On Privilege at Year of Gratitude Blog

Hey there happy Friday! I wanted to let you know that today I'm guest posting at my friend Alexandra's new project, Year of Gratitude blog.

Each week, Alexandra and her co-author Rachel share journaling prompts that aim to help you foster more gratitude and mindfulness in your life. They each answer the prompts and feature guest writer's responses as well. I'm happy to be writing a guest post for this week's prompt related to privilege. Go check out my post here. Be sure to follow the blog for more gratitude inspiration. 

Have a great weekend!

7 Day Capsule Challenge with Cladwell

A few years ago, tired of cramming too many clothes in a too-small closet, I took on the challenge of a capsule wardrobe. I did it for a few seasons and learned a lot, but eventually got tired of the restriction. Since then we've moved and I have a much larger closet. Now I'm having quite the opposite problem: I feel the need to fill the space and in turn have too many options to choose from.

$10 at Target: Healthy Snacking

I'm doing a Happiness Project this year (inspired by Gretchen Rubin), and this month I'm focusing on health. One way I am trying to be healthier is by cutting back on the amount of sugar in my diet. I have a major sweet tooth and I know that the amount of sugar I eat is my worst eating habit.

There are certain parts of my sugar consumption that are non-negotiable to me. I love to bake and I don't plan to give that up anytime soon. And you know how I feel about ice cream. However, I know that I could significantly reduce my sugar intake by making better snack choices.

For this month's $10 at Target I decided to find some fun, healthy snacks that I don't usually buy to shake up my snacking habit.

Secondhand Shopping Challenge: 6 Months of Buying Used

Back in August I decided to challenge myself to only shop secondhand for six months. Part of the challenge was to save money, although I do know it isn't always cheaper to shop used. The second part was to shop more ethically and sustainably. Ethical and sustainable clothing is often more expensive, and I don't have the budget to buy all my clothes this way. However, shopping secondhand is a step in the right direction towards buying less fast fashion.

I haven't done much to make this challenge "official", but by the end of this month it will have been six months. So, how did I do?

In My Library Tote: Family (Dys)function

I think on some level everyone considers her family to be a little bit dysfunctional. That's why I think there could be a whole genre wholly devoted to novels about dysfunctional families. It's great, because if you're feeling the need for a break from your own family's brand of crazy, there are so many fictional families to turn to, many of whom are likely much more crazy than your own. Here are a few dysfunctional family novels I've enjoyed recently.

{recent reads: family (dys)function}

New Years Questions from The Blended Blog Asks

I love surveys and questionnaires. Do you? Every time The Blended Blog does one of these TBB asks linkups I always see it too late to join in. This time though I caught the announcement over the weekend and decided to join the fun. Here are my answers to this month's New Years-themed TBB Asks.

I loved ringing in the new year with these hooligans! 

5 Chapter Books to Read to Preschoolers Plus Tips for Reading Aloud to Younger Readers

Preschoolers are notoriously squirmy and wiggly; nothing holds their attention for long. Yet Jona has always been captivated by stories and will happily sit and read a book even (sometimes especially) if it's on the long side. When he was just shy of four I decided to try reading a chapter book aloud to him to see if it would keep him interested. Since chapter books typically have very few pictures, I wasn't sure he would like it. As kids often do though, he surprised me by really enjoying it, and a new read-aloud habit began.

Here are 5 chapter books that we've read together, all of which I think are excellent for preschool-aged listeners. Additionally I'm sharing a few tips for reading chapter books with young kids.

{5 Chapter Books to Read Aloud to Preschoolers}

Currently: January

Ahh, January. Aside from the ridiculously cold weather, I love it. Beginnings are the best. Starting a new month is fun, but starting a whole new year? Fantastic. I was talking to Aaron about my excitement over the new year and he doesn't get it. He doesn't like New Year's resolutions, and he doesn't share my joy in a fresh start. What do you think, do you enjoy starting a new year?

One thing that's not new is that I'm joining Anne for the monthly currently linkup. Here's what I'm currently up to so far this 2018.

2018 Word of the Year and January Goals

Happy New Year! The last couple of years I've chosen a word to focus on for the year. Last year I had two words, home and simplify. I tried to keep both of those words in mind throughout 2017. For 2018, I chose the word intention.

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