Feb 20, 2017

Five Reasons I am Addicted to Traveler's Notebooks

5 Reasons I'm Obsessed with Traveler's Notebooks

I recently found the world of travelers notebooks and I am addicted.



I certainly don't know all the ins and outs of it yet but here are my top five reasons I'm obsessed with traveler's notebooks:


#1 EASY TO MAKE
 You can make inserts within minutes. By using some simple grid paper or cardstock you can put together a beautiful insert that that will give you ample room to illustrate or journal your artwork. I like to make mine small enough to complete within a a few days. Actually completing an insert makes me happy!!! 

diy traveler's notebooks


#2 AFFORDABLE
Since the materials you need to make inserts are readily available and for cheap, creating inserts is not only super easy it's really cost effective. 

#3 VERSATILE
The possibilities are truly endless. These inserts can be adapted and uses for anything. I've seen people use them for planners, smash pages, scrapbook layouts, art journaling, Bible notes, and even as simple as a grocery list. 

diy traveler's notebooks


#4 SIZE
The sleek and slender size of the inserts are appealing and great for traveling or tucking away in you Bible case. I like to pull mine out at Bible study and make notes, I also carry one in my purse for brain dumping.

diy traveler's notebooks


#5 A GROWING COMMUNITY
Okay, so I know the world of traveler's notebooks isn't new but it's new to me and I feel like ever since finding the world of TNs it it has grown so much. It seems like everyone and every company is taking on the trend right now. And with more people interested the collection of products to try is growing rapidly.

CLICK THE VIDEO TO SEE MY TOP 5 REASONS I'M OBSESSED WITH TRAVELER'S NOTEBOOKS...







Feb 15, 2017

My First Traveler's Notebook Insert used as a FAITH JOURNAL!

faith journaling in a traveler's notebook

My deepest desire is to help inspire you, encourage you, and walk beside you as we learn about Jesus Christ and ultimately spread His love through our daily lives, as well as our creative works. 

Recently I became OBSESSED with all things TRAVELER'S NOTEBOOK!!! Have you jumped on the train yet? Well I'm full steam ahead. I just completed my first insert and I wanted to share it with you all. 

I used my first insert as a companion to my current devotion as a faith journal. For the past six months I have been head deep in a great devotion called Living Life on Purpose by Lisa Ter Keurst. Lisa is the founder and president of Proverbs31.com. If your not familiar with that resource or the book I would really like to encourage you to check out both. Both are extremely amazing and very valuable to my main goal, which is, too become the best Christian woman I can be! 

living life on purpose by lisa terkeurst
So I started by creating my own TN insert. It's super easy and not difficult at all. I saw a few tutorials and tweaked it until I got the thickness, style, and look I wanted. I'll have my own tutorial up soon! Basically I used 6-8 pieces of thick cardstock which I printed a grid on. Some colored cardstock for the cover and then decorated the cover with stuff from my scrapbook stash. I used scarps of paper along with some sheets from a hot buy paper pad I found at Michael's last week. Some tags, ephemera and stickers from The Reset Girl, Martha Stewart, and Me and My Big Ideas.


traverler's notebook faith journal


I started this journal with a few questions in mind taken directly from the book. Some of the fundamental questions of life that TerKeurst speaks on are the following:



#1 WHO AM I? WHAT IS MY FOUNDATION?

traverler's notebook faith journal
traverler's notebook faith journal






I used my most favorite selfie as of recently and started the book with some positive notes to my self. I think it's important that we remember that we are braver than we believe, stronger than we seem, smarter than we think and loved more than we'll ever know. I think it's very important to truly know that Christ sees us like this and we should feel this way about ourselves. WE ARE LOVED!!!

traverler's notebook faith journalI borrowed my foundation from the author as she wrote exactly what I was thinking and feeling. My foundation is simple; I am a daughter of the KING, a dearly loved child, He is my rock and my shelter! I'm committed to living my life for Him! 



