Friday, December 30, 2011

New Year's Eve Eve!

Head on over to Tatertots & Jello and check out the year-end Weekend Wrap-Up Party! Everyone's posting their favorite projects of year, myself included.
One of my "For Myself" resolutions for this year is to do a better job of keeping up with my crafting and blogging...and I've already got a few ideas for how to start the year out right. So ring in the New Year (do so {safely} please) and check back for all sorts of fun new stuff in 2012!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

SO Ready for 2012!

I don't know about any of you, but I'm more than ready to say {good-bye!} to 2011. In the last half of the year we've replaced a computer, clothes dryer, microwave, LCD television, repaired our trailer, and purchased a generator. OUCH. Ready for a new start!
At the beginning of 2011, I made a resolutions printable and posted it on the wall next to my desk. Seeing it every day did help to keep me accountable, which is always a good thing. This year, I'm doing it again!

I'm categorizing my resolutions this year: For My Home, My Health, My Family & Myself. It's always a good idea to set attainable goals ~ and part of that is making sure that you don't give yourself so much to do that you have no hope of succeeding ~ so there are only 4 slots for each category. Thinking about it now, 16 goals seems like a lot. But when you break it down into those 4 categories, it seems so much more do-able. I did a pretty decent job of sticking with it last year, and this year I hope to do even better.
You can download your own 8x10 copy of my New Year's Resolution Printable! Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Just So Ya Know

I'm linked up over at Stacy's Show Me What Ya Got party at Not Just a Housewife. Head on over and check out what everyone's been up to!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Gift of Date Night

First, some housekeeping.

1) I do know that one ties a "knot" rather than a "not", so I'm a bit embarrassed by the typo in my last post ~ but for some unknown reason blogger will not allow me to edit my posts. Ask me how happy I am about that!

2) I linked up the Christmas Printable and the organization posts to the weekend wrap-up party at TT&J, which you can find here....


Now onto the {fun} stuff!

I struggle every year with what to give the Hubband for Christmas. He's one of those people who has a lot of hobbies and interests...and pretty much everything he could ever want or need to enjoy said hobbies and interests. Making things even {more} difficult this year is the fact that, within the last 6 months, we've had to purchase replacements for our dead dryer, our dead microwave, and our dead flat-screen TV. So, yeah ~ you could say there's a bit of a budget. Which is why I decided to do this:


That's right ~ a full {year} of pre-planned dates! I tried to come up with things that I know the hubband will enjoy, and peppered in a few that could be daytime dates for while the tiny people are at school, thus eliminating the need for a sitter.

The gift itself will be delivered in the form of 12 4x6 photo prints. Total cost = under $2. I'm debating about running out and picking up a couple of movie passes, as motivation for the January date. We'll see if I get that far!


Friday, December 9, 2011

Inexpensive Organization

It's been a busy couple of weeks around here! I've been working hard on {forcing} myself to be more organized. There are a couple of things that I'm trying that are working out really well for us, so I wanted to share those things with you lovely people. :)

First, this....


You may remember when I bought these magazine organizer thingies and covered them in paper. Well, I swiped 2 of them from my craft room and moved them into the kitchen. The first holds all of those huge, unwieldy barbecue tools ~ spatulas, forks, tongs, etc. ~ in a semi-upright, yet contained position. It's sooooo nice that they all stay where they're supposed to be now! The second box holds our tinfoil, freezer paper, plastic wrap, and all that good stuff. So far, we're {loving} this arrangement!

The next thing is also kitchen-related...


After shuffling tiny person #1's lunch box from spot to spot on my counters, I decided I had to find someplace where it could {belong}. So I picked up a pair of itty bitty command hooks and put them on the inside of the cabinet door. Now it has a home, and it's right next to the container that holds all of the plastic bowls that I use when I pack her lunch! Perfect. I put the second hook up, too, so it will be ready when tiny person #2 has a lunch box, too.

Next up, a quick and easy tip for the bedroom! Not {that} kind of tip! What kind of blog do you think this is? ;)

I love having a down comforter. It's....well....{comfy}! What I don't love is having to struggle with the darn thing to keep the comforter's corners in the corners of the duvet cover. So, a while ago, I sewed some ribbon (in a bright, easy to find color) into the upper, inside corners of the duvet cover, and onto the corners of the comforter.




I've tried tying them a few different ways, but what seems to work best is to put both ends of the "V" shaped side through the loop on the comforter, then knot tie a not. Or 2. ;)Photobucket

No more fighting with my comforter, or waking up in the middle of the night with hot feet and a cold upper body.

So, there you have it! Nothing earth-shattering....but these few little things sure do make my life easier.



Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Cheer!

Just a quick post today ~ I wanted to share this fun free printable I threw together today! :) I have yet to meet a person who doesn't {adore} ELF!


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