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Sunshine Blogger Award What is the Sunshine Blogger Award? I found that it is an award passed from one blogger to another showing their appreciation to the other bloggers in the community for those who have made their day a bit brighter by the light they spread. The world can feel like a lonely place and it’s nice to know that there are others out there struggling with the same things in life. This was a very hard post for me to write, I have a hard time giving praise to myself. There is a series of questions I needed […]

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A Deliciously Simple Layout

A Deliciously Simple Layout – Minimal Spread The week of Thanksgiving. We are deep in fall and this week can sometimes be rather hectic depending on what your holiday plans are. If you are traveling long distances or you are hosting this festive holiday, a big, elaborate weekly plan is probably not going to happen.  What you need is a minimal spread. Then add to it only the essentials. A weekly tracker, shopping list, sleeping arrangements, travel itinerary. Weeks like this need some versatility, and minimal designs add a lot of versatility. Weekly Plans For me, this week is low-key. […]

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Life is Happening Now – Layout Your Planner To Keep it on Track

Life is Passing by so Fast! Keep Life on Track. Ah yes. November is zipping by. November is great here in the states because the focus seems to shift to gratitude. A whole month dedicated to gratitude. And food.  But it really is a nice time to reflect on the year gone by. One thing I am thankful for – my planner. It keeps my life on track because I don’t just watch it pass by. I may seem like I have my nose stuck in my planner all day; but in reality, I plan at night when the kids […]

The Beautiful Whys of Planning

The Beautiful Why of Planning

Plan Your Life So You Live Beautifully – The Why of Planning Someone very near to me (who will remain unidentified) questioned why I plan. They didn’t see a point to practicing my handwriting and my lettering. They suggested that I get my priorities in order. Um… Isn’t that what I am doing when I am planning? This conversation devastated me, and probably took a month or longer to shake off. It was with someone who I expected to back me up and to understand me – no matter if they understood what I was doing. Their suggestion stated that they did […]

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Give Yourself a Little White Space – in design and life

What my white space looks like in a weekly spread Fresh Starts Good morning! Well, its morning here and the start of a new day. Thank goodness for fresh starts! It is amazing what can happen when your baby doesn’t wake you up in the middle of the night.  But I did have a terrible dream at the end of the night – it involved two of my old bosses. In the dream, they were Nazis and had to go through all my stuff and claim anything of worth for forgiveness of their own sins. I really didn’t want them […]

And like that…It’s November – 1st Week of November – Minimal for Function

And like that…It’s November. What in the world? It’s November! I just got used to writing 2017 as the year. We are in the thick of holiday season (or very near to the thick – is that a thing?) and I am definitely relying on my minimalistic weekly designs to guide me through this busy time of year.  I decided this month to start at the beginning of the month instead of half the week’s spread from October and the other half as November. So I ended up with a couple of half-week layouts. I had big plans for the start […]

Give your Goals & Plans a Defined Timeline

End of Year Planning – Don’t Leave it to the Last Minute Start Early on Next Year’s Planning with a Super Simple Planning Spread – Give Your Goals & Plans a Defined Timeline. November seems like a great time to set some goals for next year. Specifically the first two weeks of November. Why then? Well because Halloween has come and gone and Thanksgiving or other holidays have not come yet. Visiting family will not arrive yet, and if you are vacationing or leaving, you have some time before the packing begins. There is a certain quiet about this time […]

November Plans – Focus on Simplicity and Gratitude

November Journaling Focus Simplicity and Gratitude After the fun holiday of Halloween comes a period of anticipation. It feels like there is almost an electric quality in the air – a magic that only comes with the holidays. With that comes the flurry of activity, the parties, the traveling, the family gatherings, the traditions, the end of year hustle that is born around the end of October and dies after New Year’s day. During the first two weeks of November, there is almost a calm before the storm. For me, the holidays become overwhelming. So this is why I chose to […]

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Daily Word Musings Challenge – November 2017

