Thursday, January 18, 2018


I hope your year is off to a great start!

I saw the idea I'm sharing today online just a few weeks ago and thought it was terrific. I'm doing it myself this year, and I thought you all might want to do it, too. It's super easy and won't take up much time.

You'll need a Mason jar. I have a few sitting around because I'm lucky enough to get fresh vegetables each year from my in-laws. :-)

Then you'll need some paper. Any paper you have around your house will work. I picked up this note pad at the grocery store because I liked the bright colors, and they'll look good in the jar.

Round up your favorite pens and keep them handy.

Cut the paper into strips, and keep them next to your jar.

Put the top on your jar and you're ready! Once a week, or more if you'd like, jot down on your slip of paper one thing you're thankful or grateful for, or something good that has happened to you. You might just record something you don't want to forget or something you would like to reflect on at the end of the year.

Drop the thought into your jar.

Then, at the end of the year, maybe New Year's Eve, take a look at all you wrote down. Think how fun it will be to revisit the good things in your life at the end of the year...

Friday, January 12, 2018


Happy Friday!

As you are reading this post, I am hanging out with fifty (Yes. I said 50!) high school students in New Orleans. I am a chaperone with my son's AP Language class. Feel free to have a moment of silence for the six adults on the trip...  :-)

Here are five things you'll want to check out this week.

#1 - Are you familiar with the One Room Challenge? It's one of my favorite events in the blogger world. Twenty bloggers are challenged to transform a space in just six weeks. This is probably my favorite room from the fall 2017 event. It's a beautiful little girl's room done by Gwen Hefner of the blog The Makerista.

#2 - If you've had all the winter you care for, take a short break and tour this beautiful beach house.  

#3 - Remeber my little Bluetooth speaker I told you about a while back? It's on sale! I still love it and use it almost everyday. (It also comes in colors, but they are more.)*

#4 - I saw The Greatest Showman last week and it was WONDERFUL!

#5 - I highly recommend Jesus Calling if you're looking for a devotional for the new year. I've been through it twice.*


Enjoy your weekend!

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Thursday, January 4, 2018


Just in case you're still shopping for a 2018 planner, I took a look to see what Amazon has to offer. As you can imagine, there are tons of choices. I found twenty that I thought were super cute and would be perfect for staying organized and remembering important dates. Some are 8" x 11" and some are the smaller 6" x 8" size. Some are twelve-month planners and a few are fourteen to seventeen-month planners.

Last year my planner was from Blue Sky. I picked it up from Target. I've chosen a few of theirs, and a few other vendors as well, including Bloom Daily Planners and Erin Condren. All the links with the info for each book are below the image.

Monday, January 1, 2018


Welcome to the New Year! I hope the holidays were good to you and you're looking forward to 2018 with hope and anticipation. May it be your best year yet!

Before I jump into January 2018, I wanted to pause and be thankful for all the good things this past year, so I took a scroll through my phone. Here are some highlights of 2017.

One of my favorite updates around here was the master bedroom. I took out most of the color and opted for a more neutral look. I never got around to showing it to you last year. Maybe this year it will make the cut.