• We Manage What We Monitor…

    Have you heard this saying before? “We Manage What We Monitor.” Or maybe you’ve heard Aristotle’s saying “We are what we repeatedly do.” I absolutely believe that the more we monitor and track things, the more likely we are to do the behavior, which is why I love this Goal and Habit tracker insert. Back in January, I was pretty diligent about tracking my five habits that I was trying to implement – that was before I had even heard of Tula Xii. But then I stopped tracking, and guess what happened. Yep, I stopped doing the things… So here I am in June trying to re-implement those habits (and…

  • It’s time to make yourself a priority…

    As women, we often don’t take enough time for ourselves… Many of the women in our community wear many hats: wife, mom, business owner, employee, coach, chauffeur… It can be easy to put ourselves at the very end of the line when it comes to priorities. I’m not saying we should always be first…just that there should be some balance, and that we have to learn to take time for ourselves. I know that I can get overwhelmed just by the sheer number of people in our house, and even though the loudness might be all happy sounds, it drains me. Thankfully, my husband has learned over the years that…

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    How to Make a Butterfly Bookmark Using a Tula Xii Deco Kiss Set

    I’ve never claimed to be crafty, but I love the Deco KISS sets offered by Tula Xii… So I enlisted the help of my daughter to find something that we could use these beautiful papers to create. Bonus points for giving us something to do together! That’s sometimes hard to do with a tween. 😉 She’s finished with virtual school for the year (hallelujah!) so I’m hoping she will continue to find more projects for us this summer. Our first project is making these adorable Butterfly Bookmarks. Can you tell that she also is an avid reader? She made a bunch of these bookmarks knowing that she has plenty of…

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    Choosing the Perfect Cover for Your Lifestyle

    Plan your dream life, beginning with the cover that embodies your evolving lifestyle. The first step to choosing your new Tula Xii Lifestyle Organizer is deciding which size organizer will work best for your lifestyle. That might mean you have different sizes for different areas of your life, too, so don’t feel like you have to stick with one size for everything. Our organizers come in three sizes – Small (A6 4 x 5.75), Medium, (B6 – 5 x 7), and XL (7 x 9.75). We have a printable guide for you to use to help select the right size for you. I personally use the small as my wallet,…

  • Something old, something new…

    Well, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve sat down to write a blog post. I can’t imagine why that has been. 🤣 Covid. Virtual school. Opening a storefront restaurant in the midst of a pandemic. Remote working. Blended family challenges. Did I mention opening a restaurant? Haha. It’s been a wild ride, that’s for sure. I do plan to write more about that later. Honestly, it’s still a pretty crazy time for us, but I wanted to share my latest news with you all. I obviously juggle a lot of things…but one thing that helps keep me somewhat sane is my planner. I’ve purchased different brands over the years,…

  • It’s all about the relationship…

    Listen up small business owner friends! Running a small business is hard work, and I’m sure that’s no surprise to you. I believe one thing that will set a business apart is the relationships that are built. Business is all about relationships…how well you build them determines how well they build your business. ~ Brad Sugars ~ Whether you realize it’s happening or not, every interaction you have with someone is setting the tone for your future relationship with them – good or bad. Customer, supplier, even your competitor…you can drastically change the course of your business just with how well you build those relationships. Network with vendors at events…

  • The Blended Mama’s Guide to the Small Business Owner’s Planner Setup

    If you’re anything like me, you’re doing anything you can to keep all of your responsibilities straight. As a business owner, on top of working a full-time job and trying to keep our blended family functioning, this seems like an impossible feat at times. For 2019, I did actually purchase a planner, and more importantly USED a planner for the first time in a very long time. I think it’s held up pretty well considering how much it gets thrown around and shoved into my computer bag. Here’s how I started off 2019… For 2019, I chose the 7” x 9” planner with the Vertical Priorities layout from Plum Paper.…

  • What Work-Life Balance Looks Like For Me

    Work-life balance feels like a joke most of the time. Truly, most of that is my own fault. Because of *all* the things that I do, I do have to make a conscious effort to improve my work-life balance. I juggle a lot of things – full time job, side hustle, supporting our food truck business, supporting my teammates, mom of two, stepmom of four, fur-mom of three…and that’s just the every day things. Here’s what work-life balance looks like for me: 1. I plan at least one weeknight each week where we can all eat dinner together. Wow, even writing that sounds like I’m never home. haha. In reality,…

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    National Step Family Day 2019

    Today is National Step Family Day! If you know DJ and me, you know that neither of us are proponents of divorce, despite the fact that we are both divorced. Being part of a step-family can be challenging, both as the parent and the child. Despite that more than 50% of US families these days are re-married, it can be very isolating if you’re one of the few in your circle of friends who is living this out. For those of you who are living this blended family life, we are right there with you. ❤️ Did you know it takes an average of four years for a bond to…

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    Open Hearts

    When I was in fourth grade, I experienced the loss of a relative for the first time (or at let the first one I remember). I was 9 years old. (Note: as I’m thinking about it…it might’ve been second grade…my memory from that far back has long-since faded with that level of detail.)My parents drove us to my grandma’s apartment one night. It was odd, but I didn’t think much about it. I mean, we were just going to Grandma’s. I had no reason to think it was anything other than a normal dinner with Grandma. We arrived and the feeling in the air was something I didn’t know how…