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…

DIY Mason Jar Ring Pumpkin

So, I have a friend who is moving… And she gave me a lot of Mason jars. Like, a LOT. Boxes of jars, and a big box of lids and rings. I’m not complaining… I love jars. Well, a few days ago, I finally got around to sorting through the lids and lid rings, and…

Toy Rotation Boxes

Let’s talk about toys for a minute. Kids love them, and parents love happy kids. But then you have birthdays, kind friends, grandparents and relatives, yard sales, special occasions, road trips, Christmases and other holidays…. And all of the sudden you have WAY. TOO. MANY. TOYS. Too many toys is a problem (especially if they…

Wide Margined Scriptures

For a while now, I have been enamored with Bible Journaling.  It’s beautiful, artistic, and inspiring. After I ran across Brad Jackman’s wide margined scriptures, I realized I could make Bible journaling and Book of Mormon Journaling a reality. I decided to start my journaling on the Book of Mormon, because that’s what I was already in…

Cleaning up Tennis Shoes

My husband and I are major yard salers.  Nearly everything in our home is second hand.  We love getting our furniture, clothes, and tools at major discounts, and we don’t mind that sometimes we have to do a little clean up. Well, my husband’s current tennis shoes (2 pair) are dying.  Holes, tears, flapping soles….