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How A Bullet Journal Can Help With Holiday Planning

holiday planningPretty light viewings, the ballet, cookie baking, festive gatherings, caroling, and shopping.

This month is typically one that fills up quickly. All of that is fun, but it can also be overwhelming.

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That’s where the bullet journal can help.

It is a great tool to help keep your sanity intact during this busy season. Here is how I am going to use mine to make this the smoothest holiday yet!

HOW A BULLET JOURNAL CAN HELP WITH HOLIDAY PLANNING

I began with my usual routine, which is creating a monthly goals page. I’ll fill this in with an overview of what I want to accomplish.

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I’ve really enjoyed using more color this year and incorporating more doodles into my pages. The trees and lettering were fun to make.

Usually, I can fit all of my tasks into my weekly calendar.  However, the things I like to accomplish this month, require a bit more detail when it comes to staying organized.

So I made a few specific pages to give me extra space, and to help make that sort of holiday planning easier.

My biggest stress during December is figuring out the gifts. In the past, I have been terribly disorganized, and end up doing everything very last minute.

I want to be able to keep on top of things by organizing gifts that I want to make, and the things that I need to buy.

This page will have all of my shopping and to-do items in one place, which will be incredibly helpful. holiday planning

I am going to love checking things off as I accomplish them!

Kicking off the holidays by baking cookies and other goodies is a family favorite in our household. We put on good music, laugh, and have fun making the house smell delicious. holiday planning

We generally stick to baking our tried and true treats, but I often end up wishing that I would have thought ahead a bit more so that we could make something new and different.

I’m going to set aside one morning this week, and pick out some new additions to our baking day. I have so many different ideas that I have pinned, and this is the year I am actually going to give some of them a try.

This page will allow me to list the things we want to make and serve as my ingredient list as well.
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If you want to find out what we make, follow along on my Facebook page. I’ll share recipes and results later this month. You will also be able find all the fun crafty things that we are making for the season there. (Which makes me realize I need to get to work on a journal page for crafty activities, as well)

I hope this helps you see how you can use your bullet journal to help you get organized with your holiday planning. The pages can serve as a record of how the season was celebrated, which is an added bonus!

holiday planningDo you have any tips on how you manage your holiday? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

XO,

Melissa

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How to Beat the Cold Weather Boredom Blues

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HOW TO BEAT THE COLD WEATHER BOREDOM BLUES

The cooler weather has arrived, and we’ve unpacked the sweaters, hoodies, and extra blankets. It is the perfect time for hot chocolate, extra snuggles, and movie marathons.

However, the extra chill in the air can also bring about the cold weather boredom blues.

When I hear that all too familiar, “Mom, I’m bored,” these are my favorite ways to help get out of that boredom rut.

PLAY INDOOR GAMESboredom

It might be too cold to escape boredom by heading outdoors, but you can still play some fun games in your own living room.

Of course puzzles, card, and board games are a great boredom buster, but there are also many other fun games that you can play while inside.

Need some inspiration? Check out the Indoor Games Handbook by Lisa Regan. We love to flip through it and choose one of the activities.

TURN YOUR KITCHEN INTO A SCIENCE LAB

Some time ago, I shared how to build a STEM kit.

It’s a great thing to have at home and it includes some suggestions on things to stock up on. It is super handy for those days that you feel like conducting experiments.

We also love the book, Kitchen Science Lab for Kids.


It is filled with a ton of fun and easy activities, that also explains the science behind them. Grab your lab coats, and notebooks, and conduct some experiments!

GET CRAFTY

This time of year I am reminded of why I save all those cardboard rolls, snippets of ribbon, trinkets, and stock up on fun paper and paints. When the stir-craziness sets in, raiding the arts and craft stash can be the perfect first stop.boredom

Since this week is Thanksgiving break, we are going to use these super cute Thanksgiving printables. They will be such a festive touch for our gathering.

