2016 Resolutions

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New Years Resolutions

Resolutions can often feel cliched and over done but this year I wanted to commit to 3 specific and thought out goals. Many times I write down my goals from the coming years and then forget about them for the next 364 days. With this short and more detailed list I feel that I will be more equipped to accomplish the tasks I set out for myself. So here they are 3 ways that I want to do better by 2016, to make it a great year for me and those I am surrounded by.

 

Live more simply.

In 2016 I want to make it a priority to live more simply. This past year I have started to feel the weight of all the stuff that we humans like to make a priority. I felt I always wanting more material things, thinking that they if I could just purchase that one thing my life would be so much better or change so drastically. Relying on stuff, material and worldly stuff, to fix my life and make me happy is not a way that I want to live. Material things have come between my relationship with God and my relationship with people. So in 2016 I pledge to make a change, I want to put my hope in the Lord, in people, and in love, not the stuff I can buy with my tip money.

 

Give more. 

Give more of my time, attention, love, money, and just give more. The world today is so focused on ME, me time and self care and treat yourself. The world says “give to yourself you deserve it”, I have bought into this lie and I have paid for it, really making myself a priority in my life only made my life harder. Giving myself a break from studying and homework when I really hadn’t deserved it or needed it, caused me to do worse in school and not learn from my instructors.  Buying myself things on a whim because I deserved it and it is my money became a big burden not only did I spend money things I didn’t need but I felt I missed many opportunities to bless others. In 2016 I want pull myself out of the center of my world. I deeply regret all the time wasted on myself in 2015 that could have been spent with my family or friends being present and enjoying the wonderful things about others. Giving more to others and experience blessings that way is something that I missed in 2015 and do not want to let slip away in 2016.

 

Learn everyday. 

I want to always be learning new things. This resolution could manifest as simply as picking up a new hobby like sewing or knitting but it could also be on a grander scale. I want to grow deeper in knowledge about the world around me which the Lord has created. Through reading and listening and finding new experiences I want to be learning all the time. I hope to return to you all this time next year with a list of things I couldn’t do and didn’t know before. What I learn, I hope, will not only be fun and interesting but also be beneficial to me as I grow up and go out into the world. Yes, I may be faced with a challenging task or subject but in 2016 I want to learn everyday with a hunger and a passion.

 

Thank you all so much for reading this year. Thank you to friends and family that support me in this blogging adventure. Thank you to those godly women whose blogs I love to read who inspired this. If you would like to share you resolutions for this year I would love love love to hear them so leave a comment down below. Welcome to 2016 may it be a beautiful new year.

-Hanna Caroline

Easy Salt Dough Ornaments | #thehomhchristmas

Today I wanted to share with you a fun and easy way to create your own scented ornaments and garlands. This salt dough recipe is super easy and you can create, really, whatever kind of ornaments you want.

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What you will need:

3 cups of flour

1 cup of cinnamon

1 cup of salt

1 1/2 cups of water

optional:

cinnamon leaf essential oil

cloves

First you want to combine 2 cups of flour with the salt and cinnamon. Whisk it together with a fork to make sure there are no lumps in the powder mixture.

Now you want to drop 8-15 drops of you essential oils into the water. Once you water and oil is combined gradually add the water to the dry ingredients.

Start to knead the flour and water till it forms a dough then dump it on to a flat surface and roll it out with a rolling pin.

Use cookie cutters to cut whatever shapes you want for ornaments. I wanted to make gingerbread men garlands so I used gingerbread men. For the holes, for hanging or stringing up your decorations, use a straw to poke holes in the soft dough. If you want to use whole cloves for extra scent you can create designs on your ornaments before you put them in the oven.

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Once you have cut out and placed your ornaments onto a cookie sheet bake in the oven at 300 degrees for 30-40 minutes. When you remove them from the oven let them cool completely before you try to paint, glitter, or hang any of them.

As you can see they turn out pretty cool and there a lot of different ways to hang and use them. I tried gingerbread garlands 2 ways, the first is the traditional horizontal style the second I went for a vertical chain thing. Both turned out pretty cool, these ornaments are great to add to a present or put on the tree to make it smell. I had a lot of fun creating this DIY let me know if you try it!

