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I am so thrilled to be bringing back one of my all time favorite Gabbing Girl’s Jennifer. If you missed it before Jennifer shared an amazing DIY for gifts for girlfriends of neighbors! I love my self a great DIY so I am excited to try what she chats about below myself ASAP!
Getting Organized: DIY magnetic calendar and menu planner
by guest blogger Jennifer Wise
In my line of work, I talk to a lot of people about their pictures. When we talk about preserving them, there are usually two big obstacles to get over first: organizing them and setting aside time for them. So although I’m really in the memory-keeping business, these days I find I spend a fair amount of time reading about, developing, and sharing time management tips! (In fact, I’ve started a great little collection of them at this link!)
Besides, I am kind of an organization freak myself, so I always have new ideas and tricks swimming around in the back of my mind about how to be more productive and use my time more wisely. I’m really excited to share one of my favorites with you today.
I’m absolutely thrilled to be a guest blogger with Gabbing Ginger once again so that I can share with you a really fun, creative DIY project that will help you manage either your calendar or your menu a little better—or both! Couldn’t we all use a little extra help there??
I’m going to show you how to make a 12×18 “car magnet” into a family calendar and/or a menu planner for your fridge! Yep, really! The surface of these particular car magnets makes them writable with a dry erase marker. So that means that we can get clever with them—we can turn them into calendars and planners (and more)!
“A man who dares waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” – Charles Darwin
I don’t know about you, but we are always running every which way, so coordination within our family is an absolute must. Who is driving him to basketball practice, and what time do we all need to be at her awards ceremony? I keep my own calendar, of course, but having one for the whole family in one central place is a huge help!
One thing that can really help with time management is meal planning. Planning meals out ahead of time has several benefits! First, you usually eat healthier rather than just stopping for fast food or chowing down on whatever’s convenient. Second, you can save huge amounts of time by consolidating your shopping trips. If you have things planned out for the week, you can get by with just going to the store once (or maybe twice) a week instead of several small trips here and there that always add up to more time than we really think. Meal planning and shopping trip consolidation are a HUGE time-saver! I love this magnetic meal planner.
“Those who prepare create their own luck.” -anonymous
I’m going to show you how to make a family calendar today, but the same technique can be used for a menu planner. It could be used for a personal daily planner, too!
Some of the best advice I’ve ever gotten about time is that if something takes longer than 15 minutes, it should be on your calendar. So even little things like sitting down to pay bills should be an agenda item. For me, when I don’t include those “little” things on my daily to-do list, I feel like I’m overscheduled and overrun because I’m filling my day with all these “little” things that I didn’t make time for, but I only feel like I’ve truly accomplished the ones I can cross off. I really like this daily agenda magnet for that very purpose.
I’ve even used these car magnets for a vision board! Then I don’t have to make a new one every year—I can just erase. So lovely on my file cabinet!
NOTE: I’ve found that the surface of the car magnets are best cleaned with a spray cleaner specifically for a dry-erase board, especially if you’ve left the dry-erase marker on the magnet for longer than a day or two.
So you’re probably thinking, “How on earth do I make a magnet?” The good news is that you don’t have to have access to magnets of any kind! This project only requires a computer! You actually just create the design digitally online (or use a template), then the magnet is printed up for you and shipped to your door in about 7-10 days.
Magnets like this are obviously great for both personal and family organization and planning, but they do make great gifts as well. They are 12”x18”, as I mentioned, and run about $30 (plus shipping).
And guess what! I’ve made a special video just for Gabbing Ginger readers that walks you through the DIY portion of these magnets (the digitally creating part)! Once you hit the “publish” button all you do is wait for the UPS guy. It’s DIY without shopping trips or a mess– only your computer!
One other thing I love is that each magnet is going to be your own personal style. If you like flowers, you can add (digital) flowers to it. If your kitchen is red, make your magnet red. If you like a clean & classic look, go for it. If you want it to look like a scrapbook page, go for it. You can even add a family picture like I did on our family calendar! (The surface of the car magnet won’t give you a crisp photo, but they’re pretty cute nonetheless.) You’ll have tons of available creative tools, so your magnet will be exactly what you’re looking for.
I’ll show you how! Let’s go:
Organizing your goals, your day, your family’s week, or your meals right there in plain view puts them in the forefront of your mind. In some cases, it makes them more of a team effort, too. And with these completely personal magnets, it makes them more fun, more beautiful, and more YOU!
