New Year’s Resolutions

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I hope each of you had a wonderful Christmas celebrating the birth of our savior, Jesus, with your friends and families. Tim and I had a wonderful Christmas and are now gearing up for the New Year.

As a New Year approaches I always ask myself: What are my fondest moments from this past year? What am I looking forward to in the New Year? Each question allows for such wonderful reflection but also allows yourself to go on a trip down memory lane! I use each question/answer to help me create my resolutions for the upcoming year!

I have listed my New Year’s Resolutions for 2017 below:

1. Dive Daily into the Lord’s word 

Although apart of my routine now, I want to become more consistent with diving  into the Lord’s word daily. As one of my favorite books, For Women Only by Shaunti Feldhahn,  states “I want to fill up my love tank with Jesus so that I can help fill the love tank of those around me.” I cannot love others well if I am not filling myself daily with the Lord. And boy is this true – when I am in the word I am happier, more joyful, loving and compassionate to those around me. Without daily time my love tank runs on empty and my actions/words reflect that.

2. Read at least one book EVERY month 

I cannot wait for this one! You guys I love reading however tend to find myself choosing sleep, facebook scrolling or playing with the dog over it most days. So needless to say reading has taken a backseat the last year. I think I read 3 or 4 books ALL year! That is where this New Years resolution was born – I have received several good books the last few months and cannot wait to read them! I will do a blog post in the future about all the books I plan on reading and getting some suggestions from y’all on any books I must read!

3. NO DIET COKE

Y’all if you know anything about me you know my love for Diet Coke. I mean one could mistake Diet Coke for my blood type, okay maybe not that bad but definitely borderline ( I mean as I type this I have my handy Diet Coke only an arm’s reach away). Last year I attempted this and was completely successful after cutting it out cold turkey January 1 until after our wedding in August. On our way back from our honeymoon I convinced Tim that I could handle one Diet Coke and boy was I wrong – I have been drinking them ever since! So I plan on doing the same thing January 1st but this time 100% cutting it out. Pray for me y’all – this is going to be rough but it is so needed. Bring on the H20!

4. No Fast Food 

Just typing this part of the blog post is hard. All I imagine is giving up Chick-Fil-A, Canes and Panda Express and the pain that will follow. Okay not really that dramatic but this will be hard. Tim and I love going out to grab something to eat at least once a week when it is late, we do not feel like making dinner or we are craving something special. So not only will this help our health in general it will also help our savings account.  Tim and I have begun the debate on what qualifies as fast food and what does not and here is what we have decided:

If the location has a drive-through and their revenue is mainly generated by the selling of food – we will avoid it. Ex. Canes or Chick-Fil-A

If the location has a drive-through and their revenue is mainly generated by the selling of coffee – we can only purchase coffee. Ex. Starbucks (Y’all I cannot give up Diet Coke AND Starbucks in one year)

If the location does not have a drive through but is fast service – we can eat there Ex. Chipotle

We are obviously going to run into some gray area here but feel confident with the “rules” stated above. Bring on the cooking and trying out new recipes!

5. Health 

I am by no means becoming the next P90X star or anything like that but I hope in 2017 to focus more on my health. To me that looks like working out a handful of times each week, eating healthier foods, and taking vitamins/supplements. This one will be difficult because I currently workout 0 times a week, live on diet coke and cookies, and have yet to figure out why anyone would take vitamins that are not gummies.

I have done a lot of research on the best tips/techniques to help you accomplish your New Year’s resolutions and here is what I am excited to test out:

  • Write out your resolutions, visual reminders help you stay motivated
  • Set a reward for yourself for meeting resolutions
  • Be practical, do not set 10 resolutions and think you will accomplish all – start small!
  • Make a plan for how you are going to succeed ex. Workout plan, eating plan, reading plan etc.
  • Get a buddy to join you – guys this is where marriage comes in handy! Tim is my forever resolution buddy! But really the more the merrier!

 

Do you have any tips on how to be successful? Anything you suggest? I am up for any tips/tricks you have found to help you succeed in achieving your resolutions! What are some resolutions you have? I would love for you to share so I could help encourage you through 2017!

XOXO,

Sandi

PS. Donuts are still a good decision…….in moderation!

Rocksbox!

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Y’all I have found the perfect gift for the girls in your life, Rocksbox Jewelry!

I was getting my hair done last month at Tangerine Salon  and my hairdresser, Kari, started telling me about this subscription box she had received for the first time. Kari sent me an email for a free month’s subscription and as soon as I left the salon I signed up online.

And let me tell you…….I LOVE ROCKSBOX! I have received 2 boxes thus far and I am hooked. When I initially signed up I was prompted to create a wish list and there were so many name brands and cute styles. My wish list ended up being ~ 80 ish items mainly compiled of Kendra Scott, Perry Street and Jill Michael. The first week I received 3 of my Kendra Scott wishlist items and I cannot wait to begin wearing the contents of my second box. The Jill Michael pieces I received in my second box will look great with all my holiday outfits!

