2014 in review and some goals for 2015

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

these posts kinda scare me because I'm always worried I'll forget something significant. Wish me luck. (picture HEAVY!)

The year started with a whirlwind. We moved into our new home and started renovations. I participated in the moving much more than in the renovating piece. There's still lots we want to do, but so far, we're pretty happy with how things are coming along :)



Note: I do NOT recommend attempting living without a kitchen for 2 months while trying to parent a 9 month old. It's NOT pretty or fun. At all. You WILL question your sanity. Every. Day. You've been warned.

In the midst of moving and renos we took a vacation to Mexico with my bro and his girlfriend. The trip was scheduled prior to us buying the house but turned out to be a much needed break to the kitchen-free living.

Surprisingly, travelling with a 10 month old went over fairly well. Props to mini-me for that one.

My step-brother got married in Feb and mini-me was one of the flower girls!! She also just happened to get horribly ill the night before the wedding resulting in our first family trip to the ER. Thankfully, she pulled it together in time for the big show!

I started this blog in March 2014 in hopes of quickly reforming my yoga pants wearing ways. I never imagined meeting so many amazing bloggers from all over the world, some I'm very happy to consider friends.

In April 2014, our sweet mini-me turned 1 and it was also the same month I returned to work following my year maternity leave.

May 2014 brought my first weekend away from my little monkey. It was an amazing and much needed girls weekend with one of my bestest friends.

The summer kind of flew by. I'm sure a lot happened but it's all kind of a blur now.

I entered the Face of Pink Ink contest... and WON! I have intended to write lots about this but never got around to it. Long and short of it is this: Pink Ink is run by Jen and Rita. They are style and image consultants. They do hair, makeup, workshops, help women with self-esteem, and TONS more (I'm not doing them justice, check out their website for more details). They also have their own makeup line which I'm kind of obsessed with. ANYWAYS, each year they have a contest which my girlfriend and I entered because we wanted to make a girl's day/night of it. We had our hair and makeup done and a mini-photoshoots. It was a super fun day and we then had a wonderfully fun night out(albeit the next day wasn't super enjoyable if ya know what I mean).

Fast-forward a few months later, and guess who is one of the new faces of Pink Ink for the year?! Me!! It's been a fun ride - fashion shows, photoshoots, and being thrown totally out of my comfort zone. I've also met some super amazing ladies and have participated in things I would have otherwise not been a part of. Yay for branching out.


I discovered Jamberry. I parent, work full-time and just generally have tons on my plate BUT once I tried Jamberry I was hooked. It's my new little side business and I hope to share it with even more people in 2015! PLUS, I have pretty nails ALL the time. Love it.

My brother got engaged!! I also just happen to LOVE his fiance, so bonus for me :) Oh AND they asked mini-me AND I to be in the wedding!!! Stay turned - the date is set for Aug 2015!

What else?!

Mr. B and I had our first nights away from mini-me. One for a wedding and one just a night away. Both were amazing and mini-me was a little angel for grandma (thank goodness). We NEED to do this more next year!

Mini-me has gone through so many stages and changes. Sleeping, not sleeping, sleeping again. Crawling to walking to running and dancing and singing. She's pretty much talking full sentences at 20 months and just tonight pooped in the potty for the 2nd time. She's literally changing by the day. She's also turning into the sweetest and most amazing little girl.

I'm SURE I'm forgetting something, someone.... important.

I do have a few regrets. There are some friends I don't feel like I saw enough of, some people I didn't keep in good enough touch with. I may have to add this to my 'to-do' for next year.

I fell, HARD, off the workout wagon in the late fall... the results of which are starting to show.

Alright, the fun part... the RESOLUTIONS!!!!!!!!!

I have put a lot of thought into this, because I don't want to do the same thing I do EVERY year. Say a bunch of stuff and then forget about it tomorrow. I'm looking at it more as Goal Setting for the year.

  • write more meaningful blog posts - I wrote about this in my slump post, but for real, I want to write more stuff that means more to me. Not writing just to fill up posts. I'm open to ideas too so if there's something you're dying to read about, let me know!
  • do yoga - I used to do a lot of yoga but that's another wagon I've fallen hard off of. I also remember when I was doing lots of yoga, I felt much calmer and happier. I think I need yoga back in my life this year.
  • cook/bake more - being so busy means finding short cuts. I try and prep food stuff for the  week on the weekends (and when I don't, we end up eating takeout or really quick, low prep meals). Here's the thing, as much as I need food prep to be fast and efficient, I truly miss spending time in the kitchen. The only thing I need is someone to clean up my mess... any takers?
  • schedule more dates - with my husband, with my friends, with my daughter. I want to be more deliberate about the time I spend with people. Mr. B and I SERIOUSLY do not see each other, alone, enough. Same with some of my friends... thankfully, I have amazing friends so no matter how long the space is between our 'dates', it's like we just  hung out yesterday. Regardless, I need more dates with the people who are important to me, it just makes me happy.
  • read a book - one of my blog friends, Carrie, recently posted about the books she's read over the last year. I was rather embarrassed to think about the books I've read. Ummmmmmmmm I think I might have read one. ONE! I like reading, there are books I want to read but I just never do it. I want to read a book. I'm not setting my sights too high on this one, because I am busy BUT, so help me, I will read at least one flipping book this year JUST FOR ME!
  • I'd love to get back to the gym, be healthier, eat better, laugh and love more and a ton of other things. I hope to do those too but I'll keep this short for now (plus, how much failure do I really want to set myself up for? lol).
I'll even attempt to check back on my goals throughout the year in an attempt to keep myself somewhat accountable. You with me?

