3. One of my favorite parts of Christmas is decorating the tree, which we did last Saturday. This month I decide to share 12 days of ornaments on Instagram, so feel free to follow along. So many memories on that tree!
4. I am a little particular about what I watch on TV. I really only like things with clever plots and engaging characters. However, I love a good cheesy Christmas movie. The kind where in the first two minutes you can name exactly who will fall in love with whom and how that’s going to happen. Making fun of it all is part of the appeal. They must include at least two or more of these prototypes:
A small town, a widower/widow, an orphan, a disabled child, a workaholic who hates Christmas, a woman/man jaded from her past who hates Christmas, a Santa in disguise, a person who threatens/tries to cancel Christmas, an old lady who bakes, a cabin in the woods, and always, always a snowy Christmas Eve. (What else am I missing?)
5. This weekend we are baking dozens of cookies, helping serve food for an ESL class, attending my in-law’s Christmas party, and seeing Handel’s Messiah. Should be a good one!
Have a great weekend!
PS – You know you’re a real blog stalker follower when you call up your sister and start talking about bloggers like they are your mutual friends. Anyone do that??
PPS – Last night I watched Hallmark’s Let is Snow with Candace Cameron Bure (aka: DJ Tanner!). It was exactly what you’d expect and I loved every minute of it.
For a very long time I have wanted to look like someone else. Don’t all girls relate to that? We all want what we don’t have, and for me that’s a tall, slender body with long legs and a killer metabolism. The kind of person who can wear whatever and look flawless.
I see pictures of Olivia Palermo:
(via Pinterest – not sure the original source)
…and think, Okay! She’s a fashion icon, let me wear what she’s wearing. Skinny pants and an oversized top or sweater… and try to recreate the look. I buy the shirts and the pants and the baggy cardigans, and then get all upset and frustrated when it looks awful on me.
It’s time to face the facts: I’m 5′ 3″ with a medium build and can easily gain weight if I don’t make a conscious effort to eat heathy and workout. That is how God made me, and it’s likely not going to change. And if I don’t like who I am now when I’m 28 and healthy, when in the world will I like my body? It’s too exhausting trying to be someone else or wish away what I have, so it’s time to start figuring out what works for me.
As a budget-conscious girl, I tend to buy cheap clothes. I can name five pieces sitting in my closet that I didn’t really like that much in the store, but bought because it was on sale. I wore them once or twice, but they never looked good, so they are just sitting there, mocking me in my closet. And I feel bad getting rid of them, because I spent money on them! That is a problem. Those five pieces add up to probably $70, which would have been better spent on one quality piece I can wear 100 more times.
So in the next few months I’m planning to go through my closet, redefine my style and rebuild my wardrobe. Here are the things I want to accomplish:
Determine what styles and fits don’t work on my body (and get rid of all clothes like that)
Determine what styles and fits do work on my body
Figure out the best color palette for my hair and skin tone
Define my accessories style
Create a style or “uniform” that fits my personality, body type and lifestyle
Develop a list of items I want to buy
Create a 30-day wardrobe remix with the items in my closet (one for winter and summer)
Only buy quality clothes that fit my personality, style and body type
Phew, that list looks like a tall order. This may be a slow process, since I don’t have an endless supply of money, but I think in the long run it will save me more money and reduce my stress when I am getting dressed in the morning.
Anyone else want to join me? :)
PS – A lot of this inspiration came from Into Mind, a great blog on developing a style and minimizing your wardrobe.
Sometimes I feel a little shallow when I write these highlights because I’m always exclaiming This month was awesome!! and talking about how great it was. Well, here I am to break the record and report: I’m not sad to see November go.
It’s not that it was a bad month, but it was not my favorite by any means. It was just so dark! I have (self diagnosed) seasonal affective disorder and can tell a difference in my attitude, productivity and overall happiness meter when this year rolls around. I find myself going to bed at 9pm simply because it’s been dark outside for four hours. Maybe that’s why Thanksgiving is conveniently located in this month — you need to look around and find things to be thankful for!
