20 Little Attitudes of Gratitude for Your Home

20 Little Attitudes of Gratitude for Your Home

Attitude of Gratitude

Back in 2008 I shared a list of our family’s 20 Little Attitudes of Gratitude, things I wanted our son and our family to work on around the home. I’ve been thinking it is high time we revisit it, both for our own family and to hopefully inspire your family as well! I looked through the list I made back then and was thinking of updating it this week, but you know what? I still love everything on that list — so here it is!

20 Little Attitudes of Gratitude

  1. Mind your manners. Say please, thank you and excuse me.
  2. Smile when you see your family. Turn your frown upside down.
  3. Pick up after yourself.
  4. Notice when others do kind things for you, show gratitude by action or words.
  5. Say I love you before going to bed.
  6. Give hugs daily.
  7. Don’t worry about tomorrow. Focus on what you are happy about today.
  8. Create gratitude journals to keep track of daily blessings.
  9. Show thankfulness for even the little things others do for you.
  10. Leave love notes in unexpected places like lunch boxes and under pillows.
  11. Encourage someone with a compliment.
  12. Verbalize what you are grateful for when you feel like complaining.
  13. Keep a basket of small slips of paper on the table. Write notes of thankfulness during the week and read them to each other during a family meal.
  14. Remember to thank God for blessings each day.
  15. Surprise your family (or friends) with little gifts or treats to show you thought of them.
  16. No grumbling about minor annoyances around the house.
  17. Do special things to cherish time with your family. You never know what tomorrow will bring.
  18. Reflect on happy memories regularly. Make inspiration boards of special times.
  19. Help someone out without them having to ask you. Watch for someone in need.
  20. When you are doing household chores, be grateful you have a home to clean.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.” –Melodie Beatty

By making a list of 20 attitudes we can work on and putting them into practice, we can make our homes a much happier place to be not only for Thanksgiving but every day of the year. I encourage you to make your own gratitude list. Share it in the comments today, or create one with your family, and even write a post about it for your blog or Facebook and let me know you shared it!

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20 Little Attitudes of Gratitude for Your Home

20 Little Attitudes of Gratitude for Your Home

DIY Rustic Birch Bark Monogram

DIY Rustic Birch Bark Monogram

This post is sponsored by  The Home Depot but the wreath and ideas are my own.

Psssst……I did it.

I made this rustic birch branch monogram!

Remember when I told you I was going to try to make a monogram?

I have to say I am pretty tickled with how cute it turned out.

I cut the monogram myself from wood — with a power tool I had never used before.

AND, I didn’t cut my finger off.  Yay! I can still blog! {high fives!}

It isn’t perfect, but for my first try? I’m feeling pretty good about it.

DIY Rustic Birch Bark Monogram

My favorite part? I covered it with REAL bark from fallen branches that I picked up during a Fall walk. 

Eek! I love love love the texture of the natural bark and moss.

DIY Rustic Birch Bark Monogram

It’s a rustic, woodland-ish, charming and fun DIY project

DIY Rustic Birch Bark Monogram

 

Video and instructions can now be found right here, check out the post (and the nifty little video we made to show it off!)

DIY Rustic Birch Bark Monogram

Meanwhile, don’t forget to sign up for a Home Depot Do-It-Herself Workshop to make a monogram wreath of your own!

I’m co-leading a workshop this Thursday in Tacoma, Washington! I’d love to meet you there if you are local!

DIY Rustic Birch Bark Monogram

So, did you wonder if I could actually do this? Me, too.

Disclosure: The Home Depot partnered with bloggers such as me for their DIH Workshop program. As part of this program, I received compensation for my time. As always, my experience is my own. The Home Depot believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. The Home Depot’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

DIY Rustic Birch Bark Monogram
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