Tuesday, January 1, 2013

my list of 12

In yesterday's post, I mentioned that I was going to be repeating what I did last year and creating 12 resolutions for 2013, one for each month.  Today is day one of the New Year {cue hallelujah!} and I thought it would be fun to share my 12 with you.  I would love for you to join me on this journey, if you haven't made your list yet, it's not too late!  Read all about it {here}.

Okay, ready?  Here we go:
Get the workshop in order. 
I have been so busy since moving in to the new workshop that I haven't taken the time to get it the way I want it and make it WORK for me.  30 days to transforming the space, losing the clutter and making it function in the way it has all the potential to.
Paperwork marathon. 
Scan, shred, file, purge.  Get caught up and get ready for tax season. 
Rise and SHINE. 
I could go on and on about this one and all that goes along with it, but basically, I want to develop the habit of rising early {instead of hitting snooze seventeen times and rolling out of bed at the last possible second and then spending the first hour of my day in a complete frenzy}.  This one is strategically placed in March, to coordinate with the time change.
Run 30 for 30. 
This was my favorite from last year.  I wrote all about it {here}.  It is worth doing again.  It was awesome.  I could use another month of awesome.
Take London Reid to the next level. 
Lots of thoughts and details about this...but I am gonna leave it vague til then.
Photograph and blog the beauty in every day. 
I'll be writing every day in the month of June.  I'm excited, but also scared to death about this one - I think that's what makes for an awesome resolution.
Get outside every day. 
We live at the beach and July is the perfect time to soak up the summer and be grateful for the beauty all around.  Bike, swim, walk, run, paddle...just get out there!
Keep a gratitude journal. 
I've been wanting to do this since I read One Thousand Gifts.  I'm not sure if I would want to do it all year, but I think it will make for a great 30 day experiment!
The Great Purge! 
This is sort of a September/October combined resolution.  The plan is to assign each drawer, cupboard, closet, etc. a day and spend 30 minutes a day to clean out and organize each space.  Sort, give away, throw away.  Be ruthless and keep only what is useful, beautiful or sentimental.  My goal is to get rid of at least 1200 items.  {!!!}  Read just how I'm gonna do that {here}.  Clean and create orderly closets, cupboards and drawers...Just in time for the holiday madness to begin!
Buy and wrap every last Christmas gift and order Christmas cards {and mail them!}.
End November completely ready to enjoy the Christmas season and let PEACE {not panic} rule my heart in December.
31 Days of Giving to Others.
1 good deed a day.  Random acts of kindness, goodness, generosity and thoughtfulness.
Did you make a resolution?  Or 12?

Monday, December 31, 2012

12 resolutions in 2013

2012 has not been kind.  I'm just gonna say it.  2012  has been the worst year of my life.  I'm not trying to be dramatic here.  It's just honest.  No hardship, trial, or trouble that I have ever faced compares with the grief and heartbreak of losing my Dad.  Nothing holds a candle.

We made it through the holidays.  It sucked.  Christmas morning was filled with tears.  Every gift was a "cry gift".  My Mom gave our 9 year old the iPad that she had bought for my Dad on their 39th wedding anniversary.  He died not even 4 weeks after that anniversary.  Reid opened the iPad and I could have crawled into the corner and sobbed.

But, we made it through Christmas.  It's one of those things that I felt like we had to overcome.  One of the many ugly "firsts"...

And, now, finally, 2012 is over.  Thank God, because I'm over it.

We need a fresh start, a new beginning, like never before.  New opportunities and new experiences and coming together as a family.  What is important to me has never been more clear.

It was easy to make resolutions this year. 

I am following the same path I took last year.  12 resolutions for the year - a new goal or habit each month.

Until our life completely imploded last July, I was actually doing a really good job with my resolutions.  When I look back at that list, I feel kind of proud at how much went RIGHT those first 6 months.  A monthly resolution was a good way to go.

You can do ANYTHING for 30 days, because you know that there is a definite end.  It's a lot harder to stick to something for a whole year.  And it's actually amazing what can be accomplished in 30 days. 

