Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Simple Way I Track My Budget

Budgeting is something that has always fascinated me.  I love seeing where I can cut costs and how to make my savings grow.  I also love reading about how others budget and seeing if I can incorporate any of those ideas myself.  I've blogged about budgeting a few times in the past - making it a goal to improve on what I already do and pinning specific ideas.  While I haven't changed things up too much from when I first started keeping track of my budget, improvements have been made, which I really like.  I do recognize that how I do things may not work well for you, just the same as how you do things may not work for me, but since it is a topic I am interested in, I thought I would share!

To start off with, I came up with my budget.  I wrote down my income, fixed expenditures (including savings), and then various other things I spend money on like clothes and entertainment.  Once I had those categories all broken out, I created an excel worksheet to track my actual spending, as pictured below.  I put all the categories across the top, with the days of the month on the lefthand side.  Each category is totaled at the bottom, then totaled across to show if I am under/over spending for the month.  I create a tab for each month and throughout the month, I will fill it out with my actual spending.  I keep all my receipts and go through them, adding to the spreadsheet, as well as compare to my bank statements.  This allows me to track my spending in one central place.

I used to only do that, but it wasn't giving me what exactly I wanted, which was a quick look compared to my budget for every month in the same tab.  I decided to create one and thus, the tab below was formed.  I have my budget on the left, then for each month, I pull in what I actually spent from the corresponding month tab (shown above) and compare expected vs. actual.  For the variance, I also use conditional formatting and set it up so that if I spent less than budgeted, it pops up as green, or vice versa if I spent more than budgeted, the variance will be red.  This let's me see which places I may be under / over spending, and adjust my budget as appropriate.

I think the reason I choose to use excel for budget tracking is because of my background in finance.  I have used it for work for so long, it's just something that I am comfortable with and am able to control and customize the tabs to my specifications.

That's what works for me - if you have any great tips or tricks, please share!

Linking up with Annie.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

4 Tips To Help You Stay Active While Working A Desk Job

Today I thought I would share a few tips on staying active at work, specifically if you have a desk job.  This is something I need to improve on myself, so I thought if I shared my ideas, then it would also hold me a bit more accountable, as well.

1.  Take the stairs.  I realize I am stating the obvious, but I am always amazed at how many people will take the elevator just one floor.  It's a simple and easy way to get your heart pumping.  While I don't take the stairs in the morning (I get way too warm with all my stuff I lug into work), I try to always take them after lunch or going to meetings.

2.  Walk while you wait for the printer.  This is something I always do.  If I am printing something that takes a few minutes (or longer), I use that time to walk back and forth in the copy room.  It's kind of silly, but honestly, what else are you going to do while you wait?  For me, it's about 10 steps one way, so I feel like I can get an extra 100 steps in no time at all!

3.  Set a reminder to get up and move.  For awhile, I would set a reminder at the same time everyday to get up and walk the stairs.  Just down to the first floor and then back up.  It took no time at all and I always felt better afterwards.  I actually heard this from a girl I used to work with, and thought it was a great idea.  If you aren't a fan of the stairs (or don't have any), you can get up and just do a lap around your floor - another thing I have heard from a coworker.

4.  Park far away.  Another easy way to get in some extra steps!  I will be honest - I don't park in the furthest corner possible, but definitely a few rows back!  This isn't just limited to work either.  I almost always park further back when going to the store, too.  I will be honest, part of that is because my parking skills are a bit lacking, but also to get in some extra steps.  If you wear heels to work, you might not be too keen on this idea, but something I notice with my coworkers is some of them wear different shoes to drive in and then change into their more professional footwear once they get in their building, or at their desk. 

While these tips are nothing out of the ordinary, they are just little things you can do to try and keep yourself active while at work.  

I'd love to hear if you do anything in particular to get yourself moving!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Show & Tell Tuesday: Guilty Pleasures

Just wanted to say a quick thanks to everyone for your well wishes yesterday!  Yesterday I hit the ground running and felt much better!

I feel like I have a lot of guilty pleasures - most of them relating to the types of TV shows I watch, the books I read and food (of course!)!  While these aren't necessarily guilty pleasures because I totally own them, I still feel like they qualify.