  Daily Word Musings Challenge – November 2017 – Simplicity & Gratitude AAAK! I am so excited. I am hosting a Daily Word Musings Challenge on Instagram @ChocMusings– I will also be posting to Twitter with the same handle @ChocMusings so you can join me over there as well. Use the hashtag #DailyWordMusings so others can find your work and share the love! I’d love to build a community of kind, creative people who appreciate each other for what they have to offer as individuals. My focus lately has been on simplifying (as I said in my post for November’s Welcome […]

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Planning for November Starts…Yesterday – November Title Page

Hello November Welcome Page An understated title page heading into a very busy period of time. My best tip for the season is to simplify. Simplify your planning, simplify your tasks each day so to enjoy the season. Simplify everything you can. Remove the fluff, remove all the extras because there are a lot of things to do, see, bake, care for etc that will complicate your life. Simplify everything else so when these extra things creep up into your life, you are not completely overwhelmed. Unlike October or September, I wanted a calming and simplified November’s title page. Serenity, Peace & […]

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Weekly Layout – Mini Time Block + Pumpkins & Mummy Text

Simple Weekly Horizontal Spread with Mini-Time Block with Pumpkins & Mummified text It is nearly the end of October! What happened? This month went by faster than September! This month has had some ups and downs. I think I take on too much emotionally. I internalize everything. Journaling has helped me overcome this and get me out a slump or help me pull myself back up and keep moving on. I created a simple weekly spread with a larger place for daily ‘to dos’ and a small area for time-blocking – focusing on just the area of time that I […]

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How to Draw Mummy Text + 2 bonus ways to use this technique

How to Draw Mummy Text I created a mummy! No, I am not Dr. Frankenstein creating a monster or an Egyptian of old preparing a Pharoah for the afterlife. Nothing like that. I just created mummy font. An easy way to create a Halloween lettering effect without having to be fancy schmancy. In the video, I give you the how to draw your own mummy text with a step-by-step method of lettering mummified words with hints, tips & tricks. Enjoy!   Here are some tips from the video: #1 Font Tip: You will lose detail from your word sketch, do not use […]

In a habit slump? Do a mid-month habit check to reignite your motivation

Mid-Month Habit Check – October

Need some re-motivation in the middle of the month? Do a Mid-Month Habit Check. I started doing a mid-month habit check a couple of months ago. The beginning of the month I am completely motivated and know that I am going to conquer all of my desires and do all the things. Well, that’s what I intended to do anyway. By the middle of the month, it seems that I have lost steam and I need a boost of motivation. So the middle of the month, I do a quick assessment of my habits which re-motivates me to keep going […]

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Weekly Time Blocking Set-Up {With Video & Printable Template}

Happy Saturday! Has anyone else felt like this week zipped on by? My boss gave me the day off on Monday since the kiddos were out of school. Having one day off during the week (especially skipping a Monday) makes for a short week! Before I knew it, the weekend was already here! This week I decided to create a time-blocking layout to schedule my blogging and creative time. The Problem: I find that I am regularly distracted by social media and other time-consuming activities and do not seem to get done all the things that I want to. There […]

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What I Need Help With – and What I am Going to Do

Things I need to work on or What I need help with… There’s a question that sometimes is glazed over just like a tasty doughnut. I know I have done it and not just once. No, not glazed a doughnut, but ignoring things that I really want to work on or admit what I need help with. However, one day this last week, I was reading over the #planwithmechallenge prompts for October and this question jumped out. Since I have started bullet journaling I have seen so many improvements in my life. So I decided to take this question on. […]

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Wooden Directional Sign & Apple Orchard Weekly Layout

Wooden signs, apple collecting basket, give me a Pumpkin Spiced flavored drink because IT’s FALL and I can’t get enough of it. Feeling inspired by my apples and apple pie on my October monthly welcome page in my bullet journal, I decided to continue the theme on my weekly log with an apple orchard feel.  Directional signs point you towards each day of the week. A tasty apple is a good place to record your meal plans. This apple orchard weekly layout is sure to provide plenty of space for accomplishing your fall bucket list. The apple basket acts as a […]

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Keep the Function of a Monthly Calendar Spread with a Touch of Flair

