Friday, February 27, 2015

High Five for Friday

It's finally Friday! What a crazy week it's been! But High Five for Friday!!!!

Here's five of my favorite things from this week:

1. Parenthood-

So I'm super behind on just finding this show, but I found it on Netflix and I've been binge watching it ever since! I'm talking almost done with Season 5 and I just started watching this show less than two weeks ago! The addiction is bad! It's going to be one of those times when I'm not sure how life will go on when I'm finished watching!

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2. This Kid-

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Age 2 has got to be one of the greatest stages of parenting! Her little imagination is in overdrive and her vocabulary is exploding! I love getting to spend every day with her! I almost wish I could keep her this age forever!

3. Snow Days-

I'm totally over the cold and snow but it sure is pretty! But I'm ready for Spring, green and some colorful flowers!!

4. Thrift Store Finds-

Bought a cheap shelf and the goodwill to put in my son's room a while back. But recently found some cute buckets in the dollar spot and they fit perfect on the shelf in the kitchen as an indoor herb garden! Can't wait to share more of it with you all! Any tips on growing herbs? Cause I am a plant killer! =(

5. Pinterest-

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Just got to give a shout out to practically the greatest website of all time! I'm loving the inspiration I've found there lately and can't wait to get started on all the things I've pinned once I get done pinning all the awesome ideas! lol We'll see if it ever happens.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Girl Scout Daisy Award Tracker

This is my first year as a Daisy Girl Scout leader for my daughter's troop. The amount of paperwork is overwhelming and I don't even have to do it all because I'm not the official leader of our multi-level troop! One thing that was really getting to me was that I couldn't find an Award Tracker anywhere that included all of the earned Daisy Girl Scout Awards. So I made one and I'm sharing it with you!!

I use this tracker to both mark when the girls have earned their Daisy Petals or other awards and when they have been given their award.

Girl Scout Daisy Award Tracker

I do this by simply adding the date when they've earned something, then going back and putting a slash through the date with a different colored pen after they've been given the patch or pin at an awards ceremony.

Super simple, easy to read and much more efficient than just keeping a list of what each girl has earned.

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Hope there are some other leaders out there that will find this as helpful as I have recently. Please share it and pin it if you like it! Thanks!!

Girl Scout Daisy Award Tracker

Have you ever been a Girl Scout? A Girl Scout Leader? What other printables would help you out?

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Monday, February 23, 2015

What I've Been Reading

I like to read, but it has to be a book that interests me or else I won't make it through the whole thing. I'm not a fan of thrillers, science-fiction or things that aren't really possible. When I find a book I am interested in, I can't seem to put the book down until I'm done, so things like cooking and cleaning go to the wayside and I catch back up on them when I'm done with the book! Luckily, I'm a fast reader!!

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I recently joined Peanut Blossom’s Book Club for Recovering Readers and it gave me the first book I read as a great recommendation. The monthly discussions are pretty fun too! The ladies have so many great ideas for other books to read!!
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty - Major twist I wasn't quite expecting. Kept me interested to see just how everything was going to end up. 

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell  - Although it's a young adult book, it was really great. Best part is that it's only 3.99 for the kindle version at

Living Well, Spending Less: 12 Secrets to a Good Life by Ruth Soukup - I love her blog and the book did not disappoint! 

A Lancaster Country Christmas by Suzanne Woods Fisher - This was a book I found for free and had on my kindle app. I read it over Christmas when we were in Kansas. It was short and sweet, Christian romance novels are not something I typically go for but it was nice.

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom - This was a required reading for one of my husband's classes but when he got it in the book looked really interesting so I ended up reading it before his classes even started. It is great perspective on life and really makes you think about the way you are living and how you might make some changes to fulfill all your dreams before death.

Save the Date by Mary Kate Andrews - This was a book that I picked up from the local library a few weeks ago. I enjoyed it and the characters. I might see what else this author has available at the library next time I go.

My Japanese Husband Thinks I'm Crazy by Grace Buchele Mineta - Someone on Facebook shared this book and I decided it see what it was about. Made me giggle! Loved how some much of it was the same things I encountered during our five years of living in Japan. I miss it all so much!

I just started The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks. It has started to intrigue me, I read the first two chapters then set it back down. But most of that is simply because I have become completely obsesses with Parenthood on Netflix! But anyways, 7 books down 23 more to go before the end of May!!

What kind of books do you like to read? Have any more recommendations?

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

30 before 30: Update!

So this list is constantly on the back of my mind! I'm managed to knock a few things off but I'm not staying up to date on others! I've still got time though!! Anyways, here's an update on my 30 before 30 list!

I've walked ONE mile out of 260! Had 2 Girl's Nights Out, managed to stick to a savings plan, paid off one of our biggest credit cards, done 2 RAK's, journaled for a few weeks and then gave up, read 6 books and I'm going to share two printables on the blog soon! 

Clearly I haven't done much but a lot of my list requires warmer weather! There are a lot of plans in the works though!

How are your 2015 goals going? 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

My 2015 Word of the Year

So all over pinterest and facebook lately has been this common trend of picking a word for the new year. Instead of a resolution you pick a word and focus on it and how it can impact your life. So I thought and thought about that whole trend and went back and forth on whether or not to pick a word.

At first, nothing came to mind! So it wasn't too caught up on the whole thing. But the more I saw blogger's post about their words and this word and that word, the more a specific word kept popping into my head. So during all the 2015 my word of the year is...


grow more in love
grow closer to my kids
grow deeper friendships
grow my savings
grow stronger
grow smarter
grow more experiences
grow my photo albums
grow experiences
grow a garden
grow new ideas
grow my blog
grow to love my home more
grow to be better
grow kinder
grow happier

the list goes on and on!

All of these quotes were found at I pinned them to my 2015 board, check them out and more here.

Did you pick a word for 2015? Did you make and resolutions for the new year? Share with me!!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Holiday Recap

Wow! It's been a really exciting holiday break! I had so much planned and then all of those plans changed so I ended up not blogging at all. And truth is the break has me feeling a little bit renewed!

We ended up leaving for our trip home three days earlier than planned but we had a great trip! Then we came home and hosted a fun New Year's/Birthday Party with friends!! Ringing in the new year was quite exciting and it gives me a super positive outlook for all 2015 has in store!

I'll be back with more soon but until then check out my most viewed posts from 2014!!

10 Ways I'm Saving Money This Christmas

My Family Binder and How it Keeps Me Organized

How To Host a Pinterest Party

Free Thanksgiving Printable

Recipes on Repeat: My Kid's Favorites

May 2015 bring you all the best!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Conversations

I'm at the point where my to do list is so long that I give up and I'm going to take a nap! lol

Short and sweet Christmas Conversation today! Brought to you from The Inspired Apple! I love her blog! She has got quite an array of topics she covers and the cutest little family ever!

Have a great weekend! I'm off to power nap then tackle everything I've got going on!! See you Monday!!