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servant warriors. putting others first.

If you missed it, we are working in our family to be a group of servant warriors. That is the theme for our current chalkboard wall. You can find it here with some chalkboard templates to boot. As I shared, it started with something for our biggest baby, but has turned into something for the whole family. It’s a little thing we like to call… being a servant warrior.


{how does it work?}
do something for someone else… putting them first
write it down on the servant warrior card
add it to the jar
celebrate with a monthly dinner out and chance to read {and applaud!} all those servant warrior choices


Here’s what I know, in our family we can all work on being a servant warrior, like the daddy of this family. He is the inspiration for this whole family adventure. That husband of mine is the perfect example of a servant warrior, always putting others first and working to be a servant in all things. I aspire to be like him.

Here’s a little glimpse into what it looks like in our house. Maybe you will find a spot for it too?

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If you are loving this as much as I am, download some copies for yourself and start incorporating a little servant warrior thinking into your own home.

{you will need}
paper and printer
servant warrior card template.
scissors or paper cutter
jar or bowl

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step 1. print the ‘servant warrior.’ template by clicking {here}.

step 2. cut them out. find a place for it.

step 3. give the deets to the family about what to do. start being servant warriors.

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May you find a little time to incorporate the art of being a servant warrior in your own family. It seems to me that this lil’ way of thinking could make a huge difference in our current world. A world that is so focused on all things self-serving, self-motivated and self-serving.

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Won’t you follow along and join me on my mission to help my kids {and me} become people who make daily choices that think of others first? A family of servants is what we aim to be.

try. enjoy. share.

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chalkboard wall. servant warrior style.

A new chalkboard with a new focus. This started with something for our biggest baby, but has turned into something for the whole family. It’s a little thing we like to call… being a servant warrior.

The theme for this month? Working hard to be a family of SERVANT WARRIORS.

Why? Oh, I always have a reason why.
This all came to be a some time ago were having some serious talks with our oldest lil’ man about his choices. We were seeing a pattern of forgetting about the importance of putting others first, selfish choices and thinking of just himself. After way too many talks, uplifting {I thought} speeches and being at our last straw we came up with something to help him practice the art of thinking of others first, you know being a servant warrior.

After a few weeks of our Mr. G practicing this we noticed a huge difference and his little bro wanted to be a part of it too. So, we decided to turn it into a family thing. We are all doing it together and working hard to make it a {norm} in our house and our life.

Love this? Well, you should really thank my amazing {and smart} other half. The hubs came up with this during one of our {parenting brainstorm sessions}. Please tell me we are not the only ones who have seshs on how to deal with those menaces, I mean cuties, of ours.

This is a theme for my husband. He truly is a perfect example of a servant warrior, always putting others first and working to be a servant in all things. I want my boys to grow up and be just like him. He is an amazing role model for what this ‘looks’ like in life. Whelp, no time like the present to start helping our kids to be servant warriors, right?

Our board is a reminder of what we are all working on as a family…. being SERVANT WARRIORS. To help bring this to life I created some cards to fill out and we sat down with the kids to explain how it works. The gist of it is fill out a card, add it to the jar and each month we will celebrate with a dinner out {winner with most cards chooses!} and we read everything our family did over the month to be servant warriors.

And for those perfectionists who are just like me and love the art of stencils, attached are the font templates I whipped up to get the board finished a little faster. Yes, I sit, analyze and nit-pick my writing, so sometimes I enlist the help of my computer and some tracing {see a how to here} to get it just right in a little less time. See? You really can whip up a chalkboard, even if you think you are not the artsy type!

I already can see the impact it is making in our family. The kids come home each day and make sure they fill out at least one thing they have already done. I love it. No joke.

Next week, I will share a template for the servant warrior cards and some strategies we used to kick it off. I hope you’re as excited as I am.

try. enjoy. share.

