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As You Are: Self Love and Self Worth

Just got called to be on the Relief Society Activity's board, and I'm so excited cuz I've never had this calling before! It's so fun to see how each stretches me to learn and grow in different ways. I love it. I will never get tired of learning new things and wanting to become better! Anyways, for an upcoming activity, I volunteered to create a printable/handout for each of the women.  The theme is centered around love (because...FEBRUARY!...gah! is right around the corner!). I was looking around for some self worth/self love inspiration, and found a quote by Neil F. Marriott that I thought was perfect.

We as women tend to compare compare compare. Clothes, shoes, homes, cars, body parts....anything and everything. It's NOT healthy and has GOT to stop! It doesn't help that in our day and age, social media-while super awesome and used for so much good-can be such a driving factor towards these negative thoughts. Am I right?! I know I'm totally guilty of letting it "control" my day. In fact, I got so tired of this one day that I checked myself last week and thought: Why in the freak am I even following this account/person?! I let jealousy creep in, doubt creep in, and I don't feel happy. I get down on myself when I see these posts....so I unfollowed a lot of accounts that day.  This obviously doesn't just apply to social media. If something in your life is causing you extreme stress or creating negative thoughts-ditch it! Throw it out and cleanse!
"He takes us as we are and makes us more than we ever imagined."
I truly believe that when it all comes down to it, only His opinion matters. And I know He can help each of us become magnificent mothers, daughters, friends, grandmas, aunts...

I want these women and YOU to place this print in a spot you see every day. I firmly believe in the power of positivity. Seeing a simple reminder in the form of a cute, uplifting quote can brighten anyone's day! Place it on your dresser, your mirror, your fridge, even gift it to a friend. And remember that it's TRUE!

Download below:

As We Are 8x10 Print
As We Are 8.5x11 Prints (4 on a page-perfect for handouts!)

note: i had SO so much fun painting and designing this print, and the handwriting is also my own. i hope to be able to create more personal watercolor pieces like this for you!

DIY Kid Room Alphabet Wall

I've got to start off by saying that my kids share a room. We don't have a ton of space right now (we live in a 1250sqft townhome), but I wanted to make their room a little cuter/give it some more personality or whatnot. What I'm saying, is that if I can pull this off, you can too!

I had been eyeing some cute alphabet walls on Pinterest, and decided that that's what I wanted to put in the kids's room. I started by gathering letters each time I would go to Walmart. I didn't buy them all at once because I think (well, no. i KNOW) my husband would have freaked. hah. So slowly but surely I collected letters.

Then I sketched out a rough template of how I wanted the wall to look, and marked what colors to use. I decided to use the same Ocean Mist spray paint by Rust-Oleum that I had used on Tinley's kitchen for the base, and added white and gold accents because I wanted a "color-block" effect. I started spray painting these letters in my carport, back before I had Phoenix, so the weather was warmer and not so terribly cold! It's freezing now (literally like everyday), and there's no way I'd want to be doing this project now. ha ha

Starting to hang them all up...
It's going to sound way ghetto, but right now they are all just hung up with masking tape! I was nervous I wouldn't like the set up, so I used that. BUT now that it's all done, I'm happy with the end result, and will be adding a more permanent/stronger adhesive to the backs. Probably will use this heavy duty mounting tape because I have some on hand. It's great stuff.

Bronx and Tinley love it and I'm so happy because they already seem way more interested in knowing what each letter is and what sounds they make! yay! (They both can sing the alphabet song, but it's not perfect!)

Also, I was nervous for having them down so low. You know-because kids love to attack walls and such. But so far it's been up all month and hasn't been touched. By my own kids or their friends. It might have to do with the fact that this wall is partly hidden by the door that is usually always open...but that's something to consider if you are wanting to try doing this to one of your own rooms!

I always have a thousand ideas for decorating projects in my head, and for their room i'd also like to add: wall book shelves, a growth ruler, some big canvas prints, and a large wall art quote!