Showing posts with label ideas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ideas. Show all posts

Thursday, December 30, 2010

I Need Your Help...

Wait. Let me start at the beginning (sorta).

First off, my dream job is to be an event planner. I used to have visions of planning weddings, large corporate events, and putting on massive, extravagant affairs - with someone else's budget, of course. But since Harvey was born, I've realized that probably won't ever happen. Those kinds of events take a ridiculous amount of dedication and time - time that would be spent away from my family. And that's not something I want to do.

But I have also learned in my two years as a mother... that planning small, charming events are just as fun. I can spend a fair (although bordering on ridiculous) amount of dedication and time doing the same thing I love, but I can do it at home.

And then, my mom planted a little seed. She told me about a couple of old friends that had started a business together hosting tea parties for little girls. And although they weren't doing it anymore - and she wasn't sure why she had thought about it - my mom told me that I would be great at something like that.

Then a few days later, while I was reading my patriarchal blessing during church, I came across the part that read, " may have an occupation that you will enjoy..." and for some reason that little seed grew into something larger. I haven't been able to get it out of my head. I'm pretty sure that I would love planning parties for others; children's birthday parties, bridal showers, graduation parties, and the like.

Obviously, for me to create an actual business out of this little seed, I am going to have to get to work. I will need a name, probably a website, business cards, a license, and probably a billion other things I haven't thought of yet.

What do you think of the following names?
- Confetti Details
- Pollywog Parties
- Stylish Shindigs

But in the mean time, if you are in the midst of planning a little party and you'd like some help... I'd love to expand my portfolio.

Thursday, July 29, 2010


I just found out about an idea that I think is absolutely awesome. You pick one word for the year. It gives you something to focus on, something to strive for, like a goal.

I know. I'm a little late jumping on the bandwagon. But I decided I don't want to wait another 6 months to get started. I want to start right now.

My word for (the rest of) 2010 is: Thankful. 

I know I'm blessed. I know my Heavenly Father sends me little gifts all throughout the day (tender mercies, glimpses of His beautiful creations, gifts of the spirit...) but a lot of the time I miss them. I focus so much on the hustle and bustle of what is going on, or worse - the frustrating things I encounter each day - instead of focusing on what I have to be thankful for.

But that's going to change. I know it's going to be hard, but I've decided that I want to see my life in the positive. I want to see and recognize those little things I have to be thankful for. Hopefully, as I get more in the habit of recognizing them, I'll forget to focus on the negative.

Wanna know why I chose my word?? Check out this awesome video by the LDS church, or this amazing talk by President Henry B. Eyring.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

iPod Silhouettes

One of the challenges at was to make your own iPod silhouette. I was inspired to make one of myself to go on a page I've been working on for a month now (from's challenge "All About Me"). I just couldn't seem to find the right picture to fit with the page, but I'm super happy with the silhouette!

In order to get my silhouette, I had Rylie take a bunch of pictures of me and after doing all of those, she wanted to pose for a few. I got the idea to make a silhouette of her doing some of her gymnastics tricks and here is the outcome.

I'll make one for her two sisters as well, then we'll print and frame them for their rooms. Fun huh?!

I'm loving this look. Now I'm contemplating more things to do with silhouettes... maybe family portraits? What do you think?

Monday, January 18, 2010

63. Create a Blog Book on

I can't even tell you how excited I was to get this in the mail...

Like I said in the preface:
When I was younger, my mom would write (or help me write) in my journal every night. I still have them... But after she stopped doing it with me I pretty much stopped writing. Not that I didn't want to - I would get new journals with great intentions, but then forget to write in them after a month or two.

Then I got talked into setting up a blog. And I think with the pressure of keeping my readers "updated," I kept the longest and most detailed journal I've ever been able to do on my own. Plus - it has pictures and videos; must more entertaining than just some handwritten book. (And this, by the way, is actually my handwriting. I made it into a font.) So... without further ado, this... is my life in 2008.
I just wanted to thank you guys. My loyal readers. Thanks for pressuring me into starting this blog (you know who you are), and thanks for unknowingly pressuring me to keep on writing... and sharing things with you although I might regret it when you mention the posts or pictures to me face to face. :)

If you haven't heard about this company, or if you are contemplating the whole blog-to-book idea - GO FOR IT! It's so fantastic to have all your thoughts and pics in print. Just go to, set up a (free) account there and download their program BookSmart. You can download your whole blog and set up each page just how you want it. You can even use your own font made here. When you're happy with how it looks, you send it to their website and they print it, bind it, and mail it to ya.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Digitally Homemade

