Friday, December 16, 2016

Friday Favorites: Books, Photos and 2017

Hello Friday! After 2 weeks in a row, I've found myself looking forward to Friday more and more. Mostly because this week I've been solo parenting and well, it's tough. Our Frank has been ever so present. I want to say now that year 4 is hard. So very challenging. I will say that this week did have a handful of pluses to it and I'm going to focus on those for this morning's Friday Favorites.


Connor has been working through this Berenstain Bears Hugs and Kisses workbook*. Filled with puzzles, activity pages, 50+ reusable stickers and coloring pages, the 32 page book allowed for Connor to work on his problem solving skills, pattern making, following directions and his motor skills via use of a pencil and picking and placing stickers. I also like that this book talks about Jesus and His love. It's the perfect hands on book for learning about Jesus in a fun playful way for little ones. While I had hopes on keeping this for CJ for Valentine's Day he discovered it in my office and insisted we read it right away. I'm glad we did because it's one of my favorite workbooks thus far. I've already visited Amazon for similar activity books.


I am still going strong on the Christmas photo challenge that kicked off December 1st. We've been really busy week but thanks to the daily posts I am pushed to take at least one photos a day. I am thrilled to report that as of last evening we've had 538 photos added to the challenge which is the most of any of the Christmas challenges I've hosted. THANK YOU FOR JOINING THE FUN! I love that so many of you are joining in the fun. The last 7 days of the challenge included the prompt family, tree, secret, elf, green, sparkles and messes. 


Fun fact: white chocolate is my weakness. Add in anything mint or peppermint and I'm going to eat every last bite. At our MOPS Christmas party I brought in this tasty Christmas Snack Mix. There are so many variations out there but this is my favorites. I am not a fan of the the mint M&M's that are out this time of year - I think they are a bit too strong - so I like using crushed peppermints in their place. The combinations of cinnamon and vanilla with the chocolate and peppermint is perfection. Make a batch this holiday than come back and thank me! 


I stumbled across this on Instagram and thought to myself "THIS! This is what I want for 2017." I know we have a bit before we ring in the New Year but I've already been doing some planning and thinking of what I want for myself and for my family in twenty seventeen. Does anyone else look forward to a new year just to see how much you can accomplish in a single year? I've realized that while it seems like a lot, 365 days, but it isn't. It goes by so fast and it's up to us to make the most of it. I look forward to a fresh start and to sharing what my 2017 goals will be. 


Speaking of 2017, I've already starting filling in my new planner. One thing I plan to do is blog less in 2017. I am going to go from blogging 5 days a week to just 4. I'm not sure what I will do with the extra time on my hands but I can promise you it won't be wasted. I have a few projects I want to focus on and I think blogging a bit less will help with that. I also plan on getting back to the gym. It's been a while since I've dedicated any real time in the gym and that's about to change. And I'm sure I'll spend time relaxing (reading or binging The Real Housewives of OC - just being honest!). 

We've had a busy week and our weekend isn't too full of plans. We do have a Christmas brunch to attend on Sunday after church but other than that, that's about all of our "must do's". Hope your weekend is full of fun and maybe a moment or two of relaxation. But is that even possible this time of year? 

Happy weekend, friends!

*I received our book for free from BookLook Bloggers. However our love of reading and sharing new books with you is all our own. #bookworms unite! 

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