You can check out last year's list {here}.

Some of my resolutions from last year were copied over to this years list, because they are good ones for every year, and lots of them are new.

If you are stuck thinking about how to come up with 12 resolutions, here are some tips:

*think about what changes or habits would make the biggest difference in your life and the way you feel...just like that quote above, "what would make you the most proud in a year?"

*think about what gets you fired up {being creative, organizing, writing, painting, etc.} and make goals or new habits around those things.  If you are EXCITED about your 12, you are way more likely to actually follow through with doing them.  You don't have to be excited about the process, but make sure you are excited about where you'll be on day 30.

*think about the roles in your life {business owner, mom, wife, daughter} and see if there are habits you'd like to form or things you want to do {or do better} in those roles.

*think about unfinished projects you've never gotten around to.

*think about that ONE THING you always said wanted to do, but never found the time for...now is THE time!

Get out your journal, find some quiet and make 12 resolutions to make 2013 the best year of your life!!
Happy New Year!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

tuesday randomness: catching up

Wow, it's been a little bit of a whirlwind the last few weeks.
Here is what I've been up to....via instagram, of course.

Finally broke down and got a Erin Condren planner.  I'd heard they were pretty awesome.  I've been using it less than a week and I am already completely addicted.

Prepped all these boxes and I am almost out again...tis the season!

Trying to steal kisses from this boy...
"Grant, please give mommy a kiss?  Pleeeease??"

Print from The Love Shop.  I got one for my mom too.  It was a little Thanksgiving Day gift.  Thanksgiving was pretty tough.  We needed the humor.

My Thanksgiving centerpiece: stalks of cabbage and brussels sprouts.  Love the colors.

Date night to see The Guardians with Reid.
{Fair warning: the Sandman dies about 20 minutes in.  Did not know that was gonna happen...it was kinda brutal.  We are not ready to see death, animated or not.} 
A walk on the pier to get out of the house and blow off some steam on a lazy Sunday.

The one time of year I get to shop in the girls section!!  Hats and scarves for my two favorites.
And pretty wrap too.  I could go crazy if I had a girl.

I was so excited when I got home and saw that Mark put the lights up! 
Monkey see, monkey do under the tree.  Lol.

Last years Advent was just way too much work for me and I was completely burnt out by the time Christmas arrived.  This year, I took the lazy route and picked up the Lego Advent Sets.  The boys are loving it.

My cute packages lasted about 10 seconds, maybe less.

Boots that I have been pining after that finally went on sale!  Yay me!!

The new Valerie necklace.  I am in love with it.

Working on the lights.  They always look so magical. 
{Shortly after this photo was taken, I had to make a 9pm Target run because we ran out and I had PROMISED Reid I'd get them done, even if I had to stay up all night!  I made good on that promise...and I also stayed up all night!!}
I hope you are enjoying the season!!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

buy one, get one free!! black friday is here!!!

In case you haven't already heard, Black Friday is kind of a big deal around here.  All day today, a free necklace will be added to EVERY order.
This year, for the first time, you can choose whether you would like a free Cameron OR a free Taylor
You do not need to add anything to your cart at checkout.  Just let me know in the notes at checkout, which necklace you would like and what initial.
Also, if you would like to add a charm to your free necklace, you can do that {here}.  It's $6 for an additional Taylor charm and $8 for an additional Cameron charm.
The deal starts NOW and will run through midnight on Friday 11/23/12.
And one last thing....you can get as many FREE necklaces as you like.  Every time you check out, a free necklace will be added to your order.  There is no limit.
This is the 3rd annual Black Friday Freebie and the other two have been huge successes.  If you follow me, you already know that this is the one and only time all year that I run a buy one get one deal so....get it while it's here.  Friday at midnight it's gone til' next year!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

black friday is back!!!!

