Sunday, November 15, 2015

Slow, Simple & So Blessed...

We are now 1/2 of the way through our month of no spending! Hooray!
While I will not pretend that it's easy, I will say that it's amazing how much I'm learning daily and how living frugally permeates all areas of life.
I find myself driving slower on the freeway (going only 5 miles over the speed limit instead of 15 - just being real y'all!) and boy! Have I conserved gas! I used only 1 tank in 2 weeks!
I'm taking full advantage of our slow cooker and have found that prepping for dinner in the morning works best for our family. Especially since the little ones seem to melt down just before dinnertime. ;)
Our meals have become much simpler. It's amazing how most recipes in my cookbooks are quite complicated and require tons of ingredients. And while I truly enjoy creating fancy meals, simple is better and stretches farther when you are living off limited resources.
Evermore we are seeing how incredibly blessed we are.
I have never been more excited to receive our farm box on our front porch as I was this past Wednesday morning! To find bananas, an assortment of squash, apples, pears, broccoli and so on was a true delight to me as we were running low on produce.

I realized how much we take for granted and how so many in this world don't get even this much.
We have a freezer containing fish & chicken, a pantry stocked with an assortment of items and we get fresh eggs and produce weekly. And yet I'm anxious about whether we'll have enough food?
This process has made me truly appreciate how blessed we are. And has softened my heart for those in this world that have not.
That whole deal about us being in the elite 1% in our world is so true..and we take it for granted.
Another big lesson learned is how quickly our children pick up on our plenty and get used to the luxury of choices. Our 4 year old has had a bit of time getting used to eating only what we make for her. And she's not really picky! She's just used to having options. Now she eats what I make or goes hungry. It's tough, but it's what I grew up with! I didn't even realize it had come to this point with our children, but I think they are learning to appreciate what we have as well.

We looked at our bank account yesterday and we have already saved $1000! And no, that's not simply on food.
You don't realize it until you freeze much we spend!
An Amazon order here, a Shutterfly photo deal there, a stop at the Dollar Tree or Starbucks or the grocery store for items we run out of. Don't even get me started on extras that catch our eyes while walking through Costco!
Now I want to be real and share that we did need to spend this weekend on an unexpected project for our house (to keep our toddler out of the cat poop that our neighborhood cat prefers to deposit in our sideyard - gross!). My husband has weekly work meetings at a restaurant that he needs to buy lunch for. He also is going hunting for our Thanksgiving turkey this coming weekend, so will have some cost for that. There are definitely a few things that have come up that we didn't plan for. No one is perfect and I certainly don't pretend to be.
But we are changing our mindset about spending - we don't HAVE to!
And that's the lesson we want to learn. Can we live with what we have and can we save some extra in the meantime.
Yes we'll need to purchase some things at the end of this month. We've run out of maple syrup & beer and are running low on many things, but we can press through. We can get creative and make some of our own, for example I just made bone broth with leftover chicken bones & can now make soup this week!
Our meals over the next two weeks are bound to be interested and I'll keep updating my Instagram feed with photos of our creations. Stick along for the ride!  

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Speding Zer0 - It's a mindset!

As we've completed our first week of the spending zero challenge from Living Well Spending Less we've reflected on what we've learned so far.
The site has daily assignments, which have been awesome and helped me to stay on course and daily reset my mind. From cleaning our pantry (awesome!) to meal planning (which I'm not so great at) it has been fun.
Our assignment for today is to reflection and answer some questions, like any "AHA" moments, what our biggest struggle was, where were we tempted to cheat and so on.