After that, it’s time to start on making holiday gifts, and cards. I finally get some time to try some of the projects that I’ve saved on my Pinterest boards throughout the year.

COOK

boredomGet rid of the chill by heating things up in the kitchen. We love to head out to our local library in order to borrow some cookbooks. We enjoy flipping through them, and looking at the pictures, and choosing a few favorites to try. This winter, we are on a mission for some good pressure cooker and bread recipes.

If you like butternut squash, give my husband’s delicious recipe a try!

Not only is it a great boredom buster, cooking together is also a great family activity!

Do you have a favorite cold weather boredom buster? Be sure to share it with me in the comments.

xo, Melissa


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Easy DIY Halloween Decorations: Cardboard Tube Candles

These candles might be one of my most favorite DIY Halloween decorations so far. Plus, they are incredibly easy to make!

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If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Part One in my Easy DIY Halloween Decorations series. You won’t want to miss out on the adorable pumpkin bowls!


You will need the following supplies to make these Halloween cardboard tube candles:

Cardboard tubes

Acrylic paint

Glue gun, and glue sticks

Small led tea lights

Masking tape

Glitter (optional)

Ribbon (optional)Halloween

First, let your glue gun start heating up, and then trim your cardboard tubes to be the height that you would like your candle to be.

Next, use the masking tape to make a little indentation for your tea light to sit inside the cardboard tube.HalloweenDon’t worry about it looking pretty, because you will be painting over it.

By now, your glue gun should be hot enough.

Use it to make “wax” drips at the top of the candle, and along the side.

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Once the glue cools off, use the acrylic paint to cover the whole surface of the cardboard tube, and then let it dry.

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I decided that I wanted to add a little sparkle to my candles since I believe that glitter can make anything awesome.

So, I used a little white paint and black glitter to paint over the wax drips, to give it a more melted wax look.

Add your LED tea light, and there you have it!

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I loved the black candles so much, that I had to make a few orange ones too.

Adding some seasonal ribbons helped to make them a bit fancier.

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I had no idea that it could be so easy to turn cardboard rolls into a neat candle!

Plus, it got bonus points since I was able to re-use items instead of throwing them away.

If you decide to make these  DIY cardboard tube candles, feel free to share them in my Facebook group, or tag me in your Instagram photo.

I will be back next week, with a new fun DIY Halloween decoration!

xo,

Melissa

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Easy DIY Halloween Decorations Part One: Pumpkin Bowl

I love to make DIY Halloween Decorations, and this year I was actually prepared and got some made ahead of time, and I will be sharing my favorites with you!

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It might be September, but Halloween is just around the corner. Every year I decide that I will be ahead of the game and make some decorations for the house.

Except, life happens, and I don’t get them done.

Until this year!

I set aside some time to look over my Pinterest board for the DIY Halloween decorations that I have saved over the years. Bean and I tested our favorites and I will share them over the next few weeks.

I do my best to use or re-use items that I have on hand in my craft stash. However, even with a trip to the store, most of these items are budget friendly. If I do have to run out, I always try the Dollar Store first. I can usually knock out most of my list there.

EASY DIY HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS PART ONE: PUMPKIN BOWL

This one is super easy, and a fun one for kids. It’s fun to see that thin tissue paper can turn into a pumpkin!

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SUPPLIES NEEDED

Balloons

Orange tissue paper

Mod Podge

Black Construction Paper

Paintbrush

Small bowl, or plastic container

 

HOW TO MAKE IT

First, tear up the tissue paper into small pieces. You will need quite a bit, so put on some fun spooky music while you work.

I didn’t have any orange tissue handy, but I did have leftover crepe streamers. It worked perfectly for this project!

Next, blow up your balloon, but keep it small, about three inches in diameter.

A small plastic container is helpful to hold the balloon while you work.

Grab your Mod Podge and use the paintbrush to put a layer on the surface of the balloon. You will want to cover about half of the balloon to make your bowl shape.

Then start putting a layer of tissue over the Mod Podge. Do not worry about pieces overlapping or looking messy, it does not have to be perfect.

