Wednesday, February 10, 2016

FREE Valentine Printables

If you need a quick printable for your sweetie for Valentine's Day, 
below are some links to some of the Valentine's Day 
ones I've posted over the past few years!

You can print them at home on cardstock or even regular copy paper to 
decorate with or frame and give as a gift!  
You could even print four to a page and use them as little Valentine's!

There are a bunch from last year that can all be found in the folder HERE








And these are from the year before and can be found HERE


and these can be found HERE

and this one HERE

This one is an oldie but one of my favorites!  


You just buy a frame,
 {Walmart or the Dollar Store or even spray paint a frame you already have}
print out the card below in whatever size your frame is,
{there are four different styles in the download- the polka dot one shown above is number 3}
place it in the frame. 

Add a thin dry erase with a cute ribbon and it's ready to go! 
You just write on the glass the reason you love someone
along with their name, and simply erase when you want to change it!
How fun is that?

You could make a big one and hang it on the wall 
or small ones and place them on the dining room table
or even make one for each member of your family 
and hang them on their bedroom doors. 












Tuesday, January 26, 2016

JOY is a Choice

Listened to an amazing sermon by Jeremy Lewis 
(our fabulous youth minister at Central Baptist Church
this morning over
  JOY. 

Loved being reminded that JOY is a choice AND also a command. 

James 1:2-3 says: 
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 
because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 

You can listen to the sermon here:http://www.centralbcs.org/media/watch-sermons/joy/ 
(I highly recommend it!)
and be sure to CHOOSE JOY today!
You can print out a copy of the image above HERE



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Sunday, January 24, 2016

February Scripture Writing Plan 2016

When I started creating the scripture writing plans for each month
I had NO idea how much others would like them.
The response since the December one went semi-viral has been amazing!

So so so many sweet emails & FB messages sharing how much they are enjoying
the plans and how God is using it in their lives.
I LOVE hearing how God is using my tiny works for His good
and He has been so sweet to show me!

For those who did the January Scripture Writing Plan and enjoyed it,
here's the plan for the month of February!

All of the verses this month have to do with LOVE.
God has so much to say about LOVE that it was hard to just choose 29 days worth!


You can find a copy to print out for yourself in the folder HERE.

For those that have asked, there is also a blank form 
to write your verses on that can be found HERE


Thanks to a sweet reader you can also find the Spanish version HERE.


Another sweet reader is using the plans with her students and asked for a shortened version, with only one or two verses, for her younger students. That version can also be found at the link above! 




Praying for Your Husband & Praying for Your Wife CARDS

I truly believe that praying for your spouse 
is something all of us who are married SHOULD do all the time but.....
doing so in the midst of the insanity of life is HARD
and sometimes it's difficult to know specifically WHAT to pray. 
I think many people WANT to pray but 
just don't have the words. 

Because of my own desire to pray for my husband 
I created a set of scripture prayer cards to give me
both a visual reminder (I carry them in my purse)
and the specific words to pray as well as scriptures 
to pray over him each day. 

I love them so much I made some for some sweet friends 
and then added them to my ETSY store where they've been a big hit. 

One friend has her set for her husband in the shower (since her set is laminated) 
and prays for her husband every day while she showers. 
Such a smart use of time isn't it?
Another keeps her in her car so that she can pray anytime she stuck in line or traffic! 

Until now I only had a set for wives but FINALLY put together a set for husbands too
 and just posted the wife version (red, navy, green, or black) in my ETSY store. 

Just like the husband cards, each set is an instant download & 
contains 16 cards- one cover & 15 others that each contain a prayer and
 a scripture to pray for your spouse. 
They would make a fabulous Valentine's Day gift for your sweetie
or a gift for a sweet couple friend! 

As instant downloads you can purchase a set, print them out 
and keep them for yourself or give them as a gift! 

The great thing about a digital download
is that you can print as many copies as you'd like!
So you buy once, and can print multiple copies!

All the digital download sets have general names on them
 (wife or husband) but if you'd like one with a specific name,
 just message me through ETSY and I'll be happy to personalize 
a download for you and create a custom order. 

The cards are formatted for a full size sheet of paper 
but directions are included for printing 4 per page (which is how I print all of mine).  

All of the cards can be found HERE in my ETSY store.

COUPON CODE:
Until 2-14-16 ❤
use code HAPPY to get 15% off your order.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

A Perfect Mess

On this last day of Christmas vacation as I clean out the pantry 
(seriously-who needs 4 boxes of pancake mix) 
and fridge (bye bye Christmas candy!) 
and Tupperware cabinet (it's not really Tupperware so why do I still call it that?) 
I can't help but think of this quote. 

