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6 Weeks Later and the Jar of Positivity

I’ve been away from my blog for about 6 weeks.  I’ve never taken a break quite that long before, not even when I gave birth to my son just over a year ago.

Even while I was away, my little blog generated lots of hits and I’m so thankful to all my readers for continuing to check out my blog!  Thank you!

Two Big Changes

Since I’ve been away, a few things have changed in my daily routine.  First, we added a new member to our family in the form of a live-in nanny for my son.  She’s great and my son fell in love with her almost immediately.  I couldn’t be more thankful for that.

Second, I returned to work in the office on a full-time basis.  I had dreaded this particular change for months, only to find out that it wasn’t half bad.  I’m enjoying having something else to do during the day and I still get to spend a few hours with my little boy each night when I get home.  I definitely feel lucky that the transition has been so smooth for all of us.

At first, I had no idea how I would make time for my skin care experiments.  Yet, in the past few weeks, I’ve managed to whip up batches of vapo rub, belly butter, and homemade deodorant.  Phew!  I’ve even been experimenting with new waxes.  It’s all about balance and now, I’m sure I’ll continue to find time for my skin care products.

The Jar of Positivity

To help my family kick-start this year, we decided to try something new.  We have introduced the Jar of Positivity.  I got this idea from a post I saw on Facebook and I loved it. Basically, we can write down anything that makes us smile or happy  on a little piece of paper and then stuff it into the jar.  We’ll save all the notes until the end of the year and then read them around Christmas time.  To be honest, I’m not sure that “Positivity” is actually a word.  Nonetheless, for 2014, it is in our household!

"Jar of Positivity"

“Jar of Positivity”

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Beautiful Blogger and Very Inspiring Blogger Awards

I am honoured.  I have been nominated once again for two blogger awards.  Thank you to Barbara over at Life in the Foothills for the nominations!  She was kind enough to name my blog for the Beautiful Blogger Award and the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.  Thank you!

Beautiful Blogger Award

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Now there are rules for these awards. They are:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.

2. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you. – Thanks again to Barbara over at Life in the Foothills!  Please go check out her blog.  You won’t be disappointed!

3. State 7 things about yourself.

  • I love to cook and create, both food and skincare products.
  • I love to read.
  • I am a new mom of a delightful 5-month old.
  • I love to spend time in the mountains.
  • I am desperately trying to learn Spanish.
  • I love to volunteer my time.
  • My favorite sound is my son’s giggle.

4. Nominate 7-15 bloggers for this award and notify those bloggers of the nomination.  I am nominating these 9 blogs for these awards. I have enjoyed following every single one of them and I hope you will too!

Pixi Wishes and Forehead Kisses 

What Tina Loves

kjandersen

LatinoLook

Beauty Expression by Luchessa

The Haute Frugalista

Jessiker Bakes

Fit and Beyond 40

Mrs Gaeul