 

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Next, cover the tissue paper layer with Mod Podge and add another layer of tissue.

Repeat that step a few times, you will want 3 or 4 layers to help make your bowl a bit sturdier.

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Once you make your layers, put one last coat of Modge Podge all over the tissue paper. It will look really messy, but just wait until it dries!

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Set the pumpkin aside and wait for it to dry. It was hard to wait, but we left ours overnight to be sure that it had enough time.

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Grab your scissors and black construction paper and cut out some jack o’ lantern eyes, a nose, and a mouth.

Use the Mod Podge to attach them to your pumpkin. Make sure you take the balloon out of the container and flip it over so that your face is not upside down.

The final step is the fun part.

Pop the balloon!!

Now you have a cute little pumpkin bowl. I did not mind the jagged edges of the paper, but you can also use scissors and carefully trim it up a little bit.

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We made a few so that we could put candy in some, and candles (LED ones for safety of course!) in the others.

Be sure to keep checking back for the next few DIY Halloween decorations posts – next up will be cardboard tube candles!

XO, Melissa

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Top 10 Books For Fall

 

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Everyone in our household loves to read.

When the seasons change, I make a point to stock our classroom (and living room) with new books for us to read together.

Choosing books for fall is one of my favorite things to do.

My goal is to find books for fall that talk about the beautiful changes in nature, and to also find some spooky tales!


Top 10 books for fall that should be in your collection.


AWESOME AUTUMN BY BRUCE GOLDSTONE

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The gorgeous photos, paired with short text, tells about what happens when fall arrives.

It is perfect for traditional and homeschool classrooms!

SPOOKY OLD TREE BY STAN AND JAN BERENSTAIN

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Ages 4-8

Three bears bravely explore a spooky old tree.

The story contains simple rhyming text and reinforces the concept of into, up, through, over, down, and out.

This was a favorite for both of my kiddos.

It isn’t TOO scary, but it shows how one can overcome fears and conquer things that seem especially frightening.

LEAF MAN BY LOIS ELHERT

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Ages 4-7

This book tells the story of Leaf Man, who blew away with the wind.

It has beautiful illustrations using collages made from the rainbow of real fall leaves. It

is a wonderful book to read and celebrate the change of seasons, and even contains a leaf guide!

It is the perfect choice for nature lovers!

A nature hike and leaf hunt would be a fun way to reinforce the material.

THE LITTLE OLD LADY WHO WAS NOT AFRAID OF ANYTHING BY LINDA D WILLIAMS

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Ages 3-7

One night while walking in the woods, the normally fearless old lady becomes scared.

Read along and find out how she gets braver and solves her problem.

The text repeats and is rhythmic, which makes it fun for kids to chant along.

ROALD DAHL’S BOOK OF GHOST STORIES

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This one might be better for older kids.

It is a fantastic selection of Roald Dahl’s most favorite spooky stories.

It would make for awesome campfire reading and is sure to deliver great shivers.

SHAKE DEM HALLOWEEN BONES BY W. NIKOLA LISA

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Ages 4-7

This book has really fun rhyming hip-hop text and familiar fairy tale characters.

If you read this one out loud, don’t be surprised if you find yourself singing and dancing along with the rhythm of the words.

LITTLE CRITTER: THE FALL FESTIVAL BY MERCER MAYER

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Ages 4-8

Little Critter books have always been loved in our home.

This one covers all the wonderful things that make up the season of fall.

It is a good one for kids who are learning to read.

THE HALLOWEEN TREE BY RAY BRADBURY

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Ages 8 and up

Eight boys go on an adventure into the past led by a mysterious character.

This book is a wonderful way to learn the history and customs of Halloween.

ROOM ON A BROOM BY JULIA DONALDSON

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Ages 3-7

This is a story of a witch and a cat flying about.

The troublesome wind makes the witch lose some important items.

During their rescue, they encounter helpful friends that want a ride on her broom for their help.