TV shows - I love a good reality show and I do not discriminate!  I have been a faithful viewer of both Teen Mom OG and Teen Mom 2, since way back when they were just 16 & Pregnant.  Flip to the other end of the reality TV spectrum, and I absolutely LOVE Swamp People.  Of course, I can get sucked into any Real Housewives series.  And watch the episodes over and over again.  I am a big fan of when Bravo airs marathons.  I have mentioned time and time again that I love The Pioneer Woman.  So much so, that I have a ton of her episodes recorded and keep them on my DVR for whenever I get an itch to watch her show.

Books - give me all the cheesy romance novels!  While I do love to read a lot of different books, cheesy romance novels are probably my favorite.  Give me a rich billionaire falling for his receptionist / personal assistant that takes no crap from him, or the person he hired to be his fake fiance, and I am hooked.  Or a SEAL, or any type of military person, who is hardened and then just happens to find his true love.  Or a cowboy...honestly, the list goes on.  I just love those happy endings!  Predictable?  Yes.  Cheesy?  Yes.  I always get sucked in, though.  Pretty much reading in general is somewhat of a guilty pleasure of mine - I have been known to stay up late just to finish a good book!

Food - I crave ice cream in the winter.  Not sure why, but I do.  I could eat Chipotle tacos almost every day.  Lots of salt is necessary on my popcorn, which, movie theater popcorn is such a weakness of mine.  I really wish that I could just go in sometimes and buy a bag of popcorn.  I know some places sell 'movie theater popcorn', but it's just not the same as the real deal, in my opinion.  I loved coffee when I was little, but as I got older, I hated it with a passion.  Well that all changed last year when I tried my first PSL and I have been hooked on Starbucks drinks since!  The cost of those drinks definitely make it a guilty pleasure!  Olive Garden breadsticks...pretty much the whole reason to go to Olive Garden, although I do love their salad just as much, but gosh the breadsticks are the best.  Yum!      

...and 2016 Show & Tell Tuesday posts below.

Linking up with Andrea, Erika, AshleyLindsay and Whitney.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Weekend Recap: Short & Sweet

Happy Monday!  This weekend recap is going to be short and sweet, because I feel like I did nothing all weekend, other than lay on the couch.  

Friday was uneventful.  Honestly, I don't know if I did anything after work.

Saturday I was glued to the TV watching the protests in Virginia unfold.  It really was just unbelievable to see.  And so very sad, too.  I also wasn't feeling well, so I literally was on the couch all day.  

I was better Sunday morning so I made myself go to the gym and then I headed to church.  Before service, they were having a little meet and greet type thing with the pastor and some of the workers, so I went to that to learn a bit more about the church and what exactly they do.  It was really nice to hear how involved they are in the community (and afar) and their more long-term plans as far as evolving their programs.  Then it was time for worship which was good, as always.  It was back on the couch once I got home.  I even took a nap, which, if you know me, I do not normally nap.  Needless to say, this weekend was pretty darn unproductive, so I am hoping I can get it together tomorrow to have a good start to the week, albeit a day later than I would like.

Here's to hoping it's a good week for us all!

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Linking up with Biana.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!  As always, it's good to see the end of another week!

1.  My mom and I email almost every morning during the week.  We have been doing this since I went off to college, so 12 years now.  Wow, that pretty much just blew my mind!  I can't believe it has been that long.  Anyways, back on topic, my mom has always been creative and she often ends her emails with things like 'have a marvelous Monday', or 'make it a terrific Tuesday', so using an adjective that starts with the same letter as the day of the week.  I noticed it this past Monday and just thought how fun it was.  One thing that I really appreciate about my mom is how she really takes the time and puts in the effort (while making it seem effortless) to make things a little more fun or special - case in point with her emails.

2.  Although I was born and bred a Cubs fan, I do appreciate the Cardinals the longer I live in the area.  There was a really fun story from the Wednesday game, and I think it's better appreciated when you watch the video (see here), but to summarize, a kitten got on the field during the game.  A precious little furry kitten.  It's kind of hilarious to see, and definitely will put a smile on your face.  Not only that, but right after the kitten was taken off the field, Yadi hit a grand slam, and the Cardinals ended up winning the game.  The kitten was dubbed the Rally Cat and already has its own twitter account

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3.  Yesterday's Girl Chat post on dream vacations has me itching to travel!!!  Luckily I have a few upcoming trips and while they are still a ways away, I am having so much fun looking into things to do.  New York is on the books for December, and I am so excited to experience the holiday season in NYC!  Again, a long way off, but at the rate this year is moving, it will be here before we know it!

