Monday, July 6

Musical Monday: Problem

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I don't think I've specifically talked about this before, but the Mister and I are taking active steps to simplify life.

Let Things Go [Musical Monday at High-Heeled Love]

Part of that is purely financial; we really want to get debt-free.

Part of it is that there is just too much stuff in our house. I want our home to be a peaceful environment, so that we can both relax when we get off work.

With that in mind, we've been working on going through the house and identifying what needs to go and what needs a new system of organization. It's all about reducing clutter. Here are a few steps we've taken to reduce the stuff:

  1. Taking a big box of DVDs to be sold to a secondhand store; those funds went straight into the emergency fund.
  2. Sorting through piles of magazines and making a massive trip to the local recycling center.
  3. Taking 15 minutes to pull un-loved and unworn clothes out of the dresser and closet; these have been donated.
  4. Re-organizing my yarn stash in a see-thru drawer system rather than 20-gallon tubs. I estimate that about 20 plastic Hobby Lobby bags were discarded as part of this process.

But simplifying is a little more than the physical things. We're also trying to make choices that make life easier and focusing on the things that really bring us joy:

Cooking at home and eating together.

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Growing our own food and spending time in the backyard.

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Playing with the pups.

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Spending time with people who want to see us happy

In light of this, I chose the song "Problem" by Ariana Grande for Musical Monday this week. She's singing about a person creating problems, but to me it speaks to letting go of complications in life.

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Sunday, July 5

Weekly Round-Up 7.5.15

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Welcome to the Weekly Round-Up linky party, hosted by me and Miss Angie from My So-Called Chaos.

This party is all about sharing those fabulous blogs that you've read through the week and promote our blogger community. I hope it will help you use this party to find new blogs to read and build some new blogger friendships.

So, here are the rules:

1. Grab the button.
2. Write a little list of your favorite reads this week and why.
3. Link up below and go find some fabulous new ladies to be friends with.

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That said, here were my favorite reads lately:

Six Month Fitness Journey Checkin from Glitter and Gloss [#WeeklyRoundUp at @HighHeeledLove]
I've shared Heather's fitness journey before as part of my round-ups, but I am so proud of her and amazed with her success. Check out her six month progress update at Glitter and Gloss.

How to Give Up Control from the Wonder Forest [#WeeklyRoundUp from @HighHeeledLove]
As a business owner, I'm used to being the boss and used to doing a lot of work myself, so this post from the Wonder Forest about learning to give up control is relevant to I just need to start implementing her tips.

If #lovewins why are people being such jerks from A Peek at Karen's World [#WeeklyRoundUp at @HighHeeledLove]
I found Karen's post about how people being jerks as part of the #lovewins movement to be really thoughtful. It would be really nice to see people learn to disagree respectfully. You can read Karen's thoughts at A Peek at Karen's World.

Budgeting Tips for Kitchen Renovation from Maison de Pax [#WeeklyRoundUp at @HighHeeledLove]
The Mister and I have begun discussing how we'd like to renovate our kitchen and what it would look like (even though this project is still a year or two away); so, these budgeting tips for a kitchen renovation from Maison de Pax are great for starting a plan.

Organizing Digital Photos from I Heart Planners [#WeeklyRoudUp at @HighHeeledLove]
As more and more of our lives become digital, it's important to have a plan to organize our files and photos. This post from I Heart Planners is a great method for keeping your digital photos organized.

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Saturday, July 4

What Happened in June?

It has been a long, long time since I did a monthly recap, but I think that it's a great way to revisit what's going on in my life and on the blog when I find the time to review that stats.

What Happened in June? [Monthly Recap at High-Heeled Love]

What to see what's happened in June? Here are the details.

Most Popular Blog Post

Will you be joining me for #FridayConfessional? Confession is good for the soul so come share all your dirty, little secrets. I promise not judge.
Posted by High-Heeled Love on Friday, June 5, 2015

Most Popular Facebook Post

"Any woman is just as capable of being a hero as any man."
Posted by High-Heeled Love on Thursday, June 4, 2015

Most Loved Instagram Photo

Most Pinworthy

Most Tweetable

Most Rocking Party

So, I'm a little behind in sharing my #WeeklyRoundUp. This week, my favorite blog reads included posts from Hello Hue,...
Posted by High-Heeled Love on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

What was your favorite blog post/pin/photo/tweet from June? Is there something that happened on your blog or Facebook page that you're excited about?