Tuesday, February 2, 2021

January Recap

The first month of 2021 has come and gone. For the most part, not much has really changed. Now that political madness is somewhat behind us, we are focusing on planning and setting goals for 2021. Having extra time on my hands is probably one of the positive aspects of this pandemic. We are able to sit down and really think about what we want to accomplish this year. As mentioned in this post, we have met with our financial advisor and started the ball rolling.


Highlights of the month:

1. Madelyn is getting ready for her first competition of 2021! I am so thankful that she's still able to maintain her skills during the pandemic. I know there is an increased risk while playing team sports but at the same time, team sports reduce risk of depression in kid. Social interaction does wonders for her well-being. I wouldn't have it any other way. So far, the gym has done a great job keeping everyone safe.

2. Courtney got her temporary permit! I still remember the day she was born and I can't believe she's driving now. If I have to say so myself - She's the most responsible teenager you'll ever find (lol!). She has her bad days but for the most part, she's navigating through this pandemic and eLearning like a champ. I am so so so proud of my first born!

3. My Dad got his first dose of the vaccine. Thank goodness! One step closer to a proper hug. Coming from a close-knit family, I really miss seeing my parents. With the kids having (limited) social interactions with their friends, I don't want to put my parents at risk by seeing them regularly. It's best that we wait until both of them are fully vaccinated. 

4. As mentioned in this post, we are redoing Madelyn's room. It's a slow process since we do everything ourselves. My husband and I spent the entire weekend putting up wallpaper in her room. It turned out so good. Although, I have to say it was a lot harder than anticipated. Can't wait to reveal it to you all =)

5. We took advantage of the upcoming long weekend and booked the first trip of 2021. Our family desperately need a weekend getaway. Everyone is so looking forward to it.

Purchases & Favorites:
January was a no-buy month for me. I am so proud of myself! Although, it wasn't hard to do. I made a bunch of purchases in November and December that I still haven't had a chance to use yet. Matching lounge sets are my go-tos these day. Below are a few favorites that stand out in my mind for the month of January:

1. I picked up these 2 bralettes on a whim and I am so glad I did. They are incredible! I don't want to go braless during the day but I don't necessarily want to put on an actual bra neither. These are the perfect lounge around bralettes. I wear them during the day, I sleep in them, I run errands in them. The reviews speak for themselves. For $7, grab one (or a few) for yourself. I promise you won't be disappointed

2. We had a few really cold days last month and my Canada Goose parka is a dream. I'll do a full review soon. I was a little hesitant at fist but I now understand the hype.

3. BeautyBio GloPro: I got this microneedling tool for Christmas and just started using it 2 weeks ago. All I can say is wow. I am already noticing fine lines, wrinkle & large pores are reducing after just 3 times using it. I'll continue to use it for another month and do a full review if you're interested. So far, I am impressed

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Monthly miles:
I mentioned in this post that I wanted to run 1000 miles this year. I am going to log my miles each month. In January, I ran a total of 56 miles. Not as many as I would have liked but I am slowly getting back on the fitness bandwagon. I am glad I was able to get out for a few runs every single week. I plan to up my mileage this month.

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