Word of the Year

Word of the day

It seems like every year we are pushed to make New Year’s resolutions. Everyone is doing it and you should too because you need improvement, or else. I am picturing a 4-inch tall Egyptian slave driver with a whip on my right shoulder.

The thing is, New Year’s resolutions do not work–at least not for me. Every year I would make the same resolutions and nothing ever really came of it. Have you ever had that problem? If you haven’t, let us know your secret in the comments.

A few years ago I saw a post about forgoing a resolution and instead picking a word of the year. It sounded like an intriguing idea. Basically, you pick a word and use it to choose the direction of your year. I have done this for three years now and it has been a bit more successful though it hasn’t been without its challenges. Read more

Twelve Days of Christmas on a Budget

12 Days of Christmas

I really love holidays, and Christmas is my favorite. The best part is making presents for my friends and family and watching their joy in receiving them.

The first Christmas I was dating my hubby I went all out and did 12 days of Christmas presents. I started on December 13th so the last would fall on Christmas Eve. I found the idea on Pinterest, as a few people have done versions of this. My problem was that most of their suggestions didn’t really fit us, and I wanted something more special. Also, I was on a tight budget and had to get really creative.

I took the traditional 12 days and tweaked them just a bit. It was a lot of fun and he really looked forward to what the next day would bring. I got suggestions from family, friends, and co-workers, which got them involved. He even posted each one on Facebook and several of his friends really got into it too.

I highly suggest trying this for your loved ones. It is great for your significant other and it can easily be re-worded for friends, children, co-workers, etc. I found the printable tags here, but you could use any little card. I hope you can use these ideas and make yours even better. Really, the hardest part of this is trying to get the song out of your head. The current version I have is Bob Rivers’ The Twelve Pains Of Christmas–such a classic. Read more