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2012 Goal Review

HAPPY NEW YEAR FRIENDS! ❤ Here we are at the start of the New YEAR..YAY!! 2012 was not only the BEST year for me but also the FASTEST year ever to fly by. *Time FLYS when you’re having FUN!*

So even though I already posted my 2013 New Year’s Resolutions, I figured I would go back and see how 2012 was  for more inspiration in this upcoming year.

My goals for 2012 were:

*Love Family*-I believe I did a fairly good job expressing my love and admiration for my amazing and always loving and caring family, especially via social media, however I would like to write more notes, and send random cards and gifts of gratitude this year too just to show them how much they truly mean to me. ❤

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*Relax*-Relax….pfffff! This was most definitely easier said than done….but atleast I TRIED. I think it’s hard to relax with a new baby along with the fact that I am a complete worry-wart. But that’s ok, I think relaxing will be much easier this time around for sure now that I’ve a taste of parenthood as well as the experience of balancing it out with grad school.

*Life-long friends*-This is one I am SOOO HAPPY about! I can honestly say that in 2012 I made some awesome, amazing, wonderfully sweet life-long friends that I truly count on through thick and thin! ❤ I just LOVE how neat is it that certain people cross our paths in life and leave a lasting impression on us forever. These people are truly such blessings, I would seriously not know what to do without them! ❤ ❤

Love you Jenny & Betty!!

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*Shop smarter*– I think we totally rocked this one, we definitely got some great steals on baby items and learned how to not go over the top with baby purchases. I do still think we should focus on budgeting a bit more this year, which is why it’s part of my resolutions list of 2013.

*Enjoy/Embrace change*-This one I think I handled partially. I definitely learned to embrace the change from being a wife to a mommy…however I don’t think I’ve managed both equally. What I mean is, since the moment A was born I become completely immersed in being a mommy and have neglected being an awesome wifey as well. I think this year I need to also focus on making special date nights with the hubby too so that he doesn’t feel like I’ve abandoned him throughout this amazing yet exhausting and beautiful journey known as parenting.

*Live Fit*-I’m a health nut, while I’m not tracking calories on my calorie counter like I used to, I do believe I make good fit choices throughout the year. I do however feel I should continue this throughout the new year and expand my knowledge of what living fit for me is. There’s always room for improvement! 😉

*Smile more*-Of course I smiled more this year….along with bunches of laughs, and some tears throughout this new adventure in mommyhood. 🙂

*Be a good mom*-Whenever I was pregnant, people would tell me “OMG! You are going to be a GREAT mom!!” and I would think to myself….”how do they know this?!” “do I look like a great mom? What if I MESS UP?!?” I constantly worried about not being *good enough* and worried if my maternal instincts would really magically appear….and I’m not saying I deserve the *MOM OF THE YEAR* award, but I do think I’ve done a fairly awesome job at becoming a mommy! Plus, its only the BEST feeling in the world loving on this little adorable man!

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As far as my fitness goals:

*Eat more Veggies*-I ate a good amount of veggies but always feel there is no such thing as TOO MANY Veggies. So I’ll be definitely trying to incorporate more into my meals again this year.

*Focus on good food*-I would again classify this as eating clean or otherwise known as choosing healthy food options. Again, this is on my 2013 list of things to do. Yet again, there is always room for improvement!!

*Work it out*-I worked it out as often as possible……or so I believe. So maybe I could have done a few more miles here and there and taken a workout class more times that I did, BUT I struggled with the mommy-guilt of leaving my new sweet little blessing at home while I shaked my boo-tay. This year though, I plan on really getting into a workout routine since my little man is becoming more and more independent by the minute and I feel he and daddy are bonding more and more each day and can handle mommy doing her thang for 1 and half or so. 🙂

*Run a 5k*-This one I failed at completely. :-/ but that’s ok…it was a worthy goal but I was just simply too busy with school and mommyhood to really get into running again.

*Drink more water*-Throughout the year I drank and drank and drank water like it was going outta style, especially since everyone told me is was GREAT for my milk supply! 🙂 However lately, I’ve been slacking on the H2O and want to again focus on drinking plenty of it this year as well.

Looking back on my goals I have to say I’m pretty proud of all that I accomplished and feel that each year will bring on new challenges and hopefully new obstacles that I’ll proudly dominate! 😀 So CHEERS to 2013 my friends, lets make it the best one yet!! 😀

❤ Alicia

P.s. Don’t forget to get your READ ON and read to your sweet little ones!! I’ve already picked out a few awesome books for the upcoming weeks that I cannot wait to share with you! 😀 Can’t wait to hear what you’ve been reading to your babies as well! ❤

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Marvelous Monday

Today is not only a *Marvelous Monday* because we had an awesome weekend, but most importantly because it is CHRISTmas Eve! ❤ So I decided to participate in my sweet friend Katie’s MIMM, {for the first time!!}

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On Friday we hosted GAME NIGHT at our house and it was SUPER FUN! The babies got to play while us adults shared some great laughs while playing Pictionary. We also munched on some PIZZA….and someone else joined in on the fun as well…PIZZA

He totally LOVED it and kept grunting at us to give him more! 🙂

Since we stayed up til 3:30 AM (WHAT!?!…I know!!) We ended up having a LAZY Saturday and took a marvelous 2 hour nap!

