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Happy New Year

I love nothing more than a fresh beginning and clean slate. We had a last minute party at a friend’s house for New Year’s Eve. About a half hour before midnight we all wrote down things we wanted to let go of in the new year and burned them. It was a just a little game but it was a beautiful little tradition. They also set up a balloon drop with fortunes inside and after they fell we all took turns popping them and reading our fortunes for 2014. I’ve been working on my goals and resolutions the last few weeks and I am so excited about this new year. I really love goals and I realized it is because it doesn’t stress me out if I fail at them. I have friends who hate setting goals because they feel awful if they don’t succeed. I know they aren’t for everyone but they make me happy and excited about the future. Here are a few of mine for 2014:

Get Craft Night Events and Classes Going Again at the new Studio.
Eat a Salad Everyday (anyone have good recipes, especially for dressing?)
Write a Book I’ve been talking about doing this for a few years, and I think this year is gonna be the year.
Run a Marathon It’s an ongoing joke in our house that I am really good at signing up for marathons but less good at actually running them. I ran a few marathons before I had kids but would love to run another one just to check it off my list.
•Decorate the Studio I got 80% of the new studio set up but I need to finish the last 20%. (Anyone designers want to help me on this?)
Take a Girls Trip somewhere International I’ve been wanting to take a bigger trip with just friends. I love the idea of being able to travel internationally but it is more cost efficient than traveling with my family.
•Get our Books and Finances Organized I’ve been disorganized with my finances and budget and this year I want to get everything nice and organized (pay those quarterly taxes on time!).
•Plan My Outfits I love getting dressed when I have spent some time trying on clothes. Usually I just throw on whatever because I’m in a rush. I want to spend a little more time in advance planning things to wear so I don’t default to the same three outfits.

Happy New Year | Oh Happy Day!

 

Are you setting any goals for the New Year? Bring it on 2014!

Hexagon Candy Box DIY

by Amy Moss

This project combines three of my favourite things: Papercraft, holiday decorating and candy! Create some really cute mini holiday decorations with these candy shaped hexagon boxes.  Settle in with some festive holiday music and a glass of bubbly and get your craft on!

Here are some ideas for what you can do with these cuties!

  • Attach some twine to the back to create cute hanging decorations
  • I’ve used gold, but you can use any other accent color or metallic you would like. Try an assortment of candy colors! Or use red for a more traditional Christmas theme.
  • Could be used as holiday gift boxes for miniature treasures or treats!
  • If you wish to make gift boxes suitable for larger gifts, use a photocopier to enlarge the template to the desired size.

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A Playful Thanksgiving

by Casey Baudoin

Make Thanksgiving dinner fun for the kids this year with bright, colorful decorations.  Keep them entertained with their own turkey (or chicken) to “carve”, and paper feathers they can decorate and hang before the meal begins!

A Playful Thanksgiving | Oh Happy Day!

1. place setting  2. feather card  3. play chicken  4. painted pumpkins  5. feather decor

Happy Labor Day

I hope you’re spending this day relaxing with family and friends. We’ve been really busy these last few weeks (moving into a new studio is hard!) So I’m looking forward to just taking it slow. Have a great day – and we’ll be back tomorrow!

Happy Labor Day | Oh Happy Day!

Photo via my Instagram

Solo Vacations

The last few years Paul and I have started giving each other solo vacations. I’m not talking about sending one person off to a conference or a guys’ trip. It’s where we take the kids and leave the other person at home for five days or so. There is something so luxurious about living my regular routine but I only have to think about one person (moi!) I can roll out of bed right before my meeting, I can go to movies without even thinking about trying to coordinate a sitter, I can go running at any hour of the day and don’t have to worry about who is gonna do pick-up. It is really fun! This week Paul packed up the kids and took them for a visit to his family’s house. I’m stoked for some alone time. It is funny but one of the things I’m most excited about is cleaning out my closets. I’m going to have uninterrupted time to put things in piles and take things to Goodwill. I’m stoked! The picture below is when I took the kids and left Paul home for his time off. Have you ever had a solo vacation away from family responsibilities? Of course I can’t wait for them all to get back at the end of the week, but in the mean time I’m gonna walk around the house in my underwear and eat peanut butter straight from the jar.

Mom Vacation