1. Vintage Short-Sleeve Pajama Set from J.Crew, 2. The Kinfolk Table, 3. E.E. Cummings Print by Oh My Deer, 4. Ana Striped Candles from Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co., 5. Polka Dot Wallet by Poketo, 6. Mast Brothers Artisan Chocolates, 7. Swiss Cross Reversible Throw from Leif, 8. Chevron Checker Glittens by J.Crew
Friday, December 6, 2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013
I hope you are having a wonderful week! I am finally getting a handle on my Christmas shopping and I thought it must be time for gift guides!! I LOVE buying gifts so this is one of my favorite series all year. If you weren't around last year, check out the 2012 Gift Guides and hopefully find some inspiration for your shopping this year!
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
I cannot believe it but the Christmas season has arrived. The minute we got back home from Thanksgiving festivities we went to get our tree and I was reminded of how much I love the smell of a fresh tree. The whole house smells like Christmas and I can't get enough of it. We had a wonderful evening decorating it and now it's time to fill the bottom with presents!
Monday, December 2, 2013
I have never been one to brave the Black Friday crowds so every year I seem to fall back on Cyber Monday. This is the best time to make sure you get free shipping on your order and usually an extra 10-30% off. In case you haven't been scouting out Cyber Monday deals here are a few of my favorites so far.
clockwise from left: Modern Clip Lamp from Land of Nod (15% off with code SAVE15), Fleck Pom Beanie from ASOS (30% off with code GIMMEMORE), Instagram Photo Book from Artifact Uprising (10% off with code MERRY), Garden Floral Studs from Forever 21 (free shipping on $30 or more), Sweetheart Ring from Fab (30% off all of Fab), Diamond Jacquard Dress from Madewell (25% off with code FEAST25), Fox Pillow from Urban Outfitters ($15 off $75 or more), Door Mat from Izola (20% off with code CYBER20)
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
I hope you are having a wonderful week! We are heading out of town today so I am frantically running around the house this morning watering plants, feeding chickens and trying not to forget anything (knowing I surely will). Do you have any big plans for Thanksgiving? We will be on the road a lot making sure we see everyone but I am happy to have a car trip to catch up with Jim. I hope you have an amazing Thanksgiving full of food, friends and family. I will be taking the rest of the week to be with my family so here are couple of reads in the meantime!
Perfect timing for this free printable thank you card (pictured above).
Anyone else excited to see the SNL Thanksgiving Special tonight?
Amazing stunt by parents.
Running tips for beginners just in time for the holidays. Check out from a 0K to a 5K.
Never knew I loved the color Amber so much.
Have you tried dark lipstick? Here's 15 gorgeous ways.
8 products to simplify your life.
I'm so excited its holiday sweater time.
These adhesives are the perfect solution to not painting a wall.
I love these "His and Hers" Pillow Covers.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
I hope you are enjoying your holiday season so far! I really cannot believe Thanksgiving is just days away. Somehow, instead of getting lost in the fun of the holidays, I have found myself not feeling well and falling behind. This has lead to lots of frustration and wondering why things that used to be so natural now seem so difficult? I have lost my creative spark and with that, so much of my drive. Do you ever have seasons like this?
After a long discussion with Jim I realized I needed to do some reevaluation. Thinking about how I delegate time to the things that bring me to life has been enlightening to me. The problem always seems to be how to make money while trying to find your way to your dreams. I recently read the book Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job & Your Dream Job which had a wonderful perspective on not quitting your day job but using it to propel you into the perfect job for you. So now I am back to delegating time. How can I do more of what I love (what is that anyway?) and still make enough money to contribute to our home and family.
One of my favorite things I do is Strengths Coaching. I'm not sure why I don't talk about it more here but I love love love strengths. I am certified through Gallup to coach individuals or groups on their top 5 strengths after taking the test StrengthsFinder 2.0. I cannot say enough about how much I love it. It is so rewarding to me to talk to people about how great they are and help them understand what brings them to life and why. The funny thing is, I know so much about strengths but have completely lost sight of mine. Amazing how that happens. I have been hoping somewhere in the hustle and bustle of the holidays I can reconnect with my strengths, find more opportunities to coach and find a way to work it back into my life. Step 1.
If you haven't heard of Strengths Finder or taken the strengths test I highly recommend looking into it. I took it about 5 years ago and it was life changing. If you want to hear more, check out my dear friend Sarah's post on how discovering her strengths impacted her.
photo by Sarah DeShaw Photography
Monday, November 25, 2013
Happy Monday! I am so sorry to have been out of commission for so long but I am happy to say the funk is almost gone. Aside from being sick, lately I have been working on a new photography website. Jim and I have been wanting to update for quite some time and are happy it is finally up and running! It is no where near finished but I am happy with the progress so far. I hope you are having a wonderful beginning to your week and looking forward to turkey day as much as me! Check out our new site over here.