Friday, January 13, 2017

Snapshots from our week.

At the end of the night..
Warm and cozy.

What a beautiful sunset.


Bedtime routines.
Teeth are being brushed.
In between there are giggles.

Of course I put her vase on display.
 Our 5 year old created this clay vase just for me.




Library days.
This week we spent a lot of our time attending library events.
We really enjoy this time.
Books, stories, music, art and wiggling  and giggling. 
It's a fun time for all!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

That old peanut container: simple way to upcycle that used container






I love simple do it yourself projects.
Last weekend I was about to throw out two empty peanut containers.
Suddenly, I remembered that this was the year that I wanted to get a little more organized. 
I've been organizing our home from top to bottom. 
I decided to take these peanut containers and make little trash bins. 
One for the main vehicle we use and the other for my nightstand. 

Materials needed:
1  empty peanut container
1 sheet of crafting paper
tape
scissors

Start off by removing the old label on your peanut container. 

Next, you'll want to wrap your crafting paper around your container. 
If you find that it does not completely cover the container, cut out a single strip to use later.

Tape your crafting paper to the container and then make necessary cuts to the paper using your scissors. Once this is done, take the last piece of crafting paper that you cut out earlier and place it over the spot that you were unable to cover. Take some clear tape and apply it to the container. 

Now this part is up to you, but you can keep the lid, or throw it out. I actually kept the lids for it. Especially for the one I'll be keeping in the car. I also added a few antibacterial wipe packs to the bottom of the container. It really comes in handy when you have children.

 I purchased these tiny purple bags from Babies R Us a few years back. You can use any bags you choose, but you want to make sure they are small and will fit in your container. 
 You're all done! Yes it really is that simple. 
I hope that you have enjoyed this simple way to upcycle that old container.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Blogging: 8 ways to help improve your blogging journey


1. Blog about things you love.
This is so important! Never allow yourself to start blogging about things that aren't from the heart. My blog focuses on my family, recipes, crafts and just moments in between. Since I enjoy creating things with my family, I figured why not share some of those things. 

2. Don't get stuck on the number of followers you have. 
It's not about the number of followers you have, but about the readers who engage with you and your blog posts. I've noticed a lot of people focus on the number of followers they have and not really focus on the interactions they have with their readers. 

3. Open up to new opportunities. 
I've been asked many times to participate in reviews of products. I normally say yes, depending on what the individual is asking of me. I think it's a great idea to open up to these new opportunities because I honestly believe it does help you grow as a blogger and it actually brings new readers to your blog. 


 4. Don't be so hard on yourself.
We all get busy and the last thing you want to start doing is being hard on yourself about how behind you are on your blog posts. Honestly, it is okay and your readers will still be there when you return. Yes, blogging is great experience, but we all still have our daily routines and we get busy.

5. Take a lot of pictures! 
I love capturing moments of my life and sharing them with my blogging community. Sometimes, I'll actually just have a post on snapshots of our week. Try and capture moments to share on your blog that you love.

6. Don’t comment on blogs and be in a hurry to say, "follow me at....." 
Honestly, I think that it's a bad move. When I first started off blogging, I did notice a lot of people doing this. I figured it was a trend and the thing to do. But now I know that it really is not the thing to do. If the blogger finds your blog interesting enough they will follow you on their own.  Think of this, if you tell someone to follow you and they eventually do, was it really because they found your blog interesting, or was it simply because you told them to follow you? 

7. Follow blogs that you find interesting, don't just follow and comment on blogs just because you want the same from them.
 Yes, your numbers go up and you get more comments, but in the end you haven't really gained readers who genuinely enjoy reading your posts. Let it come naturally. Engage with your readers, join blogging groups and share your thoughts there. With time you will see that your blogging really does pay off and you will enjoy engaging with your readers.


 8. Engage more with your readers. 
From time to time ask questions and try to comment back. I appreciate all of my readers and this has been a wonderful journey. Thank you for coming on this blogging journey with me. 


Enjoy your blogging experience.

These are  some tips I have found helpful with blogging. These are all my opinions and may work for some, but not all.  

-Stephanie

Sunday, January 1, 2017

10 things you can do for a more brighter and healthier day.


Always Do Your Best. Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret. -Don Miguel Ruiz

 10 things you can do for a more brighter and healthier day

  • Drink more water! I'm serious. Start your morning off with an 8 oz glass of water. I have a favorite water bottle that I normally fill up at the end of the night. In the morning, I just grab that bottle and start drinking. You will feel so much more refreshed and energized. 
  • Walk more. I make it a point to walk over 10,000 steps a day. If you're starting off, aim to walk for about 15 minutes after every meal. You will feel great and you will be on your way to building up your daily steps. 
  • Make your bed and tidy up around the house. I know a lot of people have set cleaning schedules and many do not. I am honestly always cleaning and so when I do tidy up a little around the house, it is mainly just me picking up after my little ones. 
  • If you can, try and clean your kitchen the night before. It is such a great feeling waking to a clean kitchen. You can just start your morning brewing your coffee and deciding on what you're going to make for breakfast. You won’t have to stand around cleaning last night’s mess up.
  • Open your curtains/blinds. Just allowing sun in makes a huge difference. It is a great way to brighten your home, but also that sunshine will get you moving.  Every morning I open our curtains/blinds. 
  • If you love to write, keep a journal. It's a great way to express your thoughts.
  • Work out. I aim to work out Mon-Fri. I think that working out really does balance everything. It's a great stress reliever, energy booster and of course you're doing something healthy for you.
  • Eat to nourish your body. Pick foods that you enjoy, but aim for healthier choices. A snack that I enjoy is apples and almonds. Also you can dip veggies in hummus or avocado. 
  • Use a therapeutic oil diffuser. I bought a little one and I use it at the end of the night. I just place a few drops of oil in the diffuser with water. It is very relaxing.
  • Rest your mind. At the end of the day, relax. Do something you enjoy and if there is something you want to accomplish make it your mission to do so. 
Happy 2017!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Such a beautiful day.






Our day was filled with so much love.
We read scripture, sang songs and enjoyed our time together.
Our girls lit up with so much excitement as they opened their presents. 
Most importantly, we were able to enjoy this beautiful day given to us.
We have our health, home and our family. 
It was a very Merry Christmas.
And I hope the same goes for all of you.
🎄🎄🎄

Friday, December 23, 2016

May your days be filled with joy, love and happiness.


May your days be filled with joy, love and happiness.


💗


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A blanket for my littlest one.







Warm, snuggled up and carried from room to room. This little blanket will certainly be with her where ever she goes. My two year old is growing so quickly and she is full of energy. These days she's running, jumping, singing and twirling. I really cherish these moments and honestly I wish they would stay this small forever. 
 I recently sewed a blanket for her. It will keep her warm through the winter months. She's always talking about Doc Mcstuffins, so I found a cute pattern I'm sure she will love. When her sister was two I made a blanket for her as well. She continues to use it through the winter months and I'm thrilled to see her little sister enjoy her new blanket soon. I'll wrap it and tie a bow around it and place it under the tree until Christmas. Maybe one day they will pass their blankets down to their little ones.  I hope she knows that this blanket was made with some much love. 💗