President's Day Sales

President's Day Sales

If you know me you know I love a good sale. Honestly, I can't remember the last time I bought something full price. So I wanted to share the love with you today. Here are some of my favorite sales happening for President's Day:

Roolee Boutique: $10 off your purchase of $50 with code PRES10

Target: 30% off home items and 20% off clothing

Old Navy: Up to 50% off

Called to Surf: 30%-50% off winter sale items

Anthropologie: 40% off - I don't shop here much because it is kinda spendy but they have the cutest kitchen items!

H&M: Free shipping and 20% off $100 purchase

I know there are probably millions more but these are some I found and ones I'm having a hard time resisting!

What are you doing for President's Day??
  

Titlow Park







Titlow Park - Tacoma, Washington



We recently discovered a new park just a few minutes from our house. It was a pretty cold day but I was itching to get out of the apartment and go for a long much-needed walk and we ended up at Titlow Park. If you're in the South Sound area I'd highly recommend it. 

There is a great playground if you have kids, along with some great shoreline to walk along and trails up in the woods to wander through. There is even a cement path that would be a great running path if you're into that kind of thing. 

We don't get out into nature super often just because Blake is crazy busy with school this quarter so when we do it feels extra special. It seems like every little adventure now we end up talking about what it will be like to come back to that same park or place with Little Marty. And it makes me so incredibly happy. We can't wait to show him this great big world and all the fun things there are to do and see!

Can't believe we are less than two months away!

2018 New Years Resolutions

2018 New Year's Resolutions in February
If you remember back at the beginning of this month I posted about how I decided I didn't want to set my new year's resolutions just yet. I wanted to take the month of January to really self-reflect on what I want for this year and where I want to grow and challenge myself.

I'm really proud of myself to say that I didn't totally bail on this, I actually spent time really thinking about where I'm at currently, what is on the books for this year and how I hope to change and grow throughout it. So here we go!

Word of the year:

Glorious - You're probably thinking, "WHAT?! How is that a word for the year?". It is a bit unconventional from the standard words you see floating around (all good words, just seen frequently). But as I was listening to "This is Me" from The Greatest Showman on my way to work (because who isn't listening to that on repeat?) and the line where that says, "I know that there's a place for us. For we are glorious", hit me really hard. No, I don't have a beard, I'm not what you'd call weird or out of place but this stood out to me for a different reason.

I'm pretty dang hard on myself. I had to quit my job early because of a rough 1st trimester, I sometimes spend my whole day in sweats, sometimes I sit and worry about what others think of me, and sometimes I eat a whole bag of flaming hot Cheetos in a week. And after each of those things, I'll beat myself up for not being my best, not looking cute enough, or not eating a salad instead. But glorious just hit me so hard. It is okay! It is okay that I sometimes miss the mark and am not perfect. Instead of beating myself up, I want to see myself as a glorious daughter of God (not in a cocky, 'holier than thou' way). As a girl who is just taking one day at a time to be better, no matter what others may or may not say! 

So this year I'm going to choose to see myself as glorious, I'm going to live a glorious year, and I'm going to let myself be me and love me for just that. I'm going to let my Heavenly Father take me by the hand and help me grow and worry about what He thinks, and only He thinks. Because let's be honest, all those things we think people are thinking or saying about us probably aren't actually being said or thought. But even if they are, who cares. What matters is that I think I'm glorious and that even though sometimes I'm not at the top of my game, I'm still trying to grow and become better and that is all that matters. And shoot, I'm having a baby this year, if that isn't glorious I don't know what is!

Habits:

- TV Last: Sometimes it is a lot easier to just turn on the TV instead of picking up a book, exercising or getting some work done (I work from home now) etc. and I'm guilty of it more often than not. So my goal this year is before I reach for the remote to think to myself, "is there something else I could be doing that would be better for my day?". I started this and all though I'm still not perfect my days have been so much more full and productive! 
- Journaling: I usually write in my journal once a week or even sadly once a month but this year I took the pressure off of writing a lot and have taken time to write 2-3 times a week. Long entry or short entry it doesn't matter, I'm just making sure to write something about my thoughts, day, life. I really want my kids and grandkids to have records of my life and so I better get better at this! My TV Last habit has really helped with this one! 
- Serving: I tend to think of myself first and so lately (and the #LightTheWorld campaign that the LDS Church did in December really helped with this) I've been consciously thinking who/how can I serve this week/day/month. 
- Moving: I'm in my third trimester and already ready to burn off this baby weight. But since I can't do that just yet I've made the goal to just move each day. Whether that means I just go for a walk, do squats while I'm watching a show, stretch while reading or many other things I'm just making sure I'm moving. And obviously, my moving will get a little more exciting once April rolls around :). 

I've always been horrible at keeping my new year's resolutions but by spending the month of January really pondering how I want to change and be better I can already feel these habits and my word sticking. I've never been more excited to see how my year looks come December 31, 2018!

Are you still keeping your new year's resolutions??