I love the reminder that God doesn't want me to pretend 
to have it all together with Him when I don't 
(which is good because I so DO NOT). 
He is right there with me in the midst of my messy life!
And for that I am so very thankful! 


The quote is one of my favorites and is from a book titled A Perfect Mess 
by the fabulous Lisa Harper. 
You can find the book HERE

If you'd like to print out a copy of the quote you can find both a JPG in the folder HERE


Friday, January 1, 2016

This Year I Want to...

Happy 2016!

I'm not one to write resolutions but for the past 5 or 6 years I have written 
a list of things I'd like to do more of and focus on. 
The process of making the list makes me really think about those things 
I need and want to do more or less of. 

My favorites this year include:

  • don't say maybe if I want to say no (so guilty of this!)
  • choose a narrow path
  • own my mistakes (gosh that is hard sometimes, huh?)
  • be brave enough to start a conversation that matters (dude I struggle with this so)
  • celebrate tiny victories
  • look for and SEE those God places in my path
  • choose people over phones


 I usually make a version to print out and this year I made two!
Having a printed version helps me to remember those things all year long. 




If you'd like a copy you can print out both versions HERE.  

What are some things you'd like to do this year?





Tuesday, December 29, 2015

January Scripture Writing Plan 2016

For those who did the December Scripture Writing Plan and enjoyed it,
here's the plan for the month of January!


As we start a new year this is a great way to spend
a few minutes each day focusing on what is truly important! 
There is something about writing out scripture that seems to 
make the word come alive for me- 
and I'm thankful it's been a blessing to so many of you as well!

You can find a copy to print out for yourself in the folder HERE.

For those that have asked, there is also a blank form 
to write your verses on that can be found HERE

I'll be updating the plans for the new year 
so if you check back at the end of each month, 
I'll have the plan posted for the following month! 


UPDATE:
Thanks to a sweet reader named Carolyn, you can find the Spanish version HERE
Thank you Carolyn! 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Ring and Run Christmas Fun

Several years ago we did something super fun at Christmas- Ring and Run!
Ring and Run is based very loosely on the song The 12 Days of Christmas
and is kind of a Christmas random acts of Kindness!
I'm not sure who had more fun- us or the family we did it for! 

Here's how it works:
You choose a family to surprise and every day for the 12 days leading up to Christmas 
you leave a little treat on their doorstep along with part of a poem, 
ring their doorbell, and run away!

The year we did it we chose a sweet family with 3 little girls 
and I cannot tell you how much fun we had buying and delivering little treats for them! 

Although this tradition is supposed to be totally anonymous, 
we altered that rule just a bit and let the parents know what we were up to. 
{Sneaking around in someone's front yard might tend to cause the police to get called and 
so we wanted them to know that we were not prowlers or burglars 
and filled them in on what we were doing.}

It was so much fun sneaking up to their front door, leaving a treat, and speeding away!

If you just want a copy of the poem, you can find it HERE.
{Only the first page is listed below but the link is all of the poem!}

I made some fun tags that you can use to print out
to leave with y our gifts- and even included the gift for the night
at the top of each tag.  






You can print out your own tags HERE
{Don't try to just save the little images above, they'll be too little and blurry!}

Who can you bless with Christmas Ring and Run?  



Sunday, December 6, 2015

Scripture Prayer Cards

I'm a HUGE  believer in the power of prayer. 
I think many people WANT to pray but 
sometimes we all struggle though with not that we should pray,
but WHAT specifically we should pray. 

So a few years ago I made some prayer cards. 
I made one set of things that I wanted to daily pray 
my daughter and another set of things
 I wanted to pray specifically for my husband. 

Each card includes a prayer and a scripture. 
I printed them out 4 per page, cut them out, 
laminated them and put them on a ring. 
I keep them in my purse and they are a great reminder 
to me to pray specifically for those I love the most.  
If I'm stuck in traffic or line somewhere I'll pull them out and quickly pray. 
I love having something specific to pray- rather than just a general prayer. 



I have given these cards to lots of friends as gifts 
and have so loved hearing how much they have loved and used them. 

One friend has her set for her husband in the shower 
(since her set is laminated) and 
prays for her husband every day while she showers. 
Such a smart use of time isn't it?

Another friend who I gave a set to for her son says 
them out loud to him while he eats breakfast each morning.  
He got so used to hearing them that he has memorized 
the prayers and one day she sent me a video 
of him saying some of the prayers himself! 
So precious and such a great reminder that little ears are ALWAYS listening.

