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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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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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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