#2 WHY DO I EXIST? WHAT IS MY PURPOSE?

traverler's notebook faith journal

traverler's notebook faith journaltraverler's notebook faith journal
traverler's notebook faith journal



Google defines the word "purpose" as this: the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists. So why do I exist? Why did God make me?
My purpose is simple as well; I was created for others. I am a servant. I am a mother, wife, and friend. I have been given the gifts of creativity and encouragement and I must and will use them to glorify, teach and lead others to God.



#3 WHAT AM I TO DO? WHAT IS MY MISSION?

traverler's notebook faith journal

Taking into consideration my gifts, interest, experiences and personality I am fulfilling my purpose and answering the call of my mission by serving and spending the majority of my time in three main roles; a wife, mother, and creative encourager! I must be a helpmate to my husband. A christ-like example to my children, and an encourager to my friends and the people God brings into my life. This is my mission! 




#4 WHERE AM I TO SERVE? WHAT IS MY MINISTRY?

I have taken some time to pray and think on this and I keep seeing something very vivid in my mind and on my heart. My ministry is right here. My blog. My home. Those are the places that I can speak out, teach, lead, and uplift others. 

traverler's notebook faith journal


#5 When Am I to Do These Things?

traverler's notebook faith journal

traverler's notebook faith journal
 EVERY SINGLE DAY!! I truly believe that my my ministry is here. Right here, right in front of me. My home and my blog!  I know I must manage my time between each role wisely. I must plan, prepare, and work hard to do all the things that the Lord has called me to do.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE A MORE DETAILED WALK-THRU OF MY FIRST COMPLETED TRAVELER'S NOTEBOOK INSERT used as a FAITH JOURNAL CLICK THE VIDEO BELOW...












Feb 13, 2017

Homeschool | Learning Language Arts Through Literature Review & Lesson Plan Walk Through

learning language arts throught literature review


I have been wanting to post this forever and I am finally getting around to getting it up. I have had several people on both my blog and and my vlog ask if I would recommend the curriculum, Learning Language Arts Through Literature. And the answer is a profound, yes! I absolutely love this curriculum and will be using it again next year for both my 2nd grader as well as my 4th grader.

Currently, I only have one child using this curriculum. Lilli is technically a first grader but has been working in the second grade volumn since starting the school year. At the beginning of the school year we started with All About Reading Level 1 but I quickly discovered that she had already surpassed the difficulty of the program. So about a three weeks into our school year I ordered LLATL from Christian Books.

Immediately I feel in love with it and
  HERE ARE THE REASONS I RECOMMEND THIS CURRICULUM!

#1 IT'S AFFORDABLE

I was able to purchase this entire curriculum kit including readers for around $68.00. You can check that out here. I did pick up most of the supplemental books for about $30.00 but that is totally optional as you can check out most books through the public library.

Homeschool Curriculum Review Learning Language Arts Through Literature


#2 IT'S ALL INCLUSIVE

Another reason I really like this curriculum is that it includes all components of language. Your child will learn all concepts including, reading, phonics, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, writing, and comprehension. Every lesson includes each part.

#3 WORD FOR WORD LESSON PLANS

My favorite thing about this curriculum is that each lesson includes a step by step, word for word lesson plan. There is essentially no prep for the lessons. As a busy mom with other children whom I homeschool having complete lesson plans that require no set up or prep really appeals to me. I can simply open the workbooks and start.

#4 HANDS ON

I wouldn't go as far to say that this curriculum is very "artsy" but almost every lesson requires scissors and glue. Most of the lesson plans have cut outs and hands-on worksheets. My child is very creative and enjoys this part of the lesson the most.


#5 CHRISTIAN BASED

You probably know by now that I try to use Christian based curriculum as much as possible as my number one goal in life is to keep Christ the center of my home and our school. This curriculum is not overly saturated with biblical stories or scriptures but does include a few snippets and references to stories from the bible.

CLICK THE VIDEO TO HEAR THESE REASONS AS WELL AS OTHERS AS TO WHY I LOVE THIS CURRICULUM...I HAVE ALSO INCLUDED A REAL LESSON WALK THROUGH! 




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