So I'll dive right in!
The scariest thing about starting this challenge was not stocking up beforehand. In fact Ruth specifically addresses this as you commit to the challenge. *Deep Breath
We are really good at stocking up, especially as Costco members, and the idea of simply using what we already have on hand - YIKES! A little scary! But we've survived one week so far!
The biggest things we hope to get out of this challenge I've already shared, but to sum up is money savings and changing our mindset and habits.
The biggest struggle has been establishing what is "essential" with my spouse! Who knew that we'd consider different things as "essential"?! But seriously, after a few arguments and throwing myself a pity party, again, we survived the week. haha ;)
Surprisingly I was most tempted to cheat on entertainment! With a SmartTV it's become much to easy to say, "Oh! The latest episode of Once Upon A Time is only $2.99! Let's just order it" and having the TV linked to our Amazon account which is linked to our debit card - HELLO DANGER!!!
But overall this has led us to really open our eyes to how lazy and wasteful we've become with convenience! Holy cow! This is our big AHA moment that has bled into almost every area of our lives as we evaluate our spending. It creeps in and pretty soon you're not only wasting by grabbing a paper towel for every spill instead of a dish towel, grabbing a water bottle as you run out the door instead of filling up with fridge water, but you're frivolously driving around town, unaware of the gas your vehicle is consuming, using more toilet paper than needed (some of which your toddler tries to eat! so wasteful haha), you're eating more than is simply satisfying, and shall I go on?!
This challenge is opening our eyes and causing us to ask "Are we being intentional?"
And more than anything we realize how much this is a first-world problem! In third world countries they don't have to ask these questions as most are barely scraping by and yet so satisfied and grateful for what they have.
My biggest worry has been "Will our food last until month's end" where now it's more along the lines of "How can we teach our children about gratitude and being good stewards this month" (and hope that my spouse and I can agree on essentials throughout our remaining freeze!)
This month is more about changing our mindset. We have activities in a nearby town 3 days a week and I didn't realize that every time I'm there I run through a list in my head, "Do we need anything from...
The Dollar Tree
the grocery store

My brain does a little checklist and I felt odd this week driving back home without stopping to shop anywhere.
My phone apps alert me DAILY that Shutterfly has a 50% off deal or FREE 8x8 Print if only I pay for shipping. ThredUp has 20% off if I order today! Zulily has daily deals that only last a few days so get it NOW!
It is crazy how the world screams at us to spend spend spend.
We walked around our neighborhood today and saw garage sales and I had to fight the urge to "just go browse and see if there's anything we need" (ahem! want)
There is such urgency placed on us for immediate gratification to get the "best deal NOW"
To take a time out and a step back is allowing us to truly see these things.
So a lightbulb goes out in our guest bedroom. Do we need to replace it right this instant? Or can it wait?
We are learning a ton and it's only week one!

Stick around to see what else we learn through this spending freeze and thanks for joining!
I'd love to hear if you've done something of this sort and what lessons you learned?

P.S. A few delights this week: we've been so blessed by friends, not only supporting us, but treating us!
One good friend brought me a coffee treat from Starbucks <3
While another friend brought me a can of pumpkin since she'd heard we only had one and were saving until Thanksgiving. She said "No one should have to ration pumpkin during November!" LOL
These two were just a glimpse of the amazing community we have here. We love our "Framily" 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

What I've learned so far...Day 3 of Spending Zer0

My family has embarked on a challenge from the lovely Ruth Soukup at in which you freeze your spending for 31 days - YIKES!!!!
Ruth just featured the 31 days of Living Well Spending Zero (#31daysLWSZ) on her blog during the month of October, but since I caught on a little late we decided to do it in November.
I know what you're thinking "How can you stop spending money for an entire month?! It's impossible!"
Well here are the ground rules:
#1 You don't freeze ALL your spending - you DO still pay your bills. Delinquency is not encouraged.
#2 You cut out all excess spending. This will mean slightly different things for each family, but overall you cut out things like: entertainment, eating out, coffee out (ouch), alcohol, toys, home decor, excess food, etc.
#3 Most importantly you must decide AS A FAMILY (or at least as a couple) to accept the challenge. If my husband wasn't on board, it would be kinda pointless. But he is, so I'm excited!

What do we hope to learn?
We hope to get a microscope on our negative spending habits, thus making us bad stewards of the resources God's given us. We know that we aren't great in this area & are excessive spenders, so this will help!
We hope to save close to $1000 this month! Lofty? Maybe. But we're aiming high!
And I personally hope to get better at planning meals with what I have rather than going out for exotic ingredients to make fancy meals (which I love to do!)

So there are a few items we have budgeted for this month.
1 - we will continue to get our 3 dozen free range eggs from the farm weekly.
2 - we will continue to get our weekly farm produce delivery to our house.
3 - we *might purchase a turkey for Thanksgiving (although I'm hoping we can get ourselves invited to a meal at someone else's house & we can bring a side)

So what could I have possible learned in only our first 3 days?!
The answer. Water & paper towels.

We have become much too accustomed to grabbing a water bottle when thirsty instead of filling up a cup with water out of the refrigerator spout or using our Zero water filter (which is awesome and I highly recommend!) Wasteful? I know!
Every time we wash our hands or wipe down the kitchen counter, etc. etc. we grab a paper towel! We use them as napkins during dinner when we have perfectly good cloth napkins that I can simply throw in the laundry. We have dish towels and rags to use that are reusable! So, since we are down to 4 paper towel rolls in our pantry, we're aiming to use 1 each week of this challenge. I don't even want to consider how many we've gone through in a week previously!