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{If you missed it, learn how you can make your own {DIY Chalkboard and Magnetic Wall}. Take a quick peek {here} to find out just how easy it is to transform an empty space into something that will make you smile.}

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{nightly prayer.}

 

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the week. my to do list. yours too?

I am a list girl. I have a thousand all over the place. The perfect gift for me? Post-it notes or a notepad. Serious. Not joking. Ok, and maybe some new clothes or shoes.

A list for me and a list for you. I am calling it my {the week. what to do.}. A little place where I get organized and get er’ done.


The template is {free} and just for YOU. It’s as easy as copy, print, cut. A cute way to stay organized and on top of things.


{you will need}
paper cutter
paper and printer
the week. what to do template. weekly. and the week. what to do template. list.
cardboard and chipboard
pad/book compound
clamps

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step 1. print the ‘the week. what to do.’ template by clicking {here for weekly template} and {here for list template}.

step 2. cut the template in half… it should measure 8.5″ x 5.5″ for the weekly list and cut in fourths for the list template.

step 3. cut the cardboard/chipboard to same dimensions  … i used cardboard that backed a print I had lying around.

step 4. use your clamps to hold down the sides. apply the glue with a small paintbrush.
{tips}…
– apply at least two coats of glue for an even consistency.
– place a clamp in the middle as well to keep from puckering in the middle
– if you are wanting to make these right away… rumor has it that caulking from the hardware store will work too!

step 5. dry. write. get er’ done.


to do notepad 2 What better way to get organized and efficiently get through your week? As I said before, the task is easy peasy and will take you a little less than five minutes to get er’ done. Maybe one for you and one for a friend or two? Maybe getting ready for those end of the year teacher gifts?

try. enjoy. share.

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thank you cards. for the family. for you.

Delay, yes. Sorry for that. Last week was a long, emotionally exhausting one. Our lil’ thirteen year old doggie had to be put to sleep and it was quite the week. And, there is no handbook that tells you how to make it easier on your kids. It was seriously one of the saddest things ever watching the kids and seeing their sweet tears. Each one of them handled it a little differently, but the good news is that he is in doggie heaven without any more ouchies. Here’s a glimpse into my sweet, sensitive one giving him one last love.

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And now, back to our previously scheduled blog post. Thanks for listening…


 Thank you cards. I think they should be all the rage. Doesn’t it feel like in this uber-techy world we are losing some of the good old-fashioned stuff like thank you cards? I am a stickler for it and I make everyone in our family write one, especially after the holidays. I am hoping my kids will thank me someday, but I may be dreaming.

This year I created a simple {thank you} card with enough for everyone in the family. It is some kind of adorable and easy enough to print, cut, write, mail. I know, I know. It might just be too easy.

{you will need}
paper cutter
paper and printer
thank you. card template

{your task}

step 1. print the ‘thank you.’ cards template by clicking {here}.

step 2. cut the template in half {5.5″} and then half again {4.25″}.

step 3. write away. say your thanks.

step 4. mail. smile for keeping some oldies, but goodies real.


 The template is {free} and just for YOU. It’s as easy as copy, print, cut. A cute way to tell those special people in your life thank you.

Hope you likey and want a few for yourself. Now that I step back and look at the previous years, I realize I must have a thing for black and white. Oh well, black never goes out of style, right?

try. enjoy. share.

Letter J XO

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disneyland. they don’t know. scavenger hunt.

I. Am. So. Excited. The kids don’t know. It’s a surprise. Shhhh… don’t tell. We are surprising them with a trip to the magical place, otherwise known as Disneyland. {To be honest, we did surprise them, but getting this out didn’t happen until now. Oops.}

We are mean parents and we are those parents who have yet to take our kids to Disneyland. Don’t say it, I already know what you’re thinking. Meany-pants over here. But, October changed all that. They were in for a treat and didn’t even know it. I secretly packed their bags and gathered everything a family would need to make the trek to the most magical place in the world. And, they had no idea. I am just giddy thinking about it.

