Creative Goals for 2015 & How The Ultimate DIY Bundle Will Help Me Meet Them

creative goals

Does it sound crazy that I, a mother of six kiddos, seven years to five months, am making creative goals for myself? I have to admit, part of me is whispering, “you can’t do this…what about all the work that is left undone at the end of every day?…what about all the things that must get done just to keep everyone fed, clean, clothed, learning?…”

But, I know the difference my heart feels when a little creativity is sprinkled into my day…when I carve out a few moments to write, or doodle, or paint with watercolors alongside my little ones. I must plan for the creativity or it will certainly be taken over by laundry, and dishes, and cleaning out kitchen cabinets.

So, yes, I am making creative goals for this year. Mostly little bits here and there when I have a few minutes to myself or glimpses of everyday, kid-friendly creating I can join.

As a mother, creating can no longer be viewed as good only when it produces the desired object. Creating when children are in my care is a way to also craft memories and build relationships!

That’s why I’m so excited as I look through my copy of The Ultimate DIY Bundle. There are 76 eBooks and eCourses included (plus some fun bonuses). I’ll be using several of them to help me meet my creative goals for this year (and many years to come, I’m sure!).

All of the resources listed below would cost over $95 if I bought them each separately. However, by purchasing the bundle, I get all of them PLUS 60 other eBooks & eCourses (and cool bonuses) for only 34.95! Find out more about the bundle by clicking the image below.


For Myself: I love handmade gifts. I love getting them and I especially love giving them. I also know I need to work on them throughout the year so I don’t stress out! So I’m really excited to dive in to Handmade Gifts for Every Occasion by Kim Layton. (I’m already thinking of all the ways her adorable crochet bowls could be used!) I’m also looking forward to making some of the gifts from Pioneering Today: A Homemade Christmas by Melissa Norris.

With the Kids: The Ultimate DIY Bundle also contains a great little eBook called, Gift Kids Can Make by Cindy Hopper that we’ll be using to help the kids make Christmas gifts for their friends and relatives.



For Myself: Most of my writing comes out in this little corner of the Internet. My goal is to take time to encourage you to live intentionally while also being intentional in my own life. There’s definitely a balance there and I don’t have all the details worked out yet, but my goal is to write more purposefully. I’m looking forward to reading On Becoming a Writer by Denise J. Hughes and 1,000 creative Writing Prompts: Vol. 2 by Brian Cohen and Jeremiah Jones.

With the Kids: All of my kids love to be read to, but my oldest is especially fond of making up stories. She could entertain herself for hours with make-believe. However, she struggles with the focus needed to get all those stories out of her head and onto paper. My goal is to add time into our week when she can dictate a story to me. I’m also guessing that when the other kids hear her stories they’ll want me to write a few of theirs as well.

We’ll also be working our way through the Life, According to Me journal for kids by Stephanie Dulgarian. (If you want to help older elementary kids or middle schoolers with story writing, you’ll want to checkout A Summer of Stories by Tsh Oxenrider).

We’re also making a goal to send more kid-made postcards to far-off family. Postcards because they’re fun and postage for 4 kids is a little easier on the bank account :)



For Myself: My husband, Tim, bought me my first “big” camera for Christmas in 2013. My brother (a great photographer) was there when I opened it. He fiddled with the settings and in over a year, I’ve never changed them. My goal is to get out of Auto and figure out how to use the manual setting. Thankfully, I have a couple of great resources to start with. Say No to Auto by Kristen Duke and The Spaghetti Shots by Courtney Westlake are both geared toward moms wanting to take great photos of life without taking the time to sit down and muddle through their camera’s owner’s manual. 

With the Kids: Another photography goal is to capture the day-to-day life of my family. I’m fairly good at taking pictures when we’re home, but I want more of a plan. I’m loving Rebecca Coopers Printable Photo Checklist. To get the kids involved, we’ll print each season’s list and post it on the fridge. Then we’ll check it off together as we photograph each object or activity. The kids have also inherited my Canon point-and-shoot camera, so I know they’ll love capturing images alongside me.



With the Kids: Not only is canning fresh foods healthier and cheaper, it’s also fun for the whole family. Two years ago I burnt myself out canning dozens of pounds of peaches all by myself. This year, I want to include the kids more and make it a family affair. I’ll be using Simply Canning: Survival Guide for Safe Home Canning by Sharon Peterson as a refresher and inspiration for our home canning.

