27 August 2014

End of Summer Goals

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I'm having a really hard time with the fact that the end of Summer is nearing. Waaaa! I mean, there's a lot to look forward to in the Fall, but I do love the sunshine! Before the Summer started, I made a list of things, goals, that I wanted to accomplish before the fall. Luckily I was able to cross off quite a few of those things, but I'm determined to make the most of the rest of the Summer and cross a few more things off my bucket list, as well as get back on track with some things. 

Take the kids to the Ocean.
This was something I REALLY wanted to do with the kiddos this Summer. We are so lucky to live so close to the coast, and I would have kicked myself if we didn't get out to the ocean at least once! But luckily, I had a chance to take the kids to Ocean Shores & Long Beach earlier this month, and my Husband and I are going to Seaside tomorrow!!! So that's two trips to the ocean this Summer! I get to CHECK that off the list!

Finish outdoor projects.
My Husband and I put together a big list of home/yard projects in late Spring and our goal was to get most of the outdoor projects done before the end of the Summer. Well, we definitely haven't done that. So I feel like we need to scramble to get those things done before all the rain starts coming, and doesn't leave. ;-) The main thing we need to do is get the trim on our house painted! It takes forever, though!

Get back to school shopping done.
I actually thought I would be on top of this, but man, Summer has flown by and I still haven't done back-to-school shopping. I was actually surprised at the amount that Bennett needs by way of school supplies! Guess I'd better get on that. Plus, he has grown out of most all his pants, jeans and sweaters. So I will definitely need to do some clothes shopping for the big guy. 

Get my gym schedule back on track.
I've been kind of all over the place with my work outs. I used to have a very strict exercise schedule, but lately it's just been whenever I can fit it in. I really want to get back to a reliable schedule and stick to it by the end of the Summer, so by the Fall, I'll be in a good routine again.

Snack a little less.
I'll admit that I've been really snacky recently. Like, it's to the point where I'm starting to sneak handfulls of the kids goldfish crackers every time I walk by the pantry. Ugh. I was doing so well for a while, so it sucks to fall off the wagon. But I think I've found a solution to the snacking! 

Chewing gum!! A friend recommended that I just pop in some gum when I get in a snacky mood, and it's actually helped a lot! My gum of choice is Juicy Fruit! And luckily, an enormous box of Juicy Fruit gum showed up on my doorstep to sample. Pretty sure it will last me all year.

 The awesome thing, is that the new soft chew gum is sugarfree!! Which definitely makes my Husband happy, and I also feel good about giving it to my kiddos. They are at an age now where they understand what "chewing gum" is, and they will chew all day long if I let them. lol

We also got to try some of the new Juicy Fruit Bubble Gum!! It comes in Juicy Fruit Original and Juicy Fruit Sweet Strawberry, and I'll tell you what, it's delicious. Oh and I will also let you know another little fun fact about me + chewing gum. On top of helping me snack less, I leave some of this gum in my car and it actually helps me battle my road rage. If I get annoyed or frustrated on the road, I pop a piece of bubble gum in my mouth, and surprisingly, I calm down a little. Who doesn't like to blow bubbles?

I'm still working on helping Bennett learn how to blow bubbles with his bubble gum, though. It's a work in progress. :-)

What are your End of Summer goals? And what are your tricks to help yourself snack less?


Kayli Schattner said...

Loved these! And I have to get my workout back on track too-- we can hold each other accountable!

Iris said...

Great goals, and awesome tip about chewing gum instead of snacking, seems perfect for holding you over 'til lunch/dinner. :)

Hayley! said...

Haha they are so cute!! So glad you guys are able to make it to the ocean TWICE this summer! You lucky ducks! :)

Carly said...

These are some great end of summer goals. I love Juicy Fruit gum; it helps me snack a little less, too!

Rebekah Clarke said...

Yay for going to the ocean twice! I'm sure the boys are super excited! Gum is a great way to cut down on snacking!

Tanya Coffman said...

Your boys look so adorable! I love the idea of making an end of summer list too...now if only I can find a working pen....lol

Ayana said...

Your kids are too cute! One thing that keeps me from snacking, or even the kids, from snacking on junk is fruit bags ready to go in the fridge. We do veggie and fruit shopping on Sunday morning. I then cut up and parcel out in little snack bags and throw them in the freezer or fridge. When we have the munchies, we can grab something quick and healthy. It has worked for a year now, so I think it's a keeper.

Thrifting Diva

Cam said...

I try to keep some water nearby. If I'm full of water, I don't snack as much. I also pack things to snack on the go. I need to get that workout moving again though.

Kelly Mock said...

I totally feel you with the gym thing! 10 weeks have flown by since I had my baby girl and I have yet to get on a schedule to lose this extra 10 lbs lying around!