Friday, March 31, 2017

weekly musings || 3.31

-  jared + i celebrated two years of marriage this week! i sure do love that guy.

-  i finished harry potter and the cursed child. five stars!

-  my brother-in-law fixed my macbook! i am so excited to get back to blogging + netflix.

-  i fell asleep to the storms on tuesday night + it was glorious.

-  i have discovered the greatest thing, you guys: the cookie dough cafe. you're welcome.

-  did you know there's such a thing as gluten-free toothpaste? i mean . . . why?

-  i may give birth before april the giraffe does.

-  italy is weighing a law granting paid menstrual leave for cramps. i find this a little ridiculous, actually. 

leslie knope just gets me.

-  small moments i'm learning to embrace despite hating second shift: jared makes me coffee in the mornings.

-  i've found comfort in 2 timothy 1:7 lately. when i'm feeling anxious or worried, i repeat this verse to myself.

on the blog this weeka month in review:  march 2017  ||  powersheets check-in: Q1  ||  t w o  

a month in review // march 2017

a baby bump, spring blooms, maple donut, more blooms, baby boy, even more blooms, ice cream + HP, milo bean, camping



//  i left work early on a beautiful spring friday afternoon to walk around botanica.

//  we took our first camping trip of the season. we stayed at cheney lake two nights with my sister-in-law and her family. it was so much fun to relax + spend time with jared's family. i took way too many photos of flowers + went on a photo walk with my niece.

//  i started my fourth bullet journal!

//  i dropped my very expensive macbook. [insert crying emoji] but i'm so thankful for a husband who immediately looks up how to fix it + orders the parts. he is the best, i tell ya. i am also super thankful for a tech-savvy brother-in-law who fixed it for free!

//  jared + i randomly stopped by paradise donuts after church one sunday afternoon. YOU GUYS. i got donut holes because... why wouldn't i? they're freaking donut holes. it was SO good. they sell coffee from one of our favorite local spots, too. we found a new saturday morning chill spot! as we were pulling out of the parking lot, jared asked if i had saved any for our friends. "umm, there are two left, so..." he couldn't believe how fast i inhaled those donut holes. hahahaha!

// since jared started a new shift at work, we spent an entire saturday adventuring around wichita to celebrate our anniversary. we started the morning slowly. we slept in + enjoyed a cup of coffee in the living room. we had lunch at sweet basil + watched the new power rangers movie. we ended the evening cuddling in bed until we fell asleep.


::  chill with bob ross on netflix is so mesmerizing + relaxing.

::  cleaning/de-cluttering while listening to a podcast is a great combination. one of my biggest goals for this year is to purge our home of all the stuff. you know what i mean- the "maybe i'll use this sometime" junk that never actually gets use. or the things stored because it was a gift or whatnot. i'm tired of holding onto material things that have no value. we are also trying to make room for another human, so there's that.

::  new market square on a saturday afternoon is ridiculous.

::  jess connolly was talking about how she visits three different grocery stores each week. i found that crazy, but she [and lots of her followers] said it saves money. i convinced jared to try it once, but instead of three, we would go to aldis and dillons. we normally spend between $90 - $120 on groceries each week. between the two grocery stores, we spent about $120, but you guys- we got a lot more food than normal. so now i'm all about that shop-at-multiple-grocery-stores life. [until i have the baby. then- ha. no.]

::  there is something therapeutic about documenting the everyday happenings of my life. i don't record every. single. detail. but i note funny occurrences, quotes, scripture, random adventures, thoughts, happenings, goals, dreams, to-do's, etc.

::  jared started his new shift. it has been a little difficult. i get to see him maybe a total of an hour each day during the weekdays. but i know this is not forever. it's taught us to enjoy the time we have on the weekends. plus he makes me coffee every morning before work, so there are a few good things about this new shift for sure.

::  how i know i'm an adult: waking up at 8:30 is considered "sleeping in" these days.



::  complete baby registries. [target + babies-r-us].  this was overwhelming + fun all at the same time.

::  visit botanica.  i knew i'd accomplish this goal because FLOWERS.  

::  read 1 book.  i finished the new harry potter book/play. it's HP, so i give it no less than five stars!  

::  celebrate 2 years of marriage

::  listen to 3 podcastsone  //  two  //  three 

::  clean up gmail accounts.  i am so happy to open my gmail app and see an empty inbox.  

