New Year, New Chapter

I’m usually not one to post my new year’s resolutions, mainly because I don’t think it takes the start of a new year to start something like exercising or eating better. We all know we can start those things whenever we feel the motivation to do it. But hey, some people need that blank slate and the excitement of a new year to make changes and that’s ok too, as long as you stick to them. As just a precautionary though, I always try to avoid the gym for the first few months of the year. 🙂

But, after deciding to make a few changes this year and mark some things off my to-do list, I decided to share some of my goals for the year. I’ve been slowly trying to make changes throughout the past year that haven’t been easy. But sometimes change is a good thing and I’m hoping they will only lead to a more stress-free life.

1. Quit Facebook. Do what?? I know, this will be a tough one. But when the idea came into my head, I had so many reasons why it was a good idea. How many hours a day do we spend scrolling through our feeds, reading about what our acquaintances are eating or doing all day? I found myself scrolling in the morning before I even got out of bed, scrolling at a stop light, scrolling while I sit on the couch beside my husband, scrolling while Easton played beside me, and scrolling before I closed my eyes at night. Do you realize how much time that is that could be spent doing something else? And half of the stuff that I read frustrates me. I will never understand why people share stories that are “so horrible” or “disgusting.” If they are bad, why would you want to spread it around? And don’t get me started about politics or views on gays and Hobby Lobby. Everyone is going to have an opinion. I may not agree with it, but that’s ok. That’s what makes America so great and diverse. As long as you’re not shoving it down my throat, we’re good. And I won’t even begin to talk about selfies. I will miss seeing photos of my friends from all over the US and keeping in touch with them, but I know that the ones closest to me will call or write. Just thinking of all the extra time I’ll have to do things and spend time with my family instead of taking a quiz on how country I am, excites me! I will still be on Instagram, so please keep up with me there! @sarah_staggs

2. Organize my photos. I’ve got photos on my computer, photos on my card reader, and photos on my camera. Some sorting, deleting and editing is in desperate need! I’m also planning on putting yearly photo books together to get the thousands of photos I take a year off 0f my computer and onto something we can keep and enjoy forever. I also need to finish Easton’s baby book!

3. Shoot for fun and learn to say no. I put myself into quite a pickle this past year when I started to photograph other people. It’s so hard starting out, not knowing what to charge people because I’m new at this, but I need to also make it worth my time. I did a few photo shoots for free before venturing into the scary world of charging people. I ended up spending way more time than I thought I would, driving to the location, shooting, editing, and getting the photos put into an online album. While I know it was a great learning experience for me, it was also a wake up call. My family is more important than a few extra bucks. I do hope to one day be able to provide an income for my family with photography. I just must be patient and wait until my skills have evolved and I can charge people what I believe my time and skills are worth. Sometimes it’s hard saying no to people, especially friends, but I know I’ll thank myself for it later.

4. Travel more. We have a ton of places we want to visit while we are stationed out here in California. Time to start marking some of them off our list! First trip is already in the works!

5. Do more things for myself. I used to think this made me sound selfish, but now I believe it’s vital to a healthy life.  I think I made this resolution last year, but with being a wife, mom, and working full time, that can be hard sometimes. Whether it be a massage, pedicure, reading a book, or blogging, I promise to take better care of me, so that I can take better care of the ones I love.

I’m sure there are more, but those are my top 5! I hope those of you that follow my blog on Facebook will continue to stop by and see what I’m up to. Blessings to you in the new year!

The Big Move…

Yes, we are officially crazy! After living in our current SoCal house for 1.5 years, we became good friends with our neighbors who live just 17 houses down. When they purchased a new home just 3 miles away, they asked us if we would be interested in renting their home. Logan and I debated on whether or not we wanted to add another move to our crazy military lifestyle but seeing as how their home has a pool, we felt like it was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up. So, we are currently undergoing move number 6- woohoo! So please forgive me as my Thanksgiving decor did not make it out of the boxes this year!

We will miss our awesome neighbors but we’re comforted knowing that they’re not too far away and we look forward to relaxing by the pool this summer! I’m sure we’ll have a lot more friends stopping by as well!

So, if we happen to have made it onto your Christmas card mailing list this year, text or send me an email to get our new address.

Wish us luck!

Décor Diaries: Spells and Potions and Magic, Oh My!

It’s officially Halloween, and while the goblins are wrapping up their trick or treating, I thought I’d share our Halloween decor this year. It’s always hard taking pictures of my decor in the house that we’re currently renting because of how dark it is. Hoping our next home has more natural light!

