Kitchen Organization Linky Party, and a GIVEAWAY!

January 9, 2015 AT 10:39 am 75 Comments

Hey friends!  

I hope you have enjoyed this week of organizing our Kitchen!  I am so excited to see what you have been up to!  

But before I share the linky party, I want to show you this great giveaway I am having today!  

I am giving away 2 copies of Organizing Your Life

by Cyndy Aldred!!

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We ALL need an organized life, right?  :)

And guess what?  My craft closet is in this book!!!!

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Huh?  Wha?  

How cool is that?!  

Cyndy Aldred is a wonderful blogger over at the Creativity Exchange, and she contacted me last year about using pictures of my craft closet in her new book.  Of course, I said, “yes!”  (Thanks for asking, Cyndy!)

I wish I could tell you that my craft closet today looks like the pictures in the book, but that would be a flat out lie.  It’s a hot mess right now.  (But I WILL get it organized, and my blog series this month is going to help  me!)

This book is full of projects from other bloggers as well (You may recognize some of your favorites below,) and it covers ideas for organizing every room of your house. 

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Cyndy says…

“After the introduction and the “Getting Started” first chapter, the book is broken down, room by room (kitchen, bedrooms, closets, etc..). For every image shown, there are highlighted organization tips to the right that are examples in the featured image. At the end of each room section are two “Quick Tricks”, which are quick and inexpensive DIY projects for that particular room in the home. There are also 19 DIY projects (a little more involved than the Quick Tricks) throughout the book for almost every area of the home as well.

Here’s a sneak peek:”

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To enter this giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment below telling me which room in your home needs the most organizing?

If you would rather just order the book now, click the link below…

 

Now it’s time for you to link up your Kitchen Organization posts!  

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*Remember, if you do not have a blog, please send your photos to [email protected] or message  them to me on my facebook page.

 


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Organizing Your Heart – Video 1

January 7, 2015 AT 12:43 pm 18 Comments

Okay, y’all!  Making this video means I reeeeeaaaaalllllly love you!

This is something that I have wanted to share on my blog for a LONG time, and it truly is my heart.  It is probably the most important thing I have ever shared with you.  

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I pray that you will find encouragement in this video, despite my thick Kentucky accent. :)

 
 

 

Have a blessed day!!

 


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Kitchen Pantry Makeover

January 6, 2015 AT 8:23 am 16 Comments

Welcome to Day 2 of my Organize your Heart and Home series!

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Today, I am doing a small little switch-a-roo in my schedule this week.  I was supposed to show you my new organizing project in my kitchen and then on Thursday, I was going to do a “throw back” to a previous kitchen organization project I have done in the past.  But because I have spent the past few days trying to take down my Christmas decor and haven’t had time to organize my kitchen, I am going to share my “throw back” post today.  Is that okay?  We can call it “Toss it back tuesday!”  :)

This is a makeover I did on our pantry in our previous home back in 2011.  You will be able to tell that my picture taking skills were not very good at that time. I am so thankful that my blog has forced me to learn how to take better pictures.  And I couldn’t believe how young Luke and Jonathan look in these pictures.  They have grown up so much in the past three years.

But I hope this project helps to inspire you to organize a part of your kitchen this week and then share it with me!  

Here’s my blast from the past….

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This is embarassing, but here is what my pantry looked like last week…

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Shut. The. Door.

No rhyme, no reason…just a mess!

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My husband actually built this pantry in our kitchen 3 years ago.  Before that, we had absolutely NO storage for food.  We had to take up cabinet space with groceries.

He installed the wired shelving when he built it.  It has worked okay, but my boxes tend to fall over a lot, and it drives me crazy.

My cookbooks fall through the cracks…

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The inside of the pantry was painted the same yellow that our kitchen used to be painted.  But now that our kitchen is Khaki Shade by Sherwin Williams, I knew I was going to repaint the inside.

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The floor is where I stored my crock pots, dog food, and the boys’ lunch boxes.  Ugh.

The door has wire baskets on it to store my spices, sandwich bags, plastic wrap. etc.

I like having it there, but when we installed this door on the pantry, we never painted the back of it.  So it was an off-white color.

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And the door was still sporting the greasy handprint that my hubby left when he installed it.  (See right side of door.)

We are sentimental like that. :)

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So I cleared out the pantry door so I could give it a fresh coat of white paint.

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And I cleared out the pantry.  Notice the difference in colors?

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Since the boys had a couple of snow days last week, I decided to put them to work.

Luke helped me put my spices in alphabetical order.  It is my goal to someday be able to afford matching spice jars to put them in, but can’t do it right now.

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And Jonathan checked all the dates to see which ones had expired…

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We had to throw the pile in the front of the picture below away…all expired!

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Since I didn’t have the time or money to install new wood shelves, I decided just to add a thin piece of material to each shelf to make it more sturdy.

