My 2014 Bucket List

1. Lose at least 50lbs
2. Complete 3 5K’s
3. Send more cards/letters to friends through snail mail
4. Try at least 1 new recipe from my collection of cook books each month
5. Plant new plants in the garden (I’m thinking carrots, potatoes, horse radish, more herbs and greens)
6. Keep my flower beds more weed free!
7. Keep a cleaner house
8. Write at least one blog post a week (52 posts for 2014…seems pretty do-able)
9. Complete the 52 Week Money Challenge (Image here)
10. Spend less on groceries
11. Redo the master bedroom
12. Put more heart into my job
13. Take more photos for fun!

Lucky number 13 is a good place to stop for my 2014 bucket list…at least for now! I’m sure I will keep adding to this as the year goes on, but I really think this is a good start. A mix of things to do, even if some are just little things. Here’s to a great 2014! If you have goals or a bucket list, link below in the comments…I would love to hear them!

The Country Wife

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

So after a few days of family time, presents and Christmas blessings I can’t believe that 2013 is coming to a close soon! With the new year comes new goals and New Years Resolutions….Did you know that on average only 8% of people actually keep and reach their resolutions each year?! That’s crazy to think about, but I am not shocked. Each year I make goals for the new year but its not often that I actually stick to them each year.

Thinking back to last year I’m sure I was like many people and vowed to lose weight and eat healthy. I probably said I was going to blog more too…yea, that was kind of a miss! But I am happy to report that I lost about 40lbs over the course of 2013! Its not much, but was a good start on my road to getting healthier. I can also say that this year will include more fitness and health goals, but instead of making specific resolutions I’m going to make a 2013 Bucket List! Cheesy? Maybe…Unique? Probably Not…What I think will help me have a great 2014?? ABSOLUTELY!

I have 6 days to come up with the start of my bucket list for 2014, but plan to continuously add to it as the year goes on. Right now I know things that will be included are:

1. Lose at least 50lbs
2. Complete 3 5K’s
3. Send more cards/letters to friends through snail mail
4. Try at least 1 new recipe from my collection of cook books each month
5. Plant new plants in the garden
6. Keep my flower beds more weed free!
7. Keep a cleaner house
8. Write at least one blog post a week (52 posts for 2014)

I’m sure I will be adding a lot more items to this, but I think its a great start! I hope each and every one of you had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed the holiday season! I look forward to a great 2014!

The Country Wife

2012 Time Capsule

Recently I started following The Daily Post on WordPress, which gives daily prompts to write about on your blog. There have been some great ideas but until I got this one this morning I hadn’t actually thought about writing a post based on it. Today’s prompt was “Time Capsule” – what would I put in a 2012 time capsule? At first, a few ideas started coming right away to me, like one of our wedding programs/invites, a picture of our family, something from the presidential election, maybe something that shows the technology of 2012…but then I thought there needs to be more; something more fun!
So after careful thinking below is what I would place in a time capsule and why…

1. Wedding Invite – Just something exciting from 2012!
2. Magazine – One that would show style and fashion today.
3. CD – They probably won’t have these in a decade or two.
4. 2012 Calendar – Just a general thing
5. News article from election – I didn’t save any newspapers from when Obama was re-elected, and even though I didn’t vote for him, I do admit this was a pretty big thing for the US.
6. Tupperware Keychain – I sell it and who knows how much things will change by the time someone opens it!
7. Newspaper from Today – Another thing that may not be around in a decade or two.
8. Mini-Tractor – A symbol of our life as farmers.
9. Penny and Dollar Bill – I feel like these are both something else that could be non existent in a few decades! Besides maybe the person who digs it up would get rich finding money from 2012 😉
10. Special Note – Would write something down for whoever finds our little time capsule. Just talking about who we are and what we do.

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Now the final question is what the heck would I do with it?! Bury it in the yard (no one may ever find it)? Shove it in the back of our closet? Place it in the attic? Where would you put your time capsule??