Bumpdate: 30 Weeks

How far along are you: 30 weeks
Cravings: Citrus, Taco Bell bean burritos, PB&J sandwiches
Sleep: Not as bad as you'd think. Wake up for the usual bathroom runs but sleep is where my back feels the best :).
Baby Movement: Now I've never had a baby before so I don't know what to compare it to but man this kid likes to move. And sometimes I think he is having a boxing match. 1,2, punch!
How are you feeling: Luckily 90% of the nausea from the first trimester is gone but in creeps new things. I have the worst back/rib pain and the only thing that helps is my belly band or lying on my back. I went to a movie a couple of weeks back and I had to get up and stand on the side for part of the movie. Sitting and I aren't friends! 
Bumpdate: 30 WeeksFavorite Maternity Things: Three words - ASOS Maternity Clearance - Cute maternity clothes at a great price! I really drug my feet when it came to buying maternity clothes because I didn't want to buy something I'd wear for a few months and then not again for 2-3 years. But I'm soooo glad I did! Not to mention I got them for such a good deal it wasn't as painful. But specifically, I loved their maternity jeans. I don't feel like I'm wearing maternity pants at all!!!
Also, I discovered some great dresses that aren't maternity but fit great and will work even after pregnancy. And the best part is I feel like I'm wearing PJs. Do yourself a favor and check out Sign Here
Favorite Moment: Last week Blake and I both saw my belly move like crazy last week. I love sharing these moments with him. I feel "Little Marty" (his nickname) all the time and I love it, but Blake gets so excited it makes me so happy!

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#thankfultuesday - Enough

Gratitude turns what we have into enough.
1. That I got to go on a trip with my parents this last weekend to see my brothers!
2. That the back pain was manageable on the drive.
3. That I could enjoy the beautiful snow for a few days and then come back to green :).
4. For being able to download episodes and movies on Netflix.
5. For the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 
6. For little kid hugs.
7. For the pouring rain.
8. For all the people giving us the greatest gift for Little Marty. We are feeling so loved!
9. For the few of you who actually read my little corner of the internet. 
10. For warm sweats.  

#thankfultuesday - Degree of Gratitude

Our degree of gratitude is a measure of our love for Him. - Russell M. Nelson


"How much better it would be if all could be more aware of God’s providence and love and express that gratitude to Him. Ammon taught, “Let us give thanks to [God], for he doth work righteousness forever.” Our degree of gratitude is a measure of our love for Him." 

I know I'm not consistent with these posts but I have a goal to not just do them around Thanksgiving so hold me accountable!

1. For this little boy growing in my belly. Always grateful for him.
2. For the "warm" days we've been having.
3. For my planner. Sounds strange but with my serious case of pregnancy brain it has been a lifesaver!
4. For our new prophet, President Russell M. Nelson. Read more here!
5. For dresses. Pants are not my friend right now.
6. For my husband. I know everyone says it but he really is!
7. For clementine oranges that are going to save me while I'm off sugar.
8. For my vans and rain boots that mean I don't have to try and bend over to tie my shoes. 
9. For a body that is healthy and strong enough to grow a baby (post coming soon)!
10. And for those who forgive my faults and have patience with me as I strive to change and grow!

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Lake Wenatchee & Leavenworth Christmas Tree Lighting

Look it only took me a few weeks to get this post up, unlike some other posts that are a year overdue....#newyearsresolutions.

Blake finished up his quarter on Dec. 14th so we hurried out of town for a little getaway before all the family started coming to town for Christmas!

We decided to check out the Leavenworth tree lighting and surrounding area. It has been a bucket list item to go to Leavenworth at Christmas for a long time so I took full advantage of Blake being out of school!

The day before the tree lighting we wandered outside of Leavenworth to Lake Wenatchee State Park and honestly, we wish we would have spent more time there. It was BEAUTIFUL! Freezing, but beautiful! Blake and I are definitely planning on going back this summer. 

It was so nice to be outdoors again. If you've followed along for a while Blake and I love outdoor adventures and we try to get outdoors as much as we can. But my 1st trimester rocked me and Blake's school was so busy we haven't been on many adventures at all. So both of us were in complete heaven! No school and no nausea!

But let's be honest about the tree lighting. Cool experience, glad we did it, but we probably won't ever do it again. And we were very glad we did it before we had kids. It was so cold, and there were so many people! And as cool as Leavenworth is, it isn't really a kid friendly town. You can only look at each of the shops so many times, and with little kids, I think they'd be bored till the tree lighting time. 

But let us talk about the food. The brats were the bomb at both places we went to! I seriously dream about going back just for the brats. And all the little German pastries, treats, etc. were everything this pregnant mama dreams about!

But this isn't me discouraging you from going to Leavenworth. Everyone should experience it once, and I've also heard it is beautiful (and warmer) in the spring/summer! And we plan on taking our little guy back for a camping trip this summer and you better believe we will be stopping by Leavenworth for a brat, or two!

Lake Wenatchee
 Let me explain these photos....Blake just walked up to Rudolph and said: "Can I hold you?". Not a joke, those are his exact words! It sounded so creepy I was laughing so hard. But Rudolph said yes and before you knew it he was asking all of the characters. We got some good laughs from the onlookers! I guess he is going through withdrawals because I can't pick him up anymore......




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