Aug 14

5 Tips to Cure Writer’s Block

Awesome day yesterday!!  A long day of travel from Tampa to Long Beach for the Shaklee Global conference and as an extra special treat I got to meet up with Ashley @ Pioneer Momma for lunch!!  So fun!!

Kelly @ EyesOnTheSource and Ashley@PioneerMomma

Hey, everyone! It’s Ashley again, from Pioneer Momma. This post actually started out as something else. And before that, another something else. What can I say? It happens to the best of us. There’s a new monster in town, aside from that one called procrastination: Writer’s Block.

Writer’s block is when you sit down to write, and nothing comes out. Or maybe something does, you’re just not “feeling it”. It’s a real pain in the keister. You’re all nodding in agreement at this point, right? I wanted to share a few ways that I kick that monster to the curb.

1. Take a break. Simple enough, but how many times have you found yourself in front of the computer, staring blankly, until something comes through? I know I have, more than I’d like to admit. Taking a break is like having a fresh pair of eyes come in on the project. Maybe you’ll see something you didn’t before.

2. Eat chocolate. This one might be a little self-indulgent, but during nursing school, we all took a piece of dark chocolate in before a test. Somewhere along the line we learned that chocolate helps with memory and creativity. Not sure if it is scientifically proven, but we sure had some good results…And if it doesn’t spark anything, at least you got to eat some chocolate.

3. Go for a walk. No, no, take out those earbuds. Listen to nature. Listen to yourself. Walking increases the oxygen flow to your body and blood cells. Only natural it helps your brain, too. It’s helped me hash out problems many-a-time.

4. Talk to a friend. Having a conversation with someone goes two ways. Which means you have two minds working together, rather than one. I once had a brilliant idea come to me while talking about what seemed to be absolutely nothing with my sister.

5. Write from the heart. As bloggers, sometimes we can get caught up in “writing for the readers”. You get stuck thinking, is this what they want to read? How about this? When you write from the heart, you will gain those who actually care about what you’re writing. Your readers will come to you, but only if you are honest. Write what you are passionate about. You never know how many others out there enjoy the same things! It’s a great way to not only write fascinating pieces, but make great friends along the way.

Do you have any tricks for getting rid of writer’s block? Have you tried any of these? I’d love to know!

Apr 10

DIY Reclaimed Wood Mug Hooks

I am so pleased to bring you another project from my sister!  This one is so her! To say that she has a serious coffee addiction would be putting it mildly.  :-)

Hi again! Thanks for letting me guest post over here at Eyes on the Source. If you missed my last post about fruit infused water you can find it here.

I am a coffee lover and occasional tea drinker, I love my mugs :) I wanted to find a cute way to display my favorite mugs and also clear out some cabinet space.

This is a quick day or two project that can add some fun and function to your space for very little money. I was able to make mine from things I had in my basement and new hooks ($7) Here is what you will need:

  • a piece of wood (my boards are approx 6″x18″, can also be new wood if you prefer)
  • newspaper or plastic
  • paint
  • paintbrush
  • hooks (I used a pack of 6 from Walmart)
  • screws
  • drill
  • sand paper (optional)

I had an old wood crate from my Grandma that I have been using in different ways over the years, but nothing seemed quite right so it ended up in our basement. I forgot to take a pic before I disassembled the crate but here is the pile of wood that came from it :).

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When I started brainstorming for this project I remembered this old crate and began measuring to see if I could make any pieces work. The longest boards were a perfect size! (6″x18″) This was a great money saver for me :)

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I laid newspaper under my boards and used a white paint we had from another project. I chose white because my favorite mugs are multicolored and I wanted them to stand out. But you can choose any color that suits you :)

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I used 3 coats of paint (letting the paint dry between coats) because of the light color and because my paint didn’t cover well (don’t forget the edges!) One tip my husband shared with me, after my mistake, is don’t let the wet board dry on the newspaper, it will stick! You can prop it up on spare boards before you start painting (as shown in the next pic) or just lift it off the newspaper before the paint starts to dry.

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Next, I propped my dry boards on spare boards and lightly sanded the edges and top so my boards had a slightly distressed look. You can skip this step if you prefer a more fresh or modern look. I apologize for the lighting on these last pics, I decided to finish the project after my kids went to bed so the natural light was no longer an option.

