2013 Resolutions

Or something like that. I tend to avoid resolutions. I feel that if you have a goal, start it when you decide it’s a goal, and it doesn’t need to wait till the new year. But with that said, it’s nice to put together a combined list of goals you want to work towards. This year, I have decided that I am going to put some goals together so I can actually track some progress. And hey, just for fun – have a family resolution for the year!

#1 The easiest goal for me this year is health and fitness. We have been a health-minded family for a long time, and with the birth of a baby and a busy schedule, we have to find time to eat well and exercise. Winter makes it a little harder on the exercise front, but it shouldnt’ be an excuse to not do anything at all. So it’s time to get back on board with being healthy.

Healthy eating

#2 A little different goal for me is to get to a comfortable place with going green. I am having a hard time finding a place where I feel like we are being green, but not forgoing all the things in life that make me happy (or just make life much easier). I love make-up, hair products and food. I have been trying to find products that are organic and as few chemicals as possible. Let’s face it though, I need some products in my life that make me feel good about me. So how much of that can I allow without feeling like I am loading my body up with chemicals? I am not sure..but I intend to find out this year.

no chemicals

#3 A common goal this year – put my house in order!!! Organize, clean and make keeping it clean a little easier. Although decor is my love, at this point I think just getting things put away and clean is going to be a challenge. I must put some time, money and effort into making that job al little easier on all of us in the house.

#4 Make more meaningful time with friends and family. Not only do we have 4 kids in the house, but we both work full-time jobs outside of the home. Time is something we don’t have a lot of. I want to have more memories of family time with the kids and my husband. We also have local family that deserves more of our time than they get. Oh and friends? Well…let’s just say that if you aren’t family living in our home, you don’t really get my time. That’s a little bit of a problem if I want to have a life outside my kids to feel like “me”. I need female time to keep from getting lost in mommyhood and losing myself. I need to be able to have conversations that don’t always include breastfeeding, cloth diapers or sleeping habits. Don’t get me wrong, I am very passionate about those topics, especially breastfeeding, but there IS more to life.

yes to f&f

And that family resolution I mentioned? We have decided that we will all perform at least one random act of kindness each month for the year. Each month we will sit down and talk about what we did. It always feels good to help someone out for no other reason than we can, and there is a need. I would love to see the kids be more attentive to other’s needs, and it can’t hurt myself or my husband either.

So that’s it… I am ready for this year. Are you? What are your resolutions or goals??

DIY Key Holder

I spent some time working on a long over-due need in our home…a key holder. Things like keys get lost too easily in our home, so we needed somewhere to keep them handy. I didn’t want to buy anything for this project, so I culled my collection of craft and project “stuff” and came up with this. I had some leftover wood from a bedroom project (that I will be posting about soon! The final product) and parts to an IKEA curtain system that I had never used. In the picture below are the tools needed for this simple project.


1. small piece of wood
2. finishing nails
3. eye hooks
4. wire (I used picture wire)
5. masking tape or painters tape
6. wire cutters
7. paint (I used some acrylic paint I had)
8. paintbrushes (I couldn’t find my craft brushes – so I used what I could find)

I started by painting the wood white, letting it dry for a few hours, then taping off the pattern I wanted. This was the toughest part of the project since I am not a measure and tape kind of person with little projects.

Once all of the paint was dry, I screwed in the eye hooks, measured out the picture wire for how long I needed and attached that to the eye hooks. I strung the key hooks in before I attached both sides.

The last step was to determine where I wanted to hang it and get it on the wall. The front door above the light switch was where we needed it.

Front door

Once hung, I went over the nails with the acrylic paint to hide the nail heads. And.. hang the keys!! Super simple and useful project.

DIY key holder 3a

DIY Key holder 2a

DIY key holder 1a

Anyone else get a little project knocked out over the holidays? How about a big project? I would love to hear what you have been up to!

2013 and what it will bring

Well, it’s a new year. There was way too much going on for me in 2012, some good, some not so much. I took a little break here to keep the rest of my life in order during a pregnancy. 7 weeks postpartum and I have finally found my fuel to get going again! I have completed a project, started a couple more and I may just have the time to write about them in the near future. I have had my hands full with a 2 yr old and this little guy for the last 7 weeks and I returned to work full-time. It’s going to be challenging, but I enjoy the projects and sharing them so much that I would be doing an injustice to myself to not get back in the game. So be looking for some new stuff!!

And an introduction is in order… meet the newest member of our family – taking us from 5 to an even 6!

Brantley Cole

Brantley Cole