Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday: Chip Clips

Hey, everyone!

My family and I are taking a trip soon. I am definitely looking forward to getting away with my family. It will be so nice! Often on those long car rides, it's nice to have some snacks on hand to munch on when it's just not easy to stop off at a restaurant going down the Interstate. To keep the chips or other car trip treats fresh, I like to place a chip clip on the bag. It prevents spills and keeps everything contained nicely.

I know that I can purchase chip clips inexpensively at various discount stores. I also realize that during the summer months, like we are in now, I can usually pick up a couple of chip clips for free at various vendor booths during the 4-H Fair and various local festivals. I have been known to do that because they are usually decent quality and they are free after all, but when I want something especially pretty or customized for the colors in my kitchen I will just make my own!

I have made a LOT of chip clips through the years. They are so easy to make and fun to come up with different colors and patterns. It also is a great way to use up designer paper scraps that are just lying around. You can make these with kids at Vacation Bible School, Sunday School, Children's Church, youth group, or just with your own family or friends. By adding a magnetic strip to the back, they become very useful note holders that stick to the side of the fridge. These are great for hanging on to important papers. Add a sticky note pad to the clip and it becomes an instant magnetic note holder.

You can see some of the chip clips I have created before HERE. I am sharing a YouTube video with you now that shows you step-by-step directions on creating your very own customized chip clip. Please leave me a comment below and let me know what you use your chip clips for!
Thanks for watching! Hope you enjoyed the tutorial. I will be back again soon with another video. I will be vlogging my upcoming trip, too, so I will share that video once I get it posted. If you want to know when new videos are uploaded, please subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Hugs,

Monday, June 30, 2014

IPSY

Hey, everyone!

Are you the kind of person who can just go out and purchase 4-5 brand new beauty products including a makeup bag each and every month? I know I cannot do it! I don't like to spend money on products that just don't quite work for me, but I do like to try new things. That is why I chose to become an Ipsy subscriber!

I just do not have the budget to purchase a lot of new and trending items on the market each month. I don't even want to! If I am not sure the color is right for me, or the fragrance won't give me a headache, then I am not going to purchase it sight unseen!

My daughter is 12 years old. She has been dabbling in make-up for 3-4 years now. I don't let her go crazy but I experimented with make-up at a young age and loved trying it out. She likes colors that I am not so crazy about. I am not a pre-teen and at my age I hope I don't look like a seventh grader! Our skin tones are not quite the same. She takes after her dad who has fair skin. My skin tone is more of an olive. So, it is not feasible to buy us both make-up to suit our personalities when we aren't even sure what all is available.

With my crazy schedule in the nursing program, it is difficult to get the time for myself to check out all the latest beauty products on the market, but that is why I love Ipsy. Each month I spend $10 and I get a different make-up bag with a zippered closure. The bags are so nice! I also get to try out new products in generous sample sizes. I even get coupons to purchase those items for a discount if I choose to. I just clicked on my personal preferences and each month I get things that both my daughter and I can try and enjoy that we wouldn't be able to otherwise.

Does this sound like something you want to try? Then why not join me on ipsy and subscribe to the Glam Bag! You get 4-5 beauty products every month delivered to your door, for just $10. Michelle Phan curates the bags! Check it out here: http://www.ipsy.com/r/dp43

It's almost time to get my July package from Ipsy, but I created a video so you can see what I got in my June Glam Bag! Check it out:
Thanks for watching! I hope you'll check out the link I shared above. Let me know if you do. If you like this video and would like to see more videos like this be sure to like and subscribe to my channel. Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think about Ipsy!

Hugs,

Saturday, June 28, 2014

My First Vlog: Kadesia's HALF Birthday

Hey, everyone!

I just made my first ever vlog! For those of you who do not know what a vlog is, it is a video log of your day, a vacation, or whatever. Think of it as sort of a video scrapbook of the day's events. I hadn't really planned to vlog but it kind of had a way of working out that way.