The Country Wife

Clean Eating Challenge – Day #1

Happy Monday! Ok, maybe not so happy; its rainy and gloomy is southwest Ohio today. Regardless, we must start a new week and I’m trying to my best to start a good note. Starting today I am taking part of a Clean Eating Challenge…and no that doesn’t mean I am washing my food with soap and water! The goal is to eat less processed foods and fuel your body with natural options. Now, if you know me, you know we didn’t grow up eating organic food or salads for every meal or things deemed “Natural”. But as I look at things we ate growing up, many probably classified as natural because they came from the farm; like fresh garden veggies or home raised meat. As I start my challenge this week I am beginning to explore some new foods as well as working in those comfort foods from my youth.

I started my day off with a Jimmie Dean Delights French Toast Breakfast Sandwich; while not 100% clean, it was turkey sausage and was also in my freezer and I’m not about to let my hard earned money go to waste! My lunch was much better and I had a grilled chicken tender with quinoa, greek yogurt and an orange. If you haven’t tried quinoa, DO! I think its a perfect replacement for rice and doesn’t give you such a bloated feeling but more of a full feeling after eating it. Supper time came and much to K’s dismay, I made turkey burgers with some roasted veggies and quinoa. Ok, well I actually let him make regular hamburgers for himself…and he put left over sausage gravy on his roasted veggies. He doesn’t dislike this food, but he says, “Its no steak and potatoes!” I agree its not the same as a great, juicy, grilled t-bone, but for an everyday meal it isn’t bad.

Last night I stocked up at the store and honestly I’m kind of excited for our clean eating challenge! This challenge is like entering to the unknown but knowing that something good will come from it. every great journey begins with the first step! Hopefully ya’ll enjoy hearing and learning about my journey. If you want to know more about the challenge comment or message me and I can get you more info!
 
The Country Wife

High Five for Friday

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TGIF!! Was it me or did this week seem like it took forever to get to Friday?! It was a fairly productive week at work and at home but it took longer than I would like. Yea, yea, I know it sounds crazy since every week is the same amount of time but I’m telling ya this one seemed longer. I’m really excited for this weekend because I am headed north to spend some time with my momma and god mother.
We are going to be sewing a rag snowman quilt at this awesome little quilt shop, Little Touch of Heaven. The owner of the shop is the mother of a girl I grew up with in 4-H. She started this shop after her daughter and father passed away. She realized that quilting was her was of coping with these tragedies and wanted to share this passion with others. If you are ever in Wayne, Ohio be sure to stop and check out this shop. It has been a place where my family has been to many times…and spent lots of money!
Anyways, below is a quick recap of my highs for the week! Enjoy 🙂

1. Success At Work – This week I was proud of myself for tackling a program at work and finally being able to run analysis on my own. Thankfully my boss was also pleasantly surprised with this too!

2. Harvest- Like I said in my earlier post; I love harvest! I think its a wonderful way to connect with family and work together for a common goal. I love that I am getting to share in this more with my new family and hope that I can contribute a little more in the future!

3. Trash – This week, after a productive start to my week at work, I wanted to bring that energy home. I did and successfully burned 3 loads of “junk” from our basement. Most of it was stuff from the previous owner, stuff the dog tore up and old/holey clothing. In my head I was thinking I should save the old clothes and do something with them (stuff a dog bed?) but I decided to just get rid of them. It was the right decision and made me feel better!

4. Feng Shui – So I don’t know the technical details of this ancient Chinese practice, but I did rearrange our bedroom and I think it made a huge difference. We have a very small bedroom and our queen size beds seems to fill most of it. I feel like I finally found a great way to utilize our space…that is until I stub my toe walking between the bed and dresser (its a whole FOOT apart). But for now I like it! I also have a few projects to spruce the space up too! Coming soon…

5. Challenge – Next week I am starting a BeachBody Challenge with my wonderful friends Kirsta and Kelly. Kelly is getting married next year so we are all 3 looking for a great reason to change our lifestyle and also shed some pounds. I am looking forward to their support during this challenge. I’m sure I will post about it, so stay tuned!

I really enjoy looking back at my week. It helps me realize how truly blessed and fortunate I am. I have two wonderful families, a wonderful husband and I’m so happy where I have ended up!

Have a great weekend and remember: God is Good!

The Country Wife