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10 Hours or Less

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A new year means a new start!  And, like previous new years that have come my way, a resolution is bound to be established.  On Christmas, my mother-in-law, hubby, and myself joined together to make the same resolution together.  Our resolution is simple: We will watch only 10 hours of television a week.

Now, I’m sure some of you are aghast that we watched more than that to begin with.  In an attempt to be as honest with my readers as possible, I will ashamedly admit that I watched A LOT of television previously.  It didn’t feel like it… maybe it was just on in the background while I scrolled through Pinterest, or it was simply something to look at while I mindlessly ate my lunch.  No matter what the reason (or excuse) I had for watching it, the bottom line is it was poisoning me and my health in general.  And I didn’t realize the extent of this until I hit the “power” button.

This morning as I was eating my breakfast, a certain buzzing noise was kind of driving me crazy.  I got up only to realize it was the refrigerator running (better go catch it!).  Is that the sound my refrigerator makes?!  Who knew??  Now, the sounds of my house and my neighborhood in general have become my background noise.  I never knew these sounds existed because the sound of infomercials, car commercials, and screaming reality TV stars were constantly overpowering them.

The idea of the three of us doing this together is for a couple of reasons…
1) accountability: This is not the type of resolution I could do on my own, while my husband sat engulfed in the latest episode of Duck Dynasty.  Let’s face it- I have some willpower, but that situation would not last long.
2) It’s only been a few days, and we are already swapping stories of our various revolutions.  We have become more aware of our stress levels, what we’re eating, our conversations with one another, and our activity level.

I can’t wait to see how this will change us as our resolution continues!

I hope to share with you some of my lessons learned from this change in my life, and I hope I will also have some great DIY projects to share as well.  Now that I have all of this free time, I plan to cook more, start some projects I’ve been wanting to pursue, and definitely post more often on my blog I enjoy so much!

Do you make New Years resolutions?  What are they??  I enjoy hearing from you so much!!

~GOD BLESS!!

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Christmas Eve

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I just want to take a moment to send out some prayers to all of you for a happy, healthy Christmas season.  We aren’t traveling for Christmas this year, and while I miss my family it is nice to host a small
Christmas celebration here at our new home with my mother-in-law.

I leave you now with a Christmas prayer…

And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth
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Philippians 2:8-10

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Christmas Decorating

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Hello loves!

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, it is time to start decorating for Christmas!!  I am always excited to decorate my home for Christmas, and this year is no exception!

Here is a sneak peek at some of the decor I have up so far…

The mantel so far…

Christmas trees, glitter, and candles… does it get much better?!

The wreath I made above the mantel

… and a fun basket in the faux fireplace

I can’t get enough of this glitter reindeer!

That’s all I have to share for now, but I will be posting more soon!  I would love to see how you are decorating your home for the holidays!

Punkin Seeds!

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Of course I know “punkin” isn’t a real word, but that’s how my husband refers to pumpkins so this post title is dedicated to him.  Love you, even if you use language sometimes that would make me think you have fewer teeth than you actually do.

I would like to share with you a Halloween tradition for me since college.  Thanks to my roomies my sophomore year of college, I discovered what most people already know: that pumpkin seeds toasted with seasoning salt are the best.thing.ever.    I love carving pumpkins around Halloween, but knowing that you will ultimately end up with a tasty treat makes it that much more enjoyable!

First, of course: carve those pumpkins!!  Have fun with it!  What face are you making? Is it a character? A person?  An animal?  Go crazy!

Matt going to town on his punkin

Once you have all of the innards out of the pumpkin, separate the seeds from the goo.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  After separating, rinse all of the pumpkins seeds so they are free of “pumpkin film”.  Then put them on an ungreased cookie sheet.  It’s ok if they’re wet – the water will evaporate in the oven.

Now you will sprinkle all of the seeds with the seasoning salt of your chosing.  I prefer Lawry’s, but it’s totally up to you.

Put the seeds in the oven for about 10-14 minutes.  I recommend checking them at 10 minutes to do a taste test.  There’s nothing worse to me than a soggy pumpkin seed, but some prefer them soggy.
If you prefer them on the crispy side like myself, leaving them in for closer to 12 minutes is perfect.

Yummy!

Now you are free to enjoy!

Here’s what our pumpkins look like on the front porch:

I love this fall wreath!

You literally have to hoard your own secret stash of pumpkin seeds if you want them to last more than a day in our house.
Is this a Halloween tradition in your home?  As always, I love to hear from you!

Some Updates…

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I don’t know about you, but this time of year for me is BUSY BUSY BUSY!  In the midst of the chaos, I want to take some time to share some updates with you.

Matt and I hosted our first Christmas party over the weekend and it was a BLAST!  In fact, I was too busy having fun to take any pictures.  I’m bummed I don’t have any photographic proof of the great time we had, but you’ll have to take my word for it!  Following the Christmas party on Saturday, we went  to the Detroit Lions game on Sunday.  Tickets to the game were Matt’s anniversary present from me.  The first year anniversary “theme” is paper, so tickets seemed very fitting for my sports fanatic!

Here we are in the parking lot  of Ford Field enjoying some mimosas and bloody mary’s!

Here is our view of the field from our seats

I’ve also been doing some more decorating with our guest bedroom.  Here are some pictures of my progress.

It’s still not completely done, but it’s definitely getting there!  This bedroom definitely has a cozy, vintage feel.  The headboard is an antique store find.  As you can see, it’s an old window.  I then had Matt hang it above the bed and VOILA!  A beautiful, vintage headboard!

 In some other good news, I just found out yesterday that I’m going to be an Aunt AGAIN!!! Love to Kayla and Adam and your new bundle of joy!

GOD BLESS!

It’s beginning to look a lot like….

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Christmas!!!  My FAVORITE time of year!  I need to begin by apologizing for being MIA lately.  I’ve been having some computer issues so I’ve been thinking of a million posts in my head, I just haven’t been able to share them with you! Torture!

Our household is buzzing with the excitement of our first Christmas party in our house!  We have been too embarrassed to invite a group of people to enjoy our home until recently.  This year we decided even if there’s only drywall on the walls, and cracks in our ceiling, none of that matters.  We just want to enjoy our home with our friends and family! 

Last weekend Matt, Zoe, and I ventured out to our favorite Christmas tree farm to find the PERFECT tree.  We usually wait until the snow falls to go to the  farm, but with the upcoming Christmas party we couldn’t wait.  It was odd to have so much green on the ground when chopping down a Christmas tree…

Look at all that GREEN!
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Matt claims our tree!
Family photo!

It was a great day, even if there wasn’t any white stuff covering the ground.  We ended up with a Douglas Fir.  I love that the needles aren’t “pokey” when you’re decorating.  Once we got the tree home, we decorated and watched “Christmas Vacation”- one of my all-time faves! I think my mom and I could recite that entire movie! 

 
Here is the tree completely decorated:
BEAUTIFUL!

I’ve been very busy around the house with decorating and various crafts!  I can’t wait to share them with you! 

I also want to leave you with a scripture verse that really touches my heart this time of year, when monetary gifts seems to reign supreme.
 
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law~ Romans 13:8