Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year~

This past year was a bit crazy and I was feeling transparently stretched thin!
I DID NOT want to repeat that process for the
 second year in a row!!
So, in order to get ready for a brand New Year, I made some changes!
I've organized, planned and have done some "reprogramming" of the brain!
This will be an ongoing process, but I've finally put several of those "Pins" into action!
{As much as I "Pin" I should be a size 0 and in great shape,
One heck of a gourmet cook,
my house picture perfect n' spotless and  be crazy organized!!}
Yep, I'm Sooo not any of those!! But...
Baby steps!!...I've pulled out many of the cleaning and organizational pins, smooshed them together to make what works for me and we'll see...
It's in the beginning phase, but I'll let you know how it goes!
It's more of little tasks done each day, to add up to a lot at the end of the week, therefore when the weekend comes you don't spend it bogged down with chores!
The reprogramming part was not doctors and big needles {smile}, but a way of thinking.
#1. My house doesn't need to always be clean! I can sit and enjoy family time without vacuuming or doing another load of laundry!
#2. We can eat leftovers!!! I don't need to make a new meal every single night!!
I did need to simplify my process though to save time, so back onto Pinterest I went!
In "Cooking ahead" I pulled together what I felt was a good menu for my family and went shopping!
Tomorrow will be another day of cooking, bagging and freezing!
I used to do this in the past and it was amazing the time and money it saved!!
{It will save even more for those that are couponers and shop around a bit! I've never been that disciplined...
maybe next year! {ha!} 
If all goes as planned, I'll have a month of meals with only a couple trips to the grocery for fresh produce and little items!
Again, I'll share when all goes well!
 #3. It's OK to have down time to craft, read, blog or 
get coffee with friends.
Have a little "personal down time!" I always feel so guilty because my hubby is workin' his hiney off at a "real job"! But ya know what???...I don't work a solid 9 to 5 job, but I do work and I work hard at everything I'm doing! It's so nice that he has already tried to tell me that {many times!}, but I simply couldn't digest it! Until now...I think this will be my hardest one to overcome!
#4. I've had to let go a bit and trust in someone else!
This refers to our Quzino's!
I've got a manager now!
{Actually our old manager from years ago!}
By the end of January, my goal is to be a pretty absent owner.
Spend more time working on it than in it!!
SO, I'm excited for the New Year!!
I'm excited for changes in our lives...
I'm excited for building more memories with my family...
I'm excited for new friendships...
I'm excited for New Ventures...
I'm excited for whatever is to come...
BRING ON 2013!!
Best wishes for a healthy, happy and prosperous year!!!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Fall Burlap Wreath n' Giveaway~


I know, I know, this is a bit late, but still worth sharing!
This project takes almost a full yard of burlap (in one color),
1/2 yard in another color and  
1 1/2 yards of ribbon {for a pop of color}!
 I used two types of ribbon, one was sheer and the other with texture to blend a bit with the burlap!

When I first started I didn't think it was going to be as full as I wanted it, but with each strip you tie gets fuller and fuller! I cut each strip anywhere from 2 to 3 inches wide and the lengths varied, but the majority was 10 inches.

I think you could add some kind of embellishment too, but I kept it super simple! The next one  has a bit more pop with 3 colors and jingle bells! {hint~hint}

I grabbed a simple wire wreath at Ben Franklin ($4), fabric at JoAnn's ($2.40/yd with 40% off coupon) and I had the orange ribbon (under $2), so for just over $10 you have a super cute wreath for your house or like me, the front door!

Thanks for visiting!!
Here's a little something I'm giving away over at One Artsy Mama!!
(Along with a gift card!!)
Go join the fun!! Good luck!!