Jord Watch Contest...just in time for the holidays!

 

I recently had posted a picture of my husband's Jord wood watch on Instagram and received many inquiries about it. My husband is a 'watch man' and has a nice collection. This beautiful watch is made of zebrawood and maple and is part of Jord's Fieldcrest Series. It may just be my favorite.

You'll have to check out their website to see their large variety of both women's and men's styles. The watches are gorgeous and are reasonably priced to boot. To make it even more reasonable, Jord has offered to host a contest just for my followers. The contest runs now through 12/5/2016 at 11:59pm and the winner will receive a $75 e-gift code and all others will receive a $20 e-gift code just for entering! The e-gift codes expire on 2/28/2017.

Entering is simple and quick...follow this link to enter: https://www.woodwatches.com/g/jackandellapaper

This is the Jord Fieldcrest Zebrawood & Maple Men's Watch

This is the Jord Fieldcrest Zebrawood & Maple Men's Watch

Your watch will arrive in a beautiful wooden box, just tie a ribbon on and you're all set.

Here's to getting your holiday shopping done early!

January Meal Planning: Week 4 #jepmealplanning

Welcome to the last week of January! How did everyone do last week? I did better than the previous week, so I'm pleased with my progress. Thank you so much for sharing your menus along the way, it's been great to get some fresh dinner ideas. This week is a busy one, so they're are some make-ahead/crockpot recipes in this week's line up. 

Today is all about getting valentine orders out the door and the last week of meal planning for the January challenge.

Today is all about getting valentine orders out the door and the last week of meal planning for the January challenge.

MONDAY: Slow Cooker Jalapeño Popper Chicken Taquitos with a side of black beans. Hope this one tastes as good as it sounds!

TUESDAY: Panini Sandwiches with Sweet Potato Fries. We have these in regular rotation. They're  easy, quick and can accommodate different taste preferences. I purchase a good tuscan loaf of bread and have deli honey turkey on hand. My go-to is turkey, white cheddar, sautéed onions and mustard. I own a panini maker but haven't used it for a long time. I find it easier to put them all in a large cast iron skillet and weight the sandwiches down with another pan while they are browning. We could eat sweet potato fries every night.  I cut them up and season them with cumin, salt and chili powder and bake them on a thin layer of coconut oil. I whip up a dip of ½ cream of coconut (found in the liquor section at the grocery store) and ½ dijon mustard...so so good.

WEDNESDAY: Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork with Roasted Brussel Sprouts. I've made a similar balsamic pork before, hoping this version is just as good. Do you guys like brussel sprouts? I think they really get a bad rap. When you roast them with some pancetta and white wine, they are so, so good. Admittedly, I'm the only one in the family that eats them. I don't care. They're that good.

THURSDAY: Chicken Fajitas with a side of Pinto Beans. Nothing fancy here, I like that you can have these slow cooking and everyone can eat a warm meal even if they come home after a late sports practice.

FRIDAY: Swedish Meatballs with Mashed Potatoes. A little Ikea shopping last week reminded me how much I love these. See how scientific my meal planning is?

Hope you have a fabulous week!

January Meal Planning: Week 3 #jepmealplanning

Hard to believe we're headed into the 3rd week of 2016 already. My personal challenge of meal planning and cutting out multiple trips to the grocery store this month started out strong. My second week, not so much. I made my weekly menu and went to the store just like in week one. Then found myself at Trader Joe's midweek (hey, I was in the neighborhood and I'm addicted to their dried mangoes) and hit the store a 3rd time when my daughter handed me her grocery list for her weekend girls' sleepover which always includes some baking activities. #weak

It's the start of a new week though and I'm aiming for progress, not perfection. So here's week 3!

my tools: commit30 planner + weekly menu notepad

my tools: commit30 planner + weekly menu notepad

MONDAY: Mandarin Orange Chicken with Rice. This is almost cheating it's so easy. Trader Joe's Mandarin Orange Chicken (my trip there last week is paying off) is their best selling product. It's cheap, fast and my picky kids love it. Enough said.

TUESDAY: Shepherd's Pie by Sweet Paul's Magazine. Are y'all familiar with this website? So many good things to try, do yourself  favor and check it out. This Shepherd's Pie is a great winter meal paired up with a green salad and crusty bread.

