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chalkboard wall. thanks. giving.

November. It’s here. Time for one of my favorite holidays of all, Thanksgiving. I love a chance to share what we are grateful and our thanks to those who fill our lives, big and small.

For this month, some thanks and some giving. A chance to share and see just how lucky we truly are.  

The theme for this month? A little thanks and a little giving. Oh, and a place where we get to say thanks.

Part 1. Let’s be thankful and giving. Can I get an amen?
If we repeat it enough do you think it will officially stick? That’s what I am aiming for. And, it is just plain cute. The {giving} banner took about five minutes to make. Promise.

Grab some dictionary pages or something from an old book. Trace the needed letter templates that can be found here. Cut it out and add some twine. Hello, beauty.

Part 2. Just what are you thankful for? 
It’s a tradition and I am sticking with it. Kids, what are you thankful for? A little lesson in the abundance of blessings that they have. And, it’s just as meaningful to us adults.

A little magnetic tape, stamps, washi tape and a {free} printable and you have yourself a pretty gosh darn cute chalkboard wall. That’s one thing to be thankful for.

Some {effortless} tricks to make your chalkboard wall the cutest on the block.

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And, the {free} ‘thankful’ printable template for all those thankful thoughts, big and small.

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Wishing you a thankful season filled with family, friends and cherished time together. Start writing down all those things you are thankful for

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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.}

want to see some other {september} chalkboard walls?
take a lookey-loo at some of my past boards.

{november 2014}


{thankful banner}

 

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chalkboard wall. january. 2015, baby.

You heard it right. 2015, baby. A new year. A new January. A chance to reflect. Revisit. Or better yet, set a goal for yourself.

I’m the same as I was last year. I’m still not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. Instead, I think I’d rather find a {goal} rather than finding something I want to {resolve}. A little way to improve something in my life. Isn’t that what a goal is all about?

For this month, cheers to a new year {welcome 2015!} and a reminder of what a BRIGHT year it will be.

Our January chalkboard wall. A place where we celebrate the first of the year. What better way to start 2015?

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The theme for this month? It’s a bright and happy place.

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 Clearly, my little Lulu is pretty excited for the new year. She is ready for some dancing adventures. My little tiny dancer.

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May your January be full of something BRIGHT. Enjoy the first month of 2015 and all that is to come.  A big cheers to a new year.

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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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chalkboard wall. june. countdown to summer.

Oh my. June has arrived. That means that the school year is nearly over and summer fun is about to begin. I love summer. No agenda. No places we have to be. Just plain ole’ fun.

Our JUNE chalkboard wall. A place where we countdown the days until summer and recap what made our year so special.

The theme for this month? School ending. Summer starting. What a year.

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one. hello, june.
A little poem about the school ending and summer beginning. But, more importantly, what was each of the boysies favorite parts? They were so cute with their answers. Little loves with sweet little memories.

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two. oh, how i love the sun. and a countdown to summer.
The countdown is on. My boys are both super visual and I have one little cutie that asks every day, “how many days left now”. Well, I figure this will help solve that question without much work from me. Oh, and it’s cute. What could be better?

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Want the {june} chalkboard for yourself? Love the fancy fonts? Download the fonts for your own space. And, I even included a few different versions so you can pick your favorite.

Easy as print, trace, retrace. Hello, gorgeous. Forgot how to trace? Look here for a quick tutorial. So simple. So cute.

 

hello template

june bold template

summer template

And, don’t forget one of my most favorite tricks of all.

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A simple chalkboard wall to ring in the summer and all the fun there is to come. May your {june} have a little bit of sunshine and smiles as the countdown for summer begins. Happy start of summer…

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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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chalkboard wall. may. a thank you to my kids.

Happy first day of May. Is it true? Have April showers brought May flowers? Hoping that spring has sprung in your neighborhood and you’re getting the chance to bask in all things spring.

If you’re like me you are starting to countdown the days and check off the list. {yes, i love my lists more than anything.}

  • Gearing up for end of school year. check.
  • Signing up for summer camps. check.
  • Finalizing my Mother’s Day gifts. check. 

For our house, the month of May is full of smiles and surprises. Mother’s Day and then our baby’s 2nd birthday. What??? How did that happen? As I stared at the chalkboard wall trying to find a little inspiration I thought about the month of May. The blessings. The events. And, somewhere in that train of thought I had a realization of just how thankful I was for my family.

