Creative Retreat

I LOVE this idea! I'm always on the lookout for fun and simple ways to add creativity to my day. This mini canvas idea is so up my alley. Going to go to Michael's to get some 2x2 canvases today! :)

How the Mini Canvas is Changing My Art Life

Have you heard of the Painting a Day movement? It started back in 2004 when Duan Keiser set out to share his work on the internet. What started with one man has turned into thousands of artists striving to do one small painting a day – mostly every day. I am always looking for practical ways to get creativity into my life so when I discovered this idea years ago, I was intrigued.

I love this idea! How to make a DIY spa in a box gift for a friend. So cute! I'd add my homemade sugar scrub and bath bomb; I know my friend will love this!

How to Make a Spa in a Box (Care Package 101)

Want to make your friend’s day? Make her a spa in a box care package! Here’s how . . .

Can I tell you how excited I am to share this DIY spa kit with you today? I recently bought a stack of small boxes to use this year for gifting and immediately thought how fun it would be to use them to send a spa in a box through the mail.

The idea for a survival kit isn’t new. Maybe you received a care package or two while you were away for college. Maybe you’ve even sent some through the mail. (Total side note, but if you want more survival kit ideas, you’ve got to check out Lauren Lanker’s gem of a book, Thinking Outside the Gift Box. It’s packed full of meaningful gift ideas like this one. K—back to this presentation.)

Well, I'm writing a book. Would you like to join me? I've been working on a new book for most of the year, but went about it the WRONG way. Here's what I'm doing differently.

I’m Writing a Book . . . Want to Join Me?

At the beginning of the year, I began writing a book. Except, instead of writing said book the normal way, I jumped into this project with three blank sketchbooks and began illustrating and hand-writing it.

Every day for months, I wrote four pages a day. I wrote until I had those three sketchbooks filled to the brim.

And then I stopped.

My initial thought had been I would scan all of those pages and add color spots to them as I had done for some of the pages in The Creative Retreat. The problem was, have you ever scanned hundreds of non-related pages? And the thought of color-correcting each and every one of them . . . Oh. My. Goodness.

Mentoring is a great way to grow personally and professionally, but what if you don't know anyone who can mentor you? No worries, you can still be mentored by some of the top leaders in the world. Seriously. This is how I do it. :) (P.S. This is a really awesome idea for introverts!)

How to Be Mentored by Anyone

Wouldn’t it be amazing to be mentored by your hero? It might not be as difficult as you think. Here’s how to be mentored from the best in your industry.

Years ago, I began noticing how leaders across niches and work spaces were talking more and more about mentoring. I wanted to be mentored too, but when I looked around, I wasn’t sure who to ask. Or what a mentoring relationship would look like.

I imagined sitting in a cafe with a seasoned writer, talking about our creative careers, and hashing out what was holding me back. I imagined homework, because my personality type loves homework.

Want to learn how to dot journal? The concept behind a bullet journal is simple: it's your go-to place for your planner needs, to do list, and journal. But does it work? This author shares her method and so far, I've been loving the ideas I've learned!

How to Start a Dot Journal

Are you a planner girl? A list writer? A journalista? I am all the above but when I saw the dot journal movement start up a couple of years ago, I kind of, um, rolled my eyes. I LOVE to create and make things so you would think that creating layouts for my planner would be super fun.

But when I scrolled through the bullet journaling (also called dot journaling) images on Instagram and Pinterest, all I could conjur up was feelings of overwhelm. I have to use a ruler? These pages are PERFECT and GORGEOUS and wow, I don’t have time for that.

So I put it off.

Fall is in the air! I love to find natural ways to make my home smell like fall and these recipes, DIYs, and simple tricks are perfect. I love how there are chemical free options for that yummy fall scent!

10 Natural Ways to Make Your Home Smell Like Fall

Learn how to make your home smell like fall using natural ingredients. No need to use chemicals to make your home smell delicious, warm, and inviting! There’s nothing quite like…

Yes, please! I need a personal retreat, and I love this idea to make my own. Wellness and health are important to me because if I don't take care of me, who will?! Still, it's hard to prioritize taking this time for myself sometimes. Love these ideas and that I can do them at home. :)

How to Make Your Own Wellness Retreat

Learn how to make your own wellness retreat! Last Friday I went on a wellness retreat. The air smelled sweet and vibrant, I rested, and I spent some quality time…

YES to online art classes that anyone can take! I'm a busy mom and love being creative but don't have time to drive all over town to take a class. These classes are my favorite so far. I've taken several, and they're awesome!

Daily Drawing Online Art Classes

Oh my goodness. Where do I even start? These online art classes are so much fun, you’ll find yourself taking one and then another, and then treating yourself to just…

Learn how to make this homemade face wash with essential oils for sensitive skin. This natural face wash is gentle and smells amazing. I never thought I'd make my own foaming face cleanser but now I don't want to stop!

Homemade Face Wash for Sensitive Skin

I have been slowly but surely swapping out products in our home so we can be more chemical-free. Slowly but surely because I never realized how many products we have…

Make your own cocoa butter bars with only three ingredients! These lotion bars are perfect for gifts and are also a simple way to start making your own natural beauty products. And they smell like chocolate!! :)

How to Make a Cocoa Butter Bar

Make your own lotion bars in minutes by using this simple cocoa butter bar recipe. This natural body lotion nourishes dry skin and smells like chocolate! Have you ever made…

How to Dot Journal: A Simple Guide

I need a beach retreat and love these ideas for those of us who are land-locked! :) This post totally made me smile—so going to do this with a couple of my friends in a couple of weeks!

How to Take a Beach Retreat (Even if You’re Land-locked)

I’m writing this post on how to create your own beach retreat on a rainy and cold day here in Oregon. My daughter is in preschool, and I’m in the…