Monday, October 28, 2013

Wisdom Project Entry #3

                 so true

                                                  source: pinterest

"Do not give up, the beginning is always the hardest."

This is 100% true. If you are trying to break a bad habit or start a good one, those first few days are going to be rough. Your mind is going to try to come up with any rational reason to not have to do something that isn't easy but just keep pushing through it and before long, you will realize you have been doing it for a while and you will be happy and surprised and most importantly - super proud of yourself!! That always makes it worth it!

Always remember the branches that make up your tree,

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Wisdom Project Entry #2

                                                                              via pinterest

"Go the extra mile, it's never crowded"

This is true because not everyone always takes the time to go the extra mile and wouldn't it be so wonderful if that extra mile was always crowded? Think of how much better the world would be! That would be traffic I sure wouldn't mind sitting in! =)

Always remember the branches that make up your tree,

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wisdom Project Entry #1

I am going to start a new series sharing something I have been doing for a long time. I call it the "Wisdom Project". It's a collection of things I have come across or thought of from time to time that I want to share with my girls. Lessons, quotes, stories and things like that over all topics to help them grow up to be sweet, caring and wise young women. Each one of these things shared I have written in a journal book that will be handed to each one on their 18th birthday and at that time, another will be started. They will all have the same things written in them for each one but that way they can have something special to always have and add to for their own children if the want! Just things I want to make sure they always remember! Anything I come across that I love and want to make sure it's shared with my babies goes into the wisdom project. A collection of wisdom from their mother! This is a nice way to back up the project in case anything should ever happen to any of the books.

*side note: normally I wouldn't post a picture of a quote and then type it below it, but for personal copy and paste reasons or the event that the pictures don't show up for some reason, I am going to do that on these entries that apply. 

                            beautiful words.
                                               Via Pinterest

"If nothing else, I hope you know that I love you with every ounce of my being. I hope you realize your importance not only to me but to everyone who has been lucky enough to know you. I hope you know that when you're feeling down, I only ever strive for your happiness. I hope you remember that no matter what, I'm here for you and I fully intend on staying in your life for quite some time. I  hope you recognize the fact that I appreciate and adore  you without restraints, and that this will never change."

I love finding things like this that seem to read my own mind!

Always remember the branches that make up your tree,

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Soul Sunday

Sorry I haven't posted in several days, I've had a busy and somewhat stressful week but I am looking forward to getting back in the swing of things! I didn't get to do the weekly Q&A yesterday but I plan to make it up this week!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wednesday Hodgepodge

It's Wednesday again! I am linking up with Joyce at From This Side Of The Pond again for her weekly series! It's fun to go through her questions and share answers to get to know everyone better! If you like this type of thing, you can check out my own series that I share on Saturdays called "Weekly Q&A"

1. What's one thing you learned in September?

That I really do love having a blog and how to try to dedicate a little more time towards running it! 

2. Acorn squash, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, yellow squash, zucchini squash, or blech! hold the squash!...what's your favorite squash?  Your favorite way to prepare your favorite squash?

I like fried squash with flour coating! mmmmm! That's the only way I like it!

3. The older I get the ______________________________.

more I realize what is important, who is important, what I want in life!

4. What's your favorite television theme song ever?

I have tons of favorites but what comes to mind first is the "Full House" theme song! I have probably seen every episode of that show 10 times. I have watched it for as long as I can remember and it's one of my all time favorites! I get excited when I hear it and I go sit down and watch it lol!


5. What do you wish you'd spent more time doing five years ago?

I don't know if this would fall under "more" time doing, but I believe I would have "started" some kind of night school over the internet classes towards a teaching degree.

6. What item do you most need (or want) to add to your wardrobe this fall?

Ugh, I hate thinking about shopping for clothes for myself because it is always so hard  to find what fits me right, or what I think fits me right anyway. BUT! I would love to find some nice jeans that fit good and a few nice shirts that I am 100% happy with!

7. On October 2, 1950 the Peanuts cartoon was introduced to the world.  What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?

Wow! I would have to say Pound Puppies! I watched that show alot and had almost all the dog stuffed animals and all that good stuff! Awww!

                                                   source: google images

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4. All I can really say is that I am clinging to this verse lately and I have full trust in the Lord and I know he has any situation under control!

And Happy 4th Birthday to my youngest daughter!! 

Thanks for stopping in and don't forget that you can join in any time! I would love to see  your answers in comments!

Until next time,

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Office In A Bin

I have been so excited to share my office in a bin! I got the idea from Kisha over at The Glamorous French Housewife. That link will take you to her post and video of her "Office in a Basket". Once I saw it I realized that it was a great idea and what I have been missing. I have an office but I also have a husband and three kids and can't always been in the office. This is a great way to have the things you use everyday always close. After we put the kids to bed, my hubby and I catch up on shows we like to watch and I will work on the blog or read others I follow and it's perfect to have everything i need right next to me! So lets jump right in and I will show you what I keep in it!

