Ever since I designed this branding, I’ve been experimenting with watercolors. They are super fun to play with because it forces you to embrace that imperfect, unfinished look. My sister and I hosted a Christmas party last week and I designed these holiday tags as a giveaway. I thought I’d share with all of you as a downloadable print!
Are you all ready for Christmas?? I still have some gifts to get but I feel a little ahead of the curve this year, phew! Can’t wait to wrap gifts this year and put these to good use. They are ready to be printed on a regular letter size (8.5 x 11) paper. Enjoy!
The other day my sisters and I were talking about the top 3 things we each talk about. They said mine were:
My boys (obvi)
That last one is embarrassing but totally true. For those of you thinking, “Who??” click here and here. After taking Financial Peace University at our church and Dustin even leading some FPU small groups, we decided it was time to actually implement the plan. As in make a budget and STICK to it. As in pay off debt. As in follow a plan. So last November, D and I sat down and did our first zero-based budget on paper. We cashed out some of our paycheck for the envelope system and started paying cash for groceries, restaurants, and clothing. We stopped using our credit cards. We got focused on our debt snowball which looked a little like this:
Dustin’s school loans
I’m thrilled to say we have been following the Dave Ramsey plan for a year now and have paid off
We are not done yet but we have paid off everything except the medical bills. So now the debt snowball looks more like this:
Credit Cards Car payment Dustin’s school loans
Yay! Setting up a budget in the past totally sucked for me because I could never stick to it. The main problem was that I wasn’t being realistic with how much I actually needed in each category. I also never thought about things like car repairs, dentist bills, pharmacy costs, etc. so when it was time to pay those it would totally ruin my budget. D was awesome because he made me look at all those things I never planned for and budget for them each month. I found that budgeting doesn’t mean you are confined to never spending money, it just means you have a PLAN for your money. You know where it’s going instead of wondering where it went. I don’t feel guilty anymore if I spend money since we already budgeted for it. How freeing!
Now twice a month, D and I sit down and do the budget together. We still use our cash envelopes and document every other purchase. We never really fought about money before but living on a plan we both have agreed to has helped us set goals and dream together. We love the Dave Ramsey plan not just because it works but because it’s based on what the Bible says about money. We are both excited for financial freedom but right now we are focused on getting to that next baby step.
I know this topic has nothing to do with design, art, or decor but I just wanted to share our experience and encourage others that they can do it too! And if any of you have experience with this, I want to hear your stories!
Wow Liam looks so little here! Yet still fat and chubby :). For the life of me, I can’t remember how old he was here, I know less than 2 weeks but don’t remember his exact age. Ugh bad Mom! Those first weeks are such a blur which makes having this documented mean so much to me. They grow up so quickly. We absolutely love these that Brianna did for us in our home. I already got some printed and hung up!
Oh Liam. This babe is the sweetest little guy ever. I remember when I was pregnant with him I thought, can I really love another child as much as I love Jack? Yes! Yes I can. It’s funny because one of Jack’s nicknames was Snuggle Bear but he wasn’t snuggly. haha This guy, HE’S the snuggler. He buries his face in your neck, loves being held, and rocked.
We still have a sleep problem, as in he wants to sleep in my bed right next to me ALL night. I have this inner dilemma about it every night. Logically I know he should be sleeping in his own bed and he does to start out the night but eventually he ends up in my bed. I’m too exhausted to attempt to put him back. When I do attempt it, he cries and wakes up shortly after I fall back asleep. It’s very frustrating so I have resorted to keeping him in my bed. I have made several half attempts to let him cry it out but it takes denying all my Mommy instincts not to pick him up. And it doesn’t help he shares a wall with Jack. I recently read an article that crying it out kills brain cells? Oh brother. Didn’t you know everything you read on the internet is true? (insert sarcastic face). But either way, I can’t decide how I feel about it or what to do. I know these baby days are short but I also know I’m setting habits. Eh!
It doesn’t matter how frustrating the night is, as soon as it’s morning, he’s all smiles. He is oh so happy in the morning and I love it. As you can tell in these pictures, he found his feet this past month! His nicknames include Mr. Smiles, Honey Bear, and Love Chunk. (I may have to erase that sentence before he goes off to school haha!) He is interacting with Jack more, laughing and flapping his arms at him and Jack loves holding him, kissing him, and tackling him EEK. I hope these two are best buds.
So excited to share these with you! I didn’t get maternity photos done with Jack so when I got pregnant with Liam, I knew I wanted photos to capture this special time. I was 33 weeks here, and Liam came at 41 weeks. It’s crazy looking at these now that he is here. Truly a miracle. Thank you Jesus! And Brianna Rannells did an incredible job. I usually prefer to be on the other side of the camera but she made me feel really comfortable and at ease. It was hard to narrow it down – Bri’s use of lighting is amazing. And this cemented my firm belief in maternity photos!