Vision Boarding 2017

The start to this new year was unlike any past years but that doesn’t mean I’m not setting goals and laying out a vision for what I want 2017 to look like. I’ve never been good at sticking to resolutions but vision boarding was definitely something I could get on board with (see what I did there? Hah!). 

My gal pals and I started a tradition last year to kick off the New Year with a vision board party. What better way to set goals than to have your close friends around to share with and keep you accountable in the months to come? 

My 2016 vision board

While I did check off several of the things I laid out on last year’s vision board, being pregnant for the better part of 2016 altered things a bit. But that’s the beauty of this project — it’s there for you to visualize what you want to achieve but it’s not set in stone. It’s meant to keep your list at the top of your mind and motivate you to accomplish things.

Gal pals, wine, laughter and crafting!

To get started on your own vision board all you need is a list of goals, an idea about how you want to visualize them and the supplies you need to make it happen. I personally love collaging but some of my girlfriends like to use push pins and a bulletin board. Check out my friend Mel’s video on vision boarding

This year I decided instead of making a poster to display in my bedroom I wanted to create my vision board in my monthly planner. This way it’s almost always around for me to flip open to when I need to refocus.

I selected a patterned page from a magazine to serve as the background of my board and got to work cutting out words that represent the things I want to focus on in 2017. Before I knew it, my vision board had come together and positive vibes were flowing! 

Here’s a rundown of my 2017 vision:

Mom – Front and center on the page and in my life for the first time is my new role as a mommy. And as such, much of this year will revolve around that. This includes learning to parent alongside my husband, spending quality time together creating memories and establishing traditions for our little family.

You – While I do have a new title as mom, I also don’t want to lose sight of who I am. This is really important to me! This includes healing and being healthy in mind, body and soul. One of my goals is to get back to running and complete at least two 5Ks this year. Also, my job is changing and I am determined to grow professionally through that.

Blogger – Last year I was accepted into the Houston Food Blogger Collective but again, being pregnant got in the way of me really diving into that opportunity. I love exploring local food & drink and I want to get back to date nights and making that a regular thing so I can blog about it. 

Books – This ties in several things. I asked for an Audible subscription for Christmas because I knew I’d spend a lot of “down time” breastfeeding and pumping and I figured it would be a good time to engage my mind. I always liked reading but I typically find myself too occupied or sleepy to read and I want to change that. Additionally, at church this past Sunday our pastor introduced 4 books that we will be reading as a congregation throughout the year. I am really excited that my personal goals are being supported through church! “Books” also serves as a reminder to me to spend more time in scripture this year.

Serve with love – Another double meaning, so to speak. I want to find somewhere to volunteer my time this year as well as regularly open our home to friends and family for home cooked meals and great conversations.

Travel – The one consistent thing I strive for from year to year. Traveling really nurtures my free spirit. I love how it challenges me and teaches me new things. I love the way it makes time seem different and my heart feel excited. It’s important to experience new places as often as I can and I want to continue to share that with Chris and introduce Heidi to adventure outside of Houston.

Cup of Tea – This serves to remind me of the importance of friendships. My girlfriends and I make it a point to get together at least once a month to catch up and enjoy each other’s company, whether over tea, brunch, crafting or a weekend getaway. Relationships are the core of our existence and I want to nurture the ones that I have.

So that’s vision boarding in a nutshell. What’s on your agenda for 2017?

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21 Weeks, 21 Questions

How far along? 21 weeks 3 days

How many days to go? 130ish days

Baby Size? 10.5 inches and 12.7oz; the size of a pomegranate

Total weight gain? About 10 pounds

Maternity clothes?  I’m still making use of some of my normal clothes but things are getting more snug. I have a solid maternity wardrobe now that I’m excited about. I’m sure I’ll add a few more pieces as the weather gets colder and I get bigger!

Stretch marks? Someone suggested coconut oil so I’ve been applying that in the shower and I’m still using body lotion so hopefully that continues to do the trick.

Sleep?  One of my mommy friends gave me a pregnancy pillow the other weekend and it’s seriously the best thing ever. It’s huge and pretty much creates a fortress around me in the bed, but I love how supportive it is and how it helps me from tossing and turning so much.

Best moment this week?  We revealed that we are having a BABY GIRL!

Have you told family and friends? Definitely well past this point. Now everyone knows the baby’s sex too!

Miss anything?  Sushi with raw fish! I can’t wait to get a really good sushi/seafood fix after baby comes.

Movement? YES! Just in the last two weeks I started to feel little flutters or thumps every now and then. Having our anatomy scan/ultrasound last week confirmed that I’m definitely feeling baby. Even more exciting is that Chris got to feel her too! I can’t wait to feel her more and more as she grows.

