Oct 1, 2014

Happiness is up to you - October Quote


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This year I have been focusing on ONE word in particular...HAPPY or HAPPINESS!  I have put up quotes all around my house to remind me of this word.  I have bought shirts for my daughter and I that have quotes about happiness on them.  There are many reasons that I picked this word, but one particular reason is that I started a "Happiness Project" after the "Happiness Project" that Gretchen Rubin did.  She wrote a book all about it and I wholeheartedly recommend this book (find it here).  It has changed my life and I am so grateful for Gretchen Rubin for that!  

With that said I am sharing the quote that I am focusing on this month with you.  I hope you find it helpful as well.  Let's take control of our own happiness today!  Please do yourself a favor and get a copy of The Happiness Project (here).  Have a wonderful October!

Get a copy of the quote above HERE!

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Sep 30, 2014

The Love Dare


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You guys!  Have you heard of The Love Dare or Fireproof?  I watched Fireproof when if first came out in 2009.  Ryan and I were newlyweds and watched it with my family.  It is all about strengthening marriage, being honest, and letting faith in a higher being guide you.  The Love Dare is the main idea of the movie.  It is a 40-day challenge for husbands and wives to do to strengthen their marriage.  Marriage is hard work.  It is totally worth the hard work though.  I am a firm believer that we need all the help we can get when it comes to strengthening marriage.

I am excited to announce that I will be participating in The Love Dare.  Tausha from Taush.O  has set it up and I am one of the bloggers that will be participating in it.  Please join us in strengthening our relationship with our spouses!  You do not have to be hurting or near divorce to participate.  There is always room for growth, right?

Beginning Sunday, October 5th Tausha will post 7 printables for the week ahead on her blog.  Then every Sunday she will post the following week's printables.  This dare will be 40 days and there will be 40 dares dedicated to strengthening your marriage and overall relationship with your spouse.  It is also a great idea to record your thoughts and feelings in a journal.  Share this with everyone you know and hopefully we all can use these coming weeks to strengthen our relationships. 

You do not need the book or the movie to participate, but if you are interested there are links below at a great price point.  




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Sep 29, 2014

Kiwi Crate Review



This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links. 

This last weekend Hannelore received her first Kiwi Crate in the mail.  I have been waiting to try this with her since she was only weeks old.  The recommended age range is 4-8.  However, I still wanted to give it a shot.  I am quite impatient.  Can you tell?  Hannelore LOVED it!  She is only 2 and she loved it and she tells everyone about it.  She is still taking about it today.  She is still playing with the things that she built as well.  

Let me tell you a little bit about Kiwi Crate.  It is a monthly kit to help kids use their creativity to make/create things.  You can sign up for a monthly, 3 month, 6 month, or 12 month subscription.  If you sign up for the 12 month subscription then you get the best value.  The wonderful part about Kiwi Crate is that it comes with instructions and all the materials you need to make these projects/crafts.  It gets delivered to your doorstep and you and your kids are pleased.  It honestly helps take the mom guilt out of your life because you know you have it coming and you do not have to come up with something on your own and then go gather all the supplies.  

Their kits are chuck full of QUALITY items.  It is totally worth the $19.95 a month.  (Again it is less if you sign up for more months.)  Each month you get all supplies for 2 projects.  You also get a book that have activities for the kids to do, such as reading, coloring, and more craft ideas. 

If you follow me on social media then you saw that she was VERY excited that it came with her own scissors.  That was part of our first kit.  Since you will need scissors a lot with these kits then they sent us scissors.  It seriously was on our "to buy" list when this came.  It was better than Christmas morning when she saw these.  This pictures shows that she is ready to cut something. 
Can you tell she is excited

All the supplies and instructions to make the castle

The flag we made to put on the castle.
Putting stickers on the castle.  She LOVES stickers so this was a highlight. 
Putting stickers on the people. 

The people to play with the castle.  Notice her touches on each of them with the stickers.  
All the supplies and instructions to make a catapult. 

