A Slow Christmas and Zero-Waste Wrapping

Zero-waste gift wrapping with recycled craft paper and jute twine

The post-Christmas letdown is real! … mainly talking about sugar withdrawals… whew. Diet starts Monday. But seriously, the anticipation of reacclimating to routine after an enjoyable weekend with family makes me want to pull the covers back over my head and go back to sleep.

Our weekend in Vermont with family was so enjoyable and SO snowy — which isn’t ideal for traveling, but lovely for watching from under a pile of blankets. It’s our long-time joke that it always snows when entering Westford and this year was no exception. Snowy, snowy, snowy! It’s pure magic when the pine branches bend under the weight of the snow. Surely, a taste of heaven.

Along with relaxing and catching up with friends and family, I had a couple creative wins this weekend!

Zero-waste gift wrapping with recycled craft paper and jute twine

Tape-free Wrapping

A major win this year was figuring out how to wrap presents without tape, a zero waste trick that I’ve been meaning to try. It required a little creativity to finagle the paper into place while tying the twine, but overall it wasn’t a hassle. My dog-nephew immediately sniffed out the unwrapped bone and gulped it down while we were opening gifts. Note to this dog-auntie to get something a little more substantial next year.

Packing with Gifts

To prevent a massive influx of things, my family swapped wish lists and gave simple gifts. My creative sister gave us a series of prepaid dates for 2018 — such a thoughtful way of treating us to experiences! And my parents gave me gifts with a zero-waste/minimalism theme like a wood dish scrubber, metal scrubber, shampoo bar (which I discuss here), and annual addition to my tiny pewter nativity scene. Their intentionality! I love them so much!

To ease some packing stress I shipped a few Amazon gifts to my parents home and fit the rest in our carry-ons. With the exception of bringing bulky winter clothes, we packed lightly so the majority of room could be used for gifts.

After getting caught in the exhausting holiday airport shuffle on our way back to Minneapolis yesterday, I’m happy that my TV-free January challenge is a couple days away. Today, I’m definitely curling up and watching a movie while the snow falls. TV diet (and maybe a post-Christmas sugar fast) starts Monday!

What about you?! What was the most memorable part of your Christmas weekend?

Simply, Becky

A TV-Free January

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With January 1st right around the corner, I’ve been considering what I want next year to look like. I’m not typically one for New Years resolutions, probably because I typically set my expectations too high, but this past year we set a simple goal of traveling more and totally nailed it. All we had to do was buy plane tickets and the rest was history! Even though our goal was simple, it led to great things like being inspired to learn about other cultures, explore, and take time for ourselves.

So, I’m psyched to see how my simple 2018 goal plays out — to lean into creativity and explore whatever tickles my imagination. As a creative, I’m always looking for an excuse to frivolously run around art museums, observe, research, and connect with other artists. It’s prefect timing since I turn the big 3-0 next fall and it will be an inspiring way to close out my 20’s and launch myself into a new season!

To kick-start this, I’m declaring a TV-free January. January is my heaviest tv-watching month because… snow, and it feels a bit radical and crazy to turn it off. My only exception is a couple movie dates with my husband, but I’m officially declaring war on binge-watching to have more space to learn and create.

Alternatively, I’ll be forcing walkability in the freezing Minneapolis burbs by walking down side roads to Starbucks, dreaming, playing, planning, and learning! And, blogging — lots and lots of blogging! So excited — stay tuned for updates!

What goals are you thinking about tackling in 2018? Interested in joining me in a month of TV-free exploration?! Would love to know in the comments below.

Simply, Becky