Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Getting Organized in 2014

Happy New Year's Eve!  

Big plans for tonight?  Per usual, Dan and I have not solidified anything yet.  

I am super excited to ring in the new year.  This is the first time in many, many years that my New Year's Resolution isn't to lose weight.  Not that I couldn't stand to lose a few more lbs, but because I don't need to make a big change for that to happen.  If I continue living the lifestyle I live right now, I know those last few pounds will come off eventually.  

Instead, my NYR is something that I will hopefully benefit from for years to come - to be more organized.  

There are some areas of my life that are extremely organized.  My email is categorized, sub-categorized, and sub-sub-categorized and my inbox never has more than 10 emails in it.  Our budget is exceled beyond imagination.  

However, there are many areas that need life support.  I have decided that instead of making the overall yearly goal of getting my act together, each month I will pick one area in my life to focus on and one new organizational habit to start.

Additionally, I hope that when I organize each new area, I don't just put everything back in its original place, because obviously that system has failed.   I want to think about how I use the space, what I can do to make it easier to use, and easier to keep usable. 

I know that if my life is more organized I will feel less stress and spend less time looking for that roll of tape in one of my many junk drawers or finding the cinnamon in my monster of a pantry.  

Here we go.  


  • Area: junk drawers.  My goal is to consolidate all of our junk areas.  Yesterday I tried to count them and stopped at 10.  
  • Habit: make my bed every morning.  There is something so refreshing about getting into a made bed at night.


  • Area: pantry.  Getting my pantry more usable is going to take a lot of thought and planning.  I am going to start pinning now.
  • Habit: put all the dirty dishes in the dishwasher before bed.  I despise waking up to make coffee and seeing/smelling dinner from the night before.  


  • Area: home office.  This is our "junk room" so it will be a major challenge.  
  • Habit: Start the Roomba before I leave for work everyday.


  • Area: my closet.  This will be a great time to store all of my winter clothes and donate any spring and summer clothes I don't want anymore.
  • Habit: don't leave clothes on the floor.  They either go back in the closet or down the laundry shoot.


  • Area: garage.  Now, I know that my garage is a lost cause due to Dan's picking habits.  However. I want one wall to be organized with stuff we actually use like a hammer, measuring tape, and a screw driver.  
  • Habit:  organize iPhoto at least once per week.  Right now it is once per 4 months and it takes hours!


  • Area: first aide kit.  Summer + Walking Ina = lots of owies
  • Habit: bathe dogs every other week.  


  • Area: kitchen cabinets and drawers.  My goal is to be able to open a cabinet without the risk of something falling on me.
  • Habit: return things that are borrowed in a timely manner.  Right now I still have the maternity clothes I borrowed from people over a year and a half ago!  Yikes!  


  • Area: laundry room.  This room is relatively organized right now, but who knows what 8 months will bring.
  • Habit: start a load of laundry before bed.  This way it won't pile up to the ceiling and I can fit clothes down the laundry shoot.  


  • Area:  work office.  I better not say anything else on that one.  Ha!
  • Habit: log my work hours daily instead of monthly.  


  • Area: bathroom.  In other words, throw away the 20+ razors that Dan keeps in the drawers.
  • Habit: put everything away after I get ready every morning.  


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  • Area: Ina's toys.  This will be right before her birthday and Christmas.  Best to organize and donate before the next wave comes in.  
  • Habit: Start to teach Ina to clean up after she gets done playing.  How early is too early on this one?  She will be 2 by then (crazy to think about!) so I hope she will start to understand the concept.  


  • Area: holiday storage.  Hopefully I can clear out what we don't use anymore without Dan digging everything out of the trash.  
  • Habit: write thank you cards within one week of getting gift.  I still haven't written thank you cards from Ina's birthday.  Shame.

Does anyone want to join me?  Can anyone think of a habit or area that I have obviously missed?

Have fun tonight and be safe!


Sunday, December 29, 2013

Weekly Food and Fitness Plan #18

Good morning!  

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Do you remember me?  

One blurry Rudolph nose picture is all I have time for today - tomorrow I will try to narrow down the thousand pictures that were taken over this past week for a picture only post.  

I unplugged the week of Christmas in every way I knew how (except for Instagram - too addicted) to be as present during the holidays as possible.

I enjoyed every second with my family and was so sad to see them leave today.  

Now it is back to reality- to a table and car full of Christmas presents to put away (we were absolutely spoiled!) and a fridge full of expired food to clean out.  

