall feel like it lasts forever! I'm looking forward to doing a lot of fall activities with T now that he is older and can enjoy some of them a little more. Last fall that little peanut slept through anything we did OR was going to bed too early to take along with us. Not this year- bring on the pumpkin patch pictures!! 
Throwback to last year's Halloween- OMG.

And another thing to look forward to- for those counting... The Bengals regular season opener is in 43 days. WOOP! With all this talk of time, it sure seems like it's been FOREVER since football season. It can't come soon enough. Where my football people at???

And you know what else is coming soon? School. Back-to-school season is definitely here according to social media and every store I've visited in the past week. Man, I wish I had a reason to buy school supplies. I mentioned it earlier this week, but this time of year had me really thinking about a way to give back. I'm starting a fundraising campaign to raise money to donate books to children in foster care in my area. If you click THIS LINK you can read a little more about the programs I want to donate to and my goals for the upcoming week or so. No donation is too small, please consider helping this cause. If you can't donate, please share! Thank you in advance.

Send Coffee + Help Me Shop

Little T, who doesn't seem so little anymore, is 14 months old today. I think I'll stop talking in months once he's one and a half. But telling people he's 1 feels like a lie because his first birthday party was approximately a decade ago at this point! ;) T is changing by the day, possibly transitioning from 1 nap to 2 and also getting a mouthful of teeth right now. Someone send help. And coffee.

Between my part-time job, my new book venture and just keeping up with T, life has felt a little extra crazy lately. I don't know how you working mama's or two-job-people do it all! However, now that we're starting to feel like our new house is actually ours, we are making an effort to schedule things with friends again. We hosted our first game night in the new house last weekend- complete with cowboy caviar, and I went out for pizza with some girlfriends Monday night. After being cooped up for six weeks on crutches, I was in some serious need of social interaction. Next up on my social calendar will be hanging with my physical therapy peeps 3 nights a week- wahoo! ;)

In other "mom news" I need to know what your favorite place to shop for shoes kids is... because I can't find anything for T that I like and is also affordable. Maybe I'm just a cheapo but I couldn't believe the prices I was seeing for basic shoes for such a little foot. I was looking at Kohl's over the weekend thinking I'd score a good deal but they hardly had anything! Obviously I would love to get him like seven pairs of these in all colors/styles, but I'm going for practical here. I want a tennis shoe with velcro like this and a nicer, neutral shoe too. Help!

One final random thought for today- I'm partnering with someone for a fundraiser that I'm really excited about and can't wait to share with you all. It's something near and dear to my heart that I've been working on for awhile and I'm excited about it's potential.

An Update... Again?

Without meaning to, it's been 10 days since I lasted posted anything on here. So, hello! I know blogworld can be quieter than usual in the summer because everyone is busy so I doubt my lack of posting has left anyone missing out ;)

To be honest, being cooped up on crutches all summer has been way more challenging mentally than physically. I definitely have that cabin fever/stir crazy/whatever you want to call it going on but thankfully the end is in sight. This weekend I'll reach the 6 weeks of crutches mark, hooray! After that I can wean off of them for 2 weeks and then I'll start some physical therapy. Fortunately things are healing up as they should but goodness has it been a long (expensive) process so far.

But injuries and crutches are boring so here's what else we've been up to!

- T is "talking" and repeating things like crazy. It blows my mind how quickly he picks up new words and sounds. His new phrase is "all gone" which I hear 200x a day, but I don't mind. It's adorable. He's still not walking at almost-14-months but I don't mind that either- especially since I haven't been able to walk myself. I keep saying he's just being considerate of his momma ;) He'll walk when I can walk.

- We've made a few family trips out to Lowes in the past few weeks, that's about as exciting of an adventure as we can handle right now. But with a new house there is a never-ending list of things we need/want, so it's a fun adventure regardless. I'm hoping to score some outdoor furniture next month when everything is on major sale. Crossing my fingers we find something we love at a good price. I think we want something like this... but I'm not positive.

