Happy Friday everyone! Today's post is kind of a compilation of things, which made it hard to decide which tab to put it under. Good thing I place a link on the home page :)

Let's start with last Saturday. My roommate Marci decided that we needed a Pinterest girls' night. For those of you who don't really use Pinterest, like Cody who thought a Pinterest night consisted of all of us girls sitting around looking on Pinterest together (like we don't do this on our own haha!), every girl that came to the get-together could bring an activity or craft they found on Pinterest to complete while we snacked and chatted. There was such a variety of crafts represented and we had so much fun!

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Photo courtesy of Marci Swank
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Photo courtesy of Marci Swank
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Photo courtesy of Marci Swank
The picture above was Marci's project. I had to share because it is so awesome and turned out great! She took an old sink basin she found at a vintage store, melted 3 different candles on the stove, and poured them into the basin to harden into one big candle (see the wicks in the bottom part of the photo?). How cool is that?
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We filled our house! (Photo courtesy of Marci Swank)
I also worked on a couple projects. My first one was something I have been really excited about! The picture below is a little sneak peek. Next week after it's completed, I will share the finished product, the source of the idea, and how to make it. I'm so excited to have it finished!! :)
I also worked on the scrapbook I'm making for all my Greece pictures and memorabilia. I will share a picture of that next week as well (just because I didn't take one yet and I don't have any artifacts in it either).

Next on this post's agenda is my February challenge. Remember a few weeks ago when I posted about my new year's resolution monthly challenges? Well, January (sorry I haven't enclosed any details about this last month until now) consisted of two challenges: working out 3 times a week and dressing in a nice, sophisticated manner. In regards to working out, we haven't been doing a super job with it (both Cody and I have been sick at different times) but we are hoping to get more into it as the semester goes on... it's never to late to get into working out and building strength.
As for dressing more professionally away from home, it's going great! There was only one day I wore a t-shirt and sweats to class and that was because we didn't have time to go home and change before hitting the gym. My plan next week is to do a post detailing that week's outfits, giving you all insight to what I wear during the week! I'm very proud of the progress I've been making on my wardrobe choices :)
This month, we are adding the challenge of CUTTING OUT EXCESS SUGAR!! I've included my poster that I've created below that we are putting on our fridge. Marci and Micah are both doing it with me! I believe having people to do things like this with makes it so much easier and helps keep everyone accountable.

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If you click on the image, you should be able to download the flyer to print and post on your fridge as well!!
The gist is to eliminate the not-so-good sweets from our diet for a month to see how our bodies are affected. We also decided to allow a few "limit days"; these are days that we are allowed to have a limited amount of those special sweets. With it being February, a day that was agreed upon by all three of us was Valentine's Day (mainly just for the chocolate). I have also allowed tomorrow (a baby shower), next Wednesday (Cody's 21st birthday), and next Saturday (dinner out with Cody's family). I think that's okay right?
There may have been items that I forgot. I tried to hit all the major items. Plus, sugar is in EVERYTHING! I didn't want to include every single thing sugar is in. Just use the labels and your knowledge about sugar to decide with there is anything else you want to exclude. I forgot to add liquor to the "bad" side, but I think that's something I'll remember.
Is there anything else you would've added? What do you think of the challenge? Are you in with us? :)


The last thing I wanted to mention was something that Marci created. One of my goals for this year was the strengthen my relationship with God. My issue so far this year is that I tend to forget to put aside time to read the Bible and talk to God on a regular basis. Marci was feeling the same way, so she created a daily list of random Bible verses. This is an easy way to get into the Bible and hear the word of God! Below I included her guide she created! I hope you like it too :) (If I should include a downloadable version to make easier to follow, please let me know!)

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Thank you Marci!!
Sorry, I know this was a long post... probably one that could've been separated. But I had so much to say and share!
How are everyone else's resolutions coming along?
Any big plans for February?

 


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