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I'd like to start this post out with birthday wishes to a very important man in my life! Today is my sweet dad's birthday! Even though it's not a "milestone" birthday - it's still a celebration!! Just like every girl, I think my dad is pretty amazing- I'm lucky because to this day he'll call just to hear my voice. I'm blessed because even at 27, I'm still a his little girl. I'm honored because at 35, he picked up and moved to America for a better life for his family! He taught my sister and I that there are no shortcuts to success and that hard work will always pay off. 
{photo credit: Gwen Tundermann}
Happy birthday to the first man I ever loved & the man who will always put his wife and two daughters ahead of everyone else!! Love you infinity papa!! 
{rocking the bangs in 8th grade}
Now I'm switching gears for some September Goals! 
At the start of the year, I created a "goal list" if you will, and I've tackled the majority of what was on there - so with that being said, I thought I'd create a more clear cut set of goals for myself each month and we'll see how I do! 
1// The Bar Method ladies say that it takes at least 3-4 classes a week to see results in a six week time frame - so my goal for the month of September is to make sure I make it to at least 3 classes, 4 if it's a really good week! I've already paid for these classes, so going should be a high priority! 
2// Is anyone else really bad at printing photos out? I feel like with Facebook and Instagram I've become so lazy with actual photo albums. My goal is to print out and organize our honeymoon & Euro trip photos. 
3// Drink more water. This one is easier said that done - I just need to buy a super cute water bottle and infuse it with some lemons and mint to make it that much more enjoyable! 
4// At 27, I'm closer to 30 than 20 now and need to step up my eye care routine. This includes finding a new nighttime moisturizer and eye cream. I've been a die hard Ponds Skin Care fan for years and need something to supplement that! Suggestions are welcome and needed!! 
5// This one should be fairly easy to knock of the list since we're just waiting for our wheels for the bar cart to arrive. I hope to have the cart fully stocked and looking pretty by month end!! If only I could find the Sofia mini wines in the state of Massachusetts!! 
And let's not forget...

Are you more of a monthly goal setter or do you like to just go with the flow? Any tips on finding a great eye cream?
xo,
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  1. Can't wait to see the finished bar cart! Love that beyonce quote bc it is so true. My fave eye cream is oil of olay cc corrective eye cream. It is awesome and lasts a long time and i use egyptian magic at night and it is amazing!! I'm going to do a fall skincare post soon and I'll tell you more about it! XO

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  2. I used to print out pictures on like a weekly basis - the people at Target knew me so well that they gave me the password to the little printing thing. Now? Can't even tell you the last time I printed anything out! But I do have a collection of Shutterfly books so that counts, right? Good luck with your goals!

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  3. oh, so much to say about this post.
    1) happy bday to your dad!!

    2) if your skin care routine works for you (ie. ponds cream still works for your skin), don't change it. only change your routine if it's no longer working. all you need is to cleanse your skin, exfoliate once a week and moisturize (and sunscreen!!). that's it. simple is better when it comes to skincare :) you can even use a very light coat of your regular cream as eye cream. you don't need special eye cream for that unless your cream is heavy; then you can think about a lighter eye cream.

    3) instead of printing out and organizing, why not try photo books? those are amazing; it's so elegant. shutterfly often has sales so keep an eye out for that.

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  4. HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your DADDY! Love that picture of the two of you, so special!

    I know you'll rock out your goals lady!!!! xoxo

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  5. Drinking more water is always on my list. I could be so much better about it! I just turned 30 and need to up my eye care too - let me know if you find anything you like!

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  6. Happy Birthday to your Dad!! I am such a Daddy's girl too. I need to be better about my goal setting. A pretty water bottle will totally make it easier, right?! ;)

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  7. happy birthday to your dad! that photo from your wedding is so cute!! and yessss i totally need to drink more water too! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  8. Happy birthday to your dad- that picture of y'all is precious! And I need to set some goals myself- I make photo books through Picaboo every year and haven't even started this years'… eeek!! And I just got 100 free prints through Shutterfly so make sure you get their emails! xo

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  9. I used to be all about printed photos too but haven't done them in years, even though it would be really nice to update my albums and frames! I do a quarterly resolution check-in to keep tabs on my progress...I'm due for my next one at the end of September, so we'll see then how things have been going...

