DIY Rustic Bunny Sign

DIY RUSTIC BUNNY SIGN!

Rustic Bunny Sign

A quick DIY to make this adorable Rustic Bunny Sign!

Spring is here!

Well, I think at least it is supposed to be anyway, maybe soon the weather will reflect that.

In the meantime, while I have been trapped in the house doing my usual browsing of Pinterest,

I found this cute pin of a rustic bunny on a salvaged wood.

ADORABLE RIGHT?!?

I loved it so much I wanted to recreate it.

Supplies Needed:

Wood Sign

Dark Stain

White Paint

Burlap

Printed Pattern

Drill & Bit

Twine

I found this at Walmart for $5.00!! Win!

If your Walmart doesn’t have them or you live far from one here is the link to order online!

It came with a hanger on the back for using it width wise, I planned on using it vertically so I took off the hanger.

Dark Walnut Stained

My first step was to stain it, I used Dark Walnut stain by Rustoleum.

While it was drying I printed out the pattern I wanted to use from here!

I then traced out the pattern with chalk and drew it slightly bigger than what it was.

 

Once it was traced out I painted him with 2 coats of white paint.

Then I took burlap and wound it up into a rosette for his tail.

I used instructions from a YouTube video to wind up the tail.

Rustic Bunny Sign

I drilled two holes in the top and added a hanger from twine.

BAM, you have a totally adorable sign!

The Ultimate Guide to Blogging Terms & Definitions

Blogging Terms

Does all this blogging & technical lingo have you scratching your head??

When I first started blogging and reading about blogging, I came across all these words and things that I had no idea what they were. Apparently, there is a special lingo in the blogging world.  I would see words like SEO and Pillar Posts and RSS; I had no idea what any of it meant or what the significance was to them and my blog.

I know I’m not the only one who is going through this or maybe has gone through it.

I decided to put it all in one place for the beginner blogger, so next time you see a word or term you don’t understand you can look here!

They are spelled out in the easiest terms I can find to explain because some of this is just darn confusing!

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We are ruining our kids lives! Not really, but they think so!

Attention Parents:

We are trying to ruin our kids’ lives!!

Bedtime, Shower Time, Getting Up in the Morning, Leaving for School, Homework, Dinner, same routines every day these routines are the very reason we are ruining our kids’ lives!!

Just ask them!

Why do kids act like these things are surprises set up by parents to ruin their lives?!?!

They are not!

They are simple everyday routines they have been doing damn near their whole lives!! Believe me fighting with you to go to bed or take a shower is not ruining your life. However, not showering just may ruin your life! My child will not be the stinky kid in class!

Getting up in the morning:

 “Omg I don’t want to get up it’s so early!”

“Yes, you have to get up, you have school! This is why we send you to bed at 8 pm so you aren’t this tired in the morning!”

However, the fact that you got out of bed for every excuse in the book {that I swear you wrote!} and didn’t actually go to sleep until 9:30, is the reason that this getting up so early thing sucks for you!

Leaving for school:

“Omg, I have to go to school?!”

“Yes, absolutely! Just like you have been doing for the last 4 years, and suck it up buttercup because you have many more years ahead of you!”

Homework:

“What I have to do my homework?”

“Yes, just like we do every day after school!”

Dinner:

“I’m not hungry” “I don’t like this, it’s disgusting!”

“You need to eat; you’re not leaving the table until you do!”

Shower:

“Omg, I have to shower!!!”

“Yes, you have to shower, it is gross not to shower!”

Bedtime:

“Omg it’s bedtime”

“Yes, it’s 8 o’clock, you have gone to bed at 8 o’clock since you were like I don’t know, born!”

No worries though kiddo, you’ll be up till roughly 9:30 or later because 8 o’clock is the time you need a snack {because at dinner you weren’t hungry and now you are}, drink and the bathroom 3 times! Oh, this is also the time you want to share your day and your thoughts on what you’ll do in Summer Camp 4 months from now!

All of these things we do EVERY DAY and they turn into fits and crying! Which I just don’t understand because never in the history of their lives has throwing a fit EVER got them out of doing any of these things! These things are not a surprise, they aren’t my way of ruining your life! I’m sure if I truly wanted to ruin your life, showering, school and bedtime wouldn’t be on that list!

All of this fighting and arguing about monotonous things like going to bed is seriously starting to make my life suck a lot, like a real lot!

So seriously, please just go to bed!

Sincerely,

One Worn Out Parent

P.S.

