Happy New Year + January 2017 Printable Calendar

Happy 2017 friends.  It’s amazing what the simple turn of the calendar can do for us.  I do love the feeling of hitting the reset button and welcoming the fresh start that the new year ushers in.  If you’re looking to keep those important dates and goals organized – here’s a free printable January 2017 calendar sheet to get the new year started.  We’re sticking with a pretty, minimal, watercolor theme all year  – to keep things simple and clean.  Just click the below image to download and print, and then stick to a wall or tack on a board. And do come back monthly to grab the incoming month’s wall calendar sheet. january-2017-free-pretty-printable-calendarWishing you the very best of hope and peace and health and family.

Cheers to a new year in your hearts and homes.

xo

 

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Meaningful Gifts That Give Back

We can’t think of a better way to approach the holidays and the end of 2016 than in a socially conscious way.  Many of us have a new perspective this holiday season and hope to make our gifting more meaningful than ever.  We have suggestions for ways to touch the hearts of friends and loved ones with charitable gifts that give back and carry lasting impact.

Instead of material gifts that may soon be forgotten – invest in making a difference by supporting the volunteer rescue workers in Syria rushing to the scenes of bombings to pull people out from under the rubble and carry them to safety by donating in a loved one’s name to The White Helmets. Contribute to the International Rescue Committee to help save refugee families in crisis. Give the gift of helping struggling families lift themselves out of hunger and poverty – and send a girl to school through Heifer International.  Help CARE continue to save lives with food and emergency assistance, education and economic opportunity in places that need it most – and your funds will be MATCHED if you donate by December 31st – doubling your gifted impact.

If you’re looking to wrap up a gift invested in making a difference – check out these great options that give back below:

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Help light the path out of poverty for adolescent mothers in Chicago by purchasing a handcrafted candle from Bright Endeavors – a paid job training program providing critical guidance to help young moms secure quality employment.

Assist in ensuring a safe pregnancy and safe birth to every mother, everywhere, by making a donation to Every Mother Counts in a loved one’s name – or purchase a gift from their shop.  100% of net proceeds from this lovely Flat Clutch will be donated to Every Mother Counts.

Purchase an adorable ethically produced hand-knit doll crafted by Peruvian artisans from Cuddle + Kind, and ten meals will be provided to food insecure children, through the World Food Program USA.

Give the gift of cozy socks from Bombas knowing that for every pair purchased a pair will be donated to a homeless person in need. Best of all, the donated socks are engineered to meet the specific needs of people who don’t have the luxury of a clean pair of socks every day.

Consider gifting from Mercado Global and helping indigenous Guatemalan women to overcome poverty and become agents of change in their communities. Check out this beautiful Amanecer Pillow that draws inspiration from traditional handwoven techniques that originate from Comalapa, an artisan village in the Central Highlands of Guatemala.

Gift a Mini Kane STATE Bag and let your teeny-recipient know that their gift also provides a hand-delivered STATE bag loaded with essential tools for success to a child in need in the U.S.

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Design Tips to Update and Elevate the Living Room

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We’re excited to share a living room update in collaboration with Raymour & Flanigan who provided furniture and decor. Opinions, as always, are my own.  Like many families, we spend the majority of our time in the living room.  It’s where we decompress, host friends and family, and enjoy simply being together – cocooned between […]

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Adorable Hand Painted Christmas Ornaments Tutorial

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There’s something really wonderful about having homemade holiday touches in the home and gifting handmade gifts. Jen from Craftic walks us through a lovely painted Christmas ornament tutorial inspired by clear glass ornaments discovered at a local craft store. With paint, imagination, and fun finishing touches – these adorable DIY Christmas ornaments are the perfect […]

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On Holiday Hair + Fishtail Milkmaid Braids Tutorial

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This post is sponsored by Mirum Shopper.  Opinions and fun fishtail milkmaid braids hair tutorial are all my own. Thanks for reading! We’re one full week into December and are super excited to attend the first of many holiday parties this evening.  I think the entire family is feeling the distinct spirit that comes along […]

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On Small Wins and Fostering Confidence in Kids

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With a little flashlight clutched in his hand, I catch my six-year-old staying up past his bedtime, sounding out words in a book that is far beyond his reading level.  The same scenario plays out nearly every single night.  He wants more than anything to master the first book in a popular series that his […]

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