Thursday, September 17, 2015

Sweet {& Needed} Little Reminders.

When we moved back to Oklahoma earlier this year, Iimmediately started working again. Working again after being a stay at home mama for two years was a definite adjustment, a good one, but still an adjustment! Since having my girl, Scout, I've been reminded of several things during this maternity leave. These are just a few:

Basking in the goodness and innocence of a newborn is one of God's greatest gifts!

-They get BIG so fast! I mean wasn't this little boy just a newborn like two days ago?!

-I NEED to work. As much as I dread leaving my baby girl, I truly need to work. Not only for financial reasons, but for my well-being. I'm not productive without a schedule and a routine. I find I've wasted a whole day and not gotten anything at all done. While that's fine for these first few weeks with baby girl, it's not fine if it continues for two years! ��

I am soaking in this last week and a half I have with my babies before I head back to work, but I am looking forward to getting back into a routine and having a consistent schedule! And have I mentioned that Scout is a dream baby?! Because she totally is! I hope yall have a great Friday! 


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Scout Landry.

Oh, hey! It's been just a *little* while since I've written in this little space of mine! I have missed it so much but I was just too busy and bogged down to make it happen. Between growing a baby, parenting a toddler, being a wife, moving cross country, starting a new job, and birthing a baby, my plate was FULL! I'm excited to get back in the swing of things, though! 

Here are some pictures of our new addition, Scout Landry! She is a dream baby and we are so thankful she's ours!



Sunday, December 7, 2014

It's a Cardstore Christmas.

**This is a Sponsored post, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.**

Hi sweet friends! I apologize for the radio silence lately, my little family has been super sick and we are just now starting to come out on the other side of it! Praise the Lord!

 So today I want to introduce you to a SUPER cool company called Cardstore They are an online hub where you can create ALL SORTS of greeting cards, anywhere from birthday to baby to Christmas cards! They contacted me a few weeks ago about doing our Christmas cards with them and then reviewing them on the blog and I was THRILLED! Brendan and I had been debating on what company to use so this was a perfect opportunity!

Since we have been sick, it has taken me a little longer than I wanted to get pictures taken and then get them online and ordered. I was actually kind of dreading the ordering because I feel like it is always super complicated to upload your picture onto the card, decide what kind of paper, how many, etc., etc. But man was I in for a surprise! Cardstore made it SO easy! Their site is so user friendly and they give you the option to upload pictures from virtually anywhere, including Instagram! I was so excited about that because that is where I keep all of our precious moments documented!

After I selected which card we were going to use and uploaded our photos, they then gave me the option of having the cards mailed directly to me, or mailed out to each recipient. How awesome is that?! I went ahead and had them mailed to me because I like to write the addresses on myself, BUT I did choose to have them pre-print our return address on all of the envelopes and I know that will be a major time saver! I am SO excited to get them in the mail and you can count on a review of how they actually turn out to be! But in the meantime, hop on over to because they are having 40% off all holiday cards and invites!

I think you will be thrilled with how easy the whole process is! Let me know which card you choose!

P.S. Here are some Christmas picture outtakes that DID NOT make the card! Enjoy :)


Monday, November 17, 2014

Fun Christmas Gift DIY!

Hi friends! If you are still reading my blog after my little absence, thank you! I have been busy getting ready for the upcoming holidays and blogging got put on the back burner, but I sure have missed it and y'all!!

Today I have a fun little DIY for you that I found on interest and then put my own little spin on! Let's get started!

Here is everything you will need!
-White Mug (I got mine for $1 at Dollar Tree)
-Oil Based Sharpie
-Letter Stickers
-Gift fillers (I used hot cocoa, Starbucks gift cards, and paper straws!)

First, you put the letter sticker that you want to use on the mug. Then you make a bunch of dots all around the letter. Make them thick right by the letter and slowly thin them out as you move away from the letter!

After doing this, put them on a cookie sheet in the oven for 30 minutes on 350 degrees! Get them out and let them cool off completely! Once they are cooled completely, put them back in for another 30 minutes at 350 degrees. This sets the paint so it doesn't was and/or rub off!

After that, all the "hard" work is done! Then you just fill it with whatever you want to give the recipient! I also thought about doing stuff for a manicure in some of them! I am also going to wrap them in decorative cellophane and tie them off with raffia! I haven't bought those supplies yet, that's why there isn't a picture! :)

I hope you have fun with this little project! Make sure you show everyone what you create and fill them with! It is so fun getting ideas from each other!


Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Stuff of Dreams.

The other day I talked about why I matter, despite not being where I thought I would be at this point in my life. I do still have some of the same goals, though. When I was a freshman in college, I wanted to become a Lawyer and eventually be a Human Rights lawyer. Not one of the attorneys that goes after state agencies in "the name of the children", because honestly, I think they are kooks! No, instead, I wanted to literally be an advocate and fighter for the poor and oppressed, specifically in 3rd world countries!

While my current is still similar, I have hoed it down a little bit and really become passionate about a cause that I believe I will advocate, and fight for, the rest of my life. That cause is stopping sex-trafficking. I would love to get my Master's in Social Work, and then go on to law school. That way I could not only fight for their justice in court, but I could also counsel with them and help them heal from the trauma they have been through. I guess mainly, I want to be a light. I want to use the gifts and talents God has given me, to truly help others.

These goals feel lofty, but completely attainable. I think both of these aspects are so important when making long term goals. I definitely need to have something to strive toward, but I also need to be assured that I actually CAN achieve them.

What are your long-term goals? Do you feel like they are really attainable, even if it takes a lot of hard work?


Friday, October 24, 2014

Top 5 Guilty Pleasures.

Hey Friends! As we go into the weekend, I thought it would be fun to do a light-hearted, little "get to know me" post! So I am going to bare my soul and air my top 5 guilty pleasures! (Hehe.)

 #1) Grey's Anatomy! Y'all I have been watching this from the very beginning, I think I was like 15 or 16. I'm telling you I will be HEARTBROKEN when ever this show goes off the air. I know you shouldn't be so emotionally attached to fictional characters, but I am. I can't help it and I don't want to!

#2) Candy Crush! OK, I really hate even admitting this, but it's true. It is seriously the best way for me to wind down and relax at night. I can do it without thinking for one second and that is a win in my book!
 #3) German Chocolate Cupcakes! Specifically from a little coffee shop called Crooked Tree Coffee & Cakes. Nomnomnom. I can justify these babies any day!

#4) Rap Music! Another one I hate to admit. But y'all it gets me hyped up and energized. Now I don;t like it if it's real degrading and crude, but I tune out as much as I can just so I can listen to the beat and get PUMPED!

#5) Scandal! Last, but certainly not least, Scandal! I love it. It is the epitome of sinful, but I am totally rooting for Fitz + Olivia.

Do we share any of the same guilty pleasures? Tell me yours!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Why I Matter. {Even Though I'm Not Where I Thought I Would Be.}

Yesterday I wrote about taking time for me. One of the most important ways to do that is to constantly realize my self-worth. I matter. Sometimes I get to thinking about where I "could" be had a went straight through college, instead of rebelling and acting a fool. And then when I did get it together, my sweetie and I decided to get married and I moved to good ol' Montana to be a military wife. Although I am extremely happy and couldn't imagine my life without my sweet guys, I do still sometimes wish that I would've finished school when I had the chance to do it as a young, single girl.

I tend to compare my current progress in school with that of my friends. While I am still working on my Bachelor's degree (Only 21 hours left!), one of my best friends is in her 3rd year of law school, another will be done with PA school in December, and another has both her Bachelor's in Education and her Cosmetology license and is working at an upscale salon because that, versus teaching, is her dream job. It is HARD not to be a tidbit jealous of them.

(You can buy this print here!)

I have seen this quote many times, but I am seriously considering buying it and hanging it by my desk because it is just SO. DANG. TRUE. I think as humans, it is natural to compare ourselves with other people who seem to have it altogether, when in all actuality, they are probably doing the same thing with us. And even though we know we shouldn't, we still do. So I find it is crucial for me to count my blessings every single day and remind myself why I matter. 

I am raising an incredible little human being and I am loving and supporting an incredible man who is serving our country. I am a daughter of the one, true King. I am an encourager and an advocate. I am a soft place to land and a shoulder to cry on. I am important. I MATTER.

Do you ever feel like you don't matter all that much? I challenge you to count your blessings today and remind yourself just how much you DO matter. Leave a comment telling me one reason that you are important! Let's celebrate each other!