Archive | May, 2013

three really good reasons to not get a dog


Atlas, the labradoodle, joined our family this past christmas.

Since then, I’ve learned a thing or two about having a dog. Here’s what I’ve discovered: there are three very good reasons not to get a dog.


I mean, this one is pretty obvious. Dogs are animals and by default that means they are not overly concerned with wiping muddy paws before coming inside and relieving themselves in discrete locations. And they shed. Oh, the hair! We thought we were safe with our choice of a labradoodle, but come to find out, the non-shedding factor is as unpredictable as the weather. We bought a shedder.



Each night after wrestling the kids into jammies, brushing their teeth, reading books, saying prayers, tucking them in, I come downstairs to a pup who thinks it’s his turn for some attention. So we play fetch and I rub his belly and give him a treat and within seconds of turning on the tv or sitting down at the computer or opening a book, he is in my face or on my lap asking for more. He needs walks even when it’s raining and playtime even when you’re tired and it doesn’t matter if you’ve been playing tug-o-war with him for an hour – he’ll still want more.



First you buy the dog. Then you buy the dog some stuff {toys, dog bed, food}. Then the dog destroys the toy and chews up his bed and needs fancier food for his sensitive stomach and you spend more money. Then you go on a vacation and pay to board the dog. But you feel bad and so you spend a little extra so he can have some special doggy play time during his lodging stay. He needs grooming and vaccinations and a new leash because he chewed through it and a bigger collar because he grows like a weed. He costs a lot of money.



There is something so right about having a dog in our family.

Atlas is inconvenient; he’s messy and needy and costs money I could find of 384 other ways to spend, but we really can’t imagine not having this sweet puppy in our lives.


He is cute. He is fun. He makes us laugh. He licks up crumbs. He is happy to see us. He is loyal. He is part of our family.

So, even though there are three really good reasons why you should not get a dog, there are even more reasons why you should.

But maybe try to find a non-shedder.

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the laundry room is finished

My once boring laundry room is now a bright and organized space that I can’t wait to show you.

If you’ve miss any laundry room redo posts, I started with this as the inspiration, then painted the cabinets white {that made a huge difference!} and used gift wrap as wallpaper. Next I added a bunch of favorite art to the long wall opposite the washer/dryer.  The final two steps were to hang the hand-me-down chandelier {originally from home depot, but given to me by my sister & brother-in-law} and install the shelves between the two cabinets.


I am proud to say that every single upgrade done in this room was tackled by me. I probably could have had Ryan install the light and shelves, but I’m learning that sometimes it feels really good to try something new and gain confidence in my DIY abilities. Thankfully, I did not shock myself or drill unnecessary holes in the wall. And so far the light works and the shelves and their contents have not come tumbling down. Success.

So would you like to see my new favorite room in our house? Be prepared for an onslaught of photos because I’m kinda proud of this space.






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  laundry-room-budget Not too bad for a complete transformation for our laundry room.

The best part is: I now love being in this space which will hopefully translate into loving the chore of laundry.

sources rug: west elm
chandelier: discontinued, here’s a similar one
wallpaper: paper source
wallpaper paste: amazon
knobs: etsy
cabinet & shelf paint color: du jour by valspar
shelf brackets: ikea ekby stilig bracket
shelves: home depot wood planks
laundry hamper & striped basket: the container store
butterfly poster: ikea

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Today we celebrate the US soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Today families of those fallen soldiers grieve and celebrate their loved ones’ lives.

Because of them, today we are free.

Because of them, today we are grateful.

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stylish and functional paper goods + cute wrapping for giftcards

Because we all need a little motivation to keep organized and simple ways to be creative, each month I design a stylish collection of printable papergoods for JDC | monthly members.

envelopes-for-cash-and-gift-cards       scripture-and-shopping

The month of June has a subtle vintage feel with banners, silhouettes and a mix of patterns.


Having a cohesive suite of calendars/lists/note cards helps keep life organized in a stylish way.

As always, here’s what’s included:

* monthly calendar
* weekly calendar
* menu calendars
* chore charts
* shopping list
* grocery lists
* note cards
* scripture memory cards
* art print
* a project tutorial with printable templates

You simply download the pdf, print on your favorite paper and fill in the details.


Summertime means slowing down, less scheduling, a more laid back day-to-day.  Even still, our calendar is essential to keep things straight in our household. While we don’t have regular school and sports and lessons, we do have vacations, swim, playdates with friends, neighborhood BBQ’s. Our days are more laid back, yes, but certainly just as full.

Our project for this month are these cute envelopes.


With all of the graduations, baby showers, parties this time of year {plus Father’s Day!} you may find yourself gifting cash or gift cards. While the gift itself may not be super original, you can always present it in a pretty way. There are two different templates for creating these envelopes and all six patterns. Simply fold and glue the envelope, insert the cash or gift card {who doesn’t love this gift!} and embellish. Oh, so easy and also cute.

And, as with every month, I design a special art print to fit the theme.

This time around it’s a summer list – a fun way to jot down 20 things you want to do this summer with your family. Post it somewhere visible and check them off as you make memories.


I would love for you to be part of JDC | Monthly and enjoy all of these goodies! The cost is $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!


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.


start your month off in style and sign up today!

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solution to kitchen counter clutter

No matter how hard I try, the kitchen counter just seems to collect clutter.


Paperwork, receipts, mail, sunglasses, random toys, cords, ipads, phones … it all accumulates right here.


Ryan suggested that we find some sort of organizer to sort this mess.

Then he went to the thrift store and found this beauty:


He totally inherited his mom’s knack for finding good things in the midst of junk.

The 70′s wood grain side panels were a bit much, so I took it outside and sprayed the whole thing green – partially because it is a fun color, partially because it was all we had.



I’m not always a great spraypainter, but this one actually turned out great. The key is making sure there is no dust or dirt on the item, shaking the can for a long time, then spraying one pass at a time, releasing the spray nozzle each time. I did several light coats {letting each one dry for a few minutes} and it came out smooth and without major drip marks.

Now here it sits on the kitchen counter, organizing all of that kitchen counter clutter.


I’m not sure if that basket will stay, and I will probably tire of the green and spray it white, but for now it serves its purpose of corralling the clutter.


The random paperwork, receipts, cords, sunglasses are all still there, they’re just a bit more organized.


If you can’t find a funky 70′s metal organizer with faux wood stickers on the sides at your local thrift store, I have found a few great options available online:


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Here’s to practical solutions for the inevitable clutter.

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