So I went to Lowe’s and bought a large 4 ft x 8ft piece of  tempered hardboard (item #15483)  for only $7.25.

I had the Lowe’s guy cut it into five pieces the same size as my wire shelves.

There were several pieces left over that I hope to use for later projects.

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I painted the fronts and backs white and put them in my closet.

The closet was already looking better with newly painted walls and new white shelves.

And the door got a fresh coat of white paint too.

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Here is something I learned during my pantry makeover:

CONTAINERS ARE EXPENSIVE!!!!

I mean….seriously?!

I trotted down to Walmart to buy some containers, saw the prices, and left empty handed!  I wasn’t trotting when I left.  :(

So I have been frequenting Goodwill on the hunt for containers.

I found some, but was still needing more.

So I had to break down and spend a little money on a few.  But I tried to get them as cheap as possible.  I have less than $30.00 in this whole makeover.

Here is a look at my new clean pantry!!!

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Isn’t she lovely?!

I am so happy with it!!!  (Sorry the pics are a little blurry.  We had no sunlight today and I tried to take pictures manually…obviously, I’m still learning.)

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Here is a breakdown of what I paid for my containers purchased at Goodwill, Dollar General, and Kroger….


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The cute rectangular chalkboard labels are from Leen the Graphics Queen.  The two curvy ones I made using my new Silhouette Machine!

I used a chalk-ink pen to write on the labels.

I fell in love with these little jars from Kroger.  I wish I had the money to buy more.  They were on sale last week and may still be.

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And I love the two tall glass jars I found at the Dollar General.  They are very sturdy.  They have smaller ones for $2.00 that I am wanting to go back and get.

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See those cute little tin containers on the left wall in the picture below?

I found them at Goodwill for $1.50 a piece and I love them!

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I used my Silhouette Machine again to make labels for each container.

I used wall screws to attach them to the wall.

 

We eat a lot of popcorn and oatmeal at our house.  :)

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And the bottom container holds drink mixes that usually get lost in our pantry: hot cocoa, lemonade, crystal light packets, etc.

And look at how my cookbooks stand up nice and tall now!

Notice my favorite?  Reluctant Entertainer, by Sandy Coughlin, of course!  :)

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The next shelf holds my plastic containers and white bowl full of soup mixes and sauces.

I got two packages of 3 plastic white containers at Kroger for $5.00 each.  The boys love being able to see their cereal in the containers.

And they are so much neater than those cereal bags!

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All of the baskets in my pantry used to belong to my mom.

I made one a bread basket and used the two matching ones to hold baking supplies and boxed goods.  (I am still planning on making labels for my baskets.  Just got a cute idea tonight!)

On the floor, I have our chip basket and potato basket.

I don’t like having the baskets sitting directly on the floor, so I sat them on two things that I use very often.  The chip basket is sitting on my large flat skillet, and the potato basket is sitting on my crock pot.

Perfect!

I am so very pleased with how it turned out!

The spices I just put back in the racks on the door, but they are in alphabetical order now, so hopefully I will be able to find things more easily.

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I am so thankful for my blog and the inspiration it has given me to get things done!

My husband has told me several times today how much he loves it.  And the boys “ooh” and “aah” every time they open the door.  :)  Yeah me!

I even had a little more fun with my Silhouette machine and made this for my pantry door…

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Here is the before and after picture you have been dying to see, right?

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So now it is your turn!!!

Clean up your kitchen, ladies!

Check those expiration dates!

Throw stuff away!

Organize!

I will be back tomorrow with a video post on organizing your HEART!


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Tips and Tricks to Organizing Your Kitchen!

January 5, 2015 AT 8:13 am 1 Comment

Welcome to Day One of Organize your Heart and Home!

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Today, I am sharing some of my favorite kitchen organization tips and tricks.

I am hoping some of these ideas will help motivate you to organize an area in your kitchen as well, and then share it with me!  On Friday, I will be hosting a link up party on my blog for you to link up any kitchen organization posts, past or present.  If you do not have a blog, I would love for you to share your before and after pictures with me via an email or facebook, and I will be sharing them with my readers.

Utensil Organization

I love how these larger utensils are hanging from a shelf making room for coffee cups on top and leaving the countertop clear.

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I love how Marian from Miss Mustard Seed stores her large utensils in an antique piece and creates a beautiful display with other items on a tray.  

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If your utensil drawers are a hot mess like mine, you can follow this tutorial from Kevin {&} Amanda to create a DIY Kitchen Utensil Drawer Organizer for less than ten dollars!

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Pots and Pans Organization

Now, I am not one to have my pots and pans out in the open for everyone to see, but using a pegboard definitely makes great use of wall space and makes your items easy to reach.  The fresh flowers, glass canisters, and wicker tray on the table below makes this space look very beautiful and organized.