Yesterday, June 27, my mother came to pick up the kids after she got off work. I had to travel to Jasper to take my last test in Mental Health until my final exam July 11. I did really great and scored a 90% on my test. I am so thankful for lots of prayers and God's faithfulness to hear and answer prayers. I had been until 1:00 am studying and then had to get up at 6 so it was really hard to do, but I did it and I made it.

I worked on a project on campus. We have a presentation on Thursday so I was putting together my portion of the power point. I was glad to have that done and was so glad to be able to pick up the kids early.

June 27 is a very special day because it is my daughter's HALF birthday. Half birthdays are really special if you were born in the winter and most friends and family are out of town, busy with holiday parties, or stuck in bad weather. I wanted Kadesia to enjoy a half birthday during the summer so she could do fun birthday things in the nice weather, too. She really looks forward to it every year and I am so glad that we do this.

So, today I want to take you with my children and me as we celebrate my daughter's half birthday in a really fun way. I love any time I get to spend with my children and this was a great day for us. I hope you enjoy the video. Please be sure to leave me a comment if you want to see a particular video. If you are not already a subscriber, be sure to hit the subscribe button on my YouTube channel so you can be notified of any videos that I upload.
Thanks for watching and have a great day!!

Hugs,

Monday, June 23, 2014

FUNdraiser, Help Wanted!

Hey, everyone!

I created the Treasures group for the Riley Children's Hospital Cheer Guild. I want to take a bunch of Thirty-One cinch sacks up there filled with games and toys for the kiddos! If you would like to help, please let me know. Your donation of $23.11 will purchase one cinch sack in red or blue. Here is a picture of the cinch sack:
After the crafts are made and the games are played, the children will have a really nice bag! Please share this fundraiser with all of your family and friends! Let me know if you want to donate to this FUN fundraiser! It will be great to put a smile on those kids' faces! Thank you!!

Hugs,

Sunday, June 22, 2014

$5 Goodwill Challenge: Spring AND Summer Editions!

Hey, everyone!

I am so excited to share this with you all!! If you know me, you already know that I love to go thrift shopping. It is just so much fun to see what great finds I can pick up at second-hand stores and yard sales. Back in the spring I participated in a really fun YouTube challenge from Hilary at My So-Called Home. She issued a $5 Goodwill Challenge: Spring Edition. I took her challenge and was able to find something very cute for $5 and it was from an unexpected place! A lady was selling some items from homes that she had staged and they were really nice things for affordable prices. You can check out that video below, but there is even more to see!!
I emailed Hilary to see if she would possibly be issuing a new challenge for the summer like she had done in the spring. My mother and I had been thrifting and we found all kinds of amazing deals and I was eager to share. She said she was absolutely going to do the challenge again and let me know when she would be putting her video up. So, I created a video response to the $5 Goodwill Challenge: Summer Edition! You can check it out below.
If you haven't already done so, please go to my YouTube channel and click on the subscribe tab. You do not have to create videos on YouTube to subscribe. This will let you know every time I upload a new video to my channel.

I hope you like these videos. Please let me know in the comments below if you enjoy thrift store shopping. What is your best find? If you create a video response to this challenge, definitely let me know in the comments section and I will check it out!

Hugs,

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Raining Showers of Blessings

Hey, everyone!

The sky is full of rain clouds and a gentle, steady rain is falling. It is methodically moisturizing my little corner of the world. As I gaze at the drops of water continuously cascading down, I feel calm and relaxed. There is just something about a rainy day that makes me a little sleepy, feel a little lazy...

You know it reminds me of God's love for me. No matter what season of life I am in, God's love continues to pour down upon me. Regardless of where I am, His love refreshes me and relaxes me. I can start to sense God is in control of a situation and I can feel my spirit ease out of the rigid, disabling state of despair. His love showers over me and I am free. I am forgiven. I am whole. I am loved and I am His.

