Emily Tucker

monthly wrap-up & goals

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this month:

july was crazy, busy, relaxing, stressful and wonderful. all at the same time but feeling so much peace and joy. leaving the bay area was by far the hardest and I think best decision we've ever made. it hurts our hearts to leave the area we were born & raised in but we are already making strides of progress and having tons of fun here. the pace of life is slower & simultaneously kinder than the bay. we have already spent time with my cousins twice this month, my mom came two weekends, we had our first date night, I had a ladies night in, and we attended a church that was enjoyed by the whole family. still sort of midway through unpacking & decorating. have to make an enjoyable/dreaded Ikea trip to hopefully finish up our home stuff needs. I haven't worked out all month but have been so busy and sweating that I haven't gained weight but I can tell my strength is lame right now. 

do:

exercise daily - 30 min

write monthly blog content calendar 

1 hour decluttering/purging/unpacking daily - purge focus: clothes, crafts & toys

powersheets august prep

meal plan breakfasts & lunches & dinners - veryyyyy tired of eating out except Sonic cause its a love & addiction

get kids back into morning & bedtime routines

write new cleaning routine - more rooms = new schedule

get library cards

finalize homeschool plans for first 6 weeks 

make sure I have all supplies I will need for first couple weeks of school 

start school gently

 

read:

bible daily - minimum 15 min

The Life Giving Home - 1 chapter a day

Stuck - for women's Bible study group

Dance, Stand, Run - for launch team

 

learn:

listen to podcasts while washing dishes & other tasks

 

be:

proactive & less reactive

 

eat:

give me ideas! I'm soooo loathing cooking lately. I always feel uninspired in summer since I'm more a fall/winter cook. 

weekly wrap-up

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this week:

it was pretty good but with normal ups & downs. Lets just say I was really ready for spring break. Lilah is getting her 5th and 6th teeth and is a big grump, which has interrupted our normal routine. we had a very relaxed and mostly enjoyable spring break. best part was getting my hair done. we also had a memorial for Patrick's great aunt Ruth who passed in December at 100 yrs old, it was relaxed and nice to celebrate the life of such a tenacious & kind woman. 

 

do:

exercise daily - 30 min

write monthly blog content calendar 

15 min daily decluttering/purging

finish powersheets prep

meal plan breakfasts & lunches - i've noticed that i'm more unprepared in these areas lately

work on Lilah's nap schedule

 

read:

bible daily - minimum 15 min

The Life Giving Home - 1 chapter a day

Chasing Slow - 1 chapter a day

 

learn:

listen to one sermon

listen to podcasts while washing dishes

 

be:

present. i'm struggling with being present and not thinking about all i have to do lately. i am in a bit of a overwhelmed rut, where i feel like i'm taking 2 steps forward and 1 step back with everything. i'm really proud of how i am progressing but with lots of change happening this year i really want to be on top of things more. part of the problem is that i'm really anxious about our move this summer.

 

eat:

creamy white chicken chili

chili dog tacos w/roasted potatoes & cauliflower

chicken parmesan w/ pasta & broccoli 

potstickers w/ rice & stir-fry veggies

 

the 6

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Weekly 6 - Sheologians, Kinsa, Hello Toothpaste www.formerlyknownasemj.com

I love podcasts everyday, all day. They are what gets me through mundane tasks like cleaning my toilet and doing dishes. Now I almost hate to admit this but my husband just found me, hands down my most favorite one. Sheologians is amazing and I swear Summer & Joy are my soul twins (minus that they aren't fans of romcoms). They are telling it like it is, in about 30 minutes in a very theologically sound way. 

With cold & flu season ahead of us this is a must have. I don't know what it is but I tend to get the flu every few years but in the summer instead of normal flu season. This summer I got us the Kinsa Elmo Ear Thermometer and it was such a great investment.

A few weeks ago we were low on our toothpaste, so I tried the kids Crest watermelon toothpaste and was completely grossed out. I knew after that I needed to change our toothpaste brand. I love Hello toothpaste - the extra whitening for us & the mint fluoride free for the kids. I feel great using toothpaste without weird stuff in it and that isn't sugary. 

Weekly 6 - Influence network, ON Vote tee, 13th documentary www.formerlyknownasemj.com

I love the way Jess Connolly communicates & this class is a must watch!

This presidential election I voted for this t-shirt.