We also received our lovely Christmas photos on Saturday and I LOVE THEM ALL! I’m finding it very hard to choice which one(s) to use for our holiday card this year..(YES! I’m behind sending out my cards this year but I couldn’t help it. Better late then never?! ;-))

This weekend I also got in a nice 3 mile run!! A FULL NONSTOP 3 miler!! 😀 I was very proud of myself because I haven’t ran that far in a while, since way before baby. I’m thinking about adding this to my New Year’s resolution so that I can start running again on a more regular basis. (I would love to run a 5 & 10K this upcoming year!)

Sunday I baked more cowboy cookies! Including a new-to-me recipe of Mexican Wedding Cookies that are full of powdery goodness 😉 cookies M

This weekend I also finished another DIY wreath! 😀 I had initially make this one…

wreathI wanted to add a personal touch to one so I decided to make this one:

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Though it may not be perfect, and I haven’t finished decorating it, I really like it and think it came our pretty darn cute if I say so myself!

Today we are going to just enjoy this MARVELOUS day with our sweet friends and this adorable little Santa baby…santa baby

Hope your Christmas Eve is MARVELOUS friends!! ❤ Alicia

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Liebster Award!

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This is my very *first* award and I cannot tell you how honored/excited/joyful I am about being nominated, it truly means a lot! Thank you Renee at Fit for Motherhood. ❤

The Liebster Award is an award given to up and coming bloggers who inspire you. The word Liebster is a German word and means Beloved, Dearest, or Favorite. This is such a sweet and loving award, and I am honored to be nominated!

Here is how it works:

  1. Write 11 random facts about yourself.
  2. Answer the 11 interview questions you’ve been given by the person who nominated you.
  3. Create 11 new questions.
  4. Nominate 11 bloggers and mention them in your post.
  5. Go and tell the person who nominated you, along with the people you’ve nominated about your post.

11 Random Facts About Me

1. I’m a total thrifter. I LOVE finding  unique, vintage looking things whether it be dishes or a cute top; I love the thrill of not knowing what I’m going to find and then finding something truly awesome.

2. I have a massive collection of pens; I have all colors and types and sadly I keep adding to the pile especially since every semester I get a new set for the new school year. I don’t count them or anything specific like that, I just absolutely adore a good pen that writes smoothly and has a nice comfy grip, and therefore I have a TON. I guess because I’m used to writing all the time I figure the pen better be comfy and cute.

3. Being pregnant helped me learn to love and truly appreciate my body. I’ve never in my life felt more beautiful than when I was pregnant; I seriously loved seeing my body change and learned to appreciate how wonderfully designed our bodies are.

4. I don’t like to drive; that doesn’t mean that I won’t drive, I just prefer not to. Ever since my cousin passed away in a car accident, I’ve always been spooked about the whole idea of driving and would rather avoid it at all cost.

5. I’m a bit OCD about nail polish colors, for instance, I cringe when I see hot pink toes in the middle of winter. I can’t help but think that the nail polish color should reflect the time of season. Maroons, greys, deep reds, browns should be used in the fall because they are fall colors, while pastels and subtle pinks should be used in the spring, with hot pinks & oranges and bright reds in the summer along and no color during the winter because no one sees your toes anyways. I know it’s weird but I just can’t help it..lol

6. I’m a DIYer, I love doing crafts and greatly enjoy getting craft ideas from Pinterest. I’m not saying I’m a pro-crafter, but I’ve just always been pretty crafty.

7. I’m not a big cereal eater and I don’t consider it a real breakfast. I think of it more as like a snack because I don’t think it’s filling like a real breakfast would/should be.

8. I have a complete love/hate relationship with running. I truly hate the thought of it; the anticipation before the run because is completely intimidating but the post run feeling is amazing and afterwards I feel I can conquer the world very time.

9. I LOVE the smell of crayons; it feels me with memories of childhood and the great joy that I had in school. Which is why I want to be a teacher so that I can help students fall in love with learning.

10. If I wasn’t a teacher, I would love to be a fitness trainer/nutritionist because of my passion for health and fitness. I would love to help others attain a fit and healthy lifestyle.