WEDNESDAY: Penne with Red Sauce & Turkey Meatballs. No recipe here, I use store bought red sauce and make meatballs with ground turkey (vs. ground beef because we just like them better that way). If you're not low-carbing it, add some garlic bread.

THURSDAY: Chicken Saltimbocca with a Green Salad. This Giada recipe is one of my faves.

FRIDAY: 'Homemade' Pizza. We often whip these up on Friday evenings. I have made pizza dough from scratch but the balls of dough from Trader Joe's are equally tasty and it's a dollar something. We each have our favorite toppings so I buy two balls of dough and divide each in half for 4 small pizzas. My toppings preference is basil and fresh mozzarella.

Enjoy!

January Meal Planning: week two #jepmealplanning

How's your January meal planning going so far? I'm happy to say that my first week went great (first week of challenges usually do)! After my initial grocery shopping trip last weekend, I didn't hit the store again until yesterday for some wine...does that even count??

weekly menu planner

weekly menu planner

I'm keeping things simple again this week with nothing too time consuming. The evening meals are my biggest focus on the menus but I like to make sure I have enough in the house to cover breakfast and lunches as well.

This week I'm excited to add new smoothie recipes in the breakfast rotation that I found on the blog, The Lemon Bowl. Liz has an amazing collection of smoothie recipes that she shares both on her blog and her free smoothies ebook that I would highly recommend grabbing.

MONDAY: Smoked Pork Sandwiches & Sweet Potato Fries. I purchase smoked pork from Costo and it's precooked and tasty. I heat it up as the fries are baking and it comes together quickly.

TUESDAY: Fish Tacos, Cheese Quesadillas and Black Beans. I use frozen Tilapia filets from Target. They are small and cook quickly. I prepare the taco fixings as the quesadillas are cooking and warm the beans in the microwave for less pots to clean. #lazy

WEDNESDAY: Chicken Parmigiana with Salad. I don't use a recipe for this anymore as I've made it a lot. If you need one, you can't go wrong with Pioneer Woman's version. I purchase bagged salad mixes at Costco. Regularly.

THURSDAY: Chicken Apple Sausages with Tortellini. These chicken apple sausages are loved by everyone in my family and are pretty healthy, as far as sausages go. I buy them at Target. They are precooked as well, so I slice them up and brown them up a bit in a cast iron skillet and make a batch of tortellini to got with them. The only bad thing is that there are never leftovers.

FRIDAY: Chicken Patties with Sweet Potato Fries. I know. We eat a lot of sweet potato fries. These chicken patties are a nice change from the hamburger (and bit healthier). They are surprisingly flavorful. 

See you next week!

It's time to get it together...for real this time.

Introducing paper goods that will help you do just that...The 'I've got it together' series of notepads to keep you on top of the everyday things.

I'm not the most organized person on the planet, but I do have some of my ducks in a row. Around the first of the year, I decided to create perfect versions of the tools I use to keep me on top of things. These 4 things include:

- Weekly to-do list with a goal habit builder

- Weekly menu/meal planner with a tear-off market list

- Daily to-do list

- Cleaning schedule

So many of us rely on digital calendars and apps these days and I am one of them. I utilize iCal daily for appointments and sports' schedules, etc. It is a life saver having schedules synced to all the devices and helps to keep all family members in the loop. With that said, I am a list maker and for that I need paper.

My weekly to-do list is essentially a snapshot of my week so I can jot down what I want to get done in the upcoming week, as well as see what activities we have coming up. Seeing this helps me for planning my meals (see below). I have a little section in the corner (that I like to call the 'goal habit builder'...pretty official, right?). I like to jot down things that I want to incorporate into my days and become a habit (think meditating). Sounds almost child-like, but when I check off that item daily and see that I did it each day of the week, it propels me and motivates me to keep it up. Once it becomes an actual habit, I move onto something else. Sounds silly, but I am a hardcore flosser now because of this. Next up...hand stands!

Meal planning...you either love it or you hate it. Regardless, I know for a fact that it makes your life easier if you can set aside a little time each week to plan your meals, create a shopping list and hit the store. Easier said than done some weeks, but sometimes I actually enjoy leisurely sitting down and going through Pinterest boards and creating my menus for the week. This task helps if I'm hungry. 

I find that my week goes much more smoothly if I do this task and include some make-ahead meals in the rotation. My happy place is having the crockpot doing the work for me. In the past, before getting in the meal planning habit, I would find myself at the grocery store 4 days a week, evenings were more stressful and no doubt the budget took a hit.

