Tag: self-care

March 2024 Project Goals

March 2024 Project Goals

March is upon us and it is time for new monthly goals. This year my focus is on finishing up projects that I have so it should come as no surprise that my main goal for March is to work through my project backlog. I […]

Book Review: We’ll Meet Again by Mary Higgins Clark

Book Review: We’ll Meet Again by Mary Higgins Clark

The fourth book in my first Rereading Books Before I Give Them Away Series was “We’ll Meet Again” by Mary Higgins Clark. As usual I am writing a brief review of the book with my decision to either keep the book or give it away. […]

December 2023 Puzzles

December 2023 Puzzles

2023 was supposed to be the year of puzzles but I found all sorts of other cozy habits to do so puzzles were more sporadic but I have absolutely enjoyed doing the ones I have over the year. I thought that along with my book clean out posts I would start a monthly puzzle post for and make a goal of completing at least one puzzle a month. I really love the idea of a weekend puzzle that the family works on during down time. My kids love puzzles just as much as I do and having one out on our table to work on over the weekend sounds like so much fun!

 

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Eurographics
1000 pieces
Review: 
This puzzle was super challenging with all of the grass, trees and hedges being different shades of green. I did most of this one by myself until the last 50 pieces or so when my kids were suddenly interested. Silly kids waited until it was easy! The pieces for this puzzle were great quality and I did do the pick up test without filming it and everything stayed together which was great. I did have a couple of false fits but that was mostly due to this puzzle having a lot of glare and I had a hard time seeing if the pieces were in there all the way on some of the greener ones. I was able to figure it out pretty quickly though and overall I loved this puzzle. It was challenging in a good way and there were enough little surprises to keep me going. This was either a Buy Nothing or thrift store from my Dad puzzle find so when I was completed with it I passed it on to the seniors our Buy Nothing group supports.
I would give this puzzle 4 out of 5 stars due to the glare. Otherwise I highly recommend this puzzle to anyone that wants a challenge!
Cobble Hill
1000 pieces
Review:
Next up for December was a Christmas themed “Village Tree” by Cobble Hill which is also a challenging puzzle. I did not do the bulk of the work on this one since my husband worked on it one day when I was at work but I was tasked with the difficultness of finding random pieces and the tree and man was it challenging! I am saving this puzzle so we can redo it next year as well. This was my first Cobble Hill puzzle and overall I was very happy with it even though there were a couple of pieces that came out slightly mangled straight from the box. This would have passed the pick up challenge no problem and I originally intended to film picking it up but I had to make room for my New Year’s Day puzzle so I just put it away instead. Maybe next year!
This puzzle gets 5 out of 5 stars for being an excellent fit, beautiful picture, high quality and fun to put together!
Kids Corner: 
The kids did a couple of puzzles from our collection this month to check if we had all of the pieces before giving them away. Our favorite was the Vet Clinic by Ravensburger which it looks like is discontinued but I will link those I can find below.
The second puzzle my kids finished was this Hatchimals floor puzzle which I could not find with a quick search so I am sure it is not sold any more as well.
The third puzzle my kids finished was this Glow in the Dark Solar System 60piece puzzle. This one was pretty fun and great for the kids when they were younger. I highly recommend it! I did find this one on Amazon and the link is below if you are interested.

Looking ahead to January…

For January so far all I have planned is our new traditional 2000 piece puzzle start on New Year’s Day.

At the start of 2023 I completed “If Fish Could Walk” by Ravensburger as my 2000 piece New Year’s Day start. I really liked this puzzle. It was really fun to put together!!

If Fish Could Walk Puzzle

For 2024 I chose an easier puzzle with “Wild Kingdom Shelves” by Aimee Stewart at 2000 pieces. This one is also by Ravensburger and I am super excited about it since Aimee Stewart is one of my favorite artists.

 

Wild Kingdom Shelves Puzzle

 

I am excited to continue my focus on puzzles for 2024 with a goal of completing the ones I bought at the beginning of 2023. I made a list of a lot of them with my 2023 Puzzle Goals post last January. For 2024 I don’t want to purchase any more puzzles until I have finished a huge percentage of the ones I already have. I was going to track them on my Pinterest board but that is super clunky so this year I am going to try a puzzle tracker app and see if it works. I will report back once I have used it a bit and let you know how I like it!

 

Happy puzzling in 2024!