Things get quite full, and a dragon enters the picture. It is a fun problem-solving tale!

GOOSEBUMPS BOOKS BY R.L. STINE

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In our house, these books are pretty much read all year round, as Miss Bean is a HUGE Goosebumps fan.

They are great chapter books to read together, and there are all sorts of spooky situations.

The Blob That Ate Everything is one of our favorites.

I hope this list helps you find some fun books for fall. Do you have a favorite? Be sure to share in the comments!

xo, Melissa

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Motivation Lost? 5 Steps You Can Take To Get It Back!

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The months of May and June 2017 will now be known as the time that I lost my motivation.

It all started when our family kicked off  the summer with a vacation. It was a lovely time. I took a break from technology, and read books instead. We explored a cave, had fun on a boat, and laughed with family. motivation

I had every intention of working on a blog post, once I returned. After all, I had just experienced a relaxing week in a beautiful cabin. I was refreshed and could look at the world with a clear head.

But I did not get any writing done.

I kept telling myself that I SHOULD work, but I could do it tomorrow.

Even my beloved bullet journal suffered, it’s pages were lonely. I didn’t doodle, I didn’t track the weather or my mood, and worst of all, I had nothing to check off.motivation

Then, I realized something.

My journal is a huge KEY in keeping me motivated and organized.

When I stopped writing my tasks in my journal, and checking it daily, it gave me a reason to procrastinate. I also felt myself become more anxious and overwhelmed.

I had no plan to follow, so instead my brain just had a running list of things that I needed to do. Without putting it on paper, I quickly went into overload, and fell into my old pattern of just shutting down and doing nothing instead. The motivation was gone.


SO WHAT CAN YOU DO WHEN YOU NEED TO GET YOUR MOTIVATION BACK?


  1. GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION FOR A BREAK

First of all, it is okay to take a break.

I think that in a way, my body and mind were telling me I needed to allow myself some time to do nothing. To read those books that have been piled on my nightstand, catch up on the magazines, and even take a few naps.

Of course, my first instinct was to beat myself up for being lazy and not accomplishing anything.

Instead, I changed my perspective. I gave myself permission to have that break. No writing or work was done, but I did get to enjoy some extra time with my family. I even did some crafts and tried some recipes. And did I mention the naps?!motivation

I was just productive in a different way.

And that is okay.

2. REVISIT YOUR GOALS

However, it is important not to stay in permanent break mode. The longer you remain in it, the harder it becomes to snap out of it.

I needed to take a look at my goals and remember why I was doing all that work in the first place.

When I was checking my bullet journal daily, I was reminded of what I was working for. When I stopped doing that, it became easier to ignore the steps that I wanted to take to accomplish my goals.

If you don’t already have a list of goals, with a plan of action, take some time to write some out. Or make a vision board. Or start a bullet journal.

Even if you are feeling unmotivated, just the simple act of looking at your goals each day will help remind and inspire you to keep working.

3. START SMALL

Part of the reason that I stopped being motivated,  was that I felt like things were piling up around me. Each day my mental lists grew longer, yet I wasn’t doing anything about it. I didn’t feel like it would be possible to get everything done, so instead,  I just shut down.

To combat this, pick just one thing and DO IT.

For me, I told myself that I needed to get out my journal each day and look at and start using my tracker again.

By doing my basic daily tasks again, I started feeling productive and like I was re-building my self discipline again.motivation

Still missing a lot of x’s, but let me tell you, checking off those boxes again when I completed something felt so good!

It doesn’t matter what you choose to do, just pick one small thing and work it into a routine again. Don’t get overwhelmed trying to juggle too many things, or all of the things that you were doing before you lost your groove.

Baby steps!!

When you are feeling ready, add another task. For me, I will start doing my affirmations again. I need that positive reinforcement. 🙂

4. REWARD YOURSELF AND CREATE AN INSPIRED SPACE

This one is easy.

