Outdoor Fall Decor

Fall has been upon us and while I’ve been crafting and decorating at home since September, I decided to share a few of my outdoor decor ideas.

I had a pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch I went to in October and saved it for a planter idea I had in mind.

Along with my pumpkin, I had pansies and a small carving set.

I simply carved the top of my pumpkin and removed the seeds and scraped the walls.

Before I removed my pansies from the planter, I measured it with the lining of my carved pumpkin to make sure it would fit.

I transplanted my pansies in the pumpkin and threw in a few small scarecrows for décor.

How do you decorate for the fall?

Xoxo,

– R. Vargas

#DIY Housewarming Gift 

Hey everyone! 

At the request of one of my loyal followers Bobbie of Mrs.Simplicityblog, I decided to share this quick and easy #DIY Housewarming Gift idea that I made for a dear friend of mine. 

Everything displayed can be found at your local IKEA.  


Nothing out of the ordinary or very expensive. Anyone can put together this simple yet sweet gift. You can add in as much as you’d like and customize the items.

Once I tucked everything inside the oven mit and positioned it the way I wanted, voilà! 


You could even tie a ribbon around it for just a little more decor but I personally love the simplicity. 

What did you think of this gift? Is it something you would like to receive? Comment below and let me know! 

Xoxo,

-R. Vargas 

Transplanting Succulents

If you know me personally, you know that I love succulents.
Many people think they are really hard to maintain or that they always end up dying but with a little TLC the plants can grow and thrive for years to come.
I took it upon myself to post this quick tutorial of how I care for and transplant my succulents and cactus.

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I gather my plants, pots, soil, Miracle Grow Succulent Plant Food, and even some colored pebbles for decor.

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I fill in the bottom with soil so that the plants can be leveled then I place the plants in the pot. (You may need to use tweezers or gloves so that you do not stick yourself if you are transplanting cactus.)

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Once they are positioned in the pot, I place more soil on top and on the sides.

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Once my plants are potted, I give them each two shots of Miracle Grow Succulent Plant Food and then water them.

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Be sure to give them enough sunlight and water and feed them every week. Not everyday but every week to help them grow and last a long time.

Xoxo,

– R. Vargas

Double Feature Date Night + Printables 

Since I have started dating, I have been trying to make everyday occasions just a little bit more memorable.

While I was on Pinterest I came across a pin that led me to The Dating Divas blog. I noticed all the cute crafts and Date Night ideas they had so I figured I would make my own basket too and surprise my boyfriend.

I printed the printables ahead of time to plan out my set up.

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Once I figured out what I wanted to keep and what I didn’t need, I went to my local dollar store for candy and I even found boxed candy like they sell at theaters. I also found a red platter to hold the Concessions.

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I didn’t spend a fortune on the candy and I went to Central Market for bottled Dr. Pepper so I could place the Soda Pop labels on them. (Dr. Pepper is Javier’s favorite beverage.)

I mentioned to Javier a few weeks before that we should have a movie night and of course he agreed.
I set up my small basket and handed him the Ticket that Admits Two.

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I think it’s safe to say he enjoyed it and even though we were just getting together to watch movies, the printables made it that much more cuter.
Thanks to The Dating Divas, you can find those same printables here.

Xoxo,

– R.Vargas

First-Aid Kit Board 

When I read this months issue of the Awake! I knew instantly how deep and personal it was for me.
I also thought it was very timely since February is National Teen Dating Violence awareness month.

The magazine discusses teen depression and what I really respect was that it shed light on how depression is an illness and disability.

Now when I was a teenager “depression,” was not classified as a sickness. It was just a word tossed around to make fun of sad and discouraged people.
Now mind you I was a regular teenager who had their highs and lows and thankfully I never stayed in a depression for too long but there are many people including adults who suffer from depression and never come out of it.

When I felt blue at the time, I just wanted to wallow in self pity. Now I turn to the bible and scriptures seem to be the only thing to bring me comfort.
This magazine was focused on young people and I felt it would be great study material for my oldest niece and I, especially since it had a special project for teens.
We read the magazine, took breaks in between and discussed personal things, read some scriptures together and after about an hour or so we ended our study, went shopping for some materials and headed back home to work on the project together.

The article suggested to create a “First-Aid Kit” for your emotions which included:

  • Contact information of people to call when you feel down.
  • Favorite songs that are positive and upbuilding.
  • Inspirational sayings and encouraging articles.
  • A list of comforting and upbuilding sayings from the Bible.
  • Mementos to remind you of people who love you.
  • A journal containing your positive thoughts as well as positive experiences you have enjoyed.
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Materials for the “First-Aid Kit” Board.

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Her journal for positive thoughts.

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Getting together her contact information to call when she’s feeling down.

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Mementos for her board.

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Her finished project. (She wanted to save room for more pictures throughout the year.)

I’m so happy we studied this article together and she opened up about personal things.
I can only pray she can grow up to be strong enough to seek help should she ever need it and rely on Jehovah someday.

Have you read the Awake! article yet? If so, what did you think?

Xoxo,

–  R. Vargas

 

 

Pretty Planner Party

For the second year in a row, I hosted the, “Pretty Planner Party.”
It’s really nothing fancy, I just get a few sisters together who enjoy crafting in their planner like I do and we craft together and enjoy one another’s company.

Since everyone lives in different areas, I try to meet half way in a public setting.
This year I chose Half Price Books.
I set up the table and placed goodie bags for each guest.
For the goodie bags I like to buy stationery, knick knacks, and a sweet treat.
Each bag is also made specifically for that sister so no two are alike.

Here are a few photos from today:

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What do you and your girlfriends do together?

Xoxo,

– R. Vargas  

Spiritual Planner

A few of the goals I’d like to accomplish this year is to be better equipped while in the ministry, deepen my love for Jehovah with my personal study, and comment more during meetings.

Instead of carrying journals for each separate category, I decided I would combine them all in one.
(Before I deleted my Instagram, there was a follower of mine who inspired me to create this spiritual planner so I would like to give her credit and you can find Kassandra here.

After looking at quite a few planners I decided to go with the, Creative Year Solid Planner By Recollections from Michael’s.
I purchased this planner in the Metallic Ivory color.

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Inside the planner, there were three different tabs with blank pages, graph paper, and to-do lists.

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While the inside is nice, I still wanted to customize the planner so I added a few things.

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My add ins: Peppa Pig stickers, House to House Records, Field Service Reports, Invitations, reusable tabs, a JW card, a bookmark from the 2014 International Convention, post it notes, and a pen.

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It’s nothing extraordinary but it’s enough to keep me organized in the ministry and be prepared if I happen to find myself doing informal witnessing.

I decided to add a little extra to my dividers so I spruced them up with some washi tape.

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Remember my categories:

  • Meetings
  • Personal
  • Service

I also wanted to add some color to my dividers so I found some scrap-booking paper and punched holes in the paper to align with my dividers.
I also found this gold Recollections hole puncher at Michael’s.

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I also added washi tape to the scrap-book paper to make it look nicer.

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I purchased some journal inserts as well and they can be found here.

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This was my final result:

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How do you stay organized spiritually?

Xoxo,

– R. Vargas