Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Battlefield I Love

I love waking up to sleeping teens all over the house.  Even if my house does look like a war zone. Makes me happy to know they're safe, they had a good time yesterday and they enjoy being HERE.  

I mean, I know I probably roll my eyes every time one of my kids asks, "Can (fill in the blank) sleep over tonight?"  Because if I'm being honest, the first thing I think is "Okay, what's in the fridge? Since now I'm feeding (fill in the blank) people."  Or "Where am I going to have to take them to eat?"  Because anyone who knows me knows that while I love eating healthy, I suck at cooking.  It's just not a passion of mine, so I view it as a serious challenge.

But I digress.  The most important thing is that even though I may balk a bit at the request, I secretly love that my kids are happy enough with their home life that they want their friends to come HERE.  That's a good feeling, y'all!  

So I tolerate the louder music, which, even though I asked them to turn it down because Momma has to work in the morning, is still a tad too loud.  And I tolerate the chatter and loud bursts of laughter in the living room that I can still hear even with a pillow strategically placed over one side of my head.

The truth is, I know there will come a time when I will no longer wake up to kids hanging awkwardly off of sofas and chairs, to empty pizza boxes all over the kitchen and to water bottles and blankets all over the living room floor. 

And, while I fuss as I pick it up, I know I'm going to desperately miss this one day. So for now, I just tip toe through the battlefield to my coffee pot and smile big. ‪#‎lovethesekids‬ ‪#‎theteenageyears‬

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Worried You're Not Being Productive? Try these Small Business Life Hacks

(Originally posted by Jordan Jolley on Zane Benefits on March 9, 2015)

Here's a great article I found on Zane Benefits on tips for surviving life with a small biz!  Enjoy!

Everyone loves a good life hack. And sometimes some of the most simple life hacks can literally change your life like when you realized you can use fingernail polish to fix scratches on your car (yeah, I know, genius).

With so many life hacks for things we do every day, there has to be some pretty amazing ones for your small business, too, right? Of course there are! To help you run your small business more efficiently, we’ve put together some of the best life hacks to help you and your employees be more productive.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

10 Free Valentine Printables!

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, Love is in the air!  But that's not the only thing floating around here.  Creativity is in the air too and we've got loads of free printables that some super savvy bloggers have been kind enough to share.  Click on the links below to visit their sites and download these great printables.

Think that all that glitters is gold?  I think you're right!  Check out this great set of prints from Love From the Oven.  Available in several different sizes.

Tired of the same old lame greeting cards?  Well Landeelu is breaking that up right now!  Take a look at these clever and humorous valentine cards from Landeelu.com.

Nothing says Valentine's Day like chocolate (and lots of it, in my case).  Well, Lil Luna has made the most adorable candy bar wrappers just for this "sweet" occasion.  Print yours for free at LilLuna.com.

I'm not normally into decorating for Valentine's Day but I sure changed my mind quickly as soon as I saw this conversation heart banner by Sandy Toes and Popsicles.  Doing this tonight!  Plus it's something the kiddos can help with as well.

I'm such a sucker for the cutesy printed signs and subway art that I had to overdo it a bit by adding two more to my list of free printables.  This first set of three prints from How To Nest For Less are so different and creative!  I just love the floral background in the word "LOVE".    The second print here is a beautiful subway art creation by The Girl Creative that features Corinthians 1:13, one of my favorite scriptures!

Now this is one I love because it's a great gift for my better half!  Printable cards for 12 Months of Pre-Planned Date Nights from The Thinking Closet.  What a precious idea!   Thanks, Lauren!

Ok, I thought this was a kick because I can remember as a child in the 80s filling out TONS of these Mad Lib forms.  This brings back so many great memories and I think it's genius that someone did this for Valentine's Day.  Big shout out to Caroline at Made Vibrant for these great free printables.

Another tried and true Valentine's Gift is the Love Coupon Book.  We've seen many versions of these, but I love how beautifully and simply put together this set is from Kristen Duke at Capturing Joy.

Last, but certainly not least, how do you plan to label these great gifts you've just discovered?  Well have no fear, we even have free printable Valentine Gift Tags from Lia Griffith at Handcraft Your Life.

