Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bringing back the salad bar!

Remember in the 90's there was salad bars all over the place? I am sorry but I love a good salad bar, where did they all go? One night this summer I made a BIG ole salad with all my favorite things in it. I was so excited to sit down and eat it with my family for dinner. To my surprise I looked across the table and saw two NOT so happy faces. My kids picked through the salad finding the few things they liked in it. At first I was kinda upset. I told the kids that they needed to do a better job eatting veggies and making sure they are "eating the rainbow". We have always served veggies with dinner, we don't force the kids to eat all of it but they have always been required to take a "no thank you" bite if they don't want to eat something. I was frustrated because I made this beautiful salad and the kids weren't having any of it.

Then something clicked.

I made a salad with all MY favorite things. Let's put this in their hands and allow them to make a salad with all of THEIR favorite things!! I do our grocery shopping once a week and I decided instead of leaving all the salad fixins in the bags etc I would chop them up and have them all ready for salad and put each veggie in a mason jar. Now whenever we have salad for dinner or salad as a side I pull out all the mason jars and everyone in the family can make a salad they will eat and LOVE!

Some of our favorite things to include are carrots, radishes, bell peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, mushrooms, chickpeas, olives, peas etc. I just shop the local farmers markets as well as our grocery stores for fresh veggies that look yummy! If the girls are with me I have them pick out whatever they want for the salad bar as well! 

We also make some little pinch bowls with other fun goodies to add to the salad as well that might not save as well in mason jars. Some of our favorites are: salami, dried chickpeas, nuts, sunflower seeds, avocado, crouton, etc. Just throw whatever you have in the pantry and fridge that looks yummy! 

Needless to say my kids happily (well unless Addison just got home from a playdate and is super tired) make their salads and *gasp* even eat them before the rest of their dinner!! #saladbarfortheWIN! 

I thought I would share this little tip with you all just incase any of you are struggling with getting your kids to eat more veggies!! Thanks for stopping by! See you soon! 

P.S. upon looking amazon for mason jars I ran across these adorable VINTAGE inspired jars, how cute are they? Picking up some now, you can never have to many mason jars!!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

Journaling Bible | Bonita Rose

Happy Monday! Please welcome Bonita to my blog today! I will never forget when I woke up one day to a flood of comments from Bonita, she had just discovered the process of using a journlaing bible to a creative way and you could tell she was EXCITED!!! That fire has only gotten brighter so of course I had to ask her to join us as a guest!!

I stumbled upon the #journalingbible community one day on IG. I was browsing images and suddenly saw someone's page I really loved. I saw their hashtag on IG and clicked on that. Then it seems like I went down the rabbit hole! I read all of Shanna's posts on her blog, and that day, ordered myself two journaling bibles, one single column, the other double column - so I would have one each to one day gift to each of my two daughters. In the meantime, I had fun getting messy with color in one of my older thrift store Bibles, so much fun! 

My relationship with the Lord hasn't always been front and center in my life. I was raised in a home an only child, with parents that didn't believe in God and hardly ever took me to church. The stories in the Bible, the great message of salvation - I only learned many years later as an adult in my 20s, after going through a lot of pain and heartache in my life. A relationship with Jesus was what I was looking for. And as you know, our Lord never disappoints. My Savior has always been there for me after that. Always. 

I've always been creative, and always loved to write. And yes, I love lots of color! I blogged and wrote my heart out before blogging was even mainstream. I started paper-crafting when my first daughter was born, over 21 years ago. And I've kept up with it. I have 12x12 albums for each of my daughters, as well as now, I devote about a 1/2 hour/week to work on my Project Life pages. For me right now, that's doable. Everything else I play with and create -- is purely for fun. And I love that! 

