Posts Tagged ‘Crafts & Celebrations’

Amy’s Notebook 10.10.18

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

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Tips for creating a spa-worthy bath in the comfort of your own home.

I would add these mixed with this and the best thing since sliced bread to this list.

I love this idea to make a sick day care kit for your home.

12 ways to be more productive– boy, do I need to read these!

Cheap and easy ways to feel better about the home you are in.

Planning to take a holiday family photo? This post has some wonderful ideas for nailing your coordinated outfits.

How to talk to the women in your life right now.

Wanting to declutter? These printables look like just the ticket.

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Love this textured wreath for fall.

Speaking of wreaths, this wreath is my ALL-TIME favorite.

Oh, now this is a smart idea for an app. Loud places are a pet peeve of mine.

A short & sweet list of books to add to your fall stack.

This is what I’m reading this week and I am BLOWN AWAY. Could highlight the whole book, honestly.

Restock alert: these are back and they are as awesome as can be.

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How fun is this adorably easy spider garland?

The art of Japanese funeral floral arrangements. How gorgeous!

The funny small things we avoid spending money on. I had to laugh because it is true.

What Americans say vs. what they mean. Again, SO TRUE.

Wanting to add a backyard fire pit? This is such a great tutorial.

I had no idea she was such a bookworm. What a stack!

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Amy’s Notebook 10.03.18

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

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Korean beef nachos? I’m IN!!

14 simple ways to decorate your home for fall.

Adding this dip to our next board game night plans.

A very simple rule for living. Love this!

What will you do when you age.

This was your favorite purchase in this week’s small-budget crushes. So cute!

Famous writers and their cats. This just makes me happy!

The best scary movies to watch in October. YASSS! #favoriteseason

What a creative idea- how to make a mental health shelf.

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How to print large images for a gallery wall. I love this!

17 unpopular things people with chronic illnesses do. So true.

I can’t wait to hear what you have been reading from this list!

9 books to renew your activism if you’re feeling hopeless right now.

One of the best post I have seen on making the post of small space homes.

I adore the bow on the back of this.

This piece was fascinating. Since we live in a small town, I have always been curious about these places.

I want to diy a blanket ladder for our house.

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Love this free printable autumn to-do list.

Planning to mix up some of these blends for my diffuser for fall.

I’m reading this book and loving it right now.

I’m wowed by these libraries from around the world.

I have some lanterns in my garage that I need to put to work for fall.

Speaking of diffusers, I love this inexpensive one that I use.

20 easy fall outfits.

Screenless Saturdays– something to think about.

Time & money wasters– these are both categories that I could use some work on.

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Amy’s Notebook 09.06.18

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

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I can’t wait to use this smoothie planner to make some fresh smoothie combos for our mornings.

This post really hit home, kids are so busy these days.

Want to learn the secret to aging more gracefully?  Looks like this might be it.

7 books to read before they become movies.

13 reasons why libraries are holding us together.

Remember, negativity is contagious.

Ten style tips for September.

Trust me, buy these.

And these.

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Give me all the hummus. Holy heck, this recipe looks fabulous!

I can’t recommend this fun audiobook enough. I have been, truly, laughing out loud.

We don’t talk enough about anxiety after happiness.

Oh, how I loved this piece on the un-celebrity President– cried my eyes out at how sweet this was. Such a treat that he was in our town on a project here too!

Speaking of my little town, this piece on our amazing mayor was so compelling.

Do these 5 things for a great school morning routine. Loved the intention idea!

Adding this to my fall wish list.

Yo, who knew Missy had a sister? This made me laugh SO HARD. (not for kids!)

Dreaming about the fall capsule wardrobe and love this advice on creating your own wardrobe and this inspiration for a french capsule wardrobe.

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Adding this matcha mint pie to our dessert rotation.

Have you ever been ghosted by a friend? This post was such a good read.

This is going to be me someday– hahaha!

These were your favorites this week. I don’t blame you one bit.

An exquisitely designed home made wheelchair accessible.

Reading and adoring this book this week.

Your kids don’t just learn diversity, they live in diversity. So much yes. This is why we made our school choices that we did.

