Do you need a last minute gift idea of something practical that you can give a loved one or a friend? Who doesn’t like hot chocolate? You can customize this any way you want too and enjoy coming up with creative ideas for your gift. Here is a simple idea that I put together for a friend.
I just love a good buy, especially when it is for crafts or my planner…how about you? We have a very small local shop that is so tiny in size but they offer some great craft classes on everything that you can think of. They also have some planner groups that meet there together as a group to work on their planner set-up and lay-outs.
A few times a year they offer a “craft” garage sale that you can either sell your extra supplies and do a “destash”….or buy some new and “new to you” goodies. I went shopping and I had a ball looking around!!! The items were so well priced…..5 packs of stickers for $1.00 (all new packages). They had some great planner supplies too. Here is a look at some of the goodies I picked up.
Have you all picked out your 2019 planners yet? I am really trying to decide which one to start with for 2019, a disc planner, ringbound, or a travelers notebook…..and then which size, personal, mini or A5.
Let me know down below what you have chosen for next year and why. Share with me your ideas to help me decide what to do for my planner for 2019.
This was something new for me to make… an essential oil candle. I have joined an essential oil’s club where you receive a check each month. The kit usually includes a project, four different oils, and about six recipes and any extra ingredients that you might need to make them. My kit is through a company called “Simply Earth”… and so far I have really enjoyed using all of their oils.
They included the recipe, a candle, and Himalayan Sea Salt to make this candle. They recommend that the candle does not sit directly on the salt… So I was able to find a candle holder at the dollar tree and also one at Michael’s crafts.
The recipe was easy… take the Himalayan sea salt, are used 10 drops of orange oil and 10 drops of fennel oil. I mixed it together in the salt. I then put the salt at the bottom of the glass jar… attached the glass jar lid with the extended candle holder, added the candle to it and then lit the candle. The fragrance in the kitchen was excellent and we really enjoyed the scent of the mix of the two oil’s.
Here’s a copy of the recipe card and some pictures of what I used and how I put it together.
This is the question that I have been asked a lot about this week. #CHAT🌼It is something new that has been started in the past few months and I am seeing so many people excited about it. Whether it is because they are a regular attendee, a donor or someone who has a heart for the youth of this country.
A quick summary is… It is a mentoring program for girls from ages 12 to 16.
When the girls arrive they are provided with dinner, we teach them a life skill such as sewing, cooking….crafts and more. There are friendships made, lots of activities such as ping-pong and other stations available for them to keep busy and a way for them to get to know each other.
Each month we have what we call the #CHAT🌼 Boutique for the girls. Generous people have donated items such as make up, essentials, jewelry, tote bags and much more. We set up a large table with all these goodies displayed for them to look through and to take home with them. They shop and smile and laugh and giggle. They seem to enjoy taking home some goodies for themselves and it is all 100% FREE for them.
This new ministry was designed by me and is headed up by the #CHAT🌼 leadership team at Grace Gospel. We created a safe environment where the girls can come meet new friends, find a mentor… share their hearts…trials and tribulations and or something exciting that happened this week to them. This is a faith-based program and it is a place where they can just “chat”, ask for prayer, shed some tears, and have tons of laughter!
Let me know if you have a similar program at your place of worship and how you have designed it. Let me know what ideas you have and how it has worked for you.
I think we have lost the art of saying “Thank you”! It is an easy 2 words to say, text, write etc…and yet we go on our way and forget. I made it a point a number of years ago when we were having a really hard time in life, to take note of the things done for us. So many people prayed for us, brought us bags of food, sent a check, shared a kind word and the list goes on and on.
I could not afford to repay them but I could say thank you. A simple note was all I could do at that time and I thought it was so small. Yet the reaction I received back from so many, was that they were thankful to receive a simple note. Fast forward a number of years and we are still blessed by many things given to us, but most of all just having some really great people in our lives.
It is easy to take things for granted in the business of life. But for today….I want to take the time and say thank you for all of you who read my Blog today!
Sometimes it is nice to write a note and other times…to add something special with it. I have included a bookmark, a teabag or two and other similar things in the card. I now have a new candy mold that you will see in the pics. I decided to add this to a thank you note for extra special occasions.
Candy chips to melt
Glass bowl or similar
Very easy to do….
Melt the chocolate in the microwave ( directions are also on the candy chips bag)
Pour into the candy mold
Place in freezer for about 10 minutes
Pop candy out
Put in decorative box or similar with a thank you note attached.
Have fun being creative with this project. Send me pics and comments of what you did. I would love to see it!