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How to Make a Meaningful New Year’s Wish Jar

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This post was sponsored by BLOT supplies. All content and images are my own.

How to make a simple but meaningful New Year's wish jar | Live Colorful

I’m one of those people who loves to think about New Year’s resolutions in advance. Unfortunately, I think about them, write them in a pretty notebook, read them a few times during the first month of the new year and then forget about them. Last year I wrote too many on the list, and the whole idea felt overwhelming!

A few months ago, for Father’s Day, Jaxon and I decided to make a wish jar for my husband. We actually named it “building memories” and it was a bunch of legos with all the things Jaxon would love to do with dad during the year. Go camping, watch a boy’s movie together, jumping in mud and things like that were on the list. It was such a simple idea, but a really meaningful gift that my hubby loved.

How to make a simple but meaningful New Year's wish jar | Live Colorful

For this New Year’s Eve I got the idea of making something similar. I made the whole family sit down and think about 12 things that we would love to accomplish, make, visit, create or experience this year. We made a list and put it in the jar. The idea is that every first day of the month we would take one “wish” out of the jar, and do it!

Go to Ojai, California, bring orange slices to a Jaxon’s soccer game, taekwondo tournament, or other sports thing he can do when he turns three!, run a 5k as a family and things like that are on the list. It’s exciting, and I appreciate that they are specific and easy to accomplish “wishes”.

We can’t wait to start picking one each month, because we keep saying that we would love to do these things, but always forget. This is a great way to push ourselves to have fun as a family in a special way each month.

How to make a simple but meaningful New Year's wish jar | Live Colorful

Thanks to Blot supplies I could write down these wishes in the prettiest and most colorful way. They have an amazing collection of pens, stickers, highlighters, pencil, tapes, sticky notes and more. You can check out more about BLOT and their products on their site. I’m sure you can find some fun supplies to start a colorful and organized new year! 

PD. I’m using BLOT gel coloring pens and the adorable BLOT great job stickers to check off each item from the list :)

How to make a simple but meaningful New Year's wish jar | Live Colorful

How to Make your Own Coloring Page

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Make and print your own coloring pages | Live Colorful

As a creative person and obsessive planner, I appreciate a good pen. I care about how it feels, how it looks and of course, the vibrancy of its mark. That’s why I was extremely excited about partnering with Pilot Corporation of America in this fun sponsored collaboration.

I have been a fan of Pilot Corporation of America for a long time. I heard amazing things about friends who already tried G2 gel ink pens before, and I wanted to feel the same excitement about planning, color-coding and overachieving my daily tasks.

Make and print your own coloring pages | Live Colorful

My two favorite things about G2 gel ink pens, are probably the vibrancy of their color options thanks to their special formula using pigments instead of dyes resulting in richer lines. I also enjoy the smooth texture when writing and the durability.

I have been using G2 gel ink pens in different ways in the last few days. I wrote to-do notes, grocery lists and even made some doodles that I translated into digital illustrations with success. That gave me the idea of making my own coloring page just for fun, and because I knew a coloring page and G2 ink pens would be awesome stocking stuffer or holiday gifts!

Make and print your own coloring pages | Live Colorful

How to Make your Own Coloring Page

MATERIALS:

STEPS:

  1. The first step to make your own coloring page is the most fun one. Grab a cup of coffee, paper sheets and your awesome G2 gel ink pens and start doodling all over the sheet.

Make and print your own coloring pages | Live Colorful

  1. When you finish your doodles, scan your drawing.
  2. Edit the scan, if possible using your scanner editing options. You can also use a photo editing software or phone app. The key is to add about 80% of brightness and 90% of contrast into the image to make the lines more saturated, and give them that look of a coloring page.
  3. Crop any defects on the page if necessary and save your new page as PDF or JPG.

Make and print your own coloring pages | Live Colorful

  1. Now print your coloring page as many times as you like. It’s that easy! Especially using such a rich pen as G2!

Make and print your own coloring pages | Live Colorful

Get your G2 ink pens here and use the coupon code: G2SWAY for 20% off ALL G2 products (G2 Fashion, G2, G2 Metallics, G2 Mosaics, G2 BCA, G2 Pro, G2 Limited). Valid now through 12/31/16.

Make and print your own coloring pages | Live Colorful

I can’t wait to see what you make with your new G2 ink pens!

Make and print your own coloring pages | Live Colorful

G2 gel ink pens are the ultimate pen for the everyday overachiever.

G2 gel ink pens are the ultimate pen for the everyday overachiever.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pilot Corporation of America. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Live Colorful.

It’s Time for Hot Cocoa and Adorable Holiday Pajamas

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This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all pictures and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Live Colorful.

The cutest holiday pajamas for babies and toddlers | Live Colorful

I have always loved the holiday season, but not as much as I love it now that I’m a mom. Last year was my toddler’s first Christmas and it was awesome! Especially opening the gifts. I have never seen a little boy getting so excited about tearing apart paper. And of course, paying more attention to the boxes instead of the actually gifts.

This year I decided to start the holiday season earlier than ever. I saw Christmas decorations all over the mall and I couldn’t hide my excitement. So last weekend we took our Christmas tree out of storage and started to decorate our living room.

The cutest holiday pajamas for babies and toddlers | Live Colorful

On top of that, I visited Carter’s to get some adorable pajamas for Jaxon. Because well, seriously, there is nothing cuter than waking up and seeing your toddler in one piece red holiday themed pajamas!

The cutest holiday pajamas for babies and toddlers | Live Colorful

Their winter and holiday selection for boys is amazing. Lots of variety, colors and themes. Carter’s has been my one stop shop for Jaxon’s clothes since he was born. I found there the cutest newborn onesies, and tons of funny t-shirts with quotes about mommy and daddy that everyone love.

The cutest holiday pajamas for babies and toddlers | Live Colorful

This time, beside holiday pajamas, I also got a few everyday basic pieces and a festive and stylish t-shirt for the holiday family portrait.

The cutest holiday pajamas for babies and toddlers | Live Colorful

The cutest holiday pajamas for babies and toddlers | Live Colorful

The cutest holiday pajamas for babies and toddlers | Live Colorful

Here is a coupon for you if you are visiting Carter’s this season for additional savings.

Carter's coupon

You can’t-miss Black Friday deals. I heard that it’s going to be awesome! They will be offering a “Dash In to Win” sweepstakes that will award promo cards to the first 100 people to arrive at their local Carter’s or OshKosh store.

The Dash In to Win Sweepstakes will be held on Black Friday (11/24 – 11/25 – depending on whether or not the store is open on Thanksgiving). You can double check what date the sweepstakes will be held at your nearest location so you don’t miss them here.