Thursday, February 18, 2016

House Projects!

crazy about this dining room from A Beautiful Mess

Hey guys! Just wanted to pop in and chat about house projects. Our list is pretty dang long but isn't that the fun part? We finally got finished with our dining room and have a few small things that I would love to tackle this spring (somewhere Sam is cringing!). Sam for my birthday gifted me some adorable white metal chairs (crazy cheap!) to finish the dining room, I love them!

Other things on the to do list... we are in desperate need of shelving (love these above!). We have no book shelves and books in piles all over the place (I love to read - mostly self help - reading this currently and loving it!). I love the idea of thick, chunky wood shelves on either side of our couch that I want to recover in canvas and some sort of gingham (like on these killer chairs below!).

Last tiny, itsy, bitsy thing is I want to wallpaper our powder room. Love this!

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Overnight Oats (aka Your New Best Friend!)

I feel like breakfast is a tough meal during the week. We LOVE cooking leisurely breakfasts on the weekend (this is our favorite) but during the week, the mornings are fast and furious. I am obsessed with overnight oats, they are super customizable and delicious and you can make three at a time. I like to use these jars - the size is perfect!

Chocolate Almond Butter Overnight Oats

You will need:

+ 1/4 GF Oats
+ 1/2 C Almond Milk
+ 2 scoops Young Living Pure Protein Complete in Chocolate Deluxe (order here!)
+ 3 T Chia Seeds
+ 1 t cacao nibs
+ 1 T raisins
+ 1 t almond butter (I love Maranatha Chunky Almond Butter)

I like putting the chia seeds and oats in first and then milk, give a stir, add rest of ingredients and stir again. I like adding the almond butter and protein powder last for ooey, fudgey goodness. Screw on lid and refrigerate overnight. THAT IS ALL. You can go crazy and make all sorts of combos. Yum!

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Four Faith-building Books

Happy Friday! You guys, five posts in five days. What the what. Lately, the Lord has just been pressing on me the importance of two things: time + my faith and both of those things in reference to my babies. These are four books that I really love for little ones who are exploring their faith, learning about Jesus and listening to everything.we.say. I want to start these conversations now, right? The other day at church my friend Kristy read to the little ones 3 in 1 which uses the apple to illustrate the Trinity, one apple with three different parts. It's SO good and so simple. Beautiful.

The pink Bible is the one we got for Matilda and it has such fun little drawings and inserts for girls, I've also heard amazing things about the Adventure Bible.

The Biggest Story is soooo beautifully illustrated and goes through the story of Jesus, similar to the Jesus Storybook Bible which we also really love.

Lastly, Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing is written and illustrated by the same people that wrote the Storybook Bible and each page explores a different theme and thought to encourage and inspire. So lovely, perfect for a little devotional.

Do you have any favorites that I missed? 

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Our Dining Room/ My Office

The only thing I asked for for Christmas was some H-E-L-P in the dining room. Sweet Sam made some serious dreams come true! See that table? It was basically covered inch by inch in file folders, papers, oils, etc. In the fall of 2014 I started working full-time building a wellness community with some amazing women (the Golden Drop Society if you want to check it out!). This business has been such a blessing for our family and for me personally. God is so good!! I love being able to stay home with my babies and I am incredibly thankful to be able to do something that I love so much.

All that to say... we live in an old house with zero storage and definitely no office space so the dining room has served dual purposes or one may say one purpose... storage! We never ate in here... ever. It was such an eye sore - nothing on the walls, blah ville. A while back we spotted that galvanized roosting box at our friend David's shop, Brick & Mortar, and Sam surprised me with it. It is the perfect storage for little note cards, oils, stamps, books, etc. Adore!

I really tried to blend my work things with our dining room things by mixing cake plates with file folders (thank you Nate Berkus!) and ball jars mixed with office supplies!

