To Try Something New / #The100DayProject!

 
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      Good morning! I'm excited to announce that I will be participating in #The100DayProject this year! Starting on April 3rd, I will be cooking one new-to-me meal/food once a day, for 100 days! You can read more on how the project works here, but the gist of it is that you choose one creative thing to do, every day, for 100 days - and document it all. The point of it is to improve upon that "thing" and to work past the inevitable burn out that will happen when you do anything for 100 days! I was surprised about how much doing the Whole 30 for 30 days changed my outlook on food and health, so I've always been intrigued by this 100 days idea. I considered doing it last year but just had no idea what direction I would take it - but this year, I've had a much more clear path as to what I would do!

     You all know I've been focusing on cooking, and so when I heard it was starting up again soon I thought "I have to do this"! I love a challenge, and cooking one meal a day seemed broad and doable enough, since I cook most days anyways. The challenge aspect is working with a new dish or food that I've never worked with - this seems like the ideal way to hone my skills! Another "challenge" is documenting it. I love using Instagram, but I don't update it ever day because I just don't have time nor do I usually care enough to. However, the days are getting longer (more light to shoot with), and Stories exist now - so I'm thinking it will be easier than if it were a year ago and in the dead of winter? Anywho, I'm beyond excited to start next Tuesday, and I can't wait to get cooking!! I've set out a list of rules for myself and how you can follow along so check those out below!

My Rules for #The100DayProject:

1. In accordance with the official project rules, I'm creating a hashtag for my Stories (which will be Highlighted in my profile - if they don't let you Highlight a full 100 stories into one Highlight - I will break them down into separate Highlights!). My hashtag will be #100foodfinds!

2. In lieu of posting the mandatory photo a day in my grid, I will be posting it in my aforementioned Stories, along with bts clips of the making of each recipe! I will post one of the recipes a week to my grid and to this space, which will most likely be my favorite of the week.  

3. Each thing I cook must be made with either:

A) a food item I've never worked with before (i.e. miso, lamb, tofu, etc.) OR

B) a new dish I've never made before (i.e. coq a vin, falafel, a souffle, etc.)

4. It can be for breakfast, lunch, dinner, a snack, or dessert - depending on my schedule.

     That's it! See! So broad and flexible. I think this will be a lot of fun. I know I'll get tired of documenting/the stress of a new ingredient or dish, but that's usually more exhilarating than anything else - even if it fails! I'll leave a link to my Instagram here (and the feed is also shown at the bottom of my homepage!) for those of you who don't have Instagram. Thanks for following along and I hope you follow along with the project! Have a fun Thursday!

To List the Essentials - New Mom Edition

 

     Hi readers! My older sister, Hannah, is having a baby in May! I'm so excited for her, and also excited that there's going to be another little one around. I figured it would be fun to put together a little list of the essentials for a new mommy. I had to stretch my memory a bit to remember what I loved when Bailey was a newborn, but I pulled a pretty tidy list together. I hope this helps any new mama that needs it! Check it out below.

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1. A luxurious bath soak for what will be a much needed pampering sesh at some point.

2. Comfy and soft lounge pants are a must for post baby comfort.

3. You won't regret buying a few good nursing bras.

4. Gotta have the fuel to wake up a couple of times during the night! This coffee maker is my favorite.

5. A good rocking chair is a worthy investment. Your back will thank you later.

6. Keeping track of all of your post delivery appointments will be a lot easier with a cute planner!

To Create a Blog

         

Visiting one of my favorite places as a child in Arkansas.

Visiting one of my favorite places as a child in Arkansas.

         Welcome to What a Fun Day! I'm Samantha and I am the creator/owner/manager of What a Fun Day. This blog is focused on living a happy, full and special lifestyle. On the blog I'll cover many topics but mostly focus on DIY projects, simple style, delicious recipes, and the general musings of my everyday life with my love, Brett, and our daughter Bailey. 
    Our beautiful girl is closing in on 2 years old, so our life with her is never boring. While I dedicate a lot of my time to her, there's always time for making things, cooking scrumptious food, and thinking about how our life is working, what improvements need to be made, and how to do it simply. With a toddler, everything has to be simplified but fun. That's the goal anyway! My hope for this blog is that while I strive for making my happy life even more fun, my readers take something from our life's simple pleasures and infuse some of it into their own. I've included a few photos of our life lately, which can all be found on my Instagram @whatafundayblog , to give you a peek into our everyday. I look forward to sharing bits of our time together along with posts to elevate your lifestyle, and to overall just make life more fun, day to day.
                                Thanks for reading!
                                    Samantha

An appropriately moody photo after a tantrum.

An appropriately moody photo after a tantrum.

Designing our costumes for Halloween.

Designing our costumes for Halloween.

Enjoying the fallen leaves.

Enjoying the fallen leaves.