Monday, March 31, 2014

April: Free Printable Calendar

(Download your free printable calendar and print away!)

Today Lily and I were painting. 
Girlfriend looooves to paint and it's a nearly daily activity. 
Anyway, usually she paints intently while I do dishes or pick up or make lunch etc... 
But today the maintenance guy was replacing the water heater so we had a little extra time to kill. 
So I picked up a brush and gave it a try. 

Now clearly I'm an amateur and I don't intend to switch the biz over to watercolors soon.
BUT it was so freeing and revitalizing to just create with no pressure!
I wasn't painting FOR anyone, or trying to stay on trend or thinking how to market my end product. 
I was just dipping my plastic paintbrush in the crayola paints and trying to keep up with my 2 year old's mad painting skills. 

And then I liked it. :) 
So I made it the April printable calendar. 
This little project has been SO fun for me to see how my styles change and shift from month to month as I create a little something fun, and this month? 
Well, this is where I'm at. 

I'm headed into April with a plan of action for being an INTENTIONAL business owner. 
Not "just a mom who has a little side drawing thing... (awkward smile)".
A small, creative business owner and hand lettering artist! 
That's what I intend to tell people when they ask me what I do. 
And if I'm super absent on the blog (as I have been) just know that it's because I'm busy busy creating new prints and cards and fabulous entrepreneurial schemes! 
I'll keep ya posted. ;)    

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Free March Calendar!

It's that time again! 
Here is a link to a free printable March calendar that you can download and use as you wish.
+Make you you choose "8.5x11 borderless" if you have the option so that it all fits on one page! 
And if you want to share how you're using it you can use #bowandarrowart on instagram. 

It's nice and springy and makes me so happy! 
Plus if you love the pretty design + bold Pantone colors you might just love the fun new monogram stationery I've been hinting at.

Stay tuned for pre order info in mid March!

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Free Printable "Go Fish" Game for Toddlers

It had been cold + cloudy + icy for too long!
We were going seriously stir crazy and my best attempts at intentional parenting seemed to be falling flat.
It's HARD to keep an energetic 2-year-old happy + stimulated when you're trapped inside all the live long day! 

So I made this fishing game.
It took about 3 minutes to assemble and it has been given 2 thumbs up by my very favorite toddler!
The silly fishes crack her up + she can't wait to see what's on the other end of her fishing pole... EVERY time.
It's my first winter in Texas, but it's 75 degrees today and from what I hear spring should be sticking around pretty soon. 
I know that is not that case for a lot of other moms out there, so I thought I would make a printable version of the game so you can play with your kids too! 

To make you're own go fish games you'll need:

  • Print your artwork + cut out the fishies... Older kiddos may even help with this step too!
  • Embellish if you wish. Spray paint the stick, glitter up that clothespin. Laminate the fish. **All optional but super fun!**
  • Tie the string to the stick + the clothespin. Easy peasy.
  • Now hide behind the table so your toddler can "go fishing" + discuss the colors of the fishies they catch!

We really have been having so much fun + it has helped me to slow down and focus my attention on her.
The silly fish crack her up and sometimes she makes up her own rules or a totally different game!
Have fun and if you have any pictures of you + your little one "fishing" please tag them #beintentional? 
I would love to see!!

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Fun Announcement!!

Happy Friday!! How is February treating you all?
I'm honestly dazed & confused about how wintery it's been. 
I mean it's TEXAS! I severely misjudged...
Anyway there's been a lot of fire building and all day snuggling + movie watching.

There had also been a revival of the elephant Halloween costume which makes a very warm (VERY fashionable) coat!

Ok so the announcement... duh duh DUH!!!
I got accepted to the Renegade Craft Fair in Austin TX March 13-14-15!
I really had my heart prepared for a gentle let-down email. 
But I'm doing it!!!

And I'm really nervous! 
I'll be sharing a booth with Regina Waters and her fabulous jewelry.
So if you live anywhere near Austin plan on coming to see me!!
In the meantime I'll be working my behind off drawing, printing and planning a killer booth set up.

