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2015 - Where did I end up?

Well it is that time again to see where I ended up with my 2015 Goals.

2015 was a pretty great year.  A clouded one, but a good one.

I had the best year of my teaching career thus far thanks to a group of spectacular students that graduated last spring.

Helping clear my mind the second half of 2014 I think really set me up for a clearer mind in 2015. I made this my ONE goal for 2015.



Where did I end up?  Let's take a look...

Mindful of what my negative mind was saying.
Then--You’re not OK  Now-- Um, actually I am 
I was much kinder to myself this year, and frankly I don't have time to be so hard on myself these days. I didn't seek out validation for my feelings this year like 2014 seemed to consume my mind with. 
Then--You should be doing ________ instead Now—I need more time!
This was so freeing!  In fact I think I found out more things to add to my plate because I actually enjoyed what I was doing and the choices I was making versus what I think I should be doing. 
Then--I’m …

Kids Christmas Gift Ideas

The season is upon us and how my children haven't caught on that the UPS man is Santa, I'll never know.  I started out as I did last year with the small list of ideas, and well, my deal seeking ways got the best of me and they are getting spoiled once again.

Anyways, below is a list of gift ideas for my kids.  Hopefully you can find something that sparks an idea for your little one(s) too.




Doll Nursery Set Little People Doll House Bubble Guppies Bath Toy Gerber Sippy Cup Doll


Lego Police Station Pie Face Game or this cleaner game substitute Reusable Sticker Pad Paw Patrol Lookout w/all 6 pups (Kohls) Star Wars Me Reader
Nerf Zombie Blaster Disney Infinity Game The Big One Soft Throw Wimpy Kid game Wimpy Kid Old School
So there you have it, this years spoils for the littles.  What are your kids getting this year?

DIY valence/cornice/pelmet box

Or whatever you call it.
Slowly but surely I'm getting the final things checked off in the kitchen. We have 3 windows in the kitchen and I thankfully by mistake bought too many curtains last fall at Homegoods. I only planned on using curtains on the largest window by the table and since I'm used to curtains being sold as only 1 panel in my rush I grabbed 2 and they turned out to be sets. With that I used curtains on both the side windows. We soon realized with the early morning sun that the window above the kitchen sink needed some shade.  Thankfully I realized that the leftovers rements of hemming my curtains could be used to cover a peplum/cornice box.  You say tomato, I say tomato.

I'd fallen in love with the peplum boxes on pinterest and it looked like an easy DIY. When I started searching them, nearly all of them were made of foam board.  I quickly changed the design from foam to wood to make it more sturdy.  I originally was going to go with plywood, but as I cut th…