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Crochet Lovers Gift Guide 2017

You know what I love? GIFT GUIDES! They really do help you think creatively when it comes to getting the perfect gifts for the people in your life. I put together a quick Gift Guide for Crochet Lovers. Check it out! 

1. Yarn Bowl

2. Cute Tote for all your supplies

3. Molla Mills, the Queen of modern Crochet, latest book

4. Leather Stamp Set for making custom labels for your work

5. Leather Punch for making the labels.

6. Crochet Hook Organizer. You know mine are rolling around in a drawer... 

7.  A Cute Mug that describes all you need in life. 

8. These super cute enamel pins. You can put them on anything! 

9. Gift Cards because we like to pick out our own yarn. I like yarn from Joann's, Michaels, and Hobby Lobby

There are so many more things that I could've put on here, but I wanted to keep it simple. Happy shopping! And if any one of these products end up in my mailbox, I'll be a happy lady! lol. 

Merry Christmas and Happy Shopping!



Holidays, DiaryJJ Campbell
My Favorite Christmas Albums

I am DEFINITELY an early Christmas advocate. Put up that tree and decorate after Thanksgiving. After all, I've been celebrating Fall with pumpkins and other fall decorations since September, so Christmas starts early in the Campbell house. 

Also, the Christmas season goes by SO FAST. I want to enjoy it as much as I can. 

With the decorations early, I also turn on some Christmas tunes a little early! I'm not talking about the mainstream radio Christmas music, either. I mean, I can only handle the original "I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" so many times. I'm talking Christmas songs and albums that you don't hear on the radio! I want to share my favorites with you guys.

The Christmas Albums that are on repeat in the Campbell House:

Holidays, DiaryJJ Campbell
Resolutions #2-#6

image In my last post, I shared my number big number one major New Years Resolution. It's the baseline for all of my other resolutions, so think about that as you're reading through this list of things I want to do in 2016.

#2. Exercise regularly. I think I'll start with walking consistently. There is a lake behind my house and walking from my driveway and making a loop around the lake is just a little over a mile. I like walking around that lake. There are always ducks and geese swimming around.

I want to incorporate strength training. Anybody want to be my trainer? I can't pay you, but I'll crochet you something.

#3. Play keys for Sunday morning worship. Luke, my husband, leads worship every Sunday morning at our church. I sing in worship, but would like to play an instrument! Hopefully by the summer I'll be confident enough to be able to play a few songs. Kicking myself every day for quitting piano lessons in the 4th grade.

#4. Learn Calligraphy. I've played around with hand lettering here and there. I've done a couple of wedding programs, save the dates, etc when Luke needed something scripty for a client. Now, don't misread me, I've only got one little font I can somewhat do. I enjoy doing it and I'd like to get into it.

#5. Incorporate healthy habits. Examples include: bring lunch to work at least 4 days, allow 1 dessert / treat per week, avoid carbs on the weekdays, fall in love with salads. The biggest part is keeping up with the habits after the weight comes off.

I've got to get mentally ready, again, to put the work in and use the self control that I know is there.

#6. Prepare a meal with foods from my garden. I actually stole this one from Luke.  I've proven to myself that I can keep my indoor plants alive. I'm ready for the next phase, gardening! I know absolutely nothing about planting a garden, but I'm excited to learn about it.

Growing up, my grandfather had a huge garden behind his house. I remember my mom (forcing) me to go out and pick peas and string beans (I think. I was young. Memories are cloudy). We'd bring the big buckets back in a shell the peas and snap the beans. I liked the shelling, not so much the picking. I didn't fully appreciate the cool-ness of having a big family garden, but again I was a kid and only wanted to jump on the trampoline and play with my Barbies.

I'm thinking up resolutions as I go. Maybe I'll think of more! I'm not limiting myself. Time to go for it! Have you started writing down your resolutions? - JJ

Resolutions: #1 Be the girl I want to be

photo-1444211111734-7cddabac4149 I love New Year's Resolutions. I love making lists and dreaming about being the best version of myself. I love fresh starts and clean slates.  I want to share with you some big dreams and goals that I have for myself in the coming year. Some are major, some are silly, but they all count and they're all important to me.

We'll start with the biggest one and the title of this blog.

