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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Valentine Love List Printable

I made this printable for my Girl Scout Troop, so they could each make an easy Valentine's Day project for someone they loved. Many of them chose parents and siblings, a couple chose friends, and one girl even chose her elderly neighbor (but she crossed out "love" and wrote "like," which I thought was adorable).

List the things you love about your sweetheart with this super sweet Valentine's Day Love List printable. #overstuffedlife

It does match the rest of the printables I have made this year for my girls' Valentine's Mailbox Tradition (you can see them all linked at the bottom of this post), but that's just because I was on a roll and didn't want to have to pick all new fonts and colors.

The Girl Scouts each wrote eight things they loved about their chosen Valentine. I was actually really impressed with the thoughtful ideas they came up with!

After they had written their love notes, they filled these small paper bags with Hershey's hugs and kisses, and then we stapled the printable onto the bag. Easy peasy!

Pair this printable with mini paper bags to send a sweet treat to your sweetie this Valentine's Day.

It might also be cute to put 100 Grand Candy Bars into the bags because of the "thousands" of reasons wording. But everyone loves to get hugs and kisses, too.

Of course, with a printable like this, you don't have to even use the bag. It can be given on ANY gift, or just be a stand alone sort of thing. Because who doesn't love to receive a thoughtful list of things someone loves about them? I treasure those kinds of notes! (I have a few from my children hanging up in my office!)

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Happy Valentine's Day!

Tell your Valentine all the reasons you love them with this sweet Love List Printable for Valentine's Day.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

You're Just "Write" for Me Valentine's Day Printable

This is the last printable I made this year for our Valentine's Day Mailbox tradition. We actually went on vacation for this past weekend, so I did not do valentines for those days (because vacation is enough fun to go around!), and a couple other days I just stuck some candy in the boxes. Because we can't always have a perfect printable with the perfect gift, right?

Super cute Valentine's Day printable for use with notebooks, pencils, or other writing utensils. "You're just WRITE for me" #overstuffedlifeI used these mini composition books (but they are so much cheaper at WalMart or the Dollar Store, FYI) to go along with this printable, but you could use it with any size and style of notebook or journal that you like. It would also go nicely with some cute Valentine's pencils, or even pens or markers.

Super cute Valentine's Day printable for use with notebooks, pencils, or other writing utensils. "You're just WRITE for me" #overstuffedlife

Obviously, I have been going for a somewhat cohesive theme with my Valentine's printables this year. It just makes quicker work for me when I don't have to choose the fonts and colors every time. I did enjoy adding the pencil into this one and I like how it turned out.

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Happy Valentine's Day!

Super cute Valentine's Day printable for use with notebooks, pencils, or other writing utensils. "You're just WRITE for me" #overstuffedlife

Monday, February 08, 2016

It Isn't a "Stretch" to Love You Valentine's Day Printable

Today's Valentine printable for our Valentine Mailbox Tradition is designed for use with hair elastics. As the mom of three girls with tons of hair (and having a ton of hair myself), I can testify that we always need hair ties. I don't know where they all go, but I buy them fairly often throughout the year!

This time I just purchased normal black hair elastics, but they did come with a special gift of a few colored and braided ones that will make it that much more exciting for the girls.

If I had thought more ahead, I would have purchased them their favorite kind of hair ties: No Crease Hair TiesThey are super wonderful and they really are no crease. But alas, I rarely think ahead.

This cute Valentine's Day printable is meant for use with hair elastics. #overstuffedlife

I had a harder time coming up with a cute valentine saying for this one, but I finally settled on "It isn't a STRETCH to love you."

Directions:

Download and print the free printable onto white cardstock.
Cut out the circles (if you don't like scissors, using a circle cutter like this one is very helpful!)
Punch a hole in the printable with a hole punch.
Use cheap Valentine's themed ribbon to tie the elastics to the printable.

Give your Valentine some hair ties and pair them with this adorable Valentine's Day printable: It isn't a STRETCH to love you. #overstuffedlife

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Happy Valentine's Day!

