Issue Jan 2016
WHAT’S IN THIS ISSUE?
Building Great Habits: this month’s theme AtGrandma’sPlace and this issue is life-changing habits
LOOKING AHEAD You’ll find inspiration, next month, to re-evaluation your health, exercise and diet. It’s going to be a fun month!
Find information, ideas and inspiration in this issue but please, feel free to share it with your friends.
CONTENTS Ideas and inspiration to begin the new year well and build positive and rewarding habits into your life.
The challenge of a new year
Tips & habits to start now!
Simple home organization
Healthy food habits for kids
A new year. New opportunities to build awesome habits into your life, home routines and family. Check out the ideas and opportunities in At My Place and grow.
This issue is jampacked with ideas, articles and information that I hope will encourage and delight you. Plus, there are links to more information online. I hope that you will be inspired to try some of these ideas and build a legacy of family fun and warm memories.
Editor’s Desk As I headed to the local shopping centre, I noticed a line of utes parked in a line in front of a neighbor’s home. A cement truck was offloading his delivery at a house around the corner. Everywhere I looked, homes were being renovated and a couple of others being built were nearing completion. A new year seems to provide incentive for change, building and renovation. But you can do your own building into your life and family, this new year, by establishing new goals, building meaningful habits and planning heathy changes. You’ll find lots of ideas, inspiration and tools to get you started. Just click on the highlighted links or images within the magazine for more information.
I hope you’ll find plenty of ideas, inspiration and incentive for both you and your family so that you will be ready to begin the new year with excitement and enthusiasm..
(Yep... affiliate links are included which means, if you buy through me, I get some coffee money ... though probably not enough for the raisin toast, as well.)
The challenge of a new year.. Building habits can produce a powerful and positive impact on our lives. Here.... at the start of a new year, we each have 365 days ahead to fill with purpose and make a difference; 365 opportunities to grow a life of possibilities, meaning and impact.
6 Simple Hacks
Many struggle with starting the day well. You’ll often read that the secret to a good day is setting the alarm for an early start. But it’s not so easy to develop this habit. After all, not everyone is a morning person. What can you do? Read more…
Creating new habits isn’t easy. So check out these six simple hacks that will make it a little easier to develop some positive habits. Use them until you’ve internalized the new habit and don’t need them anymore. Check them out…
Invest a little time now to develop simple, positive habits and it will pay real dividends in the years to come. You'll look and feel great. You can find some simple ideas here. If you'd like more ideas about looking your best regardless of age, you might like to check out The Ultimate AntiAgeing Guide, now available from my online store.
A WELLNESS JOURNAL
DAILY GREATNESS 'Life is short. Time is fast. No replay. No rewind. So enjoy every moment as it comes.'
HEALTH, WELLNESS, VITALITY While almost everyone lists health and exercise goals as a part of their new year’s resolutions, most do not know how to achieve it. Enter the Daily Greatness Wellness Journal.
HOW DO I START? The DAILY GREATNESS WELLNESS JOURNAL provides inspiration and guidance in setting up daily meal and exercise plans as well as longterm goals. You’ll find sample menu plans, 90 daily targets, reviews and exercise focus goals.
10 HABITS WITH GREAT BENEFITS Wherever you are and whatever you're doing right now, it's important for you to know that, starting today, your tomorrow can be better. In ten easy ways your days can grow into a life full of possibilities, meaning and purpose.... not just backward glances and memories of the past. Don't believe me? Check out this list of actions you can take right now to leave the past behind and look ahead to enriching your life and building in lasting satisfaction and enjoyment.
5 TIPS TO DO NOW! If youâ€™re very young right now, then you may think that anti-ageing articles and tips donâ€™t apply to you. Those are for older people right? Wrong! In reality, those articles apply to you more than anyone else! Check out these tips that everyone, of any age, should know and do.
WRITE THE WORD JOURNAL Looking to begin your year in a positive fashion, reading and learning Godâ€™s Word? These journals are a great way to begin. On each page, you'll get a selection of specially-selected key verses to write out, along with space to write your thoughts, prayers, or whatever God places on your heart. Use your Write the Word Bible journal in whatever ways you wish! These journals are all about grace and digging into God's life-giving truth. FIND THEM HERE..
Create a habit MAKE SOMETHING Creating something, working with your mind and hands, can lower your stress levels and leave you feeling mentally clear and calm. And doesn't everyone want that?
BE CREATIVE SPEND TIME LEARNING SOMETHING NEW .. & CREATING SOMETHING If you enjoy sketching, you might appreciate this online course for urban sketches. At the moment, it’s almost half price, so what better way to give it a try.
