New Year Organization List

This time of year, like many people, I like to get into the mode. You know the one..."let's organize all the things!". This year I'm itching to do this even more with baby girl on the way. It's almost 10 weeks until my due date and I feel like I have so much to do. Plus I'm finding myself wanting everything to be "just right". I don't want to make unrealistic goals of things to accomplish in the short amount of time we have left before she comes, so I've tried to narrow it down to a few essential things I'd like to have organized & completed around our house before her arrival.

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First up...

**Get Her Room Ready: This will involve clearing out and organizing the spare room. This task is probably the most overwhelming for me at the moment. So no, I have not yet accomplished this task. I've had many people tell me that this isn't essential and that she's not going to care if she has a room yet or not. This is very true. However, I want to have a space for her things and I'm not sure I'll realistically be wanting to get a room ready for her after she arrives. Plus, we have a smaller apartment, and it would be nice to have a space, and designated area, for some some of her things.

**Go Through Our Closets: As mentioned above we live in a smaller apartment, so space is limited. Especially closet space. Therefore, I'd like to go through the closets, organize, and purge if necessary. The more space I can make the better :)

**Organize The Pantry: This has been a long time coming and I've attempted this more than once already. Our pantry is awkward and, you guessed it, on the smaller side. It needs to be made a bit more functional as it drives me crazy on a regular basis. I've organized it in the past, and each time it's better, but only for a while. We need a more permanent solution and system. Because when this baby does come, the last thing I want is to be getting frustrated over the fact that I can't figure what we have, or don't have, in our pantry.

**Do A Deep Clean: I'd like to think I could get some deep cleaning done within the next few weeks. A sort of "spring cleaning", if you will. Nothing too crazy, but a deeper clean than I usually do on a weekly basis.

And that's my list for getting organized this new year. I'm sure I'll run into things along the way that I think I'll just have to do. However, the above is realistic and hopefully all will be do-able before baby gets here. I'll try and keep you updated as best I can.

What do you plan on getting organized this new year?

Happy New Year!

Hello all, and happy new year!
I hope the Christmas season & new year celebrations treated you well. This year things seemed to go by rather quickly for us. There was lots going on this year, but overall we had a wonderful Christmas season!

Annnnddddd confession. I still have my tree up. You? This year it was a bit late going up and it didn't seem like we had as much time to enjoy it; so I've been hanging on to it for a few extra days. It'll come down this week. Once it does it's time to start prepping for this baby! That's right, Saturday marked 28 weeks {Hello, 3rd trimester! Where did you come from?!} and it's time to get organized for our sweet little doll who is supposed to arrive at the end of March!

I've got some projects up my sleeve and slowly seem to be getting things together {including some future blog posts! Have I mentioned that I miss blogging?}. Yesterday I was able to start & finish a project that I will share with you at a later date. Until then, I'll share a little peek...

As for new year's resolutions, I'm not really one to make them. I have things that yes, I'd like/need to accomplish & get done {especially in regards to this baby coming!}.
But, I will say, one thing I am going to try to be better at this year is saying "no". I can be really great at saying "yes"...and that's good, but sometimes it's bad. I need to remember that it's OK to say "no" to things {anyone with me?}. I intend to pick up this book as I've only heard good things about it. Have you read "The Best Yes"?

I may come up with a few other resolutions, but until then these are some really great things to shoot for...


I'm not really sure where this originated, but I've been seeing it float around Pinterest and I like it. This year I'm just going to try my best. And I'm also going to love on a new little baby who is already bringing us so much joy!

What do you hope for the year ahead?

5 Minute Christmas Card Banner

Christmas has been coming together bit by bit at our house this year. One thing I can finally check off my list is our Christmas cards. Well, almost. All I have to do is pick them up at the post office (I missed the delivery!), address them, and pop them in the mail (better late than never, right?)! This year we used Tiny Prints and I had such a hard time deciding on a card because there are so many great options! I'll share the card we picked a little closer to Christmas :)

Speaking of Christmas cards, we've started receiving them! It's always so fun to go through the mail this time of year and see greetings from friends & family. However, every year, I can never decide how to display them all. Since we live in a small space, putting them on display without them overtaking the apartment can be an issue.

This year I decided to make a really simple banner out of ribbon and hang some of our cards up using mini clothes pins. It really took no time at all and I think it looks super cute. I also added some small mittens that I found in our box of Christmas decorations. I think they add a nice little touch!

To make your own Christmas card banner:

1. Choose some ribbon of your liking.
2. Hang the ribbon on the wall using thumbtacks.
3. Hang your greeting cards on the ribbon using clothes pins (I found my mini clothes pins at Michaels).
4. If you wish, add some sort of embellishment (I added a small pair of mittens). Some sprigs of greenery would be a nice addition too!

That's it!

You can make your banner as big or small as you wish. This project would also be extremely cute strung down a staircase. If only I had a staircase!

My card banner is on the smaller side, so the rest of our Christmas cards that we receive go in a bowl that sits on our entry dresser. I'll occasionally swap cards from the bowl and hang them from the ribbon.

So there you have it. A really simple, albeit cute, way to display those Christmas cards!

How do you like to display Christmas cards that your receive this time of year?

Tree Decor

Well, I finally got our tree decorated! Our tree this year is much of the same as last year. I'm sticking with my rustic woodland theme because I loved it so much last year! I did add a few new ornaments. Here's a peek at one...

How cute is that? It's a new favourite. I also found this antler one which goes perfectly with the theme...

I found both at Indigo on Black Friday (that was the only store I braved & it was later in the day). 
I like to add a few new ornaments each year. Here's a glimpse of some of the ornaments I added last year. 

Last year I also made some ornaments from pinecones, and thankfully when I dug them out of storage they survived the year. Actually, I was quite impressed and am still loving them!

For all the details on how to make these check out the full post here. They're easy, I promise! Plus, they'd be a great addition to any tree!

Hope your Christmas decorating is coming along!
Happy Weekending!