Sunday, December 29, 2013

Cleaning Up after Christmas and The Daniel Plan

Hello Friends!  I don't know about you, but I always feel energized after the celebration of Christmas.  In the past two days I have taken down our Christmas décor and cleaned the place up a bit.  This included an overhaul of my fridge and pantry in an effort to begin The Daniel Plan.  My Pastor has recently written this wonderful book and I plan to incorporate many of its principles to the Wisdom of Balanced Eating which I began in November.  While I would not mind losing about 20 pounds, my main goals continue to be for my health, energy, and purpose.  The Daniel Plan is built around Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus and Friends and I have been preparing my heart, mind, and home to be very open to these essentials.
Here are a few shots of my improved fridge and pantry:


I don't think I have ever had so little flour and sugar in this pantry!!!!

Water is essential and this is an area I need improvement in!

Below are a couple of shots of the living room cleaned up after Christmas!  See if you can spot the remaining lone Christmas decoration!  ('s red!)
 I have plans to tweak this room a bit in 2014 on a budget!  Stay tuned.  :)
Thank you for visiting and I wish everyone a healthy, happy New Year!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Christmas Decor 2013

Such a full time of year!  We returned from Thanksgiving just in time to host a Christmas party so I had to hurry and decorate quickly.  I am tiring of many of my decorations so this may be the last year for this particular look.  To be honest, I would like a new look altogether for my living and dining rooms.  I am considering something quite different for the future décor-wise....but we will see how organized I am for 2014.  Many resolutions are in store just around the corner.  ;)  I am working right up until the 20th and then younger son will be having his wisdom teeth pulled on the 23rd, older son is arriving from college for several weeks, and mother-in-law will be visiting from all the way from the east coast for  week, yikes!
Here are a few shots of the interior of our house right now (there are more decorations scattered throughout the house, but in the interest of time here we go...):


These last two are of the powder room off of the family room.  :)

As I am looking at these photos, I am realizing that I do not have any of the kitchen!  Will try to get the kitchen in soon!  :)  Happy Weekend!

Thanksgiving in Trinidad, CA

This year we spent a beautiful week in far northern California in a tiny town called Trinidad.  The town is approximately 90 minutes from the Oregon border on the Lost Coast and the setting is stunning.  Since we have not had a proper vacation in several years, we splurged and rented an oceanfront house for the week, where the Thanksgiving turkey was roasted and served.  The week was beautifully clear and we spent time walking, hiking, talking, eating, movie-watching and bonding as a family.  Our eldest son joined us since his nearby university was on break for the entire week.  It was wonderful.  Here are a few shots of this breathtaking area:
Our Thanksgiving table and view!

Yes, we did have grilled fish!

Much to be thankful for!

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