I almost forgot about December goals! DANG!
November Little Goals Recap:
1. Finish all my Christmas shopping early. DONE! I ordered my last present on December 1st, so I’m totally counting that. Now all that’s left is stocking stuffers, which I LOOOOOVE! I’ll be collecting those over the course of the next few weeks!
2. Spend at least 20 minutes every weekday crafting. I didn’t really keep track of this, and I know I didn’t do it every weekday. But I did make it way more of a priority to spend more time relaxing on weekdays – in ways OTHER than staring at the TV. I’m going to repeat this one this month but actually keep track ;)
3. Enjoy at least a few minutes outside everyday. Well, thanks to Ned’s need to… y’know… pee, I certainly got outside at least a few minutes. But there were still more days than intended that I spent locked up in my office and didn’t even leave during lunch, or spent all my free time at home inside in my sweats and blankets. Still need to get myself out on that balcony more! So I’m repeating this goal too, and adding a little balcony project to make that a cozy place ;)
December Little Goals:
1. Spend at least 20 minutes every weekday crafting. I just got a CRICUT too, so this should be even more exciting and motivating! So many fun possibilities!!!
2. “Winterize” the balcony. Seems like at the end of summer, the balcony just hangs in limbo until spring when I do a big cleanup. Dead pepper plants just stay as they are, leaves pile up, the barbecue gets covered in whatever the weather sends its way. I DID get a cover for the barbecue this year, so it looks a bit cleaner. (Though we totally threw the new cover over the filthy barbecue, HA!) This year, I want to clear out the dead plants, pick up all the leaves, maybe get some candles or a little tabletop lantern to have out there in the cold. We do already have it perfectly covered in twinkle lights, and I DO make it a habit of turning them on a lot. But I want to make it a little more enjoyable to take a blanket and a cup of cocoa out there.
3. Enjoy at least a few minutes outside everyday. Take two.
4. Plan four great dinners a week! I’ve talked a lot about meal planning here and consider myself a pretty damn good planner. But instead of planning awesome dinners lately, I’ve kind of wound up in a rotation of the same few meals that require me to buy the same few ingredients, and on the occasion I feel like something else it’s a separate grocery trip. So I’m getting back to my usual ways and picking four awesome dinners each week and buying supplies on the weekend for them. Maybe that’ll result in some fun menu posts or new recipe roundups for y’all too…. we shall see!
Do you have December goals??
It was SUCH a fast week! I can’t believe it’s seriously almost the weekend. And I don’t expect it to stop the next few weeks.
Work has been super busy because my boss and I are going to TRIAL next week. You may notice from the total lack of work discussion on the blog (except whining) that I don’t really get super excited about much work stuff… womp, womp. But trial is super exciting. I’m sure it would ALWAYS be exciting, but this is a case that is near and dear to me and I feel extra invested in. So I can’t wait.
Anyhow, that’s been making the work days fly. And between actually trying to get things like crafting, workouts, and cleaning done mid-week and the boyfriend having the flu… well, the nights were no slower.
But that’s cool because that means WEEKEND!!! Here are my favorite things from the week :) Obviously, CHRISTMAS TREE above!!
THIIIIIIIIS. Sometimes there are just those songs that I know from a few chords in I’ll be obsessed with… this is for SURE one of them. I die.
One of my Autumn Manifesto items was to walk or run along the American River bike trail. This is why.
As I’m typing this, it’s just after 9 pm on Wednesday and I have just made a SUPER last minute decision that I’m acting on immediately (isn’t that always the BEST way to do things…..?? ;) ) So fingers crossed I don’t regret this when I wake up in the morning and this has just posted!
BUT: I was watching some YouTubers and saw that a few of them are doing a Vlogmas thing… maybe bloggers do it, but I haven’t seen anybody chatting about it. So the YouTuber version of Vlogmas is to post at least a little vlog everyday from December 1st through Christmas.
So…. I’m going to try the same thing!
My DIY soy wax candles tutorial is here!!! You may remember I made a HUGE amount of soy wax candles for a craft fair, as kind of a test run to see if I wanted to open a candle Etsy shop.
Which means there is NO reason to keep my secrets from y’all, and I’m going to share exactly how to make some awesome candles!
First, just a few quick things I learned that will help you choose your materials and perfect your candle-making process.
Important Things to Know:
Why soy wax? Because paraffin wax is toxic. | Did you know the most common wax that is used for candles – paraffin wax – is like REALLY bad shit? It’s super toxic. Like, made from petroleum. (Actually, it’s a petroleum by-product… the leftovers.) And it releases carcinogens when burned. So those yummy scents you’re inhaling. I KNOW. It’s horrible news. (No judgment here if that’s not enough to stop you from using them. I have greatly increased the ratio of non-toxic candles to toxic ones, but I’m still a sucker for some cheap, pretty, or awesome-smelling candles too ;) )
HOW was your Thanksgiving? Or… for those of you out of the country, your weekend? ;)
Mine was lovely and long and I could totally go for all weekends being four day weekends, mmmkay? Cool. Just wish I took more pictures! But here’s what I have…