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  10. Happy birthday to your dad!!! And if you find those Sofia mini wines let me know! I want them too! :) They'd be perfect on a bar cart for sure! I need to print off some new pics... I think most of my pics in frames are from college LOL!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  11. Ughhhhh that last quote really hits home.......stop that opening I seriously got tears especially that picture with you and your dad dancing! So incredibly sweet girl! Hmmmmm I'll be on the lookout for you. Do you think there are in FL because if they are you know I'll find them! xoxoxo

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  12. Love these goals! Yes on the making albums! All my photos are saved on my computer and phone, but need to put them in albums! I've been meaning to make a honeymoon one for a while now. Happy Birthday to your dad!!

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  13. Aw happy birthday to your dad!! Thst picture of you two is so cute!! I need to step up my eye care as well! That's definitely one of my goals!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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  14. I love this! We all need to do this from time-to-time. To ensure that the hundreds (if not thousands) of pictures I take each year make it into hard copy form, I make a yearly "yearbook" via Blurb at the end of each year. They make for great coffee table books, and then you have them on your bookcase for all the years to come!

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  15. Your dad sounds so sweet!! Happy birthday to him! I am SO bad a printing pictures and need to make that a goal of mine too! I switch eye creams a lot, but Olay makes a good one for the price and Roc does too (my dermatologist recommends that.) They have Sofia in cans by the Cape so it has to be in Boston! I'll ask around!

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  16. Happy Birthday to your dad! He sounds awesome :)

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  17. aww happy birthday to your dad! so sweet. i am really good at printing some photos, like 1 or 2 but i'm bad at printing a whole lot because they are a bit expensive when you get like 200 at a time. i am pretty good with my water, i am trying to give up soda though, which is hard for me! love that beyonce quote lol.

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  18. Very sweet picture of you and your dad. :-) Speaking of Dads, my dad uses Shutterfly to make albums for people all of the time. He's like an expert at it haha. He actually made a photo guest book for our wedding on there. As for eye creams, since you need anti-aging (unlike some of us who started the process too late) and I'd say try the Olay anti-aging eye creams. My mom also says that the Regenerist one is really good. I've also never seen that wine in mini-bottles here, sounds cute though! :-)

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  19. Happy Birthday to your Dad! I just got 101 free prints from Shutterfly yesterday, they're so good with sending awesome coupons. Good luck!

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  20. Happy sweet birthday to your dad! He sounds like such an amazing person. Where did he move from? My parents and I moved here from Romania in 1997, my dad was 39 and my mom was 34. So I can relate with picking and moving to America. Your goals are great!! I do agree with drinking more water, it's so good for your skin! I have become obsessed with Shutterfly, I'm in the process of creating a wedding album for my parents 25th wedding anniversary.

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  21. We may have the same hours as Beyonce but it would be nice to have her staff! :)

    Happy birthday to your dad!

    I still need to try the Bar Method.

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  22. Your bar cart will be so dang cute!! And happy birthday to your dad!

    www.madeintheshadeblog.com

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  23. Aww what a sweet post to your dad! You have such a beautiful family! 2, 3, & 4 need to be on my list as well! I go through phases with drinking water, and I always feel better when I'm staying hydrated so I don't know why it isn't a habit that just sticks for me! I have like 4 photo books I need to make but I always put off making them because they take so long! I need to find a nighttime eye cream too- I use the Origins ginzing in the am, but skip over something at night.

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  24. That picture of you and your dad is so sweet! I love that he calls you just to hear your voice. I wish Barre classes weren't so damn expensive or I'd do them all the time too! I need to get one of those water bottles. All I drink is water but sometimes it gets so boring and bland. Those Sofia wine minis are hard to find. I've seen them at my Target once and should of bought them then because I haven't seen them since!

