How To Design a Holiday Gallery Wall

Happy Monday!  I am grateful to Thirty One for sharing these holiday ideas with us.  I may be crafty but I definitely “flop” when it comes to organizing photos or wall art.  Mine never seem to blend which is why I usually wait for my daughter to visit to help.

Whether it is for your own home or as the perfect personalized gift, switching out seasonal wall art makes for a festive holiday home – in a snap!  I would never think of doing this but it makes so much sense!  We decorate the house for the holidays, why not change out the pictures too?  The Statement Canvas Wall Art is available in two sizes and can put a little holiday in your halls.
Cheerful holiday colors showcase this wall art as something special – and seasonal. Mark a little one’s first Christmas with a gorgeous custom gift or share a sweet holiday sentiment filled with joy.  More ideas: Think of Christmas-themed songs, hymns and poems for inspiration, or pick a fun phrase.

  • Get your jingle on
  • Have yourself a merry little Christmas
  • Joy to the world
  • Comfort & Joy
  • Holly Jolly
  • Dear Santa: Define “good”

Thinking of leaving things up for the winter instead of just for the holiday season?  Pick cool blues and frosty hues to personalize your home décor for winter. Messages which celebrate the season make great gifts for families of any background and have the greatest longevity for displaying each year!  What is your favorite (or theirs) holiday song?You can find inspiration in a section of lyrics from a classic winter song:

  • In the meadow we can build a snowman
  • Fa la la la la (la la la la)!
  • Merry & Bright
  • Jingle all the way
  • All is calm, all is bright

No matter where you call home, you can welcome your guests (and Santa!) with customized wall art which speaks to you and your family. Are you a military family?  We have some awesome suggestions on how to keep “your home” close to your heart and showcase to your friends.  More phrase ideas:

  • Home for the holidays
  • Santa’s Workshop
  • [Name]’s Christmas Tree Farm
  • Santa, stop here!
  • All hearts come home for Christmas

We know the reason for the season so why not display or gift a beautifully printed Bible verse as a keepsake for Christmas.  Use their favorite verse, or inspire someone who is struggling.  Here are some more ideas:

  • Matthew 2:10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced
  • Luke 2:10 Behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people
  • Luke 2:12 Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger
  • Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given

Whether you need a seasonal display or are going to leave it up year round, Thirty One has somethings to fit all of your needs.

Thirty-One is NOT just totes and purses.  We have a variety of home décor you can customize for even the most difficult person on your holiday list.   You can also customize throw pillows, decorative tins and rustic wood pieces (Close to Home tray).

Need help with the perfect gift?  I am happy to help.  Have a budget?  Let me help you find the best deal.  Who is the hardest person to buy for on your gift list?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

As a Child in the Presence of a Loving Father

Today we lay my dad to rest.  We will gather together as a family to say good-by again as your ashes are buried.  I can’t believe it has been almost seven months since I heard your voice.  I know you are near every time I hear talk about the “aliens”.  Miss you dad….

Thank you Michele Cushatt for today’s message.

The second the bus stopped at the corner, my little girl climbed off and ran as fast as she could toward where I stood.
Something wasn’t right. She was crying.
Immediately my mind jumped to worst-case scenarios.

Not quite so dramatic, someone told her they didn’t like her anymore. In typical grade-school fashion, the mood of the relationship had turned sour on the playground. As a result, my girl fell out of the other girl’s affection.

There on the street corner, I held her close while she cried. I was glad she told me. But what made me most proud is what she said next: “When we get home, can we cuddle?”

For years I’ve been working with my girl to learn how to ask for what she needs. It’s hard for her, tough girl that she is. Typically she either guts it out or reverts to theatrics. Instead, we’ve discussed how to use words to communicate needs.

That day, on the street corner, she did just that.

If only I could learn to do the same.

Most days I’m glad to be an adult. I mean, really. Who wants to travel back to the days of diapers or pimples?

When I’m hurt or discouraged or afraid, however, my adult skin wears thin.

When bills demand paying and parenting proves impossible. When marriage is hard, friendships struggle, and doctor’s appointments fill a calendar.

Then I wish to travel back in time, when a girl’s greatest fears could be soothed in a mama’s arms. Held close, all was well. To a child, there’s nothing greater than a parent’s ability to comfort.