I planned on tackling most of it last night - but Dan and I ordered Indian takeout and started the first season of Homeland (my nightmares may never be the same).

This week is going to be weird with a holiday right in the middle, but will be a nice transition out of holiday-mode.



  • Sunday: Run 3ish miles - sometime.
  • Monday: 4 mile treadmill run
  • Tuesday: spin class
  • Wednesday: 6 mile treadmill run
  • Thursday: rest
  • Friday: 6 mile run
  • Saturday: rest
Running with Racheal

What are you up to this week?

Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas from The Kendricks [Christmas Card Edition]





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Can you imagine how classy this blog would have been if I started it in 2007?  Let's all thank God for small miracles.

I hope the next few days are filled with all the joy, love, and family you can stand!  

Sunday, December 22, 2013

My Christmas Food and Fitness Plan #17

Good morning!

I woke up to a Winter Wonderland here in Kansas City.  

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It looks like after I publish this post I will have a little date with my treadmill. 

This weekend has been amazing so far, and it is only Sunday morning.

Friday night I met up with a few of my friends from pharmacy school.

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We are so cool.

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Then, Ina and I drove down to my grandma's house where we hunkered down all of Saturday and did very serious things like eat chocolate chip pancakes, 

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have tea parties,

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and play cards.

Last night Ina and I drove back home for the rare chance to see my friend Sarah who is in town from North Carolina (remember when I visited her?).  Unfortunately I was so busy catching up that I didn't take any pictures, but I have plenty of mental ones.

I would be seriously kidding myself if I set an actual plan for this week as far as food and workouts go.  However, I can set a few "goals."


  • Eat at least one fruit or veggie with every meal
  • Drink water like I just hiked through a desert and found a lifetime supply of Evian
  • Try to be as intuitive in my eating as possible


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  • Bring the Jillian Michaels DVD to grandma's
  • If nothing else, do the 7 minute workout (I LOVE this app!)
  • Chase kids up and down the stairs and do baby curls, squats, jumps, and lunges <--- a very effective workout
Running with Racheal

What about you?  Any plans to have a good Christmas week?

Friday, December 20, 2013

Five Things Friday: Christmas Lists

Good morning!

Today I am copying off the cutest Courtney and her Five Things Friday posts.

Five Christmas cookie recipes you should try:
  1. The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe
  2. No-bake peanut butter cookies (I use 1.5 x CRUNCHY PB for that recipe)
  3. Cranberry white chocolate cookies (my fave)
  4. Peppermint bark
  5. Monster cookies - I know this is a Halloween recipe, but just take out the candy corn and change the candy color

Five crockpot recipes to feed a crowd so you can enjoy your holiday company:

  1. Crockpot breakfast casserole 
  2. Crockpot Asian glazed chicken
  3. Crockpot chicken and dumplings
  4. White chicken chili - I make this in the crockpot all the time.
  5. Lazy pasta sauce
I can vouch for all of those recipes except for #3.  

Five last minute gift ideas for a lady like me:

  1. StitchFix gift card - I love StitchFix.  I am getting a box today, so Christmas is coming a few days early!
  2. BirchBox subscription - the gift lasts for months!
  3. FitBit Flex - I have wanted an activity tracker for some time now and I have heard lots of good things about this one.
  4. Manicure, pedicure, or massage gift card or trip (if you are giving to a girlfriend!)
  5. An indoor herb garden / fish tank like this one.  The fish feeds the herbs, the herbs feed the fish - genius!  
Five last minute gift ideas for a guy like Dan: 

I seriously asked Dan what he would buy if he had $50 to $100 to spend on himself and this is what he said:

  1. Tommie Copper compression clothing (if you happened to be married to a 28 year old with the bones of an 80 year old)
  2. A really nice frisbee (he also has liked Nerf guns or remote control helicopters in the past - hours of entertainment)
  3. A bottle of 12 year Jameson (he did receive this last year and busts it out for special company)
  4. A pair of Oakley sunglasses (Dan and I have a deal - he doesn't get another pair of Oakley's until he takes me on another vacation.  Ha!)
  5. An electronic roaster oven (I couldn't stop laughing when he told me this) 
Five last minute gift ideas for a baby like Ina:
  1. Toes, Ears, and NoseBook (Ina has the Peek-A-Baby Book and loves it)
  2. Little People Nativity Scene (We love Ina's!)
  3. Blocks (hours of entertainment)
  4. Toy to help walking like this one
  5. Rocking chair / rocking horse Ina loves to climb up on her horse and chair and rock her little heart out.
(Disclaimer - I made those lists to help you out only.  I am fairly confident that anyone who reads this blog and is actually shopping for my family has finished, so please don't think that I made that list to tell people what we want.  Also, all of the above links are NOT affiliate links, with the exception of Stitch Fix.)

