February in Photos & Reverse Goals List

It’s the last day of February! 🎉

I guess February wasn’t necessarily a bad month, but it wasn’t a great month either. I spent about half of it recovering from the flu, so I spent a week in bed sleeping and another week exhausted as I continued to work through it and gained energy. It wasn’t the most productive month, but that’s how it goes sometimes.

The funny thing is, I have a ton of pre-flu photos, so even though I didn’t do much (at home or outside the house) in February, I still have some fun pictures to share!

The Beer Dabbler, puppy sitting and the flu: a look at February & a reverse goals list! // dreams-etc.com

I finally started incorporating handwritten elements into photos on my blog and YouTube videos. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long, long time so it feels good to have a nice system down for it!

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The Beer Dabbler, puppy sitting and the flu: a look at February & a reverse goals list! // dreams-etc.com

I had a box of crackers for awhile and anytime I’d eat a few Little One would inspect my desk as soon as I got up. As you can see, she did a thorough inspection and made sure she checked out every inch of my desktop!

The Beer Dabbler, puppy sitting and the flu: a look at February & a reverse goals list! // dreams-etc.com

February got off to a rough start physically before I even got the flu. I hit my head… with my computer. And had a nice little bump, along with some pain in the spot and around my eye. The principal I work with told me that an ice pack might help, so I tried that out (we use socks to cover ice packs) and it definitely helped!

The Beer Dabbler, puppy sitting and the flu: a look at February & a reverse goals list! // dreams-etc.com

And then it was time to puppy sit for my adorable canine nephew, Tino. My sister and her family were on vacation, so I left Little One with my parents (they’re not exactly best buds yet, considering he likes to jump and she’s not a fan of being jumped on) and spent some time with this cutie.

The Beer Dabbler, puppy sitting and the flu: a look at February & a reverse goals list! // dreams-etc.com

On my last day of health before the flu hit, a friend and I went to The Beer Dabbler in St. Paul. It’s a big beer festival at the state fairgrounds. Neither one of us would actually buy tickets (they’re a bit more than I’d be willing to spend), but we won a couple of tickets so we were excited to check it out! We made sure we saw The 4onthefloor and they were fantastic!

The Beer Dabbler, puppy sitting and the flu: a look at February & a reverse goals list! // dreams-etc.com

The Beer Dabbler, puppy sitting and the flu: a look at February & a reverse goals list! // dreams-etc.com

We spent lots of time by the fire pit and snacked on these nachos at the end of the night. They were fantastic!

The Beer Dabbler, puppy sitting and the flu: a look at February & a reverse goals list! // dreams-etc.com

I spent the entire next day with this little guy. He also turned one in February! His name is Valentino, because he was the first in a litter born on Valentine’s Day. I guess there was some talk of changing his name after they adopted him, but my niece wouldn’t allow it because his name is perfect for him!

The Beer Dabbler, puppy sitting and the flu: a look at February & a reverse goals list! // dreams-etc.com

Luckily he was pretty chill that day, because that’s when I started to get sick.

The Beer Dabbler, puppy sitting and the flu: a look at February & a reverse goals list! // dreams-etc.com

A nurse dog, Tino is not, so when I had a fever, aches and chills the next day I went back home. My parents covered for me with Tino and I spent the rest of the week in bed with Little One by my side. I always say she likes it when I get sick because I stay in one place. You know, when I’m not making tea.

February in Photos & Reverse Goals List // Dreams, etc.

And I made a lot of tea while I was sick! Mango Black Tea from Trader Joe’s and a mango green tea from Tea Source were my go-to’s. I also had a lot of chest congestion, so pretty early in the week I spent quite a bit of time breathing in steam from hot water while under a blanket to help clear my chest out. That did wonders for me! I was a little concerned those first few days, but this did the trick and definitely made the week bearable.

The Beer Dabbler, puppy sitting and the flu: a look at February & a reverse goals list! // dreams-etc.com

The worst part about the timing of the flu is that I was supposed to have a few minutes to chat with Sophie Kinsella when she was in Minnesota for a book signing and I wasn’t able to go. It was during the week that I was at my worst.

The Beer Dabbler, puppy sitting and the flu: a look at February & a reverse goals list! // dreams-etc.com

Six girls + a dozen donuts = a Valentine’s Day well-spent. We went to Glam Doll Donuts (if you’re in the Twin Cities and haven’t checked them out, you need to!) and it was delicious. Obviously. 🙂

The Beer Dabbler, puppy sitting and the flu: a look at February & a reverse goals list! // dreams-etc.com

Is a picture post complete without a photo of Odin? Look at those wrinkles!! 😍

The Beer Dabbler, puppy sitting and the flu: a look at February & a reverse goals list! // dreams-etc.com

One of the organizations I work for had a table at a mission fair at the end of the month. There was a Dunn Brothers nearby, so of course I had to stop and I absolutely loved this sign!

