Mountain Painting DIY

Last year we got a bunch of painting supplies. I was intimidated at first, but as I kept painting and mixing colors I came to realize how much I love it! I’m still not great but continue to paint and create new things. It’s a blast to pick up different hobbies and try new things!

Today I wanted to give you a quick little DIY of a mountain silhouette painting. It’s super easy, anyone can do it!

Supplies: I use acrylic paint, canvas’s, and brushes from Amazon. (I typically paint with a glass of wine as well;)

Canvas  /  Brushes  /  Acrylic Paint

Set up: Get everything prepared so that you’re ready to paint! I usually just put the canvans on a table, but you can also spread out news paper or rags so that you don’t ruin your table.

Mountain Painting DIY

Colors: My favorite part of this painting is that it’s simple. It’s easy to mix the colors, all you need is white and black! You just have to blend the two to make light and darker greys. I typically use a paper plate for a color pallet.

Layers: This is one of the main things I’ve learned since I started painting. Painting layers and what order you paint them in is important. A general rule of thumb is to paint the background first. Then work your way towards what is closest to you. In this case, start from light to dark.

Mountains: I free handed the mountains and the “rocky” look. I also added the slightest bit of black to the white so it wasn’t pure white, but a little bit “cloudy” looking.

Trees: I used the end of a paint brush to make these trees, but go ahead and experiment with what you like!

Mountain Painting DIY

Chair  /  Desk  /  Chalkboard Sign

The final product! Go ahead and try it, let me know how it turns out. Good luck!

20 Things To Do When Catching The Winter Blues

These winter months always seem to drag on. It’s gloomy outside. We have less sunshine and vitamin D. It’s just so easy to feel blah, ya know what I mean? I’ve felt this vibe myself lately, but was determined to do something about it! I started to make a list of all the things there are to do in the winter. Then my attitude began to change as I realized how many things there are to do. Since then, I’ve been more motivated to get outside and explore. To not simply get through the cold winter months, but make the most of it! If you’ve been in the same slump as me, heres a list of both indoor & outdoor activities, that will hopefully motivate you too!

20 Things to do When Catching The Winter Blues

  1. Snowshoeing. It’s a fun, cheap activity and perfect for all ages. If you don’t have your own snowshoes, ask aground because I’m sure someone you know does!
  2. Ski & Snowboard. This saves us in the long winter months. We were able to get a pass this year and it’s SO convenient. Check the website of your local ski hill for deals and 1/2 price days!
  3. Read read read. I swear, books were created for these cold, dark months. Plus it’s so much better for your brain than binge watching Netflix.
  4. Cross Country Skiing. If you haven’t tried it, give it a shot. Honestly I didn’t think it’d be very fun, but I was so wrong!
  5. Workout. I generally have less energy in the winter, but when I’m getting a good amount of exercise every day I feel so much better!
  6. Bonfire. Ya sure, bonfires are fun in the summer, but how fun would it be to cozy up by the fire outside with some hot chocolate!
  7. Snow Camping. I have yet to do this but with the right equipment it would be an awesome experience.
  8. Plan Summer Trips. Often when I’m really missing summer I’ll make a list of everywhere and everything I want to do when summer rolls around. It makes me more excited for the warm months.
  9. Do a puzzle. If you like puzzles, now is the best time to work on them!
  10. Hiking. Similar to snow shoeing but if conditions are right you can ditch the snow shoes! It’s also fun to make weekend trips down to the warmer states and do some hiking there.
  11. Fat-bike riding. Ride bikes with fat tires, and yes in the snow! It looks like so much fun and I hope to do it next month at 49 Degrees North!
  12. Go ice fishing. Another thing that depends on weather conditions, but is a fun group activity!
  13. Learn a New Instrument. I’ve been trying to expand what little piano skills I have and it’s been so much fun! I forgot how much I love playing.
  14. Go snowmobiling. Go see new sites without having to exert yourself too much. It’s a blast and there’s always lots of snowmobeiling destinations!
  15. Ice skating. A winter simply isn’t complete without ice skating! Even if you aren’t a pro (like me), its still enjoyable!
  16. Go to a local brewery. We finally were able to go to Quartzite Brewery in Chewelah, WA– It was so much fun! We went with some friends and had a blast. Their beers are delicious too- highly recommend!
  17. Sledding. I’m convinced sledding isn’t just for kids. We went to a family friends a couple weeks ago who have a great sledding hill and it was an awesome time. I haven’t laughed so much in a while!
  18. Coffee Shop Hunt. Try different coffee shops in your area and experiment with various coffee drinks.
  19. Spa Days. For all you ladies out there, take a relaxing day with some friends and go get manicures, pedicures, and massages!
  20. Hot tub. One of my favorite things to do in the winter, especially after being outside all day in the cold!

Enjoy! Comment down below on what your favorite winter activity is!

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Morning Routine

A couple weeks ago I posted a poll on Instagram: Are you a morning or night person? It actually ended up being pretty 50/50! I explained how I am a morning person, so I this is for all you morning (0r wanna be morning) people out there!

Morning Routine

Tea Infuser /  Tea  /  Yoga Pants  /  Flannel  /  Pens  / Journal 

 

Get up! -Generally the most difficult to do, but once you’re up, you’re good!

