Monday, May 21, 2018

DIY greenery embroidery hoop wall

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Hey, friends! I hope your week is off to a great start!

I'm popping in today to show you one of my favorite projects ever!

When I made these signs last year (see more of our signs at Little Lumber Co.), I knew immediately I wanted them above our couch. I grabbed a hammer and nails, put them up, and ran to the other side of the room to admire my work, then thought...


Looks a little...empty.

I debated a thousand different ideas before finally deciding on making these greenery embroidery hoops to surround our signs.

It took some trial and error, but I'm finally finished AND I have a tutorial for you!

What you need:

Embroidery hoops (linked HERE or check your local craft store)
Flexible greenery stems (I bought mine at Hobby Lobby)
Hot glue gun

Here's what you do:

→ Make sure your greenery stems are flexible. This means the stem bends easily. If they aren't, they'll pop right off the hoop.

→ I don't know this from experience or anything, just something I heard around town. 😉

→ Decide where you want your greenery on the hoop. I aimed for mine to cover the nails they would be sitting on. Glue in place and hold until glue is dry.

→ Hang on nails.

That's it. Ha! This probably didn't need a tutorial, but here we are. Enjoy it. 😊

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Talk soon!

Friday, May 11, 2018

I love you, but I won't clean my house for you.

Growing up, I can count on a single hand how often I remember our house being dirty. 

My mom, at one point in her life, was a professional house cleaner, and her house reflected that former profession. Everything was always clean, all of the time. Sounds pretty great, right?

Fast forward a few years and now I’m the mom. I have a two-year-old who can destroy a single room faster than I can pour a glass of wine (she’s that fast). I’m a working mom that writes, blogs, and works alongside my husband in his small business. I’m really freaking busy.

And my house shows it.

There are some dishes on the counter that need put in the dishwasher. There’s a load in the washer that needs to be transferred to the dryer. There’s a leftover craft sitting on the coffee table. There's a coffee stain everywhere but the coffee table. There’s a growing mound of toys sitting in the basket on the floor.

And it’s okay.

When we had our miscarriage earlier this year, we had the greatest of friends and family bring us meals for a solid three weeks straight. It was wonderful.

But each day before our next meal was due, I would panic.

“I need to put the dishes away so they don't see our dirty plates.” 
“I need to finish the laundry so they don't see our undies on the chair.”
“I need to put the toys away so they don't think we're messy people.”

So here’s me, fresh out of surgery, still mourning heavily, trying to pick up my dang house because, GASP, what if I wasn’t mom-of-the-year for a few seconds?

What if we, wives and mothers, took a moment to not be "perfect"? What if we started giving ourselves more grace and less judgment?

What if we started being okay with a little bit of mess?

I don’t know about you, but whenever I go to a friend’s house, the last thing I expect is a spotless house, especially when she has kids clinging to every limb of her body.

Why do we think our friends will feel any differently about our home? (If they do, they are not the kind of friends you need and you can promptly hand them the vacuum.)

Why do we think our homes need to look less than lived in?

So, next time you come visit me, I will welcome you with open arms. I will chat with you for hours, cry with you, laugh with you. I might even have a hot (or lukewarm, let’s be honest) coffee ready for you.

But, my friend, I will not clean my house for you.

Monday, May 7, 2018

mother's day gift guide for ALL the moms!

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I like to think of myself as a pretty decent gift-giver. I lovelovelove to shop for gifts and I love to give them twice as much.

I also may or may not love to receive them, too. (It's my love language!)

While Kyle is one heck of an amazing husband, giving gifts is his lowest love language (the book said so, not me 😉).

That's the beauty of gift guides!

This year's Mother's Day gift guide is for all the moms! Busy moms, athletic moms, fashionista moms, expecting get the hint!

For the...

busy mom: Busy moms need everything they can to make life just a little bit easier. I'm loving this weekly planner pad and this cookbook full of recipes for busy moms!

stay-at-home mom: Being a stay-at-mom is not for the weak. It's amazing, but it's hard. I love the book, "The Mother Letters". I read it cover-to-cover when Lilli was a baby and it was just what I needed at the time. Oh - a wine tumbler will always do, too. 😉

fashionista mom: The options are endless for fashion-loving moms! The Mother's Day collection from Elly and Grace is the perfect option. Use code "MOM" for 15% off of orders $50+!

athletic mom: I'm not really an "athletic" person; I'm more of an "active" person. Nonetheless, these headphones from Bose are perfect for moms on the move! Wireless, "Find my Bud" feature, and bluetooth connection - they're awesome.

expecting mom: Pregnant mamas deserve all the pampering they can get! I personally recommend any product from The Spoiled Mama. Toxin-free and organic, their products are perfect for growing belly and growing baby!

Christian mom: For a unique gift for the mom who loves to dive into her Bible, I recommend Faithbox! Faithbox delivers a box (hence the name, ha) filled with goodies to enhance you Bible study, such as tea, notebooks, and inspiration!

home decor-loving mom: If you're looking for the perfect gift for the mom who loves to decorate her home, Ebenezer Market is the place to go! Use code BRANDI20 for 20% off your purchase!

grandma: Grandmas can be surprisingly hard to shop for! THIS book, How to Babysit a Grandma, would be so cute to write a note in from the grandkids and have them read it together.