Well I don't know about you, but I'm about to pull out the cardstock and get my Hewlett Packard ready!  Lots of fantastic freebies to print for Valentine's Day!  Do you have any cute printables or ideas you'd like to share?  Please do!  Until next time, Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Top 10 Christmas Gift Ideas from Sunny Belle

Halloween has come and gone with hopefully few mishaps and lots of fantastic memories with all the kiddos, young and old!  Now that Thanksgiving is right around the corner, we must start thinking of Turkey Day menus, travel plans and the many things for which we are thankful.  But most of my fellow lady shoppers know that there's also one more thing lurking in the background -- THE HOLIDAY GIFT LIST!  So why not be prepared and start your shopping a little early?  Sunny Belle makes it easy peasy with tons of personalized gifts for that hard-to-please friend or family member.  Take a look below at our top 10 Christmas Gift Ideas.  These cuties are our best sellers!

The perfect gift for the new Christmas baby in your life!  These glass ornaments measure 4 inches wide and about 1 inch thick. They are designed with high quality vinyl. Features name on one side and baby feet on the other.  $10 each.
This personalized family Christmas tree print includes Jesus at the top of the tree followed by your family members' names. Printed on high quality cardstock and shipped with cardboard backing or rolled in a cardboard mailer to prevent bending.

Two sizes to choose from. $16 to $20.

Beautiful ceramic family Christmas plate features family faces and names with a red and green polka dotted rim. Hand wash only.  $25.
Personalized notecards are foldover style and are blank inside. They measure 5.5" x 4.25" inches folded and are printed on white cardstock.  These are great for the men in your life!

Envelopes are included. Available in sets of 10, 20, 40 and 100.  Starting at $14.
Beautiful personalized coaster sets make great gifts! The set of four includes 4"x4" ceramic coasters, backed with cork for the safety of your furniture.  $14.

A lifetime keepsake. Don't forget Santa's cookies! Choose from a green rim or red rim. Also check out our Milk for Santa mug. Hand wash only.  $25.

No need to settle the score... Just divide the homefront! Pick your teams and I'll do the rest! 14" ceramic platter personalized with two teams and family name. Hand wash only. $35.
Gorgeous set of four stemless wine glasses, complete with three letter monogramming in high quality vinyl. Makes the perfect Christmas gift, wedding gift or housewarming gift! Hand wash only. Not dishwasher safe.  $25 for a set of four.
This beautiful ceramic family tile measures 12" x 12" and is designed with high quality vinyl. Makes a beautiful gift for any occasion.  Personalized to your specifications.  $24.
Don't lose your glass during those holiday parties! Simply jot your name down with chalk and you're good to go! Hand wash only. Chalk included.  $36 for a set of four.
Make it their best Christmas ever with custom gifts from Sunny Belle

Questions?  Give us a call at 225/255-0977.

Stay tuned next month for the Top 10 Teacher Gifts.  Happy Holidays!

Monday, April 21, 2014

DIY Scripture Bunting

Hello again friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend!  For me, Easter kicks off a season of renewal, both spiritually and physically.  It’s a time to clean out the cobwebs from both our hearts and our homes!

So as promised in my last blog post on my craft nook makeover, I will share with you today how simple it is to make a Scripture Pennant Bunting for your home.

What exactly IS a scripture bunting, you ask?   It’s simply a pennant style bunting that holds references to your favorite scriptures!  Glancing at these scriptures while working your tail off is a great way to keep Jesus in your home and keep things in perspective.  We hope.

First, simply decide what your favorite scriptures are.  Mine are as follows: 

Exodus 14:14  - The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.

Psalm 23:1 - The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 - Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 31:27 - She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Second, get in front of your computer, open a word document and type up the abbreviations for your scripture reference so that they will properly fit on your pennant. 

Third, print out your abbreviations on white paper and cut them out in circle shapes either with scrapbooking scissors or you can use the “print and cut” feature on your die cut machine.  You can also cut out circles slightly larger than your white "dots" to add as a background so that they will pop with contrast!

Fourth, measure and cut into large triangles the background paper you wish to use for your pennant bunting.    Any color will do.  I chose yellow to match my sunny d├ęcor.

Fifth, using an acid-free glue stick, glue the white scripture references and background circles to the triangular paper.

Sixth, attach your pennants to any type of flexible string – I used a jute twine.  You can either punch holes in each corner of the pennant triangle, or simply tape the triangle to the jute twine on the backside.  

That’s it!  You’re done.  One more step to making your crafty work area more personable and uplifting!  Check out more ideas on one of my previous posts on my favorite craftrooms.

What are some tips that you’ve used to make your craft space work for you?


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