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{Life} My Word of the Year

Hey Delights!

As I mentioned here, my word of the year found me and it was born out of ending 2017 and starting 2018 sick.

Obviously being sick always sucks but something really beautiful came out of me not being able to talk for a week and countless nights of coughing fit interrupted sleep. When I was awake, I was insanely determined to not let being sick stop me from getting ish done.

And so in the midst of hours at my desk, in between sips of tea & orange juice, sucking on cough drops, cranking away at my to do lists, my word of the year just came to me.
This picture was actually taken on a day I was supposed to run a 5K but ended up limping it because my legs were just not having it that day. I was pretty much one of the last people to finish & they had basically packed everything up when I did but not finishing was never an option for me.

Marble Print Planner + Gold Foil To Do Stickers {Giveaway}

Hey Delights!

As mentioned in my Janaury To Do List post, I am giving away this super cute marble print 2018 weekly planner. It is exactly like the one that I own, except mine is from July 2017 - Dec 2018 and this one runs from Jan-Dec 2018.

This stickers are really great for adding visualization to planning and the planner is a little powerhouse of efficiency for me and at 5 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches, it is a perfect size for carrying around with you. It features:
  • 56 week calendar
  •  Week Per Page Spread
  • 12 Full Month Planning Spreads
  • An Address & Notes Section
And as I shared in my How A Planner & Stickers Are Changing My Life post, I highly recommend utilizing a planner as a tool to keep track of and get things done in your life.

So, I am keeping this short and simple because I want to winner to get it and get into it.

And as the famous statement goes, "with membership comes perks". 

You Need One of These in Your {Life}

Hey Delights!

As I mentioned in my January To Do post, we spent the end of 2017 on a crazy road trip from Chicago to Mississippi to Minnesota back to Chicago then back to Minnesota where we got caught up in bad weather.  So we ended up spending a day relaxing and doing a little shopping at the Mall of America before heading back to Chicago. And on New Years Eve, we were back on the road again to drop our wee one off in Mississippi.

Wheww...it was definitely an adventure, with lots of ups and downs, like me getting sick along the way but we made it happen and I loved it and I really mean it when I say I would totally do it again.

During our last stop at the Mall of America, I randomly picked up this awesome double walled stainless steel bottle and it has already made my list of must have purchases for 2018. I have wanted one forever and finally grabbed one so that I could have a hot drink with me at all times during this insane, frigidness that has settled in over the past week or so.

This sounds dramatic but it has been LIFE CHANGING. Like seriously. Most of them keep drinks cold for 24 hours & hot for 12 hours and I don't know how I have survived all these years without one.

I got mine from Marshalls, this one looks exactly like it.  And this one comes in lots of different colors and has a lot of great reviews, so I might have to add one of these to my new collection. There are hundreds of possible options but here are a few that I like.

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{Life} January To Do List

OMG Delights!

January has arrived with a bang and although I am currently sick and the weather has been so over the top cold, I am excited for this fresh 365 and doing the damn thing.

As mentioned in my December To Do list, we went on our epic road trip to from Chicago to Mississippi to Minnesota and back again over Christmas with the wee ones. I really wanted to make it a memorable time for them, so I added a lot of fun but simple touches around the flat. I ordered a simple Scandinavian style table and chairs and added cute pops of red, lights and the cardboard deer I have had for a couple of years now (last seen here).
Table (also similar and more options here) | Chair Set
And while there were definitely some oh my gawd what were we thinking moments and I got sick, I would totally do it all over again.  During a moment of chill at one of the various hotels we stayed at, I rocked this cute plaid pajama set, which I snagged for under $11!! I also have it in the heather grey stripes and I ordered it in another color but missed the in store pick up deadline because we were on the road.
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{Life} December To Do List

Hey Delights!

When I started writing this post, we were halfway into December and the month was moving so fast. This past weekend I joined my blogger boos for the the Eloquii/Halfstack Magazine event (I recapped it a little here) It was also Joe's birthday, so Saturday was a long day...a fun one but a long one nonetheless.

Also the other night we were invited to check out the Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier and I totally felt like a little kid again. I was so excited to be there. It really felt magical and put me in such a great mood. It's like being outside enjoying everything that you love about Winter and Christmas without freezing in the cold weather.
Oversized Eyelet Sweater (c/o - use code curvatude20 for 20% off $59+) | Jeans: old/ASOS Curve | Nikes (c/o last seen here)
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{Life} Where I Stand - November 2017 Recap

Hey Delights!

