Plans For 2016

How is it possibly Friday already!?! Like many of you I’m sure, I have been busy reclaiming my house after Christmas. I don’t know about you but for me there just seems to be things stuffed everywhere during December. And by January I feel like I must clean out all the stuff before the walls close in on me!!
 
I’ve been thinking a lot about the direction things will be headed in 2016 and I’ve nailed down a few things that I would like to accomplish.

Personal Goals
 
*Get more fit. I don’t need to run a marathon or lose a ton of weight. I just want to be able to walk up a couple flights of stairs without being out of breath. Or be able to hold a light fixture above my head without my arms feeling like they are going to fall off.
 
*Be more hospitable. I enjoy having people in our home. But, we never do it. I can always come up with some lame excuse why. But, I feel like the Lord is calling me to be more open.
 
Home Goals
 
There are really only a few things left on my master list to get our home to where I would like it to be style wise. I am super excited about this!!
 
*Freshen hallway – new paint for walls and trim, and finish panel treatments for all those doors, and possibly new lighting. I am also planning on getting a ton of family photos out of boxes and on the walls!
 
*Master closet makeover – this will be a full gut job and rebuild. Custom and DIY.
 
*Master bath details – just a few finishing touches that need to be done – trim paint, window treatment, wall decor, and maybe a shower door.
*Organizing – I’ve done a lot of organizing in our home over the past few years, and we are leaps and bounds from where we used to be. But, there are a few things that have been neglected – the tedious things – photos (both printed and digital), CDs, DVDs, kids keepsakes, our keepsakes. I’m hopeful to make it through a lot this year, but we shall see!!
 
*Landscaping – this one seems to be on the list every year. It seems to be one step forward and two steps back with our yard. We lost lots of tree limbs and possibly a medium tree that anchors the corner of our house in front. We will see how she fairs in the spring. 
 
*Home repairs – we have some bigger, more boring things that we may have to spend money on this year – ugh – the fun part of owning your own home. 
 
Business Goals
 
*Blog more – I love to write here and share both projects and family things! You may even be seeing more crafty things. 🙂
 
*Craft more – I am researching and considering opening an etsy shop or a booth at a local craft mall. I love to do all kinds of crafts and would love to be able to use my creative skills everyday. (wow, there, I put that out there now I’m accountable to y’all about that. trying new things scares me. the possibility of failure sometimes paralyzes me from doing anything. I am working on trusting the Lord’s leading and His power to put one foot in front of the other.)
 
So, how about you?? Any big plans for 2016? Anybody else venturing out and trying something new? 

 

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What’s Happenin’

I haven’t forgotten about y’all I promise.  All sorts of things have been happenin’ around here lately, I just haven’t had a chance to pull it together to share with you guys!  😉  So, today is a round-up of sorts.  A peek into our lives so to speak.

Some progress has been made in the family room update.  We contemplated paint colors for the walls.  And re-arranged furniture! 


Then there was a birthday in the house. 🙂  So, progress put on hold for more important things.

The kids had a day off from school, so we sorted through clothes.  My boys have been growing like little weeds!


Paint was chosen and painting began.


The house was a mess and laundry had piled up, so progress paused while I did some laundry.  As I was doing laundry, I realized I was running low on laundry soap, so I whipped up a batch.  


It’s all gelled (is that a word?) and ready to be poured into containers!

Then the snow came.

And that meant some sledding.  (so thankful for a hubby and a dad who loves getting out and playing with his kids no matter the conditions…I hate the cold)

The snow makes me more and more mindful of my oldest and others I know who are among the many in the New England area that are buried under several feet of snow…not inches. I am thankful for technology that allows me to see his smiling face from time to time.  Makes this mama heart feel much better – you can tell a lot from just seeing their face, am I right?? (I screen-shot this while we were face-timing the other night – he would not keep his phone still, so the pic is blurry ;))

 

Finally the painting was finished and all the furniture back in place.  Nothing much is styled and pretty yet, so not quite ready for a complete reveal, but here’s a sneak peek. Still lots to do, but we are definitely headed in the right direction! And, I am loving the new furniture arrangement!

See, I told you we’ve been busy!!  Hopefully I will be back soon to share more details of the family room transformation.  Thanks for following along on our little adventures :).

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Fridays Unfolded Link Party {#144}

This morning as I scrolled through my facebook feed, my heart was burdened.  Burdened for those friends who are walking a difficult road today.  And in that burden I prayed.  And in that prayer I was reminded to thank God for the boring, and the mundane, and the ordinary, for if you look at those things through the eyes of God, they are extraordinary.  

Are you ready for another week of Fridays Unfolded?? 


This week here at frazzled Joy I shared with you a simple recipe organization system and our family Valentine’s Day dinner table decor.


My favorites from the party last week:

Last week I featured My Love 2 Creates Hall Closet Makeover, and I couldn’t help but follow up with a feature of her cubby storage that she built!

Cubby Storage Rack from My Love 2 Create

Speaking of closets.  I love what Bonnie did to update her closet and make it more functional.

DIY Custom Closet from Our Secondhand Home

I have always wanted to try one of these rice heat packs, and this tutorial from Bridget looks so easy to follow!

Heat Pack from CraftyBridge

Tanya shared these adorable spotted horse bookends that I love.  I have something like this on the list for my son.  Simple and cute!

