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    Merry. Healthy. Reading. Organized. Survey. THM. Blogoversary. {Seven Quick Takes}

    December 19, 2014 by Brandy Vencel


    :: 1 ::

    Merry. I want to wish you all a very merry Christmas. I usually take a blogging break over the holidays, and this year is no exception.

    My four sweet little nieces will be here for Christmas, so I’ll be pretty scarce.

    But I’ll be back, Lord willing.


    :: 2 ::

    Healthy. I asked my husband for some tips to try to keep us all healthy this holiday season. He said do two things to improve your resistance: {1} try to keep your sugar intake as low as possible, and {2} supplement with vitamin D. I had laryngitis this week, so he made me double my D. Apparently I was supposed to do that before I got sick??


    :: 3 ::

    Reading. One of the things I like to kick the New Year off with is a look back on my reading for the previous year. I’ll be announcing my Book of the Year, of course. Be ready to tell me what your Book of the Year was, too!


    :: 4 ::

    Organized. We all vow to become more organized in January, right? Well, don’t forget that Mystie is always here to help you. In contrast to previous years, I actually listened to Mystie this year, and it’s made a world of difference for me, even when she’s dragged me kicking and screaming. Ha.Mystie told me that in January, she’ll be giving away one free copy of Paperless Home Organization to everyone who purchases the Simplified Organization self-paced course. If you’re in the market for an organizational course {which I talked about in more depth here}, buy it in January so you get the freebie!

    Updated to add: The code livelovely will give anyone 20% off through January, and you’ll still get PHO free as well! Thanks, Mystie!


    :: 5 ::

    Survey. Coming in January will also be my annual survey. I try to keep it to only five or so questions. I might add in a prize or something if I can think of one. For now, let me just encourage you to answer. It means a lot to me.


    :: 6 ::

    THM. I told you all that I had decided to do Trim Healthy Mama. And I also promised to update you. I don’t particularly love talking about this subject, but I’m doing it anyhow. I’m losing an average of two pounds per week. This is nothing short of a miracle because nothing else I’ve tried has ever worked for me {granted, I’ve never been willing to try crazy diets that I thought were bad for my body}.I have a thyroid problem, and I have weight I’ve held onto since a really difficult pregnancy ten years ago. The fact that this is working even a little bit is thrilling. Thrilling.


    :: 7 ::

    Blogoversary. When I get back after the New Year, Afterthoughts will officially be nine years old.I’ll repeat that.Afterthoughts will be nine years old!

    Who knew nine years ago when I pressed publish that this would turn out to be a great love in my life? What an adventure! I’m so thankful for each and every one of you.


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