hello 2017!

We spent our New Year's Day on the couch, watching movies and relaxing. I never even got dressed. It was wonderful. And we decided to brave the rain yesterday to visit the beach - my favorite way to greet the new year. Scarlett disregarded the fact that it was only 47 degrees and jumped right into the water. My little viking! 

2017 is going to be great! 

love & cupcakes,


goals for a new year

It's time again for my yearly "goals" post! To recap, here is my list for 2016...

* Read 20 books
* Walk 2,016 miles
Seriously get better sleep
* Date night, date night, DATE NIGHT!!
* Try new recipes
* Move every day
* Be smarter with my money
* Keep purging and simplifying our home
* Send more birthday cards!

So, 20 books read? Check! I actually ended up reading 48 books! Woo hoo! 

Walk 2,016 miles? Well, not quite. My FitBit decided to stop working a while back and I only logged 1,300.13 miles before it stopped working. This year I'll definitely do more than that. I think a 2,017 mile goal is doable. 

Better sleep you ask?? Why, yes! I did it! I made going to bed earlier a priority [like when Scarlett goes to sleep at 8pm, I'm usually in bed, too.] And I used chewable melatonin from Trader Joe's when I had a tough time turning my mind off at the end of the day. No shame - just an awesome night's sleep. 

Oh, date nights. We didn't get as many as we wanted this year, but it's something we're working on. Hopefully more will be on the horizon! 

Trying new recipes. so, I pretty much botched that one. Nick's work schedule has been all over the place this past year so family dinners were a sacrifice. We relied a lot on easy, quick dinners that could be reheated as needed. Plus, I'm not the biggest fan of my kitchen in the apartment so making meals isn't the funnest part of my day by far. I'll work on it for 2017 but I honestly don't see a big change on the horizon. 

I sure moved everyday, though! With Scarlett starting school last year, I made it a point to park at least a quarter mile from the school so I got around a mile of walking done every day just taking her to and picking her up from school. For 2017, I'm hoping to spend more mornings walking to school instead of driving. 

Money, money, money. One of the reasons 2016 seemed to suck so much. There always seems to be more month than money, right? But not in 2017. This new year is going to be a prosperous one! Nick's career is going to skyrocket and with it, a better lifestyle. I'm looking forward to saving up for a while and hopefully buying a forever home soon. I need a place to call my own and a little garden to grow. 

We purged and purged this year. We got rid of so many things and somehow, we're still drowning in possessions. Honestly, Scarlett's room is the WORST. So many little toys and things and she's on a serious paper kick right now. There are papers EVERYWHERE! That's going to be the challenge for next year - purge the papers and keep Scarlett's room clean regularly. 

Birthday cards! So, having a Happy Mail subscription made it really easy to always have a birthday card on hand so that was awesome, but I was pretty bad at actually sending out cards for people's birthdays. I'm going to try harder this year. 

Goals for 2017! Here we go! 

For 2017, I'm keeping it pretty simple. Spend more time on myself, reading, walking, riding. I want to be more organized and simplified and I'd love the be able to start up our savings again. 

2017 is going to be the best year yet. I know it! 

love & cupcakes, 


farewell 2016...

As 2016 draws to a close, I can't say that I'll miss it very much. This year has been a rough one. There have been trials and seasons of growth, hills and deep valleys. I can't wait for 2017 - it's going to be amazing. 

Scarlett left a little message for Nick outside of our apartment. So sweet! 

The last sunset of 2016. 

We spent our last evening having some girl time while Nick was out driving for Lyft. We did sparklers before he left for some family time and Scarlett had a blast!

Okay 2017 - bring it on! We're ready for you! 

Happy New Year! 

love & cupcakes;



Hello there! It's almost 2017 so we'd better take a look back on Christmas before the year ends. 

We had so much fun. We had plenty of family time, lots of presents and parties and sparkly Christmas trees. This holiday season has flown by, as it usually does. My family has discovered Amazon wishlists, though,  so gift giving should be super simple, easy and done early for 2017!

Oh! Scarlett also lost her very first tooth on Christmas Eve! The Tooth Fairy and Santa came on the same night! So exciting! 

All in all it was a lovely holiday and I'm excited for next year! I feel like I'll be ready early and better able to really relax and enjoy the season. I hope your Christmas was amazing, too! 

love & cupcakes,