I’m not ruining your life because I want you to be smart, clean and healthy, I would deny you those things if I wanted to ruin your life!

Do you have this problem in your house? What do you do to help ease the stress of it?

Can we just do away with Daylight Saving Time already??

Can we just do away with Daylight Saving Time Already!?

Monday Daylight Saving

Ready or not we are springing ahead Sunday, March 12, 2017, at 2 am!

Which is great news!

Fortunately, this is the good half of this whole DST thing. We are springing ahead which is where we should just leave the clocks,  For. Like. Ever! I dread November coming and having to change the clocks back….I just love having it dark at 4:00 in the afternoon……..said no one ever.

My sleep schedule goes all whacky and my kids’ sleep schedule also goes all crazy. It is light early in the morning and dark earlier in the evening, or it is dark out early in the morning and light out later in the evening. It is so confusing that people don’t even say it correctly, they call it “Daylight Savings” when it is actually “Daylight Saving” no “s” on the end.

I say who cares! I don’t know why we can’t just let our sun and moon decide this on its own, ya know like it has been for billions of years!?

I have tried REALLY hard to do some research that would help me understand why we are putting ourselves through this twice a year…AND I have come up with nothing! We do this for nothing!

We do this for nothing!

I have yet to find some useful purpose for this clock changing business; it hasn’t served a purpose for decades. There is a host of information on why we do it and the history of DST, which all pertains to things that mattered decades ago. There is equally as many articles and research on the fact that it just doesn’t matter anymore. We can change the clocks tomorrow and just leave them, and nothing would change or be lost due to not changing. We probably wouldn’t even notice a difference until November when it didn’t get dark at 4 pm, I mean that would be horrible wouldn’t it….

HAHA NO, it would be awesome!

No matter what end of this clock changing business we are on it stinks!

Can we just stop messing with the clocks already??

How do you feel about Daylight Saving Time?

 Do you think it is useful?

Does it affect your sleep or your kids’ sleep?

How does it affect you?

17 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts & Decorating Ideas

St. Patrick's Day Round Up

Get ready for St. Patricks Day with these awesome decorating ideas!

I looked high and low to find the perfect collection of St. Patricks Day Crafts & decor for your home

These Mason Jars are beautiful! 

Shamrock Door Decor

This wreath is for sale on Etsy, but you can make your own by cutting floral foam into a shamrock shape and gluing on moss.

These wild clover in pots is such a great way to decorate for St. Patricks Day!

These hurricanes are gorgeous! Spray paint rocks and add candles, done!

Love this “Feeling Lucky?” frame!

These throw pillows are for sale, but you could totally stencil your own.

Love these frames!

These blocks with newspaper shamrocks are adorable!

Stacked Wood Leprechaun Hat!

Painted Burlap Banner, an easy DIY!

Shamrock Yard Decor! 

Reclaimed Wood Printable.

More mason Jar Love!

I just LOVE Mason Jars! 

Love this banner, there is two in this link actually and both are awesome!

A Gorgeous Topiary!

LUCK door or wall hanger.

Hope you enjoyed all the decorating ideas!

St. Patrick's Day Quote

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March 2017 Bizarre & Unusual Holidays

March Bizarre & Unique Holidays

March 2017 Bizarre & Unusual Holidays

March is filled with Bizarre & Unusual Holidays; here are some of those to help get your celebration on!

The Month of March is

Irish American Month

Music in Our Schools Month

National Craft Month

National Frozen Food Month

National Irish American Heritage Month- designated by Congress in 1995.

National Nutrition Month

National Peanut Month

National Women’s History Month

Red Cross Month

Social Workers Month

 

Did you know? March was named after the Roman God “Mars”

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A-Z Blog Post & Writing Ideas

Blog Post Ideas

A-Z Blog Post and Writing Ideas!

Are you trying to find a topic for your next blog post?

Are you just staring at a blank page?

We all get a case of writer’s block sometimes….it can be frustrating.

I compiled this list to give you a starting point for ideas to begin your next blog post or writing to get the creative juices flowing!

Enjoy!

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Starting A Blog? What They Don’t Tell You…

Starting A Blog

So, you want to start a blog or you already started a blog…..Surprise it is not as easy as you were lead to believe!

There are so many posts, pins, and articles on starting a blog. They all say how easy it is and how it can happen in a few steps………

Starting a blog is NOT easy and it doesn’t happen in a few easy steps! It gets easier over time, that I can say!

It does get easier over time, that I can say!

This is how I looked…..however, it gets SO SO much easier!

