New Year’s Resolutions for 2017

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Like many of us, a lot of my New Year’s resolutions tend to carry over year to year.

The ones that never seem to leave my list are: Write more. Read more. Enjoy more. Slow down.

While all of these goals still hold true this year, I have just one resolution for 2017. One oh-so-simple resolution that will hopefully reduce my stress, help me get organized and keep me sane.

Before I tell you what my resolution is for the coming year, I want to reflect on all of the happy things 2016 brought. Because despite everything, it was a good year!

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This year I traveled to Iceland. Iceland! Slept on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, soaked in the ice blue sulfur waters of the Blue Lagoon, ate the best fish soup of my life.

And that wasn’t my only adventure. I kayaked; hiked; camped. Trout fished at a spot I hadn’t been to since I was a kid.

I may not have purchased my own house like I wanted this year, but I helped my sister transform her home. Painted two bathrooms. Completely remodeled the laundry room. And finished countless other little projects.

In 2016, I stepped out more. Went to the Kansas City Symphony. Headed out to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on Third Thursdays. Checked out books from the library.

I may not have hit every goal I had, but I made it one good year. Here’s to 2016!

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When we don’t meet our New Year’s resolutions, those niggling feelings of inadequacy and frustration creep in. But don’t let them. Maybe you didn’t meet last year’s resolutions. Don’t beat yourself up. The whole idea of making resolutions is that you’re trying to better yourself as a person. And that starts with caring enough to make resolutions. Go you!

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So to stay on that path of bettering myself, my New Year’s resolution for this year is to finally organize all of my papers. I’m a paper hoarder. I have stacks of airline tickets from travels, stickers, postcards and so much more. This year I’m finally going to get all of those paper memories sorted, organized and put into scrapbooks or notebooks.

Cheers to 2017!

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(Here are my past New Year’s resolutions: 2015, 2014 and 2013. Apparently, I wasn’t feeling up to resolutions in 2016.)

Share your New Year’s resolutions with my by commenting!

Holiday House Tour 2016

Welcome to my home for the holidays this year.

It’s actually my sister’s townhouse. What an amazing sister to let me live there while I’m house hunting. Despite her sometimes ‘bah humbug’ attitude when it comes to holiday decor, she also let me decorate her home for Christmas. (And, I might have gone a little overboard.)

From a coffee filter wreath to DIY garlands to a few tchotchkes here and there (…and there…and there,) see how I decorated my sister’s urban townhouse for Christmas.

All it takes is a few pops of red to make your home feel Christmas-y. Throw pillow covers, like these ones from IKEA, are easy to slip on when the holidays roll around—and easy to take off and store away once the season is over.

A cozy, red blanket draped on the end of the couch (or over the back of it) is another simple trick to add holiday cheer. It’s also practical and not just for looks.

My coffee filter wreath adorns the back of the balcony door. Along with a ‘Merry Christmas’ banner from the Dollar Spot at Target, it creates a festive focal point in the room since there isn’t a fireplace mantle.

A Christmas tree is required, right? I dug this one out of my storage unit. Can you believe my sister didn’t have a Christmas tree? After a trip to Target, we decked it out with bright green and red bulbs and a few felt camping-themed ornaments that she loves.

And, what are the holidays without a few extra decorations? This snow globe has been around for years. The mini tree is a Target Dollar Spot find. (I can’t resist the Dollar Spot! Especially during the holidays.)

And, a pine-scented candle rounds it all out. Because it’s not just about looks when it comes to creating a cozy home for Christmas. Don’t underestimate your sense of smell. A pine-scented candle adds to the festive atmosphere.

Vintage stockings, a thrifted stocking holder and a red bin brimming with ornaments adorn a shelf in the living room.

The kitchen gets its own white mini Christmas tree. Draped with just a few copper, blue and white pinecone-shaped ornaments and fairy lights, it adds a touch of cheer to the kitchen window.

Placing the Christmas tree in a vintage tin gives it character. And it’s a bit unexpected.

And, finally, we showcased our homemade gingerbread house by setting it on a silver cake platter.

The house is so cheerful. Turning on the Christmas tree lights when I get home from work is always my favorite. Only two days til Christmas!

A Bright & Happy Fall Front Porch

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The front porch is the welcome center to your home. You see it every time you leave and it’s there, welcoming you, after a long day at work. Shouldn’t your front porch feel warm and friendly?

And, what better time to spruce up your front porch than when guests start arriving? After all, it’s that time of year. Fall gatherings. Football watch parties. Thanksgiving.

Before fall’s over (why does it happen so fast!?) I wanted to share my front porch all decked out for autumn. Dressed up with just a few fall essentials, my front porch is bright, happy and welcoming.

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Add some fall mums
In pops of bright yellow and deep burgundy, fall mums add festive fall color to your front stoop. Pop the plants into unexpected containers, like woven baskets or my plastic pumpkin planters, and your plants will be anything but boring.

Bring on the pumpkins
No fall porch is complete without a display of pumpkins. Orange and white pumpkins keep it classic, but you could also add in green pumpkins or warty pumpkins.

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A place to sit
If you have the space, a simple wooden bench makes the perfect spot to plop down, read a book, sip some coffee and enjoy the brisk fall weather. This bench was a side-of-the-road find that I gave new life with a lot of sanding and a few coats of modern, gray paint. Other seating options you could add include a porch swing or classic wicker chairs.

Create levels
Whether on your porch or on your dining room table, any display looks better when your items are displayed at varying levels. Lifting up a pumpkin on a couple of wood stumps and placing one plastic pumpkin planter on a plant stand adds dimension to the entire front porch display.

Extra touches
The little extra touches make all the difference. Simple white mini lanterns add a little something extra and go with the fall theme.

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Next on the list is to figure out how to transition fall porch décor to holiday décor without getting rid of everything. I feel so sad throwing out pumpkins every year after Thanksgiving when they’re still perfectly good. If you have any tips for ways to transition your porch décor into the holiday season, please share!

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