Everything You Need for a Creativity Session in One Colorful Package

One Colorful Package

I always say it’s important to infuse at least 10 minutes of creativity into your daily routine. Lately, I’ve considered upping that quota for myself. When I recommend this daily dose of creativity, I get a lot of questions. Where should I start? Do I need a lot of expensive supplies? What if I don’t have any ideas? If you have these questions or you’re a beginner and you want to ease into it, I have good news. A good starting place for your creative practice is as close to you as the nearest Target or a few clicks away at Target.com.

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I’m talking about the 20 minute Studio kits from Faber-Castell. Each kit focuses on a different art medium and provides easy-to-use inspiration and supplies to get your creative juices flowing! I especially loved the watercolor kit because painting takes me to my happy place, but if that isn’t necessarily your cup of tea– don’t worry. There are a number of awesome options to choose from in addition to watercolors including marbling art, card making, and abstract art.

There’s a kit for everyone! If you aren’t already sold, here are 5 reasons to use these kits and integrate them into your daily (or weekly or monthly) creative practice:

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1. Thrifty. These aren’t single-use kits. They come with supplies you can work with over and over as you grow and learn in your creative practice. They retail for $12.99 and include high-quality items you can continue to use again and again.

2. Minimal. If you have limited space or just like to keep things simple and easy to find instead of buried under a pile of colorful supplies, these kits make it incredibly easy. Everything fits into the box or is easily stored in a small container, which means your creative practice can stay short and sweet whenever you engage with it in a mess-free, hassle-free way.

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3. Accessible. If you don’t live near a local craft store – never fear. The kits are available at Target online and in-store, which means you will most likely be able to get one (or all of them) in your area.

4. Inspirational. These kits are full of tips, tricks, tools and general inspiration. So often I hear from people who feel that their lives aren’t sources of creativity and these kits offer so many amazing prompts, projects, and ideas to get you started. If you’re feeling a little unsure or blocked creatively, these kits are perfect for you!

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5. Customizable. If you’re feeling creatively inspired, you can still make use of these kits. Various kits are packed with stencils, paint brushes, watercolor pencils, lots of paper, cards and so much more.

Do you feel inspired to give the kits a try? When do you feel most excited to work on creative projects?

Target | Watercolor Art | Marble Art | Card-making

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Faber-Castell ®, but all opinions and experiences I mentioned are my own. My creative partners and I really appreciate your continued support!

Planning Your Tomorrow

Planning Your Tomorrow

This post is sponsored advertising content by State Farm®

Keep thinking about your dreams. Picture them! Draw them out! Whatever works best for you to keep an image in your mind and hold onto that dream. Often, my dreams for the future are based on fun memories from my past.

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Take this spread of my family at the pool. We had an amazing time in Palm Springs and a big part of that was family swim time. Now, my husband and I are thinking about how much we’d love to add a pool of our own to the backyard. It’s definitely a dream in the far-off future and would most likely take place in the summer of 2020. Seeing this scrapbook page will definitely help me remember how awesome it will be to have one between now and then.

Honestly, that’s how dreams are most of the time. They are big and far off. Sometimes, a dream is so big it can’t be reached unless it’s divided up into super small steps. Those steps might seem so tiny that to an outsider they may seem insignificant. When you make up your mind to reach those achievements, it means you’ll be willing to take as many tiny steps as you need to get there. One of the most helpful things to do is make a snapshot or a mental note of what that goal looks like to you. I’m a visual person and it helps me feel close to my goals when I draw or create a spread to remind me of what I would like to achieve.

Of course, dreams aren’t always as big as a pool. Even if I reach something “small” and inspire just one person to unleash their inner creative, I can go to sleep happy because I’ve made progress. At the end of the day, whatever you want to do is possible as long as you’re strategic. One sure-fire strategy to help you get set up for success is to start by gaining control of your finances and developing a plan for your future. You’ll also want to hone in on your priorities so you can focus on achieving your dreams.

