The Life of Jennifer Dawn: January 2014

Friday, January 31, 2014

February's Goals: Monthly Goal Link Up

At the beginning of January, I teamed up with several other bloggers on a goal setting journey.  Each month we are composing and sharing our goals.  Here were mine for January...
For the family:
*The hubby and I did NOT get around to that date night.  Wait...  Does watching reruns of old television shows together after the kids go to bed count?  We lead an exciting life.  Let me tell you.  {laughing}  We will try again this month to go on an actual date.  After all, it is a month for love with Valentine's day right around the corner.
*Check, check, and check.  I enjoyed plenty of quality time with each of my kids individually.  Eli seems to especially enjoy time with just mommy.
*Building a fort out of couch cushions, writing on the new chalkboard wall, blowing bubbles inside, music time, and playing with an indoor tunnel and trampoline were some of the ways we found to actively play inside during this cold season.
For the home:
*Here is the master bathroom reveal.  I still have some sewing projects to finish for the boys' room.
For the blog:
*Yes!  There were a lot of fun posts shared this month.
*The sewing projects did not get finished.  Perhaps if we hadn't all been sick with the flu for almost two weeks out of the month, a little more sewing could have happened.  I was preoccupied with fevers during the night and holding my sweet babies.  Priorities!
For the Etsy shop:
*Here is a post and shop listing for the bunting!
*I have a good start on photographing the 100+ pieces that have not been listed in the shop, but I still have a lot of work to do.
For me:
*I squeezed in an e-book written by a fellow blogger one evening.
*I did paint.  It wasn't a large canvas, but it was still a fun painting project.  You can see it here.  It's all about baby steps, right?
For others:
*There were actually seven people who received a "just because" gift.  Although I didn't complete some of my other goals, I'm proud to say that this one got done.  Again, it's all about priorities.  People are more important.

Now that January is coming to a close, it's time to share my goals for February...

SMART goals
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Bathroom Remodel

A few months back, I shared with you our Master Bedroom Makeover.  Around the same time we also began a remodel on the adjoining Master Bathroom.  It's taken me a little longer to share this space with you because it involved quite a few D.I.Y. projects.  I finally was able to finish two of those projects last weekend--sewing the curtains and reupholstering the vanity seat.  Here are the before and after shots...

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Friday, January 24, 2014

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Valentine's Day

I've put past posts and a few Etsy items that all revolve around the day of hearts and love into one handy post!
This Valentine's Day, here are a few things...

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Valentine's Day Painting & Free Printables

Here's a fun painting project for Valentine's Day!
Lydia Grace painted her own version to give to her Mimi.  Want to paint your own?

Book Page Garland for Valentine's Day

I'm sharing a tutorial for a Valentine's Day Garland at Katherines Corner today.  The lovely Katherine graciously allowed me to be a guest on her blog.  I'd love for you to visit.  While you are there, enjoy clicking through some of the wonderful posts on Katherines Corner and leave some comment love.
Happy visiting & happy crafting!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Friday, January 17, 2014

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Happy Sunday

Foam Dough: Sensory Dough Series

Welcome to a new series--12 Months of Sensory Dough!  Each month 11 fellow bloggers and I will share with you our playtime adventures involving a different kind of dough.  This month's theme is Foam Dough!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Valentines with Glittered Clothespins

I've been on a glitter "kick" lately.  Did you notice the New Year's confetti?  Let's bring a little of that sparkle to the next big holiday--Valentine's Day--with these...

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Word of the Year for 2014

In 2012, it was LIVE. (John 10:10) I wanted to live a full life--enjoying every moment.
In 2013, it was STAND. (Psalm 18:32-33 & Ephesians 6:13-14) After losing daddy, that's all I knew to do--just stand.
 This year my word for the year is...
I feel the need to simplify. Perhaps this feeling has stemmed from the rush and chaos that surrounded the holiday season...
But I have a true longing to SIMPLIFY my life...

To aspire to live quietly...
1 Thessalonians 4:11

To be still...
Psalm 46:10

I don't know exactly what this journey will look like, but I'll share updates on it from time to time. Every journey needs a beginning, so I'll start with a simple prayer for God to guide my steps in the coming year.

Do you have a word for the year?  I'd love to hear it!

Happy New Year!