What’s your vision?

Have you ever created a vision board?

If you’re unsure what a vision board is, it’s just a visual format of your goals for the year. Make a board with pictures related to what you want to accomplish and put it someplace where you will see it daily. Studies have shown that this is more likely to make you accomplish your goals.

But, what does a vision board look like? And how do you make one?

This is the vision board I started last week. I’ve since added a lot more to it. My goals for this year are to travel (depending on COVID), lose the rest of my weight, focus more on blessings instead of stressors, eat at home more and incorporate more self care.

If this vision board doesn’t float your boat, there are other options.

I found this one on Pinterest. I can’t find the original post but I love the use of words.
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I love this one. It is simple but board is also very neat looking.

Maybe creating a collage isn’t your thing and you want to do a graphic organizer instead. Check this one out: it says 2014 but you get the idea.

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There are also a number of free vision board printable you can find just by doing a Google search. You can also use planner stickers if you like. The possibilities are endless.

Here’s to kicking off 2021…and hoping it will be much better than 2020.

After Christmas storage solutions: a Pinterest roundup

Some of us have already taken down our Christmas decor and put it away. Some of us have taken down our Christmas decor and haven’t put it up yet. Some of us (like me) haven’t even started taking it all down. I’m going to do it tomorrow. No really. I promise.

Did you know there are all sorts of great Christmas storage solutions out there? It gets better: most of them are fairly inexpensive.

Ornament storage

I don’t know about you, but I get tired of breaking ornaments each year while they’re in storage. A specially made case for safely storing ornaments will solve the problem. You can find this soft case at Kohl’s for less than $20 or this plastic divided bin for less than $10 at Target.

Wreath Storage

If you’re like us, you have a bunch of wreaths. If you’re fortunate to have the space, you can always just hang them on the wall, but if space is at a premium, you can use a wreath box or bag. We have this wreath bag.

Walmart
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Tree storage

Some of you lucky people use real trees and you don’t have to worry about this. For those of us whose allergies don’t allow a real tree, well, storage is an issue. Get some tree bags!! I like this one because it has wheels and it’s much easier to move. I don’t even need my husband’s help!

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Happy un-decorating!! We will see you tomorrow for a post about vision boards. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

1. Vision boards: what’s your vision?

2. 2020 in Review

3. Word of the year

4. New Year’s Day

5 Ways to Prepare for (next) Christmas Right Now!

Christmas 2020 is only two days from now, and you probably haven’t even begun to think about next Christmas. Did you know there are a few things you can do right now to plan for next Christmas?

1. Take stock of what you used…and what you didn’t

I have a few tried and true things that I love and use year after year for Christmas decorating. I also have a box of things each year that I don’t use. This year, I’m letting go of those items so they can bless someone else. I’m also repurposing anything I can use in a different way.

2. Make a note of what you need for next year

Something will always break and a strand of lights will always go out. You also may come up with new decorating ideas for next year that you want to try. Make a list of what you need for next year right now.

3. Hit up After Christmas sales

Get decor at a discounted rate, buy gifts to hold onto for next year, or whatever you want to do. We bought a whole new Christmas tree last year for 50% off. We would have never bought it at the retail price. Go check out the after Christmas sales. You may find nothing but you may also find a great deal on something you love.

4. Plan new Christmas traditions

Is there something you have always wanted to do but you never have? Maybe you want to host a cookie decorating party with family, or go skiing for New Years Day. It’s never too early to start thinking about how you can make it happen.

5. Plan a loose Christmas list

Maybe there is something your child or spouse really loves- start planning a loose Christmas shopping list for next year, and you can help plan what you want to buy, which will also help you budget for it as well.

Traditions for Christmas Week

So many of our regular Christmas traditions have been completely busted this year. There are no Christmas parties, no Christmas parades, no visits to out-of-state family and no Santa visits. Instead of focusing on what is canceled and impossible this year, let’s focus on the traditions we still have.

1. Look at Christmas lights

We always love to grab a cup of hot chocolate and drive around to look at the pretty Christmas lights. This year, we have seen so many lights, since we really don’t have anything else to do.

2. Holiday Cookie Party

We love to invite people over and have a holiday cookie decorating party but covid changed that. There is no reason you can’t have your own private cookie decorating party and make some gingerbread houses.

3. Read The Night Before Christmas

We read this beautifully illustrated edition of The Night Before Christmas every Christmas Eve. You should do this!!

4. Watch some Christmas movies!!

When you want to spend a quiet evening at home, just watch some old fashioned Christmas movies! Introduce your kiddos to the classics.

5. Do some pretty Christmas puzzles

Each year we buy some pretty Christmas puzzles and we work them together. This year, we bought four of them.

I hope this post gives you some fun ideas for family togetherness during this pandemic Christmas season.

DIY Christmas Wreath from Leftover Materials

I had some Christmas things lying around that I wanted to use up. For some reason, I had two cheap, thin wreaths lying around. I don’t remember why I bought these but they have been here forever.

Did you know you can wire two thin, cheap wreaths together to make one fluffier wreath that looks more expensive? You can.

Start by fluffing all of the branches out horizontally on the bottom wreath. Then, set the other wreath on top and wire them together.

Then, fluff out your wreath and add whatever bow or floral pics you would like.

Cute feline crafting assistants are optional but highly encouraged. Just don’t let them eat your wreath.

I eventually plan to add some floral picks and some ornaments to this wreath, but for now, I am only using left over items.

What Christmas crafts are you making?