Saturday, October 21, 2017

Blogtober- Saturday Six

Here we go- six completely random bits of information that may or may not be quite useful to you!

1. Delicious Food Combos

- Roast with sour cream and seasoning salt: 
I love a good roast. The tender meat, the cooked carrots, and the potatoes come together to make the most delicious meal. When we were kids, my siblings and I would mix it all together and add "special salt" (aka seasoning salt) and call it special salad. Oh the memories! These days I add sour cream and it is just too good!

- Vanilla ice cream with rice krispies cereal:
I wish I could explain the science behind why this tastes SO DARN GOOD but I just can't. I think we need to just all admit that there is some magic that occurs here.

-Spaghetti with cottage cheese:
Everyone acts so grossed out by this, but it truly is a delicious combo. The cottage cheese adds a creamy factor to the otherwise hard nosed dish. (English teachers describe things funny. I'm sorry about that.)

2. Ways I'm Adding Steps Every Day

I'm supposed to be walking more for my health while carrying baby. I'm kind of tired so some days it's tough. But here are a few things I'm doing to try to make it happen!
-Walking the mall
-Taking my dog for walks
-Going downtown and checking out the shops
-Playing Pokemon Go while walking (I'm a dork- don't care)
-Walking at work more

3. Target is on My Good List

Did you know that you get a 10% off coupon for Target on your "Red-card-aversary?" Me either. But mine just came into my email inbox. Beyond that, I just got a 50 dollar gift card for buying baby stuff I needed, with my 5% off redcard reduction, with another 1% cash back on Ebates Coupons and Cash Back  (My favorite website EVER) 
Thanks Target!

4. Why Do We Buy So Much New?

I spent the weekend scouring the amazing 10 for $10 sale at Once Upon a Child this weekend. I have gender neutral clothing, sleepers, and outfits galore now, and I barely spent anything. In fact I probably got around 60 things for less than I paid to get 20 new things on Carters. Of course we all love brand new things, but considering baby will only be wearing these clothes anywhere from 2 to 10 weeks, it seems silly to shell out so much for it all.

5. TV Shows Lately

I decided to break down and get Hulu again when they offered me a 5 dollar monthly subscription for a year. I've just started to watch "This is Us" and I am really enjoying it. I can also get my weekly fix of Grey's without having to watch a specific night at home. I have to say though- we just finished Lost on Netflix, and WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT. That show had so many loose ends running around that apparently didn't need to be tied up. Bleh.

6. Stuck on Gift Ideas?

If you're ever stuck for gift ideas, come up with some sort of theme or concept and buy little things to fit it. A few years ago, my sister did a "25 reasons I love you" and came up with lots of little usuable gifts for her hubby on his 25th birthday. I created a "wife survival kit" for a friend for her bridal shower, and other "kits" could be very useful for having a baby or going to college. The gifts don't have to be elaborate or expensive. This has actually always saved me money, while being extra fun for the gift opener. 

Hope you enjoyed today's random musings! 

xoxo, Love.Haight

Sunday, October 15, 2017

So What's the Deal with Maternity Photos?

I wasn't planning on doing maternity photos before I got pregnant. Then when I was pregnant, I was even more set on not doing them. There's just something about seeing your big stomach and chest captured forever in a still image that I was just not down for.

And then my blogger friend Emily offered me a session as a baby gift. Umm... hi her photos are amazing, so I certainly wasn't going to turn that down. So suddenly I had a morning date back in the beautiful fall colors in the Black Hills of Deadwood, South Dakota. The setting was actually breathtaking. There are some bright and sunny "golden shots" and then some back in the darker woods that Emily's moody style captured the essence of spectacularly. She helped put us into a couple cute poses and played around with lighting and angles until she got some beautiful shots. I'm not such a fan of looking at my larger body right now, but I'm sure that one day it will be amazing to look back on. It was also our 3rd anniversary weekend, so taking pictures together was pretty special.

Here are some shots!

You've really got to check out this girl's other work as well. She focuses mainly on photography and design (invites etc!) and I can't recommend her enough. Thank you Emily for this gift.


Monday, October 9, 2017

Blogtober- Goals

The idea of goal setting is a little intimidating to me right now. I have a baby on the way, so it is easy to say my biggest goal is getting them here safely to have and to hold and to love on for the rest of my days. But I still have 3+ months until that moment arrives. And one of my biggest life goals is on the back burner, where I set it years ago when I went to college and pursued an education degree, strove to be a good teacher for 5 years, and then went back for my Master's Degree in English.

I want to write a book. 

There... I said it. It's out there. I am working on a novel right now, and have 3 chapters done. But unless I make it a priority it is never going to happen. Even if I get rejected a couple times from publishing, at least I would have finished and tried right? That has to be better than always wondering "What if?"

So how to make this a goal a reality?

First I have to actually commit. Even right now as I type this I am reminding myself of my responsibilities as a wife, a teacher, a volleyball and basketball coach. Even though I know I have the time. What about those endless hours of Netflix when I'm tired on the couch? Could I not be typing then? 

Next I have to write. I have to write every week, most likely every day. The story and characters and plot lines need to be orbiting around my head gaining momentum and clarity.

Finally, I have to schedule. If I make a schedule and stick to it, I can complete the thing. I wrote an 80 page thesis and graduated a semester early from my peers. Not because I was smarter than them (FAR from that) but because I committed the time and made working on it a habit and a priority. Why can't I do that with something fun? It seems I can.

What do you want to accomplish??

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