4.  I would love to upgrade my luggage, and saw that Macy's has the Delsey Chatelet luggage on sale.  I have seen this luggage on a whole bunch of blogs and have always loved the classic look.  The price tag isn't my favorite, but between the regular sale price, the additional percent off you can get, plus the $50 rebate, it seems much more reasonable.  Unfortunately, I will be over here just hoping for another good sale after August, because one of my August Goals was to do a no spend month.  I kind of think this purchase would fall under 'wants' rather than 'needs'.  Although, let's be honest, I could probably convince myself it is a necessity.

5.  I shared the picture below on Monday, but it's for sure a favorite, so I am sharing again.  I cannot wait to decorate for fall.  I know fall technically doesn't start until later in September, but I feel like the first of September is fair game.  My mom is coming down that weekend to help me decorate and I am really looking forward to it.  We always have a great time decorating together, and I am excited to see how we can change things up just a bit from prior years (Fall Decor 2016 / Fall Decor 2015).     

Linking up with AndreaApril, and Katie.  

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Girl Chat: Dream Vacation

We made it to Friday Eve!  Hope everyone has been having a great week.  It's time for some girl chat, and this month we are chatting about dream vacations.

To see what we have been chatting about so far this year, click on the link below!

I thought this month's topic would be a no brainer, but honestly, the more I think about it, the longer my list gets!

Italy, Greece, Paris, London, the English countryside, Ireland...the list just goes on and on.  All of these places are pretty much dream vacations for the same reasons - the history, the sights and the food.  I love to read and I feel like these are settings in a lot of books I have read, which I think has me imagining all these idyllic visits.  I just love the idea of experiencing different cultures and all the history behind them.  Honestly, I just could not pick!

I also would love to do some more stateside travel.  Boston is and has been at the top of my list for awhile.  While I love the Midwest, the East Coast has always been interesting to me and I love historic feel that you see in pictures of Boston.  Maine is also on the list - why, I am not sure specifically, but I have always wanted to go!  The New England states just really intrigue me!  

While I don't have any dream vacation planned down to the detail, here is what my dream vacation would entail.  Lots of walking around and exploring, soaking in the culture / atmosphere and eating lots (and lots) of good food!

I am really looking forward to reading the posts in the link up - maybe that will help me narrow down my dream vacation spots...that or it will just add to the list!!

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Workin' It: Back to School

Happy Wednesday!  Today's Workin' It topic is back to school.  While I haven't gotten to experience 'back to school' in quite a few years, preparing for it was always one of my favorite things, so please allow me to reminisce a bit.  And thanks to my mom for snapping and sending me these pictures from my scrapbooks!

first day of kindergarten

Back to school always meant a new 'first day' outfit, school shoes and ALL the school supplies.  Getting a new outfit, especially new shoes was always a highlight.  I think one year I picked out these navy blue tennis shoes and rocked them with tall (mid-calve) length socks.  I thought they were so cool at the time, but looking back, it probably not my best fashion choice.  Another shoe that stands out were Adidas Superstars - mine had pink stripes!  I LOVED those.  Too bad I didn't still have them now that they are back in style!

first day of junior year

My absolute favorite part of back to school, though, was getting new school supplies!  I still love browsing the supplies aisles at Target.  I always had to coordinate my notebooks and folders.  I absolutely loved Lisa Frank in elementary school, and I was SO excited to go to jr. high so I could get a trapper keeper.  I honestly don't even remember what I got, or if it was even a true trapper keeper, but I was definitely excited to have more 'grown up' supplies.  

We got planners once in jr. high (I think, or maybe it was high school?), but I loved writing my assignments in them, and being able to check them off when finished.  I would get colored pens and color coordinate my subjects, or using highlighters.  I LOVED having a planner like that.  And still do, although what is in my planner today looks much different from back then!

While I don't experience a traditional back to school period, I do feel like this time of year brings some extra busyness and at the same time, more routine.  For me, this marks the point where my work's United Way campaign gets rolling, and there is always a lot to do with that.  There are multiple family birthdays around this time, which means lots of get togethers to celebrate.  I tend to want to be in the kitchen more, so back are the days of heartier cooking, rather than something quick.  I feel like when I am busier with things, I tend to get more into a routine, because I have to manage my time a little more wisely.  I rely on my planner more and of course, all the lists to help keep myself organized!  And then, before we know it the holidays will be upon us!

