Friday, August 26, 2016

What's In My Bible Study Tote?

Hey everyone!

I love watching videos that show what people carry around in their purses and their bags. I know it might sound crazy to some people, but it's just fun for me to watch them! When I was younger, I remember my mom keeping me quiet at church by showing me things in her purse. I loved looking in there with her because that was the ONLY time any of us ever got into my mother's purse. I also just love seeing how people arrange things in their purse or bag, and it gives me new ideas of things I might want to start carrying with me!

I purchased this little tote at Hobby Lobby with my 40% off coupon. It was very inexpensive, but it was the perfect place to store all of my Bible study pens, paper, and miscellaneous items. I grab this to take to church with me and it's also close to my bed for studying God's Word in my room. If you are curious to what all I have inside, please watch my video below:

Do you have a way to store your Bible study materials? I would love to know what you use to keep things organized. Thanks for hanging out with me today!


Thursday, August 25, 2016

How To Organize Washi Tape

Hey everyone!

I absolutely love washi tape! I have a wide array of colors, shapes, sizes, and designs. I believe I have washi in every color you can think of. I use washi tape for my planners, handmade cards, my smash book, and even in my prayer journal. Here is a look at my washi collection:

As you can see from the picture above, it isn't organized right now. I have tried so many different ways to organize my washi tape that I had just about given up on finding a solution that would work for me. I wanted something portable, something easy to access, and something that I could quickly find what I want. Mason jars didn't work because they were too tall and I had to dump everything out to get to the washi at the bottom of the jar. Decorative boxes didn't work because it was too hard to see what all I had. Containers with drawers weren't the right size and it seemed like I could never really keep it organized. So I was at a loss for what to do.

A quick trip to Walmart and the Dollar Tree and $10 (or less) later, I was able to come up with a solution to my washi tape disorganization dilemma. Watch this quick video to see how I was able to get this pile of washi tape under control and organized beautifully! Now I can easily find any washi tape I want quickly and it's portable!

How do you all store your washi tape? What is your favorite washi tape? I'd love to see your storage solutions! Hope this gives you ideas and inspiration for finding ways to organize your washi tape collection! Thanks for hanging out with me today!


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Dollar Tree Haul

Hey everyone!

I went to the Dollar Tree and here is what all I got!!
I purchased a big box of Scottie's tissues, Vitamin C drops, and some sinus medication because the weather has got me feeling a little congested! I purchased an eye pillow that contains peppermint and eucalyptus herbs. It can be used for hot or cold therapy and I think it will be perfect for those sinus headaches/migraines that I sometimes get this time of year.

They had the fresh linen wax bars that I am eager to use in my warmer. They had a large selection of candles so I picked up two scents for fall and one for the summer. They had the cutest little mason jar candle in Cranberry Smash so I had to get that! The jar is adorable! I noticed they had the cracklin' fire candle that sounds like a real fire burning in the fireplace. I love these candles! They would make great Christmas gifts! And then I picked up Island Escape that smells like pineapple! I am not ready to give up summer ... although I love the fall season, I am going back to college on Friday and I just want to hang on to my school-free days a little longer!

I saw the sweetest little sparkly pumpkin on the shelf among the ceramic ones and I just had to have it! It's so cute and sweet and sparkly! I love it!!

Speaking of school; my daughter is always asking me to define words for her, so I picked up a large print Webster's dictionary. I figure that she can use it for school and writing her blog, and I can use it in my S.O.A.P. Bible Study notebook.

Kadesia loves anything watercolor, so when I saw the scarf with watercolor stars on it I grabbed it! It's really pretty and was only one dollar! She loves it!

For the bathroom I picked up a new soap dispenser. I typically just use whatever bottle the soap comes in, but I thought it would be pretty to have this sweet little white ceramic, basket-weave soap dispenser sitting on the sink instead. The best part about getting a neutral color is that it goes with whatever color scheme I want to use. Kadesia was in need of a bath pouffe so I grabbed one in a seafoam, teal blue color that she likes.

The last few items I picked up were craft-related... of course! I purchased two packs of the mini glue sticks for my hot glue gun. There is 20 mini glue sticks per package for only $1!! I picked up two of those. I also had to get some white trays from the Dollar Tree and I will share in another post what I ended up doing with those!

