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Favorite Etsy Finds Of Late

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We have too many cutting boards already, but I really like this one.

This printable day planner. Yes.

A scarf that says, cold weather please hurry up!

These earring crawlers. How do you feel about this jewelry trend? I’m digging it.

Make your cookies more unique with this!

Wooden earrings, anyone?

A great shirt to wear around Disneyland.

If you like to grow herbs, you’d like this planter.

Such fun coasters!

If I ever need bookends, these would be the ones.

Etsy is my jam. Do you have a favorite Etsy shop? I’d love to explore.

Things To Do When You’re Tempted To Procrastinate In Front Of The Tv

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Things To Do When You're Tempted To Procrastinate In Front Of The Tv | heartnatured

Don’t get me wrong, I am a movie-watcher. I am a Netflix-watcher. In college, if I got home from a long day, I wanted to pop in a movie and veg. It’s a stress reliever for me most days, and that’s fine. But I’ve realized having the tv on has become a crutch for me to be productive. If I’m cleaning, Gilmore Girls is usually on. If I’m home along, drawing or folding clothes, I usually put something on. Not saying I’ll never do it again after this moment, because I certainly will.

Even with social media, I will sit on the couch and scroll a feed for a good 20 minutes, before getting up to do something. Not saying it’s a bad thing, sometimes it’s relaxing, but… how many other things that would do my tomorrow a favor could I be doing in that 20 minutes?

I’ve also realized how much more productive and clear-headed I am when I don’t have the television on, or my phone right beside me. It got me thinking about all the small things I could do with time that I’m tempted to procrastinate. When I get home from work, or on a lazy Saturday afternoon…

  1. Paint your nails
  2. Walk around the house thoughtfully: rearrange, throw out, donate
  3. Exercise
  4. Plan recipes for the next week
  5. Sketch out a garden plan
  6. Take 30 minutes and practice your hobby (for me, photography)
  7. Organize your recipe files
  8. Catch up with a friend via phone call, email, or text
  9. Talk a walk around the neighborhood
  10. Put on worship music and sing your heart out
  11. Clean out the ‘catch-all’ drawers (everyone has them)
  12. Take a few minutes and make a list of your blessings
  13. Brainstorming Christmas gift ideas
  14. Write a couple letters to distant friends or family
  15. Create a recycling system for your home
  16. Clean out your pantry
  17. Write a family manifesto for the year
  18. Memorize a Bible verse
  19. Spend some time in dedicated prayer for someone, or a people group
  20. Do something creative (for me it would be probably doodling for a little while)
  21. Create a budget for the upcoming month
  22. Organize your closet, getting rid of clothes you haven’t worn in a year
  23. Play with your hair and figure out a new way to wear it, just for fun
  24. Find an adventurous dessert recipe and make it
  25. Make a list of goals for the month
  26. Deep clean the bathroom (not anyone’s favorite, but marvelously helpful in the end)
  27. Plan a spontaneous evening out for your husband, or your friends

Most of these things range from 5 minutes to 30 minutes, not a huge deal when considered within 24 hours, right? But, it can truly make a great deal of difference in the overall month or year. I find the quote below interesting:

“Most people don’t think in terms of minutes. They waste all the minutes. Nor do they think in terms of their whole life. They operate in the mid-range of hours or days. So they start over again every week, and spend another chunk unrelated to their life-time goals. They are doing a random walk through life, moving without getting anywhere.” Alan Lakein

Small choices today that can help or hurt bigger goals later.

What do you think?

Raven + Lily

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Raven + Lily | heartnatured

I love the idea of buying from businesses/organization that support local or global causes and people groups. For example, the A21 Campaign. I am extremely passionate about their work against human trafficking, so I purchase tees from there as opposed to the average department store. (It’s also great for birthday and Christmas gifts.)

I’ve recently stumbled across Raven + Lily.

Raven + Lily was created to alleviate poverty among women. Raven + Lily currently helps employ over 1,500 marginalized women at fair trade wages to give them access to a safe job, sustainable income, health care, education, and a real chance to to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families. Raven + Lily is committed to providing products that are made by hand, follow fair trade standards, and honor our eco-friendly commitment.

I bought my own bracelet, and every time I wear it I’m reminded of these strong women, their beauty, their lives.

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Every Ornament Has A Story

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Growing up, my sister and I had Christmas trees in our rooms. Starting out small, as we grew up, they became full of our favorite Disney characters, vacation spots, and sports icons. Sentimental, memory trees you could even say. And my mom’s big living room tree is no different. There’s hardly anymore space for new ornaments there is so many. And each one has a memory, story or purpose for being there. Crafts made when we were six, beautiful Disney figurines, funky colors and shapes collected over the years, special ornaments given as gifts, etc. I love this style of Christmas tree, and have naturally brought it into my married life.

J and I have decided to collect an ornament from everywhere we visit — from New York City to the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC to the Biltmore Inn in Asheville, NC. Do you collect anything? I love the idea of adding ornaments to our tree of our adventures, telling stories as years pass.

As you can see, my childhood appears a few times, with my 1994 Dalmatians ornament or the runner girl. The clear ball with the painted snowman is special because my late grandmother, who was very dear to me, painted them for all of us grandkids. There are a couple of them placed around the tree.

Every Ornament Has A Story | heartnatured

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