I usually wait until mid December before I buy a single gift.  It's awful.  But, not this year.  I think I am already halfway done!  Yeehaw!! 
And speaking of early shopping....Black Friday is 2 days away. Holy Cow, that came around quickly.
If you've been around here in holiday seasons past, you already know about Black Friday.
For the third year in a row, this coming Friday 11/23, a FREE necklace will be added to every order. {squeeeeee!!!!!!}
         {The Cameron}   
{The Taylor}
This year you can choose whether you'd like a Taylor or a Cameron.  You don't need to do anything at checkout.  Just let me know in your order notes, which one you'd like and what initial.
A free necklace.  With every order.  All day long.   No lines.  No camping out.  No mad dash.  Order in your pajamas.  It's Black Friday, the London Reid way.
Enjoy your turkey and I'll see you all on Friday!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

tuesday instagram: supper club

Thanksgiving is Thursday, so I thought I'd do a little post about hosting {made easier} and some of the things that I do to make it less stressful.
There is not much that makes me happier than having people over. I love it when our house is full and loud and those are my happiest memories.
Our home is not a museum. It's meant for using and loving and it serves our family.  I joke that everything in our family room is either wipe able, machine washable, IKEA, or Craigslist.  I don't want people to be nervous to put a drink down, or feel bad if their child spills a glass of juice.  It's alright....we live here, for goodness sake!
But, entertaining can be so.much.work. Clean the house, cook the food, stay up til 1am cleaning it all up. Not so awesome.

A few weeks ago I shared this photo:

Inside that cute chevron bag, was a notecard that said:
"Please join us for our first ever supper club,
Friday November 16th at 6:30pm.
Bring the kids and a dish to share.
The food theme is Mexican."
I handed them out to a few friends and last Friday, we all got together and had a big potluck and it was a lot of fun.
The kids played {nicely!} and the adults chatted and it was EASY. 
Here are my top 5 tips for hosting a little crowd {I think we had 20 altogether?} and making it stress-free....
1. Make cute invites. 
For the fun of it and also because when you take the time to do invites it sets the tone and feels like a real occasion and not a playdate.

2. Cook early.
I made this {massive} pulled pork.  I cooked half of it in the crock pot and the other half in the oven and it was done hours before any of my guests arrived and I was completely free to enjoy the party. 
On a side note, I have NO idea why I thought we needed 13.5 pounds {?!?!} of pork but I have a hosting complex that we are going to run out of food at any moment.  That has never happened.  But still.  There are worse complexes to have I guess.  {Actually the worst one is the one that prevents you from ever having anyone over at all...}
3. Have coolers...and be beverage prepared.
We had a cooler of water and a cooler of beer outside the back door.  Way easier than having people in the kitchen for drinks.  We also had pitchers of margaritas at the ready in the freezer.
4. Have kid stations.
We set up a tent in the backyard that the kids could play in, an air hockey table, a slot car race, and a Thomas track as well as and a bin of outside toys.  The stations were all over the house, so the kids sort of wandered from activity to activity and I never heard any fighting at all, which is surprising!  But they were busy and engaged and I think that helps a lot.
5. Easy table set ups...aka Burlap, Kraft Paper and Plastic Tables.
By now, you all know that I love a Kraft paper runner with crayons.  It gives the kids something to do while they eat.  It also makes for super easy clean up.  Those are long stem cabbages in the vase.
We rearranged the dining room and added two plastic tables {draped in burlap} and I shopped the house for every chair, bench and stool I could drag in.  All in all, we had 18 seats in there.  It was cozy, but it worked!
Do you have any good hosting tips?
I am already thinking about next month's Supper Club.....appetizers and cocktails to ring in the New Year, maybe??

Friday, November 16, 2012

early birds!!!

If you've been around here for awhile you already know that I don't often run a discount code.  So, when I do, it's kind of a big deal and I'm super excited about this one!

Today and tomorrow, for all of you early bird shoppers, I am running a 2 day discount code that will save you 25% off of your entire order!  Yippee!!

So that means....




The discount will apply to all designs, and any size order, so it's a good time to stock up!  Just enter promo code earlybird at checkout.
Happy Shopping Early Birds!!
Click {here} to start shopping!
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