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  25. Most of the time I can get myself to bar at least 3 days a week and that fourth day is taunting me but so hard to achieve. You are right about drinking the water, you just need a cute water bottle. I've never been a huge goal setter but I feel like putting on the blog definitely makes you accountable. You can do it!!

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  26. That pic of you and your dad made me tear up a bit. I love reading other people's monthly goals and yours are perfect. Stick with the barre classes and you will totally see results (I love that you've already paid for them-makes it so much easier to stick with a routine). Those water bottles are super cute. I have an infuser and it really does help me drink more water.

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  27. Great picture of you and your dad! So sweet. I too am so bad with printing out pictures. Trying to get better. I just moved into a new office and totally need some new pictures. Happy Wednesday!! Hope you are staying cool, it's been so hot here!!

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  28. Love the happy b-day shout-out to Dad! I feel the exact same way! -I'm so excited to see the bar cart its not even funny!! We have got to pick one asap! Have a great Wednesday love! xoxo

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  29. Love the idea of monthly goals! Because I don't even remember what my New Years ones were anymore haha. For a night eye cream, I swear by Clinique's All About Eyes Rich! It feels soooo good and the little bottle goes a long way! Oh, and happy happy birthday to your dad! Love that picture :)

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  30. Happy birthday to your dad! So sweet! Such a great list of "goals!" I am absolutely terrible at printing out pictures as well, but love Shutterfly! can't wait to see the finished bar cart! Xo

    Anna
    alilyloveaffair.com

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  31. I was just looking online for a Pure Barre or Bar Method class near my house. The closest one is 35 minutes away. That stinks. I never print pictures anymore. I have not even made a wedding album and it was three years ago. When my husband and I first started dating I made him this great scrapbook of our first year together. Now I print no pictures at all. I can look at them online, on my phone, etc. That is good enough for me.

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  32. Aww, Happy Birthday to your daddy! :)

    Yes, I am horrible about printing out pictures now! I used to print them all and I even scrapbooked! I would love to get back to scrapbooking soon!

    I am so bad about drinking water!

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  33. I love ballet inspired workouts, they really are amazing! That bar cart is the cutest. I really need one in my life.

    prosecco in the park

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  34. I'm a photographer & I'm the world's worst at doing pictures of my own family & keeping them. sad.
    I need that water infuser bottle!!!
    that picture of you & your dad = PRECIOUS!!!!

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  35. Tanti Auguri a la tua babbo! Also yes, I need to drink more water.

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  36. Happy birthday to your daddy, that picture is so precious Biana. I am horrible at printing pics too, I definitely need to do better.

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  37. Happy birthday to your awesome dad!! I love your goals! and I especially love that you even set goals. It definitely inspires me to set some! I think I should just use your list since I need to do all of these things!

    Maggie
    www.PolishedClosets.com

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  38. I am a skincare freak, so my first piece of advice is to wash your face with a washcloth(it's made the biggest difference for me). Also, splash cold water on your face when you're done washing it. Drink tons of water, and green tea, I do swear by green tea. Also, Cetaphil, basic but I haven't found anything better for my skin.

    I love those water bottles, I do get tired of not having any flavor in my water.

    Emily from F Is For Blog

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  39. Happy birthday to your dad! I am so so terrible at printing photos out. Thankfully our wedding photographer gave us prints of each photo or else I would have never done it.

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  40. OMG that picture of you and your dad gave me goosebumps! I LOVE it! Annnnd I never print pictures. I don't know what I would do with them if I did? We even have 3 empty frames in our living room because I tried to print pix at the drug store and they came out looking weird and I gave up haha!

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  41. Harpy Birthday, Mr. Shteyn! I'm a Daddy's girl as well, so I get the sentiment. I need to find a good eye cream. I love Clinique's deep moisturizing night cream!

