Chalkboard Art: Perhaps This Is The Moment For Which You Were Created

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"Perhaps this is the moment for which you were created" - Esther 4:14 I've been playing around with chalkboard art, changing up the quote on the chalkboard in our kitchen each Sunday to an inspirational scripture or saying that I want to reflect on that week. This month I've been reading in the book of Esther and I love this verse, the way it is filled with a symphony of strength and hope in a simple sentence. Fun fact: Esther is also the name of my car, which I have had since the year 2000. Also, I wish blogs had some sort of feature so that you could be reading and then a random, semi-related bit of trivia would pop up much like … [Read more...]

A Prematurity Update, Age Four: Her Hands

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In November I sat in a blue pleather waiting room chair and filled out a questionnaire designed to determine my daughter's developmental stage. The language portion I was not worried about, despite the fact that a fairly prominent lisp and tinny, high-pitched voice that came as a result of vocal cord trauma keeps us firmly on the speech therapy lists. Question #4 was "Ask your child to describe an object in the room and write down their response." It gave me one line. "Scarlette, can you tell Mommy about that ball?" I asked her. "WELL SURE I CAN! Dat is a bouncy ball. I hab a ball too but my ball is not wike dat ball because dat ball … [Read more...]

If You Love All Things DIY, This Is A FANTASTIC Deal: The Ultimate DIY Bundle

My FAVORITE DIY Resources + Amazing freebies!

I am fairly chooosy about which brands I work with to promote and of all of the affiliate deals that I share, the Ultimate Bundles are one of my favorites. I have been waiting and waiting for this one, The Ultimate DIY Bundle, to premiere FOR MYSELF because it is full of some e-books and courses that I wanted. AND because it contains a few that I already have and think are definitely worth sharing, like Say No To Auto (fantastic if you want to learn how to shoot in manual) and On Becoming A Writer (a really good read.) I know most of y'all that read here also love DIY and crafting as much as I do and this is a fantastic value for a whole … [Read more...]

Wanderlust: Our Trip + Favorite Things To Do In Chimney Rock, North Carolina

Visiting Chimney Rock North Carolina

In October my husband and I traveled to Chimney Rock, North Carolina to go rock climbing. We decided to extend our stay for a few days and make it an early anniversary trip. Neither of us had ever been and so we spent a few days exploring Chimney Rock and Asheville. I thought I'd share our favorite places to visit and eat, so here are some of our favorite things to do in Chimney Rock, North Carolina! We stayed at The Esmerelda Inn, which I can not recommend enough. When I was booking the trip I had a hard time finding a room for our time frame, everything in the area was nearly full for the second to last weekend of October. I ended up … [Read more...]

Deep Thoughts About Taylor Swift

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Do you know what I like about Taylor Swift? I mean, besides the fact that she writes really catchy songs, possesses an ability to rock red lipstick in a way that I have yet to master and has an instagram account that makes me want to be her best friend in a kind of over-protective older sister sort of way? I admire how confident she is. Like, she is all “Nice to meet you, where you been, I can show you incredible things” Whereas I would be like “Nice to meet you, I’m surprised that you have approached me, I could show you some average things, maybe.” And this is why I am not the world's most famous pop star. (That's the only reason. It … [Read more...]

Interpretive Art By My Four Year Old

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Scarlette is just starting to draw pictures that are semi-recognizable on account of developmental delays surrounding her fine motor skills, which are largely the result of having her wrists broken while in the NICU at around five months old. (We just restarted occupational therapy again, more on that later.) Her favorite new thing to do is hand me her artwork while declaring it "a masterpiece" and ask me to hang it up. So this was hanging on the refrigerator the other night and J and I were discussing the ways in which it showed her improvement as we made dinner. "Hey, that's a pretty good Alpha Pig!" J said, pausing as he opened the … [Read more...]

Giving Back: ePantry Exclusive – A $10 Credit + Free Mrs. Meyers Dish Soap For You & $15 For CHOA!

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One of my goals for 2015 is to be able to use this space for more good works. I found that over the past year the campaigns that I have enjoyed the most are the ones that let me give back and this one is pretty fun for everyone and helps out a great cause that is close to my heart. A couple of months ago I partnered with ePantry to give a free gift to anyone who signs up to try their home delivery service for household goods (You can see my full review of the service here.) And this week they are offering another bonus gift + $10 credit + free shipping to my readers but in addition to that (and this is the part I am really excited about) … [Read more...]

Christmas Card Outtakes : Shake It Off

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I was in the middle of taking pictures of Scarlette for our annual Christmas card when all of the sudden she said "WAIT A MINUTE MOMMY. I JUST NEEDA SHAKE IT SHAKE IT SHAKE IT OFF WITE NOW." And then this happened: I had been playing classic Christmas music while we did this little photoshoot but apparently Scarlette felt that in order to have maximum Christmas cheer we needed to insert a little Taylor Swift into the mix. Obviously I am raising this kid right. (You can see the photos that actually made the cut for the Christmas card here. They are very cute because I am a totally unbiased mother and all.) … [Read more...]

Minimalist Wardrobe Makeover: Closet Before & After

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This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Newell Rubbermaid, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #HomeFreeLowes http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV It's been almost two years since I embarked on making over my entire wardrobe (here's a little bit about how I did it) and Y'ALL. I HAVE FINALLY COMPLETED THE OVERHAUL. It took a really long time because it is kind of expensive to rebuild your entire wardrobe. Which I was doing basically from scratch on account of how I had been hoarding clothes from high school and I am thirty years old. It was a problem. So since I'm in the … [Read more...]

Giving and Gratitude

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Every year on Christmas we visit the NICU where we spent our first Christmas with Scarlette as a family of three and deliver gift baskets to each of the families in the unit. We usually try to include some helpful items, like hand sanitizers and gift cards, as well as a children's book and a letter with then + now pictures of Scarlette and a note of encouragement. This year we decided to give each family a beautiful keepsake edition of The Velveteen Rabbit, as it was one of the first books I read to Scarlette and I love it, the way it tells of how love sometimes hurts but is ultimately what makes the rabbit Real. The books were almost all … [Read more...]