Our new year has kicked off and we are in resolution mode over here. We are a week into the Whole30, hitting up the gym like never before, and waking up early to fit in all our new commitments.
Of course, it’s awesome to feel like you are tackling all your new goals and sticking to your new habits, but man, sometimes you just need to unwind and indulge in little things that are absolutely not valuable but are just so fun. Here are three just for fun favorites I’ve found in the first week of our new year.
1. The Popcast Podcast
These people CRACK ME UP! I am not someone who laughs out loud at comedies (except for the Office) in general, but these people are next level. I get so happy when a new episode drops into my feed. Their predictions for this season of the Bachelor based on the contestants’ bios was just too much. I definitely recommend checking them out! It’s a great way to spend a commute. Click below!
2. The Bad Yogi "I Am" Yoga Challenge
I have been this girl’s fan for such a long time. It was her super approachable and super fun yoga videos that made me get interested and eventually to feel comfortable enough to take an actual class and eventually to pick a studio and really commit. Now I’m working on upping my cardio so I don’t get to spend as much time doing yoga. SO these quick fifteen minute videos that focus on an optimistic mantra to start your day with have been adding so much joy to my life. Look at her Youtube channel (linked below) to start the challenge! When I finish writing this post, I’m off to my living room to run through today’s workout, “I am Capable.”
3. Duraflame Fireplace
Talk about an unnecessary purchase, but I LOVE this little heater in our home. This was high on my list this Christmas and my sweet Grandma bought it for me. I love that is is practical, providing a cozy bit of heat and a beautiful addition to our living room decor. I’ve linked it below!
Wow break was beautiful, but now it's time to head back to my sweet kids. I've been spending my last few minutes of break pulling together a few new documents for my kids to work on it the new year. One of my goals for the new year and new semester is to create more of my own resourses and purchase less. Teachers Pay Teachers has been a God send this year and I love finding a cute game that my kids can connect with and can give my voice a quick break. This is my go-to game for Apple Tree. I've been using it with my second graders in the beginnning of the year and will be using it with my first graders when I present ta and ti-ti at the end of January.
Feel free to download this file to use in your own music room!
Our Chirstmas was every bit as relaxing and precious and memorable as we hoped it would be. But now, we are all feeling the drive to finally get off the couch and jump into our new year.
I have always been a huge fan of ringing in the New Year. I love the space after Christmas to sit down with my husband and a good cup of coffee to evaluate what worked and didn't work about 2016 and set our intentions for 2017. I believe that we are much less likely to break new ground in the New Year if we aren't setting our sights on what we want to achieve. But that, of course, can be a slippery slope. I have a strong tendancy to make my goals lofty to the point of nearly unachieveable and then spend the first month of my year pressuring myself to get a running start on goals I'll probaly never reach.
Last year around this time I heard New Year's resolutions referred to as New Year's experiments. That definitely registered with me as a healthier practice. So I created the worksheet below to help me identify the areas of my life that I cared about improving and set manageble goals that seemed within easy reach. Recently I've been exploring bullet journalling and I'm using that platform break my yearly goals in bite sized chunks through weekly goal setting and forming daily tasks. I'll be writing soon with my advise on starting a bullet journal without adding extra stress.
Finally, Ben and I pick our word of the year. I like to choose a word that embodies the progress I want to make professionally, spiritually, and relationally. I try to dwell on that word as I make foundational choices for scheduling my new year. My word for this year is, "Abide." My hope is tht I can rest in my job before starting my graduate work, that I can create white space in my calander to fill with kingdom work and unstructured time with friends and family, and that I can find quiet in my mornings and through each hour of my day to abide in the presence of my Savior and savor this season, storing it up in my heart.
If you would like to use our worksheet to create some guidelines for your 2017 experiment, click the link below to download, and I'll be wishing you a lovely New Year.
I can't begin to explain how excited I was to send out our very first Christmas cards. I started shopping designs around Halloween but was blown away by how EXPENSIVE they all were. I wanted to send 100 cards and knew I already had to pay around $50 for stamps (woah), so spending hundreds more on the cards and envelopes was not an option. I finally figured out the perfect strategy and bought my 100 Christmas Cards and envelopes for less than $15 total! Here's how!
Start by visiting canva.com (the link is below) and uploading your favorite photo of you and your family. Then use their free editing tools to overlay text. I ended up making two because I just couldn't decide!
When your design is excatly the way you want it, download the edited image to your computer in an easily accessile spot. Then, hop over to snapfish.com (also linked below) and upload your edited photo. They are currently running the same sale that I took advantage of it, so check it out soon! Snapfish is selling up to 100 prints for a penny each right now when you use the promo code YULEPRT. For me the shipping cost $2.99 so the toal cost of printing and shipping all my Christmas cards was only $3.99!
So! Next it was time to order envelopes and the most cost effecitive option I could find (that was still gorgeous and perfectly sized) were the 4x6 photo envelopes linked below. They were only $9.99 with shipping so my total Christmas cards costs came up to a little under $14!
One of my favorite things about Christmas cards are the little updates on the lives of the families in the pictures so I wrote up this little outline of our first few months of marriage, printed 8 to a page, cut them all out and added them to each card.
Finally I used the monogrammed stamp I used on our wedding invitations on the seal in the back, and mailed them out!
Hopefully this helps you pull together some money smart Christmas cards this year! Please let me know if you have any questions! I would love to help!
Welcome! I'm a brand new wife, second year music teacher, Jesus follower, and am chronically curious about just about everything. Join me as I kick off this adult life.
"I am the Vine, you are the Branches. If you abide in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."