Creating Traditions

Creating Traditions

Fall is my favorite season! I love the changing trees, the warm colors, and all the fantastic treats only available now like a Pumpkin Spice Latte! Each year at this time, I start craving all my traditional fall treats and visiting apple orchards and pumpkin patches.

Traditions, or the customary things we do and hand down to our families, are the reason we look forward to certain times of year and holidays. We look forward to a costume party at Halloween and turkey at Thanksgiving.

I have one tradition that I share with my daughter, we decorate a gingerbread house each year in December. Some years, we have gotten very elaborate and others we sort of slap it together, but because it is a tradition, we make sure we carve out the time to share the experience together.

If I had known how special sharing this one tradition with her would be, I would have created traditions around every day events and every holiday.

I think traditions make people look forward to doing things together while celebrating whatever the occasion may be.

If your kids are young, I encourage you to build in some traditions to every holiday. My kids are grown, but I have resolved to still try and build more traditions for myself and my family. Hopefully, it isn’t too late and they will want to do this with me!

I would love to hear all about your favorite traditions. Please post in the comments below!

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Organizing Tip #18: Moving In

Organizing Tip #18: Moving In

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I would be moving soon. Well, that day arrived, passed, and I am exhausted! I love unpacking and organizing, as you probably already know. But most of all, I love the possibilities that a new place represents. So much anticipation and dreaming goes on when a person makes a new home. We envision ourselves living in this new space and I have to admit, I am good at dreaming of what my life will be.

It is exciting to open each box and find the perfect place for each item. As one box is emptied, another one is opened and the process continues until there are no more. As an organizer, it is an exciting challenge to find the best place for everything.

I had to downsize in this move and I was happy to simplify. With less stuff around, I feel like I uncomplicated my life in many ways. And it feels really good. Less stuff, less choices, less to think about, less to clean! Which leaves me with more time to do more of what I love to do!

I hope that I won’t be moving again for awhile. I feel settled here and content. And I am all moved in.

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Eat Salad

Eat Salad

Getting tired of being told to eat your veggies?!

I decided that I was and I decided to do something about it. I eat a salad every day (most days)! This is a daily habit that I started just a couple weeks ago and I am hooked. Now I don’t worry about getting enough greens. I know I do. It doesn’t matter if I eat my salad for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I just make sure I eat it!

Here are some helpful tips.

    • 1. Mix several greens together like kale, spinach, arugula, or mixed lettuces.
    • 2. Chop several raw veggies at the beginning of the week so they are ready.
    • 3. Add a protein like legumes, meat, tofu, or egg.
    • 4. Throw in a few seeds and nuts.
      5. Dress simply (no oil) with either lemon juice or a flavored vinegar.

I also chop everything in small bite-sized pieces to make it easier to eat. I prepare everything on the weekend so all week long, it is quick and easy to have my salad. Enjoy!

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