Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

With 2011 coming to a close, I realized that I only achieved 2 out of 8 of my New Years Resolutions that I made this past January. Oops.
  1. Cook at least one meal from scratch a week. I can't remember the last time I cooked anything. If I had to guess, it would be in the summer or early fall. Ramen and take-out is where it's at.

  2. Work out at least three times a month. The last time I worked out was in September, when I left our bootcamp class half-way through because the guy in front of me had such bad B.O. and I was on the verge of throwing up. That's when I figured out I was pregnant.

  3. Compliment at least one person a day. I did that when I took the bus and would interact with strangers at least twice a day and see a variety of people. But now that I drive into work everyday, I can't just compliment my co-workers everyday, or else they'd think I'm a weirdo. I do tell my son that he's soooo smart everyday. Does that count?

  4. Take at least one photo of my son a day. CHECK. iPhones and Instagram make that easy, and I'm looking forward to printing them all out into a Blurb book soon!

  5. Learn how to use the manual settings on my camera. Ugh, too difficult.

  6. Be more bold in my clothing and accessory choices. I think I did ok for awhile, and then I completely back-tracked. I wore Uggs to work last week. And another day I wore flats with cotton socks under my jeans. I'm ashamed of myself.

  7. Take better care of my body. My main thing was drinking more water, which I failed at. Earlier this week, the ultrasound lady told me that baby doesn't have enough amniotic fluid to swim around in because I don't drink enough water. :( :( :(

  8. Document my life better. I guess I did better than I did in 2010, so it's a success for me.

In terms of my $600 annual clothing budget, I am happy to say that I stuck to that. If you are curious to what $600 can buy, I documented everything. A disclaimer though: I did have about $270 in extra income and a few reward cards/gift cards/gifts from my sister/husband, so $600 is not an entirely accurate figure in terms of what I spent.

For the coming new year, I don't really have any resolutions, other than to drink more water and buy less cheap clothes, and use the $600 on good quality stuff I really love. Though, for the first few months I think I get a pass because I don't like spending a lot on maternity wear when this is going to be my last pregnancy (I hope).

I've also been thinking about this blog a lot. When I originally went on my "hiatus" in November, I did not have any intent on returning, but I realized that I do miss blogging. BUT, I'm kind of over the whole "outfit/style blogging" thing though (too much work getting pictures! makes me shop too much! feel so vain posting pictures of myself on the internet!) I considered turning this blog into more of a lifestyle-type blog, but I have no idea what I'd talk about because my life is pretty boring (just the way I like it). I don't know, maybe I'll have a better idea in the new year. Any suggestions?

And in case you were curious to how I'm growing, here's what I looked like yesterday. I thought I looked fine in the mirror when I was getting ready, but man oh man, I'm very ROUND right about now. I guess it's a combination of too many Christmas cookies and being halfway through with this pregnancy (21 weeks to be exact).


Top: Forever 21
Skirt: Forever 21
Boots: Frye (Christmas gift from sister!)
Hope you all had wonderful holidays and hope you have a happy new year!!! :)

29 comments:

  1. I think you look super cute! I was excited to see your blog pop up with a new post - I hope you return to blogging land.
    Happy new year!

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  2. Congratulations on your second one! And sticking to 2 out of 8 resolutions, I think that's pretty darn good. And clothing budget of $600 annually? That's amazing. You do need to take this new year's resolution seriously though. Water is kind of essential to your body and to your little one's. :) Happy New Year!

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  3. Wow $600 annual clothing budget!  I'm impressed!  Great reflection on past resolution, I gotta start thinking about mine as well

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  4. Kimmie! I was so happy to see you post again! I miss your blogs because you are one of the few bloggers who wears clothing I can see myself wearing! I hope you stick around, we'd love to see you blog about whatever you want!

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  5. You look so adorable! I hope you have an amazing new year!

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  6. Thank you for documenting your monthly purchases on a $600 budget! Just what I needed to see, as I will be implementing a clothing/accessory budget for 2012. It's heartening to see that you managed to stay within budget and add some variety to your wardrobe. :)

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  7. You're looking great!

    Not that you solicited any advice, but... having a carafe of water like this (http://www.crateandbarrel.com/dining-and-entertaining/pitchers-decanters/bedside-carafe/s602647) I found really helped with water intake. You could keep it on your desk at work and sip throughout the day. I also LOVED prenatal pilates during pregnancy (and continued with regular machine-based pilates after). It's often pricier than the gym, but since I would actually go (vs not going to the gym) it was worth it. We do a lot of our weekday meals from Trader Joe's (frozen Indian food, semi-prepared meats like pot roast and pulled pork, refrigerated pastas) supplemented with a veggie. It's quick, easy, and cheap, and a little healthier than the take-out selections from our neighborhood.

