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DIY Magnetic Calendar OR Menu Planner

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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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DIY girlfriend or neighbor gifts: Quick Cakes Recipe Cards by guest blogger Jennifer Wise

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I am so thrilled to be bringing you another wonderful Gabbing Girls Guest blogger! Jennifer is a magnificent crafter and wonderful blogger I met through my #momblogtribe.  I am so excited to share with you her wonderful DIY gift that is perfect for the holiday season! Without further ado….

How about a little DIY today?  If you are looking for a fun, unique gift, you have come to the right place!  Today’s gift idea is created part digitally, part hands-on, completely adorable, and comes out around $4 per set.

These are Quick Cakes Recipe Cards.

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There are 10 recipes included in each little set.  The recipes are for individual cakes made in less than 2 minutes in the microwave.  Perfect for well-deserving moms, college students, older folks living alone, or even to set up as a Quick Cakes BAR for a party or group!  I think the recipe cards make a really cute gift for just about anyone.

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These recipe card sets are actually made from a playing card deck!  That’s right.  Just a creative, darling use for a playing card deck.  As such, one deck makes 5 of these little sets, each one with 10 different recipes.

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And, yes, since they’re made from a deck of playing cards, they are playing card size.

In case you’re wondering, I’m Jennifer and I’m thrilled to be guest blogging today at Gabbing Ginger!  

I just made these Quick Cakes Recipe Card gifts last week, and I have to admit I fell in love just a little.  You are going to love them!  

As a special bonus just for Gabbing Ginger readers, the first part of this DIY tutorial will be a video!  I show you step-by-step how to digitally create the Quick Cakes playing card deck.  Then we’ll finish up with some step-by-step photos on how to put these little gifts together once you get the playing card decks back in the mail.  

Ready?  Here we go!

Okay, now that you have followed the steps in the video to get your playing cards, you can do a few things while you wait the 7-10 days for your order to arrive at your door.

  1. Decide who your 5 favorite friends are.  I’m kidding, but you will need to decide who gets the 5 cute sets of Quick Cakes recipe cards.  Of course, ordering more than just one deck of Quick Cakes recipe cards is a great solution if you like more than 5 people.
  2. Buy book rings at an office supply store or big box store.
  3. Buy ribbon.  I like the thin kind I used here, but it would be cute with wider ribbon, too.
  4. Get out your hole punch.image6

I wish I could see your face when you get the box in the mail and open your playing cards.  That’s the honest truth.  It’s the first big fun part of this DIY project.

After you get your deck of cards, you’ll kind of deal them out.  This is how you divide them up so that each set gets one of each recipe.  You’ll have 5 piles.

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Assembling them is ridiculously easy.  For each set of cards:

  1. Find the “helpful hints” card.  Punch a hole in the upper left of the side that says Quick Cakes.  This will become your front cover.                                       image5
  2. For the remainder of the cards, punch a hole in the upper left corner of the cards on the recipe side.
  3. Place a book ring through all the holes.
  4. Tie with a ribbon.
  5. Impress and delight your friends with this fun gift.  Give with a box of cake mix if you like!

I love that this is such a one-of-a-kind gift, not to mention being cheaper and more fun than a gift card.  It’s easy to make and exciting to give.  And who doesn’t want to be the best gift-giver ever?!

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Today’s guest blogger, Jennifer Wise, is a married mom of three who thrives on creativity.  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.  Jennifer blogs each week at www.lifetalesbooks.blogspot.com and is the #familyhistoryfriday contributor at www.livegrowgive.org.  

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Fall Bucket List

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If you know me you KNOW I love fall for Football Season. But after reading and watching some blogs/vlogs I have been inspired to create a fall bucket list because I LOVE ALL things fall.  I wanted to incorporate it into our home decor so I headed to dollar tree to get some inspiration. I really feel like a visual reminder helps you keep you accountable!

I ended up with garland, leaves and some pumpkins to throw in for good looks! Side note: I purchased the clips from Target. Overall, this project cost me about $10!

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Also, I wanted to be able to reuse the decor but not feel guilty if I threw out what I wrote on.  So a whole bag of leaves was the perfect solution.

I know it is hard to read on here but here is what I wrote on each leaf:

  1. Go to a pumpkin patch
  2. Drink apple cider
  3. Go trick or treating
  4. Decorate a pumpkin
  5. Take a Hayride
  6. Jump in leaves
  7. Pay it forward
  8. Be thankful
  9. Make smores
  10. Bake a fall favorite

I am SO excited for fall time and for the crisp weather to make its way to Texas… hopefully sooner rather than later.  Hope you enjoyed this super easy craft project!

What is on your fall bucket list?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

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Favorite Things: Handwriting Gift

Happy New Year!  Since it is a new year I wanted to start a new series. In this new series I want to outline favorite products of mine new and old!

Since it is the New Year I am starting with something new.  I have wanted this product for while and finally sat down to purchase one for both my brother and myself for Christmas.

