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no-fuss mini classroom valentines

Valentine’s Day is coming! Which basically means the kiddos have parties in their classrooms and get to eat massive amounts of candy hearts and pass out valentines to their classmates.

Ryan and I don’t really do Valentine’s Day – our dating anniversary is on the 15th and that has always been a special one to us so we just skip over the holiday and celebrate the next day.

I am, actually, a big fan of the holiday. My mom always made Valentine’s day special for us with little treats and notes and so Valentine’s day has always been more of a day to just tell the people you love that you love them rather than a super romantic red-long-stem-roses-fancy-dinner-out kind of celebration. It’s sweet and special and a good chance to share the love.

This year, with a handful of business projects and just as many family ones, I went the no-fuss route and ordered the kids’ classroom valentines from Minted. (Correction: I ordered the three younger kids their classroom valentines from Minted. Our oldest reminded me that passing out valentines in middle school is not a thing).

I spent way to long looking around at all the cute designs, then narrowed down my favorites to let the kids choose from.

Our 4th grader picked this wordsearch card.

crossword Our 2nd grader went the shark route (I adore these!).

fintastic Miss Kindergarten herself had a hard time picking between adorable kittens and golden hearts, but ended up picking this Bee My Valentine design and they are just darling.

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The note on the order form says that these are not big enough to mail, but I didn’t realize how perfectly tiny they are in real life! The cards and envelopes are truly mini and perfect for passing out to friends. We’ll pop a few in the mail to cousins and out of town friends and just stick them in a bigger envelope so they make it through the mail.

mini valentine The last day to order to ensure Valentine delivery is Sunday February 7th (with rush shipping) so make sure you pop over to minted asap to place your order.

How about a quick giveaway? Minted is partnering with me to give away $50 shop credit to THREE lucky winners. Yay! Click below to enter.

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Contest ends Thursday 2/5 at 5pm pacific. Good luck!

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Favorite Things Christmas Giveaway!

‘Tis officially the season.

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As you may have heard, our home is currently in the BHG Christmas Ideas Magazine (so fun!).

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I thought it would be fun to put a gift together based on what you see in the article, so I pulled together a handful of my favorite things for Christmas and I’m giving them all away!

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You’ll get a copy of the magazine, as well as some things that just make me happy (and hopefully you, too!).

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Let’s talk about a few items included in the giveaway:

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Peace On Earth 8×10 art print. This is a new one I am releasing for our Black Friday/Cyber Monday big sale (details to come later this week on how you can save big).

Three yards each of my favorite green, black and white ribbons, and lots and lots of baker’s twine.

The most luxurious cream Alpaca wool blanket from Ecuador (I’ll have more available for sale soon!).

Printed watercolor gift tags with string.

Spruce scented candle which will make your house smell like Christmas.

One striped dishtowel (my last one!).

$25 Starbucks gift card.

One large pom pom garland and one small pom pom garland.

The new She Reads Truth Advent book

Not pictured but so darling: ceramic stag head ornament.

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I’m pretty sure you will love each and every item and can’t wait to send the package to one lucky winner.

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY NOW!

Favorite Things Christmas Giveaway / enter here!

Good luck, my friends! And let the most wonderful time of the year begin!

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Black and White Striped Dish Towels + Napkins (and a giveaway!)

black and white striped dish towel / jones design company

You may have noticed in photos posted here on the blog and on Instagram that I have a slight obsession with all things black and white striped. Rugs, lamp shades, ribbon, throw blankets, and most recently, striped dish towels and cloth napkins.

black and white striped dish towel / jones design company

I found this perfect dish towel at a little shop on vacation and bought a few. I’m super picky when it comes to towels in the kitchen … they must be absorbent. It is so annoying to try to dry your hands or a dish and have the water just push around or bead up on the towel. I like one that actually soaks in the water and does it’s job. I was so hopeful that these striped cuties would also be useful towels. Thankfully, they are. Even before washing, but especially after.

Since I found what I loved, I researched the distributer and ordered a whole box. A few more for me and a bunch for you.

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While ordering, I also found the matching napkins. Big, square, soft goodness that look great dressing up the dining room table.

striped dinner napkins / jones design company

These are great for fall, but I think I can use them throughout the year embellishing with different fruits, flowers, greenery to match the season. I’m also thinking they could be turned into pillows (you know how I feel about pillows …)

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I have a set of 8 napkins leftover and would love to give them away!

Enter to win the giveaway!

 

As for the dish towels, I wish I had more to offer, but I didn’t want to go crazy with my order so I only have 28 sets of two. I’m thinking the easiest way to offer them to you is to do a sale on a first dibs basis over on Instagram.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

If we run out before you have a chance, don’t worry. I’ll try to get another order in soon, so just let me know in the comments if you’d like a set!

***UPDATE*** 

The towels sold out waaaay faster than I thought. I’ll place another order and will send them out when the shipment arrives. If you’d like a set, head to instagram and post your paypal address here

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the annoying framing saga of my new favorite artwork

Months ago I spotted the most striking watercolor birthstone artwork in the Minted catalog. The collection caught my eye and I kept coming back to it trying to decide where I could put a print or two in our house.

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I really loved all of them, as a whole set, and walked around the house looking for a blank wall that could feature 12 gem prints. Turns out, our front guest bathroom had just the wall. Blank, white, ready for art.

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The people at Minted were so kind to send the prints to me and I agreed to frame them and hang them and share how fabulous they look with all of you fine blog readers.

