Bujo for 2019 and a new favorite lipstick

Monday, December 31, 2018

Okay, this trend has been around for a while. I even tried it a couple years ago, and decided I didn't like it. But I'm thinking of giving it another go, only this time, my way.

Bujo, in case you don't know, is bullet journaling, and it's been all over social media for several years now. Just search for it. The information out there and all the different examples and formats are overwhelming. But if you go to the original website, where the founder of the system, Ryder Carroll, explains it, you'll see it doesn't have to be complicated. It can be a fairly simple way to set up your own planner for the year, without investing in a big, fancy one.


I've never cared for planners because they always have sections in them that I never use, or they don't include sections that I do want.

A bullet journal allows you to customize your journal so you have it exactly the way you want, with the sections and pages you need.

I invested in this pretty berry-colored journal (found on Amazon) which is composed of dotted pages, helpful for bulleted items, boxed items, artwork, etc. Some people go major into the artistic and creative side of bullet journaling and it can be quite intimidating to see some of the beautiful creations online. (Also, lots of fun.)


I chose the dotted version, rather than lined. Hmmm . . . hope I like it.
I'm always nervous about writing in a new journal, because I want it to look pretty. And only contain lofty and well-thought-out ideas. Ha. But that defeats the purpose of a journal, right? It's supposed to house the building blocks and ideas that will help you eventually come to those brilliant and satisfying conclusions. (Or not. Sometimes I feel like I journal continuously about the same things, over and over, without making any headway!)

But when I stare at that first, pristine blank page, I have to remember one of my favorite bits of advice: If you expect perfection or nothing, you'll get nothing every time.

So I'm going to just dive in, and try not to worry if it doesn't look beautiful at the start. I'm also going to tweak the bujo idea a little.

Bullet journals are really planners -- daily, weekly, and monthly to-do lists and goal-setting. They aren't really for recording thoughts and prayers and dreams in prose form, as I like to journal. I'm going to try and set up some kind of combination of the two.

I think the reason I didn't like doing the bujo a couple years ago was all the to-do lists mixed in with my journaling. Don't get me wrong -- I'm a huge list-maker and planner. It just seemed messy to have everything together (that's why a big part of the journal is your index pages, so you can find stuff). So I think that this time I might put at least my daily to-do's on a sticky note on my journal page for the day. Then I can throw it out when the list is complete (pretty satisfying), and it doesn't take up space in my journal.

I am tired of having a grocery list, a to-do list, a prayer journal, a gratitude journal, a regular journal, a future purchases list, etc. all over the house. This seems a great way to combine everything together. 

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In other organizational news, I just labelled all my new-fave lip colors. The print is so small on the end of these tubes, I had to get a magnifying glass just to read the labels, and then go to the Maybelline website to double-check because I still couldn't be sure I was seeing the names right.


I LOVE this lip color. It's the Maybelline SuperStay 24 Liquid Lipstick. One end is the color and the other end is a moisturizing balm to put on after the color. I rarely wore lip color before because it was always coming off on my coffee and tea cups or napkins or clothes. This stays on until you remove it. Literally. I've woken up after a night's sleep when I first started wearing it, having eaten and brushed my teeth, etc., the day before and it was still on. If you don't like the idea of a stain like this you might not enjoy it, but I am sold.

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My youngest son recommended this study Bible. I've always read the NIV, so I am excited to try this ESV. I'm going to spend today looking at different reading plans. A couple years ago, we read the Bible though three years in a row, and I think I want to get a plan together for this year as well since the past couple years I haven't been as intentional about my reading.


I'm staying home today because of a little scratchy throat. Don't want to be near the new grand baby if I'm coming down with something. I've been able to see him almost every day since he's been born. I could sit and hold him for hours! (And have.)

So anyway, today is a great day to be getting out all my lists and plans and washi tape and markers and sit with tea and just remember 2018 and look forward to 2019. We are going really low-key tonight with leftover lasagne and Netflix!

Happy New Year to all of you, my friends!

