Book Review – 30 Days to Peace Journal

Holidays are almost here. Peace on Earth and all those of the slogans that we hang on the mantel place and then enter into the chaos and blur of November/December. If we stop and really think about it, do we have peace? Do we even know what that word means or do we wear the chaos on our sleeve like a badge of honor? 10473207_10152368774587886_7193440034617429743_n
Take a moment. Take a deep breathe. Think about your “To-Do” list for today.

 

What on it is going to bring you Peace? What is going to bring you anxiety or more stress? Which of those things are going to matter in 10 years?

 

I found this amazing Journal, 30 Days to Peace, that gives you prompts everyday to help you realize what peace looks like to you and how to get it in your life (and hopefully maintain it, too)

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Each page is beautifully illustrated with quotes and scriptures to help you meditate on Peace and change your thought patterns.

I challenge you this Holiday Season, don’t let the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” make you more stressed out. Instead use it to take a journey to find Peace that will get your New Year started right!

 

**I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review**

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Book Review – Coloring Book: Tokyo Street Style

 

 

Zoe de las Cases did it again with another beautifully illustrated coloring book that captures the culture and fashion of the city. This time it is Tokyo! The bright flexible cover stayed in place with a band so you can enjoy on the go. There is also a ribbon to mark your place.

 

We live in a stressful world, take some time to relax, unwind, and color.

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**I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review**

Book Review – New York Street Style Coloring Book by Zoe de las Cases

This portable size coloring book is full of beautiful illustrations waiting for you to being the City to life! With over 30 pages of street views, fashion, and abstract art… this coloring book is sure to transport you to New York City itself as you relax and fill its pages. The book has a ribbon to mark where you left off and wraps the edges of the pages so you can take it on the go. If you enjoy this coloring adventure, be sure to check out Zoe’s other destinations.

 

**I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review**

 

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It was 65° outside yesterday morning ♡ December 17th. 

By the time I took the kids to the playground in the afternoon it was 32 and windy 😦 

We can’t avoid Winter forever. I also can’t avoid Christmas forever. I’ve been slowing getting all of Little Man’s presents in the mail and pilling them in his room along with anything else I want to procrastinate on. After he laid down for a nap, yesterday, I decide it was time to get motivated. I’d gone to At Home and found a wire flatware holder that I planned to repurpose as a train shelf. 

It worked perfectly! 

I put together his Train Table and Gorilla glued the bridge together. The other pieces I left loose so he could rearrange. The top flips over and the other side is a chalk board. 

This wooden sign was given to us by a dear friend when he was born. 

I wanted this to be an uncluttered space where he could play and be creative without being over stimulated. 

I read about Toy Rotation about a year ago, and I love the idea. Last month I went through all his toys and clothes and donated almost 4 boxes worth of stuff. I tried to be purposeful with what toys he kept. In his closet are 2 shelves neatly stacked with toys that he can take out one at a time and play with in the open space on the other side of his room. The closet locks so he can’t just drag everything out and make mayhem. It’s been studied that children do better and are less overwhelmed when they do not have too many stimulating factors around them when they play. So we are implementing toy rotation. Also, the walls are not too busy. 

I picked up a few baskets at the Dollar Tree for his wooden train and blocks. I still need to find some clear contact paper to make the window so you cannot see into it (the parking lot is RIGHT there and my toddler doesn’t always keep his clothes on).

In the other corner of his room I will be installing these wire baskets on the wall along with a few small wall lamps. Then a few oversized throw pillows and his reading corner will be complete (I love how many books he was giving for Christmas. Thank you to family for understanding the power of reading).

The last thing I did was unpackaged all his gifts (make them play ready) and wrap them (STAR WARS wrapping paper found at the Dollar Tree!) 

If you have any creative Play Room ideas, I’d love to heat them! I’ll be sure to update with pictures of the reading corner once it is complete.

Happy Holidays! 

Update:

Today (December 23rd) I finally put the finishing touches on Little Man’s Playroom. His reading corner is set up. 

thThese baskets are from At Home. They are perfect for his board books. Instead of throw pillows I used some of his character pillow cases over new pillows. I put a spot light on the wall for better lighting at night. 

The window treatment I was looking for was $15 and I wasn’t ready to commit. I ended up getting some contact paper from the Dollar Tree that did the job perfectly. 


I decided the leave the final corner of the room empty for his to play and use his puzzles. 

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Holiday Gift Idea Guide 2015

It is the biggest shopping day of the year. If you are out and about today I hope that it is with friends and family and you are having fun (because that is what Holidays are about, not stressing and yelling to get something that is just… a thing) If you are anything like me you will be Celebrating Cyber Monday in your yoga pants with a warm cup of cocoa, followed by weeks of pouring over Pinterest and making as many gifts as possible.

 

Below I have complied a list of some small business, businesses that give back, made in the USA companies, and just plain old fun gift items. I hope it helps you find some creative and unique gifts that feed into the Holiday spirit of giving and less into the commercialism. 🙂

 

 

10891860_1036928119670888_8865607233591300579_nIf you know a little dancer, Honey Bunny Crafts and Stitchery makes gorgeous tutus, hair pieces, and bags. Small business run by a SAHM.