Last but not least, going into this challenge we purposely did not "stock up" on items, so we're going with what we've got! I did not take into account that I had to bring a potluck item to share to my moms group yesterday (where we have at least 30 moms), so I scrounged around and ended up roasting potatoes with beets in thyme, olive oil, salt & pepper. It was delicious & I had some left over to use for our breakfast this morning! Score!
This coming weekend I'm getting together with girlfriends for a retreat day & I'm making some trail mix since I have tons of almonds, walnuts, pecans, raisins, chocolate chips & dried cranberries. Satisfy those snacky urges while not stealing from what my family needs to survive on this month ;)

I'm excited and still a bit nervous but we can do this! I'd love to hear your thoughts if you've ever done a spending freeze or are excellent at cooking from your pantry, etc. Or even if you think we're crazy! Haha!
Hope y'all have a blessed November and I will keep updating as we journey through! One thing's for sure, this challenge is already making me more grateful for what we have!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

What do I offer the world?

This past week was my first on Periscope. I am excited to navigate this new application with the #OctoberScopers group where we have daily prompts of topics to discuss. It's been fun to learn from others and connect with bloggers and other entrepreneurs.
Throughout these few days it has been encouraging and I've learned a lot about myself and realize the importance of narrowing the focus of my blog and my life.
When you consider how many million blogs there are out there, what is it that draws us to those specific few?
Time is our most precious resource. We can never reclaim it. Therefore, the moments we have we want to use on things that matter.
So I began thinking, what am I about? What do I want my blog to be about that is different from others? Ultimately, what do I have to offer the world that is unique?
And so this is the beginning of some alterations to my blog. To narrow it down and speak about what is important to me and what my heart is for.
Conveniently the first 5 all start with M <3
First off, I am passionate about Marriage.
Second I am passionate about Motherhood.
Third I am passionate about Missions.
Fourth I am passionate about Movement. Like literally moving your body.
Finally I am passionate about Mistakes...or rather redeeming them & allowing ourselves grace to accept them.
Beyond that I have yet to define clearly, but overall I could say that living naturally is important to me. While not purposely, we have become what you could call "gentle/attachment parents". But that's a post in and of itself, which I promise to write later. ;)
I do hope to gain some followers by redefining this blog and will continue to share our family journey with you all.
I look forward to hashing out each area and sharing with you in the days to come.
Have a fabulous week!
Find me on Periscope and Twitter at kmcclain77
I hope to connect with you!

Have you considered these questions? Have you written a personal or family missions statement?  I'd love to hear what you are passionate about in the comments!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The 7 year love my man even more

Celebrating 7 years of marriage today...with 2 young kids ;)
We were able to get snippets of special time together today, hubby made me breakfast, we had an awesome dinner & enjoyed a movie night together.
But most of the day was family time.
We surprised our eldest by going to a local farm where they had pony rides and a train ride.

We hope to get out alone later this.week but for today, there is no one I'd rather spend my anniversary with than the 2 products of our love.
Thank you Lord for this incredible life!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

NEW #Octoberscopers on Periscope!

Hi everyone!
In the past few days I have discovered this wonderful little app called...Periscope.*
It's lovely!
My friend, the Girl on the Move was posting about this thing called #Octoberscopers and since I'm a sucker for monthly activities that draw you in and encourage you to fully experience the season, I looked into it.
And so, on October 1st I did my first "scope"...a live video broadcast where I did a little introduction about myself. I was nervous and it was totally out of my comfort zone, but I did it! A few people watched and gave me some hearts (showing the love) and it was fun!
On October 2nd the theme was an activity that I naturally I did a #DanceScope!!! How fun, right?!
Yes, I country line danced live for others to see.
While holding a baby.
With my 4 year old dancing next to me. Seriously she was way cuter than me! I've watched the replay a few times just to see her cuteness. ;)
Today was day 3 (as it's October 3rd obviously) and share my Fall Bucket List!
So I thought I'd post it here as a video for you to watch and enjoy!
MamaMcClain's Fall Bucket List on Periscope **
I can't wait to hear what's on your fall bucket list!
I love autumn.
I love October.
God bless you & happy weekend to you all!

