Skinny Snowman 2016!

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I’ve had a few people reach out to me about my annual Skinny Snowman Challenge the last couple of weeks. Every time they did, I wasn’t sure what to tell them. I knew that I wouldn’t have the time to dedicate to the challenge as I have in years past.

I considered not doing it at all, but I know how many of you look forward to this challenge. So, I gave it a lot of thought and tried to figure out how to offer the challenge and still have time to have fun with my little family. :)

This means that Skinny Snowman will be a LOT more low-key this year. There will still be a Facebook group and points to count. But, there won’t be a requirement to enter your points to me each week or prizes. No worries though, you’ll still get support via the Facebook group where there will be a weekly chat for you to participate in!

Click the picture below to get your charts:

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Come join in on the fun and stay on track this holiday season!

November Coffee Date

Oh my goodness, how long has it been since our last chat over coffee? Too long! Life has gotten so busy now with Baby B, that I barely have time to shower some days.

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Let’s grab and cup and catch up!

How have you been lately? Like I said, life is pretty busy with the little one. It is hard to believe that she is 4 months old already. I completely understand what they say about time going so quick! She has changed so much and I love seeing her little personality shine through. She’s laughing and jabbering away. Such a little joy to have around, even when she doesn’t want to fall asleep.

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I can’t wait to see how she continues to learn new things over the next few months. Christmas is going to be so much fun with her! We’ve already started to get her a few things to have under the tree. Our biggest debate though is whether to get her a ball pit or a teepee. Haha.

Have you started any Christmas shopping yet?

I can’t quite wrap my head around it being the holiday season already! The weather has been super great here lately and it just doesn’t feel quite like November. Not that I’m complaining, it has given Baby B and I plenty of opportunities to get outside and walk. She loves riding in the stroller and I love it because she usually falls asleep without a fuss!

Getting back to exercise has been really good. And as much as I love walking, I’m ready to spice it up. I’m thinking a good ol’ Jillian Michaels challenge is to be tackled. My body is craving different movement and some strength training.

What are you doing for your workouts lately?

Along with getting back to exercise, I’m trying to do more things for me. It’s hard when you’re a mom to get a few moments for yourself. Usually it is after she goes to bed for the night and I just want to veg out in front of the TV with Mr. B. So, I’m trying to use that time to knit (something for Baby B) and read. I would like to get back into blogging more as well, but it has been a struggle. I sometimes just don’t know what to write about or what anyone would like to read about.

What would you like me to chat about on my blog?

Oh look at that, Baby B is starting to wake up from her nap. I love that we could take a moment and catch up before all the holiday craziness! I hope that we can do it again soon!

November Goals

I brought back writing about my monthly goals last month. I’m happy to say that I did a pretty good job of accomplishing what I set in October!

There were a few I didn’t accomplish, but I don’t consider that a failure. It just gives me some feedback and a chance to reevaluate what’s a priority to me right now.

Here’s a recap of last month!

Food
-Eat vegan on Wednesdays (Check!) I enjoyed the challenge of thinking outside the box!
-Make new recipe & post on blog (Nope) I made several new recipes, but didn’t take the time to blog them.

Fitness
-Hit StepBet goals (Check!) I’m still going strong with my StepBet!
-1 arm workout a week (Nope) Didn’t accomplish one. I think lifting Baby B is a great arm workout. Haha

Personal Growth
-Read You Are a Badass again and take notes (Nope) Trying again in November!
-Use Bullet Journal nightly (Kinda) It didn’t happen nightly, but I have been using it more!

Family
-Take Baby B to a pumpkin patch (Check!) She got a pumpking and Mr. B carved an adorable fox in it for her. Check out my Instagram for pics!
-Date with Mr. B (Nope) We were so busy every weekend that we didn’t make time.

Fun
-Get a haircut (Check) I cut off a lot of hair! I’m loving the shorter style! Which also means I need to update my photos on Social Media.
-Have an awesome LuLaRoe party! (Check!) It was an amazing party! I had a lot of fun and love the new wardrobe I acquired!

Here’s what’s happening for November:

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Food
– 4 Crockpot/instant Pot meals
– Choose tea over a nighttime snack

Fitness
– Yoga (dvd or class) once a week
– 60,000 steps per week

Personal Growth
– Re-read You Are A Badass and write notes
– No social media once a week

Family
– Date night with Mr. B
– Save money for Christmas

Fun
– Knit Baby B a stuffed toy for Christmas (I have the cutest bear pattern picked out!)
– Blog once a week

What are you striving for this month?