Date Night Ideas

Who doesn’t love a good date night with their significant other? A night out at the movies, an easy dinner at your local burger joint, or even getting dressed up to go to a fancy restaurant…

Like I said in my last date night post, Date Night Tickets, Sean and I have a hard time deciding what to do for date night. On the nights that we don’t use the date night tickets we mostly just shrug to one another and end up at the same place each time.

So to add a little more fun to our date nights I wanted to make a new printable of just cuisine and type of food.

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Get Ready For The Holidays!

Look, I get it… It’s only August and I am posting about the holidays already. Actually I should say, posting about the holidays again.

Thanksgiving and Christmas always takes a lot of planning for me because we have to save and plan in order to actually afford it. Sean and I used to be the last minute Christmas people, running around only a week or two before Christmas to get gifts and generic cards.

However, in recent years after my grandmother passed away it was up to us and my mom to take over most of the Christmas and Thanksgiving traditions. Sometimes it can be very hectic and I don’t understand how my grandma did it with out a huge planner. I always remember going to her house and the only thing she did to keep organized was write notes on post-its.

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Printable Travel Planner

When it comes to planing a vacation that is months or even years out I like to plan it. However, I can never find a planner or worksheet that I want to use.

If you search ‘travel planner’ in google you get a bunch of results that are travel itineraries. When it comes to planning a future vacation I don’t want to make an itinerary, I want to budget and research my possible flights, hotels, and car rentals.

So I made my own!

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Courtney’s House Update #5

Last month had a bit of a rant for most of the update and I want to try not to do that… but I can’t guarantee that.

So on to the updates.

Last month I talked about the truck and how the front brakes went out on us while we were on a little road trip, yes social distancing. When we got home about a week later the truck started to shake when Sean accelerated. Turns out we now had to change the spark plugs and one of the coil packs, another $200 into the truck…

I know that the truck is a 2014 but it seems to be having a lot of problems for being 6 years old. We have had to change the same coil pack on the engine before (about 6 months ago) and it has been said on forums that many of the 2014 Fords have a problem with coil pack #5. So we are hoping that we can pay off the truck a little faster (we got it used) and get something new/newer with less miles.

Weight Loss Update

I’m going to start my weight loss updates her in the monthly updates. Sean and I have both been eating healthier and tracking out calories with MyFitnessPal (seen in THIS post). I have also increased my exercise to at least 5 times a week including a weekly hike with my mom. I am sticking to something Jessica Braun said in a video when it come to exercise, “Don’t go more than one day with out exercising.” This way you get a break but you have something to stick by and keep you going. So if I work out Saturday and take a break Sunday, then I have to work out Monday.

So I’m going to share my weigh in from the beginning of the month and the end of the month. We weigh in on Sunday mornings so these weights are from the first and last Sunday of the month.

For the month of July I had a 3 pound total loss. This would have been more but I had a small gain of 1.6 pounds in the middle of the month. It was simple because of over eating on my birthday and eating take out the Saturday before weight in on my birthday week.

Personal Update

This month has actually been a good one. I said a while ago that I would tell my story about my weight loss journey and other personal stuff. I haven’t felt like telling my stories yet but they will be coming soon.

That’s all for the updates this time. See you in August.

Monthly Obsessions – July 2020

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It’s that time again where I share my monthly obsessions!

First I am starting with three items all from the same brand, Sol De Janeiro. I first encountered this brand in one of my FabFitFun boxes a few years ago. I have to say that I didn’t really like the original products from Sol De Janeiro but when they came out with the Coco Cabana line I loved it. Here are my first three monthly obsessions.

Coco Cabana Cream $10 – $45

This cream is amazing! I love the small, which doesn’t fade. It comes in three sizes; purse size 25ml $10, travel size 75ml $20, and full size 240ml $45.

The website describes the scent of this cream as; “deliciously complex coconut scent with Brazilian-inspired notes of coconut cream from young green coconuts, tropical orchid and toasted praline.”

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Cookbook Challenge: Breakfast Parcels

Welcome to the Cookbook Challenge!

What is the cookbook challenge?

This challenge is to complete an entire cookbook and my first book is The Pioneer Woman Cooks: The New Frontier – 112 Fantastic Favorites For Everyday Eating. For the rules and more information see the original post here.

To see every post in the cookbook challenge so far you can check it out here, or in the eat category under cookbook challenge one.

Breakfast Parcels

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A Week of Dinners

Sometimes it is really hard to come up with dinner ideas for the week, even though there are a shit ton of recipes out there. Sean and I tend to get stuck in a rut of the same few easy recipes that we ultimately get tired of, and I don’t know why with how many recipes are out there.

While watching a Jessica Braun video a few weeks ago and she talked about how she and her husband changed the way they set up their weekly menu. Like me, Jessica and her husband would try to make a month long dinner menu, buy almost everything, and then have food go bad because they skipped a meal here and there. Her solution, and now mine, is to only plan four or five meals a week giving you two or three days for left overs or nights out.

So I wanted to share a week of dinners. Last week we did five dinners with one leftovers night and my birthday dinner.

Here are the recipes!

Cheeseburger Pizza with No Yeast Dough

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Blogs I Read

Today I wanted to share some blogs that I like to read regularly. As a blogger, like any other social media work, it is hard to get started. Also, as a blogger you are usually also a blog reader and should continue to support those that your regularly read.

So I wanted to just share a list of the blog I read almost everyday.

A Beautiful Mess

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Kitchen Wish List

Let me start by saying that as you might have been able to tell, I have a lot of wish lists, and today it is my kitchen wish list.

I have two kitchen wish lists, one for remodeling the kitchen and one for kitchen/dinning accessories. Today I am sharing my kitchen and dinning accessories wish list.

SUSTEAS Stove Top Whistling Tea Kettle $39.99

I love tea but right now I am heating my water in a cup in the microwave or in a sauce pan. I really like the look of this tea kettle, it’s very basic but has a vintage feel to it.

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Cookbook Challenge: Taco-Stuffed Mini Peppers

Welcome to the first recipe of the Cookbook Challenge!

What is the cookbook challenge?

This challenge is to complete an entire cookbook and my first book is The Pioneer Woman Cooks: The New Frontier – 112 Fantastic Favorites For Everyday Eating. For the rules and more information see the original post here.

To see every post in the cookbook challenge so far you can check it out here, or in the eat category under cookbook challenge one.

Taco-Stuffed Mini Peppers

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