Five Commitments for February 2016

Five Commitments for February 2016

Each month I commit to doing five things that will improve my life, my health, or my blog. These are my five commitments for February 2016.

Stop cluttering up my Kitchen Table

All my mail, my purse, my coat everything ends up on my kitchen table. And it makes me antsy to look at it, so it needs to stop. So this month, I commit to hanging my coat in the closet – which is right next to the kitchen table- when I get home. I also commit to going through my mail, and dealing with it right when it comes in. And finding a better home for my purse, at least for my off days. My work purse is huge, people!

Fill out my Budget Binder

I printed everything out and put it in a binder. Now I just need to use it.

Create a clothing budget

I read a post at Franish about creating a clothing budget, and I think that this is a good idea for me. I like to shop a lot, so I’ll probably go with a quarterly budget. I also need to look at what I need, if anything, for Spring.

Create a bedtime routine

Well, stick to my bedtime routine would be the correct way of putting it. I need to consistently before bed- wash my face, brush and floss my teeth, and put on my facial lotion. My skin looks so much better when I do this, but Winter makes me so lazy. I also want to read for 30 minutes before bed everyday too.

Write. A lot.

This was a January Commitment too. Which I did well with, I just want to keep it up through February. Building a back log of posts for the blog is a big priority for me right now. In Spring, I want to start focusing more on the graphics and photography for the blog, so I know that I will need lots of posts to pull from during that time. I also want to commit to two hours of uninterrupted time for writing on my days off. No TV. No Phone. No Editing. Just Writing!

My January Commitments and How I did

  • Empty my Cupboards – Pass. This was easier than I thought it would be.
  • Floss everyday – Fail.
  • Make my bed everyday – Pass.
  • Set up my budget planner – Pass.
  • Write. A Lot. Pass.

I always have one I fail at. Maybe I should just do four commitments?!

What goals or commitments do you have for February? Are you trying anything new? Let me know in the comments!

Five Historical Settings I Love

Five Historical Settings I Love

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly link-up from The Broke and the Bookish. This week our theme is our favorite historical settings. You can write about as many or as few as you like, ten is just a guide. Be sure to check out all the other blogs in the link up! :)

The Old West

One of my favorite books is Lonesome Dove, and I use to read a lot of Christian romances set during this time period. I always thought is was so romantic! I mean, who can resist a Cowboy?!

The Regency Era

Mostly because of Jane Austin, of course! But now I can add Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell to reasons why I love this period. Cap and I just finished watching the miniseries, which was fantastic! It’s moved the book to the top on my TBR list.

The Civil War

Gone with the Wind is my favorite book. Plus, I really love North and South. It’s one of my favorite miniseries. You can’t get any better than Patrick Swayze as Orry Main and James Read as George Hazard!

North-and-South

The Pioneer Days

The Little House on the Prairie series were the first books that I read as a kid. And because of that I love reading about the Pioneer days. I also enjoyed studying about that time period in school.

World War II

I’ve read only a few books set during this time period, but I love movies about World War II. My favorites are the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers and The Pacific. Both are amazing! And of course, I can’t forget the first Captain America!

So, what are some of your favorite historical settings? Do we have any in common? Let me know in the comments! :)

What I’m Into – January 2016

What I'm Into - January 2016

This is the What I’m Into link up at Leigh Kramer’s blog. Be sure to stop by and check out all the other blogs in the link up.

Reading

So many books! I had 12 days of vacation in January, so I spent a ton of time reading. There wasn’t a lot of options to do anything else, since the Blizzard of 2016 hit during that time. Not that I cared one bit! I read nine books in January which for me is a lot! Here is what I read:

The Lake House by Kate Morton
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Qudditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp aka JK Rowling
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Murder of the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Mechanica by Betsy Cornwall
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

I plan to post reviews of each soon!

Watching

So many TV shows too! It’s Winter, so there nothing better than curling up with Cap and binge watching Netflix. This month we watched Zoo and Jonathen Strange and Mr. Norell. Zoo was so awesome! I can’t wait for the second season to come out this summer. And of course we watched our weekly shows The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Agent Carter. I also started The Shannara Chronicles, The Almighty Johnsons, and finished the last season of Falling Skies.

Listening

Stitches by Shawn Mendes

Oh My by Gin Wigmore – this is also the theme song to The Almighty Johnsons.

Painting

Yes! I painted a picture! My Sister and I took another art class, and it was amazing! So much fun!

My Sister and Me with our masterpieces

My masterpiece

Sending

My Postcard
My beautiful postcard from Rae!

Love Notes! This wonderful project is from Jennifer Belthoff. You sign up and Jennifer pairs you with a partner, and for three weeks you send each other one postcard a week. Here is what Jennifer says the project is about:

When you go to your mailbox what is waiting for you? Bills, mailers, nothing that excites you? What if you opened it up and there was a postcard just for YOU, how would that make you feel? Would you like to get a little ray of handwritten sunshine delivered in the mail, yes the real mail?

The Love Notes Postcard Project encourages slowing down, getting back to basics, and connecting through handwritten notes sent through the mail.

There is another round in April. I’m so in!

Blogging

I shared my Reading Goals for 2016.

I ranted about my issues with season nine of Doctor Who.

I also shared why I think it’s beneficial to let a post sit for a while before your post it.

And one of my most fun posts was this one about my favorite opening lines from my favorite books.

So, what have you been up to in January? Are you surviving the cold and snow? Let me know in the comments!