::  start a new bullet journal.  see my fourth bu-jo here.

::  lent study with amen paper co.  not so much. i'm a little disappointed in this study actually.


::  powersheets check-in.  
::  blog 1 - 2 times each week.  
::  keep up with month-in-review post on the blog.  


::  bible study
::  prayer
::  drink water
::  dailies in life planner
::  little by little

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

2017 powersheets check-in: first quarter.

i have mentioned powersheets a lot on the blog this year, and i wanted to share how they have impacted my life during these first three months of the year. this is not a sponsored post. i get no compensation for this - i just want to share how awesome this process has been for me in hopes that it will benefit someone else.

for years, i set goals with no purpose. when posting monthly goals on blogs became a thing, i basically blogged them because everyone else was. there was no thought or why behind the goals. i never really completed those goals because there was no purpose behind the drive to accomplish what i set out to do. powersheets help me stay motivated. i see more of the why behind my goals + dreams. i always ask myself, "am i setting this goal with a purpose in mind or just so i can check it off my to-do list at the end of the month?" it keeps me accountable and motivated to live on purpose.

2017 GOALS

when i set my 2017 goals, i filled in all ten boxes. two weeks later, i had this uneasiness about the goals i set. i think my brain saw the empty boxes and felt the need to fill in every single line. i have narrowed my initial ten goals down to six.

JESUS.  more of Him, less of everything else. more time in God's Word. wild worship. daily prayer.

LITTLE BY LITTLE.  daily home tending to keep a tidy home. purge the clutter. 

LOVE + SERVE JARED WELL.  pray for him. cook. find ways to make him smile.

SELF CARE.  drink lots of water + take vitamins. rest. create. read. blog. take lots of photos.

PREPARE FOR THE ARRIVAL OF OUR SON.  complete baby registry. get nursery in order. pray, pray, pray.

COMPLETE A FEW TASKS ON MY 101 IN 1001 LIST. see the list here. i still need to add about 20 more tasks.

what i like about the powersheets - though structured - allow for room + margin. during the next quarter's goals refresh, i may just have one goal for those following three months. [no doubt- it'll be some form of keep newborn alive. haha!] structure + flexibility are opposites, but i'm learning that with the help of my powersheets and prayer, they can live cohesively and complimentary.

here are my tending lists from the first quarter of the year:


i knew january would be one of two months in the year that would see the least amount of action. [the other month is july - because that's when i'll have a newborn, which takes priority. the only goal i'll set that month will be keep the baby alive.] work was insane this month, but i did make progress on a few goals.


i was so motivated in february! i'm learning that i don't have to fill in every line of my powersheets. that would become overwhelming + unnecessary. i've found it also helps to make it pretty with colored pens + stickers. it's silly, but if it works- it works!


march was a good month. i could feel procrastination + excuses start to creep in my everyday life. i cut myself a little bit of slack in the middle of the month because of jared's shift change, but then got back on track. 

Monday, March 27, 2017


on this day - two years ago - i married jared.
we made plans the weekend before to elope in vegas - only telling immediate family + a few friends.
it was sweet + special + intimate + perfect for us.

two years of adventures + laughs + memories + lots of coffee. marrying jared will always be one of the best decisions i've made in this life. as i'm typing this, our son is wiggling around in my tummy, and i'm reminded of all the tearful prayers i prayed during the majority of my twenties as a single lady. i don't take these moments for granted one bit. my God is faithful. happy two years to my love!

Friday, March 24, 2017

weekly musings || 3.24

-  i'm twenty-seven weeks now!

-  jared started the new shift at work this week. we are settling into this new routine fairly well.

-  elevation worship's new album is SO good. fullness is my favorite song.

-  i am so, so thankful i married a man who doesn't snore loudly. we would have to sleep in separate bedrooms.

-  tax season is over in less than a month. i've enjoyed learning, but i'm ready to have my saturdays back.

two years ago yesterday, mama + i were driving all over tulsa trying to find a wedding dress. sweet memories!

-  in my thirty years of life, i have never found ice cream better than braum's chocolate chip cookie dough.

-  if having heartburn means your baby will have lots of hair, then i'm giving birth to a wookie, y'all.

-  there is a possibility that i may have a doula present during the birth of our son. this is a huge blessing!

-  i am so, so obsessed with these ceramic gemstone mugs. i wouldn't actually drink out of them because they are works of art.