And last, but never the least, for the mom who has a baby in Heaven: This "Forget Me Not" necklace - I can't recommend it enough. I had a group of the sweetest friends pull together and send me this necklace after my miscarriage and it meant more to me than I could ever explain. I'm also loving THIS book, Loved Baby. Another sweet friend gave it to me for my birthday and it's the sweetest book.

What's on your list this year?? I'd love to hear it in the comments!

Talk soon!

Friday, April 20, 2018

five on friday

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Doesn't it always seem like the week before you take a vacation is really three weeks smashed into one? This week took foreverrrrr, but it's finally Friday! We made it.

→ one || Obviously the first thing on my list is our vacation. We're calling it our "break from reality" and it's so desperately needed. Be sure to follow along with me on Instagram!

→ two || Even though the weather up here has been so dreary and cold, my mind is already thinking ahead to spring and summer clothes! Lilli has outgrown almost all of hers from last year and I'm always keeping my eye out for good deals! Crazy 8 is currently having a 50% off sale of their markdowns! Spring and summer outfits as low as $2. Count me in! Shop the sale HERE.

→ three || Have you heard of those window privacy decals that seem to be all the rage right now? We have a small set of windows right next to our front door and I hate them. People can see straight into our house while standing at the front door and I'm not sure why that weirds me out, but it does. I had so many friends post about how much they loved these window privacy decals and I finally bit the bullet and bought some. Guys, I love them! Super affordable, easy to install, and they work great. It comes in a large roll and you cut them to size. Buy it HERE.

→ four || Speaking of spring and summer outfits, we had a huge response to Lilli's outfit that she wore for our collaboration with Janie and Jack! I want to link it for you guys before it's gone - which is almost the case! Bonus: it's on sale! See it HERE. (For reference: Lilli is wearing a 2T and it fits very true to size.)

→ five || Did you see my most recent post this week? I collected 29 Bible chapters that you can read in under an hour, and I created a checklist for you to follow as you read! See the post HERE.

Talk soon!

Linking up with A Liz Adventures for Five on Friday.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

29 bible chapters you can read in an hour or less (free checklist!)

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I’m in a really busy season of life right now. In addition to raising a two-year-old, I’m currently raising a blog, freelance writing on the side, working alongside my husband in his small business, serving at our church, and struggling with my female health.

Whew. I need another cup of coffee. How about you?


It’s way too easy during this season to go the whole day without cracking open my Bible, or even a devotional.

“I’m too busy right now; maybe later.”
“The dishes/laundry/cleaning needs to be done.”
“I’ll wait until everyone has gone to bed.”

Does God love me any less on these days? No. Do I struggle with accepting God’s love on these days? Absolutely.

I become frazzled, worried, even fearful because I haven’t taken the time to sit down and immerse myself in God’s love. It changes things, friends.

During my moments of busyness, I’ve compiled a list for you of every single Bible chapter that you can read in an hour or less. Don’t have an hour? Cut the chapter in half, or even in quarters. Read a single chapter a day, if that’s what works for you right now.

I've even made you a checklist to give yourself a tangible goal sheet. Scroll to the bottom to see it!

Most of all, give yourself grace. One day, you’ll have more time on your hands than you know what to do with it. And God will be right there waiting for you. Take it one day at a time.

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29 Bible chapters you can read in an hour or less:

(All page references are made according to ESV Bible version.)

Old Testament

Ruth. 3 pages; 4 chapters.
The Song of Solomon. 6 pages; 8 chapters.
Lamentations. 7 pages; 5 chapters.
Joel. 4 pages; 3 chapters.
Obadiah. 2 pages; 1 chapter.
Jonah. 2 pages; 4 chapters.
Micah. 6 pages; 7 chapters.
Nahum. 3 pages; 3 chapters.
Habakkuk. 3 pages; 3 chapters. 
Zephaniah. 3 pages; 3 chapters.
Haggai. 2 pages; 2 chapters.
Malachi. 3 pages; 4 chapters.

New Testament

Galatians. 4 pages; 6 chapters.
Ephesians. 4 pages; 6 chapters. (One of my favorites!)
Philippians. 3 pages; 4 chapters.
Colossians. 3 pages; 4 chapters.
1 Thessalonians. 3 pages; 5 chapters.
2 Thessalonians. 2 pages; 3 chapters.
1 Timothy. 4 pages; 6 chapters.
2 Timothy. 3 pages; 4 chapters.
Titus. 2 pages; 3 chapters.
Philemon. 1 page; 1 chapter.
James. 3 pages; 5 chapters. (Another fav!)
1 Peter. 4 pages; 4 chapters.
2 Peter. 3 pages; 3 chapters.
1 John. 4 pages; 5 chapters.
2 John. 1 page; 1 chapter. 
3 John. 1 page; 1 chapter.
Jude. 1 page; 1 chapter.

Just a note: I judged the "hour" mark based on my reading ability. Yours may differ from my own. :)

Here's your checklist! To print: Right click and click "Save Image As". Save the photo. Open the file and print. That's it!

Talk soon!

Ps...this tote from Tokyo Blossom is the perfect tote. It's thick and sturdy without being too heavy. We use it for every library trip! See it HERE.

Linking up with Lindsay's Sweet World for Welcome Wednesday.