A Resolution and Some Crafting/Creating Inspiration {Chalk Style}

HAPPY 2014!!!!

I spent this year’s NYE surrounded by my family.  The absolute BEST way to start a brand new year.  My boys were SO excited to stay up ‘til midnight.  Only one made it and he said it was the BEST party ever.  Bless.

They even got to drink their Kool Aid from the "fancy" plastic flutes ;)

My mom & my sister.  I love.



I spent the better part of New Year Day {ummm…night} cleaning up puke.  My littlest decided to get the same bug I had and OHMIWORD.  It was a war zone in here last night.  AW.FUL.  I’m pretty sure I did about 3 loads of laundry between midnight and 3 AM.  Poor baby.

Now here we are.  A brand new year.  A time to start all over.  Make promises and resolutions…most of which we {most likely} won’t keep.  I might be speaking for myself, but it seems that I always start real strong, but by mid-February, my resolutions slowly start to fizzle and I *promise* myself I’ll give it a better try the following year.  

So this year my RESOLUTION {singular} is simple.


Because life is too short to be anything but happy.  I’m pretty much a happy person 99.9% of the time {except when mean people aren’t playing nice} but I need to do MORE of what makes me…and those around me…happy.  And most importantly, I want to steer clear of anything and everything that isn’t nice. 

I want to make my boys happy…my husband…God...my family & friends…my school babies…my coworkers…and complete & total strangers.  I just want to be the kind of person that makes people happy.  Plain and simple. 

And I want to do things that make me happy, too. 

Plus…I REALLY want to read the bible cover to cover.  I want that to be one thing that really doesn’t fizzle out.  

So in a nutshell, that’s my goal for 2014.  Do more of what makes me…and those around me…happy.  Oh…I need to give up fast food in a BAD way.  I gave up sodas last February and haven’t had a carbonated drink since then!  But fast food is soooo easy.  And it’s a vice.  And well…it’s just GROSS.  So I need to stop that.  But I might have a hard time saying goodbye to Chick Fil A, so I won’t be too hard on myself when I decide to stop by and indulge in a chicken sandwich.  If it makes me happy, I might have to partake :)

Now it’s upward and onward.  Looking forward to a new year full of God’s blessings.  Here’s 2013 in a nutshell…


Presenting for SDE…such a fun experience!
Meeting new friends :)
Upgrading to a King size bed
Deleting Candy Crush from my phone {it’s the devil, I swear!!!!}
Date nights with my best friend
Meeting an angel on an airplane



The day our rescue baby went missing
Puppy seizures {they’re real.  And they’re scary}
The Atlanta airport {I’m pretty sure it’s the devil, too}
The first week of Kindergarten
Mean spirited people
Tummy bugs and fevers
My child’s picky eating habits {totally my fault, by the way}



Celebrating my 10 year anniversary with my best friend {somewhere tropical…we still can’t decide!}
Running {er…walking} a 5K with my girls in March
A healthier lifestyle
More random acts of kindness!!! 
Reading the bible cover to cover
My nephew’s first birthday {in just a few weeks!}
Kindergarten graduation {for my baby.  Kind of.  I’m actually a little sad}
Spring Break
The end of the school year
Vegas in July!
Girls trip

Making MANY more memories with my sweet, sweet boys!!!!

Now it's time to link up with Blog Hoppin' for some New Year inspiration.  Today's theme is creating and crafting.  Yes...I do love to create.  When I have the time, I enjoy crafting, too.  My latest obsession is chalk art.  I.AM.OBSESSED.  I love "creating" chalk art.  I use the term "create" very loosely because most of my chalk art is inspired from prints I pin to my Chalk It To Me pin board.  I'm not talented enough to come up with these ideas on my own.  Everything I chalk is freehand.  It takes me forever...but I love it.  It's so cathartic.  I'm always on the hunt for more chalkboards.  My husband's jaw drops to the floor everytime I come home with a new one...and not in a good way.  I think he wants me to take interest in something else.  But seriously...I'm obsessed.  Here are a few from this past year...




This one was inspired by Lindsay Letters.  Her prints are TO DIE FOR.  Like, INSANELY beautiful.  She has an unbelievable amount of talent and you need to check her out.  This one of mine, notsomuch...but hers.  OMG.  I begged Mr. Spouse for the print to go over our mantle, but he won the battle, so I had to *attempt* to make my own.  Maybe next year {sigh}.


You can link up with Blog Hoppin, too!  Just click on THIS LINK and link up with your latest creations and crafting inspiration!!!  

Now it's time to do more laundry...the bug isn't out of the house just yet...

39 comments:

  1. I'm obsessed with chalk art as well, however, I'm not talented enough to do my own, so I have to print on paper, or just enjoy the work of others!! I love it!!!

    Angela
    The Daily Alphabet

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  2. Love your Chalk Art especially my all time favorite Bible verse! Just tell your husband that chalk art is making you happy.... If you don't do it then you have broken your resolution! You are trying to set an example for your boys to follow through with your goals! Hope that helps. Lol Happy New Year!

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    1. Hahahaha!!!! That's EXACTLY what I'm going to tell him next time he gives me the "eye" :) HA!!!! LOVE IT!

