Tuesday, August 29, 2017

JaxandKatie // First Listings!


 Hey There!

Thank you all for reading my last post and for all the sweet comments and messages I got from it! I'm so excited for this new project and I'm excited that y'all are excited about it too! (Enough excitement in that paragraph?)

Things are moving right along and I already have three cards listed! Today I thought I'd share them with y'all! So here's a little about each card as well as links so you can visit the listings.

One last thing- I have a coupon for 25% off any of these cards! Anyone reading this post can use it! I'll put more details at the end of this post.

$15.00

This is the card that inspired me to design other cards! My sister actually helped me come up with this design. Being a volleyball player I absolutely LOVE this one! If you play, coach, or simply enjoy volleyball this card is perfect for you! It's also a great gift for your volleyball-loving friends. :)


 $15.00

Obviously the card in this pictures is specific to my fellow Texans. But I'm definitely able to make this with any state! If you would love a card like this with your state just message me through Etsy and I'll make you a custom order for the same price! Hopefully I'll have listings for all 50 states soon.


 $15.00

This is my favorite because it's not specific to a particular person. Anyone can use it! I love simple and you really can't get any more simple than this. What's fun about this card is that you can play around with colors! If you don't want your name in black you can choose from ten other colors. And you can the envelope color! This card is great for guys, girls, kids, teens, and adults. It'd also be great for minimalists.

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Well? What do you think of them? I'm anxious to here what y'all think. So please comment or message me if you have any ideas for changes or other card designs! If you like these cards please share them with your friends! You can also share the coupon below! It'd mean a ton to me. ;)

♥Katie

About the coupon: If you like any of these cards enough to purchase them, please use this coupon! For 25% off your order, simply enter this coupon code when you checkout - KITKATSTUDIO25 - The coupon is valid from Aug 28, 2017 to Sep 30, 2017.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Announcement // My Etsy Shop // JAXANDKATIE

This pic was taken by me BTW. ;) I love it!

Hey there, ❤️

I'd like to give y'all an update on what I've been working on recently! My latest project is a big one, and I'm super excited to share about it!

I've owned an Etsy shop for a while now, selling rubber jewelry (rainbow loom, if you've heard of it). I started my shop about three years ago when my sister suggested it because she'd had some experience on Etsy and thought I'd enjoy it. I definitely enjoyed making, photographing, and selling bracelets and I'm glad I gave it a try!


 (Here are a few examples of bracelets I sold)


But now, I'm ready to move on! This was something I enjoyed at one time, but I don't have the same love for it anymore. -I guess I've grown out of it. And that's OK! People change and their interests change. :)

I've been working the last few weeks trying to decide what I'd like to do next. I've decided to keep selling on Etsy- just different products! With help from my sister, I found something I totally love!

I've decided to sell personalized cards and printables!!

I've ALWAYS loved cards, stationary, planners, anything office supplies related really. So I fell in love with the idea my sister suggested to me, to design cards!


If you'd like to check out my (new and fresh) shop, click here- JaxandKatie ♥ Cards + Printables

I'll also be posting updates about my shop and new items, on this blog!

Which brings me to the next point- The Kitkat Studio. What's going to happen to it? To be honest, I haven't decided yet. With school about to start and other responsibilities I have this fall, I don't want to over commit and burn myself out. :) So we'll just have to wait and see how it plays out.

I'm sorry I left y'all with no explanation of why I wasn't posting (for 2 + 1/2 months!). I'm just making some changes and trying to decide what's best! :)

Hope y'all are having a great summer and are somewhat excited for the new school year! ;)

More coming soon!
♥Katie


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

25 (Non-Tech) Activites To Do This Summer

I'm on a summer roll, guys! S U M M E R, S U M M E R, S U M M E R! (and I absolutely love it)

Today, my summer themed post is 25 non tech activities to do this summer. Sometimes, during the summer with no school to keep us busy and all the extra free time, we can get...well, bored? I really hate to say it. Being bored isn't a great thing. But you know what? You can beat the boredom very easily. All you have to do is find something to keep you busy! (captain obvious here ;p)

Of course you don't want to just waste your time trying to "entertain" yourself. Try to find productive things to do, and of course be sure to still have fun!

