NEW – 2018 Goals & Word of the Year

NEW – 2018 Goals & Word of the Year

I may be the most cliche person ever, but for 2018 I have decided my Word of the Year is going to be NEW.

Insert all that New Year, New Me stuff here… 

2018 Goals & Word of the Year by Aduke Schulist

This doesn’t mean I am going to go out and buy all new things, but instead it’s about changing some things to become new.

New habits
New jobs
New routines
New focuses
New resolutions and goals
New priorities
New spending habits
New hobbies
New responses
New experiences
New skills
New body and wardrobe
Even a new smile (stay tuned for how that is happening)

The new me is all about adding to what already works in my life. I don’t really think a person can change – we are who we are, but by adding to our assets, we can really become an improved person, and for me that New person is going to be a great one. One with new ideas, and new outcomes.

2018 Goals

With that in mind, I wanted to also share some of my 2018 goals. I like to make some fun ones and some serious ones, so there is a mix of both here

Fun Goals

Master the splits again – I used to be so flexible, and then I started aging, quit running/doing things that kept me flexible, and got fat. I don’t know if any of you guys are fat like me and into yoga, but let me tell you, it is hard to get your body into some poses when your stomach is in the way! One pose I can master is the splits.

Have beautiful hair – I tried out fun colors, and while I enjoyed them, they damaged my hair. I am working on getting my hair healthier and growing it even longer.

Aduke and Puppy Knight

Wear less t-shirts – My style is t-shirt and bootcut jeans. I tend to wear these because they are easy, but who am I kidding? A dress is just as easy to put on, or cute skinny jeans with a proper blouse.

Practice the Piano more – We were blessed with a piano during the Summer and I started online piano lessons. I have always wanted to learn, so it’s like a dream coming true. I have already learned how to play a few hymns and basic songs, but I want to get better.

Career-ish Goals

Book More Photography Clients – Since venturing into the photography business, I have had very few clients. A part of this is because I don’t advertise myself enough. I’ve already begun booking clients for the new year, so this 2018 goal is off to a great start already.

Family Portrait Photo Session by Aduke Schulist
Recent Family Portrait Session

Meet more Blogger friends – I have so many blogger friends that I adore chatting with online, but have never met in person. I am making it a goal to get out there and meet more blogger friends – and who knows, I may finally attend my first blog convention.

Beautify my Instagram Feed – I always thought I would NOT be the person who has a beautiful Instagram feed, but the more I add styled photos, the more I love it. Follow me @AdukeSchulist to see my Instagram feed become beautiful.

AdukeSchulist Instagram Feed December 2017

Have you started thinking about your Word of the Year or 2018 goals?
Can you do the splits? 

Plan Now for a Summer to Remember

Plan Now for a Summer to Remember
Sunglasses in Sand - Summer Weather
It is never too early to start preparations for a summer to remember.

The taste of eggnog and the smell of sprinkle cookies are still fresh on your mind. In fact, they are still lingering in the pine-scented air, wrapped in a warm blanket of Christmas carols and draped with twinkling lights. The holidays are just getting started and yet by now preparation for the new year is also well underway. It is never too early to start thinking about the promise of warmer weather and summertime adventures. Some may argue winter is actually the best time to start making plans and preparations if you expect to enjoy an epic summer to remember. Everyone wants to be prepared when the hot sun sneaks high into the sky. Therefore they are not bamboozled and left on the sidelines while friends and family members journey to memorable vacations, host the ultimate backyard cookouts, or lounge in the crystal clear blue waters of a pool with a refreshing pina colada in hand.

If your perfect summer consists of any combination of tan lines on your skin, sunglasses over your eyes, sand in between your toes, and messy-but-somehow-perfect beachy waves in your hair, then do not delay in setting the foundation for your dreams of sunshine and relaxation. Here are four manageable and straightforward ways you can begin putting a plan into action for a Summer you will surely remember:

Summer Action Plan
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  • Get friends onboard. When you confirm plans with friends and loved ones it amplifies the sense of excitement. Start discussing your expectations now so you can plan accordingly. Invite people to join you who are apt to enjoy similar situations and make sure you listen to their input and advice and incorporate some of their ideas into the plan.
Diving into Summer
Jump into Summer with family and friends ready to embrace each day.
  • Start working on a base tan. Once it is swimsuit weather, you do not want to be the person covered from head to toe sitting poolside or on a sandy beach due to fear of overexposure to the sun. Having and maintaining a good base tan lets you seamlessly transition from Winter and Spring into Summer, and you will not spend your time preoccupied with worries about sunburns. Remember, however, sunscreen is ALWAYS a summertime essential.
  • Shop in the offseason. If you are looking for the perfect bathing suit, a great beach bag, an inflatable you can lounge in with your summer drink and the year’s must-read Summertime romance novel, then shopping in the offseason will almost guarantee you will get a great selection of products for more affordable prices
  • Start getting in shape now. When the customary outfit changes from comfy sweaters and boots to t-shirts and shorts, of course, you want to shed the layers with confidence in your body. Starting a diet and workout routine now is the perfect way to help you achieve your body-weight goals for the summer. Plus, it’s a fabulous New Year’s resolution!
One Stop Summer Shop

There is one Atlanta-based leisure and recreation company that can help you down the path to creating a summer to remember: Rec Warehouse. Rec Warehouse is in the business of selling “fun for less” with an unparalleled selection of merchandise like above ground pools, hot tubs, tanning beds and misting fans, outdoor kitchens and patio furniture and even swim spas and game room furniture. The friendly and knowledgeable staff at Rec Warehouse has helped thousands of customers, just like you, create an at-home, vacation-like oasis, to fulfill all their summertime desires.

Elite 10 Stand up Tanning Booth
Elite 10 Stand up Tanning Booth

You can find the Elite 10 Stand Up Tanning System at Rec Warehouse showroom locations or online at recwarehouse.com.

Rec Warehouse can assist you with purchasing the perfect tanning bed for your year-long base tan. They have options which include both regular and stand up tanning systems and even a more compact version which is mounted in your doorway and plugs into a standard household electrical outlet. Rec Warehouse carries tanning bed options with the most cutting-edge RVL technology. RVL stands for Red Visible Light, and it helps stimulate and promote the production of vitamin D and collagen. RVL encourages oxygenation and restoration of the skin’s natural cellular activity speeding up collagen and elastin production which is a fancy way of saying it keeps the skin’s appearance younger, longer.

You can always visit one of the three conveniently located Rec Warehouse showrooms in Norcross, Jonesboro, or Kennesaw, GA. However, if you want to shop from the comfort of your home in your pajamas with a warm cup of hot chocolate, Rec Warehouse has a robust website and a great selection of quality products available to purchase online as well. Regardless of how you like to shop, Rec Warehouse has industry-leading products at affordable prices, helping you maximize your summer experience. Visit them today to learn how they can make your next summer one to remember.

What’s your favorite Summer time activity?
Do you like to hang out poolside or get in on the action?

Alcohol Free Eggnog Recipe For Those That Don’t Like Eggnog

Alcohol Free Eggnog Recipe For Those That Don’t Like Eggnog

Eggnog is one of those things that you either like or don’t. I don’t know if there is an in between, except perhaps poorly made eggnog.

I have been team “I don’t like eggnog,” but my older son has been asking me to buy it for him every.single.time I go to the store. So, for our Christmas activity advent calendar, I added “Make Eggnog” to the list.

Growing up my Grandpa made it and I drank it, until I figured out what it was and then I couldn’t get past the mental block of drinking eggs.

Alcohol Free Eggnog Recipe by Aduke Schulist

Turns out, when you make it yourself it is pretty darn good.

Alcohol Free Eggnog Homemade Recipe

I can’t believe I just typed that. 

Here’s my Alcohol Free Eggnog Recipe for those that don’t like eggnog. Who knows, it may just convert you to an eggnog drinker.

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  1. In a medium sized bowl, add egg yolks and sugar. Beat with a mixer at high speed until pale yellow and thick in texture.
  2. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, and milk to the mixture and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until they form soft peaks.
  4. Add egg white mixture, and whipped cream to the first bowl. Mix until combined.
  5. Serve with a sprinkling of cinnamon and nutmeg on top.
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If you are like me and have fond memories of your grandparents whipping up a batch, but later found yourself not liking it so much, I encourage you to try this recipe. It might just change your mind like it did mine.

Do you like eggnog?
Have you ever made it homemade?

Check out some of my other recipes here.

