Since I have so many DIY ideas, crafts and converted recipes I decided to create a smaller site and Twitter account to share those on. I’m no longer posting recipes and such here and I’ll be doing updates towards Nano and during November on that blog.
This is my 6th year doing Nano and I’m planning on it being my second win. My first was my first year.
My first year was a breeze, my oldest was 1 1/2, I stayed at home and had nothing else taking time. Now I have 2 kids, a job, freelance work and an Etsy. I’ve been working on schedule issues to work on everything (mainly at night after the kids are in bed and I’m home from work) and I can easily take a notebook to work and work on that during my hour long lunch break.
I already know I’m working on parts 2-4 (or higher) of a short story series I started back in 2014 (accidentally- the story ended at 11 pages and I decided to make it into a total of 7 worlds in the fantasy series.)
Book 1 is fully finished, I’m just working on editing it. Next month I’ll be going through and finalizing what worlds he will be entering and mapping things out.
I’m also planning several different Christmas decoration designs for my Etsy and I’m in the full swing of the Halloween season.
With the Fall Equinox coming in 2 days, and around here we are getting ready to experience some cooler weather, the thoughts of fall and everything related are filling peoples’ heads. There are pumpkin spice everything put out (and being bought), pumpkins selling fast and ideas for all types of DIY decorations in magazines. (I’ll be posting some pig pumpkins once we finish decorating them today I got from Country Living Magazine later)
I am a decoration fanatic. I only have a tiny bit of yard to use, but I make sure it’s decked out year round.
This is currently the beginning of decorating my garden, I had no idea how big the Gecko blow up would be when I bought it and I’m currently searching for the perfect location. I’m planning a few DIY decorations but sadly, my pumpkins will have to stay inside. We bought a total of 7 small and 1 big but the paint we used washes off too easily with water (although, that was good for me yesterday)
It took me about 1-2 hours to clean it all up, but we still have a few patches of yellow paint my shampooer didn’t get on the carpet. I also got a nice, big hug while she was covered in it so I ended up with paint all over my pants.
One DIY my kids have LOVED over the years are hanging ghosts. I made a small family years ago and my seven year old grew so attached to hers (she named him “Boo,” that she slept with him for over a year. These ghosts are super simple and super cute. You can get kits here with all supplies and instructions and there’s even bulk options for groups.
Another cute idea is to buy several pumpkins and paint them up like animals, I am in the middle of making those. I got the idea from Country Living Magazine
These pumpkins will be finished today, I did buy the wrong paint (the paint is coming off too easily and is water soluable. It was good for cleaning up the kitchen and my two year old BUT bad for outdoor decorations. We will have to find places inside for all 8 pumpkins. These are not finished yet but this is what we have so far. The three fully pink are going to be pigs (like the introduction picture in Country Living’s article^)
Don’t forget to stock up on your favorite fall scents over the course of the entire holiday season. There are classic fall scents, you can even find leaf scented candles and there are tons of other fun, fall and Halloween related scents, like these Pumpkin Spice melts pictured.
Another idea along the DIY route is to go to the store and buy a wreath base with some flowers, leaves and ribbon (and anything else you want to use) You can even go out in nature and have your kids pick up sticks and acorns. (if you’re really crafty, make your own wreath base but I’m not that crafty lol)
This is the wreath my kids and I made. I’m still thinking about adding to it, but I’m not 100% if I will or what to add.
Decorative pillows are always a fun way to add some fun into a living room or bedroom as well. My kids are pillow fanatics so we are always tripping over one or two
There are also party favors or small decorations
Take an egg carton, paint it black, add black pipe cleaners and paint on eyes- and you have a cute little spider infestation, ala Pinterest
Take small chap sticks or lip glosses, wrap them with white tissue paper or fabric and tie them off. Draw on eyes and a mouth and you have party favor ghosts for Halloween parties.
Take pencils, wrap small peices of burlap around the eraser, tied off and pull out like broom bristles and you have little witch’s brooms.
Those ideas also came from Country Living, same edition as the pumpkins.
Some other party favors for kid’s parties- sucker ghosts. Take suckers, wrap white tissue paper around and tie off with a rubber band and there are so many other ideas on sites like Pinterest.
I’ll be posting more of the crafts my girls and I are working on over the month and I’ll be posting recipes for Halloween treats and desserts- always gluten and dairy free.
I’ll be doing the same for Christmas.
You have heard about mindfullness, meditation, even thought about trying Yoga. You have read a lot of self help books, tried downloading meditation apps and tried everything you could but you can’t stay with it and nothing seemed to help- the voice on the app was too distracting or the music was too loud, the app was full of ads and you couldn’t get it to load properly.
All of those are issues I had when I first started. So I started looking for blogs and sites to help, bought several magazines and in the end, stopped reading and started trying.
There was one daily Yoga app that helped, but I don’t like paying for apps unless they are truly gold- the beta only covered a few weeks and after those weeks, I lost touch. I tried buying a Yoga DVD, I have a yoga ball, bricks and a mat- the mat collects dust, we had to throw the bricks away and the ball was a play toy until we finally admitted it was too big for our house. Now it’s in storage.
You do not need tons of stuff- a mat could come in handy if you have hard floors. Mine are carpeted, so I need nothing.
All you need to start a daily routine- yourself and the will to do it. Determine if you’re wanting to learn mindful meditation, Yoga or normal meditation. The next step is to just start- find a chart on Pinterest with beginner Yoga moves and start doing it.
Find some time in your day and just sit down, close your eyes and clear your mind. Clearing your mind isn’t as easy as it seems at first, when I can’t clear my mind for any reason, I start counting. It works well for getting me to sleep. If you can’t find a good time of your day, put yourself to bed, lie there and count. Start at one, slow yourself down and each time you inhale, count. Focusing on your breath is the first step and once you start feeling your lungs inflate, deflate, chest rise and fall and the air going in and out of your nose/lips it will clear your mind.
I already wrote a tried/tested guide to making meditation part of your everyday routine when you’re too busy to just sit down
All four of those methods are things I try to do on a regular basis because I’m not living a lazy, laid back life (although I’d LOVE to slow down a bit).
I’ll be writing more on the topics of Yoga and meditation, I’d like to know what types of advice would you give beginners?
I’ve worked many other retailers but this is my third holiday season at this particular retailer. I was a cashier 2 years- now I’m working in seasonal and garden center- so I’m now working in the center.
Our holiday decorations aren’t out yet, but they will be coming in soon and yesterday gave me a short sample of how busy we will be.
My hours are cut next week but I’m thankful for the break right now- I’m seeing lower hours as the “calm before the storm”
I can’t wait, though- I love fast paced and busy.