Give your Valentine some hair ties and pair them with this adorable Valentine's Day printable: It isn't a STRETCH to love you. #overstuffedlife

Sunday, February 07, 2016

I Want to "Shower" You With Love Valentine's Day Printable

Valentine's Day is almost here, you guys. And I still have a ton of printables to share with you! Today's printable is designed for use with a bath pouf. I try hard not to give too much candy in my kids' Valentine's Day Mailboxes, because they are getting plenty of that elsewhere. Instead, I try to give them things they already need or are otherwise useful and just make them look really cute with the printables.

Download this adorable valentine's printable and SHOWER your valentine with love! Use it with a bath pouf or other shower accessories. #overstuffedlife

This method ends up saving me money, because I am giving them gifts that I would generally buy anyway. We all know that bath poufs need to be replaced on a regular basis, so our Mailbox Tradition was a great way to sneak those in. This printable could easily be used with any other bath/shower accessories like shower gel or shampoo.

And the printables turned out super cute!

Download this adorable valentine's printable and SHOWER your valentine with love! Use it with a bath pouf or other shower accessories. #overstuffedlife

We do a color coding system at our house, so I try to buy toiletry items in their assigned color (Bria=green, Chloe=blue, Sophia=pink). It's an effective way to eliminate fighting over whose is whose! We also use the color coding system for the family calendar, which is also very helpful.

I just punched a hole in the card once I got them cut out and then used some cheap Valentine's ribbon to tie them to the bath poufs. Easy!

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Happy Valentine's Day!

Download this adorable valentine's printable and SHOWER your valentine with love! Use it with a bath pouf or other shower accessories. #overstuffedlife


Saturday, February 06, 2016

You Knock My Socks Off Valentine's Day Printable

I always buy my girls new Valentine's Day socks every year. In fact, it was the very first thing I ever put into their Valentine's Day Mailboxes, with a quick note that wasn't really very cute. While my design skills have improved over the years, my Valentine's Day sock tradition has stayed sold.

So, here is this year's "You knock my Socks off" printable, along with a pair of adorable socks.

Give a pair of Valentine's Day themed socks and use this adorable Valentine's "you knock my socks off" printable. #overstuffedlife

I didn't make it an option to actually attach the socks to the printable, but if you were to purchase socks that already have a cardboard label on them, it would be very easy to just stick this printable on top. As for me, I just stuck the socks and the printable right into the mailboxes.

Here are all the socks I bought for my girls:

Give a pair of Valentine's Day themed socks and use this adorable Valentine's "you knock my socks off" printable. #overstuffedlife

A pair for my cheetah/leopard loving Type 3 daughter, a grey pair for my Type 2, and the super cute pair for my Type 1. (Curious about energy typing? Find out more here: Free energy typing course.)

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Happy Valentine's Day!

Give a pair of Valentine's Day themed socks and use this adorable Valentine's "you knock my socks off" printable. #overstuffedlife

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Give the Gift of Art this Valentine's Day + $250 Giveaway

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This past summer, I completely redecorated my bedroom to surprise The Maestro. In the process, I took all the photos out of the room that were of the kids because I decided that I wanted our bedroom to be a place that celebrated us. We have a million photos of the kids all over the house (I decorate with a lot of family photos--because I love my family so dang much!), and I thought we should make sure that our bedroom remained a place that was about me and The Maestro and our relationship.

The photos that were left in my bedroom were some wedding and engagement photos and that's it. The Maestro and I don't get a lot of photos done of just us, apparently! So I was left with this big, blank wall that I have been wanting to put some nice pictures on but haven't got around to doing it.

Until now!

I learned that minted has a beautiful selection of art gifts that can be personalized in many different ways. I thought it would be beautiful to get a few of these for The Maestro for Valentine's Day, and then we can finally fill up that empty space in our bedroom!

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There were so many beautiful choices!

I thought about getting a triptych of the three states that we have lived in together. The maps are made of gold pressed foil and are just gorgeous! Wouldn't that have been lovely in our bedroom?