How does it work you ask? You pay $20/month – not per box and each box contains 3 items (necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings based on your set preferences). After signing up, your jewelry arrives on your doorstep in a super cute package several days later. You “rent” those items for as long as you want and send them back in a prepaid envelope when you’re ready for a new style! You keep the items a few days, two weeks – it is up to you! Not only can you “rent” the jewelry but you can also buy the items you receive at a member pricing and to top it off you get a $10 credit every month to put towards your purchases!

You can get Rocksbox free for one month by using my referral code: SANDIBFF20

Let me know if you have tried #rocksbox before or have any other box subscriptions you swear by – I would love to hear about them and see what they are all about!

XOXO,

Sandi

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It’s Christmas Time Y’all

And just like that it’s Christmas time. Is it just me or has this past year flown by? In all honesty I am ok with that though because December is my favorite month of the year. Not only is it the month we get to celebrate the birth of our savior but it is an excuse to fill your home with wonderful decorations!

This is Tim & I’s first Christmas married and in our own place together, so this year has special significance to us! It also means we had very little decorations of our own. After what feels like thousands of shopping trips, our cozy little apartment is looking/feeling a lot like Christmas!!

Our first real purchase was the tree. Although I previously had a tree I used throughout college I managed to lose the tree base and of course you cannot just buy the Target tree base. BUT we found a great deal again and are happy with our new purchase. We found a base set of ornaments at Target and added them with a handful of specialty ones. We wanted our tree to be unique and full and I think it is all that and more! We also found some wonderful deals at the Frisco Mercantile (if you live in North Texas – check it out! Tons of individual retailers in a large warehouse with GREAT finds!), we found 6 or 7 additional large, unique ornaments. The pinecones and garland are all courtesy of Michaels and their amazing after Thanksgiving 50% off holiday decor sale! The tree ribbon and topper are all Hobby Lobby finds.  I must add too that our tree skirt is all Tim’s idea! He had seen a few burlap wrapped trees while we were out shopping and wanted to try it! So I went to Hobby Lobby and found 2 yards of burlap that had a gold tint and we wrapped that under the tree! I love how it turned out, and it was much cheaper than the store-bought tree skirts!

Although the tree is the main eye candy we also have a few additional Christmas touches across our apartment, like our TV stand that we turned into our makeshift mantel. We found a $2.00 9 ft garland that we wrapped with some tinsel and lights and it looks beautiful if I do say so myself. While on our latest Oklahoma City adventure we stopped by Home Goods (I am a sucker for this place, one cannot just walk out empty-handed) and found the cutest and most fitting Mr & Mrs stocking holder for us! We think it fits the rustic-y theme we were going for! Last but not least we have a jar of simple white and red ornaments from Target on our kitchen counter that is a Pinterest idea come to life – and I am quite pleased! Tim and I also had previously found a cute little holder we are planning on using with our bar cart that makes for a perfect cinnamon sticks holder for the Christmas season and adorned with some pinecones it really is a cute touch!

Now for all the anticipation, here are photos of our decorations (and I even included this year’s Christmas card)! We are truly so excited to be in our own home, to decorate it together and begin creating our own Christmas traditions as the Fangmans!

 

Shop some of the items above:

Mr & Mrs Stocking Holder (similar not identical as ours was only sold in stores)

6 Foot Clear Lit Tree

9 Foot Garland 

Scented Pinecones

Cinnamon Sticks 

Christmas Ribbon (similar not identical)

Luxe Burlap Skirt 

Basic Tree Ornaments 

Please come and join us as we celebrate the birth of Jesus and our favorite time of the year!

XOXO,

Sandi

PS. Currently playing Born is the King (It’s Christmas) – Hillsong on repeat! It’s absolutely the most wonderful time of the year – the King is Born!

 

Hello World!

 

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Thank you for joining me on this new journey! For those of you who do not know me, my name is Sandi Fangman. I reside in Plano, Texas with my sweet husband Tim and our 2 year old dog baby Paisley. Tim and I were married back on August 6, 2016 (4 MONTHS HOLLA!) in Las Colinas, Texas and let me tell you married life is sweet friends, so sweet! We had the most magical day being surrounded by our family and friends celebrating the Lord’s precious gift of marriage.

I currently work as an insurance adjuster doing the 9-5 gig but find my joy doing life with my hubby, traveling, reading, and spending time with our friends. We are just two young adults trying to figure out how to deepen our relationships with the Lord while growing together as husband and wife all while balancing the thousands of other commitments we have. This whole adulting thing is still new to us – and let me tell you there is a lot to learn! I figured why not share our journey along the way, what we find hard, where we grow, and some advice along the way!

Now you may be asking why The Donut Shop – great question! To be honest, donuts are my weakness, mainly those melt in your mouth donut holes that you can never only eat one of (and kolaches!!).  So of course donuts came to mind as Tim and I were brainstorming names, but the true thought that went into it is a play on words. We morphed {do not} into DONUT. I hope this place becomes a place of encouragement, where you find strength to not give up on all the hard things that are going on in your life, that have you down or upset. I hope this place becomes the do not give up shop to you; a place to dwell on this truth – the Lord loves you, and wants the best for you. Do not give up on him, for he has overcome this world! This life is not easy, but join us as we pursue eternity!

XOXO,

Sandi

P.S. In case you needed the reminder, donuts are ALWAYS a good decision!