I am excited to read all the back to school posts, so I can live vicariously through you all that truly get to experience 'back to school!'          

You can see all my other Workin' It posts by clicking the links below.

Just a reminder - tomorrow is this month's Girl Chat link up - we will be sharing all about our dream vacations!

Linking up with ShayErikaJenn and Jessi.  


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Book Review: July 2017

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan.  I had heard so many good things about this book and the series in general, I had to check it out.  It's all about really, really rich Asians and their lives and their culture.  There were a bunch of different stories on, but I guess the overwhelming one was about a son, who bring his girlfriend to meet his family...without telling her anything about how well off his family was and the expectations that come with it.  It was an enjoyable read, although with so many characters, I would sometimes get confused.  Still a good book, though.  

In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware.  This book was all kinds of messed up.  You have a girl who has an interesting past that she has gotten away from, only to be invited to her old best friend's bachelorette party, which is held at the bride to be's aunt's cabin in the woods.  There are lots of weird going on's and a death.  I thought it was a good read and I didn't quite have the book figured out until closer to the end.  I would definitely recommend if you are into these type of dark thrillers.

Before He Finds Her by Michael Kardos.  This one wasn't my favorite.  It's about a girl who is hiding out from her father, basically for her whole life.  She gets fed up with hiding and wants to live a normal life, so she goes on a search to find him and find out what really happened the night her mom was killed.  The thing that threw me off was the part of the story that talked about the world coming to an end.  I know others have enjoyed it, though, and honestly I wasn't sure how it would end, which is always a good thing, but it just seemed too unrealistic to me.

The Collector by Nora Roberts.  I had seen this book in the library so many times, but wasn't sure how I would like it.  My grandma ended up bringing it with her to read when we were in Michigan and said it was good, so as soon as I got back, I scooped it up from the library.  It's about a woman who is a house sitter, who ends up witnessing a murder.  You follow along her, the decease's brother and two of their friends while they figure out what the heck happened.  If you like mystery and Nora Roberts, this is one for you!

China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan.  I picked this up after reading Crazy Rich Asians.  The story starts a bit after the first book, and I think I liked the first one better than this.  Again, I got somewhat confused about some of the characters (not the main ones, but some of the side ones that still were mentioned often), and I had a bit of a slow go with it at the beginning.  I just couldn't get into it.  However, I really enjoyed the second half the book and am looking forward to the next!  

Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens.  This book is about a woman who is in an abusive relationship, but gets away.  Her husband is just out of prison and seemingly has not changed one bit.  Crazy things keep happening and it seems like the life she has built up is just falling apart.  There is a big twist (at least it was to me!) at the end, which I totally was not expecting.  While a good book, it wasn't my favorite.  I just didn't really care for the main characters (the wife and the daughter) and while the twist at the end was shocking to me, I really wish it hadn't quite ended like that.  

Porch Lights by Dorothea Benton Frank.  I think I found a new favorite author!  I might be getting ahead of myself, but I really enjoyed this book.  I would say that she is a mix of Mary Kay Andrews (one of my very favorites) and Elin Hilderbrand.  The book is told from two point of views - the daughter and the mom.  The daughter just lost her husband and has taken her son back to her hometown to stay with her mom for the summer.  It was a light-hearted, easy read, even though it does deal with heavy stuff (death), but it's the perfect mix of the too.  I just thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to read another!

What are you reading these days?  Any good recommendations, please do share!  

You can see what else I have been reading this year below.

Linking up with StephLindsay and Whitney.

Monday, August 7, 2017

TBB Asks + A Long Weekend Recap

Happy Monday!  The ladies over at The Blend Blog are hosting their monthly 'asks' link up, and I am excited to participate this month.  I'm answering their questions first, then sharing my weekend recap below!  

Pool, lake or ocean?  Lake! 

Camping, cottage or hotel?  Cottage!  Preferably by the lake.

Favorite ice cream flavor?  Hands down, Blue Moon.

PJ's, Nightgown, T-Shirt/Shorts or Birthday Suit?  It's a toss up between PJ's and T-Shirt/Shorts.  I am slowly growing my PJ collection.

Fave Summer Beverage?  Regular - water, alcoholic - probably a Moscow Mule or a Wine Slushie!  Both are so refreshing.  I do love a beer in the summer, too.

