Happy Monday: Wellness planning

Hello and Happy Monday! I am writing this post late today because I was hanging out with my husband before he leaves for a long business trip. I am going to miss him but I have a busy week ahead that will hopefully distract me a bit. First, how was your weekend? I hope it was relaxing and fun. We hosted a group of my family over our house to watch a playoff game. I make myself laugh because for some strange reason, I love trying out new recipes when I have company. Now some might call that cool and adventurous but I think it only adds to the stress factor a little when you want to feed a large group.  I can say most of the time, it turns out alright but I do recall some losers. However, this time was a winner and luckily I made a large portion so we could eat throughout the game. It was really fun to catch up with my family and laugh at our old family memories.

Tomorrow I will begin another 21-day cleanse. My last cleanse was in June of last year. I have to admit I have slipped off my clean eating big time. But like the rest of the New Year’s resolution planners, I too made a promise to get my act together. I have been doing cleanses every 6 months for several years and I like to do them to help reset my habits and renew my love of good food. I mean let’s face it, the winter time is pure comfort food, slowing down and indulging in decadent desserts.  So it always presents a challenge for me but I am willing to take it one day at a time.

That all said, I started planning what meals I would like to eat throughout the cleanse. I find that my success really relies on me being organized. I plan the week’s meals then shop for them and assign them a day to make. I put in a lot of soups this week. Because they can replace the less than clean comfort food I have been eating since the holidays.

I will check in with updates on my status and share recipes so be sure to check back.

Well I have to get ready for pick-up but I wish for you a blessed day!

Belinda

Happy Mondayish and Happy New Year!!!!

Well hello friends! Had some technical difficulties and didn’t get a chance to finish this post yesterday. I have been meaning to catch up with you for some time now. Happy New Year! Can you believe it is 2019? I am still wondering how last year flew past me so fast. I made a promise to myself on my last birthday to stop wishing for weekends and enjoy what every day brings to me, good or bad. This is what older people say because we recognize that every day is a gift.  I didn’t do too bad last year but I think there is room for improvement. So I will wish that again for myself this year.

I spent most of our vacation week with loads of family and we had a great time playing games, catching up and I even organized a couple crafting times for us to let loose and get our craft on.

My boys are getting older, so their Christmas wish lists were shorter with yes you guessed it, more expensive items. So I was a bit worried about our gift opening time but I have to say, despite the lack of endless gifts, my boys were genuinely happy. Hopefully they will learn that it’s really not about how many gifts you open up. It’s one of those things that can be challenging when kids turn a certain age and they don’t play with toys anymore.My mother-in-law bought all the ladies Christmas PJs so we all decided to where them Christmas day!Then we had to have a male vs. female challenge and what better way than with puzzles. So each group selected a 500 piece puzzle. The men of course talked a lot of trash and anticipated their win from the start. While of course we quickly started plugging away at ours.We had confidence that the monochromatic puzzle they selected would be more challenging but they thought our puzzle had too much details and that they would slow us down. Well I am happy to report the ladies came out on top and we pulled off a fantastic win!We played a lot of board, dice and card games.We even had a hot chocolate bar for a few nights. Apollo has just recently discovered whip cream and had fun adding it along with other goodies to his hot chocolate!I even had a cup!I had a surprise myself when my husband and boys bought me a Microsoft Surface Pro 6 tablet and when they surprised me right before Christmas, I did my happy dance and couldn’t stop smiling. I am so thrilled. You have to first understand that I haven’t owned a brand new laptop. I have always been quite fine “inheriting” my husbands old laptops. But as time has gone on and my demands have raised, I have been dreaming of a new machine of my own. So it was a pretty big deal to me.  It is a really powerful computer. I bought a really cute case for it because I often work in cafes and lugging my old laptop around was a bit of a drag. So this tablet is a game changer. I can carry this and my books without breaking my back. I love the ability to draw/touch the screen. I have been using it mostly in laptop mode but have just installed a fantastic drawing program for work so I will be using it in tablet form quite a bit in the near future.The only software I had to replace was Photoshop Elements and I will not embarrass myself and tell you what version I was working on up to this point. Let’s just say, I am truly loving exploring all the new features in the 2019 edition and so excited about the things that have been automated.

Enough of that. I have lots of ideas for the blog and Belinda’s Crafts for 2019. I even came up with some creative craft goals for both work and fun. I will share some in upcoming posts. In the meantime, I hope you all are well and take time to enjoy your day!

Belinda

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday – #498

Good morning to my crafty WOYWW friends! For those of you that aren’t familiar with WOYWW (What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday), head on over to Julia’s Stamping Ground and you will find desks from all around the world where we get to snoop on other crafter’s desks.

Hello my crafty friends! Wow, I can’t believe it’s almost time for the holidays. I wish it would slow down just a little. Today I will warn you is a heavy photo post. I thought I would share some of my Christmas decorations and of course my desk which is quite messy.

My desk has a lot of unfinished paper crafts and two new mini paper pads. I will finish assembling the lanterns tomorrow.

Above is one of the lanterns fully assembled with a light inside. It is so pretty. I decided to make a few of them.

I also added a 3D wall paper wall art to the display with my houses. I love cardinals and love how it pops against the white tree trunks.

We put up our Christmas tree late this year but I will keep it up through the New Year.

I love my black angel. I have had her for years and she makes me smile every time I see her.

Our Elf on the Shelf’s name is Jingle and he makes his way around the house up to Christmas.

Ok I must run. I have a nail appointment to see if someone can make my dried cracked hands and nails look pretty for the holidays.

I will visit desks later today and the rest of the week. Have a Happy Holiday!!

Belinda

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday – #496

Good morning to my crafty WOYWW friends! For those of you that aren’t familiar with WOYWW (What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday), head on over to Julia’s Stamping Ground and you will find desks from all around the world where we get to snoop on other crafter’s desks.

Hello friends! It’s a sunny morning here but bitterly cold. Great day to be inside reading or crafting — my two favorite things to do. I thought I would start off with a photo of one of my display shelves. I brought out my little village from last year for some holiday decor in my craft room. I love the simple white with a tiny touch of red and green. It makes me happy every time I pass by them.

The sunlight is making my photo have a funny glow to it. So my apologies up first. On my desk, you will see a pile of cardstock I bought on sale for a few silhouette projects. You can also see some little trees I found on sale at our local craft store that I intend on using with more little villages I will create on my Silhouette. I couldn’t decide which colors of the little trees I wanted but the sale price made it easy for me to buy them all.

On the right of the cardstock you can see a cute 3D art cut file I just cut on my silhouette. I want to put it on the shelf next to the little village. When I finish assembling it, I will share a photo. To the right of the cut files, you can see my last years score from Target — Christmas paper pads. They are so cute and they were only $3. I took them out to inspire me and use them to make something. You can also see some new Distress Oxide ink pads. I have yet to try them.

I am going to try to keep this brief so I can visit you ladies. I was terrible last week making my rounds because I was trying to finish my commission project(Which is complete and I will share some photos next week). So I shall make up for it now.

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful day!

Belinda

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