Chase your bliss – free printable wall art

Download this free printable wall art, and always be reminded to chase your bliss!

I recently read Meghan’s Pinterest Mom No More post, and while I’m not a mom yet, her insights really resonated with me.

These days, just about everyone is on some sort of social media platform—and it’s great to have the highlight reels of everyone we love and care about at our fingertips. But sometimes, it’s easy to get caught up in a “keeping up with the Joneses” mentality, because everything looks so pretty when its pinned or seen through the lens of a filter.

Today, I’m sharing a quote I believe really cuts through to what’s important—your own personal happiness. I created two versions, so pick whichever one you like best and display it somewhere to remind you daily to chase your bliss!

I’m a firm believer that happiness is very much a choice, and it doesn’t matter what others are doing or how they perceive you. What truly matters is what you’re doing and how you perceive you.

Recognize what truly makes you happy each day, and don’t ever take it for granted.

Download this free printable wall art, and always be reminded to chase your bliss!

Here’s to finding our inner bliss! :)

Download watercolor Bliss: 5 x 7 | 8 x 10
Download dimensional Bliss: 5 x 7 | 8 x 10

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say thanks! how to write a thank you note

Wondering how to write a thank you note? Here are 4 easy steps to help your gratitude flow.

From birthday gifts, to dinner parties, or even when someone just holds the door open for us—the world’s a much nicer place when we say “thanks.” …and it’s even nicer when we go the extra mile and give someone a thank you note.

Figuring out how to write a thank you note can be a little intimidating, but it’s much easier if you keep these four things in mind.

1. Be specific

If someone gave you a gift, tell them what you like about it, and how much you’re loving it. If you’re thanking a host, think of a specific moment, or something nice they did to make the night special, and remind them of it.

Adding details to your thank you note makes your gratitude come across as much more authentic, as opposed to just being polite.

2. Include a photo (or photos)

Nothing says “thank you” like showing visual proof of you enjoying something!

If you’re thanking someone for a gift, you could include a picture of you using it. If you’re thanking a host, you could include one more of the photos you might’ve snapped at their event.

If you’re looking for a card you can add photos to, check out these photo thank you cards and photo note cards. There are even ones that look especially great with Instagram photos! Ok. So, we’re kinda partial to these cards for obvious reasons ;)

3. Focus on your relationship

Chances are, someone did something nice for you because they care. Thank them for the nice gesture, but take this chance to just let them know how much you appreciate having them in your life.

As an added bonus, a thank you note can be a great way to connect and catch up with someone you don’t get to talk to a lot. You don’t really need an actual reason to send a thank you card. You could just thank someone for being themselves and being alive.

4. Speak from the heart

When people ask me for writing help, one big thing I notice is that people tend to try too hard to sound a certain way when they write. Unfortunately, this ends up making them sound robotic, or even fake.

If you’re writing a thank you note to a business or professional colleague, formal language might be the way to go, but if you’re writing to a friend, I always recommend just writing how you would speak in person. To me, this is the easiest way to be genuine, and I think that’s what’s most important.

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Hope these tips help you make the world a more thankful place!

If you’re looking for more grateful goodness, check out the links below.

This post features a cute story with some thankful inspiration.

And this one features free, printable thank you notes!

Thankfully,

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DIY gifts for coffee lovers {friday finds}

If you’re anything like me, coffee is one of the first things on your mind when you wake up (and after lunch to get past that 2:30 slump).

I love coffee—and I love all the fun accessories that go along with drinking coffee.

So, on one of the coldest days of the year here in Ohio, I’ve decided to warm things up with a few of my favorite coffee-related DIYs and printables. These are great ideas to make for yourself, or to give as a gift to a coffee-loving friend.

Enjoy and stay warm!

Fun DIY gifts for coffee lovers... great for yourself or for a coffee-loving friend!      Fun DIY gifts for coffee lovers... great for yourself or for a coffee-loving friend!

Fun DIY gifts for coffee lovers... great for yourself or for a coffee-loving friend!      Fun DIY gifts for coffee lovers... great for yourself or for a coffee-loving friend!

Fun DIY gifts for coffee lovers... great for yourself or for a coffee-loving friend!      Fun DIY gifts for coffee lovers... great for yourself or for a coffee-loving friend!

Fun DIY gifts for coffee lovers... great for yourself or for a coffee-loving friend!      Fun DIY gifts for coffee lovers... great for yourself or for a coffee-loving friend!

DIY gifts for coffee lovers (from top left):

Hopefully some of these will inspire you to try something new or catch up with a friend over coffee!

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DIY photo magnets — easy, inexpensive, and fun!

Getting Instagram magnets printed is a great (but potentially pricey) way to display your photos. Try this easy, inexpensive, and fun version at home!

I’ve seen these Instagram magnets all over blogs and Pinterest in the last few years (and I’ve even seen them shared on Instagram—how meta!).

I think it’s a brilliant way to get your photos off your computer or phone and have a physical copy of your favorite snapshots. (Plus, they look darling on your fridge, and, if your children are anything like mine, they’ll love scoping them out while you make dinner.)

