November 5 Favorites

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It’s December 6th and I’m finally getting around to sharing my monthly favorites for last month. This first week of December has been a doozy for us. Our little family of four is 75% out with the flu. I’m the 25% that has survived so far, so I’m downing all the elderberry I can and trying to get everyone back to healthy. Tis the season though, right?

November is a special month for our family because of birthdays, Turkey Day (of course), and hubby and my anniversary. We celebrated our 8th year of marriage by doing…nothing. Between parent life, work schedules, and just life in general, we said, “Yay for us!” and went about our day. Honestly, I’m completely fine with it. I, personally, don’t really need gifts for these types of occasions. It’s not my love language and I can be pretty frugal with the money. This is certainly not to say that it’s wrong if that’s what you want. If you want gifts on your anniversary, that’s great. If you don’t, like me, that’s great too. (And I totally get it!). However, Hubby just can’t come home empty handed so he bought me a bottle of wine (two actually…true love), a single rose, and wrote me a very sweet card. That’s more than enough for me.

Anyway…on to the favorites! I feel like every month I’m sitting here saying that the month flew by. But then I sit in weeks like this one just struggling to get to the next. A lot of that has to do with everyone being sick, I know, but time is a strange beast.

1. #BUSSTOPFANCY – Have you seen this? I participated and it’s the best thing ever. In an attempt to make us all feel a little better about the fact that none of us are perfect, Hannah over at Cold Coffee Hot Mess (How awesome and accurate is her blog title?!) issued the “Bus Stop Fancy” challenge. Posting a picture of how I look at the bus stop was not easy, but it felt good. I got some great, positive feedback and I hope it made others feel good about themselves. There’s more to these feeds than pretty curated squares.

2. Bottle Brush Trees – Thanks to my girl, Amy Lou Hawthorne, and all of her super cute posts of her collection, I now have an obsession too. I love them so much that I just might keep them up year round! Well, maybe not all of them but definitely a few. Check out the DIY snow globe ornament I made with the cutest little mini trees!

Some of my favorites have come from Hobby Lobby and Target’s Dollar Spot this year.

3. Dear Santa Letter Paper – I posted about this on Instagram not too long ago. I found the cutest letter paper in the scrapbook section of Hobby Lobby. The boys wrote out their requests and we “sent them off” to the North Pole.

4. Christmas Mugs – Since completely redoing our coffee station in our kitchen, I took some inspiration from Laurie of The Glam Farmhouse and started collecting seasonal mugs. Target has some fabulous ones as well as World Market, Home Goods, and even some craft stores!

5. Mug Rack – While we’re on the topic of mugs, my new mug rack (which is actually labeled as a glass drying rack) was a super exciting find. I had tried a different one but it was too big for the space and the finish was too dark. I have a smaller home with limited natural light so the smaller and brighter, the better when it comes to certain decor. I found mine at World Market. It’s slender, white, and a great price. I placed it on a simple lazy Susan from Target (I think it was only $12.) and it’s perfect!

What did you love from last month?

PS:  I’m doing the last restock or home and snow family ornaments for the season TODAY!  Check out the shop if you’d like to get one this year.

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DIY Snow Globe Ornament

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Oh….Hey there!  It’s me, and I’m back for a little bit.  It’s been so long since I’ve sat down to type.  Sometimes blogging breaks are good, sometimes they’re necessary, and sometimes they just happen without you even realizing it. So let’s catch up for a second…

Where have I been?  I’ve been tethered to my desk painting my little heart out.  My shop exploded with orders for ornaments, mainly the house drawing ones with others sprinkled in.  To say that God has answered a prayer of mine would be an understatement.  He has beyond blessed me with order after order and message after message.  Here’s a little look at my office space and what I’ve been pouring into over the past few weeks.

Aren’t they so fun?!  I love how each house is totally different.  Sometimes that can be challenging but I enjoy it.  But let’s get into what we’re really here for, the DIY! One day about a week or so ago, I just decided that I wanted to make something for myself.  So I did!

What You’ll Need: Open Front Plastic Ornament (You can find them at Michael’s.), Craft Snow, Mod Podge, Hot Glue, Mini Bottle Brush Trees, Mini Figures

 

 

 

Start by brushing the bottom of the ornament with Mod Podge as well as a few spots around the rest of the inside.  Pour in some snow and disperse it over the spots of glue.

Now, this next part is pretty much up to you, it all depends on how big you want your snow mound.  Pour in a good amount of Mod Podge and snow to create a bit of a thicker paste.  Shape it into a mound and begin to cover it with more snow and add a little hot glue for height and extra sticking.

Before the mound dries, while adding hot glue too, place your trees and figures on and into it.

You can add a hanger to put it on your tree or set it out as a cute piece of decor.  Can you tell I have a bit of an affection for bottle brush trees?

