One More Year

I’ve been 29 for two whole days, not much has happened in that time but I felt the need to update anyways.

My birthday was amazing! It started out with Birthday Donuts and then continued on to Cincinnati for the Color Run with Mama and Kevin. Kevin did not run, but he was waiting for us at the end and I believe we have almost convinced him to do our next run. I was going to overloading you guys with pictures, but I put them into a video instead.



One of my goals was to work on a fitness schedule. I haven’t quite managed that yet, but I have started one of the monthly challenges with Popilates. This month is the #AdoreTheCore Challenge, so for 28 days I’ll be putting my abs through hell. Just for the fun of it!

You guys can join in too! Follow along with @blogilates or myself, @amber.spitler on Instagram.

That’s all I have for now! Catch you y’all later! 💋


Hello August

It’s My Birthday Month!!!

I love August! It’s the last real month of Summer, school’s are headed back into session which means stationary sales everywhere; and it’s my birthday. What’s not to love? So many things happen in this month, and it just makes me so happy. My birthday, my brother’s birthday and our family reunion. I’m just so excited!

Now, before we jump into what I want to get done this month, let’s go over my goals from July.

  • I went the entire month without weighing myself! I’m actually really proud of myself on that one.
  • I attacked our finances with the use of YNAB (You Need a Budget), and for the first time we ended the month with money going into the next month. This never happens. So I’m recommending that if you struggle with budgeting, that you check out YNAB.

Now for the goals that didn’t make it.

  • Hand Lettering. Just didn’t get around to it, enough said.
  • Photo-a-Day challenge. Meh, just a severe lack of motivation.
  • a Fitness Schedule….that’s a good one. I can say that I made it to the gym once. So that’s something.

August Goals

  • Try some Hand Lettering
  • Set up that Fitness Schedule
  • Start up Popilates again
  • #AdoreTheCore Challenge

That’s all folks! I’ll keep you posted on how things go this month. Hopefully they keep moving in an upwards direction.

Go Insane, Go Insane…

I have no glitter to throw and no money to make it rain…

My spirits are somehow still intact though, so that’s something. My little friends that I mentioned in the last post, I want to talk about them today. Roaches 💀💀💀

It’s been a month since treatment has begun on our apartment, and the fogging we received yesterday was by far the most effective.

I chose my least disturbing photo. 😂 

Heads up kids, those aren’t chocolate chips that I spilt on the floor. 😭

I was refraining from sharing anything about this because it makes me feel like we’re dirty people. The reality of the situation is that we had a disgusting upstairs neighbor and their neglect is now punishing the rest of us. Welcome to apartment life.

So my question to everyone is, have you dealt with unwanted pests before? Did it take months of work? Is there an at home treatment that we could be doing to move the process along? 

Kevin and I are tied to our apartment until December, so any advice is appreciated. Love y’all!!

Life is Good

Things have been insane lately. I have had a crazy couple of weeks at the apartment, let’s just say we’ve been dealing with some extra “friends” and leave it at that.

So obviously I needed a break, and today I got a really good one. I don’t care that I’m 28 years old, sometimes you just need a Mother/Daughter date.

Our morning started off with donuts from Paradise Donuts. Mine came with a gummy worm. 🍩

Then we headed downtown to Washington Park for some string art fun, hosted by Guilded. It was my first time doing string art, I’m probably going to redo mine and change the string color. The goldenrod just doesn’t really pop.

We also played in the fountains and searches for Pokemon, because my mom is cool like that.

How did you spend your weekend? Tell me all about it in the comments. 😀

Long Weekends

Are the best weekends…

Despite an extremely rainy 4th of July, the long weekend was pretty fun. The extra time with the Husband was most definitely appreciated. I feel like I don’t get enough time with him these days.

