Hey y’all! I guest posted over at The Pen and the Needle today for weekly blessings! Go check it out!
Sometimes, I’m at a loss as to what to actually write about. I think it has to do something with that it takes me so long to actually gather my thoughts when writing. I want the post to be perfectly organized, but it just ends up making writing harder for me! I love writing and I don’t want to make it harder than it should be! So, with that I’m introducing Stream of Mind. Basically it could be called a brain dump, but I didn’t want to call it that because it sounds horrible. Here’s what’s on my mind…
I’m watching the Australian Open. I used to not be interested in tennis, but I find it fun to watch now that I started playing occasionally. I’m not a huge fan of the Williams sisters, but I’m kind of pulling for Serena to win the women’s final. Although I would like to see Madison Keys win as well. Too bad I’m watching them play each other right now!
I really like Star Trek Deep Space 9. We have been watching it on Netflix over the past few months.
I’m starting Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred as soon as I get it. I bought it on Amazon yesterday along with season 7 of How I Met Your Mother and Mr. RCGG’s Valentine’s Day gift.
Speaking of Valentine’s Day… I have been trying to figure out something fun to do for Mr. RCGG and I think I know what that is now! I’ll post about it next month since he reads my blog sometimes! I don’t want to give away the surprise too early! Haha! Sorry babe!
I want to be on a beach right now! I’m so tired of this back and forth warm then cold weather! I want to be walking along the beach and playing in the waves.
I have been looking for a cute workout headband so that I don’t have to keep borrowing Mr. RCGG’s. I bought him a couple of Under Armor ones for Christmas and he says he doesn’t mind me borrowing one, but I’d like to have my own anyway.
I’m joining my friend, Johanna from Our Joyful Home for the Happy Monday linkup! This is the very first one and I’m so excited to watch it grow!
I have made the word Dreams my word of 2015! I have had so many ideas for RCGG in the past that I haven’t gone through with yet! This is the year that I am finally going to do them!
Baking post. Once a month I’ll be baking something and post the recipe with step by step pictures
Weekly life post. Once a week I will post about the daily life in a recap post
Newsletter. I have wanted to get a newsletter for RCGG going for quite some time, but just haven’t done it
Decor Inspiration. Gallery walls, bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens I find on other blogs or Pinterest. Feature one room a month and show three different styles during the week.
Craft Archives. Share a past craft every other week on Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, and RCGG.
Travel Posts. Write more about our trips. Post a recap after each one.
Faith Based. Write more devotional based posts. Become more open to talking about Faith
Finding the Good Posts. Kind of like House of Rose Blog’s Stop and Smell the Roses. Find the good in something and post about it.
Favorites of the Week. Take pictures of random things throughout the week and write a favorites of the week post on Fridays using the pictures. Share pictures during the week on Instagram with #RCGGlife2015
These are my DREAMS for the blog this year! I am so happy to get started on this and many other dreams I have made over the last few years!
Have a happy Monday!
Hey y’all! As you might remember I was participating in a fitness group over the holidays! I didn’t do that great completing it, but I did make somewhat of a progress. I still have to work on some things in 2015 so I’m doing another round of Couch25K with my niece! She has done a 5K before and I know she can help get me motivated!
I may not have done too well in the fitness part of this program, but I think I did very well in the faithful to God part of the program! Every day I would check in with the Facebook group and pray for members during the day! This was one of my favorite parts of this program! I felt like I got to know people and that they were cheering me on as I was cheering them on!
If you have made a fitness goal for 2015 I encourage you to check out this program! Faithful Finish Lines helped me get a little bit of a head start for my goal of a 5K in 2015! Go to the website below and register for the program!
coupon code: FFLJan2015
With this code, you get a $10 off discount for any program you choose
New program: January 5th-February 21st
I hope you had a great Christmas! I’m working on a Christmas recap and a 2014 recap that I hope to have up by next week!
Every year, people make resolutions for the coming new year! I don’t like to use the word resolution so I make goals instead! I have been making a list throughout the past week for things I want to do or work on for 2015. I have two lists. One for the blog and one for myself. Today, I’ll share my 2015 blog goals!
As for my blogging goals for 2015, I’m going to post more! It has taken me a week and half to write this post! I have had a bit of a blogging blah since right before Christmas! I think I’m out of this blah though because I have worked on two posts in a few hours!
I also want to get a little more exposure for the RCGG Facebook page. I know this is a tough thing to do, but I’m SO close to 200 likes. That was my goal for the end of 2014 and I came so close to but didn’t end up with it! Maybe by the end of January!
Another blog goal I have for 2015 is to get some pictures for my about me page done! My brother in law is an aspiring photographer and he did our wedding pictures!
Somewhere during 2014, I got of crafting! I plan to make that come back for 2015 with some fun projects! One project has to do with a shutter and spray paint!
Do you make resolutions or goals for a new year?
It seems that in the blogging world you are supposed to come up with a word for the upcoming year! I saw it all over the blogosphere this time last year. I thought I would participate this year!
