Friday, June 28, 2013
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
|Me on my last full day :)|
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
I have to tell y'all about another product that I'm loving lately from May Designs.
I recently got a Menu Planner from them when they had a 50% off deal going on. I've used it for a couple weeks now and it's been SO helpful.
How cute is that? You get to pick the cover, the box shape for the personalization, what it says (could be your monogram, name, a verse reference, anything!), the font, and colors! And they have SO MANY awesome designs to choose from. I was elated when I saw all of their new fonts. I. Love. Fonts. (Yes, I am a former yearbook nerd.)
You can kinda tell how big it is in my next picture compared to my hand. But then again I also have very small hands, haha. But it's a good size - perfect to throw into my bag or even to put in some sort of binder or notebook. Super light, not too thick. The binding is even sewn by an actual sewing machine, which I love. It will hold up through many weeks of use!
Okay so these pictures are taken with my iPhone, so not the best quality, but here you can see the layout of the Menu Planner.
On one side of the spread are the days of a week listed. You can check that you are staying, going out, or picking up. Then you can put your main dish, and below that you can write your sides.
On the other side is where you list what you need from the store, or put any notes that you may need to add.
I LOVE this layout - it's why I decided to get one (apart from the extreme cuteness). I know a lot of people plan meals in their day-to-day planner, but I like to have it separate. It definitely works for me. It includes exactly what I need while keeping it simple. And it's the same on every page.
May Designs has a lot more than menu planners though - you can personalize all kinds of things like monthly planners, weekly planners, pregnancy diaries, baby diaries, wedding diaries, address books, budget journals, fitness journals, or just plain notebooks! They also have a line of notes/stationary.
With personalization and specified pages they are $20 each.
The 50% sale was one day only (after they were on Good Morning America!), but they do run specials now and then. You can follow them on Twitter or Instagram @MayDesigns, or like them on Facebook to be notified of news and deals.
So that's how I'm planning our meals these days! I'm not paid to talk about it or anything, those are just my true, loving feelings about May Designs. :)
But of course I'd take anything they'd wanna send me for free... ;)
Thursday, June 13, 2013
I have to share with y'all something that I've been LOVING for the past few months.
It's called "One Line a Day: A Five Year Memory Book".
I love writing (obviously) but journaling has never been my thing. I would do it for a while but not stick with it. I have a prayer/Bible study journal, but journaling about my life and important events just never really happened.
Then I found this little book and knew that it was made for people like me. I looked at a few different kinds of this type of journal, but One Line a Day was my favorite by far. I loved the layout, the gold pages, the sturdiness of the book, the size, everything.
Here's how it works:
Every day (starting whenever you want) you write a short snippet or highlight about your day. It's not literally one line per day, it's actually five lines, but you can't fit more than a couple complete sentences at most. I told my friends that it's similar to a Tweet's worth of writing. :)
There are five sections to do this on each page, so when your first year is over you are writing in the second section every day. That way you can look back at what you wrote a year before (which I love doing!). It's an awesome way to reflect and praise God for what He is doing or has done in your life! By the time you finish the book, you will have FIVE years worth of memories/highlights. How cool!
Not a great picture, but you can kinda see the layout here.
There's a gold bookmark to keep your place, and a spot to write the year in each section. It's simple.
So simple that I've actually stuck with it for a few months now! It only takes a minute or two every night.
I wish I would have started this when we got married. Or when I started college. Or high school. Or my entire life, haha.
You can get it on Amazon, at Barnes & Noble, and I've even seen the Mom version at Target. (It's pink and says Mom's One Line a Day.)
I sound like I'm selling this thing, but I'm not, I just LOVE IT. Clearly. Get one.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Wolfpack football game at NC State
Yates Mill Pond right down the road from my parents' house
Raleigh Farmers' Market
The Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh
NC State University
NC is home to some beautiful lighthouses, especially in the Outer Banks.