- My book business is SO much fun and it's been awesome having something I can do from home. Again, with the whole stuck-inside thing! I'm hosting a couple parties a week at this point and enjoying every minute of it. Want free books for your kiddos? HIT ME UP. #itseasy

- I've had multiple friends make the trek down to see me and keep me company for a few hours during the week and I cannot express how much that means to me. Two of them drove an hour with their own kids, brought lunch and made me feel not so isolated for awhile. Those visits got me through the long days for sure.

- When we moved we somehow lost our coffee maker and it still has not turned up. I'm not too distraught as it was a really basic, inexpensive one- but I just wonder how something so important goes missing?? Lol. Let's just say we have hit the Dunkin drive-through a few too many times in the past week but buying a replacement is on the agenda for this weekend.

That's as good of an update as any, I suppose. Now that the end of crutches is in sight ALL I CAN THINK ABOUT IS FALL. Sorry, all you summer lovers- but I need to have two legs again and when I do it's basically time for pumpkins, festivals and zoo trips where you don't sweat buckets. It can't come soon enough!!!

An Update!

Things look a little different around here, don't they? Though I do love a good blog revamp, I hadn't planned on doing this one. But over the weekend my blog was getting hacked from somewhere in Germany. Much to my displeasure, those thousands of pageviews pouring in were NOT in fact just visiting to admire my writing ;) Once that was taken care of, none of my images/headers or anything was showing up correctly. And all those files? Forever lost on my Mac that has officially bit the dust. My beloved computer I bought right after I got out of college in 2008- yes, it is done. #RIP

So a quick facelift later, here we are! I haven't had the time to truly update everything, and I'm pretty sure my social media links are missing at the moment- but that'll come in time. I'm confident no sleep will be lost over my half-completed blog design. Now let's just focus on the fact that I DO have a brand new computer coming my way this week. After 9 years with the same one, I'm pretty stoked.

Weekend highlights below:

- Third Annual Christmas-in-July date night for us. Jared did all the planning this year since I'm on crutches. He totally shocked me by putting up our tree with lights on it, cooking a Christmas-type dinner and just going all out on the details. Love that man and how he still loves to be creative with our dates at home.
- New PJs from Carters. This was part of a 2-pack, originally listed for like $30 (ridiculous) but it was on clearance for $16.99, with an additional mark down of 25% off. And THEN I had a $10 reward to use so I ended up paying $2.92 for 2 sets of pajamas. I love a good deal!!

- If you didn't see me mention it, I'm now an Usborne Books & More consultant/distributor. I fell in love with the books when someone gifted some to T and it just made sense for me to sell them and share my love with everyone else! My new consultant kit came in the mail over the weekend and I'm thrilled with it! I got eight books in all age ranges/topics, plus things like brochures, catalogs, etc.

I've only been doing this for 2 weeks and I've already hosted 3 online parties- with 4 more on the books (pun totally intended!) If you are interested in hearing more about earning FREE BOOKS- please comment and let me know. My best friend Lacey just had a party on Facebook and is going to walk away with close to $100 worth of their books. I'm so not the sales type, but I'm telling y'all- you need to check it out.

Oh and a crutches update for those counting along with me. I'm 4 weeks down at this point which feels like a lot and a little at the same time. I'll see my doctor around the 8-week mark to decide if I can move onto physical therapy or if they want another 4 weeks on crutches after that. My sanity is waning many days but getting this first "chunk" of time done helps. A little ;)

Happy Monday, all!!

Currently: July Edition

Welcome, back! From the long weekend, and to my blog as well! I enjoyed stalking everyone's festive fun over the weekend. It always feels extra quiet in blog world in the summer time, which makes sense for most of us. The days are longer, kids are out of school and there is lots of summer fun to be had. However, as the lady injured and cooped up? I am legitimately counting down the days until September and fall and football. Yeah, yeah... I said it- don't kill me! 

That being said, I figured the easiest way to come back to reality was with the Currently link-up. My favorite! Anne and her cohost this month, Stephanie would love for you to join in the fun and link-up, too!

