Anne (in residence) for this monthly linkup. This month I am sharing about what I'm currently decorating, feeling, smelling, sending and wrapping.
Decorating: Well, the easiest way I can explain this is by referring you to the blog post that went live this morning. I shared a Christmas home tour today and put lots of pictures of our Christmas decorations this year. Funny fact: I never decorate the same way two years in a row.
I like to put a little touch of Christmas in all the rooms, even in the upstairs bedrooms and bathrooms. I use special Christmas scented handsoaps and all purpose cleaners (Mrs. Meyers) to make things smell extra yummy and I like to light my evergreen scented candles in the daytime and evenings.
Smelling: Currently I'm not smelling much. My nose is a little messed up from battling with my sinuses recently and since we all had covid last year, I can't smell a good portion of the time. My sense of smell never fully returned, which is so strange, or I'll have a smell of something burning that I smell. When I am smelling, I like to smell the candles I already mentioned or a clean house. I am trying to be better about mopping and will do that either today or tomorrow, but I love smelling Pine Sol in our home. It smells so fresh and clean!
We have hardwood floors downstairs and the dogs make lots of paw prints on them, so I've started buying inexpensive rugs to cover the trouble spots, like in this hall above, at the front door on the inside, in the laundry room and by the back door.
Sending: I'm not sending much right now, but when I do, I love to buy surprise little happies on Amazon and ship them to people. I love sending books my great nieces will enjoy and I have plans to send some other things here and there to a few people. Would you believe I've never sent Christmas cards? It's just never been my thing and even though I love receiving them, I knew that it would not be realistic for me to start sending them later on in life, especially as I got busier with raising our sons.
I love sending encouragement to people over social media. I shared the pictures above recently. One of them is how I use the inside covers of my bible—I like to use that space to preserve things I want to keep forever, like handwritten notes and verses the boys gave to me when they were young. I also love to share sermon notes occasionally and posted this to our women's page on Instagram from this past week's message. It was SO GOOD!
Wrapping: I have started receiving gifts, but I haven't started wrapping them yet. I love to wrap gifts! It is similar to folding clothes, which is also something I love to do. It's so satisfying to me! I love to use brightly colored wrapping paper like these below.
I love buying my favorite wrapping paper from Hobby Lobby, because it has a grid on the back of it that makes it easier to cut straight lines. It's the Brother & Sister brand that I love so much. I buy a couple of new rolls each year to add to my arsenal, but I make sure they all coordinate with one another. I'm funny like that.
Thanks for reading my blog, friends! I hope you have a great day. Love to all. ❤