This space makes me so happy! I am often unorganized but I love organization (the struggle is real!). Thank you Sam for making dreams come true! XO

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Valentine Gifts for Little Ones!

Here's a round up for some of the sweetest gifts for your little Valentines that will get to you in 2 days or less ;). I love Valentine's Day!! Pink, red, love, hearts, YES. Here are a few little treats to add to your treats (Valentine's Day must involve chocolate - am I right?!). The girls LOVE making paper chains, this kit is so darling and easy breezy. My sister gifted Matilda with that Doodle Cook coloring book and it is the most creative and darling "cook book" where the recipes involve doodling to make them. The girls love it so much!! Also, Lulu + Pip is the sweetest, most darling story with incredible photographs (we love this book too!).

Happy love day! We are heading to Re/Prom - if you are in Atlanta there are a few tickets left!

Plant a Kiss | Doodle Cook |  Valentine Card Kit | Valentine Paper Chain | Rosie Flo's Kitchen | Kids Rubber Aviators | Lulu and Pip

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Natural Beauty Month Favorites

The Golden Drop Society is celebrating Natural Beauty Month this month and I thought it would be fun to share some of the switches that I've made as I've tried to get more and more toxins out of our life. Love doing small changes like this with other like-minded families, just feels so empowering!

I've been searching for the best makeup, skin care, eye make-up removal, etc. and really love and feel great about all of these choices. You can download the Think Dirty app on your phone to scan for purity when you are at Target or the grocery store. So handy!

I love eye makeup!! Being a redhead, mascara and a little eye color is a must for those blonde lashes. ;) I really love Root Pretty and their mascara and liquid liner are legit. This Tartelette eye palette is so, so gorgeous!!! I also love the difference that an eye lash curler makes.

For my skin I am really in love with BeautyCounter! This Dew Skin foundation has mineral-based sunscreen and leaves your skin moisturized and dewy. SO great. After I apply that then I use the AMAZING concealer pen (so obsessed) and this pretty bronzy-pink blush. I love that they have the skin deep rating on each product right on the page. Love.

For lips I love, love this Burt's Bees lip shimmer in fig that my friend Sarah gifted me for Christmas, the Neutral/Winter Gloss + Oils (smells so dreamy!) and finally... butt-crazy about these Tarteist lip paints. They are divine!! I have "Adorbs," which is a fun pop of pink and my sister has "Bae," which is a sophisticated brownish red.

Last but not least, love my skin care routine!! I have been using this brush plus the Art Cleanser + Toner (which is so adult and gentle and smells so amazing) + Art Renewal Serum (best thing hands down I've ever put on my face) as well as this toner for my t-zone that I made with my oils (would love to share this recipe + so much more if you are interested in getting started with oils - more info here!).

What are some of your favorites?

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Our Favorite Paleo Breakfast: Sweet Potato Hash

Do you have that weekend recipe go-to? Ours is HASH! Sam makes this every weekend for us, typically on Sundays. I love familiar comfort foods and this one hits all the right notes: hearty, savory, sweet, salty... so good.

We cook a lot on cast iron and love it BUT the handles are always hot as sin. Sam designed these beautiful leather cast iron handle covers. So in love. I love his creative heart and love of cooking, this marries the two together and makes me so happy.

Sweet Potato Hash
serves four

You will need:

+ 2 large sweet potatoes, diced (enough for a single layer on a cookie sheet)
+ 3 eggs
+ 1 lb of natural sausage, we prefer beef from our local butcher
+ 2 medium yellow onion, diced

Preheat oven to 375. Roast sweet potatoes in the oven with a little bit of oil + salt for roughly 40 minutes or golden brown. In the meantime begin to sauté the onions with 2 T butter until translucent and then add in sausage and cook until done, then drain if necessary. Combine sweet potatoes with onions and sausage and then add in eggs until cooked and combined. We also love adding some fresh rosemary to this. Enjoy!

My favorite bowls ever and my favorite girls ever!!

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