Would you rather be hot or cold?  Neither?  If I had to choose, probably cold.  I get kind of sick when I am too hot, and when I am cold, well I am just dang cold, but at least no sickness!

Sandals with heels or flats?  Usually flat - perfect for being outside and walking around!

Shorts or skirts?  I usually go for dresses, but rarely wear skirts, unless at work, so sounds like shorts.

Sit in the sun or the shade?  In the sun, with lots of SPF and a hat!

Water, tea, or soda (or as I would say - pop!)?  Definitely water.  I drink tea almost everyday at work, but more so because I know green tea is good for me.  I do love Coke and Dr. Pepper, but rarely have pop myself.  If anything, just at the movies, or steal a few sips here and there.  I love water, though!

Fave summer fruit, vegetable?  Plums are probably my favorite fruit, and cucumbers fresh from the garden are by far my favorite veggie!

Sunrise or sunset?  I love sunsets.  It's amazing how they light up the sky.

Bike ride or walk?  Walk.  

Winery or brewery?  Winery!  Although breweries are super fun, too, I much prefer a gorgeous winery.

Garden or no garden?  I don't have one myself, but growing up we did and my parents still do.  I'd love to have one when I get my own place, though.

Big summer concert or music in the park?  I am not a big concert fan, so definitely music in the park.

Fave cookout food?  That is a tough one - I love it all!

Dine indoors or patio?  If the weather is right, for sure the patio.

Fave summer destination?  No doubt, Michigan!

Big theme park or local carnival?  Rides are not my thing, so the theme park is out.  I do love carnival food, so that wins!

Drinks blended or on the rocks?  Both - I am not picky.

Popsicle of choice?  Grape!  Or cherry.

Hot Dog or Hamburger?  Uh, one of each please?  Too hard to choose! 

Now onto the weekend!

I shared on Friday that I was taking a long weekend.  It was so nice!  I had a relaxing Friday morning, and then we headed out to Cedar Lake Cellars to drink a little wine and enjoy the gorgeous weather.  I really like this winery - it's so pretty and they have awesome wine slushies.  This time, I had their lemonade wine slushie and it was so yummy!  As the afternoon went on, they had a berry one, which I heard was super good mixed with the lemonade slushie, but I never made it to get one of those.  Nothing sounded super great on their menu for lunch (they have really good stuff - just wasn't what I wanted right then!), so we headed to Olympia Kebob House & Taverna.  They have really yummy Greek food and a patio, which was perfect for this weather.  I love all the blue and white umbrellas!  After a late lunch, I was hoping to pick up some gifts.  Of course, after two stores (at two different malls), I was empty handed so that was a bit of a bust.  The rest of the day was spent resting and relaxing.

Saturday I had plans to meet with a friend for coffee, so it was up early to get in a work out.  It was in the high 50s when I went out to walk which I absolutely love!  Cool mornings like that just remind me of fall.  And as you probably know, fall is my favorite!  Instead of coffee, I grabbed a smoothie and had a nice morning chatting it up.  I ran to the library afterwards, and honestly, didn't do much else the rest of the day.  It was kind of dreary and overcast all day, which made it perfect for catching up on some DVR'd shows and reading.

I was up again early on Sunday due to my internal alarm clock.  I got a few things done cleaning-wise, before I hit the gym and the grocery store before church.  I headed to Michaels afterwards, to pick up a basket and got sucked into browsing their fall items.  There were a few things I really wanted, but I felt like that fell in the 'no spend' area, so I just kept to looking.  Besides, I figure I need to take inventory of my stuff before making any new decor purchases.  The rest of the day was as productive as Saturday was lazy.

Onto Monday and the start of the week.  Hope everyone has a great one!

Linking up with the ladies at The Blended Blog and Biana

Friday, August 4, 2017

Friday Favorites: Long Weekend!

Happy Friday!  

1.  I decided kind of last minute to take today off and I could not be more excited.  I feel like it has been awhile since I have taken a day off and have stayed in the area.  While I am unsure of my exact plans, I do know that an alarm will not be part of the day tomorrow!  The temperature is supposed to be a cool 79, and I cannot wait!  

