If you remember this time last year it was New Year and hence a new word
, my word for 2012 was "IMPROVE
" and I think I did a pretty good job. I definitely think I need to create something of a journal for all the things that I have done that I think relate to my chosen word. Here are a few things that I know I "improved" in 2012.
- cooking - I definitely upped my cooking skills and I am cooking a lot more at home as a result. I even treated myself to a new dutch oven at Christmas.
- food consciousness - I became a lot more conscious of what I was eating, mostly thanks to my good friend Ariella, a holistic nutritionist. She helped me recognize a lot of what I was eating and what to cut out and what to focus more on. She's been a huge help to me!
- creatively - While I, honestly, didn't do much last year in the way of projects, I did come up with lots of new ideas and I think I have improved my creative process.
This year I guess I have a new word "TRY" and a new motto "TRY NEW THINGS". It might sound a little basic, but I find I get stuck with doing the same thing over and over and not adding something new to the mix, or at least trying...
I started off the year by trying something new with a polar bear swim on New Year's Day with my sister and brother-in-law. I have also tried to be handy in my apartment and I did fix a part on my dishwasher, haha. I am continuing my improvement in cooking and made an awesome salmon and asparagus with pesto dish for dinner last night.... I'm on my way! :)
I am obsessed with the holiday look of sparkles on everything! I have a few sparkle pieces, but I have been dying for some more!! Here's a few favorites I found on the interwebs this week.
Do you have a favorite sparkle piece for the holiday season??
I have to make a confession before proceeding with this post, I do not have a mantle or a fireplace. There was one in most of the houses when I grew up, but I have never had to opportunity to decorate one myself. The next time I move, I definitely want one, so this is my post of what I'd look for in a mantle and how I would decorate it for Christmas :)
How do you decorate your mantle for Christmas? Do you like the two non-mantles that I included? I really do!
There have been a few guys added to my Christmas list in the last few of years as my siblings have gained significant others. :) Sometimes, I'll admit, they aren't the easiest to shop for. So, I put together a gift guide that I think they will mostly all go for, maybe a few more than others...
Oh wow guys, I can't believe I haven't been blogging in so long, apologies!
Christmas is fast approaching.... seriously, I mean super fast. It will be here in no time. So in prep for it, why not make an advent calendar.
There you have it, lots to choose from :) What's your favorite way to count down to the holidays?
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