Tuesday, March 3, 2015

New Month's Resolutions: March

Gotta make this one quick because I am soooo behind on my school work. Also, before I forget, these photos are just a couple that I snapped on the day my nephew (my baby sister's baby) came into this world. They are long overdue (he was born December 21!), but better late than never, right? Hunter loves his baby cousin!

So how did I do with my goals last month?

Move! I moved some. I took my dance class 3 of the 4 Saturdays in the month of February, and  I would have gone the 4th Saturday, but we were out of town. I did a bit of walking, but not much.

Read one school book start to finish. Going to have to push this one into March. It just didn't happen. And it's going to be more like read all my school books. No excuses.

Keep my nails neat and tidy. This one, as silly as it is, is the one I am most proud of. I did not chew on my nails even once! They had clear conditioning polish for most of the month, and I just took it off to put a fresh coat. I think I am free of that bad nail-biting habit!

New goals for the month of March...

1. Study Italian via Duolingo, at least one lesson/day.

You probably don't know this, but I took two semesters of Italian in college. And even though that was almost 15 years ago (what the?), I still remember a lot. I think because I speak one other romance language (Spanish), Italian came pretty easily to me. I just want to keep it up, and get ready for our trip to Sicily!

2. Make study cards for written exams (Montessori diploma).

Not fun at all, but I am kind of freaking out. If I want to have a nice vacation where I am not thinking about school, I need to study A LOT during the next few weeks.

3. Hang up my clothes as soon as I take them off, and fold laundry as soon as it's dry.

Oh, yeah. Sloppy Amanda, just another bad habit I would like to work on.

Wish me luck, friends!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

New Month's Resolutions: February

Greetings! Even though I didn't do so well with my January resolutions, I am actually looking forward to trying to keep my goals for February. So, how did I do with my goals last month?

Looking more put together... Well, I left the house looking put together 50% of the time, which is a huge improvement from last year. I have definitely made a good effort with my outfits, but hair and make-up have suffered, especially the last week or so.

Being on top of school work... Who was I kidding? That one really was an unrealistic goal because I started out the month already behind. Once I caught up with one area, I was behind in another. Oh well.

Singing more with Hunter... This is the one resolution I kept the whole month and have made a habit. Singing songs from the Sound of Music is now part of Hunter's bedtime routine. We look through the SoM pop-up book and stop at particular pages to sing "My Favorite Things," "Maria," and "So Long, Farewell."

My goals for February are kind of boring, maybe even a bit weird, but important to me nevertheless.

1. Move! 

At least twice a week. I stole this one from Elisa, but at the end of last month I checked out a hip-hop cardio class at a local dance studio and had so much fun. The class is every Saturday, so I for sure want to go the next four Saturdays in February and beyond! The other thing I could do very easily is go for a walk with Hunter after school. 

2. Read one school book start to finish.

Last September, I bought a stack of books for my Montessori training and have only cracked open 4 out of the 10 or so books. Of those 4, only one I have actually finished. Part of my goal will be to finish the other three, and the other part will be to start and finish a new one. I might be able to accomplish this since lectures are over now, and I have teaching practice for the last two weeks of the month. I need to read these books to help me prepare for my exams in May.

3. Keep my nails neat and tidy.

I used to paint my own nails or get a manicure nearly every week. That was YEARS ago. I was obsessed with OPI and Essie. Then I just got lazy, and my nail-biting habit came back. I hate that I have this bad habit, and I am determined to kick it. Maybe this will be the month! I invested in the Acquarella non-toxic nail polish system, so I need to make use of the products I bought.

Wish me luck!

P.S. The photos above are from a couple of weeks ago when we had a family outing to Seaport Village in downtown San Diego. Lovely day!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Happy New Year and New Month's Resolutions

Elisa over at Globetrotting in Heels has had the fabulous idea to set new month's resolutions: attainable resolutions each month that you'll actually stick with! I've decided to link up with her and start setting these monthly goals for myself. Better late than never, I think. (And since they should be attainable, for the time being, they will NOT include keeping up with the blog! Perhaps the next couple of months the only time I will post is to set my new goals!)

This month, I resolve to:

1. Look more put together when leaving the house.

So far, so good. For me, this goal just means think a little more about my outfit, not just T-shirt and jeans. Put on a bit of make-up. Wear my hair down. Switch up my jewelry a bit. I feel really good when I leave the house a bit more together like this. Notice I write specifically "when leaving the house." Today I am home sick with Hunter, and I want nothing to do with looking put together.

2. Stay on top of school work more. 

This one is a bit tricky because I started out the new year behind on school work, but I mostly mean that after I turn in my third album on Monday, I will be more focused on staying on track with the next album and not getting so behind.

3. Sing songs with Hunter more.

This one should be an easy goal to keep because Hunter loves all the songs from The Sound of Music. Every night he likes me to show him The Sound of Music pop-up book I got from Isaiah for Christmas. When we get to certain pages, he requests his favorite songs, and I am happy to oblige. In theory, this is an easy goal to reach, but not necessarily in practice. Lately, I seem to let household or school stuff get in the way of spending quality time with my family. So I want to make singing songs with my son a priority. As in, it's more important than folding the laundry, which I can do after he goes to bed.

I think I will have success this month reaching these goals, but still, wish me luck! ;)

Photos Copyright Julie Rings Photography

P.S. These are a couple of photos from our first ever family photo session (!) taken back in November.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Holiday Wish List: Yellow Gold!

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I've been a fan of yellow gold ever since I was a small child. Growing up, I always noticed that both my parents wore yellow gold and not just their wedding rings but bracelets and necklaces, too. They gave me a small yellow gold ring with a heart, my first ring, when I was very young, and I still have it. (I'm hoping someday to pass it on to a daughter or grand-daughter.) Over the years, until he passed, my dad gave me yellow gold on my birthday or for Christmas. Some of it was a little flashy for my taste, but you'd better believe I treasure those tokens now and still proudly wear them! If I were to choose some new pieces of yellow gold to add to my collection, they would be simple pieces like these from JULIAN & Co. Classic and timeless. The perfect way to balance out the jazzy gold from my daddy ;)

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