Weekly Pinterest Roundup — May 22

Welcome to my weekly Pinterest roundup, no images belong to me, only their respective owners. Click each picture to go to the link.

Pinterest is a huge help in my day-to-day life, I use stuff from it every single day from recipes to fitness routines to just cool lifestyle ideas. Every week I like to round up a few things that I really liked recently.

Inspirational and Educational:

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I love these types of to do lists! Now if only I’d do them.

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My husband got me flowers for Mother’s Day and I used this recipe for flower food to keep them going, and they still look beautiful.

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This is a great educational article on how to deal with having a baby boy. I will be needing this soon!

Food:

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These look so delicious, I need to try them.

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I’ve always wanted to try making pesto with spinach.

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This dish looks so warm and comforting.

Style:

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I love the colors of this capsule wardrobe, I just might switch the cream for white personally.

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I like how everything goes together without being overly matchy.

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I’m seeing a theme in my taste for the week. If only I had a waist anymore.

Weekly Pinterest Roundup — April 11

Welcome to my weekly Pinterest roundup, no images belong to me, only their respective owners. Click each picture to go to the link.
Pinterest is a huge help in my day-to-day life, I use stuff from it every single day from recipes to fitness routines to just cool lifestyle ideas. Every week I like to round up a few things that I really liked recently.
Inspirational:

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I love this idea for when kids get big enough to be interested in helping in the kitchen!

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Maybe if I post about exercising, I’ll be inspired to do it… or maybe not.

Food:

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I adore gingerbread. Have I mentioned that before? It’s my favorite scent, one of my favorite flavors, I just love it. I also love snickerdoodles. Look at these, gingerbread snickerdoodles!

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I’m so sick of chicken. I keep trying new recipes in hopes I’ll find one that will make me like chicken again.

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Yay for chickpeas!

Style:

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I’ve been on a real dress kick on Pinterest lately despite the fact that I won’t be able to wear anything cute like this for a while.

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Love the lace!

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The floral overlay is so pretty!

Weekly Pinterest Roundup — April 3

Welcome to my weekly Pinterest roundup, no images belong to me, only their respective owners. Click each picture to go to the link.

Pinterest is a huge help in my day-to-day life, I use stuff from it every single day from recipes to fitness routines to just cool lifestyle ideas. Every week I like to round up a few things that I really liked recently.

Inspirational:

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With a little one on the way, I really need to get into a cleaning routine. This one seems very in depth while at the same time not doing too much in one day. Maybe once I get my energy back.

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This is the most adorable thing ever.

Food:

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I always pin all these delicious looking veggie burgers but never actually go to the trouble of making them.

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These are sardine cakes. I adore sardines, and these are made with mashed potatoes and breadcrumbs. Sounds delicious!

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A long time ago I used to buy frozen mini quiche to pop in the microwave and they were sooooo good. I might have to try these and see if they come close. (Also if anyone could tell me where to find the mini quiche again, that would be amazing. Now I want quiche).

Style:

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I love this spring/summer dressing the bump look. It looks laid back and easy.

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I wish I could put together a wardrobe like this without spending $500. I’m having the hardest time finding maternity clothes in general, let alone affordable ones. Luckily I don’t need it just yet because my wardrobe at the moment is just one pair of maternity jeans, two pairs of yoga pants and some empire waist tops that will hold me over for a while.

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And for things I won’t be able to wear for a long time…

January 2017 Review

Hello and welcome to my first monthly progress review! I have a lot of goals for this year so I thought a good idea would be to look at my stats and progress each month and see how I’m doing.

Blog Stats and Progress

I haven’t been keeping track very well, but I believe I got 16 new followers in the month of January for a total of 161 (excluding myself). I’d really love to reach 500 followers this year, so we’ll see. 200-250 is probably a more attainable goal. I did also just purge a few followers who no longer seem to be active on WordPress.

I got 307 views on my blog for the month of January, compared to 166 in December when I wasn’t posting regularly. I had 203 visitors, 81 likes and 20 comments. Not too bad!

My most viewed post is still my Birdseye Protein Copycat post which got 253 views alone last year and 51 this month. My two Bullet Journal posts came in second and third.

Personal Goals and Bullet Journal Update

My main goals for the month of January were to exercise every day, lower my sugar intake, and practice my French every day (as well as fill out everything on my habit tracker). Exercising every day sounds intense, but I kept it simple. In the morning I’d do a very short routine just to get myself moving, and at night I’d tackle my current exercise challenge.