December has arrived with a bang and although it feels like it is already moving way too fast, I am super excited. We picked our tree up last weekend and I am in the process of getting it all decorated. But even as it sits bare and fragrant as I am writing this post, it still just makes me smile.
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p.s I love these Sateen Jeans c/o - another look wearing them.  And I have stocked up on this t-shirt. It is super affordable (currently on sale 2/$12) and of course you can never have too many, so I have it in plain colors and the animal print. I also ordered a navy one and this strip version today to pick up in store later. And the compliments seriously never stop with these studded boots

Anyway, I am writing this recap later than I originally planned but I am not stressed by that. My goal is simply to keep moving forward and get the things done and not fret and regret.

So, to recap November's goals...

{LIFE} November To Do List

Hey Delights!

Posting some of my "to do's" on the blog was something that I did for a couple of months way back in 2014 and I have decided to start doing so again. Obviously one of the main goals of public to do lists is to hold yourself accountable and I am determined to beat the procrastination beast that has haunted me forever, so I can use all the accountability checks I can get.

Soooo, I will post monthly important "to do's" along with a keep it real "Where I Stand review" for each month of how I am progressing (example).  I debated starting this month. I mean we are in the heart of festive season, so productivity outside of fun stuff is not usually a top priority. But as I noted in the latest CurvaCast, I am amped and ready to make things happen. So I will still be getting my festive on but lets just say that this will be a gift that I am giving to myself.😊

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{Life} How A Planner & Stickers Are Changing My Life

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Hey Delights!

I have really been working on purging and organizing my life and while I probably buy 2 or more planners most years, I rarely ended up using them which was really frustrating. At the beginning of 2017 I purchased a larger full year planner but a month or so ago, I found the matching smaller version below that goes from July 2017 - Dec 2018 that is way easier for me to carry around.

{Five Fab+} Things I Am Looking Forward To In June

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Hey Delights!

I haven't done one of these "looking forward to" posts since March. But June is the start of Summer and I have a whole lot that I am looking forward to that I want to share, so we are back at it this month. After hitting the theater scene with a vengeance at the beginning of the year and seeing some really amazing works like The Wiz at Theater Wit, I have seriously been missing the experience the past couple of months, so I NEED to get back into it.

Also Zumba in the park started last weekend and I was right there doing my thing. It was also the Gospel show weekend, so in addition to your usual Zumba-esque songs, they added some gospel to the mix.


{What I Wore} Roller Skating

Hey Delights!

My year of getting back to the things I love continues! 

Yesterday we took the wee one roller skating, something that I haven't done in like 20 years & praise the Lort, I didn't fall & break anything 💃

When I was in my twenties, while a lot of single girls my age were going to ladies night at the clubs, I was going skating Thursday nights and it was always so much fun.

And aside from surviving this latest skating experience, I was reminded of how much really love roller skating, even though I have never been that great at it.

And isn't that one of the best things about loving something?  It doesn't have to be perfect to beautiful. ❤️ 

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{Life} Things I Am Looking Forward to In March

Hey Delights!

Yes, I know we are already 10 days into March and I am just writing this post but it's all good because the things that I am looking forward to have not happened yet! HaHaaaaa!!! 😝

But anyway, I was looking forward to a little more warm weather & getting outside more but Mother Nature was like naw, so instead I am looking forward to doing things indoors.

My wee one aka the grand baby may be coming and I am STOKED! She is so much fun and my total mni me. It's really funny how much she acts like me even though we aren't related by blood but by marriage and love.

So one of the theater events in my calendar this month is a performance of The Wiz at Theater Wit. As I mentioned before, I LOVED the movie so I am hoping that they do it justice.

Last year around this time I had planned and was excitedly anticipating being in my favorite place, NYC. But last month I booked and cancelled another staycation...sigh....long, boring story but I just can't seem to get these little excursions to fit in, so I am not going to jinx myself this month and say exactly what I am going to do but I am going to make something happen come hell or high water! That phrase is so dramatic isn't it?

{What I Wore} Working My Curves #CurvesDefined

Hey Delights!

I am pretty much back in the full swing of things and that includes getting back into my #CurvesDefined workout groove. Yesterday I pulled out one of my favorite workout sets (last seen here) and hit the gym.