Food cravings? Nothing in particular or really crazy. I eat a lot of sandwiches and subs these days but I also still love a sweet coffee treat pretty often.

Anything making you queasy or sick? Not at all, luckily. I think I’m definitely past that point now.

Have you started to show yet? Yes, the baby bump is out there for the world to see now. I appreciate being out of the awkward “is she pregnant or packing on some extra pounds?” stage.

Labor signs? Nope. Not ready to think about labor quite yet.

Belly button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or moody most of the time? The excitement of our baby having a little more of an identity now that we know the sex has me really happy these days!

Looking forward to? Getting the nursery together!

Any projects? Our biggest project was the mudroom and aside from cosmetic things like decor and making it look cute, it’s done. I’m really happy with the way it turned out and am glad to have some extra storage, plus it makes a nice addition to the house. I also had this idea to chalkboard paint one side of the cabinetry and I love it!

  


Question 21 — ASK ME SOMETHING!

 

Heartbeats and House Projects

Week 19 has been long! I haven’t felt 100% for one reason or another and it makes me really appreciate how easy this pregnancy has been the majority of the time.

Jax seems unamused.

I had my monthly check up this week and after 10 minutes of my heart being in my throat because the nurse was having trouble tracking down baby’s heartbeat, I finally heard the sweet relief that there is still a person in there. This has definitely become a pattern so we must have a very active little one!

I am looking forward to the halfway mark and finding out what baby A is next week. After we find out the sex we’ll be able to start putting the details of the nursery together and I’m so excited for that!

We’ve been tackling a “mudroom” project in our house this last week. It was the only room we didn’t touch, not even repaint, when we moved in two years ago. We made do with the space but it was sort of just a landing spot for stuff we didn’t have a proper place for. The “ugly corner” of the house, haha. With baby on the way and the need to clear out the closet in the spare room we decided this was going to be our major project. Originally I wanted to do a custom built-in but that was $$$$!

So Chris did some research and we figured out we could create something useful with pieces from Ikea at a MUCH friendlier budget. I am seriously grateful for a handy man husband, it makes a huge difference when owning a home and just in general. If we have a son he’s going to learn from dad and make some girl very happy one day! (Shoutout to Jeff Anderson for teaching Chris practical skills!)

 

Work in progress shot.

 

We still need to clean, organize and put everything away but we are almost done. Final photos to come soon!

Homemade Sunflower Seeds

This past weekend I went and spent some time at the boyfriend’s parent’s house. I love going out there because his mom always has some kind of new project or recipe for us to take on. This time it was harvesting sunflower seeds!

I’ve snacked on countless bags of sunflower seeds on road trips and at the beach, but I can’t say I’d ever given much thought to where they actually came from. I mean, obviously they come from sunflowers, hence the name, but when you look at a sunflower you don’t really see the seeds. So this little project was a learning experience for me.

I forgot to snap a photo of the huge sunflowers they have in their yard so this stock photo will have to do to show the “before”.

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We cut down five flowers and wiped the centers off to get to the seeds. Getting the seeds out of their little pockets proved to be more difficult than we expected (even causing blisters)! We then had to sort through the batch to pick out all the bits of flower and the rotted/holed seeds. Afterward, we soaked the seeds overnight in saline water. The next morning we set them out on racks and paper towels to dry for a few hours. Before roasting them, we mixed one batch with a tablespoon of honey for a different flavor.

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300 degrees for 30 minutes and voila! Honey roasted on the left and salted on the right. Yum!!

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Up-Cycled Denim Shorts

Denim shorts are a summer wardrobe staple. But, if you’re anything like me, you have several pairs that sit at the bottom of your drawer while others get the majority of your attention. After a little inspiration from Pinterest, as usual, I decided I wanted to up-cycle a couple of those older pairs I never wore. Whether you feel your pair is out of style or a bit too short now, with a few “upgrades”, I almost guarantee they will be your new go-to item!

I’m still new at this whole sewing machine thing, so although these super sassy, high-slit lace shorts were my original inspiration, I decided to take a bit simpler route for my first go-around with this project. After loving how my new shorts came out, I’ll eventually get around to tackling the side-lace look!

I told my best friend, Val, about wanting to do this project. She is my craftiest friend, and we enjoy trying new projects together so it was easy to get her on board. She even suggested another twist she saw online — to add patched pockets! I did a quick Pinterest search and found this tutorial if you are interested in trying this project for yourself.

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I decided to sew this pair over the hemmed edge instead of on the inside for a more dramatic look.

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I seam ripped the fold, pressed and sewed the double layered lace from the inside. Frayed the fabric a little and added the two patches on the pockets, with a little embroidery thread design. I love how these came out!

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Mine and Val’s twinzie shorts!