non-candy easter basket ideas

March 7, 2016

Did you know that Lent is already halfway over? My spending freeze is going pretty well (only a few small infractions, mostly kid-related) and my new daily practice of reading the Bible every day has been wonderful, thanks to an app with a reading plan + devotional that I love. Currently, I’m not sure how I’m going to handle Easter with my kiddos. I’m vacillating between staying strict on the spending freeze to include not making extra purchases for them, and another of my goals for this year which is to celebrate more holidays at home, especially relating to the church calendar. Of course we do celebrate Easter already – we go to church and do an egg hunt there…
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link roundup / 48

March 4, 2016

Indoor gardening with kids. This year I really want to bring more plants inside and I know my kids will love helping with them. (see above photo) Thanks to Brooke I found this post about the big stuff you don’t know before becoming a parent. This is a genius tip for rewarding yourself when you’re trying to solidify a healthy habit. I love this idea for snacking and am totally going to try it. The 2016 Week in the Life kit is up for presale now! I’m so out of the papercrafting habit (been loving Chatbooks still) but I’m excited to tackle this project again in early May and I plan to use the kit. Here are some natural beauty favorites…
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things i love lately

March 2, 2016

Before I went on my spending freeze for Lent, I acquired a few new things that I’m really loving, so today I want to share those with you, if you’re curious! Banana Republic Margeaux sunglasses – I had a gift card to BR but none of the clothes were fitting me right. On a whim I tried on these sunglasses and they fit me perfectly. I have a hard time finding sunglasses that aren’t too tight or too loose, and that don’t leave marks on my nose. These feel great and look classic. Threshold percale sheet set – I am so glad I discovered percale sheets. They are crisp and cool (a big deal if you live in Houston) but…
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what i read : february 2016

February 29, 2016

I might not have read a ton of books this month, but all three that I did manage to read were wonderful in their own way. One narrative nonfiction, one classic, one literary fiction. A perfect reading month for me! The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown – The subtitle is Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, and what a story. I listened to this amazing narration by Edward Hermann, and for the first half I didn’t get any extended listening time so it was harder to get into. But then I got a good few chunks of time to listen and I was utterly absorbed. I’m not sure there is anything I…
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link roundup / 47

February 26, 2016

I found an example of a sliding “barn” door that I think I’d like in our bedroom! (see above photo) This scarf is so pretty, and now I have to try my hand at making it. Even though I’m grateful to have been pregnant, I still don’t love my stretch marks. I really can’t get enough of people sharing their capsule wardrobes. There is a lot I like about this apartment tour. All of the warm neutrals, textures, plants, and books. At work lately I’ve been listening to the Hymns for Hipsters playlist on Spotify and really enjoying it. I loved this article about the difference between small talk and social rituals (hint: it’s your mindset). At work I have to make conversation all…
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