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  42. Such a sweet post about your dad! Truly lovely! I love all your goals, particularly the one about hydrating more! I'm guilty of not drinking enough water. I love the idea of these water bottles and infusing them with lemon and mint! Such a simple yet tasty concept!

    www.taffetaandtulips.com

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  43. Awww... I'm a total Daddy's girl too:) I feel like I need to do a goals post, cause I guess I do have as many hours in the day as Bey. Damn.

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  44. Happy Birthday, Dad!

    I really REALLY want to take barre classes at the new studio opening up by my office, but gosh darn they want a butt load of money and I just cant bring myself to pay up. I really want to hear what you think after you have been going. Perhaps a few more people can convince me to pay up!

    I love that bar cart. Love love. And I have been trying to find the perfect eye cream for years and still haven't found it. Please let me know if you find a holy grail!

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  45. Such sweet photos - Happy Birthday to your dad! I love this post - some of these things are on my mental goal list as well! Lots of trips coming up, including a cruise in January, so I need to focus on getting my act together to get in shape! I also have a folder on my laptop with photos I want to print for all of the cute (empty) frames I've purchased.

    I am SO horrible at drinking water - I only drink it when I'm thirsty. Sometimes I realize by 5pm that I've only drank coffee or Diet Coke all day (trying to kick that habit). I love La Croix though, so this saves me. Just carbonated and naturally flavored water - no sugars or fake sugars, water is the only ingredient!

    http://gochicyourself.com/

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  46. Really cute water bottles! That's an excellent idea!

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  47. Great list of goals!! The water one I have been working on big time!! And I hit 27 this year too and am on the hunt for some quality face products--let me know if you find any you like :)

    Tori
    FashionBlingGirlyThings

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  48. I would be completely belly-up if it weren't for my yearly and monthly goal lists and my running to-do list. These are some good ones! Also, super sweet photo of you and your dad! Happy birthday to him, he sounds like a great guy! :)

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  49. such cute pics..I loved reading it..Happy birthday to him..

    xoxo
    Meg
    www.snazzybellanista.com
    www.instagram.com/snazzybellanista

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  50. i'm excited to hear what you think of the bar method. drinking more water is always one of my goals. gotta keep that skin clear!

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  51. Go you and Barre! That picture of you and your dad makes me teary. So sweet :)

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  52. I love making Shutterfly photo book! I don't print photos out either...we did for the wedding and honeymoon to be safe but I still want to make a photo book! Great goals, Biana!

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  53. Awww happy birthday to your Daddy, so sweet! I am huge a Daddy's girl too =)

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  54. Love love love your goals! I should definitely do goals each month. And happy birthday to your daddy! xo

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  55. Drinking more water is always on our list of to do but never seems to get done. Your dad sounds like the best!! Loved reading this post :)

    xx 365hangers

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  56. That picture of you and your dad is precious! Happy birthday to him! :D
    I'm TERRIBLE at printing out pictures! OR I do, but then they sit in the closet with my scrapbooking stuff and never get used anyway. Fail.

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  57. Drinking more water was added to my list as well. I bought a 32 ounce mason jar style cup with a handle, lid and straw. I have been drinking 3 a day. Having something cute to drink out of makes it easier!

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  58. getting pictures printed is on my imaginary goals list too. i love the convenience of online photos but sometimes its nice to have hard copies!

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  59. Happy Birthday to your Dad! How sweet! All of your Sept goals are great! I seen Elena posted a really awesome $10 infused water bottle from Curves! I need that! I have such a hard time drinking water too! :) And I'm totally with you on not printing out pictures. For the last several years I always make a photobook yearbook on Shutterfly and I still have not made one for 2013! Fail! :) Haha :)

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  60. Awww what a sweet wedding photo of you and your Dad! Happy Birthday to him!

    All of these goals are awesome! I miss all of my barre classes so much. I definitely started seeing fast results when I was going 4-5 days a week. You can totally do it!

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