“…As if we could kill time without injuring eternity.” -Henry David Thoreau
Today’s guest blogger, Jennifer Wise, is a married mom of three who thrives on creativity. Her greatest desire is to make a difference. She is fluent in American Sign Language, loves great Mexican food, and enjoys both teaching and learning. Her favorite place is the beach, and her favorite thing to do is laugh. If you gave her a million dollars, she would spend it on her addiction, traveling. She holds a B.A. in Humanities-English literature from Brigham Young University. Jennifer blogs each week at www.lifetalesbooks.blogspot.com and is the #familyhistoryfriday contributor at www.livegrowgive.org. Her website is www.heritagemakers.com/jenniferwise
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I am so excited to be partnering with SAS Shoes. If you missed my last partnership with them check it out HERE. I want to thank San Antonio Shoemakers for the Complimentary shoes.
The summer months in Texas are HOT and I knew I would need a trendy but comfortable sandal since I am pregnant. So many of my cute sandals have NO support and are terrible to walk in. Enter the Sanibel Sandal to fill my summer sandal need.
I can’t tell you how amazing and comfy these sandals are! Which is especially going to be nice for my pregnant [and hopefully NOT swollen feet] self this summer! I’m on the go with a toddler and shoes that are comfortable with support are totally needed. These seriously feel like wearing tennis shoes but look so much nicer!!
I love that these are trendy and can be paired easily with so many different outfits. I purposely picked out a gold tone so these sandals could be an accent to most every color under the sun. The golden hue looks great with every skin tone too, which is perfect in the summer when you change shades a lot! These sandals can be dressed down with athletic pants and a t-shirt and can be dressed up with a sundress. The perfect sandal for any busy mom!
* Please note this post may contain affiliate links and I received these products compliments of Dockatot, Binxy Baby, Ollie Swaddle and Lorena Canal.
Before I was even pregnant there were a few items that I knew were on my “must have” list for baby #2. Most of these products I heard about when Tripp was a baby and over these couple of years have just heard more and more moms rave about. So I wanted to make sure I had them for baby #2!
DockAtot + Toy arch- Link will get you $10 off all DockAtot’s!
I am so excited to try this out. I have heard such rave reviews on how well babies will sleep in the dockatot. I love how portable it is and with a toddler on the go I will need something that is easy to move around to keep the baby close while I keep up with Tripp. I also love the toy arch attachment so it can be a play area for baby! Can we also take a moment to SWOON over the Aristot line?! Pretty sure their bassinets are on the top of my wishlist now! The DockATot feels so comfy but sturdy all at the same time. I love the different designs that you can choose from [I got the “Bananas for you” print] and I look forward to helping baby get some good quality sleep! Here are some of the wonderful features of this product.
– DockATot is a multi-functional lounger, co-sleeper and playtime lounger.
– Two sizes (Deluxe for 0-8 Months, Grand 9-36 months)
– Made in Europe, designed in Sweden.
– Tested for breathability
– OEKO-TEX certified
– All natural, 100% cotton
– Handmade in Europe
– Ideal micro-climate for babies and tots
– Grand is perfect for toddler bed transitions
Next on my list that I have seen several times during my grocery store visits is a Binxy Baby cart hammock! This gives you room in the grocery cart, a safe place for baby AND you don’t have to lug the carseat in. I always felt so bad piling groceries in the cart around the carseat. The hammock looks nice and cozy for baby and I think won’t be as hot to ride around in the store. Tripp always got so hot not having air blow on him in that infant carseat and this gives so much more ventilation. I also love how collapsable it is so it is super portable to carry in. These are all perfect solutions for us! See below for some of my favorite features.
– Fits most standard grocery store carts
– Holds car seat and supports up to 50 pounds in weight
– Used for babies approx. 6-8 months until they sit up on their own
– Safety tested
We never found a swaddle that worked for my first little guy but I know how much it can help with sleep. I love the look and feel of the ollie swaddle and I have heard amazing reviews from friends. Also, I LOVE the face you can access the diaper easily because at night you want as little distraction and buttons as possible… amiright?! I think that sleep is so important for mom and baby and this swaddle feels like heaven. Take time to read the story on how the Ollie Swaddle came to life because of a social worker/foster parent because it will let you see the research and real life experiences that led to such a wonderful product. I chose the meadow color because I think it is calming and goes for both a boy and a girl! Here are some of my favorite features.
