BLOGMAS 2017!

It’s the MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR …. and it’s officially BLOGMAS! That’s right, every single day leading up to Christmas there will be a new post here on Chaotic Critic. Expect a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Who’s ready because I sure as hell am! Let’s kick off December with some holiday themed questions shall we. Ready, set, BLOGMAS!

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Motivational Monday | Getting Through the Holidays

The holiday season is officially here and aside from my birthday, it’s my favorite time of year. I love Thanksgiving and of course Christmas. It’s beyond the gifts. Everyone just seems to be nicer and more courteous. Unfortunately, this time of year can be bittersweet.

For me, not having my mom around has been rough. It’s been 8 years without her and I find myself lately bringing up how I feel. This time of year just always gets to me. Thankfully I have an amazing support system, but it doesn’t fill the hole inside. Is that the case for everyone?

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Flashback to NYE 2014

0101150011a~2With 2016 less than  a week away, I look back on NYE of 2014. What I wore, who I was with, and my resolution/goals for 2015. Well as for what I wore, I kept it pretty simple with an all black ensemble. Since I had a small party at home with family I ditched the heels and opted for boots. Then again, I had on fuzzy socks. The boots were for picture purposes only.

So here it is, another year has come and gone and I thought now would be a great time to reflect and see if I’ve accomplished any goals I set for 2015. Check out my Happy New Year post HERE. Here’s a glimpse of my list:

  • No soda; drinking more water
  • Daily devotions & tithing bi-weekly
  • Daily blogging / at LEAST every other day !

Of those three things that I wanted to stay consistent with, I didn’t fully stick to my guns. That’s why I don’t really make resolutions, more like yearly goals. I was pretty consistent with my blog, blogging every other day and for the month of December daily. My daily devotions I definitely need to make a priority along with tithing in 2016. I started out the first 3 months of the year not drinking soda and then in March when I fell ill, I drank some to settle my stomach and it sparked my craving again. I will say that I was better at tracking my water intake this year, but I definitely want to cut back on the soda. If I have one occasionally fine, but I definitely want to up my water intake.

I’ll be sharing my goals for 2016 in the new year, but I wanted to reflect on my top 3 goals of 2015 to see if I really did what I planned to. Life can easily get in the way, but one thing I learned this year was that I need to stop overthinking and take life day by day. I can get so wrapped up in the bigger picture that I overlook the current moment and get off track too easily. It’s great to look ahead, but it’s also nothing wrong with living in the moment.

Holiday Office Decor

In the first installment of my holiday decor series I featured my Christmas tree in my living room. In this addition I am sharing how I decorated my office for the season. I store my decorations for both my bedroom and office together so I first pulled out the stash that I had which I can’t wait to add to once all the Christmas decor goes on sale.

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Majority of my decor is from Target and Dollar Tree, but a few were gifted.

office3First up I wanted to decorate above my bookshelf. The vase I saved from an Edible arrangement and I replaced my yellow Daisies with whatever red I found at home. The “eat, drink, be merry” mug is from TJ Maxx & I scored it for just $1. The ‘Ho, Ho, Ho’ plaque was from the Target Dollar Spot. The current selection they have is way nicer than when I purchased, but the price is now $3. Still not bad.

On top of my other bookshelf near my craft corner, I repositioned my Steelers salt & pepper shakers and out ‘Let It Snow’ in the middle. As for the DIY decor I created I put two of them across from my desk with a family photo (not shown) and the other I use as a mousepad. Check out my DIY HERE.

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For just $3, I created a display with a serving tray, Christmas tree, and garland from the Dollar Tree. I layered the garland around the plate and simply added the tree in the middle. Lastly I took one of the Target Dollar Spot sings and plopped it in front. Super quick, easy, and under $5 total. I kept my desk pretty clear so that I could have more workspace since I blog and plan there so I just added a cup from the Dollar Tree and a gifted Christmas tin with pens inside.

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Lastly, I had this mess of a space underneath my window that I turned into an impromptu gift wrapping station. As I make my gifts I will put them there until it’s closer to Christmas. The sheets of wrapping paper I found in my storage closet and they’ll  be perfect for wrapping at least one box. The punch bowl in the middle just has a few ornaments inside. I plan to add candy canes once I get to the store.

Click HERE for my Christmas tree and Stay tuned for the final installment, my bedroom holiday decor.