But, when I looked up the prices, I was pretty surprised by how expensive they are.

Obviously, this was a product calling for a DIY spin, but I was even more surprised (and delighted!) by how easy and professional they turned out.

Here’s how to make your own DIY photo magnets: Read More »

Happy birthday, fellas! Birthday gifts for guys

If you’re like me, you probably have trouble finding just the right birthday gifts for guys, because every man you know is so different.

For me, there’s my dad—the man who has everything; my husband—the man who doesn’t want me to spend money on him (boo…); my best friend—the man who smells better and has a better wardrobe than me (boo again…); and my brothers—who are both too cool for school.

Well, tell the boys the jig is up, because I’ve created an amazing collection of gifts to make all  the muchachos in your life feel so very loved.

The best thing about these gifts is that they’re all so universal, but a few of them can become  personal with options like monograming (#7 & #11), or making a special playlist to listen to over their new wireless speaker (#9).

Have a peek at this handy gift guide for him, and you’ll leave any guy speechless and thinking, “wow, she totally gets me,” because you nailed it!

Enjoy and Happy Shopping!

Finding birthday gifts for guys can be tough. Here's a list to help you find the perfect gift for all the men in your life!

 

1. The Man Can – Skin care for men | 2. Watch | 3. Nespresso Time | 4. Hoodie | 5. Sriracha2Go | 6. Oakley Sunglasses | 7. iPhone 6 Case | 8. Card | 9. Bose Bluetooth Speaker | 10. Thule Bookbag | 11. Monogrammed Bottle Opener | 12. Fit Bit Charge | 13. The Northface Vest | 14. Jcrew Shirt | 15. L.L.Bean Boots | 16. Book

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Pinterest Mom No More!

One mom's story about overcoming her own expectations and finding the real beauty in innocence and childhood.

Back in December, I shared a little about our family traditions and how I’ve struggled to let go of my wedding-planner, Type A mentality.

For the past few years, we’ve let our four-year-old, Lillian, serve as our director of holiday decorating—she’s decorated our tree, picked out ridiculous snacks for Santa and dictated her holiday letter, which ended up making exactly zero sense. Hazel, our two-year-old, joined in the fun by constantly removing all of the (plastic) ornaments from the tree daily and rearranged them in anxiety-inducing clusters of madness.

Long story short, I’ve been letting two glitter-loving toddlers art direct my home.

YOU GUYS—I’M LETTING TWO GLITTER-LOVING TODDLERS ART DIRECT MY HOME.

Why am I embarking on this insane (and messy!) endeavor, you ask?

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Love colors {color mixer}

With all the talk about Valentine’s Day recently, I’m still sort of stuck on anything-and-everything-love—especially when it comes to colors. But while the warmth of all the reds and pinks is great, traditional love colors kind of leave me wanting a little more.

I love this palette because of the addition of the dark purple and bright blue–so refreshing!

Looking for something more than traditional love colors like pink and red? Freshen things up with a color palette like this one.

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Looking for more inspiration? Take a look at all our other color palettes.

Looking for the card featured in this post? Just click here :)

Valentine Crafts {friday finds}

Ready for Valentine’s Day?

We’ve already shared a handful of great ideas for Valentine’s Day here on the blog, but if you’re still struggling to find the right thing for the loves in your life, I pulled together a few projects that some amazing people are doing. I hope these Valentine crafts help you feel prepared for a day full of love!

      

      

      

      

     

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Do you have any favorite Valentine crafts? We’d love to see them!

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Thank you for being you — free mini thank you notes

Someone brighten your day? Use these free printable notes to say "thank you for being you!"

Last month Jess talked about how she’s made it her New Year’s resolution to show more gratitude toward the people in her life.

I loved this idea so much, I decided to steal it.

(I guess if you’re going to steal someone else’s idea, at least steal one that’s all about being nice to the people in your life, right?!)

Someone brighten your day? Use these free printable notes to say "thank you for being you!"

But I wanted to take things a step further than just reminding ourselves to be grateful—I wanted to put the thought into action. So, I created some mini cards I could use to show gratitude for just about anything. A way to say ‘thank you for being you.’

…and since I want all of you to join me in this, I’m sharing my designs!

Someone brighten your day? Use these free printable notes to say "thank you for being you!"

Someone brighten your day? Use these free printable notes to say "thank you for being you!"

I’ve included a black and white version, a color version, and templates for envelopes to match. You could even print them out on fun-colored paper for a nice pop!

Let’s make the world more grateful, one little note at a time :)

Click here to download your free mini thank you cards.

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Hello, February 2015 {a free desktop calendar download}

Celebrate February with this free desktop and phone wallpaper.

It’s February and love is in the air, melting away that winter chill… Yay, love!

Check out the latest additions to our Desktop Beautification Project (thanks, Melanie!), and don’t forget that Valentine’s Day is on a Saturday this year :)

Celebrate February with this free desktop and phone wallpaper.

February 2015 Calendar

2560 x 1440 // 1680 x 1050 // 1440 x 900 // 1280 x 800 // phone

For help on how to install, click here.