I am relatively new to blogging so, I am not pretending to have all the answers I am just here to offer some of what I have learned and to be honest about how it is not as easy as it is portrayed to be.

I am not by any means trying to scare you away; I just want you to be more informed than I was. There is nothing worse than jumping into something and being so excited and then it turns out to be a lot more work and harder than you thought. Which is exactly what happened to me….

It can be a serious motivation killer! =(

 

First thing first

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  • Picking A Name
  • Buying A Domain
  • Blogging Platform
  • Hosting
  • Themes
  • Widgets/Plug-Ins
  • Pictures
  • SEO/Key Words
  • Monetizing
  • Connecting To Other Social Media Platforms
  • What To Blog About

Just to name a few, that is a lot more than a few easy steps.

It has its good and bad and its ups and downs, but if you have a love for writing and social media and want a chance to make money from home, then starting a blog is a GREAT choice.

However, be prepared for all the NOT so fancy stuff.

If you want to make the most out of blogging, money, and followers, you’ll need to treat it like a job. It is WORK a whole lot of it.

And with ANY job there is good and bad.

Still here??

Ok, good!

I will start off with the good and the bad, and then I will give you some helpful advice!

Here we go…

 

THE BAD:

A lot of work.

Not easy.

Can be very stressful…..laptop Frisbee anyone?? =P

Very time-consuming, oops did I forget to feed the husband and kid again??

Oh, and BTW it isn’t free like it is claimed to be.

It is mentally draining, at least for me, it was information overload!

THE GOOD:

Connecting with like-minded people

Meeting people from all over the world.

Sharing your thoughts and ideas, because they are awesome. Right??

Be your own boss [should you choose to do it for money] I mean who doesn’t want to be their own boss??

Learning new things every day, blogging requires a lot of learning and researching.

Satisfaction knowing you created something

Money!

See, there is a lot of good!

 

I have learned a lot and still have a lot to learn. However, I do have some advice for you!

 

1-Picking a Name-

Picking a name is HARD, it seems easy enough, that is just not the case. You need to make sure your name represents what you want to blog about. The internet has been around for a long time now so most of the domain names, blog names, user names and many variations of such have been taken. Check other social media platforms as well to make sure you can have your name in all places, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and the like. You also want something catchy, eye appealing, something in your niche and something people will remember.

My advice:

Pick several names

Make sure it is in your niche

Google search it

Check domain availability

Once you have picked a name, you’ll need to purchase the domain name and depending on your name the price for this varies greatly. The name I actually wanted was “creatingchaos” and to my surprise it was available……however, the domain name price was WAY out of my budget like $5,996.00 dollars out of my budget!!

Ouch! Time to choose another name! Which I did as you can see and it was only $2.99 YAY, thank you Bluehost!

 

2- Choosing a Blogging Platform-

There are many platforms for blogging; the two most used are Blogger and WordPress. I had started blogging on Blogger many years ago and I enjoyed it very much. However, it didn’t offer all the things I wanted. I chose to move to WordPress. Bluehost makes installing WordPress SUPER easy!! I didn’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure it out! PHEW, one easy step! =)

 

 3- Choosing a Host-

Once you have your name picked out and your blogging platform picked out you will need to find a host for your new name. What I wasn’t told is that this service costs quite a bit, as you have to pay for a year upfront…..so if you do not have the money for that you will have a WordPress hosted domain.

The difference is www.creatingthroughchaos.com vs. www.creatingthroughchaos.wordpress.com.

The first looks more professional and you have more customization options.  I have spent many hours researching the cheapest and best host for my blog. I finally after reading 100’s of reviews I chose Bluehost, it is cheap and reliable and REALLY easy to use!

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4- Themes-

Themes will all depend on the platform you choose, WordPress and Blogger both offer some great free themes. Picking a theme will all depend on what you want the style of your blog to be. You can also purchase themes from them directly or from an outside source and add the theme yourself. Where ever you decide to buy a theme or even if you choose to download a free one like I did here, it will come with instructions for downloading and using it. Be careful when changing themes as you may lose some of your widgets and plug-ins. I’ll discuss those in another step.

 

5- Widgets & Plugins-

Here was a recipe for disaster, at least for me it was! I had no clue what I needed or how to get any of what I did know I wanted. So a HUGE shout out to other fellow bloggers who have written 1,000’s of posts on just this type of thing. I just typed into Pinterest search “Widgets for Bloggers” & “Plug-Ins for Bloggers” and bam I found all the ones I wanted and needed. I would list them all but that is a whole other post. I suggest looking at blogs that you already follow and see what you’d like on yours. Once you know it is easier to find the widget or plugin you need. They are really easy to install once you know which ones you want. WordPress has amazingly created a really easy user interface.

