Balance

Since I will be “going back to work” in about 10 days I decided that I better figure out a way to make a nice transition.  So I have been searching for ways to keep organized and help keep things balanced.  I found THIS post about a rotating goal list. I of course found this while on Pinterest.  I love the ideas that come up there, and have helped me in many ways!  (I am also working on a food planner and workout chart)  With this chart I will write in 6 projects that I want to get done in the days M-F.  If I get more than this done that’s great, but I won’t feel pressure from myself to do more.  This list won’t just be items that I want to sell, but could include things that need to get done around the house.  I suppose it’s a priority list of sorts.  I used to make lists all the time and I loved it, so I think it’s time for the list bandwagon again.

Weekly goal chart
Your goal sheet could have more than 6 spots

 I hope that you all have the balance in your life that you are looking for, and if you don’t maybe this idea could help you too 🙂

Take Care,

Cil

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Truly Madly Deeply

14 years ago, my husband asked me to marry him.  It will always be one of the greatest memories of my life.  After that day we spent 9 months planning a wedding.  Another memory I will always treasure.  For our wedding dance we played “our song”, ‘Truly Madly Deeply’ by Savage Garden.

We have used these words through out the years and my husband always signs letters and cards to me using these words.  So when I came across these words on a pillow (on pinterest of course) I knew that I had to figure out how to make it mine.  I knew there were many ways that I  could make this pillow a reality.  I am after all a sewer, but I wanted it unique.

I recently found my love for cross stitching again, something I have loved since I was a young girl, so I thought why not put together my sewing machine and stitching hand to make something that will be a treasure forever. 🙂   I created the pattern and put it together, I used linen to stitch on for the first time.  I am so pleased with the finished product!

Love
14 years ago

Thank  you Justin for being a wonderful husband and friend!  I truly madly deeply do love you!

Cilicia

Scratch your Valentine

So, I don’t know about all of you, but I love Pinterest.  It has been so fun finding new ideas and putting some of them into action!  For this project we used ideas from two different places, to create a unique Valentine’s Day card for the kids to give to their friends at school.

I had never thought that there would be a way to make your own scratch off “lottery ticket”, but you can.  I found the how-to on ArtMind.  You can click HERE to go to their site.  I was so excited and knew that I had to use it somehow.  I have businesses and know that I will use it for those also, but wanted to use it in a fun way…and so the valentine card was created.  Both kids thought it would be fun to do and that their friends would like them.  I created the card in my Creative Memories software (storybook creator), printed them off and followed the rest of the directions.

Then of course you have to have some kind of treat to go with, so as we sat around Saturday morning trying to think of something Pioneer Woman came on Food Network.  She is so great and I love following her because she loves life and does things in such a way that makes them simple.  She started a recipe with chocolate cookies.  You can get that recipe HERE.  Of course chocolate and Valentines Day seem to go together, so we decided to go with it!

After a lot of fun and a very messy house at the end of the day, we had some fun Valentine’s cards to pass out to friends!

Scratch off tickets

And there you have it.  If you haven’t found the Pinterest website yet check it out, you may find some new fun projects to do yourself!  You can follow me HERE.

Until next time…Carry on with your crafty self!

Cil

Generation cake!

Yesterday I was chatting with my Grandma through email and it came up that she was going to make a cake to enjoy with her coffee.  After asking her for more information on this cake she told me that it was a cake that her Mother had made and that she had made it throughout her married life.  I asked her for the recipe and she so kindly shared and said that I could share it with all of you!  It is DELICIOUS!!  and will be one that I will add to the family cookbook for my girls to have in future years.

Here is a look at it:

You can drizzle chocolate or just leave it plain with the coconut topping

Looks good doesn’t it?  Here is the recipe:

Coconut Topping Cake

1 Cake mix and ingredients to make cake.

Bake the cake.

Topping:

       3 Tablespoons melted butter
5 Tbls. brown sugar
2 Tbls. cream (I use milk)
1 cup coconut
Mix well, spread over warm cake.  Place under broiler until
topping is bubbly and brown.

