Some Great Valentines Day Craft Ideas

31 Jan 1.25.15-7

With Valentines Day around the corner I thought we could all use a little inspiration on some great DIY crafts:

Valentines Day Embroidery Hoop Art. These darling embroidery hoops make a fun & surprisingly easy craft to do with kids! A few simple stitches are all you need to learn to make almost any design. Post includes a great little video tutorial!
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I love a project that you can use year round. These are cute enough to keep up all the time!

diy bag (Lisa DiBella)
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This is adorable and easy! You can get fabric paint and a canvas bag or you can be super crafty and make the entire bag from start to finish!

felt hearts
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I love the idea of this one, I think I would put some essential oils in it as well and make it smell amazing!!

Charming!
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A project that looks tough and expensive, but is easy and beautiful is a win win!

Button art on painted canvas #DIY #crafts
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I’m still not over the canvas phase! I can’t get over how great this looks.

Will you be doing any Valentines crafts this year?

Are You Taking Care Of You?

29 Jan 1.25.15-13

I can just hear my mom’s voice in my head. “You can’t take care of everyone else if you aren’t taking care of yourself.” She’s a genius.

So need to start doing this more often. It is definitely a MUST! Tired of letting myself be a pushover.

When your life is full of a list of things to do for everyone else, you tend to forget what you need. Last year I realized I was balancing too much and if I kept going at the rate I was, I was going to break. As much as that would hurt me, I was more worried about my family. Two little girls are dependent on me, and my husband – although he could do it on his own, he deserves someone who is there.

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This year I made some major changes in my life. I hired help to get me through the work and dedicated that time back to my family. We are spending more time together and focusing on what’s really important in our lives. Each other.

This is not an easy thing to do so I gathered up some things to help you remind yourself how to get back to what’s really important in your life.

1. Find a schedule that works for you, not against you.

2.┬áDon’t be afraid to ask for help.

3. Learn to say no graciously. It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.

4. Don’t compare yourself to others. It’s fine to have a role model to look up to, but don’t beat yourself up trying to be them.

5. Worrying only takes up precious time. We can’t control everything, and we shouldn’t.

6. Enjoy the small moments and victories.

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After all, these moments won’t last forever!

What do you do to refocus and take care of you?

What I’m Working On

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With my new year goals in full gear I have been getting busy with some exciting new things :)

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I have a few new hats in that will be coming in the store soon as well as some new mittens!!

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With Payton hiking out the snow with me to pick Emma up from the bus stop, I decided it was about time we made her some cute mittens (the baby ones just don’t fit anymore!) But of course I couldn’t stop there – my brain is on new year new goals.

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Instead of just MAKING them, I’m making the pattern and it will be available for purchase too! Stay tuned on my facebook to see when they are live or check out my etsy shop if you are interested!

What are you working on?

A New Kind of Health

25 Jan 1.18.15-7

My family is changing up the way we do things around here. I’ve been looking for alternative ways to keep this family healthy. More along the natural side of things, mostly because of Payton! With her being so young and not being able to take medications (also me being terrified to give them to her) I was looking for something that would help us through this. Emma also started Kindergarten this year and with that comes A LOT of germs. Way too many for a newborn to tackle!

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Luckily one of the clients I work with opened my eyes to a new possibility. The first few weeks of school Emma came down with pneumonia. What little girl gets pneumonia? I was terrified and shocked. The first thing the doctors told me was to keep the girls separate. With Brian at work, me being the only one at home, and breastfeeding (which means I was skin on skin with Payton), that was going to be difficult.

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The only good news that came out of the doctors visit was that I had kept her hydrated and her lungs weren’t struggling for air as badly as he had seen with others. Thank goodness I hovered and had her drinking a lot of water. They gave us some medicine and sent her home and I cried. Even with the medicine she was weak, miserable, incoherent, and I felt like I was lost.

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If you know Emma at all – this is not her. She is always smiling, can hardly sit still, and ready for anything. My little girl needed me the most and I was struggling to get her on the mend as well as being terrified that Payton would get it. Newborns can’t take medicine like we can, newborns can’t fight like we can, newborns die from things like this. My heart was hurting.

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If you haven’t heard of essential oils then you may want to do some serious research on them. A client of mine drove (an hour!!) to drop some DoTERRA Essential Oils off for Emma and Payton. Used correctly, they are safe for newborns. Within hours of applying them to Emma and diffusing them in the house for the rest of us. I could tell a difference. These two little bottles changed the way I looked at taking care of my children.

