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    JAN 1 // Ring in the New Year! Happy 2018!

    JAN 2 // Pick a word for the New Year. Read about mine here.

    JAN 3 // Set budget and savings goals for the new year.

    JAN 4 // Set 5 attainable life goals. Set 3 long term goals. Read this post on goal setting. Or scratch goal setting and set up systems. Watch this video about systems.

    JAN 5 // Clean up and organzine files and photos on your computer. Back up everything!

    JAN 6 // Organize your email inbox. Get your inbox to zero.

    JAN 7 // Clean up and organize apps and photos on your phone.

    JAN 8 // Read one new book. I’m currently reading How to Murder Your Life” by Kat Marnell. So dramatic, so juicy, so good.

    JAN 10 // Get your refrigerator to look like this.

    JAN 11 //  Pick out a new planner. Here are some great planner organization ideas I put together for you!

    JAN 12 // Clean up and stow away Christmas decorations if you haven’t done so yet.

    JAN 13 // Try a new workout class.

    JAN 14 // Cook way more starting now. Meal planning and prepping are great, but just getting started is the key.  It’s far more motivating after you’ve done it once or twice. I’m using these two cookbooks to source new recipes. How Not to Die + Eat Love Real Food. Reevaluate your current diet, and try to implement changes you know are necessary.

    JAN 15 // Celebrate MLK jr. day by doing something Martin Luther King-esque for the people around you.

    JAN 16 // Take care of any gift returns.

    JAN 17 // Prune the trees in your yard if applicable. Get rid of any damaged, crowded, or dead limbs. This starts the preparations for the coming season.

    JAN 18 // Check out your 2018 horoscope here! Mine was creepily relevant.

    JAN 19  // Plan a date night with your special person.

    JAN 20 // Try tracking your steps with a pedometer and see how much walking you are actually doing throughout the day.

    JAN 21 // Begin collecting documents as they come in the mail to prepare for federal and state taxes. Cross your fingers for a good return!

    JAN 22 // Begin preparing for Valentine’s Day, especially if you have children. Sort out dinner plans and/or reservations, book a sitter if necessary, and purchase valentine’s for your children’s classroom celebrations. You can never prep for these things too early because just like Christmas, they sneak up too damn fast!

    JAN 23 // Restock any cold and flu supplies you may have used up over the holidays or prior. Trust me on this one. I can’t tell you how many times Harlow or Lu broke out in a fever and baby Tylenol was nowhere to be found. You don’t want to trek to the store amidst the chaos, so stay prepared! That was a tough lesson I had to learn a few times last year. Eek.

    JAN 24 // Schedule your yearly physical, as well as any other appointments you can make in advance. Whip out that brand new planner!

    JAN 25 // Update your resume or media kit (if applicable).

    JAN 26 // Begin brainstorming or planning any family vacations or trips you’ll be taking this coming year.

    JAN 27 // Start monitoring your water intake. I can almost guarantee you drink way less than you think.

    JAN 28 // Create a 2018 vision board, or refresh your vision board if you already have one.

    JAN 29 // Take an e-course on something that interests you!

    JAN 30 // Evaluate the top three problems or issues you are having in your life right now and begin making moves in order to resolve or improve their current state.

    JAN 31 // Pull out your V-day decor, and maybe even chocolate dip some strawberries! Prepare for the month of love!


    HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2018!

    Happy 2018! I’m watching Harry and the Hendersons, bringing the first day of the new year to a close. And now I’m also wondering, “what the hell does that say about how my year is supposed to go?!” May it be one for the books!



    This post has been in my drafts for days. I had a whole slew of posts lined up gearing us all up for the new year, but then I got hit with the flu, and man did I get hit hard. I felt like I had been hit by a semi truck. I’m pretty good with pain management, but this was something else. Dare I say I felt even worse than laboring and birthing 9 pound Harlow? It was bad. I must have taken 8 hot baths and showers in a 8 hour period to keep the body aches down. I couldn’t stomach anything, and I was useless. I didn’t even feel well enough to watch TV, scroll through my phone, or even sleep. It was terrible. I was lying in bed for the entire day, and at some points thought I was dying. Dramatic much? It hurt, to say the very least, but it did have some good that it brought. It was a huge reminder of how thankful I am to have my health. People, young and old, live with chronic pain, cancers, incurable diseases, and many other hurts, but I have my health and there isn’t a price I can put on that. I’m truly grateful for my well-being. And I am keeping all of you and yours in my heart and prayers now and in the coming new year!

