LDS Baptism Invite

It's pretty unbelievable to me that my little girl and her friends are getting baptised in this next year. Ella is the first of this year, and I always love taking her pictures.. look how cute she is! This was an opening card, giving us four pages to fill.. so I knew I needed some cute paper. I found plenty to love on www.lillybimble.com

This is the first page..

And when you open, you see this. Most of the fonts I use I get from 1001freefonts.com There is always plenty to choose from, and I feel like it's so simple to download. You can click on the picture to see it without my side bar shtuff covering it.

And on the back of the card was this little tidbit..
So here's an idea of the card all as one..

Love my little Ella bo bella! And I can't believe my own little Benny Boo has her baptism on the way.. yikes I'm old.


DIY Valentine Wreath

Valentine's Day is definitely my favorite holiday and I thought I'd share a wreath I made a couple years ago. I was pretty upset when I left my box full of Valentine's Day decor outside on the deck only to get rained on.. I'm blaming my pregnant brain for that. My feather wreath was all shriveled and sad. So I had to re-do it. But that means I can give you an idea of how it goes!
All you need is
2 wire hangers
1 feather boa
glue gun

I really didn't take many pictures along the way since it's so simple.. and I used my old wire hanger because I'm lazy. All I did was connect the hangers together shaping them like a heart. I like using the hangers because they're a thick wire that's bendable without being too touchy and bending where you don't want it to.
Here's what my hanger skeleton looks like..
how sad are all those old feathers still hanging on?
pretty sad
And just when you thought it couldn't be easier, you just glue the feathers straight on to the metal. I twisted the boa around maybe three times, but for the most part I just glued it straight on.
Tie your ribbon and you're set!
This project ends up costing less then ten bucks!
If you have questions, feel free to post them.
Happy Valentine's Day!


Do It Yourself Valentine Photo Card

Valentine's Day is coming up, and I thought I'd re-post one of my projects from last year.. I did this as a room mom activity for Bentley's Kindergarten class. It's so cute to look at just one year later and see how she's changed.I thought this was a fun idea for Valentine's gifts for parents and grandparents. Super simple.. I just photoshopped the images together. If you don't have photoshop, just print three different pictures and throw them in a frame together. Or put them on a card.. Have a great Valentine's Day!


Happy New Year!

One of my favorite things is New Years Resolutions. I love lists, and a list for the whole year always helps me commit. I usually see changes come from my New Years Resolutions lists. And I'm ready for some serious change! I've been thinking a lot the past month about what's important for me to accomplish, and what I want to change about myself. I found a great article that included many of the ideas that have been circling around in my head. You can link to it here http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/marcia-sirota/new-years-resolutions_b_1166042.html. The whole list is great, but certain ones I want to stop..

Avoidance - Come take a little gander through my house. Unfinished projects everywhere. And while I have gotten much better at finishing what I start, I am not going to start anymore projects until all my unfinished, or broken projects are complete.

Having a Bad Attitude - It may just be that I'm three months pregnant, but I need to focus everyday on having a good attitude, and appreciating the moment.

Complaining - Kinda the same thing. But I'm healthy, I have a great family, my husband is a hottie, we have a home, a great neighborhood and family.. what do I really have to complain about?

Gossiping - I've already been trying to stop, but I have to admit.. The other night I really wanted to tell a friend something that had happened earlier that day. It was a story about an acquaintance, and it wouldn't be a story I'd really want shared about me. It wasn't horrible, it wasn't untrue, but it wasn't nice. That's one of the first times I've really felt myself talking myself out of it questioning myself what good it would do. I really did feel proud to stop myself, and maybe a little more grown up.

Co-Dependency - I have been thinking a lot about if I could provide for three kids if something were ever to happen to Jesse. I don't work, and I never finished college.. Time to step up and make sure I could take care of my family if needed. That's my biggest goal this year. Plus.. I would love to be able to buy Jess surprises without him knowing I spent the money first.

Those are some of the ideas from the article.. Here are some of my personal thoughts..

Be a better mom - Have more fun with the things that already should be done.. Have my kids help cook.. Do more art projects with my kids.. take them new places.. take more pictures.. Be patient.. my kids are pretty sweet and they're growing quick. Blog more about them.

Be a better cook - Jess has me beat on this one.. I know it's in my genes (from Grandma Shirley.. not Donna), I just need to give it the effort.

Get better at the things I love - Photography, Writing, Painting, and singing. I want to improve all these things in the next year.

Get Organized - I'm going to start by throwing stuff out.

Budget - Waste less, Save more.

Jess & Me- Go out more.. but different restaurants and different things than movies. I love my date nights.

And of course, Blog more of what I'm up to. I'm really going to try.

Curious.. am I the only one who loves New Years Resolutions?