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Reverse Goals List

1 // Survived the flu! And because of this I didn’t do much else, but I guess that was number one this month!

2 // Cleaned my closet. 🎉 It was bad. I didn’t take any photos, but believe me… it was bad. I’ve just been throwing stuff in there that I didn’t want to deal with, so I finally went through and got rid of everything that didn’t have a place. If it doesn’t have a place and I can’t make a place for it, I obviously don’t need it.

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>> Happy Friday // 05  |  Inspiration collected throughout the first half of February.

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What adventures did you have in  February and what’s on your reverse goals list?

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The Beer Dabbler, puppy sitting and the flu: a look at February & a reverse goals list! // dreams-etc.com

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19 Comments

  • Reply
    Miranda Hunt
    February 28, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Cute pups…cute pups everywhere! Also, those nachos have my stomach growling. Sorry you have been sick most of the month, but glad you also had some things to enjoy!

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      Crystal @ Dreams, etc.
      February 28, 2017 at 9:15 am

      This post was so much fun to put together because of all the cute pups! And yes… those nachos made me hungry when I looked at the picture again too. 🙂

      Thank you! I think I’m on the mend… a little more slowly than I’d like. 🙂 But it was still a good month overall.

  • Reply
    Adriana Renee
    February 28, 2017 at 9:39 am

    OMG in love with all the dogs! I was also sick this month and it was so annoying. Hoping for a healthier rest of the year for you!

    • Reply
      Crystal @ Dreams, etc.
      February 28, 2017 at 9:57 am

      Aren’t they adorable? They always make me so happy! 🙂

      I feel the same way… it’s just so annoying to still be dealing with this cough. I’m hoping for a healthier rest of the year for you too!

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    kdwald
    February 28, 2017 at 11:30 am

    I’m glad you’re over the illness! Thankfully, it skipped me but got my youngest. This month’s end took me by surprise, and I didn’t have as much of an adventure as you did between fancy doughnuts and beer festivals! But my reverse goals list includes cleaning off the top of my filing cabinet…I must have recycled an entire ream of paper with all the stuff I tossed!

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      Crystal @ Dreams, etc.
      February 28, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      Thank you! I am too. 🙂 I hope your youngest is feeling better.

      The month end crept up on me too! This shorter month throws me off sometimes. 🙂 It must feel good to have recycled all that paper! Decluttering paper always makes me happy because it piles up SO quickly!

  • Reply
    Natalie
    February 28, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Those pups are SO ADORABLE! I’m glad you’re feeling better!

  • Reply
    Christina Rambo
    February 28, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    UGH! The flu is just the worst. I had it in January. I love the concept of reverse goals! I have survived a 3.5 year old with a broken ankle this month. Whew!

    • Reply
      Crystal @ Dreams, etc.
      February 28, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      It is! And thanks! I stole the idea from the Reverse Bucket Lists that I see around sometimes. 🙂 It’s been a motivating way to be productive this year. 🙂 I hope the ankle is healing well!

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    Brittany L. Bergman
    February 28, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Donuts and dogs — some of my very favorite things! I’m sorry you had to deal with the flu this month, but I’m glad to hear you’re on the mend. I hope we’re leaving flu season behind very soon!

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    Jessica Bradshaw
    February 28, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Those sweet pups!! Also, I love the idea of reverse goals. I am the girl who writes down the things I have already accomplished on my to do list, just to cross it off.

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    Christine Everyday
    February 28, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Wow, your February sounds awesome, despite being sick. 🙂 Those donuts look ah-mazing.

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    CouponDivaAndi
    March 1, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Any time that there’s a doggie around 🙂

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    Jennifer L. | Modern Chic Mag
    March 2, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    Aww I hope you feel better! I love that you have these amazing photos..it seems like you had a great month (except being sick of course). And how cute are those pups!

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    Hava of Onlygirl4boyz
    March 3, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Those dogs are so cute! Sounds like a great month!

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    Rachel G
    March 3, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Oh man, sorry about the flu! Two of my family members came down with the flu at the beginning of this past week and they’ve pretty much been knocked out by it! They finally got into the doctor’s yesterday since where we live, you’re supposed to get a blood test after 4 days of fever to rule out dengue. Just the flu…but I’m keeping my distance because it’s rough!

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    Chelsie Carr
    March 5, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    I am so sorry that you were sick! Being sick is the absolute worst, but I’m glad you had a pup by your side! That makes everything better!

  • Reply
    Tenacious Little Terrier
    March 6, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    I’ve been sick on and off for a good chunk of February too. Here’s hoping March is better for both of us! Cute pups.

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