Month Makers January 2018 - The things that left an imprint, and made life easier // Blanche & Thirteenth

If there’s one phrase that I repeat with frequency, it’s ‘Time is passing too quickly!’  Although, when I look back over a month, I am often surprised with how the events of the beginning of the month feel far away.  It’s a real mind-twister, but I love that it makes me feel, if even for a moment, that maybe time isn’t speeding by.  To help that feeling linger, I’m starting to recap my month.  From favorite outings/experiences, insightful or entertaining reads or listen-to’s, helpful or exciting purchases, and any other happenings that stick out as memorable.

As a whole, January was a really good month.  Both coming off of the holidays, and out of an injury, I felt refreshed and motivated.  We visited new spots as a family, had a couple of date nights, tried some new recipes and a new type of craft, and gave each other true moments of personal time.

January 2018 Monthly Highlights // Blanche & Thirteenth

We had a couple of fun and new-to-us family outings.  One was to the newly built part of Pike Place Market, which has both a striking view of the water and of the city.  The other was to The Museum of Flight, which was a great balance of mechanic intrigue (Ricky), social/historical information (me) and open space to roam (Kian).  We joked (with seriousness), that next time we may head there for a date night.

January 2018 Monthly Highlights // Blanche & Thirteenth

I listened to this episode of This American Life to entertain myself while cleaning, and found myself stopping multiple times to just focus and listen.  Act 2 literally gave me goosebumps and brought tears to my eyes.  It was empowering, and an incredible reminder that you know yourself best, that gut feelings have true power, and that you are your best advocate.  Act 3 was the perfect follow-up, where I couldn’t help but laugh along with the story.

While I appreciate the calmness that follows the holidays, I do miss having a reason to celebrate and do things out of the ordinary.  So, when I came across this Small Winter Holidays Calendar, I was happy to have found a solution.  I have them mapped out in my planner, so that we can celebrate when it strikes our fancy.  I’m next looking forward to Homemade Soup Day (2/4), Send a Card to a Friend Day (2/7), and Act of Random Kindness Day (2/17).

January 2018 Monthly Highlights // Blanche & Thirteenth

Ricky and I got a handle on the art of personal time this month. Every weekend, both of us got at least a few hours (sometimes 5-6!) to ourselves.  The real clincher, was in setting the expectation that the other parent would not be called on.  Knowing that we could go about our plans without being asked to step in for something, gave us real peace of mind in being able to just focus on ourselves.  Some of my favorite time was spent at Mighty O with coffee and donuts, and getting focused time to work on a new craft (needle felting – which I’ll be posting about next week!).

January 2018 Monthly Highlights // Blanche & Thirteenth

I finally upgraded from my $20 handheld coffee grinder, to a real powerhouse.  The difference in grind is remarkable, and I truly notice the difference in flavor.  It’s made my mornings feel unexpectedly easier, and a tad bit luxurious (and my arms are happy to be free of a workout ;-).

Ricky gifted me a Fossil Hybrid Smartwatch for Christmas, and it has been the answer to my battle of how to stay connected to my phone throughout the day, without feeling like its at my hip.  I’ve become more aware of my phone usage now that I stay at home with Kian, and he sees my every move.  When I get a call or text, I can see via my watch who it is from, instead of having to hop up, or pull my phone out, to see.  I feel like Kian and my time is more focused, and that I’m not sending the message that looking at my phone is more important than what we are doing.  As a side bonus, the step-tracker has made me more aware of how much I move in a day (which sometimes, is surprisingly less than I think).

January 2018 Monthly Highlights // Blanche & Thirteenth

We made this fish dish just a couple of nights ago, and it was both delicious and homey.  We often struggle with how to make white-fish dishes flavorful, but not so much that it overpowers the fish itself.  The rosemary and thyme pack an herbaceous punch, the lemon adds brightness, the leeks bring a fresh flavor, and the bacon gives a perfect level of savoriness.  This will definitely become a rotating dish in our home. (We also added diced potato, which we baked in the pan for 10-15 minutes before adding the other ingredients.)

In an effort to get more calcium into my diet, I’ve started to drink a variation of this Toasted Coconut Sleepy Time Milk (I use a blend of rice and coconut milk, and coconut oil instead of ghee). When I was a child, I loved steamed/warmed milk, and would often drink it either after coming home from school or before bedtime.  I used to flavor it with vanilla extract, but swapping it out for spices feels cozy and calming, and honestly gets me in the sleepy-time spirit.

Going into February, I am hoping for a couple of nice days where I can spend time weeding in the garden (They are unfortunately thriving right now!  I feel like it multiplies each day.), and more time spend reading instead of internet browsing.  I hope that your year has started off well, and that your January was full of memorable moments!

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