Pants: Ideology I also have a matching jacket | Top: Festa Sports (c/o) | Asics Trainers (under $30!!!)

I have pretty much lived in the Ideology plus size active wear line at Macy's for a few years now.  I love that they have such a great variety of styles and lots of coordinating pieces because as we all know, what you are wearing when working out really can up your mojo.


The CurvaCast: The 12 Days of January | Day 12 Finale #12DaysofJanuary

The idea for this project came to me one day while I was in my happy place, the bathtub and I was instantly excited about it and began recording my ideas for it right there in the tub.

I did not want to let the fact that the circumstances at that moment were not optimum stop me from
doing something that really felt good to me, so I went with it, water splashing and all.

Today on Day 12 of The 12 Days of January I come to you still sick but healing and even more excited than I was when I got that first inkling of inspiration for this project while soaking in the bubbles.

For one, I have never in the history of my site EVER posted every day for an extended period of time, so the fact that I posted 12 days in a row is a huge success for me and exactly how I wanted to start the year off.
 {Insert Praise Dance 💃}

And while my goal to intersperse fashion & lifestyle, etc posts in between the The 12 Days of January posts did not come to fruition because I was sick and could not shoot, etc, I am ok with that.

I am taking Joe's advice and being patient with myself and so today on Day 12 of The 12 Days of January I am encouraging you to do the same in your life.

The CurvaCast: The 12 Days of January | Day 11 #12DaysofJanuary

Hey Delights! 

I am so bummed today. I do not have a voice, so I am unable to complete the recording for Day 11 of The 12 Days of January. I was hoping that as the day went by that my voice would get stronger but it has not.

So, until I am able to, I will just write this for Day 11 of The 12 Days of January.

Being sick for the majority of this project has definitely confirmed for me that although some things may not go the way that you might have hoped they would, that most of us are stronger than we think we are and have it within us to do more than we think we are capable of.

For the last few days, I literally could not do much other than sleep most of the day and Joe kept telling me to rest and to be patient with myself but there was this need in me to finish what I had started.

As someone who definitely deals with procrastination on a major level at times, this project at the beginning of this brand new year was really important for me to prove to myself that I can actually take on something of value and see it through to completion.

So as I am somewhat sulky because I could not record today, I am grateful that I can still write this. That tomorrow is a new day and hopefully it brings with it more of a voice for me, less malaise and breathing issues so that I can complete this project with a BANG!!

Until then, thank you for reading and if you have been following along during The 12 Days of January, I hope that you have been inspired to take small actions of your own to make your life better.

EDIT: Better late than never. Check out  Day 11 of The 12 Days of January

The CurvaCast: The 12 Days of January | Day 10 #12DaysofJanuary

Hey delights!   

I have finally mustered up the energy to get up and record today's podcast for Day 10 of the The 12 Days of January. It has definitely been a heck of a few days for me but I am committed to this project. So while I am posting way later than I originally planned, I am giving myself a pass and just feel grateful that I am able to do it at all.

The action that I talk about today is is something very short and sweet but is a very big deal. And it plays a huge part in our lives. It is something that comes up a lot when I am talking with friends who feel like they don't have enough time or energy for themselves and the things that they really want to do.

I am grateful that I have learned to utilize this action pretty well in my life. Doing so has been incredibly freeing and brought about a great sense of peace of mind for me. 

But take a listen to Day 10 of the The 12 Days of January and perhaps it can do the same for you.

The CurvaCast: The 12 Days of January | Day 9 #12DaysofJanuary

Happy Monday Delights!

To say that being sick has been a major challenge for me this past week is an understatement. I went
to the doctor & was diagnosed with bronchitis & an acute upper respiratory infection. So I am going through what I guess is your typical drug regimens that will hopefully take care of both issues.

The hardest thing is the incessant coughing which has my throat on fire & has basically led me to not getting any sleep at night so I have pretty much been sleeping on & off all day today but of course I had to get up & get Day 9 of the 12 Days of January posted.

Unfortunately I did not pre-record this day, so the recording is not pretty but I stand by my statement from the introduction of this project, that I am more interested in getting the message out than if it is perfect. 

Anyway, today's topic is so old school but it has definitely made a huge difference in my life and perhaps it can do the same for you.

