This Christmas, I hosted a vegan potluck at my home. The food was wonderful, but there was definitely far more of it than the six of us in attendance could eat in a day. Excess, even for those who are mindful about it, tends to go hand in hand with the holiday season. Be it extra food, old electronics, wrapping paper, greeting cards, holiday decor or old toys, I would reckon that each and every one of us has something that we need to clear out.
I'm not a big fan of making New Year's resolutions. I'd like to think that it's because there's not much room for improvement. But in reality, by mid-January, my goals of shopping less, cutting carbs, or calling mom more often, are distant memories.
At the turn of the year, I find a yearning to get down and dirty in my home. I typically make sure that three major cleaning tasks get done, allowing me to feel like I'm starting off with a really clean slate. Even when I don't have time for a full deep clean, if I can manage to accomplish these three things I feel like I'm doing well.
It's the month for New Year's resolutions and we're always delighted when technology can aid in achieving our goals for the year. Nike+ is one of our favorite sport technology inventions to improve our running performance. All you soccer players may be interested in the Adidas miCoach app that syncs with the chip in their f50 soccer cleats to track your performance on the field.
Did you jot down some New Year's resolutions this year? In case you are lazy, aka a slacker, like myself, I didn't necessarily commit to any. Instead, I made realistic goals that are centered around the home.
My typical January 1 usually starts with a mimosa and/or a hangover, but 2012 is different. Instead, I cleaned my toilet. On the list of Things I Want To Do, scrubbing the commode is just above bathing the cats (and only because the latter ends in bloodshed — mine). So besides being a literal fresh start for my bathroom, why was it important that I spend part of the holiday wielding a toilet brush instead of a champagne flute?
If you're contemplating your overflowing recycling bin, thinking to yourself that there's nothing sadder than an empty Champagne bottle, it might be the time to comfort yourself with a sweet little craft project. Champagne may disappear in the twinkle of an eye, but a darling chair made from the bottle's wire cage will preserve the memories forever.
I've never been much for new year's resolutions. Choosing the first day of a year to vow that I'll quit eating so many sweets or get my butt to the gym more often seems somewhat implausible to me. (That's what birthdays are for!) Instead of resolutions, I'm making a list of intentions for 2012.
The new year has arrived, and with it, a bit of culture shock: back to work, back to reality, back to a reasonable amount of cookies. It can be rough. At the end of my workday on December 26th, I fake-whined to my co-workers, "I haven't had any Champagne all day!"- then went home and had a glass. It's important not to shock the system...