3 Easy & Cheap Organizational DIY’s

For today’s blog post, I’m going to be showing you three super easy and super cheap DIY’s that’ll help keep your room or home organized. Whether you’re looking for something to do on spring break or for a way to keep your clutter organized, these DIY’s are for you!

Printed Decal Labels

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This DIY is so fun and easy to make. You can use these labels in pretty much any way you wish! I used mine on a recycled jar to create a super cute container for some of my makeup products. These stickers could be used on anything from plastic bins to your bathroom mirror. The possibilities are endless!

What You’ll Need:

  • Design of choice (I found this image that said “Love never ends {1 Corinthians 13:8}” online and printed it out)
  • Jar or container of choice (I used a recycled salsa jar)
  • Packing Tape
  • Bowl of warm water
  • Dish scrubber

Instructions:

  • Use google or another source to find a design that you like
  • Print it out
  • Cover the top of your design with one layer of packing tape
  • Cut the design out to the size you want your label to be
  • Fill a bowl with warm water and allow the design to soak in the water for 5-10 minutes
  • Remove from bowl
  • Use a dish scrubber to remove all of the paper off the back of the tape (the design will have transferred onto the tape)
  • Once all of the paper is removed, allow the tape to dry
  • That’s all! You now have a label that you can use on whatever you wish!

 

Display Tray 

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This tray is really easy to make and adds a sophisticated touch to your bedroom, vanity, or bathroom counter. You can use it like I did to keep lotions and perfumes organized, as a place to display candles and decorations, or even as a designated spot to toss your keys and wallet so you don’t lose them.

What You’ll Need:

  • A cheap tray (I got mine from the dollar store. Gotta love the dollar store)
  • Design of choice (I went with this rosegold geometric pattern I found online)
  • White school glue
  • Water
  • A small bowl
  • A paintbrush

Instructions:

  • Find a design you like online and print it out
  • Measure the design to fit in the bottom of your tray and cut it out
  • Mix 1 teaspoon of water with 2 teaspoons of school glue until a watery glue substance is formed
  • Use the paintbrush to coat the bottom of your tray evenly with the glue mixture
  • Lay your design on top of the glue
  • Cover the top of your design evenly with more glue mixture to give it a waterproof surface
  • Allow the glue to fully dry
  • And that’s all!

 

Desktop Organization Cup

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This is by far one of the cheapest and easiest DIY you’ll ever do! You can use this handy little cup to keep whatever you like organized. I filled mine with pens and pencils and put it on my desk.

What You’ll Need:

  • Container or jar of choice (I used a recycled icing jar for mine but anything will work!)
  • Design of choice (I found this really pretty floral pattern online)
  • Tape

Instructions:

  • Find a pattern online that you like. You could even use a picture that you took!
  • Print it out
  • Measure the height of your container
  • Cut out a piece of your design to fit
  • Tape it on your container
  • And you’re done! Easiest DIY ever 🙂

 

 

Verse Of The Week ~Philippians 1:6~

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Welcome back to this weeks’ verse! I hope you had a great week filled with lots of fun! Let’s take a look at today’s verse.

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Philippians 1:6

First off, this verse is so great. But what’s important is not just that it’s great, but that it’s 100% true. God has a plan for each of our lives, and He has had that plan since before time began. I don’t know about you, but that just boggles my mind. Thousands and thousands of years ago God thought of me and planned out every single millisecond of my life. He knew that I’d be a clumsy, messy, imperfect girl, but He decided to begin a good work in me and complete it. That right there is gold.

I just got home from an exciting ski trip with my youth group and the theme of our sessions was surrender. I think surrender goes hand in hand with this verse perfectly. I know from experience that surrender is hard. There’s no easy way around it. However, when we let go of our plans and let God take them over, powerful things will happen.

Because I’ve had to surrender my plan to God, so many beautiful things have happened to me that wouldn’t have happened if God needed to drag me kicking and screaming. For example, when I moved Churches over five years ago, I was upset, but I eventually came around to letting God take over my plan for what I wanted. Because I surrendered, I got to meet a sweet little brown-haired girl at my new church who is now my best friend and will be my best friend for the rest of my life. That sweet, sweet friend is the one who suggested for me to use this verse as my verse of the week. See, God works in incredible ways when we realize that His plan is greater than ours.

As you enter into this new week ahead, don’t forget that no matter what may happen, God knows exactly what He’s doing. He never makes mistakes (never ever). He has started a good work in your life and He isn’t about to scrap it. Give Him your all and watch your life be changed.

5 Benefits Of Exercising From A Christian Perspective

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You are probably aware that working out is good for you. After all, it makes you feel better and stronger, but why? In this blog post, I’m going to give you a closer look at just why that is. So get ready, because this list will give you a reason to get up and moving!

Before I get started with the list, I want to make a quick disclaimer. Physical exercise is very important, but spiritual exercise is even more important. Check out this Bible verse from 1 Timothy 4:8 and keep it in mind every time you exercise physically.