There are some things that I have always wanted to do! Things I have wanted to do, but just haven’t taken the time to do them! You could call them dreams and that’s why my word for 2015 is DREAMS! I want to make these dreams realities.
I will post more about these dreams as 2015 progresses! I hope you have a very blessed 2015!
Today I am sharing my favorite Christmas traditions with you!
My mom made sure that our stockings were always the best memory of Christmas. She would always put some a toy, candy, ornament, an apple, and an orange in my stocking! The ornament was usually the latest Hallmark Wizard of oz ornament and this is a tradition my husband has continued!
Another of my favorite Christmas traditions was that we didn’t put gifts under the tree until Christmas Eve. My parents did this because when I was a baby I would roll around under the tree and unwrap things. Also they didn’t want to run the risk of me unwrapping things when I got older. So I still find it weird when I see gifts under the tree before Christmas.
I always loved going to Christmas Eve service at my church too! It was always a special service and just knowing the reason we were there was to celebrate Jesus made it even more special! One of my favorite parts of this service was hearing O Holy night sung by Eric. He is an opera singer and that song always gave me chills when I heard him sing it. I still miss it! Last year my mom called me from the church choir party and left me a voice mail of him singing it! I still have it saved on my phone!
Anyways, at the end of the service, we all take communion, take a candle, and make a circle around the whole sanctuary. When everyone has taken communion our pastor lights his candle and we pass the flame around the entire church singing Silent Night. We started out in the dark, but on that silent night many many years ago we found the LIGHT OF THE WORLD!
After Christmas Eve service we would go over to my grandma’s house to “carol” to her! We would sing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer as loud and obnoxiously as we could complete with a chorus line! She always said she hated it, but we know she secretly LOVED it.
On Christmas morning, we would open presents at home. We would also go to my grandma’s house to open presents there and have breakfast. My mom usually made a breakfast casserole to take over and we would have that and hot chocolate.
One of my favorite Christmas memories is the year I got my Ollie Belle. I woke up at about six in the morning because I swear I heard a cat meowing. My parents told me I was crazy and to go back to sleep. About an hour later I heard it again. They decided that it was time to open presents then. I wasn’t allowed to go to the living room before them so I waited until they were ready. I came out and my mom was sitting in the chair with my Belle! Fifteen years later she is still my favorite Christmas gift!
Another favorite Christmas tradition is driving around town the Friday before Christmas to see all the lights!
One of Mr. RCGG’s favorite Christmas movies is A Christmas Story. Fun fact about the movie: It was released in November 1983 the day AFTER my husband was born! He always watches the marathon showing of it on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! My parents gave him this for Christmas a few years ago!
I collect nativities! I think they are beautiful and tell the story of what Christmas is all about in such a simple way!
Also in the above picture is my wreath I made several years ago. This year I took off the darker red flowers and moved the others around a bit.
There are so many traditions that I want to keep going for our future children and so many that I want to start for them! Like starting tomorrow night, Mr. RCGG and I will hang our stockings on Christmas Eve. I want to do this with our future children and tuck them into bed after leaving cookies for Santa! Another thing I want to start with our children is similar to Elf on the Shelf. Instead of the elf coming in every morning and leaving to report to Santa I want to do something with the 3 Wise Men. I’m going to take a children’s play set nativity and hide the wise men every night until they finally find Baby Jesus on Christmas morning.
I think having traditions for holidays are so important to instill in your family. They create so many memories and are so much fun to keep going even when you have moved away from home.
What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions?
Are you having an action packed December? We certainly are here in the RCGG house! With Christmas coming very soon we have been busy with our Ebay store! Every day we have had many items to package up to mail the next day! It is a very busy season for us. Usually we have anywhere from ten to thirty items daily! In addition to our holiday work schedule we have our extra fun things we are doing this month. This weekend we are going to a civil war reenactment at Fort McCallister. It was where General Sherman ended his march to the sea. The weekend before Christmas is when we drive around town to look at Christmas lights. There’s this house in our subdivision that has the lights and music synced thing going on! I’ll talk a video of it and post it for you! It’s really cool! Decorating like that is my dream!
Are you ready for this week’s link up? Here’s the feature photo Dawn made for us this week! You can check out our The Southern Special Pinterest board to see the links.
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Link up to three posts
Visit at least two other posts
Above everything else HAVE FUN!!
Please oh please enter my giveaway! It’s the third link in today’s link up! It ends Friday and so far there haven’t been any entries! I’m giving away a full set of my holiday printables, a custom teething necklace from Trendy Mommy Designs, and a custom set of milestone blocks from Birthday Blocks. Just follow the rules on the giveaway widget! Good luck! =)
The winner of the giveaway is Jessica Spencer! Thank you to everyone who entered! I’m looking forward to another giveaway soon! Have a great holiday season! =)
It’s time for Santa’s Great Giveaway!!! Please take a moment to enter and tell your friends about this great giveaway! One person will win one teething necklace from Trendy Mommy Designs, a set of milestone blocks from Birthday Blocks, and one set of ALL holiday printables from Random Crafty Georgia Girl. Winner will be chosen on December 12.