Holiday season is officially here and in full force!

Holiday season is officially here and in full force!

Shopping for Christmas gifts can be a daunting mission, but sometimes it helps to keep it simple. A Christmas present should first and foremost be thoughtful and personal, it doesn’t need to be expensive and grand. Homemade gifts crafted with care are sometimes the best way to convey the spirit of Christmas! Here are some timeless and ageless DIY classics: Framed photos – to make this more personal, you can frame them in a hand-painted wooden frame. Also, on the topic of photos… Photo coasters – instead of framing the pictures and sticking them on a shelf, you can decorate the photos on coasters, so they are more practical! Knitted scarf and matching socks! Canvas quote – paint their favorite quote on a canvas – or, if you’re not a painter, go to Michael’s and get some stencils or adhesives. Pumpkin chocolate chip bread, homemade Chex Mix, or another holiday loaf or treat will make a great gift. Gift basket – arrange assorted odds and ends in a cute basket – it can be anything from old memories and keepsakes to candy and lotions. Homemade soap or face scrub – there are lots of easy and fun recipes for making sweet-smelling and cleansing soaps or scrubs which make excellent quality, all-natural gifts without paying for the “organic” label. Recipe book – especially between sisters or for people who love to cook, putting together a collection of family and famous recipes in a scrapbook is always a favorite! Sharpie mugs – get a white mug from the dollar store, and personalize it with sharpies! Write them a love letter –...
How to Achieve Your Goals

How to Achieve Your Goals

1) Keep it simple   Don’t make lofty and numerous goals. Think about a few things that you would like to improve on and focus on those. We are not able to focus on many things at once, so it is good to go easy on yourself and keep it simple. Take some time and think about what you want to achieve, and write out a few ideas. Then narrow it down from there and make it specific and concrete.   2) Challenge yourself   You know you are capable of more, so don’t underestimate yourself. Give yourself a bit of a challenge. If you challenge yourself and believe in yourself, you will rise to the occasion and you will be surprised at what you accomplish! As Winnie the Pooh once said, “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”   3) Keep track of your progress Have an accountability partner, keep a journal, write reminders in your planner, or come up with some sort of method to track your progress. You need people and practical methods of keeping you on track so that your goals end up being more than just nice ideas written down on scraps of paper. One of the main reasons why New Year’s resolutions don’t last for a lot of people is because they are out of sight and out of mind. One of the classic and most effective methods is to write sticky notes on your mirror! If there’s one thing we never forget to check in the morning, let’s be honest, it’s that darn piece...
How to Throw a Fabulous Holiday Party!

How to Throw a Fabulous Holiday Party!

Holiday parties present the perfect opportunity to invite your favorite people over to celebrate with amazing food and festive décor! We’ve put together a plan to get your party on the right track! Decide who’s going to host this thing. The friend who has the gift of hospitality should definitely get the job. They’re usually not the type to have dirty dishes piling up and laundry strewn about, because do you really want that to be your atmosphere for the evening?   Get a date on the calendar STAT! In fact, it may already be too late to coordinate a date that works around everyone’s holiday schedule. Be sure to allow for flexibility in case you need to have it super early in the month or maybe even after New Year’s. A scheduling tool like doodle.com can do the schedule coordination work for you when you take just 5 minutes to set-up your event.     Be sure to arrange for some laughter. Games are a great way to break the ice and spread some contagious laughter. Pinterest has some pretty fun ideas that look like they’ll have you and your guests laughing for daaaaaaaays! From gift exchanges to theme parties, the possibilities are endless!   Serve up your favorite Holiday Jams. Not the kind from a jar. We’re talking music here. What holiday music makes you smile, want to dance, or brings back good memories? Put together a playlist to surprise your friends and create a fun atmosphere for the party.   Don’t try to do it all. Allow everyone to do their part by bringing food for...