Resolution #1: Be the girl I want to be.

I have a number of habits that need to be evaluated and improved upon and I want to share them with you:

1. I want to be someone who puts effort into things.

Laziness is my biggest struggle. I have major couch potato tendencies. I can easily sink into my laziness and productivity goes down the drain. My appearance, messiness in my home, food choices, refusing to exercise, my spiritual life, and relationships suffer because of my laziness.

Effort is the counterpart to laziness. I want to be someone who puts effort into everything. Even the silliest and smallest things. I want to work hard and be proud of my effort!

2.  I don't want to fear ridiculous-ness. 

I see myself and others apologize for being "ridiculous." I want to do things that glorify God and bring joy. I don't want to be fearful of others' opinions. I think everyone is a little scared of being labeled ridiculous. I get it, we all want to be taken seriously, but when you stop working towards your dreams or goals or don't allow yourself to have dreams and goals because of the fear of others' thoughts, being a little ridiculous seems worth it.

Long story long, I want to do what makes me happy and is good for me within the parameters of glorifying God and bringing joy.

3. I want to be consistent. 

This kind of goes a long with putting effort into things, but it takes it a step further. It's the continuation of putting effort into things. I don't want to only last a week or two. I want to go the distance.

I want to be a person of action! I want to set goals, work towards them, and reach them! I want to be a consistent listener, learner, worker, weight loser, fitness achiever, friend, crafter, blogger, disciple, morning person, etc. There is SO much that I want to be consistent in. I know that if I can just take a little at a time and build good habits, then I will be consistent.

Consistency and effort work hand in hand. Can't have one without the other.

Everything included in those 3 bullet points make up the girl I want to be. I want to start working on them today! I don't have to wait until January 1 2016. I can start working towards it right now.

Will you help me by praying for me, talking to me about it, mentioning this when you see me around town, etc? I'll gladly help you. We all need people in our corner. - JJ

Fourth of July Festivities

Last weekend we celebrated 4th of July with a mini family vacation to Dallas and fireworks at a staff get together in the country. IMG_6179

I was nervous going into the road trip for two reasons:

  1. What do you do in the car during a 6 hour drive? SNACK. And nap if you're me.
  2. What do you do in a city that's full to the brim of delicious Tex-Mex and a mega list of restaurants you don't have in your city? EAT OUT as often as you can.

I packed my bag full of IP snacks, food, and supplements and mentally prepared myself for the challenges of the next few days. I'm happy to report that I survived the holiday weekend cheat free! In the past Road Trips meant that it was a no holds barred free-for-all for any food that I wanted. Not to mention a Holiday weekend on top of that.

I ordered salads with lettuce only, (and got crazy looks from the cashiers!) didn't touch a plate of Tex-Mex, and passed up the desserts.


I had a breakthrough moment when having breakfast with Amy, Becca, and Luke. We set out early Friday morning for a photoshoot for our blog, The Perch. After pictures, we went to a little breakfast place to discuss Perch Blog dreams. I had a Peach and Mango protein shake waiting for me back at the house, so I ordered a coffee and a glass of water. Luke, Becca, and Amy ordered lovely looking breakfast plates.

The breakthrough here was that I sat through a meal time watching other people eat and I was totally fine. I wasn't having the panicked thoughts of "Eat something. Eat something. Eat something! Take a bite. Take a bite! Just one bite!" I WAS FINE! I don't think I've ever sat through a meal without eating something.

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We had a family grill out at my cousin Matt and his wife Courtney's house. I roasted up some favorite vegetables, ate hamburgers without the buns, and skipped the pie.


Seriously, major breakthroughs happened this past weekend. Road trips without fast food and a different city without eating out. I think this is the very first time I've done that.

After rolling back into town we went to another grill out with the Vertical staff.

I have a pro tip for you. When you are asked to bring a dessert to a party, make something that you don't like. Now, there's not a lot of desserts that I don't like, but there are a few combos that I'm just not crazy about: nuts, really rich super chocolately brownies, pudding, and coconut. After a little brainstorming, I decided to make an Oreo Trifle. I heard it was delicious, but I wasn't the least bit interested.


I've proved to myself that I can stay strong on road trip and holidays and lose weight!. BIG DEALS! - JJ