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Revamp, Rebuild, and Update

Revamp, Rebuild, and Update I am so excited to announce the Revamp, Rebuild, and Update to Juls Sweet Life! A few weeks ago, I decided that I was going to undertake a HUGE (at least for me) endeavor with my personal site Juls Sweet Life. I’ve had this site for a couple of years but have only posted new blogs post occasionally.  Well, I’ve now decided to add my JulsSweetDesigns shop to my website.  Previously you could only get the items I sell/make from my Etsy shop.  But now all my products are available, not only on Etsy, but here on Juls Sweet Life! This has been a big undertaking, to say the least, and I still have A LOT of work to go.  I have spent countless hours working on the site, watching YouTube tutorials, reading lots of helpful articles, and taking online classes. With bringing all my products to Juls Sweet Life, I needed to import all my items, which meant I also needed to completely revamp my whole site.  Every page was rebuilt and redesigned to now have an updated look.  I am pleased with the result, if I do say so myself! If you want to keep up to date with what is happening in my life, or if you want access to specials, coupons, and be the first to know about new product that will be available, sign up for my newsletter!  I would love to have you join my small community of subscribers! When you subscribe, you will be sent a special coupon code of $5.00 off your next purchase of $35.00 or more from my JulsSweetDesigns shop here on my Juls Sweet Life site! I can’t wait to hear what you all think of revamp, rebuild and update! Subscribe to our mailing list

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Memories

Memories Life is full of memories.  Some memories you look back on and laugh and smile.  Others, may bring sadness and tears. This last week was a week that held both. Last Wednesday we celebrated our 2 born son’s 4th birthday!  It has been amazing to watch this boy grow from baby, to toddler, to now a little boy.  He is a little boy who loves to ask questions, and most of the time it isn’t just “Why” questions. A few weeks ago he came and cuddled onto my lap and looked into my eyes and said, “Mommy.  Do you love Daddy?”  He also later asked my husband, “Daddy, do you love Mommy?”  😊 Love his heart and the way he thinks about things. Another memory is the purchase of our home!  We have now been living in our house for 7 years.  It has truly become our home, not just our house.  We are making memories that will last a lifetime. Another big memory of this week, is the memory of the loss of our first baby.   March 29th, was the day that we lost our baby.  I will never forget when the baby passed and holding it my hand and crying.  Though the baby only grew in my belly for just a few weeks, that baby is still missed and remembered. A song, that not only meant a lot 7 years ago, but was also has been playing in my head, is the song I Will Carry You by Selah. As a mommy who has lost 2 more precious babies since then, this song has been one that has helped me as I walk through the path of loss. I am so grateful to serve a God that carried me through some very rough days.  And that he also

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Lip Balm Love

Lip Balm Love After months, maybe even a year or two of thinking about it, I decided to try using some Essential Oils in my everyday life.  I had heard great things from friends about how it has helped them and thought it was worth a try.   Though it has only been a few months, I LOVE the EO I’ve been using and trying.   I could tell you all the ways I’ve been using and what I’ve been using, but I thought I would share one of my favorite ways.  🙂 If you know me well, you know I am a recovering Chapstick-aholic!  lol  I don’t use it as much as I used to, but I used to put Chapstick on my lips several times a day.  I recently have been trying to go a more “natural” route with what I am using on my body and even in my house.  So, I started with what I use on my lips.  Up until a few months ago, I was using a more “natural” brand which I like, but at times it could leave a weird taste in my month.   In the beginning of February a friend introduced me to Young Living EO.  While talking about the Oils she made some lip balm for me to take home.  I LOVED it and thought, “Wow, that is easy to make!  I should try it myself.”   So after I purchased all the supplies needed, I made some for myself! I’ve now made several batches for myself, my boys and my nephews and nieces!  Not only are they great to have for yourself they make great gifts too!  I think they are yummy!! The recipe I used was from A Better Way to Thrive.  This is her DIY Lip Balm

