Well hello!

I don’t even know where to start. I can’t believe my last post was in November! I can’t believe the holidays have come and gone, my one-year blog anniversary has come and gone, and that we are already into FEBRUARY – almost MARCH!! – of 2016!!!! Why is time flying by so fast?!?!

Well, I could go back and detail the updates on everything I’ve been up to the last few months – all of my purging projects, all of my nextpiration projects, all of my new year resolutions and goals, all of the amazing wisdom and life lessons I’ve gained, all of the fun adventures I’ve been on with my kids, all of the upcoming fun we have planned for 2016…. but instead, I’ll just surge forward, full steam ahead, and hold on for the ride!

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller

Those are true words spoken by one of my favorite 1980s movie characters, and I’ll just leave it at that for now. I’ve been busy, I’ve been slammed, I’ve been treading water trying to keep breathing… But I’m here, and I miss my little chapternextblog! I’ve stopped and looked around, and I like all the views I see – or I like the ideas in my head of the views I’d like to change! So I’m back to start sharing again – more consistent posts are on their way! ๐Ÿ™‚

Are you ready? ChapterNext, here we go!! I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it!!!!

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A Day in the Life of Zara

Hi everyone, this is Zara! My mom has been so busy having fun with all of her projects and challenges right now (and brother and I keep her pretty busy too), that she hasn’t even had a chance to sit down to write about any of them for quite awhile now. So we decided to change it up a bit today and have me, Zara Winter (age 23 months), sit in as a guest blogger and write a post about my adventures. So here is A Day in the Life of Zara. Enjoy!


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Show and Tell: COSTUMES!!

What perfect timing for this Show and Tell linkup with Andrea over at momfessionals! The topic this week is Halloween costumes. I’m pretty sure this is one of my favorite topics on the Show and Tell list this year.

We love Halloween. We love costume parties. We love it all. I mean, we have a costume closet. And it’s awesome. So I’ve got too many plenty of costume pictures to share, but I’m going to keep this one short and sweet and just share my favorite “turning point” costume that I wore two years ago – which marked my final Halloween before I became a mom.


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Today I Chose Sleep

Hello Monday.

Today is normally a day that I would post an update and new goal for my next Momentum Monday. Or a post about all of my ridiculous,ย I mean fun ๐Ÿ™‚ goals and challenges I am currently working on – my October fitness goals, my current house project, my fall bucket list, the great purge-fest of 2015, to name a few. Or even a post about another ridiculous, I mean fun ๐Ÿ™‚ new challenge that I am starting today – the 21-day fix.

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My First Job: A Lost Profession

I’m excited to link up with Andrea over at Momfessionals for her Show and Tell Tuesday – the topic this time around is first jobs.

In the state of Washington, you have to be at least 16 years old to have a job. But then there are a few businesses who can/do hire younger than that. I don’t know what the loophole is, but both Jeremy and I were younger than 16 when we worked our first jobs. And with how much the times have changed these days, my first job seems like a lost profession…. the paper route. Do people still get the newspaper delivered to their front porch anymore?ย  Continue reading

Fall Bucket List

There’s no denying it anymore, folks! We’ve had our first October weekend, which means fall has officially begun. (I realize that it already “officially/technically” had started, but I hold on to summer for as long as possible!) As far as seasons go, summer is my favorite, winter is a very close second, and fall is a respectable third! (Sorry spring, you’re pretty and all, but you’re basically just the stepping stone to summer.)

So with the new fall colors, and the cute boots and leggings, and the apple pickings and pumpkin patches in full force, there are plenty of reasons to get outside and enjoy this amazing season!ย  Continue reading

Fitness in the Fall

As much as I want to hold on to summer…. I think it’s time I admit that fall is officially here. September is my transition month, but there’s no denying it once October hits. The air is crisp and cooler, but the sky is still bright blue. The leaves are turning yellow and orange, but the sky is still bright blue. The days are feeling shorter, but the sky is still bright blue. And a bright blue sky is too inviting to stay indoors all day! And because of all of that, fall is the perfect time to keep up a fitness routine outside.ย The bright blue sky is deceiving though. Sometimes it’s colder than it looks, and sometimes it’s warmer than it looks. Time to bust out the fun fall fitness layers!ย  Continue reading