December Goals

Fall is now over, and the Christmas season has begun.  Before I get into the December Goals, I want to give you one last update on the goals this Fall.  I made these goals without knowing whether or not I was pregnant, and they were not as doable as I had hoped, considering I was in my first trimester for most of Fall.  However, I managed to complete most of them.  So, here’s how they turned out.

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Spiritually, I am going to attend a Bible Study. Completed.  I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Ladies Bible Class I attended each week.  Those ladies are so sweet and I look forward to (hopefully, depending on pregnancy) attending the next one in the new year!

For healthI am going to do some type of yoga or meditation every day. Fail, sorta.  I didn’t do this every day, unless you count hearing the heartbeat every night as meditation.  Then, I totally did this perfectly the last three weeks.  I have been doing yoga, but not every day.  And I want to be careful of what I can and can’t do as I continue into this pregnancy.  We had some (not serious but could affect exercise) concerns in last week’s appointment that could clear up on their own by the next appointment.  So, I’m going to take it slow and easy until then.  Maybe cut the yoga down to once or twice a week.

For homeI want to decorate each month. Completed.  I did my mantle each month, and when I put away the November things, I divided them into Fall and Thanksgiving for better decorating next year.  I forgot to take a picture, though!

For online/writingI’m going to do a weekly video check-in. Completed.  This has been do fun to do, and as I mentioned in the video for week 15, I plan to continue to do it as long as I can.

And finally, the bonus goal, I want to get back into my planner. Changed.  I realized this season that I’m not longer the same planner that I was a few years ago.  I now gravitate towards online calendars and spreadsheets, with a daily to do list as well.  I’m changing up my planner style a bit, which I hope to show you in the new year.

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I’ve thought and wrestled with what to do the last month of this year.  And in the end, I decided to not make any measurable goals and both of the reasons have to do with my pregnancy.

  1. I have limited energy during my day, and while I hope to continue eating healthy and staying active, I also want to really focus on the Christmas season this year.  It may be our last holiday just Michael and me, and I don’t want to be worried about additional checklists (other than the ones for buying gifts, those are the best checklists).
  2. Next year is unpredictable.  There are so many things that could happen that would affect my day-to-day schedule, that this might be my last “normal” month (or the entire rest of my pregnancy could be normal, but who’s to say?).  So I want to treasure this time with the dogs, my husband, my home, my friends and my family, and focus on that.

Christmas time is so special and magical.  I’ve already made so many memories and I’m looking forward to creating even more this month.  I hope all of you are having a good end to your year, that you aren’t stressing out too much, and that you get to spend some precious time with your friends and family.

Did you make new year goals?  How are they going?

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Our Thanksgiving 2017

If you watched my video last Friday, then you would know that our Thanksgiving holiday was quite a bit different this year.  Since it was just going to be Michael and me, we decided to try a new restaurant here in the DFW area.  There are so many fine dining restaurants here, even though we have lived here for almost 10 years, I still don’t feel like we have scratched the surface.  Mostly because when we find one we like, we tend to go back over and over again.

But we wanted to try something new, so Michael got reservations for a restaurant called Table 13 in Addison, TX.  Addison, to me, is kind of hipstery and the restaurants are always interesting.  Plus, this particular restaurant was suggested on lists with other restaurants we have enjoyed and it had good reviews.

Thanksgiving morning was spent in our PJs, watching the Macy’s Day Parade with the pups.  Teddy loves Jerzee.  Jerzee tolerates Teddy.  So, when the two dogs start snuggling, pictures are taken a lot.

After the parade ended, we got ready and headed down to the restaurant for our reservation.  It was packed, which is always a good sign.  But there was some mix-up with seating (people were taking longer than anticipated), so it took close to 30-40 minutes for us to be seated.  Also, quick note, the decor was….interesting.  It was mostly decorated with pin-up drawings of girls without clothes who were strategically situated.  So, not a place I would take kids.  Definitely had an adult vibe which I didn’t really pick up on with the reviews (plus, they had a special price that day for kids).