Although she could not do every step (I had to help her with a few things), she LOVED this.  I do have to say that she is a patient 2 year old though.  So if you do not have a patient 2 year old then you might want to stick with something that he/she can do on his/her own.  Like a coloring book and crayons.  Something fast and simple.  This entertained her for about 2 hours.  It took about 1 hour to assemble it together.  Then she played with everything for another hour.  She still plays with them all the time.  The catapult is her favorite!  We are planning on making the additional crafts that were in the book the kit came with.  We have all the supplies on hand so it will be easy to do.  

If your child does not fit within the age suggestions and you think it might be too difficult or not difficult enough then you are in luck.  Kiwi Crate just started 3 new "brands" Koala crate (ages 3-4), Tinker Crate (9-14+), and Doodle Crate (9-16+).  You can gauge what would work for your child/children.  Like I said Hannelore does not mind watching me as long as I involve her as much as possible.  So this worked for us.  I will get another one and see if it is the same in terms of keeping her attention.  If it is then great if not then I will try the Koala Crate since it might be better for her age.  

Check out Kiwi Crate for yourself, but signing up today.  Click HERE to join. 

See for yourself what Hannelore thought about it.  She makes me smile.  


Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.  (I would not recommend anything I did not LOVE and/or feel that it will make your life more simple)  This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission if you sign up by following any of the above links.

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Sep 26, 2014

Ladder Blanket Rack



Fall...my favorite season!  With Fall comes so many fun things: blankets, hot chocolate, soup, sweaters, jackets, boots, Fall decor, Halloween parties, pumpkin patches, Thanksgiving, family gatherings, and so much more.  Since I love blankets I wanted a fun way to display them.  I had been looking for an old ladder to hang them on, but I either did not like what I found or what I liked was too much for me to spend.  So I improvised.  See story below.  

At the same time that I was trying to decide what to do with my ladder situation Ryan's sweet grandma gave me a housewarming gift.  Well guess what it was.  It was one of those ladders that you can put on your porch and decorate for the different seasons.  She got me the decorations for Halloween.  The only hard part is that it was all raw wood.  I had to completely paint and embellish it from scratch.  Now don't get me wrong.  I LOVE to do crafts, but at this time in my life I was barely getting a shower in let alone crafting.  So I finished the decorations, but there was no time to make the ladder any prettier if I wanted to use it for Halloween.

This is the ladder she got me along with these decorations.
So fast forward to after Halloween.  The decorations came down and here I was with a ladder that I could use for the blankets!  Note: Still at this point I have not thought of the ladder as something I could use for the blankets.  I know, I know.  I am slow.  

I knew I wanted to stain the ladder.  That is when I found the stain that I used for the growth chart (see here).  So I bought the stain and still the ladder sat there unfinished and unused.  Finally, I had the idea that I could use this ladder for the blankets while it is not being used for Halloween on my porch.  So I told myself to put the ladder with the blankets on it up in my living room and VERY soon I would be staining it so it will not only look better, but match my living room.  Well that was almost a year ago.  I finally stained it a couple weeks ago.  I like it so much better and I have no idea why I didn't take a short amount of time to make it look the way I wanted it to.

Before
Really it didn't take that much time.  It was so quick and drying time was the longest part.

I honestly used the same supplies that I used for the growth chart (here) and had it done in no time.  This time I sanded it first.  Please do not skip that step.  I learned my lesson.  The stain actually went on so well that I had to sand down the bottom part to get it to look the way I wanted it to.

Before I sanded the bottom
After I got the finish that I wanted then I applied Polyurethane.  I applied 3 coats for durability since it will be outside some of the time.  Again, I used the same Polyurethane that I used with the growth chart.  This project was free because I had everything already.  I love it so much more now that it is stained.  It actually looks finished now.

What things have you re-purposed around your house for minimal or no cost at all?

I have linked up with The Party BunchMonday Funday Much Ado About Monday, Take-A-Look TuesdayToo Cute TuesdaysParty In Your PJsShow Me What You GotLook what I made WedHit Me With Your Best ShotWow Me WednesdayWhatever Goes Wednesday, Whimsy WednesdayShow + TellArtsy Corner Thursday, The Creative ExchangeThrifty Thursday Link PartyHandmade Hangout Party,  Creativity UnleashedFlaunt it FridayPinworthy Projects PartyFrugal Friday, Inspiration Gallery Link PartyCity of LinksThe Link Party PaloozaThe Creative CollectionFriday FavoritesLinky Party: DIY Inspired, Super Saturday!