I decorated our mantel this year with some classic Halloween staples including some spell books, white pumpkins, a black candelabra, and our new friend, the crow. I like that it can really go with any color pallet that you may already have going in your home because it’s all neutrals. I also feel it’s a step towards the more sophisticated side of Halloween decor instead of the usual orange kiddy craft explosion.

I mixed up my chalkboard frame with an extra piece I had left over from the first one I had framed. I had Logan cut two dowels and place them on each side of the chalkboard and then added the string. Looks just like an old scroll! The candelabra was a great find at Michael’s that I spray painted black.

And adding to our decor from last year, I made three potions bottles from Logan’s old whiskey bottles.  I simply removed the labels and printed out some potion labels at home and glued them on. I also finally found a use for all that hair Trigger sheds! It looks just like werewolf fur! Ta-da! The bone powder is flour and for the unicorn tears bottle I painted the inside with glitter and mod podge before baking. I showcased them all together on a silver tea set that has started to tarnish.  Simple Halloween decor that didn’t cost me a penny!

Tonight we had fun hanging out with our neighbors, and after Easton hit up the houses close by, we headed off to a very popular neighborhood just up the road with Easton’s friend, Reagan. I didn’t get a good picture of Reagan (dressed as Belle) and Easton together, but they got quite a few oohhs and aahs. They were totally cute together. Before leaving the house, I did manage to snap a photo of Easton in his Indian costume! He hasn’t mastered the “trick or treat” saying yet, but he enjoyed getting to hold out his bucket and saying thank you. Reagan had him covered on the “trick or treat” part. Hope everyone had a safe and fun Halloween! Goodnight to all!

Easton’s Library: October 2014 Edition

Halloween is almost here and flying into Easton’s library this month is the bewitching book, Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson. A kind witch makes room for some new animal friends while out riding her broom. But when faced with a tragedy, they discover that quick wits and teamwork can save a good friendship. I thought the illustrations by Axel Scheffler were adorable and Easton enjoyed pointing out different items in the book. Plus who doesn’t love animal friendships? This a great, not so scary book, perfect for Halloween!

Easton loves saying, “oh no” when he gets to this part in the book! You’ll have to read it to see what happens!

Just a Girl in a Football World

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, today is the official start of football season. Don’t feel bad, apparently I’ve been living under a rock because I was informed yesterday by my husband that “pizza night” had been moved to Thursdays. “Why?” I asked. “Because, tomorrow is Thursday night football!” This may sound like he’s a die hard football fan but in all reality neither one of us are. We just like pizza.

I grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and was ten when they announced that we’d be getting an NFL team. So I am proud to say that I’m a Jaguars fan because I’ve been there from the beginning. No band-wagon fan here! Logan is from Tennessee and always grew up cheering for the Titans, but has lately switched his team to the Denver Broncos because of his love for Peyton Manning. I’m a Manning fan too, so I’ll cheer for them when they’re not playing the Jaguars.

Don’t get me wrong, there are other things I like about football besides the food. I like getting together with friends to watch a big game, I like cheering and the camaraderie that it brings, I like wearing a jersey (so no one can see my stomach bloat after I’ve eaten too many wings),  I like dressing up sometimes in my teams’ colors and getting to wear anything jaguar (or leopard) printed, I like the excuse that it gives to be able to sit on the couch for hours at a time, I like tailgating, and I like making crafty things in my team colors and decorating.  So while these things might not classify me as a “die hard” football crazed fan, I’d like to think that there’s still a place for me in this big football world. Even if it does put me in the “girly” category.

I believe that we can all find a balance though between the football obsessed and the “eh, football is on” people by following just a few simple rules.

  • Please do not update your news feed with a play by play and score updates throughout the game. I promise if I can read it then I can check my phone if I really wanted to find out the information.
  • Please refrain from yelling at the TV or using profanity when watching the game or talking about the game afterwards. I promise it is just that, a game, and the players and coaches can not hear you. I am all about some cheering, but no need to get nasty.
  • Please do not get upset if someone does not like your team-college football is the worst. And it always seems like the people who never even went to that college are the most annoying. How much fun would it be anyways if everyone cheered for the same team?

By abiding in these few rules I think this football season could be the best one yet! Ok, I’m laughing too. Not many people are going to be reading this post unless they’re bored during halftime. But please people, spread the word and let’s keep it classy out there! Are you ready for some footballlllll???