After that is done you can melt Dark chocolate and drizzle it over the top.  This was my addition to the cake because I really love dark chocolate and felt like it tonight.  You can use it or not, the cake is equally delicious 🙂

Grandma said that the original recipe had a homemade cake recipe.  She just uses a white cake mix now and says it works just fine.  She was right!

Thank you Grandma for sharing, I am sure that we will enjoy this recipe for years to come.

Enjoy all,

Cil

Creating Routine

Funny how one can think that they want a certain routine. Go through all the steps to make sure that routine works out and then you follow through.  At least for a few weeks and then something happens, you fall off track, and it’s hard to get started again.  This happens a lot, for most somewhere around that third week in January.  Your resolutions seem old by now and they usually aren’t any fun.  I mean for a lot of people exercising, eating healthy, going back to school, even cleaning out closets… just really isn’t a great time.  Things that we know we should do, but don’t.  So we make the same resolution again the following year, vowing this time it will happen!! 😉

So what can we do?  Well, this year instead of making a “resolution”, I just made a list.  Things that I would “like” to do.  Things that are a possibility, but by no means put a “have to” on them, and so far things are going pretty good.  I have many closets cleaned out, I have been exercising a bit, even working on feeding my family healthier meals.  But perhaps my most favorite thing that has become routine, is something that was not on my list: Going to the Library.  Now, I am not saying that I don’t read.  Oh I do.  I love my Kindle.  One might say that we are close companions.  But one day out of no where really it occurred to me that by not going to the library I was spending a lot of money on books that I could perhaps borrow for free.  And perhaps in that time I could bring my youngest to get her first library card.  It was a Thursday.  We went.  She got her library card.  She smiled.  So I decided we would go again the next Thursday, and the next, and the next, and the…well you get the idea. 🙂  So now we have created a routine.  Something that we enjoy doing together and brings joy to us both.  I hope it continues.

Fun with reading

So next time you are wondering about your resolutions and what you haven’t kept up with, look around you.  It’s possible that you have created a new healthy routine without much thought, and if you haven’t maybe you will.  One never knows what is around the corner!

Have a great day everyone!

Cil

First Monday in February

I can’t believe I just typed that title.  ALREADY, the first Monday in February!  Every year I think that time goes fast, but as I am getting older I find that time flies even faster!

I have a list of things that I would like to try or do that could keep me busy for a very long time, but I always seem to think that I can fit it all in, in just a short amount of time.  Why do I ever think that is possible?  I decided at the beginning of this year that I was going to take a sabbatical from my businesses and focus on my family and finding my artistic mojo.  I thought, oh yah, two months will be enough time.  And then went ahead and listed all the things that I wanted to work on during that time.  Here is my original post:

“I am going to take a sabbatical from my photography and home and hearth businesses starting January 1st to focus on three things, and their names are, Justin, Jazmin and Jadyn. How am I going to do that you might ask? Well, I am going to do that by bettering myself. I plan on not crocheting or sewing during that time, unless I feel empowered to, but instead spend time doing things that I have not done for awhile like cross stitching, baking, working out, scrapbooking, (maybe some quilting), community choir, and taking a continuing education course in photography(I always have to be learning, it’s who I am). With this I hope to regain some zest for my businesses and make some big decisions as to the direction that they are going. By taking this time for me (and my family) I think it will give us a stronger future. I have spent much time healing from this foot thing, but have not spent many hours doing things during that time that really seemed to complete me and it’s time I take that back! I know this will be a hard thing for me to do because I am not one to say no to work, money and a challenge, but I still think it is needed.”

Seriously, did I think I could do all of that?  I lol at myself for thinking it.  What I am finding is that I love many things that I listed there.  Things that I had put off.  Things that I had forgotten about.  Things that bring happiness to both me and my family.  What I am finding is that I am going to revamp how I run my businesses to fit my family and not try to fit my family into my business.  I feel like this is going to be a really fun year, and I can’t wait to see what it brings, But I really hope it ……

S L O W S  down!

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