I signed up for this social media challenge this month.

When a friend is diagnosed with cancer. This is such beautiful advice.

Did you know when your self-esteem peaks? So much fun to look forward to!

Maybe your sleep problem isn’t a problem.

Love this idea to do a chore audit with your partner.

52 best true crime podcasts to listen to. What a list!

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Amy’s Notebook 07.26.18

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

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These crocheted popsicle holders are such a useful and smart way to stash bust that yarn.

I talk a lot about my tiny house dreams so this article opened my eyes to tiny house living that I would not have thought of.

Wowed by this home makeover. It’s amazing how paint can transform the interior of a home.

Trying to get more out of your hydration routines? This post has me dreaming of some new ingredient additions.

How did I not realize that they were doing this? What a fun way to try a few new things and add some new additions for my next vaca.

I’m enjoying this delicious summer thriller right now.

The problem with relying upon our possessions to save us. Yes.

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Love this easy tutorial for adding a bra to all those summer strappy jumpsuits and dresses this year.

I’m bookmarking these sleep apps for my next night of insomnia.

This was your top purchase this month and this was your favorite purchase this week. #smartladies

This is a beautiful piece on making peace with one’s body as it changes (no matter where we are at).

This book is in my earbuds this week. It’s beautiful and heartbreaking.

I love learning about what it is like to parent in other countries.

Working your digital habits? I’m loving this list of tips to be more intentional.

A simple wake-up call for the real you.

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What an adorable baby shower cake topper? I’m in love!

This is going on my menu plan for the week. Can summer never end?

Struggling with assigning responsibilities to your teens? I love this chore list as a great starting place.

To get your kid moving, walk out the door. Boom.

Looking add more skirts to your wardrobe? I think you will find these skirt styling tips helpful.

The ancient rite of complaining about how busy you are at work. Hahaha!

This week’s album pick while you are browsing:

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Amy’s Notebook 07.12.18

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

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I would have never thought to use removable wallpaper to glam up an old table. I’m so inspired!

No more fake cheese or fake friends. YES!

Overwhelmed with the news and headlines? Read this advice!

I love reading about how people have embraced their small space.

This is a summer reading list for the whole family. I can’t wait to check a few of these books out.

Speaking of books, I’m reading (and loving) this book this week.

This is hilarious.

This makes me so happy.

Did someone say happy? Read this article and get happier.

How to treat cracked heels. Yeah…I need to spend some time on this.

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Have an abundance of cherry tomatoes in your garden? This pasta recipe looks like a great way to put them to work in the kitchen!

I’ll be brief about the Nordstrom sale: these would be a great staple, if you need a weather-resistant jacket, I like the flattering cut on this, can’t believe the price on these, and this is a capsule wardrobe must-have.

How to diy all those jean trends we are seeing this season.

5 ways to get energized if you didn’t get enough sleep. Using these tips this morning- zzzz!

Speaking of sleep, I’m going to give some of these relaxing evening routines a spin. I’m in a bad check-your-phone-before-bed habit.

Confused about IGTV? I found this really helpful.

When brands use plus-size women in their ads, but actually don’t carry plus-size clothing. Getting all the brownie points without the work.

I love this advice on ways to really simplify your life.

Trying to read more nonfiction? This list might be just the ticket.

“Seeing your needs is the first step. Understanding your needs is the second.” A beautiful reminder on the importance of self-care as mothers.

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Turn old tees into tote bags with this tutorial. This would be a fun craft for tweens!

Trying to beat the heat? Try this life hack.

How to pray (even when you’re mad at God).

I take this little speaker everywhere while we have traveled this summer.

My fiddle leaf fig is still humming along, but I’m curious about this method for getting it to really take off.

This book is in my earbuds and it is hot, hot, hot!

Speaking of audiobooks, check out this deal!!

It’s wild how much exterior paint can completely change a home.

20 Keto recipes you can make-ahead!

This was my reaction too.