I had the cards listed in my ETSY store but recently had to remove them 
because I just didn't have time for the printing, laminating, mailing 
parts of creating them for orders. 

But this weekend I've added them back- this time as instant downloads!
 As instant downloads you can purchase a set, print them out 
and keep them for yourself or give them as a gift! 

The great thing about a digital download
 is that you can print as many copies as you'd like!
So you buy once, and can print multiple copies!

All of the cards can be found HERE in my ETSY store.

The praying for your husband set comes in 3 different colors (navy, red, or green) and come 16 to a set. Each of the 16 cards has a prayer and a scripture reference and are great to keep in your purse and card as a reminder to pray often for you husband. They would be great to give at Christmas but also make a super sweet wedding or anniversary gift!

The praying for your daughter, son, children, or grand children come 14 to a set and can be printed 4 per page. Each of the 14 cards has a prayer and a scripture reference.and are great to keep in your purse and card as a reminder to pray often for you sweet children. They would be great to give at Christmas but also make a super sweet baby shower gift!

All the digital download sets have general names on them (son, daughter, children, grand children, husband) but if you'd like one with a specific name, just message me through ETSY and I'll be happy to personalize a download for you and create a custom order. 

From now through Dec. 15th, use the code
 MERRY15 for 15% off your ETSY order! 


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

12 Days of Finals Care Package

My daughter is a college sophomore 
(how is that even possible when she was just a teeny tiny baby girl what seems like a few days ago?) 
& one of my absolute favorite things to do is send her finals care packages. 
I seriously wish I could start a care package business. 
How fun would that be? 

This year instead of sending one big box of stuff like I usually do, 
I decided to space it out and send The 12 Days of Finals gifts. 
 I sent the wrapped gifts back with her after Thanksgiving 
and she will start opening them 12 days before the end of her finals. 

It works just like the 12 Days of Christmas song so 
day 1 includes 1 thing, day 2 includes two things, etc. 
I thought it would be more fun to have something to 
open each day rather than one giant box. 


In case she reads this I won't post exactly what I included as her gifts 
but I will say that I alternated between gift cards, 
food treats, and fun brain breaks and little gifts.
Many of the days include treats for her sweet roommates too!
 (If you'd like an exact list of ideas I used just email me at the link in the right sidebar 
and I'll be happy to send my list to you! As she opens them I'll add them to the bottom of this post!)


Here are a list of some things you could include:

  • Snacks (cookies, beef jerky, crackers, popcorn)
  • Drinks
  • Gift cards to Starbucks, Sonic, a fave restaurant, etc (most can be in any denomination so they are great for higher number days)
  • Cash (always a big hit!) 
  • Coloring books/crayons
  • Water guns
  • Nerf guns
  • Gum
  • Candy
  • Fun/holiday socks
  • Play dough 
  • Magazines/books
  • Makeup or nail polish
  • Silly string
  • Christmas ornaments
  • Craft ideas/supplies
  • School supplies
  • Cookie making supplies

I created some fun tags for each day's gifts. 
I put a card on the outside of each gift as a label and 
then another card inside explaining what the gift was. 
I made the tags gender neutral so they will work for boys or girls 
and printed them four to a page. 


My tags said.....
On the first day of finals my mommy gave to me... 
but I also created versions that say parents, daddy, and aunt 
as I shared the idea with some friends on FB and they asked for cards to print too. 

If you'd like to print them out you can find all of the label cards in the folder HERE.


It was fun to package them up and get them ready to give them to my sweet girl! 
I even found ribbon at Hobby Lobby that matched perfectly!
{And of course it was 1/2 off! I love Hobby Lobby!}

If you don't have a college aged student you could 
easily adapt this idea for a younger child or your sweetie pie- 
and do it for the 12 days leading up to Christmas! 

If you have any other ideas for items to include- 
feel free to leave them as a comment below and I'll add them!

The items I included for my sweet girl were...

  • one IHOP gift card
  • two magazines
  • three bottles of nail polish
  • four coloring books

Sunday, November 29, 2015

December Scripture Writing Plan

For those who did the November Scripture Writing Plan and enjoyed it,
here's the plan for the month of December!

Writing scripture down each day is such a great way to really focus on God's word!
During this super crazy hectic time of year- this is one way to spend
a few minutes each day focusing on what is truly important! 

One of my sweet readers, Lori, translated this month's plan into Spanish- 
how sweet is that? 



You can find a copy of both to print for yourself in the folder 

In case you missed it, November's plan can be found HERE

For those that have asked, there is also a blank form 
to write your verses on that can be found HERE

I'll be updating the plans for the new year 
so if you check back at the end of each month, 
I'll have the plan posted for the following month!