Blessings

-Hanna Caroline

Advent 2015 | The Promise of Christmas

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The Promise of Christmas

“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace” – Isaiah 9:6

As we countdown the Advent, we unwrap the promise of christmas. We discover the gift of Christ in our lives. The most popular explanation of what this gift is comes from that most infamous scripture John 3:16-17

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send the son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through him”

That is the gift of Christmas. Yes, on Christmas we are celebrating Jesus arrival to this earth, but we are really celebrating why he came to this earth rather than the fact that he did. Jesus, being God, stepped down from his throne to become flesh and live a human life. Then he died upon the cross out of pure love for us. Wiping away all of our sins. And thats a gift that is always there for you to unwrap, its always waiting for you and its a gift that never stops giving.

Back to School Hair Inspiration

Happy Friday! As I am starting school next week I decided to come up with two hair styles for the fall season and  share them with you. I recently chopped off a bunch of my hair, it was a much needed but scary hair appointment, and I  have been loving playing with braids and styling it. It has been so long since I have had short hair and layers, none of my go to styles work anymore. So I came up with two dos that are versatile and easy.  This first hairstyle I have actually seen on a lot of girls recently but I wasn’t sure if I could make it work with all the layers I have but luckily it turned really cute.

Dutch Fishtail Braid/Bun

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To achieve this look I dutch braided my hair until all the hair was combined then split the three strands into two and started fishtailing until I reached the end and secured it. What really makes this hairstyle look cute and easy is making sure you pull at the braid a little to make it look bigger. Not only will this make the braid bigger but it will make it seem as though you have super thick hair. This braid is cute as it is but if you take the fishtail and wrap it around itself and pin it it makes a super cute bun and gets the hair out of the way.

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Half-up Bun With Braids

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I am sure all of you Girls have seen and tried the half-up bun style that is sooo popular right now I also have and LOVE IT. It is a super easy way to toss up your hair without have to go for the full on top knot. I really wanted to do something cute and different with this half bun because I had been wearing it so much that I felt it needed a change. So I added these two accent braids to it. First off I separated the hair that was going into the bun from the hair I was letting hang down. Next I parted my hair on the right and sectioned of the hair for each braid. I regular french braided the lower one, and dutch braided the other. Then gathered all the remaining hair, and the braids, and twisted it into a bun the secured it with bobby pins. I think this hairstyle is edgy with out venturing to far out of my comfort, plus it is so simple and these braids also look good in a pony or pinned back with curls.

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Also while shooting the brain/bun style my cat (unfortunately for him) was napping in my room so I grabbed him for this!

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Such a positive little guy.

Blessings

-Hanna Caroline

|Its Nearly Fall Again| Journal Entry no. 1

It is nearly the fall again. The fact that it has been a whole year since the last time I stood on the brink of this season is hard for me to get my head around. It seems like the fast year has danced away like it does in the movies, to very tasteful music. This year is my last at home. I am excited for all the lasts that go along with this year. Last year of high school. Last season of soccer. Last year at a community college. But I am so shaken by all the changes I am going to undergo, although I have started to embrace it.

Change helps us grow. It is a good thing. Goodbyes help us move onto new hellos. We are meant to move and change and touch the world around us and react to it. Senior year is one of those waves that you ride in life, taking you from one stage to another.

The anticipation for this year has been build up for years, I have always looked forward to my senior year. Now that it is here it is nothing like I imagined it. I have gone through things, met people, and grew to know myself better. I found my forever friends, people who I wouldn’t have expected to be friends with and new people who I couldn’t believe I hadn’t met sooner because they are just so amazing.

For my year of lasts I hope I encounter just as many first. I pray for the ability to live in the moment and appreciate the time that is now. I pray that I will remember to slow down, and live my last moments as a teen with love friendship and faith.

Blessings

-Hanna Caroline

Written Wednesdays

I’m Like This Mug.

Sitting alone at a small booth of a coffee shop, I sip black coffee. Its one of those places where they serve real food, but everyone who knows it just goes there to get coffee. It’s not even good coffee but people here still drink it. I was never sure why. I take another sip trying to taste anything good in the coffee. No, its like gas station coffee. The mug the waitress gave me is chipped. Smooth and rounded all along the edge until you get to the thumb sized hollow where a piece of the mug had been chipped off. I think about the missing piece of ceramic. Where did it go? Where is it now? How did it break off? I run my finger along the place where the piece used to be. Its dull, its been missing for a while so the mug doesn’t even remember it was there. Its forgotten so now it lives like its never even been broken. And when people come and sip from the mug it doesn’t use it’s empty spot to cut them the way it did when it first broke.