Documenting: Life! My sister-in-law got me onto the 1 Second Everyday app and I absolutely love it. I'm already so antsy to see the finished product at the end of the year. I wish I'd started it from the day T was born, but I just started on January 1 of this year and it's so much fun! Even though a LOT of my clips are of T, I try to think outside the box and document other simple little things in the day-to-day. Sometimes the most mundane thing makes the cut, but I know it will make for good variety and a fun memory.

Accomplishing: Umm... have I mentioned a time or ten that I'm on crutches? ;) It's been so difficult for me to just rest. SO DIFFICULT. But I'm trying! And while I'm trying to rest physically, my mind does not rest so the lists and project planning is in full force. With a new house comes lots of wants/needs so I've got a running tally of things we want to purchase/do. At the top of our list right now is to purchase and install kitchen knobs and pulls. I thought I knew what I wanted, but then like anything else, I saw the countless options and just feel confused. Any tips??

Enjoying: Daily pictures and updates from my sister and niece. While Facebook is my least favorite social media outlet, I do enjoy the messenger app. It's so quick and easy to chat, especially with people hours away! Whether it's a funny story, a cute photo or just a 'hey, what's up?' I love being able to stay connected with them!

Reading: A lot, actually! Another "perk" of having to rest, I suppose. While I am always way behind the rest of the world on popular books, I've been flying through a lot of them on my Kindle Fire. PS- Does anyone have a good case they love and recommend? I need one but can't decide!

Spending: Carefully! Like I mentioned, there are so many things we want and/or need for a new house, but we know it's a process. We recently revamped our budget because it needed a major overhaul. Now we know what our house project budget is each month and it feels good to know those numbers. Our life and finances are 100% different than they were one year ago, so why shouldn't our budget be different too? Jared and I still have a lot of financial goals and ambitions and we know staying on top of them is the only way to reach them!

That's enough rambling from me. What are you up to currently??

Staycation Success

I mentioned on Monday that Jared was off all this week and it has been AMAZING. I'm resting more and enjoying the extra time with both of my boys. This week has truly been a success.

We've hit up yard sales and found some great deals. I snagged this end table for $8 from the sweetest couple. They were making T laugh and they said they were sorry they didn't have any toys. That was definitely okay because we hit the jackpot of kid's stuff later that day. We left another yard sale with a bag of books, Black & Decker tools for kids, and a xylophone - all for $4!
Family yard sale selfie ;)
It's also been a beautiful weather week around here. With Jared here we've been able to get out and about a little more than I normally would be able to on crutches. We've enjoyed our back deck and set up fun water play for T. And the sunsets lately... incredible!

And last but not least- I have been talking about books a lot lately, but for good reason! I've decided to become an Usborne Books consultant and I'm pretty pumped!! After attending a party and falling in love with the product, it just made sense to sell it. I've got some parties booked and my first one is tonight on Facebook, so I'm really excited to see how things go. If anyone wants to hear more, feel free to leave me a comment. I'm happy to share more! You can shop my books and see what they're all about HERE.

A Cooking Curve Ball

Twas the night before the weekend, and all through the house,
Delicious scents wafted through the air, to the nose of my spouse.
The toppings were placed on our pizza with care,
We knew no other meal would simply compare.

When all of a sudden, there came such a clatter,
I crutched to the stove to see what was the matter.
Jared also jumped and flew over in a flash,
And soon we could see what was about to end up in the trash.

I was useless and injured, but he acted quick,
Jared grabbed a spatula before things started to stick.
Oh we were devastated, and tears almost came,
How could our pizza stone shatter?! That's simply insane!

Our Zucchini Pizza sure didn't look pretty,
But we salvaged what we could, though the kitchen was gritty.
It's a lasagna now, it was simply a cooking curve ball,
Now eat it! Just eat it! Eat it once and for all!

*It actually was delicious, despite the craziness of this story. Recipe here. Our stone just got really hot and totally shattered- on it's own! Time for a new one, I guess.

