My New Bullet Journal Set-up

Confession time. In my post last month about bullet journaling for One Year, I made fun of cutesy layouts and having millions of different personality pages and spreads. I said that those kinds of spreads were a joke, and that a system like that wouldn’t work for me. And maybe it didn’t, last month. Haha. But…

DIY Soft Box Pencil Case

I’m going to start this off by saying that I don’t sew.  I mean, obviously I can, but I rarely have successful projects, and I have a hard time wrapping my mind around sewing concepts… So I end up frustrated. With that said, this is a super fun project, and I’ll try to make it easy…

18 Goals Before 2018

I was recently inspired by this post on “18 before 2018” on the blog Getting to the End, and I decided to do it for myself! You basically make a list of 18 things to accomplish before the year ends.  It’s a great way to refocus on improvement and growth, and gaining new experiences. I decided to…

Handmade Bullet Journal

So I’m coming super close to the end of my giant, well-loved bullet journal that I’ve been using for over a year. And I’ve been searching for the past few weeks for a great replacement. Requirement 1: It had to be dot paper or graphing paper. You can technically make a bullet journal work in…

3 Things to Consider When Naming Your Baby

1. What are people going to REALLY call your child? Consider potential nicknames. People like to give nicknames. Accept it.  Lillian becomes Lily.  Kathryn becomes Katie or Kathy.  Peter becomes Pete.  Stan becomes Stan the Man. Think about what people might call your child, and figure out if you’re okay with it. I love the…

1 Year of Bullet Journaling

Okay, so bullet journaling has been around for awhile, people.  It’s very cool, but it ain’t new. If you don’t have any clue what I’m talking about, watch this video by the creator of bullet journaling, and then search “bullet journaling” on Pinterest to be inspired on how extremely creative people have taken this very…

Activity Days Temple Project

So, I’ve been one of the leaders for Activity Days (weekly meetings for girls to help build their faith in God) at church for several months now, for the 10-11 year old girls. However, my companion teacher/leader was just given a different assignment, and I’m flying solo for a few weeks until they replace her….

Paint Dat Mirror

I hate when I forget to take “before” pictures. Here’s the best I’ve got: I found this mirror at a yard sale, and it was destined for something great. But a spiraly gold frame ain’t my style, so I decided to paint it. And I alllllmost painted it my favorite tealy color of blue. But…

Family Celebrations Board Tutorial

Have you seen Celebrations Boards around?  They are the coolest way to remember birthdays and anniversaries! You hang the circles and hearts under each month, and write the names and dates of people’s celebrations.  Circles for birthdays, hearts for anniversaries. Suuuure, Facebook tells you about those things, but 1. Not noticeably far enough in advance…

DIY Fire Pit

For labor day, we decided to work some more on our (struggling) yard.  We’ve definitely neglected it during the hot summer.  Also, we’ve lived here long enough that we should actually do something about the stuff we don’t like. Speaking of which…. There are a lot of old-people bricks around the perimeters of our yard…

Painted Bathroom Mason Jars

So, as I said in a previous post, a friend gave me a bunch of Mason jars, and I’ve been trying to find ways to use them! I loved this post from Mason Jar Crafts Love, and decided to do my own thang. First, I collected mason jars I liked, and lid rings that fit. Then I…

How to save money and time at WalMart and big retailers

Whenever we go to WalMart as a family, my 2 year old inevitably cries, “No Warn-art, no Warn-art!” He hates it.  And I’m pretty sure it’s because he knows we are going to be there forever.  WalMart is a time-sucker for us. We end up buying extra things, every. single. time.  We come in with…