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A Little Bit of Life

A Little Bit of Life Well I haven’t written in months! Mainly because life is crazy and I just haven’t sat down and taken the time to write out my thoughts. I have written many posts in my head, normally when it is time to be sleeping and my brain won’t stop thinking. 🙂 So here is a little bit of what has gone on since the last time I wrote. In October we found out we were expecting again, but sadly the week before Thanksgiving we lost the baby. Because of all the bleeding that I experienced and then passing out on my husband, we ended up in the ER and the Dr. on call decided that best course of action was to do a D&C. Thanksgiving was a blur of tiredness for me. I had lost A LOT of blood and was feeling very tired and weak. It took me weeks to feel like I was back to my normal energy. 2015 was an emotionally and physically hard year for me. Losing 2 babies in a year to miscarriages was very hard. Though it was hard, I am so very thankful for the support and prayers of my family and friends. It is only through the strength God gave me that I was able to make it as well as I did. I am so blessed to have God walking by my side. Here is a song that meant a lot to me this past year. It is called: “Sovereign Over Us” by Michael W. Smith It is a great reminder that we are not promised an easy, breezy life.  We will have trials. We will have pain.  But GOD is faithful forever, perfect in love and  HE is sovereign over us. Months went by quickly, since life is

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Loss … But Not Forgotten

This summer has been full of many emotions.  It has had fun and joyful moments and moments of tears and heart break.  It has been a summer that, as a family, we have walked down a path that we prayed we wouldn’t have to walk again. And it was a summer that has not gone as we planned (not that most of my plans end up happening the way I think they will go).   On April 10th, my husband and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary.  On April 11th, we celebrated the 1 year anniversary of my husbands return from his Army Deployment.  It was also the day my husband and I found out that we were expecting another baby, to our great surprise! We were very excited to tell family and friends about this wonderful blessing coming into our lives.  Like a normal pregnancy for me, I started morning sickness and every time I said I need to use the restroom, my oldest would look sadly at me and ask if I needed to throw up again (yes, I have my head in the toilet a good bit). The weeks went by and I tried to muster enough strength to get through each day as a pregnant mommy of 2 with morning sickness and feeling very tired.  Things felt normal, if you can feel like morning sickness is normal, as the weeks passed.  The closer we got to the first doctor appointment, the more I felt in my heart that something was wrong.  I couldn’t put my finger on it;  I thought maybe it was my mind thinking about our first pregnancy when we had a miscarriage. Or maybe I was feeling nerves or worrying over nothing. A couple days before the appointment, my sister called and said she was going

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Beauty of the Rain

We have been dry here at our house and we’ve had little rain the last couple of months.  Even without the rain, my flower beds are FULL of weeds.  Overgrown, ugly weeds.  The ground has been so hard and dry, I haven’t felt like dealing with the aggravation of trying to pull or work on the weeds. But Today we are enjoying a beautiful, gentle, ground soaking rain!  Just like a good snow day, a good rain day is need sometimes too.   I’m enjoying working on odds and ends of Etsy work, and even working on some new designs for my shop.  One son is taking a nap and while my other son is enjoying watching Chuggington, one of his favorite shows about trains.   Last week, my favorite place to purchase clip art, PrettyGrafikDesign, had an amazing sale because of reaching 10,000 likes on their Facebook Page.  So I went crazy and purchase more clip art!!! Yay! I have so much fun with clip art.  Now I need to get to work on new designs. 🙂   I’m currently working items for Thanksgiving. Here is one of the new Mugs! Give Thanks Boy with Name Also made a new Water Bottle! Give Thanks Girl with Name Now I need to start working on matching placemats and many more designs!  After I get Thanksgiving/Fall/Harvest designs done, next comes Christmas items!!  Don’t forget to check back at my store JulsSweetDesigns for newly listed items!   Enjoy your day while I enjoy my beautiful, rainy day!!    

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Why a Sweet Life

Wow!  I’m taking a leap and starting a blog!  Excited and nervous at the the same time.  Hope I can bring you some inspiration, wisdom and insight from my sweet life!   I thought I would start with why my life is sweet.  I could go on and on, but don’t worry, I thought I would narrow it down to my top 3. First: My Boys I have two wonderful boys.  My oldest son is 3.  He enjoys trains, trucks and loves helping his Daddy.  He takes everything in and asks many questions about the world around him. My youngest son is almost 1 1/2.  He is currently trying to decide if he really wants to walk or not.  He LOVES food and lets you know when he thinks he should have more. Both boys are very active and keep me on my toes.  Some days they really tire me out and give me gray hair.  But then there are times, they give me that smile, hug or kiss and they melt my heart and I’m reminded how blessed I am to have them in my life.   Second: My Husband. I could say so much about him, but I will keep it simple. At our wedding, we had a song sung with the title “When God Made You“.  Some of the lyrics are “When God made you, He must have been thinking about me”.  Oh how true this is to me.  There are so many character qualities my husband has that I never ever thought I needed or wanted.  He shows me in so many ways how much he loves me and our boys.  He not only provides for us and allows me to stay at home and take care of our boys, but he also is the spiritual leader in

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