October Monthly Calendar Layout I didn’t always use a bullet journal as my preferred method of keeping track of my life. I used other planners. In fact, I used a planner once as a journal so I would have just a snippet of space to write in. It worked, for a while. But here is the thing, I was flipping through my old planners and they were so boring. The function was there, but the inspiration wasn’t. I have many half-filled or abandoned planners – it’s really embarrassing. There were planners where there months where there was nothing recorded.  It wasn’t […]

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Look on the Bright Side – It’s About Perspective | Life in Comics

Life in Perspective So this happened yesterday. No, I did not randomly come across snails painting Mona Lisa portraits, but a painting of mine got smudged by a well-intentioned significant other. It was a painting for someone else. There’s no saving it, I will have to redo it. I went to bed last night trying to control my anger. I tried to keep things in perspective – that there are bigger problems in life. However, my subconscious was serving up dreams that would have said that I was angry. My vibrant dreams were riddled with me running away and crying. Perspective is […]

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Hello October – Smells Like Fresh Baked Apple Pie – Monthly Welcome Page

Hello, October. You smell like fall. You smell like freshly baked apple pie. If you don’t like apple pie, no worries, I’ll make apple crisp – you like that right? I’ll make extra topping. You sound like the leaves crunching under my feet and the cool, crisp fall nights perfect for stargazing near a fire as it crackles into the night and then slowly dies to embers glowing in the moonlight. Oh Hello, October. Hello, October. You taste like pumpkin spice. You feel like the cozy socks I’m always tempted to wear and the heat seeping through the mug of […]

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Emphasis on the RIGHT Words

I love lettering. That activity propelled me to get into finding and doing things that I love to help me be a better person. What is lettering? Lettering is a form of drawing each letter instead of writing. It’s called many things. Hand-lettering, modern calligraphy, faux calligraphy, lettering etc. There are many ways to letter a word, sentence, or quote by hand. Some choose a font on their computer and print it out. Each person has their own style. There are more fonts in the world than we could ever count. And I am not a pro {yet} by any […]

Mid-Month Habit Tracker Check-up

Habits. Sorry for the dirty word. Mid-Month Habit Tracker Checkup

Habits. Sorry for the dirty word. It can even be a dirty word when you are doing something clean like straightening up or doing the dishes. (Please pardon the d-word). Here is a mid-month check-up of my September habit tracker. It is much improved from last month or the month before. In the past, I would create habit trackers and never complete them. But that’s the thing, I wanted to complete them. Eventually, I would fill out a couple boxes on a habit tracker, but nothing real. This month, I decided to just track a few habits. Guess what?! “Habits” is not such […]

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Life Lessons from a Trapped Hummingbird

  Life Lessons From a Trapped Hummingbird The other day I walked into a garage and a tiny hummingbird was struggling to find its way out. The tiny fellow kept flying up into the ceiling for hours. I tried opening just the garage door and turning off all the lights, and yet it did not recognize the solution to its predicament. The problem for the sacred bird was that it did not stop to see how he could get out. In this case, to be free, he needed to fly down and out. But it kept fluttering against the ceiling. […]

Pirate Map Weekly Layout – ‘X’ Marks the Weekend!

We celebrate a random holiday. We started celebrating it before we found out that Krispy Kremes celebrates it too – with free doughnuts. Now we just celebrate more. Pirate costumes and swarthy accents are a staple at our house. I have to admit, the kids have now outgrown their pirate costumes, so we need to get our act together and get new costumes, because… International Talk Like a Pirate Day is September 19! I had to make my week pirate themed in my bullet journal in honor of such a great day. Bring on the silly puns, the tri-corn hats, […]

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New York City Skyline Weekly Layout

I found a new love. Skylines. I sometimes play a game called “Cities: Skylines” but that is another story. For an Instagram challenge this month, I’ve done a couple skyline outlines and, well, it carried over to my weekly theme. My weeklies start on Monday. As I was planning the weeks, I noticed that 9/11 was on a Monday this year. The date stuck out to me. September 11 is very emotional to me. I truly consider it “the day the world stopped turning”. I remember watching in horror when the second plane hit the building after the first was […]