 

6-PICTURES, PICTURES, PICTURES-

The number one thing I have heard about blogging is you have to have good pictures; well we all do not have money to shell out for an amazing camera…So you will need to use what you have. If you a phone or semi good camera you can still have good pictures, you just need a good editing program. There are many good free programs online, I have been using Pic Monkey it is free for most of the features or you can pay to upgrade to all the features. I haven’t paid for that yet, but I will be eventually. I really like all the features they offer.

You can pick which one you like best, and make those not so professional pictures look darn close to professional!

P.S. Do not forget when you upload pictures to make sure they are labeled correctly and that you have a description written for each. I made this mistake and all my links for my pictures are a jumbled mess! I will explain that also in another post….it’s too much for this post, I am sure you are overwhelmed enough already.

 

7- SEO/ Key Words-

Your SEO/keywords are what all the major search engines use to help users find your site. This may sound easy enough but it is actually really technical and I am really in no position to offer much advice on this topic. I am still learning about this topic.

8- Monetizing-

Let’s just say most of us are looking to do this when creating a blog. I mean if you are going to put in all this work into making a kick-a$$ blog, why not get paid for it?? Here is another thing that is a whole lot of confusing. There are so many options to making money on your blog and some generate more income than others. You can become an affiliate and brag and review about products or services for other companies, there is a lot of rules and guidelines you have to follow for this, so make sure you read all the fine print.

There is also programs like AdSense in which you put ad plugins on your site and you get money when someone clicks the ad and buys the product or service. You can also sell your own product via your blog, provided you have a product to sell. The options are endless for monetizing your blog. My advice is to do your research and do not go overboard with advertising, that will turn away readers.

The options are endless for monetizing your blog. My advice is to do your research and do not go overboard with advertising, that will turn away readers.

9- Connecting To All Other Social Media Platforms-

Once your blog is up and running you’ll want to drive traffic to our site, this is usually done through other social media platforms. You will want to as stated above, get your name on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest etc… You’ll want to make sure all of these have your blog name as well if you are able to get your name. You also want to keep these account separate from your personal accounts, mixing business and personal life can get sticky, it is best to not do so. Once you have all of these up and running, start following people in your niche, comment on their stuff, like their stuff, and make yourself visible.

 

10- What To Blog About-

This can be the hardest part of blogging, what to actually write about. Try this: What is your niche? What do you like to read about on other blogs that are in your niche? What would you want to read about? Do you want to educate your readers? Do you want to make your readers laugh? Do you want to make them think?

Think of your blog posts in the form of what are you writing for, and who are you writing for. It helps me decide what I want to write about. I recommend having at least 10 posts written before you set your blog live, I have read to have 25 posts ready, but I think that is just a lot and overwhelming on top of everything else. If you are posting 1 to 2 posts a week having 10 posts could get you through 5 to 10 weeks, during that time I am sure you will have come up with many new blog posts to write.

Think of your blog posts in the form of what are you writing for, and who are you writing for. It helps me decide what I want to write about. I recommend having at least 10 posts written before you set your blog live, I read to have 25 posts ready, but I think that is just a lot and overwhelming on top of everything else. If you are posting 1 to 2 posts a week having 10 posts could get you through 5 to 10 weeks, during that time I am sure you will have come up with many new blog posts to write

I know I haven’t even touched on all the topics, One could truly write for days on this topic and all topics regarding blogging.As time goes on  I will write plenty more posts about blogging.

So, for now, I will be quiet and continue on my own blogging journey. I’ll keep educating myself and spending too many hours researching and googling the many, many things I have no clue about. I hope you will too! If you have any questions feel free to ask and if I don’t know the answer, WE together will find the answer! I am new to blogging too, so feel free to also leave advice for me in the comments!

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Morning Routine

Morning Routine

Let’s Have A GREAT Start To Every Day!

There are very few people that enjoy mornings; I am totally a morning person I love the beginning of a new day, new chances, new thoughts, new tasks. I see it as a fresh start.

Having a good morning routine can help you feel less stressed more energized, more focused!

It will leave you ready to tackle the day!

The best morning routine actually starts the night before; by preparing a bit the night before it makes the mornings more organized and leaves you less stressed.

Less stress and chaos = Happiness!

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