Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Cheers To A New Year With No New Year's Resolutions!

Awesome sauce! That is my new favorite term for the moment! I don't like to make New Year's resolutions because they seem to add too much pressure and who needs added pressure?!? A friend told me today that she was going to set small goals for herself for 2014 and I think that is an awesome plan! I say AWESOME SAUCE!

In reflecting on the past year I have learned a whole lot about myself and who I am and who I want to be. :> ) First off I am a terrible procrastinator and setting small goals is seriously the way to go these days. Also saying I am going to do something doesn't get the job done!

No New Year's resolutions but a whole lot of little projects is what I'll be working on! I haven't been focusing as much on the blog towards the end of this year because a lot of other things took priority and a lot of other things I made priority! I've been able to do a lot of different things this year and found new hobbies, and things I didn't spend much time doing before, I've learned I like in 2013. Just a lot of slowing the pace in 2013 to enjoy the little things in life.

 
No resolutions for 2014 but CHEERS to a brand new year! I vow to try and work up my blog again so the images are restored to move forward with it. Before the week is over I will have a "To Do" list of things I will be working on with the blog! Have a wonderful New Year's Day! Happy New Year's!

Do you make New Year's Resolutions???
 

 

Hanging a Crucifix

Happy New Year's Eve! Today is kind of a day of reflection on the past year. For me it has been a year of change. I've experienced a lot of change this year which has caused my family to grow closer. While good things and bad things have occurred I've tried to see the good in all. Job loss, family deaths, becoming a stay at home mom, distance of friends, best friend moving, all have been blessings. Another blessing was getting to see my parents the day before Christmas.

The pictures below are of one of the gifts my mom and dad gave me. I have never owned a crucifix nor had I ever thought of hanging one in our home. I'm not sure why, I've just never thought much about it. At first my husband was concerned it was too grandma-ish. Really the meaning is so much more than having it as a decoration so we agreed it wasn't at all. It's a gift from the heart, and I think one of the most powerful gifts I've ever received. It didn't take me long to find a place to hang it, but I wanted to make sure I didn't hide it! I had also thought about setting up a place in our home just for prayer and placing it there, but decided on hanging it. I've gotten stronger in my faith and felt that a good place to hang it would be by the front door. When the front door opens, it's the first thing you see on the wall. Raising a Catholic family, I thought it was appropriate to remind us all what is important each day! 

Do you have a crucifix in your home? I'd love to hear.
  





Monday, December 30, 2013

Our House At Christmas

How are you? Things here are good. I've been dancing a lot today to "Just Dance" that the kids got for Christmas! Hilarious. It's so much fun and I think I have burned off lunch!
 
Do you do a lot to the outside of your house for Christmas? I like to put up lights and do it up classy! I have shown many pictures of our home but never a full frontal! Here it is front and center. We are most happy with the green grass this year!
 
 
This year I had a little addition to the front yard and that was a Santa on a bicycle. Its wheels spin like crazy when the wind blows and I love it! It came from a kite store at our favorite beach.
 

 
As for the house, I put wreaths on all most all of the front windows. I have a wreath I made on the front door, porch trees that are lit up and clear lights in all the bushes. This year I added clear lights up the tree in the front yard too. Love decorating for the holidays! How are your holidays going?
 


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and celebrates the real reason for Christmas!
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Christmas Decorating Has Begun!

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! We spent the week on the coast in a water front house with our whole family and it was our first vacation this year and I must say it was NICE. It has taken me a couple of days to readjust to being home again. It's funny. I haven't had the motivation to start putting Christmas decorations up until tonight. It took a lot for me to muster up the energy but it has begun! Here is a little preview!

I have recently inherited a couple of my Nana's house flags and so I'm putting them to good use. They are much more special because she picked them out. I think it's going to be a process this year to get the house all dressed up for Christmas. Have you been decorating yet? If you're all done, congrats!



Sunday, November 24, 2013

Packing Lunches - Made Easier

What's up? It is coooold here! Burrrr! Does this make you hungry? Just a little organizational help with packing lunches here to save you some time! I used to despise packing lunches. Well I'm still not crazy about doing it but this drawer sure helps! Finally I made up a snack drawer full of lunch snacks for packing lunches for the kids. So instead of having to go into the pantry and find things out of separate boxes I have pre-made containers of cookies plus crackers, chips, you name it. It has been helping cut down time in the lunch packing department! Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!  
 
 
 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Post Halloween

Lots has been going on and I haven't been able to post. Today I pulled the Halloween decorations down and I didn't want to! They are still on the dining room table to be put away. We had a good Halloween but just like everything else it came and went FASSST!

Here was the mantel this year. I tend to change it up a little every year.

 
Just like with summer ending, I didn't want the spooky fun month of October to end! I've kinda been in denial plus my father-in-law has never seen our house decorated for Halloween so I left it up for over a week after for him to view! Can you believe I saw a house already decorated for Christmas??? Holy moly! What do you think about Christmas decorations already???

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Table Top Decor From Dollar Tree

Halloween is almost here and the kids are talking about what they want to be this year. Unlike every other year they haven't decided yet. The house has been all decked since the beginning of October and so that part is fun and done!
 
Here is our kitchen table. I didn't do anything fancy. I really wanted to keep it cute for the kids. Have you been to Dollar Tree lately? They have some of the cutest Halloween decorations! I picked up the chair covers and felt pumpkins and spider webs which I used as place mats. The table isn't totally balanced since it has the pumpkin and spider web place mats but I thought it worked!
 

If I had thought about it I would have covered the light fixture with black shades and hung spiders from it. My kids don't like spiders though so I have to be careful! What have you done to spruce up for Halloween?