Jul 2, 2015

Family Home Evening: July 2015

Joseph Smith, Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, The Book of Mormon, happy, reverent
Disclaimer: This post is about my faith.  If that makes you uncomfortable then please stop reading.  It is not my intention to make my readers feel awkward in any way.  I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  I am very proud of that part of me and I love the church with all my heart.

In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints the family is key.  Every Monday night is devoted toward "Family Home Evening".  It is a time to spend with the family so individuals can grow together as a family as well as closer to our Savior.  I try and do something spiritual every week, although, some weeks it will be spent with the family in a more casual setting.

I have started this Family Home Evening Series to help ME be more organized, but at the same time I ended up helping other families.  So I thought I would continue doing this series to hopefully help us all spend more time with our families.  Once again the lessons are short, because Hannelore is still young.

reverent, Joseph Smith, Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, The Book of Mormon, happy
July 6th-I can be happy

Song: Smiles 

Read Help and Be Happy.  Talk to Hannelore about what we read.  

July 13th-I will be reverent

Talk to Hannelore about being reverent and what that means.  Then have her color this coloring page.

July 20th-Joseph Smith saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ

Play the movie Joseph Smith's First Vision.  

July 27th-The Book of Mormon teaches me about Jesus

Print off this puzzle and have her color it and then talk about what The Book of Mormon teaches us. 
happy, reverent, Joseph Smith, Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, The Book of Mormon

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July energy quote + My thoughts about blogging

path, energy, imagination
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Here is the quote I will be focusing on for the month of July.  I love this quote and I felt like it was perfect to focus on this month because I started this blog one year ago and this quote explains the way I feel.  I had never thought of blogging until last year.  The thought seriously never crossed my mind.  Then one day in May the thought came to me.  

So I started reading books about blogging.  I started reading a lot of blogs.  I also started falling in love with blogs and bloggers.  I loved how they could express themselves and how they could create their own space on the web.  I loved to see the different personalities and learn so many things. 

That is when I decided to take the plunge.  I was a little scared because when you put things on the internet you open up the possibilities for criticism and negative comments.  I did not want that and I also did not want to fail.  

However, I wanted to inspire others.  I wanted to share my talents with others and help others see the potential in themselves.  I knew that blogging was the way for me to do that. 

So I started coming up with blog post ideas and started talking to people about being contributors.  The more I worked at it the more energy I had.  I would also come up with ideas I had never thought of and get really excited to post about them.  

This quote is a perfect way to describe what I feel when I work on my blog.  I love it.  It might be a lot of work, but I love the work while doing it.  There have been a few negative comments, but in general people are amazing and wonderful.  They inspire me while I inspire them.  I have been able to connect with people in ways I never would have without starting this blog.  I love it!

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Jul 1, 2015

Quest for More Happiness-July 2015-Buying Happiness?

buy, money, budget

My goals for July

My basis for my monthly goals is the AMAZING BOOK, The Happiness Project.  This month all my goals are centered around money.  Money is one of those things that can cause so much stress and so much unhappiness in our own lives and in the lives of others around us.  So I wanted to take a whole month to focus on money and budgeting.

Quest for more happiness
Indulge in a modest splurge

This is one goal that Gretchen Rubin (the book's author) had and I LOVE it.  I am a lot like her and I tend to "under buy".  It must be the accountant in me.  Since we have moved into our new house two years ago we have not had an iron.  Seriously.  It is because I want a nice one, but I do not make it a priority to buy one and so it never happens.  Since this is the case I have been doing a lot of "ironing" with my straight iron (for hair).  Which honestly is fantastic for the edges of kids clothes and collars, but it can't do everything.  The other times I have needed an iron I have to run to my parent's house.  Which is SUPER inconvenient.  This month, I am going to buy an iron!  It is going to happen.  I will get the best deal I can get on it, but by August 2015 I will have an iron in my home and it will feel so good.  

Quest for more happiness
Enjoy time and things I already own

I love this one and I really need to focus on the time portion of this goal, but both time AND things can be approved upon.  When I say "enjoy time and things" I mean that I need to use the items that I already have.  I used to be the type of person that would go to a workshop where I made a bunch of cards (birthday, thank you, etc.) and I would love them so much I wouldn't want to give them away.  Now honestly what good does a birthday card do sitting around not being used for what it was made for.  I am so much better at this and I work on using the things that I have and not hoarding them because I don't want to get rid of them.  Stationary was another thing that I had a hard time with.  Even when I was little I would save stationary because I loved it so much.  However, it wasn't made to sit around a look pretty.    

The other side of this is to enjoy time.  I tend to be a multitasker in EVERYTHING I do.  If I am watching TV I am usually doing something else.  This month if I am watching TV then that is all I want to do.  If I am washing the dishes then I want to wash the dishes without being on the phone too.  I am thinking my stress level will go down a ton by doing this. 

Quest for more happiness
Give up a spending category

This month I am going to not spend any money on new craft supplies.  There...I said it out loud and I wrote it down for all of cyber space to see.  I don't know what I am going to do!  EEK!  I go to the craft store at least every other week if not weekly.  So this is going to be a tough one for me, but it will help me be resourceful and use what I already have.  Believe me...I have plenty.  

