Wednesday, January 31, 2018

What’s Up Wednesday – January 2018

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January is finally almost over and it’s the first What’s Up Wednesday of the year!  Here’s what we’ve been up to!

What We’re Eating This Week

Mon – Taco Joe’s
Tue – Rosemary wine chicken, mashed potatoes, broccolli
Wed – Fiesta chicken with rice and beans
Thu – Sausage, peppers, and onions tacos
Fri – Out
Sat – Out
Sun – Hamburgers on the grill for the Super Bowl

What I’m Reminiscing About

I’m still reminiscing about our benefit ball last weekend.  We had such a wonderful time dancing the night away!  The photographer has posted several of the candids so I’ll hopefully be sharing those Friday. 

What I’m Loving

I made a “daily” bin to hold all of my books that I read/write in every day and I’m absolutely loving it.  It holds all of the things that I use on a daily basis – my planner, my devotional, my two One Line a Day books that I write in daily for the kids, my gratitude journal, my iPad, a notepad, all of my planner pens, and whatever other books I may be reading at the time.  This keeps everything together which makes them all easy to find, and now I never forget about any of them since they’re all in the same place.  Sometimes I like to work on these things upstairs in my office, but sometimes I like to work on them downstairs on the couch, so the bin also makes it easy to transport everything.  Its permanent home is on the table next to my desk in my office, but I can easily grab the whole thing and take it wherever I want… and it has handles!    

The bin itself is this one from Target and it was originally grey, but I decided to make it my own so I busted out the spray paint.  I sprayed the main bin white and then I sprayed the lid gold to give it a little umph.  Now it matches my office and it looks more glamorous!  Winning!

What We’ve Been Up To

Aside from our benefit ball last weekend, we’ve been taking it pretty easy.  We had snow earlier this month, which is a major rarity, so we spent a couple of days at home taking it in and playing.   Other than that we’ve been spending a good bit of time at home and I’ve been working on many of my NewYear’s goals!

What I’m Dreading

Another month of winter.  January and February are always my least two favorite months of the whole year, and February is typically my very least favorite. 

What I’m Working On

Cleaning out.  Purging.  Organizing.  Simplifying.  If you guys have been following along with me on Instagram Stories, you know just how much I’ve been getting done!  Since I spend so much time in my office now I decided to start there with the purging, and boy, have I been getting rid of stuff.  It feels ah-mazing!  I have purged old toys, clothes, papers, old notes from high school, and loads of other mementos.  I’m hanging on to some of it, but I’m really being intentional about what I keep. 

For example, last week I had 14 boxes on my closet shelf, and I cleaned out so much stuff that the things that I’m keeping can now all fit into just one of those boxes.  Isn’t that crazy?!  I still have a long way to go since I’m doing this to the whole house, but it feels amazing seeing the progress so far. 

Once my office is done, I think I’m going to move on to the kids’ rooms and the playroom next.  Those will all go hand-in-hand since they’re all overflowing with toys.  It should be another big job, that’s for sure! 

Jacob’s room is also going to be getting a little mini makeover… and by makeover, I don’t mean that we’re redecorating.  I just want to rearrange all of the furniture to make the room more functional.  The kids’ rooms are both pretty small, so once we converted his bed to a full size bed, he lost a ton of playing space.  I’m hopefully going to try to figure out a way to resolve that issue and make better use of the space in there!

What I’m Excited About

Aaaallll the concerts we’re attending in 2018!  We just got our tickets for JT the other day and we got tickets to see Dave Matthews Band yesterday!  We already have tickets for Ed Sheeran, so now I just need to find some for Phillip Phillips, Paul Thorn, and Taylor Swift and I’ll be all set.  Why oh why are Tay-Tay’s so expensive and impossible to get?!  Waaaahhhh.

What I’m Watching/Reading

Watching – The Bachelor, This is Us (all the tears!), Modern Family, Big Bang Theory, Scandal, Shark Tank, and Master of None.

Reading – the last book of Elin Hilderbrand’s Winter series… Winter Solstice.  I’m worried this one is going to have a sad ending.

What I’m Listening To

I always have music on in the background no matter where I am, and now that I’m home all day I’ve been listening to all of my own music instead of the radio like I always did at work.  I listen to The Elvis Duran Morning Show until 10 and when it’s over I either shuffle my own music in iTunes or I listen to entire albums.  The albums I’ve had on repeat lately are Taylor Swift – Reputation, Ed Sheeran –Divide, Phillip Phillips – Collateral, and Justin Timberlake’s two new songs… I’m dying for the rest of his album to come out!

What I’m Wearing

Lots of leggings, sweaters, boots, and scarves.  It was cold here in January.  Like really cold.  We’re not used to these extreme cold temps for such long periods of time, so I’ve just been doing everything I can to keep warm.  I’ve been wearing these leggings and these house slippers non-stop when I’m at home!  And I just got this peplum top in the mail yesterday… I’m sure it’ll be added to the list of frequently worn items soon!  And it's on sale now for just $20.98!

