Jan 10, 2014

Goodbye 2013 and Hello 2014

First of all I want to wish everyone a happy happy new year! I'm totally excited about all the awesomeness that twenty fourteen will bring us. I'm certainly planning a lot this year and I have high hopes that it will be my best year yet both online and off. Although I still have a hard time believing it's 2014... and yes it will take me at least half of the year to get used to writing 14 instead of 13. Just when I think I have mastered it...BOOM...it changes again.

But, before we move on to 2014 I want to take a minute to reflect on some of my favorite and most viewed post. With over 100 post it's certainly hard to narrow them down. From organizing to DIY these projects defiantly made a positive impact in mine and my family's lives. 

# 1 PANTRY ORGANIZATION was a huge hit with the fans and fam. A few hours of cleaning, purging, and making pretty made this space a must see and favorite for sure. Simple storage baskets with gold bookplates, pretty shelf liner, and vinyl labels came together to give us a well organized beautiful pantry that still to this day {almost one year later} looks and functions great.

#2 DIY GOLD FOIL ART was personally one of my favorite craft projects completed last year. I love the impact a few thrifted frames and gold cake foil made. With the help of my Silhouette Portrait I was able to create one of kind art on the cheap. I still smile every time I walk by these pieces of homemade artwork.

#3 TEACHER PLANNER: As a first time "school mom" I was so giddy to create and share this with J's kindergarten teacher. She loved it and I have since added them to my Etsy Shop. They're so bright and colorful that it makes me want to go back to teaching just to plan.

#4 APPLIQUED CHRISTMAS PILLOWS: These DIY pillow covers from an inexpensive fleece throw and some iron on letters were a huge hit this past holiday season. They were super easy to make and everyone commented on them. It turned out to be an easy way to add a modern touch to traditional pieces.

#5 LEMONADE PARTY FAVORS: These treat buckets were the highlight on my little A's first birthday party. Once again with the help of my Silhouette Portrait I created fun and colorful lemonade stand favors. These inexpensive party gifts were made with dollar store sand buckets, tasty treats, and pretty printables.

#6 CRAFT CART: Inspired by the famous blue Ikea rolling cart I upcycled an inexpensive wire cart with a little blue and gold spray paint. This is another one of my personal favorites. I even dedicated it my wrapping station during the holidays. It wheeled around with me while I secretly wrapped gifts.

#7 CHORE STICKS: After my eldest went off to kindergarten I realized that it was time to implement a little more structure to my four year old's routine. I created a fun and functional way to motivate L to complete her daily chores.

#8 MONTHLY MEAL PLAN: After making the decision to go clean I created a new meal planning system for my entire family. This worked great. However, after using it for a bit I did make some changes and I will be sharing that with you all soon.

#9 MAKEUP ORGANIZER: 2013 brought a new obsession...makeup. For a few months I couldn't get enough. I think I spent my entire allowance on blushes, lipsticks, and mascaras. My short lived obsession has ended, although I still love makeup, I had to quickly put a hiatus on my spending. My new collection warranted a home so I came up with a pretty pink solution. Vinyl labels and small organizing bins still make me giddy about this oh so girly project.

#10: BEACH BOX: Our family vacation to sunny Florida birthed a new idea of the beach bag. A beach box was born to house five people's beach essentials. Sand buckets, towels, and sunblock got carried in the box, which on a side note makes a great beach side table. ;)


With all that we tackled in 2013 I am one happy girl and when you reflect on the past in makes you even more excited about the future. My goals for 2014 are going to be a little different. First off I am setting my priorities straight. What means most comes first. That means God, family, and self before business. Don't worry I'm planning a whole new adventure for the blog and tons of new things for my shop. 

I have never been a strict goal setter. I'm more of a "this is what I want in general type person". But this year I want I mean I need  to do both. With the growth of my blog and shop I need to set some tangible goals or else the year will pass me by and I'll I have nothing accomplished. Yep, I'm that big of a procrastinator. Of course my priorities as wife and mommy come before business. And I have several goals for them, my role as the matriarch, and of course personal ambitions for my self. Like mind and body type of stuff. So ultimately I have hundreds of goals and dreams. But how do I condensed my family's wants and needs, my personal desires, and my career plans into a limited amount of feasible goals? I make a list, prioritize, set time and measurable limits. I'm not going to bore you with my entire list but I will highlight my main goals for this year.

GROW SPIRITUALLY-  I am going to dedicate more time for spiritual happiness. I am going to begin a year long devotion program, read daily, and pray often. In order to keep track of my spiritual growth I plan to journal everyday. At the end of the year I will have a completed prayer journal. This will defiantly be a personal experience but I do have some plans and ideas to share with you all.

BALANCE MY TIME- This means find more ways to work smarter not harder so that I can enjoy more free time to do what I love with who I love. I will devote more of myself to my husband and kids. I will plan family days and keep our time together a work free time. I will eliminate the need for technology as often as I can.

EXPAND MY MIND NOT MY BODY-I will be happy. I will nag less {which will make for a happier husband} I will live more healthier by adding an exercise regime to my daily schedule. I will expand my knowledge of graphic design and other interest by going back to school and researching more. I will schedule time for friends and family {more girl's night outs}. I will write thank you notes after all I have secret obsession with pretty thank you notes.

SAVE- A no brainer, right? I have to find ways to save money and time. Be more creative and resourceful, instead of wanting more, and use what I have.

LESS IS MORE- Purge more (ie., clothes I don't wear, toys the kids don't play with, empty cases hoping to be reunited with the long lost dvd or cd). I really want to create empty space and fill that empty space with experiences not stuff. I love the quote ,"Don't have anything in your house that you don't think is beautiful".

BUILD IT- I plan to build the blog up and increase my brand awareness. I have several things planned including a new line of stationery and personal gifts. I want to create beautiful items that will help inspire people to have a better and more meaningful life. Of course I will have to increase my knowledge on the business front of things and build new relationships with manufactures and companies. I am so excited about it!

2013 brought me many good experiences and I hope that 2014 will bring even more. With my heart, mind, and body set in the right direction I know anything is possible. And of course I am beyond happy to share every trail and error with you-my lovely readers. 

Happy new year and God bless!

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