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They had their Thanksgiving special, which both of us got, but they also had other choices a la carte.  I feel like the a la carte menu was more their regular food, judging from how the meal went.

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So, the first course was a choice between their salads or lobster bisque (which were also starter choices on the a la carte menu).  I chose the lobster bisque which is good.  It was creamy, perfect temperature, and had bits of lobster in it that added to the flavor.

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The second course was a traditional Thanksgiving dinner – turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green beans, and cranberry sauce.  All of it was pork-free, which was important to me because I have a pork allergy.  But after we finished the first course and our plates were taken, it took 30-40 minutes for the second course to arrive.  This was surprising to me because it was the special of the day, and that’s usually easier to get out than something else off the menu.  But maybe I’m wrong about that.  As far as taste, it was okay.  The one thing that really stood out was the cranberry sauce.  They added some kind of mint ingredient to the cranberries which complemented it very well.  But the rest of the meal was…just okay.

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The third course came out much more quickly.  It was a traditional raisin bread pudding with a pumpkin sauce and a small scoop of vanilla bean ice cream on top.  The center of the pudding was soft and absorbed the vanilla ice cream pretty well.  But the outside was a little crispy and I didn’t really taste the pumpkin sauce.  Again, it was okay.

Overall, I don’t think we will go back anytime soon, not because it was necessarily bad.  It’s just that there are so many other options in the DFW area to eat for the same price point that are better in my opinion.  Still, I’m glad I didn’t have to cook or clean on Thanksgiving day, which really made it worth it.

The rest of the evening, we just spent at home, hanging out.  I had a wonderful day with my husband and my pups.  I was truly thankful for the time we shared together!

November Favorites

Now that I’m in my second trimester, I feel like I have a little more energy to get some things checked off of my to-do list.  So, I actually have a couple things to share with you this month!First, the most favorite thing from this month is the Heartbeat Baby Monitor by Bambeego.  I think I ordered it on the way home from my 12-week ultrasound.  I liked the fact that it had dual headphone jacks so both Michael and I could hear it at the same time.  Of course, I knew that not everyone hears the heartbeat on these monitors that early, so I made a pact with myself that I would only check once a week.  Then, as I shared in this video, at the beginning of my 14th week, I heard the heartbeat.  And now, I do it every night.  I love that it’s one of the last things I do before going to sleep!Also, this monitor does not come with gel, so I purchased this Parker Laboratories Spectra 360 Electrode Gel.  I got the Heartbeat Monitor before getting the gel and tried it without the gel first.  It was much easier with the gel.  My therapist also suggested that hair gel also works pretty well, though I have tried that.  This is a 2 oz tube and I’ve been using it for two weeks straight and I’m maybe halfway through it.With the addition of our puppy last February, we have accumulated a lot of dog hair.  We were sweeping pretty much daily and felt like we could have created a whole other dog with all of the hair we swept up!  Michael wanted an easier way to pick up all of the hair, so he purchased the Bissell PowerEdge Pet Hard Floor Vacuum.  It’s much easier to run this than it is to sweep it up every day.  This is one of those vacuums without bristles on the bottom, so it just sucks up all of the hair with getting tangled in the vacuum.  It’s perfect for our tiled floors.

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The last thing I wanted to share was my latest Starbucks obsession.  Peppermint Hot Chocolate, tall, no whipped cream.  Really, anything mint would probably be my favorite, but it just feels like the holiday season when I have one of these treats.  Especially when the weather dips down pretty quickly (as it has done a couple times this month in Texas).  I really ready for the weather to stay cold more consistently so I can break out the scarves.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and a great start to the holiday season!

Do you have anything that you do, eat, or drink that signifies the real beginning of this season?

I also wanted to let you know that I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.  These are all things I have used personally.  I wouldn’t recommend something I haven’t tried myself.  Thanks!

DFS: Week 15, Some Housekeeping and the Holidays

The video where I talk about how the Holidays got complicated and changed this year, and the future of these videos after November.

If you are wondering why my dog is in the background in this video (because he usually isn’t), it’s because we are still having some renovations done to the outside of our house, so he was hanging out with me.