New year, New Goals

I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday season and are so looking forward to this new year we have ahead of us. 2018 is going to be an amazing year for all of us! There will be ups and there will be downs, despite the downs, it will be a good one! I want to sincerely apologize for the lack of blog posts. I could make an excuse for it, but you’ll see that one of my goals for the new year is to push past my excuses.

I have to admit, I used to be one of those people that judged those who made new year’s resolutions. I did not get the concept. In my head, a new year just meant another new day and nothing would change.  I have come to realize that it is such a powerful tool to make goals for yourself for a new year. With that being said; here are some of mine for 2018.

Goals my fiance and I have together: 

  1. We will both workout at least 4 times a week.
  2. We will eat out less. Once a week is the limit.
  3. We will continue to build our house fund.
  4. We will read devotions together every night.
  5. We will go to church more often. We will watch church online when I work on the weekends and cannot attend the service in person.
  6. We will take more pictures.

My personal goals: 

  1. I will push past my excuses. I am so good at creating an excuse for why I cannot do something. Goals don’t work unless you do.
  2. I will open an Etsy shop.
  3. I will continue to grow my blog. I will post at least twice a week.
  4. I will continue building a side “business” on Poshmark (Check me out if you wish: maggielynne1)
  5. I will continue to grow my Instagram and post at least twice a week.
  6. I will stop drinking pop.
  7. I will decrease the amount of coffee that I consume.
  8. I will get off of anxiety medication.
  9. I will have a more positive attitude. Our thoughts are so important and make such a difference. Look at the negatives less, and look at the positives more.

 

I look forward to working towards these goals and really making them a focus and a priority. Remember that it is okay to make mistakes and mess up on our goals at points throughout the year. The key is to not let a mess up erase the goal entirely. Get back up and keep going. What goals do you have for this new year? Let’s work hard on them together.

Happy 2018

Maggie

What I Wore For My Engagement Pictures

This past weekend, my fiance (still getting used to calling him that!) and I had our engagement pictures!

IMG_7582To be honest, I was very much on the fence about whether or not we should get pictures done in the first place. I decided that I may regret it down the line if we did not.

The morning of the pictures, the forecast looked absolutely terrible, as in 100% chance of rain all day long. Thank goodness, we were in luck, and the rain stayed away long enough for us to squeeze in our pictures. Yay! Now we are just crossing our fingers that we were not too awkward and the pictures turn out beautifully! 

Here is what I decided to wear for our pictures:

Outfit #1

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Top: Maurices 

Army Green Jacket: Maurices 

Jeans: Kohls (Denezin by Levis) 

Booties: Famous Footwear 

Outfit #2

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Lace front Top: Target 

Puffy Vest: Kohls 

Shoes: Blowfish

I wore the same jeans as outfit #1

Let me know if you would like to see the outfits that Paul wore to go with mine 🙂

I got engaged, WHAT!?

First, I want to say how sorry I am that it has been so long since I posted for ya’ll. I wish I had some great excuse, but let’s get real, sometimes life just “gets in the way”.

On August 28th, a random Monday afternoon, I got engaged! I can honestly say, 100%, without a doubt, I was not expecting my day to end in engagement. I left work, called Paul, and we talked about grocery shopping and our plans for the night. Typical Monday after work stuff. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary, which is weird because Paul normally has a terrible time hiding anything.

I walk in the door, and see this:

IMG_6967My first thought was, what in the world is this, and when in the world did he have time to do this? I immediately yelled “WHEN DID YOU COME HOME TODAY!” && I got no response.  I then ran around the house and looked to see how far this whole rose path went.

IMG_6969.JPGI then went to the beginning and started following the directions of the game Paul had set up all throughout our little house. All the while, I still had no idea I was about to be proposed to. All of the pieces of paper throughout the house were filled with sweet notes & I suddenly began to get the feeling that perhaps a proposal was coming, based upon what some of the notes said. The voice inside my head kept reminding me that there is no way Paul would propose on a random Monday. Plus he had seemed to normal when we had talked on the phone just shortly before all of this. I was just being silly, and so Boy, was I wrong.

I went through the house, reading the notes, playing this game. Then, I get to the back door, and was instructed to open the door to finish the “game”. Of course, being who I am, I peeked out the window first. Paul had no idea I was peeking, and I could tell he was nervous. At this point, I told myself : “girlfriend, you’re about to be proposed to”.