October 5 Favorites

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I sat down just the other day to get back to brainstorming some blog content when I realized it was November.  October was an insanely busy month and I think I finally caught up mentally.  There was a wedding every weekend (#allthechalkboards), a few orders, a couple Instagram campaigns, fall break, and my best friend had a baby.  Oh!  And let’s not forget Trunk-or-Treat and Halloween!  November, let’s slow down just a bit.  Kthanks!

1. Thieves Household Cleaner – This stuff is amazing. If you’ve jumped on the oil bandwagon like I have, then you have more than likely heard of this. I’ve been using oils for almost a year but have just started using the cleaner. I am loving it! I love that I can clean anywhere in my house and not have to worry about toxins. It’s natural and smells so good too!

2. World Market – I am obsessed with World Market these days.  If you watch my Insta stories, I was raving about them just last week.  The Christmas selection is unreal and, maybe I’ve been living under a rock, but I’m all about everything in that store!

3. Risen Motherhood Podcast – Such positive and uplifting advice, truth, and wisdom coming from these two sisters-in-law.  I look forward to days when I can just binge listen (that’s a thing right?) to a few episodes while I do laundry or catch up in the office.

4. Portrait Mode – We just switched to the iPhone X and it has what I have been drooling over for months now.  PORTRAIT MODE!  I’m all about it.  It’s amazing what they can do with technology and the quality of pictures our phones can take these days.

5. Chuck E. Cheese – Yes, that’s literally on my favorites list. It gets such a bad rep but Gav and I went over our fall break and had a blast.  I have a few pieces of advice to make the most out of your experience:

  1. Look for coupons.
  2. If you have kids older than 4, opt for time, not tokens.  100 minutes of play goes WAY further than 100 tokens when your kiddo jumps from game to game like mine did.
  3. Get there early.

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September 5 Favorites

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September was a blur.  I think I had so much on my plate that I went from one week to the next just trying to hit all the deadlines.  Luckily, I made them all and now here we are in October.  This is sure to be another jam packed month.  I’m booked every weekend with wedding chalkboards and then orders in between all that.  (Yay orders!)  Be on the lookout for ornaments to pop up in THE SHOP very soon and there may even be a new design or two in the works.

Instead of the usual favorite list, I thought I would do a more fall festival addition and tell you about 5 of my favorite things from the Duluth Fall Festival last weekend.  Duluth (the city in Georgia, not Minnesota) is what I consider my home town.  I’ve been going to this festival for years, been in the parade numerous times, and it’s just one of the highlights of my year.  So here’s what I found at this years festivities that rocked my socks off.

  1. Seasoned Fries – If you happened to watch my stories or ran into me at all this weekend, I probably told you about these fries.  I so wish I knew what the place was called that sold them but all I know is that they better be back next year!  They were $7 a basket and worth every penny.
  2. The Humble Hutch – This booth had the cutest gourd art.  Very farmhouse meets folk art type of style.  Some of the pieces were just incredible, like these amazing llamas.  I went for one of the penguin ornaments and plan to hand letter on the back to commemorate the year.
  3. Offerings / Diffuser Jewelry – Loved this booth!  The simple jewelry is perfect to compliment any outfit and all of the beads can diffuse the oils.  I walked away with a necklace AND a pair of earrings that are so cool.
  4. Simply Fragrant Home – I was praying that this booth would be back this year and I was so relieved when I saw they were.  I’ve been wearing their magnolia perfume oil for the last year and it is so good.  I ran out though the day before the festival.  I was using it very sparingly so that it would last.  I had lost their business card months ago and was just hoping they’d be back so I could buy it in bulk!  They have great scents and blends for diffusing and personal use.
  5. Pure Taqueria – This is actually a restaurant that sits on the main corner of the historic downtown area where the festival is held.  Why am I mentioning them?  THE BEST margarita I’ve ever had!  They were outside the restaurant and serving tacos and margaritas as a booth if you didn’t want to take the time to go in and sit down.  It was glorious!  If you’re local, Pure Taqueria is where the margaritas are at.

Have you been to any festivals yet this season?  I wish I could go to every single one but my bank account screams otherwise.  It’s one of my favorite parts of the season and it’s a great way to support local businesses and artists.

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Treating My Skin with Food

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Over the Summer I did my second round of Whole 30 and, if you’ve been around since then, you know that I’m a huge fan of it.  It’s funny that I thought I’d never try it about a year ago and now, I’ve done two rounds and don’t find it so crazy after all.  It does wonders for resetting your body in so many ways but the one I noticed the most was my skin.  It is so clear when I’m doing Whole 30.  I’m not talking breakouts though, but that is something I was clear of too.  I’m talking about my skin condition, tinea versicolor*.  It was GONE.  So I’ve decided that, for the most part, I’m going to start treating my skin better with the food I eat.

*What is tinea versicolor? It’s a common fungal infection that occurs when the body has an over production of the yeast/fungus that our bodies naturally produce.  Flare ups can be small discolorations on the skin, to larger patches that appear scaly.  Mine have even been mistaken for an allergic reaction.  It’s not contagious and you can be perfectly healthy and have this condition.