The Lord has done so much in my life. A few years ago, my hubby and I were praying to one day move from the frozen plains of ND to somewhere warm and hopefully, coastal. It was always a dream. It's amazing what the Lord does in your life when you truly seek HIM with your whole heart. God gave us above and beyond what we could have asked or even hoped for, and now, my husband, our dog and I are living the beach life, on the sands of the Atlantic Ocean in FL. We moved here in 2012. Every day, I am more than thankful. God is alive. I see it every day. In so many little things.

Pairing my creativity with my faith and my personal walk with the Lord is  something that feels just so natural to me. I've always been an encourager, and always tried to uplift and encourage and empower others. I love to inspire, so what better than to inspire them with the life-giving Word of God? I am thankful for this community of people that love the Lord and want to shine their creativity for Him. 
In everything, may our God  be praised. 
Jesus, may You be glorified in all I do. 

Today, I'm giving away a Gift Pack of some of my favorite items from my Etsy shop: some painted deli paper strips, some painted tip-in cards, some Artsy Bits, and a pack of my Artsy pages! If you leave a comment here on Shanna's blog with your email address, I'll pick a name to receive ALL these goodies next Friday Sept 19th
In the meantime, dig into God's Word and enjoy your creative time with Him. 

Find more from Bonita here: blog | IG | Pinterest | etsy 

Thank you Bonita for sharing your heart with us today!!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Reflect Sunday | Joy Ride

Another beautiful week ahead of us and I wanted to just encourage all of you to take a moment and find the joy!!! I love every single moment of this video and it reminds me so much of my husband, he has always been a great reminder to FIND the JOY!!!

Some verses that come to mind:
Ecclesiastes 9:7
Romans 15:13
Philemon 1:7
John 16:22
Psalm 30:5
1 Kings 1:40 NIV

And a couple themes:
Enjoying the MOMENT!!! 

If you decide to use this as a prompt in your journaling bible I would love for you to share here or in our facebook group! It is always amazing to see where people take it, and where it meets them in their life! Have a WONDERFUL week and I will see you soon! xox 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Creative Options | Homework Kit

As we head back to school we tend to gather up all the school supplies and send them off to school. Then they come home with a packet full of homework and you realize you sent all goods to the classroom! The past couple of years I have started putting together a little homework kit to keep at home. This way when they kids get home, they get an afternoon snack & plop down to the table with their kit and get to work. 

I find that including the kids in this process is key. Ask them what they think they need in the kit and what they WANT in the kit! This will make them take ownership of it and therefore actually want to use it! Now don't get me wrong here, this isn't about going out and buying a whole new batch of supplies. This is about gathering the supplies you have all over your house, a little bit here and a little bit there but when you bring it all together it works! I love the little organizer case from Creative Options with it's customizable cubbies. This is perfect for the items like will be pulling out every time like pencils, highlighters and paperclips. 

Once you have gathered and organized the supplies the toolbox has two layers. In the bottom layer I added little bags filled with things like colored pencils, crayons, scissors, notebooks and a pencil sharpener. What is nice about this being a clear container is that when you look inside you can clearly see anything you might need. 

For the top tray of the toolbox I also added a couple of must use items. For my kids this includes a ruler, post-it notes, white out, washi tape (ok, this is more for fun, but homework should be fun... right!?) and sharpies. I don't know about your kids but there is something about sharpies that my kids just love, so to have a couple in their homework kit will make their day!!! I love that the top container just slips on the top for super easy access. The easier it is for my kids to keep this organized the better!

Once you have organized the top sit back and marvel at your super awesome back to school mom talents!! For a little added touch I put some Amy Tangerine alphabet stickers on the top that reads "homework kit". This whole kit can slip into their art drawer and when they get home from school and are ready to get to work they know exactly where everything is! The creative options containers helped me give my kids the tools they need in a way they can use them best. 

How are you getting organized for another school year? Amy Tangerine had some fun ides on how to help her friends get all set.....

