Wood Sign Giveaway–Between You & Me

We started the remodel of our kitchen 2.5 years ago and we are finally putting the finishing touches in here.  It has been a long process with us doing most of the work ourselves.  With 5 active kids, jobs, and the everyday hustle and bustle of life, it has taken us some time to get to this point.  Not to mention that once we re-did the kitchen, it spiraled into wanting to re-paint the rest of the house, and once you re-paint, you want to re-do a lot of other things.  I am really close to sharing with you a house tour if you are interested, I just have a few things to finish up.  In the meantime, check out this lovely sign that found a home in our kitchen.

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We had this space by the kitchen table and hutch that I was having a difficult time finding something for this space.  I decided that I wanted to make a sign to go here and began looking around for some inspiration pieces.  I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw this sign from Between You & Me Signs.  It was exactly what I was looking for.  If you haven’t noticed, I am a big fan of typography signs.   I love the power of words and wanted to have something prominent in my home to remind us what we as a family believe and aspire to.

At Between You And Me Signs, each sign is completely customizable to your family values, favorite scriptures, inspirational quotes, or unique phrases. All are hand-made out of solid wood, then vintaged and distressed. No two signs are identical.

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Between You & Me Signs would like to give ONE Idea Room reader a 2×2 OR a 4×2 sign of their choice.  You can choose a sign they already have in their Between You and Me Shop or have one custom made.  If you would like to be entered for a chance to win your own sign, simply follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter Box below.

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I am seriously in love with my new sign.  So much so, that I had them make me a “No Empty Chairs” Sign which is our family motto.  Which means that we don’t want to have any family members missing from our family.  Each and everyone of our family members have an important and valid place in our home.  It also has some religious meaning to us as well as we long to be an eternal family.  No matter what your beliefs are, I am sure you have something significant to you and your family that you would love to have displayed in your home. 

And if by chance you don’t win, Between You and Me Signs is offering all Idea Room Readers a 10% discount on any sign.  Be sure to enter the coupon code IDEAROOM upon checkout.

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*Fine Print: Giveaway ends at 11:59pm (MST) on March 17, 2014. One winner will receive a gift certificate as specified above.  Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the U.S.A. to enter. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Facebook or Pinterest. Facebook and Pinterest will be completely released by each entrant. One entry per person. Entry includes filling out the Rafflecopter form above. Winner will be chosen using random.org. and will be notified via email within 24 hours of the giveaway closing time. Winners will be announced on the post, not on Facebook. The winners must respond within 24 hours of receiving the email or a new winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary.

One word 2012—Clarity

I shared this recently over at Less Cake More Frosting as part of Lara’s one word series. I thought I would share it here with you in case you missed it or did not click over to her site.

I spent a lot of time thinking about words and their respective meanings.  I wanted to find the perfect word that would ring true for me and my thoughts as we transition into a new year.

I am not very good about setting New Years Resolutions because every year I seem to choose similar goals to the year before. Hmm …something about that feels very wrong! Right?  Then I realize another year has come and gone without any real resolution. Can anyone relate? (please say yes?!)

But I like the idea of having a word…one word.  A word that I can reflect on throughout the year…and word that will help me choose to see things as they really are. A word to help me keep my perspective as to the events and everyday moments in my life. The word is have chosen is…

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Clarity. Clearness. Freedom from ambiguity. The older I get the more I realize how important it is to be able to view a situation in life for what it really is.

Most will never be rescued by a handsome prince.

Most of our kids are not going to be perfect.

Sometimes things get broken.

Sometimes things get misunderstood.

Sometimes people are mean.

Sometimes we may lose a loved one.

Some of our dreams may never come true.

Sometimes we get the short end of the stick.

Let’s face it…sometimes life is messy.

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But I believe that if we choose to see things as they really are, we can be happy with what really matters.

I have chosen the word Clarity because there are a few areas in my life that are of the upmost of importance to me.  I want to be sure that they will not fall to the wayside as I get caught up in all the “other trappings” that compete for my time and attention.  What is important is having the…clarity word

to determine just exactly what they are!

For me…the list is short…

my Religion

my Marriage

my Children

my Health

my Individuality

my Authenticity

I realize that when I am focusing my energy 100% towards my children…I can’t possibly focus on my other equally important roles…and vice versa.  We can’t possibly be 100% in everything all the time.  It just isn’t possible…for anyone!

But…when I get a chance to spend some one on one time with my husband…I can focus on him 100%.  Or when I have a quiet moment with one of my children, I can choose to be be 100% present in that moment.  It may not be possible to have several of these “moments of clarity” in one day.  But as long as we are looking and seeking for these moments of clarity and taking advantage of them while we can…I think I will be on the right track to living a life filled with clarity for the things that matter most.

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This year I want I to remember to not let my life be muddled with too many extras…extras that can “muddy” up my clarity and ability to determine what is truly important.

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