April 2018 – Financial Update

It has been over a month since baby arrived, and I’m slowly getting a handle on things… Attempting to get some sort of order and schedule to my days.  So, even though it’s nearing 3 weeks late, I’ll post my financial goals update for April. Continue reading

Baby has Arrived

Today is my due date.  The date that was “scheduled” for baby’s arrival.  We all know that babies are rarely born on their due date, and my little bundle of joy was no exception…

Although, I thought I read somewhere a statistic that first babies have a tendency to be late… And I was 2 weeks late when I was born… So, I sort of had in my mind that this little one would also make a late arrival.  Ha!

He came in to the world on what was supposed to be my last day at work.  I thought I was so ahead of the game, giving myself a week and a half between my last day of work and the expected due date to get everything for the nursery in order.  Nope, I hadn’t even finished passing off all my work yet!  No out-of-office replies had been done… We had luckily purchased the carseat the weekend before, so at least that was done…

Anyway, we are now on day 11 of his existence in this world, and we are slowly sorting out how things work… for now… I know as soon as I figure out this stage, we will be moving on to another… So I will try to keep up on my posting as good as I can, but I make no promises.

I also don’t want to post too much online of baby, but figure I’ll share a couple photos of him here as an introduction.

 

Road Trip Budget

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One of my financial goals for 2018 is to save for our planned California road trip in the fall.  When I posted the goal, I set myself a deadline of March to have a detailed estimate budget sorted out.  And, since March starts this week, I figured I should get this sorted out.

So… What’s the plan?  Well, we don’t really have a plan yet… But, the last time we did a road trip down to California, it was a bit of a rush because we tried to get it done in 7 days… there and back!  For this trip, we will be traveling with a 6 month old baby, and will traveling further in to California, and staying there for a few days for the wedding… So I decided to plan for a 14 day trip this time. Continue reading

January Personal Goals Review – Part 2

I am finally back at home after what seems like an extremely long 3 weeks away for work, and so I was taking a look at what I had posted while I was away…

Did you read my last post?  The one where I was supposed to do a monthly review my personal goals for 2018?  Did you wonder what happened to the last 2 goals?  (My original list had 5… My review only covered 3…)

Yeah… Basically, I just flat out forgot about them… And I didn’t take the time to review my blog to make sure I was being consistent… My bad… (Blogging fail!)

So, let’s just quickly correct that. (And yes, I realize that it is almost time to do another monthly review, but whatever…)

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January Personal Goals Review

Here we are, over a month in to 2018 already!  How are you doing with your new year’s resolutions or goals?  I am going to try and post a monthly review for accountability on my personal goals.  It may not be the most exciting read, but it’ll help me keep up with my goals, and also give me a better idea of what I need to work on each month…  Of course, I am already quite late in getting this first review out since we are now pretty much half way through February… Oh well…

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February 2018 – Financial Update

I’m a bit late getting this out… But I’m away for work right now, so it’s a little harder to get all my numbers sorted out… And I’m missing some because I have them saved on my home computer… Which is obviously at home…

Anyway…

We are already over a month in to 2018, so it is time to do a quick check-in on the finances to see if I’m on track to meet my financial goals for 2018. Continue reading

Broccoli Soup

A little diversion from normal topics today, I am going to share with you my successful experimental soup recipe that I made on the weekend.  (I say diversion from normal topics, but honestly, I don’t think I have a real consistent theme for my posts anyway, so I guess everything goes… And I actually have done a couple posts about food… )

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The Experiment

So, how did this experimental soup come about?  It was Saturday afternoon, and I had just returned home from walking the dog with a friend (and her dog), and I asked my husband what he wanted to do for dinner… But I added in the stipulation that we need to use up the broccoli that was in the fridge… (Broccoli had been on sale that week, and I had bought it with several ideas in mind for my weekly meal plan, but the meals that week didn’t exactly follow the plan, so I had a large amount of broccoli that needed to be used up.)  His immediate suggestion was to add it to soup (it was a very windy, wet, miserable evening here on Saturday – thankfully it was okay while I was out walking the dog.)

That got me thinking about what sort of soup has broccoli in it, and I thought of a cream of broccoli soup that is often on the menu at Tim Hortons, or a cheddar broccoli soup that I see on menus elsewhere… Both of those sound delicious, but maybe not the healthiest… And my favourite soup of all time is potato leek (also maybe not the most healthy soup option, but it’s my favourite, so I’ll just let it go).  Could I make a potato broccoli soup?  But what about adding some protein to the soup?  I know it is important to have protein…  We have some ham in the fridge, I’ll just add that…

And so, this is what came from that train of thought… And it was surprisingly delicious!  Even my husband liked it! Continue reading

January 2018 Bullet Journal Set-up

It has been a while since I did an updated show and tell of my bullet journal.  I still use it daily, and have made some adjustments throughout the months, but rather than going through all of the various iterations, I will just show how I have set everything up for January.

I don’t normally have a title or intro page for my months, but I figured the start of a new year deserved something special.  I got inspiration from Pinterest (so I cannot take full credit for my designs).  I also added a washi tape border so that I could flip easily to the beginning of the new year.  I am very happy with how it turned out, so I may continue doing something like this in the future… We will see…

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Personal Goals for 2018

This post took a bit longer to get written and posted than I had anticipated… I kept getting distracted reading everyone else’s posts on their goals for 2018… I posted my financial goals for 2018 already, and now I want to go over my personal goals for 2018.

Personal Goals for 2018

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As I mentioned when I wrote about my financial goals, it is very hard to predict what this year will hold for me, or know how everything will play out with baby-to-be, and so it is very hard to think up personal goals that will be applicable for the whole year.  I was considering only doing monthly goals, but I think I can find a few goals that I can work on all year.  If you followed along with my personal goals from 2017, some of these might seem a little familiar… Continue reading