Thursday, January 5, 2012

Best of 2011: THRIVE

I have been anxiously awaiting posting my "Best of 2011" post!!

2012 has started off on an incredibly good path and I am hopeful that it continues that way!

So.  I made a few goals for 2012 and I want to share them with you because I need someone to be accountable to in order to ensure my success.  So.  Here they are, laid out in black and white, permanent for the whole world to see, my GOALS FOR 2012:

  1. Tone my body back up - I am embarrassed to admit that I haven't consistently done regular exercise since before I was prego with my son...yes...that was about three years ago!  I am not saying I have a lot of weight to lose, but I would like to re-tone my body to pre-baby #2 shape.  I am happy to admit though that I did 1 hour of power yoga yesterday and it kicked my butt.  (Don't make fun of yoga until you've done it, at least not power yoga...I've seen power yoga bring ripped, athletic men to their knees after only 10 minutes.  It can be really hard stuff and an amazing work out if done correctly.)
  2. Blogging/business goals - I have a couple of them.  But these, I can't share with you quite yet.  I am shooting for the stars this year and I just can't share with you yet.  But hopefully when I get closer to where I want to be, I can share these with you. :)  In the mean time though I am shooting for 2,000 followers by July 1st!  So help me out won't you?  Please take a minute and share with 1 or 2 friends who you think might like my blog!
  3. Serve more - I would like to serve more this year.  Serve my family, serve my friends, serve anyone I can that is in need of help.  
  4. Organize - I can be a little OCD when it comes to cleaning and organizing.  However, this year, I want to organize my life a bit better.  I plan to enact a doable schedule so that I can productively and effectively accomplish my goals while still spending lots of quality time with my family! 
That's all.  I am thrilled about my goals this year and will definitely keep you posted on them.  And feel free to comment/email and ask me how I am doing on my goals as well.  A little motivation never hurt anybody!

Also, I found someone who instead of setting tons of crazy goals, chose a Word for 2012!  So, I too am going to pick a WORD OF 2012:  Thrive.  I don't want to just exist, or survive, I want to THRIVE!  I think my goals for 2012 will help me to Thrive this year!  

Will you pick a word for 2012 too?  Leave me a comment and tell me what your Word for 2012 is!!

Now...on to my favorite part of the day!  Here are my TOP VIEWED POSTS OF 2011:

This stuff works even in hard water!  It is amazing and has literally changed our lives around here (like I am not embarrassed to let people see my glasses anymore!!)

Read my blog posts if you take personal offense to this for any reason...good moms also can have clean floors, clean kitchens, no laundry piles and clean ovens.  However, since I am an admittedly crazy lady when it comes to keeping a clean house, this is a gentle reminder to myself that sometimes I need to let the little things go for a few minutes and focus on the important things, like my kids and family!

Melting chocolate can be tricky!  In this post I spell out the best ways to successfully melt chocolate and how to troubleshoot when it goes wrong!

You guys all know how much I love babycakes products!  In this post I showed you how to make delish donut holes using their cake pop maker!

Using a star punch, pins and styrofoam balls I made these super easy and super cute 4th of July topiaries!

Need I say any more...yum-o!

Again...not much to say except YUM!

So cute and so simple!

These were so cute and so simple to make using dollar store items and vinyl!

THANK YOU for making these my top posts of 2011!! 

I can't wait to see what 2012 brings!!

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  1. I enjoyed your year in review. I remember so many of these wonderful posts. Hugs!

  2. Man, I need some of those Nutter Butter Cookie Balls!!!!!!

    Thanks for sharing :)

    Visiting from Fingerprints On The Fridge party,
    ~Suzanne in NW IL (whycuzican)

  3. All these projects are great! Thank you for linking up to my party!

  4. I remember ALL of these projects when you posted them and I think I featured MOST of them! haha!!! I LOVE your blog! Thanks for linking up to Sassy Sites!


  5. great goals. love your word of the year I do a "power verse" a verse that I focus on for the year and find it super helpful! I'd love you to add this to my What We Wore and Made party over at

  6. Awesome Ashley.. Thanks so much for sharing all these amazing projects at my 1st party.. I love them all!
    You are so creative.. :)


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