Journal, Journal

I love to write in my journal. I find it therapeutic and relaxing (Yes, I’ve been through therapy – is it that obvious?). Unfortunately, it seemed like every time I sat down to write in my journal it was either a gripe fest or I drew a total blank on what to write.

I looked at a few journals that had prompts and questions but had a hard time finding something I liked. So, being the computer nerd that I am, I decided to make my own. It is only a half sheet, that I print front and back. It gives me a chance to reflect on my day and record some of the experiences that I am having and would probably forget. The best part is I am actually writing – not every day but pretty close to it.


There are three main prompts:

  • Something good that happened today.
  • Something that challenged me today.
  • Today I am grateful for.

There is also a place to list:

Things that are working & Things I need to work on.

I have included a printable for anyone interested. Enjoy!

Journal page

I printed the pages front & back, then cut them in half. I punched two holes in the top of the pages and put rings through them. I also used a piece of heavy cardstock on the front and back so I can write without having to put a book behind it.

If you are looking for something different here a really fun site where she makes a bunch of different pages.

Valentines Wreath

I updated my burlap wreath for V-Day. (See original post here) It makes me happy every time I open my door. I cut the bunting with my Silhouette – it is just paper. Then I made flowers with scrap material I had.


P.S. I cannot believe I have not posted since Halloween? Wow – well I have written like 5 posts in my head (usually while putting on my makeup) so hopefully I will get those done soon!

I love Halloween

I love Halloween, like a lot. So I decided to paint mine and my daughters toe nails. Wanna see?

They make me happy. If you want a picture tutorial here is the Pin.

{Side note on the tutorial, when my daughter (4) saw it she said “Mom the white is supposed to be on top”. Yeah, I guess there is no messing around with my girl & her candy.}

Party Time

So,  my girl just turned four. I don’t know how she is 4 already, but that is a different discussion.

I have this mini doughnut maker and I thought it would be fun to have a doughnut party.

Table & Backdrop

I made the streamers from tissue paper and wrapping paper (yes I am crazy.)

Frosting & Toppings

We had chocolate & cream cheese frosting. Chocolate chips and lots and lots of sprinkles.


Milk Glasses

The kids loved these (and so did I). The tutorial I found used honey but next time I am going to try chocolate.

The happy birthday girl with her doughnut (and twirling her hair).

I think we all ate too many doughnuts (I know I did) and had a great time.  If anyone is interested I have the Babycakes doughnut maker. It works like a waffle iron. I got it at Khols with a double coupon (so it was only $10) I have also seen them at Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond. It comes with a recipe book – the sour cream doughnuts are my favorite, but I have also used cake mixes and they turn out great to.

Failure . . . it happens.

So, after seeing these two gems on Pinterest I decided to stop neglecting my blog. See I worked on two projects to share and they were both the epitome of FAIL and I got discouraged. Hey, it happens.

I did (finally) finish my magnet makeup board which I ABSOLUTELY love. It had it’s own serious of failures along the way, but eventually got done.

I saw this little beauty online:

I decided I MUST have one – honestly now that it is done I don’t know how I survived without it. She had a great tutorial HERE – so I’m not going to re-hash. Although I decided to paint my board instead of covering it with paper (I tried covering it 3 times – it wasn’t working for me).

Here are some picts of mine:

Not perfect, but finished.

I absolutely love the board, I kept asking myself why didn’t I do this sooner . . . oh yea, I tried.

Father’s Day

I was going to do this post before Father’s Day but I had the following conversation with my hubby:

Me: Do you ever look at me blog?

Jake: Some times? Why?

Me: Just wondering.

Jake: You are going to post something you don’t want me to see. I’m going to check it everyday.

Now, he probably didn’t mean it AND probably hasn’t even looked at my blog since that conversation BUT I love surprises and I didn’t want him to see.

This was the cute little table I had all the presents on.

I got the printable here.  The banner was much bigger (two ties per page) so re-sized it to 8 ties letters per page {I had a small space}.

I got Jake a air tight container filled it with pistachios and put subway art vinyl on it. I got the Dad Subway Art Here.

I saw this post for home made magnets that look like iPhone icons – and knew I had to make them for my dad. I used scrabble tiles and ModPodge Dimensional Magic. They turned out great!

Father’s day was a huge sucess and lots of fun. I had my dad, brother, sister & brother-in-law over for dinner. It was a great day to celebrate the wonderful men in my life.

