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New Month, New Goals

I think we can all agree that February, albeit a short month, was definitely the toughest month of Winter to survive, but now we can look ahead to March and get excited for Spring!! I've mentioned before how much I love sharing my goals, mostly because it really holds me accountable! It's one thing to say I'm going to do something for myself, but when you put it out into the universe you feel like you gotta do it!!! 

For February I wanted to:

1// Unsubscribe from emails I don't read: PASS! I registered for Unroll.me thanks to Christina's recommendation and it literally cut my emails down by 75%!!!
2// Make 2 new meals from the Chelsea Market Cookbook: Half Pass! We made one from the cookbook and one from our Newlywed Cookbook, so we'll just call this a pass since they were two new recipes...
3// Warm water with lemon 4x per week: PASS! This was actually really easy and where I've seen the most improvement is actually not feeling bloated during the day - this was amazing and something I'll be continuing for the foreseeable future! 
4// No gel manicures: PASS! This was another really easy goal and now I'm actually looking forward to my manicure this weekend! 
5// Closet Cleaning: Pass! It took about three hours one Sunday, but I got it done and ended up selling all the clothes that I wasn't interested in anymore on eBay, so double win on this one! 

Onto March:

1//Finalize the details for our trip to Puerto Rico in April! Still need to book a few excursions and buy one cover-up for the beach! 
2//Camera needed! After a lot of thought, I've decided to invest in a new camera. Right now I have a point and shoot camera that I only use on vacations and I'd love to have my blog photos have better quality than just the iPhone! So your help and input is needed...my only requirement is that it's not bulky! 
3// Create Boston & Favorites Tabs on the blog! One of my most requested posts is a Boston everything one and people email and ask me where they should go, eat and stay in Boston and I would love to have it all in one place! Same goes for some of my favorite products - one stop clicking = happy people! 

4// Get to bed earlier & hit the gym more! I'm going to lump these two together because I'd rather go to the gym in the morning, which is just harder when I don't go to bed early enough. Getting to the gym has been just plain hard this last month just due to weather being so horrendous, but no more excuses! Not going to set a number goal here, just plain get to the gym more! 
5// Visit the MFA! I think I may have just shocked Gary with this one since I'm not really a museum person, but we live in a city that is full of museums and I just never take advantage of it...will it happen this month? I hope so because there are a few exhibits that have peaked my interest! 

Do you have any suggestions for cameras? Any goals for this month you're hoping to cross off your list?

xo,
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  1. I took Mark to the Ringling Museum after the wedding and he had never seen it before. Definitely adding that to our mutual list.....more culture less tv watching. Going to bed earlier is always on my list but I just get all my creative thoughts at that late night bewitching hour. You hit every single thing off your list last month get it girl!!!! Can't wait to hear more about your Puerto Rico plans!

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  2. Great goals. I use the Nikon 3200 but only sometimes because it is a bit bulky… they say it's a great beginner's DSLR though. And why no gels?

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  3. Great job with the goals last month. I need to use that unsubscribe me link!

    I LOVE our camera. It's a DSLR and it's a Canon Ti3! Pretty easy to use, but we've also bulked it up with an extra flash, tripod and remote. I love the quality of our pictures now. It isn't small though, so you'd have to get a cute camera bag if you wanted to carry it around.

    I'm with you on gym in the morning. I feel better once it's done but if I'm up too late, forget about it. Good luck, lady!

    This month is FULL of small lil goals and I'm stoked to cross em off my list, one by one!

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  4. Love your goals and you did so well in February!! I know you're so ready for some warm weather in April and yay for an excuse to buy a coverup! Yes - I can totally see people taking advantage of everything Boston being located in one place. Are you doing that on your own or hiring someone to help you with the web/coding side of things? Good luck with the camera search. I have a nice one that was a gift but it's very bulky.

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  5. Good job with the goals last month--Im sure you'll be on point with the ones for March, too! :)

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  6. I'm trying to do more warm water with lemon too! You are inspiring me to make a list on monthly goals!

    P.S. So jealous you are going to Puerto Rico!!!

    Abby
    www.champagneplans.com

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  7. Dang girl! You killed your February goals! I need to seriously declutter my inbox and closet. Maybe if I clean out my closet I can justify a llittle shopping spree...hmmm. I have a DLSR that I love and was a reasonable price but it's definitely not "throw in your purse" small. I hope you find one you love! I seriously need to start going to bed earlier. I realized this morning that the reason Im so exhausted all the time is because Im only getting like 6 hours of sleep a night but Im going for at least 12 hours a day. Sleep is definitely important! Good luck with all of your goals this month!

