Monthly goals

Hello, October! My September was packed with good stuff and busy life stuff - a trip to California, a surprise birthday weekend for Chris in Tucson, lots of solo daycare drop offs/pick ups and some evenings too. Plus I've been busy with Girl Next Door Podcast stuff. This year Chris took on a leadership position within his school which he has been loving. But it's definitely made our lives feel busier. Chris used to be able to work from home one or two days each week. While he was home, he would always get a chore done around the house,... Read more →


I had this post nearly ready to go when we left for Austin but never made time to post it. I'm taking that as a sign of a great and full trip. Friends! Despite temperatures near or above ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY degrees I have not melted! Surely if I have not packed my family and moved by this point I have made significant progress on embracing summers in the desert and finding the hygge in summer. July is the halfway point through the year which brings to mind my 2017 intention of choose. I said I wanted to choose... Read more →


Hello, June! Over the past two weeks we've gone swimming SIX times. So I'd say we're in summer mode. Now that I have my summer hygge plan I'm feeling pretty welcoming towards summer. Chris's schedule has become significantly less demanding and that makes everything feel easier. Perhaps the only drawback is that I'm pretty busy at work during the summer. It's harder to stay motivated about work when Chris is able to relax more! This month my Get To Work Book ends and I need to buy another - my third! This one will take me through June 2018 which... Read more →


I love noting the four seasons throughout the year, and perhaps even more so as I get older. And while technically the first day of summer comes to Arizona on the same day it does to the rest of the northern hemisphere it always seems to be very summery by late June. Which all means that May is when I need to start gearing up for the HEAT and SUN of summer. Last summer was my most enjoyable Arizona summer yet. I think I'm finally figuring out how to embrace the summer heat. Frose helps. As does remembering that it... Read more →


Each month, Chris and I budget $100 each to spend as "personal allowance." This includes eating out/coffee/activities we do separately (we have a joint family allowance budget of $150 as well) and purchases that are that wants and not needs. To keep ourselves accountable, we use Mint to monitor our spending. As an extra layer of accountability, I am sharing what I spent my personal allowance on each month and whether I stayed within budget. Check out previous months here. After Chris and I both did a great job in January of staying within our personal allowance budgets we decreased... Read more →