March Goals

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Today, I’m writing you while still high on a weekend with friends. Entertaining in our home is one of my favorite things and when I genuinely connect with my guests over a beer and good food,  I get the feel-goods. Last night, the conversations went from the light hearted, like chin hairs, to deeper Mama-advice-needed, like how best to deal with a rebellious child. I realized somewhere between my second helping of BBQ meatballs and chatting about shower-spying husbands, that I had built my very own Mama tribe here in this town. When we first moved here, we were very much isolated and alone, but over the past few years, we’ve build friendships that are growing and making this desert feel more like home. Promising to make our visit a monthly event, I added it to my goals for the month alongside a date night with husband.

February saw lots of goal progress, but also setbacks that only a traveling cold could bring. The germs visited each one of us this month bringing snotty coughs, sore throats, and two empty bottles of children’s Motrin. Never one to be defeated, I still tackled my list as best as I could. Reflecting on my goals for February below:

BLOGGING GOALS FOR FEBRUARY

  • Make a blog binder: This never got done but time is a-tickin’ and I need to make sure I buckle down this month to get it together.
  • Update my resume: Done.
  • Gain 30 Bloglovin’ subscribers: I gained four. A far cry from 30, but progress nonetheless.
  • Vlog three times: I did not get this done, though I did start recording a day in my life vlog, but since I have been sick this month, I nixed it. I’ll try this again in March.
  • Increase my Facebook shares: I’ve set up some fun Facebook shares for March and have definitely been sharing more on that outlet. Be sure to go like Our Holly Days on FB if you haven’t yet!

PERSONAL GOALS FOR FEBRUARY

  • Lose 10 pounds with Medifast: I’m down a total of 10 pounds.
  • Complete a 7 minute workout 3 times weekly: I didn’t do this as consistently as I wanted to, but I’m still committed to it!
  • Map out my daily schedule: I did not end up doing this. My cold got me down and then I played catch up for most of the month. I’m going to give it another go in March, though.
  • Use my DSLR: I did pick it up a few times, but I also want to do more of this.

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FAMILY GOALS FOR FEBRUARY

  • Finish Aiden’s bedroom: We made tons of progress this month, but we were unable to totally finish it. We still need to get him a dresser and a few small accessories, but he’s officially sleeping in it!
  • Go on a family Valentine’s date: We took the kids and Jacob’s parents to Freddy’s on a Valentine date and had a fun evening together as a family. The boys are still talking about ti and want to go back for more ice cream.
  • Enjoy each other: We definitely enjoyed our family time…though it was in between us all catching cold. Ha!

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March brings with it a new set of goals to keep me motivated and making continuous progress in the three areas of my life that I share with you friends. This month, I’m hoping to focus on time management, celebrating our children’s dedication, and creating lots of new content here while the boys are off with their other parents.

BLOGGING GOALS FOR MARCH

  • Vlog twice: I receive such positive feedback on my vlogs which is just fuel for my fire. I’m hoping to bring at least two this month to OHD.
  • Design my resume: Last month, I updated my resume with my professional experience and updated it. However, I want to design a visually appealing resume that will make me stand out in the virtual world.
  • Create high quality content: I have a vision for each and every post I share, but often have a hard time translating it into photos. Since both boys will be visiting their other parents this month off and on, I’d like to spend that extra time buckling down to hone my craft.
  • Make a blog binder: Time to get this done.

PERSONAL GOALS FOR MARCH

  • Manage my time: I’d like to create a daily schedule with business hours that I can follow. I’m hoping this will help bring better harmony to my home since it’s also where I work.
  • Have a Mama tribe date: I enjoy time with my fellow Mom friends and always leave them feeling renewed and with a heightened sense of knowing I’m not alone in my motherhood struggles and triumphs.
  • Lose another 10 pounds with Medifast: I want to hit March strong!
  • Continue seven minute workouts three times weekly: When I did my workouts, I felt like a champ. I want to make this more regular in my life until I form a habit.

