Wordfull Wednesday 

I love this quote so much. There are so many wonderful things that can happen when we just let go and be ourselves.

Think about the people you are most comfortable with; those are usually the people who know us the best. I have really been working on just being myself and being comfortable with who I am. The second part of this is that I want to be someone people can feel comfortable being around.

Wouldn’t the world be a much better place if more of us felt comfortable just being us? I think it’d change the world.

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Tips and Tricks Tuesday: How I use my agenda to be more organized

As we prepare to go back to school, I am trying to make sure I’m as organized as possible. There have been cooking days so the freezer will be stocked with healthy meals, there have been closet and dresser cleaning days, and now I’ve purchased a new planner as well. I was enjoying bullet journaling, but it wasn’t the best use of my time. 


I looked at pricier planners like those designed by Erin Condren and Emily Ley, and while I liked them, I wasn’t sure I could justify spending $60 on an agenda I’d only use for a year and a half. Enter the Day Designer by Blue Sky.


Cute, lightweight, and only $20. The front pages of the agenda contain spaces for setting goals and creating a plan for accomplishing those goals.



It also features both monthly spreads and weekly spreads. I have started color coding my calendar entries: one color for each family member and a separate color for church activities.

I use it to record activities and appointments for all four of us, plus work and blog stuff for me.


Each calendar has a space for a to do list, setting goals, and reflection.  


I use the weekly spread to track habits and set three main goals. There is also space to record things you’re grateful for.


I also track fitnesss plans, blog posts, and plan meals. A weekly to do list is included as well. 


There are also blank pages in the back where you can do whatever you like. I use them to make lists, plan blog posts and record important dates:




I like to use sticky note pads for my shopping lists and things that are subject to change, such as Christmas lists and thrift store shopping lists.


Each night before you go to bed, reflect on the day, but take a peek at tomorrow. What do you need to do? Where do you need to be? Looking at your agenda each day ensures that you remember what you’re supposed to do and where you’re supposed to be.

How do you use your agenda to simplify your life?

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Make Something Monday: Chevron Letter


I am a blogger by night, but a teacher all other hours. While my daughter has already gone back to school, my students do not arrive until the week of the 27th. 

I am busily setting up my classroom and getting it ready for a new crop of eighth graders. I wanted something cute to hang above my bulletin board. The previous occupant had a really cute Wreath hanging there. I liked that idea, but wanted to do something different.  

Since I have already spent a lot of money on my classroom, I decided to repurpose something I already had. I dug through my craft cabinet and found a letter I once used as a door hanger.


I found some scrapbook paper that matched my room and I laid the letter on it, face down.


This is so much easier if you trace and cut out your letter before gluing it to the paper. 

After tracing and cutting out the letter, I then used Modge Podge to affix the paper to the letter.


Then, I used a foam brush to spread a thin layer of Modge Podge over the paper. I also attached a ribbon to the back with a staple gun. 


This was super easy and fun! My daughter saw it and now she wants to make one. You can use anything you have to cover the letter: craft paint, chalk paint, scrapbook paper, adhesive drawer liner…you name it! 

And best of all, I used only materials I already had, so this cost me nothing!

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Scripture Sunday: James 4:14


I am now wrapping up week four of the Bible study “A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit” by Nikki Koziarz. This is a six week Bible study on the book of Ruth. The author Nikki wrote the study based on five habits of perseverance from the life of Ruth. 

In day five, week four, Nikki uses James 4:14 as the “quit Quitting verse,” or verse of the day. 

The author also talks about how most of us believe God wants to use us to do great things, but it’s often hard for us to move forward and accept new responsibilities. Nikki says she doesn’t want her life to be filled with responses like, “someday, one day.” She is correct when she says time passes quickly and we need to maximize every opportunity  we are given. 

Nikki then challenges us to think about what we need to do to reach our goals and visions, and what visions we may need to put on hold for now. 

In this lesson we are reminded that being open to God’s movement is filled with hard work- work that often feels fruitless and like we’re not accomplishing anything. But, on his timing, and after we’ve stuck to the task at hand, God always gives us what we need. 

Just wait til week five. God does a huge work in the lives of Naomi and Ruth. 

Have a wonderful week.

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Saturday Musings

Last week, I talked to you about how summer was drawing to a close. While I still have one week until I go back to work (officially. I’ve already been there a few days to work on my room), my oldest started first grade on Wednesday.


She loves school, and this year, she not only got the teacher we’d hoped for, but she also has several of her friends in class. I’m so proud of her and I can’t wait to see what all she learns this year. 


This kid though? She keeps us on our toes. She’s sweet, cuddly, strong willed and fierce. She makes our lives more entertaining and she makes us laugh. I can’t help but notice (reluctantly) how fast she’s growing up. 


Our sweet Emorie got saved and baptized this summer as well. 


We went on a week long vacation to Pigeon Forge with my dad’s side of the family. We stayed in this cabin, which had the most lovely views.


We even saw some bears!


Our trip included a three mile horseback ride, lots of shopping, lots of good food, and lots of fun and fellowship. We had a great time and really enjoyed it.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:


Ruta Sepetys is an amazing writer. She also wrote Between Shades of Gray, which is about Lithuanian genocide. It’s a great read as well. This book is set in 1945 and follows the lives of four refugee teens. I highly recommend it. 


I just finished this one. It’s an intimate look at the first years of the Gaines’ marriage and the years leading up to present. These two are genuine and humble, and these qualities shine through their writing as well. I loved it!!