But comfort doesn’t come so easily to us grownups.

Where do you and I go when relationships wound and the injustice of life stings?

We adults carry such responsibility, don’t we? Such blunt knowledge of the unfairness and volatility of this life. Even if we avoid news and media, fear and pain still have a way of finding us. We can’t escape them.

Ourselves, more often than not. We either erect a false front of strength or cave in to a pattern of complaining. But neither brings much relief.

There’s a better way.

The Bible is rich with examples of men who voiced their needs and asked God for His comfort.

Even better, the Bible nearly explodes with examples of God’s corresponding tireless affection. At times He comforted those He loved through their circumstances, and other times He comforted them in their circumstances:

– To the leader Joshua, overwhelmed by his new task: “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” (Josh. 1:9).

– To the Israelites enslaved by ruthless Egyptians: “I am concerned about their suffering” (Ex. 3:7).

– To the widow who’d lost her only son: “Don’t cry” (Luke7:13).

– To the adulteress caught in her shameful sin: “Neither do I 
condemn you” (John 8:11).

– To the blind man longing to see: “Receive your sight; your faithhas healed you” (Luke 18:42).

– To the disciples, who ached because their friend would be leaving them, Jesus said: “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matt. 28:20).

– And to those of us who wade through the deep waters of this modern life, longing for a world we’ve heard about but have not yet seen, Jesus promises: “I am going there to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2).

Regardless of your pain—whether physical, emotional, or spiritual— you don’t have to pretend to be strong, nor do you need to succumb to your tears. Become a child in the presence of a comforting Father.

Don’t be afraid to expose your need and ask God for comfort.

Then, count on Him to deliver.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday – Homemade Hamburger Helper

I know in all of the excitement of kids getting ready for trick or treating, a healthy meal is far from your mind.  Hopefully, they have their BOO bags ready for the “big haul” of candy. 

Here is a quick and easy dinner everyone in the family will love courtesy of Tracey from Tastefully Simple:

In a medium pot on medium low heat:

1 tbsp Tastefully Simple avocado oil
2 tbsp Tastefully Simple onion onion
1lb ground beef (or ground turkey)

Cook until meat is no longer pink.

Add following to pot and stir:

3 tbsp tomato paste
1 1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp Tastefully Simple onion onion
1 tsp Tastefully Simple garlic garlic
1 tsp Tastefully Simple seasoned salt
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp wahoo chili seasoning
2 tbsp all purpose flour

Add following and bring to a boil

1 3/4 -2 cups beef broth
2 cups milk (I use almond milk)
2 cups small pasta (I switch to gluten free pasta)

Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer approx 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 8 oz shredded cheddar cheese, stir until melted.

Want some more yummy recipes?  Check out Tracey’s Tastefully Simple website at: https://www.tastefullysimple.com/web/tbartolomey

Have a ThirtyOne-derful Halloween!

 

Want to Get to the Next Level?

Do you know how to get to the next level?  No, I am not talking about an online or video game.  I mean if you are striving to reach another level in your business or in life…. Can you guess what it is?

If you said “tell yourself the truth“, you are right!  The funny thing is, most people don’t take the first step.  Why?  Because it is hard.  But the truth is the only thing which will empower you to breakthrough to your highest potential.  Whether the truth is about a bad habit, or the truth about a relationship, or the truth about your circumstances, acknowledging it is freeing.

The next step after facing the truth takes Courage.

I want you to think about the last time you said the phrase

I hate to admit, but _________________________.

We have all said it at some point.  Perhaps you are okay in your career or business, but there is a nagging feeling it is time for a change.  Been there, done that!  Maybe a relationship looks great from the outside, but you know something isn’t quite right.  Or maybe someone has pointed out a problem with your child, and you are defensive because you did your best to teach them,  but if you’re honest, you’ve noticed the same problem.

The reality is this little a phrase allows you to notice the smallest grain of truth just might be surrounded by many positives. It is time to embrace the truth.  It is a chance to address what needs to be addressed.  It is the chance to be open enough to ask for help, find a creative solution, and let go of perfectionism in favor of true happiness.  Remember it is progress NOT perfection we are aiming for.