Yes, May means that we get to celebrate our moms and maybe you get to be celebrated yourself. But, I also thought it was the perfect time to say {thank you} to my little ones. How lucky am I to be a mommy to three unique, amazing and kids that teach me something every day? I know, don’t say it {or think it}, I am not trying to get all mushy on you, but I felt like this was the perfect time to share my thanks, instead of the other way around.

Our May chalkboard wall. A place where I get to tell my little ones how much they are loved and send each a special thank you note. 

The theme for this month? May love. May thanks. Lots of sunshine.

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one. you are my sunshine.
Truth? I love this song. I love everything about it. And, I feel like it the perfect way to let me little babies know just how I feel about them. They truly are my little sunshines and I hope they always remember that. Once my sunshine, always my sunshine.

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two. oh, how i love thee. a thank you note to each of my babies.
I may have issues, I admit it. I have this weird issue that I need to leave mementos for my kids to find when they are older. So strange. But, I do a lot of it. Birthday books documenting their year. Special notes tucked inside book covers. Secret notes placed in their school files.

Not sure what it is, but I want them to see themselves when they are older through my eyes. How I see them. How they take on life. What makes them unique at the particular stage they are at. And, this board inspired another little note for each of them that will eventually be placed someplace special. For them, a thank you note that shares what makes them special, how they are wonderfully made, and how thankful I am. It is my own thank you note that shares what I have learned from them. Yes, I know that little Lulu will have no idea what I am saying, but someday she will read it and see just what I saw in 2014.

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 May your {may} have a little bit of sunshine and a thought of love. And, for all those mothers out there a little Mother’s Day shout out for ya’.

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I linked up to Tatertots & Jello… follow along and see some other great ideas!

{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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chalkboard wall. february. love.

All you need is love. Isn’t that right? One of my favorite songs and a reason to spread the love. Happy February. Happy hearts. Time to bust out those valentines or perhaps you are helping your kids get them started.

For this month, celebrate the season. The red. The pink. The hearts. The L-O-V-E. And, another Valentine’s day. 

Our February chalkboard wall. A place where we share a little extra love and a silly conversation heart message.

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The theme for this month? Everything and anything sweet.

one. write a silly conversation heart message.
Our conversation heart message is proudly displayed on our chalkboard wall compliments of my little man. He loves {really, really} those lil’ sweetheart candies, so this project had him hook, line and sinker.

His job? To pick out silly conversation heart messages and see if we could create a little letter with them. Yes, he did need a little help {he is only 4 ya know!}, but he loved this. His favorite was “will you marry me?” because he thought it was so silly to ask at the end.

Try it with your little ones. What will you come up? Use colored chalk to correspond to the hearts you pick out from your own package. Be silly. Be creative. Have fun.

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two. a song.
Can you really go wrong with a song by the Beatles? Surely not. And, a little reminder of what this month is all about. LOVE. Write it. Sing it. Chalk it. Oh, how I love thee Beatles.

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May your February be full of everything and anything pink or red. And, be sure to give a few extra {loves} to those around you. The perfect time of year to do so!

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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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chalkboard wall. january. new year.

Say what? 2014? Remember the old days when that felt like a year when we would be flying cars and using hovercraft to sail around town? A new year. A new January. A chance to reflect. Revisit. Or better yet, set a goal for yourself.

Now, I have never been one for New Year’s resolutions. Not sure why. I think I’d rather think about a {goal} rather than finding something I want to {resolve}. I like to think of it as working on improving something in my life. Isn’t that what a goal is all about?

For this month, cheers to a new year {welcome 2014!} and our own family twist on a New Year’s resolution.

Our January chalkboard wall. A place where we celebrate the first of the year and settle on our {Family Mission Statement}. What better way to start the year?

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The theme for this month? Our family mission statement.

Truth. This has been on our list since last summer. We finally set aside time {some serious hours in the car this holiday season} to decide together as a family what we wanted our family mission statement to be. And, what better way to start the year and develop a statement that guides our family through the twelve months of 2014?

A mission statement has been on my heart for months and I felt like January was the perfect time to really align our values, goals and the type of family we want to be known for. And, our kids are now at an age where we can have these discussions and really talk about who we are as a family.

The result. What you see below. A statement that we can continually come back to when we are having our good days or those days when we are feeling a little more tested than usual. A talking point with our kids. A moral standard to hold ourselves to. A  statement about our family of five.

