Jul 22, 2017

Loyalty and Love Quotes - including a free printable

Loyalty and Love Quotes - including a free printable

When I think of love I also think of loyalty.  So I thought there would be a lot more loyalty and love quotes out in the world.  There weren't that many.  However, what I did find I actually really loved.

I want you to think of a loyal friend.  Honestly, this could be anyone in your family, a friend, or even one of your pets.  Don't you think those same people love you as well?  They of course are loyal, but they also LOVE you.  These are two different values, but they go hand in hand.

Guess what?!  My chalkboard quote is so awesome, because it has my word of the year in it.  Then it has this month's value (loyalty/dependability), next month's value (respect), and the best part is that LOVE is the value I will be teaching in September.  Oh and side note...it has January's value in it too.  It is a powerhouse quote!

Loyalty and Love Quotes - including a free printable

Honestly if I really wanted to I could leave this up for three months!  I won't do that, but I will say that I am tempted!  I think I would get bored of it though.  Chalkboard art is therapy to me.  Total side note too: I sort of hope that my husband continues on the tradition of chalkboard decorating for my daughter's birthday party.  My girls love when he does it.  So that means this will come off in a couple of weeks and be replaced with something "Elmoish".

For the printable I went with a quote that is more just about love and loyalty.  I have had times in my life where I didn't have a lot of people that were loyal to me and so I had a hard time trusting others for quite some time.  I am thankful for this time in my life where I am at.  I am grateful for the abundance of loyalty, trust, and love in my life.  CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW TO DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THIS PRINTABLE.

Loyalty and Love Quotes - including a free printable


More posts about the values loyalty & dependability:
-Picture Books on Loyalty & Dependability
-Movies that teach kids about Loyalty & Dependability

More posts with FREE quote printables:
-Love and Self-Reliance/Potential
-Love & Self-Discipline/Moderation
-Love & Fidelity/Chastity

Loyalty and Love Quotes - including a free printable

This post contains affiliate links.  This means that if a purchase is made after you click on some of the links below then I get a very small commission.  Please know that I would NEVER recommend anything that I don't entirely love. 

Once again, my basis for choosing values each month comes from the book, Teaching Your Children Values.  (This link is an affiliate link which means that if you purchase something after clicking on this link I will be paid a very small commission.  However, my love for this book started way before this post was written.) 



Jul 15, 2017

Birthday Party Tips: Invitation Ideas

Birthday Party Tips: Invitation Ideas
This post has been compensated by Basic Invite, all opinions are mine alone.

I always put so much pressure on party invitations.  I want them to be perfect because they are the first impression of the party.  I want the invitations to completely set up the scene and atmosphere of the party, even before the party starts.  

I love throwing parties, but I put a lot of stress in the planning.  They are exhausting and exhilarating at the same time.  But one thing I know for sure, through all of the parties I have thrown I have learned a lot.  

I want to share some birthday party tips I have learned along the way.  Specifically in this post I want to talk about invitation tips and ideas.  I can't wait to show you the invitation for my daughter's 2nd birthday party.  Also, share with you a fantastic website that helps take the stress out of the party invitations completely.  

Tip #1: Always have a solid theme before even thinking about the invitations.  Bonus points for additional color scheme.  That way you can have a solid idea on what you are looking for when coming up with an invitation. 

Tip #1 in action:  I knew that my daughter's birthday party would be Elmo themed.  I didn't think about specific colors, BUT I knew the colors had to go with red.  Of course red, because Elmo is red. 
Birthday Party Tips: Invitation Ideas

Tip #2:  Design and choose an invitation one month before the party.  It's really important to get them printed right away so you can get them sent out soon.  You can design your own or pick a design from a website.  That way the hard work is done.

