2017 (and Beyond) Goals

2017 goals

I sat down today to talk about my thoughts on 2016 and this coming year. However, after writing, the post ended up being a few thousand words long, so I decided to break it up into 3 sections. The first section was "Reflecting on 2016". This one, however, is devoted to my plans for 2017 and beyond. My current life goals are: 1. Be the "Best Mom Ever!" Christian calls me this, but I often feel as though I fall very short of what I should be. I feel like I drop the ball every other day and like I should be doing more. I want to learn how to strike a balance between the many hats that I wear, to feel as though I am doing what needs to be done as a parent, and to have confidence that I am … [Read more...]

Reflecting on 2016

Reflecting on 2016

A few days, ago I decided to take up keeping a journal again. So, I headed to our local Tuesday Morning store to look for a new journal. They always have such cute things for great prices, so I was pretty hopeful. I was right! I found a gorgeous set of journals for just $5! Yesterday, I decided to break in the one that says Anything Is Possible. I chose that one for two reasons: 1. I LOVE the quote and 100% believe in it. I was just talking to someone yesterday about one of my role models - J.K. Rowling. I have looked up to her since I first read Harry Potter on a train in 1999. The story spoke to my 14-year-old literature-loving soul. My admiration of her has only grown over the … [Read more...]

7 Reasons McDonald’s Arch Cards Make the Perfect Stocking Stuffer

McDonald's Arch Cards make the perfect stocking stuffer

FTC Disclaimer: As a Central Arkansas McDonald's ambassador, posts like this are sponsored. However, opinions are 100% my own. Are you looking for a last-minute stocking stuffer for kids and adults alike? Here’s a suggestion to consider: McDonald’s Arch Cards. I can think of 7 reasons why McDonald’s Arch Cards would make the perfect stocking stuffer. Everyone Loves Free Food Seriously…can you think of a single person who doesn’t love free food? I can’t. If you know that your recipient loves McDonald’s, you can’t go wrong. Whether they use it for their morning coffee, a quick lunch, or as a special treat, they are sure to appreciate it. There Is Almost Always a McDonald’s … [Read more...]

Christmas Crafts with Oriental Trading Company

Christmas Crafts with Oriental Trading Company

I have a confession to make. I'm a bit of a Scrooge. At least when it comes to decorating for Christmas. Being honest, I haven't put up a Christmas tree in probably 3 years. Part of it is because I've never really viewed myself as being physically creative. But this year, I wanted to do something different. I wanted to make our home feel more festive. I wanted to put up a tree and do a few Christmas crafts. So when Oriental Trading Company approached me about trying out some of their products, I jumped at the chance. The first thing I did was make this JOY frame to hang up on the wall. It was pretty easy! I used their Snowy Splendor Craft Kit, some white wired … [Read more...]

DIY Lottery Ticket Tree

#GiveInstantJoy this holidayseason with this DIY Lottery Ticket Tree that is adorned with Arkansas Scholarship Lottery tickets

  FTC Disclaimer: This sponsored post is the product of my collaboration with Arkansas Scholarship Lottery. All thoughts are 100% my own. Happy holidays! Are you still trying to think of a fun, simple, and affordable gift for someone on your Christmas list? This DIY Lottery Ticket Tree is a great gift for anyone who: 1. Loves games 2. Loves winning things 3. Loves money 4. Enjoys playing the lottery 5. Is easy to please I'm pretty sure most of us fall into at least one (if not most) of these categories. It also makes a great stocking stuffer or add-on to a bigger gift. If you know me, you know that I am cheap (I like to call it financially intelligent) and not … [Read more...]

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