I’m a little disappointed in myself for not capturing my weekend to share with you guys. I had every intention too, it just didn’t really work out. The bulk of it was spent baking with my niece. She baked her very first pie, while not very pretty, it tasted alright. Kinda like a strawberry poptart. That’s a pie that I can get behind! We also baked sugar cookies, vanilla cake pops, angel food cake cupcakes, chocolate covered strawberries and homemade birthday cake ice cream. So many treats!!!

Here’s one of the only pictures taken from the holiday. It’s a small handful of my nieces and nephews. Getting their picture was a bit like pulling teeth at first, but worked out towards the end.

How did you spend your Holiday weekend?

It’s a Rut!

I have started and stopped at least three posts now. It’s official, I’m in a rut.

My brain is all over the place, it wants to talk about 50 different things, and it can’t. Oh, and speaking of 50 things, I’m finished with our project.

We’re ending with having rid ourselves of 37/50 things. Basically what it comes down to is that I’m tired. I’m not giving up, but this project isn’t making me feel good about myself anymore. To me, that means it’s okay to end it early. So we’ll call it 38/50 things, because I’m throwing away doing things that don’t make me happy.


Then I got this crazy idea that I need to start a subscription box service, but then I realized that we’re insanely broke. This shouldn’t have taken any realization, this has been going on for awhile.

And then there was the budget, which all have to write about later because it makes me want to curl up and cry.


So to try and calm my nerves, I dug into my planner supplies and made a pretty planner page. It’s like Adult Coloring Books, this just relaxes me for some reason.

Oh and there just seems to be babies everywhere, and that might be driving my baby brain insane. So, there’s that.

Love you guys, I’m going to pull myself together and aim to have an update on that budget later tonight.

Nothing’s Written Until You Write It

 Continuing on with Gail Blanke on our journey of self discovery, we have typecasting.

I had never really put a lot of thought into the categories that friends and family have used to describe me. These titles have been used so much, that I’ve even started referring myself the same way. Sitting down a few days ago, I put together a short list of the roles that I have fallen into; and why/how I plan to break out from them.

Not Good At Math

When I was 9 years old, I developed Epilepsy. Doctors never found out why or what triggered my seizures that day, it just happened. I got to spend a whole week at Cincinnati Children’s getting tested, before I was approved to be released.

Leading up to the epilepsy, I was a great student. Very attentive and eager to please. I was a wallflower and Teacher’s Pet, but because of that I was never in trouble and I always had my homework done. Bottom line, I was a really good student.

Something about the epilepsy affected my brain though. Math was gone, completely. I was given a 504 plan, which allowed me a calculator and extra time for my tests; but I was embarrassed by it. And at some point between my diagnosis and middle school, is when the phrase “not good at math” came into play. To this day, I still let myself fall into that category; and it’s not true. I’m definitely not amazing at math, but I am good at it. It just takes me longer than others. So I’ve decided that I’m not going to let people label me that way anymore, and that includes myself. In order to improve upon my skills, I’ve also decided to download some freebie math printables. I might be 28 years old, but there’s nothing wrong with brushing up on the basics. I am good at math.

Secret Keeper

I could not even begin to explain why anyone would want to tell their secrets to me. I am not a secret keeper. Maybe it’s the wallflower label I’ve given myself, just know that if you’ve told me a “secret”, somebody else knows. It’s not me being a horrible person, it’s me not being capable of holding everything in.

Case in point, a few years ago everyone was telling me everything going on with their lives. We’re talking family secrets here, and I’ve already told you how big the family is. It got to the point where I was on the phone with my Mom one day, and everything just came shooting out. Secrets all over the place! It was word vomit, and it caused a lot of anxiety.

So I’m squashing that title right now. If you think I’m your secret keeper, think again. From a medical standpoint it wouldn’t be wise for me to even try. So do us all a favor, and don’t tell me your secrets. I don’t want to know, I’m not a secret keeper.

I’ll gladly accept the title of Wallflower, but that’s it. Don’t put me in those other boxes please.

With that in mind our new Grand Total is 38/50

Hang in there y’all, this project is almost done and I have some other fun things headed your way super soon. Maybe even tonight!