Life as a Lumber: what we’ve been up to

This weekend, it snowed again.

On Friday evening, It began snowing quickly (and sticking to the roads) while the kids were in dance rehearsal.

Which made for some scary driving, but we made it home.

We had a blast sledding
It was 25 outside, but 68 in our greenhouse
And we made some snow cream. Yum!

We made a YouTube video about our crazy snow experience! Watch to the end to see Emorie and I collide on our sleds.

Hope you have a GREAT Sunday! We have so many exciting things heading your way this week!

Five Beautiful Handmade Ornament Ideas

I don’t know about you, but I love a great handmade ornament. Someday I hope to have an entire tree filled with my children’s handmade creations. These ornaments are simple and cute, and you can definitely make them with your kids.

1. Snowman face ornament

Just take an ordinary Christmas ball and coat it in epsom salt. You may need more than one coat. Then, fashion a “carrot nose” from a pipe cleaner and glue the carrot and two buttons to create the snowman face. Use an infant sock to create the hat.

2. Pine cone ornaments

You can make these ornaments so easily: just get some jute twine, ribbon for bows and some pretty pine cones from your yard. Tie the ribbon into bows and tie the jute twine around the bow knot. Hot glue the bow and hanger to the pine cone. That’s really it!

3. Snow globe ornament

We made these ornaments by gluing a tiny Christmas tree inside an empty clear ball. Then, we added some epsom salt “snow.”

4. Pipe cleaner candy cane

This is by far the easiest ornament on this list, and you can make it with small kids. All you need are red pipe cleaners and white- no glue and no cutting! Simply twist them together and curve them into a candy cane shape.

5. Picture frame initial ornament

Want a super cute gift for a friend or teacher? Go grab some inexpensive small picture frames and stick on letters (or cut them out with a Cricut or Silhouette). Attach a cute piece of ribbon and you are set!

Have fun creating!! What are some of your favorite handmade ornaments?

How to DIY Christmas ornaments from pinecones!

How to DIY Christmas ornaments from pinecones!
Sometimes you just need a cute, easy craft that doesn’t cost you a dime. That’s exactly what I needed this week, and it turned out super cute.
I picked up these pinecones from our neighbor’s yard but I already had the glue gun, ribbon and twine in my craft cabinet.
I cut the ribbon at the length I wanted and tied them into simple little bows.
I then tied the twine around the knot on the bows and hot glued the bow knots to the base of the pine cones. I told you this was easy!!
And I made six of them in different sizes.
And then I hung them on our tree.
Next year, I may create a woodland tree with these pine cones and wood slice ornaments. Arent they pretty? What awesome and free crafts have you done lately?

Free printable Friday: Valentines on my Mind!

Happy Friday! Can you believe it’s February? This year is going by quickly and I can’t say I’m sad about it. So, to celebrate, here are two free printables for you. This year I’m focused on God’s definition of love and 1 Corinthians 13. I thought I’d base my freebies on that verse.

And here is one with the passage of Scripture from 1 Corinthians 13:8-12.

I hope you love these new free prints! In case you want to print them and frame them, I’d recommend printing no larger than 8×10. I like to use a print shop like Staples Copy and Print for mine. Just right click and save to your device!

And have an amazing week! We will see you Monday.

Winter self-care: beating those winter blues with a little TLC

I don’t know about you, but I am having some serious winter blues over here. It’s cold outside and I’m bored and ready for spring. I’m tired of seeing gray everywhere and bare branches. I need some sunshine and some color to lift my spirits.

The winter blues are fairly common, and after the year we have had, I’d say they’re a bit more common than usual. Today, I’d like to share some simple, low cost AND safe self-care practices.

1. Exercise

It’s been said that exercise is the most underutilized antidepressant. I can honestly say when I am stressed or anxious, I find running, strength training, or even just taking a walk will calm my mind.

2. A hot, relaxing bath

Are you tired and feeling anxious? A hot bath with some essential oils may help tremendously. This is something I honestly can’t get enough of.

3. Spa night

Get your daughters, or a good friend and have a spa night. Indulge with your favorite face packs, lotions and sugar scrubs all from the comfort of your home.

4. Read a book or enjoy a movie

Take about a half hour to read something you enjoy or watch a movie/TV show you can get into. If it makes you laugh, even better.

5. Phone a friend

Sometimes calling a friend or family member is all you need to put a smile on your face. I like to call my grandmas or my aunts when things get bleak.

There are a number of ways to lift your spirits and most of them don’t cost a thing! What do you do to care for yourselves and combat the winter blues?