At the zoo in Asheboro, NC
At our favorite place - the beach!
A view of Pilot Mtn. at Mountain Top Youth Camp
And, yes, we DO get snow almost every year! :) This is our house.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
We had a blast at the beach last week with Jordan's side of the family!
We went to Topsail Beach in NC. Only three days of sun out of seven, but when we weren't outside we were inside playing games and being entertained by my two year old nephew Harvey. :)
Here are all of the kids in our family except one - Jordan's younger brother Joseph. He's in Missouri working at Kids Across America this summer. We definitely missed him and his constant singing!
Harvey is at such a fun age. He is talking now and running all over the place! He loves the ocean and jumping over the waves with Papa and Uncle Jordan.
Uncle Jordan worked with Harvey on his construction and engineering skills.
They also chilled together in their beach chairs.
Jordan got a little crispy, so we welcomed the cloudy days. Could've done without the stormy ones, but oh well.
Beautiful mama with her boy!
building stomping on sandcastles with Uncle Jordan, too.
Love these guys!
Harvey wanted to throw with my precious glove.
We stayed at the house the entire 7 days with the exception of one night - we went out to a pizza place. This was the night I actually dried my hair and put on makeup. Jordan and I color coordinated by accident. He walked in and said, "Do you want me to change??" and I was like "Nooo, I love it!"
Two batches of homemade ice cream were made and we devoured it. Harvey had a handy dandy holder to catch the drips. He would still say "uh-oh" when it dripped down, though.
It's amazing how well he can use an iPad/iPhone. He presses the home button, slides to unlock it, swipes back and forth between screens, and scrolls through pictures. He taught himself how to take a selfie which produced no less than 47 pictures of this sweet face on my phone.
Harvey calls Anna, "Annie Ayi". Ayi is the Chinese word for Aunt, and Harvey was born in China. He's gotta remember his roots!
One of the sweetest, most godly couples you will ever meet - my in-laws! So thankful for them!
One of Jordan's bathing suits allows him to be spotted from miles away.
Clearly our trip revolved around that little 2 year old bundle of energy. But when he lives a 13 hour drive away, we have to soak up every second we can! (Memphis is MUCH closer than China, though.)
I wish we could've stayed longer, but that was my longest vacation since our honeymoon so I was VERY thankful!
Monday, June 10, 2013
My favorite song from that tape was "Hot, Hot, Hot". Man I could just jam out to that right now. If only we had a VCR...
Anyway, that tape has nothing to do with this post other than the fact that it is finally starting to get hot around here. Here = Raleigh, NC, if you're wondering. (We may have different definitions of hot, though.)
You know how I love a challenge, right? Well, back in March we decided to see how long we could go without turning on our air conditioning this year. We definitely went longer than I expected! Last night (June 9th) was the first time we turned it on. And it is BARELY on.
A few things that have helped:
Our house is very shaded. Lots of trees.
There is a ceiling fan in every room but the dining room. And the bathrooms, obviously. That would be really weird. But kinda nice because it gets SO HOT WHEN I DRY MY HAIR.
We also use a big box fan when we sleep.
It's been a mild spring.
We could have gone longer, but upstairs was starting to get stuffy. And Jordan (who gets a lot hotter than I do) was waking up at night due to the heat.
If it sounds like I've made a sacrifice, let me clarify that I definitely haven't most of the time. Jordan has. I am cold natured. He is hot natured. Very cliche, but true.
The one time that I would get extremely grumpy because of the heat was in the aforementioned situation, drying my hair. My hair takes FOR-EV-ER to dry. Seriously. Ask my hairdresser. And I wait until it's about 75% dry (if time allows) to even start using a hairdryer. And on top of that I would either use the straightener or curling iron as well, and it just made for a very unpleasant temperature. No one likes to sweat right after taking a shower.
But besides that, I haven't minded the lack of A/C at all. So hardcore, I know.
Now I'm off to watch Sebastian on YouTube...