This week’s album I’m enjoying:

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Amy’s Notebook 05.09.18

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

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If you haven’t seen this music video, I encourage you to watch it (HSP’s beware! This is very violent because it is about gun violence- not safe for young kids). I could talk about this video all day long because it is so compelling.  I found this piece on why the dancing makes us so uncomfortable and it gave me even more to chew on. Don’t really understand the meaning behind it? This piece also gave me some food for thought about the symbolism in each element of this piece of art.

How to talk about racism in classic children’s books.

Need some more podcasts to listen to? This list might help you!

After all the traveling I’ve been doing, these tips for cleaning your suitcase came just in time.

6 surprising facts about rosé you may not know.

The opposite of more isn’t less…it is ENOUGH. Wow, this really spoke to my heart!

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I just got home from a work conference and every convo seemed to gravitate towards this. This post is my daily struggle to cultivate a authentic space on the internet while still paying my bills. Does the perfect balance even exist anymore?

This $700 kitchen makeover is simply gorgeous.

11 common housekeeping mistakes– so much good info here!

Well, here is a way to use Siri that I had never thought of.

I switched from coffee to this and it works AMAZINGLY well. Whoever invented time-released caffeine is a genius. It’s really minimizing my acid reflux issues by cutting down on my coffee.

I am obsessed with season 2 of this show. Can we talk about the music too because dannngggg! So good! Here is a Spotify playlist for ya.

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I’m a sucker for yarn tassels and love this giant tassel wall hanging craft.

How cute is this? Good news- this week buy one, get one 50% off on dresses this week.

While you are stocking up, consider eliminating these 7 items from your closet.

Eating Paleo? This nacho cheese recipe might help you get your nacho fix on.

I’m hoping to up my houseplant game after I’m done traveling this month.

Bookmarking these gorgeous summer entertaining tips.

Kanye’s commentary on slavery being a choice has opened up a bigger discussion. Ta-Nehisi Coates has written a powerful piece surrounding privilege, fame, race, and the isolation that happens when we detach from the real world.

Here is what I’m reading this week. Did I mention it is only $2 and really good? Snag it!

I love guacamole and am so intrigued by this secret ingredient addition.

I need to mix some of this up for my next self-care night.

Today’s song selection for your notebook browsing-

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Amy’s Notebook 04.19.18

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

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How cute is this free printable for your home? These sentiments match my personality perfectly.

Teeth whitening treatments aren’t cheap. Loving this diy version made from all natural ingredients!

Oof. I do this a lot and needed this reminder.

Here are ten easy things you can do in a weekend to update your space.

This site always has the best teacher appreciation gift ideas. Looking for more? Check out this sweet idea or this one (it was a huge hit!) or even this. Yeah, we really love our teachers!

I’m so ready to put together my spring capsule wardrobe. These spring outfit combos are really inspiring.

Be sure to check out this list of books recommended by 22 ambassadors that they encourage you to read before visiting their country.

If you are white and struggling with empathy on the topic of these shootings, give this exercise listed a try. #eyeopener

Here are nine plants that will help you get better sleep. I am becoming quite the houseplant addict!

Some exciting developments are happening at ALDI. Woot, woot!

I’d really like to make this switch.

Not sure how many of you craft, but Craftsy is offering unlimited courses for two weeks for one dollar. Pretty sweet!

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Freshening up your bedroom for Spring? Check out these bedroom styling tips for some inspo.

Since I have been seeing a TMJ specialist, these exercises for relieving jaw & neck tension are so up my alley!

I am going to have to add this to my carry-on bag when I’m traveling and steal one of these the next time I’m staying at a hotel.

I am swooning over this new line.

Looking for a new morning devotional to dive into? Check out this list.

I’m so happy to see this lady back to blogging again and peeking at her favorite books.

Bookmarking this list of best-of television shows for my next lazy day.

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Turn placemats into a cute jute and leather tote. ADORABLE!

I finished this book this week and was blown away.

Thinking about making a purchase? This simple list of six questions might guide your decision.

I’m feeling like my kids are starting to develop some allergies towards us so this read was reassuring.

Here are four classes to revive your side hustle. Who couldn’t use a little help with that?

I can’t stop laughing. I am TERRIFIED of birds. Seriously. Also, if you haven’t read this interview, you really should (and read the book).