I hope you have an amazing weekend. Here’s what’s in store for you next week:

A monogrammed “Wreath”

How I use my agenda to be more organized 

Wordfull Wednesday 

Trim Healthy Mama cooking day part two

Farmhouse Friday: my favorite farmhouse dining rooms

Saturday Musings

Scripture Sunday 

Have an awesome week!!

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Farmhouse Friday: decorating with salvaged doors


I don’t know about you, but I love old house doors. My Pinterest boards are filled with repurposed door projects. I’m actually on the search for an old door right now so I can do this:

         Headboard from old door
And an old screen door for our pantry.


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I thought today I could show you some of my favorite old door ideas from around the web.

How awesome is this hall tree made from a salvaged door?


Dishfunctional Designs
And what about this photo display?


Interior Barn Doors
I need this bookcase in my life.


Lushome
I love this garden arbor made from salvaged doors.


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And as a shower door in this bathroom? I want it!


Plum Deluxe
I hope you have enjoyed looking at these ideas as much as I have! Now, I’m gonna go cruise Craigslist and find some doors! 

Have a good weekend. 

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Random Things Thursday: Trim Healthy Mama breakfast casserole (s)

I have been following the Trim Healthy Mama way of eating for about two years and I’ve not only lost a lot of weight, but I feel better than I ever have. 


This recipe is in the Trim Healthy Mama cookbook and it’s not only cheap and easy to make, it’s delicious!! It’s a great dish for THM newbies and skeptics, and kids and husbands both seem to love it!

You will need these ingredients:

8 eggs

6 cups of cheddar or colby jack cheese

1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk

1/2 cup of golden flaxseed flour or THM Baking Blend 

1/4 stick of butter

1/2 pound of diced ham

1/2 tsp of onion powder

1/2 tsp of garlic powder

1/2 tsp of parsley

1/2 tsp of chives

salt and pepper

First, cook up your bacon and brown your sausage. 


Then, take those meats and throw them in your food processor. Chop them up good. 


Then, core and cut up a red bell pepper and add it to the food processor.


Next, beat the eggs and mix in the rest of the ingredients, but only half the cheese.


Pour the mixture into a greased 9×13 pan and top with the remaining cheese. 

Then, bake at 350 for 45 minutes to an hour. 

You can even freeze and thaw for later.


I hope you enjoy this recipe!
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Tips and Tricks Tuesday: Homework and study station


Our little girl starts first grade this week. 


While we couldn’t be more proud of her, we have also been forced to admit she’s growing up. Her needs as a student are changing as well. Our sweet girl had homework in kindergarten, but completing that work at the dining room table wasn’t always the best solution. 

We decided she needed her own desk and workspace in her own room, away from the noise and distractions of the rest of the house. 

We found this beauty on Craigslist.

I promptly made her a French memo board for her photos and school papers. 

I took my girl to Hobby Lobby to pick out some desk accessories. She chose this white crate and I chose some buckets for her utensils. 

We also bought this chipboard E and painted it pink. 

This cute little picture was all her choosing. I love the picture, and what it says. 

This little statue was in my own room when I was a kid. 

I DIYed these boxes to store flash cards and high lighters.

This DIY photo album holds various certificates and awards.

Her center drawer holds workbooks, a student calendar, and folders. 


One drawer holds electronics and chargers.


One drawer houses notepads and journals.


One holds more electronics.


One holds flash cards and markers. 


And her bottom drawer holds work books and art books.


Her space is set up for work and play. While the drawers could be more neatly organized, I did want to be cognizant that a six year old would use it. I wanted her to find her stuff and keep it separated but not be afraid to make the drawers messy. 


I know my kiddo loves her desk and I know she’ll love using it.

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Make Something Monday: Closet Bins From Diaper Boxes

You may recall that my oldest daughter’s closet contains bins that I DIY’ed from diaper boxes. 

My youngest daughter is quickly nearing age two, but when she was born, her closet looked like this:

She’s getting older now and her needs are changing. I wanted her closet to accommodate that, so I made her some closet bins of her own. 

First, I spent a few weeks collecting diaper boxes. Then, I cut the flaps off the top.

Then, lay out your fabric, place the box on top and cut it to size. 

After you cut your fabric, spray your box with spray adhesive, and glue the fabric onto the box. It’s just like wrapping a present.

Then, use a colorful ribbon to hide the ugly edges. You can also use a pillowcase to line your bin.

I have not yet lined the boxes nor added my labels. My baby girl’s closet currently looks like this:

There are toy bins and a donate hamper (for outgrown clothes) to the right of the vertical shelf. A Rubbermaid tote stows her out of season clothes and her suitcase is to the left of the shelf.

Various other clothing items are stored high and out of reach on the top shelf. 

Our girl’s new closet reflects her changing needs as she grows. Have a wonderful week. 

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Scripture Sunday: Matthew 11:28

Today’s Scripture Sunday involves one of my all time favorite Bible verses, Matthew 11:28.


I am now wrapping up week three of the Bible study “A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit” by Nikki Koziarz. This Bible study, if you’re unfamiliar with it, is based on the book of Ruth. Nikki teaches us how to be women of perseverance using five points from the life of Ruth. 

In week three, Nikki talks about how a woman who doesn’t quit follows through with a task even when she doesn’t feel like it. Funnily enough, I wrote Wednesday’s post about struggling with perfection before I read my Bible study this week. I was pleasantly surprised by how related the two are. Isn’t God funny?

We women are expected to do it all and have it all together. No one does. No one can. Society and social media today leave us in a constant state of Comparison. When we feel we can’t compete, we quit. Nikki says this: “when we give God our soul’s best, he gives us a spirit of rest.” 

Don’t quit. Give it to God instead.

What in your life is making you weary or heavy laden? Give it to God and he will give you rest. 

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