Oh my gosh, where do I start?
The past several weeks have been a whirlwind. Getting the kids ready to go back to school (anyone else hear the choirs of angels?), getting ready for a new hockey season, scheduling gymnastics classes, taking care of doctors appointments and dealing with the worst bout of bronchitis I have ever had.
Phew, let me catch me breath. No, literally. I am still not 100%, but finally starting to feel like I’m on the mend.
This is my first post in quite some time and I’ve got say, it has been a struggle to get back here. I have been unmotivated and completely uninspired. I have also been wondering, why I blog at all, as lately it seems like just another chore. I told my husband I was giving it up. If I couldn’t give it my all, I shouldn’t do it at all. Then I stopped and thought about how much joy I get from it, from all my reader comments and how much I have stepped out of my comfort zone in the kitchen because of it.
It brought a smile to my face. So, here I am.
So, while I get my feet wet again, for this post I’m just going to give you a rundown of what’s been going on and what’s on the agenda and go from there.
I haven’t been doing too much cooking lately. At one point, I don’t think I had even been to the grocery store.
But, last weekend, I started feeling a bit better and I went out and picked up some groceries. The family did a cheer that they wouldn’t have to eat take-out pizza again and I did some cooking. Nothing fancy or new for that matter, but it got me off the couch.
I’ve been working on my Christmas lists and found an app that seems to be working pretty well so far. It does pretty much everything except fight for a spot at the mall. It’s called The Christmas List (who’d have thought?). And for 99 cents, it’s more than worth it. It does take some time to input all your gift recipients, but it will definitely keep you organized.
While looking for apps I came across The Dr. Seuss Camera and I had to have it. Just look at how stinking cute this is.
. You may or may not see my kids posing as the Grinch and his adorable dog Max on this year’s Christmas cards. Although, I’m not sure which one of the kids would be the Grinch.
This week I am ordering supplies for some hand made bracelets and some hair accessories for Nina’s friends. I am also finalizing my food gift list and food packaging ideas.
I don’t know about you but I hate to give gift cards. They are so impersonal. Let me rephrase. I USED to hate gift cards. But as I review my list, I am realizing that the kids I used to buy toys for are now growing up and they like what they like. So a gift card may be exactly what they want. My goal is to find some clever ways of giving these cards.
Last year I used the Bilz Puzzle Box. My guests LOVED it! It got passed around the open house all night until someone got it to finally open. They have a new pinball puzzle that looks awesome that I may have to try this year.
Christmas aside, I am in full-on Fall mode. Pumpkins, apples, mums. Yeah baby! My absolute favorite time of the year. Right now I am all about redecorating on a shoestring, so I am planning on putting some Fall touches around the house. I’ll share some pics and maybe some how to’s in the near future.
You can follow my All Things Autumn and Halloween boards on Pinterest. They are loaded with Fall decor, recipes, fashion, adorable Halloween treats and maybe some tricks too.
Today I started the “Health Jar”. Every day I exercise I will put $1 in the jar. Every mile=$1 and every pound at the end of each week=$1. Yes, that also means every pound gained gets deducted. At the end of each month I get to treat myself to something nice. If I slack off, I may get a pack of gum. A good month may get me the new pair of Uggs I’m itching for. Wish me luck. I may incorporate a similar system for the kids. Nina could use some motivation to eat some new fruits and vegetables, and Andrew could benefit with some motivation for a little additional exercise and stick handling practice. We’ll see how it goes.
I’ve got some great recipes to share this week too. I’m just trying to get my pictures together.
So, there you have it. Thanks for sticking around.