Knit Cowl Tunic Pattern and Tutorial

I don't think that it was so much of a new year's resolution as it was a goal of mine to try to get back into sewing again. I started sewing when I was young. I remember my first project was a hand stitched dress for my kitten to wear in the 4th of July parade. I should have taken my idea of designing pet clothes and run with it then because holy cow, that market is huge! Months go by now though when I don't stitch a thing and I wanted to change that because I forgot how much I loved to create. In January, I made this zippered fold-over clutch, in February I made this leather laptop sleeve and now this month, I created this cowl neck knit tunic. It's an easy pattern you can make too and it can be adjusted for all sizes. 

fabric.com, pattern, tutorial, sewing, make it yourself
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Making Fabric Paper Clips for your Journaling Bible

I've been using my journaling Bible for a little more than a year now and I am getting more and more comfortable using it. I'm finding out what supplies I like best, what methods are my favorite and how I can make this creative time my own and grow in my walk. I have found that as I illustrate a page, the verse I'm working on gets ingrained in my brain because I am spending a different kind of time on it. I'm focused on it, reflecting on it and connecting the cognitive side of my brain with the visual/tactile side of my brain. And it's fun! One of the ways I like to look back on the pages I have been studying, is by putting fabric paper clips on the page. But not just any paper clip, a paper clip with a fancy ribbon helps me see where I have been studying and it helps me flip to a verse quickly. 


Plus, it adds another layer of texture to my Bible. If you remember, I already used washi tape on the first page of every chapter and I have loved how that has made it easier for me to flip and find things quickly when I'm studying or listening to a sermon. I just love how the different colored paper clip ribbons are adding so much color to my Bible as well. I'm going to show you how you can make these fabric paper clips to use in your journaling Bible or notebook.

illustrated faith, color in your Bible, dayspring, planner
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Dollar Store Succulent Wreath Tutorial

I am still crazy over the succulent trend. I remember as a kid we called them hens and chicks. Do people still do that? So, I was shopping at my local dollar store, as one does, and found a box full of succulents. I snatched them up because I had been eyeing them at my local craft store and at $4-5 each using them for a craft project of this size, was going to add up! I bought 19 of them because that's how many they had and was excited to get started on making a succulent wreath. It took me less than twenty minutes to whip this wreath up and I love the end result. I'm showing you how you can make your own today.
spring, dollar tree, tutorial
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Spring Flower and Easter Egg Inspiration Plus Create Link Inspire Party


Welcome to another week of the create, link, inspire link party. I hope you find inspiration here every week and that you check back often for ideas. I'm always impressed with what gets linked up and I always add a handful of crafts, DIY's and recipes to my to do list.  


This week, I'm sharing the best spring flower and egg ideas. Nothing says spring like beautiful flowers and painted eggs and I'm sharing the best ideas that were linked up last week in the Create Link Inspire Party. They are sure to inspire you and you will find something you can use for your own spring time decorating or celebrating.



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5 Ways to Silence Your Inner Critic



This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Activia. All opinions are 100% mine.
This post brought to you by Activia. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Rachel Teodoro.

Just before I turned 30, I decided to start running. I hadn't spent any time working out before but I knew I needed to start forming some healthy habits. I had little eyes watching and I wanted to be healthy so that I could be around and active for a long time. I realized that walking was too slow. I didn't love running but I love efficiency and getting from point A to point B was much faster if I picked up the speed. I also loved the end result. The finish line after months of training and the check list of runs under my belt is satisfying, but no matter how many good runs I have it's always the bad ones that are at the forefront of my mind. The inner critic comes out and starts in on it's conversation that rolls through my mind. Running for me is just as much a mental activity as it is a physical activity.

I have to work to silence that inner critic and find that inner strength to push through. Activia created an Inner Voice Interview asking women to share some of their goals and questioned what was holding them back from accomplishing them. The answer 80% of the time was themselves. Let's be stronger than the inner critic, here are a few quick tips and tricks that might help you too regardless if you are running your first 5K or if you are taking on a new goal or project.


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Fixer Upper Spin-Off Behind the Design

Just yesterday, I was scrolling through Instagram and saw Joanna Gaines making a little announcement. OK, maybe it's not so little. HGTV has decided to give Joanna Gaines a little spin-off show of her own called Fixer Upper Behind the Design. Fixer Upper has easily become HGTV's biggest success with viewers who not only love the witty banter and loving way this couple relates to one another, but they are loyal fans who flock from miles away to visit a town on the map called Waco to a store named Magnolia Market that is dotted with a rusty hunk of metal silos. I have heard time and time again from people who say "I wish they would come and do my house!" There has even been a recent trend of people moving to Waco with the desire just to be a part of the show. What I find most interesting about this new spin-off show and what viewers may not know, is that when you agree to be on Fixer Upper, you agree to give up control of the design to the Design Team. Would you be willing to go all in with a budget for your dream home and give up complete control?
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Bacon Cheese Soup Recipe

If I had to pick a favorite kind of food, it would be soup. There are so many different ways to make soup tailored to fit everyone's taste buds. From a hearty meal to a light refreshing healthy food choice, soup can fit any need. This bacon cheese soup isn't the lowest calorie soup recipe you will find, but it sure is yummy! And I always find that some soups, like this one, taste even better when reheated the next day. This delicious creamy thick soup will promise to be a filling crowd pleaser.