Quest for more happiness
Be generous

This month I am going to make sure to be a little more generous.  I have a service category on our Summer Bucket List.  So I will make those items a bigger priority this month.

Here are some ideas that are on my list currently:
  • Make military care packages
  • Deliver treats to someone
  • Write and send thank you notes
  • Gather cans for the homeless shelter
  • Donate clothes
  • Donate sheets and towels for the animal shelter
  • Pay for the person behind us at the drive thru
  • Donate books
  • Bring around popsicles to the neighborhood
  • Make a freezer meal for someone
Challenge and Giveaway

Challenge this month-Give up or reduce a spending category for the month of July.  Here are some ideas, but you can always come up with one yourself.  It is fun to do one category because then you aren't cutting everything out at once.  I always think, "I can do anything for a month".
  • No new craft items (or whatever your weakness is) 
  • No fast food for a month
  • No new clothes for the whole family this month 
  • Reduce your utility bills.  Be creative and have fun with this. 
  • Gifts (Be creative with the gifts you give.  Don't skip giving gifts, just be creative and frugal...yet thoughtful.)
  • Give up your favorite store for one month.
  • Reduce your grocery bill.  This is another fun way to see how much you can save in one month. 
  • Online shopping (this can be a huge one for so many people...including me!  Amazon always gets me.)
  • Only buy what you NEED...no wants this month.
  • Don't buy anything new for yourself (only for this month).
  • Try coming up with fun date nights you can do at home (check out The Dating Divas for fun ideas)
Email me at support@shambray.com when you are completed with the challenge.  In the email include what you did to complete the challenge.  

$30 Visa Gift Card

This will help you have an extra boost in your budget and hopefully help you have something to look forward to.  I hope everyone will join in this month!

Check out the other months in my Quest For More Happiness:

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Jun 29, 2015

Gymboree 48-hour Flash Sale!

This post contains some affiliate links, which means if you purchase items using the links then I will be paid a small commission.  However, every item I talk about in this post I truly love. 

You guys!  I do not typically post about daily deals, but this one is too good to pass up!  Gymboree is having a 48-hour sale!  PLUS, you can receive 10% off (use code: EXTRA10) for a total savings of 80% off!  

This deal started today and goes through tomorrow!  It is only for affiliates (such as myself) to promote.  This 48-hour sale will not be publicly promoted on Gymboree's website.  The link at the bottom leads you to a private, hidden page on the Gymboree website.  

Now is the time to stock up on kid clothes!  I know I am for my sweet little one on the way.  I might even have to get Hannelore something (or some things) too.  

Here are some items I love and LOOK AT THOSE PRICES!  That is without the 10% off.  Don't let this sale pass by you! 

Simple, but still cute! 

I am loving these prices! 

Leggings and gold stripes?  Yes please! 

I don't know what it is, but ruffles always get me! 

I love this cardigan! 

Oh and I'm also in love with anchors.  

More stripes! 

A swimsuit for $9?!

 Enjoy shopping!

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Jun 25, 2015

3 Creative Ways to Say Thank You

I think saying thank you is so very important.  In same ways it is a lost thing.  So many people in today's world expect so much and tend to not say thank you when someone does something extraordinary or is kind.  

Craft Room Organization Labels

Do you have a craft room?  If not a room then a closet with craft supplies in it?  I don't know what it is about craft supplies, but they seem to be hard to organize (at least for me).  I am also a perfectionist and I HATE clutter.  Recently, I made myself some organization labels for my craft room.

Jun 24, 2015

Learn About The Cricut Explore Machines

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Want the ability to easily make a personalized wedding gift or perhaps some unique home d├ęcor? Then you might find Cricut electronic cutting machines to be the best DIY crafting tool since the sewing machine. 

Jun 23, 2015

Makeup Gift Ideas For Friends

This post is written by beauty contributor, Danielle! We might not see any posts from Danielle for awhile because she is due the same day as me! She is having a little girl as well. We are very excited for her and her husband.

Looking for a make up gift for a friend? Sometimes it can be a little tricky finding the right thing to give them but I have put together a list of what I think are great ideas that will hopefully be of some help !

Jun 21, 2015

28 Ways To Be Happier

1.  Set goals and work towards them:  This one is the most important one.  You NEED to have goals. We are designed to progress.  We need direction in our life to feel happy.  If we do not have direction or goals then we are constantly lost.  My dad once told me an analogy.  He asked me, "If you were the captain of a ship and you had a whole crew at your command what would be your first step."  I told him to get a compass to lead me where I want to go.  He said, "Ok, so you are saying your first step is to have a destination in mind."  He went on to say that we can work really hard and have a lot of people helping us work really hard, but if we do not work TOWARDS something then we could be spinning around in circles.  Life can be very frustrating and stressful if we live like that. 

Jun 20, 2015

Get to Know Cricut!

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If you’re reading this post, chances are, you’re a creative type. You like to craft, explore your creativity, and share your creations with others. And it’s for people like you that Cricut created their line of personal electronic cutting machines. 

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