{He probably doesn’t ever read this} BUT I also want to give a shout out to my AWESOME husband. He is my best friend and my rock. I love you Jake!

Love these Shoes

I got these cute shoes. They are surprisingly comfortable and very fun.

But I felt like they needed something. So I got out my felt and made two little flowers (using a template found here). And attached them to my shoes.

They are so cute I can’t believe how much I love them!

I can’t take the credit on the idea. I saw this adorable post by my friend Kristy and I was inspired. She made some dang cute shoes – you should check them out.

Good Intentions

So, it all started with my shelf. I have a shelf by my entry. After Valentine’s Day I saw all of these cute decorations and decided I am going to make cute decorations for every holiday to decorate my entry shelf. That let to blog stalking various craft blogs, which led to Pinterest which ultimately let me to starting this blog.

While preparing for my Fourth of July/Summer decorations I came across these awesome projects that I planned on making.

I love this idea and thought it would be fun to make with the kids. I already have the frame.

I love this wreath. It is made from t-shirt yarn. Here is the tutorial. I already made the red yarn.

Isn’t this thing cute! I love it. I already got the frame and buttons for this project.

So, what am I missing to finish all these great projects?


All three of my kids have had the flu for THREE weeks. And we are going out of town in two weeks and my hubby has been working 60+ hour weeks. So, I have been doing a lot – but NOT my cute decorations. I thought I would at least share them so maybe some of you can make them; and the great thing about holidays is there is always another one coming around.

I did update my wreath – I love that I can change the flowers.

I used some of the t-shirt yarn (intended for the other wreath) for the red flowers. The pin wheels are a free printable you can find here.

I did my best. I am working on some travel games that I will post (hopefully before we leave).

One of THOSE days

I am not usually one to write a huge dramatic rant but there are days in my life where I think to myself –

Is this really my life?

So, in an attempt to find some humor I thought I would share. {A little back story} My kids have had the flu on and off for the last three weeks. Every time I think everyone is better we have a couple days of “normal” and then some one is sick again. On top of that my hubby has been working 11 hour days and has to work Saturday too (on salary).

Last night at 9:30 I decided to go to Walmart and get groceries. Everyone was in bed I though I can just run get it done and then we will actually have food (We were already pretty past due). I shopped leisurely for an hour and a half. Get to the check out at 11 and realize . . .

I don’t have my wallet. Seriously? Gottobekidding.

So, I finish my check out (with the slowest cashier EVER), drive home, get my wallet, drive back, pay for the groceries and finally drive home [AGAIN]. On the way home I realized the tags on the car are expired and was fully prepared to be pulled over {luckily} I wasn’t.

I got home at MIDNIGHT put away the cold stuff and the melted popsicles and left everything else bagged in the middle of the kitchen floor. I finally am in bed at 12:45 and at 1 my baby (who has been sleeping through the night for months) starts crying. Forty-five minutes later she is finally asleep again and I pass out. Then at 5:45 I wake up to crying almost screaming. My 5 year old is in his room screaming that his stomach hurts. Yup, another round of the flu. I am just glad he made it to the toilet I am really not in the mood to clean up any more puke.

So, today we are in survival mode. Just make it through the day. Tomorrow will be better. I sure hope so anyway.

Burlap Door Wreath

I hadn’t realized before how much I love wreaths & door hangings. I have recently started a new obsession. It is a site called Pinterest. Basically it is a way to save and organize your bookmarks & craft ideas. If you want to look at my “Pins” click here.
So, I saw this amazing wreath at Jones Design Company– this blog is amazing! So many great, great ideas. {I digress.} So I had to try. Here is what I made:

The tutorial is here. I know you want to make one – how could you not!
I will give my few (very few) suggestions on what I will change next time.
First – I’ve never worked with burlap before – it is messy! I would lay something down before I start to cut.
Second – I would use a 4″ strip for the back ruffle and a 3″ strip for the front ruffle. I like to see the back a bit more and ended up trimming mine.
The tutorial really is wonderful and I LOVE the end result.
My door looks so pretty.

Here is a close up of the flowers. The best part is they are all pinned on so I can change them out for the different seasons. Love it!
Need some more ideas? I am already planning on my next wreath. Here are a few I have been inspired by:
This is where I got the idea for the removable flowers. Genius!