So, I am a Christmas Nut! I adore the holidays and start planning them in August. Transitioning out of them for me is tough. There is the challenge with healthy eating, finding new homes for the gifts we received, and even putting the decorations away is an emotional tug on my heart.
I leave up the winter themed decorations and add a valentine’s day twist. In my mind a penguin, snowman, nutcracker, and snowflake are all in the “ishy” zone for decor, sort of straddling Christmas and Valentines. In the beginning of being an adult I would swipe the slate clean in January and put everything I got out for the holidays back to how it was pre-Halloween but that bummed me out so now we do winter themed.
I also leave my nativity up until the second Sunday in January. We really love our nativity and it is in a super high unbreakable part of the house so I love for it to be up early and then stay out. And with three boys under 6 years old and 8 kids over all the unbreakable corners of the house are precious.
Health wise I am personally all about just accepting that there are going to be about 3 things a week trying to sabotage my healthy eating diet plans. I have about 20 pounds until my goal weight so I figure in about four months I will take a step back because it is before a major family trip decide if I am done losing weight or not. I know that the best way for me to get there is to not have days off from healthy eating so I have lots of special foods I only eat on those days that are events.
As I am finding new homes for the Christmas gifts for all the kids I keep in mind that having the child involved is super huge. I do not want them to think that I get rid of belongings when they leave so we clear a part of their room together such as one side of a closet and then I ask them to put the most important things in the space first. My mantra is we have to “Fit in the Space Provided.” After about half an hour they can usually see what things there is not space for which will go into attic storage or to be donated. If an item is super sentimental we give it to family friend so it can still be loved.
It is a lot to gear up for and I know that lots of us find January to be a bit shaky. Sort of like our life is made of the colorful pieces we see through a kaleidoscope and then it gets bumped after the holidays and it takes a moment to all fall into place. Good luck to us all!!!
I haven’t used this as an actual mouse pad but have really loved having a pretty little notepad on my desk. It’s the perfect place for reminders and quick notes. This one is my favorite notepad from Amazon but another favorite came from the Target Dollar section.
During a desk-organizing phase, this was my favorite purchase from Office Max. It had been on my Amazon wish list for ages but never made it past checkout because my husband doesn’t seem to like cats as much as me. Now I’ve got it and it’s convenient post its and whiskers make my day.
Lucky for me, my kids wanted to get a matching tape dispenser for my desk. Almost every day there is a reason they need a piece of tape or one of my convenient Post Its. But, it’s worth it because otherwise, I’d still be searching for the one scotch tape floating around the house between kids’ art projects, gift wrapping, etc.
Tell me what your favorite desk accessory is. I’ll never be too old for “school supplies.” 🙂
- Picture Book: All My Friends Are Dead by Avery B and Jory John. This picture book is hilarious, and is definitely meant to entertain adults more than children. It’s a nice, quick read to help you feel good on a stressful day.
- Middle-Grade Book: Fablehaven by Brandon Mull. Starting out a series of five books, Fablehaven is a fun adventure about a secret refuge for mystical creatures like fairies and witches. This is a lot of fun, and very magical. It’s a great book to read to or with your kids.
- Young Adult Book: Immortal Writers by Jill Bowers. Alright, I wrote this one. You can read more about it in this review by fellow Fruitland Home contributor, Marinda Fowler. For another, not-self-promoting suggestion, I recommend Mind Over Mind by Karina Fabian. This is a great, clean, fun sci-fi that’s not very well known. It’s the beginning of a trilogy. The other two books are Mind Over Psyche and Mind Over All.
- Adult Fantasy: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. If there’s a book that’s perfectly written, it’s this one. This is a beautiful book about childhood. I love nearly everything Neil Gaiman writes, but this tops everything for me.
- Adult Mystery: The Glass Flame by Phyllis A. Whitney. I did not see the end of this one coming. This book hooked me from page one, and I absolutely adore it.
- Adult Sci-Fi: Doomsday Book by Connie Willis. Wow. Just…wow. This book is long, but worth the read. You get to travel through time back to the dark ages when the world was being tormented by the plague. This book will make you laugh and cry. It’s beautiful.
- Classic: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. This is a beautiful piece of writing. It can be hard to read sometimes because it discusses very real and very difficult issues, but it has messages that are worth reading and knowing.
- Dystopian: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. If you love retro gaming from the ’80s, or any of the classic movies from that time period, this book is for you. It’s packed full with nerdy references that you’ll love if you’re a child of the ’80s.
- Horror: Dracula by Bram Stoker. Really, if you haven’t read this, you need to. It’s not enough to just know the story of Dracula… you really should read the book. Did you know that Dracula actually could be out in sunlight, for example?
- Comic Book: The League of Regrettable Superheroes by Jon Morris. Okay, technically, this isn’t a comic book, but more of an encyclopedia of the most unfortunate heroes ever created by the major comic companies. This is a fun read, and you’ll get a good laugh out of it.
Gone are the days of jumping from party to party on New Year’s Eve. The big party at the fairgrounds. The house party of friends who didn’t “do” the fairgrounds party. The after parties. Fireworks in driveways and parking lots. Seeing two movies in a row at the theater. Dressing up in whatever I thought was my best outfit with no regard for what the temperature was going to be at 1 a.m. Listening to the Count Basie Orchestra play in the new year in Chicago. Oh, the good days.
Now it looks more like, “I made it to eleven. See you next year.” And that’s to my kids in my own living room. Ugh.
But this year, I’m going to party until the ball drops. It might be in the living room, but I’ll be awake. Only because I remember how exciting it was to be up until midnight to bang pots and pans and yell across the street to the neighbors. If I go to bed early, who’s going take the kids outside to dance in the new year in the middle of the night?
I think I found a few ideas to try. Thank you, Pinterest.