11. I have absolutely no patience for computers and technology, thankfully the lovely man I married is a technology connoisseur and computer specialist. 😉

Questions for me by Fit for Motherhood:

  1. What is your favorite breakfast? My favorite everyday breakfast is any type of egg scramble with toast. My favorite indulgent breakfast would have to be: PANCAKES!
  2. Do you prefer to workout at home or at the gym? Prior to baby I would have said the gym only, but now that I’m a mommy it’s more convenient at this time for me to workout at home, so at home it is…for now! 🙂
  3. What would your last meal be? PIZZA!!!
  4. What is your favorite Christmas/holiday tradition? Baking & decorating cookies…of course eating them!!
  5. Are you an early bird or a night owl? Both, I fluctuate between the two.
  6. If you won the mega millions lottery what would be your first purchase? A home close to family in Texas. 
  7. How would your friends describe you in three words? Kind, Compassionate, Sweet
  8. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? Fiji 😀
  9. Do you own any pets? Why or why not? Yes, a cat and a dog. I feel that they are the perfect companions in life because they brighten your day and simply make life fun.
  10. If you could be anything in the world what would it be? I wish I could be in charge of the Department of Education so that I could change the dynamics of our current education system.
  11. What made you decide to start blogging? The desire to fullfill my joy of writing (particularly about becoming a new mommy) along with the opportunity to let my voice be heard and of course the ability to connect with awesome people around the world who share similar interests of mine.

Questions for My Nominees:

1. What is your favorite type of workout?

2. Who inspires you?

3. Twitter or Instagram?

4. How do you feel about your hair?

5. Do you watch college or pro football? If so, who’s your favorite team?

6. What is your favorite quote/saying?

7. Where is your favorite place to shop?

8. Have you/would you ever go skydiving?

9. Are you addicted to Pinterest, if so what are your favorite things to pin?

10. Would you ever be on a reality t.v. show?

11. What made you start blogging?

My Nominations:

1. Life After Swimming

2. Life A La Wife

3. Balanced Healthy Life

4. Making Good Choices

5. Life Half Full

6. Food in Real Life

7. A Healthy Slice of Life

8. Shanna Like Banana

9. Food Fitness and Family

10. Char Eats Greens

11. Tales of the Domestic Mama

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Lovely Holidays

Hey there! Hope you are all having a great Friday!! Can you believe 2012 is just around the corner? My how time has flown by!! 😀 I’ve totally continued to relax during these lovely holidays. We usually visit the family in Texas and are always  super busy spending time between each of our families. This is the first year where we’ve stayed home and relaxed throughout the holiday festivities. While we greatly LOVE our families, we are slowly adjusting to the new changes that our little family has began to pursue.

One thing that we’ve greatly enjoyed lately is spending time with *GREAT FRIENDS* 🙂 Being a military family is difficult and one of the hardest parts is getting to know other families. We’ve fortunately been blessed to have met a fabulous couple who very familiar with this lifestyle and are also pregnant with their first little one as well! 😀 This whole experience has been soooo much easier thanks to the fact that her and I can share our experiences throughout this wonderful journey. ❤

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{I feel that this is SOO true and often think how amazing it is that God allows such friendship paths to cross. ❤ }

Last night we had a game night with them and ended up laughing and playing various board and card games until 3:00 in the morning!! 😀 Talk about CRAZYYY! Haha! We know we won’t be doing this much in the future so we’re taking advantage of a little silliness while we can! 😉 Gotta live it up!

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What’s your favorite board game?

Mine is definitely a tie between Taboo & Apples to Apples.

After staying up WAY past our bedtime, we totally felt like zombies today and wanted to do a whole lot of this:

SLEEP!!  😀

Along with all of the RELAXING hubby and I have been doing, we’ve also been getting in some sweet workouts thanks to gift to ourselves: a TREADMILL!!!

The treadmill + my kindle = the PERFECT relaxation combo ❤

Along with getting my workout on, I’ve been reading a lot and I finished reading Little Earthquakes.

Loved it! Now I’m debating between Water for Elephants and Something Borrowed.

Got any great reading suggestions??

To accompany our great workouts, we been fueling up on some good eats and drinks. We’ve gotten to experiment more with our Vitamix and I made a fabulous GREEN SMOOTHIE! It was my first and I was pleasantly surprised by how DELICIOUS it was!!

{I LOVEEED the color!! and all the frothy bubbles!}

{This lovely Green smoothie had: Almond milk, a banana, a handful of Spinach, a spoonful of almond butter and 2 tbsp of chia seeds.} Surprisingly even hubby LOVED it! 😀 *insert happy dance here* 🙂 We will definitely be making more of these lovelies in the future. 😉

I love smoothies, but finding the perfect combo can be kinda tricky, so I’m always looking for  new smoothie recipes and blending tips.

Though I haven’t created a list of New Year’s resolutions yet, I do have some ideas in mind and I will most likely be creating an inspiration board (thanks to the Fitnessista) as a reminder and motivator throughout the new year.

What are some of your resolutions??

What plans do you have for New Year’s Eve?? We will likey be hanging out with those fab friends of ours that I mentioned earlier 🙂 Great Food + Fab Friends= LOTS of FUN!!

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas; ours was very sweet and we are totally looking forward to the arrival of our most favorite gift sometime around February (God willing)!! 😀

-<3-

Alicia

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