March Goals

March Goals

March is upon us, which means it’s time for a few new goals and things to focus on for the month.

In February, my goals were to move more, stick to the Envelope System for my budget and focus on growing my blog.

How did I do on those? OK. Not bad, not great.

I set the bar pretty low on movement (20 min/day) and found that wasn’t hard to do on most days. The Envelope System worked for the first 11 days of the month, at which time I didn’t withdraw the second batch of cash, for a number of reasons (that I plan to explain in another post sometime this month). As for ‘growing’ my blog… I did a few things, but honestly, the only way I’ve ever really grown this blog has been by putting my all into the content and keeping at it. About half way through the month I decided that was enough for me.

This month I’m heading to New York City for a full week (hooray!) and actually have a pretty full social calendar (weird, winter must be ending).  Therefore, my goals for this month are pretty simple:

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February Gratitudes & A Giveaway

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Hey guys! Happy Sunday.

We’re buried under a boat load of snow here in St. Louis so I have absolutely zero plans for leaving my house on this lovely Sunday, which actually really excites me! So many fun blogging activities to partake in and episodes of House of Cards to watch. Ashley and I decided to give it a try last night after all the hype and I think it’s safe to say we’re hooked.

Today I had planned to do a short and sweet list of gratitude for the month of February, but when I put it together, I counted something like 8 times that I mentioned being grateful for this blog and the people who read it in my journals.

Therefore, a giveaway to express my gratitude is in order. Because y’all are awesome.

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6 Ways to Better Your Blog While You Watch TV

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Last week I watched about three seasons worth of episodes of The Mindy Project. It’s currently my favorite show and my roommate hadn’t seen most of it so she was catching up and let’s just say we both got a bit into it.

Netflix pulled the “Are you still watching?” shame card on us more times than I’d like to admit.

Mindy cut into my blogging hours last week pretty significantly. I usually do some sort of blogging activity about 3 nights/week these days. When I’m obsessing over a show or book, that takes over blog time.

Luckily, through binge-watching a few shows over the past few years of my blogging life (Suits, Friday Night Lights, Parenthood and Law & Order: SVU remain the favorites) I have learned that there are some things that can get done around here with minimal mental effort…

So I often do these things while watching TV.

Today I’m sharing six of these little “blog chores” with my fellow bloggers for the next time you’re in the mood to watch TV but still want to feel like you’re “getting something done” on your blog.

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How I’m Ditching the Snooze Button in 2015

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Hey guys!

Something really exciting happened this morning. REALLY. EXCITING. Like, holy wow, I was pumped. I may have danced a bit of a jig in my bedroom.

“What happened, Erika? Please, do tell us!”

Okay, okay. I’ll lay it out for you:

I woke up without an alarm this morning… at 6am.

While this may seem pretty insignificant to you, this was huge for me.

Once upon a time, many moons ago, I wrote “become a morning person” and “develop a daily writing habit” as items on my Life List.

As I have mentioned already about three times on this blog in the past month, 2015 is the year I make my mornings magnificent. It is the most profound goal I am committed to achieving in 2015.

Today I thought I’d share my new morning routine and talk a little bit about how I’m also incorporating Ester-C 24-Hour Immune Support into my routine to help achieve my wellness goals. It seems simple, but keeping this routine really is key to keeping the promises I’ve made to myself for this year (and getting a bunch of awesome things done at the same time).

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Coffee Date

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Ooooh hello. It’s been a bit. Last week was weird. Let’s catch up over coffee, shall we?

If we were on a coffee date, I’d probably order just plain drip coffee – the darker the roast, the better.  My coffee tastes seem to be evolving ever so slightly and I’m getting closer and closer to taking my coffee black with just a tiny splash of half and half and maybe a half packet of Splenda.

We’d be getting together at a coffee shop in my hometown. I journeyed there this weekend primarily to get my hair done. Totally legit reason to drive over 250 miles, right? My mom recommended her hairdresser when I was home over Christmas break and she is awesome. Beyond the new ‘do, I got to spend some much-needed time with my family, pet my dog a lot and see Les Miserables at the dinner theater. It was sooo good.

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8 Essentials for a Rejuvenating Weekend

8 Essentials for a Rejuvenating Weekend
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Though I hate to admit it, sometimes I feel like I’m working for the weekend.