**Linking up with The Blended Blog

What a Weekend

After some disheartening news from the doctor Thursday, I was so thrilled to have a weekend to look forward to. The news was that my fracture is worse than they thought and that means crutches are going to be in my life longer than just 6 weeks. Try 12 weeks. Yeah, I can't talk about it. Regardless, Jared was home all weekend AND he's taken off all this week for a little staycation. If you can call it that. Really, it's just so I can rest more and not worry about T for awhile. It's going to be a huge help in my healing process! As much as I wish we'd be out doing all the fun things possible, I'll take what I can get.

This weekend was a doozy for us! We attended two different birthday parties. One for a 5-year-old and one for someone turning 50. Opposite ends of the spectrum but both lots of fun! At the kid's birthday party we got to see our college pals, celebrate their oldest and meet their newest little boy who's only 7 weeks old. T was in backyard heaven at their house. Since we JUST had our sod and grass seed laid a few days ago, we haven't been able to spend a lot of time out there. At this party he was a climbing, crawling, playing little man and couldn't be happier about it.

After T crashed hard Saturday night we were able to squeeze in church and some meal prep before heading to a surprise 50th for Jared's Uncle. We used to live down the street from him before we moved and he was always our favorite neighbor ;) I can't tell you the number of times he let us borrow tools, how many times he came down to help with a project we were working on and he always kept an eye on our house for us. He is such a good guy and we were happy to have the afternoon free to celebrate and catch up with lots of family members.

T also got to hang with some of his second cousins at the party and he thought they were the best! It's so nice to get T around other young kids since it doesn't happen nearly enough.

In other news- Jared and I did SO MUCH COOKING this weekend. I'm not sure what got into us but we made a ton of different things that all turned out really good. The bonus? They were all healthy recipes! We got a little crazy on Dr. Axe's website- he has some amazing recipes on there. I made something with dates for the first time and surprised myself by liking it.

And okay, I lied- I said everything we made turned out really good... but we had one disaster Friday night. However, that story is getting it's own blog post later this week. Stay tuned.

30 Days

Just a measly little 30 days left on these crutches. I've found that saying it in days versus weeks somehow helps. And tomorrow that number will start with a 2 and I'll be practically done then! ;) I'm trying to be obnoxiously upbeat today, we'll see how long it lasts. The sunrise this morning was absolutely gorgeous and it started my day off right, that's for sure. It was a beautiful, simple reminder that today was a new day. What's that Anne of Green Gables quote/scene...  ?

We've obviously put a lot of house projects on hold because of my injury. There is a lot I can't really do. So all those blog posts about home updates and decor and furniture and such are just going to be on the back burner for the summer probably. If I ever get around to them at all. Instagram shots might be the easiest/best way, because everyone just wants photos right?! We did get news that our new bedroom furniture is being delivered next week (way ahead of schedule!) so we are PUMPED about that.

A few phone pics of T recently. When your momma is on crutches, sometimes lunch time gets creative and you get to eat on the counter. He thought it was hilarious! And a new set of jammies (wearing 18 month now- though still a little big) and a ball. He says ball probably 500 times a day, no lie. He's obsessed.

And last but not least, the book party I mentioned a couple days ago is happening TONIGHT on Facebook. Please leave me a comment/message if you'd like an invite. I'm pretty pumped to host and would love you to join in the fun :)

Usborne Kids Books

It's no secret that we are big book lovers in our house. Jared and I both love reading and it's been fun to introduce T to the amazing word of books as well. He flips through books all day long and in my totally unbiased opinion, it's the cutest thing ever ;)
Usborne Books & More was a new thing to me a few months ago. T was gifted a couple of them for his birthday and they are easily some of my favorites of his now. They have a ton of these "That's not my .... " books that are adorable. They are all touchy-feely books and T loves all the different textures. So far we have three of the versions but I seriously want every single one of them!