This is pretty self explanatory. =) Here are 25 summer activity ideas.
  1. Make a summer bucket list =)
  2. Make popsicles
  3. Go camping
  4. Memorize scripture
  5. Go swimming
  6. Paint your nails
  7. Try a new sport
  8. Do a photo-shoot with a friend
  9. Make s'mores
  10. Start running =)
  11. Learn a new hairstyle
  12. Redecorate your room
  13. Make a scrapbook
  14. Snail mail friends
  15. Have a bonfire
  16. Learn a card trick
  17. Bake something
  18. Learn an instrument
  19. Make ice cream
  20. Tie dye something
  21. Start an Etsy shop
  22. Go to a library
  23. Bike ride
  24. Make friendship bracelets 
There are a TON more that aren't listed here. Would you like me to make a second list?
Happy summer!
♥Katie

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

SUMMER BUCKET LIST // 2017

H E Y  T H E R E! ♥
I ' M  I N  A  S U M M E R  M O O D.
A N D  W H E N  I ' M  I N  A  S U M M E R  M O O D  T H A T  M E A N S  T H I S  F O N T.
H O P E  Y O U  D O N ' T  M I N D. ♥


S U M M E R  B U C K E T  L I S T // 2 0 1 7

YAY!! SUMMER is HERE!! I can't tell you guys how excited I am. Summer is by far my favorite season and it seems like it took extra long to get here this year. ;) But today it's finally 90 degrees and sunny here in Texas and I couldn't be happier. :)

To kick off this wonderful season I decided to post my summer 2017 bucket list. I always have so much fun creating bucket list that I tend to make one every season. Sometimes I'll challenge friends to see who can complete the list first and it's always a blast!

How I'm gonna take on this bucket list
Every time I do something on this list I have to take a picture related to the activity and write a caption for that picture. At the end of the summer I'll compile all the pictures I've taken + the captions and hopefully create a blog post out of them!

Here's the list -
  • Have a legit picnic
  • Sleep outside/camp
  • Rope swing into water
  • Tie dye something
  • Photo-shoot
  • Make popsicles 
  • Have a water fight
  • Stargaze
  • Read 10+ books
  • Have a bonfire
  • Go to a library
  • Make root-beer floats
  • Play four-square
  • Make homemade ice cream
  • Go kayaking
  • Play in the sprinklers
  • 100 days of summer photography challenge
  • Go fishing
  • Make + blow bubbles
  • Make lemonade
  • Make handmade cards + snail mail them to friends
  • Learn a new hairstyle
  • Grow something
  • Make a summer playlist
  • Build a blanket fort 
This was a little edit I made for my bucket list, I LOVE the ice cream cone background! So summer-y!

I've got a ton of questions for ya...
Are you out of school yet?
Whats on your summer bucket list?
What kind of summer posts would you like to see me do?
I'd love to hear!

I'm in my very last week of school, only four days left!! 🎊
♥Katie

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

6 Ways To Start Your Morning Off The Right Way



Let's be real. Mornings are hard.

I wish I could say that every morning I jump out of bed ready for a beautiful day, but the reality is that most people have to work hard to enjoy the getting up part of mornings and I'm in that majority.

Mornings are a great time to get things done and be productive. These are a few tips I've learned to help get me going in the morning. Hopefully these will help you too in starting your day off right.

Make Your Bed

Open The Blinds

Make A Yummy/Healthy breakfast

Get Outside

Plan Your Day


Read Your Bible + Pray


Make your bed <> I find making my bed in the morning helps me in two ways. 1) When I first jump roll out of bed making my bed gets me moving and wakes me up a little. 2) Once the bed is make it's way less temping to get bed in it and fell asleep.

Open the blinds or windows <> Getting natural light into the room while getting ready is a great way to boost your mood and wake you up. If the weathers nice out, open a window to let the fresh air flow through and hear the birds chirping.

Make a yummy/healthy breakfast <> This is something to look forward to and something to give you energy and keep you going all morning. Take the time to make pancakes or enjoy fresh fruit rather than skipping breakfast.

Get outside <> This could be simply eating your breakfast on your back porch, going on a walk, stretching outside, or doing a full blown workout. Whatever you do, being outside in the fresh air and sunlight will definitely boost your mood and energy.

Plan your day <> Take a few minutes to write out your to do list for the day, check your planner for appointments, and maybe write a bit in your journal. Get it all out on paper to make your mind less cluttered throughout the day.

Read your bible + pray <> There’s no better way to start the day than with the Word of God. Set aside a few minutes each morning to read the Bible and pray. Trust me, you’ll set yourself up for a better day ahead when you take the time.


What do you do in the mornings to start your day off right?
Should I post a 'Start Your Morning Off The Right Way 2' with my fav breakfast recipes?

