Planner tabs

I love my new Planner Society tabs! The problem with bullet journaling is that, despite your best efforts, you loose your pages in this massive book. I’ve tried to use Washi tape to mark sections off and bookmarks, etc, but they all fail. Either they rip off in my purse, or they make certain parts of my planner too bulky, while other parts are too thin. So when I saw how adorable the Planner Society tabs were, I knew that I had found my solution! Check these bad boys out:

A section for my homeschool lesson plans:

This section houses my weekly schedule, appointments, sectioning of my time for school work, grocery shopping etc.  The glue is still little wet on that one!

Personal, for all my quirky little notes, recipes, bill lists, etc.

My Girl Scout troop section- like a boss, a Girl Boss!!!

Community, for my Girl Scout team leadership role.  I’ll have to be careful to not glue the edges together!  This one is a little wet still as well.

Church, of course!  Where else am I going to keep Vestry notes, and Children’s ministry plans?

I pasted them into my planner using my Ranger Glue N’ Seal and my fan brush. Ranger glue NEVER disappoints!

No clue where I bought either of these, its been so long.  But knowing my habits, I am sure it was Michaels or Amazon- ha!



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Planner Society July 2017

Today I received the kit from July 2017 and it did not disappoint!


This one I received second hand as well, but nothing in the kit had been used and it still retained its sparkling brand new quality. Check out its summery goodness:


And the special papers; look at those ladies!  So cute!


And look at all these extras!


I just love these colors!  Nothing says summer quite like those lime green colors and bright purples.

Isn’t this adorable!  That’s going to make for some cute little honey-do notes for my husband.  Ha!


Of course, this was last July’s kit, so we will have to see what amazing things Christy Tomlinson has in store for us this summer!  I have registered to start receiving the kits, and expect to see June’s box sometime soon, which I will immediately snap a hundred pictures of to share with all of you here.  I’ve even gotten an email that it is on the way!

Meanwhile, summer is in full swing in Florida and we are enjoying ourselves immensely.  Now that my daughters have phones, I find all kinds of gems on there, like this one my youngest took at a restaurant on the coast called The Tiny Turtle, which makes the most amazing sofrito bowl EVER.  I’m not lying y’all!


If you fancy a trip, check them out at 249 Minuteman Causeway in Cocoa Beach.  You will not be disappointed.


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Pioneer Woman Magazine Summer 2018

Y’all, have you seen the new summer magazine? It’s as amazing as a summer magazine

should be!

Highlights for me? A spread on Fiestaware and sunflowers! 🌻

Now personally I have never owned a piece of Fiestaware. But that doesn’t stop me from drooling over the colorful goodness!

And this lady here? She’s from Orlando! So it’s possible that I could run into her and we could have a conversation about her fiesta collection! We could be bffs! Maybe she will gift me her collection! Ok, probably not all that, but more drooling ensues!

There’s something so magical about a rainbow of dinnerware all nicely lined up ROY-G-BIV like.

And did you know there was polka dot Fiestaware? Me either!!! But dreams do come true!

Summer isn’t complete without sunflowers. They are one of my favorite flowers and I just love, love, LOVE them!

The pictures make me want to squiggle into my yellow bikini (true story) and jump in the pool.

Look at all the variety!  I want them all in my backyard!

And I am personally resisting the urge to log into Etsy right now and buy this adorable baseball hat:

All this sunflower talk inspired me to go grab my own bunch, along with some green mums.

And there they sit in one of my Anchor Hocking Soreno vases (60s-70s, avocado color way) and on one of my pioneer woman tablecloths- journey full circle little sunflowers! 🌻


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Why, hello there planner supplies!

So I did a thing…

I’ve been eyeing this subscription group for a while now called The Planner Society. And, unlucky for me, when I decided to finally sign up (I am very indecisive when it comes to where I spend my money, as I am sure ALL homeschool moms are), they were closed for new subs for the month! Nooooooooo!!! *cue the dramatic music*

Luckily, this yard sale app I use had a few kits listed from people who felt the colors “just weren’t for them”. Um… ok.

Feast your eyes on these adorable pink and green goodies! This is the May 2018 kit:

So great!  You can subscribe here, between the 2nd and 14th of the month, The Planner Society

So this kit came with some papers, including speciality papers:


Can you see these adorable little flamingos?

