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

Happy New Year!!!

Hello Everyone! It’s been way too long since we’ve been together. I had every intention of writing and posting January 2nd but I was overwhelmed with vacation laundry, meal planning and now our first winter storm which was a blizzard that dumped over a foot of snow with below freezing temps and school canceled for two days. So I have been a little preoccupied. First, an update on our master bedroom renovation… The walls have been painted, crown molding has been installed, we bought a new bed frame, bought and installed new window blinds and a ceiling fan. Now I am going to slow down and slowly add accent items and new side tables. We will also be adding a new seating area. I am trying to be mindful and not just rush through the process. I have to say, the clutter-free room feels great. When I go to bed at night I am truly in an oasis. Even if I still have some purging to do in the rest of the house, I feel great about our bedroom.

We spent our Christmas and New Year’s vacation with my in-laws and had so much fun. We worked on puzzles. My sister-in-law thought we weren’t’ challenged enough so she even ordered and had an additional puzzle shipped to us. The boys didn’t want to do it so Leao and I along with his parents took up the task with gusto!While at my in-laws home we had amazing food, shared funny stories and played a lot of game playing. We even had a few days of football to watch. I feel blessed that we live close to them so our kids have grown up with them in their lives.  I know as they get older, they will want to do other things with their time but right now, they are just as thrilled to go as my husband and I.  They even had some quality time with one of their aunt and uncle too.We love board games but one that my youngest hadn’t played the original Monopoly. He’s played the newer version called Monopoly Empire and he has played it on the Xbox but it’s not the same. So this year, we brought it out and let me tell you, it was priceless watching Apollo as his collection of properties grew and had the opportunities to buy houses. He absolutely loved it. He also won which made it even sweeter for him.The snacks my mother-in-law made were so yummy. I think I ate a dozen while watching football and my pants are now reminding me of the indulgence.I still enjoy taking photos of everyone even though its been years since I have created a scrapbook. Later each day, I send some photos to the family that could not attend so they can share in the celebrations virtually.Some years, we have big gatherings when more family can attend but even when it’s a small group we have fun and I know the memories will last forever.

I have so many exciting things to come in 2018 for this website. I can’t wait to share them with you and to connect to see how you are doing.

So have a blessed day and come on back!

Belinda

Happy New Year!!!

Hello Everyone!! I hope you had a wonderful holiday and vacation. I had a great time. I spent it with family and tried to cherish every minute. The boys loved spending more time with family and of course receiving some gifts.

So many plans are rushing through my head for this new year. I am currently working on some designs for new product lines for Belinda’s Crafts and will be sure to keep you posted when I release them.

I am also working on redesign concepts for this blog and some restructuring.

I already made one change, by adding a new link from the main page directly to Belinda’s Book Nook. Look up on the top navigation bar.  I did this because I noticed I really read a lot last year and want to share more of my book happenings with you all. However, for my book blog friends, it will be easier for them to navigate directly to my book blog with a direct link. It can also be accessed on the right sidebar in the categories box but I find some people aren’t aware and don’t use that navigation as much. So I will be restructuring to make this blog more simple to navigate.

I also will be flushing out a new posting schedule that will include a lot more content in the three main areas of this site:

  • Blog –  Where I will post general stuff and family happenings as well as my thoughts on things.
  • Project –  This will include much of the crafty happenings including but not limited to: Silhouette Sunday, Cardmaking, Creative Play, Copic Coloring, Hauls, Project Life, Product announcements
  • Book Nook – This is where I will have all things book related including but not limited to: Reviews, Hauls and other weekly features.

I hope you all are well and I look forward to another amazing year!

Have a blessed day!

Belinda

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