It was pouring down rain SIDEWAYS when I was in the Dollar Tree but when I left the sun started shining and I thought, "There's got to be a rainbow somewhere!" And I looked and looked and sure enough, there was a tiny one! Do you see it? It's just to the right of the JayC sign!

That's everything I hauled from the Dollar Tree this time! Do you have a Dollar Tree near you? Do you love it as much as I do? Thanks for hanging out with me today!


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Prayer Journal Journey

Hey, everyone!

My friend, Christina, and I made our very own prayer journals! We had been looking online for tutorials, how-to videos, or whatever we could find to give us some ideas and inspiration but we found very few. So, I thought maybe we should share our prayer journals with our viewers on YouTube, because there surely must be others out there who would like to create similar projects, right?

Christina and I are really great friends and have been for many years now! She and I share so many fun crafting ideas and projects. If I can think it up, I will drag her along for the journey! It is so much fun to have a crafting partner, especially one that is so creative and talented. She created TWO beautiful prayer journals and they are both so very different than the one I made! I will leave a link to her YouTube video so you can see how she created them.

Here is a look at my prayer journal!
I found the quote on Gina Duke's website. She has this beautiful printable available for free. The inside of my prayer journal looks like this:
I just took a composition notebook and added some washi, scrapbook paper, alphabet stickers, and some free printables from my Pinterest board called Prayer Journal. This first section is for all the prayers I want to pray for my husband, Paul, and for our marriage.

I used some washi to create a little flap so I can journal behind this section with the quote: What if you woke up today with only the things that you thanked God for yesterday? Sure does make you think, doesn't it?
The second section is for my children. I have a title page with both Kadesia and Javan's names on it. There is a prayer to the right for each child that I found online. I loved it and wanted to use it in this section. 
The last section is for any prayers that I want to pray specifically for myself. These prayers include ministries that I feel God calling me into; things I am struggling with; things that I need help with; issues I am looking to God for guidance; healing for my body; and that sort of thing.
I firmly believe you have to have a willing heart to go where ever God may lead you. I know I cannot do the things God has called me to do within my own strength, so that is why I included the scripture found in Philippians 4:13. It is one of my favorite verses and I say it aloud often!
The back of the prayer journal is shown below. I love the rainbow heart, rainbow washi, and the rainbow Names of God printable. God created the rainbow as a PROMISE and I love knowing that He will always see me through!
 The back cover had a bar code on it, but I wanted to cover it up so I just grabbed some sparkly washi, a label from a set I got at the Dollar Tree, and a stained-glass cross sticker I bought from the Christian bookstore.
If you created a Prayer Journal, I would absolutely love to see it. Please share a link in the comment section below. I have already started a second prayer journal in a different format that I will share soon! I have a video tutorial on how I put this prayer journal together. I will include my video and Christina's video below.

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Cash Back For Online Shopping

Hey everyone!

I know it's a very busy time of year for shopping! Cyber Monday starts in just a couple of hours for those of us in Eastern Standard Time. How would you like to get some cash back from your online purchases? You absolutely can!

Before you fill up those online carts, start using Ebates and get cash back on all of your online purchases!
In addition to the cash, Ebates offers many ways to save with exclusive coupons, promotional codes, and discounts that you simply have to click on to receive. It really is that easy!

You can sign up right now by following this link:

Follow the simple instructions online and claim your $10 gift card! Happy shopping!! I know I have already been cashing in on my recent online purchases. It's too good of a deal to pass up! Let me know if you sign up!!!


Monday, November 2, 2015

2015 Thanksgiving Collab

Check out the first video in a four-part collaboration series! I'll have another video each Monday this month! Thanks for watching!


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Fifteen Years

Hey, everyone!

I was just reflecting back on the past 15 years of my life. It has gone by so quickly and yet so many things has happened. I wonder what the next 15 years will have in store...

In January 2000, I was starting a brand new year, but it was also a brand new chapter in my life. One season of my life was ending; a bad relationship was ending and I was single, again. I had no idea what to do with myself since my world no longer revolved around someone else. I decided I was going to forget all about relationships and I was going to focus on myself. I made plans to travel with a friend of mine and I had so much fun thinking of all the places I could go.