After we were gifted some of these, I've bought a handful of new ones for T and I've also purchased a few as gifts for friends and family as well. The quality is awesome and I just think they are stinkin' cute. A kid can never have too many books. They are my weakness just as much (if not more!) than kids clothes are! 

They have baby books all the way up to young adult/reader books. You could seriously spend hours browsing their site and all the categories they have. I even bought a few to stash away until he's older because I couldn't resist. Jared is a total space geek so I knew I had to get this one. He and T will be pouring over this one before I know it!

All that to say- I'm hosting an online book party via Facebook this Thursday. If any of you are interested in shopping, and even if you're just semi-interested- let me know! I'll send you an invite to the group and you can check it out for yourself. As with most online parties it will be live Thurs, June 22nd at 9pm (EST) but you'll have a little time to shop/decide over the weekend. However, the most fun and possible prizes (FREE BOOKS!) will happen during the party time.

I'm not getting paid for promoting Usborne, but if you shop my party I could earn some free books :) Check it out and holler if you want to know more and if you want a link to the online party!

Monday Musings

Even though I know I need to give it up, I'm freshly caffeinated off of Mountain Dew right now. I only tell you that to explain that I'm typing even faster than usual and I make no apologies for what direction this blog post takes. T is napping and it feels good to have a small window to hammer out some words and connect with you all.

I enjoyed getting to celebrate Jared for Father's Day over the weekend. Last year was his first one, but T was only a couple weeks old and we pretty much floated through a hazy sleep-deprived newborn schedule at the time. I knew then he would be an incredible father, but the past year has proven that countless times. T is lucky to have him and I know he and Jared are going to be best buddies forever.

Jared's new Warriors hat was his gift from us :)

On another note, I love online shopping. Not in the sense that I shop all the time, but when I do- it's online. I love to take my time, comparison shop and not get all sweaty and stressed in store because I don't know what I'm looking for. And now that I'm on crutches I am utilizing everything online as much as I can. Groceries, thanks to ClickList at Kroger, diapers, thanks to Amazon Prime and I finally let myself buy a pair of shorts last week, too. I seriously owned ONE pair of denim shorts that fit so I snatched up these white ones and I'm super happy with them. They do run a little small, I think, FYI!

After a week of moping and grumbling about my injury, I took this weekend to be as productive as I could be. Of course there's a lot I can't do, but I did have both my crockpots going in meal preparation on Sunday so it felt nice to be doing that right at least. I have missed cooking and having a meal plan each week!

I need to cut myself off for now because this blog post could NOT be more random if I tried. Stay tuned, though. I have something fun and book-related to talk about tomorrow so make sure you don't miss it!! :)

On A Lighter Note

Thanks for all your kind words on Monday's post! It's been a downer of a week over here but the notes of encouragement really helped. I appreciate that some of you said to just complain, wallow and get it all out because that's what I needed to do before I could move on. It's not going to be easy but I'll get through it just like anything else. One day at a time, right?! Hey, tomorrow marks 1 week down. I have an additional MRI this afternoon so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for positive news.
-So a few things on a much happier and lighter note today:

In true perfect timing, Keepsake (both a website and app) contacted me about checking out their photo printing/framing services. Since one of my June goals was to get some photos printed it was a no-brainer to partner with them. I chose a different type of photo than I normally would, a far away silhouette that my sister-in-law took of Jared and I on vacation. It was a beautiful night on the sandy dunes and I loved the colors in this photo.

Our house is so empty and blank that it was tough for me to choose a frame... I wanted them all! In the end I chose a distressed blue frame for my photo. I'm planning on hanging it in our bedroom which we are in the process of decorating in blues and greens. Can't wait to show you all how our room turns out but it might be awhile because we're waiting on our furniture to be delivered.

Also? I absolutely LOVE that the frame comes ready to hang. Sorry, but I'm just lazy when it comes to decorating- plus, I'm on crutches. I am all about easy and simplified right now :) I unpackaged the picture, admired it and then immediately hung it up.