Best paper selection EVER! I’m so lucky that these colors are SO MY STYLE! Love!!! ❤️

We’ve also got this great pen:

it has rose gold accents and is a heavy, professional feeling pen that writes like a dream.

Let’s check out some of my other fabulous goodies in this kit:

That bag is legit amazing! It’s made of a faux leather and very tough thick plastic. It’s quite nice. And those clips are going immediately into my bullet journal!

Yeah, so that’s happening! And those little flower accents are exactly the type of thing I’ve been needing to find for a project with the littlest Ray gal.

Check it this beauty!

Little habit tracker stamps! Huge in the bullet journal community to make tracking boring things entertaining. Ha! Now, personally, stamps and I have not gotten along very well, but I might have to give it the good ‘ole college try again because those stamps are heaven!

Paper dollies:


Journal folders (you can just glue them right on the inside cover or on your dashboard):


Washi tape, cards, page flags, headers… so many cute goodies!ff09b1bf-52cf-4ea5-b375-914d0a466d88-849-000000bad5a8f1a7_file.jpg

And now, my favorite part! Check out these page tags, labels and stickers:865e44b8-d575-42a6-8556-cd7862542f55-849-000000bc5692a757_file.jpg

Best ever!!! I love it so much I don’t want to use it!

Speaking of planners and bullet journals, check out my new weekly spread. It’s colorful and cheerful!

And a LOT of coloring! Which, come on let’s be honest, I don’t really mind! I used the template from Kate Louise and added my own colorful spin to it.


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Happy Easter! 🐇

Easter is one of my most favorite holidays.

Firstly, it is in my birthday month and I take extra special pleasure in thinking others all around the world are celebrating with me.

Secondly, it is, for me, truly the beginning of spring. It meant that winter in Kentucky would soon be wrapping up and longer days were on the horizon! The whole world was decorated with pretty pastels, which were hard to find colors the rest of the year, and a particular favorite of mine. It meant cute little sheep and multi-colored rabbits and chick-a-dees were speckled around the neighborhood (don’t judge, it was a different time).

Thirdly, it meant the cutest little Easter dresses for church, with adorable little ruffle socks and either bonnets or Easter hats dyed to match. This is a tradition I have, unfortunately been unable to share with my children who look at my suggestions of bonnets and derby hats as ghastly old-fashioned. Bah! As a kid who didn’t have much, I loved my brand new Easter dress and my brand spanking new dress shoes. No hand me downs, but MY VERY OWN <— very important when you are 7 or 8 and your closet can only be defined as hand-me-down fashionable.

Fourth, the candy! Good Lawd the candy! Other than Halloween it was a rare reprieve from the spinach and Brussels sprouts! Especially those tiny little bubble gum eggs… oh, and the peeps! No matter what you say, those things are amazing!

This year, our Easter plans were almost ruined by a thief who stole $1000 from our account. A $1000!!! It seems a bit overkill if you ask me. But luckily we were able to get the money back in time for me to go Easter shopping the day BEFORE Easter. Have you ever went shopping at Walmart the day before Easter? If Walmart existed during the time of Jesus scripture would have said something like this: “verily, verily I tell thee, if thou wait until the day before, you will truly spend thou time in line praying.” Over 45 minutes y’all in line to check out. I tell ya, by the time I was through that line I was praying all right!

Despite our unplanned Easter at home we have had a fabulous day! My brother came over for an impromptu Easter fest, and we started a new tradition in my house. While the girls dyed Easter eggs I read and held up resurrection eggs. I had been wanting to start this tradition for a couple years now but always seemed to miss out on buying the resurrection eggs from the store. Ironically, I found them this year! I had thought for sure that they would be sold out since I had to wait so long, but it must have been meant to be!

If you’ve never seen resurrection eggs, each egg has a symbol or icon from the story of Christ’s resurrection. There’s a book included with scripture and story info, so you don’t need to look up each scripture reference yourself. I found mine at Hobby Lobby for $19.99, with 40% off!

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believe that in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. –John 3:16

What a wonderful holiday! We’ve been so blessed with so many wonderful things: family, a home, fur babies, a successful business, friends, a wonderful church family, and gorgeous weather!