What I’m Doing This Weekend

Saturday morning we’re heading to the kids’ school to help with campus beautification and then the rest of the weekend is up in the air.  I do know that we are having people over for the Super Bowl Sunday evening and I’m hoping to grill burgers, but the forecast is calling for rain, so who knows if that will even work out.  All that matters is that I’ll get to see my JT on the stage for the halftime show!  ;o)

What I’m Looking Forward To Next Month

Brian’s 40th birthday and Olivia’s 4th birthday!  Y’all, I can’t believe that I’m going to be married to a 40 year old next month!  Lol.  Next month I’m also hoping to see Phillip Phillips in Atlanta as well.  He’s one of the few performers that I haven’t crossed off of my concert bucket list, and I’m hoping to remedy that next month!

What Else Is New

Did you see my post yesterday?  I posted about Valentine’s Day gift ideas for the ladies, so head on over if you want to do a little bit of shopping!

Happy Wednesday, ladies!

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  1. The "4"'s are sounding great, I can only imagine how special you make birthday's! I love the idea of a Daily Bin! Have a wonderful Wednesday beautiful mama!

  2. you have been on a purging kick! It feels so good to get it gone doesn't it? I have been doing the same. A fun January for you!

  3. You transformed that bin! And I had no idea you were doing the gratitude journal, too! How are you liking it??? Your purging has made me want to do more - I need get off my tush and just get it done. Happy Wednesday!

  4. You looked stunning this past weekend! I wish we had fancy parties to go to around here! I am with on on the dreading one too! I am so over January and February will be just as cold. Bring on the suntan lotion and maitais please. Happy Wednesday.

  5. I love that bin you're using for everyday stuff, and I love the colors you painted it!! We got Taylor tickets for later this year but we're actually traveling to the next state over to see her. either way we have tickets and are seats are pretty good! I'm actually taking Ella and my SIL is taking my nieces, it should be fun!

  6. I keep a bin like that next to my bed. Mine is canvas, but I seriously use it all the time, and carry it around the house with me!
    Love the picture from the ball. I can't wait to see the rest of them. And 40...UGH!!! My husband is 2 years away and he is dreading it!

    1. It's so brilliant! I can't believe I never thought of this sooner. And haha. Yes, I can't believe my hubs is almost 40... it's crazy!

  7. Very cool to keep a bin with all of your daily things! Your organizing is fun to watch!

  8. You have made such amazing progress with your purge! Been loving following along on your journey. I have a little basket for our bibles next to our couch but my pens still inevitably go missing #kids! xoxo ERIN

  9. I love the idea of a "daily bin"! I need that. I find that our upcoming move has me wanting to purge ALL THE THINGS, so I need to jump on this bandwagon!

  10. You are so crafty!! I love what you did with that bin! Your gala sounds so fun and you looked fab! Meals this week sound super yummy too!! Can I come for dinner?? :)

  11. Baha ha! married to a 40 year old. I am going to feel the same exact way in a couple of years when Russ is there and I still have a few years to go. Your organizing has been so much fun to watch. Makes me wish I could do some myself.

  12. I love getting rid of stuff! I love that blush top. How exciting for all of those concerts!

  13. Okay, those pins are too cute and I love that you spray painted them. I am needing storage for my office space but finding it hard to find something that will work -- I'll have to check these out.

  14. Oh I just love your home! And Rosemary wine chicken? Yes please! xo

  15. Your menu for the week sounds great. I'm never organized enough to make a menu plan.

    1. Thanks! I can't function without a meal plan. We'd be eating sandwiches every night if I didn't! haha.

  16. Love the idea of a daily bin, and grilling for the Super Bowl. I was just going to make a bunch of snacky food, but I may have to add some grill items to the menu <3
    Green Fashionista

  17. I love the idea of a daily bin for all the things you use. Ughm January and February are my least favorite too. But, February is a short month so we can do this! Sierra~Beautifully Candid

  18. I did a major purge of my closet and laundry/storage area this weekend and I am trying to keep it up for the whole house. Such a great feeling! I love the idea of a daily bin, and love the white and gold DIY, looks perfect. I love those Zella leggings, they really live up to the name! Have a great day!

  19. I've seen those little bins at Target. What a great idea and going to check them out again on my next Target run.

  20. We just got a "daily bin" too, and it's been the best thing ever! I love not having our daily journals, Bibles, studies, etc. literally everywhere. I've been obsessed following allowing with your "purging stories". Keep em coming!!

    1. Aw, thanks, Brandi! Sometimes when I post I think, is anybody really caring about these? Haha. I'm glad somebody does!

      And yes, that daily bin is a game changer!! I'm loving it so much!

  21. I so need a daily bin!! My office is our kitchen table and it is always so cluttered... I currently have a tote bag to keep all my stuff together, but I need something better.

  22. I LOVE that you sprayed painted your daily bin! So cute!

  23. Your food menu is giving me some cravings. I love your concert line up. Great group of artist.


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