Utah Foil Map

Michigan Foil Map

Arizona Foil Map

Then I thought about getting a framed quote or two. There are some really cool ones available.

His and Mine by Rachael Miller

Ultimately, though, I decided I wanted to stick with my original idea of celebrating our relationship with actual photos of us. So I went with some designs that took our photos and turned them into some lovely art.

Love Line by Kelly Ventura 


Watercolor Heart by Smudge Design


Brushed by Erin Deegan
I am so excited for these pieces to arrive so I can finally fill the blank space on my bedroom wall and enjoy these lovely art prints!

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I'm Completely Smitten With You Valentine's Day Printable

Yes, there are going to be a lot of Valentine's printables this year. This is only the third one, but I am on a roll! I make the printables for my girls and our daily Valentine's Mailbox Tradition, but all of these printables are perfect for giving to friends, spouses, or even for school Valentine exchanges.

Give your valentine a pair of mittens this Valentine's Day with this sweet printable: I'm completely SMITTEN with you! #overstuffedlife

I bought my girls some of those fingerless gloves that have a mitten cover on clearance. One can never have enough gloves and mittens during the winter, if you ask me. Plus, my kids are constantly misplacing theirs, so it's nice to have an extra pair.



I'm always happy when I find things on clearance that mostly fit my children's personalities and energy types. (Don't know what I mean by energy type? Check it out and find out your own energy type here: Free Energy Profiling Course.) They each loved their own mittens the most, because I understand what they like. Score ten points for mom!

I couldn't decide between making a printable that says "I 'glove' you" or "I'm 'smitten' with you." Ultimately, I decided on using the word smitten and I like how it turned out. Isn't it cute?

A fun Valentine idea and printable.

To make this valentine, all you have to do is download the printable and cut it out. Easy peasy!

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Happy Valentine making!

Use this fun Valentine idea with a gift of mittens this Valentine's Day! Free printable download.

More Valentine's Day Printables:


You're the BALM
We were MINT to be together
You knock my SOCKS off
I want to SHOWER you with love
It isn't a STRETCH to love you
You're just WRITE for me
Valentine Love List printable

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

One Simple Trick to Keeping Your Purse Super Organized

A long time ago, I wrote a post about what every woman should have in her purse. The list of items we women need to carry around with us is very long, my friends. And as I go back and read the list (it was only a half serious post), I realize it was woefully short. Nowadays I carry a lot more than that, as do most women I know!

The problem with carrying so much stuff—necessary stuff—is that it often gets completely jumbled up inside the bag and we are constantly digging for the thing that we need. There is nothing more annoying than needing a pen and knowing you have one in that purse somewhere, but not being able to find it. Well, maybe something more annoying is coming up with handfuls of old receipts and candy wrappers instead.

Which is why I just got myself a brand new bag! I had a purse I loved, but the handle broke about six months ago. At the time, there wasn't much money in the budget to replace it, so I headed to the consignment store and found something that would do. And it did do for the last six months, but I really hated that purse. It was floppy and had very few compartments and I could never find anything, despite my habit of keeping my purse really organized. I found that because I couldn't organize it the way I wanted to, it tended to collect more junk than usual. It was awful.

Are you always digging to find your keys or a pen in your purse? Learn this simple organization trick and stop digging once and for all! #overstuffedlife

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But now I have a new one (same brand and similar to this one). It's big, it's roomy, it's structured, and it's totally me. If you know anything about the Dressing Your Truth system, I am a Type 4 and both the way I keep my purse organized and my purse itself are the epitome of a Type 4 energy! (Want to discover your own energy type? Click here: Free Energy Typing Course.)

Anyway, I have a trick that I use to keep my purse organized. It's super simple, but incredibly effective, and I thought I'd share it with you today. While we're at it, we'll talk about what is actually in my bag and why. And, also, I just wanted to show off my great new purse!

First, let's look inside to get an idea of the way it is organized.

This easy organization trick will keep your purse organized forever.