Doodling and Coloring

For Myself: I love to doodle and color! I shared a free zentangle printableMy goal for this year is to complete a themed zentangle or doodle each month.

With the Kids: The kids love when I draw a new doodle for them to color. Even my three year old has been known to color for a solid hour if we’re all sitting at the table coloring together. I’ve already printed out 5 copies of the snowflake mandala from A Year of Mandalas by Samantha @ Doodle Art Alley. We’re looking forward to Samantha’s Animal Coloring Book as well.



With the Kids: My goal is to work on a group knitting project and take turns teaching and working with each of the kids. We plan to make a simple knitted scarf that will be a Christmas present (giving us plenty of time to finish).


For Myself: I’ve done a little sewing this past year (like the three matching flower girl dresses), but out of all the sewing I’ve done since having kids, I can count the number of things I’ve made for myself on one hand…maybe even one finger :) this year I want to try to make myself a top. I have the hardest time finding tops that fit correctly, so I’m excited to make The Parisian Top by Andrea Pannell.

I also plan on embroidering some cute Christmas ornaments to give away using the adorable designs in Mollie Johanson’s Winter Stitching Club.

Plus, I already know of at least one person who will be getting a Sleep Over Tote for Christmas. I think it will make a great bag for the beach or soccer games.

With the Kids: We have a new little nephew who will be a great age for some great bibs next Christmas. He’ll be in that between age when many baby bibs are too small but where he’ll still make a good ‘ol mess as he feeds himself. I’ve re-sized my reversible, kid’s apron pattern to make a great toddler bib. This project is very simple and I know my kids will enjoy working with me to make some new bibs for their little cousin.


Remember, that’s just a small peak of what is included in this amazing bundle! Plus, there are 5 bonuses, including a free class through Craftsy (up to $60 value).

Here’s a complete list of the eCourses that Craftsy is offering as a part of the bonus.  Each buyer gets to choose 1 of these as their free bonus.

If you want to take advantage of this great deal to help with your creative goals, don’t wait! The sale ends in:
Today’s Questions: Do you have any creative goals for 2015? Look through the resources offered in The Ultimate DIY Bundle. Do you think it’ll be a good fit for helping you meet your goals?
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Why We Need to Make Time to Create

Do you feel like there aren't enough hours in the day to make time to create? Find out why you need to make time and how spending at least a few minutes a day in creative pursuits can actually help the other aspects of your life.

I often feel there aren’t enough hours in the day. I spend most of the day juggling kids, laundry, homeschool, preparing meals, washing dishes, laundry, kids’ chores, cleaning, and did I mention laundry? It often seems like there’s very little time left for creative pursuits.

Have you ever felt the same way?

As a busy mom, my ways to create have changed. I typically use the time I make to create gifts, something for my family, or an item to make our home more comfortable for all of us. But it is important to me that the creating continues!

As a mom and homemaker, my tasks are rarely complete. There’s always the next meal to make, a new set of dishes to wash and as soon as I manage to get all the laundry washed, dried, folded, and put away there are new dirty clothes in the hamper. Of course, I get to check things off my daily to-do list, but they’ll be right back on the list tomorrow. It can be very defeating!

However, when I make time to create, it’s another story. When I snip that last thread or make the last brushstroke I feel a huge sense of accomplishment…a project is finished!

When I feel this way I’m a gentler wife, a kinder mom, and a more content homemaker. And everyone knows, a happier me equals a happier home!

Are you wanting this simple (yet profound) sense of accomplishment in the middle of your repetitive tasks?

Do you look at that bare wall in the family room and that faded skirt your daughter wants to wear for the third time this week because it’s her favorite color, and just wish you had a few hours to do something about them? Do you browse through those wonderful crafting successes on Pinterest and think to yourself that “one day” you’ll have a few more minutes to yourself so that you too can create something incredible?

Thankfully though, there’s an exciting new product to help you quickly and easily get into (or back into) the creative projects you’ve been desperate to start. It’s called The Ultimate DIY Bundle, and it’s a collection of carefully curated DIY and crafting eBooks and eCourses from the world’s leading authors and bloggers in the industry.

For the crazy low price of just $34.95, you get access to a carefully curated library of over 76 eBooks and eCourses. And let me reassure you that this really is great value: the Ultimate Bundles team (who produced the resource) has spent MONTHS seeking out the most respected experts in the industry and asking them to contribute their premium-quality eBooks and eCourses. These really are the best of the best when it comes to DIY and crafting advice and information.

