September Goals

The kids here are back in school. My work schedule is pretty much fixed. I’ve gotten into the groove of things. And Fall is coming! Yes, Fall. Is. Coming!!! Fall is my favorite season, I’m so excited!

It’s been extremely hot here in Texas, but the rain has cooled us down some and I’m so ready for light jacket weather again. That and the thrill of the season… Halloween, Thanksgiving, birthdays for my two little brothers. Pumpkin patches, corn mazes, camp fires and hot chocolate… bring it on! And don’t even get me started on football season… YES!!!

With summer ending and fall coming, I thought I would share some goals I have for this month with you. Blogging has been at the back of my mind while trying to get adjusted to my new job, but I’ve been dying to get back into it for a while now and here I am. How long I’ll stay? Who knows. Life likes to throw it’s curveballs at us.

september goals

1.) I want to read more.

I’ve been in this phase where I’ve been reading a lot more than usual. Last week I read 3 books and I want to continue that. It’s not only a great way for me to escape reality, but I’m also able to pull inspiration and ideas from the books and then implement them in my own life.

2.) I want to blog more.

I always say this one. When I started blogging, I was blogging everyday and now I blog like once every two months and that stings a little. Blogging is something that’s therapeutic for me and if I could blog more I could feel better. Wish me luck on this one.

3.) I want to be outdoors more.

Have I mentioned that Fall is coming? Because it is! And that means cooler temperatures. That means I have no excuse for not spending more time outside.

4.) I want to exercise more.

I need to find a groove that I can get into with this to continue on my weight loss journey. Baby steps!

5.) I want to visit my best friend.

I guess this is more a goal for October because that’s when I’m trying to make it happen… but my best friend is in Houston and I miss her. Like crazy! I’m hoping to make and save enough in September and next month to make a trip possible, even if it’s for the weekend. Shameless plug: I’m hosting a Thirty-One party specifically to make enough for this. There’s some awesome new products that just launched on September 1st. Place an order, I’ll be forever thankful!

That’s all for now, folks!

So, what are YOUR goals for this month?

Erin Condren’s New Personalized Spiral Notebooks {GIVEAWAY!}

Guys! Erin Condren just came out with her new Personalized Spiral Notebooks and I’M IN LOVE!!! Do I love her Life Planners? Yes! Do I love her notebooks? Yes! But I’m so excited about these new spiral notebooks because of their size! And then customizable dry erase section dividers? SWOON!

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Erin Condren Spiral Notebooks

The Personalized Spiral Notebook was designed to help you note-take or list-make, but best of all…you can create your own custom dividers too (sold separately)! Create a new section for each subject and use the back side as a dry erase board for assignments and weekly to-dos. Take it to class or to committees, study groups or book clubs… this Personalized Notebook can go with you everywhere!

INCLUDES:

  • 150 colorful lined pages
  • 2 sided pocket folder
  • bound in zip lock pocket
  • an assortment of gift labels and bookplates
  • repositionable stickers

Add notepads, colorful markers, elastic bands, custom stickers and more to create the most YOUnique notebook that is perfect for YOU.

Customizable Dry Erase Section Dividers

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These seem like an awesome addition! This Jolly Jester design is so pretty… I’m in love with it! I like that you can use it to divide the notebook and use it for more than one thing. I’m ordering one that I could use for both of my blogs, this one and Fun For EP Kids… with a divider for both, of course. I’m so excited to get it!

Want to save a little when ordering your new spiral notebook? Simply click here to sign up for a ErinCondren.com account and they’ll email you a coupon code to get $10 off… Enjoy!

Make sure to check out this cute video that shows of the new Erin Condren Spiral Notebooks:

Guess what! To celebrate, I’m giving away a $25 Erin Condren gift card to one lucky reader!

To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter widget below and GOOD LUCK!

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This post is not sponsored, I’m just really excited about the product. Prize will be paid for and provided by me.

Dark Hope by Monica McGurk {GIVEAWAY!}

Dark Hope by Monica McCurk

Dark Hope is the first book in the Archangel Prophecies Trilogy and if you’re a YA book lover and were a fan of the Twilight series, than this book is for you! Dark Hope by Monica McGurk was one of those books that I couldn’t put down, I actually was able to read the book in a span of three days. Dark Hope is a page turner, for sure!

I think what intrigued me the most about this book is that it was able to bring awareness to an extremely important social issue that has been on the rise in our society, human trafficking. The story continued to pull me in as I flipped through the pages.

ABOUT THE BOOK

For years, Hope Carmichael, survivor of a shocking child abduction, has lived a sheltered existence under the protection of her fanatically religious father. Now, liberated by her mother, Hope prepares to start live over as a normal kind in an Atlanta, Georgia high school.