Five things to read:

  1. The Day I Stopped Saying, "Hurry Up" <--Totally needed to read that after this week's drama
  2. House Rules: In these Bodies We Dance <-- I love this so much I want to scream!  Literally.
  3. What She Doesn't Know <-- I guess I am not the only one, huh?
  4. Have Your Christmas and Eat It Too <-- The perfect way (IMO) to think about eating around the holidays
  5. A Celebration of a Mom's Love <-- Only read if you have lots of tissues

Five things I want to tell you this morning

  1. Ina is walking
  2. Ina is walking
  3. Ina is walking
  4. Ina is walking
  5. Ina is walking

She learned just in time to walk to all the presents!

Posting is going to be up in the air for the next few days, so I want to wish you and your family a VERY Merry Christmas.


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Thankful Thursday: Christmas Edition

Good morning!

I certainly have many things to be thankful for this Christmas.

- Having the ability to see my family around the holidays.  

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I work with so many people who are from different countries and their families are oceans away.  As I am enjoying time with my family, I need to remember how much of a luxury that time actually is.  

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- How comfortable and happy I am in my role as a mom.  When I look back at last Christmas I remember being a complete ball of stress over Ina and her health.  

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Like most new moms, I was checking Ina's breathing and her temperature about every 5 minutes and had to constantly be talked out of going to the ER.  I doubted myself over every decision I made.  

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(How cute! How tiny!)

This year I am much more confident in myself and in Ina and I hope to be able to enjoy this holiday with her and the rest of our family.  

- Jesus.  

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Of course I am thankful everyday for Jesus being born.  However, specifically today, I am thankful for the Christmas story.  To be able to learn it, know it, and teach it to Ina. 

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Right now she really likes to kiss Baby Jesus, and next year I will teach her more.  

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(FYI - I started a YouVersion Christmas Story reading plan and love it.  It suggests bible verses to read surrounding a certain topic and has you read a few everyday.  You can get the app on your phone, tablet, or just use your computer. This specific plan is 5 days if you want to join me!  There is also an entire social networking aspect that I haven't started yet.)

- Ina's Christmas art.

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Of course it is actually Danielle's art, but either way, every time I look at the fridge I smile (and not because I know there is egg nog inside).  

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An update on Ina and daycare - she absolutely loves it at Danielle's house.  The second she sees the house she starts smiling and reaches for Danielle every morning.  She has even cried a few times when we leave.  

Having the peace of mind that surrounds my child being at a daycare where she is safe and happy is definitely something to be thankful for!

What are you thankful for?  

I hope you have an amazing Thursday.  The weekend is almost here!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Resisting the Urge to Throw Money in the Air

Yesterday was a good day for The Kendricks.

On Saturday, Dan discovered he had lost his wallet at the Christmas party the night before.  

He was running errands that day, so his wallet had a consderable amount of cash in it.  Knowing we were out a lot of money probably contributed to my little fit later on that day, and has been a dark cloud over us this week.

Well yesterday, as he was bringing Ina inside, he yelled, "there's my wallet!"  

It was stuck on the back of a chair in the living room.  

It was a Christmas miracle!

Both of us started screaming and jumping up and down.  

You would have thought we won the lottery.  

We couldn't stop high-fiving each other the rest of the day and I kept fighting the urge to throw $100 bills in the air.  

Other ways yesterday was good:

- I wrapped every single stinkin' present I could find.

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It didn't take too long at all, and it feels oh so good to be done.  Now I can sit back and enjoy the rest of the season.

- My nephew Jake stopped by for a visit.  He has decided he loves  me.  Does anyone else think he looks an awful lot like Ina?  You can't tell from this picture, but he has the exact same color of hair she did at his age.

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- Ina and I squeezed in a short little date with Mr. BOB.  I can't say enough how lucky I am to have a daughter that loves the jogging stroller.  Yesterday she was so excited to be in it she couldn't stop squealing and kicking her legs in excitement.  She also has started to point to things (as if to ask what they are) so I (breathlessly) answer her, "tree," or, "dog," or, "car."

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- Small group was a success- I am really loving the marriage study we are doing right now and the friendships we have that get stronger and stronger every week.  

Christmas is in one week!  Yay!  

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