Friday, January 6, 2017

New Year's Goals

As always, with a new year comes new goals. I've been feeling much more productive in the last month, partly thanks to an attitude adjustment and partly thanks to a gorgeous Mookaite Jasper pendant I now where. Mookaite Jasper is a motivating stone and I swear it works; the magic produced by the Earth is really something. 

Living in Georgia adds to my productive feeling, I have the ability to start seeds extra early. So of course I've gotten some onion, artichoke, pomegranate and flower seeds in some little seed starting pots.
That simple 45 minute activity perked me up! I was in a mini funk last summer and fall because I wasn't able to really plant much because of our move and unpacking, Joe's company bought up a bunch of smaller companies so he was working 10-12 hour days 6 days a week for 3 months, my random work schedule, etc.. It all just added up and I couldn't spend as much time outside planting and doing what brings me meditative peace. This year, however, will be different; we have much more time to enjoy those things. 

So what exactly does the rest of the year look like for me? Well, honestly, a lot of hard work and a lot of 'I don't know' but, I can try and break down my monthly goals to build up to my ultimate goal of having enough of an overflow of fruits, vegetables and eggs that I'm able to successfully support myself on just my small farm. January's goals are pretty simple, some are fun and some are just normal things that I'm trying to do to keep up with adulthood. I've hooked up with Angie and Karen's Monthly Goals link-up again to do just that!



Fun Goals:
  •   Read 2 books
  •   Do my barre dvd 3 times a week
  •   Save an extra $250 for longevity items - I will explain what this is and more importantly why in detail later, but these items would be bottled spring water/canned food/dehydrated foods/etc.
  •   Plant Amaryllis bulbs
  •   Start at least 50 more onion seeds and 3-4 types (15-20 each) of flower seeds
  •   Go to the Georgia Guidestones


House Goals:

  •   Finish cleaning out the last closet of my stuff at the farmhouse
  •   Buy two invisible books shelves for my bedroom
  •   Hang invisible shelf in living room
  •   Take donation boxes to church
  •   Get previous owners couch out of the house! THIS WAS AN OCTOBER GOAL, UGH WHYYY DO I SUCK!?
  •   Buy enough hangers to hang all my clothes and then actually hang them
  •   Get empty unpacked boxes out of the office and into the fire pit

 Blog/Work Goals:
  •  Blog 1 time a week - 1 time? That's not hard! For me it's nearly impossible, but once I get in the habit of posting I will continue with no problem.
  •  Take inventory of what SK Body Shop stuff I have left and revamp my company to integrate it with the farm
  •  Start planning what markets/festivals I'll be working this spring and summer

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Swap Reveal

Wow, it's already January 4th!! I meant to have this up days ago. Christmas and New Year's flew by. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season! I, personally, had a blast. Christmas Eve was at my parent's house, Christmas was at my house, both days were in the low 70s and gorgeous. For New Years we rang in 2017 with all our neighbors at Casa Banana (HUGE rental home/vacation family home/wedding venue/prime fishing spot for all of us that live here that one of the neighbors owns at the end of our street.)  

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Another awesome thing that happened in December was the last 12 Days of Christmas Swap put on by Angie and Beth. My partner was the wonderful Erika from Cat Eyes and Skinny Jeans.
I was so excited when I opened the box! Right on top was a pink princess stocking for Olivia, that she immediately took out and started asking if she could open her presents :) Erika didn't have to get anything for her, but she did and it was all very well received and very much loved! 
I wasn't able to get a picture of the LaLaLoopsy toy that she got because it was open and already meeting other dolls in Olivia's room within 30 seconds, but that's okay! I also can't find the Christmas themed coloring book she got Olivia that we have both enjoyed coloring. It's amazing though, I feel like I've seen that book daily for the last 2.5 weeks and when I want to take a picture I can't find it.

This is after the first 4 days of opening :) How cute are all the ways she wrapped everything?! Boxes, bags and wrapping paper!


First let me say, I love deer and I love this super cute, soft deer ornament! Olivia got the milk and cookies one :)

I love Julep polish and I love this color Erika picked out.

I love sweets. I really, really do and this Rudolph Mix had a great variety and was so good. I'm definitely going to be buying more soon. It's from Target if you want some, too!


As I said earlier, I love deer and this mug is perfect; it's so pretty. I've used it a lot already and can't wait to use it for the Chocolate Peppermint (yum!) mug cake.

During our email exchange getting to know each other, Erika asked what holiday movies I like but don't own. I didn't know and basically just said we love anything family friendly. And ya know what, I'm shocked we don't already own Prancer! We enjoyed a nice little family movie night at home watching it over winter break.  
 
Look at these!! Non-GMO (super important to me and very kind of Erika to find) spruce and poinsettia seeds! I've been wanting to add some smaller, bushier trees to our landscape and the spruce seeds are perfect. I also LOVE poinsettias and this gives me a reason to start growing them early in late summer and enjoy them all next fall and winter. 
 
I love a good quick read. I'm looking forward to reading this one by the fire on the few cold days that are coming up. Yes, I said cold. It's going to be in the 30s for two days.

And last but not least, this yummy candle. It smells like winter and I love the little design on the labels. Once it's all burned I'll be adding a new wick and some more wax and scents because it really is a nice little candle container.
Thank you so so much Erika! I love everything!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

A really late goals update!

I'm talking LATE goals update. I was supposed to do this the first week of NovemberšŸ˜
I've been busy..and not with my goals.

Alright let's see how this panned out....



