Tuesday, September 25, 2018

What’s Up Wednesday - September 2018

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It’s What’s up Wednesday… on a Tuesday again!  Let’s get started recapping the month!

What We’re Eating This Week

Mon – Bonefish with the girls for me… the rest of the fam is on their own!
Tue – Teriyaki chicken, brown rice, broccolli
Wed – Either a freezer meal or breakfast for din after soccer!
Thu – Honey Mustard and Lime Chicken Tostadas
Fri – Out
Sat – Take-out because Georgia plays at 3:30!
Sun – Sunday dinner at Momma and Daddy’s

What I’m Reminiscing About

I honestly haven’t been reminiscing too much lately because I’ve been so busy looking forward to the next three months and just enjoying the present.  These four months are truly my favorite and there’s nowhere else I’d rather be mentally and physically than right here with my little fam soaking up all of the little gifts that this time of year brings.  Chilly fall air, football games, the scent of my Sweet Cinnamon candle wafting through the air, and lots of couch time with my three favorite people in the whole world.  It doesn’t get much better!

What I’m Loving

This one is an EASY one… my new Emily Ley Simplified Planner!  Oh.  My.  Goodness.  Y’all know I’m an organizational freak and I’ve had a paper planner since I was basically old enough to write.  I’m a paper and pen kind of girl and I will never go digital so I’m constantly on the hunt for the perfect planner.  In the past I’ve used Erin Condren planners and also Plum Paper planners, but it has always felt like something was missing. 

I ultimately made the switch to the SP because they have Daily Edition planners.  I cannot tell you what a difference this is going to make for me!  I’m now going to have so much space for each day and I won’t have to supplement with a notepad like I’ve been doing basically all year. 

The SP is GORGEOUS.  It’s so well-made, the paper is thick and sturdy, and all of the accessories that came with it are just darling.  I think I have finally found the perfect planner, y’all!  I did an entire review about it here so if you're in the market for a planner for the new year, be sure to check it out!

What We’ve Been Up To

September has been a good month!  We decorated for fall, B and I went on a dinner date, we hosted a baby shower for my brother and sister-in-law, we watched lots of football, we have been going to ballet lessons and soccer practice and watching Jacob’s soccer games on Saturdays, we went to a gala, we celebrated Homecoming at my alma mater, we picked out the kids’ Halloween costumes, and we celebrated my Momma’s 60th birthday.

What I’m Dreading

Dare I say nothing?

What I’m Working On

As always, I’m staying busy…

  1. Planning the birthday celebration for Jacob’s teacher’s assistant later this week.
  2. Planning the fall carnival at the kids’ school.
  3. Planning something fun that I can’t discuss just yet on the blog.  ;o)
  4. Planning our upcoming mountain trip.
  5. Preparing for the upcoming holiday season. 
  6. Setting up my new planner for 2019.  There is just something about getting a new planner and new pens and color-coding and filling in reminders and events.  I will always and forever be a planner nerd and I will admit that loud and proud!
  7. Slowly working my way through my Master To-Do List.  I have always kept a Master To-Do List in an Excel spreadsheet with every single thing that I want/need to do for our house/the kids/my life/etc.  I used to keep it on paper but there are soooo many items and I’m constantly making changes to it that it just works better in an Excel spreadsheet.  Now that I’m not working I’ve been tackling all of those little projects that I’ve always wanted to do and I’ve been crossing items off of my list that have been on there for years.  It feels SO GOOD, Y’ALL.  While I know that the list will never be fully accomplished (as it’s a constant work in progress) I’m hoping to whittle it waaaay down.  Just to give you an idea, the list currently has 516 items on it so it is LONG.  Having that many items on a to-do list probably sounds crazytown, but just keep in mind that this is every single thing that I want to do for our house, the kids, myself, our lives, the blog, and everything else in between... from things like “have a swimming pool installed in our back yard” to things like “rebrand the blog” and “implement a chores/allowance routine for the kids”, there’s a lot to do and a lot to dream and it keeps me busy in whatever free time I have after all of the day-to-day things are done.
  8. Still organizing my Music folder on my computer (one of the items on my Master To-Do List).  When I decluttered my office I ripped and got rid of all of my old CDs (probably between 400 and 500 of them!), so I have a folder on my computer containing a couple thousand songs that need to be named appropriately, added to my main music file on my computer, added to my iTunes library, and synced to the already thousands of songs on my phone.  It is a HUGE job but it’ll be worth it when it’s done. 
  9. Still organizing the rest of the files on my computer (another one of the items on my Master To-Do List).  I have every single file that’s ever been on any computer that I’ve owned since probably 2003, y’all.  We’re talking, over 20,000 files (excluding music and pictures).  That is BAD and it is taking forever, but I’m bound and determined to get it done by the end of this year. 
  10. Still planning Olivia’s new big girl room.  I’ve been so busy this has kind of stalled, and likely won’t be implemented until the new year, but I’m still trying to get my ducks in a row for all of it now.