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Sep 25, 2014

Cookbook of Choice



Ok, so I might be a little biased, but I promise this is an honest review of a cookbook that makes me smile every time I look at it.  Kelsey and I go back to junior high.  We went to the same junior high, but became great friends in high school.  We cheered together our junior and senior year.  When you are on a cheerleading squad you spend A TON of time together.  Sometimes you might not like spending the time with certain people, but Kelsey always had a contagious personality.  I always knew she would do something big and I am so proud of her.

Sep 24, 2014

Spice up your neutral nails-Book Style



Remember this post last month?  It is known that I love neutral nails.  I like them plain, but I also like to spice them up a bit.  Since I am a book person I decided to try transferring words from the newspaper to my nails.  It is really easy.

I could not get the words to be really dark, but I liked the subtlety of it!

Steps:
  1. Paint your nails a neutral color and let dry.  I used Essie Marshmallow. 
  2. Cut up sections of newspaper pages big enough to cover your nail.
  3. Dip and hold your nail is rubbing alcohol for 10 seconds.  You want your nail to be soaked.  
  4. Immediately wrap your nail with the newspaper clippings.  You do not need to keep the clippings on the nail for a certain amount of time, but press long and hard enough to make sure you press down all areas of the nail.  
  5. Remove carefully from you nail and it will transfer.  
Such a fun and subtle way to spice up your nails.  Try it yourself and let me know what you think!

I have linked up with The Party BunchMonday Funday Much Ado About Monday, Take-A-Look TuesdayToo Cute TuesdaysParty In Your PJsShow Me What You GotLook what I made WedHit Me With Your Best ShotWow Me WednesdayWhatever Goes Wednesday, Whimsy WednesdayShow + TellArtsy Corner Thursday, The Creative ExchangeThrifty Thursday Link PartyHandmade Hangout Party,  Creativity UnleashedFlaunt it FridayPinworthy Projects PartyFrugal Friday, Inspiration Gallery Link PartyCity of LinksThe Link Party PaloozaThe Creative CollectionFriday FavoritesLinky Party: DIY Inspired, Super Saturday!

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Sep 23, 2014

Weekly Routine for Kids



How many of you moms are strict with your kids routine/schedules?  This mom right here is.  I always have been.  The longer I am a mom the better I can let it go if something comes up.  Before...no way!  I would have had a complete come apart if something came up that was not in the plan.  I do not know by experience at all,  *wink*

Sep 22, 2014

Happy Anniversary to us!


For those of you who follow me on Instagram you probably have already seen this picture.  If not you can follow me here.  My husband and I are are celebrating our sixth wedding anniversary today!  On Friday we got to go on a date to The Cheesecake Factory.  It was a lot of fun to have one on one time with Ryan.  We waited to long to eat and so in this picture we were almost starving.  I felt like we were!

Sep 19, 2014

Burlap and Polka Dot Halloween Banner


I absolutely LOVE this time of year!  I love the cooler weather and the clothes that is brings (jackets and boots especially), I love the holidays that happen in Fall, and I love the decor.  I am so excited to share this tutorial with you today.  The other night I had a craft night with my friend.  She proclaims to not be crafty.  I do not believe it, but that is what she says.  So I wanted to see how she did on this craft.  I asked my husband after she left and he told me that her banner looked just as good as mine!  So there you have it.  This craft can be done by the self-proclaimed non-crafty people.  I promise!

Sep 18, 2014

Date Night Jar



Happy Thursday!  We are a little more than halfway to the weekend.  I like to plan and so I thought it would be a great day to post about date night.  Date night can be one of those things that gets overlooked.  It can easily be pushed aside with our busy lives or if you have a day planned for date night then you might get to the night of the date and look at each other and say, "So what do you want to do tonight?"  Sound familiar?  Well I want to help you with that.  Since I am a planner I try and avoid the situation above at all costs.  So in comes the date night jar.

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