Don’t get me wrong – I really enjoy my job and work for a great company. But sometimes the weekday drudge of adulthood just gets old, ya know?

Lately when Saturday rolls around, it has been feeling like a total refuge for me. With both of my roommates typically working weekends and a relatively calm social calendar (I’m a hermit in the winter, what can I say?), I have finally figured out how to craft a truly rejuvenating weekend for myself.

And I ADORE it.

I practically jump out of bed on Saturday mornings to get started with my weekend activities. And man, Mondays feel infinitely better when I actually take the time to do a few weekend basics – I’m so much more feel centered, rested and totally rejuvenated in doing them.

So today I thought I’d let you guys in on ‘em. Maybe you have a similar list? I want to hear about it.

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I’m Going to NYC! What Should I See, Do & Eat?

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Ah, time to talk about one of my favorite topics: TRAVEL.

Last year, I spent my time traveling solo, with friends or with my sister, Ashley. Many adventures were had in Des Moines, Portland, Seattle and Denver and I learned a lot about myself through those travels. It was great.

This year I don’t have any solid solo or friend travel plans on the book at the moment (as I have mentioned a few times, this is the year that I plan to SAVE, SAVE, SAVE my butt off), but I do have a family vacation to look forward to!

My little sister Jessica graduates from high school this year and she has chosen New York City for her senior year spring break so the whole family will be packing up and heading to the Big Apple for a full week in March.

Ashley and I have been tasked with figuring out an itinerary for the trip and since you guys came through MAJORLY with awesome recommendations for things to do in Seattle, I thought I’d see if you had any suggestions or ideas for New York City.

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9 Times You Might Need An Adult Beverage Delivered Directly to Your Doorstep

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Hey guys!

FUN DAY today. We’re talking about one of the best holidays of the year and adult beverages. Win-win.

Mardi Gras is coming up quick and here in St. Louis, we take this very seriously.

I don’t recall ever celebrating this holiday prior to moving to this city just over three years ago, but now it’s one holiday that I really look forward to because it is a giant PARTAY.

Historic Soulard shows it’s true colors for the full weekend (which are obviously purple, green and yellow) and throws one heck of a bash (the 2nd biggest in the nation, right behind New Orleans).

This year, I’m excited to head into the holiday prepared…

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Links for the Weekend

Links for the Weekend

Good morning friends,

Happy Friday! How was your week?

Mine went by super fast (in a good way). I’m excited for the weekend. My roommates and I are going to go check out a concert downtown tonight with a few friends and I’m getting my first facial ever on Saturday, which I’m pretty excited about.

Other than that, rumor has it that the weather will be in the 60’s here in St. Louis! So I plan on walking the dog around the park multiple times in celebration. Should be a raging good time.

‘Twas a good week in Internet-land. Here are few things I stumbled upon and thought were well-worth the read:

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Recent Reads

Don't let this photo deceive you - we're only talking about one or two of the books in it.

Well hello there.

I’ve decided that the time is right to jam on books again. There are quite a few I’ve read (and listened to) recently that I’d like to discuss.

Common theme on most of them?

They’re bandwagon books. Or bandwagon authors. 

I’m realizing now that I might have made the term “bandwagon book” up, but I really can’t be sure. I do use it quite a bit. Here’s my definition for the phrase:

bandwagon book is any book that is getting mass attention, acclaim or criticism. Basically, any book that pops up quite frequently, makes it’s way to the Best Seller’s list or elicits a giant fan following.

Harry Potter, 50 Shades of Gray, The Hunger Games, anything by Jodi Picoult or Nicholas Sparks, Gone Girl, The Fault in Our Stars, etc. etc. etc. <– All bandwagon books.

This afternoon I was driving home from work, writing this post in my head (you’d be alarmed at how many blog posts I “write” in my head while driving, showering, cleaning and walking the dog) and thinking about why I enjoy reading.

There are many reasons, but among the top ones is the fact that I like having something to talk about that isn’t gossip and is accessible to most people.

Books and reading tend to fit that bill.

…And bonding over books is my favorite.

I totally read bandwagon books so that I have go-to topics of conversation that make small talk a bit more bearable… and a bit less “small.”

Therefore, a few thoughts on the books I’ve read as of late:

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