February 19th: Make Dinner at Home Every Night for a Week

This month I have really started to get into some more of the weekly/monthly tasks. Currently, I am working on spending only cash and not eating any pizza. Both are going well so far.

So today I am throwing in another one, and this one should help coincide with the other two. I plan to make dinner at home every night this week. Sometimes dinner will be from scratch but other times just making something at home, rather than eating out or eating from work (usually mostly pizza) will be beneficial.

My hardest nights will be the weekend because I work late but I just need to make sure I plan and make sure if I have to be at work at dinner time, I make dinner at home and bring it in for myself at work.

Tonight I just made some Mac & Cheese and chicken. Easy enough. Hoping to keep going all week!

What are you doing today? This week? This month?

February 18th: Deep Clean My Diffuser

I started using a diffuser about a year ago. I am absolutely obsessed with essential oils and use them for everything from purification is the air, helping me breathe, helping me control appetite, relaxation, helping me fall asleep… the list goes on and on.

I typically just wash it out every once in a while, particularly when I switch between oils but I never really thought about doing a deep clean. Someone mentioned it to me and it I was shocked I had not thought about it before.

Below is the cleansing regime that I found on DoTerra‘s website because that is who I buy all my oils and even my diffuser from. But if you plan to use it, make sure it does not make your diffuser warranty ineffective, as I have heard that happens with some companies.

1 Fill your diffuser half way with clean water.

2 Add 10 drops of white vinegar.

3 Let the diffuser run for about 5 minutes to allow the water-vinegar mixture to disperse throughout the unit and clean it.

4 Drain the diffuser completely.

5 Using a cotton swab dipped in vinegar, clean the tight spots and corners of the diffuser.

6 Rinse with clean water.

7 Use a dry cloth to wipe the diffuser and dry it thoroughly.

February 15th: Buy Something Unnecessary

I do not think I would call this completely unnecessary but I definitely could have gotten something cheaper or not as extravagant…

Anyway, getting to the point: I bought a Bissell SmartClean Robot Vacuum. Mia has always shed a lot but now with AJ in the house there is even more hair ALL OVER THE PLACE.

So I bought this vacuum and can not wait to use it!

February 12th: Bring Bagels for Morning Staff

Well, everyone at work loves this! Such a simple task but a great gesture. Plus, it usually starts a ripple effect of other people buying the next few weeks.

I took the dogs to the park this morning and was out in west Denver. So in my way in I decided to see if there was a bagel shop on the way. I found a little spot so got a bag and some cream cheese to share with co-workers.

It was a great pick me up to start the morning. Only wish I could take the pups with me.

February 9th: See Live Jazz

This was actually a spur of the moment happening but a great night. I usually close the bar on Friday nights but I was just feeling absolutely drained tonight.

I asked the other bartender if they would close for me and when they agreed I told myself I would go right home and rest for the night.

I should have known enough that I would not do that.

A few friends showed up that I had not really seen in a while just as I was about to leave. They wanted to check out a show in the neighborhood. So we went down to check it out but sadly, it was sold out.

We had all heard of this little jazz club around the corner, Nocturne, and decided to check it out.

It was a really great time. A very chill setting, we had some great appetizers and a few great drinks. A place I would definitely visit again but a time that can not be duplicated!

February 7th: Start a New Photo Project

I do not even know if I talked about it often in this blog but I have a BFA in Photography. It has been far too long since I did a photo project or really focused on photography. A few years ago I did a 365 day project and have always wanted to try to get back into that.

So today I start a new photo project, this time with a twist.

I found this app called Mission: Pic. It gives you a theme or really just a word everyday to post a picture about or pertaining to that word.

I’m excited for this project because it is not just shooting to shoot. There is more to it. It gives you something to look for in your daily life.

I think sometimes I will post photos that I might have taken in the past, like today. The word was shiny. This is my photo:

Other days I will search out and post new photos. Hoping I can keep this project going for 365 days!

On other notes:

1. I am doing well on not using credit cards.

2. I woke up on time today and took the dogs to the dog park again.

Hope to keep these good trends going!