Thursday, January 18, 2018

Mascots and Mantels

Not only did we have snow in the Birmingham area on Tuesday and Wednesday,
Miss S got snow on The Plains

Our snow started around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon. Miss S waited and waited and
finally gave up hope of seeing any snow. Finally the snow started falling in
Auburn around 10:30 Tuesday evening. She was overjoyed!

On Wednesday morning, with the entire campus shut down, the students were
out in droves to have some fun in the snow. The snow play became even more  
exciting when the Auburn mascot, Aubie joined the fun!

And you all know my girl. If you don't take pictures with your friends, were you really
even there?

Miss S and her roomie...

Miss S and two of her Alpha Gam sisters...

If you are wondering which girl is Miss S, well she would be the one without 
anything covering her head. 

Shaking my head... what am I going to do with her?

She owns a toboggan hat, she owns a head wrap to cover her ears, and the jacket she 
is wearing has a hood on it. I'm going to make myself feel a little better and say that
she was wearing the hood and only took it off for a second to take these pictures.
Thinking that makes me feel a little less like a failure as a parent, anyway.

Also, with Valentines Day less than a month away, I figured it was time to finally show
you a little of my Winter decor.

Our winter mantel...

And the shelf in the foyer dressed for winter...

I think it's about time to put the little "Let it snow" wreath away, ha ha!

I will be decorating for Valentines Day soon, and hopefully I will be able to capture
that both on camera and on video. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Currently... Plus A Workout Wednesday!

Snow began at our house around 3:30 yesterday afternoon...

Temperatures dropped quickly and we are facing a sheet of ice on our walkways 
and roads this morning. The high temperature today is only 31, so I'm not sure how
much the icy conditions will improve today.

This is our current temperature...

My parents got even more snow that we did at their house...

Miss S is pretty excited that classes are cancelled at Auburn today and that they
got a good bit of snow too. I haven't seen pictures of Auburn yet, but she is very 

A Workout Wednesday is uploaded and ready for you! Y'all! Try this one for sure.
I had fun creating it, and it kicked my booty! I'm still tired from filming it, ha ha.

Also, check our my first ever Clean With Me video...

I'm loving making these videos so please remember to let me know what other
videos you would like to see.

I'll see you tomorrow!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Two Things Tuesday

Happy Tuesday y'all!

First of all, we are on the lookout for snow and ice in our area today.

I am so very thankful that I am not scheduled to work today so I can wait this
winter storm out from the warmth and comfort of my own home.

All schools in our area are closed today, as are many businesses. Hopefully
all of the precautions that were taken will help prevent another dramatic and 
terrifying event like the one we had in 2014 from occuring. Those memories
are plenty fresh and I hope to never go through anything like it again!

Secondly, it just occurred to me that we are already 16 days in to January and I
haven't even shown you pictures of my winter mantel. I have got to get on that
because in a few days it will be time to decorate for Valentines Day. Goodness,
January is off to a mighty brisk pace! 

(It is dark and dreary outside today which would make for terrible, blurry, dark pictures, 
so I will get those winter decor pictures done as soon as we have sunshine again!)

While I am home today, I am working on three new videos for my YouTube
channel. I'm filming a Weekly Vlog, and editing my first ever "Clean With Me" 
video. I also need to film and edit a Workout Wednesday video, so be on the 
lookout for all of these coming very soon!

Thanks for reading today and stay warm!

How's the weather looking where you are today?

Do you have any video requests?

Monday, January 15, 2018

Our Weekend in a Vlog!

Happy Monday everyone!

Today, rather than having you read all about our weekend, you can simply
click here and watch for yourself!

I'm having so much fun capturing our life through vlogging, and I hope you are
enjoying watching too.

Spend some time shopping in Kirklands Home Store with me, and go on a road
trip to meet up with my most favorite person for lunch!

Take a look at my weekend... 

Wishing you a week filled with all your favorite things!

See you tomorrow!

I'm linking up here and here today. 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Friday Favorites {Short & Sweet}

Happy Friday friends!

It's that time again. Time for...

I have 3 favorite things to share with you today! 

I have finally found a nail polish that is worth buying!

The others are beautiful in the bottle, and beautiful on your nails (for about 2 days),
but this Essie Gel polish is my all time favorite now. 

I painted my nails on Saturday, and they still look great today. I have two teeny tiny chips
but no one would ever even notice. The polish claims that it can last up to 14 days, but
I am perfectly happy with painting my nails once a week and having them look nearly
perfect for 7 straight days. I want to add more of these to my nail polish collection.

Getting to FaceTime my girl is absolutely on my list of favorites this week.

If I can't have her here with us at home, then at least I can see her face and talk
to her each day. It helps my heart feel a little less sad about missing her.

Her storytimes are my favorite!