FAMILY GOALS FOR MARCH

  • Celebrate Collin, Aiden, and Evelyn’s dedication: All three of our children are being dedicated at our church this month. This is an event that is bringing our families together in a positive way and uniting us all in our giant blended family.
  • Take the girls on a date: Jacob, Evelyn, and I will be visiting the girls this month and want to take them out on a special date. They have a few gift certificates from Christmas that they haven’t been able to use yet, which is the perfect excuse to take them on a shopping date.

Do you set family goals each month? What are some of your dreams this month? What do you want to accomplish? Let’s talk goals in the comments below.

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I had a rough week staying on track, but I did still lose one pound, which I’m counting as a victory. The beginning of a new month is around the bend and I know I’ll greet it with renewed motivation and excitement.

A friend of mine invited me to visit the farmer’s market in a neighboring town where she usually sells her bath and beauty products. On this particular week, she opted not to set up a booth and instead showed me the ropes, which I’m grateful for. I feel strongly about supporting local businesses and I was able to stock up on some healthy snacks, fresh fruit, and handmade bread while I was there. I think this will be a helpful tool in ensuring I continue to buy healthy food to keep in my house. While I have my Medifast menu each day, it is sometimes hard to keep on track when I’m tempted by my family’s snacks. It seems only natural then, that I should make sure they’re eating healthier options….and that I toss out the rest of the Valentine’s candy.

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I picked up a couple different flavors of hummus while visiting the farmer’s market and discovered a new snack that’s a better option for the kids and myself. They had a wide variety that I’m looking forward to trying each week as I start to transition fresh, healthier foods into our home as a whole.

Jacob and I also decided to give Whole 30 a shot starting in March. I’ll be sticking to my Medifast food, but making sure the rest of the family is eating according to the plan as well as creating our family dinners around it. It’s going to be an exploratory food month for all my kids, which should prove interesting.

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White Chicken Chili, a Comforting Winter Meal #WaysToWOW

This post was brought to you by the makers of Fancy Feast. I received compensation to write this post through the Fancy Feast Broths with Chicken program. All opinions expressed are my own.

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This winter, the desert just doesn’t seem to want to make it’s mind up about the weather. Last week, we were all in shorts and tees. This week, we welcomed a rain shower that our dry soil desperately needed and that had us digging out our warmest sweaters, lap blankets, and slow cookers, that we thought were packed away until late November, when desert folk like us finally get cold enough weather that requires such things.

Hearty soups, roasts, and chili simmering away in my slow cooker all day are a winter staple for my family and me. There is something special about the scent of spices and fresh meat wafting through the air; even the animals sniff up into the air occasionally with hopes of leftovers poured over their food or better yet, a sloppy baby making a mess of her serving on the floor. This white chicken chili recipe gives exactly that experience and when dinner time finally arrives after teasing you all day with it’s aroma, it doesn’t disappoint.

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White Chicken Chili
 
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 can chicken broth (14.5 ounce)
  • 1 can chopped green chiles (4 ounce)
  • 1 can white corn, drained (15 ounce)
  • 2 cans white beans (15.5 ounce)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bullion
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • ½ teaspoon season salt
  • ½ cup sour cream

Instructions
  1. Place chicken breasts in bottom of slow cooker and add chili powder, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, chicken broth, green chiles, corn, and beans.
  2. Cook on high for 4-5 hours.
  3. One hour prior to serving, melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  4. Whisk in flour and allow to brown and bubble for a minute or so.
  5. Gradually whisk in milk and bullion.
  6. Allow sauce to simmer for 4-5 minutes until thick and add salt and pepper.
  7. Transfer sauce to slow cooker and stir well.
  8. Add sour cream to slow cooker and stir until all ingredients are mixed.
  9. Remove chicken breasts and shred in a mixer or by hand with two forks and return to slow cooker.
  10. Allow to cook on low for about one more hour before serving.

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