♥Katie

Sunday, April 9, 2017

March Photography Challenge // Recap

Here it is! A recap of my photography challenge for March, 2017. First, I need to give a little explanation. :) You're only going to find 16 pictures in this post because... I accidentally broke my SD card half way through the month and wasn't able to get another one until the end of the month. :/ (15 days without my camera was harder than I expected) I still think this challenge went great though. I'm super excited to share these few pictures with y'all!
I had the hardest time choosing between this and another cover!

Some days it was hard to pick just one picture and other days I was thinking "do I really have to post this?" but all in all I like every one of them. :) Warning: These pictures are all going to be pretty random. xD
03.01.17 Wednesday, March 1st
Haha, well er... to start off the challenge we have a very artistic picture of- an ice cream cone. Lol. I literately only took one picture this day and it was of my ice cream cone that we had for dessert for my brothers birthday. So... I guess this counts? xD

03.02.17 Thursday, March 2nd.
I just LOVE the colors in this picture!!

03.03.17. Sunday, March 3rd
Because it doesn't get this foggy very often I had to take a picture... I felt like I was in London. :) 

03.04.17 Saturday, March 4th.
These are the Christmas lights hung on my bedroom wall. I love how one light is focused but all the others are blurred!

03.05.17 Sunday, March 5th.
I was practicing my volleyball this afternoon when I realized the shadows looked pretty cool so of course I had to take a picture. ;)

03.06.17 Monday, March 6th
SUMMER!!

03.07.17 Tuesday, March 7th

03.08.17 Wednesday, March 8th
 Pretty but prickly! :)

03.09.17 Thursday, March 9th
A DIY in progress!

03.10.17 Friday, March 10th
Spring is definitely here, in Texas!

03.11.17 Saturday, March 11th

03.12.17 Sunday, March 12th

03.13.17 Monday, March 13th
This picture is super grainy because was taken with an iPhone, but it was the only one I had from today so it counts!

03.14.17 Tuesday, March 14th
Idk, I just snapped this picture of my little sis and thought it was pretty...

03.15.17 Wednesday, March 15th.
I love this picture SO much! Though it means more to a Texan... ;)

03.16.17 Thursday, March 16th.
Because food is always pretty- especially sweet food. (I edited this picture BTW.)

03.17.17 Friday March 17th... Ya know what happened. :)

I'm not doing a photography challenge in April just because it's going to be such a busy month. I'm hoping to do one in May though! I'll share it in my May Goals post. :)

So- which picture was your favorite? I really want to know!!

FYI guys, posts on The Kitkat Studio are going to change just a little bit coming up. I'm hoping to post more often- but not necessarily recipes + DIYs. (They'll still be posted every now and then!) I don't have an exact list of all the topics/things I'm going to post about, they'll still be pretty similar to what I'm posting now. Just a heads up that things are going to change a little bit. :) I'm really excited it!

Hope you had a great weekend and are super pumped about another week to live in God's awesome creation!
Remember not to take a single day for granted. :)
♥Katie

Friday, March 31, 2017

March Recap + April Goals

I'm writing this in the last few hours of March- trying to finish this post before the end of the month. So I'm sure I'll forget some of the things I wanted to add...just a warning. ;)

Another month has whizzed by and I'm not even surprised any more. There's no way we can slow time down so lets just enjoy it, okay? Here we are entering April 2017. I'm actually very excited to do this! Lots of things are happening in April so it'll be a fun and busy month! Also, spring is totally here. Everything is SO green and the temperature is perfect. *can't wait till summer*

March // What Went Down

I LOVE how green everything is here!!

Goals

+ Photography Challenge - This was going great- until the 17th. On that fateful day, I was putting my SD card into the card-reader, when I felt the card break. Apparently I pushed it too hard and it cracked. Thankfully, I was able to press the card into my card-reader at just the right angle and save the pictures to my computer. Phew! I had over a thousand pictures on the card!! I'm crossing this off because I did all I could to complete this goal. And I'm still planning on posting a recap next week.

+ Learn a new hymn on the piano Check! I learned 'Jesus, Lover Of My Soul'. I also started learning the Charlie Brown theme song 'Linus and Lucy'! (Do you watch charlie brown?!)

+ Five Blog Posts This post makes the fifth this month! Yay!

+ Make 20 bracelets Only ten bracelets finished this month... Next month I'm going to try to make fifteen more though. Consistency is key! :)

+ Finish four modules in science Nope. Not even close. I failed to remember spring break when choosing this goal and there was no way I was going to do science during spring break. ;) Even then I should have gotten three modules done. But I only got two, which is what I do every month without doing extra...


