Time Management

I was kind of shocked at how many emails I received asking me about my new schedule. Since that many people emailed, I figured a few more might have the same question so why not just do a post? I think this is the number one question readers would have for any craft blogger, “Where do you find the time to craft?” And as any craft blogger will tell you (especially those with children and such) that it takes a lot of work to find that time. But, it can be done. And guess what???? It doesn’t have to have a negative effect on the other areas in your life.

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There’s this one word that comes to mind. It’s a word that doesn’t make me want to jump up and dance though. My flesh hates it. It screams when it hears this word (and not in a good way). That word is DISCIPLINE. Here are some of the definitions of that word:

-punishment

-obsolete: instruction

-a field of study

-training that corrects, molds, or perfects mental faculties or moral character

-control gained by enforcing obedience or order

-orderly or prescribed conduct or pattern behavior

-self control

-a rule or system of rules governing conduct or activity

Ick. Doesn’t sound fun, but as most of us know, having discipline in our lives helps us out. When we were little, our parents “disciplined” us when we did something bad. Now that we are adults, we are the ones responsible for our actions. It is our choice whether to eat healthy or not. It is our choice to go to bed on time and get rested or to stay up late and wake up sleep deprived (of course, this is a general statement. Sometimes we have to stay up late and it’s not our choice, but work with me here :).

My father and husband have taught me the most about having self discipline. My dad wrestled in high school and college and the discipline from that really stuck with him. We are all amazed he never ended up in the military! He was always very disciplined with his schedule, what he ate, spending time with God, spending time with us, etc. Then my husband came along and the military helped him really embrace self discipline. I am always amazed at how my husband stays on track in all areas of his life. Spiritually, physically, mentally, financially, and whatever else you can think of. He amazes me.

He tells me this quote every time I hesitate to not stay on track with my new schedule, “Successful people do what others won’t.” It might be just something tiny one day, but add it up over the course of a year and it’s a lot more. For example, if you have the discipline to read 10 pages a day, it estimates to about 1 book a month. If you do this each month, you will have read 12 books in a year. Those 10 pages a day don’t seem like much, but look at how much it equates to over a year?

Discipline is a key factor in time management. This is the first key in my new schedule. I have to be disciplined to make it work. At the end of every week, I sit down and write down a tentative schedule for the next week, along with goals. Having a child, I know that things can change quickly, so that is why my schedule is tentative. For example, I will write down I want to work out on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, but my goal will be to work out 3 times that week regardless of what day. That way I don’t feel like a failure if I didn’t do exactly how I wrote it in my schedule.

When we moved, one of the biggest things I implemented for my daughter and I was eating times. I know. I’m bad with that. I was always a snacker. But my daughter started to get like that saying she was hungry all the time. I was tired of making food and here not eating it, so we eat breakfast when she gets up, have snack at 10, eat lunch at 12:30. Then she naps around 1. If she doesn’t sleep long, she can have a snack when she gets up and then dinner at 6. Then we are done eating. It’s made a world of difference! And saves me time in the kitchen. But, I’m sure most of you already do that.

I also implemented an exercise schedule for myself. It helps so much. For me it’s not about losing weight (which I wouldn’t mind losing a little bit), but for my health. I want to be in good shape, to be able to keep up with my daughter, to help her learn sports (which I loved when I was little and hope she does too), and more. I want to feel good. I don’t want to get out of breath after a trip up a long flight of stairs. Get my drift?

I scheduled all of our social events and stuff too. We have church Sunday mornings then go out to eat with friends. I have a Bible study I attend on Mondays. We have Officers Christian Fellowship on Tuesdays. Then there are birthday parties to throw in, date nights, concerts, etc. I will not sabotage my relationships this go round.

So that kind of brings in another point of scheduling. What are your priorites??? This move I decided to change my priorities some. Family has always been first. Plain and simple. I wanted to be a stay at home mom and raise my daughter and take care of the house and my husband. That is first. Not changing. God is a main priority too. I spend time with Him first thing in the morning (and if that doesn’t work out, usually nap time, and if that doesn’t work out, I fit it in somewhere). Having God a main part of my life just makes my life so much better. I just can’t even put it into words. But, like with anyone, I have to make time for that relationship.

I have decided to put crafts a lot farther down on the list for the next few months. Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere, but I will not be posting like crazy. Just other things need priority. And that brings me to this “There are seasons for everything.” For those of you with young children, that might not be a season of life where you are able to do all the things you want to do, especially crafting. But, we all know, they grow up. They become independent and won’t need you as much. There are many things in life that change it up. That is just a part of this whole living thing. Don’t get discouraged though!!!!!!! Take what time you have and make the best out of it.

