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30 During My 30th Year

A simple Google search of “30 [Goals] Before [Turning] 30” generates an impressive array of hits.  With my venture into a new decade mere weeks away, I couldn’t resist creating a set of action steps that will hopefully help guide my year of feeling LIGHT.

Inspiring-Quote1.  Dress the Part.  I’ve definitely succumbed to “mommy-mode” attire this year and frequently wear black yoga pants and a comfortable top.  Kelly Rae’s post on her decision to switch up her wardrobe really resonated with me.  Check out her thoughtful Wear Your Joy project HERE.

2.  Schedule Date Night.  James and I have miserably at carving out time for our relationship during the prior year.  I think we went on maybe 3 date nights and 2 additional group events?!  This pitiful number needs to change asap…(this Dating Diva needs to take her own advice…)

3.  See the Ocean.  I love the feeling of infinite possibilities that arises when I stare out at an endless ocean horizon line.  I am craving the sounds, light, and vastness of the sea.

4.  Go on a Trip as a Couple.  We have at least one trip scheduled in June sans baby.  I’m sure it will be incredibly difficult to leave Olivia for a couple of days, but I am looking forward to having time to be just Candice and James– for a few days, we are ditching the titles of Mom, Dad, Financial Provider, and Blogger.

5.  Organize the Craft Room.  My Mom and I typically work on a postage stamp of space- it’s time to find practical solutions for storing a wide range of mixed media.

6.  Submit a Piece to a Major Blog.  Time to step out of my comfort zone.

7.  Finish Olivia’s Baby Book.

8.  See a Concert Live.

9.  Cultivate a Morning Ritual.  Eliminate the chaos and carve out some time for me before Olivia wakes up.

10.  Exercise.  Vague and simple: find a routine that works for me.

11.  Start Meatless Mondays.  I’m a big fan of Kris Carr and haven’t looked at dairy or meat in quite the same way since reading her book Crazy Sexy Diet.  James and I are committed to exploring more plant based meals this year.

12.  Make and Send 30 Cards. 

13.  Pay It Forward.  Try buying someone’s coffee behind me, etc…

14.  Complete a Photo a Day Challenge.  I participated in Heidi Swapp’s Holiday Foto Find in December on Instagram and loved how the prompts helped me observe and document more.

15.  Write Letters to My Daughter.  My brother-in-law and his wife gave me a lovely book for Christmas: My Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Daughter.  So far, I’ve glanced through the pages and started thinking about some of the prompts.  I can already see this collection becoming a treasured reference for both myself and Olivia.

16.  Complete a Healthy Juice Cleanse.

17.  Start a Dinner Club with Friends.  We’ve talked about this one for a long time.  As we’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed that our circle of friends meets less regularly- everyone is simply trying to stay afloat with their own responsibilities!

18.  Invest in My Blog.  Craft regular content with a predictable schedule of postings.  I’m going to aim for a post each Monday and Thursday.

19.  Juice, Blend, Repeat.  I truly hope to incorporate more delicious green juices and smoothies into our daily diet.

20.  Cultivate a Sunday Ritual.  Establish a routine to take care of practical household matters and set clear intentions for the following week.

21.  Reorganize My Cookbooks.  Many of the recipes in my collection just don’t make sense given what I’m learning about eating a whole foods diets that is abundant with veggies and lean protein.  It’s time to clear the deck so the most flavorful and healthy ones are easy to find.

22.  Plant an Herb Garden.

23.  Restaurant Tour.

24.  Experiment with Vegan Recipes.  Buy, cook, and eat tofu and tempeh!  Learn how to use my food processor.

25.  Establish Boundaries with Social Media/Technology.  Facebook has evolved into a tool to keep connected to many blogging ventures though the use of private and educational groups.  It’s been increasing difficult to put my phone down and not “check-in” several times a day.

26.  Less Pinning, More Doing.  Simple attitude adjustment: choose action over perfection.

27.  Read a Book for Fun.  I don’t remember the last time I’ve carved out time to read something that wasn’t related to child care, parenting, blogging, etc… I’ve got my eye on Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things.

28.  Investigate Volunteer Opportunities.  I’ve been on the board of several organizations that have fizzled out over the course of several months due to a lack of staff support and organizational readiness.  I’d love to utilize my skill set to help a local nonprofit– I’m on the search for a match.

29.  Be Present with Olivia.  Sing, laugh, dance, practice sign language… So many adventures on the horizon to savor.

30.  Spend Time with My Grandparents.  Distance has always been a barrier to seeing them in the past.  With their recent move to an assisted living facility in our area, I’m hopeful that we can make Sunday night dinners a weekly tradition.  Love watching them light up around Olivia.

I really tried to compile a list that didn’t contain any fillers and wouldn’t add to my stress load.  I will admit- it’s a bit scary putting all of this “out there.”  Actually writing it out means that I’m more accountable and [hopefully] on the path to manifesting these goals.

What would be on your list, friends?

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Fall and Halloween Traditions

Lately, we’ve been:

watching the leaves turn.

Fall-leaves

visiting the pumpkin patch.

