Quarterly Review

We wrapped up March yesterday, which also means we have finished the first quarter of 2019! Time for a quarterly meeting; to overview your plans and goals for the year, make adjustments and moving forward with a revised plan for the next nine months.  A few adjustments I’ll be making: Go all in. I don’t do well with “sometime” or “most days”. If I’m going to cut out coffee, it’s all pr nothing. If I want to add something to my daily schedule, it has to be every day - not just weekdays or weekends. Adjust my expectations. I started…

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We LOVE February!

February is such a magical month. Maybe not as magical as December with all of the Christmas delights, but for us it’s full of hearts and fun and love! Valentine’s is probably the second most decorated holiday in our house, but it’s not something that we spend a ton of money on to support chocolate and card companies. Instead, we go for handmade and personal! A few years ago, Valentine's Day landed on a Saturday so we had a pink themed breakfast in addition to our fun decorations! Check out how to make this awesome heart wreath out of coffee…

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Kicking off 2019

Welcome to 2019! I hope your holiday time was full of family fun and memorable moments; but now it's back to the grind! Whether you are establishing new routines, or just changing every 2018 to a 2019 on all of your lists, it's time for a new year! This post is quick recap from the planning series I posted at the beginning of last year, as well as some updated checklists and printable reminders for your yearly, monthly, weekly and daily planning! These are all sized to be printed to fit on these half-page labels so that you can pull…

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Wrapping Up the Year

At the end of October I wrote about the Last 90 Days Challenge that I am taking part in and wanted to post an update about how that is wrapping up and a few things that will carry over in to 2019 from these habits! The Five to Thrive that the challenge focuses around are: Get up an hour earlier every day and use that time for you. Exercise for at least 30 minutes every day. Drink half your body weight in ounces of water every day. Give up one food category that you know you shouldn’t have. Write down…

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Reflecting on 2018

Guess what? There are only 21 days left in 2018. Three weeks from today will be 2019. It’s time to check in with your goals for this year and really dive in to the new year. It seems kind of crazy to try to do this in the middle of such a busy season; there are dozens of other things that you could be (and would rather be) doing, but this is actually the perfect time to look back at the year and share some great memories with your family as you prepare to move forward. A few areas to…

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Holiday Party Food

Not only is the most wonderful time of the year, filled with the traditions and family time that we talked about last week, it’s filled with parties and gatherings – most of which you are asked to bring something to contribute to the spread of food and goodies. Here are my top three options in both the savory and sweet categories as well as three quick and easy gifts to give the hosts! Savory Favorites: Sausage Balls – these are my number one option because they are so quick and easy and this recipe make a LOT of sausage balls!…

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Hosting the Holidays?

Let me preface this entire post by saying: I am not a professional chef. I have never worked in a restaurant. I do not have any clue about food handling laws or “official” procedures, but if you’re looking for a few tips and tricks for managing and planning for a large family meal and the chaos that ensues when you have a large amount of people over then here you go! I love the holidays. I love the big family gatherings. I love friends getting together. I love hosting (I love hosting year-round, but the holidays make it a little…

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Holiday Considerations

A few weeks ago, I wrote about being intentionally thankful during the month of November. This week I want to share three things to consider while you and your family plan for incorporating extra activities into your calendar for this month. Consider your budget. This time of year is expensive. All of the extra travel, extra groceries, and extra activities naturally lead to needing extra in your budget. Unless you’ve been planning and saving for these activities already, where does the extra come from? Check around your neighborhood and see if anyone needs help winterizing their yard: raking leaves, wrapping…

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Don’t Skip Thanksgiving!

This week’s post might come off as a bit of a rant, but there’s a good reason for it. When we started doing the decorations a few years ago, one of the biggest benefits for me was that I really had to slow down and focus on enjoying one holiday at a time. It’s hard to focus on getting in the Christmas spirit when you’re surrounded by spiders and pumpkins. That doesn’t mean that I’m not planning ahead - I’ve got my dessert list started for Thanksgiving and have about 60% of the Christmas gifts figured out and ready to…

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Holiday Decorations – Part 2!

To piggy back off of last week’s post: I am currently undergoing a revamp of how I store all of our holiday décor. We don’t have a lot of storage space in our garage (mostly because, as mentioned, it needs a deep clean and reorganization), so I have been using our “attic”. I put it in quotes because we have approximately four square feet of usable storage area in our attic. Maybe a little bit more, but definitely not enough. We also don’t actually have an attic door / ladder so I have to drag the ladder over and set…

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