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!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Making Time for Mama + Not Feeling Guilty About It.

Until you have kids, it is hard to understand the "mom-guilt" that comes with almost everything that doesn't revolve around your kids. I am definitely not the first, nor will I be the last, to have felt this way. What I have come to realize though, is that I am a much better mom when I take some time for myself to refresh and recharge!

After much deliberation with my husband, we decided that it was time for Kanaan to go to daycare. He needed more structure than I was giving him at home, and he also needd to be around kids. He LOVES to play and interact with people and I felt so bad that he didn't get that while staying at home with me. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to stay at home with him for the first year and a half of his life, but it was time for this change.

To be honest though, it wasn't all for him; I needed a change, too! My time as a SAHM mom had run its course and I was ready to be a working woman again. Not something full-time, as I still want to be able to always be available if Kanaan needs me, but something part-time that is fun and gives me a reason to get dressed up and be productive.

So once he got into daycare, I got a job at Old Navy! They are super flexible with my hours and it is such a fun place to work. See all those selfies up there? I actually am getting dressed up and feeling pretty enough to take them! Y'all it has done wonders for my whole being. It feels GOOD to make some money, have fun, and be PRODUCTIVE! Not that raising a baby isn;t being productive, but I am not the type to clean all day and have a set schedule, so I found myself being way lazier than I needed to be! In saying that, I have come up with some ways to make time for mama now that our lives have changed a little.

  1. Get pretty! By this, I simply mean getting dressed up and put together everyday! It seriously does wonders for my self-esteem, and it will for yours, too!
  2. Find a hobby! Since I don't work all day, it is important for me to utilize the time I have to myself, and I like to do that by crafting and/or doing homework. When I utilize this time, then I can fully devote myself to Kanaan in the mornings and evening when he is not at daycare!
  3. Get my nails done! This could go in the get pretty bullet, but I will make it its own. Just getting my nails and toes painted is so relaxing, yet doesn't break the bank! I find it is a great time to sneak away and just have some me-time.
  4. Read! Reading is one of my all-time favorite things to do, and being a mom doesn't give me a lot of time to do that. So now I try to read before/after work and daycare!
None of these things break the bank, yet they are all refreshing. What I have noticed is that it is so much easier to COMPLETELY focus on Kanaan when I have had some time to myself. It doesn't make me a bad mom, it just makes me human. And that is OK. I am fighting the "mom-guilt" trend and realizing that I am only human and sometimes I just need to make time for me!

How do you balance motherhood and time for you?! I would love more ideas!


Monday, October 13, 2014

Front Porch - Fall Edition.

If you haven't been able to tell, I heart Fall. It gives me the warm fuzzies. However, this is the first year I have really decorated for it. Why? I have no idea. But I am loving our little front porch! When I first started this blog, I wanted it to be mainly a DIY blog, but insecurities crept in and I didn't go in that direction! In all honesty, I am kind of glad I didn't because I am REALLY bad at documenting projects as I go, which you kinda need to be good at if you are going to be a DIY blogger ;).

This little 'Happy Fall Y'all' sign was a DIY project. I bought an old cabinet door at the local Habitat for Humanity ReStore for like a $1, then I went to town on it! Because the door has moulding, it was super hard to get those letters looking decent, but I am happy with the end product and it really spruces up our front porch! Also, my mom and I made that pumpkin door hanger last Fall and I am still in love with it! SO stinkin' cute!

My little family went to the pumpkin patch the other day (more on that later!) and these are the pumpkins we picked out. My favorite is the Cinderella pumpkin!

This little combo is my absolute FAVORITE! I got that vintage medical scale at an antique store for $40 and that metal barrel for $10. Just put some fall flowers in that bad boy, and VOILA! But seriously, is it not adorable?!

Andddd, the whole shabang! I obviously need a new rug, but that can wait.

Are you decorating for Fall this year?! Any DIY projects for it?!