Funfetti Hot Chocolate – Recipe

Funfetti Hot Chocolate – Recipe

I have a confession to make. I have the biggest sweet tooth ever. My favorite desserts are FULL of sugar and insanely sweet. When somebody says something is too rich, I look at them like they are crazy. Too rich is not in my vocabulary.

It should be no surprise that my favorite cake is one of the sweetest ones ever..

FUNFETTI! 

Funfetti Hot Chocolate with Sprinkles by Aduke Schulist

I love it. Everything about it… Everything!! I love how bright and colorful it is, and of course how sweet it is.

And the sprinkles?

Perhaps my fav! I am like a big kid when it comes to sprinkles. They are a must.

Can you tell I’ve been thinking about Funfetti lately? Unfortunately it isn’t cake season. It’s hot chocolate season.

With that in mind, I HAD to recreate my favorite cake in drink form since it’s much easier to make hot chocolate on the regular than it is to bake a cake. Here is what I came up with.

This funfetti hot chocolate is super sweet and will impress your kids – and other funfetti cake lovers. It’s also super cute and party friendly.

It might not be fully homemade, but it is fully delicious.

 

Funfetti Hot Chocolate

1 mug full of steaming hot milk (or water, whatever) 
2 packets of instant hot chocolate mix
Lots of mini marshmallows  
Top with a 1-3 teaspoons of sprinkles

That's it...

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Drink up you guys, this stuff is delicious!

Do you like Funfetti cake? 
What about hot chocolate? 

My Christmas Wish List

My Christmas Wish List

I know I’m not the only one counting down the days until Christmas. My kids are for sure. While we know the true reason for Christmas, it’s still fun to think about all the gifts.

I’m a giver and it delights me to give gifts to my children, my friends and family, and anybody else who would accept them. It also delights me to receive gifts, though I don’t really expect any this time of year.

As my kids made their Christmas wish lists, I started thinking about what would be on mine and came up with these items. Some of these are affiliate links.

My Christmas Wish List by Aduke Schulist

Yoga Stuff

I recently started taking Yoga classes as part of my journey to a healthier me. I am loving it. Yoga totally fits my love for gymnastics, but on a grown up level.

Yoga Mat I am taking Yoga classes at the gym and love the mats they have. I do have a Yoga mat at home, but mine is a generic/cheap one and isn’t very grippy. This Yoga mat  is made by the company that the gym uses.

High Waisted Pants I have some exercise capris and workout leggings, but high waisted  seems the way to go. My regular/low waist pants tend to fall down throughout the workout and I hate having to readjust my clothes.

Yoga Bolster I didn’t even know what a Yoga bolster  was until a few sessions into Yoga.. and suddenly I found myself needing one. The bolster really makes getting into and holding some of the poses more comfortable and relaxing.

Yoga Blocks Can’t forget the blocks. I have learned how to use the bolster and blocks together and would love to recreate some of those poses at home.

Health

Garmin Watch Long story short, my heart rate is faster than the average person and spikes pretty high during exercise. I have a Garmin 405CX from my running days. It’s a GPS enabled watch and has a heart rate monitor. I have been using the heart rate monitor to make sure I don’t overdue it when working out but it is somewhat cumbersome. I’d love to get a smaller activity tracking/heart rate monitoring watch  that I could wear all the time.

Contigo Cups I am a big fan of Contigo brand drinking devices, and Kaia is too! He won’t leave my Contigo shaker alone, so I want a new one for myself.

White Bedding

Jersey Sheets I have these Jersey Sheets  in a grey, but I want to switch to all white bedding. Am I crazy? Perhaps. But, I love the look of a white bed and how crisp/clean it makes a room.

Pintuck Comforter …and a pintuck comforter  to go along with the sheets.

I like this set because of the throw pillows it includes. You can never have too many pillows

Misc.

Sunglasses I actually told my kids I was going to give them money and send them into my favorite shop to get sunglasses  and they were going to buy me sunglasses without showing me what they got. It was going to be their Christmas present to me.. They didn’t like that idea.

Burgundy Handbag Not just any handbag, but a burgundy handbag. I normally stick with black, but I am loving burgundy lately.

That’s it! I think this is a pretty basic Christmas wish list. Of course, I’d love some extravagant things like a new lens or laptop, but this is realistically what I would love to get.

What’s on your Christmas wish list?