Having a daily to-do list seems redundant but I like to have a fresh sheet each day as inevitably things come up though out the day that need to be added. I like to fill this out at the end of the work day for the following day and add to it as needed.

My last tool is a cleaning schedule. I like to keep this as simple as possible since cleaning is not my forte (I'm a straightener). It's a list of cleaning tasks that you knock out each day. Some tasks only take a few minutes, others are more time consuming, but if you keep at it, your house is typically kept up. Things this list doesn't include are laundry, dishes, etc. Those are a given. This concept sounds remedial but it works and the alternative stinks. If I were to leave all the cleaning to one day (say before company is visiting) it would completely stress me out. I'm sharing my cleaning list in a PDF download incase you want to join in on the fun! Download it here.

All 3 of the notepads can be purchased individually or as a set here or at my Etsy shop. You'll be glad you did :)

Holidays are coming...quickly.

Happy November!

I've been holding on to autumn for dear life and therefore have been putting off any holiday talk, but there is now snow falling outside my window and I have to come to terms with the date on the calendar. November snuck up on us and is moving along quickly. Now is the time to get your holiday stationery ordered so it can be an enjoyable seasonal task, rather than a hurried, last minute rush that causes added stress to your holiday season.

To make things even more enjoyable, I'm offering a 10% discount on all holiday items ordered today through November 25. That's 2 weeks to get things wrapped up so you can spend December filling stockings.

 

I'm excited to share some fun, new holiday designs this year including custom holiday photo cards. Check them out and add code: holiday10 to receive your 10% discount.

Stay tuned for another promotion coming soon on gift items just in time for the shopping season to officially begin!

welcome!

I vividly remember in early 2010, after several months of researching, reading and day dreaming about opening up an Etsy shop, I finally pulled the trigger and whipped up a simple logo and started taking pictures of items that I had been selling at a local shop (I heart you Purple Goose). Setting up the online storefront was surprisingly easy and I was ready to start selling. I sat on it for about a month before getting my first sale. Even though I had previously sold my paper goods from time to time, this first, on-line transaction was thrilling to me. Soon after orders started rolling in.

Forward four years and I have finally ventured on with my own on-line presence and created a website. Although I plan on keeping my Etsy shop open for people that prefer to go that route, I'm excited to have my very own space here to connect with people, sell my goods and venture deeper into the wholesale market.

This summer has been an exciting one for my little paper shop. While learning how to create a website and getting my regular day-to-day orders out the door, I received my biggest order to date. NBC/USA Network decided to include my adult lunch love notes in their swag bags for the premieres of their new network drama, Satisfaction. Has anyone seen the show? I have yet to catch an episode, but will find the time soon.

the jack + ella helping to pack up 5000+ luck love notes. they loved it :)

the jack + ella helping to pack up 5000+ luck love notes. they loved it :)

Shortly after we recovered from the lunch note storm, FOOD52.com out of Brooklyn contacted me regarding selling my kid's lunch love notes on their gorgeous website. If you haven't visited their site yet, and you're even a borderline foodie, you'll dig it.  

In late August, my friend and doodle/font extraordinaire Rae Kaiser of Outside-the-Line, suggested I submit an entry into Martha Stewart's American Made contest in order to have a shot at flying to NYC, being featured in Martha Stewart Living Magazine, a spot in their American Made Market and bringing back $10,000.

So I did.

A week later I received an email that my shop was chosen as a finalist (insert scream). Judging is currently in the works. They will pick 9 of the 10 winners and the 10th one is voted in by the public. If you'd like to make a girl happy, head over the the American Made website between September 15 - October 13, 2014 to cast your vote. Being honored in this way...well, I'm speechless. 

Voting takes place HERE between September 15th and October 13th.

Voting takes place HERE between September 15th and October 13th.

I plan on having 'no rules' regarding this blog space. Meaning no commitments to the amount of posts I create nor when I post them. I hope for this to be a fun venue...not only to discuss paper goods, but topics of all sorts. If you want to see more, connect with me on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter. I'll be using all of those platforms for showing new products, as well as to provide special deals along the way. Feel free to comment to your heart's content so I know someone is out there listening. I promise the posts will not be as wordy and self-promoting as this one...thanks for hanging in there :)