Sunday, August 31, 2014

Free Monthly Budgeting Printable

I've been budgeting lately and wanted a personalized budget form with all the little details that I was looking for. It was based off a similar budgeting sheet (here) that didn't quite have everything I needed.This little guy was revised around three times because I kept forgetting expenses! So here it is.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Collecting: Magnets

Ever since I was little, I had a thing for collecting. I remember collecting rocks, foreign money, old pennies, and many more things. Nowadays I'm not collecting as much as I did when I was little (I used to be a pack rat), but I still do enjoy it. So I figured I would show you some of my collections!! As you probably knew from the title, I'm going to start by showing you my magnet collection!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

In Need of a Change [progress #1]

This blog is an update to my blog post "In Need of a Change" post which is linked HERE.

Even though I was mentally ready to make the big changes that I posted about, I wasn't quite ready to really put in the effort. A few days ago, I was finally ready. After reading THIS POST, I became inspired and immediately got off my behind and got to work.

So far in my journey, I have set a bedtime and wake-up time for myself, began getting ready for the next day at night, and started stretching in the morning. Also, I have slowly began wearing color. So far, all of it has felt really great. The house, (after a long time of chaos), is being cleaned, and organized, and feels more like home than ever.

All of these things have been great, but there is just so much more that I want to be doing everyday. Each night I write a sometimes insane to-do list that couldn't possibly be finished completely the next day except by those super moms that have been dunked in toxic material and have emerged with legit super powers.

However, I'm trying not to get ahead of myself. I am going to continue doing what I am doing and later on evaluate if I can take on more things. I know that one day I'll be able to reach my daily goals like those super-human super moms. It'll just take longer for me to get there.....probably a lot longer. And you know what? That's ok with me.

-Chantel M.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Katie's Third Birthday "Princess Tea Party"

Dang do I love birthday parties! Just the other day was my friend's daughter's party. The theme was "Princess Tea Party".

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Getting Scrapbooks in the Mail

Oh my goodness!! Don't you love getting mail? I sure do. (And no, I do not consider bills to be mail). I also love getting packages. They're like getting mail, only a million times better.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Scrapbooking from 2013

I am in no way good at paper scrapbooking. Simply terrible in fact. My paper scrapbooking could be compared to an eight year old's work and be worst. Luckily, I was introduced to a scrapbooking site called Heritage Makers a year or two after I was married, and I fell in love.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

LA Trip [Part 2]

Hello again my fellow blogsters. Here's part 2 to my mini LA trip. The Aquarium of the Pacific!

Monday, August 18, 2014

LA Trip [Part 1]

Hi everyone!!

We just got back from yet another mini LA trip! As you might have noticed, taking little trips is kind of a trend for us. We love traveling! And not just regular trips, but mini getaways and day trips too.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Emily's Nursery

We've lived in our new little 2 bedroom apartment for a few months now, but were unsure when to move Ems to her own room. We were a little afraid to be honest. It was always a comfort being able to look over and seeing her sleeping. But then everything changed. Ems became big enough to stand up. 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Beach Trip with Em's Cousin!!

Since I've been posting some mini vacations from this summer, I thought I'd post a little LA trip we made (even though it was a few weeks ago). We stopped by the beach to hang out with Em's cousin!!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

My Fourth Wedding Anniversary

I can't believe it's been FOUR years since we tied the knot! Four years, a college degree each, and a baby. Time really does fly by. Just thought I'd share some of what we did today!!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Vacation Story...that turned into something not so great...

I've been out of town for quite a while so I figured I'd share what we've been up to!! My family moved to Utah, so we helped them pack, drive up, and unpack a little. It felt much longer than we expected, but was quite nice. The packing and the drive up was probably the hardest part. For me with the baby and my sister, the drive was 16 hours (when it could have been 10), but for my husband who went with the boys and the moving van, it took 18 or 20 hours!!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

DIY Moving Away Gift

A few weeks ago a really good friend of mine (my daughter's international godmother) moved away. I wanted to do something special for her, but wasn't sure what. Simply giving a gift wasn't an option, so I started searching Pinterest boards for ideas. This idea was a combination of a few people's DIY gifts and became this little beauty.