January 2, 2017


I just love New Years. I love seeing the words that people are focusing on and the lists of goals. I love the feeling of a fresh start. We just spent the last few days in the woods with friends and dogs. There was no TV and no cell service. It was pretty magical and I'm definitely feeling refreshed. Here are some of the things happening right now for me.

Reading so many books at the same time. Five. They are all really different, but with my library timelines, I had to jump around a little bit. I set a goal of 40 books again this year with the hopes that I actually will hit it this year.

Smelling the last of our Fresh Balsam candle from B&BW. It is one of our favorites and it burned out  right after we put away the few Christmas decorations we had out.

Enjoying the homemade Irish Cream that we made off a recipe my mom sent over. We shared it as Christmas gifts, but we definitely had to make a trial batch to test. 

Wishing that we had another vacation on the books already so I had something to count down to. This time last year, we were getting ready for Costa Rica. Maybe it's time to start looking around online.

Beginning an 8 week sugar detox. It's not a huge crazy program, we are just slowly cutting out sugar to let our bodies reset. There was so much indulgence in the last few weeks and we've both been feeling a little sluggish. Stay tuned to see if this lasts. I'm not a person that does diets or anything like them because I don't like strict meal plans or being hangry. This seems doable and necessary, so I'm hoping it goes well.

Needing to clean my desk. We went through the whole apartment and cleaned things up last week while we were off, but my desk is a little out of control. I'm hoping to use this week to get ahead on the new year.

Wearing giant sweaters and fleece lined leggings. We did finally turn the heat on in our apartment, so I'm not constantly wrapped up in a giant blanket while at my computer. I know there will be some brutal cold streaks in my future, so I have to enjoy the 40 degree days while I can.

Working on a blanket. I pulled out the knitting needles and started making a blanket. I'm about halfway done and I'm loving it so far. I just wish that I could make a blanket for the same price that I can buy one at Target. Oh well, it gives me something to do with my hands while watching TV. I'll share a picture of it once it's done.

That's all I've got to update you on now. I'll be back to share some pictures of our amazing staycation and weekend in the woods, plus my new years "goals," later this week. Happy New Year!

Linking up with Anne for this months update.


  1. Yes, I'm on full detox as well from holiday over-indulgences! We can do this (but sugar is so so good!). Happy new year!

  2. I was so sad when my Christmas candles ran out! Until next year!

  3. I used to read 2-3 books at a time and I think I need to go back to that because I'm feeling stuck on the book I'm reading right now. I can't wait to see your blanket! I started to crochet again, and am no where near ready to move on to a project that big, but it is something productive to do while watching TV or something.

  4. I must cut back on the sugar. I am a slug.

  5. I love that you are working on making a blanket! I would love to do that at some point!

  6. oooh making a blanket, so fancy! i am trying to cut back on sugar and treats right now as well, i was feeling tired and sluggish, and i think it contributed to my winter blahs as well.
    i love counting down to vacations. especially to help me get through the winter!

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