Leslyn's Lovely Life: December 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

Planning, Goals, and Organization

I realize that it's been a long time since I posted something (besides E's 5 month update). But I was given the opportunity to review a fabulous product that I wanted to share with you guys!

I was approached by Spark Notebook to review some of their most popular spreadsheets. Obviously, being the paper-product-fanatic that I am, I had to see what all of the fuss is about!

First of all, I love the sleek and professional design. I know that many of you prefer bright, happy, cheerful personalized things. However, there are environments where this simple look is more... acceptable? I think it's great that this is as functional as a lot of popular planners, but it's something that guys can use (I just pictured my husband toting around an Emily Ley or Erin Condren planner and laughed).

The Spark team sent me a PDF of the following spreadsheets:
-weekly outlook
-project planner
-monthly goals
-30 day challenge

The weekly outlook was probably the sheet that I would be the least likely to use, simply because columns really aren't my thing. If that's your favorite layout, this notebook is a wonderful alternative to Erin Condren planners! I wrote in a couple of the things from my planner so you could get an idea of what the spreadsheet looks like!

Next, they have the project planner. I don't have any upcoming projects as of right now, but I definitely plan on utilizing these worksheets in the future... More on that in the months to come. ;)

As many of you know, I just had a baby, which means I'm still working on losing the baby weight. The monthly goal spreadsheet is a wonderful resource that I will be using. I plan on using these sheets to write down my health, fitness, and personal goals for each month, and I will be hanging them up in a visible spot.

Lastly, they sent me this 30-day challenge worksheet. This is probably the sheet I am most excited about, simply because it lines up with one of my 30 before 30 goals! I plan on doing different 30 day challenges throughout 2015, so this worksheet is a great resource for that!  I love that you are required to write down different aspects of your goal (why I want to make it happen, my plan of action, etc.). Like the monthly goals, I am going to hang this in a visible spot.

To read more about the Spark notebook, click here!

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Emmett: 5 Months

Weight: 14 lbs 9 oz (21st percentile)
Height: 26 inches (58th percentile)
Head Circumference: 17.5 inches (96th percentile)

Milestones: Emmett is rolling over more frequently and has a hilarious belly laugh (that kind of sounds like a grunt). He tried rice cereal a few times, and still isn't a huge fan of spoons. Hopefully that will change soon! He stands up while holding someone's hands for a really long time- he would rather be standing than anything else. Good thing we have an activity bouncer so he can play in there while we get other things done around the house. 

Sleep: We're still waking up 2-3 times a night for feedings, which is starting to wear on mama and daddy a tiny bit. Dad usually wakes up for the first shift/feeding and gives him a bottle, then I feed him for the remainder of the evening. 

Favorite Things: Playing in the activity bouncer, standing up to see the world, putting everything in his mouth, listening to Christmas music.

Health: Emmett has had a cough and runny nose for about a month now, which is super frustrating because we can't give him any meds. But he is very happy and doesn't seem bothered by the coughing. He's still gaining weight at a steady rate, which makes us happy. 

Feeding: Emmett still eats 2-3 times at night. We supplement with 1-2 soy formula bottles every day. He eats between 4-6 oz per feeding. We've added more rice cereal to his bottles to try to make him more full (we really can't tell much of a difference! Ha!). We plan on introducing veggies soon. 

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