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Within a few days Emma started acting like herself again, after a week she was 100% herself and ready go! That fear and panic that had taken over my life had gone away and with oils in my hands I new I could prevent something like this happening again. This was a new way of life I felt comfortable living.

If you are interested in hearing more about how I use them, what they are, or have any questions let me know! I’ll be hosting a webinar about them Thursday January 29th at 8:00 pm! To RSVP click here! You can also check out┬átheir website here. Be sure to keep in touch on my facebook for more information about the class.

#girlboss Book Review

23 Jan 1.18.15-6

I put this book on my wishlist for Christmas and was ECSTATIC when I got it! For a while I have been searching for a book that is uplifting, motivating, funny, interesting, and geared towards running your own business. I wasn’t looking for self help, tips & tricks, or guidelines. I wanted something easy and fun to read. I had heard about this book through the grapevine, read the summary, and immediately got excited. It was the one I had been searching for.

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For those of you who have sensitive ears, be forewarned it does have some language in it. But if you put all that aside you’ll see this book is about taking a leap of faith, changing your point of view on what work should be, and encouraging you to do what you love.

It’s about picking yourself up off the floor, realizing you can do it on your own, and when it’s time – ask for help. This book is what got me back on my feet. I am a SUPER slow reader. I tend to read one or two books a year because, let’s face it, it’s hard to find time to read! I used to love reading back when I didn’t have lists upon lists of things to do! I read this book in two days. TWO DAYS! That’s ridiculous for me considering it takes months and maybe even a year for me to get through a book!

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Who should read this?

1. Someone who is looking for a change in their life.

2. Someone who doesn’t want a traditional job.

3. Someone who could use some motivation.

4. Someone who takes interest in the way other’s live their lives.

5. Anyone who enjoys an easy fun read.

I hope you’ll give this book a chance and tell me what you think of it below!

Mouth Closed, Ears Open!

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Something we’ve been working on in this household is our listening ears. At first I was just trying to find ways to help Emma learn the importance of listening and how it can hurt relationships when we don’t. Then I realized, our whole family could use a little more listening skills! Turns out, we all struggle with this.

A good method to remember when you are trying to pray contemplatively. Makes perfect sense.

With listening comes waiting our turn to talk. Emma and I are learning to communicate in a way that really doesn’t even need words! Instead of asking her to be quiet while I am on the phone, I have been asking her to tap me, or put her hand on me to tell me she has something to say. In return, I’ll put my hand on hers to let her know that I “hear” her and I will give her turn as soon as I can.

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This works both ways, if she is in the middle of something I can do the same for her. We’ve also implemented the “Excuse Me”. This is something I absolutely adore and love about Emma. When we are out in public, or she is with anyone really, she says excuse me when she isn’t feeling like she is heard or has something to say. It’s adorable! But we don’t do it at home, and I sure as heck don’t do it!

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That’s been changing around here. I’ve been saying excuse me to Emma when I have something to say and she gets a kick out of it. The other day I said, “Excuse me Emma, I have something important to say.” She said with a quick smirk, “Thank you for saying excuse me, but it’s not quite your turn yet. As I was saying..” Even though that little smarty pants wasn’t talking in the first place, I did what I was told and waited my turn. After all, the best way to learn is by seeing others do it.

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I feel like our relationship is growing stronger and I am so thankful that all it took was a different approach. Sometimes we just have to remember that those little beings are looking up to us for answers.

Easy Enchiladas!

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For most of you that know me, things that are difficult tend to not get done around here ;) The easier the better and since I am not the most amazing cook, that applies to all of my meals. I found this recipe in a cookbook my mom had stashed away in her pantry and doctored it up a bit (made it easier than ever) and in my opinion – it’s pretty delicious!

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Ingredients:
(you can use your own brand if you choose to this is just what I use)

1 16oz can of Old ElPaso Refried Beans
1 28oz can of Old ElPaso Enchilada Sauce
Mexican Shredded Cheese
5 Mission Tortilla’s

and any extra ingredients you’d like to top it with like lettuce, sour cream, etc.

