When Life Gives You Lemons..MAKE LEMONADE! {New prints}

This last spring, I went to SNAP conference (It’s a blogging conference) and heard Alex Boye sing this song. He hadn’t released it yet, but it STUCK WITH ME. I couldn’t wait until it came out on Itunes and NOW IT HAS! You can find it HERE. But the message of the song is what stuck with me.

There are so many lessons that I want to teach my kids about life. I love teaching them through words, but I mostly love teaching them through example. This is a lesson that I think EVERY KID needs to learn:

Yes, we have all heard it before, When life gives you lemons…make lemonade.

Have you had lemons? I know I have! Let’s remind our kids that lemons ARE going to come into our lives. It’s necessary for growth, for change and for improvement. Sometimes we bring those lemons on ourselves, but most times, I think they just come. BUT the lesson comes in HOW WE DEAL WITH THEM!

Let’s teach them how to MAKE LEMONADE out of them.

What does that mean? As we experience trials, road bumps, or BIG potholes in life, take a step back and look at the big picture. As we see our lemons for what they are, we can learn how we can LEARN from them..and USE them to help improve, mold and sweeten us to become better! Looking back at times in my life where I have struggled, I can see how those times have made me a more empathetic, kind, and loving person. Experiences in life  that we have, unique or not, make us and change us. How we deal with them will make us better or bitter. Let’s choose the better and teach our kids how to do the same.

I’m hanging these up in my new home to help my kids remember to make lemonade out of the lemons in their life. I’m hoping the visual reminder with stick with them. :)

You can get your own set (which will each include a 5×7 and 8×10 of each of the prints in digital form) by clicking HERE to get to my shop!

Happy Lemonade making!

 

 

 

Mom Tags Necklace {Cricut Design Star Round 2} free printable

Cricut Design Space Star

I am so excited to show you my first project today for the Cricut Design Star..ROUND 2! First of all, let me say how amazing the Cricut Explore is..I have been having so much fun playing with it for the last little bit.  Now on to the project.

Our group chose Military as the theme for the Fashion/Gear week. I have to be REALLY honest. I had to stretch my brain to think of something to do. A few days ago I was with my kids and just thinking about how much I love to have them with me all of the time. I love our time together so I thought I’d make a fun little Mom Tags Necklace (instead of Dog Tags) with my kids names on them to wear around.

You guys, this machine is amazing! I designed these mini dog tags up and cut them out, but the best thing about this machine is that I also, at the same time, had it draw the names and designs that I wanted on it. Look at how cute they are:

 I love seeing their names there and seeing them reminds me how lucky I am to be their mom.

You can see the size I made them while they are in my hand and I think they would even be cute smaller as well! And the best thing about the Explore is that you can design them in Cricut Design Space and make them any size you want!

I cut them out on a really thick and shiny silver cardstock and cut one for the back of each as well.

I glued them together and then I took a layer of clear vinyl and cut the dog tag shape out again and placed it right on top on the front and back. I finished the sides with a quick silver marker run over them and I’m just in love with how they turned out!

I also thought these could be super cute for birthday parties (think boy’s party favors) or even cute “best friends” necklaces for little girls…the possibilities are endless!

To download the Mom Tag file in SVG format, click HERE.

To download the Mom Tag file in PDF format, click below:

Mom Tags Necklace

To see more projects from my amazing group, see below:

 



Cricut Design Space Star

This is my entry for the Second Round of the Cricut Design Space Star. Even though I am not being paid for this post, there is a chance I may win a prize as part of the contest.

Printable Birthday Calendar {free printable} + 7 other amazing birthday printables

 

I always love doing these fun printables once a month with 7 other of my blogging friends! This month is all about BIRTHDAYS so I thought I’d make a fun little something so you don’t FORGET anyone’s birthday:

The directions are simple, download, print and cut and then put together any way you would like. I like clipping mine together and putting a few layers of mod podge on top to hold them all together, but you could also  sew them, bind them,etc.

Then just fill in all of your friends and family’s birthday and you will never forget again. ;)

To download the Free Printable Birthday Calendar, click on the link below:

Birthday Calendar

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and now, run over and check out these 7 other amazing birthday printables:

 

1. Whipperberry:Make this festive banner once and reuse it over and over again!
2. Eighteen25: Keep all those special birthdays in one spot with these Birthday Tracker Tags!
3. Simple As That: Add some colorful flair to your next birthday party with these 3×4 printable tags and coordinating cupcake flags, perfect toslip into a scrapbook after.
4. Paging Supermom: Print this GIANT happy birthday poster for less than $8 to help celebrate that special day!
5. Kiki and Company: Never forget another birthday again with this printable birthday calendar.
6. The Crafting Chicks: You’ll never have to search for a birthday card again with these fun cards.
7. Thirty Handmade Days: We love these simple but cheery birthday tags.
8. The Idea Room: Need a quick birthday gift? Print out these colorful and fun birthday gift tags and tie onto candy.

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