Do you find it hard to keep track of who you are buying for around the holidays? Even with a smallish list of people to buy for, I always find that I need to write out a list to help me stay organized. I have a quick brainstorming session to help me think of ideas so I don’t have to scramble as Christmas Day approaches.
If you are a list-maker like I am, you may find this Christmas Gift List Printable helpful. List out who you are buying for, jot down a few ideas, and then check off once the present is purchased and wrapped.
Free Christmas Gift List Printable
Print the Free PDF here: Christmas Gift List Printable. I hope the printable helps you stay organized. It’s never good to find out that you accidentally purchased too many gifts for someone, but forgot another person or two!
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I often hear about people who have a gratitude journal or write down a list of what they are thankful for each evening. It’s important to always be thankful, but I have never taken the time to write down a list. I believe that we are to have a thankful heart and that we need to focus on the many blessings given by our Savior.
My November Mini Goal: Be Thankful and Look for Joyful Moments. Record the Moments in my Mom’s One Line a Day book each day
While I was originally going to try keeping a gratitude journal in November, I decided to do a variation of it. I have the Mom’s One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book and don’t write in it as consistently as I would like. The book includes one page for every day of the year and on each page it has room for 5 different years. I use the book to write in some of my daughters’ milestones but also like to write down things they say or do. I use it to write down memories and enjoy looking back at it. It’s helpful to write things down as I know I would otherwise forget much of what they say and do!
I am so grateful for my girls and so I’m going to try and write in the book consistently in November. Because I will be in the fog of life with a newborn, it will help me to step back and look for the joyous moments in my days.
Your November Mini Goal: Pick one of the ideas below!
Write down 3 things you are thankful for each night
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I am excited to start a Blogging Tips & Resources Newsletter.
I am not a blogging expert, but I have been able to grow my blog in the almost 2 years since I started. My blog has grown in both page views and income. One of the main reasons I think it’s grown is because I have done my research. I don’t follow all the blogging rules as my time is limited (I have 2 children at home with me everyday!), but I pick and choose the rules I feel are important to me. I have learned the importance of focusing on my individual blog goals.
In the online world, I often hear that you don’t need to feel like an expert to teach. You just have to remember that you are always a few steps ahead of someone. If I am a few steps ahead of where you are now (and where I was months ago), I would love to share what I have learned and encourage you along in your blogging journey!
Who is this for?
You have considered starting a blog but haven’t started one yet.
You are in your first couple years of blogging, and you feel overwhelmed and need direction.
You want to learn about some of the great blogging resources out there. I will keep you in the loop!
You have dreams to work from home or just make money on the side.
You enjoy the behind-the-scenes of the blogging life.
What will I be sending?
This newsletter is NOT a step-by-step guide to starting a blog (you can find that here). I will be e-mailing you with:
links to helpful blog posts
tips and encouragement
There are SO many blogging courses, books, websites, and posts. It can be overwhelming to hear all that you need to do to grow your blog. So often it seems that bloggers think they need to follow every single piece of advice out there and they get immediately overwhelmed. One thing that I quickly learned is that you need to focus on what works for you. It’s key to research and learn what is applicable to your blog and your business, and ignore the rest. Or write it down to be a priority in the future.
I LOVE to research all things blogging…almost to a fault. I want to share what I have learned with you in my Blogging Tips and Resources Newsletter.
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Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. — Emilie Buchwald
It’s fall! This is the perfect time to enjoy a fall book or two with your children. Curl up under a blanket inside or bring it outside to soak up the sun and enjoy the crisp weather before it turns into winter. Read about the leaves, apples, pumpkins, thanksgiving, and more.
I am sharing just a few fall books we enjoy. Go to Amazon to add the books to your collection or head to your library to check these out. Here are some of the best children’s books for fall:
It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse This book will get your children ready to carve pumpkins! My girls loved to pick their favorite pumpkin expressions.
September: We were not used to getting out of the house early, but now that my daughter is in kindergarten many of our mornings have changed. My goal in September was to get to bed early so the earlier mornings were not too rough. Sleep wasn’t great in September as the baby in my tummy isn’t allowing for much of it…
October: I don’t have much control of my sleep at 36+ weeks pregnant and when the baby comes I definitely will NOT have control of my sleep! So my goal for October is to keep my daughters well-rested. I would like them in bed at or before 8:00 every night. I am contemplating moving this earlier.
If you have trouble making sleep a priority, check out these helpful resources:
September: One movie, game or date night per week. I believe we did this most weeks?
October: One movie, game or date night per week. This is getting a bit harder as we prep for baby, work on projects around the house, and various other things. But we will try…
Monthly outing with our family
September: Plan one fun activity for the four of us. We had a fun evening going out for dinner and playing at a new park!
October: Plan one fun activity for the four of us. Maybe? Because baby is due in October, it’s hard to know what this month looks like. I am all about flexibility in October.
Habit from my 12 Mini Goal Challenge
September: Abiding by the school schedule is a big change for us. I knew that I would need to manage my schedule much differently as I am not used to getting my girls out the door early in the morning. I am missing out on much of my morning alone/blogging time and I have needed to be much more strict about bedtimes and morning routines. In September I focused on planning my morning and evening schedules out to help get a handle on our new school routine.
September went really well! Our transition to school has been smoother than I expected! Once a newborn is in the mix, it may be another story!
October: I have always had quite a sweet tooth and know that I consume way more sugar than I should. While I believe that splurges are OK and most things are fine in moderation, I know that I don’t consume sugar in moderation.
I have cut back on sugar in the past and it’s a great feeling to know I am consuming less sugar. Unfortunately, the change doesn’t always stick around long-term! Because baby will be showing up in October, I know that eating a healthy diet will help to keep my energy up with a newborn. Well…as high as an energy level can be with a newborn. ;) I am joining the #GoodbyeSugar30 Challenge in hopes to cut down on my sugar intake.
September: Read Daily Devotional New Testament: Through the New Testament in a Year every morning. This daily devotional includes two readings from the New Testament, a short reflection, a portion of the Psalms and a thoughts for prayer section. I enjoyed reading this devotion every morning. I have spent the last year or so changing up my daily devotion and I liked just having one that I go to every morning.
While I know the importance of starting my day in God’s Word, the third-trimester tiredness is getting the best of me. I again wasn’t consistent with this in September.
September: Because of the eBook launch and spending more time than usual on sponsored posts, I have neglected a few things around the home. I would like to get more organized (declutter!) around the house and get a few things sorted and rearranged for the new baby. – I made some progress with this, but would like to do more in October!
October: Get ready for baby: wash baby laundry, prep more food for the freezer, clean up around the home, enjoy quality one-on-one time with my girls.
With a baby coming this fall, I know I will be spending little time on the computer with a newborn. I would like to work ahead to have a posting plan for October – December. – I have a tentative plan for October and November.
October Blog Goals
Complete Christmas Planner (done!) and write blog posts for the planner.
Complete two sponsored posts.
Clean up subscriber list in Mailchimp. This is to keep e-mail list costs down.
Update savings schedule printable.
Make tentative posting plan for October – December.
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