The Best Wedding Gift: A Wedding Time Capsule

The Best Wedding Gift: A Time Capsule that you can purchase or get the printable files and create it yourself! The couple answers 40 questions each and seals it for their 5 year anniversary. Such a cute and thoughtful wedding gift!

Wedding season has arrived and it reminded me that I had this special project I wanted to share with you guys! In my opinion, this is one of the best wedding gifts you can give to someone, but it was not a gift we received. Rather, this Wedding Time Capsule was a little project we did ourselves.

5 years ago we started planning our month-long trip to Thailand, and as soon as we knew we’d be taking it, I decided to make a time capsule that we’d seal for 5 years and then open on our trip. We took 100 notecards, wrote down 50 questions each, and then spent a few nights sipping cocktails and answering all the questions.

When we were done, we sealed the box up tightly with washi tape and stored the Wedding Time Capsule for 5 years. It came with us to Thailand and we had so much fun reading the cards throughout our trip! Rather than rushing through them at once, we’d just grab a few each night. It led to great conversation, lots of memories, and a good deal of laughter. When we finally got to the end of the trip we decided we needed to take the time to put together an “anniversary set” so we’d have another time capsule to open on our 10 year anniversary.

This simple wedding time capsule project brought us so much joy, and yet wasn’t expensive and wasn’t difficult to do. I realized that it’s a gift that every married couple should have, and so I set out to put it into a printable form that you could make yourself. It doesn’t have to be a gift, you could make it for yourself, and it doesn’t have to be for your 5 and 10 year anniversary. Adjust it to your timeline or whatever works for where you are at in your marriage or relationship right now. The files are not gender specific, because love is love and this gift is for couples of any size, shape or orientation.

Below you’ll find a link to a ready-made set that you can purchase in my Etsy Shop for $35 and get shipped direct to you…or directions and all the files you’ll need to Do It Yourself are below! I hope this brings you as much joy and happiness as it brought us!

BUY IT OR MAKE IT YOURSELF

There are two options below, the first is a pre-made version that you can purchase in my Etsy Shop. It comes with:

  • a customized box
  • a set of 80 cards for their 5 year capsule
  • a set of 80 cards to fill out in 5 years to open as a 10 year capsule
  • Printed card with instructions + envelope
  • washi tape for them to seal the box up with after they finish
    * luggage tags from photo above are note included. You can purchase a set of the luggage tags through Leather Made Nice on Etsy to include with the Time Capsule.

The Best Wedding Gift: A Time Capsule that you can purchase or get the printable files and create it yourself! The couple answers 40 questions each and seals it for their 5 year anniversary. Such a cute and thoughtful wedding gift!

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Drink Water Free Wallpaper and Printable

How to Drink More Water: tips, water tracker, free printable and phone wallpapers to help remind you to hydrate! | Thyme is Honey

You’ve heard me say it a million times: being hydrated will change your life. I’ve been drinking 150 oz per day for the past 7ish years and cannot imagine going back.

While consuming a large amount of water each day comes pretty naturally to me, it never hurts to have reminders. If you’re just getting started or are trying to increase your water consumption it can really help to have a plan, reminders, goals, anything that helps ensure you are getting your daily minimum! I’ve got lots of tips and tricks for the novice #hydravangelist!

How to Drink More Water: tips, water tracker, free printable and phone wallpapers to help remind you to hydrate! | Thyme is Honey

My Facebook Group (join here) provides you with occasional reminders right on your Facebook newsfeed (you know you’re bored and scrolling it when you could and should be hydrating!). Join the group and occasionally I’ll share a hydration check-in to help remind you to drink water. I’ve also got a couple great posts to help you get started with hydration:

1.HOW TO DRINK MORE WATER – simple tips to help you consume more.
2. HOW TO INCREASE YOUR WATER CONSUMPTION IN 4 DAYS – a 4-day action plan to increase your ounces.
3. WEEKLY WATER TRACKER – a printable file for making a 1-week water tracker to hang on your fridge.

I’ve also created a couple Phone Wallpapers that you can put on your device, to help you remember to “drink water” whenever you light up your screen. This post also has a free 8.5″ x 11″ printable file for the artwork above, so that you can print and hang it somewhere as a reminder! Put in on your fridge or in your cubicle.

Click below to get instant access to a download page where you can grab the wallpaper, printable or both! Be sure to SUBSCRIBE TO MY NEWSLETTER to sweeten up your inbox and always be in the buzz! Happy Hydrating!
How to Drink More Water: tips, water tracker, free printable and phone wallpapers to help remind you to hydrate! | Thyme is Honey

My Experience with Eyebrow Microblading

My Experience with Eyebrow Microblading : before and after | Thyme is Honey

The past couple months I’ve been undergoing the microblading process with a local pro, Buttercup Beauty (based in Madison, Wisconsin). If you missed the initial post with all the befores and procedure information you can check it out in this previous post.

Microblading is the act of tattooing very fine, hair-like strokes into the brows in order to create thicker brows with the shape you desire. After seeing some friends get amazing results, I decided to give it a go!

The process started with a 3 hour appointment during which my brows were measured and marked. Once we settled on a shape it took about an hour to make the initial microblading marks. Then I went home to heal for 4 weeks!
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My Skincare Routine

My New and Improved Skincare Routine by Thyme is Honey

Something I got a few times on my reader survey (take it here, it’s anonymous) were requests to share my skincare routine. I currently have a lineup of products that I really love and I’m excited to share!

