Archive | January, 2013

how do i love thee? {a fun diy with free printable}

While perusing pinterest, I came across an idea for loving your kids in the month of february. Each day, you cut out a heart, write something you love about the child and tape it to their bedroom door. Each morning, they wake up and feel extra loved as they embark on their day. Cute idea, right?

I couldn’t leave well enough alone, so I’ve gone and created my own hearts playing off the lovely poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.


There is a numbered heart for each day until valentine’s day.


I’ll show you how I made mine.

You’ll need:


:: printable hearts {download below}

:: assorted scrapbook paper {or plain white is fine too}

:: scissors

:: stamps or pens to write sentiments

:: glitter if you’d like to embellish

:: a long ribbon to hang

STEP ONE: print template on assorted paper and trim around dotted lines


I’ll be doing this for four kids, so I printed several different pages on different paper


STEP TWO: write {or stamp} something you love about your husband/child/friend/yourself



STEP THREE: hang ribbon from top of door {embellish if you wish}


STEP FOUR: each day, add a new heart {attach with double stick tape}


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I’m really excited to do this for the kids this year. I don’t always do a great job celebrating each one for their individual qualities and so not only will it be special for them to hear, but it will be really great for me to think about.

If you’d like to make a love banner of your own, feel free to download the template below.






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laundry room idea board

Like most large households, ours produces a massive amount of laundry. And like most moms, doing that laundry is far from my favorite task.

I have found in my limited research that most laundry-doers fall into one of these categories:

1. you are forced to do laundry when you realize the kids are out of underwear. You have laundry-palooza and wash/dry/fold/put away 83 loads in one day.

. . . or . . .

2. you wash and dry as things get dirty, but are left with wrinkly clothes that sit mounded in baskets/your guest bed/your floor for days {or sometimes weeks} on end.  When the mountain can get no larger {or the kids complain that they can’t find any clean underwear} you spend four hours folding in front of some highly intelligent tv show like the Bachelor or Housewives of BH.

Am I right?

Unless you are my mom and find great joy in doing laundry and search the house for things that might possibly need washing just so you can do another load.

I’m not kidding. She’s crazy. In a good way.

Anyway …

I’m ready to change my ways and be a little more like my mama. Or at least reduce the elevation of my weekly mountains.

Most people would create a schedule or system to make things easier, or enlist their children to help. Not me. When in doubt, I redecorate.

Let me explain …

Here’s what my laundry room looks like today:


It’s a nice enough space – long and skinny, but plenty of room to move around. It’s light, conveniently located in our house {upstairs} and we bought a new washer & dryer last year that we are very happy with {top loading washer}.


The cabinets are reused from our kitchen {ugliest finish ever}, the laundry bins are random rubbermaid totes, and the wire shelf holds clutter. Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful for a clean, functional laundry room with plenty of storage {the washer was on our back porch in our old house and I was too scared of rodents to go out there half the time}, but I’m thinking that maybe if it was functional AND pretty, I would be more interested in spending time in the room. It may be a faulty theory, but I’m going to give it a shot.

Here’s what I’m thinking:


1. It all started with the rug. West Elm was having a rug sale and I just couldn’t pass this one up. While I usually steer clear from bold color, the laundry room seems like the perfect place to go for it.

2. Next came the idea to paper the back wall using my favorite gift wrap. I did this technique in the nursery, so I figured it would work again in here.

3. The butterfly print is from IKEA – it tones down the color while still being a pretty focal point. I’m thinking it will go along the left wall.

4. I will for sure paint the cabinets white and would like to replace the wire shelf with one or two wood ones. I still have to think about the hanging-clothes issue.

5. The chippy dresser will stay for now. I have no other place for it and actually think it could work in the room once everything else is looking good.

6. Time to upgrade from rubbermaid totes for dirty laundry bins – the cute gingham ones will come in the mail this week. Not sure what the material is like, but hoping they will work.