{And has anyone done bullet journaling? Are you as overwhelmed/awed/curious as I am by the journals posted online? Any advice?}

An unexpected Christmas gift!

Monday, December 24, 2018

#purebliss
 We got an unexpected, but very welcome, early Christmas gift!

Matthew James, our first grandchild, arrived 5 1/2 weeks early on December 19. Mom and baby are doing well, although Matthew needed to spend some time in NICU getting his blood sugars regulated. My husband just left to take the car seat to the hospital -- we got a call that mom and dad are getting ready to bring him home!!

It was heaven to finally get to hold him today. Such a sweet little guy. I love him to bits already!

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Wishing you all a very happy Christmas. I'm thankful for you all in my life. Join with me in thanking our Father for the gift of His Son, and for the blessings of this tiny grandson.

xo, Deborah 


Twinkle, twinkle little star baby shower

Wednesday, December 5, 2018


I had the privilege of hosting a baby shower this past weekend for my daughter who is expecting our first grandchild in January. I picked Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star as the theme.

I had so much fun!

Here I used Buffalo snow as "clouds" and little battery-operated twinkle lights as "stars" above the cute little onesies. Yes, he is a boy!

I hung gold stars from the curtain rods around the living and dining rooms as well.


The mom-to-be's chair was reserved right next to the present table.


I made these little centerpieces with more Buffalo snow, twinkle lights, a star pick, and some star garland. I also added a couple blue stars with blue ribbon streamers hot-glued onto shish kabob skewers (not shown in this pic).



I was actually thankful for a cloudy day. The twinkle lights had a chance to really sparkle! 



I had the shower catered, the first time I've done this. Let me tell you, it was a wonderful experience! I was able to relax and enjoy the shower so much more than if I had been serving and refilling coffee pots, etc.

The shower was at 11 a.m. on Saturday, so I served brunch. We had layered omelet, with zucchini and dried tomato, sour cream and chive potatoes, apple-flavored bacon and sausage skewers, fruit salad, and several types of breads, muffins, and scones. Oh, and salmon quesadillas.




 I set up a candy and cookie bar. The little ceramic bootie planter with the It's a Boy! mints was once filled with a floral arrangement that I received after my daughter was born. It adds a sentimental touch.



The only thing I made were these chocolate-covered pretzels. It was so fun to just work on the decorating and not worry about preparing food for 35 people.


When I was planning the shower, I googled blue candy, and found lots of fun and festive options. I had to rein myself in after I started filling my online shopping cart with blue lollipops, blue gummy bears, blue twizzlers, and more!



I couldn't resist these blue and white sugar swizzle sticks.


These little star cookies, found at our local grocery store, fit in perfectly with the Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star theme.


I love these cookies! I saw some like this on etsy and knew they would be perfect for the shower. I asked at our local bakery if they could make something similar and I was thrilled at what a beautiful job they did.



Instead of the traditional punch, I decided to have a juice bar. I had five different kinds of juices, with sparkling water, and slices of lemon and lime and some raspberries for garnish. (Forgot to get a picture of that.)

When people arrived they were greeted by this sign and asked to guess how many candies in the baby bottle.



The winner got to take home the baby bottle. How many candies do you think are in there?**

A friend of my daughter's brought little cans of play-doh for everyone and we had a contest to see who could make the cutest baby! So much fun. Here are a few of the prizes -- an insulated coffee mug with coffee, a bath and body pampering gift, and a package containing pencils, notebook, sticky notes, etc., all in blue of course.


The little guy is going to be so cute in all the little outfits he received. Here is my daughter with her dear friend who flew up from Alabama for the weekend.


Each guest went home with a little soap labelled "**from Jessica's shower to yours**." I purchased these organic coconut oil soaps from etsy and then dipped them in gold stars and put them in little gold organza drawstring bags.



And then the next day, Sunday, we celebrated at another shower hosted by Jessica's mother-in-law. What a special weekend. We are so thankful and looking forward to welcoming this little one. He is already so loved.


**316 candies
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