What I’m Excited About

All of the fun things we have on tap for the rest of the year!

What I’m Watching/Reading

Watching – Brian has started Ozark season two, and while I don’t love it I guess I’m technically watching it since I’m always with him when it’s on.  We’re also excited about all of the new fall TV starting this week.  We’ll be watching Big Bang Theory, a little bit of Dancing with the Stars (only because I love Bobby Bones), This is Us, and Modern Fam as always, and this season we’ll be adding A Million Little Things to the list as well.  I am SO EXCITED for that show!  We are also going to watch the pilot episode of Manifest, too, because it looks intriguing. 

Reading – I’m still on When Life Gives You Lululemons.  Since the kids went back to school and we’ve been so busy, I’ve been exhausted at night and haven’t been reading nearly as much, because I’ve pretty much been passing out as soon as my head hits the pillow.

What I’m Listening To

Still rocking the standards – Steve Tyrell, Rod Stewart, Michael Buble, Frank Sinatra, etc. – my cozy music.  <3

Last week we also made sure to listen to this:

Because it was the twenty-first night of Septembah!  How appropriate.

What I’m Wearing

Why oh why am I still having to report that I’m still living in jean shorts and sleeveless tops?!  This weather is driving me positively batty and there is no end to the heat in sight.  Olivia and I did bust out the fall tops this past weekend, but it was miserably hot and I ended up ditching the cardi by evening time. 

What I’m Doing This Weekend

Watching my Boo Boo play soccer, watching the Georgia/Tennessee football game (and trying not to be too sad that we couldn’t go to the game because of said soccer), and going to a baby shower on Sunday afternoon, plus the other usual Sunday things.

What I’m Looking Forward To Next Month

Checking off several things from our fall bucket list and soaking up the little pleasures that October brings.  In addition to the little things, we’re also heading to the mountains for our annual trip!!  I’m hoping for some cooler temperatures and a whole lot of fun time with my little family.  But above all, my sister-in-law is due with my niece in mid-October, and we cannot wait to meet her and snuggle her and love on her!  We are so ready to meet you, baby Chyler!  (But please don’t come while we’re in the mountains, mkay?  Haha.)  And now for a few mountain pictures from last year...

What Else Is New

I really just need to delete this question because I never know what to say here.  Haven’t I covered enough?!  Lol.

Happy Tuesday, y’all!  Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for my planner review!

*Linking up with Jessi's Design and Going the Distance for What's Hap-"Pinning" Wednesday and Mix and Match Mama for What's Up Wednesday.


  1. 516?! I love that you have a master list though... I just have pieces of paper strewn about our (already messy) house. I really should think about doing it on the computer... but I just love a good old hand written list. ;)

  2. You are the cutest!! You're to do list sounds like mine, always keeping busy. LOVE your Fall Tray decor. I never know what to say on the what else is new question either..we said it all already, lol! xo

  3. OMG I Literally just got the exact same planner last night in the mail! lol I love it and cant wait to start using it!

  4. Y’all have had the best month. Busy but so much fun!!

  5. You have me wanting to try those honey mustard tostados now! And of course with that little tease, I am dying to know what fun you have planned but cannot talk about! :)

  6. Your listing and organization make me jealous and green with envy. I wish I could keep up with a paper planner but then I end up back on my calender at work... We are still in short too, but man I want sweater weather.

  7. So many great things you had going and you still have so much you are planning. I've heard great things about her planner! Sierra Beautifully Candid

  8. Haha! I always feel the same way about What Else Is New...I figure I covered it all! I hope you're having a great week!

  9. I am such a planner nerd too. I am still an Erin Condren loyalist. My sister lives and dies by her simplified planner and I just can't pull the trigger! I love that you have a master to do list, i need to start one of these! Your what I am reminiscing about paragraph made me smile, such a great feeling to be content and grateful for the life you have created!

  10. Ditto on that last question...ha, ha! I loved catching up with all your recent happenings. That red dress you wore to the gala was gorgeous!

  11. Your to-do list is amazing! Can you come over and help me be that motivated and organized?!?!

  12. October is an amazing month. So much fun!!! You guys have been so busy lately. I had a day to myself on Monday to get the house cleaned, do laundry and catch up on life before going back to work and I loved it. I would so love a stay at home life. Be more present for my kids and get more things done around the house!

  13. Don't tempt me on the new planner, I already bought one for this year, lol! I watched This Is Us and Manifest last night and looking forward to watching A Million Little Things!

  14. That red dress is amazing! Happy fall!


  15. Maybe I should put together a master list, too. No doubt it'd be as long as yours! My silly brain, I have too many things running through it! Gah!!!! Your dress is gorgeous! I need to organize our computers. I've never done that. Yikes. I honestly wouldn't even know where to begin. Oh brother. *face palm* As usual, I'm loving all your organizing that your have going on. Your posts and IG posts always motivate me to clean something out or get off my booty and organize a drawer or two! Keep going, girl!


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