DIY Spotted Horse Bookends from twelveOeight

Remember to grab a button for your blog if you were featured!!


As always remember to check out the other hostesses as each hostess chooses their own features. 🙂  Also make sure you check out our pinterest boards.  One board is for features and one board is for other things that may have caught our eye.


Now it’s your turn to share what’s unfolded for you this week!!

You remember the rules 😉

  • Follow ALL of our hostesses in some way: Frazzled JOY, NancherrowSew A Fine Seamand Skipping Sideways
  • Link up as many posts as you like – recipes, decorating, faith, kids, homeschooling, humor, giveaways…whatever unfolded for you lately.
  • Grab the code and post the party button or linked text somewhere on your blog.
  • Visit a few links (it’s a party, people!).
  • Pin only from the original posts.
  • By joining Fridays Unfolded you are giving us permission to post a linked photo from your shared post.
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Fridays Unfolded Link Party {#143}

I’m a little late to the party this week!  Ack!  This week has been filled with appointments and interruptions.  Blah.  But here we are again ready to party and so ready to see what you’ve been up to!!


Since the party last week I shared my daughter’s bright and fun room update.




I am so in love with the look and can’t wait to continue in the direction of my vision.

You guys shared a lot of cool stuff this week!  🙂 

Remember, If you are pinning one of these great ideas for yourself, please click over to the original link and pin from there – thanks!

This hall closet makeover by Mindi at My Love 2 Create turned out awesome!!  You must click over to see all of the details!

Hall Closet Makeover – My Love 2 Create

I love Rebecca’s thought’s and ideas on a spending freeze.  Have you done one?  I have and it was a really good learning experience for me!!

Do Without: The Spending Freeze – Letters From Sunnybrook

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and I loved these yummy treats!!
Brittany from Pennies Into Pearls shared this yummy, simple, and inexpensive desert!!  Perfect for Valentine’s day.  🙂

Cent Savvy Strawberry Chocolate Kabobs – Pennies Into Pearls

And, these smores from Simply Suzanne’s At Home look so delicious!!  Who knew they made heart shaped, strawberry peeps!!

Chocolate and Strawberry Creme Valentine S’mores – Simply Suzannes at Home

Grab a button for your blog if you were featured!!


As always remember to check out the other hostesses as each hostess chooses their own features. 🙂  Also make sure you check out our pinterest boards.  One board is for features and one board is for other things that may have caught our eye.


Now it’s your turn to share what’s unfolded for you this week!!

You remember the rules 😉

  • Follow ALL of our hostesses in some way: Frazzled JOY, NancherrowSew A Fine Seamand Skipping Sideways
  • Link up as many posts as you like – recipes, decorating, faith, kids, homeschooling, humor, giveaways…whatever unfolded for you lately.
  • Grab the code and post the party button or linked text somewhere on your blog.
  • Visit a few links (it’s a party, people!).
  • Pin only from the original posts.
  • By joining Fridays Unfolded you are giving us permission to post a linked photo from your shared post.

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Time to party this week!!  🙂 


It seems like everyone I know has been getting sick lately!  And, the lo and behold it hit our house this weekend.  It started with hubby and then moved onto me.  No flu, just cruddy colds with ZERO energy.  Needless to say, my house is still in disarray and I did not get near as much done as I had planned.  But, sometimes I think God puts the brakes on for us when we don’t do it for ourselves.  Sometimes you just need to rest your body!!

I shared with you this week our DIY trundle bed that got a lot of use during winter break while my college boy was home.  It was a simple inexpensive solution for extra sleeping space!


I enjoyed perusing through all of your creativity this week.  A variety of things really caught my eye!  

Remember, If you are pinning one of these great ideas for yourself, please click over to the original link and pin from there – thanks!

Andrea from Scrapality was brave enough to let us into her mess as she is tackling her Heap of Change Challenge.  I think we all have a closet like this in our home.  I know I do!!  Great job on the clean-out!

Heap of Change Challenge from Scrapality

I think I have expressed my love of pom-poms on this blog on more than one occasion, so how could I resist this adorable wreath from Elizabeth at Just Following Jesus?! So cute and I love the red and white bow.  🙂

Pom Pom Wreath How To from Just Following Jesus

These carrots that Heather from My Sweet Mission shared look and sound delicious!  They are going on my must try list for sure!

Maple Glazed Carrots from My Sweet Mission

And these little birthday hats that Amy from Delineate Your Dwelling shared are the most precious things!

How to Make Simple Sprinkle Birthday Party Hats from Delineate Your Dwelling

Thanks again for inspiring us each week!! Remember to grab a button for your blog if you were featured!


Each hostess chooses their own features so be sure to stop by each one to see what they picked. 🙂  Also make sure you check out our pinterest boards.  One board is for features and one board is for other things that may have caught our eye.


Now let’s see what you’ve been up to this week!!

You remember the rules 😉

  • Follow ALL of our hostesses in some way: Frazzled JOY, NancherrowSew A Fine Seamand Skipping Sideways
  • Link up as many posts as you like – recipes, decorating, faith, kids, homeschooling, humor, giveaways…whatever unfolded for you lately.
  • Grab the code and post the party button or linked text somewhere on your blog.
  • Visit a few links (it’s a party, people!).
  • Pin only from the original posts.
  • By joining Fridays Unfolded you are giving us permission to post a linked photo from your shared post.

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