Make sure you create a fun space to help you feel inspired, and give yourself a little reward. Treat yourself to new journal supplies, find some inspirational quotes, clean your work area or re-arrange it, get a cute plant. Little rewards like this are good for motivation.motivation

Just have a little corner or space where you can plan, work, clear your head, or meditate to help keep you on track.

5. DON’T FOCUS ON FAILURES

Finally, be nice to yourself.

Don’t focus on what you did wrong, or what you didn’t accomplish. Negativity can kill motivation. As I mentioned earlier, a perspective change can do wonders.

I’m going to be honest, I still have my dark moments and there are days that I just want to remain in my blanket cave and ignore everything. Just getting out of bed is a simple victory, and it counts as a success.motivation

Think of and remember the successes that you experienced. Even if they are small. Write them down so that you can revisit them when you feel unmotivated.

I followed these 5 steps and was able to find my motivation and get to working and writing again.

It feels good to be back.

What do you do when you find yourself in a funk and need to find your groove again? I would love to hear about it in the comments.

xo,

Melissa

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We Tried It! How To Make DIY Seed Bombs

A few weeks ago, I saw a video for these adorable little diy seed bombs. I made sure to save it so that Miss Bean and I could make some of our own. We soon needed some gifts for a family gathering, and I decided that these would be the perfect solution.

SEED BOMBS

Luckily, we already had most of the supplies on hand. We just needed a packet of wildflower seeds. Funny enough, we had sent away for some seeds to help bring back the honey bees, and they just happened to arrive in our mailbox the exact day we needed them!

It was meant to be!

To make these seed bombs, you just need some paper, a muffin tin, a food processor, and some wildflower seeds.

I realize that you can just watch the video, but I broke down the steps here so you could see our results as well 🙂

First take your paper and tear it into tiny pieces. We filled a small bowl about halfway with our paper scraps.

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Next, pour water to coat your paper pieces.

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Let that sit for about 15 minutes.

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Next, put the paper in a colander and use a sponge or a towel to help soak up the excess water.

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Then, put your paper into the food processor, and grind them up into shredded pieces.

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Aren’t all of the colors fun?!

Press and pack your shredded paper into muffin tins.

I just used basic muffin tins, but if you have some that are fun shapes, those will make your seed bombs look even cuter!

Pour your wildflower seeds over the top of each seed bomb, and then add the rest of your shredded paper as a top layer, and pack the paper down.

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Then let them sit and dry for 24-48 hours.

Once they are dry, they are ready to go!

Since they were gifts and we needed to wrap them somehow, we made little baskets out of muffin liners and used pipe cleaners to make little handles.

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Just drop them where you would like your flowers to grow and wait for the sprouts to happen!

 

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These were fun and very easy to make. The hardest part was just waiting for them to dry!

My daughter really enjoyed helping to create such a fun gift, and it was easy on our budget.

She was especially happy to hear from her great grandmother that her seed bombs had already started to sprout!

Happy planting!

xo Melissa

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5 Ways To Use Glow Sticks For Your Next Family Night (Plus Giveaway!)

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I am going to let you in on a little secret, I am a big fan of glow sticks. I feel that they can make anything exciting. They are great to have on hand for picnics, party favors, concerts, stocking stuffers, care packages, camping, night swimming, or even living room dance parties.

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They are a wonderful way to add visibility to kids when they are out and about at night time.

Best of all they are very budget friendly, and an inexpensive way to have a little fun.

I received a set of glow stick bracelets from Lumistick to play with. They arrived in a tube of 100, with plastic connectors. There are 5 colors; pink, green, blue, yellow and orange, and are non-toxic.

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We had a blast thinking of all the things that we could do with them.

Besides the obvious choice of wearing them as bracelets, what else can you do with glow sticks?


Here are 5 fun and different ways to use your glow stick bracelets:


Have an indoor glow stick dance party

This is definitely a favorite, as we love to have spontaneous dance parties. They always help cheer us up, and get us laughing. So, turn out the lights, put on some fun music and dance around with your glow-sticks.