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This one-pot Moroccan Lemon Chicken recipe looks like a weeknight winner.

I found this piece to be really compelling about the pluses and minuses of building your following on Instagram. On a very small scale, I get this.

This gorgeous basic top is on my spring capsule wardrobe agenda.

I’m also eyeing this classic piece.

What if your kiddos could rewrite the house rules. This was such a fun piece!

This week’s album share below! Happy listening!

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Amy’s Notebook 03.28.18

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

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Download this free Instant Pot Cheat Sheet for your kitchen.

Speaking of the Instant Pot, this dish is going a little bonkers on Pinterest (and it couldn’t be easier!).

This piece on class anxiety within a family was really compelling. That idea of, “too much happy,” troubles me too. Is there such a thing?

13 brand new books to read in April.

After spending a couple of days in the airport last week, I CAN’T STOP LAUGHING.

4 things we think we need today, but won’t matter in the long run. So much yes!

I’m curious about this reboot and like that they stayed true to character development. I’ll be tuning in!

Amazon skincare products with a cult following. I am going to have to give a few of these a spin!

This speech was heartbreakingly beautiful.

I also found this article quite compelling. This next generation inspires me in so many ways!

Hopping on the plant trend for your home? Here are 14 that are potentially harmful to your pets.

Speaking of books, I stayed up way to late last night with this one. It’s so good! (all my book reviews on Fri-yay!)

Wondering how Marie Kondo does it? Take a peek at her typical day. I’m loving the spreadsheet idea!

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Sconces without any hardwiring? WHAT?! Genius.

I love these ideas for putting your clutter to work.

My cow game extracted your Facebook data.

Being authentic is so important to me. I love seeing this list of traits on how to spot an authentic person.

Here are 15 ways to save on a home renovation.

I’m crazy about this woman’s work and I absolutely loved this piece on her.

Untouchable days sound like a productivity game-changer.

It was a good mail day on Monday.

How do you organize your bookcase? I’m a colored spine girl these day and this made me laugh.

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Switch out those plugins with this smart essential oil hack.

What happens when you stop wearing deodorant– so interesting!

What a delicious way to use up leftover rice.

This is on my spring break plans list….please scare the crap out of me, Netflix!

I’m trying to savor this book.

The top sale this month wasn’t even something I planned to promote (just a pic in my IG feed). I hope you love your small homes as much as me!

Like your chicken skin crispy? Who knew you had the tool to achieve it already in your house.

As I prep my spring capsule, I found this piece to be really helpful on the closet cleanout process.

I added this addition to my smoothie routine and I’m so surprised how much a tablespoon of this helps keep me full during the day. Here is my make-ahead slant on my smoothie game.

This week’s album share below! Even if you hate country, (*raises hand*) this artist is an absolute treat.

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Amy’s Notebook 01.17.17

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

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This kimchi fried rice looks like a fun way to spice up a tired lunch routine.

The blow dry mistakes you might be making (and how to fix them).

This diy waterfall countertop made from $90 in supplies is a genius idea for your laundry room.

4 things you need to know about digital detox.

These blankets look perfect for these chilly days.

Wow, I learned so much from this interview with the bra whisperer.

How adorable is this vision board party! This looks like the perfect day with girlfriends.

Working on productivity? Here are 12 productivity books from 2017 to get you started on changing your mindset.

Be sure to say what you mean to say. A good reminder!

I donated my birthday this year on Facebook– it is such a fun way to give back to the organizations we care most about!

This financial advice is so, so good that I may have read it twice.

Observations from being a selfish mom for a week.

Ohhh, this beef stroganoff soup looks like a pressure cooker winner.

This technique for perfectly cooked chicken breasts is going to be tested in our house. Dealing with frozen chicken? I use this strategy weekly.

I’m all over this ramen recipe.

Do you have enough white space in your daily routines? I want to work on a well-designed day.

This might be a little *too* extra– hahaha!

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New strategies for home organization– I would have never thought to divide pantry shelves by meals- so smart!

This post also offers some smart and affordable pantry storage solutions.