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Honing in on your priorities can be challenging. After all, there’s so much in life that can divide your focus and attention. After years of considering, changing, and adapting, I’ve come to the conclusion that I have three areas in my life that are my top priorities where growth and stability are absolutely necessary: family, finances, and dreams. But identifying my priorities was only the first step. I knew that in order for me to stay focused on achieving my dreams, I also needed to identify things I could do each day to help maximize harmony across my priorities. State Farm® offers a ton of great tips and resources that helped me a lot as I went through this process.

One thing I really about State Farm is that they offer a variety of excellent resources for people in all stages of life– from college kids to brand new home owners to retirees and everyone in between. And while most people know State Farm for offering car insurance, that’s not the only product they offer. Did you know that State Farm also offers life insurance too? In fact, State Farm was just rated #1 in Customer Satisfaction among Life Insurance Providers for the 5th year in row by J.D. Power*!

I’ve been a loyal State Farm customer since I was 15 years old, but I’ll be honest, I didn’t know that they had so many great products and resources available. But now that I do, I find myself visiting their site more often for overall general life planning. If you’re looking for a place to start, I recommend checking out their site www.letsstarttoday.com where you’ll find a ton of helpful budgeting tips and resources to kick-start your financial goals. The more time you take to plan and prepare, the more achievable your dreams will become.

Planning Your Tomorrow

Plans change, and life can be full of unexpected twists and turns, but I feel good knowing I’m prepared, and have a sense of well-being now that I’m intentional about doing something each and every day to bring happiness and harmony to my life.

  1. Family– Plan for (and with) the people you love. One of my little family’s core values is sharing the love of travel together. My husband and I have been all over the world and our five-year-old son has been on 89 flights. In fact, those of you who have followed me for a while know that I’m a huge advocate of traveling and I’m firm believer in venturing out into the world in search of adventure. That’s one reason I think building up your savings is so important. I want to be able to take great vacations with my family and experience life together in a grand way! Whether it’s a local SoCal staycation or flying halfway around the world, we need to make sure we can cover the costs. Between the airfare, the hotels, the restaurants and all of the activities - it can really add up! When you save a little bit every week... that great voyage gets closer every day. Saving money can sometimes be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be as long as you’re smart about spending. Here are some great tips for how to become a frugal superstar!

  2. Finances – Prioritize the future over the present. It isn’t often you’ll hear me advocate for thinking outside of the present moment. In fact, so much of my work is about encouraging others to enjoy right now. However, there’s an exception to every rule and when it comes to finances, the future should take priority. I’m definitely “a saver” and have been for most of my life. My family and I are all about future planning. You wouldn’t go on a long road trip without a map, right? The same concept can be applied to building a life. Take the time to identify some goals, create a budget, and come up with a detailed plan for your future. This a great way to make sure you’re taking all the necessary steps toward the retirement you’ve always wanted. For example, one of our goals is to save for a new home that we can use to bring in rental income. It’ll be a fun place to create memories, but also a solid investment. Now, that’s what I call a win-win! If you haven’t yet identified some goals and set up a budget to reach those goals, not to worry, today is a good day to start your financial plan!

  3. Dreams – Break down big goals into small steps. I have both short term and long-term plans, but my dream is to grow my company so that it can have a lasting impact on people and encourage them to live their best creative lives. Of course, all of that can be incredibly overwhelming. So, how do I chase after this dream? I stay focused and remind myself of the important things that I can do today. What small actions can I start taking in the direction of my dreams? Once I figure those out, I make it a point to carve out time each day to get me closer. Creating your own brand and business can be a huge financial investment, but the results are so gratifying! Mapping out the path ahead and charting your progress is a great motivator and can keep you inspired. Whether your dream is to one day start your own small business, or if you already have one and you’re looking to grow it, State Farm has some great articles to help with your small business needs.