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I’m happy to say I completed this entire thing from Jan 1 – 30. It was not always easy but I powered through it. 100 squats is hopefully no one’s idea of fun, because it’s definitely not mine.

For lowering my sugar intake, I really paid attention to what I ate during the day. My main goal was to cut out everything containing high fructose corn syrup, and limit what I ate that contained other kinds of sugar. I bent the rules a bit sometimes like if I was in a hurry to head out the door and was starving, I ate part of a Power bar, or if I woke up in the morning starving on a weekend, I ate a bowl of Raisin Bran or Cheerios. Sometimes you just need a quick sugar burst when it’s low before, in my case, you get sick or cranky. At night after dinner I allowed myself less than a serving of good chocolate or cookies.

For February, my main goal will be to start and maintain a cleaning habit. I’ll be starting off with a ten day cleaning challenge and go from there.

Bullet Journal To Do and Habit Tracker:

I didn’t use my monthly to do list too much, I’ll stick with this format for another month and see if it gets used more eventually before I scrap it.

My habit tracker however was brilliant. I somehow managed to fill it out 100% for the month, which I’ve never done before and I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone else do either. I added a water and sugar tracker as well as a line for my writing word count.

I managed to fill out every box by keeping my bar set low. It’s about building habits after all. I made the bed every day (easy), made sure the kitchen sink was mostly clear at bedtime (not always entirely possible since our dishwasher broke twice this month but I made an effort every day), exercised twice a day, read (at least for five minutes), wrote (at least for five minutes), deliberately filled my water bottle and kept it with me, and kept my sugar intake low for the day.

I managed to write 11,220 words for the month! That’s really good, I will definitely keep up writing even a little bit every day.

For February, I’m keeping my habit tracker mostly the same.

 I removed the making the bed habit because I feel like that one is in place enough that I will keep it up regardless, when I go into the bedroom to get ready in the morning. I also removed the sugar habit though I plan on still keeping the intake on the low side. I’m still going to focus on dishes, exercise, reading, writing and water.

New this month is my teeth habit, sometimes it’s easy to skip brushing your teeth in the morning if you’re not going anywhere, and I’d like to fix that, shooting for twice a day. Also new is my cleaning tracker, to mark it off I need to clean at least one thing a day.

So far the only things noted on my to do list are tv shows that are starting in February and a book I need to read.

Bullet Journal Editorial


I really like my editorial calendar, I just need to figure out how to use it more efficiently. I figured out that scheduling all the books I’m going to post in advance is not a good idea, as sometimes I get new ones that need to go up around the pub date, and sometimes I start reading others that I don’t want to finish, let alone write about. I do think I’ll keep it for February though, as you can see below, even though I already messed up on it in a couple of places.

Bullet Journal 2017 Goals and Movies to Watch

I added this page after I posted my setup for 2017. This is going to be a running list of things I want to work on. So far I’d say I’m doing pretty well on my goals.

I don’t work 6 hours per day yet, and I don’t have a cleaning schedule, but I have been consistently posting at least 3 blog posts a week, practicing my French and writing every day.

Under Health and Food, I have been exercising and cutting down sugar. Working on the flexibility thing, this month I managed to grab my left foot twice and touch my toes a few times, but nowhere near consistent. I’d also like to start making freezer meals so I have a stock of go to meals I can just throw in the crock pot if I don’t feel like cooking on a weekend.

Movies to watch is self explanatory, it’s a continuation of the list I started last year. Embarrassingly, I just updated my blog version of this list for 2017 as I was writing this post.

Bullet Journal Weekly/Daily

I just don’t have enough going on in my day to justify taking the time to make a daily log. I like seeing my week at a glance and filling in anything I need to remember. I took inspiration from a few pretty bullet journals I’ve seen online for this one. I divided it into regular To Dos and Work To Dos. At the bottom of each day I also added the part of my exercise challenge I needed to do that day.

On the opposite page is my weekly list page. I have a list of blog posts I need to write for the week, my meal plan at a glance, my goal tasks from my master list that I’m focusing on, my reading list, my jobs, and my exercises. Each week I choose a short morning routine to do every day. The first week I had a notes section I didn’t use so the next week I removed it. Then the week after that I added a weekly to do list. I may have too many to do lists.

This was a bit long winded, I should come up with a more efficient way of reviewing the month.