Monday, September 8, 2014

Journaling Bible | Becky Novacek

It's Monday, thank you so much for joining us today! Do you have those friends you see online, you know the ones.. you admire their work.. their creativity seems effortless while always being on the cutting edge of AWESOMESS? That's BECKY! So imagine my surprise when she contacted me about this journaling bible wildfire we have going here!

Her pages just take my breath away EACH and EVERY time! So I was excited to see what she would do with her journaling bible!

I have always been a note taker. In school, I would have pages of notes and doodles from classes. I think it's not only because I love to learn, but also because if I'm listening to someone speak, I can't sit still and focus if I'm not engaged with my hands. Taking sermon notes is something that started when I was taking catechism class and it was a requirement. I can honestly say that when my classmates were complaining, I secretly loved it. I figured out quickly that if I wrote down key points, it stuck with me. I can still remember sermons from long ago and I doubt that would be the case if I hadn't taken notes. 

So as time has passed, I had become a little stagnant in my personal Bible study. At the beginning of 2014, I was reflecting on where I was spiritually and decided I needed to get more focused and prayed that God would give me a fresh love for His Word. I started praying each morning before I read that He would really speak to me. He was so gracious and gave me fresh insights almost daily. I started to keep a written record of these spiritual insights and it became exciting again. As I became more excited about His Word, he opened my eyes to our Pastor's teaching and how it is a gift to received such great teaching each week. He preaches the Word unapologetically and he does not water it down to make it more palatable. I think that is rare and I'm finally embracing it and learning so much. 

When I saw Shanna's initial blog post about Bible journaling, I was immediately smitten with the idea. I have basically been doing it with my doodled up sermon notes for years, but hadn't added mixed media or done it in an actual Bible, my notes were all done with a favorite black writing pen. Our Pastor has been preaching from the book of Acts for a few months now and it's been great, but rather than waiting for a new series or trying to go back and do all of the past sermons, I started with his first sermon of a 3 parts on Acts 20. This is my first official Bible journaling page and project. So be kind! I simply used watercolors, stickers, stamps, ink, scrap paper, pen and pencil. 

My approach right now, is to continue to take my sermon notes in my church bulletin and then come home and transfer it prayerfully and creatively to my Bible journal. I'm pretty open-minded about this, so in the future I may use it for my daily spiritual insights too. Right now, I'm in a busy season for photography, so for now, I plan to just use it for my notes, but maybe in the winter when it slows down, I'll change it up. I'm just happy to be able to have a way to keep these valuable notes and insights right in this Bible. 

Thank you Shanna for being so willing to share this process and encourage so many of us to make it our own! 

Thank YOU so much Becky for being willing to put your heart out there and share with all of us! It means to much!! Becky and I worked on a little printable (along a print & cut version) together. I wanted it to be in true BECKY fashion so I even had her cut a couple sayings out for you! They are my favorite!!

you can download this here 

Thank you for stopping by today! If you have any questions please
 feel free to post them below or email me at shannanoelATgmailDOTcom!


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Reflect Sunday | 9.7.14

Happy Sunday! I loved seeing everyone's reflections from last week's prompt in our facebook group  and I can't wait to see what you come up with. I am sure many of you have seen this video but I can't watch it without tearing up. There are a couple verses that come to mind when thinking about the message in this video: Genesis 2:7; Isaiah 64:8; Jeremiah 18:1-6, John 12:23-32; Romans 9:20-26; 2 Corinthians 4:7-10; 2 Timothy 2:19-2; Galatians 5:1- and a couple themes I get from this video (but it may speak differently to you!) freedom ; love ; forgiveness ; grace  ‪#‎reflectSUNDAY ‬‪#‎journalingbible‬ ‪#‎illustratedfaith‬

For those of you who have more questions about art journaling in your bible check out my other posts here. If you decide to take part in this week's reflection I would love to see your work either linked here  , on our facebook group or on instagram using hashtag #reflectSUNDAY #journlaingbible  or #illustratedfaith. Thank you so much and I hope you have an inspired day!!!