The New Year. New Ideas. New Projects.

Happy New Years everyone! Our first project of the new year, is a new bench to go at the end of our bed.  It’s another furniture flip- a $30 coffee table from a second hand store.  It’ll be a nice spot to set pillows when we are going to bed.  I am guilty of occasionally throwing the decorative pillows on the floor.

The kid and the keg jig
Get the kids involved

While John teaches Emma how to use a small kreg jig, I made my go to muffin recipe.  Way back in 2015, I promised to email a handful of people this recipe.  Sorry I never got that email out guys! Scroll down for the recipe on the bottom of this post.

Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Walnut Muffins
Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Walnut Muffins

While eating muffins and watching Emma and John work on the bench,  I jotted down a list of things I’d like to focus on in 2016.  I’m calling this my focus list.  I don’t usually make resolutions because I think they are hard to keep.  Instead, I made this list and brainstormed ways I could make daily adjustments within my life.  A few things that made it on My Focus List:

  • Be more decisive. Practice saying NO personally and professionally
  • Simplify, slow down, purge
  • Delegate more to the kids and allow them to assist in more daily tasks
  • Plan regular family dates and couple dates
  • Carve out some “me” time

Part of these daily changes are really hard for me, like the “me” time.  I have this ridiculous guilt that creeps up on me if I don’t share that time with others.  The me time is always there- I think I just don’t allow myself to utilize it.  I give that time away.


My reflections were briefly interrupted when Emma tripped and crashed into the corner of the bench she was working on.  Olivia enjoyed eating the frozen peas off of her head.  There’s always time to stop and kiss booboos.

Sorry for the grainy iPhone pictures!

Eating the Frozen Peas

We are blessed and grateful.  Have a wonderful 2016!  I’ll post pictures of the new bench soon ( :


Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Walnut Muffins:

1 c flour

1 1/4 c quick oats

1 can pumpkin

3 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1/4 c applesauce

1/2 c brown sugar

1 c milk

1 egg

cinnamon and pumpkin spice

Top with dark chocolate chips and walnuts.  I use the large muffin tins and bake for 18 minutes in a 400 degree oven.  You probably only have to do 12-15 if using the smaller muffins pans.



My name is Amanda and I love to write about my home and family. It's a little chaotic here sometimes but it's a beautiful kind of chaos, the kind where sticky little children giggle and scream and make fairy trails with glitter in the living room. I'm an RN, mother of three amazing girls, and the wife of the most hard working and loving husband, John. Follow the trail of glitter and sawdust and you might find us there.

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