Friday, January 31, 2014

January Recap

One month down, eleven more to go! I don't know about you, but I think this year is off to a great start. I mean, despite this whole "polar vortex" thing. Is it affecting you? We're freezing up here in Michigan. A girl can only hope this means we'll have some awesome beach weather come summer. (Mother Nature, are you listening?) Until then, since February is upon us tomorrow, I thought I'd review some of the things I was looking forward to this month. You know, just to see how it all turned out.

1) A fresh start in good health.
Currently 21 weeks into this pregnancy, I'm at that stage where everything feels comfortable. And thankfully, I've gotten myself through the bad flu/coughing spell that I was in for most of December and some of November, too. But here's the catch: I've been dealing with some congestion all week and I'm seriously hoping it goes away quickly. I sound like a frog. Starbucks was a must:

2) New beginnings at the gym.
January is typically a crazy month in the fitness industry. Most clubs see an influx of new members, and we certainly did. In addition, old members not otherwise coming regularly seemed to resurface, which added to the hustle and bustle of things. And, cue the snow, which forced us to close shop for two days and close early for another. But, attendance is up in all of our classes and my personal trainers are stacked with clients. We're off to a great start.

3) Seeing Baby in a second ultrasound.
Just this week, we got to see Baby! Ultrasounds will never cease to amaze me (or freak me out with their ability to make my kid look like an alien). Long story short: All is good. And no, we didn't find out the gender.

4) Celebrating Hannah's birthday. 
Oh, did we celebrate! Girl had so much fun at her party. And so did we. Some of the decorations are still all over the house, despite having taking down a ton of them already. Honestly, I'd be rid of all of them by now, but the husband keeps protesting. I never knew he was such a Dora the Explorer fan.

5) Blogging regularly again.
I think I've found my blogging vibe again. I posted on all but five days, and never once did I feel as if I was posting just to post. So that's good. I've also been working on some back end things that will continue to improve Daily Dose. I'm also trying to connect with you more on Twitter and Facebook. (You can still find me all over Instagram and Pinterest, too.)

And just in case you missed them, here aew five top posts from this month:

1) 8 Tips for Taking Your First #Spinning Class
2) Easy Garlic Hummus with @WholeFoods #365Organic Tahini
3) Infographic: 10 Common Weight Loss Mistakes
4) 6 Things I'm Loving Right Now
5) Easy Ways to Improve Your Blog

Conclusion? January really was good.
Up next? February. But first, a get-together with friends tonight.

And don't forget to enter the MyRaceRagz custom race tee giveaway. 
It'll be open for a few more hours!

Question: What was the highlight of your January;


Mandy Nester said...

We've decided not to find out the gender of our baby #2 either. We didn't find out what our first one was and it was so much fun...drove everyone nuts! :) Having our son's bday party today, so we have monkey stuff all over the house. I'm so jealous you have easy access to Starbucks. I'm dying for something Starbucks but would have to drive 40 minutes to get it. I might have to break down and do it! Have a great February!!!

Kate Scott said...

Sounds like it was a great month! Our 20 week ultrasound amazed me! We could see the blood pumping in and out of her heart--I had no idea that was possible!

adailydoseoffit said...

Aren't they crazy? Except for the shots that make 'em look like little aliens. We have one where Baby's mouth is open and it's ca-reeepy! Haha!

adailydoseoffit said...

I really wanted to know with our first, but my husband convinced me otherwise and I'm so glad he did. Best moment of my life! Can't wait to have another just like it! You should pick up some of those VIA packets from the store...can you find those? Then you wouldn't have to drive! Mine is less than a mile away, but it's in a grocery store which can be a huge hassle if I want something quickly. But still, I'm grateful to have it! Hope you at least have a local beanery you can hit!

Mandy Nester said...

Thanks for the suggestion about the Via packets. I haven't tried them in years, so it's worth another go round. I have a favorite locally roasted coffee that I just need to break down and buy - I can get it in decaf! It's called Jamaican Me Crazy and it's fantastic. I can brew it at home and feel like I have my own coffee shop. Unfortunately, there's not one coffee shop closer than 25 minutes to me. Isn't that crazy? I'm really rural!

adailydoseoffit said...

Good decaf is so hard to find! I have a Keurig and all the decaf varieties are so boring. Every once in a while I allow myself a cup of my favorite non-decaf (Blueberry Morning from Green Mountain). Starbucks just came out with two new latte VIAs: Mocha and Caramel, I think. They swear they're new, but I swear I've had them before. Maybe they updated the recipe?!

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