Pumpkin-patch

helping Olivia stand and pull herself up on various pieces of furniture.

singing (lots of singing).

practicing different learning concepts like “on/off, open/close, up/down, etc…” with our very active 10 month old.

picking out the perfect Halloween costume for our girl.  Our darling little Snow White literally grew overnight… right into the next sized costume!!

Costumes-2013

crafting various cards and collecting new project ideas.  So excited to be part of Jessica’s new team!

loving this beautiful smile.

Smiles

shaking off feelings of overwhelm and stress.

and most recently:

dreaming of a beautiful, fully functional kitchen (see this post).

thinking about Halloween traditions.

I’m particularly intrigued by Linda’s suggestion to make a fortune cake on the blog Giggles, Gobbles, and Gulps.  I loved reading Modern Parents Messy Kids guide describing 31 ways to begin a family Halloween tradition.  (J and I might have to try using cookie cutters to carve our next pumpkin!)  These 2 pins {HERE & HERE} have an awesome list of suggested books to read at Halloween.  And finally, a simple search on Pinterest yields hundreds of fun “Boo Your Neighbor” ideas… I can’t wait to try out this fun activity next year!

To capture the memories, I created 2 multidimensional mini scrapbooks from scratch in early October.

Halloween Scrapbooks

The inner pages are perfect for recording the details of Halloween adventures across multiple years.  More details to come regarding this amazing keepsake based on Kathy Orta’s instructions!

How do you savor the season?

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Fall Bucket List Update

I can’t believe it’s less than 10 days until Christmas!  Before sharing some Holiday projects we’ve been working on, I thought I would quickly revisit the Fall bucket list that I posted here.  I didn’t get everything checked off, but here are a few highlights:

1. Savor the changing leaves.

Fall Leaves

Fall Leaf

I had an opportunity through the Dating Divas to sharpen my photography skills this fall by completing an intensive photography workshop.  One of the assignments challenged us to take several images illustrating the concept of back-lighting.  This task forced me to go outside early one morning and start looking…and inevitably appreciating… different qualities of light.  Wouldn’t you know that a strong rainstorm left this gorgeous tree without its leaves just a day later?  So glad I was able to get these images…

2. Make chili with Mom.  Done and done!

Fall Chicken Chili

3.  Make pumpkin bread and cookies.

Fall Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies

I finally made Pumpkin Snickerdoodles!  I think I’ve had various versions of this cookie bookmarked for about the past 2 years.

Fall Pumpkin Cake

…. We also tested out a new pumpkin dessert at Friendsgiving.  This recipe from Kraft Foods was fantastic… I think I like it better than pumpkin pie!  It was incredibly easy to make and each layer is bursting with pumpkin flavor.  The best part?  The dessert is light and satisfies your sweet tooth without leaving you feeling stuffed… perfect for after a Thanksgiving meal!

4. Be grateful, everyday.

Always working on this concept…  I came across this amazing idea from Cathy Zielske and decided to craft my own version of 30 days of Gratitude in November.  Here’s a glimpse at my book that utilizes a mixture of her digital downloads, photos, and paper:

Fall Gratitude Book

Fall Gratitude Book Detail 2

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Fall Front Porch

Despite the chill in the air, the sun is shining this week!  In between getting ready for our annual Friendsgiving, my mom has been helping me put up our Christmas Tree and a few other decorations.  It seems crazy to be starting this early but it just made sense given our schedule over the next few weeks.  I’m already enjoying the soft glow of the tree lights at night.

These beauties have also put a smile on my face for the past few weeks.  J helped me assemble these plants to flank either side of our porch earlier in September and they are still going strong.  Isn’t it amazing how a pop of yellow can instantly brighten your day?

One more item checked off the Fall Bucket List!

 

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October Happenings!

I absolutely love Fall and especially the month of October. Despite the chill in the air, it is usually still warm enough to enjoy outdoor activities.

Inspired by the to-do lists I’ve seen pop up on Pinterest, as well as this awesome post HERE, I’ve crafted my own bucket list for this “wonderFALL” season!

2012 Fall To-Do List

  • Dress up the front porch with cheerful, bright mums!  DONE!
  • Decorate the house for Halloween.  DONE!
  • Visit the pumpkin patch with James.
  • Savor the changing leaves.  DONE!
  • Make pumpkin bread and cookies.  DONE!
  • Make homemade chili with my Mom.  DONE!
  • Enjoy sitting on the patio while it is still warm.
  • Design or find a fun maternity Halloween costume.  DONE!
  • Bake a pie with my Grandma.
  • Continue our Friends Thanksgiving tradition.  DONE!
  • Be grateful, everyday.  WORK IN PROGRESS!

It’s already starting to look like Halloween around here! Last year, a good chunk of our house was under renovation so I opted not to pull out any decorations.

Halloween Decor

Photo taken by Kate Hayes at our Halloween party in 2010!

We have lots of reasons to celebrate this month: our 3rd wedding anniversary, J’s 30th birthday, and an upcoming whirlwind trip to the beach!

 

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