Lately my Journal Writing Tips and Entry Ideas List has been getting buckets of love on Pinterest. Thanks for the love everyone! I really do hope that my ideas help keep some positivity and happiness in your life. To try to help give you (and myself) reminders of the tips and ideas of what to write in your journal I created these printable bookmarks.
These bookmarks would be great to put in your Journal for those times that you want to write but feel negative, or stumped. Putting this bookmark in a journal would be a great gift idea to cheer someone up as well.
I have to brag- the pictures used in the backgrounds were all taken by me! I know that with my little point and shoot camera photography is mostly luck but I am so proud of the beauty I was able to capture! My last camping post
and my Arizona Valentine’s
are proof of that too 🙂
Of course, the best inspiration that these stemmed from is on the Original Article- Journaling Tips and Journal Entry Ideas. I do go back and update it every time I think of another topic or idea that would add some inspiration for someone, just as I did when I linked up the Journal Writing Ideas After the Loss of a Loved One. I always post my updates via Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin’ or Pinterest if you are interested in knowing when I have added something to the list.
Tips and Entry Ideas for Journaling
Feel free to print and share these bookmarks as much as you want! Thank you for doing so- I feel proud to have put together something people like! They turn out best being printed on cardstock or thicker paper, but you could be creative with them too!
This last weekend I had Valentine’s Day on my mind as we were out in the desert four-wheeling in our Jeep. I had to take some pictures of heart-shaped cacti to use as a cute and funny Valentine’s day cards. I also made sure to take plenty of other pictures of the different cacti in Arizona. You can see them over at Arizona Mama in my Unofficial Guide to Arizona Cacti article.
My husband is going to be so surprised to get this as his Valentine’s Day Card. You know, seeing as he had to pull over so I could take these pictures and then listen to me while I made them. But hey, it’s the thought that counts right?
Feel free to print out any of these pictures to turn it into a Valentine’s Day Card. They should print well as a 4×6, if you have any problems with them let me know in a comment or an e-mail, because I would love for you to be able to use them! You can also download them and send them in an email or something too! If you need help downloading these images, scroll down and I will have directions at the bottom of the post!
This year I wasn’t able to get Christmas cards made or sent out in time for Christmas, so we should be sending out these Valentine’s Day cards instead. The only thing I’m waiting on to send out our Valentine’s Day cards is that I need to take a new family picture- the one I used for this one was from October and we don’t have any that are more recent. I’m not sure how that happened, I only have thousands of pictures on my computer but none of them have just the 3 of us.
Directions for Downloading Images (PC Only):
Right-click the image you would like to save with the mouse. Select ‘Save Image As…’ Choose where you would like to save the image and press ‘Save’
Looking for More Valentine’s Day Ideas?
Valentine’s Day Tradition for Kids
DIY Mustache Valentine (And a fun Photo Bomb)
5 Reasons I Love My Husband
Love Wall Hanging
Toddlers need a lot when they go on road trips. Not quite as much as babies, but to keep them happy and entertained for hours on end they need plenty of stuff. After I worked on my regular road trip packing list, I realized that I should just have a second one for the toddler’s stuff. He is pretty spoiled. I bring movies for me, and separate movies for him. I bring snacks for me, and separate snacks for him or else he eats all of mine. It goes on and on, but with the separate list it is easier to get it all straight.
One of my tricks for road trips with toddlers is that if they are drinking real milk regularly you can buy cartons of shelf milk that don’t have to be refrigerated until they are open, or I like to give him the pedia sure milk replacements. They are expensive, but cheaper than buying a big thing of milk and wasting it because you can’t refrigerate it. Also, I have found that it is hard to get whole milk most places, so I really like having my own milk with me.
Another thing is that I like to buy a few new toys or books. They don’t have to be “new” I usually get them from yard sales or kid’s resale stores but something new keeps him entertained for longer. The good thing about getting them at yard sales is that if you don’t want to keep them after the trip you can turn around and yard sale them again or it won’t hurt as much to donate them. It’s worth spending a little bit to have more sanity while traveling. I put some of his toys for the car in his backpack, so that they are easy for him to get to. If we are going to a family’s home that don’t have little kids, or staying in a hotel, I bring my playmat full of toys so that he is entertained the few days that we are there too. I just try not to bring anything sentimental or irreplaceable as toys are more likely to get lost when traveling.
I have a large rubberband that I use to hold his diapers together. It keeps them in one spot and is easier than a half empty bag later on.
I first posted a packing list that touched on what I do for flying and for road trips, but I really do pack much differently for road trips than I do for flying. There is something about having to depend more on yourself that makes me want to be more prepared. I also I wanted a nice printable list so that it was easy to physically check off what was in my bag and in my car so that hopefully I don’t forget anything. There are blank spots for anything extra you might want to remember. I usually use this list for 4 days or more. Anything more than 4 days I plan on doing laundry. Check back later, there will be a road trip packing list for toddlers soon!
This week is going to be a recap of the first birthday party, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Style. I have done a few things so far, you can see them here.
Take One Invitations are over at Arizona Mama. Click here to see them. I didn’t make enough of the salt dough caterpillars and I have been too
lazy busy doing other stuff (for the party, of course!) to make more. So I made these.
I made them in paint, because I currently don’t have Photoshop. That means that they are easy enough for anyone to make them.
The caterpillar picture was found on a Google image search, I honestly couldn’t tell you exactly where it was found. I made it smaller and put it in the corner, and then found a cute font, called Aubrey, for the text. With paint you can only change where you want your text to be once, so make sure it’s perfect the first time. I used multiple text boxes. Also, I had my address on there, but for Facebook and here, I took it off. I did it by using a white box to cover up the old text and put in the new.
It took a little bit more time than Photoshop would, but it’s nice to use something that already comes with the computer.
I made it a JPEG and cropped it in Picasa, so that it was a 4×6 so I could have them printed as pictures.
Hello Again! Here’s some yummy chocolate chip pancakes and a free 4th of July printable. I made these to put on cornbread muffins tomorrow for our 4th of July chili cookout in our neighborhood.
Click here for the link to print these for yourself. Once you print them, just glue them together around a toothpick and you can make any food patriotic!
Here’s some of the projects that we did last year. Happy 4th of July everyone!
My family was “Boo-ed” a few years ago. What is “Boo-ed”? It is the best way to spread halloween cheer. Or maybe a way to make doorbell-ditching fun for the homeowner. You take a copy of a poem, a copy of a door sign, and a treat for 2 of your neighbors and you doorbell ditch them. Yep, just leave those on their doorstep and run away. They should then make copies of the poem and door sign and make a treat for 2 other neighbors (that don’t have the sign on their door) and leave it for them. Then it should keep going on throughout the whole neighborhood.
Here is a free printable of the door sign and the poem (in black and white to make it easier for photocopying) Click Here for the link to the Free Printable.
As for the treat part of it, I have been making cute holders to put candy in. You don’t have to do candy, but I like the idea that the neighbors will know that it’s safe. Especially as we’re pretty new to the neighborhood.
I decorated some soup cans, cookie tins and sewed small bags with the same design as my reusable gift bags.
I can’t wait to start Booing on Ocotber 1st!! Happy Halloween!
3 Boo-ing Ideas
Halloween Treat Ideas