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Wow. When I wrote this last December I had no idea what the year would hold for us: Changes in the New Year

A Yiddish proverb says:

Man makes plans, and God laughs.

Here is what we did from our 2013 goals:

We are limiting eating out to one day a week. We did this.
We are taking our lunches to work. We made great progress on this.
We are keeping fruit and cut up veggies in the house. Much improved, but still a work in progress.

We are both committing to move more. We are parking further away from stores, taking the stairs when possible, and finding activities to do that involve physical activities. Hubby is joining a gym and I am getting up thirty minutes sooner so that I can Wii or treadmill in the mornings. Overall we get a B- on this. We did walk in two 5k’s this year, we have started using the treadmill and elliptical, and are more active, but we still have a way to go.

The hardest change I am making is to limit the amount of artificial sweeteners. I do love a diet Mountain Dew… too much. I know that my cutting caffeine and those fake sweeteners at the same time is not a good idea for those that I work with and love so coffee and a teaspoon of agave will keep me fueled up. I am also going to drink more water. Good ole plain water. Yuck. I get an F here. The change in our world set me back. Waaaay back. I have started drinking coffee with monk fruit sweetener and limiting soda to two cans a day. Most days. I am drinking more water.

This past year we sold a home, bought a home, moved into the lake house, moved out of the lake house, moved in to our new suburban home, started new jobs, attended our daughter and son in law’s wedding, and welcomed our son and daughter in law in our new home while they prepare to go overseas for a year of mission work.

It was a memorable year. We are tired. Exhausted. Hubby and I did manage to get some projects done at the lake house and our new home, but hopefully next year we will get a few more projects at both places complete.

We plan to update the master bedroom, finish the covered porch area, refurbish the deck, and get an outdoor shower in at Star Hill.

We are putting in sliding barn door at the burb home, fixing up the guest bath, and working on the back yard.

My personal word of the year is focus. I need to focus on what is important, focus on finishing projects, focus on my personal life, focus on finances, and focus on my relationships.

I am reading Dave Ramsey right now and plan to post one of these 20 things rich people do weekly so that we can get on track for retirement.

Visit his blog here: Dave Ramsey

The following 20 facts will be posted, one by one, weekly. I will have time to post them all twice during the year and re post the problem areas.

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1. 70% of wealthy eat less than 300 junk food calories per day. 97% of poor people eat more than 300 junk food calories per day.

2. 80% of wealthy are focused on accomplishing some single goal. Only 12% of the poor do this.

3. 76% of wealthy exercise aerobically four days a week. 23% of poor do this.

4. 63% of wealthy listen to audio books during commute to work vs. 5% of poor people.

5. 81% of wealthy maintain a to-do list vs. 19% of poor.

6. 63% of wealthy parents make their children read two or more non-fiction books a month vs. 3% of poor.

7. 70% of wealthy parents make their children volunteer 10 hours or more a month vs. 3% of poor.

8. 80% of wealthy make Happy Birthday calls vs. 11% of poor.

9. 67% of wealthy write down their goals vs. 17% of poor.

10. 88% of wealthy read 30 minutes or more each day for education or career reasons vs. 2% of poor.

11. 6% of wealthy say what’s on their mind vs. 69% of poor.

12. 79% of wealthy network five hours or more each month vs. 16% of poor.

13. 67% of wealthy watch one hour or less of TV every day vs. 23% of poor.

14. 6% of wealthy watch reality TV vs. 78% of poor.

15. 44% of wealthy wake up three hours before work starts vs. 3% of poor.

16. 74% of wealthy teach good daily success habits to their children vs. 1% of poor.

17. 84% of wealthy believe good habits create opportunity luck vs. 4% of poor.

18. 76% of wealthy believe bad habits create detrimental luck vs. 9% of poor.

19. 86% of wealthy believe in lifelong educational self-improvement vs. 5% of poor.

20. 86% of wealthy love to read vs. 26% of poor.

I also will be posting a Bible verse weekly in the laundry room.

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Man, do I have my work cut out for me here. In one year, I should be able to post them all two weeks and time to focus on the trouble areas an additional week.

I hope you and yours have a blessed new year.

I would love to hear your goals for the new year,

Blessings,

Karen

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7 Unconventional Christmas “Trees”

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Hubby and I went on an adventure to Spring Texas to see the Christmas décor at Main Street America.  Those folks are genius!  They have figured out a way get people to pay to look at model homes and sell the furniture that they stage the homes with in a furniture store on site.  We barely made it to the last night of the Christmas on Main Street event.  I will, by tonight have photos of the Christmas trees and décor up by the end of the night on My Burb Home, which is my other blog.  But, here are several “Trees” I fell in love with and plan to attempt to replicate next year.

For the Weekend Home:

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stick and wire christmas tree

I love this stick and wire wall tree.  Hubby wants to make ours out of barbed wire. I do not however, want the creepy figure hanging from the top.

Stacked Log Tree
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What an easy tree to make for a small space! Perfect for our little home.

Wood Parts Trees

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I am not sure what to call these three trees, but one is made from wood discs, one from wood chips, and one from bark. They will be perfect at the lake house.
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For My Burb Home

stick and ball tree
I love the simplicity of this Mod Podged frame filled with balls. Some are covered with twine, some with decoupage, some with natural materials. You will see a large one of these in the odd space in our hallway next year. Think sheet music here.

For School

It is all going to be about books next year at school.

Book Pages Tree
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book pages Christmas Tree

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What a simple idea. Tear pages from books and attach them to a tree form. I think mine will be tea stained.

Book Tree
A tree from books. I LOVE THIS!
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Finally, there were two other trees I am not sure where they will end up, but I will be looking for the parts to make them.