That said, there certainly were some great highlights, mainly on the weekends when I had plenty of sunshine to keep my spirits high. :)
+ Weekend trip to Boone with friends
+ Waking up to a gorgeous sunrise in the mountains
+ Planting bulbs in my yard with my mom
+ Cheering on our friends in the City of Oaks half marathon
+ Lots of walks in the gorgeous woods
+ Packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child
+ Hosting Friendsgiving at our house
+ Playing hooky on Veteran’s Day with J
+ Going to see the Duke vs. UNC football game (Duke won! In football!)
Seasons greetings my friends! It is officially December!
You may notice a different look on this site. I was getting a little tired of the old blog theme, so here is a new look for a new season. You may see some more changes rolling out in the next few weeks as I tweak this blog. (Also, for those curious, I used BluChic to update my theme, and until midnight today they are offering 40% off all their themes. So far everything has been SUPER easy and they have a lot of flexibility.)
On to December! Wow. I know I say this every month, but doesn’t it feel like we just started 2013?! This month will be jam-packed with events and parties and to-dos the first few weeks, and then hopefully delightfully quiet the remainder of the month in reflection and rest.
Walk or run a mile every day (see more about my Mile a Day challenge)
Do at least 10 random acts of kindness for neighbors, friends and strangers
I have learned something about myself this year: I do not exercise on my own unless I have a race I paid for, a gym membership I am paying for, or a tangible goal that I have told a lot of people about. Basically, if my money or my pride are involved, I workout.
After I ran a marathon in January, I decided to give myself a two-week hiatus and then continue running to maintain my mileage up to at least five to six miles. Nothing too intense, but still a solid hour of running. Well it was cold in February and I got lazy in March and since I didn’t have to, I maxed out to three miles at a time and lost the long-distance endurance I had built.
And that’s ok — I gave myself grace. Afterall, I did run a marathon.
But slowly I’ve gotten out of the habit. I still exercise some, taking Leia for walks and running two miles or so, but it’s inconsistent and I am tired of making excuses, especially now that it’s darker and colder.
So here’s a specific tangible goal I’m sharing on here for December, in hopes that if I publicly announce it, I will do it. :) I will keep it small and manageable, because December has a way of getting really intense really fast, and leave the big goals for where they belong (the new year!).
The Rules: Walk/run for one mile every day in the month of December. Whether it’s walking one mile on your lunch break, or a record-mile run, the point is to get out and move for a mile.
Why December? Why not December?
- It’s the darkest month of the year, so all of us are Vitamin-D deficient. Getting outside for 10-20 minutes will give much-needed Vitamin D to your body.
- It’s the busiest month of the year, so taking a short time of your day to walk will relieve stress and help collect your thoughts.
- You eat the most unhealthy in December, and studies show that those who exercise even a short period of time each day are more conscious about what they eat than those who don’t. (I’m too lazy to look up the studies, but I think I’ve read at least one once a season in Shape magazine for the last ten years.)
Want to join me?
Yay! Use the hashtag #mileaday if you want to participate via social media. (Update: I just saw that Elise had the same goal! So we’ll all be doing it together.:)
This past Saturday we hosted a Friendsgiving with five couples and at the last minute decided to make a Thanksgiving banner. I really should have made this weeks ago because it took me just a half hour and it looks so cute on my mantle I almost don’t want to take it down in three days. (But I will… because Christmas is coming!).
Here’s how I made it:
- Glitter paper
- Stencil (or just be cheap like me and print out large letters to trace)
- String or yarn or twine
First, trace all of the letters on the glitter paper. I got a few sheets at Michael’s for $1 each and it only took me about a page and a half to trace all the letters. Maybe I’ll make a birthday banner with the leftover paper. :) Then cut the letters, make a hole (I used an ice pick) and string the letters.
Boom, that’s it. It really doesn’t require a tutorial, but I’m giving you one anyways so you can see just how easy and cheap this is. It adds some glam to our living room, and is a nice visible reminder to give thanks, something I need to do more of on a daily basis.
What Thanksgiving decorations do you have up? Or have you skipped to Christmas decorations already? :)