Monday, March 20, 2017

happy first day of spring!

all photos shot with my iphone 7 + edited with the VSCO app

Friday, March 17, 2017

weekly musings || 3.17

-  we are going camping this weekend. i am so excited to relax at the lake for the night + hang out with family.

-  i couldn't believe the number of strollers/car seats/baby items there are when i was registering in target. and then i went to register at babies-r-us. holy moly, talk about overwhelming!

-  you guys. i dropped my macbook last night. it's going to cost $300 to fix the screen. [insert crying emoji]

-  one of my favorite little girls came up to me at church, looked at my growing belly and exclaimed, "amber, you're starting to have a baby!" hahahaha!

-  i have the hardest time with writing the beginning paragraph of blog posts. it shouldn't be that difficult.

-  i totally forgot today was st. patty's day. but i must have subconsciously knew because i still wore green. 

-  i tried the new iced cinnamon almond milk macchiato from starbucks recently. verdict: eh.

-  only one more month of tax season! i have really enjoyed learning all about income tax this year.

-  i cannot wrap my brain around the fact that i start the third trimester very soon. time is a funny thing.

-  does anyone else find it weird that bloglovin' now lets you know when people have read your posts?

-  when one of my FB friends posts that they started selling [this or that], i immediately unfollow them. harsh?

-  someone informed me i looked like i was pregnant with a basketball. umm... thanks?

-  in case you missed it on the blog this week, i shared my bullet journal + my sixth month of pregnancy.

//  see more weekly musings here  //

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

pregnancy: month six.

DUE DATE:  june 22, 2017
WEEKS:  22 - 26
TRIMESTER:  second
GENDER:  boy!


is a growing belly considered a symptom? hahahaha. kidding. i can no longer fit into any pre-pregnancy shirts. it's getting a little harder to bend down to pick things up. and let's not discuss the difficulty i have when trying stand up after i've been sitting on the floor.

this has nothing to do with pregnancy, but i caught a nasty cold around week 23. i was so miserable because i'm limited to benadryl and tylenol. it was one of the worst colds i've had. i also developed allergies apparently? i'm finally starting to kick them, but the past week was very snotty + sneezy.


-  give me all the ice cream in the world.
-  chick-fil-a. i don't feel guilty in the least because they are the Lord's calories.
-  orange juice.
cheerios medley crunch.


oh, mylanta. this is the best part of pregnancy for me. theeeee absolute best. baby boy moves a lot now. i have started seeing his kicks and punches when i'm sitting at my desk. i will never get over being able to feel our baby wiggle + move around.


pregnancy insomnia is still a thing. it usually occurs between two and three in the morning and lasts for about thirty to forty-five minutes. i've learned to utilize these moments by praying.

i also get uncomfortable a lot. i've learned that i cannot sleep with pants on anymore. [tmi?] and i get hot during the night. [this is not normal for my always cold self.]


like i mentioned before, i cannot wear any of my pre-pregnancy clothes anymore- with the exception of a few t-shirts. i'm still wearing the maternity pants i bought at ten weeks. i bought this hoodie from target, and it is soooo comfy. the problem i have with most maternity clothing is that it is sooooo long. i know it's supposed to cover the growing belly, but why are maternity shirts made to cover me from head to toe?


my baby shower next month! starting on the nursery. hearing his heartbeat at my next appointment.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

how i bullet journal.

during one of my pregnancy-related insomnia nights, i had the idea to start another bullet journal. my first bujo was a catch-all for to-dos, planning, daily tasks, etc. it basically replaced my planner. this time around, i am solely using my bujo to document 2017.

[if you're wondering what the heck a bullet journal is, it's explained perfectly on the bujo website. if you want inspiration overload, search #bulletjournal on insta. there are tons of youtube videos as well.]


since i'm not using the bullet journal for daily tasks, it's really just a bunch of collections. this is a yearly bujo, so i'll add more as the year goes along. here are the collections i've added so far:


this is self-explanatory. the index is a table of contents to help find where each collection/list is.


since this is a bujo for 2017, i want to remember the lessons i've learned throughout the year. 
i also record random happenings throughout the month.


a list of happy things to remind me of the simple joys in life.


because my city is wichitawesome.
i also want a list of meals to make because i need ideas before i grocery shop.


a wish list of items i need/want.


moleskine cashier journal  +  a black sharpie pen
that's it. well, almost. i've added some washi tape to the edges to distinguish the collections. this time around, i want to keep it super simple. no fancy-schmancy non-sense. just a record of this year's happenings, lessons, moments, and lists. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

weekly musings || 3.10

//  i have debated on bringing weekly musings back to wildbloom. it was my favorite post to write for the longest time. maybe it will make a comeback or maybe not.

