I absolutely love Dr. Seuss books! And his birthday will be here before you know it, so I thought you may want to check out this list of Dr. Seuss books so you can plan a perfectly themed day! List of Dr. Seuss Books Check out all these fabulous Dr. ...
I love crafting and decided I needed to spice up my home with some DIY Valentine Decorations. To start with, I made this DIY Valentine Wreath! It was easy to whip up and it turned out sooo cute!
Since we didn’t do a whole lot of Christmas decorating around here, I thought I’d make a fun Valentine’s Day wreath to make my house look a little more festive. I originally planned to hang this on my front door, but since we got 15 inches of snow over the weekend and since it’s been blowing like crazy, I decided to spruce up my sewing area instead.
This wreath is super easy to make and can be customized to fit any holiday. All of my embellishments are pinned on using Pearlized Ball Head Straight Pins. You could also use hot glue or spray adhesive to attach embellishments.
DIY Valentine Wreath Supplies
To make this easy project, you will need the following:
This project is really easy to make. The most time-consuming part is wrapping the wreath. It took me less than an hour to wrap the wreath, but I was listening to an audiobook, so the time flew by.
DIY Valentine Wreath Instructions
To begin with, spray some adhesive on a small section of your wreath form and wrap the yarn tightly around that section. Continue wrapping the yarn around the wreath. It does not need to be perfectly wrapped as you’ll end up doing about 3 layers of yarn to make it look even.
Once your wreath is completely wrapped, you can use more spray adhesive to secure the end of the yarn or you can hot glue it. I used spray adhesive and a pin to secure the end.
Once your wreath is fully wrapped in yarn, you’re ready to add embellishments. You can make your own flowers out of felt (I’ll do a tutorial soon) or you can purchase pre-made felt flowers. I made my own flowers and attached them using Pearlized Ball Head Straight Pins.
The LOVE garland was super easy to make. I used a pink Sharpie to write the word LOVE on pink felt.
Then I cut the words out. I also cut triangles out of a lighten color pink felt. If you cut out your letters first, you’ll have a better idea how big you need your triangles to be.
I also cut out strips of felt that were the same width as the top of the triangles. (Do NOT attach them as pictured below. I was just laying them out before I glued them.
Once I cut out my triangles, I glued the letters to the front of each triangle using hot glue. Then I glued a long piece of gray yarn between the triangles and the small pink felt strips I cut.
Once my garland was finished, I simply pinned it onto my wreath and then I hung my wreath!
This project is super easy and it can be created in any size and customized to fit the occasion or the recipient!
I have been working hard to make health a priority for our family! We’ve been going to the gym regularly and eating healthier! One of the things that has helped us is using our pressure cooker for quick easy healthy meals! For those of you who are on the fence, I thought I’d share with you my thoughts on pressure cookers and let you decide which is the best pressure cooker for your family!
There are plenty of reasons that a pressure cooker is a good kitchen gadget to buy. You can make meals in less cooking time. The pressure cooker helps to keep the nutrition in food, even in ones that are heat sensitive.
A pressure cooker can maintain both the flavor and moisture in food. It also makes meat tender. There are so many things that a pressure cooker can do for you!
Which is the best pressure cooker?
Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker
It’s super easy to use, too. All you have to do is press a button to have vegetables ready to eat in as little as 4 minutes. If you’d like to have some real potatoes, you don’t have to wait for them to cook in the oven.
Throw a potato (or 2) in the pressure cooker and it will be ready to eat in about 15 minutes. The Instant Pot can also make chili or soups. You can even use it to make yogurt.
The entire time the cooker is preparing your food, it constantly checks the pressure along with the temperature. The technology in the cooker allows it to adjust not only the time but the temperature of the cooking process.
This appliance is designed with safety in mind. It has a safety lid lock, a pressure regulator, a magnetic lid sensor, a leaky lid sensor, an anti-blockage vent, excess pressure protection, automatic pressure control, automatic temperature control and high temperature monitoring.
It comes with different selections for cooking and includes a timer so that you can delay cooking for up to a day. It has a warming function that will last an impressive 10 hours.
You can wash the both the lid and inner pot in the dishwasher but the rest of it must be wiped clean.
Cuisinart CPC-600 6 Quart 1000 Watt Electric Pressure Cooker
It’s another option you can use to make healthy meals. This is a cooker that can take the place of a lot of other appliances such as a rice cooker or steamer. This model comes with some of the most often used functions already programmed into the appliance.
You get the chicken and meat button, one for soups or stews and another for beans or lentils. There’s also a pre-programmed button for rice or risotto and one for fish or vegetables.
Other function choices include a can/preserve button, one for keeping food warm and one for canning or preserving. This model has a timer delay as well as a time adjustment.
You can choose to cook food on quick, medium or well. The rice cooking option includes white, brown or wild rice. There’s also a slow cooker option so it can be used in place of a crockpot. The pressure cooker has the technology that locks flavor in the foods that you cook. The inner pot is removable and is dishwasher safe.
I am sooo excited to share this printable habit tracker with you. People who know me well know that I love the beginning of a new year…and the start of a new month…and I even love Mondays. I love new beginnings and fresh starts. I like a clean slate and a chance to set new goals and accomplish them. As I look back at the goals I’ve set over the last few years, I’ve been quite shocked at how many I accomplished. I was also just as shocked at the ones I didn’t. You see, some of the goals I accomplished were far more difficult than some of the ones I didn’t. And when I evaluated why it came down to 1 thing…habits!
There are lots of definitions for the word habit, but this one is my favorite…
Habit – an acquired mode of behavior that has become nearly or completely involuntary.