 

2023 Goals: Puzzles

Book Review: An Inconvenient Woman by Dominick Dunne

Book Review: An Inconvenient Woman by Dominick Dunne

At the end of September, faced with a mountain of books I had not read in almost a decade, I decided to start sorting through my books and reread any of those that I was unsure of keeping. I originally created this list of ten […]

Book Review: Pearl Cove by Elizabeth Lowell

Book Review: Pearl Cove by Elizabeth Lowell

When I created my post about rereading books kept in storage for too many years I wasn’t sure whether I would actually have time to read the books on my list. My post “Rereading Books Before I Give Them Away Part 1” was an attempt […]

6 year Blogiversary and Oscoey Shop Opening!

6 year Blogiversary and Oscoey Shop Opening!

In honor of my 6 year Blogiversary coming up at the end of March I thought I would share a little bit about what is going on in the Oscoey world. First, the most exciting thing, is we are opening up a retail store called Oscoey Shop which you can find linked below and here. This has been a long time coming and will feature artwork, nature photography, puzzles, cross stitch designs and more to fit in with the Oscoey lifestyle. At Oscoey we believe in practicing self-care daily, working on financial independence, spending time in nature, growing our own food (even if it’s just a pot of herbs on the windowsill), and eating good food. We have a deep love for family and doing quiet things together. Art is always happening at the Oscoey house!

Oscoey Shop

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2" round Cross Stitching is My Self-Care sticker.
2″ round Cross Stitching is My Self-Care sticker.

I started my goal of practicing self-care every day at the beginning of 2023 after spending the last few years losing myself in the corporate world and with the pressure to succeed at the “right” thing. Quitting my job in 2022 after a family emergency was the best thing I could have done for myself. I am slowly recovering from the burnout of working 50+ hours a week plus taking care of kids full-time during Covid and the intensity of our schedule that happened when the kids returned to school.

2023 Goals

Family has always come first for me and after a year of self-reflection I have discovered that I can’t be my best self if I am pulled in too many directions. Working for a company at a high intensity job left me with nothing to give at the end of the day and many sacrifices were made, including with my health. Over the last year I have focused on eating better, getting my sleep, cutting back on coffee, spending more quality time with my kids and doing something every day to take care of myself and relax. It has really helped!

 

2″ round Self-Care Every Day sticker.

Although I did go back to school last September and I am super busy with that I have way better control over my schedule and if I need to take a day (or a week) and just rest I can. All of my classes are online and most of them are self-paced so I am able to work on assignments when time allows. Winter quarter was pretty intense for me because my kids don’t have a lot of school the first 6 weeks of the year, everyone always gets sick at some point during that time, and I had some family stuff going on in February so most of my school work was squished into the last four weeks of the quarter. I was able to set up a schedule for my assignments and weekly goals on what needed to be done and this worked for me. Everything was completed on time and I got decent grades in my classes too so I am pretty happy with how the quarter turned out.

Series 1 Nature Photography Postcards with free mini-stickers.
Series 1 Nature Photography Postcards with free mini-stickers.

Most of my self-care goals this year revolve around finishing some of my stitching WIPs, reading those books I forgot to finish, exercising and working through all of the puzzles I bought at the start of the year for my focus on puzzles. I am still really excited to work on all of these! For January I was able to work on some puzzles with my “If Fish Could Walk” New Year’s start that can be found here. For February I focused on my stitching finishing one of my freebies and made great progress on both my Alphabet Zoo and my Computer Wizard pieces. March was all about finishing up my quarter and getting my shop up and running. I plan on getting back into the swing of things with my puzzles for April. I am still working on “The Craft Cupboard” which can be found here.

2023 Goals: Puzzles

I am really excited for the next year of blogging. Spring is here and I will start posting more gardening posts as I get plants in the ground and my flowers start to bloom. We are also going to be spending more time out in the woods this year and I will be doing regular shop updates throughout the summer so look for those as well.

2" Red Gerbera Daisy Sticker.
2″ Red Gerbera Daisy Sticker.

My YouTube channel  will continue to feature grocery hauls and shop updates on a regular basis. I have paused on my weekly Fridge and Freezer Recaps for now but I will film every time I do a pantry or fridge clean out.

 

I wanted to thank those of you that have supported my blog over the years. A lot has changed since I first started writing and I have not been very consistent but I still love doing it and will keep it up for as long as I can. For now, check out the shop, my YouTube channel and look out for garden content coming soon!!!

 

Links:

Oscoey Shop

 

YouTube

 

Instagram

 


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