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Getting Down and Dirty

23 Jan

Alright this post is not going to be the typical post. I have a few things on my mind that I felt like sharing because I know I can’t be the only one that feels this way!

I love new beginnings. I love the feeling of starting something that could make a huge difference in my families lives. There’s something about the way a new adventure in life can really spark a sense of hope in someone.

I guess you could say I’m a new beginnings junky! When I notice that I’m getting in a rut of things I get frustrated, bummed, and get antsy.

Antsy is where the magic happens. I can’t stop searching for that perfect thing even though I have no idea what I’m looking for somehow inspiration always finds me! I find that next new thing and I go nuts researching it until I feel ready.

When I reach that moment I tend to search and destroy. Which for me means rearrange, clean and organize every single thing I can think of that might in any way have any slight thing to do with my new inspiration. Okay some of them don’t but it’s super fun!

Then I make a notebook full of lists and goals and preparations and steps to succeed.

I spend a few weeks trucking along with this wonderful, why didn’t I think of this earlier?! mood. Then I get stuck in a rut and we start back at square one.

I am officially noting to everyone that this is my new problem. Who knows, maybe one of these days my next new thing will actually pan out and satisfy my crazy need for new happenings in my life!

Does anyone else feel the same way? What do you do about it?

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Weekend Round Up

27 Aug

It never gets old seeing Emma enjoy her weekends 🙂

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Brian set up his old video game system on Emma’s little TV and he was teaching her how to play some of the games 🙂 It’s amazing how fast she picks on things!

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They took turns playing Zelda and Mario! I have a feeling Emma is going to grow up in Daddy’s footsteps and have a love for technology! She is already crazy in love with the iPad!

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After some indoor fun we needed some outdoor fun! Emma had a great time making “gingerbread” men out on the sidewalk with the neighborhood kids!

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We had used Emma’s body as a template and she screamed, “Look Mommy! That’s me!!”

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Our little sports girl, I have no idea which one she will stick to but she loves baseball, basketball, soccer, golf, and football. We’ll see which one ends up being her favorite! Mommy was a softball player and Daddy played golf and tennis so she may surprise us both!

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Such a happy girl! I love that she enjoys so much at this age. It’s really fun to try new things with her (minus food 😉 haha!) Speaking of food she got really lucky this weekend and went out with Papa and Ope one night and Nana and DoDo the next!!

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Emma loves this place because there is so much to see and Papa loves it because it’s good southern cooking!

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It’s one of the few mom and pop places around. We are looking forward to finding some more!

A Book In The Mail

11 Aug

Emma received her first book in the mail from Ope 😀

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We love Ope! ❤

Are You Up For A Challenge?

19 Feb

I just love that I posted about my future schedule not to long ago and here I am mixing up my own schedule to make things work out 😛 Anyways!! So I had a long way past due thought last night and I couldn’t get it out of my head so I decided to write about it and give you a challenge to step up and do it yourself!!

I am all about having priorities, keeping them in mind, sticking with them, and then when it comes time to – reprioritizing them! I had an AH HA moment which I seem to have on a quarterly basis (haha that’s sad) that made me take a step back and say, “Wait a minute – I’m not moving forward here – what am I doing wrong?”

You could say that my schedule these days has seemed a bit packed but to be completely honest I love being busy! As long as the busy that I’m being is making me happy, I see no harm in it. Sometimes I get busy helping other people and realize that I’m losing myself and my priorities in the process. This tends to happen more often that I’d like it to but I have such a big heart and have a hard time saying no – I chalk it up to life lessons. These things are holding me back.

As most of you know, Brian and I have been house shopping!! Which is on my 30 things to do before I’m 30 list so BOOOYAH it’s happening 😉 haha. This has been taking up a lot of our nights and weekends but I’m so giddy and excited about it – I DON’T CARE! Obviously this is a new priority in my life and I’m loving it.

Other things on the other hand have seem to gotten off track to where I want to be. One of my goals was to notch this blog up and really  make it the dream blog I always hoped it would be. As most of you, I’ve been slacking in that department but I haven’t stopped trying! The effort is still there!

The saddest part is I’ve put my Etsy Shop aside. I’m actually embarrassed I’m even saying this because it’s the ONE HUGE MAJOR GOAL I really want to achieve. I want my shop to be my full time job – I want to wake up every morning and know that being creative has gotten me there and I’m going to keep doing it until I run out of it 😉

I was reading a post the other day about selling items to shops, wholesale orders, and their experiences. It was like a punch in the face that I’m not doing what I want to be doing. What’s stopping me from working my tail off at my shop to do this? Oh right, all these other things that I’ve been making time for that I shouldn’t be.

As I’m writing this I am shaking my head but also so darn proud of myself for seeing it so clearly and knowing exactly what I need to do in order to fix it.

So I’ve decided to start a trend. I want everyone to make a list of their priorities in life – what’s most important to you and what do you want to spend a majority of your time daily doing – down to the not so important but you still want to keep it up. Now make a list of your goals where you want your priorities to be in five years. Think about your future and really plan on what you think are reasonable (maybe a little unreasonably but not totally) goals that you could see yourself doing.

Now figure out what it’s going to take to get from your current priority list to your five year plan. Start looking at what you are doing on a daily basis that’s holding you back from that.

Are you able to cut back on that? Is there a way out? If not, stick with it but remember that in five years you don’t want that thing to be a priority anymore. In order to get rid of the things that are keeping you from your goals you need to MAKE them go away yourself. Find a solution – even if its a long term solution – that could really make a difference in your life.

Let’s make this a movement to do what you want to do – after all it is your life!!

