Monday, May 5, 2014

Intentional Eating: Whole 30


I'm officially committed to Whole 30! 
I thought about, talked about it, and talked myself out of it for weeks. 
But then I read about all of the positive health benefits and how energetic people claim to be a few days into the program. 
And I decided this is exactly the kind of intentional health decisions I committed to at the beginning of 2014. 
So I went for it!!
Day 1 was a huge success!

Sweet potato + bell pepper hash and eggs, tuna veggie salad, and taco salad (in honor of Cinco de Mayo).

Everything was delicious. (Correction. The tuna was edible. Which is saying something because I'm usually not a fan at all!)

Anyway, I wasn't hungry and I feel great.
I'm hoping by the end of the month to have less headaches, less knee pain, and a little less muffin top. ;)

Have you done Whole 30? 
Any tips, recipes or suggestions?

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Grandad Adams


So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.                                                                
-2 Corinthians 5:6-8 
What a beautiful thing it it to celebrate the life of a man who was blessed with 102 years on this Earth.
A man who worked hard, loved well and brought joy to countless people.
The significance of over a hundred years of influence in one lifetime is so profound.


Somedays it's so easy to feel like my life and work is just a drop in the bucket- like maybe if I could sleep less and work more and try harder I could somehow be of more value.
But then I think about Grandad Adams and how he spent 77 years with the woman he loved; passing his values, beliefs and sense of humor to 5 children, 13 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and a great great grand daughter.

And I can't stop thinking that maybe the best way to honor the memories of the ones we love is to slow down a little and savor this life we're living.
Because to share our laughter and love, talents and gifts, time and energy with the world is to carry the baton that grandad ran with for over a century!



The world's just spinning
A little too fast
If things don't slow down soon we might not last.
The world's not forgiving
Of everyone's fears.
The days turn into months the months turn into years.
So just for a moment, let's be still.
-The Head and The Heart 
 
 



Monday, March 31, 2014

April: Free Printable Calendar

(Download your free printable calendar and print away!)

Today Lily and I were painting. 
Girlfriend looooves to paint and it's a nearly daily activity. 
Anyway, usually she paints intently while I do dishes or pick up or make lunch etc... 
But today the maintenance guy was replacing the water heater so we had a little extra time to kill. 
So I picked up a brush and gave it a try. 

Now clearly I'm an amateur and I don't intend to switch the biz over to watercolors soon.
BUT it was so freeing and revitalizing to just create with no pressure!
I wasn't painting FOR anyone, or trying to stay on trend or thinking how to market my end product. 
I was just dipping my plastic paintbrush in the crayola paints and trying to keep up with my 2 year old's mad painting skills. 

And then I liked it. :) 
So I made it the April printable calendar. 
This little project has been SO fun for me to see how my styles change and shift from month to month as I create a little something fun, and this month? 
Well, this is where I'm at. 

I'm headed into April with a plan of action for being an INTENTIONAL business owner. 
Not "just a mom who has a little side drawing thing... (awkward smile)".
Nope. 
A small, creative business owner and hand lettering artist! 
That's what I intend to tell people when they ask me what I do. 
And if I'm super absent on the blog (as I have been) just know that it's because I'm busy busy creating new prints and cards and fabulous entrepreneurial schemes! 
I'll keep ya posted. ;)    

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Free March Calendar!




It's that time again! 
Here is a link to a free printable March calendar that you can download and use as you wish.
+Make you you choose "8.5x11 borderless" if you have the option so that it all fits on one page! 
And if you want to share how you're using it you can use #bowandarrowart on instagram. 


It's nice and springy and makes me so happy! 
Plus if you love the pretty design + bold Pantone colors you might just love the fun new monogram stationery I've been hinting at.


Stay tuned for pre order info in mid March!
Yay!! 

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Free Printable "Go Fish" Game for Toddlers




























It had been cold + cloudy + icy for too long!
We were going seriously stir crazy and my best attempts at intentional parenting seemed to be falling flat.
It's HARD to keep an energetic 2-year-old happy + stimulated when you're trapped inside all the live long day! 

































So I made this fishing game.
It took about 3 minutes to assemble and it has been given 2 thumbs up by my very favorite toddler!
The silly fishes crack her up + she can't wait to see what's on the other end of her fishing pole... EVERY time.
It's my first winter in Texas, but it's 75 degrees today and from what I hear spring should be sticking around pretty soon. 
I know that is not that case for a lot of other moms out there, so I thought I would make a printable version of the game so you can play with your kids too! 


To make you're own go fish games you'll need:


Directions:
  • Print your artwork + cut out the fishies... Older kiddos may even help with this step too!
  • Embellish if you wish. Spray paint the stick, glitter up that clothespin. Laminate the fish. **All optional but super fun!**
  • Tie the string to the stick + the clothespin. Easy peasy.
  • Now hide behind the table so your toddler can "go fishing" + discuss the colors of the fishies they catch!





We really have been having so much fun + it has helped me to slow down and focus my attention on her.
The silly fish crack her up and sometimes she makes up her own rules or a totally different game!
Have fun and if you have any pictures of you + your little one "fishing" please tag them #beintentional? 
I would love to see!!

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Fun Announcement!!

Happy Friday!! How is February treating you all?
I'm honestly dazed & confused about how wintery it's been. 
I mean it's TEXAS! I severely misjudged...
Anyway there's been a lot of fire building and all day snuggling + movie watching.


There had also been a revival of the elephant Halloween costume which makes a very warm (VERY fashionable) coat!

Ok so the announcement... duh duh DUH!!!
I got accepted to the Renegade Craft Fair in Austin TX March 13-14-15!
I really had my heart prepared for a gentle let-down email. 
But I'm doing it!!!


And I'm really nervous! 
I'll be sharing a booth with Regina Waters and her fabulous jewelry.
So if you live anywhere near Austin plan on coming to see me!!
In the meantime I'll be working my behind off drawing, printing and planning a killer booth set up.

Any advice/ideas/suggestions?
I'm all ears!!

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