18 for 2018: My Resolutions for the Year

18 ways to better yourself in 2018. Habits to start that are worth keeping for happiness and abundance in the New Year. Clean, made bed in a peaceful and serene bedroom. -Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

In December I was listening to The Happier Podcast, and decided to join in on their 18 for 2018 challenge. The idea is that you create a list of 18 things you’d like to accomplish in the next year. They aren’t all resolutions. Many are one-time bucket list items that you can easily check off once complete. But others are daily resolutions to uphold year long.

Initially, I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about sharing my resolutions and my list on here. After all, resolutions can be deeply personal. However, I have been feeling some incredible changes in my life because of my simple list. I would be remiss not to share.

It’s not lost on me that I’m only two weeks into upholding these “resolutions.” But when I started this blog I wanted it to be a space to share my thoughts and experience with others. If I didn’t want to share, I would have just written in a journal, or a typed out a Word document that was never published. This list has already made such a positive impact on my days, I had to share.

  1. Swim with fish. I have a deep-rooted love and fear of sharks, so I have never been snorkeling.
  2. Bake healthy. I love sweets (obviously) but I don’t always love the way I feel after eating them.
  3. Make bed every morning. I used to be so good at this! It sets the tone for the whole day.
  4. Find the perfect diet for me. Not diet, diet. But diet as in what I eat. I think I’ve found it, and I’ll explain more on that in a separate post.
  5. Learn to braid hair. How do I not yet know how to French braid?
  6. Teach Julian to swim.
  7. Send a letter once a month.
  8. Perfect one signature dish for dinner.
  9. Write in Inez’s baby book. Here’s Inez’s book.
  10. Print family photos.
  11. Celebrate anniversary. This should be a no-brainer, but Jeff and I have not done it once. I have been sick and pregnant for nearly every anniversary, or he has been out at sea.
  12. Pause. Listen.
  13. Practice gratitude daily. I love this journal
  14. Go to the library at least once a month.
  15. Spend a full day at a spa.
  16. Practice spirituality. Find exactly what that means to you. Don’t be so darn squeamish to admit that you believe in something greater than yourself. (This has been the hardest and most rewarding of all.)
  17. Wear sunscreen everyday.
  18. No phone in the bedroom. This one has brought me the most immediate result of happiness. I sleep better. I am on my phone a whole lot less. I am focused on my family and myself. No longer staying up until 11pm reading how Chrissy Teigen claps back to Twitter trolls. *This has also been the reason I’ve been on social media and the blog less lately. And it feels so good.*

I would love to hear what your lists are. Or even just what’s at the top of your list. Are you sticking to your resolutions? I hope they are ones that are bringing you joy and abundance in this New Year!

xx,

Heidi

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A Very Merry Christmas To You

The most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

The most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

The most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

The most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

The most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

The most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

The most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

The most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

The most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

The most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

The most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

The most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

The most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

The most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

The most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

The most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

The most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

The most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

The most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge BohemeThe most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge BohemeThe most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge BohemeThe most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge BohemeThe most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Top: Nordstrom, Skirt: H&M, Boots: Hunter, Earrings: Starfish // Julian’s Sweater, Pants, Boots // Inez’s Hat, Dress, Shoes // Jet’s bow

My most favorite holiday of the year is quickly upon us! There is something about this time of year that makes me nostalgic like no other season does. When I was a girl we would make thumbprint cookies with my mom and all argue over whose turn it was to pick out the Christmas tree this year. Then we would blast the Christmas music and all decorate together. Just last year Julian began to take his first steps right in front of our Christmas tree, a memory I’ll never forget. And I managed to give Jeff the best gift ever, by wrapping up 4 hand painted ornaments, “Jeff, Heidi, Jules and Baby.” It was quite the Christmas Eve surprise for my Captain! We told both of our families the next day at Christmas dinner.

I can already feel the memories of this years holiday seeping into the season. Ones I’m sure to recall in future Decembers. Inez mesmerized at the twinkling tree lights, as she unravels a ribbon from a present. Julian exclaiming “lights on!” every time he sees our tree. Jeff asking repeatedly why the kids need matching Christmas pajamas.

This Christmas photoshoot will forever be one of the holiday memories that I can’t let go. I had originally wanted to wait until Christmas to share with you all our photos. But I just couldn’t wait any longer. We had the pleasure of shooting with Whitney Coudray Photography right here on beautiful Bainbridge Island. We shot at a local Christmas Tree Farm, and the results, as you can see, are pure Christmas joy!

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas, with memories to last a lifetime!

xx,

Heidi

Huge thank you again to Whitney Coudray Photography for these unbelievable memories. Tears were shed were I received this gallery!

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Great Gift Ideas for the Home

The ultimate gift guide for gifts for the home this Christmas! Perfect host and hostess gifts that everyone can enjoy around their home this holiday season. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Can hardly believe Christmas is right around the corner! Gifts for the home are always at the top of my list. I know that every time I use our beautiful salad bowl (very similar to the one linked above), I think of my dear friend Joanna who gifted it to me. I like to think that all gifts can carry sentiments towards the giver. That’s why gifting for someone’s home can be so fun. Plus, you don’t have to worry about sizes, hehe.