Easter truly is a time of renewal and counting of blessings!


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First crochet of 2018!

Well it is officially 2018 and I am ready for my first crochet project! For the next six weeks I will be crocheting along (aka CAL), following Lucy at Attic24. And I love, Love, LOVE her! I’ve been following her blog for ages and she has inspired me to keep going no matter how tough the project!

Yesterday was the kickoff of her Woodland Ripple Afghan. And this time I was totally prepared! I gathered my Stylecraft yarn in all the delicious colors, grabbed a few erasable Frixion pens in a yummy rainbow palette and snuggled under my heated blanket to crochet the night away!

Speaking of heated blankets- Someone has moved Florida to the arctic because jeez Louise has it ever been cold!!! I had to leave my faucet dripping night before last! Dripping y’all! I am in balmy Central Florida. We don’t have insulation on our pipes and our pipes are in the foundation of our houses. That means if it freezes and busts they will have to jack up my whole floor! Nope. Nope. Nope.

It has been so cold I’ve resorted to using both a heating pad AND a heating blanket. And- you better sit down for this- I had to turn on my heat! So for a full fifteen minutes it smelled like the house was on fire as it slowly heated up and brought us up to over 73 degrees, where God intended humans to live.

Your loving ice cube,

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My favorite things

Oprah is the best.  No, really, she is!  Every year I love looking at her “Favorite Things” and imagining a world in which I could actually own a fourth of that.  I mean, Oprah’s great, but she’s also filthy stinking rich.  Am I right?!?!  I deserve nice things too.  Just not so sure that includes a Faux Fur Hat for $125.

Faux Fur hat
House of Fluff Explorers Hat, 

I mean, I know I’m worth it, but that’s some major moola to keep my ears toasty in 80 degree weather.  Maybe if it was real fur.  And if it washed the dishes or something.  But $125 for something WHITE, when I know my kids are gonna outgrow their last pair of shoes in .5 seconds- no thank you!  And let’s not get started on the fact that this is labeled as an explorer’s hat.  A white explorers hat.  Made of fake fur.  Ain’t nobody got time for that nonsense when you are out exploring the world!  Hand me that stick of rhino jerky and let’s get this exploring started!  #richpeopleproblems

Now don’t get me wrong, Oprah is the gold standard for all things awesome, but, I wonder, could I do something better for moms everywhere?  Could I create a- GASP!- mom’s favorite thing list?  Uh, heck yeah!

For this endeavor I enlisted the help of my friend Katy over at I like to cut and paste.  We’ve each come up with a small list of our favorite things, that we just can’t live without.  Check them out, and maybe they will inspire you to “live in the moment” as our Oprah would say, and discover your treasures just in time for sharing for the holidays!

Without further ado!

The Colourful Teacup’s 2017 Mom’s Favorite Things!