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I love how the space underneath this island was used to store pots and pans.  

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Or you can store your pots and pans above your island to save space in your kitchen…

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Here is an example of how you can store your pot lids on the inside of your cabinet door.  You can also use dividers to store your casserole dishes and muffin pans.

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More Kitchen Organization

 

Make the most of the inside of your cabinet doors, like this idea from Classy Clutter.  She hung a measurement conversion chart and pot holders on her door.  I also love the way she has her spices organized inside her cabinet.

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Here’s a nifty way to store your plastic wrap and aluminum foil boxes…attach a magazine rack to the cabinet door!

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I like this idea as well!

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Use tension rods to create dividers for trays and cutting boards.

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I am in luuuurve with this pantry from Everyday Enchanting.  Click HERE to see the details. 

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 Are you feeling inspired?

Maybe you would like to try one of these ideas in your kitchen, or maybe you have an organizing idea of your own!  Either way, let’s get it done THIS WEEK!!

I’m starting on mine today and will share it with you tomorrow. 

I can’t wait to see what you are up to!!

Have a blessed and organized day!!

 


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Prayer for the New Year

January 4, 2015 AT 9:27 am 2 Comments

I’m not one to make New Year’s Resolutions.  I’m notorious for breaking them in the first few days.  :)

But I do LOVE setting goals for myself…things I want to focus on in the coming year.  Spending more time in God’s word is always my number one focus at the beginning of each new year.  

Why?

Because I have usually lost my focus numerous times throughout the year, and it is always time for me to get back on track.  

Developing a relationship with God is NOT easy.  It never has been.  But of course, no relationship in our lives that is worth fighting for is ever easy, right?

We just have to keep plugging along.  Keep on focusing and re-focusing.

You know the saying, “If you don’t feel close to God, guess who moved?”  :)  That’s me a lot of times.  God is always there, longing a relationship with me.  It’s just that I am always moving around in a ton of different directions and not keeping Him my number one priority.  I am so thankful for GRACE.  I am so thankful that God never gives up on me.  

I have been doing a online bible study this week with 500 other women (Not kidding!  That is how many women have joined our facebook group!) and today I read a prayer that my mom had written in the back of her bible. 

I loved it and wanted to share it with you.  It is my prayer for the new year.  May it be yours as well.

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New Song from Jonathan

January 3, 2015 AT 10:22 am 16 Comments

Happy Saturday, friends!

I will be spending the day watching MANY basketball games.  Luke and Adam are both in a tournament this weekend.  :)

I hope you have a good weekend!  Have you taken your Christmas decorations down yet?  I’m starting on Monday when the boys are back in school.  

We got Jonathan some recording equipment for Christmas.  He is wanting to start recording some more songs and making more videos. 

He chose to do a cover of a popular Taylor Swift song right now called Blank Space.  Her version is faster, but he just recorded himself singing and playing the guitar.

I am really proud of him.  I LOVE music, but I do not have a “gift” like Jonathan has, and I love watching his gift grow.  He produced this song and video all by himself.  He does something on the computer with some music software that looks like Greek to me.  He records himself playing the guitar.  Then adds his voice.  Then records harmony, then anything else he needs to add.  He worked HOURS on this.  Then he videoed (is that a word?) himself with my camera at different angles.  Then he spends more hours splicing all of the video clippings together.  Seriously?  And he taught himself how to do it all!  I love watching his creativity come to life!

So here is his new song.  He would love it if you would share it and “like” it.  :)

Thanks for always being so supportive of Jonathan and cheering him on!  
 


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Organizing your Heart and Home – 2015 Series

January 2, 2015 AT 6:04 pm 9 Comments

Yay!  2015 is HERE!

And I am ringing it in with a cold.  :(   Boo.

Oh well, it’s all good. 

I am so excited to tell you about a series that I am doing on my blog for the month of January!

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Y’all, I am going to ORGANIZE MY LIFE!   I’m determined!  Wanna join me?

Here is what the month of January will look like (starting on Monday):

WEEK ONE:  Kitchen Organization 

 

WEEK TWO:  Bathroom Organization

 

WEEK THREE:  Closet Organization

 

WEEK FOUR:  Home Management Organization

 

Each week, we will focus on one area of our home.  I will be sharing posts with you that include tips and tricks to organizing that room in your house, plus I will be sharing a DIY project that I am doing in my own home.  At the end of each week, I will be hosting a link up party for you to share your own projects (if you blog) and I will be hosting a giveaway!

So what is the “heart” part of this series?

Well, each Wednesday I will be sharing with you a video post of how we can organize our hearts through prayer and bible study.  ‘Cause let’s be honest, if our houses are spotless but our hearts are dirty messes, well… our lives are going to be miserable.  So I want to devote some time this month on my blog to creating beauty in our hearts as well.

