Monday, November 17, 2014

Surviving the Holidays and Keeping Your Sanity

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Can you believe there is only six weeks until Christmas? How did this happen, why we just got the leaves cleaned up in our yard and all the Fall yard work complete. But like it or not, Thanksgiving is in less than two weeks and Christmas just six weeks away. 

Before picture of crate. This was a gift, filled with goodies, for
my youngest son from his cousins

I believe that you can enjoy a stress free holiday season and do more than just survive, you can thrive! How? Easy.

Same crate, aged with leftover paint.

  1. Make a list and check it twice. Remember you don't have to do everything and be everything to everybody. Decide what are your priorities and list those first. This should be a gift list and a wish list of 'to do' items and activities. Then list the 'if I have time' wishes. 
  2. Finances -- don't forget to add your budget to the list and do. not. deviate. from. it. Yes, this can be hard. Especially when you see all those last minute gift ideas and displays. Don't let them tempt you! You will be glad you did not give in.
  3. Stick to your list.
  4. Don't be too hard on yourself. The most important thing about the holidays is time with your family not who has the most stuff or how much money you spend. If you have this mentality, your children will too.
  5. Work together! Delegate Christmas duties. Share the baking. Let your kids do the wrapping and don't fret if the gifts are not wrapped perfect. Allowing your kids to take ownership of different aspects of Christmas will help them feel like they are giving back too.
Remember to keep the majors the majors, and the minors the minors and you will enjoy this holiday season!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Time for a Redo, a Living Room Redo that is!

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How do you start a project? Are you a planner and a researcher or do you just dive in and go with the flow?

I am a brainstormer. I start compiling ideas in my head not because I am planning to redo a room or anything but because I am always doing that. But then, one day I will decide it's time. Time to repaint, time to repurpose, just time.

This gorgeous rug I found on the Pier 1 website
and it is on it's way to my house! So excited!

This time it was my living room. I decided to neutralize it a bit and paint the walls grey and had a plan to sell and replace my burgundy leather furniture set for something neutral. But in the process, I went a totally different direction! Do you ever do that?

These curtains I also found via Pier1 and am ordering today.

Yeah. I do that all the time. Sometimes my decisions are driven from my circumstances, in fact they often are. In this case, I wasn't getting any real solid offers on the furniture and I couldn't afford to give it away. Soooo, I decided to roll with it! This. changed. my. entire. direction.

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