ADDING PERSPECTIVE IN URBAN SKETCHES You'll find out how to break down the busy scenes in front of you, so you can render what you see with clarity and speed. Find it here…
Factor in some time to create as part of your goals for this year. 'Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.' Pablo Picasso
Colouring Pencil Essentials If you enjoy colouring, why not take to a new level with this wonderful online class- Colored Pencil Essentials. You’ll learn how to shade, add highlights and create a 3D look .
GETTING READY FOR 2017
STORAGE Storage is essential for home organisation. But it doesn’t have to be expensive. Here’s a list of simple solutions.
You don’t need me to outline the difficulties of de-cluttering the kids’ rooms- toys everywhere and clutter falling out of the cupboards.
HELPFUL TIPS Check out the 4 simple tips from Clutterfly to keep the clutter under control.
HEALTHY OPTIONS FOR KIDS
Menu planning for kids Quick tips Encouraging healthy eating habits in kids and particularly toddlers is not easy. So, what do you do? Experts are telling us to present a variety of colourful healthy options and encourage them to make their own choices. More ideas here…
Recipes for kids & toddlers If you're one of the many mothers who are overjoyed when your kids eat anything, let alone something healthy, then this book is for you.These animal inspired meals and treats and just plain fun.. But they’re also healthy. Check it out: Read here.. & Annabel Karmel’s Baby & Toddler Meal Planner.
SEARCHING FOR A A Sherlock Holmes devotionalâ€Ś discovering the mysteries of God Since 1887, when Sherlock Holmes first stalked into the public arena through the creative writing of Arthur Conan Doyle, readers have been captivated by his elevated senses and deductive reasoning. Through this series of devotions, Trisha White Priebe leads and encourages us to deepen our understanding of the Master and the mastermind. You'll find readings titled 'The Art of Listening,' 'The Power of Restraint,' 'Observation Skills,' and many more. Using the original stories featuring Sherlock as an introduction or object lesson, she goes on to lead us to explore spiritual truths. Trisha identifies Sherlock's characteristics and reminds us of details of particular stories to emphasize her points. But more importantly, we are led on to examine Biblical truths and encouraged to read more deeply of God's Word. If you know and love the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, you will enjoy this devotional. But more than that, this devotional is a refreshing approach to developing your Bible reading, and will encourage you to find the clues that will help you learn and grow
Read more about this book here--
Make it a habit to read more books and read more extensively.
Readalouds Whether mother or grandma, you need this list of readalouds for kids.
BOOKS TO CHECK OUT Inspirational + fun fiction This list from Kayse Pratt is her selection for November but it’s both fiction and nonfiction and worth a look. She also includes a couple of devotions that you might like to consider. For mothers This reading list for busy mothers from Maria Davis contains only 6 suggestions which is manageable for most people. Check it out here..
‘Leaders are readers’ List compiled from FB readers As a family, you know of the importance of reading to kids. But you might need some help in choosing a great book. If so, check out this list complied by Tricia Goyer, herself a renowned author.
Michael Hyatt’s recommended reading list is a real assortment of style and contenthealth, productivity, motivation and creativity. Worth checking out.
INSPIRATION NEW TRENDS
FOR YOUR GARDEN
What about the outdoors? Have you planned some time to enjoy your garden? Perhaps you’ve decided that you want to update or even redesign it. Enjoying the outdoors, working in your garden has tremendous benefits for you as well as your garden. So… what are the garden design trends for 2017? The Small Garden sees these…
1. Greenery- indoor plants. These have always been popular but the type of plant has now varied, 2. Indoor courtyards. These are a great way to bring the outdoors inside and add balance to your home. 3. Fire pits and innovative heating solutions 4. Outdoor play areas- no, not just for kids. 5. Terracotta These earthy hues contrast so well with greenery. And more.. You can read the full list and ideas at The Small Garden. How will you include these in your own garden design? Start planning now.
CREATE A FRESH LOOK Looking for an updated, fresh look to your home but canâ€™t afford the expense? Here are some tips from Fantastic Furniture to help you RECIPES create a new look without a big financial outlay. 1. Clutter- a clutter-free room looks fresh and appealing. Make sure everything is tidy and neat. 2. Storage- add some simple storage to keep everything in its place. 3. Furniture- one or two new pieces can make a huge difference and neednâ€™t break the bank. (Check for special deals.) 4. Measure- make sure you have sufficient room for any new articles. 5. Colour- add some trendy colour items for a fresh accent. (charcoal greys, cool blues, pastels) 6. Lighting- adds atmosphere. Consider adding some extra lighting as a feature or accent. 7. Personality- ensure your room reflects you, your family and lifestyle.
Thank you for taking the time to read this small magazine. I hope you will enjoyed all the articles presented and that many will enrich your day. Please share it with your friends and look forward to the next issue coming soon..