Tuesday, January 22, 2019

DIY-Valentine frame art display and a bonus craft.

I'm always looking for a fun way to display art that my girls create. This simple, cute Valentine frame craft is a cute way to display their art creations. 
This is not a sponsored post of any kind. 
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Materials needed:
Picture Frames
Sticker Valentine hearts 
Glitter hearts (These were not stickers, but I'm sure you could find some that are)
Paint brushes

I picked up my materials from the Dollar Tree store, but you can pick up your materials from any  store of your choice. This is a pretty simple craft for kids to do. Just set out some paint, paint brushes, and frames. Let your kids enjoy the time painting their frames. Honestly, I could have picked out some white frames, but I decided against it just so that my kids could enjoy the time painting and enjoying art time. Once the paint is completely dry take out some Valentine heart stickers and let them decorate their frames.
I let my girls create some art to put in the frames so that I could display them. It really is a simple craft, enjoy!

Bonus craft below...

Love Sign

Materials needed:
Glitter hearts
Glue (Since my glitter hearts did not have a sticky back)

This was so simple to make.

I bought this sign at the Dollar Tree store while picking up the frames for the art display.
Start off with choosing a color for your sign. I used some acrylic paint in white, and a darker pink.
I allowed it to completely dry and once done I added some glitter hearts. I did have to glue the hearts since these did not have a sticky back on them. You're all done! Yes, it was really that simple and it looks wonderful being on display in our living room.
Also just for fun, you could add some silver, or even pink glitter over the letters. 

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. It's a new year and I'm wishing you all the best. May you all go on new adventures, make new friends, and continue to have many more blessings come your way.
 I'm excited for this new year. This year I'd like to go on new adventures, be more in the moment, work on having more patience, create a space that is full of beauty, and inspiration. I want to take more pictures of my kids as they grow with each passing day. I've realized that life passes us by so quickly and we must enjoy this current moment.  There is so much beauty around us and we must take the time to notice it, be still, and in the moment.
I'm leaving behind sad moments that truly left me feeling completely down, shaking off those negative vibes, and I'm filling my daily cup with positive, loving, caring vibes. -Honestly we all should! So please feel free and come along with me on this journey.
 What are your plans for this year? I'd love to hear what you all have planned. Drop a comment below, or feel free and send me an email. I love hearing from my readers. This year I hope to blog more. I want to fill this space with content that I enjoy blogging about, and that my readers enjoy reading. May you continue to be blessed this year! Much love. ♡

♡ Stephanie

Monday, December 10, 2018

Hello December.

“December, being the last month of the year, cannot help but make us think of what is to come.” 
― Fennel Hudson, A Meaningful Life - Fennel's Journal - No. 1

Hello December.
It's so nice to have you here. The days are cold, but our hearts are warm.
We're filled with so much love, and there's so much to be thankful for.
What are you most thankful for?
We spend our days busy as can be, but when we have time to finally take it all in we continue to
count our blessings. This year was an eventful year.- One with challenges, changes, and new adventures.  Somehow through all the chaos we made it! Isn't it amazing how life can be tough at times, but in the end we pull through? 
 I hope that December is treating you all well. May you experience joy, love, and peace. 
May your days be merry and bright. ♡♡

Thursday, November 1, 2018

30 Day Happier YOU Challenge.

30 Day Happier YOU Challenge
  1. Create a list of things you are grateful for
  2. Read some inspiring poetry
  3. Prepare a delicious and healthy meal
  4. Visit an art museum
  5. Enjoy a casual stroll outdoors
  6. Visit the Humane Society. 
  7. Enjoy your favorite drink
  8. Attend a local event
  9. Play a board game with friends or family
  10. Take your pet for walk
  11. Play outside with your children/pets
  12. Create something new
  13. Take on a free how-to class 
  14. Visit your local library
  15. Declutter a small section of your house
  16. Open your windows and let the beauty of sunshine in
  17. Exercise/ Find a workout that is fun to do and that you enjoy
  18. Take some of your gently used items and give them to someone who might need them
  19. Start a page in a journal
  20. Visit with a friend
  21. Take a few pictures of things you love
  22. Find a new book
  23. Find a free painting tutorial online
  24. Listen to some inspiring songs
  25. Think of 5 things you love about yourself
  26. Create a space that is cozy and relaxing 
  27.  Take a day off from social media
  28. Enjoy a quiet morning being in your own thoughts
  29. Tell those you love what it is they do that you appreciate the most 
  30. Lend a helping hand. Big or small, do something for someone that brightens their day

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Here and there. -Life, thoughts, and more.