Now that I got to see the photo and frame quality I will definitely be using Keepsake again ASAP. We have so many cute photos of T from the beach that I want to frame. PS- they have free shipping. Always. NEED I SAY MORE?!  Use promo code LFF15 for 15% your order! 
*I received my print/frame free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I seriously recommend them 100%!!

-I've been reading like it's my job.
In trying to find the silver lining of being on crutches, I have been using it as an excuse to read all the books that have been sitting around forever. I've already read 1.5 books. This week. That's a record for me, for sure. By nature I am a do-er at home, I like to be busy and I like tackling projects - so being still does not come easily to me. Books are helping however, and I'm trying to appreciate that I have the time for them. Anything I should check out while on the injured list??

-Free Trial at
If you've read my blog for any amount of time, I think you know that I don't promote anything I don't think is worthy of my time- or yours! So, a streaming site specializing in Christian movies, is something else getting my stamp of approval this week. They also reached out about their website and told me they're offering a 30-day free trial to anyone so I figured I'd check it out and see what they were all about. I've got the time right now, right?!

PureFlix is kinda' perfect for us right now. I can check out new things there when I'm home and T is napping, or Jared and I can check out some new titles for our date nights in- which is pretty much the majority of all our dates these days. At first I thought it might only be kiddy stuff, but they have a huge range of family-friend stuff in all categories: documentaries, heath and fitness, travel-related titles and even devotionals! I love old movies so Jared and I watched a documentary on Alfred Hitchcock that I'd never seen and it was fascinating!

So check 'em out! Like I said, free for 30 days and no commitment past that if you decide it's not for you. PureFlix asked me to share what I've been watching lately so I figured I'd share a few recent go-to's for us and also what makes our movie night a little bit more fun ;)

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! Let me know if you check out either of these cool sites!

A New House and Something's Already Broken...

And that something would be ME. If you didn't catch my Instagram post over the weekend I am officially (and very unfortunately) on crutches. For the next 6 weeks I will be moaning and groaning about this because I can't even believe it's happened. My back/hip area was hurting prior to vacation but I thought I'd just pulled a muscle or something with all the packing and moving. While on vacation the pain got increasingly worse though and started shooting down the back of my leg so I knew I needed to get it checked out.

Two doctor appointments, an x-ray and an MRI later we have found the culprit. This is the actual dialogue that happened between my doctor and I when he walked in to see me after reviewing the MRI:
Me- Okay, is it bad news?
Dr- Well. Are you sure you didn't fall? Get in a car accident?
Me- Nope, why?
Dr- You have a freaking fracture in your sacrum. (Said incredulously)
Me- Um, my what?

Your sacrum is the bone at the base of your spine and mine is apparently fractured. My doctor truly couldn't believe it but he said it certainly explains the pain I've been in. We really don't know how it happened since there hasn't been a specific incident, but sure enough it's there. My treatment is to stay off of it for 6 weeks and I'll likely do some physical therapy after that. He's also going to have the doctor who specializes in spine injuries follow up with me and possibly do another MRI. That freaks me out a little, but I'm trying to trust that everything will heal up okay.

If I'm being honest here, this news really crushed me. I know there are certainly much worse things in life but right now this feels like the worst possible news I could get. I have been looking forward to this summer for quite some time now. I've been so excited to get our house in order and to enjoy this summer with T but crutches are obviously going to put a damper on that. So yeah, some tears have been shed over the situation but all I can do is take the recovery one day at a time. Seriously, please pray for my sanity as I stay cooped up inside for half the summer :(

Thanks to those of you who have already reached out with kind words of encouragement, and for the sweet flowers and goodies that someone sweet dropped off for me. It made the crappy news (and pain!) so much easier to bear. Six weeks- let's do this.

Currently: June Edition

This month's Currently link-up is extra fun because Anne was kind enough to let me cohost with her! Yay! It seems like a lot of link-ups die out after awhile but I'm glad this one is still going and growing because I look forward to it every month. For any new faces stopping by, hello! :)

PLANNING: Blog posts, cleaning schedules, the week ahead, doctor's appointments, you name it! It feels good to have nothing major on our upcoming calendar. Just time to get organized. June is officially my put life back together month, in case my other posts haven't made that clear- haha!