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Random Thoughts and Great Ideas Collection

If you are like me, there are a lot of thoughts bouncing around inside your head all day long. Some of them are pretty creative. Few are deep. Some are reflections of the past or regrets. Others are just random, funny thoughts. I wouldn’t mind keeping those around once in a while to distract from the crazy of life. Most thoughts are fleeting, but others I would like to develop and see if something bigger will come of these individual thought nuggets. I had never organized these golden idea droplets into a common space, they were all haphazardly written in […]

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September Week 1: Autumn Colors and Fall Leaves

Keeping with the monthly theme of “Heck Yes! It’s Fall!” September’s 1st week has an autumn look with the changing colors on the leaves. See the September monthly spread here I knew when drawing this out, that the leaves were small and wouldn’t hold a lot of tasks. Maybe I’ll just take the week off and relax. Probably not, but here in the US, Monday the 4th is a holiday, so I will just take one day instead. I am a ‘sketch it out before painting’ kind of girl. So to create this weekly log, I found a simple leaf […]

September Set Up

September is here! Ok, well almost. My September set up is here!   Hello, September. How I’ve missed you. Fall is a time that gives me the…well warm fuzzies. Even though September is not yet full-on fall, there is a certain deliciousness that comes with the crisp nights and cooling weather, the warm hues all over the tree tops as the autumn colors dot the horizon. The reds, oranges, yellows, soft browns, and PURPLE! Purple is a fall color I swear. Apple strudel is definitely on the menu. I don’t care if I have to eat the entire pan by myself […]

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Easy School Lunches Need Two Things: the Right Container and a Plan

Making school lunches is a chore no more with a plan and the right container. If you are like me, the first day of school hits and I repeat over and over in my head “YAY! School is back in session! The kids are not driving me nuts anymore” That lasts all of 2 minutes. Because it hits me now: I have to make lunch for those munchkins because for one reason or another – school lunch is not an option in our family. Making school lunch is the bane of my morning. It is SUCH a chore! I have […]

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Eclipse/Space Layout – Shield Your Eyes!

The Eclipse is Coming! The Eclipse is Coming! Warning: Shield your eyes from what you are about to see or make sure you have the proper viewing spectacles for your eyes. Nevermind, you can look. Monday is the eclipse across North America – and we are very near the total coverage area in the south. We are checking the kids out of school and trekking our way to a better viewing area. Thank goodness we have family in the area and don’t have to find lodging. If I owned a hotel, I would crank up prices because people would pay them […]

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Minimal Open-Side Square Weekly Spread

Minimal Open-Side-Square Weekly Spread {with Monday Start} Great layout for a minimalist design the names on the side added variety to change-up the layout.   The day-to-day planning is down the center of the page (except Sunday) and all the other planning is on the edge of the pages. I left a big part of the page on the right for a quote or to do list. You’ll notice that the week starts on Monday. Not typical for the calendar I use, but I’ve really been liking the Monday start to the week. Whether it’s in my head or not, […]

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Eliminate the Same To Do List – Create a Master Project Checklist

I love ‘to do’ lists. They help organize my brain. Once I get it down on paper, I’m free to think of other things that could be put down on a different list. But to do list-ing (is that a thing?) is tedious if you record the same ‘to dos’ for every project.   In an earlier post, I showed you how to set up a habit tracker in your bullet journal – tasks done every day to form habits. Read the post here. I thought about that layout and decided to transform the same format into a framework for […]

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Arrows Aim True – if you point them in the right direction

After creating a weekly spread with arrows, I kind of went nuts for the arrows and quotes. I’ve practiced my hand lettering over the past few months and writing quotes is always a fun way to practice! I have a long way to go, but I have come very far. I was getting frustrated for a while – simply not able to make thin upstrokes at all. After doing some research (ok a LOT of research), I found that Tombow Fudenosuke brush pens really helped me develop the light touch I needed. I’m not giving up on this endeavor anytime soon. I love it […]

