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May 2015 Review

May was busy, but at least it was a good busy unlike April. The month was full of celebrations from a wedding to birthdays and graduations. Oh yeah and Mother’s Day was thrown in the mix for good measure.

May buffet0 – Weight lost, also the amount of weight gained – so there’s that

1 – New dishwasher!

2 – New lenses

4 – Other moms who enjoyed a Mother’s Day brunch with me

6 – Bras for $30 shipped from Zuilily

9 – Celebrations, all those birthdays and graduations – I even posted my favorite graduation speech on YouTube

13 – Projects completed, most of them were celebration related!

24 – Tables decorated for a friends wedding, which was a great way to spend time with my girls

May Squat Challenge31 – Pictures on Instagram

47 – Countries that visited the blog

178 – Words added to my book, the celebrating cut into my writing time

618 – Pageviews on Just Wanna Be Me

1640 – Squats completed in the month of May

All in all, May was a good month with many happy moments to celebrate with family and friends. I must admit, I wouldn’t mind if June was a little more lo-key.

Share your plans for June!

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Friday Favorites: February 15

I’m still struggling to make time to post more often, but at least I have two consecutive Friday Favorites! Without further ado, here’s this week’s favorites.

  • Cake pop heaven – a dozen girls making over 2000 Favorite pizzacake pops. My kitchen floors have almost recovered. Despite the mess and time, it was nice to help them get to camp.
  • Deadlines met – I finished my articles for the Homemaking Cottage just in time.
  • Meeting friendly people at work.
  • I actually did some writing on my work in progress!
  • Fun Valentine’s Day traditions, ending with a heart shaped pizza.
  • Two soon to be released books arrived for me to review.

Here’s a few quick picks from my blog reader.

What made your list for Friday Favorites?


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Friday Favorites: December 7

Happy December! It’s finally here. This is my favorite season of the year with all the Christmas movies and stories. I can’t forget to give you a rundown of this week’s favorites.Christmas favorites

  • Christmas count down chains – only 18 days left!
  • A competitive weekend – I had kids involved in a math competition and one in a science competition.
  • The Christmas devotional
  • Writing group
  • Band concert
  • Boy Scout Round Table – This month was a showcase of great ideas and programs!
  • I finished reading two Christmas books, Lost December and The Perfect Christmas.

Here’s some online favorites from this week too.

  • I still have NaNoWriMo on the brain. These writing tips from East Valley Writes are inspirational.
  • Looking for a new cookie to try? Two Peas and their Pod have a Browned Butter Snickerdoodle that sounds delicious!
  • Do you like to give books as gifts as much as I do? Shannon Hale has her top reads of the year.
  • I {Heart} Faces has some tips for taking holiday photos.

Now it’s your turn to share your favorites of the week!


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Friday Favorites: November 30

I hope you are enjoying your November before you kiss it good-bye tonight! Are you ready for December? I’m trying, but I wish I had my Christmas decorations up already – and my shopping. Life feels like it’s on fast forward and I’m working in slow motion! Even with all its busyness, this time of year has so many of my favorites!Christmas tree favorites

  • Last weekend we took our family pictures for our Christmas card. I’m so happy they turned out so good. This photography tutorial helped!
  • A little black Friday shopping with my girls. We didn’t get up early or anything crazy like that…but there was that one line in Kohl’s that we stood in.
  • We put up our new tree! Over the summer my daughter found a 12 foot Christmas tree at a garage sale (or something). It is so big and beautiful! Now to find the time to decorate it…
  • Christmas movies! We’ve already watched three of my favorites; The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, The Christmas Card, and The Ultimate Gift.
  • Book club for Before I Go to Sleep. It was an interesting discussion, I’ll share more soon.
  • A blogger event at Cafe Zupas. The grand opening is Saturday December 8!

Now for a few favorites from a few of my favorite blogs:

  • `Tis the season for great, simple gifts. I’d love to receive Cookies and Cups’ Peanut Butter Cup Granola. It would probably be a good gift to give too; you know, if you’re into giving away delicious food.
  • Once you figured out what gifts you’re giving you might need Positively Splendid’s Drawstring Fabric Gift bags.
  • Chef in Training’s Overnight Egg Nog French Toast would be fun to try. Maybe on Christmas Eve morning. We already have a traditional Christmas morning breakfast.

Now it’s your turn to share your week’s favorites!

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