Ball Tree
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Ball Tree

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I will be looking for random balls to make look like these at resale and garage sales this year to make these. I really like the look.

Starfish Christmas Tree
I am in love with these trees. I know a ton of folks with beach houses, so if I find cheap starfish, I will be making one of these… just because they are fun.
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starfish Chrismas Trees

San Jacinto County Christmas Open House

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For the fifth year my buddy, the social planner, and I got to go on our annual snoop visit of beautiful homes located in San Jacinto county. The home tour is a scholarship fundraiser for students in San Jacinto county.

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Three years ago, our Farkle group started going with us. Each year is a different group of homes, usually geographically grouped. San Jacinto county is the smallest county in the great state of Texas so the location is never more than 30 minutes from our home, Star Hill. The first unofficial stop this year was a trip to the social planner’s house. We met up, toured her home and loaded up for the tour after yummy chili and chicken noodle soup.

We have such a tiny speck of a home in San Jacinto County that I tend to forget there are million dollar homes around us. I really enjoyed the tour this year. All the homes were in Cape Royale, a gated neighborhood about four miles from our near the lake house.

Stop number one-  I was so excited to get started I did not get a photo of the outside.  This is the only one I missed.

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There were four trees in this house. I have pictures of two of them. I liked this one because it was so different.
laundry room decorated
I really liked how they used the cabinet doors in the laundry room for Christmas card display.
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Even the dog got into the act.
scrapbooking room
The home owners are weekenders, like us… well not exactly like us… their home is huge. The owner has her own scrapbooking room at the house. She had some of her scrapbooks out for us to see.
angel tree

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I liked how they took all the dishes out of the china cabinet and put in a village.

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The second home on the tour was huge. We were greeted by a gigantic flagpole turned into a light tree. Oh, and four bronze life-sized horses.

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Here is the front of the house.

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I really liked the burlap wreaths in all the windows. I have the pictures from inside too.

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I wasn’t the only one taking photos.

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What a great idea to wrap burlap around the bottom of vase.

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I love the dining room here.
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There is a saying up at the lake that if you are lucky enough to live by the lake, you are lucky enough. I agree.

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My Christmas cactus is blooming too. I love how they decorated around their cactus.

House Three
On our way to house three we spotted these deer.
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The front of house three.

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I really liked this house.
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The front door was beautiful.

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The owners are not even weekenders. They come when the kids and grandkids can hang out. They traveled all over the world with Exxon before retiring. The owner was a CPA with the oil company. I had no idea a CPA could make this kind of money.

house three back porch
The owners have a view of Pine Island out their back. One day I will have to take you all there.

pine island house three

metal joy sign
This JOY sign is the perfect mix of rustic and modern.

wreath in kitchen
Above the kitchen vent.

copper sink
I would love to have this kitchen sink. In my real-life, every day home.

master bedroom

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beautiful door

house three pool
I love the pool looking out on the lake.

workout room sink
This was the sink in the workout room bath. wow.

outdoor fire pit
This fire pit looks like fun. I hope it gets used.

House Four
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This was my favorite home.

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Here is our group. The owner took our photo.

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village in bookcase

house four living room
What a peaceful room.

Christmas bedspread
I loved this vintage bedspread.

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christmas dining room
I liked the dining room.
House five
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You finally made it to house five. Almost done.

front porch
I really liked this home owner. They are getting ready to retire here, but still weekenders.

black and green christmas
What a pretty table setting.

table up close

tree in wagon
This wagon was her father’s. He used it to take the grandkids on rides. What a special way to honor him.

vintage aluminum tree
This is a real vintage aluminum tree. Did you grow up with this type tree?

ready for company
This house is designed to hold a ton of folks.

ginger bread house
The owner even made a gingerbread house.

Thanks for coming on the tour with us. The houses were beautiful.

Open House at the Rockin’ F Ranchito

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My buddy, The Social Planner, went all out for Christmas. She has an amazingly talented niece who made all the decorations. Follow along as I take you on a tour of her beautiful home.  This past weekend this was the first stop on our home tour.  I am crazy about her beautiful home this holiday season, an am so proud of her for all the hard work creating her forever home.

The Front Porch-
Out on the Rockin’ F the front porch looks out on horses, a red dirt-dead end road, and the most beautiful scenery you can imagine. I love that the porch looks as good as the scenery around it. What a welcoming front porch.  The photos below are of the social planner and her sweet niece in law who created the decorations.  I caught Claudia putting the wreath up she brought with her Sunday.  In the future I am going to interview her.  She has been creating Christmas décor for 10 years and decorated 30 + homes this season.  She still has a few homes to touch up for holiday parties but is really almost finished.  She has a lot to teach me.

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Yes, that view is for real off the social planner’s front porch.  I love looking at the pond and the horses.  The tree line is beautiful.

The Family Room-
Wow! An amazing tree, decorated with Texas themed items. There are stars, boots, rope, and burlap on this tree.

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The mantle is beautiful.

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There is a Santa collection. The cowboy Santa was added this year.

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The buffet is so sweet.

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I really like the dining table and decorated chandelier.  The dishes have pine cones on them.

My buddy has the best kitchen on the planet.

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The Back Porch
This is without a doubt my favorite place on The Rockin F. The back porch is beautiful, peaceful and is a great place to get away from the world. For Christmas, the social planner purchased a stocking for all the grown ups in the family and had them embroidered locally. They are a thick tweed plaid and have a burlap top. The outdoor fireplace looks so beautiful with the mantle decorated.
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If you are ever in Coldspring stop by the social planner’s house. She loves company.

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