Planning Your Tomorrow

This post has covered a lot of ground in these three very different but wildly important categories. As you approach your own goals, be sure to go slowly, while having the big picture in mind. You don’t have to do it all at once or do it perfectly. When we give in to the idea that happiness is just around the corner, it takes away our power to be happy with the life that is ours right here, right now. Our thoughts and energy become too focused on the future. Bring your wishes, plans, and hopes to the front and center. Focus in on those dreams and turn them into reality one tiny step at a time. Instead of thinking about what you can’t change, hone in on the things you can actually influence and control. Start trying to cultivate a present state of happiness that lives within today, not tomorrow. Get creative. Make a vision board if you need to. Or commemorate the good moments like I did with my scrapbook page. Do what works for you. And don’t forget to put a savings plan in place so you’re financially prepared to reach your goals. Check out these budgeting tips to help find the best way that works for you so you can get your dreams in motion!

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Easy Steps for Spreading Cheer

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It’s time to ring in the season with some joy and color. No matter how you celebrate the holidays, it’s important to do what you can to spread some cheer around your community. I wanted to do something special, so I decided to #MoveFor prettying up some sidewalks around town with some holiday inspired designs and sayings. Hopefully when people see these, they’ll pause, smile, take pictures or simply feel inspired to do something creative themselves.

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Of course, all this running around town meant I needed to feel comfortable. I’m always on the hunt for the perfect sneaker, so I can move around the way I need to and still look stylish and not have to worry about spending all day in the same shoes. I was so excited when Easy Spirit reached out to partner with me for this project because it was the perfect pair of shoes for the excursion– especially because you all know how I feel about shoefies! If you would like to see how the project turned out and how to do something like it in your own community, keep reading for easy steps!

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Step One: Figure out what you’re going to write! You could just think about what messages you would like to stumble upon. Of course the internet is also the place to go for this. If you need a good place to start, check out my Word board on Pinterest for inspiring quotes and thoughts.

Step Two: Decide where to write. Pick out places in your town that people will see and that would benefit from the decoration. I chose a couple sidewalks near a school.

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Step Three: Go and do it! This can be a solo adventure or a trip out on the town with your tribe. Be sure to wear comfy shoes!

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Step Four: Document your process and handiwork.

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I loved doing this project because it’s focused on what my work is all about: bringing a little extra joy and sunshine into the lives of others using art and positivity. Try chalk lettering around your town with uplifting quotes as a "gift" to everyone. What will you do to lift the spirits of others this season?


This post is in collaboration with
Easy Spirit, all ideas and opinions are my own. As always, my creative partners and I appreciate the support.

Sharing my story

Fiercely Fearless with Olay

Choose joy! Those two words sound so easy, right? I firmly believe that looking on the brightest side of life is a choice you’ll never regret. That doesn’t make things any less difficult when facing life’s challenges. Most people who know me really well would say that I am more of an optimist than a pessimist. And it's true - I am. But I haven't always been this way. I have gone through phases in my life when I encountered negativity and bad stuff. Everyone has. The true mark of inner strength is being able to face your obstacles and choose happiness anyway. It’s definitely easier said than done on some days. When I am struggling or feeling down, I intentionally have to carve out time to pause and replace those negative thoughts with positive ones.

When I first moved to Los Angeles when I was 25, I had no idea what kind of crazy amazing journey was ahead of me. A company had relocated me from Atlanta. I was excited to get to work in a new place, while keeping the little company that I started when I was 21 on the side. I dreamed of living as close to the beach as possible. The path seemed perfectly paved until just a week after my arrival, I got a call that pivoted my life in a way that was most unexpected. My boss told me that I was going to be let go if I chose to keep Amy Tangerine on the side. I had to choose either the company I created or the job that had moved me to LA. I was devastated. I had just bought a brand new car, I didn’t have a place to live and and now I was out of a job. I called my dad and he said “You’re lost in the right place.” Those words comforted me and gave me hope. I wouldn’t have made the big move on my own and here is where I was going to thrive.

