Five Minute Friday: Half a Cookie

Generosity is Contagious | Five Minute Friday: SHARE - What spilled onto the screen when I set a timer for five minutes and wrote on one word: share.

I felt a yearning I haven't felt in a while...a yearning just to freewrite!  The kind of writing inspired by a creative prompt where you set a timer and just let the thoughts spill onto the page or screen, scritchity scratchety or tickity typity.  You don't censor yourself.  You don't correct yourself.  You fly forward with the freedom to just write.Well, this yearning couldn't have been better timed because there's an event that happens across blogland every week around this time called Read more

Our Budget Binder & Simplify eBook Giveaway!

Our Budget Binder!

G'day, mates!Yesterday, I shared how Mark and I are venturing into uncharted financial waters this new year: we're going to try a cash budget envelope system.  I have to say, I was really encouraged by the flood of comments, many from others who have adopted the same system!  I've enjoyed seeing all of the Dave Ramsey fanatics come out of the woodwork.  Now, if you're just tuning in and are like, "Dave Who?" be sure to catch up by reading yesterday's post HERE; it includes a free printable Read more

DIY Cash Budget Envelopes: Free Printable

DIY Cash Budget Envelopes: Free Printable | Learn how to create your own wallet-sized envelopes using any paper or scrapbook paper. Free downloads include a PDF Printable & Silhouette cut you've got options! Great resource for anyone wanting to take their monthly budget under control with Dave Ramsey's Cash Budget Envelope System!

Mark and I are taking a leap this year and venturing into something brand new on the financial front: we're preparing to try out a cash budget envelope system.  I know, your eyebrows just furrowed a little, didn't they?  Mine did, too, pretty much for an entire year.  Here's a little background on what changed that furrowed brown to an intrigued eyebrow raise that said, "Okay...let's give it a go!"We are both avid podcast listeners, and one of our favorites of 2014 was The Dave Ramsey Show. Read more

Why I’m Taking a True Day of Rest Each Week & How It Has Changed EVERYTHING


It was late August, and Mark and I found ourselves in the cool quiet north of Wisconsin.  I had just started amping up my eBook writing and was feeling the impending crunch of deadlines.In some ways, it seemed like the worst possible time to adopt a new habit that meant less work time.  And yet, it was exactly the right time.  I needed a break somethin' fierce, and I recall that first week of trying it out: I could not wait to start.  I powered down the computer, put away the TO DO list, and Read more

The Top 10 Posts of 2014

The Thinking Closet's Top 10 Posts of 2014!

Happy New Year, friends!I hope you all had a blessed holiday and that your 2015 is off to a fantastic start.I recently took two weeks off from the blog--the longest break I've taken since the inception of The Thinking Closet in September 2012.  But it has been a much-needed time of rest and renewal for me after a busy year.  It turns out that the pace I had worked up to in publishing my eBook is not one I am capable of maintaining on a regular basis.  #humanproblems(Actually, Read more

Making a List, Checking it Twice…. My New Tool for Holiday Gift Planning

Holiday Gift Tracker | Making a list and checking it twice.... It's so helpful to have a chart to help you stay organized with gift brainstorming and budget planning around the holidays! Visit to learn how you get your hands on your own tracker!

I was feeling uncharacteristically relaxed about my holiday gifts this year.  We spent Thanksgiving with Mark's family this year, which means we're not doing Christmas gifts.  And my family is keeping it simple with small stocking-stuffer gifts.However, when I started to think of all the neighbors and co-workers and friends for whom we want to give a little something, I realized I needed to get my game face on and get focused.  Christmas is coming, people.  And apparently the goose is Read more

5 Ways to Boost Your Decorating Confidence

5 Ways to Boost Your Decorating Confidence | Because there's no good reason why we need to let intimidation hold us back any longer. It's time to make our houses homes! And here are some actionable ways you can enjoy the process of discovering your inner decorator! via

Can I be honest with y'all for a moment?Most days, I feel like a decorating dunce, haphazardly throwing together a few picture frames with outdated photos and random knick knacks atop a dusty surface, so that it looks like I tried.Tea candles are my safety blanket.  Mason jars are my cliche.  And admittedly, I couldn't pull together a Christmas house tour this year because the thought of getting even just our living room in decent enough shape to take photos just plain overwhelmed me. Read more

DIY Rustic Pallet Christmas Tree & Silhouette Giveaway!

DIY Rustic Pallet Christmas Tree | A do-able step-by-step tutorial for creating your own Rustic Christmas Tree out of pallet wood and embellished using your Silhouette machine. FREE cut file included!

Last week, I came to Mark with a glint in my eye, and an idea for a collaborative project.  As soon I showed him my sketch and told him it would be made out of pallet wood, he jumped on board to help me make this vision a reality.  And I cannot wait to share it with you.I give you: our Rustic Pallet Christmas Tree!Today, I'm going to give you the run-down for how Mark built the tree and how I embellished it using my handy dandy Silhouette machine.  Then at the end of this post, Read more

Glitter-Dipped Gift Tags

Glitter-Dipped Gift Tags | A simple way to add some rustic glam goodness to your brown paper packages this holiday season.  I just love how easy this tutorial is!

Brown paper packages tied up with string.... ...truly are some of my favorite things! The only way to improve upon them?  Combine them with some glittery kraft paper gift tags, and you have some gift wrap guaranteed to wow your recipient with their rustic glam goodness.The Inspiration Now, you've seen the gold-dipped table legs, right?And the glitter-dipped mugs?Well, I got to thinking, why couldn't create the same fabulous look with some Glitter-Dipped Gift Tags?!  And I turned Read more

Christmas Tree Gift Boxes: FREE Printable

Create your own Christmas Tree Gift Boxes out of paper! Perfect for stocking stuffers, co-worker gifts, jewelry, or even a gift at each place setting for Christmas dinner. Grab your FREE printable template at

What's better than teeny tiny thoughtful gifts for those you love this holiday?Well, wrapping them in teeny tiny adorable gift boxes you made out of scrapbook paper, of course!And this creative gift wrap idea works for everyone because today, I have a FREE cut file for the Silhouette users as well as a FREE printable for the scissorhands in the stick around!Now, some of you may be scratching your heads right now because these cutie Christmas Tree Gift Boxes are looking Read more