My crafty sister-in-law made an adorable little color booklet for her little one. I decided to do my rendition of it - and I LOVE how it turned out:
I decided to make them for my neighbor gifts this year, so I e-mailed everyone I had addresses for and tried to get the others... and put them together. My favorite part was seeing which pictures my friends would choose of their little ones. It was so fun!
And... if you didn't get one, it's because I didn't have your e-mail address, or you don't live in my neighborhood. But if you're reading this and want to make one I'll help you out! Just drop off 12 (full size) photos here. Please name each photo with the following so I know which is which:
  1. Favorite (pic of your little one - will be printed in black and white)
  2. Red
  3. Orange
  4. Yellow
  5. Green
  6. Blue
  7. Purple
  8. Pink
  9. Black
  10. Gray
  11. White
  12. Brown
Try to get the items/clothing/etc. as close to their face as possible, because the space is small and I'll have to zoom in. I'll add your photos and e-mail you the 4x6 files. Here is an example of what will print:

All you have to do is have them printed at your favorite photo lab, cut each one in half, glue them together color sides out, laminate, punch and attach to the ring! You can tie some ribbon to the ring if you'd like as well.

For Christmas I got kind of Calendar happy... I made three of these puppies: for me, one for my mom, and one for my mother-in-law. I used my monthly scrapbook pages of Harvey as the picture for each month. Then I added important holidays and birthdays and had them printed at They did a FANTASTIC job, and I would totally recommend them if you're in the market for something like this.

Then I made a CD Case Calendar for Justin's soon-to-be desk/office! (Yay for promotions!)

and the specialized calendar cases STILL haven't arrived. *sigh* It's my fault for not ordering them on Amazon with their 2-day shipping.

I also made Perpetual Calendars for Justin's immediate family:
They can add their family and friend's birthdays, anniversaries, or whatever. I got them printed at (which, by the way fellow digiscrappers, is one of the cheapest places to get your digital scrapbook pages printed) They will pretty much do anything you want. I made them cut all of these out and bind them - I think they turned out great.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

It's Fun to be One!

I know I say this every month, but I can't believe how old my baby is!!! Regardless, I had a ton of fun planning his first birthday party.

I made two more felt garlands to match the one I made for the 24th of July party.

My mom has a birthday banner made from cardboard (she bought it at a party supply store, and it doesn't sound cute, but it is.) Each year growing up I loved walking in the door after school to see that banner hanging for my birthday. I wanted something like that for each of my kids as well - something to make them feel special year after year. I saw this banner in my friend, Hannah's etsy store, and I decided to make one. I changed it just a tiny bit by making the letters with cotton fabric (white sparkly!) instead of felt, and by adding "CONGRATS" on the back of "BIRTHDAY" to get more use out of it. I liked how hers could be tied together or hung separately - so the "congrats" side could be hung alone. I love the way it turned out!

Once I was on - I spent a whole afternoon (or day...) browsing the 5,000 birthday items. It was really addicting. But I found this idea, and it was totally worth it:

I made some in red, blue, yellow and green. For the stars, I microwaved airheads (and yellow starbursts) for a few seconds, rolled them flat, then cut out the shapes with cookie cutters. I did the same thing for Harvey's cake:
 My original plan was to put stars around the sides, but after 36 cupcakes - microwaving each stinkin' airhead separately, I was done.  But, Harvey didn't care there weren't any stars. He pounded the cake:

Here's the aftermath:

We played some fun games: Draw a Portrait of Harvey, Hot "Potato" (really a fish), and Pin the Party Hat on Harvey.

And Harvey got some really nice gifts: a car seat, a music set with drums, maracas, a tambourine, and flute, 3 pairs of pajamas, a BYU hoodie and hat for next season, a basketball hoop, some little people sets, a fun Tonka truck, a remote control lamb, a tool puzzle, and a light-up caterpillar.

After all the festivities, Justin, his dad and brothers all left for the BYU vs. Utah game. (Woo Hoo BYU won!!) The rest of us women and kids stayed to swim.

Thanks everyone who came for making the party a huge success!

Monday, June 1, 2009

You've Got to.. Tell Him You Love Him!

Here are some cute ideas to fuel the flame... to find more check out this site.

1. Put your heart on it: Sweet nothings are not just for whispering. Write "I love you" on a family message board or draw a heart on a steamed-up mirror to brighten the morning of a special someone.

2. Post It: Leave notes beside a toothbrush or in a desk drawer. "Someone hid 40 'messages of love' around my house one time. Weeks later, I was still finding notes in coat pockets, between cereal boxes, and under lamps."

3. Tell Them at Work: A heartfelt note slipped into a briefcase or lunch pail, a message on their personal voice mail, or a gushy (but safe-for-work) e-card to their office address are all great ways to brighten their day on the job.

4. Find the Good: Jot a short note to tell that person just one thing you love or appreciate about him. He'll remember that unexpected act of honest praise far longer than any other gift you might give him.