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Mind you, we stretched this over a number of days and conversations. Our kids were bouncing off the walls at times and they came up with some pretty funny things. But all in all, the time spent on this was priceless. The best.

If you are interested in doing your own mission statement look for a post about it later this week. I will share some templates that you can use with your own family. I promise, you won’t regret it for a moment.

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May your January be full of new goals for the year and maybe a chance to think about a mission statement for your own family. A big cheers to a new year.

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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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chalkboard wall. december. merry.

Yes. I still love my chalkboard wall. Though, it does make for one more thing to add to that never ending list. Does anyone else feel like December just crept up on them? What happened? I feel like we gobbled it up and then headed right into Christmas. Are you with me?

Deep breath. December. I seriously HEART this month. I am not sure I could have said the same thing a few years ago when our kiddos had no idea what was going on. But, I admit, that I love all the festivities, traditions and smiles that appear when December arrives. My heart melts watching the little ones. For me, this month marks a chance to cherish my family and make memories and {hopefully} traditions that my lil’ loveys will carry on to their own families someday.

And, it a chance for us to reflect on our year. Our blessings. And, the real meaning of Christmas. Yet again, my chalkboard wall will hopefully instill some values and a little less greediness in my cutie-patooties. A girl can try.

 

A place where I’m hoping we will remember and reflect on the {real} meaning of Christmas… 

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The theme for this month? The birth of our savior and how Christ really fits into Christmas.

This time of year it is so easy to get swept away in the hustle and bustle of the season. The presents. The decorations. The feeling of needing more. And, maybe just a little more. My hope for our family is that we wrap up the Christmas season with a better understanding of just how blessed we are and how our savior was born for us. I’m hoping my little munchkins will not only soak up every minute of the holiday festivities, but also recognize the {real} meaning of Christmas. Thus, my December wall serves as a reminder to continually talk, share and reflect on what Christmas is all about.

1. Oh Holy Night. I love this song. Seriously love. And, the meaning behind it. Do you think it would be overboard if I made my kids repeat it every time we walked out to the car? I only kid. I don’t want them to think I am too crazy.

Now, if you know me well, you know I can’t remember song lyrics to save my life. I’m surprised I can get through ‘happy birthday’ on my own. It’s a {gene} thing. My dad can’t remember song lyrics either. If you listen carefully to the two of us you will either hear us {a} humming to our own beat or {b} making up our own lyrics. I am embarrassed to admit, but my other half {who has a crazy knack for memorizing after hearing something once} noticed that I wrote the wrong lyrics on the board. Do you hear that? I can’t even read the lyrics correctly. I swear I was copying off the computer. Now, wouldn’t that have been ridiculously embarrassing if I had posted a picture of the WRONG lyrics? Thank you for saving the day, honey.

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2. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Isn’t everything better with our red-nosed friend? I thought it was only fitting that he made a guest appearance on our December board. Cute, huh? I actually bought three of these lil’ cuties to hang around the house. I found them at the local craft store for less than $12. Add a red pompom and you have good ole’ Rudolph. I am kind of smitten with our newest addition.

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3. Oh deer. Countdown to Christmas. I am not exaggerating when I say this. My 4 year old seriously asks every day when Christmas is. In fact, he might ask multiple times a day. When I tell him “later” he replies with “when is later?”. So, I am putting them to work. The two boys take turns counting down the days with colored chalk. Not only is it too, too cute, but I am hoping it will be an easy way to remember just how long we have to wait until the big day. Oh, and I had to throw in a “deer” somewhere. I love the play on words, though I should have written, “oh, reindeer.” But, the effort it would have taken to erase made me get over it quickly.

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May your December be merry and bright. And hoping that you, too, take a little break from the hustle and bustle and find some time to make memories with your family.

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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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chalkboard wall. november. thankful.

Thanksgiving. This could be my favorite holiday of all. I love the smells, but mostly the way we are all inspired to look a little more deeply at our blessings. And, we are all so very blessed.

thankful: {adj}
feeling or expressing gratitude.

As we approach the upcoming season of food, family and blessings I hope that you are able to find a little place in your home where you can record some of your own blessings and thankful thoughts. My hope is that my children realize the the blessings they have and feel gratitude toward all that they are surrounded with. Yes, it will be a work in progress. But, we will start with our chalkboard wall.

