Art Party Studio!

There’s an awesome little place in the Lincoln Square Mall called The Art Party Studio. You’ve probably seen something similar where you live. You find a painting you want to paint from their calendar, sign up for it, then paint it! Super fun!

  Art party ^ brettandrachelplus 

I went with my LTG group from church last Tuesday and we had a blast! (LTG stands for Life Transformation Group. More about that here!) We painted an adorable pumpkin. That way it doesn’t have to be displayed year round.

After you check in, you find your seat. It has your canvas, paint, brushes, and water all ready to go. Once it starts, the instructor shows you what to do step by step. At the end of two hours, you have a pumpkin!

 pumpkin painting! ^ brettandrachelplus 

It was a lot of fun to paint something and I felt like I was in art class. I haven’t been in art class since junior high. I really wish I could have taken more art classes in high school and college. But I didn’t in high school because I took stuff like chemistry, calculus, and physics (dangit, math and science and preparing for engineering. . .) I didn’t take any in college because of my schedule chock full of ECE classes, more math, and other fun. Plus, you’re kind of limited on what art classes you can even take if you aren’t an art major. (Something I think that should be changed! If I want to take an elective drawing, pottery, photography class, I should be able to take one, dag-nabbit! I guess there’s always those community classes at Parkland. . .)

 pumpkin painting ^ brettandrachelplus 

Some tips for maximizing your fun while painting:

  • Do not be anal about getting everything ‘just so.’ You’ve got to complete your painting in under two hours. You’ll just get frustrated.
  • Treat yo’ self! Bring yourself a snacky snack and a drinky drink to enjoy whilst painting.
  • Don’t worry if your painting isn’t turning out exactly like the example one. You’re painting it, of course it will look different. Enjoy the differences!
  • Go with friends!

Adorable Fall Phone Backgrounds ^ Curated by Rachel

So right after I mention I’m going to write twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, that doesn’t happen. Sigh. . .C’est la vie. Anyhoo, Brett and I got new phones yesterday! I got the oh so pretty gold iPhone 6s. I also got the 64G version, because I take a lot of baby photos. So many I had to delete apps to keep them all. And yes, I did regularly upload them.

So, like any sane person would do when they first get a new phone, I scoured Pinterest for some new phone backgrounds. That’s what sane people do first thing, right? Right.

Here’s some adorableness I found!

You can never go wrong with an awesome wallpaper from #SheReadsTruth.

The Sweetest Occasion has some links to some pretty adorable ones.

fall iphone backgrounds from


And who can resist a Harry Potter lock screen? No one, I tell you! No one! This is what I’ve got mine set to right now:

harry potter minimalist iphone wallpaper.

This one below is pretty cool. Not sure how the text would work in relation to the date/time placement, though.

So there you go! Hopefully I’ve cited these well enough. I definitely didn’t make them, just passing their awesome along.

Planning Meals

Do you plan your meals for each week?  I’m not really certain that planning meals saves us money. The only way it saves us money is if I buy things in bulk, make a lot of something at once, and make sure that all the recipes have similar ingredients. And do I do that all the time? That’s a big nope.

weely meal plan & brettandrachelplus
However, I do think there’s a lot of benefits to meal planning. One is that we know what we’re eating, and we know what to buy at the store. I like cooking, but it is definitely something that becomes more burdensome than I’d like it to be. Cooking for fun has kind of taken a back seat, and baking definitely has. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

My favorite way to meal plan and do our grocery list for quite some time now is through an app called MealBoard. It has made what meal planning I do easy to stick with. It isn’t a free app, but well worth the money.

I try to plan our dinners to this schedule each week:

  • Monday = vegetarian
  • Tuesday = soup
  • Wednesday = sandwiches and/or something quick
  • Thursday = meaty and delicious
  • Friday = whatevs
  • Saturday = something that takes more time to make
  • Sunday = see Friday, Saturday, or Wednesday

So far it has really helped out with trying to figure out what to cook each week. What do you do to plan meals? Do you think it saves you money? What are your favorite fall meals? I’m definitely making us some chili mac next week. 😀

I’ll talk about MealBoard in more detail later. Toodles!


You know what’s really hard to do, but is pretty important? No, I’m not talking about making a resistor that has negative resistivity, because that’s what you were thinking, right? Right. I’m talking about consistency.

I’ve decided that I want to try to blog on Tuesday and/or Thursday each week. We’ll see how that goes. I’m hoping well, because I like writing, but life gets in the way.

It is kind of crazy that being consistent is so important for proper functioning in pretty much every aspect of life. Your heart must beat consistently, you must eat consistently, you must clean your house, discipline your kiddo (lovingly, I might add), put them to bed on time, go into work, you must study and practice to become proficient, etc etc. If things become inconsistent in your life, you start getting pretty edgy and long for things to be ‘back to normal.’ At least, that is what it is like for me.

Even the things that seem like they’re inconsistent follow a consistent pattern. Right now the only thing that i can think of that’s inconsistent is pi, and you could say that follows a pattern of being inconsistent, what with its non-repeating decimals. Oh, pi. You don’t repeat and you don’t even care.

So, I’m thankful for consistency.