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February 5 Favorites

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February felt just as quick as January for me but that probably has a lot to do with the fact that its 2-3 days shorter than all the other months.  I hope yours was filled with all the 50-75% off Valentine candy you could stomach and lots of love!  I’m not big on all the “love day” celebrations but I will say that I enjoy the holiday for my boys.  Gav and I went to the Valentine dance at his school and I can’t begin to express just how special that was for us.  We dressed up, had dinner, got our picture taken, and it was something I have looked forward to since first finding out we were having a boy 6+ years ago.  Other than our fabulous dance date, here’s 5 more things that I’m loving from February:

  1. THESE racerback tanks from Walmart.  I basically live in workout clothes since I’m a dance teacher, workout twice a week, and am a mom. (Hashtag what are real clothes?) These tanks are incredibly comfortable and soft and I want one in all the colors times 12!
  2. I am happy to report that I read TWO more books last month on my way to my 20 books in 2018 goal.  I’m also happy to tell you that I recommend them both.  The first was Rise by Cara Brookins.  It’s an amazing story of how a broken family built themselves back together by literally building a house from the ground up.  I’ve never known all the steps in house building and it’s insane!  The second was another suspense novel by David Bell called Somebody I Used to Know.  (cue song by Gotye)  I enjoy Bell’s writing style and found myself, just like last month, trying to put all the details together before the final reveal.
  3. THIS dressing by Bolthouse Farms.  I’ve been tracking what I eat lately just to keep myself accountable and feel better about what I’m putting in my body.  The Bolthouse Farms ranch variety of dressings are yogurt based so yay for less guilt.   Also, eating more veggies on the daily is part of my new year goals so that means salads abound when I don’t have time to cook.  If you’re not a cilantro fan, than this definitely isn’t the dressing for you (they have a salsa verde one that is great too), but if you love it like I do, get this in your belly!
  4. BANZA PASTA is my new jam.  Yeah, it’ll cost you a couple more dollars than a standard box of pasta but the benefits are so worth it.  It’s pasta made strictly from chickpeas so it doesn’t have any enriched/bleached flour which has always bothered me.  Its also gluten free if that’s your thing. Skeptics, I hear ya, but it totally tastes like real thing.
  5. Showering with essentials oils is next level relaxation.  I may be late to the game on this one but it’s a game changer.  After a night at the studio or when I have next day soreness from a work out, I love to mix R.C. and Panaway, crank the heat just a bit, and magic!  Not on the oil train yet?  Shoot me a message and I can get you all set up!

What were some of your highlights/favorites from February?

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DIY Mountain Mural

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DIY Mountain Mural

My sweet 2 year old has been out of a crib for some times now.  Like, before he actually turned two.  He was basically catapulting himself out over the edge sideways with zero regard for safely so, you know, it was time.  The other thing he started doing, much to my utter dismay, was ripping off all of the decals he could reach.  What decals you ask?  These…Continue reading

My DIY Must-Have Supply List

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DIY must have supply list

Let’s be real.  If I could, I would own everything from all craft stores.  I literally mean that.  I’m the lady you see at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s (sometimes multiple days of the week) that roams every aisle.  I’m also that lady you see that zooms from one side of the store to the other, then back, then the middle, and then back again to the first side.  That’s usually when I’m thinking of a project and want to consider all my options.  Yes, I’m the crazy craft lady.  But if I had to pare it all down to my must have craft items, the ones I use most, the ones that will be most useful to the casual DIYer, the list would look a little something like this…Continue reading

January 5 Favorites

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For some it’s felt like January went on forever and for some, it flew by.  For me, I love January.  The newness, the birthdays, the reset mode mindset, the birthdays…..did I mention the birthdays.  It’s always been one of my favorite months and here are five things that loved about this particular one.

