Hello 2018

How do you feel about new years resolutions? Do you make resolutions at the beginning of the year? Do you find yourself just a few months into it and you didn’t stick to anything?

That’s me! I can’t tell you how many years I’ve said “New year, new me!”, “I’m going to start working out and keep it up”, or “I’m going to eat better this year.” I can honestly say that I have never made a new years resolution that has stuck throughout the entire year. I read an article that said 8% of people actually keep their New Years Resolution. That should tell you something about resolutions. So this year I decided to set realistic goals for the year and write them down. But then I decided to take the rest, what would normally be considered a new years resolution and take it month by month.

For example, instead of saying in January I’m going to have me time, I sit down at the beginning of the month to decide what I want for my me time to look like, and schedule it right then or mark it in the calendar to happen. Another thing I want to do is slowly continue to do little updates on our house. So for the month of January I wrote down 1 thing that I want to do in the house that month. Small or big, but only 1 thing. Then I thought about where Nathan and I dream to be financially, So I have it set on a monthly plan; how much we want to put into savings in the month of January.

I want this to be a great, healthy and successful year for me individually and for my family. So I want to be realistic in setting these plans and goals for myself. I want to not only make big plans for the first of the year but things that will stick for the entire year.

Something that has been helpful with this is my 2018 planner. At the beginning of every month there is a spot for your monthly mission board. IMG_0917

It includes: 

  • Me time
  • Be Social
  • Home
  • Health
  • Financial
  • Dream Big
  • Blank: God Time
  • Blank: Volunteering

So at the beginning of every month I am filling in those spots with my monthly goals. I have chosen to use my blank spaces for God time and Volunteering. This mission board is really going to help me think through what I want to do each month, to be more intentional and hopefully help me grow every year. Not a goal planned out for the entire year that I more than likely wont stick to. If you feel like a monthly mission board would also be helpful for you, I’ve created a print out that you can print, fill out and look at every month. There is power in writing it down and looking at it every day!

Your Own Monthly Mission Board or if you want to pick up your own monthly planner you get can it here.

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Top 5 Kids DIY activities

All right here it is! The must do crafts with your kids! If you’ve read any of my blogs in the past you know that I am a stay at home mom who loves to DIY. I am regularly trying to find new ways to incorporate learning for Titus into fun play. But with it starting to get super cold here in VA ( we just had our first snow of the winter) I knew that I needed to find ways for us to be entertained inside. Hopefully this will help all of my stay at home mom friends, nannies, or all of my friends who are about to have their kids at home all day for 2 weeks.

I have been spending many late nights on Pinterest searching “Fun activities for kids inside during the winter.”I have found my top 5 and even tried all of them to make sure they actually worked. The great thing about all of these is that you can have your kids interact by helping you make them and enjoy the play time.

  1. Homemade Slime (no borax): I know lots of people make slime with borax and have no problem, but I’ve read lots of articles about borax and decided I wanted to find slime that was easy to make with no borax. So I found it here.  For your homemade slime you need: 2 bottles of Elmer’s “school” glue (I used clear), Food coloring, 1/4 cup glitter, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 3 tables contact solution. Tip: I feel like I had to add a little more baking soda and contact solution at the end so that it wasn’t so sticky. IMG_0165
  2. Salt Dough Hand Ornament: Super success! All of the ingredients to make this I already had in my house and it was a lot of fun. Titus was able to help me make the dough and we made his hand print. Then we had to bake it in the oven and will be able to decorate it later. Here is the link for the Hand Ornament. All you need: 1/2 Cup Salt, 1/2 Cup Flour, 1/4 Cup Water. Knead together into dough forms. Make impressions and cut out hand shape. Poke a hole in top for hanging. Bake at 200F for 3 hours. Then Paint and seal. img_0161.jpeg
  3. Edible Play-dough: And no I don’t WANT my child to eat any of these but if it just so happens that it ends up in his mouth I want to know whats in it. This craft he did not help me make but got to play with it after. Here is the link for Edible Play-dough. For this you need: Baby rice cereal, Vegetable Oil, Cornstarch, Water and Food coloring. And you just knead all of the ingredients together. I did find that I had to add an additional 1/2 of baby cereal to make it not so sticky. fullsizerender.jpeg
  4. Edible Finger Paint: This one is by far my favorite and has been so much fun! I found this amazing recipe for Finger Paint here. The other great thing about this edible finger paint is that at any given time I have all of the supplies already in my house. You need: 2 Tbsp of Sugar, 1/3 Cup of Flour, 2 cups of water and food coloring. IMG_0156
  5. Pom Pom Snowman: This one entertained him for a while and could also be used for a fine motor activity. It was also a really cute craft to have a little snowman for him to play with. All you need: Pom poms or cotton balls, an empty water bowl, and decorations for the outside (ribbon and googly eyes).IMG_0159

So these are my top 5 favorite indoor activities to entertain your kids this winter season. They are all easy to make, fun to do and safe! I hope ya’ll enjoy them in your house as much as we have.

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His very own tree

I love the look of crisp white lights on the Christmas Tree, the deep reds and burlap on my stockings and my new Magnolia Star tree topper. I have never been a huge fan of bright-colored lights and tons of decorations. But what kid doesn’t love that? I knew this would be the first Christmas that Titus would really enjoy the decorations so I thought I would make him his own tree.

So I made him a felt Christmas tree. One that he can decorate whenever he wants and the way he wants. This craft was very inexpensive and took me less than 45 minutes to make. It also entertained Titus and my niece for over an hour this evening. Who can go wrong with that? He loves being able to pull everything down and put it back as many times as he wants. I have to say this is one of my favorite crafts I’ve done for him and I think this will be a favorite for years to come!

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Below is a step by step to make your own Felt Christmas Tree.

What you need:

  • 2 pieces of construction paper- brown and yellow (I already had this at home)
  • 1 package of green felt 42inx42in (Michael’s)
  • up to 4 pieces of felt of your desired color (Michael’s)
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  • pen (Already have at home)
  • scissors (Already have at home)
  • Optional: Hot glue gun (Already have at home)
  • A cup (to trace my circles)
  • double-sided tape/Command wall strips (I used the wall strips)

-Total price I paid for this project: $5.85

First Step:

I laid out my piece of green felt and drew a tree shape with my pen. To make sure that it was even, I cut out one side and then folded it in half to cut the other side of the tree.

Second Step:

I got all of my colored felt out and used a cup to draw perfect circles. I cut the felt in the below sized circles but I also made smaller circles.

Third Step:

I taped one side of my tree and hung it on the wall. Then I used my construction paper for the trunk of the tree and the star. I also got all of my circles (Ornaments) and placed them on the tree. Optional: Use glue gun and extra felt to decorate ornaments. Then the tree was ready to be decorated:

I hope you and your family enjoy this craft as much as we already have! Let me know if you have any questions about this craft in the comments below! And follow Family.Life.Organized if you want more post!DSC_0303