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Creating An Undoubtably March Monthly Planner Spread

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If you’re going to choose a theme, go big! Don’t play around with a little green and a shamrock here or there. It’s March! Prove it! This was basically my head cannon while I made this green monthly layout for this month’s planner. I use these pages for my blog post list along with plans I would like to do in the future. Having it all in one place is the best way for me to keep my ideas in line! I started this spread by printing out my two-page monthly template on white paper. Then I outlined each page with a transparent green washi tape so you can still see the lines through it. That amazing green shamrock washi tape splits up the weeks and just makes it fun! I don’t need huge boxes just to write a blog title, so thick tape is very good. I have a sticker book of monthly stickers, which is where the accent stickers came from. They range from holidays and special occasions to great phrases in coordinating colors. Any time I can coordinate things without thinking (which means someone els

Mini Succulent Planters That Make It Feel Like Spring!

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The snow is finally melting out here on the property, and even with the cold temperatures there is green grass coming up! That beautiful green inspired me to put together some adorable succulent planters using coffee cups we don’t use anymore. Pretty arrangements plus decluttering? Bonus! I absolutely adore our local Earl May garden center. The plants they have are in amazing condition every time, and there is such a variety to choose from. I found a few containers of mini succulents that actually had more than one plant in them, and that saves time and money for sure. I already had three succulents that were in dire need of replanting, so all together I had 12 plants to play with. I never use plain soil for my succulents. They can only get what they need to thrive from a special mix just for them. Most garden stores have it all year round, but you’ll be able to find it just about everywhere this spring as other stores get their garden supplies stocked. A few rocks in the bottom will h

Using Even The Largest Embellishments On Your Cards

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One of my goals this year has been to “go shopping” in my own craft room. While I still have to buy the practical supplies like tape and card stock, I’ve challenged myself to use everything I have on hand before I go shopping anywhere else. That’s where the inspiration for my new butterflies line of cards came from. For these cards, I raided the paper scraps bag to get coordinating decorator paper in spring colors. I also had some spring stickers and acrylic dots from the dollar store, my favorite acrylic dots from the craft store and an envelope full of Scripture I printed out earlier in the year. My favorite craft room find was a package of bulletin board butterflies from the teacher store. They are slightly different sizes and shapes, but they’re all fairly large. This jumpstarted my brain to thinking about how I could use them on my cards. My normal - and favorite - card size is 6.25x4.5 inches, which is designed for a very specific box of envelopes I always have on hand. Almost al

Words For Wednesday

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Cheesy Chicken And Broccoli Pocket Pies

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It was a refrigerator raid night, which are some of my favorites, and it was time to put something together for supper. So I pulled out the one pie crust left in the box, some chicken breast, a frozen broccoli steamer bag and some shredded cheese. The result was two warm, flaky pocket pies perfect for a winter’s night. If you’re having a planned-overs night (they’re not leftover if they’re planned), this is a great way to empty a few containers and dishes from your fridge. Mix and match ingredients for the filling, and you’ll never have the same one twice! Ingredients: 1 large chicken breast, cooked and shredded 1 bag steamers broccoli 1/2 cup shredded cheese 1 refrigerator pie crust, room temperature 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. Unroll the pie crust and cut into four pieces.  3. Prepare broccoli steamer bag according to directions. 4. On two of the pie quarters, pile chicken, broccoli and cheese in the center. Place the other crust on t

The Multitude Of Blessings In God’s Conditional Promises

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Have you ever tried to justify not reading parts of the Old Testament? There are too many lists of names. We’re not under the law anymore, we’re under grace. Who wants to learn the measurements and colors of a tabernacle that doesn’t even exist today? The problem with this line of thinking is that you’ll miss out on some pretty amazing stories. Think the parting of the Red Sea, great battle scenes, people risking their lives for their God. That sounds like something I’d like to know more about. As we read through the Old Testament, we also find some pretty straightforward instructions for how to live our lives, regardless of what century we’re living in. If you find yourself saying, I just want to know what God expects from me, He doesn’t hide His desires. With just a little digging, you’ll find a treasure trove of God’s heart put into words. In our youth Sunday School class, we’re reading through the Bible in a year. It’s a little daunting, but we’re breaking it down into manageable p

Why I Designed My Planner Pages In Special Sections

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When I went looking for a new planner last year, I simply couldn’t find one that had everything I wanted in it. I needed monthly pages for my blog posts, weekly pages for meal planning and exercise plans, and daily pages that included sections for work, my Bible study, health and journaling. So when in need, make it yourself. I designed left hand and right hand pages to alternate with preprinted days of the week. In my word processing program, I made a box the size of the planner page and made smaller boxes inside it. I wanted very specific headers: word of the day, today’s goal, Bible reading and Bible study; distance walked and cups for my water intake; a thankfulness journaling block and a place to record the best part of my day; that day’s prayer requests and a spot for my priority of the day. On the preprinted pages, I continue whatever theme and design I used on the opposite page. For today’s page, I used a washi tape for the accents and included a few banners for embellishments.