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January Goals 2019 – Starting this year off right!

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One of my 2019 goals is to do #44 on my 101 in 1001 list, which is to make 10 goals a month and accomplish 90 by the end of the month. I actually love making monthly goals, but I tend to make my goals things I don’t want to do. I’m trying to shake that habit by making my January goals fun and things I like/want to do!

Here are my 2019 goals, if you missed it.

and here are my January Goals!

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January Goals

  1. Buy flowers
    Buying flowers for myself every month is actually on my 101 list and I’ve started and stopped this habit so often that I need to just make it a thing. Flowers make me SO HAPPY.
  2. Journal 10 xs
    In October I set a journaling goal and found myself reaching for my journal SO often – and I definitely felt a lot of emotional breakthrough starting to happen because I was journaling. Time to keep that going.
  3. Tone it Up Daily Moves 6 xs
    I didn’t set any specific health goals for the year, but I definitely want to move my body more. We live in a small studio so I don’t have to walk far from the bed to the bathroom to the closet to the kitchen, so I want to be way more intentional about being active.
  4. Track my time one day
    In a conversation with Justen recently, I said I should track my time to really see what I spend my days doing. Sometimes the day will zoom by and I’ll have no idea what I’ve done, so I thought I’d be diligent about seeing what I do every day!
  5. Paint my nails
    Whether this is painting them by myself or actually getting a manicure, I want to get some color on my nails!
  6. Read a book
    One of my goals is to read more books! Whenever I’m in the habit of reading, I think “why the heck don’t I do this more often?” so here we are.
  7. Try a new coffeeshop
    Talk about a goal I like and want to do!
  8. No eating out for 1 week
    In general, we feel better when we eat at home. Physically, financially (ha!) and mentally. We’ve fallen into the habit of going out to eat a few times a week – and usually it’s something like Burgerville or Chick-fil-a – so we’re going to push back on that a little bit.
  9. Keep up with my Memory Planner
    I looooove my Happy Planner, and last April we got a Memory Planner to try and document what we do, but it just kind of fell by the wayside. We bought a new one and decided to start the year off documenting what we do!
  10. Find my FitBit
    Justen got an Apple Watch for his birthday and he’s been obsessed with tracking his activity and water and such, and last night after he asked me if I wanted to do yoga (I almost laughed because I never would have imagined he’d ask that) he suggested I get my FitBit out, and I realized I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE IT IS. I have the band, the charger… but no FitBit. We recently had to quickly pack up and move, so it got lost somewhere in the shuffle. I gotta find that bad boy, though. I feel a little left out not looking at my wrist to see if I’ve walked enough πŸ˜‰

Drop me a comment and let me know any of your January goals!

Also, I started a YouTube channel at the end of the year last year! I kept forgetting to upload videos, so I decided that for now I’ll just be uploading random lifestyle videos. Starting this year with one about my 2019 and January Goals. Make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel and check out the (probably too long sorry!) video here:


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2019 Goals

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2018, man.

It was a doozy. I constantly tried to get myself to do more, to be more, to do better… and it sucked. At the end of the day, I had to just applaud the few days I dragged myself out of bed and got dressed when I wanted to melt into the sheets.

One thing I’ve learned to do is to celebrate what I’ve accomplished instead of beating myself up for what I haven’t. And with that, I’m not recapping my 2018 goals. bye felicia 18.

Here are my 2019 Goals.

2019 Goals

  1. Pay off Justen’s car
    The other day I realized that if we pay $100 extra dollars a month on Justen’s car, it’d be paid off by the end of the year. and that was a no brainer.
  2. See Crater Lake
    One of the things on my 101 list is to see Crater Lake – it’s a lake that formed at the top of an exploded volcano (or something like that). It’s in Oregon and even though it’s really popular, I’ve never actually been!
  3. #44 on 101
    #44 on my 101 list is to list 10 goals a month for a year and accomplish 90 of them.
  4. Buy flowers every month
  5. Document more
  6. Finish my journal
  7. Read 20 books
  8. Increase my income
  9. Cross of 10 things on my 101 list
  10. Set & achieve my blog/social media goals

There they are in all their glory. 10 seems to be the best number for me, and I’m so excited to get going on the things I decided to achieve. I’d love to know if you set any 2019 goals for the year and what they are!