Fun Goals:
  •   Be tasters at the Madison Chili Cook-Off Yes, it was awesome!
  •   Go to Trick or Treat in our downtown area. No but we finally found a neighborhood to trick or treat in! It only took 3 years.
  •   Take Olivia to a pumpkin patch  No, but got some awesome pumpkins!
  •   Do my barre dvd once a day Big NO
  •   Save an extra $250  Yes, already spent on Christmas gifts.
  •   Dig up new garden area and cover with cardboard and compost (this is technically a "house" goal but I consider it fun!)  No :( Work is killing all my free time.
  •   Stock the freezer with fresh homemade pumpkin butter (Olivia's favorite thing) YES
  •   Go to the Georgia Guidestones  No, again, work - boo.
  •   Go to a fall festival Yes!


House Goals:
  •   Clean out the last closet at the farmhouse (I still have an overflowing closet full of my stuff over there..Sorry mom!) I got most of it out, so I'm counting this one as a win.
  •   Buy and hang invisible book shelves in bedroom Nope.
  •   Pack and take donation boxes We donated food, but we are still packing toys/clothes.
  •   Organize desk and Stella Kenton supplies Nope
  •   Get couch out of the house! This should really be number 1. The people that used to own our house asked if we wanted to keep a couch and we said no, but they left it anyways. It's not a nice couch. It's not dirty or anything, it's just really old and ugly and just feels ehhh, plus it's taking up a lot of space. NO AHH
  •   Unpack 1 box a week!! With my work and Olivia's school/after-school schedule and Joe's crazy long hours (converting a bunch of smaller companies they just bought) has made it difficult for us to get our house where we'd like it to be in a timely fashion. YES
  •   Get Joe to move more of his tools to the shed. He insists on keeping them in his office for some reason and it's making me slightly batty. He moved some out and now he just has to organize the rest!

 Blog/Work Goals:
  •  Blog 2 times a week NOPE
  •  Start making products again and start advertising Stella Kenton again  NOPE
  •  Start putting together a giveaway NOPE

    Got 8/19 done. Not that great but at least it wasn't 0/19!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

12 Days of Christmas Swap!

Posting a quick update on the next swap I'm in with the Chaotic Goddess Swap ladies! Plus, it's a nice little distraction to what is happening in our crazy, hectic, political world.


I did this one last year and it is so fun! You and your partner each get a minimum of 12 gifts for each other to be opened each day before Christmas. Sign ups are open until Monday November 14, come join us!! 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Swapoween Show Off

This year's Swapoween with all the awesome blogger ladies was great! It was a little different because we had an odd number sign up, so we had two partners! I sent a package to Rebecca and Beverly sent a package to me. 

I LOVE it all!

When I opened the box I thought the pumpkin was real! It looks great and is so cute mixed in with all my other decorations. I got my all time favorite candy, the mini Twizzlers, and some delicious Lindt pumpkin truffles and caramel filled Ghirardelli chocolate. I got some fall themed note paper, which is perfect because I am a list maker and some fall printed tissues!



I also got a delicious smelling Cinnamon Coffee candle, a beautiful stamped out pumpkin candle holder and some spiced potpourri shaped like little pumpkins. 

Thank you so much Miss Beverly, I love it all!!! 



The next Swap is the 12 Days of Christmas Swap! Come join us - sign ups start November 7.

Friday, October 7, 2016

October Goals

I haven't done a goals post in a while, which is horrible because it was always one of my favorite posts to do. The Goals Link-Up is run by Miss Angie from My So Called Chaos and Karen from A Peek at Karen's World.
I have a lot of goals this month. Winter is nearing and there is so much to do before it gets here. 







Fun Goals:
  •   Be tasters at the Madison Chili Cook-Off
  •   Go to Trick or Treat in our downtown area
  •   Take Olivia to a pumpkin patch
  •   Do my barre dvd once a day
  •   Save an extra $250
  •   Dig up new garden area and cover with cardboard and compost (this is technically a "house" goal but I consider it fun!)
  •   Stock the freezer with fresh homemade pumpkin butter (Olivia's favorite thing)
  •   Go to the Georgia Guidestones
  •   Go to a fall festival



House Goals:
  •   Clean out the last closet at the farmhouse (I still have an overflowing closet full of my stuff over there..Sorry mom!)
  •   Buy and hang invisible book shelves in bedroom
  •   Pack and take donation boxes
  •   Organize desk and Stella Kenton supplies
  •   Get couch out of the house! This should really be number 1. The people that used to own our house asked if we wanted to keep a couch and we said no, but they left it anyways. It's not a nice couch. It's not dirty or anything, it's just really old and ugly and just feels ehhh, plus it's taking up a lot of space.
  •   Unpack 1 box a week!! With my work and Olivia's school/after-school schedule and Joe's crazy long hours (converting a bunch of smaller companies they just bought) has made it difficult for us to get our house where we'd like it to be in a timely fashion.
  •   Get Joe to move more of his tools to the shed. He insists on keeping them in his office for some reason and it's making me slightly batty. 


 Blog/Work Goals:
  •  Blog 2 times a week 
  •  Start making products again and start advertising Stella Kenton again  
  •  Start putting together a giveaway






If you'd like to link up your goals, head on over to here!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Swapoween!

Just making a quick announcement while I have a 30 minute break during my kitchen double (ugh).


I am so excited for the Swapoween Swap over at Chaotic Goddess Swaps! Come join us if you love Halloween, meeting other fun bloggers, and love swapping goodies!