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  8. I'm loving the goal of purchasing a camera :) I'd go with a DSLR one even if they are a little bit more bulky... you can find really cute camera bags/purses that totally make up for it though. Plus, you won't even notice it once you realize how great your pictures start turning out! I'm blaming the weather for my lack of gym participation this month too, but it was 70 & sunny yesterday so I'm running out of excuses (oops!)

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  9. Great goals. I am not sure if an DSLR is non-bulky. I tend to only use mine at home or for special occasions though. The going to bed earlier is a goal of mine too especially with how early I get up.

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  10. Great goals! I just went to Puerto Rico in February so let me know if you need any restaurant recommendations. Have fun!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

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  11. Look at you go girl with all your passes! And yayyyy for your PR trip, can't wait to see pics! And I too take the majority of my blog pics with my phone as it's much more convenient. I have a nice camera, but only use it on vacation as well. I need to break that habit.. bad!

    As for working out, if you can't make it/don't feel like trotting out to the gym start working out at home. I mix it up at home with Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred, Rush Fit, and online Barre3 workouts. Pinterest also has tons of amazing at home workouts ;-)

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  12. Rocked your goals last month, girlfriend! I love unrollme- soooo handy! And that "don't kill my vibe" graphic is the jam- and so true!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  13. So with you on working out more! I have been so lazy, and it shows! I've been drinking warm lemon water every morning and I just love it. Good job girl!

    xx, Leah / Eat Pray Wear Love

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  14. ah good goals girl! i always feel better after working out in the morning but loathe it. i'm so NOT a morning person i just can't. but you got these - look how good you did in feb!

    cheshirekatblog.com

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  15. Way to go on your February goals! I so need to clean out my closet (again)! I did it not too long ago but I never get rid of enough the first time through! Love your goal to go to the museum, that would be so cool!

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  16. ohh unrollme is the BEST!!! great goals for march, i love museums! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  17. A separate Boston guide is such a great idea! I for one would love that. You know, it's a funny thing but I seem to reserve museums for vacations. I should try to get to the museum more this month too.

    prosecco in the park

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  18. Just tried Unroll Me and I am so excited! Thanks for sharing!!

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  19. I wish I could get up and go to the gym in the mornings - I used to when I had a gym at my apartment complex, now that we have a house driving to the gym at 5:30am doesn't seem right to me.

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  20. I love reading your goals!! I need to try the lemon water, I still haven't. Less bloating is definitely a big enough incentive to try it. I need to start waking up and working out. I have been waking up earlier, but instead of working out I browse pinterest and end up buying things... Not exactly going to help me when it's time to put on a bathing suit haha. I am terrible and still haven't sat down and figured out my camera! Maybe today. I really need to sit down and develop some monthly goals that are reasonable. xo

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  21. You go girl!! You did great this month! I need to clean out my closet sooo bad!! Listing stuff on eBay sounds awesome! Was it a lot of work! You're going to kill your goals this month too! I know it!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  22. Oh my goodness, clicking on unroll.me now! I need to get unsubscribed from so many emails asap! Yay!
    Love your goals for this month!! They sound totally fun and doable! With you vacation fast approaching, it will be much easier to be motivated to hit the gym! Oh how I wish I was planning a beach vacay right now! Sounds like heaven!! Can't wait for your Boston tab!

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  23. These are all great goals and you can do it!! Going to the gym during the winter can be SO hard sometimes, but I feel a million times better after I go. Definitely checking out Unroll me, I'm also looking forward to our beach vacay next month. And because I was an art history major I'm encouraging you to go to the museum. :-) Can't wait for your Boston favorites tab too!! :-)

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  24. Great job on your goals last month! A new camera and your PR trip sounds exciting!! I have a good beginners DSLR camera (Nikon 3200), but it is on the bulkier side. It was a pain to lug around on trips, but it does take great pictures. I kind of wish I'd gone with one of the more expensive compact ones though. Good luck with your search!!

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  25. Look at you accomplishing all those goals! I know you will do great this month too!

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  26. Definitely would love to hear more of your Boston recommendations!

    -Lauren
    www.prettypiecesblog.com

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  27. can i crash your MFA date? haha. i'll bring snacks. ;) ok so i've been thinking about getting a gel manicure for the first time...yay or nay? i'm going to a wedding and neat pretty nails and mine are so dang short! like actually they might be too short for gels.