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Arrow Doodle Vertical Weekly Layout

Arrows in my weekly layout remind me to keep my focus and aim true to my goals In addition to the reminder the arrows served, I loved doodling the arrows. I never realized the sheer variety of arrow types! There are so many things around us to distract our attention from what we really want to do with our lives. I think arrows may become this needs to become a ‘thing’ in my life as a daily reminder to aim true and fly straight towards my goals. Believe it or not, the quote “The art of writing is the art […]

Dream Mode of Transportation

My Dream Car

I stared at this page that said “Dream Car” for a long time trying to decide which make or model I would deem ‘my dream car’.  This page attracted me, yet the reason why it was so alluring baffled me. I don’t have a dream car. Growing up, I had a picture of a purple Prowler on my wall. I liked the look of the open wheels (if you’ve seen Cars 1, you might giggle at that). My husband desires a Tesla. Honestly, I wouldn’t mind one of those. But it is not a deep desire of my heart.  I would not have […]

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Creating a Bullet Journal Map Spread

Creating Map Collection Spreads for your Bullet Journal Include a map collection for planning trips, tracking where you’ve been, where you want to go, how much you need to save for that amazing journey you are planning…the possibilities are limitless! I saw a collection not long ago similar to this and the ideas for what I wanted to do and incorporate it into my bullet journal started flowing. Seeing things visually helps me envision other possibilities. So I LOVED the idea of tracking travel. I knew I had to do something with it! Getting it into the pages were a […]

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Mixed Tape: an analogy for life

Cassette tape drawing prompt from 300 drawing prompts book. I loved practicing the ribbon lettering and figuring out how it would twist and turn in order to form text.  Who remembers putting the label on the best mixed tape ever and the label keeps going on crooked no matter how many times you try to place it. You knew what songs were on it by heart 💓 and the crinkled label made it easy to pick out from the stacks of tapes laying around.  Those songs were recorded off the radio and always had DJ jabber over the beginning of […]

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Superficial Excuses

I am sure we have all heard a superficial excuse and known that it is not the real reason behind the excuse. I am also sure that we have all given our own fair share of superficial excuses for one reason or another “it’s been a long week”, “it’s too far” and many others that give a surface reason for not fulfilling an obligation or participating in an event. Having a kid can supply a vast array of shallow justifications: “Oh, they aren’t feeling well”, “we have had a hard day” etc. When on the receiving end of these hurried reasons, […]

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Behind the Scenes – Creating a Text Image

How I created the ‘About Me’ Page Graphics – Useful tips for those just starting with Photoshop Elements Click to see the “About Me” page Disclaimer: I am not a professional designer. I’ve used Photoshop for more than 20 years since I was in high school, but I would not consider myself a pro and know all the tips and tricks and awesomeness there is to know about Photoshop. I figure that everyone has to start somewhere, so if you want to know how I do what I do; I will do my best to show you what I did […]

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Tips for Erasing Pencil Marks – Without Eraser Fluff

If you are like me, your paintings/drawings/doodles start out in pencil and progress to other non-erasable mediums. It’s necessary for my life. Because, you know, #imperfect and that is totally ok. But if you are also like me, you hate eraser fluff. You know, the stuff left by erasers after erasing. It gets all over everything and is generally annoying. Then I remembered a little secret I had known in my high school art days. I had completely forgotten about these magical erasing devices. Mold them, shape them, and erase with them. They leave no eraser fluff. What else is really nice […]

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Advice For My Younger Self

If you could go back in time exactly 10 years and give yourself advice, what would you tell yourself? I do not wish to change the past – because I feel that mistakes in the past, not just mistakes, all choices create us for who we are. But… if I could tell myself something 10 years ago – it would be to have more patience with my children. My oldest just turned 8 in June, so by going back 10 years, I’d be giving myself some time to figure out what patience truly is and how to develop it. And […]

