Friday, January 29, 2016

Check out these FlipStir puzzles!!

I can't begin to tell you how excited I am for what's about to happen here in my life!!

I was picked by a company to review their product!! It might seem like a silly little thing to some of my friends, but to me- I am GIDDY!!

The other day, I was sick in bed with a nasty cold, but then I got this in the mail!! #ShakeStirSolve

It's called a FlipStir. Pretty much it's a puzzle, but it's self contained, so you never lose pieces. I love that!! I called dibs on doing the puzzle first. It was trickier than it looked at first, but not so hard that the kids couldn't do it. Xander was the first kid to try it. He thought that was pretty cool!

We even made a couple videos reviewing it!!

While you watch, go get your own at

Here is what the kids had to say about it!

And here is my take!

I received this product free of charge in exchange for my honest review! Opinions are all mine!!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Ta-Da 1-22-16

I've already been busy this month!!

My main thing has been my bullet journal. I actually started it in December because I just couldn't contain my excitement, but now I"m a month into it. I have found that it helps me out a LOT. However, I'm not good at making it for other people.
I was crazy inspired by BohoBerry's journal (see her video HERE) . She actually has some neat things to help set yours up and plan for the next month. I couldn't afford a nice journal like hers and I was super impatient, so I just used my composition notebook.

Here is a flipthrough of MY bullet journal, but I'm telling you, it's not exciting, haha.
If you're not up to watching the video, here are a couple snapshots of the journal-

This is my monthly calendar page:

And each month I track things. This will change monthly. For example, I'm not even going to bother with the "eating after 10" or "bed before midnight" because it's just a visual disappointment, lol

This part I'm kind of proud of because I think it's clever. I like to study LDS conference talks (check them out here). This way I can mark off if I read it. I"m hoping to have them all re-read before the April session.

Here is an example of what my every day and weekly pages look like. As you can see, the pens bleed a bit and this is what happens when you don't spend the money on quality products. Live and learn, I suppose!

I told you that one thing I wanted to do was work on Easter all year and crochet each month. I put the two together  this time and made this fantastic blanket that I love so much! I love that the pattern changed often enough that it never got boring. The pattern is called Flowers in a Row. It's by Red Heart and it's FREE!! Click HERE to get it!

Here is my finished product (with 2 of my kiddos!) It's nice and big, wide enough to fit my hubby and I and tall enough that it covers all of me when I want to be cozy!

In case you were wondering, I went pretty close to the pattern. I did use a K hook (Boye) for most of it and an N hook for the border. Yarn was all Red Heart. Colors- light blue, white,  pumpkin, spring green, and pretty in pink.

Here's a closeup!

Needless to say, I'm feeling pretty accomplished so far this year!

2016 Goals

Ok, so I realize that I have not always been the best blogger, mostly because I'm not the world's most exciting person but that changes this year!!

I don't know if you remember the  ORIGINAL purpose for this blog- craft projects and togetherness. I'd like to kind of get back to that. I have decided that instead of staring at Pins I've pinned for years and years, it's time to do them! And so far, it's been a blast!

Hopefully, I'll also be reviewing products and things that make Mommy life a little easier.

We'll be talking crafty things, homeschool things, Primary things, family things, ALL THE THINGS!!!

First up, I want to talk about goals.

I've decided this year to decorate for Easter ALL year!!! I did this years ago with Halloween and 4th of July. It was a lot of fun and I miss it. So each month, I'd like to make at least one Easter project.
Here is my Easter Board:

I'd also like to complete a sewing project monthly. I have SEVERAL sewing boards. Don't get too excited, I'm not about to start quilting right now, but I've got to be honest, these geek quilts REALLY make me want to!!

I'm planning on crocheting monthly as well.

I should probably make a goal to do something business related- either up my photo shoots, learn more about what I'm dying to do (cosplay!!), or making props. That would be a great idea, though that I'll probably do on the photography blog:

Follow along! Share links to what you've done, what products you used, and tell me about your experience! THAT is what makes this idea great!!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Finally!! It's 2016

I feel like this year is going to be an INCREDIBLE year!! It has started out with a bang. We like our new health insurance, our kids are healthy, Feingold diet is helping a TON with behavior, I am (somewhat) organized and I've already finished a crocheted afghan, drawn most days, and decided to pick up sewing.

We plan on going on family vacation this year, so the kids have agreed to help in the kitchen and sell baked goods to start earning some money for the trip! I sure hope it pays off!!

I started bullet Journaling for the year. It has been a LIFESAVER. Here's a link to my video showing my BuJo!