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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Our Family Christmas Card 2017

Our 2017 family Christmas cards from Minted. I love the gold foil

Our 2017 family Christmas cards from Minted. I love the gold foil

Merry Christmas to you and yours! This year has been filled with such joy and love for our little family. It’s amazing how much can change in a year. Just take a peek back at our 2016 Christmas card! A little family of three, not yet knowing what was on the way.

Here is this year’s family Christmas card from my favorite design hub, Minted. I love how Whitney Coudray Photography captured our family and most of all, how those photos helped us to share our joy through a simple card. Our shoot at a local Christmas Tree Farm was what Christmas dreams are made of! I know the holidays can feel stressful for many of us. But sending and receiving holiday cards is one of my favorite traditions of this season. I read every card we receive and feel such warmth from them. I suppose this is my little way of sending you all a Christmas card.

Wishing you blessings and joy on this wonderful holiday. Merry Christmas to all!

xx,

Heidi

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I’ll Be Home For Christmas

Our beautiful Bainbridge Island home in the Pacific Northwest for the Christmas season. Home decor, interior design, home styling, for the holiday season. How to decorate for Christmas. Christmas decorations, classic and simple with lots of wreaths and natural greenery, silver, gold and red! Simple Christmas decorations create a beautiful aesthetic. Merry Christmas to all! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Julian’s PJ’s, My Sweater, My PJ’s, Inez’s PJ’s, Bow

Our beautiful Bainbridge Island home in the Pacific Northwest for the Christmas season. Home decor, interior design, home styling, for the holiday season. How to decorate for Christmas. Christmas decorations, classic and simple with lots of wreaths and natural greenery, silver, gold and red! Simple Christmas decorations create a beautiful aesthetic. Merry Christmas to all! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Our beautiful Bainbridge Island home in the Pacific Northwest for the Christmas season. Home decor, interior design, home styling, for the holiday season. How to decorate for Christmas. Christmas decorations, classic and simple with lots of wreaths and natural greenery, silver, gold and red! Simple Christmas decorations create a beautiful aesthetic. Merry Christmas to all! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Our beautiful Bainbridge Island home in the Pacific Northwest for the Christmas season. Home decor, interior design, home styling, for the holiday season. How to decorate for Christmas. Christmas decorations, classic and simple with lots of wreaths and natural greenery, silver, gold and red! Simple Christmas decorations create a beautiful aesthetic. Merry Christmas to all! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Our beautiful Bainbridge Island home in the Pacific Northwest for the Christmas season. Home decor, interior design, home styling, for the holiday season. How to decorate for Christmas. Christmas decorations, classic and simple with lots of wreaths and natural greenery, silver, gold and red! Simple Christmas decorations create a beautiful aesthetic. Merry Christmas to all! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Our beautiful Bainbridge Island home in the Pacific Northwest for the Christmas season. Home decor, interior design, home styling, for the holiday season. How to decorate for Christmas. Christmas decorations, classic and simple with lots of wreaths and natural greenery, silver, gold and red! Simple Christmas decorations create a beautiful aesthetic. Merry Christmas to all! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge BohemeTable: Barns 2 Home // Personalized Christmas Stockings and HangersOur beautiful Bainbridge Island home in the Pacific Northwest for the Christmas season. Home decor, interior design, home styling, for the holiday season. How to decorate for Christmas. Christmas decorations, classic and simple with lots of wreaths and natural greenery, silver, gold and red! Simple Christmas decorations create a beautiful aesthetic. Merry Christmas to all! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Our beautiful Bainbridge Island home in the Pacific Northwest for the Christmas season. Home decor, interior design, home styling, for the holiday season. How to decorate for Christmas. Christmas decorations, classic and simple with lots of wreaths and natural greenery, silver, gold and red! Simple Christmas decorations create a beautiful aesthetic. Merry Christmas to all! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Our beautiful Bainbridge Island home in the Pacific Northwest for the Christmas season. Home decor, interior design, home styling, for the holiday season. How to decorate for Christmas. Christmas decorations, classic and simple with lots of wreaths and natural greenery, silver, gold and red! Simple Christmas decorations create a beautiful aesthetic. Merry Christmas to all! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Wreath, Red Pillow, Wreath Pillow, Tray, Blanket, Candle

Our beautiful Bainbridge Island home in the Pacific Northwest for the Christmas season. Home decor, interior design, home styling, for the holiday season. How to decorate for Christmas. Christmas decorations, classic and simple with lots of wreaths and natural greenery, silver, gold and red! Simple Christmas decorations create a beautiful aesthetic. Merry Christmas to all! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Our beautiful Bainbridge Island home in the Pacific Northwest for the Christmas season. Home decor, interior design, home styling, for the holiday season. How to decorate for Christmas. Christmas decorations, classic and simple with lots of wreaths and natural greenery, silver, gold and red! Simple Christmas decorations create a beautiful aesthetic. Merry Christmas to all! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Our beautiful Bainbridge Island home in the Pacific Northwest for the Christmas season. Home decor, interior design, home styling, for the holiday season. How to decorate for Christmas. Christmas decorations, classic and simple with lots of wreaths and natural greenery, silver, gold and red! Simple Christmas decorations create a beautiful aesthetic. Merry Christmas to all! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge BohemeStar, Tree Skirt, Ribbon, Wrapping Paper

There’s no place like home for the holidays! I wanted to share a few snapshots of our home during this Christmas season. Last year I went all out, but this year with the two babies I have been forced to slow down a bit more. And I can’t say that I mind! We’ve been busy decorating and listening to Jingle Bells on repeat. It’s Julian’s favorite, and he asks for it all. day. long. And I just can’t deny the man his favorite song!

I like to create cozy spaces in our home, like my little Christmas window nook. It’s so fun how a simple wreath, or a holiday candle can transform an everyday space. I also wanted to give Julian’s room a little Christmas spirit this year now that he is older. He was so thrilled to see that wreath in his room! Every time I put him down for bed he points it out and says “Julian’s wreath!” When he sees our Christmas tree first thing in the morning it’s “lights on! Star on it! Ornaments!” The joy of Christmas through the eyes of a child is pure magic.

How do you style your home for the holidays? I’d love to know! Leave me a comment below!

xx,

Heidi

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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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Gifts For Little Ones

A fun gift guide for the little ones in your life! Christmas is quickly approaching, give the gift of joy to those littles! - Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Julian’s Christmas PJ’s

The big day is almost here! Just when I think I have everything in order at our house, I realize that I forgot stocking stuffers completely. I even forgot a stocking for the dog. On it’s way now! So, if you’re anything like me, you need some last minute gift ideas for the little one in your life. I am LOVING this idea of matching PJ’s and a bedtime story. What kiddo wouldn’t absolutely be tickled by these? If I didn’t already own several of these books I’d have to get the pair. But in case you don’t, be sure to snag these up, they are sure to sell out.

I included a few gifts in here that we already own and are tried and true staples in our home. The Strider bike (a must), the tool bench (hours of entertainment) and the art easel (creativity that doesn’t end up on your walls). And that tractor has been on my list for about a year! Can you say toddler heaven?

Is all of your shopping complete? Any stocking stuffer ideas for me? Or children’s books you grabbed for the littles in your life? Those are the last things on my list, send me ideas!

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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