These are a few of the items I am eyeing for Christmas gifts this year. And a few I’ve already picked up for some lucky friends. Michael Buble’s “The More You Give (The More You Have)” had shopping in mind right?

Tis the season! Happy shopping!

xx,

Heidi

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Christmas Cookies You Need to Bake

The best sugar cookie recipe for your Christmas cookies. Soft, and simple cookie recipe just can't be beat! This has been my favorite for years now and I use it every year because it is so easy and tasty. Merry Christmas and happy baking! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme The best sugar cookie recipe for your Christmas cookies. Soft, and simple cookie recipe just can't be beat! This has been my favorite for years now and I use it every year because it is so easy and tasty. Merry Christmas and happy baking! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is baking cookies while listening to Christmas music. It’s a tradition that happens in most households, perhaps yours included. But it’s one of those things that feels deeply personal to me. It makes me slow down and truly embrace this season that goes by all too quickly. I know so many people feel the stress of the holidays, but it must be my slow paced upbringing, but I go even slower in these winter months. Someone once told me, “life is a gift, not an emergency.” I love that. Especially during this special season of joy.

This year Julian has been helping me in the kitchen more than ever, and baking cookies is one of his specialties. What child doesn’t love to sprinkle a cookie?! I am using my go-to sugar cookie recipe, one that you may remember from last year. It may take me longer than ever to bake 1 batch with this two Christmas cuties of mine, but this recipe is still being put to good use in our household.

I’m also working on showing you guys a little more of my Christmas decor at home. Lots of you have shown interest in our home styling, so I’m hoping to have that up in the next few days. Until then, here’s our home from last year!

If you add this recipe to your Christmas baking, be sure to tag me so I can see your creations! (Instagram: @heidi.stephensFacebook: Bainbridge Boheme).

CHRISTMAS COOKIES:

Ingredients:

¾ cup butter, room temp

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 egg yolk

2 tsp vanilla

Grated rind of 1 lemon (orange works great too)

¼ tsp salt

2 ½ cups flour

Instructions:

With a standing mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Add the sugar and continue beating until light in color. On low speed beat in egg and egg yolk just until combined. Add vanilla, lemon rind and salt. Add the flour until blended, do not over beat batter. Form dough into a ball and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375F. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough and stamp with desired cookie cutters. Bake on a lightly greased baking sheet for approx 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool completely before decorating. Store in an airtight container if you don’t eat them all! Enjoy!

Adapted from The Cook’s Encyclopedia of Baking

ROYAL ICING: Wilton’s recipe

xx,

Heidi

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12 Children’s Books for the Month of December

Best Christmas books for toddlers, and babies. Your kiddos will love these timeless tales of the Christmas season! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Best Christmas books for toddlers, and babies. Your kiddos will love these timeless tales of the Christmas season! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Seeing the joy of the holidays through a child’s eyes is pure magic. Teaching Julian about Christmas and the winter season has brought so much excitement for me about the upcoming holiday. We are in full holiday swing at our place, and a huge part of that has been pulling out all of our holiday books for the kiddos.

All of these books are ones that are sure to warm the hearts of adults and children alike. Julian is partial to Little Blue Truck’s Christmas right now, because he loves how the Christmas tree lights up on the last page! And I love that it teaches him to count along throughout the pages. Dream Snow is another beautiful choice that is great for counting and learning about animals. Plus, it’s a lift the flap!

One of the prettiest tales, The Message of the Birds, also has the most powerful message. It is a message of peace and how children can help to spread that message and bring us peace on earth. But of course, no list is complete without the classic poem of The Night Before Christmas. I bought this copy one Christmas to read to my future children before I had even become a mother. I know that sounds crazy, I know! It is just one of those books that has that power to become an instant family tradition and hold endless holiday memories. And I couldn’t wait to create those moments with my own family someday.

I hope that these books bring the joy of the season into your homes and into your children’s eyes. It really is the most wonderful time of the year!

xx,

Heidi

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Festive Pajamas To Wear All December Long

Best cozy and festive holiday pajamas! Love celebrating the season with Christmas and winter themed PJs! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Sweater: H&M // PJ Bottoms: Old Navy (only $14!) // Slippers: Ugg

Ahhh, there’s nothing better than cozying up in your PJ’s in the winter. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite jammies that would be perfect for Christmas morning and all December long! My mom would always buy us kids Christmas PJ’s to open on Christmas Eve and I loved waking up on Christmas day in my festive PJ’s. As a mom to a newborn, I consider myself to be an expert pajama wearer these days. Exhibit A. Exhibit B.

PJ’s always make for a great Christmas gift, and an indulgent gift for yourself. Afterall, they promise a cozy nights sleep! And who can’t get behind that?!

I also wanted to say, thank you so much to all of you for your sweet birthday messages and comments yesterday. You made my day even brighter.

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xx,

Heidi

 

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