*If you are on Periscope, let me know your username so I can follow you! It's fun getting to know others out there sharing how we all are just doing life, sharing ideas and giving our little something to the world!
**I've since learned that Periscope broadcasts only stay up for 24 hours! So...I'll have to figure out how to save them to YouTube <3

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Whole 30 Day 30

Today we have reached the end of our Whole 30 - a 30 day challenge designed to heal your body & reset to a baseline of health in order to then determine how one's body reacts to inflammatory foods.
Foods we eat? All veggies, fruits, nuts, eggs, meat, seafood
Foods we don't eat? Anything processed. Dairy. Gluten. Grains. Sugar in all forms.
Pretty simple.
So, now that we're here, what have I noticed?
For one my skin is incredibly clear, moisturized, beautiful and I've been told by numerous people that it "glows" (and no, I'm not pregnant!)
I'm sleeping so well and have incredible energy during the day. Even though I get up a few times a night with the girl who needs help to the bathroom and the baby who needs to nurse and have diaper changes. I'm still incredibly energetic. Not tired. Don't feel the need for any energy drinks (coffee or anything caffeinated). Just pure energy.
My mind is very clear and focused.
My anxiety is gone.
My digestion is very "regular" if ya know what I mean.
Yes, my clothes are fitting looser.
My hair is shiny and strong.
My nails are growing crazy fast & are strong (no, I'm not taking ANY supplements)
I'm happier (and my husband is happier -which is so delightful!)
We're feeling more attracted to one another - have more energy, etc.
We've started moving more as a result of this energy.

It's just plain good to feel this good!
My kids are sleeping better & have more energy - good thing mine is increased because theirs is CRAZY (in a good way- not a sugar high way)
I've found such joy in preparing healthy meals, from scratch, for my family.
I've found purpose in caring for my husband by preparing his breakfast & lunch to take to work daily. It's become a way to serve and love him.
It's worth it.

So now what?
The next step is called the "reintroduction" stage. This is the part I've been dreading, but am now kind of excited about that it's here!
We get to keep that baseline of healthy eating whole foods while testing out some of the foods we've missed and would like to consider incorporating back into our diet. So what do our lists look like?
I would like to try out the following:
ice cream
Alpine Valley whole wheat bread (all natural ingredients - no weird preservatives)
cheese (ideally made with raw milk, or maybe goat cheese)
yoghurt (again, with raw milk)
peanut butter (really just my sweet friend's bare ingredients. awesomeness)

So that's all I really care to try out! I don't miss anything else honestly.
I plan to continue eating this way & if something comes along that seems desirable, I'll consider whether it's worth it. Thankfully there are so many "paleo" ways of making substitutes that I'd rather use whole food ingredients & make my own that partake in fake food that'll end up making me feel icky.
Like for my daughter's golden birthday in just 2 days - I'm making cupcakes from the amazing book They'll contain honey and chocolate chips, but other than that - all whole 30 approved ingredients. So we can enjoy them without the yucky feeling afterwards. Hooray!

So here we go! We may start off the celebration with a little vino, who knows?!
It's food freedom people! We get to discover what makes us feel great and what makes us feel like crap - and whether it's worth feeling like crap. So excited for the next part of the journey! I'll write as we go along....hi..ho..hi..ho <3
Love from a mama

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Summer happenings...