Another of my favorite things is creating weekly vlogs for my YouTube channel.

It is such a fun way to document our life. The editing process can be time consuming
and stressful at times, but I think the vlogs and videos that are created are worth
the effort. 

Click here to watch, or simply click on the video below.

Those are my favorites for the week!

What are you loving this week?

Have you tried the Essie Gel polish yet?

Have an extra awesome weekend and I'll see you next week!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Starting Our Own Community

Today is a rainy, dreary, and humid day. It's almost like the weight of the air is weighing
me down with it today. I am feeling so tired.

For the past couple of days, I have had work and errands and plenty to do around the 
house, but today I am going to slow down and let myself rest a little. I am listening
to my body today and it is saying today sounds like a good day for a bit of light
cycling on my spin bike, and then a nice, healing yoga practice.

This is the video I will be trying today...

I would like to go through each of the videos in this series and see how I like it. I know
myself well enough to know that at this time I will not be doing 30 straight days of yoga,
but I do plan to do 2 - 3 of the videos in this series each week until all 30 days are complete.
I have tried various yoga videos on YouTube in the past and Adriene is by far my
favorite. Her voice and her style make you feel so good about your practice. I actually
enjoy spending time with her.

How about we make adding more yoga to our week our 1st challenge to complete
together? Anyone else feel like their body and mind need a little extra love and
healing right now?

I will do my best to post the videos here for you as we go through the 30 Days of Yoga
with Adriene so you won't have to search all of YouTube to find the video.

My plan is to try to practice these yoga videos on Tuesday and Thursday, and possibly
one over the weekend. Let's give this a try and see how it goes. Feel free to comment
and let me know if you are going to practice with me, what you think about the videos,
and if you were able to get in 2 or 3 videos each week. If you are highly motivated
and manage to complete a video every single day, then let me know that too, so I can
draw encouragement and motivation from you.

I totally believe life needs way more encouragement, motivation, kindness, and
validation to be who we really are. Let's encourage each other so much that we
won't even hear the negativity that may be going on in the world around us.
How's that for a challenge?!

Let's fill our little community with happiness and joy!

Here is Day 2 and Day 3 of the 30 Day series...

Comment here, or over on our facebook page so we can stay connected and encouraged!

I will see you tomorrow!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

How We Wednesday...Plans For 2018

A new year means new goals, new resolutions, and new link ups. Today I am joining
Erika and Shay for "How We Wednesday!"

Today's topic of discussion is goals and resolutions.

Every year I set goals and make resolutions for the new year. 9.9 times out of 10,
those goals and resolutions are nearly forgotten even before the end of January
rolls around.

This year, I am taking a different approach!

Let's take a look...

This year before any goals or resolutions are made, I am taking a look at my
priorities. My priorities have always been family and home, no question. This
year however, I want to add a focus on making a few more things a priority as

My priorities for 2018 will be:







As I take a closer look at these, I realize they kind of all work together. Let me explain.
By growing my faith, it will effect other areas of my life.... home, family, health, etc.
By focusing on improving my health, it will also effect my home, family, hobbies, etc.
When I think about how each priority affects the others, I can see the importance of not
dropping the ball on any one of them.

Now that I have my priorities established, I can focus on goals for each one.

-Faith -

read more
pray more
worship more


 be fully present when we are all together
 take more family pictures
find & make yummy gluten free recipes for Miss S


develop a better cleaning routine 
meal plan


move everyday
strength train 3 times a week
yoga 2 times a week
try a new healthy recipe every week
stop stressing over the small stuff
practice gratitude daily


grow blog and YouTube channel
improve blog and YouTube channel (quality and content)


focus more on taking care of me
consistently USE the beauty products I buy
exercise, yoga, prayer, gratitude, healthier eating

I also want to focus on setting goals for each month. Resolutions are not a "one
and done" kind of thing.

I would love to create a community of like-minded friends to work on our goals
together. My thought was to ask you to comment here, or either over on A Kristian
Lifestyle facebook page about your goals and plans for 2018. I plan to be more active
on this page this year, so please drop by and give the page a "like."

If you would like to create an online community so we can complete
goals and challenges together, please comment below, or comment on A K L
facebook page and tell me some of your goals/priorities for this year.

I will read through all of them, and will then create challenges that we can work
on together all year long. I think this would be so much fun! Be sure to comment
so I will know what type of challenges you are interested in seeing here on the blog.
(Or if you would prefer to see the challenges vlog style over on my YouTube channel,
let me know that as well.)

Also, for those of you who regularly follow my "Workout Wednesday"
videos, I have a new one for you today.

This video was designed to help anyone who has set a goal for going to the gym
this year. If you are overwhelmed, and wonder what to do and how to begin, I
hope you will find the video helpful!

Have a super awesome day and remember to let me know your goals too so we can
work together this year!

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