Thursday, January 1, 2015


.This Year.

A bad habit I'm going to break:

Skipping meals. I am the queen of skipping meals.

A new skill I'd like to learn:

Hmm....I learned the basic stitches of tatting last week, but I want to learn how to actually tat

What I'm going to do for others:

Open my home to others on a regular basis.

A place I'd like to visit:

I want to take my kiddos to Legoland this year!

A book I'd like to read:

Snobs by Julian Fellowes. I love Downton Abbey, so I think I might like it!

A new food I'd like to try:

I want to try cooking more with whole foods. Little to no processed foods.

I'm going to do better at:

Keeping myself well-kept.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

.advent: day three.

Silent Night, Holy Night

All is Calm, All is Bright

Part of the nighttime routine in our home is singing a few songs to our kiddos right before we turn out the lights.

Christmas carols have been such a sweet addition to our repertoire. Honestly, though, anything is a step up from Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and Baa, Baa Black Sheep.

My husband and I had a friendly competition to see who could keep singing Christmas Carols about nighttime. Guess what? There are a lot!

O Holy Night, Silent Night, and Away in the Manger are my three favorites.

Although my son prefers Jingle Bells, sung very loudly.

I think this mama will stick with Silent Night.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

.advent: day two.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,

and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6

This week, I need to surrender to the Prince of Peace. Surrender all the stress, anxiety, and worry that is weighing me down. As I enter this Christmas season, I want a heart open to the sweetness of the moments. I want to choose to cherish the holidays with my little guys.



Monday, December 1, 2014

.advent: day one.

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

John 1:1-5


It is the first day of Advent, friend. Are you ready to prepare your heart for the coming of the King? It's been a rocky year for me, and I am certainly ready to work on my own heart.

The darkness has not overcome the light.



Monday, November 24, 2014

.thanksgiving recipe: maple-dijon green beans.

The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.

John Steinbeck


Yeah, I bet you're not counting on me for help with your Thanksgiving menu anymore, huh? I had such great plans! So many tasty recipes to try!

But this month has been just stinky. I've been sick. My kids have been sick. My husband has been working 60+ hours a week. It's just been a November to forget.

And chronic nausea makes it a bit hard to want to try new recipes.

BUT, I do have one to share with you today! However, when I went to look at my pictures, they all turned out blurry. Typical of this month.

When I was pregnant, I pretty much survived off of canned green beans with bacon. I ate it almost every single day.

And, surprisingly, I still love green beans! This recipe is amazing. My husband and I have had to arm wrestle for the right to finish off the bowl. (Not really, B would definitely win, but there have been no leftovers!)

Although this recipe has a lot of the same ingredients as my bacon and pepita salad, the end result is completely different.

Even without a picture, definitely give this one a try!

Click the read more below for the recipe.