New Year’s Resolutions!

Happy New Year, everyone!
Today I am full of the Resolution spirit, even though I didn’t make ANY resolutions for the New Year. I just don’t believe it playing inside society’s lines when it comes to my own personal resolutions. So, it’s taken me a bit, but I really do want to accomplish things this year. I want to read more, travel more, be healthier, lose weight, etc. . . . so I’ve put a list together of things that are helping me with my own resolutions, and could help you too!


  1. Read More. Ok – so, I really don’t have time to actually sit down with a book, and when I do I’m typically asleep in minutes. . . so – I “read” by listening! is amazing. I can cook, clean, exercise – and ‘read’ a book at the same time. If you are a multitasker who wants to get stuff done, as well as expand your mind – is for you! It’s not cheap – but they do have 30 day free trials frequently so you can at least download one book to see if it’s worth it for you.
  2. Move More. I love apps – and apparently so does everyone else! So, I’ve downloaded a few apps to help me get motivated to move more! I have the Runtastic App, which helps track runs (more honestly slow jogs these days). I’ve also downloaded a Tabata App, called Tabata Pro that is a quick easy tool that you can use anywhere, for any length of time to get in some quick workouts!
  3. See More. Our household loves to travel, and we also like to travel cheaply! We have a few trips planned this year and a few apps that are helping us plan! We love our SWA app (it will ping us when low cost fares become available), but there are also others like the iExit app and Spotify to get us through road trips!
  4. Give More. So, tithing and giving to charities is part of our families monthly expenditures. It’s something that we do graciously and cannot imagine not doing. Some families tithe each year, some tithe 1%  and some tithe 10%. No matter what the percentage, to us, giving is something we love to do. We love knowing that we are in a small way helping others, growing others and being a blessing to others. There are so many charities to give to, you can take a quiz here to find out which works for you and your family. And if you are a non profit organization, DonateMate is a great and easy way to set up ongoing donations.
  5. Breathe More. So, I’m not completely on the bandwagon yet – but I am becoming more intrigued with meditation and I am striving to just breathe more and try to de-escalate stress when it comes on. A great book that looks into this is 10% Happier, and they also have a great app as well. Take a look – read the book and maybe just download the app. If you’re interested in trying to clear your mind and looking for ways to de-stress, this could help!


So, for now, that’s it. I’ll return to this in 2018 to see if any or all of these were helpful in 2017 and fill you in! I hope everyone has a happy and blessed 2017! 4232721700_1cde7cfe62_b

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4 ways to update your home’s look in the new year


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The new year is always a time for change and a time to look for improvements. If you’re not happy with the look of your home or you simply want to freshen up the decor, here are some hassle-free ways to get that new feel.

Add something natural

A quick, easy way to make a room feel brighter is to add a plant or a bouquet of flowers. HGTV recommends several flowers in a single-style, arranged loosely in a cylindrical vase. Consider a mix of open and closed buds for a more natural look.


Add vibrant color through accent pieces

A vibrant color can show off your personality and add character to a space. Don’t be afraid to try something new! Pillows, rugs, and decorative accessories are all good options. To top it off, vibrant colors really stand out in photos — so feel free to show off on Instagram.


Cutdown on the clutter

A great way to start the new year is with a clean home. Think about ways to reduce the clutter in rooms you spend a lot of time in. Hiding cords, putting away paperwork or DVDs, and putting shoes into a woven basket are all easy ways to pick up and make your room feel more breathable.


Add new hardware

Changing out the hardware on drawers, cabinets, and doors can subtly enhance the look of any room. A change to the pulls or knobs in the kitchen can instantly change the appearance and add some character. There’s seemingly limitless options to fit your style and your budget.

There’s plenty of ways to upgrade your home or just get a new feel if you’re tired of the same old stuff. Do what’s right for you and for your budget and enjoy the results!


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