Feel free to leave a comment below to let me know some of your goals and what you hope to stop doing and start doing these next few years! I’d love to hear them!

Love Always,

J

Future Schedules

10 Feb

Is it sad that I’ve already planned out my schedule for when my dream comes true!? Of course this also involves Emma being in school during the day but now that I think about it – it isn’t too far away!

While I was chatting today I was talking about how amazing it would be to wake up Monday mornings and go thrift store shopping searching for the amazing pieces and projects I’d love to work on later. Then hit up the craft store for whatever supplies I needed that week and grabbing lunch while I’m out!

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday I’d craft, create, and work on the things I found that week.

Friday I would take pictures of my work, blog post about it, put it up in my etsy shop to sell, and do all the computer and paper work necessary.

Saturday & Sunday would be strictly family days!

It’s still a dream I’m working on to have my etsy shop be my sole source of income, but it being the thing I spent a majority of my day on instead of fitting it in in between things really is something the creative person inside me is dying to have!

Looks like I have a few years to figure out how to cross over from it being my part time job to my full time job! This transition is going to be a tough on – I can tell already 😉

Love Always,

J

Snow Day!!

29 Jan

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The first time we’ve gotten to play with snow this year! Emma was so excited so could barely contain herself. Every time she’d look outside and see the snow falling she’d BEG me to let her go out and build a snowman!! Since we didn’t have snow clothes for the little girl I care for we had to wait until after she went home.

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After running around the deck in pure joy of the snow for a good 15 minutes I got the shovel and a bowl out so she could attempt to build a snowman. The snow was to dry to pack so it didn’t quite work out as planned but she had a blast trying anyways!

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There was our little snowman attempt!! Every time we put a new layer of snow on it just toppled all over the sides so you can’t even really tell it was supposed to be a snow man but she proudly shows it off to everyone who will come look out the window and see it!

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I love that little girl!!

Hope for those of you who got hit by the snow storm enjoyed it as much as someone else I know 😉

Love Always,

J

Wasted Space Not So Wasted Anymore!

8 Jan

Emma’s closet has been only used for storage since she was born. We have a big chest of drawers for her and since her clothes are so tiny I would just fold them up and put them in there. We also had the changing table drawers for sheets and blankets so there was really never a need to hang up her clothes.

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This resulted in using the closet to put things she wasn’t using in! For a while I’ve wanted to do something differently and I finally got the kick in the butt to change things up around here 🙂

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Emma’s closet has this nook inside of it that I’ve been dying to make a little reading spot out of! So while I was giving the closet a useful makeover I decided to make this part a little place to hide out for Emma.

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On one side she has her spot to sit and read with her books.

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The other side is her stuffed animal pile and puzzles on top of the shelf. Sometimes she’ll crawl into the pile of animals and hide out!

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The rest of her closet got organized and is finally be used for it’s main purpose!! For the past few mornings she’s had a blast picking out her outfits not that she can see them all!

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When it gets quiet around here I know just where to find her!

 

Now I need to make a special spot for me to go hide and get things done 😉 I wonder if Emma would let me work on my blogging in my closet?

 

Love Always,

J

 

Christmas At 3

1 Jan

This year Emma had 5 different Christmases!! That’s what happens when you have a huge family and you live close to all of them 🙂 We actually missed out on one family Christmas this year so there could have been six! Whew. So instead of splitting them all up into different posts I’ll just give you the quick peak at a few of them.

 

 

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Little miss too excited to wait two minutes for me to get a pick before she saw all the presents! She was so excited!

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This year we let her play with each toy after she opened it. Needless to say it took from 9am-4pm the first day!

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Emma’s dressy outfit 🙂

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By Round 3 of Christmas she was a professional at opening presents!

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Brian and I enjoying watching her open presents instead of having to help her like last year 😉

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Chick Fil A treats for Christmas this year! I had to share mine of course 😉

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A beautiful mist of snow just in time for Christmas this year.

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Now it’s time to say goodbye to December and hello to the new year!

I hope you all had wonderful holiday’s this year and I am looking forward to a new year of blogging here! What are you looking forward to this year?

Love Always,

J

Christmas Tree Shopping!

17 Dec

There is nothing better than Christmas shopping with a little one.

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We had a blast finding the perfect one!

Usually we get Hot Chocolate or Caramel Apple Cider while we are Christmas Tree shopping but this year it was nice and warm!! I think Emma enjoyed the warm weather.

Do you have any tree shopping traditions? I’d love to hear them!

Love Always,

J

What Are You Doing!?

14 Dec

Today I am doing finishing touches to make sure I’m all prepped for my show tomorrow!

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These are pieces of wood I spray painted with chalkboard paint to make price signs for the show. I love how bright they are and how they stand out. I also love that I don’t have to tag price EACH item I’ve made. I’ve tried many different ways to tag price my items and realized that all of them take WAY to long and I could have made more items for my show instead of wasting time tagging each and every single thing.

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These are the kinds of tags I was trying to use. I had to write out each tag and use string to tie to each item. It was exhausting and frustrating. Another kind i used were sticky price tags which I hated. They either leave sticky messes on your items or they fall off and are nowhere to be found which result in a, “how much is this!?”

After going through all that I realized I didn’t mind people asking me how much things were. It actually seemed to be the conversation starter and gave me a chance to explain the process of making my items and that I do custom orders as well. After that I tried to come up with a different way to price my items – which resulted in the chalkboard paint boards. Now my prices are easy to be seen but if someone really wanted to talk to me or ask me my prices I was ready and available 🙂

What are you working on today? Leave a comment and let me know or share a link to show me what you are doing!

 

Love Always,

J

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