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Making the Most {end of 2013}

I have loved having the Making the Most series here on Your Thriving Family. We have had some great guest posts and I am truly grateful for these women's hearts and them sharing with us. Since we started in December we had a lot of Christmas centered posts.  And a couple for getting ready for the new year.


Well, we are taking this week off, well sort of! On the 1st of the year our site will look VERY different. I am so excited about the changes and we will be having quite a few giveaways. Mostly of my favorite things, but also a few gems from other bloggers you may have seen here as well!

We will also be switching over to a weekly Newsletter/Blog Re-Cap. I feel like this is a great change because you will still be able to stay up to date with what's going on, but you will get one, not three to five emails each week! If you already subscribe, don't worry you will be switched over. If you want to keep up throughout the week, stop by the blog and/or add us to your Facebook interests (so we will show up in your feed).

If you'd like to catch up (and pin for next year) here is what we have covered so far in, Making the Most:

A New Year
New Beginnings
Christmas Week
The Christmas Tree
Christmas

Next week we will have, Making the Most of Grocery Shopping with Kids!

In the meantime I have a challenge for you for the New Year.  Make it a year focused on the good things in life.  The things you have, not those things you want or lack.  There are a few ways to keep track of this.

My favorite, for myself, is to use Facebook and make an album. This keeps better track of it than just doing status updates (cause those get lost amongst everything else). Last year I started on November first and made it 100+ days - it got a little hard if I missed a day and tried to get caught up because of not starting on the first day of the year. So this year my goal is to make it to Day of Thanks 365!



For the family we are going to ry something like this that I shared on Facebook yesterday. We will have a large empty vase or whatnot to add notes of thanks.  Not everyday, but when we think of something that truly blesses us. Then on November first of 2014 we will start reading those notes daily throughout the end of the year.

Best of 2013 {Homemade Beauty}


Face

What’s My Skin Type?
Homemade All-Natural Face Lotion Bar
Raw Honey Lip Salve
Aftershave

Image used with permission from Richly Rooted

Body

Rose Water
Moisturizing Honey Vanilla Body Polish
Owie Balm
Whipped Shea Butter
Whipped Coconut Oil
Lavender Body Lotion
Lavender Rose Body Polish
Lavender-Mint Bath and Body Set, Bath Salts, Body Polish, Body Butter, Lip Balm

Image used with permission from Nourishing Faith and Family 

Under

Homemade Deodorant
Deodorant Creme
Detoxifying Deodorant

Hair

Hair Detangling Spray
Natural Conditioner and Detangler
Hair Spray
Easy DIY Hair Treatments
No-Poo: The First Month
Rhassoul Clay
Dye Your Hair with Henna

Image used with permission from The Holistic Mama

Special

Indoor, Outdoor All-Around Bug Spray
Healing Bug Bites
Herbal Bug Spray Recipe
Homemade Sunscreen
Natural Shea Butter Sunscreen

     


To see more Best of 2013 Round-ups, make sure to check out the following blogs:
Whole Intentions Feed Me, Mama It Takes Time The Entwife's Journal The Ezer Wife Your Thriving Family Nourishing Simplicity Richly Rooted Joyful Thrifty Home Day 2 Day Joys Wisdom Seeking Mommy Natural Momma in Progress Accidentally Green Georgetown MN Growing Slower Imperfect Homemaker Simple Life Abundant Life Natural Living Mamma Whole New Momma Nourishing Faith and Family Live Essentially

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