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Jamberry nail wraps are made in the USA and free of the 5 most harmful chemicals in most nail wraps and polishes. They make great stocking stuffers and teacher gifts.

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31 Bits sell 100% recycled Bead products made by Ugandan women. They empower these women through earning an income enabling them to provide for their families. They care for them holistically through counseling, health education, finance training, and business mentorships. After five years in their program, the beneficiaries are ready to graduate. A graduated beneficiary has her own business and is educated, healthy, and confident. She is empowered.

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The Little Bamboo is a Florida based company specializing in all natural bamboo products. The Little Bamboo has a growing product line from Bamboo Utensils. My family loves their charcoal soap. 

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It Works has tons of great products for those in your life who want to improve their health or already lead a healthy lifestyle. Their Greens help balance your body and Alkalize your blood.

1546463_959593117431773_8682779872435900694_nTree Change Dolls are based out of Australia, but are so amazing to me. She takes old dolls and makes them something that the average kid can identify with. Great for the young girls on your shopping list.

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Do you have a Gamer or Nerd on your shopping list? Treno Nights makes gorgeous tiny clay charms of all types. Earrings, bracelets, key-chains, etc. She is a small business run out of her home in TX.

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Coffee lover in the family? Three Avocados takes their profits and provides clean drinking water and education for those in Uganda.

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Glasstic Water Bottles are great gifts for just about anyone. You can even customize them. I love mine because I know it won’t shatter when my toddler uses it, I can put essential oils in my water, and I waste less plastic cups at work.

 

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Trades of Hope is another Fashion line that helps empower women through your purchases, and they have super cute stuff 🙂

 

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Inspirational Illustrations in Print or on Journals. She has new designs daily on her Facebook. Rose Hill Designs.

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Hand painted wooden signs created by a SAHM. Dezarea’s DeSigns.

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Tripp Tribe has Homemade body products created from simple, natural ingredients you can feel good about! Family Business. They are currently trying to raise enough money to bring their adopted sons home from Russia.

 

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Sassy Doe Soaps are wonderful soaps made from Goat’s milk, olive oil, and essential oils. It was the only thing I could use when pregnant on my face.

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Maple Syrup is one of my favorite Winter comfort foods. Tomapo Farms has Maple Candy as well. They will ship.

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What about the person on your list who has everything…and then some. How about the gift of Simplicity and Organization. Courtney Carver’s Project 333 has been a life saver for me. The Clutter Free Course is also an amazing book.

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Kids on your list? Or maybe that one person who LOVES purses? Abintra Designs has custom made handbags as well as Dino-sores (mini rice packs for hot or cold needs).

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If you have that Fashionista that is difficult to buy for, Chic Origins has vintage wear unique and affordable. Check out her small business on Etsy or Facebook.

 


Gifts That Keep Giving: 

  • Purchase them a class. Dance, Yoga, Zumba, Painting. Better, yet… sign yourself up too so you an spend time with them.
  • Museum passes, season tickets, State Park pass. Add a note saying that you will be joining them on one of their adventures to this place.
  • Donate to an Organization or Charity in their name.

 

Father’s Day Gift Basket – Under $10

Father’s Day is almost here, and since there is no way I can top last year’s gift (our son was born on Father’s Day last year) I decided to go super creative and hope that it is good enough 😉

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The book was one I reviewed recently, “How to Tie a Tie”. I hope he is as excited as I am about it!11390345_10206585712262501_3977384607533210576_n

The shaving balm and shaving cream I snagged at the Dollar Tree (they look classy to me). I had wanted to buy him a straight razor (something he has wanted for years) but instead I am going to let him pick out his own razor and strap.

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There is also a Super Hero eye glass cleaner in there (to wipe tiny finger prints off his glasses).

Little Man made the card (with help from mommy and the crayons Aunt Sarah bought him)

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Last but not least, I bought some of his favorite candy and wrote him a note ❤

There you have it!! Under $10!

What did you do this Father’s Day?

Book Review- The Bump Pregnancy Planner

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This cute, gender neutral binder is the perfect size for a pregnancy planner. It has everything you need to organize the next 9 months of your life. No more worrying about pregnancy brain or stressing over what you need to know, this book is all-in-one. From what you need to know about prenatal tests, to dates for doctor visits, to what your baby’s growth should look like. They have it covered. The front has a spot for your latest sonogram photo and throughout the planner there are places to glue pregnancy bump pictures of your journey. Each trimester there is a “stash in here” envelope for doctor notes, photos, important records, etc. There is ever a spot for writing notes to your baby. Journal about how you told family and friends to what your fears and excitements are. There is even a spot for questions to ask your doctor at the next visit. If it is your first pregnancy and/or you love being super organized, this is the planner for you! Any thing and everything you could think of, they thought of it for you.

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20150417_201248Although we may not be having any more children anytime soon, a lot of my friends are still popping them out 😉 I wish I had the Planner when I was pregnant with Little Man. It would make an amazing gift for any mom to be.

**I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my review**