REBLOG: How To Set Mindful Goals For The New Year—And Achieve Them

Sharing this morning’s read from The Good Trade.

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This year, my whole idea of goal setting is changing. Here’s a look at how we can frame up new goals—and how we can actually achieve them this year.

Source: How To Set Mindful Goals For The New Year—And Achieve Them

HOW TO PREPARE FOR CHRISTMAS GATHERINGS

It’s the day before Christmas Eve (can you believe it?!) and whether you’re staying home, hosting, or driving to see family here are a few things to consider in preparation for your celebration on Christmas day.

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If you’re staying home …
Make Christmas Eve the most exciting night of the holiday season.

  • Bundle up and take a little walk around the neighborhood. Christmas lights are always a wonderful sight.
  • Make a delicious meal. It’s Christmas Eve after all!
  • Get cozy and read the Christmas story together or watch a movie in front of the fireplace with hot chocolate or coffee.
  • Open one gift before bed. Just one.
  • Leave a note or cookies and milk for Santa or Baby Jesus.
  • Once the kids are asleep, make sure Santa finds his way into the house, enjoys his snack, and sets out all the presents beneath the tree and in the stockings.
  • Set your alarm so you’re up before the kids with the camera rolling to capture Christmas morning reactions! This will give you a head start on making breakfast as well.

Looking for kids Christmas party ideas for a school party or something fun to do at home? These 25 ideas will get you started throwing a Christmas bash!

If you’re hosting guests on Christmas Day…
a little pre-work can go a long way and help you enjoy the day as much as your guests.

  • Put together appetizer platters and finger food trays ahead of time and save them in the fridge.
  • For all recipes that must be prepared the day of, complete your grocery shopping and any time-consuming chopping or measuring ahead of time.
  • Set the table and table decor the night before.
  • Set out bedding and towels for any guests that will be staying over the next night.

Do you host Christmas Day Dinner?

If you’re driving to see family…
there’s a lot that can be done the day/night before to ensure a smooth ride.

  • Pack luggage and load it into the car the day before if you can.
  • Depending on how long of a trip you are making, think about packing snacks or fun games to keep antsy kids (and adults) entertained.
  • Create a playlist or two.
  • Gather all of the gifts you are planning on bringing along with you and be sure not to leave them behind when you leave.

Winter driving essentials you need to bring on your next winter road trip

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FRIDAY (INSTAGRAM) FINDS

Instagram may be one of my favorite social platforms. I love seeing beautiful, inspiring photos. Sometimes, I even read the captions that go along with the picture (;

Here are a few of my favorite finds this week.

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PINTERESTING FINDS

Here’s what my thumbs been pinning to my Pinterest lately.

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GIFT WRAPPING INSPIRATION

Gifts are great. But, beautifully packaged gifts are even better! Why wouldn’t it bring a smile to your face to receive or GIVE a gift that looks like any of the below?

joli paquet cadeau inspiration deco nature pour Noël emballage naturel pomme de pin et branche de sapinA Very Merry Minimal Christmas: Simple Holiday Gift WrappingSimple gift wrappingDefinitely doing this for this Christmas! via @gatherandfeast on InstagramChristmas gift wrapping with Inkifi | These Four Walls blogPrintable Christmas Wrapping Paper + Canon Printer Giveaway

☆P I N T E R E S T : @ellemartinez99☆

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THANK YOU GIFTS TO SHOW YOUR GRATITUDE

November is always a great month to remind us to be grateful for who we have in our lives and what we have. If you’re looking for fun and easy ways to tell your family and friends you’re thankful for them, look no more! Hopefully, some of the ideas below will help you out or at least spark some creative juices.
Golden Girls Magnets

$10

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Custom Wine and Label

$25 for 4
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Chocolate Cubes

$31

“My Life Would Succ Without” You Gift Box

$34

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Thankful For You Card
$5.00

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5 INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS I FOLLOW

In my opinion, Instagram is a wonderful platform to inspire and be inspired. I can spend quite a bit of time scrolling through countless accounts and photos. Although there are many to chose from, here are 5 accounts I’m enjoying.

For a little style inspiration:

Sara Covey

Check this Gram out for a little wanderlust:

CNTraveler

Get your fix of beautiful lettering here:

HomSweetHom

Learn about intentional living here:

TheGoodTrade

Be encouraged to be the woman He designed you to be here:

DeeplyRootedMag

HOLIDAY DECOR INSPIRATION

The holiday season is here! Which means it’s time to decorate and make things look darling … am I right?

Let’s all take a minute to thank Pinterest for these beautiful tablescapes. I want them all.

Guest tablescape from a Favorite Things Holiday Dinner Party on Kara's Party Ideas | KarasPartyIdeas.com (14)

A beautiful farmhouse Christmas tablescape with rustic elements, mixed metals, and natural greenery. Perfect for a hosting a holiday dinner! | @worldmarket and #ad | Christmas Tablescapes | Holiday Tablescapes | Decorating for Christmas | Dining Room Holiday Decor | Holiday Home Decor Ideas | Tips for Decorating for the Holidays || Lauren McBride

Oscar Bravo Home: 7 Gorgeous Holiday Tablescape Ideas

A beautiful farmhouse Christmas tablescape with rustic elements, mixed metals, and natural greenery. Perfect for a hosting a holiday dinner! | @worldmarket and #ad | Christmas Tablescapes | Holiday Tablescapes | Decorating for Christmas | Dining Room Holiday Decor | Holiday Home Decor Ideas | Tips for Decorating for the Holidays || Lauren McBride

We are loving these trendy table settings! Hopefully they bring you a little inspiration! #blancdenver

Such a gorgeous simple holiday tablescape: gold flatware, white china, a neutral table runner, dark gray linen napkin, with silver dollar eucalyptus and votives as the centerpiece. Classic and modern at the same time. This will seriously impress your guests!

Festive thanksgiving tablescape, fall colors
Happy decorating!
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