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  3. Love your chalk art! I haven't made any of my own but need to start. I feel the same as you - I could never come up with my own things to create, but I could definitely recreate it!! Kinda like my anchor charts at school ;)

    Also adore the gold font that you used for your NY resolutions - what is it?!

    Happy New Year,
    Shelby
    First Time Firstie

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    1. The font is called "Lavenderia". I used a gold glitter overlay to make it sparkle ;) Happy New Year!

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  4. Cara,
    I absolutely love reading your blog! Your resolution is great and you are such an inspiration. I am so happy I came across your blog a couple of years ago and I have implemented so many of your ideas into my own classroom! Thank you for sharing and being such a great person!

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    1. You are so sweet Megan!!! That just made my day!!! :)

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  5. Cara you are just amazing and I know you will have an amazing and happy new year!

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  6. Whoops! You can tell that you are a naturally positive person! I love reading all of your posts.

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  7. Oh my word-your chalk art is awesome. It is professional! It is fun! Hope you all get better soon!

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    1. Thanks, Jodi!! I think the worst of this sickness is behind us now {fingers crossed}. Praise Jesus!!

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  8. Sounds like it is going to be a busy year! Love your chalk art! Very inspiring.

    Tara
    The Math Maniac

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  9. Your chalk art is amazing! You are such a talented person. Thanks for sharing so much of your life. I always enjoy finding that you've posted something! Good luck with reading the Bible each day. That's my goal, too! Hope you have a wonderful 2014!
    Dina

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    1. Thanks Dina!! I hope we can both say we met our Bible reading goal by the end of the year!!! Hugs to you!

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  10. One of my goals is to read the Bible cover to cover this year too. I'm actually doing the chronological Bible and so far, so good! I started a few days early, and I haven't fallen off yet! Ha! Hopefully by this time next year, we'll both be able to say that we accomplished our goal! I'd say it's a great start for your other goal of being happy and making others happy. :)

    Jill
    ABCs and Polkadots

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    1. Yes...I definitely hope we can both say that!!! I've been wanting to read it FOREVER! I just sorta want to skip right over Revelations though...scares me! This time next year, we'll both be saying CONGRATS!!!! :) Happy New Year!

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  11. Girl...your chalk art is amazing! One of my goals is to read the bible more. And a devotional...do you have any that you recommend? :)

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    1. You are so sweet, girl!!! My most favorite devotional right now is Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. It's so very SPOT.ON. Check out Proverbs31.org, too!!!! :) Happy new year!!!! xoxo

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  12. I love chalk art too and those are amazing! I made one for my toddler's bday photo shoot...you should check it out! http://tongassteacher.blogspot.com/2013/05/not-teaching-postbut-i-have-to-share.html

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    1. What a little cutie he is!!!! Love the pictures!!! And that chalkboard idea is PRECIOUS!!! Thank you for sharing! Happy New Year!

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  13. Do you have the YouVersion App on your phone? I've started the Lets Read the Bible together plan. It breaks up the bible info 12 parts and you finish in 360 days! Reading the whole thing is one of my goals!
    Your chalk art is beautiful! Happy 2014!
    Amber

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    1. I don't have that, but I'm getting it NOW!!! Thanks for the rec!!!! I'm so excited to get started and REALLY follow through. We'll be congratulating each other this time next year!!!! Happy New Year!!! XOXO

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  14. Your chalk art looks amazing! If only I was so talented, ha! Happy New Year - here's to a great 2014!

    Love to Learn

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    1. You are so sweet!! Thank you! Happy new year!!!

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  15. You are one of the nicest people I know. One if my resolutions is to surround myself with more positive people. Can't wait to walk with you on March, yep walking is good for me!!

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    1. I can't wait to see you my sweet friend!!! Love you!!

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  16. I finally "read" the bible this year. Sometimes I'd read it, but most the time I'd listen to it while I got ready in the morning. I'm sure there are lots of recordings of it, but I always listened to it on my "lds gospel library" app or lds.org. (The bible is just the King James version, no changes unless you click on little footnotes). I felt like it helped me to focus on something good while I got ready for my day. I LOVE your blog by they way and when ever I can implement what you do into my 2nd grade class it makes me very happy (:

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    1. Great recommendation, Ashley!!!! I need to look into that!! Happy new year to you!

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  17. I love your chalk art! Are you buying chalkboards and just using regular chalk?? I would love to try this! I just posted some art I did with my little daughter, I'm always looking for fun art projects & this looks like it is going to be the next mommy & me project!! Wishing you a blessed 2014!
    ✿Sue✿
    Science for Kids Blog

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    1. Hey Sue! Yes...regular chalkboards, but I use chalk markers. Real chalk and I don't get along :). You can get chalk markers at craft stores and they come in all sorts of fun colors!!! Happy new year to you!

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  18. I have to tell you that I was so excited when I heard you were going to be at the I Teach K! conference in Vegas! My cousin and I went last year and it was a blast. We met so many amazing educators! Your units have definitely been a staple in my classroom and I can't wait to hear more of your wonderful ideas. See you in July!

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  19. Cara,
    You make me happy. Thank you for the inspiration and joy!
    Love,
    Katie

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  20. I love the chalk art but what program do you use to create your pro tables/worksheets?

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