Drink Water- I notice if I start my day by drinking water I generally stay hydrated for the rest of the day!

Workout- Haven’t been as consistent over the holidays, but I’m getting back in my grove. (Click Here to see my workout routine)

Breakfast- I generally have to eat a little something before working out because I wake up super hungry. After exercising breakfast typically consists of smoothies, yogurt & granola, coffee or tea, or bagel.

Devotions- My favorite part of the morning! I write my prayers in a journal because it helps me focus and not day dream. I’m currently reading through Exodus, Proverbs, and Luke! I like reading through an Old Testament & New Testament book at the same time. And lastly I started My Utmost For His Highest! One of the most popular devotionals out there. I’ve read it before but decided to go through the whole thing this year.

Clean- I like starting the day with a clean & tidy house, so if I have time I’ll clean up the house!

And that about sums it up! Pretty basic, but each one of these things make me feel more rejuvenated for the day! Comment your favorite thing to do in the morning!

 

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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me

As we enter into the new year I wanted to introduce myself! I’m Kaela as you probably already know, and I live in the upper left hand corner of America, in the great state of Washington. I’m crazy about the outdoors and hope to motivate people to get outside. I’m extremely happily married to my high school sweet heart, Jonathan. We got married a year and a half ago and life has been incredible! More than anything I love Jesus and aim to glorify him with my life.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Me

 

Here’s 10 things you probably didn’t know about me!

1. I love to journal. Since I was younger I kept a journal. (I also always refused to call it a diary because it sounded too girly.) I have 6 journals filled out to the max and they are so embarrassing to look through. I didn’t even write full sentences… it was like weird statements. Heres an example.

“Kaela 8/2/2010. We watched TV. Cleaned the kitchen. Robbie and I started a lego project for the fair. I ended up doing it myself! It is really cool though! Mom and I had a really good dinner. Made envelopes out of magizineze’s. Hoping to sell them at the post office.”

Like what?!

2. I love brownie dough. I would normally say “who doesn’t?!” but let me tell you, the more people I tell, the more I hear “that’s so absurd” or “that’s disgusting”. But whatever, I love it and probably eat more of the dough than I do the actual brownie.

3. Laundry & Dishes are my favorite chore. I love cleaning in general, but these two things are my favorite. I think it’s mostly because its two things that you can do while day dreaming or deep thinking, but still get the job done.

4. I don’t really wear jewelry. I wear my wedding ring and a bracelet that Jonathan got me for my 18th birthday, (which, incidentally, hasn’t left my wrist since I got it) but that’s about it! Very occasionally will I wear a necklace or earrings, and it’s usually when I feel like getting dressed up for a fancy date!

5. I’m introverted. I can seem like an extrovert, but if I’m socializing with people all day, I want nothing more than to go sit in our quiet home and read a book. I also treasure time alone, it’s refreshing and needed for my soul.

6. I love painting. Last year Jonathan got me a lot of acrylic painting supplies for Christmas and I now love painting! I’m horrible at it, but I love it.

7. I spent 4 months in England in 2014. After high school I felt called to go out and serve the Lord before jumping into any sort of career or college. I went with Operation Mobilization to Birmingham England! It ended up being a difficult season, but I am thankful for it because I was stretched in new ways, which caused me to grow.

8. I love Yoga. Another thing I’m not very good at but love to do!

9. I like xbox, specifically Call of Duty. We borrowed my brother in-law’s xbox last year and still have it. Oops!  I’m not super great but I can hold my own! We mostly play it sometimes in the evenings when we don’t really have anything else to do.

10. I’m trying to learn German. (Big emphasis on the *trying*) I love how cultured Europe is. Kids are taught at least two languages, if not three or four! So I want to become well rounded and learn another language. German, because I love Germany and Jonathan studied there for 4 months, so he knows a little bit already!

So theres some random facts about me if you didn’t know them already! Now it’s your turn: Comment down below, I want to get to know you guys!

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Grass Is Always Greener

This past year has been packed full of traveling. We went on our month and a half long road trip to different national parks, conquered many backpacking trips, and stayed in Kansas City for three months for work. But when we were in KC I was honestly so home sick. I wanted nothing more than to see my family and sleep in my own bed. However, as I look back on how much I wanted to be home, it made me realize something…

The grass is always greener on the other side.

We’re creatures that are repeatedly difficult to please. We desire one thing, then when we get it we long for the very thing we just left. Very rarely do we look at our life and appreciate where we’re at. We always wish we were in some other place, experiencing some other “more amazing” thing.

We scroll through social media subconsciously thinking we wish we were them, we wish our pictures were like that, we wish we could experience that… but let me tell you, life is not what it seems on social media. Life is what you make it.

Often times I ponder whether we realize this in the first place. The “grass is always greener” phrase is thrown around as a truth, but a truth spoken so much that it falls on deaf ears. It’s like all the advice your mom gave you when you were a teenager that years later you come to realize is 100% accurate.

This coming year I’m going to try to be more present. Not just “in the moment”, but truly soaking up  and appreciating where life has led me. I’m SO blessed and thankful for this incredible life God has given me, I don’t want to be a spoiled and discontented person.

So heres to a fresh start and gaining a new perspective!