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  28. I would totally live vicariously through your Boston recommendations. Also- there was a job listing last week for an Accounting Manager and Accounts Payable Manager for the Red Sox. So close to applying but would be a MASSIVE lifestyle change for us if I got it! As for digital cameras- I got the Samsung NX2000 last year and love it. It's in between a DSLR and a point and shoot. You still have interchangeable lenses, and it's super light with the regular lens on it!

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  29. These are so motivating! I seriously need to do all of these lol!
    xo Emily
    www.fashioncolumntwins.com

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  30. You totally should create a Boston tab!! I would love to read it hahah -- I love learning about new places and things to do there!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  31. You are killing it with your goals, girl! I have no doubt that you'll achieve all this month's goals, too. May I ask where you're staying in PR? Ryan and I decided to head there in October for our anniversary! As far as a camera goes, I use the Canon Rebel T5i, but the key (for me, at least) is to purchase a 50mm lens. It's the best!

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  32. You are on a roll lady!! Making the rest of us look bad ;) haha
    How did I not know about Unroll Me??? AMAZING! I just got rid of so much spam from my inbox - thank you!!

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  33. Great job on passing those February goals! I need to right down my goals for this month...one of which will be getting to the gym in the mornings too!

    XO,
    KayElle

    www.MissKayElle.com

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  34. Congrats on hitting pretty much all of your February goals! Excited to hear more about your PR trip. A new camera is a great investment for your blog. I recently got the Nikon D3200 at a great price. I love the quality of photos but still need to take a photography class to figure out all the fancy settings. I agree with Pamela, that's its not a throw in your purse camera so I still end up using my iPhone a lot cause who wants to show up to Friday date night or the beach or wherever with a big clunky camera.

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  35. Unroll.me = GENIUS! I literally went in and did it while reading your post. I get hundreds of emails a day with just junk! Thank you for sharing that! So awesome!
    Great goals for this month too love!

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  36. Great list of goal and good job on last month! Unroll.me...definitely need to look into that! I just told my fiance last night that I am no longer staying up late during the week. It just drains me, so getting to bed earlier is definitely my number one goal right now!

    Shannon
    Clothes & Quotes

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  37. I have the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25 with the Leica lens. I love it. Really great zoom & clarity for a point & shoot.

    A little bigger I have this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EFILPHA/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Love the zoom but the picture size itself isn't standard.

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  38. Recently Adam and I had a discussion that we need to visit more "Charleston" hot spots. We've lived here almost 7 years and there are still a lot of the more touristy things we've never seen. We're starting a Google Doc to help keep our must-dos organized.

    Bed earlier and gym more is always on my list haha.

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  39. Great job on your goals girl! Excited to hear what camera you choose. I'm starting to use my good camera more, but agree that the iPhone is so convenient!

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  40. Great job on your goals. I really need to start sticking to mine. The MFA is such an awesome place!! I love spending the day there. Plus, they have a really neat coffee bar. If you are a Bank of America card holder, you can go for free the first Saturday and Sunday in the month. In fact, it's free this weekend with a BOA card.

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  41. Good for you, lady!! I will definitely look up that unsubscribing service! Also, after I read your post last month, I started drinking warm water with lemon each morning and feel great, so thanks :)

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  42. We're still deciding on our vacay & PR is at the top of the list as of now! I got the Canon SL1 and absolutely love it. It is a DSLR so it's not tiny, but it is the lightest/smallest on the market- which was a huge selling point for me. Definitely a great investment :)

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  43. Sadly, if you want a DSLR its gonna be bulky. They all are. They do make cute little camera bags though that fit them in that are easy to carry. FYI - I'm a Nikon girl through & through.

    I'm headed to that site right now for emails... My in box is out of control!

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  44. Way to go with your February goals! Having a DSLR does make such a difference. Yes, they are a little bit bulky. There aren't many out there that aren't, but once you see that it's not that bad to bring with you and the picture quality is amazing, it's all worth it! We have the Canon T5 and currently taking a photography class to learn the basic ins and outs. We still use our point and shot here and there but if we are going somewhere that we want great pictures the canon is coming along :) Winks and Eyerolls

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  45. You did amazing with your february goals!! Good job!! I have a Canon T3i from Costco and I love it. Came with the body, 2 lenses, charger and the bag and I feel like something else that i can't remember. :) My mom was a Canon shooter so that's why I stuck with Canon but I think they are pretty comparable so you'll be good either way.

