2015 in Review - Everything Else

In between all the reading of books, watching of movies, cooking of vegetables, and critiquing celebrity fashion there was a whole lot of other stuff that went on in 2015. Let's take a look back.

In January we went horseback riding. We got new drapery for the living/dining room, and I finally made a decision on some throw pillows. I talked about my love of Downton Abbey (so glad it is back on), and how I essentially had no clothes and was going to start building up my wardrobe again.

In February I marked off another movie for my Disney Project. I talked about how the kids have grown and indoor camping. Then, Bill and I celebrated Valentine's Day by taking in a hockey game.

When March rolled around, I attempted to get organized with grid cleaning (truth be told I didn't make much progress at it). I let you guys in on a great podcast I was listening to. We went to the Children's Museum of Phoenix for Seamus' birthday and threw him a little truck party - complete with dirt cake. I talked about some fun toys that the kids (and I) liked, why I love Netflix so much, and the new drapery and pillows I picked up for the family room.

In April, we celebrated Easter (and decorated with bunnies too). I spray painted for the first time, and got a new bike. Finally, I turned 36 and talked about my cool birthday presents.

May brought about the opportunity for me to meet a woman I admire so much, Gabrielle Blair (aka Design Mom), when she stopped in Phoenix for her book signing. I talked about Madeleine's emerging tomboy style. I put together my first gift guide for Mother's Day, and talked about some more toys we love around here. I let you in on some new tops I had picked up to start building up my wardrobe. My secret love of Taylor Swift was revealed when I confessed to loving her new video. Then Madeleine's room and Seamus' room both finally got painted!

In June I put together a gift guide for Father's Day. Inspired by The Age of Adaline, I started a new series called Dress the Part to show how you can interpret movie costuming into your real life wardrobe. Bill and I took a cooking class, and Madeleine got a cool new haircut. I marked off another movie for my Disney Project, and I added some more new tops to my wardrobe. Finally, we painted the downstairs powder room and got new shades for both the kids' rooms.

When July rolled around, we did a little planting in those pretty pots of ours. I found a new way to shop. We made ice cream pizzas and did a lot of puzzles. I restyled our bookshelves and found some fun new hand towels.

August started out with me raving about the Miracle 360 Cup (we still use it daily). I recapped our Mid-West vacation to Milwaukee, Chicago, and then Milwaukee again, which then inspired me to write up some tips for flying with toddlers. I debated getting a kimono (decided against it), Madeleine had her first day of school, and I shared some new music I was loving.

In September I shared my favorite foundation make-up. We started another gallery wall in our family room. I shared another Dress the Part post inspired by The Age of Adaline again (plus had my first giveaway). I talked about the couple of new shows I was excited to start watching, and I shared some more cool toys we liked (which became my most viewed post of all). Finally, I went searching for the perfect desk for Madeleine's room.

I was missing fall when October came, so I did some virtual sweater shopping. We got a cute little swing set for the kiddos, and I got some new baskets for under our living room bookshelves. I shared some more toddler friendly Halloween movies, and talked about a few random things going on. We decorated for Halloween both inside and outside. We went to the pumpkin farm and the Balloon Spooktacular.

I started November by recapping Halloween. Bill and I had a day date (we saw The Book of Mormon), and Madeleine turned 5! I talked about some new music, and Madeleine performed at a Dia De Los Muertos festival. I added some fun new clothes to my wardrobe, finally got Madeleine that new desk, and shared some new Netflix shows I was excited about.

In December I recapped this year's Turkey Trot, and shared a children's book that I really liked. We went back to the Mid-West and spent the day in Chicago looking at all the Christmas decorations downtown. Back home, we decorated the Christmas tree, I shared our Christmas card, we visited Santa, and we made Christmas cookies. Finally, I shared our annual Elf Yourself video.

All in all, it was a very good year.

P.S. As if all this weren't enough, there of course was my monthly Crush Lists as well.
January Crush List | February Crush List | March Crush List | April Crush List | May Crush List | June Crush List | July Crush List | August Crush List | September Crush List | October Crush List | November Crush List | December Crush List

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