Plans shift and change and yet through it all, I held onto believing in myself, maintaining a positive mindset and doing what I love most— making things. Challenges and struggles are opportunities for tremendous growth. We all have a story to tell, we all have unique paths to take. When you find yourself at a crossroads in life and you feel out of balance, perhaps you’ll find comfort and guidance in seeking harmony instead of balance. I created an acronym from the word, and I call it the Harmony Principle:

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"There is nothing more beautiful than a woman on a mission." -quote from this inspiring video. I think this phrase is so important because so often as women I think it is easy to forget how true it is. That's why I so enjoyed watching other fearless females who give a sneak peak into overcoming their everyday lives and challenges through the power of Olay. See how pilots face anything during their day. I’m grateful to share my story too in a video on my channel. Just as I overcame my fears and adversity, I am proud to stand with Tristan and all of the other fearless females throughout the world! So who wants to join me on this Harmony journey? Your permission has been granted to live your best creative life and feel fearless to rise above and to be the best version of yourself each and every day. I am so inspired by your comments in the YouTube video already. Thank you!!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine.

Embrace the beauty that surrounds you. Do you have a word or guiding principle that helps you?

3 TIPS FOR A TIDY, HAPPY HOME

3 TIPS FOR A TIDY, HAPPY HOME

This post was sponsored by BISSELL, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Whether you're meticulously neat or carefree and messy, the time always comes to tidy up! So, I'm sharing a list of three ways to keep your home just a little bit cleaner. Because of our three Jacks (my two Jack Russell terriers, Buster and Bamboo and my son, Jack), my house can get a little messy at times. That's one of the many reasons I'm so happy to partner with BISSELL for this post.

Seven years ago, Cathy Bissell founded BISSELL Pet Foundation. The foundation's mission is to keep animals out of shelters in a number of ways including adoption, foster care, microchipping and so much more. Every time someone buys a BISSELL Crosswave Pet Pro® and registers their device at www.bissell.com, BISSELL donates $10 to the foundation to help each and every pet find a home! We have been using Crosswave Pet Pro in our home and you can check out the video on my YouTube channel to see it in action. Having clean floors is just one of the many things that help me feel grounded and happy in my home.

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Here are the 3 tips:

1. Bring in the joy - There are so many ways to organize your belongings to help your living space look orderly, harmonious, and peaceful. Because our home is decorated with neutrals and accented with bright pops of color, one of my staple organization tips is to place your most vibrant items in rainbow order: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet. We use this method on everything from my personal library to Jack’s favorite toys and legos. Of course, if something isn’t exactly the right color, I try to find the best-looking place for it. I promise, it looks good even if you have a mauve thrown in next to the indigos! It’s not about perfection, just about bringing in a little order and good vibes.

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2. Work smarter, not harder - I’m a small business owner and a mom— which means my to-do list always has something on it. I rely on multi-use products and tools to get the most out of my time while I’m cleaning. A great example of this is BISSELL’s CrossWave Pet Pro because it vacuums and washes the floor simultaneously—both hard floors and area rugs. It cleans wet and dry messes, acting as a mop and vacuum all in one sleek package. Whether it’s paw prints, tiny shoe prints or the little grey and white hairs that seem to get everywhere, my floors see a lot of traffic on a daily basis. CrossWave Pet Pro has a specialized cleaning formula with a light, clean scent. Best of all, it's earth-friendly and safe around pets and kids when used as directed. There are no heavy metals, phosphates or dyes. We use it all throughout our home and the scent leaves our place smelling crisp and fresh. It’s so nice to have a tool that can multitask just like I do!

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3 TIPS FOR A TIDY, HAPPY HOME

3. Include the little ones - I don’t think cleaning is anyone’s favorite activity, but there are ways to make it fun and enjoyable for the whole family. Jack is usually an eager helper when it comes to chores. Giving him a small, manageable task helps keep him engaged and learn about responsibility. It also helps me keep things in perspective. Yes, a messy house feels chaotic and unpleasant sometimes and cleaning can be stressful. But the loved ones who make the messes are a huge and valuable part of my life and I never ever want to lose sight of that truth.

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Which of the three tips are you most excited to try out in your home? Be sure to share any of your tried and true tips and tricks for a tidy living space in the comments below!