DIY Crafts · Gift Idea

DIY Button Paper Clip Bookmarks

I attended a craft event recently where I made these fun button paper clip bookmarks. The possibilities are endless when you layer buttons with embellishments to create unique designs and color combinations. The cost averaged out to around $0.50 per bookmark, making them an affordable DIY gift idea. All you'll need are paper clips, assorted… Continue reading DIY Button Paper Clip Bookmarks

Blogging · Creativity

7 Tips to Stay Creative & Productive

When I started this blog almost four months ago I had no idea how it would work itself into my schedule. I already felt like I had a lot on my plate with caring for Dutch and running our household. But it only took publishing a few posts to realize I really enjoyed it. I… Continue reading 7 Tips to Stay Creative & Productive

Family · Marriage

25 Creative Date Ideas For Parents

One of the best things any of us can do for our children is to provide them with a strong marital model. Children need to know that their parents love not only them, but each other. The child’s sense of security grows as he/she sees parents loving each other. To put your marriage on hold for 18 or more years while you raise the children is not only detrimental to the marriage, it’s devastating to the children. We must learn to “childproof” our marriages during those parenting years, or we’ll soon learn that the marriage withers and dies. (

Letters To Dutch

What does it take to maintain a healthy marriage after baby? Hard work and creativity. At least that’s how Wes and I have managed to survive the last few years. I use the word “survive” because at certain points that’s exactly what it’s been, SURVIVAL. There have been times since Dutch was born that all we could think about was eating a hot meal or catching some extra ZZZ’s.

But there are many creative ways that you can make time for your marriage. Wes and I have put together a list of 25 Creative Date Ideas for Parents. We broke them down into 3 categories: Dates For Compressing Time Frames, Mini Date Ideas and Ideas for Longer Dates. All of the ideas that follow are ones that we use often. Our marriage is by no means perfect, but with simple ideas like these we are able to stay connected despite…

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