40 days 40 items

For Lent this year I am giving up 40 things in my household and donating them to charity. At the end of Lent, I will post everything I gave away, to keep me accountable! Is anyone else doing something for Lent?


2 years old!

I can't believe my little girl is 2! It feels so much older than having a 1 year old! 😭 She is talking up a storm these days and knows so many more words than even a month ago! One of me and Matt's favorite things is when she asks for something, and we say yes, and will say "Okaaaaay" really drawn out. It's so cute! She still loves her books, still naps once a day and sleeps through the night. She won't know what hit her when she has to share her attention in a few months, but I think she'll manage ok! She has so much spunk and gets along great with other kiddos. She is still picky with foods and loves peanut butter sandwiches. Every week Matt and I say something to each other like "how did we get so lucky with her?" We love you Ruthie!!


2018 new year's resolutions

2017 was another great year for the Anderson family! We saw my sister get married in May and had a wonderful trip in Canada. I took Ruthie to the beach with my mom, and then later we went as a family with our friends. I did my first art show, and the Georgia Bulldogs won the SEC Championship! The second half of the year was a whirlwind because of how sick I was, and I have a feeling the second half of 2018 will be too, as we go from one to two kiddos!

Here are my resolutions for 2018, divided by categories:


Live my life in a more natural way. Try to do buy more chemical free products, eat less processed foods, look into oils, and look up the dirty dozen before grocery shopping. Get back into running. Do at least one 5K, look into gym options/workout routines. Look at my phone less.


Double my profits for Merry Prints from 2017. Make at least 12 new prints. Refer at least two people to use Zercher Realty. 


Share my faith more. Get up before the kids wake up for my quiet time. Stop cussing. Donate more to church/charities.


2017 new year's resolutions: recap

1. Look at my phone less and play with my daughter more. 

Great at first, but not great toward the end of the year. I think it was needing a distraction from feeling so sick all the time, but now that I'm feeling better, I will def. make it a priority in 2018!

2. Run more. Train for a half marathon (I signed up for one in June! Eeek!). 

I did my half marathon (without walking!) in June but when I got pregnant/sick I stopped running.

3. Cook more and start eating dinner at the kitchen table and not in front of the TV. 

Again, we did a lot of "grab 'n growl" nights (make your own dinner) the second half of the year because I was so sick. But the first half of the year we did Hello Fresh and I really enjoyed cooking!

4. Make a profit from Merry Prints. 

Yes! After the Cherokee Heights Art Festival, I got a boost in sales, and am now in the plus!

5. Stop talking negative about my appearance. 

Doing better!

6. Meditate every day. See if this helps my insomnia. 

I was doing well the first half of the year, but the second half was harder. Blaming it on the pregnancy (again), but with feeling so bad and not sleeping well, it was hard to get up earlier than I had to. Excuses, excuses, I know!

7. Offer prayer (out loud) for more people. 

I feel like I definitely got better about this!


22 months

These pictures don't really show Ruthie's true behavior at 22 months, it just shows she is over the photos (I'm getting there too!). She is so much more lively and funny and talking so much! She repeats after us, so now we have to be careful of what we say. She is good at animal noises, and can count to 15! We are going to work on the alphabet and colors next. She is usually in a good mood, but still can get the "terrible twos." She loves coloring with crayons on her new craft table, and still thrives in her MMO and church nurseries. We are so entertained by this little 22 month old!


quick beach getwawy

Matt and I got to get away for a little bit a few weeks ago. Matt's parents (and my nieces) watched Ruthie in Helen and we headed over to Charleston, Isle of Palms. It was a little chilly (I've never been to the beach in pants before!) but was so relaxing. We also got to hang out with our friends Aubrey and Rachel who just moved there. We slept a lot which was much needed!


my first art festival

Last weekend I attended my first art festival as a vendor! The Cherokee Heights Art Festival is a cute little festival held every November in my neighborhood. I've been a few years as a shopper, but it was my first time selling. Because my shop is only online, it was nice to see people's reaction to my prints in person. And I sold a lot more than I thought I would! It was a great experience. Here are some photos of the festival: