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Sunday Things | No. 1

1. "A quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest." - Albert Einstein. I enjoyed reading this article on living a quiet life. Taking a step back from my shop during the holiday rush has been so good for my soul this year and making me expectant for the future!

2. I have one week left to enjoy all the holiday things. This includes: White Christmas, The Grinch, The Holiday, baking my first pie from scratch, wrapping presents, making a gingerbread house, writing letters, listening to The Peace Project and knitting!

3. Do you have a vision journal? This is the perfect time to make one! I'm currently going through and revising dreams and reevaluating what are dreams vs. goals. I have been thinking about it a lot lately and I'm wanting to be more intentional about God-sized, Kingdom minded dreams and holding my goals a little more loose and not being so tight fisted about them.

4. This was my favorite book I read this year. 

5.  I've been enjoying Jenna Kutcher's Goal Digger Podcast. Have you listened yet?!

6. I've been wanting to photograph more day to day moments with my "real" camera for fun. My number one problem is I forget to carry it around with me! Any tips?

7. My friend Chelsea hosted a Favorite Things Party last week. Have you ever been to one? They're so fun. Each person chooses a gift around $10 and brings 3 of the same item. You explain why you like it and draw 3 names, then you walk away with 3 new gifts! I brought a wooden dish brush and a kitchen hand towel from the Hearth and Hand line from Target.

8. I want to try making this soup soon!

9. I found the volcano fragrance to make your own volcano candles! It truly does smell just like it! If you have these essential oils, you can diffuse these to smell like it as well: grapefruit, geranium, and fir needle. 

10. If you're looking for a last minute gift, print out a quote and frame it! 


Our Christmas Home Tour | 2017

Every year I try to share a short home tour of our Christmas decor. This year I actually finished decorating, which has been so nice to actually enjoy our home all cozy for Christmas.  I have enjoyed changing things up this year, but sticking with the same theme: greenery, twinkly lights and neutrals. 

See past christmas home tours here: 2016 and 2015.



Our Everyday, Ordinary, No Makeup Home Tour

I've been wanting to share a home tour of what our home usually looks like. After reading Kyla's post I knew it was time to share here on my blog. I love a clean home but in reality, the pillows are flat, books are strewn, groceries are on the counter and random chairs are everywhere.

Since I always post photos of our home right after I clean, here is what it looks like on the "normal" days.
 In our living room take note of the stuffing from that elephant that ZaZa destroyed. There are usually dishes left over from having friends over and extra chairs in random places. I haven't changed the "Happy Thanksgiving" message board and the pillows are regularly squished flat.
 More stuffing from that stuffed elephant (RIP), lots of cords and furniture out of place. See that cactus? It was previously in another planter and died after neglect and no sunlight, that is my attempt at salvaging half of it.

Does anyone else's dining table become the dropping place for mail, bags and everything else? Dishes are also taking over because I believe I broke our dishwasher.

 My studio is especially full during the holiday season. I try to clean it before the weekend comes but right now the floor is covered in leather scraps. I've yet to put away the boxes for the holiday decor.
 I doubt you have ever seen this room, it is Jordan's music studio. It is also where we store all our random things that won't fit in a closet and hang our clothes to dry (I know, very random). One day it will get the love and attention it deserves!
I'll leave you with a photo of our vanity covered in stuff. Usually we keep it pretty clean but we haven't readjusted from coming home from vacation.

The truth is, I love a clean home that is styled and untouched. But the I also love living in our home. I love having a place where friends can come and plop down on the couch without worrying if they'll ruin something. I love our space even when it is disheveled because it reminds me of the people that come in and out of here. Don't let the pretty photos fool you, there can be beauty in the ordinary as well.

Thanks Kyla for the extra inspiration to share my own no makeup home tour.