When we create great habits and stick with them over a long period of time, they become nearly or completely involuntary. One of my favorite books of all time is The Power of Habit. It does such a great job of explaining the science of habits in a way people can understand. It is a fascinating book.
While it has been repeated frequently that it takes 21 days to form a habit, that is unfortunately, untrue. Sorry to burst your bubble. A study by Phillipa Lally shows that it takes 66 days (3 times longer than what is often cited) to form a new habit while for some people it can take even longer. Her results showed anywhere from 18 days to 254 days. Crazy huh?!?
So…what’s the point of all this habit talk? When I sat down to write out my goals for this year, I also made a list of habits I would need to form to make those goals become a reality.
And then I created a habit tracker, so I could track each of my habits. When you set a new habit, it is so important to track your progress! Sometimes, just knowing that I’ll have to leave a box unchecked or break a chain of good days is enough to make me follow through with my habit. I think you’ll be surprised at what happens when you write down the habit you wish to create and then begin making progress toward this habit.
For the last few years, I have put together a list of resources to make this the best year of your life. While some of the resources I shared last year made the list again this year, I also have discovered some new ones that can help to make this an incredible year for you!
Day Designer by Whitney English– After searching high and low for a planner that worked for me, a friend introduced me to Day Designer and it is now my FAVORITE planner!!! It’s perfect for helping me to reach my goals! You can order them to go from August through July or January through December! I have the Black Stripe Flagship Edition and it’s awesome!!!
Make Over Your Mornings – If you find yourself rushing around in the morning like a crazy person trying to get everyone out the door without losing your mind (or your temper), you need this course! It’s a 14 day course that will revolutionize your morning!
Make Over Your Evenings – Not only will this course help make your evenings run more smoothly, but it will also make your mornings less stressful! It’s a 14 day course as well and I’m a huge fan!
Blog Success Planner– I’m including this planner in the Time Management section and the Blogging section because some of you may not even be aware of how much time having a blog planner can save you! This is the blog planner that I use!
Bible in 90 Days: This has been one of the best things I’ve ever done! I’ve now read through the Bible in 90 Days multiple times, in multiple versions and formats. It’s helped me make connections I’ve never made before and has given me a better understanding of the Bible.
Bible Study Fellowship – When I asked my friends for recommendations, this was the most recommended resource! Everyone who had gone through BSF had great things to say about it.
The Dig for Kids: Luke Vol. 1 – Looking for a family devotional that will keep your kids engaged while they dig into God’s Word? This is one that kids will love while learning timeless truths!
Printable Scripture Cards for Moms – These cards are beautiful and are perfect for tucking in your wallet, taping to your dashboard, or putting on the fridge. I have found that when I have scripture constantly in front of me, I have an easier time keeping my focus and as an added benefit, I often memorize the verses that I have put up around me!
Blog Success Planner– If you’re not using a blog planner, you need to! It will save you sooo much time and headache! This is the blog planner that I use!
Elite Blog Academy – I am so excited about this course and have just started to work my way through it!
Inspired Bloggers University – Inspired Bloggers University is great for bloggers no matter where you are in your journey. She offers classes for everyone from beginners to experts!
ProBloggers Guide to Your First Week of Blogging – If you’re a new blogger, this is a must read! I really wish this had been around when I started blogging. It could have saved me so much time, money, and stress! Plus, I would have started out with a plan!
Young Living Essential Oils – These have literally been a game changer for our family! We’ve replaced most of the over-the-counter drugs in our house and now use oils instead! When our kids have a tummy ache, a bump, a bite, a cut or most any other malady, they come to us asking for an oil! It’s awesome to know that we’re improving their health naturally! If you’re thinking about using oils, I’d love to talk to you!
Keto OS– Keto OS shifts your body into nutritional ketosis…naturally! The results is less inflammation! I started taking it for the inflammation benefits and was excited that I was losing weight too!!! I can feel the difference when I don’t take my Keto OS!
LuLaRoe – I fell in love with LuLaRoe when I tried my first dress on…and after 6 months, I’m still completely in love with LuLaRoe! LuLaRoe makes stylish comfortable clothing for women and they fit all shapes and sizes. They making clothing in sizes XXS to 3XL. I’d love for you to join my LuLaRoe VIP group!
Keto OS– Keto OS shifts your body into nutritional ketosis…naturally! The results is less inflammation and weight loss! I started taking it for the inflammation benefits and was excited that I was losing weight too!!! I can feel the difference when I don’t take my Keto OS!
Trim Healthy Mama – This book is full of great tips for a balanced way of eating! The book is huge and full of recipes that are great for families.
T-Tapp – I love T-Tapp! It’s a low impact workout that doesn’t bother my lupus and it’s done wonders for my back over the years!
21 Day Fix – The infomercial for this plays frequently at 5:30 am while I’m at the gym and I really want to try it!
Insanity – This is seriously one of the hardest workouts I’ve ever done, but I started seeing results within days of starting. Unfortunately, I never got to finish thanks to a bout of debilitating vertigo that lasted over 6 months and caused me to gain 100 pounds!
PiYo – This is another program I’d love to try! It’s low impact and I think it would be perfect for helping me shape up without aggravating my lupus!
Apple Watch – An Apple watch does so much more than track my health goals, but I love that I can utilize so many healthy apps on my watch!
Fitbit Flex or Fitbit Charge: I had the Fitbit Flex and loved it and then I upgraded to the Fitbit Charge because of the extra features. I ended up with an Apple Watch because I can do so many things on it, but if you’re just looking for a fitness tracker, the Fitbit Flex or Fitbit Charge are both awesome!
I’d love to hear what your goals are for the New Year! Leave me a comment!