  1. I’ve kept up with my new year reading goal so far and finished not one but TWO books! I am loving getting back into reading.  At first I had to force myself away from the urge to just veg whenever I had a second to relax.  But, after I got into the habit, I looked forward to my reading time.  This month I read In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day (Christian/Non Fiction) and Bring Her Home (Suspense/Fiction).  I highly recommend both!
  2. THIS BLANKET!  I’m always on the lookout for super soft/neutral blankets for our living room and basement.  This one is under $10 and so soft and warm.  It’s my napping blanket.
  3. THIS Sweater – If it wasn’t obvious, I love to be comfy and warm.  This sweater goes great with literally everything because it’s neutral and keeps me warm without being too heavy.  It runs just a tad small so the arms aren’t long like I usually prefer but I still love it.
  4. My office is almost complete and I had fun making THIS art inspired by pieces I found in Target.  (Who isn’t inspired by Target?!)
  5. My newest sweet treat obsession is THIS peanut butter “ice cream”.  If you’re on a restricted eating plan or diet, this is a must try.

Bonus faves: Donut cakes for the cutest six year old birthday boy and that gorgeous Kate Spade (my first designer bag ever!) from my bestie for my birthday.

Now it’s YOUR turn!  What was the highlight of your January?

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Doing Better For My Skin // Part 2

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In my last post I tackled the preventative/corrective measure that I’m taking to keep my skin looking it’s best. But there is an even more important part of doing better for my skin that I’m trying move towards. Less chemicals. Honestly I’m trying to do this in as many areas of my life as I can but what never occurred to me was something I’ve always used, makeup.

Makeup is full of junk that our skin, our largest organ, is constantly absorbing. Let that SINK IN. (See what I did there?!) It’s really crazy when you sit down to think about it. If you were to turn over a number of makeup bottles on the drugstore shelf, you’d find a list of ingredients you’d never want on your skin in the first place and most you probably can’t pronounce. This is where I introduce you to my friend, Rebecca.Continue reading

Doing Better For My Skin // Part 1

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One of my smaller goals for this year is to do exactly what the title says, doing better for my skin.  Why a smaller goal you may ask?  Because, a lot of the time, doing better means getting better quality products which means dollar amounts higher than I’m used to.  I want to do all the things that are better for my skin, especially now that I’m in my thirties (technically the beauty world says you should be using wrinkle cream in your 20s but whatever), but my budget just doesn’t allow me to completely overhaul my beauty routine with top of the line products.  So, for now, I’m doing two things and today I’m sharing with you number one.Continue reading

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Welcoming the New Year

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It’s 2018!  Here’s to a good few months of everyone totally forgetting to write 8 instead of 7 when they have to write the date.  Happens to me every year.

I’m sure I’m not the only person out there that loves the newness of January first.  It’s like you get a reset button on just about everything.  Also, this particular day is a new year, month, and week all rolled into one which makes me and my fellow OCDers super stoked.  I’m so excited about this new year and, just like most people, I have a good amount of goals I’d like to achieve.  I’ve looked at the different “categories” of my life and set my goals according to what I feel like I’ve lacked this past year (which is why one of my focus words is patience), what I’d like to accomplish moving forward, and so on.  There’s something both freeing and anxiety inducing about sharing your goals publicly.  It’s that big A word….accountability.  But it’s a good thing and I want it, so here goes:

Personal

  • read 20 books
  • make (and stick to) a cleaning schedule
  • eat more veggies
  • drink more water
  • learn to use my sewing machine
  • practice patience

Family

  • more outside time
  • more hands on time

Professional

  • more blog posts
  • start to write a book (something on my life goal list)
  • actually read all those Pinterest posts about blog tips and implement them
  • ditto for photography
  • devote more time to promoting the shop

Spiritual

  • focus on prayer
  • daily quiet time in the Word

I’m sure there are a ton more tiny goals I have that will pop up as the year goes on but what these broad goals boil down to is more intentional time.  I have to find a balance, as we all do, between all of the things that need my attention.  I plan to really make some strides in bettering my daily quality of life.  Striving for less stress here!  And I think this is a very achievable goal.  This brings me to my focus words for the year, prayer and patience.

