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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!!! I hope you all had a wonderful week with friends & family. We had family staying with us for the last few days, we had SO much fun with them and the girls were seriously on cloud nine having their cousins sleep over every night. We had the most laid back (and lazy) NYE ever, it rained almost the whole week so we made do at home with lots of fun meals, board games & lounging in front of the fireplace.

I am always optimistic about a new year, a fresh perspective & a feeling of restored energy to make changes. 2016 was a big year for us, I haven’t talked much about it on the blog, but I spent the majority of the year not feeling like myself after I stopped nursing Claire and went on birth control (multiple different types, pills, IUD, bleh!). In late Fall I realized my body just can’t handle them, and finally started feeling normal again just before the holidays. The move was also a huge change for us, we spent most of Spring & Summer prepping to sell and our home didn’t really feel like home anymore, then after moving into our new house,we jumped right into renovations, back to school & Halloween shortly after. Things are still out of place just about everywhere, we have bare walls, half finished projects & storage boxes everywhere. It was a messy year. Our goal for 2017 focus on what is important, our health and our family.

This starts with getting our home in order so we can create healthy habits & happy spaces. I plan to dive right back in to one of my favorite books The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. We are in desperate need of organization & de-cluttering and this book really does work wonders if you follow all of the steps!

I want to make more time for adventuring with the kids, more fun weekends away, day trips to do fun things & saying yes more to all of their silly requests. Even if that means jumping on the trampoline in the rain or road tripping to meet family at an airbnb somewhere for the weekend.

I want to take more risks with my business, focus more on the things that I love and cut out things that I don’t. We are bringing real prints to the shop this year, along with tutorials & DIY ideas for printing the digital downloads. I also want to create more outside of just chalk, more hand lettering & painting to come!

More memory making, less social media. More new recipes, less donuts. More date nights, less obligations. More presence, less multitasking. More praying, less worrying. More intention, less clutter.

MORE LOVE, less of everything else.

We are always on board for a fresh start, and I couldn’t be happier to do it along side all of you. Thank you for all of the support and kindness you have shown us, we are so grateful & excited for everything that is to come!! XO

Featured Holidays

Christmas 2016

Merry Christmas, friends!

On Christmas Eve, we had some friends over for breakfast & made reindeer pancakes for the kids. Such a fun way to kick off all of the festivities!! We had candlelight service at church & a Christmas party to attend that night, so we decided to make chicken noodle soup for dinner during the day so that it would be ready by the time we got home and we wouldn’t have to cook. Between noodles & the rest of our sugar cookies, our counters (and kids!) were covered in flour for about five straight hours. The girls were so excited all day long, Harper’s class at school made reindeer food (dry oatmeal + glitter) and she has had it in her backpack for over a week just waiting so patiently to get to put it outside. We read the night before Christmas, set out our cookies & milk, and the girls sprinkled their reindeer food off the back deck before going to bed. We got to work in Santa’s workshop for the next few hours before calling it a night, there is no sight quite like the tree lit up & covered in presents on Christmas Eve night!

“Hark, the herald angels sing, Glory to the newborn king.”

I set my alarm to wake up early before the girls so I could see their faces when they came downstairs, but of all days, they slept in! Brandon & I were awake drinking coffee and debating whether we should go wake them by the time they finally came peeking out of their room! They were SO excited, I loved every single minute of it!!!! Harper was screaming “Ellie! Santa brought us princess dolls that we didn’t even ask for!!!!!” We opened gifts, then went to the kitchen to make cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate, and then later came back in to open stockings. Every attempt to make it last a little bit longer! Harper loved the princess dolls and beads most, Eloise loved her boots & bubble tape, and Claire got her very own toy tablet that she played with pretty much all day.

We had my family over for lunch, we did a cheese tray & another batch of chicken noodle soup, then the kids got to take all of their new toys outside to play since it was 65 degrees! It was beautiful weather, although I would totally have preferred a white Christmas! 😉 We had spaghetti dinner at my parents house, and ended the with some moscow mules & a dance party with my siblings after the kids were in bed.

          We are keeping our tree up for a few more days & enjoying the festivities as long as possible. I love this time of year so much! I hope you all had the MERRIEST CHRISTMAS and were able to spend time with the ones you love. XO

Featured House & Home

Christmas in the Girls Room

Harper & Eloise’s room is mostly finished & is all decorated for Christmas! Fa la la la la!!

Christmas in Girls Shared Room

The twin beds & sloped ceilings are my favorite things in this room, the girls think it is hilarious that we hit our heads on it all the time when we tuck them in. I would love to add shiplap to that part of the ceiling once we finish some other rooms in the house! One project at a time! 😉 The girls have been begging for a Christmas tree in their room since we had a mini one in there last year, we couldn’t resist this rose gold one we found at Target, it reminded us of one Brandon’s grandma used to have in her house! I swear the ornaments get rearranged daily, Claire loves to take them off one by one and put them in the dresser drawers. Harper is so cute and asked for a radio in here so she could have music on when they play in here. Added to her Christmas list immediately. Bless her little heart!!!!

Decorating kids rooms is seriously so much fun, we can’t wait to get started on Claire’s room next!

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Sources: Jenny Lind Twin Beds // Grey Ruffle Duvets c/o Land of Nod // Swiss Dot Sheets c/o Land of Nod // Floral Rug sold out (similar here & here) //  Rose Gold Tinsel Tree // Wooden Stools // Sweet Heavenly Molasses Print // Bookshelves (similar here if you don’t have an Ikea nearby) // Alphabet Print // Stuffed Rhino Wall Mount // Wooly Ball Garland// Piggy Rocker // Fluffy Little Squishy (the girls current favorite book!)

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