Blurry picture because it was taken with a phone. Let's just pretend it's supposed to be that way...

A Few Other Things That Happened

+ Books I Read 
  • Flight Path A biography of Frank Barker, a fighter pilot and pastor. 
  • Of Moose And Men A HILARIOUS book written by Tory Martin. (If you listen to Adventures In Odyssey- He's the writer that created Wooton!)  
  • Flags Of Our Fathers A book about the lives of the six flag-raisers on Iwa Jima, written by one of the flag raisers sons.
It had been so long since I'd read anything besides my Bible and school books, I really enjoyed reading these.

+ Found out I'm gonna have a lil' nephew in August!!
+ Got to wear bunker gear (firefighters gear)- that stuff's heavy! :P
+ Went strawberry picking for the first time.

*Can't think of anything else because my brain doesn't function at 10:20 p.m.* :P

MORE green.

April Goals
 I've got a lot of them this month...

+ 7:00 Rise and shine Lets just say I've gotten a little slack on wake up time... My ultimate goal is around six, but for this month seven will be a good start. ;)

+ Teach Jessica to ride her bike (My little sister) Oh boy- let's see if we can do it!! (I know we can *winks*)

+ Fifteen Bracelets I made nine this month, next month we're shooting for fifteen!

+ Finish learning 'Linus And Lucy' (The Peanuts song) I already have 4 of 8 pages down so I'm half way!

+ Memorize a Psalm I'm not sure which one, yet. But I have a few I'm going to pick from... Ok, maybe a few isn't the write word- 150 is more like it. :D

+ Read Four Books After reading three this month, I realized how much I enjoyed reading and how much I learn by doing it. Hopefully this means a few trips to the library too! ;)

 "When life gets blurry, adjust your focus" 
This was a quote I heard this month and just loved, so I though I'd share it with y'all. :)

Sharing my goals on my blog has really motivated me to work harder on them. Thanks for taking the time to read! :)

So tell me- what are your goals for April? 

Also, April fools day is tomorrow... got any plans? *mischievous grin* I've got a few things planned my brother... *winks*
♥Katie 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Friday Favorites // Your Favorite Recipes // + A New Feature To All Recipes!

Hey there! I hope you're having an awesome week + start to the weekend! You'll notice I didn't post on Wednesday, but that was actually on purpose because I wanted to wait until Friday so I could post a Friday Favorites. Since last time I totally forgot and posted a Friday Favorites on a Wednesday. *face-palm*


For this Friday Favorites I'm doing things a little bit differently. Instead of sharing my favorites- I'm going to share yours! I've taken the five most popular recipes on my blog and created a recipe card for each of them! This recipe card will allow you to print out the recipes so you can save them in your recipe box or binder and make it way easier to find + make my recipes. You can also pin the image to make it easy to find without having to search my blog.

I'm also announcing the addition of this feature to every recipe I post in the future. So every recipe that is published on my blog will also have a recipe card included in the post. How awesome is that?! I'm super excited and I think these turned out absolutely adorable. Also, I'll add the cards I've made (below) to the recipe's existing posts.

So here are the five most popular recipes on my blog. Funny- 80% of them are desserts... ;)

click on the name below the pictures to view the recipe's post







I can't get over how adorable these recipe cards are! I hope they help make it easier for y'all to try the recipes!

Do you have a recipe box/binder? Or is it just a Pinterest board these days? ;)
Which recipe card is your favorite?

I love how the sugar cookie recipe card turned out! It's definitely my favorite!
♥Katie

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Parmesan Potato Wedges

A recipe! Yay! Today, I'm sharing one of my favorite recipes ever!! Every time I make these people are telling me how good they are. *blushes* (But it's really the recipe- not me :P)

 ~ Parmesan Potato Wedges ~
Also known as really yummy french fries. ;)

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 Tbsp. seasoned salt
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 6 large potatoes, cut into wedges

To a Ziploc bag, add the Parmesan cheese,

flour,

 seasoned salt,

 salt,

and pepper.
 Add the potatoes;

 shake to coat.

 Lay coated potatoes in pan in one layer.

 Melt the butter, then pour melted butter over the potatoes.

 Bake 30 minutes at 400 degrees, then turn over. Continue baking another 20-30 minutes.
Then you're done!!

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I definitely like these french fries more than regular ones. And that means these must be good since usually anything fried is better than not fried. (Ok, definitely not always... :P)

 Random fact: I don't like ketchup on fries!! 

Do you like ketchup on fries? Or are they better plain?
♥Katie


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