    I am glad to hear you want to continue blogging – just blog about whatever you're interested in! I'll read! :) Happy New Year.

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  8. Kimmie! You're back! and with baby bump picsies! you look adorable. Happy New Year!

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  9. Yay! You look super cute with your baby bump :) Happy New Year.....hope to see more of you on my feed every so often this year!


    Here's to a great 2012!


    xo
    Lizzie
    placeclevertitlehere.blogspot.com

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  10. Hi, I've been reading your blog for some time and I just wanted to tell you that I have enjoyed every bit of it. I am so with you on your resolutions 1,2, 6 and 7 :)
    Wishing you a Happy New Year! Hope that you will find the inspiration to blog what makes you happy!

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  11. Happy Holidays & Happy New Year Kimmie!

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  12. Thanks, KDot!! :) Happy new year to you too!

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  13. Thanks, Vicky! Drinking enough water has always been a struggle for me so I'm going to have to try extra hard to keep this one up. Happy new year to you, too!

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  14. Adorable, as always. I look forward to reading, whatever direction you decide to go! Hugs to you!

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  15. Aw, thanks so much Ana! I'll try my best to stick around! :)

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  16. It IS possible, as long as you're willing to wait for sales and only shop in the clearance section :) I think I ended up buying a lot more clothes than I really needed, so it's not like I was depriving myself or anything. $600 can go pretty far, but I wasn't able to splurge or buy any pricier items. Good luck with your budget!!

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  17. Thanks so much for the advice, Eleanor! I force myself to finish the water in my mug every time I want to go get more snacks from the office kitchen. haha, it's definitely helped (but not in terms of snack-consumption).

    We have a YMCA family membership, and I don't think they have special prenatal classes (or even pilates), and I don't want to get membership elsewhere JUST for that. I'm just too exhausted these days to even go to the gym. OH WELL. Staying in shape is not on my top list of priorities right now anyway :)

    And the Trader Joe's frozen entrees! I had not even thought about that! I'll definitely go check out to see what they have :) I work pretty close to a TJ's so I always go buy snacks but we rarely go there to grocery shop. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  18. Thanks, Laura! Happy New Year to you too!! :)

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  19. Thanks, Lizzie! I'll try my best to stick around! Happy New Year to you! :)

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  20. Aw, thanks, Erin! Happy new year to you, too!

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  21. Kimmie, if you need help with #3, I like to be told I'm beautiful and smart and charming.

    Also, if it helps, I just like you b/c you tell it like it is.  So whatever you blog about I'm sure there'll be interest.  :)

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  22. One, pregnancy looks great on you! I can't believe how tiny you are...I'm pretty sure I was complaining about fat knees after 2-3 months of pregnancy :)

    Two, you bought some STUFF with that $600 budget...I am very, very impressed!

    And three, I think you could totally transition this into a family/lifestyle blog! There are always interesting things to tell about a pregnancy and a toddler, and you could still throw some style stuff (whether it be about shopping trips or outfit posts) in whenever you wanted to!

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  23. Oh Monkeyface, you ARE beautiful, smart and charming, as well as hilarious. :)

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  24. Thanks,Tara! Yeah, I might just transition it into a lifestyle blog, though I might lose a lot of readers (if I didn't lose them already with my infrequent posting as of late). Not sure I really want to become a "mommy blogger" because I don't really want to talk TOO much about my kids online to strangers, but I'll definitely try to stick around and post about whatever I'm up to. Right now, that's nothing :)

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  25. Hi Kimmie!  Not sure if I ever commented before but I followed your outfits for a long time.  Congrats on baby #2!  Super exciting! 

    For what it's worth, my life is pretty boring too but I love my little blog!  Sure it's nice to have followers & everything but I really just do it for me.  I take pictures of pretty much the same stuff over & over again but I seriously love going back & looking at my own blog.  That probably makes me weird but....whatever! :o)  I know someday I will thoroughly enjoy looking back at all the "did nothing" weekends because there are pictures of my family.  Just my two cents! 

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  26. Thanks, Jen! I'm still trying to figure out what direction I want to take my blog, and thanks so much for the advice. :) PS. What's your blog? I didn't see it linked in the comment :)

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  27. http://cairelchronicles.blogspot.com/

    Come on by! :o)

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  28. Hi Kimmie! $600 annual clothing budget? very impressive! I think I should try something like that too. :) Whatever idea you have in mind, keep it going. Looking forward to reading more of your post! Happy New year!

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