Now, I realize that my purse is pretty large, and I like it that way. I need to have a purse that will fit my planner as well as a book or my Kindle. You may not want to carry a purse that is so large, and that is just fine. The organization trick I am going to share with you will work for any sized purse, except for super small ones. But super small purses are really just wallets and don't need the level of organization that larger bags do!

A purse that has more compartments will stay more organized.


This isn't my trick, but it is an important truth that every woman should repeat to herself while shopping for bags. That was the problem with my consignment store purse. While it was cute and I liked the pattern, it had only one zipper pocket and had no compartments at all. When a purse is nicely compartmentalized, you can organize it in a way that you know where everything goes and where to find it when you need it.

But no purse has quite enough compartments to make it that easy. And that's where my purse organization trick comes in.

Use smaller bags to keep your purse organized.


That's it! I actually just use cosmetic bags that I receive from Ipsy every month. I pick my very favorite ones—the ones that are mostly Type 4 Energy!—and I use them for various categories of organization within my purse. Everything stays put and doesn't spill all over the place and is easily found when you need it.

Another plus to this method is that you can change your purses very easily, if you are a person who likes to change your bag with your outfit. All you have to do is move the smaller bags and a couple other things instead of dumping your mess into a new bag.

Let's take a closer look at my purse and see how I've put it all together.


Every purse generally has a small zipper pocket inside. I keep my earbuds and the connector thingy I have to have to use them with my phone because I use a Lifeproof case. I also have an iTunes gift card in there because I bought a pack of three and gave two of them to my kids and still have that one left. I just haven't put it into my wallet yet (or, better yet, on my iTunes account!).


My purse is divided into two sections with a large zipper pocket between them. On one side, I keep my planner, a snazzy sparkly silver cosmetic bag which is full of colored pens (I like to color-code my planner), a book of tabbed sticky notes, and a humongous coupon for JCPenney. Why do they have to make the coupon so big? I need a giant purse just to hold that!

If I have my Kindle or a book with me, I keep it in that same compartment.


In the opposite compartment, I have my wallet, two checkbooks, and three make-up bags which each serve a different function. I would show you the contents of my wallet, but it's really not the wisest thing to put my credit cards online for all to see. Basically, I keep credit cards, insurance cards, ID cards, cash, coins, coupons, receipts, store loyalty cards, business cards, and all that sort of stuff in there. It's nicely compartmentalized so it stays fairly organized, too.

Let's check out each of those cosmetic bags.


This is my "first-aid" bag. It holds band-aids, a Tide to-go stain removal stick, my asthma inhalers, allergy medicine, tampons, and these adorable mini disposable toothbrushes that already have toothpaste on them. It also usually holds a travel pack of Kleenex, but I have run out and keep forgetting to replace it.


This is my "lotion and hand-sanitizer bag." Apparently I have lots of different kinds of both. But hey, when you have kids, you need as much "hanitizer," as Sophia calls it, as you can get! I have a mini Purell, an apple-scented Germ-X, a Doux Soleil which I love and is almost gone, and a sparkly one from Bath and Body Works. And since it's winter right now, my hands are always needing more lotion, so I've got a bunch of that, too.


This cosmetic bag is actually being used for cosmetics! Amazing. I just have basic stuff in there like three lipsticks (because I am never caught without lipstick), an eyeliner, a trial-sized mascara, a lip balm, a couple compact mirrors, and a funny nail file.

Let's take a closer look at it, shall we? It came in one of my beauty subscriptions, and while it's a little racy, I do love that it has a case.


Finally, in the appropriate inside pockets I keep my sunglasses, my reading glasses, and my phone. Your phone especially should always have a designated pocket, and most purses do comply with that requirement. However, many purses are behind the times with the pocket size and still only fit smaller, older cell phones in the phone pockets, so watch out for that if you have a larger phone.


I keep my keys in the front pocket (no need for a photo), and I have nothing in the middle zipper—at least, for now.

That's it! Those are the necessities (minus the Kleenex) I keep in my purse, and my super easy trick for keeping it organized all the time.

How do you keep your purse organized?