Maybe you have more time than you think as well. How many of us have a hard day, put the kids to bed, and just veg in front of the tv? Then after a few shows (which is a few hours), make it to bed? How much time spent was just watching some show that probably won’t add very much to your life? We have decided to cancel cable recently. We found ourselves falling into that trap. It became very clear to us when the church we attended in Jacksonville did challenge to give up media (the stuff that we don’t need, like watching sit com shows or browsing the internet for nothing) for a month. Wow. We found a lot of extra time in our life. I’m still not the best in this area, but I am working on it because I saw what a difference it made in our lives. We all deserve our down time, don’t get me wrong. We need time to sit and relax, but I think it can turn into a bad habit (ie couch potato or computer potato comes to mind).

And these are just some of the things I have learned and personal decisions I have made. Everyone is different. We are all at different points in our life with different things going on and all. It’s just about honestly looking at our life and deciding what is priority, having discipline to keep those things in priority, follow through on our decisions, keep flexible, and remember that seasons come and seasons go. Keep what is important to you, important to you. If that makes sense :)

Here are some book recommendations that might be good to read if you are interested:

“Margin” by Richard Swenson

“The Slight Edge” by Jeff Olson

Now, as with any book, read it and take what applies to your life. But, there are some things to learn in them.

Stay positive ladies!!!!! And I’ll see you soon with some crafty stuff :)

Getting My Tan On (Literally)

Hi everyone :) This summer we have some vacations and other things planned and a big change we are preparing for this fall (will fill you in later), so my summer postings might be a bit sporadic at times. In the meantime of this week with no “crafting”, I wanted to share something fabulous I discovered:

Where my tan comes from
{Jergens Natural Glow Foaming Daily Moisturizer & Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips}

I figured out how I can look tan from a bottle (or can?). I have tried other rub on lotions and all, but this foam stuff is the absolute best! Everyone keeps telling me I have my Florida tan, but I know it’s not from being out in the sun! You see, we are a very fair skinned family and the sun is strong in FL. We lather on sunscreen like crazy, not really seeing much tan going on. (I also like the shade a lot more when it’s 100+ degrees outside.) I use the foam almost daily on my body and I use Physicians Forumla bronzer on my face. I have very sensitive skin, especially on my face, and this is one thing that doesn’t seem to effect it that much. I also love the mixture of shades it has. It makes the tan look very natural. Now, I know the bottle says 25 uses, but I used my first bottle of this stuff for 2 months (maybe that’s because I only put it on places that would show if I had my bathing suit on) and I have never had a problem with streaking. But, you have to make sure you rub it on evenly and use just enough. Nevertheless, I figured I would share my success and love with these products.

Her New Toy

Remember the post where I shared I was having the privilege of product review this easel? Well, it came a few days ago and boy, have we had some fun with it!

Chalk Time
CSN was a great company to work with. They are excellent at communicating and I received it in good timing.
We Luv It
Right when it was delivered, my little one begged me to open it for her. She plays with it a lot. I like it too because I can even take it outside! It’s easy to clean too since it’s made of plastic. I also like that it folds up. We will be moving a lot, so the easier to pack, the better! When she’s older, I’ll let her do more with it, like use markers on the dry erase board, but for now the magnets, chalk board, and paper clips to hold paper for coloring are great.
Candy Break
She had to take a candy break during our “photo shoot” to enjoy some candy as well. Look at what filled our basket up today:
The cart never looked so pretty

I have never had such a bright fun purchase! You will see some of this again ;)

What we got at the store

Need Something to Display Clothing On?

I stumbled upon Little Girl Pearl through Sew, Mama, Sew’s Flickr pool. I was going through some of her posts and saw two on this clothing display she created:

I’m so going to have to try this! Read this post first then see the whole thing together here. Genius! How great for those of us who aren’t able to buy a mannequin/dress form/etc. for pictures. I could even use this for when I sell old clothing items on Ebay!

A Big Big Thank You!

Thank you so much to everyone who has offered to do pattern testing for me. My daughter and I are talking about who will be the first ones to help me out.

Telling Secrets

For those of you who I do not contact, you are going on my list and I will contact a few of you at a time for the ones down the road. As of right now, I have 8 more patterns on my to do list (which is always growing). So be on the lookout :) This little girl wants me to make her lots of pretty and fun things, so the more patterns the better!

Lost a Shoe

It means so much to me to see so many of you offering to give of your time, talent, and money to help me out. Blessings on you all!!!

Kisses for the photographer

The husband thanks you too :)

My hubby

I love him a lot!!!!! (Thank you for your support too sweetheart.)

My love

And I leave you with my daughters favorite thing to do at the beach now:

Rolling around in the sand

I’m off to work on Today’s Tutorial (will be up tonight).

It’s Almost September!