To make the trip even more special, I created a scavenger hunt that they got once we were in the car. Their suitcases were hidden away and they thought we were on our way to run some errands. Surprise. We are so stinkin’ sneaky. Well, at least that’s what we tell ourselves.

The scavenger hunt envelopes went a little something like this…

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Want a scavenger hunt for yourself? It’s as easy as download, print, cut and put in envelopes. Easy peasy.

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Want a scavenger hunt for yourself? Click here to download your own clue cards.

All you need to do is PRINT, CUT, PUT IN AN ENVELOPE. Voila!
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DOWNLOADABLE {free} CLUE CARDS:
Traveling by PLANE click here
Traveling by CAR click here

Once they solved the clue they were given their next envelope. Seriously so fun and the cutest thing ever. Once they solved the last clue and made a guess they got to open their package, which held the book Secrets of Disneyland.

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So sneaky. So surprise-y. So fun. Just wait until you see all the pictures. Check out my instagram account to see some of the adventures in action.

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mimosa bar. hello school. goodbye kiddos.

I fully admit that I enjoy the start of the school year. I seriously heart summer, but it some kind of wonderful to get back into a routine. With that said, I thought that a mimosa bar would be a fitting way to toast to a new school year with some friends and fellow mamas.

So easy. So fun. The perfect way to wish our babies well as the school year starts. Hello, mimosa bar.

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 Who doesn’t love a {free} printable to go along with it? Something that makes your mimosa bar stand out from the rest. Well, it’s your lucky day. A thank you from me to you for following along.

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{you will need}
scissors
thick paper
mimosa bar printable
juice label printables
ribbon
washi tape or scotch tape
frame or picture stand

{your task}

step 1. print the ‘mimosa bar’ template {here} and the juice labels {here}.

step 2. cut the juice labels out of the attached template.

step 3.  cut ribbon to desired length, loop around and adhere with washi tape.

step 4. loop over juice bottles.

step 5. add the mimosa bar printable template to a frame or on a picture stand.

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If you want BLANK mimosa bar labels you can find them here. Personalize it to what you will be serving. Enjoy.

Just look at how ca-ute it is. Don’t you want to host one too? I have already decided that this will have to be my new tradition. It was way too much fun.

sip. enjoy. share.

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first day of school gifts. we heart teachers.

Brace yourself. It’s the first day of school. Yikes! It’s probably the teacher side of me, but I love to acknowledge teachers on their first day of school. It doesn’t need to be anything huge, just a little something to let them know I’ve got their back.

Well, here’s an idea for you. Simple. Sweet. Perfect.  Oh, and did I mention it won’t break the bank? A few dollars and cute little gift for a teacher you know, or will get to know.

The task is simple and will take you a little less than five minutes to get er’ done, or a little bit more if you decide to tackle a painting project in the process. You can thank me later.

{you will need}
scissors
hole punch
thick paper
mix it up printable template
spoons or a whisk
tea towel
twine or ribbon

{your task}

step 1. print the ‘mix it up’ template by clicking {here}.

step 2. cut the gift tags out of the attached template.

step 3. have your kiddo write their name, or not. up to you.

step 4. hole punch the top.

step 5. wrap some twine around a tea towel and a spoon. look at it and smile.

step 6. {optional} I bought some cheap mixing spoons and painted the bottoms myself to match the tags. Totally not necessary, but a simple way to personalize the spoons to the matching tea towel.

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The template is {free} and just for YOU. It’s as easy as copy, print, cut. And, pretty gosh darn cute.  What color will you pick?
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Give a little extra love to those teachers and help them start the year off with a smile.

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teacher cards. repost. one year later.

Yes, I have posted this once before, BUT you may have forgotten about it. Or, maybe you tucked it away last year and meant to put it on your to-do list for this year. Whatever it may be I am sharing it one more time because I was just about to pull it up myself and I love this card.