 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

 

  1. Exercise makes you happy!

Multiple different studies have shown that when the human body is exercising, chemicals are released throughout the body that improve your level of happiness. Who knew, right? Getting in even as little as ten minutes of exercise in the morning can actually boost your mood for the entire day!

2. Working out = a good night’s rest!

Exercising can also help you sleep! Having a good work out has been proven to help regulate sleeping patterns and fight insomnia, giving you a good night’s rest. While many people turn to medicines and such, exercise and a healthy diet is the easiest (and not to mention cheapest) way to fix irregular sleeping patterns.

3. Exercising helps you be more energized!

Although this may seem contradictory, exercising can actually help you feel more energized! When you do any kind of physical activity, it strengthens your cardiovascular system, gets your blood pumping, and boosts your metabolism, which results in more energy. Hooray  for more energy!

4. Getting exercise boosts your immune system!

If you’re one of those people who seems to catch another sickness just as you’re getting rid of a sickness, this one’s for you! Working out causes you to flush out all of the bad bacteria in your body and reduce the risk of stress-related diseases. Next time you feel a cold coming on, grab your workout clothes and get some blood pumping!

5. Working out helps to maintain your God-given body!

The most important reason that you should work out is that it helps you take care of your temple. If you don’t get the reference, take a look at 1 Corinthians 6:19a. It says:

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?

This verse clearly tells us that our bodies are not our own, but they are God’s. If you were to build a house for God to stay in, would you want the house to have creaky floors, dingy walls, and crumbling ceilings? Of course not! In the same way, we should always remember that the Holy Spirit lives inside us. We should keep our bodies in tip-top condition for God and God only.

I could go on and on about the benefits of working out, but I chose to keep it to just five main points. I hope this article motivated you to get up and get some exercise! Never forget that God lives in us and we should always treat ourselves in a way that helps perfect the place in us where the Holy Spirit lives. Happy working out!

 

 

 

 

Verse Of The Week ~Be Strong and Courageous~

strong-and-courageousAs I was thinking about my blog and what I was going to write about, one of the things that kept coming back to me was that I should come up with some way to give my readers a weekly dose of Bible encouragement. Something like your morning cup of coffee, but for your soul. That’s when the idea came to me that I should have a verse of the week put up every Sunday to give you a kick start for the week ahead.  So without further ado, lets dive into this week’s verse.

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

Deuteronomy 31:6

This phrase, “be strong and courageous” is so important that it actually appears at least 15 times throughout the Bible. If God says something once, it is very important, but if God has to say something more than once, we know that He’s not joking around. Another interesting thing that I found is that it’s not just God saying this over and over again, but  influential people including Moses, David, and Paul were used throughout scripture to prove His point.

I love this verse because it gives me such a sense of safety and security. It tells me that no matter what kind of condition I’m in physically, mentally, or spiritually, God will never leave me. It is so comforting for me to know that I don’t need to be afraid of anything because God is always by my side.

I hope this verse can encourage you this week to put away all of your fears and be strong and courageous. It is my prayer that you will be courageous no matter how many stressful things may come up. I pray that as you go into this week, you will look past the school, the work,and the busyness, and remember that He will never leave or forsake you.

This verse means so much to me that I decided to doodle it into an empty space in my Bible. I would encourage you to have a visual picture of this verse as well to keep you motivated throughout the week. Maybe that wouldn’t be writing it in your Bible, but it could be writing it on a sticky note and putting it on your mirror, writing it on the front of a school binder, making it the background on your phone, or framing a picture of it and putting it on your desk. Whatever way you choose, I hope you will find a way to be reminded of it daily.

A Little Bit About By His Eyes

Hello and welcome to By His Eyes! This is my first ever blog post and I’m so excited to see what God will do with this blog. Bear with me, I’m not a great writer, but if I can give you any encouragement or be helpful in any way, I will consider it a sucess.

First things first, let me tell you about why I started this blog in the first place. I have been really working on prayer and meditation lately, and one of the things I felt like God was pressing on my heart during those times was to start a blog. I feel like He has called me to share some encouragement to girls my age (and maybe some that aren’t as well) through a blog.

I’ll mention again that I’m no C.S. Lewis and I might have some grammar issues here and there (oops), but perfection is not my main goal at all. I’m just a teenage girl who is learning to live her life by His eyes. To me, living by His eyes doesn’t mean perfection. It means following God’s plan for my life despite my imperfections and despite what others may say. It’s also digging deep into God’s word and seeing exactly what He says about every area of my life.

By now, you might be wondering, what exactly is By His Eyes going to be about? To give you an answer, I’d have to say, it’ll be a lot like a bag of trail mix (uh what?)! What I mean by that is, you never know what you’re going to get! I’m planning to write about things like Biblical encouragement, beauty tips, health tips, fitness tips, and everything in between. Basically the sky’s the limit! I will have one main central focus, however. That will be showing you how God views those things (hence the name By His Eyes) and how you can apply His Word in your everyday life.

I hope that you will join me in this amazing journey and that I can help you out in some way. If you have any suggestions or ideas, feel free to let me know! I would absolutely love to hear them! Thats all for now, but stay tuned for new posts very soon! Until then, live by His eyes and may God bless you in everything!