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Play tic-tac-toe with your glow sticks

Make a giant board by using the plastic pieces that join the bracelets together. Instead of X’s and O’s, we just used O’s, but two different colors to place into our board boxes.

 Play a game of glow ball or Frisbee

Change up your game and join a few glow-sticks together. Attach them to a frisbee, or put one inside a wiffle ball.

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Use them in your hair

Put your hair up in a bun and add a glow stick bracelet for a little color fun. You could even leave them straight and use them like hair sticks!

Play ring toss

This is a fun one to do when camping or at an outdoor concert. Make some rings with your glow sticks and connectors, and then grab a stick and push it into the ground. Make it a competition and see how many rings you can land on the stick.

Have a glow in the dark picnic

Spread out a blanket and wrap your glow-sticks around some clear plastic cups. Pick out your favorite foods and dine by glowing light!

You can use connectors to create a glow ball lantern. They look so awesome, and would be a fun centerpiece to a glow picnic, or a even a dance party decoration.

(Want one of your own? Check out the giveaway at the bottom of this post)

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Bonus: Relax in a glow in the dark bath

I realize this isn’t really a family night acitivty, but it is still a fun one for both kids and adults. Instead of candles to help calm you, fill up your tub and add your favorite glow-stick colors!

I hope this gives you some ideas on the different things that you can do with your glow-sticks. Check out the different sets on Amazon, choose one or two and you will have several options for some family night fun!


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xo, Melissa

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Beginners Guide: Using a Tracker In Your Bullet Journal

Using a tracker in my bullet journal is my new favorite thing! Since I love it so much, I want to share it with all of you. I even included a little mini tracker for you to download at the end of my post! 

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Recently, I have been dealing with some health issues. I’ve spent the past few months in and out of the doctor office. Each time, I am given new instructions or a different medicine to try, and it started to get a little difficult to remember everything that I was supposed to do.

Then it dawned on me. I should make a tracker for my bullet journal!

Are you new to the world of using a bullet journal? Before you read through this, be sure to check out my Beginners Guide to Bullet Journals.


Of course, it isn’t a requirement to have a tracker in your journal, but it has been such an awesome tool for me. It helps me keep an eye on my good habits and the places that I need a little extra work. I love checking things off, so using a tracker has been a great way to hold myself accountable.

Best of all, there are so many different things that you can track. And as always, there are so many different layout options. Mixing things up and trying different styles of trackers also helps keep me motivated to get my stuff done!

HABIT TRACKERS

The habit tracker is just a list of the things that you like to accomplish in a day. It’s basically like an everyday to-do list. To make one, you can use dotted or grid paper. Having a ruler handy is also helpful. You can make your tracker a weekly one, or a monthly one, that’s the beauty of having that customized system that works just for you.

Here is an example of the one that I just made for myself. I just set it up for a two-week period.

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See? It’s pretty simple but so helpful.

Need some ideas of what to track?

  • Exercise
  • Vitamins
  • Water consumption
  • Journal time
  • Chores
  • Feeding pets
  • Watering the plants (for people like me who seem to have a black thumb)
  • Medication
  • No Junk Food/Caffeine etc…
  • Goals
  • Symptoms
  • Sleep schedules
  • Self-care/Me time (you’ve got to make sure you are giving yourself love)
  • Spending
  • Moods
  • Routines (morning and night)
  • Flossing/teeth brushing

Really, anything that you want to work on, or make sure that you do each day, add it to your tracker!

However, if you don’t use it on a daily basis, it won’t do much good.

I am guilty of thinking that I will remember to fill in what I did a few days later, but that just doesn’t work. So my solution was to work it into my nightly routine.

In my last post, Beginners Guide: Starting a New Month in a Bullet Journal, I mentioned that I changed my layout so that I could write a few sentences about my day. It was my goal to do this on a nightly basis, along with filling in my mood tracker. I am happy to report, that this has been going well for me, and I have now added filling out my habit tracker during this time.  So, just be sure to find a spot in your day that you will be sure to check off those boxes.