Today was a mediocre clinical day for me. There was not a lot to see or do where I was and it made for a long day for me and for the nurse I was following. I tried to make the best of it and look for any opportunity to learn something new but there were few of those moments. My children are spending the night with Paul's parents again tonight and they've been there all day so I miss them terribly. I talked to them at lunch and spoke with my daughter as soon as I was on my way home, but I miss them just the same. Paul works long hours and when he finally gets home we barely have time to eat supper together and exchange weary glances before he is off to grab a shower and head for bed. The hour and a half drive home is relaxing at times but when the traffic gets a little congested and the winding road seems to never end, it loses the appeal quickly. I opened my driver's side door and the soft sound of gently falling rain just began to melt away my heaviness and I smiled. That's God!

I have so much on my mind right now. I need to find a job and I don't want just any job because this is the start of my nursing career. I still have four weeks to finish of lecture and clinical plus two more final examinations to take before I am fully done, so there is the stress of due dates, lengthy reading sessions, and time-consuming paperwork that feels like it may never be done. I miss my kids so much and wish our schedules were better so I could be home with them more and spend more time with them. I wish my husband and I could have more time together as a family and as a couple to discuss things and plan ahead, but it seems like we continue to put off things until "tomorrow" and it just doesn't ever come. But then the rain came.

I know that I am not alone. Are you having a dry spell in your spiritual life? Is it hard to find time to spend alone with God because of all the distractions? In today's face-paced world we just continue to be bombarded with technology, activities, media, and everything but taking a little time to wait on God. If it is a big enough downpour, I will sit in the car until the rain slacks off and then I can make a mad dash for wherever I may be going. Sometimes our lives are so full of everything that it feels like a downpour and it's God's way of saying, "Wait on Me. Sit this one out. Stop worrying. Let everything else go and come to Me." Sometimes it takes a downpour.

Today it just took a gentle rain to remind me to slow up. It was enough to see the sprinkles fall from the clouds to bring to mind all of the time God's blessings have been sprinkled into my life. I am grateful for a higher education. I am thankful for the clinical experiences I have had to sharpen my skills and learn new things. I am so content with the family God has given me. We are blessed to have loving family members to watch our children while we are at work and college. It is such a wonderful gift that my husband has a job so he can pay all of the bills while I am earning a degree. Yes, my life is not ideal at times, but it is full of God's love and blessings. Jesus, bring the rain!

Hugs,

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Easy DIY Magnets

Hey, everyone!

It is officially summer vacation for most kids here in Indiana. A lot of parents are looking for fun, inexpensive ways to beat the heat and enjoy the lazy days of the season! I have the perfect craft that is quick, easy, and affordable! All it takes is a quick trip to Walmart to gather up the supplies and you are good to go!

You will need to purchase some Plaid Painted Wooden Shapes in the arts and crafts aisle. Pick up a Painter's Pen while you are there to be able to write on the wooden shapes. Grab a package of self-adhesive magnetic buttons and you are good to go!

Before you place the magnets on the back, go ahead and write the names or words on your wooden shapes with the Painter's Pen. You will need to let it sit for a few minutes so it will dry and not smear the paint. Once it is dry, flip the wooden shape over and apply the self-adhesive magnetic button. It is that easy!
The magnetic button is very strong and easily sticks to the wooden shape.
Here is a photo of all four magnets my children made. They also made a lady bug, giraffe, and monkey. We did not get the owl but it is super cute!
What kid doesn't love magnets right? It's a great way to dress up your fridge or other magnetic surface with these fun little wooden, painted shapes. The kids will want to make a lot and since each piece is so cheap it makes this fun craft even better! These would be so fun to make at youth group, children's church, or vacation Bible school, or even for homeschooling families.

I figured I would share this idea here on my blog, but for those who do not come here to read my blog, I decided to also create a YouTube video. Feel free to watch my video and subscribe to my channel so you will be notified each time I post a new video.
Thanks for watching!! Have a great day!!

Hugs,