You should watch this documentary. Now I don't agree with everything in it but I do agree with most of it and it stays mostly non-partisan. 

must haves for pregnancy

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Pregnancy Must Haves @ formerlyknownasemj.com

 

1. My fave water bottle of the moment & love that it has a filter built into it. 2. Zantac Mint because Tums don't work for me. 3. Hands down the best pregnancy workouts & I'm definitely a new Tracy devotee. 4. Prenatal gummy vitamins, don't even bother trying to take regular ones if you have even a hint of morning sickness. 5. Flow & Go Crops, the most stretchy workout wear ever and have a great waistband that flexes with your growing bump. 6.  Linen Pants, comfy & breathable trust me that you want these. 7. Tanks in Tall, I personally don't love the ruched side maternity tanks so my trick is to get regular ones in tall lengths. 8. Kindle app, always a fave but even more during prego insomnia. 9. Swedish Fish, the fact that I still can't distinguish what the flavor is appalling since I have had a few lbs of these this pregnancy. 10. Popcorn, we don't have a microwave so I always make it from scratch & please you should too because its 12 million times better and is always the best plus most versatile snack pregnant or not.

the 6

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Lately I have been really interested in relationships, these videos show the good & the bad & the really interesting different types of relationships. 

Lindsay's Letters just launched her new Fall line of products. The Farm to Table canvas is my heart, I absolutely believe some foods can touch your soul.

Here in the Bay we've been having a heat wave, so I feel stuck between Summer & Fall but these boots have me yearning for more Fall, football & maybe even some line dancing. 

 

Okay since I'm most likely gonna have to deal with our indian summer, these sandals would come in handy.

I might have fallen in love Justin Bieber's new song, which I definitely never thought I would be saying that but this choreography to it might actually make you like it too. 

So excited for the new Tone it Up - Fit For Fall challenge & the new way tracking your 100 miles can give to the charity of your choice. It begins on September 21 & sign-ups started today. 

 

september goals

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I have been writing a monthly goal list all this year but putting them up here really helps me stick to them. I love being able to reflect back on them here more than just when I write them down in my planner. 

August was a really great month for goals for me and I'm very motivated to keep on going into Fall strong. Most people get Spring fever but I get Fall Fever & it is in full effect. I steam cleaned & purged a lot of things last month. We threw Hayden a belated 4th birthday party (Lalaloopsy Wizard of Oz themed). Also I took apart the crib and we got Zach his own mattress to sleep on the bottom bunk. With the crib out of the kids room I was able to move their large bookshelf to the wall where the crib had been. It is so open & fun in there now. I also cooked a ton of breakfast & lunch freezer meals. 

 

Health

  • Get my Fitbit fixed, so I can start wearing & tracking with it again

  • Workout 3-6 times a week for at least 10-30 minutes, track with Fitbit & MyFitnessPal plus track in my planner

  • Take my daily vitamins, tracked in my planner

  • Order vitamins I am low on to be prepared for next month

  • Drink 64 oz of water daily, tracked in my planner

 

Home

  • Finish the gallery wall in our living room: finish spray painting oval picture frame, choose & print photos for multi-picture frame, hang it all up

  • Rehang bulletin board in kitchen, it fell down at the start of Summer... 

  • Fill all my extra picture frames with new pictures

  • Take bags ready to go to the Goodwill

  • Send back another Thredup bag

  • Figure out what to do with the crib & crib mattress 

  • Cook more freezer meals, add more breakfasts to my plan

  • Menu plan out the rest of this month

  • Purge more stuff 

 

Homeschool

 

Parenting

  • Re-implement earlier bedtimes, bye-bye dreaded Summer bedtimes 

  • Plan one-on-one dates for both kidlets with each parent 

  • Look into a Fall activity for Hayden 

  • Finish finding their clothing needs for Fall 

  • Spend lots more time outside

  • Get Zach off of naps since they cause him to stay up late

 

Personal

  • Read for 1 hour a day: finish 2 books

  • Craft for 1 hour a day: finish 2 scrapbook layouts a week plus other fun crafts

  • Blog 2 times a week

  • Print planner daily pages for the rest of 2015

  • Continue reading Savor daily devotional

  • Work through finishing Blog Life class

  • Begin taking photographs of products for my shop

  • Finish purging my clothes to create more of a capsule wardrobe

  • Sign up for MOPs