Power Word Art

Power Word Art

If you don’t know by now, I am a font nut. I love finding new fonts of all shapes & sizes. So participating in a lettering challenge affords me the opportunity to use a variety of fonts.  The @happyletteringchallenge #happyletteringchallenge for July has one word to letter everyday. Today was “Power”. I found a new font called Savaro Typeface on Creative Market that really fit the word ‘power’ in my opinion. Power to me means strength, authority, and confidence. I am not referring to power-hungry people, or those who use power for ill-will. But the power I think of is […]

June Creativity Challenges 2017

June 2017 Creativity Challenges

I think of a challenge as something that stretches your limits, makes you better, identifies points of weakness to enhance and perfect. June 2017 was my first month of participating in any sort of challenge on Instagram. I found several that I really enjoyed. Follow me on Instagram to see them as they happen! I participated in several challenges. I came in late to the game for a couple of them and I didn’t participate all days for all events so here are all my ‘entries’ if you may. I really look forward to future challenges and may eventually create […]

4 ideas for your bullet journal to supercharge your habit tracking

Four Ideas to Supercharge Your Habit Tracker {that you may not have thought of before!}

Implementing any of these 4 items could increase your habit tracker effectiveness – and help you achieve even more! Ever heard the quote “What gets measured, gets managed”? Logging month-to-month totals and/or percentages creates a quick overview of your habits each month. Use it to supercharge your habit tracker. Implementing any of these 4 items could increase your habit tracker effectiveness – and help you achieve even more! Ever heard the quote “What gets measured, gets managed”? Logging month-to-month totals and/or percentages creates a quick overview of your habits each month and facilitates improvement. Want to know how to set […]

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How to Set Up a Habit Tracker in your Planner

Do you like the idea of a Habit Tracker in your Bullet Journal, but don’t know where to start? Do you run out of room when numbering in a month? (Yes, I have done it too.) I’ve put together some best practices for planning, laying out and implementing your horizontal Bullet Journal/Planner Monthly Habit Tracker. Best Practices I like to create my Habit Tracker horizontally (long ways) So since I am starting with the horizontal layout, so I turn my journal the way I will view the habit tracker – it makes it easier to create and visualize what I […]

Find Your Inner Muse

300 Prompts for Writing & Drawing Plus a Sketchbook

We were out on a family adventure one Saturday. As we stepped into the sweltering heat of the near noon-day sun, I realized that we needed to get some sunscreen. {I have three very fair children and a husband who is fair as well – I can’t believe we forgot the sunscreen!} I had some at home, but we were too far away to turn back. I saw a Target on the way and we stopped in. After finding the necessary sunscreen, I wandered over to the notebook section – a place I often find myself in any retail store. […]

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I’m Not a Bad Mom…But More Gratitude Please

There are days when I feel like I have a giant “annoy mom button” and pushing it is the most tempting thing in the world. My kids (ages 7, 5 and 4 months – but this is about the 7 and 5-year-old), like to tease each other and tattle on each other and do the things that siblings who are 2 1/2 years apart like to do. The problem is, they drag me into the mix! When they are finished annoying each other, they see a new, fresh target and set their sights on easing their boredom by asking me for […]

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Creativity Challenges – Favorite Fiction Character, Planning Signifier & Hobbies

June 2017 # 4 #BohoBerryChallenge #PlanWithMeChallenge #RockYourHandwriting My challenge responses for June 4, 2017. I don’t know that I can handle more than 3 at a time – the problem is – I do them and forget to post them! So I made a calendar in my Bullet Journal to track where I’ve posted my challenges. Making it pretty was just a bonus. I practiced some blending on the letters with my Tombow Dual Brush Pens. I think it looks like a sunset – and makes me think of summer. The plan with me challenge was to show “My Signifiers” – I […]

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Lord of the Donuts

It’s National Donut Day! {First Friday of June} The line wrapped around Krispy Kreme Doughnuts was quite insane. Cars coiling around the building, the line of people venturing into the building was out the door. But the smell. Oh the smell. It draws you in like siren calls for a sailor on the sea, succumbing to the sweet vice. You couldn’t leave, even if you wanted. The “hot and now sign” was lit up in the window, we could see the conveyor cooking system through the window double-timing doughnut production to keep up with the demand. It was all intoxicating. We got […]