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Happy Planner spread | Week of December 17 2018

True story: yesterday morning I woke up super early, got to work on my weekly happy planner spread, then went to the dentist. I came back home and started tackling my to do list with fervor and then we decided to visit Justen’s grandparents. We walked in the house, I immediately laid on the bed and I was OUT for the day. All that momentum on my to do list and it was left unfinished. Oh well!

This week’s happy planner spread is so cute. I love the little girl with the animals, and I loved the light blue + red + green.

December Happy Planner Weekly spread

This little corner is my FAVORITE, with the garland to the tree. It’s a busy week this week! I’ll be babysitting overnight, going back to the dentist and dinner with our friends. Then Sunday kicks off the marathon of celebrations!

I include daily to do lists because I find that I’m more productive when I’m able to cross things off. I love the idea introduced in Bullet Journal of migrating tasks. Things that don’t get finished today don’t just stay as failed “to do” items, they simply just migrate to the next day or week. Trying to keep that mindset!

Also ps so very glad that Tuesday’s to do list only has space for 5 things. I woke up feeling really off and it’s 1:30 pm and I’m still in my pajamas. πŸ˜€ This is my second time sharing my weekly happy planner spread, the first time was last week and can be checked out here.

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10 Tips for Selling on Poshmark

I’m slowly creeping up on my 2 year anniversary of selling on Poshmark! I’ve learned a lot from trial and error, and I wanted to round up a few tips for selling on Poshmark! Poshmark is pretty easy to figure out – snap a picture, write a description, download a shipping label + put it in the mail. Whether you’re trying to earn a couple extra dollars, start a side hustle, or just get rid of stuff in your closet, there are a few tips you can be implementing to help your items sell! I’m always amazed that people don’t know about these, so I wanted to make sure to share these tips for selling on Poshmark!

If you’re new to Poshmark, check out my blog post about how to list your items for sale on Poshmark!

10 tips for selling on Poshmark

ONE // Describe your item in your title!

Google drives a LOT of traffic to Poshmark, and Google is a search engine! What might people be trying to find when they discover your item? For example, go to google and type in “Anthropologie sunglasses dress.” Look at the images. The third result is my listing! Include things like brand name, color, size and any style detail you know. Don’t say “red t shirt” when you could be saying “Gap ruffle hem red v-neck tee shirt size M.” You have 50 characters for your title; use them well!

TWO // Re-describe your item in the listing!

Just because you wrote the description in the title doesn’t mean you shouldn’t re-state the information in your description! Use that first description as a building block. After describing the item again, elaborate on the condition and any extra details.

THREE // Share your items!

A LOT of people don’t know this, but Poshmark’s newsfeed is kind of like Pinterest (before the algorithm lol). Most recently shared stuff goes to the top of the newsfeed! If you haven’t shared your item in awhile, there will be a banner at the top of an item you’re viewing that tells you how long its been since you’ve shared it. Try sharing your closet once in the morning and once in the evening and see what kind of traffic that gives you!

FOUR // Price with some wiggle room

When you price your items, make sure you have room to send and accept offers. If you’re hoping to sell an item for $8, don’t be afraid to list it for $13! Then if someone offers you lower than listing price, it still has a chance of being more than what you wanted to make. Don’t forget about Poshmark fees, too. Luckily they show you what you’ll earn when you’re making your listing, but it’s important to remember that selling for $13 doesn’t mean you’ll earn $13 πŸ™‚

FIVE // Take a bunch of pictures

Don’t just take a picture of the front of the item and list it. I always take at least 4 photos – front, brand/size tag, fabric content tag and back. If there are any details or flaws/wear, take close up photos of those parts. Beading, embroidery, snags, pilling all deserve a close up photo so the buyer knows what they’re in for!

SIX // Offer to Likers!

When someone “likes” your item, you can send them a special discount! Go to the item listing, click on “Price Drop” and select “Offer to Likers.” You’ll have to offer 10% off the lowest listed price plus a shipping discount. The offer stays open for 24 hours after it’s sent. I’ll write a whole blog post about this later, but when I first had access to this feature, I sold 50+ older items in 48 hours. Price to keep offers in mind!

SEVEN // Share other people’s listings!

At the end of the day, only your items getting shared will actually result in shares but Poshers often have a “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” mentality. Shares are often returned, so if you find closets to share, your items might be shared to a whole new audience! Find closets with a high share number and a high following. That means they’re likely to share and the item will be seen by a lot of people. This is one of my top tips for selling on Poshmark.