It's so hard to believe that this year is almost over! Where did the time go? It snowed here through the night, and a little more this morning. There is a chill in the air. We will have to bundle up this evening when we take our children out for trick or treating. Last week we attended a trunk or treat in the neighborhood, and it was a bit chilly out. The lines were long, and my husband was ready to go. Tonight we will do our best to move as quickly as possible as our two trick or treaters collect their candy. Today I have had to run the heat since it is so cold out. How's the weather over where you live? We're finally getting our roof done after the big hail storm a few months back. I never thought the process would be so long. I'm relieved that we can now move on with the next step.
 My brother recently took the Ancestry DNA and we were aware that we were mixed with Asian, but there was just so much more on the results. It was surprising to see everything else.
I'm so ready for Thanksgiving! Who else is ready for Thanksgiving? I can't wait to share that day with the people I love. We have some great helpers to share in the joy with preparing the food. This year I am just so thankful for my wonderful family. We have gone through so much together, some good and some bad. The beginning of the year was filled with health issues, a few bumps in the road, but as with anything it makes you stronger, and much wiser. I've learned that we must enjoy every moment in our lives. Every moment builds on to the next, and with every moment we make new memories. Take a moment and think about what you are most thankful for this year? I've challenged myself this year to eat healthier, work out daily, and be in the moment. So far I have continued with this challenge. Overall I want to be a better person. Not just physically, but also mentally.  Have you challenged yourself this year?
I know I say this quite often, but thank you to all my readers. I truly appreciate all of you. You're all so wonderful.
May your days be filled with love, joy, and so much happiness. And if you are going through something that is hard, just know that at the end of that tunnel there is light. Happy Halloween to all!

♡ Stephanie

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Maybe you should...A few things you should consider doing right now.

“Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile."-John Howard Bryant

Maybe you should...

  • Visit a pumpkin farm
  • Go apple picking
  • Enjoy a nice warm cup of cider
  • Bake some pastries
  • Buy some new indoor plants
  • Cozy up with a good book
  • Watch one of your favorites shows
  • Color with your children
  • Go on a hike. I swear nature is so beautiful.
  • Burn one of your favorites candles
  • Attend an Autumn festival
  • Add a few fall touches to your decor.
  • Roast some s'mores
  • Give your front porch an Autumn makeover
  • Cook as a family
  • Put together a puzzle
  • Visit a coffee shop
  • Call up an old friend
  • Limit your use of social media
  • Take some pictures 
  • Enjoy some down time
  • Play your favorite songs
  • Create something. Big or small. Just create something you love
  • Try something new
  • Tell the people you love just how much you truly do love them
  • Give someone a lending hand
May your days be filled with so much happiness, and love. Surround yourself around those who inspire you, build you up, and cheer for you when you grow.

Until next time,

♡ Stephanie

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Autumn.-Our days.

Isn't it beautiful how with each season comes change? My favorite season of them all is Autumn and I'm so glad that it has arrived. With each day that passes we see change and it's really important to capture each moment. I look back on pictures that I've taken and I'm amazed at how so much has changed over time.
 My flowers in the garden are still showing off their beautiful colors, but some are slowly fading away. I normally cut a few and bring them into the house and display them in vases. My fall decor is out and today there is a cool breeze in the air. My oldest has been busy with school. Our youngest just turned four this month. They are always making us smile.
I'll celebrate my birthday this month and I'm actually looking forward to a few changes. My husband just had a big promotion and we are just so thankful.-God is good all the time! 
Our days are busy, but our days are always filled with so much love. These days I'm just really thankful and feel so blessed. How are you all doing these days?
We recently bought a juicer and so I've been juicing more often. My favorite combination is apple, carrots and oranges. I continue to work out Monday-Friday and I've started running again too. I never thought that through exercise I'd find some sense of peace. 
I'm currently looking through a few books. I still enjoy coffee each morning, but for a year now it's been black. My husband still roasts coffee beans and if he isn't roasting them we just buy whole beans and grind them. My favorite is on the weekend. My husband and I can sit and enjoy our coffee together while we talk about life.
I'm excited for the new, This Is Us season. This show is so good and I can honestly say I am filled with all emotions every time  I watch it. If you have watched this show you will know exactly what I am talking about. 
I hope life is treating you all well and I hope that I'll get into blogging more soon. To all my beautiful readers out there, thank you for visiting my blog and allowing me to share my life with you all. I appreciate it so much. Until next time, have a beautiful rest of your week.