Hello friends! I hope you’ve had a wonderful holiday season. I took some time away from Two Purple Couches to enjoy the days, and enjoy them we did. Lots of cheesy Christmas movies were watched, tons of sweets were eaten, and lots of memories were made with family and friends. In short, it was a fabulous and much-needed break to wind down the year.
When I was a kid, I used to steal away to my room on New Year’s Eve and recap the year in my diary. I’d create two columns and write down the good and not-so-good things that happened that year. While I haven’t done this in well over a decade, I still reflect back on the highs and lows that the year has brought, and this blog gives me a way to document and share it in a different way. I thought it’d be fun to put together a 2016 Year in Review and look back at the biggest and best highlights, projects and accomplishments of this year!
Christmas is right around the corner, and with it comes all those wonderful feelings of warmth, happiness and cheer. But what about those who don’t have a warm meal or cozy home to enjoy this holiday season? All month long, Wayfair has been inviting bloggers to Blog It Forward and find ways to spread cheer through simple acts of kindness.
This holiday season, our local Kroger stores are partnering with the Freestore Foodbank – an organization in the Greater Cincinnati area that provides meals and other services to those in need. And all you have to do to help is pull a coupon, ranging from $1 to $10, off a tear-pad placed at each register and have the cashier ring it up with your grocery items.
I’ve made a pledge to grab a coupon each time I check out this season. And I’ve been making plenty of trips to the store since we’re hosting a big family dinner on Christmas Eve!
I would like to challenge you to do the same. If you’re in the Greater Cincinnati area, please consider grabbing a Freestore Foodbank coupon the next time you’re at your local Kroger. Every dollar helps!
If you’re not local, or if your store isn’t participating, there are still plenty of simple ways to give back this holiday season. Drop a few dollars into a red kettle for The Salvation Army, or make a pledge to a charity of your choice. Your donation doesn’t have to be large to be appreciated!
If you’re a blogger, Wayfair has a special challenge for you! Write a post explaining how you give back, include the #BlogItForward button found here, and Wayfair will donate $50 to Habitat for Humanity! How easy is that!? You’ve got until December 31st to help make a difference!
What are your favorite ways to spread cheer and give back around the holidays?
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Forget resolutions. Forget goals. Forget focus words.
This year, it’s all about my personal manifesto.
2014 taught me a lot about blogging, but more importantly, a lot about myself. My passions. My fears. My creativity. My shortcomings. My dreams. And that’s why this year, I’m realigning myself a bit. I soaked up a lot of lessons in 2014, but I believe the most important lesson I learned is that I just need to follow my heart.
Happy New Year! Welcome to a brand new adventure! I cannot believe that 2015 is here! Where does the time go??
I could probably write a lengthy post philosophizing on the blessings and challenges of the past year, my hopes for this year, yadda, yadda, yadda. But I’ll spare you 😉
To my American friends, I’d like to wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving. To my non-American friends, I’d still like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! Even if today is not a holiday in every corner of the world, the intent behind the holiday is still very special and important to recognize!
Life moves so quickly these days, so I thought I’d start a new tradition around here, and take today to slow down, reflect and share some of the great blessings of the year.