Live life more fully today than you did yesterday

Discovering My Inner Muse

Live life more fully today than you did yesterday. Original quote by me. I have seen many YouTube videos and read {the excerpts of} books suggesting to choose just one word to theme your year/life around. I liked this sentence more than I liked just a word for a mantra. But I guess if I were to squash that sentence down into one word, it would be “INSPIRE”. I want to help other people grow into more than what they were, see that they have the potential to do so much more than they have been. I think I have […]

Always

  I am not normally one to express anything about Hollywood or the like, but I am so sad today to learn of the death of Alan Rickman. I was reading some tweets about Alan and wanted to share some of them. He encapsulated the role of Severus Snape so extremely well. But, Alan was more than just an actor cast in a key role for Harry Potter. Other roles, perhaps not as well known, but no less well played by this tremendous actor. For all fans of the late great #AlanRickman : 10 key performances https://t.co/ODz0zv6FIz — RC deWinter […]

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I Took My Destiny Back

I woke up last night from a nightmare. I could feel my fear in my dreams. And I could feel the disappointment in myself. I dreamed I was back at my old job, being told that I wasn’t good enough. That no matter how hard I tried, I was ‘not a good fit’, and I would not be able to meet their goals. I quit that job 6 months ago. I didn’t have anywhere else lined up to work except a part-time job. Quitting was probably the best thing for me. I say probably because who knows what other course […]

Creating My Own Awnings

I was working on a scrapbook page (I digital scrapbook, used to do the other way, but long switched since my pictures are all digital… I can scale them… I can scale elements and use the elements over and over again… but that is a different time, a different story). I was working on a scrapbook page for June of 2012 where we went to Rita’s Italian Ice and my nearly 3-year-old was feeding my 9-month old some tasty treats. I thought it would be a brilliant idea to use a red and white striped awning like they have at […]

Paste is Paste…right?

Corbin is my 3-year old: Corbin: “Whats that?” pointing to a can of tomato paste with a spoon sticking out of it. Me: {making Italian food for dinner} “Tomato Paste” Corbin: “Oh! For brushing your teeth?” as he lifts the spoon in the can to his face. Me: “No! For cooking!” Corbin: “Oh” disappointed. I think I should have let him try it, then maybe I wouldn’t have to worry if someone calls glue ‘paste’. He won’t be tempted to brush his teeth with that after the experience of tomato ‘tooth’ paste.

Fortunate Business Interests

Got this fortune today in a cookie I gave my 3-year-old: I told my 3-year old that it meant he had to go potty immediately and not wait until he was dancing around. It was the only business interests I figured he had. He took me seriously. When we got home he talked and talked about his fortune in the cookie and how he needed to make sure that he went potty better. My husband is turning 40 on Monday. He said that his fortune cookie made a mockery of his age. I thought it was brilliant. Mine was also […]

Big rewards

“I ate my Cheerios, now I can eat the gingerbread house.” – Captain Obvious 12/8/12 Apparently, this is the philosophy of my three-year-old who has been begging to eat up the gingerbread house ever since he laid eyes on it. We struggle with him eating in general, he just has no desire to do so since he is too busy. But trying new foods is an even bigger struggle. So the fact that he ate his Cheerios without having any problems evidently deserves a big reward.

Lovely Purse

After a suggestion from my sister to find nuggets of joy in the day-to-day actions of my three-year-old, I decided that I had better record them or I would forget. After all, some days, there are only fleeting moments of joy and if you don’t capture them, they will soon be lost. “Mama, your purse is lovely”  – Age 3

Finding Joy After a Tantrum

After the most horrible day yesterday with my three-year-old (whom I call Captain Obvious), I called my sister in tears. I just couldn’t see any good in anything. It was all too hard. How in the world was I going to survive a lifetime of dealing with this child? Contrary to popular belief…Its not all sloppy kisses and storybooks. There are days, even as adults, that we just can’t deal. As a child, they do not have the experience nor maturity to even know how to handle all the things in life. It is the days where a tantrum is […]