In March 2000, a friend of mine that I was working with at the the time asked me if I was interested in meeting a friend of her boyfriend's. I had zero interest but she continued to ask if he could at least call me, so finally I relented. He seemed to be a nice guy but kind of immature for his age. He was really into video games and things like that but I wasn't looking for a relationship so we talked on the phone from time to time. Meanwhile, another friend/co-worker asked me if I would be interested in meeting a friend of her and her husband. I said I didn't know and she, too, was persistent.

I had gone out to eat with a friend of mine who had just recently broken up with his long-time girlfriend, too. It was great to have a Christian friend to "heal" with and he was a lot of fun to spend time with. I worked with his mother and loved her and his brother and my brother were great friends. We attended the same church together and it was like the healing salve my heart needed to mend.

It turns out that I had agreed to a double date with my friend and her boyfriend and the video gamer on a Saturday night. We were going out to eat and then ice skating. The night before that was to happen I agreed to meet the friend of my friend and her husband. I thought nothing would come of either one but I would at least get my friends to stop setting me up!

I met my friend at a motel near her house because she lives out in the country and she was just going to take me to her house instead of giving directions to this directionally challenged girl! She had picked up some pizza and we made our way to her house. The deal was supposed to be that I was hanging out with her to meet this guy but he wasn't supposed to know anything about it. Just see what happens...except he knew all about it and she tells me this on the way to her house!!! It was a Friday night and I had just came home from church, changed my clothes and went to meet everyone.

I was introduced to three guys in the living room, one was her husband, the other two were friends of theirs. They all said "hi" at the same time so I had no idea who any of them were. So when it was time to leave she asked her friend to take me back to my car and he kind of hesitated so I thought that meant he really wasn't that interested in me. It turns out he was just trying to clean his truck out because he didn't want me to see the mess! LOL

It was so odd because we just talked like we knew each other forever. We could finish each other's sentences. He was very good looking and I wasn't sure what to think. I knew I really liked him and when he took me to my car, he waited to make sure I was in and the car was started before pulling away. That was impressive to me, especially with the relationships I had been in....

The next night, my other friend, her boyfriend, and their friend came to my house to pick me up. I really didn't want to go on that double date but my mother said I had to because they came a really long way to get me. I couldn't stop thinking about the guy I had met the night before. The night seemed to last forever, but not in a good way. The guy barely spoke to me. He ran up ahead of us at the restaurant, skipping through parked cars and just being immature. My friend and her boyfriend even apologized for his rude behavior more than once. My friend's nephew helped me around the ice rink because I didn't know how to skate. That sweet little boy would help me a little bit and then go skate, come back to where I was holding on to the side rail for dear life, then would return to take me a little further. I didn't have much fun that night and it was definitely a one date only with that guy.

Back at work that next week, the phones were crazy with people asking questions about services we provided and it seemed like the conversations were always very time-consuming. I had spoken to one client repeatedly and it was always a very lengthy conversation. In fact, they would talk to my friend (who introduced me to the first guy) and she would have to forward the call to me, because we worked in different departments. So, when she came into my office laughing and telling me I had a phone call, I shot her a look! I was swamped with paper work, monthly reports due, clients dropping in, and the phone that just didn't stop ringing. She said, "You'll really want to take this one!" I was waiting for it to be the same person I had been talking to over and over that day but it turned out it wasn't. It was the same sweet guy who I had met a week earlier. I thought he didn't even like me because he had never called. He asked me to the movies and I said yes.

Fifteen years later we are celebrating our wedding anniversary and I love him more every single day! He has held me while I cried over the loss of my grandmother, some aunts and uncles, and cried with me when I lost my daddy! He has encouraged me to go to nursing school, nudged me to keep trying when I wasn't sure I could finish with my daddy gone, and celebrated with me when I passed my boards! He has been a wonderful father to our two children that God blessed us with in spite of being told we would never conceive. He has prayed for me. He has loved me when I was unlovable. He has talked to me all night until I fell asleep even when he had to get up early to go to work. He has been my rock, my safe place to land.

We have been through a lot more than most couples in these past fifteen years but we hold on to our faith and God has always helped us reconnect and cement the bond we have shared for so long. A cord of three strands is not easily broken, right?

I love my husband so much and I am really glad God gave him to me. Happy anniversary, Paul. I love you!!!