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray or butter the pan. Mix Refried Beans, 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce, and a handful or cheese in a medium size bowl until well blended. Lay out tortilla and in a straight line fill it with mixture. Sprinkle a handful (or a half of a handful) of cheese on top of the mixture. Fold the tortilla, flip upside down, and lay flat in the baking dish. Repeat until finished. Pour the rest of the enchilada sauce on top of the tortillas and sprinkle heavily with cheese. Put in the oven for 30 minutes!

My preference is to make this a day in advanced and put it in the refrigerator. I don’t know why but to me it tastes better after it’s been chilled and reheated. To reheat it, I’ll throw it in the oven at 350 for 10 minutes or so just until it’s hot!

Hope you enjoy!

Ahh A Newborn’s Schedule

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There are often times I look over at Payton and just wonder what it’s like to be on her schedule. She gets to sit back and sleep the day away in a foggy haze and gets to eat whenever she pleases! This cute little face keeps me entertained and distracted throughout the day ;)

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So you might be wondering what my schedule is like these days? Oh you know, just crazy! But I love it :) With Emma in school, Payton making up her schedule as she goes, and my hands in a million different jobs, I guess you could say it gets a little nuts around here sometimes! Here’s a little sneak peak at a normal day for me:

6:30 wake up and feed Payton
7:30 get Emma up and ready for school
8:15 get Emma on the school bus or drive her to school
9:00 feed myself and get as much work as I can squeezed in there.
9:30 feed Payton again
10:00 back to work and it’s go time! I usually have a long list of things I need to get done before 12:00!
12:30 feed Payton and somehow feed myself at the same time. This is a lot harder than it sounds!!
1:30 get back to work and finish up everything I can before school bus time
3:30 pick up Emma and feed Payton as soon as we get back, then help Emma with her homework and get her set up with an activity if I’ve got more work to do. (Which I almost always do)
4:30 finishing up work as fast as my little fingers to go
5:30 make dinner
6:30 eat dinner and feed Payton – why she loves to eat when I do, I have no idea ;)
7:30 put Emma to bed
8:30 get Payton to bed for the night (if it works)
10:30 put myself to bed!!

For those of you who have no idea what I do, this is what it looks like all day long!

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I am a virtual assistant for four amazing clients! Never heard of a virtual assistant? Neither has a lot of my family, until I started it that is. I’m basically an administrative assistant who works from home doing everything that an admin in the office would do, except be in the office ;)

I answer phones, schedule clients, answer emails, social media, blogging (for others), marketing, mailing, invoicing, newsletters, spreadsheets, you name it – I have probably dabbled in it a bit!

As you can assume, it can get a little hectic here with my task list and two kids, which has been why I haven’t been around so much.

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These two have always been priority number one so sometimes things get a little left out and since blogging and etsy were personal things for me, I decided they were the first to go. Luckily things are seriously about to change! This assistant, just hired an assistant! Actually two to be exact ;)

I now have help with my virtual assistant work and for my personal work. I am not willing to give up my dream of providing for my family from home, doing what I love. So the best way for me to fight for that was to enlist some help! You’ll be noticing a few changes around here thanks to my new assistant Amanda! (I’ll have her introduce herself later so you all can meet her as well)

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Welcome to 2015! Where this girl is getting her boss on ;)

P.S. this book is HILARIOUS and a great read if you need a quick swift in the butt to get you back on track. You should totally read it, like now!

Welcome to the world Payton!

5 Aug

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Someone decided to join us a little early! Born 08/04 at 8:04 pm weighing 7 pounds 1 ounce and 18 1/2 inches long.

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She slept through almost the entire night and has been so quiet and calm!

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Feeling do blessed right now!!

Behind The Scenes Happenings

29 Jul

For those of you who follow my Daydreaming Gifts facebook page, you already know that I’ve been crocheting my little fingers away making boot cuffs, gloves, and cup cozies. I am stocking up and prepping for this holiday season and so excited to be offering a few new items.

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I’ve already gotten an order from my sister to make her two pairs of boot cuffs and I’m excited to say they are turning out amazing!! All I need is a few buttons to finish this one off.

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I’ve also been taking pictures of the process so I can share it with you all! Here’s a sneak peak at what it takes to get the pictures processed while I work. Imagine me wrapping my arms around the camera working ;) It’s quite amusing and Emma thought it was pretty cool and tried to imitate me with her own camera :D

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So much crocheting!! I can’t wait to share all the details with you soon!

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