Wednesday’s Wisdom

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. -Thomas A. Edison


Wednesday’s Word

Find three hobbies you love. One to make you money, one to keep you in shape, and one to be creative.

Elfie’s Adventures

Each year mini’s elf, “Elfie” makes his grand appearance and watches over so that he can report back to Santa on mini’s behavior. He always seems to be in such a great mood and sometimes makes quite a bit of a mess but nevertheless, he has fun. It’s our family tradition to get up each morning and see what that silly ole elf has gotten into this time. He’s been around for quite a number of years so you can only imagine the things he’s done. From zip-lining our living room using a candy cane, to flying in a hot air balloon, even bathing in Trix. This little elf can get into some mischief.

I have been told many times by family members and friends that in the month of December, they always look forward to our daily elf updates. That put the thought in my head to share them with others as well. So, I’m going to post an “Elf Update” each day with a picture of what Elfie has been up to. I hope that you’ll enjoy them as much as others do and maybe can share them with your little ones as well. I’ve got a feeling it’s going to be an exciting month.

Here’s to a magical, adventurous, and elftastic December!

Friday and feelin’ it!

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared my journaling Bible entries so what better time than now. I can’t take entire credit for the entry in the above picture because the idea and original proof came from Valerie Wiener’s Art. I found an image on Pinterest that she had done and I fell in love with it and the truth behind this particular verse. I attempted to free hand the picture and added some of my own parts to it. 

I used Micron pens (.05 & .01) and Crayola twistables. The hedgehog paper clip I made using card stock, a pencil, scissors, a traditional school glue stick, paper clip, and hot glue. I have actually just started getting into the crafty paper clips. Here are the ones I’ve made over the last couple of days..


As I make more, I’ll continue to share them. For every one I’ve made so far, they all have been hand drawn and cut, no machine. Sorry the lighting isn’t the same in both, the last image was taken after the sun had gone down and there wasn’t that beautiful natural light like in the first one.

Hope y’all have a great weekend! Xo.

Cheerful and Crafty!

I made a couple trips to our local Hobby Lobby store this weekend and have so much to be a happy crafter about.. new washi tape, tab puncher, scrapbook paper, and stamps. I have seen people making their own Bible tabs and instead of purchasing a set on Etsy, I wanted to try and make my own. I haven’t started but I have stocked up on what I need to begin!

My obsession with washi tape is pretty obvious, although isn’t everyone? Okay, maybe it’s just me but how can you resist the tiny little prints that bring so much life to your planners and Bibles. Oh!! Side note, I purchased a new life planner by Erin Condren. I cannot wait for it to arrive, it’ll be my first EC planner and I will definitely be posting about that in the future. Back on track, my new stamps. Oh em gee, so cute! I purchased six new stamps because they were on sale for 50% off, we all know how expensive stamps can be. All of the ones I purchased dealt with photography in some way except for one, my mason jar. Totally precious!

Have you made any recent craft supply purchases? I’d love to hear about them and what your current go-to product is. Mine is obviously, washi.

Happy crafting! Xo.


Photo Challenge!

I had so much fun with February’s photo challenge that I wanted to share with you some of my favorite photos from this month’s challenge. I loved seeing everyone take a moment out of their busy day to really appreciate the small things that often go overlooked. Here are some of my favorite photos shared throughout February.

If you didn’t get to participate and would like to, that’s great! We don’t have to be “friends” on Instagram for you to participate. As long as you use the photo challenge hashtag for each day you post, I’ll be able to see them. The more the merrier!

March photo-a-day challenge:

If you participate be sure to use #marpadchallenge each day. You never know, there might be something in store for those who participate daily! 😉

Until next time, xo!

Valentine’s Day

…is only 10 days away!
Can you believe it? It seems just like yesterday we were celebrating the new year. What are your thoughts on Valentine’s Day? Do you celebrate it, despise it, don’t care? I have always been one who looks forward to it. I remember as a young child, the excitement for our Valentine’s party at school and exchanging of cards and candy. Having my own daughter, I think I enjoy it even more. There is just something fun and competitive about striving to make an awesome DIY Valentine for her to pass out to her classmates. I do however, feel like you should show your loved ones EVERY day that you love them and not just during holidays such as Valentine’s Day.

If you do partake in the fun of Valentine’s Day and have children, do you already have their valentine’s picked out? I was on top of it this year and had ours decided on at the start of the year. I have not yet began to make them though, better get on that. If you haven’t picked yours out I recommend Pinterest, there are LOTS of ideas on there for fun and creative valentines.

Here are the DIY valentines she’s passed out in the past:

Kindergarten – Heart shaped crayons

1st Grade – 3D photo of her holding a lollipop
(will have to find it so I can take a photo of it for this post)

2nd Grade – Minion Twinkies
Says “Friends like you are one in a minion”

You’ll have to check back later to see what she’s giving out this year. I’m pretty excited about it!!