  1.  Pioneer Woman 6 Quart Crockpot, $25.  I think this goes without saying, but Moms are busy y’all!  Like, honestly overwhelmed all the time.  How could you not like something that helps you cut out slaving over a hot stove all evening?  This crockpot is an upgrade from my last one that was just too small for my growing family.  It’s available in a bunch of yummy colors that are just irresistible. AND my Pioneer Woman Cake Stand with Glass Cover, $27.  All of her products are beautiful.  And this cake stand was love at first sight for me.  It came out right after I saw an article in Martha Stewart Living (the magazine) about Jadeite dish-ware which featured a jadeite cake stand.  Obviously this isn’t a jadeite original, but it’s lovely enough to be vintage and it holds all those baked goodies where your husband can see them when he walks through the door, solidifying your position as grade ‘A’ wife material ladies.  Seriously.  It also helps when you don’t have to tell your kiddos for the millionth time where the dessert is, what the dessert is, what color is the dessert, and on and on and on.  An evening with this crockpot and cake stand and you’ll be making Martha Stewart jealous in no time!
  2. Rapid egg cooker, $12-20.  I was made fun of mercilessly over buying this for myself on my birthday last year.  But it is impossible to make deviled eggs without loosing half of the egg when you live in Florida.  I don’t know if its the eggs, the heat, the humidity or what, but it is impossible.  NO, IT IS!  Enter in this lovely little gadget (that my husband uses now practically every day- who is laughing now punk?) and you can have hardboiled eggs in 15 minutes with no need to find and clean a pot.  It’s magic!
  3. Happy Planner, $10-40.  If you like to obsess over planning every minute of the day, you homeschool, or make lists non-stop, then a Happy Planner is a must!  I also have the hole punch so every thing I have gets shoved in there.
  4. FRIXION erasable gel pens, $11 for a set of 10.  Remember what I said about planning every minute of the day?  Well, I do it using these glorious pens that my friend Esther introduced me to.  I use a different color for every type of activity (church, Girl Scouts, Home, Work, 4-H, etc).  Best part?  They are ERASABLE!  I’ve been told that they work wonders for quilters too, as the ink disappears after ironing.
  5. Bath and Body Works Spray, $14.50.  When it comes to scents, nobody beats Bath and Body Works.  And when it’s Christmas, that means they have released their seasonal scents, which are simply irresistible.  My fav?  Winterberry Wonder.
  6. Our Own Candle Company 13oz Mason Jar candle, Lemon Pound Cake, $7.99.  No Mom’s favorite things list would be complete without a special candle to help alleviate some of those aggravations.  These candles carry a high scent load which means one candle is strong enough to make the whole house smell like Grandma is cooking!
  7. My tea.  Tea is serious business in this house.  And I have a few things that I regularly use that every tea drinker should consider purchasing.  First up, my IKEA 365+ Pitcher with Lid, $7.99.  This pitcher is tempered glass, which means that when I am brewing my own iced tea (it is the South y’all!) I don’t have to worry about pulling out my cast iron tea pot.  It also holds the same amount of water as my electric tea kettle.  Although I love iced tea, I couldn’t live without a good tea served hot.  Because I homeschool, my voice is often gone by the end of the day.  There’s a lot to be said about the healing powers of a good cuppa tea with local honey drizzled on top.  My favorite teas are Zhena’s Gypsy Tea, $8, and Ahmad Cardamon Tea, $15.  I love Zhena’s Chai teas, especially Chocolate Chai.  Chocolate and Chai?  What’s not to love?  The Ahmad Cardamon Tea is a nice robust Middle Eastern tea, which is perfect with a bit of cream.  It is one of my husband’s favorite teas and reminds him of the cups he had while deployed in the military.
  9. Godspeed, Voice of the Reformation devotional by David Teems, $12.37.  Have you heard about David Teems yet?  Well if you haven’t you need to find out more!  I recently received this as a gift from my friend Laura when David last visited our church.  This devotional celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and features the words of people notable during that time period.  David Teems is a man of many talents, including being a wonderful historical writer, and an extremely humble and kind man.  I was already a huge fan of his work from his other books, so I was really looking forward to getting this one.  I must admit, I was so excited I already read a few days worth (sorry 2018).     
  10. Boye Aluminum crochet hooks, $9 for a set of 6, size E-J.  These hooks really take a beating!  I’ve tried several different brands made of various materials (wood, plastic, etc) and these have proven themselves to be worth their weight in gold.  The smoothness of the aluminum means that they do not snag on my yarn.  And, unlike plastic hooks, they do not make little “squeaky” sounds when I’m crocheting.  If you crochet, you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about.
  11. And last, but certainly not least, is my most favorite item of all.  Stylecraft Special DK Yarn, $2.07 for 100g.  I love this yarn so much that I actually just bought 15 more skeins tonight!  It’s more lightweight than most of the yarn you buy here in America (perfect for Florida summers) and when they ship it to you from Wool Warehouse (in the UK) they send them in these net bags that are perfect for keeping your WIPs dust free and all together to grab on the go.

How amazing is all that stuff?  I hope my favorite things list has inspired you to reflect on all of your favorite things!  In the season of gifting and receiving, it is a real blessing to be able to reflect on what you already have and pass that love on to others.

Oprah’s Favoite things are conveniently listed on Amazon for your purchasing.  And, joking aside, there’s some great items on there that are actually affordable.  You can start shopping here:  Oprah’s Favorite Things

Happy Holiday Shopping!

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