Merry Christmas…Adore, Need, Wonder, Sing

Merry Christmas List

It’s Christmas…

Eat || cookies

Drink || hot cocoa

Watch || children’s joy

Love || time with family

Enjoy || laughter

Teach || children to give

Take In || the beauty of the season

Merry Christmas...Eat, Drink, Watch, Love, Enjoy, Teach, Adore, Need, Wonder, Sing

Appreciate || your family

Give || time and attention

Write || a note of thankfulness

Make || memories

Thank || who we love

Try || to step back

Listen || with full attention

Pray || for those who are grieving

Reach Out || to those who have lost hope

Trust || our Savior to be with us in the new year

Remember || loved ones who are spending Christmas with Jesus

Read || Luke 2

Merry Christmas...Pray, Reach Out, Trust, Adore, Need, Wonder, Sing

Need || a Savior

Adore || the baby Jesus

Wonder || of God’s great love for us

Sing ||

Be near me, Lord Jesus I ask Thee to stay

Close by me forever and love me, I pray.

Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care

And take us to heaven to live with Thee there.**

Please share || the Christmas story.

Merry Christmas...Adore, Need, Wonder, Sing**Away in a Manger vs 3 John T. McFarland

What is on your Merry Christmas List?

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Free Printable Habit Tracker

Free Printable Habit Tracker

I don’t make New Years Resolutions every year, but I instead like to break my goals into smaller time frames. Monthly, weekly, daily…it depends on the goal I want to set or the habit I want to create.

For some goals it’s easier to focus on creating a habit. I wanted to become a morning person and get up before my daughters every morning. By forcing myself to do it for a few weeks straight, I ended up creating a habit of getting up before my girls each day. Once it was a habit, I didn’t even have to think about it every morning. It became my new normal. I’m on a break from it as I have a newborn, but I plan on getting back in the habit in 2017!

When you want a change in a specific area of your life, sometimes annual goal setting is not the answer. Focusing on a mini goal or creating a habit can be a better way to succeed depending on the change you want to make.

Small daily habits can make a big difference over the course of a few weeks, months, or even longer.

Free Printable Habit Tracker

Do you have a new habit that you want to create in 2017? One little task or activity that you want to focus on this year?

Here are a few ideas to get you thinking:

  • Move or exercise
  • Take a walk
  • Take 10,000 steps
  • Drink X ounces of water
  • Enjoy dinner as a family
  • Technology breaks
  • Write
  • Read devotion
  • Complete cleaning routine
  • Complete morning routine
  • Make bed
  • Floss
  • Read with children
  • Get 7 hours of sleep
  • Write down 3 things you are grateful for
  • Complement someone
  • Read for enjoyment

When I decide what habit I want to create, I find that writing it down and tracking my progress makes all the difference. Once you decide what habit you want to create, find a place to track the habit. 

I want to share this free printable habit tracker with you. It’s available in teal or pink. Download and print. Check off each day you complete your task. Place in a prominent place so you can see your daily progress. 

Free Printable Habit Tracker: 2017

Free Printable Habit Tracker: 2017

Free Printable Habit Tracker: Teal

Free Printable Habit Tracker: Pink

What daily habit do you want in 2017?

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Free Printable Habit Tracker. Track your daily habits in 2017.

Winter at Home

Winter at Home

If there is ever a time I become a homebody, it’s when I have a newborn in the winter. I tend to stay in and enjoy the quiet days at home. The cold weather doesn’t call out to me. Bundling up three children for outings does not appeal. I prefer to spend much of my winter at home.

I enjoy the cozy days in our home. While I love the look of snow, I don’t like being out in it! A favorite moment of mine each winter is looking out at the first few snowfalls of the year…from the warmth of my home. Our backyard is filled with trees and looking out at the snow-covered trees is just beautiful!

Winter at Home

As the holidays approach and as the snow starts falling, we create family memories within our home. I can spend the days looking out at the snow and the evenings sitting by the tree and be happy snuggling with my newborn. 

We enjoy decorating our Christmas tree, baking cookies, and reading stacks and stacks of our favorite winter and Christmas books.

Winter at Home

I can enjoy these moments, even more, knowing that we are covered – that our home is insured and that we have never had to file a claim. For that I am grateful!

When purchasing a home and having the long list of to-dos, it’s nice to cross “buy home insurance” off the list. I am grateful that we have yet to file a claim, and it’s comforting to know that we are covered in case anything should happen. Once we have a plan in place, our mind can rest easy.

Winter at Home

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Focus on spending your time with your family and less time worrying about whether or not you are covered. Check out the smart tools and personalized service at

This blog post is sponsored by Esurance. From quote to claim, Esurance is working to help you make smarter, more efficient choices with your home and auto insurance. Using state-of-the-art technology, they offer a seamless online and mobile experience along with intuitive tools that help take the hassle out of insurance.

