Shaping Your Holiday Wishlist for New Year’s Resolutions

I’m excited to share this guest post from a fellow blogger, Julie Morris. She’s a life and career coach who thrives on helping others live their best lives. Today she shares some thoughts with us on creating the most helpful holiday wishlist.

Hopefully this gives you some inspiration on some last-minute gift shopping – for others and yourself!


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It’s that time of year again…

The days are shorter and the malls are more crowded: the holiday season is upon us once again! Not only do you get presents, but also the fresh start of a new year come January 1st.

New Year’s resolutions are about shaping your life to be more like you want it to be. Whether you’d like to get back in shape, become more creative, learn a new skill, or simply take time to be more present, you can give yourself a little head start on your resolutions this year by crafting your holiday wishlist to include things that will help get you there.

Here are some of our favorite ideas.

If You Would Like To Get Back In Shape…

Ask your loved ones for the gift of fitness with your very own kettlebell! Kettlebells are all the rage right now. You can get a full-body workout from the comfort of your own home. You can build strength using full-body movements that work various muscle groups at the same time. Check out this free workout tutorial from PopSugar and see just how fun and effective kettlebells can be.

If You Would Like To Be More Creative…

To help ignite your imagination, ask for art supplies this holiday season! Getting new supplies will inspire you to use them and you can explore where your mind goes from there. What kind of art supplies depends on your preference, but if you really want to push your mind’s boundaries get something you’ve never worked with before. If you’re already pretty good at drawing, ask for modeling clay that you can use to create unique shapes. From there you can transcribe your vision in other ways. There’s no better inspiration than yourself!

If You Would Like To Add More Music To Your Life…

Put an instrument on your wishlist this year! Stringed instruments (like a guitar or ukulele) are affordable options for your friends and family. Plus, there are endless online lessons that can teach you how to play from the comfort of your own home.

Ukuleles in particular are a great option if you are just starting out. These smaller guitars help you establish the finger dexterity you need in order to move up to a full-sized guitar. Plus, they are super cute. Not sure what kind of ukulele is right for you? Check out this helpful guide to explore your options then put the best one on that wishlist!

If You Would Like To Be More Mindful…

Coloring books for adults are a fun, inexpensive gift to add to your wishlist this year. Coloring has many benefits for mental health, including reducing anxiety and improving focus. However, one of the reasons it’s a huge trend right now is how it promotes everyday mindfulness. If stressing out over hypotheticals and the future was a regular occurrence in your life this year, a coloring book could be just the gift you need to put things in perspective looking forward.

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It may be a coincidence, but it’s pretty cool how the biggest gift-giving season falls next to the biggest starting day for self-improvement. Merge the two this year by asking for gifts that will help you realize your goals. Whatever they are for the year ahead, take advantage this of the season and ask for things that will help you achieve them.


Great advice, Julie! I personally want to exercise more, so I’m going to look into those kettlebells.

Friends, I hope this was helpful. What would you add to your wishlist this year?

Blessings,

-Kate

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DIY Cleaning Supplies (that work and save money)

{including our cleaning supplies!}

Happy Saturday, friends! We have a special guest on the blog today. Demi Giles is sharing some of her favorite tips on DIY cleaning alternatives that not only work great, but also help save us some money. Cha-ching!

Demi contributes to several blogs and is passionate about topics related to home improvement, cleaning and organizing. She owns a small company based in London called Clean Start, and I’m excited she’s contributing to the Neat Nook community today!

DIY Alternatives for the Whole House

 

Let’s be honest, some cleaning products are just too expensive. And why waste money when you can make these things at home on a much cheaper price and they will have the same effect?

On top of that, a lot of the commercial cleaning products are really not that environmentally friendly. And it is not just the environment they harm. A lot of children and pets and the people cleaning can get affected from some the products, which could cause irritation and many other problems.

To kick things off, let’s start with a good window cleaner recipe.

