Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Lesson from Mary... Remember Who He is

We were on the flight home from vacation (when I couldn't help but overhear) as the passenger in the seat ahead of me sat explaining the in-flight movie to her grandson

Her words caught my ear...

"God's son"
"Mary, His Mother"

and as I peaked over her shoulder

there was a cross
an angry mob
and Jesus

spilling Blood...

The actress playing the role of Mary was convincing
as she silently mouthed the words "my son"

and right there
in that moment

at 40,000 feet
traveling 550 mph

I learned
I realized
I finally understood

that the only way that she could have

stood there

that moment

was by remembering

who He was
the revealed plan and the purpose of His life

The only way that she survived that heart wrenching moment
was in remembering that

This was ordained by Him

Last week...

when we arrived home from work
we were met with an unbelievable sight

Water gushing
Exposed pipes
House destroyed

with our ceiling now on the floor

And its funny how in that moment I found my way back to Mary

as I stood on soggy carpet
looking at the gaping hole where the ceiling once was and telling myself...

"This was ordained by Him"

and then I really

finally understood

that the only way any of us can ever


life's heart wrenching moments
is if we also remember...

who He really is

(click to see the rebuilding of our house)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

What The Kids Are Up To... Marketing

If you're unfamiliar with "What the Kids Are Up To This Summer"
then you'll want to start with The Introduction and continue with...

Session 1- Brainstorming
Session 2- Branding
Session 3- Production

And as we began our next lesson...

I printed an amazing article to share with the children during our weekly business partners' meeting

I brought in our box of small Legos and set them on the kitchen table
because this lesson was all about marketing

with special emphasis on how to first

establish a base brand
work together
connect and build

Making this the perfect object lesson!

The focus:                                                                                                                      

The lesson:
Learn about how to let others know about the product being sold

The assignment:
Create marketing plan and begin implementing advertising and marketing strategies

which began by

taking a closer look at their brand
taking pictures of their products
looking online for advertising materials and ideas

and then finally coming up with this!


Color*full Creations
creating a life full of color
What the kids are up to next...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Same Black Dress Goes Tribal

Tribal prints have really been catching my eye this season...

and although I'm still sporting my same black dress
I couldn't resist the urge to pair up with a few new items to celebrate my tribal roots!

My Same Black Dress "goes tribal" in Maui, Hawaii


Tribal prints rock!!

Check out my two-year review and year three of wearing this same black dress...

Thursday, August 7, 2014

What the Kids Are Up To... Production

Click any of the links below to follow "What The Kids Are Up To This Summer"


Once the children were on their entrepreneurial path,

I wanted to introduce examples of other successful (craft) businesses...
so we started the week off with a field trip to a local Craft Marketplace! 



The focus:                                                                                                                      
Production/Testing/ Product Placement and Distribution

The lesson:
How to create a streamlined product, package it, and successfully distribute it to the customer

The assignment:
Organize business supplies and materials
Create sample product
Introduce sample product to a "test group" to get feedback
Do a SWOT analysis to anticipate business strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats


And once they ventured out with sample product in hand
we quickly found the strengths and weaknesses

as I realized that I had forgotten to introduce the first rule of strategic planning...

"Structure Follows Strategy"

The reason we didn't have successful business structure
was because we hadn't discussed our business strategy!

But I've also learned that...

"Failure is Feedback"

and according to child development expert and author Ellen Galinsky 
there are seven essential life skills every child needs...

Focus/ Self-Control
Perspective Taking
Making Connections
Critical Thinking
Taking On Challenges
Self-directed/ Engaged Learning

So back to Session 1 it was...
(because as an Early Childhood Educator I'm all about simultaneous instruction)
And their next assignment would prove helpful, putting them back on track, and
leading them toward the future success of...

Color*full Creations
creating a life full of color
What the kids are up to next...

Monday, August 4, 2014

My Blessed Life

I am starting a new job today!

And my children each made me a bracelet
from their Color*full Creations brand

to wear as a reminder that on this day
and always...

I am truly blessed!

(from the Color*full Creations Inspirational collection)

And even though

I do not know what this journey holds for me
I do know who holds me in this journey

So today I step out

in faith
and gratitude
and grace

as I give thanks for both the sacrifice and the favor

each having

a place
a part
a purpose

in my blessed life