Yesterday, I wrote about my year of FOCUS, and how I came to declare a word over this year, even though I used to secretly make fun of the word-of-the-year trend. Thinking about what FOCUS looks like isn’t quite as straight-forward as my previous years’ goal making method. While I think the 7-categories-method is really good, it’s just not going to work this year. This year, the “goals” are blurrier. Focusing in my day to day is more of a lifestyle change. Getting back to the … [Read more...] about Year of Focus Details!
Have you ever heard someone state their “word” for the year? “This is my year of AWESOME,” or, “This is my year of ZEN,” or something along those lines? I always kinda scoffed at that - thinking, what kind of goal setting mantra is that? One word? How does that work? Make some real goals… have some deadlines… get ‘er done. Well, the Lord put me in my place because I’ve been reading the posts of a blogger I like who was totally transformed by her “year of REST.” She talked all year long about … [Read more...] about 2017: My Year of Focus
Happy New Year, dearest family & friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas & are going into the New Year joyful & well rested. Life seems to pass faster than I can blink lately. I know the days are supposed to be long and the years short, but it all feels fast to me most days. Except for the 30 minutes prior to kids' bedtime... that one half-hour feels like 3. The highlight of 2016 was meeting Elliot James, who arrived 3 weeks early, much to this … [Read more...] about Happy New Year: 2017
I've kind of accidentally become a quasi-minimalist over the past couple years. I'm sure I'm not a "real" minimalist because, let's be honest, sometimes often almost always, my house looks like this. And if I search google images for minimalist home, I get this: So I guess I'm minimalist in the sense that I've come around to the somewhat old fashioned idea that less is more. I tossed a lot of things I'd been saving for some-day. I got rid of clothes I didn't wear anymore. … [Read more...] about Operation Simplify Christmas
Here are my top picks for gifts for your little ones. We tend towards pretty simple Christmas gifting, so I stuck to toys that seem to be entertaining to kids for a few years, and that encourage creative, independent play. I made 3 separate gift guides: *one for babies/ young toddlers (birth-2) *one for older toddlers & preschoolers (2-4 years old) *one for gifting experiences *non toy gifts Toddler & Preschooler Gift Guide - TOYS 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 Beads (3+ year … [Read more...] about Gift Guides for Babies and Toddlers