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New year…

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I’m not sure it really feels like New Year to me yet, for the first time ever I slept right through it, getting stomach flu on vacation was not quite the plan but it happened anyway, hot, cold shivers, violent headaches, stomach pains, nausea and the dreaded run to the bathroom, all led to me wanting to just sleep in bed for three days, but I didn’t, you are only on vacation for such a few days and I wasn’t going to let this thing keep me from getting out and enjoying Arizona, but I did let it allow me to sink into bed early each night and sleep on and off through each evening and night, including New Years Eve… so there were no tears of something lost and happiness of something new this year, just sleep and then more sleep.

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Although I was still kind of out of it on New Year’s Day, feeling a little better but not even 75%, we spent the day in one of the most beautiful places I have ever been privileged to go to… Sedona AZ… if ever you are lucky enough to travel to Arizona make sure Sedona is on your places to visit list, well that’s if you don’t decide to just stay there for a few days… everywhere you look the views are just stunning and surreal, sit in Starbucks sip coffee and the views are phenomenal, grab lunch at one of the many places to eat and the views are out of this world… my only criticism would be that some of the places are a little too touristy and the shops tend to be a little generic, but I wasn’t there to shop, even though we did do a little, obligatory teenage girl Sedona sweatshirt shopping, Mom and Florrie got handmade healing necklaces, oh and an unexpected find of summer Harlem pants… to just sit relax and take in that fantastic scenery that just surrounds you everywhere you look is just amazing and so calming.

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I don’t know why but I always feel a little apprehensive at the New Year… the thought of what a New Year can bring, has had me a little depressed this year. It is silly because really it’s just another day, but it really seems such a big deal… I was reading all these positive New Year posts on social media and I had to stop and give myself a good talking too, although last year was tough with my Mum getting sick there were lots of positives… three of my older sons all have good jobs now, we have had three vacations, one was unplanned to see my Mum, but we still got to see family and friends and see the new regeneration of a town we grew up in and our older children grew up in, our children are all doing well and are happy, Paul and I are in a really good place with our relationship right now and my Mum is through her chemo now and on the other side, she is the bravest person I know and I am very proud of her. So I think I need to start looking at New Year in a new light from now on… how exciting is this year going to be?

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No resolutions from me this year, another first… just intentions to be a healthier more positive me… I want to continue my healthy eating campaign… get back to the cardio and yoga I was doing until I damaged my ankle, no more excuses though, more meditation and learning to relax… and over this winter I want to stay in the warm hibernate by the fire and fuel one of my passions photography, I want to improve my skills, more reading and practicing, I want to be as good if not better than the talented people of the photography Facebook groups I follow.

But for now I am going to enjoy my last two days in Sunny Arizona… relax in the warmth, soak up as many rays as I can because on Saturday when we arrive back home it will be freezing and I need this warmth to last through until Spring… Happy New Year everyone 🎉

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Dollar store…

Can someone please tell me how the dollar store sells everything for a dollar… It’s crazy but if you need something cheap go in there! I’m trying to organize the toys, so the perfect place is the Dollar Tree, spring organizing has just arrived, baskets, boxes all in fresh spring colors and the best thing, only one dollar a piece… What could be better for organizing a closet!

The dollar store is great for all sorts of projects, they have a good selection of Easter things on their shelves, so putting together an Easter basket for Florrie is made a little bit easier, I purchased a great basket on 90% off clearance in Target last year, along with several other extremely cheap Easter themed items, always thinking ahead. I plan to bulk buy my chocolate in Costco this year, the Lindt chocolate carrots look so cute and the Belgian chocolate bunnies are a must, but the dollar store is my go to place for carrot shaped blowing bubbles, carrot shaped eggs for the egg hunt and a cute Easter sign, can you tell I’m loving the carrot and bunny theme this year… Hopefully she will love my budget basket!

School projects can end up costly, but again the dollar store is a great place to start… Mabel is once again doing the Trep$ Market place this week, it’s an entrepreneur program to teach children about setting up their own business’ … The market place is held tomorrow night, her booth idea was her Dad’s bright idea of using Jordan’s Polaroid camera for a selfie booth… I love the idea but of course in reality the organizing has led back to me… Pinterest has been great for ideas and inspiration, we have made a photographic backdrop stand , mine cost less than $20 to make including sprung loaded clasps to pull the fabric taught. The dollar store has been great for props… Funky sunglasses, aloha necklaces and bunny ears are among a few of the ideas we bought there, we’ve also used free online printout ideas to mount on sticks for hand held fun… This idea would be great to use for parties and just fun photographic ideas… It’s easy to do and fun to organize… I’m just hoping she makes lots of money tomorrow night!

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