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Under the very close watch of my husband, I measured, to make sure my mugs would fit nicely, and drilled holes for my mug hooks.  TIP: Keep your boards propped up, you do not want to accidentally drill a hole through your counter :)

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Then line the holes in your hooks with the holes you drilled in the board and screw in the screws. (You can see my distressing a little better in these pics as well).

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TADA! You have a beautiful new place to hang your mugs!

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I left it to my husband to screw the finished boards onto our cabinets and he was happy to take his drill back :)

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I love how this piece turned out and that I was able to use things I already had to create something new! Thanks for letting me share and I would love to see how your DIY pieces look.

~Erica

Awesome job, sis!!  I had to laugh reading about your love for your coffee mugs, remembering a time when your hubby broke one of them and was afraid to tell you, ha!! ~Kelly

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Jan 21

Take It On Tuesday! Hearts, Organizing and Recipes

Welcome to Take it on Tuesday! This week I took on some Quinoa Oat Bars that are kid approved!  Also, put together a Dream Board to help focus on and accomplish my goals in 2014! What have you been up to this week? We want to see your favorite posts!

This month: let’s follow each other on Bloglovin’!!

    1) Follow Romance on a Dime on Bloglovin’
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This week’s features!
  Winter Energy Cookies by Yesterfood

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Strawberry Muffins

Winter Energy Cookies @ Yesterfood

Birthday Kids Craft @ Kids Fun 101

Mudroom Update @ Home Happy Home

Football Finger Food @ Gloriously Made

Heart Towels @ View From the Fridge

Strawberry Muffins @ Something Sweet

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Jan 17

2 Life Lessons For The New Year

Will 2014 be better than 2013?  Well, I guess that totally depends.  Am I going to do something DIFFERENT this year?  Because if I don’t, it will be just the same (or worse) than last year.  I have many goals for this year that will never be accomplished if I keep doing what I’m doing.  This year I did something different to keep me more focused.  I created a Dream Board to constantly have my goals in front of me.

On top of that, I have learned two lessons that I intend to put into action this year.  Two lessons that will make a big change in the way this year progresses.

Wherever you are, be ALL there.

1. Wherever you are, be ALL there.

I am a homeschooling mom of three active boys.  I am running a business and a blog.  I have a husband with a disability.  These can be such burdens when I think about them all at once and try to accomplish/carry them all at once.  My mind and heart are constantly being pulled in multiple directions.  It’s too much!  All at once anyway…

But by God’s immeasurable grace, this year I will make it my purpose and plan to FULLY be where I am at each moment.  No thinking about a business task during family time.  They deserve my full attention when it’s THEIR time and I WILL give it to them.  And on the other side of that, I will carve out specific time for my home business and this blog and be intentional in my work.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:33-34

Relationship over Ego

2. Relationship over Ego.

We ALL make mistakes.  Each and every one of us, messes up and usually we don’t learn our lesson the first, second or hundredth time.  Thankfully, God is loving, forgiving and patient!  And we ought to be as well.  If we had to be perfect in order for God to love us, then none of us would know His love.

It is a very difficult thing to admit we are wrong.  Sometimes we may not even realize that we are wrong.  I pray that this year we would have soft and teachable hearts.  I pray that we would be willing to take a step back and re-evaluate the situation when conflicts arise in our homes, in our workplaces, in our churches.  Is being right or keeping the relationship of more value to you?  It may be God speaking into your heart about a change that needs to happen.  Or it may just be time to agree to disagree.

 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18

What are your goals for the New Year? Blessings to you!  ~Kelly

 

Jan 15

Creating A Dream Board For the New Year!

A New Year always brings new hopes, dreams, plans…We’re gonna climb that mountain, lose that weight, change that character flaw.  Hopes and dreams flying about in our heads, but it’s overwhelming, we don’t know the process to get there and so by mid-January we’ve already forgotten or given up.  Aren’t New Years resolutions made to be broken anyhow?

 

Do you have big plans for this New Year?  Have you put together a list of goals?  I have a horrible tendency of starting off with a bang and then quickly getting distracted and fizzling out.  So how to keep this from happening?  How to keep the sparks flying throughout the year?

My favorite way is by creating a “Dreamboard!”

 

Follow me over to Day2DayJoys.com for the rest of this post and how to make your own Dream Board!

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