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  46. girl I have no idea about cameras, I kinda want one too but I don't want a bulky (or expensive) one so I haven't bought one yet. I have a basic point and shoot that I only use for vacation as well, and in NYC I didn't even bring it because the iPhone is pretty good!
    Love the idea of the Boston & Favorites tabs.. and might I also suggest a travel tab? Lol. I love re-reading your Europe posts and I use google to find them (and I have pinned them) but just a thought? I love looking at peoples travel pages, if they have them. If not, just ignore me :) not trying to be rude!
    way to go on your feb goals! it was definitely a hard month.

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  47. I also have the Chelsea Market cookbook... and go there every visit to NYC and STILL have not made anything from it - that's on my March goals!

    xoxo

    Kaley

    My Closet Life Blog

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  48. Loved the cookbook. Puerto Rico is amazing! I need to vacation too :-) ...lovely post. xoxo
    Meg
    www.snazzybellanista.ocm

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  49. love this! way to go! i LOVE unroll me :)

    xo welltraveledwife.com

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  50. Honestly, I love making to-do lists and crossing things off! I'm also looking for a non-iphone camera so I'll be checking back to see what the consensus is! :)

    Chelsea
    Chowing Down by the Bay

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  51. These are such great goals! I'm so jealous of your trip to Puerto Rico, but seriously after all the snow y'all got, some sunshine and relaxation is much deserved!!

    xoxo
    Karen
    http://kensingtonwest.me.uk

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  52. Look at you with your February goals!! Good job!! Can't wait to hear what you decide on as far as a new camera - I desperately need one, too! The iPhone just isn't cutting it for me either anymore!

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  53. Awesome job with your February goals and great list for March! My friend and I are trying to plan a Boston weekend for April or May so will love to see that Boston tab up and running ;)

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  54. Gooooooooaallll! Congrats on a successful February! I definitely need to get with unroll me, and I should really try some monthly goals like you! What a great way to accomplish something realistic within a realistic timeline!

    I have a Nikon D60 which was an on a whim Christmas gift from my dad and I do love it it really gets the job done and takes stunning photos, none of which ever make it to my blog... But it does the job! I truly think its hard to find a non-bulky DSLR especially if you want a pretty high end one, BUTS mine is pretty small if I'm being fair.

    xoxo,
    Meghan
    Southern Belle Secrets

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  55. Glad to hear you saw a result from the water/lemon combo as I keep meaning to try that. The MFA would be fantastic so do me a favor and get yourself there please ;)

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  56. I recently got the Canon Rebel SL1 and I think it's great! I'm still learning to use it - but its fun to mess around with all of the settings and it is the perfect size!
    xoxo Danielle
    For the Love of Leopard

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  57. Woo hoo for your beach vaca! I just booked us another Cancun trip for later this year on my lunch break :) Come on warm weather! I love my Canon Rebel, but I don't know much about other ones.

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  58. Look at you hitting all of February goals! March will be a breeze for you!

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  59. Ok I am totally going to unrollme right now and I vote for a boston everything page because I would ask you if I was going anytime soon!

    I love your posts like this!

    Xoxo,
    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  60. I hear ya on #4! I've been trying to do that but it's so hard. I've made it to the gym the past 2 Wednesdays which is progress for me :-p Jealous of your upcoming vacation! I need the beach now!

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  61. Puerto Rico?! Ooo! I can't wait to read all about it How fun! You did a great job with your February goals.

    Making Mrs. M

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  62. You did so good with your February goals! I can't wait to hear more about what you guys have planned for Puerto Rico and I love museums so I can't wait to hear more about once you guys go visit.

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  63. I can only imagine how ready for spring you are. We've gotten the smallest bit of winter weather the last few weeks and I'm already over it. I'm such a wuss. ha! I really need to do the unsubscribe thing!

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  64. Getting to bed earlier and working out are on my list as well!

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  65. A new camera is a very high priority of mine too! Great job on your February goals! Have you guys been to Puerto Rico before? It's always been on my list!

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  66. Great list of goals, def need to check out that unroll.me site!

    http://mimiandchichi.com/

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  67. Monthly resolutions?! I'm impressed girl! (And I love because I am benefiting - keep the recipes coming!)

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  68. Great goals for sure! I did the no gel manicure thing for 2 months, and surprisingly, it wasn't hard! I was in a terrible habit of getting a mani/pedi way too often, so I decided to get rid of that habit. But my manicure and pedicure were so great when I finally got one again!
    xo

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  69. I really need to get better about visiting the Atlanta museums too. Great March goals lady!