Weekly Pinterest Roundup — January 23

Welcome to my weekly Pinterest roundup, no images belong to me, only their respective owners. Click each picture to go to the link.

Pinterest is a huge help in my day-to-day life, I use stuff from it every single day from recipes to fitness routines to just cool lifestyle ideas. Every week I like to round up a few things that I really liked recently.

Inspirational:

I focused on cleaning pins this week, as it’s something I really want to work on in my life. Here are a few helpful pins I found that I want to try out.


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I like this 10-day Cleaning Challenge I found. Each day actually has a few tasks to go with it, but I thought it would be good to just focus on cleaning everything that falls under that category on each day.

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I think I posted this one a while back, but this is the updated version, and the site has a lot more information and resources.

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I like this cleaning flowchart for an all-in-one clean the entire house day.

Food:

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I need to finally buy some turmeric, and I love the flavors that go together in this dish.

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I pinned this for two reasons. I adore spinach, so this really intrigued me. And the pin description said something about ‘your kids will never know there are vegetables in this!’ It made me laugh, because I think most kids would be suspicious of a green muffin.

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Spinach and hummus and pasta all in one dish? Yes please.

Style:

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This wardrobe is very me, I love the colors, I would just switch out a lot of the black for more navy blue.

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These colors are so fun! I love yellow and turquoise.

Weekly Pinterest Roundup

Welcome to my weekly Pinterest roundup, no images belong to me, only their respective owners. Click each picture to go to the link.

Pinterest is a huge help in my day-to-day life, I use stuff from it every single day from recipes to fitness routines to just cool lifestyle ideas. Every week I like to round up a few things that I really liked recently.

Inspirational:

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I don’t know about you, but I am the worst about procrastinating. In fact, while I was supposed to be writing this post, I had Facebook open in another tab playing games. So bad. It’s been a New Year’s resolution for years now to get productive, so I’m trying. I’m still trying.

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A similar article, but on how to have a productive morning. I have a “morning routine” but it mostly involves coffee and making the rounds of my usual apps on my iPad. Mostly games with a daily reward.

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Along with being productive, I really want to get serious about my writing. I really like this article with its simplistic but brilliant ideas for writing.

Food:

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Greek marinated chicken. This sounds absolutely heavenly and I plan on trying it soon.

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There’s not much I like more than the pairing of honey and garlic. I’ve been looking for another good shrimp recipe and this might be it.

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I struggle to find snacks that aren’t sweet, that I can make at home, so I’d like to try these zucchini chips.

Other Stuff:

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I used to cross stitch a bit (along with every other random craft like it), and I’d really like to get back into it. This bird is adorable.

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I love these shoes with the sweet bow.

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I wish our nightstands looked this neat and put together. They’re usually just a mass of cords and books.

 

A Writer Cooks in 2017

2017 is going to be the year of the blog. I have a lot of awesome stuff planned so here are some things to look forward to in the new year.

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Here is my new editorial calendar in my bullet journal for the blog. I plan on eventually putting up content every single weekday but for now I’m working on a minimum of three posts per week. As you can see, Mondays are going to be my Pinterest days. Right now I’m doing a Pinterest roundup weekly (except this week, oops) but in the future I might be doing something a little more in depth.

Wednesdays are book review days, I haven’t decided on what exactly is going up in January yet. But I have a very very large queue of books to be read, so hopefully we can work through that.

Fridays are for food, my goal is a recipe post every week but at least a food post every week, even if it’s just a picture and link to the original recipe.

Those are the main three posts a week that I’ve been doing for a while now (or trying to do). Introducing in 2017: Throwback Thursdays!

I know, it’s such a social media thing to do, but I think you’re going to like this. Below is my childhood:

My parents wanted some more room in their house, so I brought all of my old books to my house. We’re still working on getting a bookcase to house them all.

Inspired by some awesome blogs I’ve seen around, on Thursdays I’m going to read and review stuff from this giant pile of books. These include Boxcar Children, Babysitter’s Club, Princess Diaries, Thoroughbred, Marguerite Henry, Beverly Cleary, Nancy Drew, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Gail Carson Levine, all sorts of throwback goodies. I’m really excited to start this process. I don’t think I’m even going to make a dent in this if I do just one a week so we’ll see how it goes.

So that’s how we’re going to start 2017! If you have any ideas or suggestions for me, please let me know below!