When we were on our trip to Thailand I read The Green Beauty Rules by Paige Padgett and absolutely loved it (it’s an ebook, so start reading)! My favorite thing about the book is that she makes it super easy to learn how to read ingredient labels and identify harmful ingredients on your own—making it way easier to be aware of what you are putting on your skin (also check out The Green Beauty Academy from my friend Laura, another great resource if you’re trying to clean up your products).

The other thing I love about Paige’s approach to green beauty is that she isn’t a “purist” and doesn’t promote that mentality (which can be overwhelming to anyone who is trying to switch to safer products). Instead, Paige has an “80% approach”. She says you should try to have 80% of your products be clean, safe and nontoxic, and if you just can’t toss that MAC lipstick or NARS Blush, don’t beat yourself up about it! Sometimes we fall in love with products for a reason. This approach has made my transition to clean skincare and makeup a lot easier, since I know I can keep some of my favorite things!

Shortly after we got back from our trip I discovered Flora Botanical Skincare at a holiday market and fell in love. The first product I purchased was their Waterless Body Balm and I was totally hooked on it! I have since ordered TWO more jars of it and have dove face-first into their skincare products. I love their Coconut Cream Cleanser, which has a coconut oil base infused with essential oils, and then has baking soda mixed in to provide a gritty texture perfect for exfoliating away dead skin. The combination is amazing and I love that it washes away my eye makeup with little effort and leaves my skin feeling so hydrated that I almost don’t need a moisturizer.

But don’t worry, I don’t skip the moisturizer because their Vitamin E Repair Serum is too good to miss. I’ve long been a fan of face oils and serums and this has to be the best one I’ve found. While I think a lot of oils/serums are beautiful, smell good, and hydrate your skin, I really love that this oil has a great body to it, and that the oil really “sticks” to your skin, absorbing slowly throughout the night. It has a combination of rosehip, vitamin e oil, raspberry seed oil, carrot oil, meadowfoam seed oil, Bulgarian rose oil, and sandalwood essential oil. The combination must be magical because this leaves my skin glowing and smooth.
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Managing Social Media for your Small Business

Managing Instagram Learning Account Moderation and Community Engagement

I’ve been helping business owners with their social media for 8 years and even though the internet is filled with helpful tutorials and apps that make you more efficient, the top complaint I hear from business owners is how overwhelmed they feel by the amount of time required to manage their social media.

Some businesses can’t avoid having social media be a full time job (or a job big enough for an entire team of people), but generally a small business owner or entrepreneur should be able to not only manage their social media effectively on their own—-but be able to manage a successful account that is growing and bringing in business.

In order to be more efficient with the time you have to dedicate to social media, you really need to start by understanding what it means to successfully manage an account and what is required to have an account that is actually working for you. I often see businesses who are creating beautiful content and writing amazing captions, but are frustrated that all the time and money they are investing in a beautiful feed isn’t being returned in sales or clients.

On my first sit-down or call with any potential client I explain Account Moderation and Community Engagement. These are two distinctly different aspects of any social media account, and you need to be making time to do both!

Account Management: the basic maintenance involved in keeping your account active and up-to-date! Creating posts, writing captions, posting, responding to comments, answering messages in your inbox, and interacting on tagged photos of you.

Community Engagement: the part that makes these platforms “social” media! You need to not only share content and information as a creator, but you need to get out there and be active as a consumer, too. Community Engagement requires you to set aside time to log in and interact in various ways within different areas: with the people you are following, on posts within industry hashtags that you are using, on posts within industry hashtags that your customers are using, watching and responding to stories and perhaps interacting on posts within your geographic area or with specific location tags that pertain to your business.

To help you further grasp this concept here is an example:

I recently did a short-term project with a baby brand who was focusing their marketing efforts on new mothers and pregnant women. It was important that their account was posting 1-2 times per day, that the images were beautiful, the information was valuable, and that overall their account lined up with the marketing plan in place to sell their product (that is all Account Management). However, it was also important they they set aside time each week to go into their community and interact with new moms, pregnant women, and other accounts that are popular within their community. As an account manager it was my job to set aside time each week to look for new posts under hashtags that their ideal customers were likely using. Examples would be hashtags such as #BabyBump #20weeks #MomswithCameras #MomtoBe and #Nesting. We’d give the images a quick like and leave an uplifting comment about motherhood and parenting (that is an example of the Community Engagement aspect). Additional examples would be following new accounts (while also giving them quick likes/comments), and interacting on posts from popular parenting/motherhood instagram accounts, magazines or blogs (likes, comments, liking comments).

Managing your account with beautiful images, witty captions and well-researched hashtags will do a lot to get your information in front of people and increase interaction on your individual posts, but Community Engagement is what adds authenticity to your account and helps create a relationship between you and your audience. If you can find a balance with both aspects, you’ll start to feel like the time you are spending on one is paying off in the other, and soon you’ll start to feel more positively about the time and money you are investing in social media for your business.

Next week I’ll share a tip and free printable for planning ahead and scheduling time for both of these. Please follow The Mint Academy to stay in the loop about my online class, launching soon!

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