    How is it NYE??? Yikes. It’s true what they say, time flies once you have kids. A few photos below from our Christmas! I hope yours was the best yet. I will have our yearly recap, and what to expect in 2018 up tomorrow (and the ledger too, of course)! And I may sound super “mom-ish” in saying this, but think about staying in and keep safe tonight. Pop all the bubbly and cheers to this new beginning, friends! Also, sorry for the grainy photos, my editing was well below par while I did this. Still recovering….100% tomorrow, I swear!
    Our “alberta spruce.” I cannot wait for the day when we get a real tree again, or at least a good fake that looks real, ha!Our stockings hung, and the advent calendar cleared out…The mini kraft paper wall!
    Our tiny kitchen and our favorite spot in it, the coffee bar.Our entryway.Seeing if Santa came!
    Checking if the reindeer ate their carrots we left at the front door…Opening gifts.
    Running around my dad’s warehouse.

    Another perfect Christmas, here and gone. I’m so excited for another year, and another chance to keep on keeping on, only this time even better than last ;).



    The end all, be all. The grand finale. Christmas shopping is officially done in the Wood household, and now begins the tracking of delayed packages, stalking of our mailbox, and getting to the wrapping. This is the last of the guides for this year, and between two toll road tickets and my health insurance lapsing on me out of nowhere, I’m actually really impressed I got these all out, and so quick, I mean, who am I these days??? 

    one. | Luca has an older version of this SLEEPING BAG and I had his name embroidered at the top. It’s so comfy and soft, we’ve definitely gotten such a fair share of use out of it, and it’s still going strong. I figured it’s time Harlow got one of his own. We love putting these out during movie night, or when we’re having a lazy day. Read more




    Miles here. I created the gift guide for men and dudes alike last year, and I’m back at it again. Ask and you shall receive…

    Christmas is a magical time in a man’s life when he just might get what he wants without putting forth much more effort than usual. For a change he may be heard by eager ears and unsuspectingly rewarded for his listing efforts. No matter the day of the year everyone deserves to get what they want. Let the gains begin… Read more



    The last of the gift guides are here! I already posted stocking stuffer ideas for HIM, HER, and LITTLE ONES, and tomorrow the big gift guide for him, authored by Miles, will go up! We’ll end our guides with ideas for the babies in your life, and then I’ll be back to the normal journaling and rambling! I hope you’ve enjoyed these little guides as much as I’ve loved putting them all together! I love that you can purchase everything from the comfort of your home, preferably your sofa. Amen to that, my friends. 

    ONE. A layering color block cardigan for days you you just wanna be cozy and cute. I love the bell sleeves on this one, and it’s on sale!

    TWO. Half the price of actual ugg slippers, but just as soft. Minnetonka makes such good shoes, and I’m in need of some new house slippers.

    THREE. This is basically an industrial grade steamer in disguise. I never thought I would love smoothing out wrinkles so much. It’s literally therapeutic to use.

    FOUR. A books are magic mug because they are!

    FIVE. Simple, yet sturdy phone case that won’t make your phone the size of Saturn.

    SIX. Is it only my phone that is constantly running out of power?!

    SEVEN. One for you, your sister, and your best friend! This is necessary!

    EIGHT. Coasters are king in our house. I’m not usually uptight about these types of things, but a perspiring glass on a wood surface legitimately gives me anxiety.

    NINE. Have you heard about dry brushing? I’ll do a post on it soon, but it’s the best thing I’ve added to my routine.

    TEN. A splurge, but one well worth it. I bought these shoes last Christmas and they are my favorite. They are so comfortable, and go with everything. I can’t believe how well they have held up in all I’ve put them through. Just trust me on this one.

    ELEVEN. This is a good bottle to have bedside or in your purse. I like spraying my pillow with it, or spraying the living room with it throughout the day.

    TWELVE. Brixton makes such good hats. I love the firm felt, and I’m definitely adding this fedora brimmed style to my collection.


    What are some of your favorite gifts to buy for yourself or the women in your life?