A few days before the new year I prayed about what God wanted me to focus on for 2018.   I prayed that God would lead me to a verse that would speak truth into my life and help me be a better wife, mother, and all around better person.  I started thinking about the words prayer and patience.  Let’s be real, as a mother, my daily (hourly, minutely, secondly) prayer is for patience.  But I think that God wants me to focus on long term patience as well.  To be patient and joyful in the waiting periods of my life.  So, I looked up verses that had to do with both of those things and was led to Romans 12:12.  “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

And that’s where I am on this first day of 2018.  I plan to live day by day while still planning and looking to the future (Seems counter productive doesn’t it?  But it makes sense to me!).  Happy new year and may God bless you and yours!

What are some goals you’re setting for yourself this year?

 

 

 

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5 Things I Learned From My First Craft Show

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Last month I did my very first show as a vendor.  Let’s just get real for a second, I was STRESSED OUT.  I had no idea what to expect and, well, I’d never done one!  However, once I had the products I wanted to complete done and all my branding was ready, I felt much better.  Going into a first time experience is always nerve racking so here are a few tips I learned that I hope can help if you’re headed into your first show.

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1. Know your space.

Find out what is available to you.  Does your booth come with tables? (more than likely not)  Are there tables available to rent?  Do you need an electric outlet?  These are usually few and far between so be sure you place a request as soon as possible.

Another thing to consider is if you will be up against a wall.  If not, having a backdrop is a good way to section yourself off and give more of a shop look.  My dad made mine from PVC pipe and it worked great!

Have a layout in mind for how you’d like to set up.  If you leave your set up open, people can walk into your booth.  If you set the table in front, they can see all of your product but there will be a barrier between you and your customers.

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2. Shop your house.

Having extra design elements definitely helps with the appeal of your booth.  However, if you’re like me and most work out of the home artists, you don’t really have the budget for this added expense.  All I did was go from room to room and looked for little things to pretty up my space as well as larger objects to create dimension.  Chances are, you like your own style and it will mesh well with your shop’s aesthetic.

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3. Have an email sign up list.

Whether you have one person or ten people sign it, that’s more people on your list than before!  Any traffic to your site is good traffic and this way they stay up to date with any other shows you’re doing, new products, or just random info you care to share.

I also suggest having an incentive to sign up like a giveaway.  Who doesn’t like the chance to win some free stuff?!

5 things I learned from my first craft show

4. If you do custom work, have examples.

This sounds like a real “duh” piece of advice but I honestly thought that my display with pictures would be enough.  Turns out, not so much.  People need to see something physical.  Most people just breezed right past my custom order display or hadn’t even seen it when I talked to them about custom work.

5. The first and last hour are SLOW.

It is what it is.  People are out doing family stuff on the weekends and you’ll usually get your rushes after that first hour.

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BONUS TIP: Branding is everything.  Be sure you always have your business cards on hand and your social media info visible!

I had a great time at my first show and it was a great learning experience.  Definitely looking forward to my next show in couple weeks!

 

10 Things Your Dance Teacher Wants You To Know

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Yesterday marked the first day of the new dance season.  This season makes my eighth year as a teacher at my “dance alma mater”.  I love teaching dance.  This artistic expression is one of my passions in life and I get to share that with kids from ages 3-18.  Three nights a week I get to train young dancers and teach them about this great art form.  I also like to think I teach them a little about life as well…#lifelessonsfromMsKelly.

I teach kids from all levels of experience as a recreational dance teacher.  What does that mean?  It means the kids that I teach take class for fun and have a recital at the end of the year.  The classes I teach are not like what you may or may not have seen on Dance Moms.  My kids don’t compete, they take their time learning their end of the year routine, and are simply doing it for fun.  With all of this said, there are still some things that I feel that parents and students should learn about this dance world.

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