Our family has a lot going on this summer, so I'm blogging mostly to process it all!
In a mere 14 days my eldest daughter will celebrate her 4th birthday.
With that comes a whole lot of emotions! Our little girl is no longer a toddler and way past the baby stage. She is incredibly intelligent, reasoning for herself, explaining things very clearly with her verbal skills, gets herself dressed with her unique sense of fashion and so on and so forth.
We purchased our first home as a family in April of this year and so much has changed in a matter of months! Our eldest is now sleeping in her own room. We are in the midst of this transition and it is a bit tough! Never intending to co-sleep/bed-share from the beginning, it was what she needed and what worked to allow us all adequate sleep from the time we brought her home from the hospital. After awhile she became a permanent fixture in our bed & has only known the comfort of sleeping with mom or dad.
When little sister was born, daddy opted to get more sleep in the guest room while I tended to both girls in our bed. This had moments of difficulty but was altogether a cherished time with my girls.
Moving was a big change for our family & just felt like the right time to make some changes.
So we began the transition to her own room. It began with us taking turns sleeping on the trundle bed beneath her bed & now she is doing well as daddy does her bedtime routine & stays until she falls asleep.
She's growing up. This is part of growing up.
Another big change for our eldest is weaning. She had mostly weaned herself from breastfeeding while I was pregnant with sister but once my colostrum came it, she was more interested. Once sister was born it was on from there!
Tandem nursing these 9 months has not been without its challenges, but it has been a beautiful bonding experience for my girls and with me. There have been moments where I can barely stand it, times where I have felt like I just can't give any more, but being able to nourish my two daughters simultaneously with my body- and the awe that God designed my body to be able to do so has been humbling.
With that said, our time has come to a close. The nursing relationship between mother and child should be one that is enjoyed by both & for my eldest and I, it had become a source of contention. She wanted more than I could give & it was hard for her to understand allowing sister to nurse on demand while she couldn't.
I established some boundaries where she could only nurse a few times a day & have gradually (VERY gradually) lessened over time. We were down to once a day & she chose when that was. We began discussing when her "milky graduation" would be and agreed on her 4th birthday.
For her graduation she would like to get her ears pierced, something she's been asking for over a year but we said that not until she was finished with "milkies" could she have done. We also will go to a local ice cream shop & have some mommy-daughter time. She is very excited for this & has been looking forward to it! We created a countdown & have been crossing off the days as we go.
These last few weeks we lessened even further to one nursing session every other day, and now here we are with 14 days to go!
I've scheduled a friend to come and take some pictures of us tandem nursing & some of just C & me the day before we're done. I want to capture the beauty of this time with my girls.
Here I'm getting weepy thinking of our 4 year journey of breastfeeding coming to a close.
But it feels right. My girl is growing up and sometimes growing up is hard. Sometimes growing up means giving things up but getting to do so much more.
I don't imagine it will be easy. I am certain she will ask after we're done. I can imagine her even offering to take out her new earrings to have milky again - haha! But it's time.
It's bittersweet.

Meanwhile little sister is growing up faster than I would like! Our near 9-month old is an adventurous little one. She is a super fast crawler who loves to sneak to the stairs & find ways around the obstacles to get up there. She pulls herself up onto just about anything and anyone & falls & gets hurt - aye yay yay!
She is the most smiley, friendly baby...unless you take her out of mama's arms. Then she's no longer your friend. LOL
She is incredibly vibrant and playful. She is my sunshine truly.
We are incredibly INCREDIBLY blessed to have these two gorgeous daughters who fill our lives with joy & spontaneity. They are resilient & I cherish them.

On another note (if you're still with me reading this post!) we've been doing the Whole 30 this month as a family. We're on Day 21. Only 9 days to go. And I'm freaking out about taking off the training wheels.
More on that in my next post ;)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Skin to Skin

Do you ever have so many thoughts running through your head that sleep eludes you?
Mine does where to begin?
Two nights ago my infant was running a fever. Due to teething or allergies, who knows, but my first instinct was to strip her down to her diaper, strip down myself and get skin to skin with her. This is proven to help regulate the infant's body temperature.
More and more hospitals and birthing centers practice this method called "skin to skin". It's become well known that a young baby's body has trouble regulating its own temperature and that being skin to skin with a parent helps that homeostasis. Aren't our bodies fantastic?!
God really knew what He was doing creating these fascinating instruments we get to live in!
So as I was pondering being skin to skin with her, as I often am now and was pretty much all the time when she was first born half a year ago, I started thinking about this:
"Abide in Me."
Jesus' own words.
In the 15th chapter of the book of John, Jesus was recorded as saying this: "Abide in Me and I in you.
As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you."

Abide. Another version says "remain". The Message paraphrase says "be joined with Me." That if we are separated from Him we can't produce a thing. 
In other words, get skin to skin with Jesus. 
Thinking of a grape vine and how the nutrients flow through the vine to the branches where the fruit is born. Thinking of my baby who needs to be skin to skin with me so that my body temperature can regulate hers. 
Heck, I still get skin to skin with my preschooler when she gets a fever and it helps! 
If I'm not connected to Jesus every. single. day. leaning into Him. snuggling up to Him. allowing His love to permeate my soul. How on earth am I supposed to love on my kids? How can I possibly love and serve my husband? How can I love people I don't even know in the world?
I wonder if God created our bodies to help regulate our children's body temperature to give us a small glimpse pointing to connecting with Him?
To whisper, hey! Come and cuddle up with your Daddy! The one who created you! The one who knit you together inside your mom's body. I know you better than you know yourself! I know your longings, your desires, your fears. Come, crawl up in My lap and lay your head on My chest and let My body regulate your temperature...

Friday, February 13, 2015

3 Years to 35

Inspired by my sweet friend Sarah Kay I've created a list of 105 things to do in 1095 days, or more generically these next 3 years until I turn 35 years old (whoa!)
Check out her amazing post (admission- many of her ideas I have copied! such great suggestions!)