Check out Day 9 of the 12 Days of January ✏

The CurvaCast: The 12 Days of January | Day 8 #12DaysofJanuary

Hey Delights!
I am still sick 😢 and actually going to the doctor today but I of course had to share today's podcast on The CurvaCast with you.

It is Day 8 of The 12 Days of January & I have to tell you that I was honestly surprised by how much joy taking the action we talk about today gave me.

It was such a random, simple thing and something that I hadn't even thought about for years but reacquainting myself with it has definitely made my life better.

And it is a great example of what I have been saying all along this journey, that the things that make your life better don't have to be big things or expensive things or even take a lot a time to have a great impact on your world.

So take a listen to Day 8 of The 12 Days of January and perhaps you too will be inspired to do something similar that will instantly make your life better. 😍

The CurvaCast: The 12 Days of January | Day 7 #12DaysofJanuary

Happy Saturday and welcome to Day 7 of the 12 Days of January.
{insert praise dance 💃}

 Boot Tray Boots: Here, here & here | Odor Eaters (necessity for winter boots!)
Hey Delights! I am so excited that we have made it through the first half of the The 12 Days of January!

Hopefully you have had a chance to start thinking about how simple actions can have a huge, positive impact on your life if you do them consistently.

I know that I have and even though I have been sick most of this year so far, I have actually been grateful for the structure the actions provide.

For example, I love how the action from Day 1 has been taking shape in my life.  When I wake up an hour earlier, although I definitely haven't jumped right out of bed every day, I have used that time to stretch and have my tea or some days drugs for this beast of a cold. But I love that I have that time to contemplate my day and just spend quiet time with myself before I have to spend it with others.

I am hoping to use that time going forward to meditate, read, pin on Pinterest, something I enjoy but don't do nearly enough, etc.

Anyway, on to today's podcast for Day 7 of The 12 Days of January. It is short and sweet but hopefully it plants a seed for you to do what I did and get something very simple that makes your life instantly better.

The CurvaCast: The 12 Days of January | Day 6 #12DaysofJanuary

Happy Friday and welcome to Day 6 of the 12 Days of January! 

When you listen to today's recording you will find that I am crazy sick so I sound a lil Barry Whiteish but because we are at our halfway point, I thought it would be a good idea to check in with ourselves, me included, so this was not prerecorded.                      
My maladies aside, I am so excited to have made it through these first six days and in spite of or perhaps because I have been sick, I feel a great sense of accomplishment & I hope that you have greeted your first 6 days of January feeling happier and more productive.

Lets do a short recap of Day 1 - Day 5 of the The 12 Days of January and take stock of where we are.

Day 1 - We talked about possibilities and being open and we started taking control of how we start our days.

Day 2 - We talked about using a simple system that takes a lot of pressure out of getting things on our to do lists done.

Day 3 - Was a great day for me. Even sick, I instantly felt better when I took the action for this day.

Day 4 - We talked about taking control of our time to get things done, even the things we don't like to do.

Day 5 - We talked about how in spite of if things are going the way that we want them to, we still have lots to be grateful for. Its all about taking baby steps towards changes that you want to manifest in your life. The goal is to give yourself the space to do things that make your life better.

Now let's get into Day 6 of The 12 Days of January 😂

The CurvaCast: The 12 Days of January | Day 5 #12DaysofJanuary

Hello Delights! Welcome to the 5th day of January! 

How is your year going so far? Are you finding yourself feeling like things will be different for you this year? Have you been doing things that enhance your life? I know that I have. Besides utilizing the tools and doing the tasks I am presenting for The 12 Days of January, I am also taking control of what outside influences I allow in my life so I am no longer doing things like clicking on the trending topics on Twitter.

It might seem like a small thing but trust me, the posts can be a cesspool of ugliness. So after I posted this the other day, I have been consciously not clicking on the topics and while that bums me out because Twitter has always been my favorite social media platform and there is so much that I have learned from people on it, I feel so much better not allowing myself to get caught up in the muck.

We will talk more about this sort of thing in an upcoming day of the The 12 Days of January but today it is Day 5 of The 12 Days of January!

And the podcast for Day 5 is particularly timely for me.

As I am typing this, I am sick & literally hacking my brains out & I was a bit peeved with myself for not getting this post up earlier.

But when I went to upload the recording, I was reminded that every day is a new day & some of them will not go the way you want them too but that there is one very important thing that remains true in spite of it.

Listen to Day 5 of The 12 Days of January and find out what that is. 😊
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