• create,  home,  inspiration,  jewelry,  vintage

    10 ways to creatively package your goods

    One of my business goals this year was to more creatively package my orders to ship out. I don’t have any employees to help me, so it has to be something quick and easy (while also being cute). For now, this is how I package my items, but I also wanted to share 9 other ways to creatively package your goodies so that when your customer receives them, they’ll feel like they’re receiving a gift from a treasured friend. my current packaging for the shop, easy but cute for a few of this week’s orders, I changed it up a bit with this post in mind… creme de la gems…

  • home,  inspiration

    lately

    watching: parenthood and amazing race reading: crazy busy, now discover your strengths and blue ocean strategy listening: maroon 5 pandora station while I work out, k-love radio otherwise feeling: annoyed that I’ve been having stomach issues for almost 3 weeks. praying for resolution and that it’s nothing major. dreaming: of summer and warm weather planning: the garden. seeds were ordered this weekend and I’m excited to till the ground. the garden will be about 6x the size of last year so I’m a bit scared too. praying: for those I come across on Instagram that have health issues or have lost foster children or other trials. so much hurt and pain…

  • home,  inspiration,  networking

    I wish someone had told me…

    To my 20-year-old self, there are so many things I wish I knew (or had listened to when people told me) about life in my 30’s. If only I would have known… that everything changes once you have kids. Not just sleepless nights and changing poopy diapers. But how completely selfish I was (and still struggle not to be). Gone are the days of going out for ice cream or a movie at 9pm, because now it’s after bedtime. Gone are the days of randomly going here or there or wherever I wanted. Now the days are filled with coordinating schedules to make sure someone is home to get the…

  • family,  home,  inspiration,  motherhood

    top 10 things I wish I knew about newborns {amber}

    as with the Top 10 things I Wish I’d Known About Being Pregnant, there are a million things i can’t believe i didn’t know about newborns and the first three months of baby-life. i have friends who, when they were expecting, read every book, magazine, blog and Bible verse they could get their swollen little hands on, to be prepared for the advent of their little one.  did i?  oh, no.  heavens, no.  “women centuries ago didn’t have Babywise or Babywhisperer books and they got along just fine.  i mean, mary, the mother of Jesus didn’t get a subscription to Parenting magazine; susannah wesley didn’t need those What to Expect…

  • conferences,  friday finds,  home

    friday finds {conferences}

    Last week I learned of a new conference and decided I wanted to share it with all of my small business peeps and also to remind you of a few conferences that I’ve been to and LOVED. If you’re looking for a conference to go to, here are my suggestions! SNAP! Conference – What can I say about SNAP besides it’s FUN! Fun and happy and full of valuable information for the creative blogger. I’ve attended twice and had a blast both times. This conference is based in Utah (so beautiful) and is full of 350+ creative people all in one place. This year they plan to have over 500…