105 Things in 1,095 Days
  1. Come up with a list of 105 things (February 13, 2015)
  2. Inspire someone to write their own list of 105 things
  3. Organize a family reunion
  4. Watch a friend’s child(ren) so they can have a few hours to just be
  5. Study Desperate: Hope for the mom who needs to breathe with a small group
  6. Sponsor a child
  7. Help Camille sponsor a child
  8. Send a surprise package to someone
  9. Teach Camille the 10-10-80 principle
  10. Use my massage gift certificate
  11. Create a genealogy tree
  12. Complete the Insanity 60 day challenge
  13. Begin writing a book
  14. Host a tea party (hats & all!)
  15. Host a costume party/masquerade
  16. Read my grandmother’s autobiography
  17. Remove all plastic from the kitchen
  18. Visit my mother-in-law
  19. Visit my father-in-law
  20. Visit my mom
  21. Learn to line-dry my clothes
  22. Visit a new National Park each year
  23. Speak at a conference/meeting
  24. Finish reading One Thousand Gifts
  25. Record 1000 gifts
  26. Read through the entire Bible
  27. Go wine tasting
  28. Listen to the entire Bible on CD
  29. Get away overnight with Wes
  30. Plan & save for our 10th Anniversary trip
  31. Start planning our 25th Anniversary trip
  32. Make & release a floating lantern
  33. Send snail mail (just because)
  34. Cry when I feel like crying
  35. Smile when I feel like crying
  36. Watch the sunset from the coast
  37. Watch the sunrise from the mountains
  38. Take an photography class
  39. Unplug completely for an entire day
  40. Organize all digital photos
  41. Fish in the ocean with my husband
  42. Memorize the book of James
  43. Sing in a band/worship team
  44. Sing Karaoke
  45. Go on a girl’s-only trip/retreat
  46. Have a girls night out
  47. Visit a National Park out of state
  48. Blog every week for one year
  49. Make 25 homeless kits to pass out on hand
  50. Go horseback riding
  51. Mentor someone
  52. Find a mentor
  53. Donate my hair (February 12, 2015)
  54. Invite someone to church
  55. Write a letter to someone who made a difference in my life
  56. Have a garage sale to clean out the house, and donate half the proceeds
  57. Surprise Wes with a day trip
  58. Take my husband to a concert
  59. Be in our forever home (or have a plan for it)
  60. Complete a triathlon (mini)
  61. Make a recipe box filled with my favorite recipes and/or handed down family recipes
  62. Make something to bring & deliver to a local nursing home
  63. Make & bring Bone Broth to a sick friend
  64. Say a prayer for someone I don’t necessarily agree with and/or like all that much
  65. Begin the day with a glass of water + lemon every day for 2 weeks
  66. WALK a half marathon with a friend
  67. Go on a family mission trip
  68. Paint master bedroom
  69. Paint girls’ room
  70. Build a Gingerbread House
  71. Do mommy ‘n me yoga with my girls
  72. Send flowers to my mom (just because)
  73. Send flowers to my mother-in-law (just because)
  74. Make a vision board
  75. Buy a house
  76. Fully tithe one paycheck 100%
  77. Serve a meal to homeless as a family
  78. Make my MIL’s famous noodles/Learn from her if possible
  79. Eat sardines
  80. For 7 days straight, begin the day by reading my Bible, followed by 5 minutes of meditation (before ever looking at my phone, turning on computer)
  81. Cut down our own Christmas tree
  82. Learn to sew/Use a sewing machine
  83. Grow a vegetable garden
  84. Write my autobiography
  85. Say “no” to something I typically say “yes” to
  86. Sleep in until 9am
  87. Homeschool
  88. Scrapbook/Birthday book to date for Camille
  89. Scrapbook/Birthday book to date for Daphne
  90. Kitchen de-clutter and organization
  91. Home office de-clutter and organization
  92. Girls’ room de-clutter and organization
  93. Master bedroom de-clutter and organization
  94. Begin an herb garden
  95. Get a pen pal
  96. Solo day/weekend getaway
  97. Avoid the scale for an entire year
  98. Begin Bible Study/church study Journal #1
  99. Teach someone to line dance
  100. Camp out in my backyard
  101. Make my own sushi
  102. Build a snowman
  103. Host Neighbors Table gathering
  104. Organize a block party
  105. Simplify/Purge each family members wardrobe
  Here's to 35! Then on to 40!