Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday Favorites -- July 31

Last week for Friday Favorites I shared some ideas to create photo backdrops.  I am still thinking through what that might look like in my craft room.  I have decided that it will go in this space....
Most of these things are going back to school soon so I will have this space back.  This is the first thing you see as you walk by my craft room so whatever I pick I want it to look nice.  At first I was thinking a new book shelf from ikea similar to what I have.  
But then I was afraid it would look like a mess and I didn't want my friends and family to see a big mess when they walk by.  Then it came to me......if I have a cabinet or a cart with doors underneath then I can hide some of my mess.  I also thought it would be a great place to lay out a project.  So I started to look at Target at carts.

I really like the idea of a cart. The more cabinet and drawer space for junk the better.  

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Book Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

I don't remember who recommended this book, but I saw it somewhere and I thought to myself.  Oh a book for me!  I love to tidy up and declutter things.  I agree with the premise of the book, if your house is in order you will be able to enjoy your life.  I mean that makes sense...if everything is put away you will not have to clean. There were a few quotes in the book that hit home with me.

"People cannot change their habits without first changing their way of thinking!"  
This is something I have been working on for the past year or two, I am trying to change my eating habits and the way I think about food. I have always been someone who loves sweets and that is just one of many factors that make me sick.  So I need to change my habits and find new things that I enjoy.  I also need to get in the habit of eating for nutrition and not enjoyment.   

The true goal should be to establish the lifestyle you want most once your house is in order"
What do I want most in my house?????
A relaxing calm place where my adult children can come home and enjoy time with their mom and dad and my grand baby can play with grandma and grandpa. 

The space I live in is graced only with those things that speak to my heart.....What sparks JOY in your heart?
This is something I am definitely working on, as my husband and I get older I don't want a lot of junk around the house.  We hope some day to move to a smaller house and we will need to downsize.  I am trying to keep things that I enjoy and love to see around the house.     Structure to Tidying
  • Clothing
  • Books
  • Papers
  • Photos  
I am going to focus on the first four areas and do the best I can to declutter.  I am only going to keep what we use now.  I am not going to hold on to clothes I don't fit in anymore.  The same goes with my cookbook collection.  Most of the books I can no longer use because of my special diet needs.  It will take a lot of strength to eliminate these.  We have tons and tons of paper work around the house.  This may take me away.  Photos will take years but I will need to start somewhere.  

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Healthy Living Bookmark


I need to find more ways to work through my hunger.  After I saw this pin about the tree, I put together a list of what my Healthy Living   looks like.  I am trying my best to live within these guidelines.  I am not worrying about the number on the scale, just the quality of my life and the positive choices I make. 

My Healthy Living List
1.  Eat REAL foods that are good for me
2.  Drink lots water
3.  Exercise daily
4.  Create a quiet, relaxed, simple, clean home
5.  Share smiles with everyone
6.  Spend more time with my family
7.  Travel
8.  Love it or Leave it
9.  Pray and Give More
10. It is ok to be imperfect!

Be the Best Version of Yourself!

I created a bookmark for myself to remind me of my goals.  I also typed up the Serenity Prayer for the other side.  I made several of my bookmarks so every time I open a book I am reminded to pray and refocus myself on my goals.  
You can make your own bookmark by:
1.  Downloading the bookmark by CLICKING HERE!
2.  Print the images out and mount them on your favorite color cardstock.
3.  Laminate
4.  Punch a hole on top and add a bow for your final touch. 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday Favorites -- July 24

I am looking for ways to improve my photos.  I noticed on Pinterest that many bloggers have little  photo area set up in their office/craft room to get the best photos.  So I did a search of what I could do to improve my photos.  
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This is a simple idea just a tri-fold poster board.  The blogger even covered her boards with different fabrics for a variety of effects. 
3M Hooks and a simple rod could work as well and hang different fabrics for a backdrop. 
I like the vintage look of the wood.  This blogger painted both sides different colors.  Great idea.....
This window shade is another perfect idea.  The blogger for this one attached it to a large picture frame.   When the shade is up it can be a bulletin board or a large picture.  When you pull the shade down it is long enough to cover the counter as well and is a perfect backdrop for photos.  

All these are great ideas and I will need to talk it over with the husband and find out what will work best for us.   

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A Weekend in Michigan

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Over the weekend we drove our daughter to Traverse City, Michigan to visit a friend.  She really did not need us to drive her there but I thought it was a good excuse to get away for the weekend.  It took us a long time to drive. We hit a lot of construction in Indiana and Michigan AND of course there was the weekend traffic too.  

I know there are lots of wonderful places to see in Michigan but we were looking for a relaxing weekend.  So we pretty much stayed in Traverse City.  Believe it or not, we stayed in the same hotel we stayed in about 12 years ago when we took the kids, The Grand Beach Hotel.  

This little towel elephant was waiting on the bed for us when we arrived!
This was the view from our room.  I insisted we had a beach side view.  I knew the sunsets would be beautiful.  
My husband and I like to bike.  On Saturday we went out for a ride on the Tart Trail.  Four miles out it started to pour....luckily we found shelter at a old train station that is now a pub.  When the rain slowed down we went back to the hotel....waited for the storm to pass and went back out again for a total of 27 miles.  

It rained for just a few minutes the second time too.  Luckily we were back in town and found shelter by a bank to sit under until it stopped.  

The second day we went on the Leelanau Trail.  We only rode 20 miles of the trail.  I was tried. The trail was beautiful.  It was a country trail that started out with lots and lots of trees and then changed into farms.   

After our bike ride we were very thirty so drove to two wineries for tasting.   We found the Brengman Brothers....
and the Black Star Farm.  

It just doesn't matter how much wine I taste, I just like Riesling wine.  The sweeter the better!

We walk around the downtown area for a bit too.  We found these cherries covered in white chocolate at Cherry Republic.  These are delicious.

Each evening ended with a walks on the beach, beautiful sunsets....and reading on the porch!