Beckett’s 2019 Recap

Let me start by saying I cannot believe 2019 is coming to an end and a new decade starts at midnight! Miss Beckett started off 2019 being 9 months old and will end out the 2019 year at 21 months old, aka almost 2. She has grown so much, now has a full head of hair, learned a ton and hit many milestones in 2019. Her second birthday will be in March!

As for Beckett’s 2019, it was a great year. The start of 2020 and the new decade will for sure be filled with many more memories and learning points for our girl.

 

January: Beckett was still not walking on her own but that did not stop her. We celebrated Lilly’s 5th Birthday. Mom and Dad had a lot of time off work to play with Beckett.

February: Beckett attended her cousin Saige’s 1st Birthday party and enjoyed the cake.  MawMaw and PawPaw bought Beckett walking shoes so she could start walking on her own.

March: It was a big month for Beckett. She started walking on her own the day before her 1st Birthday. We celebrated with family and close friends for her FIRST Birthday at home with pizza and cake. Mama and Dada got her a new tricycle! She celebrated with her cousins for their PawPaws Birthday. Went to the doctor for her 12 month check up, clean bill of health and a few shots.

April-May: Celebrated Easter at MawMaw and PawPaws house. Hunted the yard for Easter eggs. Wished Mama and MawMaw a happy birthday. She also got to celebrate with PawPaw on his retirement and attend a birthday party.

June: Beckett checked out our neighborhood pool and brought plenty of snacks to sit poolside. Went to the park and playground countless times. She rode her tricycle around the neighborhood and went on walks with Lilly. Took Lilly to the Doggie Carnival to enjoy all the dog things. She hung out with her cousins, two are only 3 weeks older than her!

July: Beckett went to her cousin Preston’s 4th Birthday at the ballpark. It was her first time at an Indians baseball game. She loved all the people. Beckett also took her first road trip out of state to Chicago. She enjoyed the long weekend on the lake with good food, lots of fun, a hot trip to the Lincoln Park Zoo and Beckett even rode her first enclosed ferris wheel.

August: We spent time outside at parks close to home, the playground and walks around the neighborhood. Beckett attended her first Indiana State Fair. She saw the animals, ate the corn and corndogs and took a spin on the merry go round with MawMaw and PawPaw. She was not particularly a fan of the merry go round.

September-October: We took family photos which included Beckett doing one of her favorite things, ‘fly sky’. She spent an evening with MawMaw and PawPaw while Mom and Dad celebrated 6 years of marriage. Beckett made Halloween crafts and she passed out Halloween candy to all the trick-or-treaters. She was a little farmer girl. Beckett got sick with a respiratory infection but was better to attend the bonfire and hayride at MawMaw and PawPaws house.

November: Beckett had a fun daddy/daughter weekend while Mom went on a girls trip. She went to Monkey Joe’s to get out some of that energy. Beckett celebrated DaDa’s Birthday and Thanksgiving all in the same week.

December: It was a fun filled month. Beckett got to visit with all her grandparents and great-grandparents. She went to see Santa and did not like it one bit. She helped mom and dad with shopping and wrapping the gifts. Beckett got to play with her cousins during Christmas and even play at the new neighborhood playground since it was warm outside. She had a mom/daughter weekend with just Mom while Dad went on a guys trip.

So many fun memories Beckett got to experience. For 2020, we have some fun activities mapped out. We are hoping to take more weekend road trips and adventures. Cheers, Happy New Year!! Have a healthy year.

Jessica

Hawaii Travel Video

It has been a long time coming. I got around to editing all the video content we shot on our trip to Hawaii in May of 2017. We want to share with you some of the places we went if you are planning a trip. Head over to YouTube to check out what I came up with on our 10 day adventure to Hawaii.  Cramming 10 days worth of awesome into a 20 minute video was very difficult, but I am sure you will love the views we captured. We went to Oahu and the big island (island of Hawai’i). Sharing so many great experiences, awesome views and we loved every minute of this trip. My husband and I planned this trip to celebrate my 30th birthday in my birthplace, Honolulu! I had not been back since I was about six months old. 🙂 It was long overdue!

This video is not at all amazing quality as it was shot with our GoPro! We hope you enjoy!

Hawaii Travel Video

Travel and adventure make our hearts happy!!

Jessica

How Decluttering Can Earn You Cash

 

Happy Thursday! Hope you all had a great week we are one day away from the weekend. For the past couple of weekends, I have been in major declutter mode. The kind where your husband starts asking if he is next to be sold off? In all seriousness, I am a keeper of things. I have always been that way. If it is something I ‘could’ be using in the future, I keep it because I find it a waste to rebuy it later. However, I took a good look around my house and realized so many things were being unused and had to go. Do you have a house project you would like to help pay for? Maybe a family vacation? Or what about your savings for Christmas gifts?

One of my goals (some call them resolutions) at the beginning of the year was to live more minimally.  That would include decluttering the tons of stuff that is just not being used around my house. Instead of letting it overwhelm you, I found it best to take it space or room by room. For example: your closet, your make up/beauty products, your linen closet, your living room, your craft area, your play area, the garage, etc. Take it one by one and choose one of four things; keep, sell, donate or throw away.

Of course some items are just straight to the garbage. Some items can be saved from a landfill and can be sold or donated. Think of a win-win scenario–someone out there is looking to buy the item and they buy it from you gently used. It would save another one of that item going through the cycle and sending to a landfill. 🙂 Plus you made a little cash. When deciding whether to donate or sell, think ‘is it something you could sell quickly?’ If so, use the many resell streams available; FB marketplace, Let it Go, Poshmark, etc. I have noticed electronics, household goods and furniture seem to go well on FB marketplace in my area. Clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories tend to go well on Poshmark. (and the buyer pays for shipping)

What areas of your house need the most decluttering? Ask yourself, when is the last time you used or wore the item? Then ask, ‘Can I get something, rather than nothing for this item?’

After you have decluttered your first space, you can now organize your keep items in that space and move to the next area. Once you have finished, do not forget to take all your donations and be sure to list/sell all ‘sell’ items for cash. Don’t think of it as your only getting $20 bucks think of it as it will all add up if you sell most or all the items in your sell pile! You will be shocked at the hundreds of dollars, if not more you can bring in.

Happy decluttering

Jessica