** I would like to note that these photos are in no way beautiful magazine quality, but they get the job done!**

Here is a look at the inside.

I started out with just the tote and a lid for it but I started really wishing that I had something with handles for easier carry. I have a couple of the 31 brand large utility totes and I had my hubby cut the metal lining out of the top so it would fit and it works perfectly! 

The bag stays around the bin and the bin keeps the sides sturdy.

So that's the outside. Lets look at the inside!

The first thing to show is a 3-fold folder. I keep papers I need handy or that need to be filed soon, magazines I haven't been able to look through yet, that sort of thing. It's not too organized just yet, I have to take baby steps lol, but eventually each paper type will have it's own section of the folder.

Next is a composition notebook that I use for Bible studies and writing down versus that I like.

This is one of the Bibles that I use to read from. I have another smaller one that stays on my night stand and it has the daily readings all laid out by date but I use this one for other references such as the versus at the end of "Jesus Calling" that are for additional readings for that book. This one is called the "Busy Mom's Bible" and I showed a picture of the first page that shows you what all is included in this one for moms!

This is the book I was talking about. It is an amazing read every day! I talked more about it in this post!
I am so glad I found out about this book through the other blogs I follow!

Next is the journal that my oldest daughter and I keep together. We call it our "MD" journal with stands for Mother-Daughter journal. It's something that I started a while back because even though we talk about things face to face, you never know if something may come up that she may not feel comfortable talking about face to face and also, we include question in each entry such as "what would you do with a million dollars" lol. We aren't able to keep up with it every day but we are trying. We had a bigger one that ended up getting to be too big and heavy so I changed over to this one and when I write in it, I leave it on her pillow to find and when she is done replying back, she takes it to my pillow or my office where she knows I will see it. I love this and know that it's a great way for her to keep up with her writing skills and always have something to treasure that was special between her and I. I can't wait to start it with the younger girls when they get old enough! 

This is another little composition notebook that I saw at walmart and thought it was adorable! It's a half notebook and I use it mostly as scrap paper for things that don't need to go in my planner. 

Speaking of my planner, here it is! I LOVE this one. The size, the feel, the look! It's the best one I have ever had. I plan (pun intended, haha) on going more in depth with this one although there is nothing too exciting about it but I know I enjoying seeing what other people do with their planners and getting ideas from them. I have been able to collect little ideas here and there that work great for me and finally get a system going that works great! This one was $19.99 at Walmart and comes with so much!

I have a thing for paper, pens, notebooks and all that fun stuff! As you can probably tell. When I came across this book, I knew I had to buy it and I knew what it was going to be used for!

It has a tree/bird them, a writing quote on it and it is being used for my "1000 Gifts" list. If you are not familiar with "1000 Gifts" you can check out more information here. That page will be updated soon where I can keep another copy of my on going list in case anything were to ever happen to this book and to just have a way to share it with you guys! I remember seeing that video for the first time and crying my eyes out and have kept a list ever since, although sometimes I forget to add something daily. There are no special rules to it, you just add what you want and however much you want, whether it's one a day or 3 a day, etc! I have always said "Count your blessings, not your worries" and it really helps to not stress about things as much!

The next thing I have is this fun mom's journal with interesting questions on each page that you wouldn't normally find in journals. I love it and look forward to answering the questions, however to make it last longer, I only do one entry per week! I didn't want to use up all the fun too fast lol!

Next is this journal. It comes in many different forms but this is where I get questions to answer for my Weekly Q&A that I do every Saturday! Don't forget that I would love for you all to join in with your answers to those questions!

That covers the books that are in there at this time. If I add anything else, I will be sure to post about it as an update! I also keep my Nook HD+ in there and there is enough room to store my laptop and the cords for it if I was to ever need to go somewhere with all of this stuff. Just pop the lid on and go! 

Now on to the bags and what's in them.
The first is a little cosmetic bag that, because of it's size, I have turned into a nice little carry all for the little things I use the most. This mostly planner related stuff but I keep a cord for our ipods and iphones in there, hole puncher to add things in to my planner and washi tape of course!! I need to add nail clippers and miscellaneous things like that but haven't completed the list on what all I want in there yet!

The next bag is my camera bag that holds my camera of course and the charger and cords for it.

And the last bag holds my favorite paper mate flair pens! I talked more about them in the link above with the "Jesus Calling" book. I have some tape runner adhesive and my scissors in here too, but they need to be moved over to the bag with the washi tape. I want this bag to only be pens/markers/highlighters that I use.

 (please excuse the cookie fingerprint in the above picture from my 3 year old)

   Thanks for hanging in there through this super long and picture heavy post! Don't forget to go over and check out Kisha's version that I got my ideas from!! Leave a comment below letting me know what you think and if you have something similiar and let me know if you are a planner lover too!!

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Until next time!