Thursday, October 30, 2014

House Update: Fall Entry Way

One of the things I was most excited about when we were looking at houses was getting to set up and decorate an entry table. I have always loved the pop of decoration when you walk into someone's home. Well when we bought this house, I was excited because there was a perfect little entry way area when you walked in the front door.

Once we painted the wall, I found this table and liked the look. Now I will say that I wouldn't recommend the table to anyone. It was a pain to put together (after putting together Ikea stuff which is a breeze compared) and the instructions were awful! Also, I'm concerned about how well it will hold up. I don't plan to be hard on it but it's just not the best quality product (lessons you learn when buying something online.)
 I just love sunflowers this time of year! They are so happy and just make me smile! Also do you see Maxwell's touch added in? Can you tell he's ready for hockey season?
 I created this subway art a few years ago and just add in new things we will be doing that year. It kind of serves as our bucket list for the fall as well.
 We originally filled this basket with apples from our Apple Picking Day but those are now gone and have been replaced with pumpkins.
What fall decor do you have out right now? Are you going to make any transitions to your decorations as we head into November? 
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Worship Wednesday: Truth in the Tinsel

For today's Worship Wednesday, I'm sharing about what I have planned to do with Aston to celebrate the Advent season. I am so excited about Christmas this year (well every year really) but this year, Aston will understand soooo much more and I am so excited to use this tool*. I purchased Truth in the Tinsel last year and we did a few of the crafts but with a very fussy new baby, I was overwhelmed with life so we didn't get to much. Also, last year Aston was 2 and the concepts were a little over his head. While we had some good conversations about baby Jesus, that was as far as his little brain could get. This year, with his love for his Jesus Storybook Bible and his new understanding and comprehension of Bible stories, we are excited to work on this together this year and teach him the reason for celebrating Christmas!

The ebook sells for $7.99 and has all the instructions and for each day's ornament craft as well as activities and Bible stories to go along with each. There is a supply list and then a supply list for each day. I have collected all the supplies for each day into zip top bags so and they are all ready to go so that all I have to do is pull them out each day and not scramble to get the materials when it's time. Yes this took some planning and a little prep time (about 1.5 hours total) but I think it will be great help for us each day. This is why I'm sharing about it now so that if you are interested, you too can get yourself prepared :)

Truth in the Tinsel also has a Facebook page where other moms share their ideas and how they modify the crafts for younger or older kids or how they change them up from year to year.

I hope this gives you an idea of something to do to make Christmas more intentional for your family. 56 days until Christmas!!! and 32 until Advent Sunday!
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Meal Plan Monday #23

Can you believe it's the last Monday of October! Where did the year go?? We are very excited for the end of October to come and go because it has been one insane month and football ends this week! We could not be more thrilled by that! I hope you all had a great weekend! This is what we are having for dinner this week.

Monday: Baked Chicken Taquitos
Tuesday: Balsamic Pot Roast
Wednesday: Baked Coconut Chicken
Thursday: Frozen Enchilada Casserole (I made this a few weeks back and froze a second one for another time)
Friday: Black Bean and Pumpkin Chili and Cornbread
Saturday: Pizza and Salad
Sunday: Out

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Meal Plan Monday #22

Sorry I'm late posting this but the kids didn't nap yesterday so I didn't get a chance to sit down and plan anything until about 5 minutes ago. I hate starting the week out this way because it makes me feel flustered but I'm recovering well and getting things done! Hey my bed is made for the first time in two weeks! Thats a plus!

Anyways, here is what's for dinner:

Monday: Thanksgiving Casserole
Tuesday: Out (Date Day!!!)
Wednesday: Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup
Thursday: Sticky Honey Lime Grilled Chicken
Friday: Spaghetti and Meat Sauce
Saturday: Leftovers
Sunday: Out

What are you having for dinner this week? Trying anything new?
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Kauai Grilled Chichen

This recipe is sooooo tasty and I always forget until I make it again. It is called Kauai Grilled Chicken because it reminds Maxwell of something we had on our trip to Kauai. We love sweet marinades and this one does not disappoint!