Tip #2 in action:  I have found that getting the invites printed a month before the party is the best timeline.  That way you have time to get them printed and sent out in enough time, but also not too soon.  I knew I wanted to design my daughter's invitations, but that is because I enjoy doing stuff like that.  IF I DIDN'T ENJOY IT I WOULDN'T DO IT.  If that is something that stresses you out please just pick a pre-designed template.  Basic Invite has so many options.  So many.  See details below on how to upload your own design and also how to choose from all the designs already on the website.
Birthday Party Tips: Invitation Ideas

Tip #3: Send out the invitations (or pass them out if people live close) 3 weeks before the party.  Like I said before this timeline has never failed me.  If people get the invites 2-3 weeks before the party then they have enough time to get it on their calendar, but not too much time to forget about it all together.

Tip #3 in action: If you can hand deliver any of the invitations that is great because you can save on postage and the recipient will get the invitation that same day.  The closest to three weeks ahead of time the better.  You don't want to be cutting it too close and have people already have plans.  I usually hand deliver more than half of the invites, but some of my family members live an hour away and it is easier to send them in the mail.  (It's fun to get happy mail instead of just junk mail, right?)
Birthday Party Tips: Invitation Ideas

Two ways to use Basic Invite

The most simple way is to choose from the many designs already on the website.  I was amazed at how many choices there are on there.  They are all beautiful, fun, and amazing! 

The second way is to upload your own design.  This one is more time consuming and I say to ONLY do it this way if you enjoy designing invitations.  If you don't then look at the hundreds of options already there.

Some things to consider before you go this route:
  • You have to use a JPEG file.
  • Your JPEG has to be exactly as you want it when you upload because you won't be able to make any customization options on the card itself.  You are able to change the card cut and paper type, but you won't be able to add font or change colors.  
  • Give yourself some room on the top and the sides so nothing will be cut off when you upload.  
If you want to go this route then follow these directions to upload your own design: 
  1. Click on this link.
  2. Choose the design you want to use and click on it.  
  3. Depending on which design you picked it will look like this
  4. Click on the invite template and a pop-up will prompt you to "add or select photo".  Click on the "+" sign. 
  5. There will be multiple options for choosing your photo.  Click on the option that works best for you.  More than likely you will want to choose "Upload photo". 
  6. Chose the image you want to use.  Remember: it has to be a JPEG and it has to be completely finished when uploaded (you can't make any changes after).
  7. Once your photo is uploaded, chose your paper and card cut and proceed to checkout. 
  1. Birthday Party Tips: Invitation Ideas
Reasons why I like Basic Invite
  1. Super simple to use.
  2. Fantastic quality.
  3. Quick turnaround. 
  4. "The love it guarantee"-In short, either you love it or they make it right.
  5. You can collect addresses for free. 
  6. Many options for envelope colors. 
  7. Most card options include peel and seal envelopes. 
  8. Comparable prices.
  9. Great customer service. 
  10. Invitation designs for all life's events! 
  1. Birthday Party Tips: Invitation Ideas
This on is a pre-designed one!  Isn't it so cute!?

Jul 12, 2017

Family Home Evening Ideas on Loyalty & Dependability

Family Home Evening Ideas on Loyalty & Dependability
Coming up with Family Home Evening lessons that are about deeper topics or in this case values can be tricky with little kids.  I want to get my point across, but not take too much time doing it.  I also like to try and simplify the topics as much as I can.  

I found 5 great Family Home Evening ideas on loyalty and dependability.  I plan to use the basic outline of all of these, but adjust it where I need to for my girls.  I like the basic outline and the ideas with each of these lessons.  

I didn't find a lot on dependability, but I found one specific to dependability.  I like the ones that talk about being loyal to the lord, but I also like pointing out there are many ways to be loyal to all those around us.  P.S. Ruth and Naomi come up a lot in these lessons.  I like that though, because it shows the importance of a value in an actual scripture story. 

Family Home Evening Ideas on Loyalty & Dependability

Scripture Heroes: Ruth & Naomi

More posts about the values loyalty & dependability:
-Loyalty & Dependability Quotes
-Picture Books on Loyalty & Dependability
-Movies that teach kids about Loyalty & Dependability

Check out more ideas for Family Home Evening:
-Courage
-Peace
-Self-Reliance & Potential
-Self-Discipline & Moderation
-Chastity & Fidelity

This post contains affiliate links.  This means that if a purchase is made after you click on some of the links below then I get a very small commission.  Please know that I would NEVER recommend anything that I don't entirely love. 

