Archives for January 2012

Why I Want To Raise Creative Children

To me, creativity is bigger than being crafty. It is bigger than having some type of artistic ability. Creativity is a mindset. When a creative person looks at something, he doesn't just see what is in front of him. He sees the possibilities of what it could be and how it could be used. When someone tells a creative person that something is impossible, she will figure out a way to make it happen. When a creative person doesn't have the money or exact items necessary, he will use what … [Read more...]

Chalkboard Prayer Door

A few weeks ago,  I kind of impulsively painted our pantry door with chalkboard paint and I LOVE it! I intended to use it for daily to-do's, but I always end up using the dry erase board in my office for those. So my pretty pantry door has sat rather empty of words. But I was inspired by something I saw on Pinterest the other day, had an "a-ha" moment, and decided to turn our pantry door into a "Family Prayer Door". Here's the plan. Each week, I will write a specific thing that I want to pray … [Read more...]

Recycled Crayons

My boys love to watch Fireman Sam on Netflix. Little Man is nothing short of obsessed with the show and runs around the house saying "Watch Ham" all day. There are times when it would be nice to let them "Watch Ham" all day, so I could get tons of stuff done, but that would be the easy way out. I usually let them watch it for about an hour or so after dinner before we put them to bed, and an occasional episode during the day if I am truly at my wit's end.Today was a cold and rainy day, and I was … [Read more...]

DIY Headboard & Bedskirt

Have I ever told you what a great husband I have? Not only does he help with the kids and the house, love to shop at thrift stores, and watch Grey's Anatomy with me...he is also a very thoughtful gift giver. Prior to Christmas, I told him that I really wanted to redecorate our Master Bedroom after the holidays. I say redecorate, but it has never really been decorated in the first place. Our Master Bedroom has always been the neglected space. Since we have been married, we have never purchased … [Read more...]

Christmas Card Photo Album Project for Kids

If you are having trouble deciding what to do with all of the Christmas cards that you received last month, here's an idea... Buddy loves to carry a little photo album around with random pictures, so I thought we would make a new album using all of the photos from the Christmas cards we received. I found a great little album with a removable cover insert for $1 at Wal-Mart. I gave Buddy a stack of photo cards and his safety scissors. I let him cut out the pictures and place them in the … [Read more...]

For Mamas of Boys

I found this via Pinterest the other night, and was very inspired. 25 Rules for Mothers of Sons With things like this, I like to create visual reminders for myself, or else I will forget them. So I summarized a few of her rules along with some of my own, and wrote them on the boy's chalkboard door in their room. Even though they can't read yet, these "rules" will work as visual reminders to me of things I want to teach my boys. My favorite three rules were: 6. Make sure he has … [Read more...]

DIY Pallet Coat Rack

I have always loved mud rooms and cool entryways. Unfortunately, my house does not have either. I do have a small square hallway-ish area off of the playroom and kitchen that leads to several bedrooms. I was inspired by several pictures I saw on Pinterest that had various frames and artwork creating a gallery-style wall display. I began looking for picture frames at my local thrift stores (and forgotten ones in my closets), and shopping around for cool coat hangers. I found out very quickly … [Read more...]

My One Word for 2012: {Be}

I have moved 26 times. I am 31 years old. You do the math.    We were not a military family, but we were a ministry family, and when it comes to moving, those can often look the same. Then I married a minister, and the rest is history. I'm not bitter, and I don't have any deep resentments or issues about it. In fact, I have been a part of the decision making on all of my moves as a married woman, so I do understand the thought process behind a decision to move.    But as I get older, I am … [Read more...]

So, about those 2012 goals…

Source The other day, I shared with you a bit about my goal planning process. So today, I will tell you my goals (i.e. resolutions) for 2012. Keep in mind, some of these are more like focus areas than specific goals. These are also not necessarily my only goals for 2012, but areas that I know I want to focus on initially. As the year progresses, I will re-evaluate and make additions and changes as necessary. I will also include some of the books I plan to read this year as they line up … [Read more...]

My Goal Planning Process

Source   Sometimes I love it, and sometimes I hate it, but  nonetheless, my brain seems wired to see everything in categories and lists. Several times a year, I sit down and do a big "life evaluation" where I re-evaluate my personal goals and create to-do lists to help me reach those goals. I often feel the need to do this after a period of time where life and schedules have been a little crazy like Christmas. So here I am, January 1, 2011. We just got back from visiting my … [Read more...]