EIGHT // Offer a bundle discount

In your seller tools, you have the option to offer a bundle discount. That means that if a buyer orders 2+ items for your closet, they’ll receive a discount AND they’ll save on shipping! Even more incentive for someone to buy from your closet. Yesterday I sold 11 items for $110, profiting $88. Some of them were items I’d been given. The rest I purchased for under $1 each at the Goodwill Outlet. I’ll take that all day every day!

NINE // Create a bundle for someone who likes your items

If you see someone has “liked” a few of your items, you have the opportunity to bundle those items for them and send them an offer. I often offer $5-$10 less than my bundle discount of 20% off 2+ items. I price with wiggle room so it’s still a price that makes me money!

TEN // Be consistent (and patient)

I see more action when I’m consistently posting (even just 2-3 items every few days) and sharing. When I ghost my Poshmark closet, it often ghosts me. Show up and put in the effort even when it’s not yielding immediate results! Poshmark’s algorithm is a bit mysterious. You can’t force people to buy anything. Sometimes you are consistent and you are showing up and… crickets. Don’t give up, it’ll come back around (I tell myself this so often).

I hope these 10 tips for selling on Poshmark yield great results for you! Let me know if you have any specific Poshmark questions πŸ™‚ If you’re new to Poshmark, sign up using the code STEPHANIEAMBER and you’ll get a $5 credit towards your first purchase! If you choose to redeem your $5 credit in my Poshmark closet, let me know and I’ll give you an even deeper discount!

Cheers and happy poshing!

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3 Ingredient Brie Filled Croissant Roll

This post is sponsored by Joan Of Arc Cheese but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

When people ask Justen and I what our Christmas plans are, we both kind of take in a deep breath, glance at each other and start “Well…” because we have 5 family Christmas gatherings in 3 days. It’s fun! You know what else is fun? When they start passing around a list of what you’re supposed to bring to help feed people at the gatherings.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a very… um.. amateur chef. I have dreams of making impressive, instagram-worthy dishes… but until I get myself in some cooking classes, that’s really far off.

Trust me when I say that the recipe I’m about to share with you is hands down one of the easiest little appetizers you’ll ever encounter.

Three ingredients. 5-10 minutes of prep, 30 minutes of cooking, 15 minutes of drooling and waiting and boom. 3 Ingredient Brie Filled Croissant Roll for the absolute win.


Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Next, you’ll break open the croissant dough. If you’re anything like me, that will include about 10 minutes trying to figure out how to pop open the ends of those cans. Split the dough in half, tearing along perforated lines. Keep the other half nearby! Lay the square on an ungreased baking sheet and then press together the perforated pieces.

3 ingredient brie recipe

Once you’ve squished together all of the dough, now comes time for the brie! I’m using 8 oz of Joan of Arc Brie Cheese. Just take the whole thing of brie, put it in the middle of the dough, and wrap the dough around the cheese.

3 ingredient brie filled croissant roll

3 ingredient brie filled croissant roll

Add the rest of the dough to the top. I ripped them off into the perforated triangles so I could more easily cover all the cheese!

3 ingredient brie filled croissant roll 3 ingredient brie filled croissant roll

Crack and beat that egg, then brush it all over the outside of the dough. I didn’t use the whole egg, just as much as needed to get the whole thing good and coated. Once that’s done, pop it into the oven for 30 minutes!

3 ingredient brie filled croissant roll

3 ingredient brie filled croissant roll 3 ingredient brie filled croissant roll

It’ll stay in the oven for 30 minutes, then it’ll rest for 15 after you take it out.

Justen said he had been sitting there drooling for 15 minutes because it smelled so good.

After 15 minutes, we cut out a little pizza-shaped piece, took a bite and said “oh, this is so good,” to each other with a mouth full of delicious food.

3 ingredient brie filled croissant roll 3 ingredient brie filled croissant roll We pulled out crackers, but the cheese wasn’t as gooey as we’d thought, though we did scoop cheese out to eat on the crackers.

I’ve seen various ways you can up level this recipe, including adding sliced apples and 2 tablespoons brown sugar on top of the cheese before you cook, and including cranberry sauce.

This was our first time even trying brie cheese and we’ll be keeping our eyes open forΒ Joan of Arc Brie Cheese from here on out.

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