100 Resolutions for 2018

December 22, 2017

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I already mentioned how I'm using a word of the year to guide my 2018 goals, but I do still enjoy a good resolution.  If you're thinking about what you want 2018 to look like, let me help with these ideas for 100 New Year's Resolutions.  Maybe they'll even guide a word of the year for you!




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Three on Thursday - Top 3 of 2017

December 21, 2017

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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, my weekly even though I sometimes skip weeks list of things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks, you can find those here.



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2018 Shopping Ban Guide

December 19, 2017

I do multiple things each year to work on my finances.  Usually I do monthly shopping bans or quarterly spending freezes, and I find great success with those.  It helps me be much more mindful of where my money is actually going and I even take that time to concentrate on things like lowering the electric bill.  Occasionally those bans have helped me stop spending on certain things for good (Starbucks coffee), but for other things, I go right back to old habits.




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Our Christmas Decor

December 18, 2017

The last week before Christmas, I can't believe it.  Since the time is almost up for enjoying our decor, I wanted to make sure I took pictures before it gets packed up.  Plus it's always fun to take pictures of our house right after the cleaning lady has been here.  We really don't do much in the way of Christmas decor, at the moment.  Since we don't have outdoor electrical outlets in the front of the house, our light hanging is non-existent.  Hopefully that will change by next year!  I'm also not the type to change out home decor by holiday or season.  As in, I don't put Christmas towels in the bathrooms or holiday sheets on the bed.




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Yearly Reflections

December 15, 2017

Why is it that January 2017 seems so long ago?  Am I the only one that feels that way?  I was looking back at my posts from then and my Instagram pictures and it just seems much longer than that.  12 months feels like a lifetime, but ... at times it feels like I just did some of those things.  Years are weird.  Anyway, I figured now was a good time to share with you some of my own thoughts on my past year and recap what was going on and what was popular on the blog then, in case you missed anything.




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Three on Thursday

December 14, 2017

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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, my weekly even though I sometimes skip weeks list of things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks, you can find those here.



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My End of Year Declutter

December 13, 2017

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Making that post about what to do with the stuff you declutter really got my butt in gear.  Finally got some donations out to the center, I'm feeling good about that!  I didn't try too hard, but I did wander around and do a sweep of our home, bagging up anything I knew wasn't serving it's purpose anymore.  Mostly my clothes, but some other things as well.




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Choosing a Word of the Year

December 12, 2017

I love the change of the year because I'm one of those people who gets really motivated by that January 1st fresh start.  I realize that's all mental, and that an arbitrary date doesn't actually mean anything, but it works for me nonetheless.  I'm not great at 'resolutions' though, per se, so I try out different types of goal setting each year (though the 101 in 1001 list undoubtedly works the best for me.)  Something I've done in the past is to set a word of the year, so I'm trying that again this year.  If you're interested in trying this yourself, I've got some tips for you for choosing your own.  And if not, scroll to the bottom to find out my word of the year and why.




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Cozy Christmas Eve Essentials Box

December 8, 2017

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There's a big part of me that prefers Christmas Eve over Christmas, and I don't think I'm alone.  Christmas day means the finality of the whole fun season, but Christmas Eve is still full of hope and lights and magic.  I like that.  I also like that the whole day, at least for us, is all about being cozy and totally relaxing.  Given the fire schedule, we do have to sometimes move around when 'Christmas Eve' actually is, but we still make it count.  I usually make some sort of Christmas Eve box, which is a small, fun little present to open a day early that contains all the necessities to have a quiet and cozy evening at home.


Here are some of our favorite essentials for a cozy Christmas Eve for you other homebodies out there:



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Three on Thursday

December 7, 2017

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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, my weekly even though I sometimes skip weeks list of things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks, you can find those here.



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What To Do With the Stuff You Declutter

December 6, 2017

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I really like taking this time of year to declutter things.  Christmas brings an influx of new stuff so it's always a good idea to take stock before that happens and start to clear out anything that no longer suits you.  That way, you won't be totally overwhelmed by a lack of space when new things come in.  And while it might be easy for you to decide what to get rid of, it's not always so easy to decide what to do with it once you know it has to leave your house.  I think that's a big roadblock for people, not wanting to just trash something that's still perfectly usable.  I don't want you to trash it either!  One huge selling point of decluttering and minimalism is that you're ending the cycle of consumer wastefulness, so it makes no sense just to send everything to the landfill when it has more life left in it.  Just recognize that it doesn't have life left in it for you, and send it off to someone who can use it.




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15 Things To Do Before You Leave For Vacation

December 5, 2017

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December is here and all the travel that comes with it.  Even my parents are off to Florida tomorrow for 10 days, although they'll be back in time for Christmas.  Not always the case!  One year they were in India for Christmas, so I know a lot of people travel for the holiday season.




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How to Start a (Free, Basic) Podcast

December 4, 2017

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In case you don't know, I run a little podcast with Tara, just for fun, called the Steph and Tara Show, were we talk each week about the upcoming weird national holidays, like national taco day or creep like a ninja day.  We have a lot of fun doing it, because we don't take it too seriously.  But it was a big learning curve to get everything up and running, particularly because we didn't want to spend a lot of money doing it.  A lot of people are in the same boat - they want to start a podcast, have a great idea, but don't want to spend a lot to get it out there and definitely aren't sure how to go about that.  If that's you, let me talk you through how we record and get our podcast out there each week.



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How to Make a 101 in 1001 List

December 1, 2017

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I'm doing really well on finishing up my 2nd 101 in 1001 list, and that I'm working on my 3rd, which is going to start next May.  I gotta say, coming up with a totally different 101 ideas for a 3rd time is hard.  I'm not there yet, but I'm slightly more than halfway and I'm feeling great about what I've got planned so far.  I think the goals get better with each list.  Besides the obvious 'how do you get it all done?', the question I get asked most often is 'how do you come up with 101 ideas at all?'  So today I'm sharing with you the process of how I come up with my 101 list, which will hopefully inspire you to create your own - I know how popular it is to start them on January 1, after all.




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