WISHING: I wasn't in so much pain. I'm not sure what I've done, but I've been having major back/hip pain lately. It started right before vacation and I think I aggravated it even more while we were there. If it doesn't ease up soon I'm going to get it checked out. Fingers crossed this isn't a repeat hip injury :(

LEARNING: How to parent a toddler. I mean, I think I'll be trying to learn how to parent for the rest of my life, right? But T is changing so fast and all of a sudden I'm like, "Holy cow! I have a one-year-old and everything is so different!" There is always going to be something to learn, some new obstacle to make it through and I know it's going to keep me on my toes.

BROWSING: Magazines for home inspiration. I can't tell you the last time I let myself sit and flip through magazines but I did it this weekend and enjoyed every second of it. Lots more of RealSimple and HGTV browsing are in my future.

GOING: Hopefully nowhere ;) I told Jared that after vacation I was good with staying in the house for a solid month and just unpacking and settling and laying low. But with these beautiful summer days, I'm not sure how much I'll actually do that. We are due for another zoo trip, some pool days and walks at the park.

June Goals

It has been a few months since I did a goals post and this post is long overdue. I have completely let the chaos of selling our home, moving in with family for six weeks and then moving into our newly built home take over. My planner hasn't been touched in months and if we're being honest here, I don't even know where it is right now. Still have a few of those boxes to unpack- whoops!

But now that we are in our house and I feel like we can finally get into some sort of routine, I'm excited to set some goals and really push myself this month. There are a LOT of things I want to accomplish so hopefully by month's end I feel really good about things. Here we go!

Lose 10 pounds.
Y'all. I could write an entire post about my body post-baby, but I'll spare you that agony. I have reached the lowest of the low here. Once I stopped BFing/pumping around month 7, I feel like things really shifted. In a bad way. All those extra calories I was eating suddenly were showing up in the most unflattering ways and I let things spiral out of control. I am wearing a size I never thought I would and going to the beach last week just made it all the more obvious. Time to take care of this body- it's the only one I get!

Organize/Set-Up our Office
We will be organizing parts of our home for quite awhile, I'm sure, but this month I want to make the office a priority. Since I work from home part-time, I want my dedicated space to be not only organized but inviting as well. There are a few things I need to buy (still deciding on a chair!) but mainly just unboxing the rest of our office supplies, books, electronics, and finding a place for everything. Paint will come later, but I am shopping around for that perfect color.

Create our New Budget
With all the life changes that have happened in the past year, it's definitely time Jared and I sit down and reevaluate all aspects of our finances and our budget. With another family member, a new house, me leaving my job and getting a different part-time job... our heads have been spinning! We still have a lot of goals and ambitions for the next few years and having a clear picture of where all our money is going is so important to us.

Stock the Freezer/Pantry
With a new, big kitchen at my fingertips I am thrilled about cooking and eating at home more often. So much of life feels like it stopped throughout the moving process. Now it's the little things I'm looking forward to doing in my day-to-day and stocking our freezer and pantry is on my list. It may seem silly but now that I have the space, I want to make it easier to cook at home and not make the excuse that we just don't have anything. I'm hoping to make some good freezer meals to stash away and I want to buy a few extra things for the pantry each grocery trip to have on hand- things like pasta sauce, canned goods, baking supplies, etc! I figure if I grab a few extra each trip it won't feel like I had to spend a ton all at once.

Print some Photos
What? You thought I could write a goals post without mentioning at least some type photo project or goal? :) Again- with the blank canvas of a new house my walls are begging for some photos to go up. With T's birthday and our vacation pictures I want to choose a few to print and frame and decide where to put them. At the old house we had wedding pictures everyyyywhere and while those will still have a place here, it is time for an update!

That's it for the month. I feel ready to tackle the world this month- let's see if I can do it! :) What are you all working towards in June?