Merry Christmas From Our Family to Yours

Here’s hoping the new year brings you lots of love, laughter and joy! – xoxo jodi

I can hardly believe the season of Christmas is coming to an end. In just a few short days we will be welcoming 2019. God, that is so strange to say. I remember back in school when the 2010 Space Odyssey was something of science fiction. Not anymore. Funny how far we’ve come, and yet we still have such a long way to go.

This past year was a bit of an up and down year for us here at the Shaw homefront. Many things changed. I went through fears of starting a new medication after twelve years of having my bipolar disorder under control. Trace changed schools, leaving behind his fine arts lifestyle in exchange for football and girls. Plus puberty hit for him which is always fun to deal with. Not to mention, the financial setbacks we had.

This past year also saw me diving into a world of DIY projects which I embraced wholeheartedly, unleashing my creative side which I think I’ve kept bottled up for far too long.

I took an old dining table I bought for five bucks and created a farmhouse drop leaf table everyone just loves!

I created some keepsakes to cherish, and I changed up my decor creating a farmhouse rustic space inside our small two bedroom apartment. Who says you need a big house to make a place feel like home.

All in all it’s been a pretty half glass empty and half glass full kinda of year.

The kids and mom christmas morning 2018

On the blogging front, it was a great year. I met quite a few new friends both here and on Facebook and Instagram. I love seeing the pics you guys post and reading all about what’s going on with you guys.

We ran a few giveaways, giving out some incredible prizes. Plus shared a new series on car maintenance which I really enjoyed. Who knew that keeping your car happy and healthy took so much work? Not me that’s for sure!

I also paired up with some amazing brands this past year such as Starfrit who introduced to me to the best cookware I’ve ever used. I hated cooking. Or at least I used to. With this set of pots and pans, I’m in love with making meals for my family again because washing up is a breeze.

A new store also opened up in Vancouver which has become my go-to place for healthy bath and home products. I love it when the stuff I use on my hair and body smells so good you want to eat it.

This past year I learned that kindness is something many of us don’t think about on a daily basis. Being nice to one another has become something out of the norm. So much so that sometimes I want to stand outside a Walmart and just give big hugs to everyone that comes through the doors, just to see what would happen.

A hug can change everything.

This past year was also about doing things I don’t normally do. Knocking things off my bucket list such as going to a bull riding event and asking the tough questions I used to be too scared to ask, thinking you guys would stop reading me.

Funny how fear can prevent you from being who you are.

From finding the most comfortable underwear online I’ve ever purchased and will continue purchasing because you ladies know what it’s like wearing underwear that is less than comfy all day long. To learning I have a huge love for farmhouse decor, and learning exactly what the purpose of a charger plate is.

I can honestly say, I’m looking forward to seeing what this year has to bring, and I’m so glad to have you guys come along for the ride. Adventures are always better with friends.

So from my family to yours, I wish you guys a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year filled with love, laughter, health and prosperity and memories that last forever.

I look forward to seeing you all in 2019. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sticking with me.

xoxo – The Shaw’s

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