Winter this year has been so very harsh. Every few days we have gotten snow and the temperatures have been below zero at times. This makes me long for green grass and blossoming trees but since there is none of that right now, I like to bring some blooms into our home!
I like to get bulbs because they are a fun and easy way to accomplish a small indoor garden that will bring some outdoor nature into our home.
We like to use small pebbles and gravel to plant them in. The younger kids like to help with the planting.
Kids get such a sense of accomplishment when they participate in these kind of activities. they love to watch them grow each day and see the fruit of their labor.
These bulbs are actually paper white bulbs. They will grow about 12 inches high and produce little white blossoms with a touch of orange around the center. I hope they grow nicely in our home and bless us with their beautiful blooms!
Our three boys share a room so it can be a challenge to find a configuration that looks orderly and not to crowded.
My husband thought of this design because before this the boys did not have access to their closet. we had the beds sideways and one was blocking the door.
Now that the room has some practicality to it, I can begin to decorate it. The boys are into soccer and basketball so I will use that as a springboard. The room is probably going to get a new paint job this summer but for now some simple decor will do.
I have given all 5 of the kids a prayer to be responsibke for each day. The purpose is twofold. One, to relieve some of the pressure off of myself. Two, to make the kids more aware and responsible for their prayer life.
It can be very difficult once the day begins to stop and take time out for prayer...
at 11:55 each day we stop and my 13 year old daughter reads the saint of the day. My 11 year old daughter leads us in the Angelus.
Our little 3 year old loves to pray with us, it is a big deal to him especially when we kneel down as we say," the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us". The kids like having a leading part, it makes them feel good to be a role model for each other.
My two older boys lead us as well. My 16 year old leads a St. Joseph vocational Prayer and my 14 year old leads us in St. Francis of Assisi and a Daily Spiritual Communion. Everyone has their part!
Yesterday, I stopped by Parson's Closet, a local thrift store, to see if they had any winter boots or gloves for the kiddos. Unfortunately, they didn't have any boots and only one pair of gloves but they did have their " fill a bag of clothing for $7" sale.
I took advantage of it because in the retail stores I would probably couldn't even get one item of clothing for $7.
I ended up getting a variety of clothes for the kids.
#1- purple fleece headband ( for my 13 yr old daughter)
#2- purple ruffled open sweater( for my 13 yr old daughter)
#3- 3 pair of pants (3T) 2 jeans 1 khaki Ralph Lauren
#4- purple shirt with big puffy rose (sz.6)
#5- pink floral pj set (sz.6)
#6- polar bear/ penguin pj shirt (3T)
#7- argyl sweater blue and grey (4T)
#8- pair of gloves ( not the best but good for now)
#9- Chaps sweater vest (XL foy my hubby)
Our cutie pie in his argyl sweater!
Puffy purple rose!
My 13 yr. old has always liked purple!
These are the one pair of gloves I found. They aren't the greatest but a temporary until I find something better.
For an extra $1 I got this game for homeschooling for my 1st grader. It was never used, the cards are still in the wrapping! She can't wait to play it and has been bugging me since I brought it home.
So that is my 1st thrift haul of the year, very practical and frugal, an $8 well spent!
I have been watching some videos on youtube from a couple of women's channels:" Do It On A Dime" and "Sweet and Simple" are two of my favorite. I thought I would start sharing my hauls as well.
Last night, at the Dollar Tree I picked up 3 things, I always go there with an amount I want to spend because it can be very easy to overspend there.
I try to keep need and practicality above wants and the cute factor.This time I set the limit of $5 and I only spent $3. I had more than that in my carraige but I weeded out some things I felt could wait. So here it is:
#1- elf make up brush
#2- diamond shaped spray bottle (for wetting our hair in the morning)
#3-Daily Defense Conditioner with Argon Oil ( smells great and makes our hair more managable)
#1- 2 aqua handtowels ( $4.99 ea.)
#2- toddler hat ($5.50 on sale)
#3- 2 note pads ( $2.99 magnetic closure) ( desktop pad in a box $3.99)
#4- elf on a shelf slippers $3.50 (2T-3T)
These lil' slippers have grips on the bottom and stay on our lil' darlings feet. This is a plus because he has prolapsed flat feet and I wasn't sure if he would be able to balance well in them but they are great!
This hat is fleeced lined and it fits him nice and snug!
Over the break, I had a chance to change and organize my scrapbook area. I moved my December Daily project over to the side and put my new Hiedi Swapp journal in the main are of my desk.
I swapped out the two Christmas buckets for some gold ones I had gotten on clearance at Michael's. I use these for my Sharpie markers.
After Christmas, I got these plastic drawer organizer. I really needed it because I had no place to sort out my 12x12 paper pads. I put about 3 pads in each drawer and labeled each drawer with the name of each collection.
Here is my small but very organized and efficient area! I also have a tall bookcase behind the chair to hold photo boxes used to organize my stickers and other embellishments.
Here is a close-up of the drawer organizers.
Here is my Dec. Daily which is halfway done I have to print off the pictures of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Christmas break. So that is on hold for now until this weekend.
On this shelf, I have some finished albums and a couple of unfinished summer vacation albums. I pick those up and work on them every now and then.
The bottom shelf holds my profect life boxes and some paper pads I do not really use to often because the quality of the paper is not good at all.
Under my desk I have a few more drawer organizers for scraps and card stock 6x6 plain and patterened.
That is it for my little scrapbook area. It is not very big but it works!
I was pretty excited to see these great $5 paper pads at Michael's. I have never been a fan of shiny gold foil but for some reason this year my taste has changed. maybe it is because it is mixed in with such pretty pastels and patterns.
Gold foil houndstooth a great is so elegant, it is a great combination here.
These posies are sprinkled with gold foil sprigs and are so sweet and delicate!
This picture really doesn't do any justice to this paper. It has a soft minty green back ground making it very fresh feeling.
Another one that was difficult to capture but I like the saying and the color is actually a pale aqua color! This is a great saying for the new year!
These are gold foil words. I think these scan be cut apart into strips and placed on a scrapbook page or in my journal! I can't wait to use them on a page for either one. I hope you enjoyed so these wonderful papers!
My favorite Christmas gift was my Heidi Swapp journal! It was so awesome to get at this time of year because it allowed me to jot down my entire Christmas experience while it was still fresh in my head.
My son played with his favorite gifts, Matchbox cars while I "played" with my journal!
With the gift card I my husband got me for Christmas I went to Michael's and got...
this Heidi Swapp paper pack. I am really enjoying this color palette right now. I think is is very soothing and gives me a sense of peace.
These packages were on sale $3.33 ea. I thought they went well with my journal packet above.
I picked up this sweet lil' set for $5. So exciting a whopping 80% off! I am not sure what I will put in it yet but I will come up with something when the time is right.
This Heidi Swapp planner was the one I had really wanted before Christmas but I didn't get it. When I looked for it on the shelf it was no where to be found. I was a bit bummed but resigned to the fact that I got some other really great things. Then, oh my goodness, as I went into the back of the store clearance section, it was sitting there on the shelf!! I got so happy, I started praising the Lord and thanking Him for this gift! I felt like He had saved it just for me! And on top of that it was also 80% off!
This is the pretty journal I got on Christmas day and I am so thrilled with being able to write in it each day. It helps me appreciate who I am and focus on the good life I have been given.
I am so into these stickers as well right now, I love the simple handwriting style and the array of colors as well!