Once again, my basis for choosing values each month comes from the book, Teaching Your Children Values.  (This link is an affiliate link which means that if you purchase something after clicking on this link I will be paid a very small commission.  However, my love for this book started way before this post was written.) 



Jun 30, 2017

Summer Sandals for Women (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)

Summer Sandals for Women (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
Every girl needs a pair of cute Summer sandals.  However, if you can only pick one pair then what do you pick?  How do you choose?  Color or neutral?  Heels or flat?  

This was hard for me too.  Now I have to point out that if you want to stick with this 36 piece wardrobe then you also will have one pair of flip flops.  So try to keep that in mind.  

I like to get more "strappy" sandals or something a little more dressy.  Then I go more casual on the flip flops.  That way I have two options when it comes to Summer shoes for those really hot days.  If I am only going to have 36 pieces of clothing in my wardrobe then I need as many different options as I can get.  
Summer Sandals for Women (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)

Ways to wear sandals

The great thing about sandals is that you can wear them with just about anything.  If you get ones that are dressy enough then you can actually wear them with dresses.  My favorite ways to wear them are with my cropped trousers, dresses, and skirts.  However, honestly I can wear mine with ANYTHING.  If I am wearing a dressier top then I like to wear my sandals, but if I am wearing a more casual top then I wear my flip flops.

Summer Sandals for Women (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)

Places to purchase sandals:

These links contain affiliate links which means if you purchase after clicking on the link I will receive a very small commission.  I wholeheartedly recommend these stores and commission would never sway me to recommend something I could not stand behind.

Nordstrom
Summer Sandals for Women (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)

Target
Summer Sandals for Women (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)

Summer Sandals for Women (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
If you are looking for a good deal then this is a great place to start and search for "graphic" in the search bar to see if anything comes up.

Summer Sandals for Women (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
I check out Jane and Groopdealz at the same time.  I love both of them!

Posts about the Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe: 

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Jun 27, 2017

Free Printable Quote About Love, Fidelity, & Chastity

Free Printable Quote About Love, Fidelity, & Chastity
Finding quotes about love, fidelity, and chastity was much harder than I expected.  I thought these quotes would be some of the easiest to find, but they weren't. 

Jun 16, 2017

Animal Birthday Party

Animal Birthday Party
I was provided product from Oriental Trading in exchange for a blog post.  No other type of compensation was received.  All opinions are my own.

Animal birthday party?  Yeah it seems a bit broad to me too, but it was fun.  Check out the details below on how this whole thing came about.  

Jun 8, 2017

Picture Books That Teach Fidelity & Chastity

Picture Books That Teach Fidelity & Chastity
This isn't an easy topic to teach kids even as they get older.  It is a subject that most parents really don't love talking about.  However, it is such an important topic to teach children about.  

Jun 5, 2017

Graphic Tees for Women (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)

If I am only going to have 14 shirts in my closet then I want there to be variety.  I want the colors to be different.  I also wanted each of the piece in my wardrobe to have meaning.  I need to make a statement about who I am with each of the pieces in my wardrobe. 

Jun 2, 2017

The Secrets of a Successful Family Summer Vacation

The Secrets of a Successful Family Summer Vacation
It's Summer break for the kids so that means SUMMER VACATION!  When I think about Summer vacation I think about a million questions that come to my mind.  Where should we go?  How long do we want the vacation to be?  When should we go?  How many activities should I plan?  Do we have the funds for a full blown trip or should we do a staycation? 

May 31, 2017

Movies That Teach Kids About Self-Discipline & Moderation

Movies That Teach Kids About Self-Discipline & Moderation
Finding books that teach my kids about self-discipline and moderation was hard, but seriously finding movies that teach kids about self-discipline and moderation was VERY hard.  These are some values that I am learning are not really taught to kids.  It is sad, but true.  That might be part of the reason the world is in the state it is in.  

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