Treating my skin with food

I had no idea before Whole 30 that my skin condition was being effected by food.  It makes sense now of course, but it just never dawned on me.  I pride myself on knowing a good bit about nutrition and health for someone who doesn’t have any formal education so the fact that I’m just now figuring this out is crazy.  Anyway, after this revelation, I decided that I wanted to make a permanent change to my diet but I wasn’t quite sure what was causing the flare ups to come back.  There’s a period of time after Whole 30 called the reintroduction phase but I didn’t notice flare ups until after that time.  So what was it?  Gluten? Dairy? Sugar? Time to do a little research*.

Turns out that it’s most of those things, not just one.  Yay for me right?  It’s also a number of other factors too, such as humidity, excessive sweating, oral contraceptives (something I’m NOT willing to change at this time of my life), and hormonal changes.  The hormonal changes definitely explains why it’s worse in my postpartum life than when I was younger.  As for what I can control and am willing to change, I had to decide what was worth it for me to keep and what I felt effected my skin the most.

Treating my skin with food

Let’s cut to the chase…

What can’t you eat?  The answer here is best given as a list of what I CAN eat with little to no risk of flare ups.

  • Whole Grains (foods with no yeast)
  • Vegetables
  • Vegetable Oils
  • Eggs
  • Poultry, Beef, Pork, and Seafood

Yeah…that’s it.  But why?  Because with this condition, my body over produces this natural fungus and it reacts with many common ingredients in food, even naturally occurring ingredients.  That includes fruit!

So, is that all you eat?

No.  I ate a ton of fruit on Whole 30, aka natural sugar, and my skin was still clear so that’s one food I can keep.  Vinegar is also a food to avoid but, again, I had balsamic vinegar dressing while resetting.  But the most problematic foods I have definitely cut out (with a few exceptions).

Treating my skin with food

Sugar, added and otherwise, alcohol, baked goods, and dairy are the main things I try to stay away from.  It’s also advised that I stay away from coffee and opt for teas instead.  Not happening.  It’s all about finding a balance and figuring out what’s worth it for me.  (Food Freedom Forever is a great book to read on that topic!) If I’m going out to dinner, or having dinner with family, I’ll have a glass of wine but I’ve decided to not have it in my house.  Too tempting.  I eat gluten-free items and stay away from cheese/milk products but I’ll eat a little ice cream or fro-yo with the boys on the weekend if we happen to be doing that.

I totally have my weak moments, I get stressed and completely fall of the bandwagon.  What happens then? I get flare ups.  It is what it is.  My condition does not have a permanent solution so I have to do my best to keep it from flaring and keep my anti-fungal cream handy.

If you have a health/skin issue (non life threatening), I highly recommend trying Whole 30 as a way to discover what you’re body is reacting to.

*Articles: whole30.com / livestrong.com  / healthygoods.com / tineaversicure.com / mayoclinic.org
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August 5 Favorites

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Another month has gone by and we’re now in one of my absolute favorite months of the year.  I love September for many reason like fall, Ro’s birthday, and the start of festival season!  But before I get ahead of myself, let’s take a look back at August.

I’m so sad to report that I don’t have a book to recommend this month!  Time got away from me and I didn’t finish a book this month.  UGH….oh well, I’m close to finishing my recent one and plan to use my free time (aka Ro is starting preschool!) for more reading.

  1. My Cricut Machine – Legit in full on obsession mode with this thing.  I can’t wait to show you all of the fun things I’ve made for Ro’s party.  You can see some of them in THIS Insta post but I’ve gone off the deep end and I’m not comin’ back!
  2. Bento Boxes – I’ve always wanted one for Gav and when I got the opportunity to review Stuck On You’s bentos I was so excited.  Both boys have one now and it’s made making lunches so easy!  You can find the full review HERE.
  3. Distressed Wood Panels – Last month we completely overhauled our master bedroom (have no fear, bedroom post is in the works!).  I wanted to do a shiplap wall because we love the farmhouse style.  #basic  But anyway…my husband found THESE and we new they would be perfect.  Just enough distress to still look great and to satisfy hubby’s preference for a more rustic look.  Bonus points because we didn’t have to do any painting!
  4. Paperless Post – I may never go back to regular stationary.  This is the perfect solution for our digital society.  My full review can be found HERE.  I can’t wait to use them again for my bestie’s baby shower.
  5. Plant Therapy Kids’ Roll Ons – We are loving these roll ons!  I’m a big fan of oils and aroma therapy so I was definitely game to try these pre-diluted Kid Safe ones.  I think that my favorite right now is The Calming Child that I use on Ro.  I’m not saying that he has zero tantrums now and is the perfect angel child, but there is a noticeable difference in his everyday demeanor.

What fun finds did you discover last month?

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