Expecting the Unexpected

One morning last week my five-year-old was laying on the couch, shivering in a mass of blankets, too sick to even request to watch T.V. Her flushed cheeks and glassy eyes a testament that she’d succumbed to the latest virus being passed around at school. I was to have chaperoned a field trip for my […]

The Time I Went Gray-zy: Picking the Kitchen Cabinet Color

Some of you know we’re in the middle of having a home built. Exciting! Because we’ve moved so much, this is our 3rd new construction, but it’s our first custom build. For the other homes, we had to pick out a handful of things like paint colors and  tile, but for this one, we’ve had […]

An Intro to Canva & DIY Family Tree Print

  Have you always wondered how people make their memes or other professional looking images? Of the programs I’ve tried, Canva is a favorite. It’s user-friendly, free (if you stick to free elements), and saves your projects for future editing. I’m going to teach you how to make a beautiful art project you can give […]

Best Non-Commercialized Gift Ideas For Kids and Adults

Christmas is meaningful in a lot of ways; it holds past memories and future expectations for each of us. Our childhood Christmases might be symbolic of our childhoods themselves. The Christmases we want to provide our friends and family members now is representative of entire value systems. I have always LOVED Christmas—the hoopla, the presents, […]

Bathroom Addition Tour

When we bought our house, it was with the stipulation that we could put a bathroom in the master bedroom. We didn’t want to have our family of six all sharing a bathroom. Not the biggest problem in the world, but well…not sure how the logistics of that would work out with teenagers especially. So […]

New Home Tour: Main Level

Welcome to our new (old) home! I wanted to share some pics of what we’ve been working on since we bought the house in February and moved in in March. Ah, moving. Only to be topped by renovating. Which we had the good sense to do all at once. Most of the house was in […]

Repurposed Wood Tree DIY

Things are busy around here and I’m barely getting time to blog! 🙁 Hopefully the consistency will come back in time…like when the baby is sleeping through the night and our transition from 3 to 4 kids is more complete. If you’re reading this blog post, THANK YOU! I know that you are busy with […]

My Favorite Things: 10 Great Gifts

I am a gifter. It’s my love language…I really feel cared for when I get a well thought-out gift and especially enjoy giving them! Today I’m spilling all my secrets; my favorite gifts at every budget. One dollar sign symbol represents about $10 so you can see that most of these are budget friendly! 1. […]

Celebrating Advent with Kids: DIY and Readings

A guest post by Andrea Doornbos Advent means “coming,” it’s when Christians anticipate the coming of Jesus Christ. I grew up celebrating Advent; every night before we ate dinner we would do a short Advent reading and light the Advent candles. For those of you not familiar with how it works, here is a quick […]

Spirit Bows

When my daughter did a cheer-leading camp as part of her local elementary school, she had the excitement of cheering at the upcoming Friday night football game with the “real cheerleaders.” Well, bless her little heart, she was beside herself with excitement. Being the good, middle class, mini-van-driving, Patagonia-wearing mother that I am, I wanted […]