Topics in the bundle include:

  • Home decor
  • Furniture painting
  • Photography
  • Chalk pastels
  • Handmade gifts
  • Homemade skincare products
  • Cake decorating
  • Photography and photo-editing
  • Paint colors and interior design
  • …and a whole lot more (76 eBooks and eCourses in total) – to help you be inspired or get started with your next DIY or crafting project!

There’s no need to worry about information overload though: The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with a complete guide to getting started, so that you can know exactly which resource to use for your specific crafting or DIY project and jump straight into it with confidence!

Hurry though! The Ultimate DIY Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 8am EST on Wednesday, January 21 until 11.59pm EST on Monday, January 26.

You can buy with complete confidence because you’re covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day money-back guarantee. That means you have a full 30 days to enjoy all the eBooks and eCourses in the bundle, and if you don’t think they provided enough value, you’ll get a full refund.

Not only that, but The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with 5 awesome bonuses, worth over $150. That’s 4x the price of the bundle alone! These include…

A free $15 Store Credit PLUS 8×10 Art Print from Hope Ink ($43 Value), a free online class from Craftsy (up to $60 Value), free $15 store credit to, a free sewing pattern PLUS a Premium Video Class from UpCraft Club ($19.99 Value), and free, full digital copies of Where Women Create Magazine and Greencraft Magazine ($20 value) from Stampington and Co.

So, don’t miss your chance to grab The Ultimate DIY Bundle, and get 76 incredible eBooks and eCourses for just $34.95. All you need to do is take action by midnight on Monday, January 26!

This amazing deal ends in just…

Pick up your copy right now, before it’s too late. Or, learn more here.

To show you just HOW MUCH is included, here are all the eBook and eCourses. I seriously can’t believe how many are included. 

Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

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{5-minute} Coffee Sugar Scrub Recipe (& an Exciting Deal!)

Would you like to find a simply way to reduce cellulite, increase circulation, and minimize water retention?

Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Many lotions and creams promise these things, but they also come with hefty price tags and lots of unnatural ingredients.

This sugar scrub recipe is a great way to wake up in the shower. The aroma is amazing and the texture gently exfoliates to leave your skin healthy and vibrant. Caffeine has also been proven to help reduce cellulite! This recipe is super easy and has only 3 ingredients. Try it today!
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This Coffee Sugar Scrub can make your skin feel and look great while being inexpensive, simple, and smelling absolutely amazing!

Massaging this scrub into your skin exfoliates dead skin cells and stimulates blood/lymph flow while the caffeine has a tightening effect.

5-Minute Coffee Sugar Scrub Recipe

(I looked at the time before I started and within 5 minutes I was able to gather all the ingredients, mix up the scrub, put in in the jar and take all the photos in this post. Whew…this is one quick DIY!)

coffee sugar scrub ingredients

Mix in a bowl.

coffee sugar scrub bowl

coffee sugar scrub mixed

(I like my coffee sugar scrub to be pretty thick, but you can add more oil if you like it runnier.)

Then spoon into a container with a tight fitting lid. I prefer using wide mouth mason jars (these or these) and these reusable plastic lids.

To Use: Simply massage in to wet skin for several minutes using firm pressure. Rinse and wash as usual. Use 2-3 times a week. Your skin will feel amazing after just the first use and you should notice visible changes in your skin within a couple of weeks.

This coffee sugar scrub also makes a wonderful and inexpensive gift. Our family gave small jars away last Christmas and have had many requests from the recipients for more.

If you like making your own body care products or you enjoy other types of DIY you definitely want to check out the Ultimate DIY Bundle Sale going on right now (JANUARY 21st @ 8:00 AM EST until JANUARY 26th @ 11:59 PM, 2015).

This bundle is filled with an incredible selection of eBooks and eCourses—with a total value of $1200 and is selling at an insanely discounted price!

The Ultimate DIY Bundle: a complete DIY library plus over $100 of bonuses. $1200 value only $34.95. Find out more:

If you’re not sure if you want to purchase, don’t worry. You’re covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day money-back guarantee. That means you have a full 30 days to enjoy all the eBooks and eCourses in the bundle, and if you don’t think they provided enough value, you’ll get a full refund.

Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

Today’s Question: What is your favorite way to take care of your skin? What are some of your favorite types of DIY projects? Click the blue button below and tell me about them.

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