Kauai Grilled Chicken Recipe

4-5 Chicken Breasts or Thighs (we do some of each, pick your favorite)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 ketchup
1 teaspoon sriracha 
1/4 cup beef broth
1/4 cup pineapple juice
3 Large pieces of peeled ginger or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1. Mix all ingredients together for the marinade and reserve 1/4 cup for basting when you are grilling.
2. Pour marinade over the chicken and marinate for 2-3 hours.
3. Grill the chicken, basting as you cook. 
4. Enjoy!

We like to eat ours with rice but it is great to eat with any side.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Never Forgotten, Forever Loved

Today's worship wednesday is a bit different in that I didn't have anything to share when I went to bed last night. Not that I didn't have things that didn't stick out this week but more that I wasn't sure that was what I wanted to share today. Then this morning as I was trying to wake up and perusing Instagram, I was reminded that today is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day.

Four years ago at about this time of year, I suffered two miscarriages that deeply rocked my faith and caused me to ask God a lot of "why?" questions. I still don't have my answers, other then the fact that God has brought MANY woman into my life who have also experienced miscarriage or infant loss. The verse that has always stuck out to me as these woman, dear friends of mine, come to me with the news of their loss, is 2 Corinthians 1: 3-7.
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort." 2 Corinthians 1:3-7
I do not understand infant loss, I still ask God why it happens, even though I know it's because we do not live in a perfect world, with no hurt, pain or loss. The one thing that I do know is that God has sent great people into my life when I was hurting and He sends me to those who are hurting in their time of need. I am very thankful for the friends who stick closer than as sister and pray that I am that same friend to others.
Print by Ashlee Proffitt
Today, especially, I urge you to pray for those who have been or are currently in the depths of loss. Miscarriage is something that most people do not share about. It tends to be something that people keep close to themselves and close friends because the hurt is so deep and you question how you could feel so much pain about someone you've never met and that you, yourself, have just learned exists but the love and bond with your children happens the moment you know of their conception. But often times, others don't feel that same connection, so sharing seems futile. So friends, pray. The sister who sits next to you at Bible study, or the woman who sits at the park may be dealing with this deep, empty pain.

And if you know someone who is going through or has gone through miscarriage or infant loss (because the pain is always there and the child(ren) are never forgotten), I urge you to follow this link. Ashlee Proffitt is giving the Print at the top of this post to every name given to her, in honor of her son Aaden Sage who died soon after his birth (you can read the story here.) She knows deeply and personally that any child, no matter how old or young, is Never Forgotten, Always Loved!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

House Update: Master Bedroom

Our bedroom was one of the first rooms we focused on finishing and this weekend, we placed the last nail to hang the last thing on the wall! It feels so nice to have this space finished. It is my favorite room in the house and truly my escape from it all!

Here is what our room looked like when we bought it. It felt very cramped with all their huge furniture in it! It was also very brown! (Sorry for you brown lovers but it just isn't Max and I.)
You first got a glimpse into room with my Bedroom Mirror Project. This dresser holds my make-up and nail polish and is where I stand to put on my make up. I do need to add a lamp because the lighting isn't great on dark or cloudy mornings but that will come.
The dresser is the 6 drawer Hemnes dresser from Ikea. 
 I really love this little space to work out of each morning!
On the next wall sits our other new 8 drawer Hemnes dresser. We love both pieces and they provide us with so much storage! The picture hanging above is a print Maxwell purchased before we met and was my inspiration for our bedroom-our escape. Don't you just want to jump into the picture and sit on that beach?
The chair we had specially made to go into Aston's bedroom when he was a baby. He had a jungle themed room and the fabric fit in perfectly. We now get to keep it in our room and it fits in great! This is where I get to do my morning Bible study and wake up times. I love this spot!
These candles and candle sticks are from HomeGoods.
Across from this wall is our bed and focal wall. We painted the walls first, painting the grey walls with Glidden's Arctic Stone. We painted the turquoise wall with Glidden's Disney paint Sulley's Fur.  We aren't a fan of the durability of the Glidden paint as it has peeled off some of our walls when something sits against it for too long but we love the colors!
Our room gets lots of in direct natural light which is wonderful, except when taking pictures :)
The pillows are from HomeGoods and the mirror is from Target. The sconces and other decor are things we have had for about 6 years now.
 This truly is our place of retreat at the end of each long day and we just love how it all turned out and how much space we have in this room!!
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