Normal, that is, until Hope meets Michael, a gorgeous emancipated teen with a mysterious past and a strong interest in her. Soon, Hope’s life is filled with questions. What’s behind the angry looks she gets from Lucas, leader of a gang of students? Who’s responsible for sending Hope strange valentines inscribed with Bible quotations? How does this related to the sinister business of human trafficking that operates on the periphery of Hope’s suburban world? And is Michael really a protector, or something more sinister – and why does he seem so familiar?

In an epic narrative that takes readers from the back streets of Altanta to the heights of Vegas penthouses and beyond, Dark Hope introduces The Archangel Prophecies, a saga of extraordinary love, vast mythological scope, and great moral urgency.

Make sure to follow Monica McGurk on social media to stay updated about the next book:

Dark Hope by Monica McGurk

WARNING: Some spoilers ahead… if you don’t want the story ruined for you, skip down to the giveaway below.

Dark Hope by Monica McGurk

I really enjoyed Dark Hope. It was my kind of book and kept me wanting more. For me, it was easy to connect with the main character, Hope Carmichael. She was a simple girl with a dark past that gets darker as the story continues. Dark Hope is the perfect title for the book! And then we met the love Michael, who turns out to be an archangel that knows more about Hope’s past than you would expect.

As I continued through the book, there were some things that just didn’t work for me. It really irritated me that Hope’s mom would spend so much time away after getting her daughter back from the father after 10 years. Why not take a break? Why not make it a point to be there with her daughter? There’s also a scene from when they are in Vegas that sort of irks me but I understand that it’s an important part needed to help the story move on, it just didn’t seem right… especially when the book has a subplot of human and sex trafficking.

I blame my age. I think as someone older, I view it from a different point of view.

Overall, the book was pretty good and I truly enjoyed reading it. I honestly can’t wait for the next book because the last chapter of this one left me hanging and I need to know what happens!

Thank you, Monica, for a great read… I can’t wait to read more! I definitely will recommend Dark Hope to others.

ENTER TO WIN!

I’m so excited to offer my readers the chance to win a copy of Dark Hope by Monica McGurk! Simply use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter and GOOD LUCK!

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

NEW Daycare Packs from Lovable Labels

* This is a sponsored post from Lovable Labels.

Have kids in daycare or preschool? We all know that they need their stash of stuff to take everyday… with Lovable Labels, you can have piece of mind knowing that all your child’s belongings are labeled.

Lovable Labels NEW Daycare Packs are so stinkin’ cute!!!

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The daycare packs offer over 105 labels… score! Here’s what’s included:

  • 15 Sticker Labels
  • 16 Match It Shoe Labels (shapes cut in half so kids can match their shoes easily)
  • 10 Fun Stickies (fun shaped stickers)
  • 60 Mini DOTS™ (for use on clothing)
  • 8 Snack Labels (re-writable labels for snacks, baby bottles, etc.)

The littlest in our home goes to both preschool and daycare so making sure his stuff is labeled is important and when we got our packet of labels we were so in love because they were perfect!

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We used the Fun Stickies to label the sides of his daycare cubby box. He loves the little monkey on everything. They have other cute designs as well, all perfect for kiddos!

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We labeled his wipes with one of the Sticker Labels. They fit great!

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The mini DOTS were perfect for labeling his clothes, socks, blankets and pull-ups. There was more than enough for everything we had to send to both schools.

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Our little one especially loved the Match It Shoe Labels and they help him match up his shoes and know which shoe goes on which foot… they’re awesome!

The pack also includes 8 Snack Labels which we haven’t used yet, but we will once it comes time for him to go to daycare full time. We plan on labeling his soy milk we take in with the expiration date. They’re really cool as well.

Overall, this set up labels is great! Extremely durable and bright, like I said, perfect for children. It also makes it easy for teachers and daycare providers. Another great thing about these labels is that they’re dishwasher and microwave safe as well as washer and dryer safe.

For more information about Lovable Labels, visit www.lovablelabels.ca or check them out on Facebook and Twitter. You can save 10% on any order when you use code: BrittanySLB1. Enjoy and happy label shopping!

I will be receiving products in exchange for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

Inspiring Work Quotes

After about 3 and a half years of working from home, I made the decision to get back out in the workplace. It was kind of insane, but it was time… and much needed! Throughout my weeks of training, I turned to some quotes to help me get through it. Going back to a cubicle environment to work after almost 4 years is extremely intimidating and I really needed some inspiration. These are ten of my favorite inspiring work quotes… hopefully they help inspire YOU! Enjoy.

work quotes

“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.”

“The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.”

Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right.

“Hard work doesn’t guarantee success, but improves its chances.”

“The harder you work, the luckier you get.”

All roads that lead to success have to pass through hard work blvd. at some point.

“Work your way up or rust your way out.” 

“The only place success comes before work is on the dictionary.” 

Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward.

“You can always do more than you think you can.”

“If you’re early, you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late.” 

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed up in overalls and looks like work.

“If you work really hard and are kind, amazing things will happen.”

And there you have it… a few of my favorite work quotes that keep me going!

Which one is your favorite? 

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