Any advice/ideas/suggestions?
I'm all ears!!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

February Goals: Intentional Parenting

Yikes, this one makes me nervous.
I mean WAY more nervous than last month.
Write down what I'm eating + drink some extra water? Got it.
But 10 hour days alone with a 2 1/2 year old?
Whooooole different story.

I love that girl so fierce, and I really truly think that this age is a beautiful thing... I also think it's terrifying plus it just plain wears me out a lot of days.
Discipline is HARD FOR ME!
She needs it, and I know that. But it's so hard day in and day out.

So this month I'm going to focus on planning activities and setting very clear rules and boundaries.
I've got high hopes that by March my little angel will be the most well-behaved toddler there ever was ;)

  • Make + enforce a set daily schedule. 
    • wake up. brush teeth. comb hair. get dressed. eat breakfast. etc...
    • obviously flexibility is important but I think the more she knows what to expect the better our days tend to go. 
    • only 1 tv show (before nap time) 
  • Plan an activity each day. 
    • Walk, park, YMCA, play with friends, grocery shopping, library. 
    • Sky's the limit really, but knowing we have one thing to get out of the house for each day seems to keep us both a little less crazy. 
  • Read 2 books on parenting/disciplining a toddler. 
    • I've already picked The Gifts of Imperfections by Brene Brown, which I don't think is a parenting book per se but seems to have a lot of wisdom that should apply.
    • Sheparding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp, which I imagine will be way more conservative but I have heard is very helpful. 
  • Utilize my Pinterest board that's FULL of ideas. Duh. I keep pinning awesome resources like these Tips for Helping Toddlers Play Independently or these Quiet Boxes for Little Ones or Toddler Discipline without Shame. It's time to really read through and try these out!! 
  • Most importantly I need to focus on setting my own boundaries and being realistic about what I can or can't accomplish during the day. Yes, it's realistic for me to get the dishes done (by inviting her to help) or even do some journaling (by setting her up with a paint or a project next to me). But I need to avoid large projects until nap time because I always end up frustrated, distracted and she ends up in front of the tv!  

Alright then. Wish me luck! 
This little 2-going-on-17-year-old gives me a run for my money sometimes, but I know we can make it better if I'm more intentional in my parenting!! 

Friday, January 31, 2014

January Goals Wrap Up

(Available in the Bow+Arrow Art shop.)

One month of intentional living down... 11 to go! 
I'm kidding. Here's hoping some of these good habits stick. :) 
Month 1: Eating Intentionally was really great. 
Also hard and I'm tired of tracking my every bite, but such a good way to get back to fueling my body with the good stuff! 
So here's how I ended up. 

  • 8-8oz glasses of water each day 
    • Honestly, I think I did really well with this one! Being mindful + aware helped so much and I feel a TON better just by getting more water. #winning 
  • A green smoothie each day
    • I missed a day or two but stuck to this one too... Actually not that hard because I think they're delicious! 
    • 1 c almond milk + 1 c frozen strawberries + 1 c spinach + vanilla protein = YUM
  • Switch to half decaf coffee
    • Straight up failed. My fabulous in-laws gave me a Keurig for Christmas (!!!) which came with a sampler pack of amazing coffees... that are NOT half-caf. I honestly made pretty much no attempt and I'm not even sorry.  

  • Detox tea in the evening instead of snacking
    • Holla! I love detox tea and it's an awesome way to wind down. Confession: occasionally it was more like detox tea AND a snack. But not always, I swear!

  • Meal plan all dinners
    • Boom! As a matter of  fact I filled the freezer with 2 weeks of dinners so I barely even had to cook for 2 weeks. Will most definitely be doing that again!
I'm really happy with how it went this month. 
Did I still occasionally binge on mint chocolate chip ice or Domino's gluten free pizza? yeah... oops. 
Did I lose 40 pounds and become a supermodel? Nope. 
BUT the whole point was to be intentional about what I ate and to fuel my body with healthy, wholesome foods, and I certainly did a much better job than I had been lately. 
So hooray! High 5!

How did you do with your goals? Do you blog about them? 
Leave a link in the comments, I'd love to read about yours.  
Also, do you ever do healthy freezer meals? 
I'm super interested in keeping this up and I would love your tips + recipes!


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