I opened the door, he got down on one knee, and plain and simply said: “will you marry me?”. The rest is history.

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IMG_6977(Not gonna lie, after the excitement settled just a tad, I quickly painted my nails before I took a single ring picture. Shhh, Don’t tell anyone my secret.)

So far, wedding planning has been so much fun & I cannot wait to share more of the process with ya’ll. We will officially be married October 20th, 2018!

 

August Costo Haul

Here’s what we got on our monthly trip to Costco. What are some of your favorite things to pick up at Costco? Let me know!

Organic Frozen Strawberries 4 pounds $10.49

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1 1/2 L Avocado Oil $11.99

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2 1L Glass Bottles Lemon Juice $7.99

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Black Olives (8 Cans) $9.99

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Spice Island Taco Seasoning (245 oz) $5.69

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Minced Garlic 1.36 kg  $4.79

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Pretzel Thins 28 oz $6.59

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Granulated Garlic 18 oz $5.49

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6 Count (32 oz) Organic Unsweetened Almond Milk (Vanilla) $6.99

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Frozen Pizzas (12 single pizzas) $9.99img_6711-1.jpg

Grand Total : $80,exactly.

(My even number loving heart was ecstatic to hear that number. )

Things on my list that we decided against: 

Hummus – I was hoping they would have had a new kind, I’m burnt out on the one I always buy.

Cooking Spray-  It was a great deal if you like canola oil spray. I personally like to buy the olive oil or coconut oil type.

Bananas – They were all VERY green, and the price was about the same as the Aldi price.

Peanut Butter- Totally just forgot.

Things that brought me joy in July

The Body Company: Aromatherapy Collection/ Turmeric & Sweet Orange

Turmeric and essential oils in a body wash? Dreams do come true. I could not say no when I saw this bad boy at TJMaxx. I honestly was not sure about the orange scent, but it is super nice. The scent is not too strong & really does have a subtle way of uplifting my mood & making me feel relaxed. If we’re being honest, not sure what the benefits of turmeric in a body wash are, but I have been taking turmeric supplements for months & love them, so why not?

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Garnier:  Micellar Cleansing Water 

Late to the game on this one.I know micellar water has been popular for quite awhile now , but I have never been one to try things right when they become a thing. I finally thought I’d try it out when it was on sale one day. It seriously takes off all of my makeup and does not make my skin feel gross. Plus, I’ve had this for awhile and the bottle is still super full. Definitely better than constantly spending money on makeup remover wipes.

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Lemon Shine : Dish Detergent Booster 

We had been having so many problems with our dishes still being dirty out of the dishwasher as well as some serious water spots on glass dishes. I was hesitant about this one, especially because of the price. It’s honestly not that expensive, but I am pretty cheap. This stuff works wonders. It also is another product that goes a long way and the package has lasted much longer than I anticipated. I will caution that it works so well that it has taken some of the pictures/writing off of a few of our coffee mugs. Don’t use this if one of your most treasured pieces is in the dishwasher.

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Rosemary Essential Oil 

I love rosemary essential oil for my hair. I had been using it solely on the roots of my hair. Drop a few drops throughout your roots, let it sit for awhile, wash hair as normal. I recently decided to try putting it on my ends of my hair as well. Such a good choice because it has been helping my hair even more than before. Love it.

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Facial

My mom & I went to the spa and I had my very first facial. The experience was so wonderful and relaxing. If you’ve ever thought about getting a facial, I say you totally should!

What did you love in July? Let me know. Have an amazing August!

Engagement Due Date?

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On July 6th, Paul (my boyfriend), and I celebrated our 7 year anniversary. SEVEN years. Sometimes it feels like it was just yesterday, sometimes it feels like a whole lifetime has gone by since then. SO many life events have happened since that day we met. I would not want anyone else by my side.

Ever since about college graduation (Was that really 3 years ago now? Yes, Maggie, it was. You’re getting old.), the hot topic has been an engagement. I know, I know, that becomes one of the hot topic questions asked of any recent college grad. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been in a relationship for years, one day, just met someone an hour ago, or are so far away from a relationship it’s not even funny ; the question probably comes up at least once shortly after graduation day.

