2. So now that I'm working on my running again, I'm hoping to pick up some speed. The cold will bring more treadmill runs at the gym, especially since the boy has decided that he absolutely lives for the Y "Kid's Club". With Daddy off to work and sister at school, it's his "thing" and he needs it to feel accomplished. So I'll start taking him there for the full two hour allowance, picking up some speed on the treadmill so I can get off of it faster, doing some HIIT, and whatever time at the end I don't work out will be spent studying for my ACE course. So far it's working out okay and I'm running sub-9 min miles for up to 5 miles. I'll take it!
3. I'm going a bit nutty with the crafting lately. House-buying is expensive, and we're trying to save in every little way possible. I love the challenge (and beauty) of making unique gifts for people! I have some awesome ideas so far: the kids are getting nap mats and handmade belts (for which I've made no pattern yet), the boy is getting a Star Wars apron for his birthday, and the kiddo's teachers will probably get some patchworked potholders with matching tea towels. I'll also be working with the kids to do a lot of ugly weather, inexpensive, at-home holiday crafts. Today we'll make an adorable pumpkin bird feeder! If you want some fabulous ideas for handmade holiday gifts, check out the Sew, Mama, Sew! blog--every November they do an entire month of "Handmade Holidays" and you can look through their archives for more fun ideas. I make at least one thing a year based off of their ideas! And for other fun kid crafts to pass the time and/or decorate your house for the season, look at my Pinterest page and follow me. I've become a bit obsessed with it lately and have made about a third of what I have pinned. So--it works!! Save some money, avoid the holiday shopping lines, and have some fun at home with all of it. It'll make the season much more magical again, just like childhood. I promise!
|Voting kids, and the boy's new made-by-me dragon hat!|