//  i've started my fourth bullet journal. i'm sharing all about it on the blog next week.

//  baby boy finally has a name! i'm going to wait until after he's born to share it online. ohhh, the suspense!

//  if you've been a long-time reader, you know my love for the transformers movies. my due date is june 22nd. the premiere of the fifth movie is june 23rd. figures.

//  please tell me you've watched this video of the pregnant woman imitating april the giraffe?! so funny!

//  i woke up wednesday morning to find tyler sleeping in the bathtub.

//  jared + i celebrate two years of marriage this month! i can hardly believe it.

//  I WANT THIS RIGHT NOW. sorry for screaming, but #gilmoregirlsforever.

//  i am so thankful that i work at a job where - as soon as i get to work - i can take my shoes off.

//  my sentiments exactly.

//  i ate a red velvet donut recently, and my life was changed forever.

//  i have watched this video way too many times to count.

//  i'm on cold #2 in three weeks. pregnancy has shot my immune system, but it's worth it.

Monday, March 6, 2017

a happy list.

spring blooms. feeling our baby boy kicking + moving around in my tummy. iced vanilla coffee. 
early morning cuddles with milo. ice cream. our new king size bed. maternity leggings. lemonade.
sunshine. new journals. bright-colored pens. taking my shoes off once i get to work. my powersheets.
fresh inspiration + creating. the smell of dirt & earth. open windows & fresh air. more spring blooms & FLOWERS.

//  more happy lists here  //   

Thursday, March 2, 2017

currently // march 2017


i caught a nasty cold a couple weeks ago. ugh, it was the worst. being sick is no fun, but being sick while pregnant is such a downer. i can't just chug some dayquil and function fairly well throughout the day. i can only take benadryl, which knocks me out. so i pretty much suffered through the work day until i got home. i took a sick day to get some rest, which was helpful. but then came the snot. it's like i was drowning in it. this was my life. i'm happy to be among the living now.


i made this crockpot meal recently. Y'ALL. i cannot believe how delicious it was. granted, i half expected to mess it up somehow because i've never used a crockpot before, but it was epic! i've made it twice now, at the request of husband. now i need all the crockpot recipes because it's my new best friend.


everyone told me that i'd have weird dreams during my pregnancy. there are two that i've been able to remember so far - only because they were so out there. one was - we decided to visit jared's uncle. when we arrived at his house, we discovered his son was living there. [jared's uncle actually has two daughters, so yeah.] this was shocking and terrifying because he was a serial killer in my dream. he kept looking at me a lot. i woke up completely terrified, y'all. ha!

the other dream- i was going to walmart with my mom [while pregnant] and all of a sudden, i had my baby. i didn't go into labor though. one second i was pregnant, the next, BAM- baby in my arms. [it was a girl. what?!] but i'm walking around walmart freaking out because i've just had my baby... somehow. i am also sad because i didn't get to experience the birth. haha! but then i realize that baby is hungry, and i had no bottle. but then- it hit me. i have boobs! so i whipped one out and the baby was going to town. there i was, walking around walmart nursing my newborn baby, people. that's not even the weirdest part of the dream. i was switching her to my other boob when she threw up allllllll over me. so i did what any rational mom does in her dreams, i cleaned myself off with lettuce. ... WHAT?!


spring-like days in winter. lucky charms. laughing at how excited milo gets to look out the window. maternity leggings. kari jobe's new album. iced vanilla coffee. my powersheets. noticing tiny blooms forming! ice cream. baby boy's kicks. our new king-size bed. these papermate flair pens.


-  an edible cookie dough shop. this is what dreams are made of, people.

this song.

-  any and all "baby registry must-have" lists. everyone keeps bugging me about my registry, and i'm all, i don't know, margo. leave me alone [with a tub of ice cream] right now.

let's share what we learned this winter by emily p. freeman. i have enjoyed reading thru the lists. i'm all about learning something every day, so this link-up is great for inspiration!

-  one of our friends introduced us to the awesomeness that is john crist. his snapchats are just as hilarious!