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This and That Thursday

Hello and happy Thursday….Did you know Thursday is my favorite day of the week? It’s a great day to be productive, but I like knowing that the weekend is thisclose while wrapping up my work week.

I’ve been back to work since Monday, but the kids start back to school today. It was actually nice having these few extra days off for them as we could really use the extra time to ease back into reality.

Today I’m sharing a few odds and ends about what’s been going on.


I decided to try a new blog idea for January – A sentence a day. I’ve seen Joanne share her monthly posts, and I thought it would fun to capture the “little” things of each day. That being said, I’ve had to set a reminder on my phone to add to the post each day. Kind of like those “day in the life” posts…It’s easier said than done!

Fresh Start to the New Year:

January 1st started off lazily for me, but then I kicked it into high gear putting up all of the Christmas decorations. (Travis helped too!)

The only sign of Christmas left in the house is my favorite pencil tree that’s in our bedroom. If you remember, this guy (girl?) started out in the sun room on Election Day, and then I moved it to our bedroom. It still brings me joy, so I think I will leave it up until around my birthday (January 14th)

Then, I put the house back to “normal” the next day.

I always get a bit anxious trying to remember where things usually go…but then I also like to move items around. Once everything is back in place, I feel better! (which I know sounds silly) I made a trip to Target for a few organizational tubs, and ended up buying this tray for our coffee table. I actually purchased it for the kitchen island, but I knew if I didn’t like it there, it would look great on the coffee table.

So, I played “musical decor” and put the metal tray that was on the table on the island. So, it all worked out.

On Sunday, I finished getting organized by purging the pantry, the spices, the fridge, and the freezer. I even took the time to wipe down the shelves in the fridge.

Do you know what I still haven’t tackled? My closet. Womp. Womp. That’s been my goal for over a month…I will get to it…eventually.


All that hard work of purging and organizing meant I should treat myself to a manicure. I haven’t had a manicure in a salon for close to a year. Hadley received a gift card to our favorite place, so we went there to get manicures. I got a gel manicure while Hadley got a regular one.

Back to School Pod Skate:

To kick off the new semester, my friend (who runs the kids’ school pod) rented out the local skating rink for just our pod kids on Monday afternoon. It was so much fun…for Hadley…and me…but not so much for Hayden. He tried and he tried, but he could barely keep his feet under him. ๐Ÿ˜‚

I skated as well as a couple of other parents too. It was so fun to have the place to ourselves, and there was no keeping us 80s kids off the rink! My kids were impressed with my skating skills, and I was happy to not be sore the next day!

Favorite Apps:

Over the holidays, I discovered this Shop app. I guess it’s synced up with your email and orders because it stores all orders in one place. That way, the tracking info on orders and status updates are all in one place. It came in so handy with Amazon, Etsy and other orders throughout the holidays.

I’ve used MyFitnessPal to track calories and macros for a few years. I haven’t used it much lately, so that’s a 2021 goal for me. I’m back to tracking everything I eat which has actually provided a great reset for me mentally and physically.

Speaking of tracking…I need to drink more water. Since working at home, my coffee drinking tends to linger until 11:00 or so. I always drink water while working out (and after), but I definitely need to drink more. This app has been perfect for tracking the ounces of water per day that I drink.


I’ve mentioned before that I recently subscribed to the Beach Body On Demand app/program. I’ve done 21 Day Fix before, and have turned back to those DVDs throughout the years. Post-surgery, I decided to ease back into working out with 21 Day Fix “Real Time,” on the app since I was familiar with 21 DF. So, leading up to Christmas, I completed that program. With the new year, I’ve now transitioned to 21 Day Fix Extreme and have committed to getting my workouts in most mornings.

When working out, I’ve been the most successful when I work out in the morning. With Covid and being home, I still did an ok job working out, but often times I would bump it to later in the day …or not at all. Now, since I’m still home this is super convenient, and I’m going to take advantage of completing a 30 minute workout at 7:00 am rather than 5:30 AM when I’m in a normal going to school groove. I love that I can just use the app on our basement tv where I have my workout weights, mat, and bands.

I’m really enjoying these programs so far, and there are many other ones to choose from after I complete 21 DF Extreme.


After reading all the light hearted Christmas books in December, I was ready to read something a little heavier. Well, American Dirt is A LOT heavier, but I can’t put it down. I’m reading it on my Kindle while reading Make Life Beautiful in hardback. My mom got it for me for Christmas.


Travis and I just finished watching season 3 of Ozark. Holy moly can that show be intense. I’ve balanced watching that show with more light hearted ones like Dream Home Makeover and Magnolia Table. Hadley started watching On Pointe on Disney +, and I’ve been watching it with her. It’s so interesting and inspiring to watch these dancers at SAB (School of American Ballet).

So, that’s a little bit of what’s been going on around here! See you back here tomorrow for the first Friday Favorites of 2021.

Take care,

4 thoughts on “This and That Thursday

  1. Love this post!
    I love that tray and Iโ€™m a sucker for trays.
    What color sweater is that you wore to skate in?
    Love it!
    I love roller and ice skating but I bet I would be so sore the next day.
    I continue to be impressed by your pod!
    Iโ€™m glad you like American Dirt!
    Working out first thing is my goal and sets the tone for the whole day.


  2. I just heard about Dream Home Makeover so I am keen to check that out.
    The skating rink looks like so much fun! We can go outdoor ice skating here but then I realized my younger son doesn’t have skates or a helmet so we can’t go until we can pick up those things.

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  3. Is that the Amazon sweater that you are skating in? I love it! We are headed back into hybrid and I need to start getting up earlier to get my workout in. I agree that mornings are just easier to get it done. I love the Shop app. It’s so helpful! Have a great day!

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