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  70. You must go to the MFA! It's such an amazing museum - it has an insane collection. Also, I recommend checking out Isabella Gardner Museum. It may be a better idea to check it out during spring/summer - it has a fantastic courtyard! In addition to unsubscribing, I also set up a gmail filter and forward all emails with the word "subscribe" to a separate folder. That way I review daily/weekly store etc. emails once a week, when I have time during the weekend (:

    - Deniz
    www.dressedupdeniz.com

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  71. You did great on those goals!!! I bought a new camera last year and really need to get into using it. I bough a Sony DSC and it takes fabulous pics. But Nikon has some great options too!

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  72. Love your monthly goals! I've read amazing things about drinking warm, lemon water each day so I'll have to try it. And I bought a new camera for our wedding weekend/honeymoon and have loved using it, especially for blog pictures! Xo, Stephanie

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  73. I haven't gotten a gel manicure in over a year but not by choice, just because of the move to Australia, but I must know why you decided to stop getting them. I used to get one once a month and they helped me to stop biting my nails, and always kept my hands looking good.

    As for camera, I cannot say enough good things about the Cannon Rebel SL1. I use it for the blog and for traveling. When I went to the store to buy one h salesperson had me hold the cameras in my hand to find the most comfortable fit and then narrow down from there. He said that if it's not comfortable then you'll never use it. He was right!
    I have a tiny hand and ended up getting one of the tiniest DSLR camera bodies on the market. I use this baby every day!

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  74. I can't wait to see what your camera looks like!!!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  75. Great goals! This week I have been getting up at 5am (and going to bed at 10 - ew) to run and I can't tell you how amazing I feel. I love lemon water, too! I throw some in a bottle for work all day. I need to clean my closet, but sooo don't want to, lol.

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  76. I love reading your goals - you're right, it does keep you accountable {I need to do the same!}. I have an Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera and I LOVE it. It's smaller, lightweight, and most importantly not bulky! I use it for all the food shots on my blog :)

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  77. I love these goals- it's something I do as well but haven't been comfortable publishing so kudos!

    As for the camera, It's more about the lens that the camera, but that said, I have had a Nikon for years and it was literally the best investment. I can even use my dad's old Nikon lenses and they work great. My suggestion if you have the $$ is to buy a 50mm f/1.8 lens to add on to the body. It creates great depth of field, and is good for everything from outfit posts to food shots or travel. Let us know what you end up with!

    -Stefanie
    http://www.thestylesafari.com

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  78. I love these goals- it's something I do as well but haven't been comfortable publishing so kudos!

    As for the camera, It's more about the lens that the camera, but that said, I have had a Nikon for years and it was literally the best investment. I can even use my dad's old Nikon lenses and they work great. My suggestion if you have the $$ is to buy a 50mm f/1.8 lens to add on to the body. It creates great depth of field, and is good for everything from outfit posts to food shots or travel. Let us know what you end up with!

    -Stefanie
    http://www.thestylesafari.com

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  79. Great job on the Feb goals & good luck on March! I do like museums but I never take advantage of them. There are so many in Houston & there's one day a week (or a month??) that they are all free but I never go.

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  80. Way to go on all those goals!! So jealous that you're going to PR! That's definitely on my travel bucket list! I'd love to see a tab for Boston's Faves because its also on my travel bucket list! Might have to check out that email subscription clean up too! Such a great idea!

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  81. I love the idea of setting month by month goals like this! I definitely need to work to go to bed earlier, too!

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  82. Your February win to clean out your closet is a MUST do for me!!

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  83. Congrats on doing so well with your February goals!! You go girl!! :-) Having the Boston tab is so fun and perfect for everyone that has questions. I cannot wait to see what you recommend. I have been wanting to go to a couple of the museums in Houston. This will hopefully happen this month, and if not sometime soon.

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  84. You killed February's goals!! I am definitely going to have to try the warm water. How much do you drink? I use a DSLR camera (most of the time) but it's pretty chunky. It's the Canon Rebel t3i and while I wish it was smaller sometimes, I had no problem lugging it all over Rwanda.

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  85. You should get a Sony Nex 6. It's way smaller than most DSLRs, but it has the same capabilities as a Canon 5D. You can also easily upload to your phone via wifi. It's pretty much the best ever AND has interchangable lenses.

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  86. I got a new camera last summer and I love it! It's the Canon G16. I have a DSLR - Canon Rebel T3, (which is a great beginnger DSLR), but it's pretty big and bulky. Not in comparison to my hubby's Mark ii but still. I got the G16 because it does everything a DSLR can do (except interchangeable lens) AND it fits in almost all of my purses without adding a ton of extra weight. It's kind of the best of both worlds: point and shoot, DSLR. And you can hook it up for wifi downloading which makes blogging pics that much easier. I still use my iphone way too often but I am in love with my G16 and would high recommend it!

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