Well, as I mentioned, that was months ago. It has literally taken me months to get these things framed and hung and ready to share.
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So here’s how the saga went down:

The prints are 11×11 square. I could have opted to have them framed from Minted, but I envisioned a modern, streamlined, super simple gold metal frame and they don’t offer that as an option.

So I just figured I would have them framed myself.

I took the art into a local frame shop on a day when they were having a big custom framing sale. I picked out the thinnest (and I’m assuming cheapest) metal frame. The sales lady measured and typed some details into her computer and spit out a number for the 12 frames and glass and back hanging things.

You know what that quote was?

$950.

And that was with a 40% discount.

My mouth hung open and then I politely let her know that I’d be looking for another option.

I mean, I’m not the cheapest person in the world and I realize nice things cost money. But a thin metal frame with some glass should not, in my humble opinion, cost over $100. Especially when I needed 12 of them. Good grief.

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So the search began. What I wanted was an 11×11 square gold thin metal frame. And as luck would have it, that does not exist in the world.

I bought a few different frame options and wasn’t crazy about any of them.

When I found a pack of 4 12×12 album frames from Walmart for $9, I figured I would give it a try. I ordered 3 sets and when they arrived, one was damaged. So I ordered another set. One of those was cracked, too, but at that point I had a few extras so I just tossed the broken ones and kept the good ones.

The frames came in black and are the cheapest, most poorly made frames ever created. But at this point I was just wanting to get the project done, so I stuck with them. I thought about just keeping them black, but decided I really did want them gold and took them outside one day and sprayed them with my favorite gold spray paint.
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Once the frames were painted, I put the art in them. The frames are 12×12 and my art is 11×11 and the lady at the frame store told me I couldn’t have mats cut with that small of difference so I went the easy route and just mounted the art on off-white 12×12 scrapbook paper. It’s not ideal, but it looks fine.

Are you bored with my story yet? I am. The whole thing was annoying.

Anyway, I finally popped them into the frames (which was a saga in itself as two of them shattered) and hung them in a grid on the bathroom wall.

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I hung them in a tight grid with one inch in between each frame. Using a level and ruler, I marked where the nails should go and started tapping them in. It only took me 19 holes to hang 12 prints :)

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But after all the drama, they are on the wall and look beautiful. I seriously adore these prints. I love their simplicity and their detail and how they are organic and fancy at the same time.

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And the frames, while not perfect, work fine. From afar, they actually look like just what I had in mind.

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Here’s the moral of the story:

  1. If your eye is drawn to a specific piece of art, go for it.
  2. Thin metal frames from the frame shop are not cheap.
  3. Cheap frames from Walmart are inexpensive and also terribly engineered.
  4. Pushing through with this framing fiasco was worth it. The art looks great.

Thanks for reading my story and letting me rant for a moment. To reward your perseverance in getting this far, how about a chance to win $250 from Minted?! One lucky ready will win $250 and three more will win $100.

minted + jdc giveaway. 1 winner will receive $250 to Minted, 3 will win $100 each!

TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY CLICK HERE

Good luck!

*** UPDATE ***

The giveaway winners are:

Emily S.
Lindsay B.
Erica W.
Gwen L.
Congrats, ladies!
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My daily bible reading routine

I haven’t been great at opening my bible these past few years. I’ll just put that out there from the start.

The reasons are legit – my kids wake earlier than I do, I’m just so exhausted by the end of the day, I’m not part of a formal bible study so I don’t know what to read. And yet, if I truly believe that what I believe is true, then God speaks and nourishes my soul through His Word and the thing I need most in my day is connection and openness to hearing God. Which comes through opening my bible.

A little over a year ago, I discovered She Reads Truth and it has changed my daily bible reading routine.

She Reads Truth started as a small group of internet friends holding each other accountable to get into God’s Word and has turned in to the most amazing resource for women all over the world.  They offer simple bible reading plans, regular studies to work through, an app that makes following along each day super easy and optional workbooks that double as journals.

So this is what my daily bible reading looks like:

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I grab my bible (or two – I like my NIV study bible and The Voice for a different translation), my current She Reads Truth study workbook, a pen and my ipad.  I don’t have a set time, just when there is a few minutes of quiet when I can steal away to the front porch or living room couch or my bedroom. I’m learning to just tune the kids out because unless I get up very, very early, there’s just no avoiding their sweet presence in my life (do you hear a hint of sarcasm?!).

Whatever the current SRT plan is, I follow along. I like to use their app, but you can follow each study for free on their site (or get them sent to your email each day). I find that I can’t keep up with the everyday – I miss a day here or there and so I like using the app to keep track of where I left off.  This usually means I’m behind a little, but I’m okay with that.

I used to just read the scripture, read the devotion and maybe pray for a second. But my best friend challenged me to use the workbook to write down prayers, thoughts, insights and since starting that a few months ago I find I get so much more out of each day’s lesson.  It makes me pause for a little longer, forces me to write which makes me think and I’ve had such soul-satisfying times with the Lord because of taking those few extra minutes to linger. Plus, I can go back and see what He was speaking to me and how prayers have been answered and where I’m still growing.

I’m so thankful for my friends at She Reads Truth who help us busy ladies get into God’s Word.
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I asked my friend Raechel if we could do a giveaway of their newest study and she was so generous! We’re giving away a $30 store credit to FOUR lucky ladies. You can use it for the upcoming This Is The Gospel study, or any of the previous ones (may I recommend Fruit of The Spirit? I designed the art, but also the study was SO GOOD). Enter the giveaway below.

We also have a discount code for JDC readers:

Enter EMILY15 at checkout for 15% off anything in the

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