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A Simpler 2017

A Simpler 2017

A Simpler 2017

Every year I sit down and write a post about my goals and resolutions for the new year. Not because I love the idea of setting New Year’s Resolutions but more as a practice for myself and a way to clear my mind and focus on the year to come. If there is one thing I’ve learned from 2016 it’s that “doing it all” and “finding balance” are two concepts that don’t sit well with me…

I mean, I would LIKE to do it all, do it well, and find that perfect balance in my life between work and family and time for myself but does that really exist? I would LIKE to have that perfect schedule that makes all things possible through sheer organization and planning but let’s get real here, that isn’t REAL life. For me personally, 2016 was a constant search for the balance of all things which oftentimes felt like being underwater, floundering around and only coming up for air every once in a while. I was trying to do it all and none of it well.

This past week, Jason and I made a decision to take a personal break and get ourselves “together.” Get on top of the to-do list that has haunted us all year, get the house de-cluttered, clean and organize, work on our finances and goals for the new year and most importantly, spend quality time with the babies. The extra time away from my computer and away from distractions was not only good for my mind but good for my soul.

The break had me thinking, there are quite a lot of things I could resolve to do this new year. I could resolve to keep my house cleaner, to plan more date nights with Jason, to start working out again and to be better about budgeting. All of these things would be amazing and I would love to work on them in 2017. But this year I am resolving to do one thing and one thing alone, simply to live life well. To be content with what I have and enjoy it. Not to pile more on my plate, find “balance”, do it all…no, I’m going to do less. I’m going to work on what I’ve already got going (which is quite enough I might add) and do it well. That might not sound like much of a resolution but to me it feels like a breath or fresh air.

I’m not sure where to start but I think it goes something like this. I will live for today, be present in the moment and worry less about the future. I will set forward to accomplish the tasks at hand and do them well without worry about what will come next. To me, that sounds like a good start.


As I am currently trying to figure out what my New Year’s Resolutions and what I want to achieve in 2017, reading your blog post was trully a breath of fresh air. I myself try to it all and most of the times I fail miserably. So I will use this post as an inspiration while figuring out my priorities and setting my goals.

Love this post! I’m definitely taking a similar approach to you for this new year! I just want to enjoy the simple things and look after myself and my health! I haven’t set any targets, which is very unusual for me, i’m just going to try and enjoy everything this year throws at me ??

Garden Care Tools

Equipping yourself with knowledge of care goes a long way in your DIY garden project. Continue reading the following for basic tips you will need, including weed control.

Having the necessary tools

Your hands are not the only tools you need for gardening, but you don't need to buy too many tools at once. Instead, focus on the basic tools to help you with your gardening.

Gloves: Without the right pair of gloves, you may have to deal with splinter shortage. Do not buy large gloves because they are difficult to use. Also, be sure to keep yourself away from insects and water when storing.

Hand trowel: Perfect for digging around and planting.

Spade: It makes it easier to dig holes and move mounds from one place to another.

Rake: It is a very important tool if you want to keep your garden clean from debris and leaves.

Hoe: Choose an anchor according to your garden type. If your garden is perennial, you may need a finer hoe.

Loppers: If you have something to walk around in your garden, you need a couple.

Long hose: Select the one with rain bar and adjustable nozzle.

Wheelbarrow: If you use compost or have a backyard with more soil, you need it. It can help you take a pound and pound.


Cutting off overgrown or dead trunks and branches is a fundamental task to keep your plants free from infections and diseases. Other garden plants such as shrubs, trees and roses need to be cared for and pruned.

Tip: When pruning trees, you should not remove 30% of the leaves of a tree at once. You can ask your garden experts to determine the pruning method you need for the task at hand.

At the end of winter, damaged shrubs and trees buddha. Never wait until spring. Keep in mind that damaged or injured stems and leaves can become infected and make the disease even stronger. It is better to trim the pruning or pruning of the broken limbs, even if the storms in winter cause other damage.