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The Best Dessert Recipes and Create Link Inspire Party

Welcome to another week of the create, link, inspire link party. I hope you find inspiration here every week and that you check back often for ideas. I'm always impressed with what gets linked up and I always add a handful of crafts, DIY's and recipes to my to do list.  


This week, I'm sharing my favorite dessert recipes. I'm a huge fan of dessert and looking at all the amazing things that were linked up last week, I kept getting drawn in too all the yummy goodness. I bet you find a new family favorite in this list.  


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Faux Shiplap: DIY Sharpie Shiplap and Painted Shiplap Tutorial

Before Joanna Gaines made shiplap a household name, I was in love with the trend. Seabrook is one of my favorite beach towns in Washington mostly because the homes and community are so charming. I think visiting Seabrook for the first time is when I saw shiplap used on walls in person. I loved the coastal vibe that it gives and the clean white lines make me swoon. I've been trying to convince my husband for years to put it up {it took me 15 years to get the board and batten installed that I had begged for} and I can't seem to be making any headway. His response is always, "why would you want to nail a bunch of boards to the wall?" Well, my friends, I think I may have stumbled upon the most genius solutions for you. I've got two different faux shiplap options. Yep, no wood boards, just paint or marker made to look like shiplap. You get the farmhouse or coastal look without the commitment that comes with nailing boards to your wall. Are you ready to see how you can create Sharpie shiplap or painted shiplap in your own home?

faux shiplap, fixer upper style, gaines, chip and joanna knock off

fixer upper, shiplap, DIY, faux shiplap, chip and joanna gaines


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EOS Lip Balm Easter Chick

As my kids get older, I'm constantly trying to find fun creative things to make for their Easter baskets. If you have a daughter, you know the obsession with eos lip balm. Why not add a few scraps of vinyl and create a cute little chick that will make an adorable addition to any spring basket. It's so easy and takes just a few minutes.

vinyl, silhouette cameo, lip balm,
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5 Ways to Keep the Weight Off






At the start of the year, I realized that without even knowing it, I had packed on about ten pounds. I totally understand now how people say that they have no idea how the weight creeps on. I guess if I think about it, I could come up with a few reasons, but I had no idea that my life choices had changed that much and that my normally consistent weight was not so consistent anymore. I took a few weeks to hit the restart button and I lost all of the weight, but I didn't want to get myself back into the same situation again by continuing to make the same choices, so I needed to examine what I was doing and how I could adjust my lifestyle to make better choices that would help me keep the weight off. I've been able to maintain my weight now and want to share with you some of the changes I am making to stay at a healthy weight for me.


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DIY Farmhouse Style and Create Link Inspire Party

Welcome to another week of the create, link, inspire link party. I hope you find inspiration here every week and that you check back often for ideas. I'm always impressed with what gets linked up and I always add a handful of crafts, DIY's and recipes to my to do list.  


This week, I'm sharing my favorite DIY Farmhouse projects that were linked up. The Farmhouse style has gotten wildly popular thanks to my friends at the HGTV hit show Fixer Upper.  These DIY projects will hopefully inspire you to tackle some of your own projects around your home.

If you are a Fixer Upper fan, don't miss my exclusive with Fixer Upper Client Jaime Ferguson to find out what it's really like to be on the show. Ever wondered if they get to keep the furniture?  I'm dishing all the details!


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Are you Listening to Your Inner Voice or Your Inner Critic?



This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Activia for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
This post brought to you by Activia. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Rachel Teodoro.

"You can't do it."

"Just give up now."

"What's the point? It's not like it's going to work."

I know I'm not the only one that has a running dialogue like this in my head. It's funny, but I would never say any of those things to a friend. I would definitely never say them to my kids, I wouldn't even say them to a complete stranger, so why is it that this is the tape that runs through my mind when I start something new?

If anyone asked me what I did for a living I would always answer that I was a stay at home mom. I have three beautiful kids who I love dearly and because they are so important to me, I think that I had a hard time embracing the fact that I was somehow suddenly sharing my time doing something other than raising kids. My focus shifted but my priorities hadn't. Part of me just couldn't believe that the end of my career as a stay at home mom was starting to become a reality and that I was embracing a change and becoming a working mom to make blogging a full time job.