Do you have any resolutions or goals for 2015???? I'd love for you to share!!!

Generally, it's been a pretty awesome year. It's gone by too fast but I'm looking forward for whatever 2015 has in store for us. Stay tuned...

Wishing you ALL of the very best this upcoming year!


  1. I'm obvi partying hard over here lol But I love this! I have a few goals set, one being blogging more! So far I started ahead of time and hopefully I continue the momentum! Otherwisr, lots of family time, Bikram yoga, generally livung and loving! Happy New Year, love!

    1. lol!
      Yes, I will be looking for more blog posts from you :)

  2. I was laughing when I saw you mentioned me! haha!! Now I feel bad for complaining about only reading 13 books ;) I think you should set a goal to read a few books this year... or whatever you think you can actually do! I am so glad you started selling Jamberry nails, I have loved doing mine. And, wow. I am in awe about the whole Face of Pink Ink contest, that is so amazing... wow, you go!! How did you find out about them or did they contact you? Your daughter is beautiful and wow the ER visit the night before being a FG sounds like something that would happen to me! My daughter is a FG this Saturday and I am keeping my fingers crossed her asthma stays under control, I spent a lot of money on that dress! ;)

    1. lol well you inspired me!
      I'm glad you've enjoyed doing your nails! It's so simple but always makes me feel nice having my nails done.
      I found out about Pink Ink through a friend who invited me to a workshop they were hosting (Diva on a Dollar) and the rest is history lol

  3. I think reading books to mini-me counts as reading books! So I bet you have read more books than you originally thought. Love this post, with all of the great pictures. Happy New Year, sweet friend!

    1. lol well if that's the case then I've read a TON this year!

  4. I didn't realize you started your blog in 2014! I thought you had been doing it for much longer for some reason! Time flies when you're having fun I guess ;)
    What an amazing year 2014 has been for you! Loving the recap! I still need to do mine.
    LOVE your goals! I think I read one book in Mia's first year of life. It's so had to find the time to read a book (especially for me because I neglect everrrrrrything until I finish the book) when trying to figure out a new routine PLUS take care of everything on your to-do list (plus blogging!)
    Dates! I'm so with you on that one! I want to be more intentional with the time I spend with others as well!

    1. yes mam! Newbie in March 2014! Hopefully it's a good thing that it feels like I've been around forever.
      Yes, reading gets lost!
      Good luck with the dates - I'm hoping that's one goal I can accomplish!!

  5. You had an amazing year! Congrats on the Face of Pink Ink! My resolutions are to be more balanced and present. I really need to break it down into something more specific though. I take a yoga class once a week and always feel amazing afterwards. My favorite photo from this post is Mini-Me in her fur vest! Adorable! Happy New Year!

    Doused In Pink

    1. thanks Jill!
      Being balanced and present are AMAZING goals!!! I need to work on that too!
      and yay yoga!

  6. LOVE your cabinets! But I think I love that full length black lace dress more. Seriously. The back is so sexy! I love being in the kitchen as well - like you we do a lot on the weekend. Deena is amazing at meal planning and I try to follow her lead and plan everything (including purchasing groceries for the week) on the weekend. I have a ways to go to get as good as her :-)

    1. thanks Jordan, we had such a hard time deciding on cabinet color! White can be tricky with kids lol
      I know, that black lace dress was so fun to wear! I kind of want it, but where would I wear it?!
      I'll need to get some meal-planning tips from Deena!

  7. What a fabulous year you had!! Beautiful kitchen! And the being the Face of Pink Ink is awesome!! How much fun! Great resolutions...I didn't read too much this year either! I had plans on reading three books while I was off for the holidays and that so did not happen!! Look forward to keeping up with you in 2015! Happy New Year!!

    1. It was a great year!!
      Looking forward to keeping up with you in 2015 too!

  8. What a fun year! Not surprised you were chosen, because you're beautiful both inside and out. You have such a lovely family, and I can't wait to see what the coming year holds for you. BTW, your new kitchen is gorgeous!

  9. What a great year in review, and it sounds like this year is shaping up to be fun too! I definitely agree with needing more date nights!!!

    1. more dates seem to be the general consensus! it's a good goal to have!

  10. That sounds/looks like a FANTASTIC year! I hope your 2015 is just as FANTASTIC.

    1. it was an awesome year!! wishing you the best in 2015 too!


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