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How to Make a Meaningful New Year’s Wish Jar

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This post was sponsored by BLOT supplies. All content and images are my own.

How to make a simple but meaningful New Year's wish jar | Live Colorful

I’m one of those people who loves to think about New Year’s resolutions in advance. Unfortunately, I think about them, write them in a pretty notebook, read them a few times during the first month of the new year and then forget about them. Last year I wrote too many on the list, and the whole idea felt overwhelming!

A few months ago, for Father’s Day, Jaxon and I decided to make a wish jar for my husband. We actually named it “building memories” and it was a bunch of legos with all the things Jaxon would love to do with dad during the year. Go camping, watch a boy’s movie together, jumping in mud and things like that were on the list. It was such a simple idea, but a really meaningful gift that my hubby loved.

How to make a simple but meaningful New Year's wish jar | Live Colorful

For this New Year’s Eve I got the idea of making something similar. I made the whole family sit down and think about 12 things that we would love to accomplish, make, visit, create or experience this year. We made a list and put it in the jar. The idea is that every first day of the month we would take one “wish” out of the jar, and do it!

Go to Ojai, California, bring orange slices to a Jaxon’s soccer game, taekwondo tournament, or other sports thing he can do when he turns three!, run a 5k as a family and things like that are on the list. It’s exciting, and I appreciate that they are specific and easy to accomplish “wishes”.

We can’t wait to start picking one each month, because we keep saying that we would love to do these things, but always forget. This is a great way to push ourselves to have fun as a family in a special way each month.

How to make a simple but meaningful New Year's wish jar | Live Colorful

Thanks to Blot supplies I could write down these wishes in the prettiest and most colorful way. They have an amazing collection of pens, stickers, highlighters, pencil, tapes, sticky notes and more. You can check out more about BLOT and their products on their site. I’m sure you can find some fun supplies to start a colorful and organized new year! 

PD. I’m using BLOT gel coloring pens and the adorable BLOT great job stickers to check off each item from the list :)

How to make a simple but meaningful New Year's wish jar | Live Colorful

DIY Festive & Easy New Year’s Eve Garland

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DIY Festive New Year's Eve Garland | Live Colorful

Crafting for the holidays is so much fun, especially when you have supplies that make the process easy! 

DIY Festive New Year's Eve Garland | Live Colorful

I’m collaborating with Love+Lemon Craft Co to inspire you to make a sparkly, shiny and festive banner for your New Year’s Eve party.

DIY Festive New Year's Eve Garland | Live Colorful

This garland was the easiest one I have ever made in my life! Seriously, Love+Lemon Craft Co pennant banner pads had everything I needed inside their kit. All I had to do is to detach every paper pad, remove the punched holes and pass the twine through. To write “Happy New Year” I used some sparkly alphabet stickers and I decorated the garland when it was ready with a couple of silver rayon tassels on the sides.

DIY Festive New Year's Eve Garland | Live Colorful

DIY Festive New Year's Eve Garland | Live Colorful

Putting together the garland took me no more than 15 minutes, so I had time to plan another crafty project! When I saw the tassels the first thing I thought was that they would look adorable as earrings. So I got a pair or earrings hooks and attached them to the tassels. This pair ended up looking super cute and extra festive! Perfect to receive the new year with sparkles and style!

DIY Festive New Year's Eve Earrings | Live Colorful

DIY Festive New Year's Eve Earrings | Live Colorful

A Hug from Far Away

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This post was sponsored by Hallmark. All content and images are my own.

The holiday season inspires to celebrate a life full of unique moments and beautiful people that has crossed our path. Let's celebrate those friendships together with Hallmark Vida! | Live Colorful

It’s that time of year again, when we go shop for a Christmas tree, or in our case, take it out of the box, and the memories of all those people who have been and still are a part of our lives begin to come to mind.

My friend Edith, is probably the first person that I think of during this season. I always think about her and all the amazing memories we created together. I traveled with her to the Southern Hemisphere, from Mexico to Chile when we were just 19 years old. We lived together in this tiny bedroom in a beautiful city named Viña del Mar. When we moved together, we didn’t know each other very much, and we had no idea we were about to live some of the best months of our lives. I always think about our sleepless nights, and how we used to go to parties and then back to our room to finish art or design projects for the next day’s classes. It was crazy and so much fun.

When we went back to Mexico, we continued to see each other often at college, we took the same classes and even managed to travel together a few more times around Mexico. I remember the day I told her that I was moving to the United States with my boyfriend, who is my husband now. It was one of the hardest things. It broke my heart to know that I was not going to see her very often and that our lives as we knew them, were about to change a lot.

A few months later she moved to another city in Mexico too, but even from a distance we managed to stay in touch.

Then, two and a half years ago, Edith called me to let me know that she was pregnant. I remember thinking, this is crazy, I just had taken a pregnancy test and it was positive! We talked on a video chat probably for an hour. I started to imagine our babies playing together, and if they were going to be two boys, two girls, boy and girl? Then five months later I traveled to Mexico and I got the opportunity to see her again because she was back in town too. We spent a whole weekend together at my parents home, like old times, staying awake until midnight, waking up late, going to the beach for a walk, talking about college, about Chile, about our trips around Mexico and about our hopes and dreams, but not for us, for our babies.

My son Jaxon was born on February 9 and Edith’s daughter, Isabella on February 14, just five days later.

Thinking about all of these memories made me realize that life can be funny sometimes, it brings us incredible surprises, like the opportunity of experiencing motherhood at the same time as my best friend.

The holiday season inspires to celebrate a life full of unique moments and beautiful people that has crossed our path. Let's celebrate those friendships together with Hallmark Vida! | Live Colorful

How do you celebrate a friendship like that? Hallmark Vida makes it look easy, by creating holiday greeting cards and ornaments that simply express that sincere affection. Hallmark Vida cards and ornaments are also in Spanish. Being able to send a card in my native language feels incredibly special. The message in Hallmark Vida greeting cards has the exact words I used to say to family and friends. Reading them brings back memories, and that makes them even more unique and personal. All my friends who speak Spanish would know that, there is nothing like reading un te quiero mucho, Feliz Navidad or tu amistad me ha regalado tanto!

The holiday season inspires to celebrate a life full of unique moments and beautiful people that has crossed our path. Let's celebrate those friendships together with Hallmark Vida! | Live Colorful

The holiday season inspires to celebrate a life full of unique moments and beautiful people that has crossed our path. Let's celebrate those friendships together with Hallmark Vida! | Live Colorful

The holiday season inspires to celebrate a life full of unique moments and beautiful people that has crossed our path. Let's celebrate those friendships together with Hallmark Vida! | Live Colorful

I wrote a card to Edith last night. I put it in the mail this morning. I hope that it surprises her and hugs her from far away.

The holiday season inspires to celebrate a life full of unique moments and beautiful people that has crossed our path. Let's celebrate those friendships together with Hallmark Vida! | Live Colorful

Use the Hallmark store locator to find the Hallmark Vida Christmas cards and ornaments near where you live. You can also find many Hallmark Vida designs through Amazon too.

The holiday season inspires to celebrate a life full of unique moments and beautiful people that has crossed our path. Let's celebrate those friendships together with Hallmark Vida! | Live Colorful

The holiday season inspires to celebrate a life full of unique moments and beautiful people that has crossed our path. Let’s celebrate those friendships together! Who are you sending that special card to this holiday season?