2018 daily tracker - free printable

happy new year everyone!
and the new year means new goals & fresh starts for everyone
so i thought i'd share a little printable i made to keep a visual reminder 
of the habits i'm trying to make stick!

every year i tell myself that i'm going to read my bible through by the end of the year and every year i drop the ball somewhere - whether i'm weeks or months in, i somehow lose track and just revert to my usual quiet time of journaling or reading certain passages that are outlined in my current devo...

last year i stumbled onto this daily reading bible at my local christain bookstore
 and fell in love with it ♥ the One Year Bible Expressions is on amazon here
it's different in the fact that it's sectioned off into 365 daily readings with chapters from the old & new testament, one chapter of psalms & a short passage from proverbs.

it has wide margins for bible journaling and some of the pages have pre-drawn pictures for you to color - if you're new to bible journaling just do a quick search on pinterest and you'll be inspired!

most of the pens and pencils i use in my bible are whats pictured here in the post
sometimes plain old colored pencils 

black skinny sharpies are my go-to everyday pen and the bonus for bible use 
is that they don't bleed through the thin pages

and check out this inside cover!
i started filling it in with colored pencils last year and have yet to finish ...

i carved out a dedicated space/desk area in my craft room for all my bible journaling/reading supplies
but i rarely use it ... the kitchen table or tucked in bed is usually where i end up :)

if you're trying to start and stick with a new habit this year - 
and color in the days as you go along throughout 2018
whether it's reading your bible, journaling, exercising or eating healthy remember!
don't strive for perfection - just strive for progress ♥

if you download & print or share pictures on instagram 
be sure to tag me so i can see your progress! 
and share some of your goals with me in comments below
i'd love to know what you're up to in 2018!
much love ♥ 

game day chex mix ♥

With sports season in full swing, we're at so many games during the week - between field hockey and volleyball - it seems like we're forever looking for game time munchies to hold us over till we get home to dinner...

My girls & I made this fall snack mix a few weeks ago and it was really good -
we found the recipe here and adapted it just a little bit 

we had trouble finding the caramel bugels that the recipe called for 
so we used regular ones and doubled the brown sugar topping instead

mix the chex, pretzels & bugels all together in a really big bowl
spread it all out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper

mix the melted butter, vanilla, brown sugar & pumpkin pie spice 

pour the topping over the dry mix and bake!
add candy after it's cooled - as much or as little as your heart desires ♥

put your snack mix in a cookie jar, add a cute scoop and enjoy! 

we munched on it the whole week and took snack bags full with us to enjoy with a cup of hot chocolate at all the outdoor games :)


print recipe

Game day chex mix ♥
  • 4 cups Honey Nut Chex cereal
  • 1 bag original flavor Bugels
  • 2 cups pretzels
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup peanut m&m's
  • 1 cup caramel m&m's
  • 1 cup candy corn
  • 1 cup candy corn pumpkins
1. Combine dry ingredients (cereal, Bugels & pretzels) in a large mixing bowl, set aside.2. In a medium glass measuring cup melt butter in microwave, add brown sugar, vanilla & pumpkin pie spice, stir together. 3. Pour butter mixture over dry mix, stir to coat well. 4. On a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper spread mixture out in a single layer 5. Bake at 275 for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. 6. Let cool completely, sprinkle with candy and store in a pretty glass container on your container - add a measuring cup or scoop for easy snacking :)
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 10 cups

friendship pins

summer is coming to a close around here and we're soaking up the last of it
we spent alot of time in the kitchen baking goodies & making crafts this summer
these friendship pins were probably one of our favorite projects

you can make your own with some seed beads and a few different sizes of safety pins
we purchased both at Joanns & Michaels

with a quick search on pinterest, we found a bunch of pin "patterns"
flags, animals and lots of other things! 
you can find my "summer" board here where i pinned a bunch of them

 it's a little bit of trial & error, but once you start making them it's addicting!

my younger daughter ended up finding an empty bead box in my craft room and started to use some of her spending money on more supplies ha! 

her box ended up filling up pretty fast and her little fingers were working even faster!

some of the bigger beads were surplus from my supplies (mostly found on etsy) 
& she had some of the character charms in her rainbow loom stash.

we found these canvas sneakers at five below for only $5 
and she added puff paint polka dots to the front of the sneakers 

for the hanging pin designs like the flag one - we found out how to slide the hanging pins through the loop of the main pin - just think of it like a key ring - use a small pliers or even a thumb tack to open up a little bit of space in the ring to get started - once one pin is in the opening it's easy to slide the rest through

once all the hanging pins are on the opposite side of the closure side you can pin it to anything you want - shoelaces, jacket lapels or backpacks!

she even made some friendship pin earrings! so fun ♥

if my feet were small enough
 i'd be borrowing these happy rainbow shoes from my daughter's closet fo sho :)

happy crafting!

Amish Sugar Cookies

it's no secret around here that i loooooove cookies
i mean put a slice a cake in front of me and i'm like no thank you.
donuts are good, but i'm partial (like religiously partial) to Krispy Kreme
and since there's no KK here in upstate ... well then there's not too much donut consumption happening :( but cookies ... give me cookies everyday anyday and i'm so happy 
like really happy - weirdly happy :)
i digress alot

scrolling the insta last week and stopped dead in my tracks for these

there's so many good things about taste of home so i'm always inclined to try their recipes
and man these did not disappoint! they were so good we made a double batch

and then we made them again

the second time around i realized we were out of cream of tartar - and after a little research on the world wide web i learned that baking powder is a combination of cream of tartar and baking soda (how did we ever live without google?) so i substituted the baking soda and cream of tartar with 2 teaspoons of baking powder and we actually liked that batch better than the first! a very slight difference really but lotsa cookie experts over here at out house so we can tell these things :)

these bake up so light and fluffy, they practically melt in your mouth if you eat them after a few minutes out of the oven ... two things i always do when baking cookies: 1.use parchment paper ALWAYS. it just makes for better cookie bottoms & 2. use a cookie scoop ALWAYS it makes for perfectly shaped cookies and all uniform in shape & size. both of those items are #gamechangers trust me.

this batch was going in a glass cookie jar from walmart
and over to a friends new house that she just moved in to ♥

cut some ribbon from my stash and wrote home sweet home on a paint swatch

it's always the simple little things that we have laying around
that make the best unexpected gifts dont you think? 

make these cookies guys! i know you will love them as much as we do
much love ♥

print recipe

Amish Sugar Cookies
(adapted from Taste of Home.com)
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspons baking powder
- With the paddle attachment of an electric mixer cream butter, oil and sugars- Add eggs & vanilla mix until blended well- In a separate bowl combine flour & baking powder then gradually add to creamed mixture- Using a 1.5 inch cookie scoop, drop batter onto parchment lined cookie sheets- Bake @ 375 (or @350 with a convection oven) for 8-10 minutes or until bottom edges are golden brown- Let cool for one to two minutes then transfer to a wire cooling rack. Yeilds approx 5 dozen
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 5 dozen
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