It is the perfect way to say THANK YOU to those teachers because they deserve it. Not only do they get the job of keeping those sweet peas in line, but they also work hard preparing all of those lessons to make the world a brighter place. This year, let your little one share just what made their teacher so special. And, what better way than a {free} printable card to get the job done.

The task is simple and will take you a little less than five minutes to get er’ done. You can thank me later.

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{you will need}
scissors or paper cutter
thick paper
end of year thank you printable template for teachers

{your task}

 step 1. print the teacher thank you card template by clicking {here}.

  step 2. cut the cards out on the edges of prism border.

   step 3. have your kiddos fill out their card.

 step 4. give by itself or attach to a gift.

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Give a little extra love to those teachers and let them know how much you enjoyed the year. Something cute to brighten their day.

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end of the year gifts. um, you da’ balm.

End of the year is coming. I repeat, the end of the year is coming. Now it is time to ask yourself, “What on earth am I going to get the teachers, bus drivers, assistants, office staff, friends, and everyone else in between?”

Well, here’s an idea for you. Simple. Sweet. Perfect.  Oh, and did I mention it won’t break the bank? A few dollars and cute little gift for someone you know.

The task is simple and will take you a little less than five minutes to get er’ done. You can thank me later.

{you will need}
scissors
hole punch
thick paper
you da’ balm printable template

{your task}

step 1. print the you da’ balm template by clicking {here}.

step 2. cut the gift tags out of the attached template.

step 3. have your kiddo write their name, or not. up to you.

step 4. hole punch the top.

step 5. add a colorful eos lip balm. tie. give.

Give a little extra love to those people in your lift and let them know they da‘ balm.

try. enjoy. share.

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lemons, oh lemons. idea two.

The lemons still overflow. If you missed it earlier this week, I was the grateful recipient of boxes {literally boxes!} of lemons and some mandarin oranges compliments of my sis-in-law.

One word. PRETTY. They are almost too pretty to eat, but a girls got to do what a girls got to do.

Yesterday, I shared a simple trick that is one of my favorites, {citrus infused water}. Put it on the counter and the kids {and husbands} will come running for glassfuls of water. If you missed it, you can find it here.

For today, a serious favorite. A twist on your traditional lemon bar. Think of it as a lemon bar with a twist of orange zest. Seriously, delish. Scouts honor. Try it. You will love it.

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| idea two |
{orange & lemon bars.}
adapted from a recipe from better homes & gardens, may 2013

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lemon and orange bars.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup butter, diced in small cubes
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup half and half
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup {fresh squeezed} lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1/3 cup {fresh squeezed} orange juice
  • {note. i used mandarins for a sweeter taste}

Instructions

  1. Grease a 9x13x2 baking pan and line with parchment paper. Press the paper onto the bottom and sides of the pan. For crust, in a large bowl, combine the 2 cups flour, powdered sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Using blender {or hands}, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press firmly into bottom of pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for 15 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together eggs, granulated sugar, half and half, and 3 tablespoons flour. Divide equally into two separate bowls. To one bowl add lemon zest and lemon juice; to the other bowl add orange zest and orange juice. Pour lemon filling over crust hot crust {immediately pour after removing from oven} and bake 10-13 minutes until set. Remove from oven and quickly pour orange filling over lemon filling; bake additional 10-13 minutes until set. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  3. Use paper to life uncut bars out of pan. Cut into bars {i like rectangular} and sift powdered sugar over the top. Refrigerate to store.
  4. Eat. Or, package up and deliver to some lucky friends and family.
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These treats are so good you just might need to box some up in pretty packaging for some friends or family. Just look at how cute they are?

Want the label for yourself? Well, you are in luck. Click below for an adorable way to share your hard work with others.

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Trust me. This lil’ sweet treat will leave nothing but smiles and second helpings. You have my word, it will be a crowd pleaser. Give it a try. You just might fall in love too.

eat. enjoy. share.

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{citrus infused water}
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