7. Let’s talk about that striped bin. Is it not the cutest? Also coming this week and very excited.

So that’s the plan. I’ll keep you posted …


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keeping organized in the month of love

February is a busy month for our family. Three out of six of us have birthdays, Ryan and I celebrate our dating anniversary {I know, that’s dorky. But we dated for so long before we were married, it is almost more special than our wedding anniversary}, there’s valentine’s day, school events and a few weekend trips {we do what we can to make it through this  dreary pacific northwest winter!}.

Needless to say, organization in the month of February is a must.

Organization that is easy to use and cute to look at is a big bonus.

JDC | Monthly was created as a way to help simplify and organize life in a stylish way. This month I’ll be using every . single . item {except maybe the daily menu because its all I can do to create a dinner plan – adding in a breakfast and lunch schedule would push me over the edge}.

This February, I played with hearts and arrows. It’s pretty cute, if I do say so myself.


The collection includes:



Every month I also show how to create a simple project. This month, we’ll make this festive tassel banner:


So fun to decorate for valentine’s day and birthday parties.

You will also receive a limited edition printable art print.


And maybe my favorite this month are these sweet valentine love notes.


Leave them around the house, slip them into your child’s lunch box or use them as gift tags.


JDC | Monthly is an incredible value at $9.99 per month and your first month is free.

You are welcome to give it a try. If it’s not the right fit, you can cancel at any time.

Plus, all JDC | Monthly members receive 50% off all printables in the shop.


Make your month organized and become a JDC | Monthly member!

Click the button below to sign up:




When you sign up you will be directed to the current month’s link immediately. Billing is done on a 30 day cycle {so if you join on the 15th, you will be billed the following month on the 15th}. On the 22nd of each month, you will receive an email with the link to download the collection of pdfs, as well as the project tutorial.

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P.S. If you are already a member, your February link was emailed to you on the 22nd. If you need any help please let us know.

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walk in love

This new art print has been in my imagination for some time. I was waiting until I had just the right message to go with it and the creative inspiration to get it out on paper. That time came a few days ago – when the house was quiet {three in school, daddy sick in bed, little miss busy with a sticker book} and my bible open.


This is what I read:

It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us. And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another. And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.
2 John 1:4-6

I love that it is written to a woman {most likely a reference to a certain ancient church, but, whatever}, love that it includes children, and love that it boils the Christian faith down to the most basic requirement – to love one another.

But something else really struck me.

We live in a time where love is a word we just throw out {I just did a few times up there} to describe how we feel about something.

“I love this song”

“I love that color”

“I love your shoes”

We say it all the time. And we probably mean it. There is a lot to love in the world.

This scripture takes it a step further. Love, yes. But also walk in love.


It’s not just a matter of saying you love it. It’s in the actual doing {the walking} when love makes a difference.


I put the new print on our entry table. When we pass it, I hope it reminds us as we come and go to remember our ultimate purpose: to love.


What that looks like, I’m not certain. Maybe some days it means having a little more patience in how I interact with my kids. Or maybe it’s taking the time to stop and talk with the chatty neighbor lady down the street {even though I have things to do and places to be}. Maybe it’s writing that thank you note or smiling at the straight-faced bus driver.


All simple things, really. None requiring much more than a few extra minutes and some thoughtfulness.

 The best part of it all is that it doesn’t matter what’s on our feet – high heels or flats, boots or barefoot – we can all walk in love.




This print is a new favorite of mine and I hope you love it as well.

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a joyfolie discount for jdc readers

Are you a shoe girl? Or have a little girl in your life who is?

If so, you will love Joyfolie. Each season, Jessica {the designer and entrepreneur behind joyfolie} comes up with the most gorgeous new styles.  Here are a few of her wintery looks:


The Eloise for women and Ellie for little girls.

joyfolie girls

Darling, right?

You can grab a pair {or two} for 30% off this week only with an exclusive JDC discount code.



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