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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.

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{super threes. for the kids.}

{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?

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{diy personalized key art.}

{lemon bars. printable tags..}

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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?

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{family thank you cards.}

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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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{first day photo shoot.}
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{printable hope you likey tags.}

{diy notepad.}

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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.

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{printable hope you likey tags.}

{diy notepad.}

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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.

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{citrus infused water}
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valentine’s day {candy free} treats. helicopter fun.

Did you get the memo? Valentine’s Day is nearly here. If you have kids you have probably already thought, “Wait, how many kids are in the class?” I know. Brace yourself. The countdown is on.

I’ve said it before. Truth. I am one of those moms who can’t pick the valentines off the shelf and my poor kids suffer for it. And, I am extra mean because I usually don’t put any candy  in their valentines {um, I’m pretty sure they will get plenty, or that’s what I tell myself}.

So I try to come up with some valentine that is a little creative. Oh, and I am a dork and love this kind of stuff. This year {helicopters}. The boys are pretty gosh darn excited, but probably only because I have promised them each  a spinning copter of their own. Regardless, they got them done and they are tucked away for February 14th. It will  be here before you know it.

For you, a {free} valentine printable that you can use to celebrate the month of love and check off your list. All you need is some helicopters {thanks, target} and you are set. Oh so easy.

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{you will need}

scissors
stapler
thick paper
helicopter valentine template
helicopters/spinners from target
{i bought mine at target here in the birthday favor section. super inexpensive, yay!}

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{your task}


step 1
. print the valentine template by clicking {here}.

step 2. cut the valentines out of the attached template.

step 3. have your kiddo write their name on the dotted line.

step 4. fold on the dotted {arrow} line.

step 5. slip over top of a clear cellophane bag with a spinner inside and staple.

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Not your ordinary valentine. And, an easy way to bring a little less candy and a little more smiles to those little ones this valentine season. Happy heart day to you and your family.

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Glider 2 with Label

{valentine’s day teacher notes.}
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{valentine’s lunchbox notes.}
Lunchbox with title

 

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thank you cards. family style.

Christmas is over. Presents have been opened. Time for {none other than} thank you cards.

First, I am kicking myself that it has taken me this long to get out my thank you cards. Normally I am so on top of it. Oh well. Though, I am still an old soul who relishes in the etiquette of a thank you card. I know, I know. Not everyone agrees with me, but I think it is a lost art.

Call me a mean mommy, but this is one of those things that I really want to pass on to my kids. To be thankful, but more importantly, to let someone know that they are thankful for the time or gifts that have been given to them. Each year, we work hard to get thank you cards written and each year I think, “Isn’t there a better way?” With five people in our family we are either writing five separate cards or trying to squeeze it all onto one small card and saying the same thing over and over again.

Problem solved two years in a row. Last year, I shared our {5 x 7} thank you card version. You can find it here or below if that is more your style. This year? Oh my. It’s just plain cute.

Meet our {2014 thank you christmas cards}.

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Write some thank you cards of your own. My {thank you} present to you for following along on this blog.  And, all you need is a printer, some paper and scissors. A simple, yet easy way to keep that art of handwritten notes alive. 

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{you will need}
scissors or a paper cutter
thick / cardstock paper
hole punch
twine or ribbon
family thank you tags template

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{your task}

step 1. print the template. click here to download.

step 2. cut out the individual cards. seriously, invest in a paper cutter if you don’t have one. lifesaver.

step 3. get in some family time. start saying your thank you{s} and use the provided templates to print exactly how many you need.

step 4. mail. check it off your list.

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Adorable. Unique. A ridiculously cute way to say thank you without writing an email, texting a note or sending a lil’ tweet tweet. And now, you have the whole week to work on them. Enjoy.

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{three versions of family thank you cards}

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oh so merry. printable banner.

As promised, a festive Christmas {diy} banner that can add that little sparkle to the twinkly lights and holiday decor. Perhaps your mantel needs a little extra glam or an empty wall has been waiting to become just a little bit prettier.

The {oh so merry} banner reminds us all about the holiday season and a chance to be extra merry.  My own lil’ Pottery Barn knock-off that costs just about $3.00. Are you in?

Ready? Your {oh so merry} printable banner awaits. For less than $5 dollars and five minutes you have a fancy new holiday decoration.

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{you will need}
scissors
TWO pieces of glitter cardstock {12 x 12} paper
pen or pencil
hole punch
twine or string to hang
oh so merry banner template
jute webbing and glue gun {optional}

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{your task}

step 1. print the {oh so merry} template by by clicking here

step 2. cut the letters out of the template. {no need to cut out duplicate letters.}

step 3. FLIP OVER the glitter cardstock and trace letters on the back. Be sure to FLIP the letters so they are BACKWARDS. You will want to be sure your “m” for example is not backwards when you go to hang it on the twine.

step 4. cut out traced letters and hole punch on the provided guides.

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step 5. string through the twine and secure with tape on the backside so the letters don’t slide.

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{optional steps.}

step 6. cut two  5″ pieces of jute webbing.

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step 7. fold in half and cut off a triangular piece.

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step 8. flip over banner and place on backside of twine, leaving a 1/2″ of space.

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step 9. add multiple rows of hot glue. fold. press for several seconds to secure.

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step 10. hang for all to see. happy holidays.

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Get your {free} printable now. Once December rolls around you can find it in my etsy site for a small {totally worth it} fee. A simple, inexpensive way to add a little sparkle to your holiday decor. And, a chance to remind others that this time of year is oh so merry.

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{reindeer food}

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{what to do with those christmas cards}

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{printable christmas tags}
Christmas Tag Button

{ruffle garland}

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give thanks banner. simple.

Should I have posted this about forever ago? Um, yes. But, life got the best of me and I am just now getting around to sharing one of the easiest Thanksgiving season decorations.

Here’s the skinny. I am in charge of the crafts for a MOPS group I belong to {perfect fit for me} and I did this craft with my girlies in October. I am sure it has been posted once or twice before somewhere on the Internet, but it is an easy way to add a little sparkle to your holiday decor. And, because I thought it was just so cute in our house I decided to whip up a Christmas one too. That post will arrive in your inbox before Thanksgiving. Scouts honor.

The {give thanks} banner reminds me of the importance of the season and all to be thankful for. And, the truth is I saw it at Pottery Barn, but was too cheap to spend the money on it. Yep, I said it.

For you, a {give thanks} printable banner that you might be the perfect reminder of what Thanksgiving is all about.
Pretty cute, if I say so myself, even if you will have to save it for next year.

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{you will need}
scissors
TWO pieces of glitter cardstock {12 x 12} paper
pen or pencil
hole punch
twine or string to hang
give thanks banner template

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{your task}

step 1. print the {give thanks} template by by clicking here.

step 2. cut the letters out of the template.

step 3. FLIP OVER the glitter cardstock and trace letters on the back. Be sure to FLIP the letters so they are BACKWARDS. You will want to be sure your “k” for example is not backwards when you go to hang it on the twine.

step 4. cut out traced letters and hole punch on the provided guides.

step 5. string through the twine and secure with tape on the backside so the letters don’t slide.

mantel banner pic

banner on mantel

A simple, inexpensive way to add a little sparkle in a thankful sort of way. And, a chance to remember what the season is really all about.

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