OTHER TRACKERS

There are other fun things that you can track, but you may want to dedicate a layout to a single thing, instead of just a list.

For example, here is my mood tracker page. Each day, I color in the boxes to indicate how I was feeling. By the end of the year, I will have a very colorful page with all of my moods.

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I did mine over the entire year, but next year I think I would like to try to do a monthly mood tracker. I have seen some pretty amazing layouts that have inspired me.

I also like to track the books I read, movies that I see, and shows that I watch throughout the year. Here are what my trackers for each of these look like.

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tracker

tracker

It’s fun to have a history of the things that entertained me throughout the year.

You may have one big goal that you want to work towards, such as saving up for a vacation. This is another way that a tracker would be helpful. Having that visual will really help keep you motivated.

Our family recently decided that we want to visit one of the state parks out west, so I made a page to remind my husband and me to set a little money aside each month.

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I can’t wait until all those boxes are filled in, and we are on our way!

Finally, I have a page dedicated to the bills that I need to pay each month. It’s very basic but incredibly helpful.

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Feeling a bit intimidated by drawing out your own tracker?

I always want to remind people that your bullet journal pages do not have to be fancy. Please do not get hung up on seeing all the beautiful layouts out there and then feel like you have to do the same. Part of the reason that I make these blog posts is to show you that I do not make perfect layouts, mine do not look like they are made by a professional artist, but I love them. And they work!

I made these handy little weekly mini tracker stickers to put in my journal, for those times that I just can’t draw one for myself. To print these, I used Avery mailing labels #8168, but you can also just print on blank paper, cut out and glue into your journal.

Feel free to download them and use for your own bullet journal!

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I hope that this has helped to show you that a tracker can be a great tool to help you manage your time better, and to get those dreams and goals accomplished!

xo, Melissa

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How To Make Critter Bookmarks – A Quick and Easy Craft

This week Bean and I decided to play with paper and make some critter bookmarks.

For those of you new to the blog, I love crafts, but don’t have a ton of time. I love finding quick and easy projects that add a little fun to our day.


Think of Bean and I as your craft testers, our creations may not be the most perfect, but they are real and made with love.


BOOKMARKS
We do our best to find the easiest, cutest projects, and these critter bookmarks totally fit the description!

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You don’t need much at all in the way of supplies. Grab some paper, scissors, a glue stick, markers and googly eyes.

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Because who doesn’t love a reason to put fun eyes on things?!

Your paper to be in the shape of a square. We happened to have some origami paper on hand, so we used that, but you can easily use card stock or construction paper and just cut it into a square.

Here are the steps that you need to follow to make these super cute bookmarks:

  1. Fold your paper in half to create a triangle.

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2. Fold the top point (just the front layer of paper) of the triangle down to meet the bottom edge of the paper.

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3. Fold in the left and right corners in to meet the middle triangle fold.

bookmarks

bookmarks

4. Open up your side folds, so that they look like this:

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5. Then fold both of those sides up, along your middle triangle fold.

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bookmarks

6. Next, tuck in the two new folds that you just made into the middle fold.

bookmarks

bookmarks

7. Take a second piece of paper, and cut another square. It should be the same size as the square you just folded.

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8. Then tuck that square into your folded paper, and secure it with a little glue.

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9. Finally, glue on some googly eyes, and a little tongue.

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There you have it! Your critter bookmark is ready to help keep your place in the books that you are reading.

bookmarks

bookmarks

bookmarks

Now, you don’t HAVE to make a frog. Bean had fun just making some little monster bookmarks and then decorating them. I also made a vampire one. Just pick your favorite critter and start creating!

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I hope you found these critter book marks fun, and will give them a try the next time you are looking for a quick craft. I know the ones we made will definitely give some character to our reading time! <3

xo, Melissa

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