I have to start by saying I think sometimes God sends signs in such funny ways and you can’t help but smile. After my mom passed away I had seen the idea of handwriting gifts.  Luckily, I had some things she had written now I just needed to find someone to do it.  In came google and what do you know the first site that came up was Lauren Nicole Gifts. For those of you who don’t know me personally my name is Lauren Nicole.  I know my mom MUST have been smiling down when I was searching.  So I found this great company and sent my order in.

It was super easy and turn around was great! They do all kinds of great gifts (keychains and jewlery) with handwriting on it! You can even shrink baby footprints and they can etch it in!

Here is what I got!

Mom

PS The packaging was SUPER cute but of course I forgot to take a picture.

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

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#100daysofhappiness: Day 48

I have a confession to make…. I am addicted to decretive jars.  Several months ago we moved and most rooms are fully decorated (we basically doubled in size so we had A LOT of room to fill!  Two of our bathrooms were missing something though…. Thus, a trip to home goods happened.  Below is the before… Stay tuned for a post with the results!

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#100daysofhappiness: Day 32

I LOVE home decor…. I am always drawn to buy new items.  I really love apothecary jars.  I have 6 in my kitchen.  Some serve a purpose (holding flour and sugar).  Some are just for decor.  Here is my favorite grouping/use for my jar.

WINE CORK HOLDER! I plan on saving them and using them in another project but it is so fun having friends over and adding to the jar.  It is like a jar full of fun memories!

I feel the best place I have found these at is HomeGoods… They usually have a great variety or sizes/shapes and sometimes even colors!  Both below are from there AND found a great Yankee Candle on sale there too!

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Fort Worth Favorites

Oklahoma holds such a special place in my heart but I really have fallen in love with Fort Worth, TX.  Here are a few of my favorite things! Somethings may not be Fort Worth ONLY but I didn’t experience them until I moved here!

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Food

Joe T. Garcias– Their marge will knock you off your feet! Such a great patio too! They do have a limited menu but the food is great!

The Original– Typical mexican food but it is a Fort Worth staple! We have tried most menu items and they have all be yummy!

Lucille’s– LOVE their brunch but their seafood is AMAZING too!

Old South– A fort worth staple open 24 hrs! GERMAN PANCAKES for the WIN!

The Woodshed– Outdoor seating with unique smokehouse choices.

RailHead– Texas BBQ at it’s best!

Winslow’s– Wine and cheese… can’t beat the cool atmosphere!

Hoffbrau- Steak, Steak, Steak… YUMMYY and great prices!

Swiss Pastry Shop– Black Forest Cake is AMAZING… not like a typical one but it will rock your world people.

Entertainment

Billy Bob’s– Country music at its best! Have been to several converts and we love the atmosphere [very intimate]! At an Eli Young Band concert we caught a guitar pick and drum stick!

Movie Tavern– Drinking and movie… unlike the place in Oklahoma the whole theater can drink as long as you are 21! Ticket prices are reasonable too!

Concerts in the Garden– Summer time, music, food and drink.  The FW Symphony has different themes and collaborations so you can attend for the music you love most!

Four Day Weekend– Similar to “Whose Line is it Anyway”, this 4 man group will keep you laughing!

 

Colonial– Caddy races, drinking and great scenery!

Shopping

Neiman Marcus– Top notch designers and several great sales throughout the year!

Apricot Lane– CUTE boutique. I am OBSESSED with their fleece lined leggings.

Health/Beauty

Smart Barre Class– LOVE these classes and can’t wait to see my body change!

Zeeba– Meredith is my girl and helps keep my hair looking fab.

I will continue to add to this list! What Fort Worth Places do you feel I missed or maybe that I should try?

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#100daysofhappiness: Day 16

This will be a quick post but one thing I LOVE is Pinterest!  I love that I can gain inspiration for fashion, beauty, crafts, food, home, life, and fitness in ONE spot.  Such a fantastic motivator! What is your favorite thing to find a Pinterest?

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#100daysofhappiness: Day 4

I LOVE nail polish.  I have such an addiction to buying a new shade every time I visit the store!  I am currently lusting over Essie’s Spring 2014 line!  I love that nail polish is the new accessory and a great way to express yourself!

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What is your favorite polish?  What shades are you loving right now?

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DOTD: Decor Of The Day:

 

 

 

 

“You can’t deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants.” Stephen King

 

We recently moved into a new house and have been working to fill this new house.  I have enjoyed seeing our decor move and change from our old house to the new.  One of my favorite areas that I have done is this little space that has a pop of turquoise.

This tranquil area is great for reading, blogging, relaxing or to kick back and watch the 70″ BIG screen that we have…. See you can mix his a hers in one room!

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Side Table: Garden Ridge: [Copy Cat]

Throw Pillow: Stratford Home: Garden Ridge: [Copy Cat]

Throw Blanket: Home Goods: [Same one]

Gun Lamp (we live in Texas, come on!): Old [Copy Cat]

Accent Chair: Home Goods: [Copy Cat]

Clock: Stein Mart [Copy Cat]

One of my favorite decor tips is to take book slipcovers off old books around the house and use them to help create height and depth when decorating.

Also, don’t be afraid to shop around at sales and see what will work and return things that don’t work!