And you know that means that Christmas is going to be here before you know it, so I’ve already begun my handmade Christmas gifts. The first finished project are these flower clips:

Hair clips for Christmas presents

I found the flowers (originally they were all one color with a middle part) at Garden Ridge for $.23 each because they were “spring” clearance. I took them apart and changed them up some. Then I added a rhinestone in the middle, and on two others I added a bunch more rhinestones all over. I had some small petal leftovers, so I also made four clips for two babies in the fam. Last year my goals of making presents was only about 50%, but this year I plan to hit all of my goals and be done early so when the holidays roll around I won’t be stressed about it.

Here are some other things we’ve been up to lately as well.

Taking advantage of all the fully stocked stores since school is starting
New art supplies for the little one

I painted my little ones toes for the first time. I used this nail polish by Sally Hansen that literally dried in like 10 seconds.
Pink Toes

I put her to work by helping me clean off our ever growing collection of seashells. I need them to make some Christmas presents you know ;)
Cleaning Seashells

Share Your Flair

Lindsay at That’s So Cuegly! gave me a blog award called Share Your FlairShare 3 Fabulous Facts about you!

Here we go…
1. My favorite color is yellow!
2. I have an obsession with sweet tea (it’s pretty bad, in fact I’m drinking some right now!) and coke slurpees
3. This past year I became an SUV driving mom (lol…now I don’t feel left out :)


Share the award with 3 BLOGS that you think SHARE their FLAIR worthily!

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(for some reason I couldn’t load down the header, so here is a pic of a refashion on her blog)

Make Room for Baby and More

NO, I’m not pregnant :) It’s the name of a site I wanted to share with you real quick. Shirley from Make Room for Baby contacted me a bit ago and asked if she could use some of my pictures for a blog post. She wanted to show some sewing ideas to inspire mom, grandmothers, etc. who follow her blog to bust out their sewing machine and make something. I was honored to let her do this and link back to me (as I am to the many many many other sites who have done so lately) and I wanted to share with you her blog and the amazing bumper kit that they have (because if J wasn’t about to move out of her crib to a big girl bed, I would be buying this to make!). Check the kit out here.

Bee at the zoo
(Currently feeling busy as a bee; taken at the Jacksonville zoo)

I also was nominated by Laura from Buttons and Ribbons for a blog award. You are supposed to pass it on to twelve other blogs and post about it. I’m just going to list some blogs that you might not know of yet that I really enjoy. So, if you’re bored or are just having fun browsing around, stop by these blogs:)

$5 Dinners (the name says it all)
Like Flowers and Butterflies (she makes the prettiest little girl’s clothing)
Natalie’s Sentiments (she loves yellow like me; has amazing decorating talent)
Sensibly Styled (love the way she puts outfits together!)
Restyled Homes (I wish I could make my house look like hers and the ones she posts about)
Such Pretty Things (Vintage stuff galore! Check out her tutorials cute. A few are on my list!)
LMNOP Blog (Cute things for kids. Inspires.)

Oh, the messes we can make

I have been letting my child have lots of fun messy times lately. First we begin with the finger painting. I bought these photo mats from the dollar store, 2 for $1. I had her paint on them and all. Then I put a picture behind it and placed it in a frame I also bought at the dollar store. They are Mother’s Day Gifts for her grandma and nana, and one for her room.
Painting Photo Mats
I had to help with changing the colors and stamping her hand on it, but besides that she did everything on her own.
I taught her how to paint her hand and stamp it

I also made her some playdough to try out. She only tried to eat it once! Here is where I found the recipe. I used the Nature’s Playdough one and I used food coloring instead of the vegees.
Homemade Playdough

And of course, food messes. I have been allowing her to try and eat her yogurt all by herself lately. I usually let her try to eat most things on her own, but there are still a few that I’m hesitant about since she won’t keep her bib on. Clothing just goes straight into the washing machine!
Practice Makes Perfect

Daffodils and Dandelions

First and foremost I have to say that I had such a successful outing with my little one today! She is one that hates strollers, carts, etc. She wants to run around, so it’s usually tough taking her out and about, especially by myself. But we went to JoAnn’s today and she was an angel (until she saw a little boy eating a pretzel and she wanted it, but I quickly calmed her down). I picked up all this fabric there for so cheap! The sale is called the Daffodil Dash. If you are on their email list, you also receive a 50% off coupon for this week and another for the weekend.
Fabric bought today
If you need fabric now is the time to go! All red tag is an extra 50% off and so are all the remnant pieces. I suggest looking at the remnants first and this is why. I picked up this sparkle fabric for a project for my daughter and while waiting in line to get everything cut, I noticed the same fabric in the remnant bin. It was a yard and the price on it was the sale price on the same fabric that was on the bolt, but there was an extra 50% the remnants, so I put the bolt back and got the yard I wanted for half of what I was going to pay. The fabrics may not look like much, but I have some fun projects in store for them.
We also spent a lot of time outside today and I made the princess a crown of dandelions. She melts my heart.
The Dandelion Princess