Winter at Home

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December Goals

Monthly Goals for December

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I am in the process of figuring out if I will continue my monthly blog posts into 2017. Because I am not able to spend as much time on the computer these days, I am leaning towards spending my blogging time writing posts and creating more printables and workbooks instead of spending time writing out my monthly blog posts. I just joined Haute Chocolate’s Styled Stock Library and I am excited to use some of the elements in new printables and workbooks in 2017. (See the December Goals image below?? It’s from Haute Chocolate. I am sooo excited to dig into the images and graphics packs!)

Monthly Goals for December and 7 Steps for Taking Control of 2017.

November Blog Goals

  • Create 2017 calendar printable freebie. – Almost done. I just need to finish and post!
  • One sponsored post. – Done. 20 Ways to Get Healthy
  • I set up a Blogging Tips & Resources e-mail list. I have a few e-mails planned, but want to set up more of a plan for these e-mails. Sign up for the Blogging Tips & Resources Newsletter here! – I have a tentative plan for January.

December Blog Goals

  • Create 2017 calendar printable freebie
  • Promote Michael Hyatt’s 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever
  • Update habit tracker printable for 2017
  • Update savings schedule printable
  • Convert Your Morning Manual eBook to a Mobi/ePub file
  • Post one sponsored post
  • Get 2 sponsored posts for January

Blogging Tips and Resources

If you blog about goals, I would love to have you linkup your goals post below. Please join us to share your goals and progress for the week, month, or year. We are all about building a positive community; please remember to read, comment on, and share the post of others. 

This will be the last With Grit & Grace linkup that I co-host. You can still link up with Keri, Callie, or Christina in 2017. The linkup with be Goals and Intentional-Living Focused and will move to the LAST Wednesday of the month. The first linkup of 2017 will be on January 25.

Monthly Goals - February. Stop by to link up your goals post on the first Wednesday of each month...With Grit and Grace...a monthly goals linkup

Just a reminder…
  • All forms of goal posts are welcome. They can be for a specific area in your life, or your general goals for the day, week, month, or year. We love to hear updates on your progress too. Please only link up posts involving goals.
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Hostess Gift Ideas

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Have you received invites to holiday parties and get-togethers? The time is coming when your calendar may be filling up with invites to Christmas parties, dinners, or cookie-baking days. You may even be planning overnight stays at your friend’s and family’s homes. If you want to show up with a gift of appreciation and holiday cheer for your host, I have a few ideas for you.

There is no need to blow your holiday budget on extravagant gifts, as your host will appreciate even a small gesture.

Hostess Gift Ideas

Scarf or Other Homemade Gift

If you don’t want to show up with another holiday trinket or decoration that your host may not want, consider a handmade scarf for your host. It’s both a personal and useful gift.

Don’t knit? For an extended stay, splurge on a cozy sweater from Olive + Oak.

Another idea for a handmade gift is soap. Try this recipe for milk and honey soap with lavender and oatmeal.

Hostess Gift Ideas

Christmas Mug

Pick a festive coffee mug for the hostess. Don’t forget to include a pound of their favorite coffee beans!


Hostess Gift Idea

A Basket of Holiday-Scented Home Products

I always look forward to getting new seasonal soaps and cleaners. The holiday scents make cleaning a little more fun. Put together a basket of scented soaps and lotions for your host. Add in a candle or dish towel and I’m sure the basket will be enjoyed!

You can purchase great holiday scents from Grove Collaborative and now is the perfect time! From November 16 – November 21, you can get the following items for FREE:

  • Mrs. Meyer’s holiday hand soap
  • Mrs. Meyer’s holiday dish soap
  • Mrs. Meyer’s holiday multi-surface spray
  • Grove Collaborative bubble up
  • Free shipping & VIP Trial

When there is no special deal going on, you can still get a free Mrs. Meyers hand soap and $10 credit with Grove Collaborative.


Hostess Gift Ideas

Candles or Essential Oils

I think most homeowners enjoy festive holiday scents in their home, especially when hosting a party in their home. Find a holiday-scented candle. Or give the gift of either the Fall Holiday Blends or the Winter Wonderland Holiday Blends from Plant Therapy. The Fall Holiday Blends essential oils set includes Autumn Breeze, Pumpkin Spice, and Spiced Orange. The Winter Wonderland essential oils set includes Merry Mistletoe, Snow Flurries, and Winter Wassail. 

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Plant Therapy Essential Oils

Hostess Gift Ideas

Fresh Flowers

Flowers are a great gift when you are short on time. Your host will enjoy having flowers to brighten her house for the days following the event! Wrap in festive holiday-themed paper. 


Board Game

Does your host or hostess enjoy games? If so, pick out a new game to add to their collection. 

Other ideas:

Hostess Gift Ideas

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