Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had an amazing new year’s and had fun celebrating (safely)! We had a small group of friends over, played games and ate yummy food, and watched the ball drop! Waking up this morning (thankfully not hungover) left me in the spirit of thinking of my wishes for the new year. Of course there’s obligatory health goals but, outside of those, 2019 has a lot in store for us.

  • We’re going to sell our house in GA
  • Rob will get a new car (that’s a 4 door!)
  • Fingers crossed we get pregnant with baby #2
  • Add in a dash of home renovation (master bathroom? New shed? Backyard landscaping?)
  • Travel/try to go on 3 vacations
  • Continue to set aside time for me to read, blog, craft, and play games each week
  • Continue working to make healthier decisions! (Try to eat out less and cook at home more, use my elliptical at home 4ish days a week, and log my food more often on my LoseIt! app)

It sounds like a lot to try and do but really, is it? This morning Rob went on and on about how new year’s goals are dumb and that people shouldn’t wait till the new year to start them. I agree but I also disagree.

The holidays are a hectic time and a lot of the things we want to do get pushed to the back burner to make room for the holiday festivities. I feel like viewing January as a reset is logical to me. Yes, of course, I should have been working on the majority of my “goals” already but, due to lack of free time, some were deprioritized and that makes me human. The craziness has died down now and it’s a new year. I’m ready to shift my priorities a bit and welcome the new year! In my mind it isn’t that “2019 is going to be my best year ever” it’s more that “2019 is going to be another good year and here’s why…”

What are you looking forward to for 2019?

Plan to Own My Free Time

As an effort to plan better and manage my time more effectively I’m going to work on changing a few things about myself. First, what type of activities do I want to focus on in a given week? Like consciously, each week, what do I want to do to be happy? What will make me feel like I’m effectively using my time how I want?

For me those things are…

  • Getting in some exercise
  • Eating healthier and meal prepping
  • Spending time with family
  • Spending time with friends
  • Having time to craft/DIY
  • Setting aside some video game time
  • & Blogging!

Outside of list, how can I make sure I actually do these things? I’m a major planner already so I’ve decided to plan a wee bit more. Looking at our schedule for each week I want to set aside time to do the above things. I think this will help to keep me from just watching Netflix/Hulu at night (wasting my evenings). Inste will make the most of my free time and feel successful in the areas of my life I previously felt I didn’t have time for. I’m sure my “activity list” will morph but this is my list I’m starting with.


With all of that in mind, below is my plan for “loving my free time again”. In the upcoming week I’ll fit in gym time, meal prepping, cleaning, family/friend time, watching TV, blogging, video games, and crafting/kitchen reno work.

MONDAY: a bit of cleaning, some meal prepping, and relaxing with some video game time. #1 I want to clean since the house will need some love with us having left for our trip in a hurry Thursday night (and getting back at 945pm on Sunday before working Monday). #2 Meal prepping is a must for eating healthier but the menu kinda depends on what’s in the fridge and, being in that I’m in the car right now, I’m not sure what we have currently. I think I can make pizza chicken and bacon cheeseburger cauliflower casserole. I try to eat less carbs if possible so my recipes tend to lean that way. I just made these stuffed peppers last week and they were amazing! #3 Video games. As you’ll learn, I like to play games and I’m currently playing the StarCraft 2 campaign/playing online (with Rob when he’s not playing Destiny). I am not too far into it but it’s fun. I like the build-up-a-town and kick-ass-army type of games (think Age of Empires). Also yes, I’ve accidentally called the game Star Trek a few times.

TUESDAY: gym night and Netflix-ing/cleaning. Hannah goes to bed at 7:30pm like clockwork so when I go to the gym at night I go after she’s down, usually like 7:45/8pm. I’ll probably just do cardio this time but it’s something to get me started back on track! I want to lose about 60lbs more to get to my goal weight and also be healthier pre second pregnancy! 🤞 I’ve lost 30lbs so far (since I’ve had Hannah and gained baby weight). After the gym I’ll probably relax and watch Hulu/Netflix to wrap up the evening while I clean. I just finished Harlots on Hulu (so good), am watching season 5 of The 100 on Netflix. I want to start the new Ozark second season and still need to finish Grace and Frankie season 4. Basically Netflix and Hulu are my jam.

WEDNESDAY: dinner for my mom’s birthday and hitting the gym (more cardio – day 2 this week!)

THURSDAY: swinging by Home Depot for the half bath shelf project supplies!

FRIDAY: Hannah is staying at her grandma’s house for the night so I plan to start my shelves and hit the gym (gym day 3!!) while the stain dries.

SATURDAY: playdate (maybe – gotta confirm!) with some friends of ours that have kiddos, work on/maybe finish my shelves, then a night cap of baseboard painting.

SUNDAY: meal prepping, cleaning, games (?), and getting ready for the next week. Sundays are chill in our house so I’m sure it won’t be too chaotic. If the shelves are done I might hang them.

With blogging being super fast and easy on my phone I’ll probably just fit that in whenever I want and see how that works. Thus far it’s worked well so we’ll see if that remains the case.

Cheers to a kick ass week, y’all 🍻 let’s see how this new plan works!

At it Again…

Last I blogged I had no kiddo, lived in Germany, and just graduated college. Man how different life was back then! Now we’re living in the states again, we have a 15 month old baby girl, I’m working a big girl job, Rob’s in college, and we’re constantly renovating our house!

After a visit to my sister’s this past weekend I realized I missed blogging and loved having my blog to look back on so I figured I’d try it out again. Blogging is a big time commitment so, as a full-time working mom and busy wife, I’m sure it’ll look different this time around but I’m excited to see if it’s something I can do again! First stop: this WordPress app so I can blog on the go! 😂With this blog I’m planning to just share the ins and outs of our Ruwe family: daily adventures, home renovations, DIY projects, and more!