You will need a quarter of a cup of white vinegar, a quarter cup of rubbing alcohol, one tablespoon of starch to reduce streaking (your options for starch are widened in case you happen to have an allergy from corn), two cups of water and eight to ten drops of essential oils of your choice.

When you have all of your ingredients, get a glass spray bottle and pour everything in. Close it up and give it a good shake so the ingredients thoroughly mix and the starch doesn’t clog up the spray nozzle.

This product can be used for not only windows but also any glass surface. So you can clean up your coffee table or glass door cabinets or display cabinets. It is best used with a microfiber cloth.

Let’s keep things shiny.

How about we stick to the shiny part of your home and talk about making a product for ideally cleaned aluminum kitchenware, aluminum window frames and doors. If your kitchen sink happens to be aluminum, that as well.

The recipe for windows and doors four cups of water, one cup of vinegar and a few slices of lemon. Mix the water and vinegar in a pray bottle and shake it up. To use this solution, rub the lemon slice on the aluminum service and after that add the mixture and wipe off.

This solution also works for removing hard water stains from aluminum, like the faucet or shower head. But drop the lemon slices and get an old toothbrush and put in some elbow grease to it.

To clean up your aluminum kitchenware, you will have to go with this method: Start filling up your pot or pan with water, while making sure you add two tablespoons of potassium bitartrate for every quart of water. After that, add half a cup of lemon juice or white vinegar and let it boil for about ten minutes. After that, let things cool down and proceed to regular washing. When you are done, set it to dry.

Now let’s clean the toilet.

You are going to need three quarter cup of borax, one cup of white vinegar, ten drops of lavender essential oil and five drops of lemon essential oil. Mix them all together in a bottle with a squirt nozzle and shake it up really nice. The way to use it is to flush the toilet once and pour the whole thing in the bowl and let it sit for a few hours.

A good idea is for this to be done in the morning so that during the day no one will need it because they are at school or at work.

Okay, now let’s see about cleaning your sofa or any upholstered furniture.

You will need rubbing alcohol, white vinegar, and if you want, essential oils for fragrance. If you are going to use essential oils, a glass spray bottle is best. You already know how it goes. Let’s move on to using it.

To be sure it works on your furniture, first use it on an inconspicuous area. If it doesn’t remove the coloring, then proceed to use it anywhere. Get the bottle and a sponge and spray and scrub. If the stain persists over time, repeat the process.

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Special thanks to Demi. I hope you’ve enjoyed these tips. Do you have a favorite recipe or secret cleaning ingredient you love to use? I’d love to hear from you.

Blessings,

Kate

PS. If you’re a blogger or author and would like to share some of your best organizational or creative tips with the Neat Nook, let me know! Check out my contact page and let’s talk.

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Creative Tip: Using Your Imagination

Friends, we have a very special guest today. One of my 10-year old twin girls would like to offer a creative tip for us on this terrific Tuesday. So I told her to type up a post and that I would share it with all of you.

Join me in welcoming my little artistic Avery. {You may remember her from a previous post about a field trip to the museum!}

Hello, readers. This is Avery. My mom is the one who usually writes here, so I’m excited to write this and share one of my ideas.

If I ever feel bored, I like to do crafts and use my imagination. One thing I like best is making fingerprint animals and designs.

Here’s how I do it.

I get different colors of ink. They come in the form of a stamp pad.

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First, I stamp my finger and press it onto a piece of paper. I like to use my thumb, because it’s bigger to make the body of an animal.

avery-with-stamps

finger-with-stamp

Once the ink dries, I take colored pens and draw the faces and details of the animals.

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That’s really it!

The reason I like to do this type of craft is because it’s simple and it lets me use my imagination. It’s also not too messy. You just have to wash your hands.

There are so many animals you can draw. Here are some that I did yesterday.

turkey

bumble-bee

bunny

elephant

caterpillar

fingerprint-animals

Some of these were made by my twin sister, Clara. She’s so creative, too! 🙂

I hope you like them. Thank you for reading my post. This was fun to write. I also hope you get to use your imagination today to make something awesome.

Avery Andersen 🙂

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