Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Dark Water Gate

Hey Guys! I want to tell you about a book on of our dear family friends wrote.

"Thirteen-year-old twins, Jabo and Tatum, have been on "adventures" while growing up along the Suwanee River their whole lives. But now their grandpa has sent them on the adventure of a lifetime - to a place they thought was only in his imagination. A beautiful land under threat of dark dominion...warrior families who will do anything to protect the prophecy of hope for their world...and young twins who discover their destiny is also their family heritage - they are Bridge Walkers."

I have not read the book yet, but I am looking forward to doing so. I just wanted to let all of you know about this so you can help support an up and coming author! You know, so you can brag that you read is first book the week it came out before anyone knew who he was...

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Video for Your Weekend Viewing

I thought I would post some videos of our day yesterday. It was a fun Friday at home with my little man!

Cleaning or Messing, you decide?

Bubble Wrap!!!

Friday, January 3, 2014

5 on Friday - Jan 3

Today I am linking up with Darci for 5 on Friday as well as Shay, Mel and Shaeffer for Pin-spired.


My outfit this month.

pinspired look

I can't point to a direct pin that inspired this look, but Pinterest in general has changed my whole style (as in I have one now).

pinterest told me to

monogrammed necklace

And straight from Shay, I doubled up on the bracelets and necklaces. I am normally and earring girl, so this was kind of a big deal for me.


I finally started utilizing twitter... I went from 18 followers to 106 in 4 days!!! Follow me @carissajhoward


My little man is getting too big too fast! I need time to slow down!!

baby posing

This is him posing with me for my pin-spired photos!


We took down our Christmas tree and all our other decorations... Does anyone else's house feel empty?


I love the new year, it a great time to look back and remember the past year and all the blessings and trials. It's also a great time to look forward to the goals you have in front of you!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

4 Ways Gum Can Help you Keep Your Health Goals

weightloss, weight loss

1. While Your Cooking - chewing gum while your cooking will keep you from snacking as you cook, especially if you are baking. How many times have you finished a meal just to realize that your not hungry because you have munched on the meal the entire time you were cooking?

2. When You're Finished Eating - I read somewhere that this is what Kim Kardashian does to lose weight. I don't know if that is true or not, but the idea is a good one. If you're at a restaurant and you have decided you are full, start chewing on a piece of gum. Having the mint flavor in your mouth will make anything additional taste funny. Not to mention you will be chewing, so you will feel like you are still eating.

3. When You Workout - I recently had a cold and was coughing up a lung. I didn't want to miss boot camp, but any time I got my heart rate up I would start coughing uncontrollably. My trainer offered me a piece of gum... and that did the trick! I don't know if it was the chewing or the mint or something else entirely, but it worked. So don't skip a workout just because you're coughing. It's no longer an excuse!

4. During The Afternoon Snack Attack - you know what I'm talking about. That time right around 3, when you're not really hungry, but you just feel the need to grab a snack. Yeah, it's not just you. I think we all do that. Don't eat, chew gum. It will get you through till you can get home and start dinner.

In all of my years of trying to lose weight these are a few of the tricks I picked. Do you have any tricks you use to keep you from overeating or snacking? I would love to hear them!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 Goals

After looking back on my 2013 goals, it's time to set some new goals for 2014. These aren't in any particular order, they are simply things I would like to get done.

2014 new year

  • Stay on budget - in doing so we will finally be able to pay off all of our student loans.
  • Straighten up the house each night before bed.
  • Memorize a verse each night before bed.
  • Eat dinner at the table more often. Along with this I want to meal plan, which will also help with staying on budget.
  • Watch less TV. Read more.
  • Make our bed daily.
  • Read a Bible story to Landry nightly.
  • Redo our master closet.
  • Continue to grow my blog. I would like to see my first check this year.
What are some of your goals? Do we have any in common? If so, let's keep each accountable!