The inner voice kept telling me that if I didn't claim the title then I couldn't fail and failure was inevitable. Or was it? I needed to stop listening to the inner critic and quit thinking that it was my inner voice. I was confusing the two and I needed to make one louder than the other in order to pull in that strength I knew was inside. I had dozens of successes in my life that I could pull from, but I was focusing on the "what ifs" and the "you cant's."


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Paper Succulent Terrarium for the Black Thumb

I love plants I really do, they just don't really seem to love me. It's about this time of year that I start getting the itch to plant anything, inside and outside. We get these glimpses of spring with sunshine and rising temperatures and then BAM!, back to typical rainy Pacific Northwest weather. I have learned through the years that even though I want to be good at gardening and plant growing {I'm sure there is a word for this...}, I'm just not. Especially with indoor houseplants. I keep trying with the plants outside because heck, everything seems to grow here, but I have finally succumbed to the fact that I'm not really good at keeping plants alive inside and that's OK. So, I'm slowing making a shift to faux plants like this paper succulent I'm showing you how to make today. You can still bring in a little green inside but not have to worry about keeping it alive. It's really a win win and the whole project will cost you just a few bucks...less than a houseplant.

silhouette cameo, 3d image, paper hens and chicks, paper crafting, paper craft, succulent care tips

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Benefits of Being a Young Parent

I'm not sure what age I would have been had we actually planned parenthood. I'm fairly certain it wouldn't have been five days after my 20th birthday, which is when my oldest son decided to make his appearance. I was a sophomore in college when I found out I was pregnant. Not much older than my son is now, which is why I'm not sure I would recommend young parenthood for most people, though we have found that through the years, there have been some unexpected benefits of being a young parent that we just couldn't have planned for. While there have been hundreds of articles written about "the right age" to have children, I'm not sure that I could fully agree with most of them. I don't know if there is a right age. Sometimes you make the best of whatever situation you are in. If that means you start raising a family before you intended or delaying parenthood until you have a grasp on your life, I think that there are benefits to every situation. However, this is our story. And these are the benefits that I have seen with being a young parent.

 photo credit Rebecca Anne Photography
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The Best St. Patrick's Day Ideas Plus Create Link Inspire Link Party

Welcome to another week of the create, link, inspire link party. I hope you find inspiration here every week and that you check back often for ideas. I'm always impressed with what gets linked up and I always add a handful of crafts, DIY's and recipes to my to do list. 


I find that you either celebrate St. Patrick's Day or you don't. I fall in the don't category, though I almost always try to wear green on the 17th because I revert to my school girl days when kids would pinch you if you didn't have any on. But, this collection of St. Patrick's Day ideas may just have me changing my mind about celebrating. There are some fun crafts, DIY's and of course yummy recipes for everyone!


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Tips for Hanging Wallpaper plus Other DIY tips

All this week we have been following the progress of the woodland kids rooms that young couple, Christian and Dea Rust have completed in their historic mansion in small town Indiana. I have loved all of the details in this room and have been impressed at how well everything has worked together, but that's really no surprise after seeing the progress of some of the other rooms that have been reveled on the blog. The room still keeps the integrity of the historic home while updating the details to make it comfortable for this young couple as they look to one day expand their family to include children. In the meantime, this is a cozy space for their nieces and nephews to enjoy when they stay over or visit.


Today, we will be checking out some upholstered chairs and we will be taking in some wallpapering hanging tips from the pro. If this birch wallpaper doesn't tempt you a bit, I'm not quite sure what will! Come check out some of the details of this transformation!

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DIY Board and Batten with Hot Glue


In case you missed it, we've been following a young couple on their journey of rehabbing a historic mansion in small town Indiana. Christian and Dea Rust are doing their best to restore the home while updating it to make it functional for their lifestyle today. The home was built in 1871 and poses many challenges that require some pretty genius solutions. This requires flexibility and a little creativity in order to work with what they have as much as possible. The latest room we are getting a peek into is this kids Woodland themed room. The couple added board and batten to the walls and ran into a little issue while they were trying to incorporate the existing trim into their design. Come see the solution they came up with and how you can DIY board and batten in your own space. I was a little surprised at the solution they came up with. I had no idea such a thing even existed!

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DIY Woodland Kids Room Makeover Reveal


For nearly a year we have been following a young couple as they rehab their historic mansion in small town Indiana. We have been fortunate enough to get a glimpse inside as Dea and Christian do their best to restore this 1871 mansion that they call home. The most recent room makeover occurred in one of their upstairs bedrooms. It was transformed into a woodland kids room with some of the most stunning details. While this room had great bones to begin with {isn't the trim amazing?!}, details like board and batten and wallpaper were added to balance the traditional historic feel with a new modern twist. 


Come take a look at the transformation!
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