Here is what each week will look like in January, starting next Monday…

 

MONDAY:  “Organizing Tips and Tricks” 

 

TUESDAY:  “Organization Inspiration” {DIY Project by ME!}

 

WEDNESDAY:  “Organizing your Heart” Video Post

 

THURSDAY:  “Throwback Thursday” - (Organizing posts from my previous home.)

 

FRIDAY:  Favorite Organizing Pins from Pinterest, Link up Party AND Giveaway!!

 

 

Doesn’t that sound awesome?!!!  I am so ready to tear my house apart and GET ORGANIZED!!  Even if you do not have a blog, I would love for you to join me. 

Starting next week, pick an area of your kitchen that you need to organize.  Take a before and after shot and email it to me.  :)  Then I can share it in a post or on my facebook page to inspire others!!  YAY!!

You will be SO glad that you got it done, and I will too!  

Until then, have a blessed weekend!!


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Beneath My Heart in 2015

December 30, 2014 AT 8:52 am Leave a Comment

Yay!!  The new year is almost here!  I feel so motivated to get things done, and I love it!

I cannot believe that I will be embarking on my SEVENTH year as a blogger!  Isn’t that nuts?!  This blogging gig has been so much fun and such a blessing in my life.  

I am excited about spending another year with you and seeing what it unfolds!  

I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR YOU!!!  You are what keeps this blog going.  :)  This year, I want to improve Beneath My Heart for my readers.  I want my site to be meaningful and useful for you, not just me. 

It would mean so much to me if you would take about two minutes to answer 10 survey questions for me.  It’s mostly multiple choice, so it is super quick and simple.  

There is a space for you to add any extra comments if you want to. 

Click HERE to take survey.

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Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!

2015…Bring it on!!


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Top 14 DIY Projects of 2014!

December 29, 2014 AT 2:19 pm 6 Comments

Hey friends! 

We are driving home from Georgia today after spending time with my husband’s family.  I am trying to get a little work done on my computer in the car. :)

Today, I am sharing my top DIY projects of 2014!  I always love writing this post at the end of the year because it helps me see how much we really got finished this year.  Sometimes it feels like I’m just spinning my wheels, but these type of posts make me happy, happy, happy to see how much we have accomplished over the year. 

To view each of these posts/projects, click on the title or picture.

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Side Table Makeover

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Hall Closet Makeover

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Painted Leather Office Chair

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Clint and Mary’s Kitchen Renovation (by my husband)

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DIY Industrial Coffee Table

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DIY Yard Tool Organization

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DIY Mason Jar Lid Coasters

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DIY Sawhorse Desk

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Bedside Table Makeover

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Coffee Table Makeover

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Dining Area Makeover Reveal

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DIY Kitchen Open Shelf

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Whew!  I feel so much better!  

I really did get a lot of stuff done this year!  

And I have a ton more coming in 2015.  

Can’t wait to share them with you!!

 

If you missed my top DIY projects from previous years, click the buttons below to view:   

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Join me for a New Year and a New Heart

December 28, 2014 AT 12:20 pm 40 Comments

Hey friends!
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas celebration!

I enjoyed lots of time with my family and not a lot of time with my computer. :)

In just a few short days, we will begin a new year! I don’t know about you, but I get SO EXCITED about a fresh new year! It is filled with so much hope and so many possibilities.

I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to focus on most in 2015. I want to live a healthier lifestyle. I want to work on growing my blog. I want to get some projects finished around the house.

BUT MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE, I want to spend more time in God’s word. I want a “newness” in my heart.

I talked to my sister about it a few weeks ago, and I asked her if she wanted to join me in offering a bible study to our readers. I thought it would be awesome to create a private facebook group of all of us who are doing the bible study together to encourage and pray for each other.

 

We decided we would ask you to join us on the Focused15 Challenge?

Beginning January 1 we’ll start a Bible Study called Wild Obedience (you purchase it online for $3.99) by Katie Orr.

Katie is a pastor’s wife and friend of Cyndi and mine. She is passionate about sharing God’s word and helping women dig into scripture and grow in their relationship with Christ.

The study is 15 days and can be completed in 15 minutes. Which is perfect for a Focused15 challenge.

If you would like to join me, take this pledge:

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If this resonates with your heart, go here and sign the pledge and then if you don’t mind, leave a comment and let me know! (There’s not a 2015 date but go ahead and put January 1, 2014 and it will still work.)

Friends, this will be a wonderful opportunity for us all to enjoy a fresh new start with God in our hearts. I am so excited about this!! Nothing in this world is more important than our relationship with Jesus. When we get our lives right with God, we will be better moms, wives, sisters, and friends. That would be a great way to start 2015!

Here’s a video of Katie sharing about the Focused15 challenge:

 

If you would like to join our private facebook group, click HERE.


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