As a teacher, I know that if one person asks a question - there are at least 2 more who were wondering the same thing :) So on that note, today I'm going to answer a few of the questions I've received recently just in case there are others wondering the same thing.
- Canvases -
Any time I post a picture of my canvases, I seem to get lots of inquiries about where they're from, what size they are, etc. All of mine are 16x20 and, most recently, I've been ordering from Canvas People. They're super fast, great quality and have awesome prices. You can see more details about my canvas prints HERE.
- GRIFFIN'S NECKLACES -
In recent months, Griffin isn't fully dressed without a necklace :) hahaha She loves them!!!
As with most things I do, bigger is always better, and some of my FAVORITES (like the two pictured below) come from Sprinklings.
I've also ordered from and was impressed with Josie James Boutique, Lola and Darla, Love Blooms Here and Savannah Glam Boutique.
Griffin plays with the necklaces all the time, and I've yet to have any from the above shops ever break. I do take them off of her when she's in the car or taking a nap - just because better safe than sorry.
- PENS -
I think the question I get more often than any other is about my favorite pens :) They're by Stablio and you can find my exact set HERE. They're hands down my FAVORITE pens for writing in my planner.
The other question that I've had several times is whether my planner is "color coordinated".... like whether the colors have special designated purposes and the answer is no. hahaha I wish I was that organized, but the way I pick my colors are purely aesthetic. ;)
- CHALK QUESTIONS -
A lot of people have asked about what I write on my chalkboards with - and the answer is I use both regular chalk and the pens. When I write on my big chalkboard, I use regular, $0.99 chalk from WalMart. It's a bigger surface and I like the look of normal chalk.
When I write on my little chalkboard, it's a SUPER smooth surface and THESE chalk pens work really well and allow me to be a little more detailed.
- "SUPER MOM" -
I want to be super up front and start by saying that I totally take the "super mom"/"how do you do it all"/etc. kind of comments as a complete compliment. And I want to follow that up with this answer.... "I don't!" :) hahaha I don't get it all done. I have off days, I get overwhelmed and I like to veg out with some Bravo TV as much as the next girl :) I've sent Luke to school with a lunchable MANY a day, we missed a birthday party last month because I, honestly, just totally forgot about it and if you've seen me in the last 2 weeks or so you've seen me with a messy bun because I've been up way too late every night working on cards and I've opted for 30 extra minutes of sleep instead of my blow dryer. #truth
I think the difference is that the creative things I do are "outlets" for me and I find them enjoyable and not an obligation. When I get overwhelmed I like to bake cookies and, since I do work all day, I like to make the absolute most of the time I have with my kids after school.
And in case you still don't believe that I'm not being extra productive 100% of the time, please see Exhibit A...
This pic sums up the solid 12-15 minutes I spent in my van drinking a tea and eating a piece of THE BEST carrot cake EVER with music (that I wouldn't listen to with little ears in the car) turned up WAY too loud doing absolutely nothing. That's right. In the grocery store parking lot, nonetheless.
- BODY IMAGE -
This next one I've written and rewritten about half a dozen times. No joke.
I debated even sharing it, but in the end, the teacher mentality that I mentioned at the beginning of the post won out and so I'm about to ramble. Brace yourself.
I received an email about body image about a month ago and it struck an absolute chord with me. Here's a little snippet...
Wow. I'm not sure I've ever felt more inadequate to answer a question.... because body image is most definitely something that I've struggled with in my teenage AND adult life. I've wrestled with feelings of guilt as I've held a perfectly healthy, beautiful baby and been focused on the pudge at my waistline instead. I've caught "that look" on Dave's face as he's offered up a genuine compliment and I've dismissed it, or worse, countered it with doubt about his honesty. I've taken a careless word from someone WAY too personally and placed more value on their comment than on those of the people who actually care about me. And I've had to stop myself from talking about how I feel I look in a photo (or two) in front of my kids.
What I've come to realize is that the reassurance and confidence that sometimes I've felt I'm lacking can't and won't come from anyone outside of Jesus Christ.
It doesn't come from compliments from my husband. It doesn't come from sweet words or "likes" on social media. It doesn't come from getting a new pair of jeans. And it doesn't come from what I see when I look in the mirror.
I've felt the most confident, satisfied and self assured during the times when I've felt closest in my relationship with Christ. When I start to feel myself becoming focused on body image (or just image in general), I try to steer myself back to scripture, quiet time and prayer.
I hope I haven't come across as cliche or trite, and I want y'all to know that this is something that doesn't come easy to me. Getting my value from "the world" is tempting and I'd be lying if I said I didn't have to redirect my focus back to Him on a regular basis.
So there you have it, rambling over.
Did I cover everything??? This post really did run the gamut :) hahaha
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