I sip again, this time I turn the cup so the chip is opposite me and when I tilt the cup to pour the coffee in my mouth I can watch the little hollow. I stare that little empty spot down watching it. Not sure if I am waiting for something to happen, but I watch it as my cup moves up and down, as I drink my coffee.

A song I used to know starts to play out of the cheap sound system of the coffee shop. Its a happy song, but it makes me sad. I look up as if the person I used to listen to that song with might be sitting across from me, putting more sugar than he needs in his coffee, grinning, and humming along to the song. But he’s not, he wouldn’t be, he couldn’t be.

“I’m chipped” I think turning my attention back to the mug. I lost a piece and its left a hollow spot in me. I don’t know if I can ever fill that empty place. I’m chipped. I’m not dull the way the mug is, not yet, I can still cut people. When they put their finger on that empty place, the place where the piece used to go, they get hurt. When they put their lips to my edge I cut them and they bleed.

I could learn from this mug. I could learn how to be dull so that people won’t get hurt by me. “How did you do it?” I think at the mug. “How did you forget you were missing a piece?”

I wish someone would come along and turn me, avoiding the sharp empty place. Drinking from me knowing I could cut them, but turning the sharp edge away from themselves. Give me the time I need to forget the missing piece and heal the empty spot. Give me time to become dull on my own.

I gulp my coffee until the cup is empty, its cold now, and for a moment I hold the cup in my two hands. “I’m like this mug.” I say quietly and to myself. Then I take the mug to the waitress counting her tips at the counter. “This is broken” I say as I set it down on the counter and walk out.

–Hanna Caroline

2015 Resolutions

News Years resolutions have always been something that I write down in my journal then never look at again, but this year I decided I would post them for all of you to see. Doing this makes me feel more accountable for my hopes of 2015 and I just really wanted to share these with you. Instead of doing 10-15 specific resolutions I decided to do five that would better me as a person. Every year brings a promise of a fresh start but so does everyday. So here they are:

Be Kind 

This year I want to work on being kind. My goal is to consciously make the effort to keep a positive outlook on life and the people in my life. To be patient and caring with people. In the world we live in today it can be so easy to let our tempers take control of our thoughts and actions. But in 2015 I want to let kindness and goodness be the leading forces in my heart.

Take Care of Myself

In 2015 I want to take better care of my body physically and mentally. I want to fuel my body with good foods and get back into shape. I want to run, drink plenty of water,get more sleep, and make it a point to include more veggies and fruit in my diet.I also want to take better care of myself in a mental way, as in read more, workout my brain muscles, spend less time doing mindless activities like watching t.v. or surfing the web. I feel that this is important for the new year because it is crucial that we give our temples the respect they deserve as they are God’s creation.

Be Grateful

Throughout the next twelve months I want to take time out of my day to be more grateful for the things and people in my life. I spent 2014 unhappy about the situation God put me in, I constantly complained about things. Not only did it make me unhappy it made me unloving towards my family and envious of people who looked as though they had it all together. I have so much good in my life and it outweighs the small amount of negative things that I might be faced with. Christmas always awakens this sense of thankfulness and this year I want to hold on to that and carry it through to the next December so that I can realize how blessed I truly am.

Enjoy Life More

I am a compulsive worrier, nitpicker, control freak, and as my sister put it up tight crazy person. So this year I want to let go of all that perfectionist and allow myself to enjoy all the moments in my life that are fun and beautiful and meaningful. Some times I need that controlled aspect in my life and I feel like that okay and even good, its a part of who I am. But when I let that consume me and steal the joy from my days is when I know that I just need to hug my family and laugh it out. To me its important that I take time to enjoy spontaneity and randoms fun things and silly beautiful moments in my life.

Have More Faith

Finally this new year I want to have more faith God. To trust him more with my life and to follow closer to his word. Going back to the control thing, my need for control causes me to be unable to give up my path to God because I feel that I have a better plan for myself. In 2015 I want to daily read the Lords word and follow in the way that he has for my to let go of that power hungry part of me that thinks I know everything.

I have high hopes for this year not only in my personal life but also for my blog I want to share who I am to be myself to take care of myself and show kindness to all and most importantly to follow God with all my heart. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and that your 2015 is full of happiness achievements and chasing dreams.

Blessings

-Hanna Caroline