A place where I’m hoping we will {see} all we are to be thankful for… 

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The theme for this month? Be thankful. My other half and I have this unspoken rule that we started about nine years ago. We find {share} at least one thing {or more} we are thankful for about the other daily. It doesn’t have to be big, even thanking my sweet thing for taking out the garbage is showing gratitude in itself. It is easy to say thanks to someone, but do we ever reflect on what we have to be thankful for? A few things kept running through my mind as I dreamed up the November wall.

1. A verse. In all things give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 107:1

 2. Be thankful. I think that is the most important thing we have to teach our kiddos. What are we thankful for? What blessings do we have that we take for granted?

I am hoping all month long we will reflect on this verse as we walk down the hall, leave to get to school or stroll by. My hope is that my kids will have this memorized by the end of the month. Yes, bribery might be an option, but I think that is what makes it fun. Right? Scripture Picture

 

To show our thankfulness I have created a place where we can write down the things we are each thankful for. My little man {4} started his own today. It just about melted my heart. We sat down and talked about what he is thankful for and the first thing he said was, “God”. Melting? I know. His flanks our new board proudly.

Do you have a place for something like this in your own home? I hope you will find someplace special where you too can count your blessings daily.

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As I have shared before, I love my chalkboard wall. But, I I try to use things around the house to make my life easier, like my printer to replicate fonts that I am just not talented enough to master on my own. It truly is the best little trick ever. Want to know how?

How to Transfer a Font

So simple. If you are smitten with the font I used {pea lovey dovey} you can either download the already created template here. Or, if you just have to have that font for yourself. Download the font {pea lovey dovey} here. Think of it as a little something to be thankful for today!

I hope you will try a {chalkboard wall or frame} yourself.  And, use some or all of the elements above as inspiration. Show off what you are thankful. Oh, and did I  mention…

Sneak Peek Magnet Picture

{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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chalkboard wall. october. spooky.

It’s that time of year. Weather changing. Leaves turning colors. Smells of pumpkin and spices. Spooky decor. Truly, one of my most favorite times of the whole year. I love the smells, the smiles as my kids get excited for the last day of the month and the plethora of things to do inside and outside. My favorite.

Not only are the leaves changing, but our chalkboard wall is too. As I have admitted, it is a serious problem. But, one I secretly love.

With that said, I now introduce you to my fall inspired friend,
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The theme for this month? Everything and anything fall. This month, we get a chance to check things off our October ‘bucket’ list. If you’re like me, a visual checklist will ensure that I actually make the time to do it. Sometimes I just need that. And, our October wall gives a chance for my two oldest to design their own jack-o-lanterns, which I am sure will be changing just about every single day. We already have a ‘half human – half pumpkin’ creative addition. What’s on your ‘bucket’ list? Perhaps a chalkboard wall addition in your own  house? Whatever may be on your list, may your October be filled with fall memories, treasures and smiles.

October Chalkboard Wall

 

My fingers are crossed that my wall might give you some ideas or a bit of inspiration for your own house. The good thing about anything chalkboard? You don’t likey? Just erase. Seriously, so simple.

I try to use things around the house to make my life easier, like my printer to trace images {visit this post to learn how to trace things in a snap} and cookie cutters or shapes to use as an outline guide. Some other quick tips that may come in handy are below.

Trace Image October

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Thick Words October

 I hope you will try a {chalkboard wall or frame} yourself.  And, you use some or all of the elements above as inspiration. Show off your ‘bucket’ list and the things in store for you and your family this month.

{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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win it. number art just for you.

Yep, you read right. A chance to win it.  If you have been following along, earlier this week you learned about my fascination with the number {5} and a simple, one of a kind art piece that tells a story about you. If you missed it, take a quick peek {here} and  learn more about my {diy number art} project.

I hope you have picked your  number because today could be your lucky day. A chance to WIN a {number art} piece of your very own. One lucky winner will receive an {11″ x 13″} customized version of the number art project.

Number Art Giveaway
Your job? Simple. Follow the steps below and you will be entered into a drawing. One lucky winner will be announced Monday morning and be the winner of their very own {11″ x 13″ personalized number art}.

  Number Art Giveaway Tasks

Who knows, maybe you will be the winner of a a new {number art} piece that can be a true reflection of you. Thanks for following along and entering a chance to win.  Don’t forget to…

share. comment. WIN.

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* giveaway entries will close Monday morning at 7:00 am.

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