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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

Homemade Stovetop Popcorn Three Ways

Hope you all have been enjoying your holiday week! We have been extra lazy enjoying these slow last few December days, but have been getting pretty excited to ring in the new year! Brandon’s family came to surprise us and will be staying for NYE. We are planning a fun evening in with the kids (and probably a balloon drop just for added flair!) but I wanted to share some festive old fashioned stovetop popcorn that we have been loving lately that I think would be such a fun treat for the new year! I found a year in review newspaper that made the perfect way to serve it, each cone filled with different toppings. We make these all the time, and for those of you who have asked on snap or IG, we don’t use any special popcorn maker, just a pan on the stove & a big jar of popcorn kernels! It’s so easy and so much fun, especially for the older kids who can enjoy it!

Here are the basics for making stovetop popcorn.

Heat 2-3 tbsp canola or coconut oil in a large pan or dutch oven that has a lid. We used a wok here because the lid is glass & the girls love to see it pop! Shortly after you start heating your oil, drop in 2-3 kernels of popcorn, and watch for them to pop to let you know that your oil is hot enough. Once they have popped, pour in 1/4-1/3 cup of popcorn kernels, remove the pan from heat for 15 seconds, and then let it POP! It should pop evenly without burning, shake the pan around a bit to help keep the kernels to the bottom. Once you feel that most of the kernels have popped, remove from heat and immediately dump out the popped corn into a bowl! Your house will smell SO good!!!

Now for the toppings. Our three favorite ways to eat it are:

  1. Good old fashioned melted butter + coarse sea salt. Seriously addicting!
  2. 1 tsp truffle oil + 1 tbsp melted butter (mix together in a saucepan), drizzle over popcorn & add finely grated Parmesan cheese.
  3. 2 tbsp melted butter + handful of mini marshmallows (mix together in saucepan) & pour over popcorn quickly mixing together with a spoon. Tastes like a combination of popcorn & rice krispy treats!

POP! Fizz! Clink! Enjoy your new year friends!!! XO

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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