Blog Planner Series {{2015 Post Calendar}}

Well, lovelies, a new year is just around the corner! EEK! Can you believe it?! 2014 has been such a great year for our family, but I'm looking forward to 2015 and all the fun, new memories that will come along with it! I wrapped up my blog planner series a few weeks ago, but I wanted to share an updated blog post calendar with y'all... And if you're not a blogger, you can still download and use this calendar! Nothing on it says "I'm a blogger!" It just happens to fit the post-it notes I use for blogging perfectly, so it's my blog post calendar.

As always, be sure to click the link below to download your planner! It won't have my watermark on it, and it'll be for the entire year. Yay!
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I hope you've found my blog planning series helpful! If so, would you mind pinning it on Pinterest for others to find?! I'd love for my free printables to be a help to other bloggers!

Oh, and just in case you've missed any posts in this series, you can find them here:
{{ Starting Out }}


Pay it Forward with #BICMerryMarking

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I'm not sure if you know this or not, but I live in the Pacific Northwest. Oh, you know that part? Well, did you know it rains A LOT here? Like 144 days a year a lot? Like 41" a lot? That's the average, anyway. Lately, it feels like it's rained 41" each day!! Slight exaggeration, but it's been raining harder lately than what feels like normal. Anyway. Let's get back to the post, eh?

When I saw this fun project in the #BICMerryMarking digital pdf booklet, I was stoked! I don't have a co-worker {unless you consider my husband my co-worker, which I do because we co-labor in raising our little one}, but I left an umbrella and fun note at the door for him to grab on his way out the door in the morning! The best part is, you can pay it forward too! Just use your #MistyBlue BIC Mark-It™marker to write a little note on a fun notecard {mine is a cute little Project Life card embellished with some eyelets and ribbon} to leave with the umbrella by the door! Easy peasy! You can also encourage your recipient to pay the kindness forward! How fun is that?!

And for a unrelated side note, I know you're not supposed to open umbrellas inside... But I did. Eek!

Be sure to get the booklet of merry marking and a coupon to start marking today! There are so many fun ideas in the booklet to give your BIC Mark-It™ markers a workout! I'm nominating my fellow Oregonian bloggers Amanda from {Burlap and Babies}, Amanda from {Dwelling in Happiness}, and Melissa from {Willamette Valle Wonder Woman} to take part in this fun little challenge! Yay! And you lovely readers of mine, grab a fun notecard and pay some kindness forward with one of your co-workers! It might just make their day!
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Meal Plan Mondays {{12.15.14}}

Well, it's been a while since I last posted a meal plan {or any of my "regular" posts, for that matter}, but that doesn't mean we haven't been eating... Wouldn't that be a bummer - no plan, no food?! It just means that the last few months have been a bit more flexible around here, and though I've had a meal plan in the binder, we've kinda just eaten whatever came to mind. Sometimes we follow the "plan," and other times it's more "you mean you actually wanna eat dinner, dear?!" Just kidding on that last part. Kinda. Not really. Caleb's lost five pounds this week. Okay. I am kidding about that part.

I thought it'd be nice to try to get back in a routine around here. I'm hoping to post weekly meal plans and goals, and I'm hoping to get back to my Snapshot Saturday posts soon too. Hoping is the key word there. I'm actually in the midst of updating my blog planner for next year {and I'll share new calendars as soon as they're done!}, and I hope to get it ready to go this week!

Anyway. I'm supposed to be sharing our meal plan for the week... Let's get back on track!

Here's what's on this week's meal plan:
Monday: Stromboli
Tuesday: White Chili
Wednesday: Dinosaur Eggs
Thursday: Beans, Potatoes, and Cornbread
Friday: Chicken Enchiladas
Saturday: Toasted Sub Sandwiches
Sunday: Crock-Pot Chili

Well, lovelies, there you have it. What's on your meal plan this week? Anything yummy?? Leave a comment or share a recipe! I'd love to check it out! Until next time, I hope y'all have a great week!


Motivational Monday {{12.14.14}}

Well, lovelies... I don't want to stress you out, but Christmas is just around the corner!! Are you ready? I've got one more gift to purchase {unless I decide to do a bit more online shopping}, but I hope to get everything done and wrapped tomorrow or Tuesday so I can really enjoy the last week or so before Christmas. I enjoy Christmas every year, but this year is extra special... I'm just excited!

We've kept the decor pretty simple around our house, but that doesn't mean that I can't wait to see your Christmas crafts, decor, and fun projects at today's party! Let's get to it!

Amanda from Burlap and Babies

Christina from The DIY Mommy
Amanda from Dwelling in Happiness

Carrie from Curly Crafty Mom

Danielle from Sew Much Crafting {that's me!}
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Each week we feature the top posts from the previous week's party! This week's top two posts are...
Wooden Snowflakes from Scrap Wood from {{Little House of Four}}

Scrabble Tile Christmas Ornament from {{Typically Simple}}


Alrighty... Are you ready to party? Link up below!!


Our First Family Thanksgiving

Well, I'm a couple of weeks behind, but I wanted to share a few pictures from our first little Thanksgiving as a family {since Hannah joined us, that is!}... Hope you don't mind the flashback of a few weeks. *Smile*

We invited a number of families over for dinner, and it just didn't work out for any of them to join us. Caleb and I really wanted to celebrate Hannah's first Thanksgiving at home instead of going elsewhere, so that's what we set out to do. We slept in, took it easy in the morning, had cinnamon rolls for breakfast, got dinner going when we felt like it, and just had a nice day together.

Here are a few pictures from our day as a little family... Enjoy!

We found Hannah a cute little turkey dress for the special occasion... And I made her a little bow for  her hair! She may not love that I had her wear it years from now, but she was just too cute!

Here's an almost smile...

Daddy got the turkey all dressed and ready for the oven!

And then he cut it when it came out... Yum!

A friend of ours gave us this chair that sits in a normal chair... And we cleaned it up for Hannah to sit in on Thanksgiving. She's been sitting in it almost daily since Thanksgiving, and I'm glad we have it for her - it's nice for her to join us at the dinner table! She likes putting her toes on the table too! Ha!

Mama and Hannah picture time... She looks thrilled, eh?!

And time for a family picture too! Yay!! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

And what would Thanksgiving dinner be without the food?! We kept it pretty simple since it was just the three of us... Turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, and rolls. Oh, and we made apple pie for dessert! All the traditional dishes that we LOVE!

Well, writing this post makes me wish tomorrow was Thanksgiving again so we could eat some yummy dinner. Especially the green bean casserole and rolls. I'm kinda a bread-o-holic! Ha! Is that a real thing?! I digress.

Anyway. Hope you enjoyed a glimpse into our lives {even if it was from a few weeks ago!}... Christmas is just two short weeks away - can't believe it! I'm really super excited to celebrate with our little bug this year. It's just such a magical time of year.

Hope y'all have a great weekend. I hope to be back soon...