5. Sign It: Make up your own special language or signals to express yourself to loved ones. Example: Swirling a finger in a circle, then making a dot could mean "I love you."
6. Make Pancakes: Cut heart shapes out of your family's morning pancakes or waffles. For a supper or dessert surprise, sliced veggies or candy pieces make great letters to spell out messages, too.

7. Fill the Days: Get a daybook or daily calendar and write down the reasons you love someone on every page. Make them a mix of silly and serious reasons, and see how long it takes you to come up with 365.

8. Play Games: Compete in a sport together -- tennis, golf, even football. Admiring each other's strengths is a big turn-on.
9. Share the Wealth: Guys like getting special treatment, too. Treat him to a morning at the spa, a professional massage, or even a pedicure (clear polish is just fine).

Friday, November 14, 2008

21. Cook and Freeze 30 Meals...

I officially feel *ready*. Or as ready as I'm going to feel. I split "cooking day" into two afternoons this time because I couldn't stand any longer. 25 extra pounds in the gut really does it to you. (Okay.. 33.)

But I feel good knowing at least we can eat while I'm:
  1. Dealing with a postpartum body.
  2. Figuring out how to care for my new baby.
  3. Not cooking, doing dishes, or cleaning my house.
Go me.

If any of you are interested, I used the "Dinner is Ready" cookbook by Deanna Buxton. Check out her website if you want...

See my 101 Things List with updates here.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Revamping My Scripture Study

Wow. I used to read every night.. and I don't know what exactly happened, but I'm not in the habit anymore. When I got done reading, half the time I couldn't tell you really what I was reading, and it was just to check off the fact that I actually did it. I needed to do something.

So, in the process of packing some of our stuff, I came across my old student manuals from institute.
I decided to focus on the Book of Mormon manual - which is sectioned into 52 chapters. I could take 52 days to read the book, or take a whole year. My goal is to read every day, along with the manual. I started last night, and it was really great. I learned a ton of new stuff about the Isaiah chapters in 2 Nephi! The cool thing about the manual, is it gives quotes or clarification about specific verses, and prompts to get you thinking about other things. There is even a "points to ponder" section if you want to further the reading.

Anyway. I hope this sticks, because I have really noticed the lack of personal revelation since I haven't been reading. It will be good to get back into the swing of things again.

P.S. While looking for the pic, I found you can buy the manuals on eBay! Who woulda thought?

Monday, February 11, 2008

Relationship Bank Accounts

So, I have always loved the book "7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens." I haven't read the mature version because, well, I love the fun one. Anyway, for those of you that are unfamiliar with the book, a "Bank Account" is the amount of trust and confidence you have in your relationship with someone else. When you make a deposit, you strengthen and improve your relationship - and when you make a withdrawal, you weaken your relationship. To have a strong, loving relationship you need to make steady deposits over the long term.

As much as I love and adore my husband I think sometimes I really take him for granted. I have been thinking about this lately - I don't do little random things to express my love for him very often. So, in honor of the holiday this week... I'm going to make a cheezy, lovey-dovey "deposit" for every day this week.

Deposit #1: (Monday)
Call and serenade him with the song, "I just called to say I LOVE YOU!"

Deposit #2: (Tuesday)
Make him a treat (hmm.. he loves chocolate dipped pretzels..) and put it on the seat of his car with confetti!

Deposit #3: (Wednesday)
While he is at school, go to his work and put a whole bunch of cut out hearts in his toolbox.

Deposit #4: (Thursday)
Make a CD with love songs (our favorite) and put it in the truck player.

Deposit #5: (Friday)
Make him a love card and put it under his windshield wiper.

I'm excited! Well.. I'd better go start on number one...

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

My Title of Liberty

"at liberty... free to do as specified." - Random House Dictionary.

1. It's Your World. Be In It.
Love life. Be gutsy. Be in charge of your life - no one else can. Make a contribution to the world. Seek the unique. Dare to be different. Be yourself. Give your all. Crack up - it's the best medicine of all. Have a great day! It's up to you. Take yourself out. Have a blast. Make it happen.

2. Let Yourself Shine.
Make them wonder what you've got. Make them wish they weren't on the outside looking in. Get affected deeply. Nurture your spirit. Believe with your whole self. Get actively engaged. Nothing less. Remember the promise. Take the name upon you.

3. Dream On.
Visualize your dream. Make it happen. Fail for success. Think about this: Failure equals triumph. Don't procrastinate. The sooner you get started, the sooner you're finished. You can do it. Anything is possible. Try.

4. It's All About You.
Wanna scream? It's more about YOU than them. Think about what's buggin' then press pause. Alone time. Control. The only thing you can control is how you respond to what happens to you. Don't give up your power by focusing your energy on what you can't control.

5. Take Care.
Get attached. Learn. Love the fam. Compliment. Serve others. Say bless you, then do it. I think you can.


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