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Kiwi-Pineapple Smoothies

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Let’s hold on to summer for one more moment. Share a glass of this light, refreshing smoothie with me, and we’ll pretend like we’re not celebrating the first day of fall tomorrow. Deal? Deal. Bring out the blender and get ready to sit on the porch with a sweet drink made from some of the healthiest ingredients out there. But don’t let the healthy part fool you - it tastes fruity and cold and wonderful. Health benefits are an added bonus. Ingredients: 1/2 cup coconut milk 2 kiwi fruit, peeled 2 handfuls fresh spinach 1 banana, cut in pieces 1 1/2 cups frozen pineapple Combine all ingredients in the blender, starting with the liquids. Blend until smooth and drink immediately from your favorite glass.

Making Low-Profile Clusters For Your Planner Pages

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This was the planner page embellishment that got my mind working. I wanted a metallic page to go with this beautiful Scripture sticker, and I knew it would need to be layered to stand out. Clusters of embellishments don’t work too well in a planner if they’re thick or bulky, so you have to get creative with your layers. Here are a few ideas to get you started: Die cuts and stickers: These punched circles are left over from some die cuts I used to hang over the edge of a planner page. The scrap was the exact width I needed for one of my circle punches, so layering a sticker phrase on one side was super simple. And, purely by accident, the three lines of text going together beautifully. Washi tape and clear stickers: I’m in a washi tape phase right now, so I’m making so many layouts with borders and dividers. Since this metallic washi was so pretty, I layered a clear sticker over it so I could see as much of the washi as possible. Washi tape and block stickers: If you tear washi tape, it

Dining Room Table Devotional Center

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For the past few weeks I’ve had a craft table set up behind the living room couch. It’s been a place to work on my planner, make cards and get Stuff From Trees projects ready to put on Facebook. Now that I’m starting a new devotional, though, I’ve had to upgrade my workspace to the dining room table! I do have to admit now that I’ve felt a little distant from God recently, and I know that’s my fault, not His. So when I thought back to the times when I was most connected to Him, it was when I was creating and crafting and doing daily Bible study - not just reading but digging deeper so I can grow. Having all the tools of this growth right here in one place is truly making a huge difference in my spiritual life. Last week I started the newest Illustrated Faith devotional, Word Nerd, and nothing could be more perfect for me this month. It goes through four different ways to study Scripture, has tons of cute ephemera to decorate my journal as I go, and keeps me thinking and creating as I g

The One Non-Destructive Animal On The Property Right Now

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If you were to come to the Carrell Wildlife Preserve today, you would probably see chewed-off branches in the ponds and piles of churned-up dirt all around the house. Between relocating beavers to curb their destruction and smashing down mole hills, we’re in full preservation-of-the-land mode. That’s why this quiet, unobtrusive resident of the property is a welcome sight. All of God’s creatures are amazing, but walking sticks are so unique. Believe it or not, there are actually 3,000 different species around the world, and the largest can be almost 2 feet long. This one was just palm-sized, though, and I have to admit that I couldn’t tell which end was which for a minute. Their camouflage lets them blend into the branches they’re snacking on, which means they can eat in peace. That camouflage also means you have to look closely to find a walking stick. Luckily he stood out on the side of the big garage because he was a different color. Just one more reason to keep your eyes open when y

Making Fall Mini Books That Are So Versatile

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Today is definitely a fine, almost-fall day! In the spirit of cooler weather and warmer treats, let’s put together a mini book that celebrates the season. When I started this mini book, I had a couple dozen die cut journal blocks and cards with fall images. Using their size as my guide, I cut white card stock an inch larger all the way around and covered them with denim decorator paper. This makes super-sturdy pages to embellish on. On other pages, I used white card stock to make mats for photos, drawing paper or journal blocks. The variety of pages makes it interesting and versatile for absolutely everyone. If you don’t have preprinted cards and images to work with like I did, you can pull out all the stickers, washi tapes, die cuts and other fall embellishments you have and create your own patterned pages. We’re all about stoking the fire of creativity around here. The circles I used are punched in two different sizes to layer and creat some depth. Are your creative juices flowing? A

Words For Wednesday

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Healthy, Portable Snacks With The Good Stuff

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Snacking doesn’t have to be a terrible thing, especially when you know what to eat and when. This is super important when you’re traveling because you may not always find something healthy at the next stop on your journey. When our group of ladies went on retreat last weekend, we had a total of 6 1/2 hours in the van together. We were driving through lunchtime, so we packed plenty of snacks for the trip. While we adored the pumpkin cookies and chocolate squares, we definitely needed something nutritious to balance out the sweets.  Here are a few practical, portable and perfect healthy snacks for the road: * bite-sized fruit * dried fruits * dried veggie chips * single-serve yogurts * energy balls made from oatmeal and peanut butter * trail mix * string cheese * healthy muffins * tortilla wraps * fresh sliced veggies * yogurt-covered pretzels * small containers of hummus * chips and crackers for dipping What’s your go-to travel snack?