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We are both still grinning from yesterday’s heartfelt post. It was so wonderful chatting with our grandmothers and hearing some of their advice for living a happy, healthy, and long life. In case you missed it, go read their 32 life lessons right here. We promise you won’t be disappointed.
32 life lessons for a long happy life
Because their advice really touched our hearts, we knew that we just had to come up with a way to incorporate their words into our own home decor. All it took was a bit of time in Microsoft Word, and 10 minutes later we had “art” all ready to go.
Framed life lessons
We chose a nice script-like font, and decided against putting their advice in number form, but instead wrote it out like a letter. It’s almost like they’re writing their words directly to us in a handwritten note. Love that.
We simply printed out our document and displayed it in a simple white frame. Personal artwork for free….it just doesn’t get any better than that!
life lessons print
It isn’t super easy to read from far away, but that’s a-okay with us. That way whomever stops to admire this art, can really take a few moments and read these life lessons all the way through to the end.
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framing advice from your grandmother
Since this has been displayed in my home, I often find myself stopping and staring at these words. It’s funny, but I find that different words stick out to me, when I need them the most. I can quickly glance at the frame and just the words that I need at that time of the day pop out to me.
happiness starts with you
Happiness starts with you. <—that’s one of my favorites.
Framed life lessons from family
So here’s your homework…go talk to the important people in your life and ask them for their very own words of advice. Whether it’s your parents, grandparents, or just a close friend whom you admire. You’ll never know what kind of insight they may have about life, and we promise it will be worth it to hear some of their stories.
Then for extra credit (the teacher in B is really coming out here…) type up their words, frame them, and give out these frames to important people in your life. It’s a personal gift that any family member will love. Because passing down stories and advice is what keeps those family traditions alive for generations to come…
Bridget and Casey DIY Playbook
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32 Life Lessons from our Grandmothers

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If you’ve been reading DIY Playbook for some time now, then we hope you’ve noticed that family is very important to us both. We come from very happy homes, with large extended families…and we wouldn’t have it any other way!  

One thing we haven’t chatted much about is our amazing relationships with our grandmothers. We’re both blessed to still have a grandmother in our lives, and they’re happy and healthy women whom we admire. You’ll often hear Casey chatting about her “Meme” or Bridget talking all about her latest visit with her “Gram.” We’re 2 very lucky granddaughters to have grandmothers we see and chat with regularly. In fact, our grandmas have even met and hung out before…which is pretty darn cool if you ask us!

Our grandmothers are phenomenal role models and they’ve helped shape us into the young women we are today. They’re both in their 80’s (but don’t look a day over 60!) and have lived long lives full of love and family. We decided we needed to know all of their “secrets to success”..so we asked them to share their lessons for a long happy life right here on the blog.

32 life lessons for a long happy life

We think their life lessons can (& should) apply to absolutely anyone…male, female, young, or old. Here are 32 life lessons from our grandmothers

  1. Accept what life has in store for you.
  2. Never forget your parents who gave you life.
  3. Spend only what you can afford.
  4. Love your children all the same.
  5. When children marry, let them make their own decisions.
  6. Don’t ask too many questions. Family will tell if they want you to know.
  7. Keep children together, as their siblings will be their best buds.
  8. Thank you notes are always appreciated.
  9. Lending money only leads to bad feelings.
  10. Discuss tragedy to heal, do not keep it a secret.
  11. Don’t forget the best…keep God in your life.
  12. Happiness starts with you.
  13. Have lots of friends…the older you get, the more you depend on them.
  14. Negative people drag you down.
  15. Worrying never helps anything.
  16. Try to give away some of your treasures.
  17. Enjoy time with your children. I wish I wasn’t so strict with mine.
  18. Help others and you will help yourself.
  19. Let go of anger.
  20. The more you talk, the less you hear.
  21. Learn to respect everyone, no matter your age.
  22. Solve problems within your family.
  23. Go along with wedding plans…it’s their wedding, not yours!
  24. In laws are family, treat them that way.
  25. Give family as much as you can.
  26. Eat something green everyday.
  27. Plan ahead, but keep goals flexible.
  28. Get an education. People can’t take away your brain.
  29. Marry your best friend…they will carry you through the hard times.
  30. Get fit and stay fit.
  31. Enjoy nature. A quick walk outside can brighten your mood.
  32. Don’t take life too seriously. Life is short…so enjoy it!

Pretty amazing stuff, right? Casey’s “Meme” did follow the list saying, “Now if I could only follow my own advice!” Which is not only hilarious, but is so incredibly true. These 32 life lessons are meant to act as a guide as we live each day. They may not all be easy to follow, but we’re confident that these words of wisdom will help us be the best women we can be.

Tomorrow we have a very special DIY project that involves these 32 life lessons. Be sure to tune in for all of the scoop, and see how we incorporated these words of wisdom into our home decor.

Bridget and Casey DIY Playbook
Until then…tell us what you think of their list! Which number is your favorite? What would you add to the list? 
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