– Known as the the Smarter Swaddle™
– Made from custom moisture-wicking material to reduce the risk of overheating
– Custom fit to allow for fit to be individualized to meet the needs and size of each little one
– Easy access diaper changes accessible through opening at the bottom
– One-size promotes ease with transitional stages
OK They seriously have the CUTEST rugs that I have been eyeing for awhile. We don’t know the gender but I have a cactus from my mom and I knew when I saw their cactus rug I needed it and our nursery theme was born! I have put photos of some of my other favorites but it was hard to choose! Best of all you can easily throw these rugs into the wash… and with babies come messes so that is totally perfect for us. I also love how the look of each rug can grow through different ages and can even be used in “adult” spaces! Here are some of my other favorite features.
– Rugs and cushions are all machine-washable and fit into a standard washer and dyer
– Home collection is for adult spaces and sophisticated kids rooms
– Loved by top celebs and picked by Vogue as top baby product for celebrity nurseries
– Made in India, designed in Spain
– All natural dyes, handmade, eco and contain no VOCs like most carpeting and rugs
– Proceeds support the Sakula project, and provide schooling for children in India.
I am so excited to try these new toys/tools out with the new baby! SO many handy items that I didn’t get to try with Tripp. It is fun what new trends come out even just after two years!
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When you find out your pregnant you make a overhaul of a lot of things. I am excited to share with you some fun upcoming fashion post for my every growing bump.
In the mean time I am going to show you some of my Amazon Wish List items for being pregnant during the summer. Most of these things you can use when you aren’t pregnant too! I love utilizing items for all seasons of life.
*Please note to ALWAYS talk to your doctor about your skin/facial care.
Summer time means lighter makeup so you want to make sure your skin is looking fresh and bright. Here are some products I love:
Summer calls for swim suit time and with my ever changing body I am eyeing a few different bathing suits to get me through the dog days of summer. Here are some of my favorites. PS ALL of these are under $30!
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Well hello everyone! If you didn’t hear the BIG news we are pregnant with baby #2! I am so excited to being blogging pregnancy #2. Moving forward I am hoping to do updates about every 2 weeks! This will cover my first trimester though since we just announced!
The early days: I tested about 100 times because I just couldn’t believe it! We actually had a chemical pregnancy about two months before this so I was SUPER nervous about every little thing once I saw that “positive”. So I kept testing to watch the positive line get darker… anyone else crazy about taking tests?!?!??
Symptoms: I didn’t really feel pregnant but my chest was sore. That was really my only symptom until week 6 and then the nausea hit. This started much earlier this go around and when I finally thought I was making a turn for the better I was up all night every 30 minutes throwing up… which landed me in the ER. Official diagnosis: hyperemesis gravidarum. Now I am taking diclegis and it is working AMAZING! I feel so much better and I have actually been able to keep weight on!
Week 10: Saying no to the genetic test. This was so hard to say no to. It seems like everyone these days is doing it to find out the gender. BUT goodness because I am not high risk the test would be almost $400…. that buys a lot of diapers y’all. I also like that “finding out” is a good midway point and something to look forward to. BUT it was so hard to resist doing it! I talked with my doctor and we both came to this choice and I am happy with it!
Overall: I have just felt more tired but having a toddler keeps you on your toes most of the day. I don’t have much of a bump and no significant weight gain at this point. I don’t know if it is because I have experienced the joy of pregnancy and motherhood but man I am way more nervous this second time then the first. I just always compare everything to the first go around ha!
I am looking forward to a hopefully *blissful* second trimester… knock on wood!
I am looking forward to sharing this journey with you all! I can wait for the fun, fashion and family to be taken to a whole new level!
What advice/tips/tricks can you mama’s share with me? So much has changed since my first go around!
When moms /friends find out I am apart of a book club they always are asking me what books I am currently loving.
I am an avid reader and read anywhere from 2-5 books a month. It is one way I do “self care”.
Below are the books we have read in our little club most recently. The club is a great way to enjoy some kid free time but with people who are in the trenches with you! I would definitely recommend starting one and if you have questions about how mine works let me know!