Excited to dig into this book this week!

This has some great advice if you are parenting and in the creative industry.

I may have laughed until I cried when I saw these.

Not getting good sleep? This article might provide an answer for you about what’s going on.

This really moved me. I’m not ashamed to say it made me cry and acknowledge my own struggles with this role.

Since I’m crying, let’s just ugly cry about this.

While we are ugly crying together (right?!?), this display of compassion really moved me too. Could you do it?

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How cute are these DIY Clay Barrettes? This would be a fun craft to do with my girl!

I bought a houseplant (you can peek at her over here), and am loving seeing the plant trends for the upcoming year.

These dusting hacks are awesome for tidying up your home.

This idea for anti-resolutions is such a fun way to celebrate accomplishments instead of focusing on what you didn’t do.

Had no clue you can make your own vegetarian meat for recipes. I’m going to have to try this!

This detox chicken soup looks like a great way to get your diet back on track after a trip.

Some language in this, but this response to someone who wants to find out how to overcome their laziness is just everything.

I love oatmeal in the morning so I’ll have to try this oatmeal technique. Looking for a bigger batch? I LOVE this recipe!

How to nail a crispy chickpeas snack– love the spice ideas too.

Welcome to the age of abundance.

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Amy’s Notebook 01.03.18

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

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I’ll have to stash bust some yarn with this diy wool dryer balls tutorial.

This new year glow smoothie bowl looks like a great way to start the day- love the matcha powder addition in this one! More of a smoothie in a cup kind of person? This detox smoothie looks amazing too.

I am so inspired by this #40by40 list– maybe I can try a #41by41 instead!

Trying to save more money this year? These are some fantastic strategies for saving 30% of your income in the new year.

Timberlake fans are rejoicing about this news– woot, woot!

I just got this book and can’t wait to dig in today.

Speaking of books, here are the best books we might have missed in 20017.

This egg roll soup recipe looks delicious and a great way to warm up this winter.

Hurry up and offer this service to the Midwest.

Did you end the year with a heavy heart too? I loved these ideas for what to say to someone who didn’t feel like awesome about 2017.

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How to wear ankle boots with skinny jeans– love these ideas for cuffing your jeans.

Are you doing a Whole30 this month? Here are 24 things to do with your friends instead of hitting a bar.

Speaking of diets, here is a sugar-free diet plan to kick off the new year right too.

Looking to join a book club this year? This cookbook club looks like a fun spin on a book club (and would motivate me to cook more!). We also have an incredible book club and reading challenge worksheet to share with you this week!

I’m really curious about bullet journaling in the new year.

Here are ten tips for living minimally long term. Great advice and call to actions!

I always love seeing these favorite reads lists (and she’s giving them away!)

Curious about how to care for your Instant Pot? This guide on deep cleaning it should help!

“I felt like we were making the new Wizard of Oz for another generation.” Are you excited about this film too?

My in-laws gave me my birthday gift early and I have used it almost every day. YOU GUYS- it is a life-changer!

What did you learn this year? I always look forward to this collection at the end of the year.

The most 2017 photos of 2017. Can’t wait to show my hubby these!

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I’m swooning over this vintage camper makeover, especially those floors (whoa!).

“Waste more time” wasn’t about slacking off. It was about carving out a life that had room for more than just work and striving. For the first time in a long time, I felt truly free… What a great reminder that wasted time isn’t always wasted time.

Here is a list of the most anticipated television shows of 2018! And, here is a great list of the most underrated movies of 2017 to enjoy.

This tuna salad recipe looks like a great lunch or snack to enjoy this month.

What was learned from reading 75 books in 2017. Oh, in case you were wondering, here is her top ten too!

Speaking of 75, here are 75 things that blew our minds in 2017.

How to do more that is meaningful in 2018.

The top ten New Yorker articles from a loyal reader. I can’t wait to sit down and read these this week!

Is one of your goals to embrace a better skin care routine? You might find this article helpful. I swear by this cleanser– it has done wonders for my sensitive skin!

This is such a lovely way to deal with sentimental clutter.

Could you do a year of no shopping? I find this so inspiring!

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo