Have you ever seen the movie, Rudy? The one about the kid whose dream it was to play football for Notre Dame? I don’t know a lot about football, but one thing I remember from the movie was that, as they left the locker room, the Notre Dame players would touch a sign above the doorway. The sign read, “Play like a champion today.”
Like I said, I don’t know anything about football and I only saw the movie once, so I don’t remember if that’s something the Notre Dame players do for luck or if it’s more of a reminder. I do know, though, that I often need reminders. It’s not uncommon for me to leave sticky notes on my bathroom mirror or my laptop. There is a reason I spell out little details on my lesson plan sheet. My need for “in your face” visual reminders is the reason I’ve gone back to a physical planner, rather than relying on my iPad, which is more fun, but easier to overlook.
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It’s also the reason I was so excited when the folks at WiseDecor asked me to review their wall decals. See, we’ve got this ugly little space at the top of the stairs leading out of our master bedroom that I’ve often thought would be the perfect place for a little daily reminder of the Notre Dame football variety.
You my remember a little post I wrote about a year and a half ago about something I felt God was trying to teach me: Love. Serve. Lead. I ordered a bracelet to wear as a reminder and, while I do still wear it occasionally, most of the time it sits on the counter in my bathroom. I’m not much of a jewelry person and bracelets tend to get in my way when I’m on my laptop. Which I am. A lot.
So, there sits that small, ugly little space at the top of the stairs leading down to the main living area of our home, just begging for a little wall decor to make it more appealing. Add to that the fact that our bedroom is the only thing that’s up there, so that reminder would be mostly for me. Because, y’all, if I’m not loving, serving, and leading my family first, there’s a problem.
The folks at WiseDecor have a huge selection of wall decals for homes, classrooms, and businesses. There are Christian quotes, inspirational quotes, and funny quotes. There are quotes in languages other than English. There is even a selection of wall art, like this decal for a baby’s room. What I liked best, though, was being able to custom design my own wall decal.
I’ve actually thought of getting a custom wall decal for that spot for quite some time, but I’m a procrastinator. If had know how much I was going to love that little wall decal, I’d have ordered it much sooner.
I was really impressed with how quickly we got the decal. I ordered on a Saturday afternoon and it arrived by the following Friday, complete with detailed instructions and an application tool.
We wound up with some unexpected free time on Saturday, so Brian offered to put the decal up for me. In the early days of our marriage, this process probably would have involved an argument. See, I wanted to cut the words and wall art apart and have them staggered. He thought they’d look better as they were printed on the paper.
He said he’d put them up however I wanted, but I knew that if it became a pain in the behind, it would be my fault for insisting on cutting them apart. Since I wasn’t confident in how it would look that way and I wanted the process to go as smoothly as possible, we went with his choice. No arguing.
Paper backing taped, leveled, and ready to begin
I thought the application process was super-easy, but I was the one watching. Brian had a little trouble making the lettering level, at first, because it took us a minute to realize the the paper backing wasn’t perfectly straight, so he had to check the top of the letters to make sure they were level. The directions might have said that, but Brian’s a hands-on, who-needs-directions kind of guy.
All in all, though, the whole process didn’t take more than 10 or 15 minutes. Once everything is in place, you just use the little smoothing tool to apply the letters to the wall. It’s not one big decal. The letters are individually-cut, pre-spaced letters, so once the backing is pulled off, they appear to be hand-stenciled on the wall. There are even different finishes and colors to make matching your walls easy.
Two things really surprised me about this wall decal: 1) How much I love it and 2) How much Brian likes it. We’d never really talked about wall decals, but when I ordered this one, Brian told me how much he really likes those decals. I do, too! And, they’re so easy that even the non-creative types like me (when it comes to home décor, at any rate) can make a dull wall pop with just a tiny bit of effort. I don’t think this is going to be our last wall decal.
I love walking out of my room each day and seeing that little reminder to love, serve, and lead. I don’t tap it as I go down the stairs like a Notre Dame football player might – mostly because I’m too short…I did try it once – but seeing it has provided a daily reminder that my first priority is loving, serving, and leading in my home.
Do you need some reminders in your home? Or maybe you just want to spice up your walls with an inspirational message. The folks at WiseDecor want to help you do that. They’re offering one Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers reader a chance to win a $75 gift certificate so you can shop their site for the perfect decal to enhance a wall in your home.
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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.