For us though, the question is most often revolved around the fact that we have been dating for so long. It is to the point where if we had a dime for every time someone questioned either of us about an engagement; we could just about pay for our wedding, our first house, retirement, a vacation home, and supporting 6 kids throughout their whole life (props to you if you could raise 6 kids). Totally an exaggeration of course, but you get my point. I know most mean well and are just curious, I totally do. Yet, there seems to be some kind of due date for a marriage proposal. After so much dating time, a proposal automatically must come with it. Our world is full of deadlines and timelines. Relationships and marriage proposals should not have one.

There also shouldn’t be an expiration date on a relationship simply because a marriage proposal has not happened yet. Yes, people have asked if I am afraid that my boyfriend is not willing to commit if he has not popped the question yet. Or been told that I better move on because 7 years is just too long to wait for an engagement. So is 7 years of dating and continued support is not commitment? Also, what kind of relationship partner would I be if I jumped ship just because I don’t have a ring on my finger?

I am not in a hurry for a proposal and I would never rush him for one. The proposal will come when he is ready.  When we are both ready. We have talked about marriage, more times than I can count. We both know that it is in the cards. That hand just hasn’t been dealt yet. Every relationship is different, we all know this. Every proposal time-line is different, too. And that is okay, my friends.

Dryer Sheets: More Than Just Laundry

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Dryer sheets. Most of us have seen ’em, most of us have used ’em.

When you think dryer sheets, your first thought is probably laundry. Unless somehow I’m the only one that makes that correlation?

Those little sheets are great for laundry of course, but they are useful for so much more. Gotta love anything that can be used for more than one purpose.

  1. Stinky shoes. I honestly never had a problem with stinky shoes before. Boy do I now. Gross. Once the shoes start to stink, you really cannot get the stink out. Unless you’ve found the trick, then let a girl know. Throwing a few dryer sheets in the shoes does help a bit, though. I would recommend using dryer sheets even in your newer shoes, before the stink starts to settle in to its’ new home.
  2. Car air freshener. I will admit, this one came from my boyfriend. All you do is open up a box of dryer sheets and hide them under a seat in your car. Instant freshness throughout the whole car.
  3. Place a few in your travel bag or suitcase. Your clothes and such will stay smelling fresh even throughout your travels. Plus, when you go to put the suitcase away, leave a few in there and the smell will stay. I also use this trick in my purses that I am not currently using.
  4. Keep those pesky mosquitoes away. Honestly, I am a mosquito magnet and pretty much nothing in this world can keep them away from me. People I love have used this trick and it works wonders for them,though.
  5. Garbage can. Throw one in before you place your trash bag in the can.
  6. Hide some under your couch cushions or simply throw one under the couch.
  7. Freshen up the bed. Throw one inside your pillow case. If you have a duvet cover, place a few inside the cover before closing that bad boy up. Place a few on your mattress before putting on your fitted sheet.
  8.  Sayonara static & frizz. Put one through the brissels of your brush to tame those fly-aways.
  9. Dusting. I would not recommend this with a new dryer sheet because they are too rough and you may scratch whatever you are dusting, but re-use one from the laundry.  Catch ya later dust bunnies. I really love this one for base boards.
  10. Place a few in your drawers or in the closet. Pretty much ANYWHERE around the house that needs a little smell face lift, throw a dryer sheet in there my friend.
  11. Clean chrome. Make those faucets shine.
  12. Get rid of that soap scum in the bathroom. Wet the dryer sheet a bit before you try this one.
  13. Have squeaky shoes? Rub a dryer sheet on the soles of your shoes. No more awkward squeaky as you walk through the quiet office.
  14. Get rid of musty odors wherever necessary.  Dryer sheets will work wonders to get rid of those musty smells, you just might have to use a handful depending on how bad the smell is. Or the whole box, ya just never know.
  15. Smell good storage. Place some in your plastic bins or boxes that are going to be stored away in whatever hiding place you choose. This works for not only clothing storage, but also all of those holiday decorations. Especially if you are like me and have to store things in a shed outside.
  16. Laundry related hack. Use the used dryer sheet to help clean out the lint from the lint catcher thingy ma bob.

There are probably even more uses for the good old dryer sheet that I have not discovered yet, but these are some tried and true uses that I have tested and use often. Let me know if you have any other creative uses for those bad boys.

PS, if you have a Costco membership, you can buy a pack of 500 dryer sheets for a super good deal.