2.  I shared awhile ago about finally finding a strapless bra that I love (Wacoal Strapless Bra) and I just want to reiterate how great this bra is.  I actually have worn it 3 times this week with shirts that I could have totally worn a regular bra with!  It's just so comfortable and gives such a smooth look under clothes.  For me, it was pricier (I had never paid that much for a bra before!), but I am telling you it is worth it!

3.  I discovered a new to me author last week, and really enjoyed the book I read.  I finished Porch Lights on Monday, and will share more about it next Tuesday in my book review, but if you are looking for an easy read (In my opinion, her writing is a cross between Mary Kay Andrews and Elin Hilderbrand), I would highly suggest picking up something by Dorothea Benton Frank.

4.  Earlier this week, I shared some of my recent favorite grocery store buys.  Pesto, popsicles, pita chips and hummus!  Seems like I am not the only fan of the Outshine popsicles - can't wait to try all the different flavors that were recommended!

5.  My best friend from college had her baby this week!!!  I am over the moon happy for her and her husband.  Her little guy is so precious, with a full head of hair (I didn't want to bother her with asking permission to post a picture, so just imagine lots and lots of dark brown hair!).  I feel like he's a perfect mix of his parents which is so fun - I sometimes feel like when they are first born, you can't always tell, but he for sure looks like his mama while having his daddy's nose.  I feel like it's such a neat thing to see friends become parents...gone are the days of rolling dirty in her Buick, listening to Lil Wayne and eating Jack in the Box tacos.  Now there is a baby!  Just super, super happy for them.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Linking up with AndreaApril, and Katie.    

Thursday, August 3, 2017

August 2017 Goals

First, a recap of July.

July Goals

1.  Clean out my make up bag.  Done!  It's amazing, though, I swear I got rid of items and yet my make up bag still seems so full!  It makes me wonder how everything fit in the first place!

2.  Clean my make up brushes.  I did this once, but I need to get doing it on a regular basis!   

3.  Bathroom storage refresh.  Gosh, this is still a no!  I had the best intention of knocking it out this past weekend, but I never did.  It still needs to be done, though!

4.  Upload all my phone pictures to my computer and organize.  I said this was ambitious last month and that is the truth.  At one point my photos were all uploaded, but of course, I have taken more since.  And while I did spend some time getting them organized, they still aren't there.  This going to have to be a continual project! 

Now for August!

August Goals

1.  No spend month.  Guys, after my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchases, August definitely need to be a no spend month!  Let me explain what I mean by no spend.  To me, no spend means no unnecessary purchases.  No clothes, no shoes, none of that 'fun' stuff.  While I still plan on buying groceries and toiletries as needed, I also want to make use of what I have a little better, like using some of the stuff I have in my freezer to meal plan.  Same with samples I may have in my bathroom cabinet.  Just little things like that to make myself be a little bit more resourceful with what I have.  Overall, the no spend more relates to making purchases for myself that I don't really need right that minute.  If you've been reading here for awhile you know this isn't the first time I have done this.  It's just something that I find good to do after spending a good chunk of money to make sure I don't get in the practice of doing that all the time.  Almost like a reset, financially.

2.  Paper organization.  Once again, all my papers have gotten a bit out of control.  I am talking bills - that type of thing.  I still haven't gotten on the paperless / email bandwagon for bills, although I am thinking about it.  If you do paperless, please share how you handle.  I am just worried something would get lost in my email.  I have thought about making an email account solely for bills - any thoughts on that?  Or if you are still on the paper train like me, how far back to you keep things?  Any tips / tricks / suggestions would be much appreciated.

3.  Bathroom storage refresh.  Third time's a charm, right?  Let's hope so.  This one is appearing again - and I WILL get it done this time.  How is that for some positive thinking?

4.  15 minute pick up.  I am such a morning person - that is definitely the time when I am most productive at home, getting things picked up and put back in order.  And even though I get up early in the morning before work, I don't always have enough time to accomplish all the things I want to before leaving.  In order to combat this, I want to start doing a 15 minute pick up in the evening.  I plan on setting my timer for 15 minutes and getting as much done as I can.  I am thinking this will probably happen right before I go to bed, but really, as long as it is sometime in the evening, I am going to count it as a win.  I actually read about doing a 10 minute pick up before bed on Honey We're Home (actually was a goal in October of 2015!), which I did for awhile way back when, but totally got away from it and now I think it is time to reinstate, and add an extra 5 minutes to start with.

Do you have any goals for the month?

Linking up with Kristen and Annie.