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Happy New Year!

Today is New Year’s Eve! I just cannot get over how fast this year went. It literally flew. Our Christmas was amazing, and actually this whole year was great. We have a lot to be thankful for and we are extremely blessed.

2017 New Years Resolutions! Great printable! 2017 New Years Resolutions! Great printable!

I always like to take time at the end of the year to reflect on the past year and evaluate how things are going. I’ve always been a big goal setter! I set goals every month. But I also do goals for the year, too! I think it’s so fun to look back on the year and see how much things have grown and changed.

2017 New Years Resolutions! Great printable!

Here were my LAST YEAR’s resolutions.

A place I want to visit// New York 

*Yes!!! We went to new york a few weeks ago and it was amazing!

I’m going to work harder at// Taking evening walks with the family

*Eh, still gotta do this more. I take walks daily with Gracie, but not so much with the whole fam.

A habit I’m going to break// Playing on my phone before bed (I’m the worst at this!!)

*Oh gosh. I’m the worst. I literally play on my phone for like 30 minutes to an hour at night.

A project I will finish// Organizing Gracie’s outgrown clothes (may shed a tear while doing this)

*Definitely checked this one off multiple times. As of right now, everything is organized and old clothes are donated!

Something new I want to learn// Photography + videography!

*WOW! I can’t believe this was my goal last year. I literally spend the whole year learning photography and videography, and now actually make a living out of it. Goals are POWERFUL, people.

I will save money by not// Wasting food (I always forget to eat leftovers…)

*I can honestly say I have gotten better!

A food I want to eat more of// Green smoothies!

* I think I have like one a month. So …. that’s some improvement.

I want to wear more// Earrings (LOL! for real though!)

*I still don’t wear earrings.

And now my resolutions for this year!

2017 New Years Resolutions! Great printable!

2017 New Years Resolutions! Great printable!

To download the free printable, just click here or on the photo below. Take some time to fill out your 2017 resolutions and hang it some place where you look every day.

2017 New Years Resolutions! Great printable!

Christmas Eve Eve Tradition!

Christmas Eve Eve Traditions!

Christmas Eve Eve Traditions!

Merry Christmas Eve Eve! This is an important day for my family. We’ve celebrated Christmas Eve Eve ever since I was little. It’s a day I would always look forward to as a kid, and now I get to share the same traditions with my daughter Gracie!

When we were little, I would always go over to my cousin Rachel’s house on Christmas Eve Eve. Rachel is just about the same age as me, so we always loved being together! On Christmas Eve Eve every year, we would drink hot chocolate and my Aunt Sharon – who I called Auntie Shar – would read us the BEST Christmas books. She had the greatest reading voice and I can still remember it to this day. Sadly, my Auntie Shar passed away a little more than 10 years ago. So every year on Christmas Eve Eve, I take time to remember her and the lasting effects she had on my life!

Christmas Eve Eve Traditions!
Christmas Eve Eve Traditions! Christmas Eve Eve Traditions!
Christmas Eve Eve Traditions!
Christmas Eve Eve Traditions!

This year, I got a package in the mail from my Uncle Gary and the Kershner Family (THANK YOU!!!!!). Inside was a bunch of hot chocolate packages and a book all wrapped up with the words “Don’t Open until Christmas Eve Eve”. I was SO excited to receive this gift. Honestly, it was one of the most heartfelt gifts I ever got! The card inside said “to help keep the tradition”. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do! Every year on Christmas Eve Eve, I will read a book with my Gracie girl about the true meaning of Christmas while we drink hot chocolate! & I will always think of my Auntie Shar 🙂

Christmas Eve Eve Traditions!

Christmas Eve Eve Traditions!

Christmas Eve Eve Traditions!

Christmas Eve Eve Traditions!

Christmas Eve Eve Traditions!

Christmas Eve Eve Traditions!

Christmas Eve Eve Traditions!

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Annual Cookie Bake-A-Thon

Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations!

I’m so excited to share some photos from our Annual Cookie Bake-A-Thon! Every year, we come together as a family to celebrate a day full of cookies and fun. Ever since I was a kid, and I think even since my mom was a kid, we’ve been baking Christmas cookies. We still use one recipe that my grandma used to make: the chocolate chip. Now that Gracie is old enough to participate (and even try the cookies!), this tradition takes on a whole new meaning for me! We had so much fun!

Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations! Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations!

Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations! Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations! Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations!

Here are Gracie’s Grandmas hard at work scooping chocolate chip cookies onto the pans!
Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations! Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations! Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations!

Auntie Kaity (Gracie called her tata) has also been adopted into the annual cookie baking day! See those peppermints and hershey kisses in front of us? Every year we have a race to see who can open them the fastest! So fun. Kaity won the peppermint challenge. I won the hershey kiss one.

Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations! Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations! Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations!

It takes a lot of supplies on our cookie day.

Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations! Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations! Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations! Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations!

Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations!

Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations!

Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations!

Here’s my mom and I in our christmas aprons! I’m so thankful for my mom (+ dad!) for always having traditions growing up. They made every season so much fun. Now I have things that I’m passing down to Gracie and it just makes life SO sweet!

Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations! Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations! Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations! Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations!

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Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations! Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations!

We baked ALLLLLL day. From 1 to like 6, I think. When we finally finished our recipes, it was dark outside! It truly is an all day event.

Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations! Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations! Christmas Tradition of baking Christmas cookies! Such an adorable tradition to pass down the generations!

OUR RECIPES:

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Scotchies

Peppermint Blondies

Peanut Butter Blossoms

What traditions does your family celebrate during the holidays? Comment below! I’d love to hear.

Here’s a behind the scenes look at our cookie Bake-A-Thon!