Diy Pallet Furniture!

I am a Pinterest junkie. I have over 12,000 pins between all of my boards and still can’t seem to say that I have found enough things on there. I absolutely LOVE Pinterest. The creators are genius.

A couple weeks ago, Brenden and I sold our sectional couch. We are still currently looking for a couch that is just right for our family! Lucky us, we get to sit on the floor, our camp chairs, or my rocking chair in the mean time!

One of my boards is called Home and Design. I also have one called Craft It Up. On there I have tons of different decoration ideas for my home. One of the things I have on there are DIY Pallet Couches. I don’t know how many of you have heard of these, but they are super cute and super cheap!!! If we weren’t living in an apartment right now I would be ALL OVER making our own pallet couch. I also don’t have all the tools I need to make one right now.. But someday I will make one!

Here are some other ideas for you guys for either indoor or outdoor seating areas, coffee tables, and other decor! All of these links have multiple options for you to create a pallet something!

http://www.dose.com/lists/19083/26-Ways-to-Use-Pallets-to-Create-Some-of-the-Most-Chic-Furniture-in-the-Market-ab630-2

http://palletfurniturediy.com/pallet-furniture/30-diy-furniture-made-from-wooden-pallets/

http://diycozyhome.com/pallet-sofa-projects/

http://paintedfurnitureideas.com/what-to-know-before-painting-a-wood-pallet/

http://lovechicliving.co.uk/upcycled-interiors-10-pallet-ideas/

http://www.sheknows.com/home-and-gardening/articles/993651/cool-backyard-diy-projects-from-around-the-web

If you decide you want more ideas, definitely check out Pinterest! There are literally THOUSANDS of topics and ideas on there! And for all you men out there…. Pinterest also has TONS of guy things on there as well. From cars and man caves, to music and sports! 🙂

Have fun and enjoy creating!!!!

Warm Wishes, Jessica

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Faith in Every Footstep

So, my hubby is such an amazing man! I don’t know how he does it. He is a full time student, this past semester having taken 13 credits, and works 40-50+ hours. Thankfully, it is summer break for 7 weeks, but he still has to work in the meantime. We have been trying to figure out a way to get him in a different job so he wasn’t working so much, had time to study more for his classes, spend more time with our son and I, etc. But for him to find something that he doesn’t have to work at so much and make the kind of money that we need to pay our bills is basically non-existent.

We have looked into different kinds of SAHM jobs that I could do to help bring in some extra income, without having to send our baby to daycare or be babysat all day. I’ve looked into a ton of different MLM jobs that I could stay home with, some being very intriguing, and after praying and talking about it, do not feel right to start doing.  Its very hard and frustrating when you’re trying so hard to take the load of your husband so he isn’t working as hard and isn’t as stressed.

Several years ago, I went to cosmetology school and graduated with 2000 hours. I have an active cosmetologist/barbering license in Utah. I don’t currently practice it unless family or friends ask me to do their hair for them. Recently, my husband and bishop have been trying to convince me to start doing it again and get my license transferred to Idaho. I am currently working on figuring that part out, but its kind of a pain in the booty! I am hoping that I can get that transferred to Idaho here soon, but I recently heard that Idaho is not going to be taking Utah licenses soon, if its not already in place, because Utah has changed their hours. This means that my license will easily not qualify as a full 2000 hour license here soon. Here’s to hoping that I’m not too late!

Behind the scenes of all of this…. My husband is in school to become a PA. We are hoping that he will be completely done with school in 2018. During PA school, they highly encourage and ask the students to not work and to dedicate all extra time to studying and homework. We have been trying to decide what to do during that time for having an income. Do we take a loan out so we can live and survive? Do I put my child in daycare or have a nanny come babysit him every day while mommy is gone and works all day? What do we do?????

I will admit, I am not the best at saying my morning prayers or studying my scriptures every day…. But I really do try to stay close to my Heavenly Father and rely on Him. I know I need to do better at these things to help my faith increase even more so. I want my children to know that I love my Father in Heaven and Savior, Jesus Christ. I want them to see their mommy close to Them.

I’ve been trying really hard to have faith that everything will work out, no matter how hard and trying things get. That we will be able to have sufficient for our needs. That I will be led to the right SAHM job so I can be a full time mommy as well as bring in extra income. That the stress and weight will be lifted off of our shoulders. Honestly though, its been hard. I’ve been struggling to stay positive and have faith that we will be okay. That (I) will be okay, even when my spirit knows that it will all work out.

So, how do we practice strengthening our faith in God? Besides the primary answers to always pray and read your scriptures, that really are super important and necessary!

Neil A. Andersen said, “Challenges will come to you, but as you trust in God, they will strengthen your faith.”

L. Tom Perry said, “One of the greatest weaknesses in most of us is our lack of faith in ourselves.”

Deiter F. Uchtdorf said, “If you feel small and weak, please simply come unto Christ, who makes weak things strong.”

President Thomas S. Monson said, “The Lord is in the details of our life.”

And Bruce D. Porter said, “Don’t let your faith dim in the storm of life.”

There are a lot of answers that could answer this, but the one I am talking about would be exactly said in the quotes. We MUST come unto Christ. He is the only one who can lift our burdens and make us stronger. The more that we rely on Him, the more we will grow in testimony, faith, love, happiness, and trust. He will never leave us alone. He wants to see us happy and successful with our lives. What is important to us is important to Him, no matter how small or big it is that we want. (Of course it being good and righteous.)

Life comes with trials and struggles. We can’t go through life without them. But, we have access to the most powerful source to help us through those times. We can’t expect to do it on our own or only have Him help us where we want or when we want Him to.

As we all go through this journey in life, may we take it one day at a time and keep the Lord apart of it. Not just a little here and a little there, but constantly throughout every day. He wants to be apart of our life and know what is going on. I hope and pray that He will help strengthen and uplift me during my trials and hardships. I don’t expect Him to make it all better right then and there. I do know that He will help calm my burdened heart.

May our Father in Heaven and Savior, Jesus Christ, always be with you.

With Love, Jessica

Hello world!

I was inspired to create this blog for a couple of reasons. First, while I was on Facebook earlier today, I was reading on one of the home-school groups I am apart of. There was a lady on there who had posted about how she wants to start teaching her children to memorize The Family: A Proclamation To The World. I thought that was a great idea! I want to teach my children to memorize the Proclamation as well as scriptures (the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price, and last but not least, the Bible), The Living ChristGeneral Conference talks, etc, that might help them build a stronger testimony and be firm in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

A few minutes later, a good friend of mine posted about how she is teaming up with another fellow blogger, doing a “Spiritual Bootcamp” for several days. Each day, they would be posting about how we can strengthen our faith and testimonies in the Lord, Jesus Christ, how to come closer to and know Him, being more consistent in reading the scriptures daily, getting more out of General Conference, etc. Today was Day 2. She posted a phrase in The Family: A Proclamation To the World that says,

“Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.”

That sentence is full of eternal wisdom and guidance. It could be dissected into its own blog series! Giving me another purpose for writing this blog! I’m so excited!!

Lastly, I also want to write about the every day life. Cooking, cleaning, DIY crafts / projects, personal mommy vents and successes, activities with the family, and anything else that I can think of!

I hope that as you read my posts that you can find inspiration, ideas, feel the Spirit, understand that you are not alone in whatever you may be going through, and you have a friend in me.

Best Wishes,

Jessica