Christmas Tradition

Good morning, I thought I would share a new tradition I want to start this year.. As a child we always got to open one Christmas present on Christmas Eve, they were always pjs to sleep in.  Well I want to incorporate that into our Christmas traditions but instead I made a gift box that included pjs, slippers, a movie, popcorn, and some hot chocolate.. 

I seen this idea floating around Facebook a while back and I knew I wanted to do this for my kiddos.    

 Another tradition we have done for several years is going to my parents on Christmas Eve and watching Christmas Vacation.  My mom loves that movie.

Do you have any family Christmas traditions?  



DIY Christmas Gift | Last Name Sign

Good morning, I had an awesome night relaxing, listening to music, and making some christmas gifts for the girls at work.  I  just discovered the power of a Cricut cutting machine + Contact Paper = Stencils.  I was always intemmidated with stencils, but after trying it out I am hooked.  I can’t wait to get some boards to do some more wood signs.

Contact paper is very cheap at Walmart! I got a whole roll of it last year $7 when I got my cricut and I still have more than half a roll, I bought the Con-Tact Self-Adhesive Shelf Liner.  I also went the cheap route and bought Glad Press’n Seal Wrap which I  use for my  transfer method.  It is hard to maneuver sometimes, however it is $5 a roll and it has last me over a year as well.  I learned about the Press and Seal method from Cuttle_fan on Pinterest.  Both of these products have both worked for me great since I have started using my Cricut.

The project below I did the stencil method on burlap and then put it in a black picture frame.  I created one for each of the women in my office for Christmas gifts. I watched a tutorial by Two Hearts One Love Designs on youtube to create the Split letter design in Cricut Design Space.

Another project I completed last night was a key holder.  I found the inspiration from this Pinterest post.  It was very easy to make and I had all the supplies saved up I was waiting for craft night.  All I did was spray paint my blocks and flat black, and hot glued them together.  Then I inserted little hooks on to each block.  I painted the plaque white and then hot glued the keys blocks to it.  TADA! A simple DIY project.

Hope you guys have a great Sunday!


Late Night Crafting

So it’s 9 pm and kids are asleep so I thought I would get my craft on!  I wasn’t sure what to make but I knew I wanted to use my Cricut. I looked on Pinterest and 1st image shown above with the yellow frame from Love & Renovations inspired me! I knew I didn’t have a frame I could use at this time so I went with a regular canvas covered it with some fabric I had from Walmart.  Next I cut out the words with my cricut and tada heres what I come up with.  Of course I love the inspirational piece better but not bad for something created in a few minutes.

I have been really bad about hoarding craft supplies and thinking one day I will need it or use it.  I need to stop buying stuff unless I use what I have haha.

On a different note it’s been a while since I blogged. I wanted to catch up and say HI and hope you are having a great weekend.


My Top 3 Phone Photo Editing Apps


I am sitting here at a film class my husband is teaching and I thought I would write a blog post I haven’t in a while and I miss it.

I do not edit all of my photos that I put on Facebook.  I normally just edited the ones I put on my blog or if I am putting them on Instagram and when I do that I normally use the Instagram Gingham filter love the Matte look.

However my favorite iPhone Apps when I do edit my photos are:

  • A Beautiful Mess Love this app for adding text and little doodles, and boarders. Also love using it for collages.  This is a photo I edited with this app.IMG_6137.jpg
  • Snapseed is a great app for basic editing.
  • Square ready This app is great for adding white space around the photo.  I love this for my Instagram. IMG_5286_Fotor_Collage.jpg


What are your favorites?


Eurika Springs | 7 Year Anniversary 

Hello everyone I am writing this blog post in the most comfortable bed from the beautiful cabin we rented for two days.  Today is Sunday meaning the day we go home. I am going to miss this cabin, I want to build a house based off of the features of this place..

 Anyhoo we did a lot of exploring the downtown of Eurika Springs yesterday morning/afternoon. It was great, stopped in at Nibbles Eatery for cinimon roll and a SunnyDay smoothie and then after a morning scroll of checking out all the shops we went to the Christ of the Ozarks.

 By then we were getting hungry so we stopped at The Filling Station. It’s was yummy Justin got the catfish platter and I got the crispy chicken club sandwhich. Both were great, we walked over to the ice cream shop and I tried the pistachio almond ice cream and fell in love with it.

Then after we went back to the cabin to relax for a bit we decided to go to Lake Leatherwood and we went kayaking for the first time, it was so much fun..

What fun things did you do this weekend?


I’m 25

  Can’t believe I am 25 today, I am looking forward to this year. It’s going to be great.. I have so much to be thankful!! I am blessed beyond measures, I have an amazing husband we have two beautiful and healthy children, I have a great job and a nice place to live and nice cars.. This year I want to spend time doing instead of wishing and saying I want to do.. 

Some of the things I want to really implement and do this year:

  • Spend more time with GOD! 
  • Start bible journaling and really studying the word
  • Create DIY projects that I enjoy 
  • Take more pictures and document them
  • Establish routine in the household (family, cleaning, exercising) 
  • Being a positive person! 

Those are some of my goals. 

I just want to live my life the way God wants me too..  

Thanks for listening to my birthday ramble.. Hope you have a great day.. 

My Birthday Shopping Trip

So every year it seems we go to Springfield which is about an hour away to shop. I love going to TJMaxx, Lifeway (Christian bookstore), HobbyLobby and the Mall. I tried really hard not to just buy random stuff as I am going to try really hard the rest of this year to just buyin stuff for no reason. I am bad about that. Anyways I picked up a few things and I am excited!!  

  My hobby lobby trip consisted up this adorable rug on sale $4 I was so excited this went under my chair for my office..  

I also purchased a few things to start bible journaling..   

I got the lotion from my mother n law for my birthday along with some other BBW but I had it on my desk so I thought I would show it (I love it). The water bottle I am so pumped about I was really instreseted in the Swell water bottles but they are over $30 and I have spent a lot of money on water containers (I’m obsessed).  I did not want to spend that kind of money and I saw this one in the checkout line at TJMaxx do I thought I would give it a try.. Also got a screen protector for my phone, mine has been cracked since I got it last year and haven’t purchased a new one I thought it was about time. 

Also oh my goodness I actually went in Victoria Secret and instead of walking out  empty handed like I always do, I got measured and fell in love with their bras. Luckily I picked a good time too it was during their semi annual sales. So I picked up this cute bag shown above and a new black bra.. 

We also went to HuHot to eat that place is so yummy, so I though I would do the lifestyle blogger type thing and of course show pictures of my food.. Hehe.. The desert was awesome, cookie sought crabragoons and ice cream..