In order for us to move to the next level, we have to be willing to face the challenges before us instead of ignoring them.  We need to step out of our comfort zone so we can stretch and grow. In the process, we will develop courage and wisdom which will take you to a new a new level.

So what is the grain of truth holding you back in an area where you want to thrive and grow?

For me, it is the lack of confidence combined with the brain fog which keeps me from stepping out of my comfort zone.  For me, the sentence would be:

I hate to admit it, but I still play the comparison game.

UGH!  An ugly truth but I am so ready to take the step to change it.  So, how did you complete the sentence?  Once, you have stated the truth, have the courage to ask yourself these questions:

  1. What next step could you take to address this challenge?
  2. How can you be the bravest version of yourself today in your creative work and life?

For me, it is to stop doing what everyone else is doing and do what works for me.

Maybe for you, it’s showing up to your laptop, sitting down, doing work, and sticking with it even when it feels scary and tough.

Maybe for you, it’s saying no to distracting things which keep you from building the impactful, fulfilling, and sustainable life you’re yearning for.

Maybe for you, it’s finally getting started on a new project, podcast, book, or product but you’ve been too afraid to pursue.  For me it is putting myself out there with videos.

Maybe for you, it’s replying to an email, returning a phone call, or saying yes to a coffee date which may lead to an exciting new opportunity.

Maybe for you, it’s reaching out to a friend, coach, or mentor, asking them for help, giving yourself permission to not walk this journey alone anymore.

Fear!  It isn’t going to disappear overnight. Fear will always be part of the journey.  The challenge (one of the biggest for me) isn’t to become fearless.  The challenge is to live taking action towards our goals even when fear is along for the ride.  It is stomping on those inner gremlins letting them know who is boss.

I challenge you to join me, in asking yourself every morning how you can be the bravest version of yourself today?   And when the “day” seems to overwhelming and fear, and self-doubt, creep in ask yourself – how can you be the bravest version of yourself in this moment? What small courageous step can you take in the direction of the work and life you are longing for?

Share your “statement” with us.  I would love to celebrate and encourage you along the way!

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

 

Product of the Week: Catch All Bin

The holidays are quickly approaching, okay so maybe not as fast as everyone wants you to believe BUT Christmas is only 9 weeks away.  You would think it was next week with all of the holiday decorations showing up in the stores, right?  It would be nice to get through at least Halloween before they started with the Christmas trees but since it isn’t going to happen, I figured I might as well join in the frenzy.

Every Monday for the next 8 weeks, I am going to do a “product of the week” with tips on how you can use this AWESOME product or who it would make a great gift for.

First up is the Catch-All Bin from Thirty One.  Why will you or someone you know love it?  One product with many different uses.  The Catch-All-Bin can be your answer to household clutter and disorganization. It has a large, open space and a convenient handle for easy transport, which makes it the perfect storage solution for toys, and those shoes in the entrance way.

It goes great in the guestroom to hold grooming supplies, toilet tissue, rolled up towels or throw blankets.  Why not put it in your bathroom or under the sink so everyone can stop yelling for mom when things run out?  The truth is, they will probably still call for you to help them but at least you can direct them to just one spot.Organize your kitchen pantry by using it to hold your spices and seasonings, canned goods, napkins,and even your KitchenAid.  Yes, it will hold up to 25 pounds!!!!  Know someone who just moved into a new home?  Fill the Catch All Bin with a bottle of wine or two, some glasses and snacks.  How about giving the baker some new recipes and the ingredients to make some yummy new treats?

Have some crafters on your list or maybe a seamstress or two?  Not only will the Catch All Bin hold a sewing machine but think of all of the fun notions you could fill it with for the hobby person on your holiday list.Tired of the “gift bags”?  Hate to wrap presents?  Why not use the Catch All Bin as your wrapping?One product with a multitude of uses.  What are the key reasons YOU will love Thirty One’s Catch All Bin?

  • Structured shape stands on its own
  • Collapses for easy storage
  • Single handle for easy transport
  • Large, open space
  • Monogramming and personalization options available
  • Approx. 13.5”H x 17.75”L x 8.5”D

Who on your shopping list would LOVE one of these?  Need help with personalization?  Let me be your personal shopper.

There is still time to take advantage of my layaway plan too.  Fill out the form below and let me know.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!