First Day of 3rd Grade | Real Life Stories

October 20, 2016

Finally back to scrapbooking! It's been a long time coming. Right after we moved into our house, I ordered over 100 pictures from our spring and summer adventures. I have lots of backlog from years of time off, but I decided to start with current and fill in when & where I can. What better way to start then scrapbooking the first day of school.

Zoe's first day of school this year was unique. I hope and pray that this is the only year we start school living in a hotel. Yes these picture were taken outside the front of our hotel with lots of people walking in and out. The story isn't my favorite, in fact after I dropped her off, I cried. I cried because I missed Texas, I wanted her to have a "normal" first day and I cried because I thought that her starting school would make everything normal, but it didn't. 

Despite my own feelings and insecurities, Zoe had a great day! She came home regaling me with all the names of her new friends and showing me her new planner. 

Since this particular story involved my own tale of ugly crying, I didn't really want the journaling front and center. I used a 3x4 journaling card and a plastic tab to hide the story.

Some stories are harder than others to tell. This one was hard for me. It was a reminder of those frustrating feelings I felt as a mother. All my worry and stress rolled into one scrapbook page. But, it was important for me to write down my true feelings because one day Zoe will read those words, maybe in a year, maybe in a few years, and maybe when she has children of her own. When she reads those words she will see how much I cared, how much I worried, and how everything turned out okay.

This story is more than just pictures of the first day of school, and that's just one of the reasons I love scrapbooking so much.

Where do you write down your stories? A journal, scrapbook pages, twitter?


Halloween Mantle | Easy Holiday Decor

October 18, 2016

Halloween has been sneaking up on me. Between moving into our house, starting a new job, unpacking and travelling, my time for holiday decorating has been limited.

This is the first house we have had a legitimate mantle to decorate and I've been so excited to build an eclectic group of pieces to reside here. With moving comes the purchase and re-purchase of lots of things, leaving my budget for holiday decor, small, and kind of sad. 

I was determined to create a fun mantle without dropping $$$. Using many pieces I already had, I created this mantle for less than $20! 

My only new purchases were as follows:
  • spider webbing and spiders - $2
  • Heidi Swapp Marquee Pumpkin - $5
  • Eyeball gumballs - $2
  • White pumpkins - $6
  • Owl ornament - $2

 The candlesticks, books, clipboard calendar, frames, Lindsey Letters print, and glass bottles, I already had. This mantle will transition into my Thanksgiving mantle using many of the same pieces.

The only item I made was the foil sugar skull print using my Minc foil. I found the free PDF here. Alexis of Persia Lou has a great tutorial for this over on her blog here.

Do you have a place in your house where you decorate for the seasons?

I get to have two Christmas tress this year, and a bet I'm excited!


Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce | Quick & Easy Recipes

October 17, 2016

Hello friends!

This post will be short and sweet. I wanted to share my easy recipe for Pumpkin Alfredo sauce. It's the perfect base for any pasta dish and the mix-ins are endless! I chopped up some left-over chicken kabobs and wilted some spinach. It was delicious.

Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce
  • 1 can of pumpkin
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2-1 cup milk
  • salt and pepper, to tase
  • 4 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
  • 3-5 sage leaves (finely chopped)
  • sprinkle of dried rosemary
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 
Saute garlic, sage and rosemary in olive oil. When fragrant, mix in pumpkin and cream. Stir on medium low heat. Add milk slowly while stirring, until desired consistency is reached. Mix in Parmesan cheese. Stir until melted. Serve over hot pasta. Enjoy!

Holly & Co.

Candy Coated Ombre Planner Stickers | Free Printable

September 16, 2016

I've been using The Happy Planner for almost a year now and I love it! It wasn't until recently that I discovered the amazing world on planner stickers!

I finally got some sticker paper to try them out, and it's safe to say, I'm addicted. 

After spending the morning in Illustrator, and a couple YouTube videos later...I made some of my own. 

Holly & Company

Here they are in action. I positioned the stickers back to back, increasing in intensity, but there are a ton of different ways you could pattern them.

Holly & Company

I'm really excited about making more planner stickers, for myself and for everyone else. If you are looking for any specific kind of stickers, let me know in the comments.

Don't forget to follow me my Planner Pinterest board for more great printables.


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