The Wedding Vows We Should Have Said

I was inspired to write this post a year ago as Jordan and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary. It has tumbled around in my mind every so often since then. Since we just spent a weekend in Milwaukee for our 6 year anniversary, I’m tucking it away in this post. Scroll down for some pretty, kid-free lake pictures & some truths we’re learning for our relationship after 11 years together, a mere 6 years married & 3 kids in 3 years.

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Ella’s 4th Art Birthday Party

After 7 months of making decorations for other people’s birthday parties, it’s my turn! As I’m starting to craft & create for the twins’ 2nd birthday next month, I wanted to be sure I shared Ella’s party details too. [After all, she is technically 4 1/2 now as she is sure to let everyone know!] Don’t worry, she’s already brainstorming for her “number 5 birthday party” in December 😁 The top runners are Unicorns or Rainbows…can she get any girl-ier?!

Ella takes after her mama for now & loves to  craft. Most of her day is filled with coloring, writing & drawing. She was so excited to tell me that she wanted an art party for her 4th birthday last year, where she could paint with her cousins. We had so many fun ideas! You bet I was making all those dreams of her’s come true- paint can pouring out of the air included 😉 Here are the highlights of Ella’s 4th Birthday Art Party!

Her invitation from Nuts & Bolts on Etsy was the starting point in decorating. A lot of the decorations at the big stores like Hobby Lobby or Party City had more primary color painting party decorations, so when making my own I focused more on the pinks. I also wanted the area in the dining room, where we decorate, to be like her own little “Art Studio”. We hung up some of her most recent artwork on the wall near all the art supplies.

Ella gasped when she came upstairs and saw the decorations & “falling paint can”. Jordan helped make my ‘Pinterest idea’ come to life… we used an empty, old paintcan & a plastic table cloth propped up on a pvc pipe. We stuck it in a bucket to prop it up. We just made sure the cascading paint covered the pipe and bucket underneath 🙂

The cake was so fun & easy. This was just 4 circle boxed white cakes, colored with different food coloring. I made a little cake topper with paintbrushes too!

The cousins got to have painting time with their own little pink aprons (from Dollar Tree!). I grabbed wooden frames, small canvases, paint, brushes, paint trays & aprons all from Dollar Tree or the craft store. The table was covered with brown kraft paper too, which made for a cute decoration & saved on messes.

…and if you need any birthday gift ideas for a 4 year old, BUY A STICK HORSE 😀

Fruits of the Spirit Bible Study for Kids + Families

The fruits of the spirit are LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS & SELF-CONTROL!

I was inspired a few months ago to create a hands-on bible study for my kids on the fruits of the spirit. I wanted to give my 4 year old daughter a fun simple way to learn about who God is & see what He wants for our lives. Summer seemed like a perfect time to dig into the FRUITS of the spirit (literal fruits & biblical fruits!). I’m so excited to share a bit more of this simple, interactive study with you guys. Keep scrolling or find it in my Etsy shop to see what this children’s bible study is all about… more “Fruits of the Spirit Bible Study for Kids + Families”

Countdown to the Cross: Easter Banner [advent calendar style]

Happy April! It’s Easter month! What do you guys look forward to most during this time? My top three are these: growing & planting spring flowers, Easter morning church with our whole family, and putting together some super cute little Easter baskets for the kids.

It has always been my goal for my kids to know the real reason for these special, Christian holidays. How can God’s message stay at the forefront of there little minds when there’s SO MUCH CHOCOLATE?! 😊 We love finding fun ways to talk about the true stories of the Bible in the time leading up to Christmas or Easter. One way for us, is through books. The book, “The Garden, The Curtain, and the Cross” is AMAZING and a new found favorite in hearing the full Easter story. Jordan and I even gained a new, revelation on the biblical perspective after reading it with Ella! The author and illustrator have a Christmas book as well.

I’m very excited to add this Easter Countdown to our family traditions this year as well! Similar to an Advent calendar, we will work our way through the Easter story as we lead up to Easter morning! I spent a lot of time reading through the 4 Gospels and summarizing God’s word in a way that would get my 4 year old interested and invested. There are little questions to talk about as a family to keep their mind thinking and bring the Bible into their own lives. This “He is Risen” Easter Banner is available in my shop as an instant download for just $5 here. You can even save the file or printed pieces for next year and use it all again! Here is how it all works… more “Countdown to the Cross: Easter Banner [advent calendar style]”

The Morning Routine You Can Start Today

You don’t need January 1st to fight for who God made you to be. You just need today, girlfriend.

Yes, I’m guilty. I’m a fan girl of the viral Rachel Hollis. I read her personal development book, Girl Wash Your Face, in just days (a record for me). Jordan and I both joined her “Last 90 Days” challenge in October to finish the final 90 days of the year just as strong as we might start a new one. Whether you’re on the Hollis train or not, there are a couple valuable lifestyle changes Jordan and I have made together in the past couple months that I just can’t NOT share with you. While they’re not earth shattering, they have absolutely been life changing in our personal lives and in our relationship. Here is a bit of our new morning routine and how this realist allows herself to be a bit of a dreamermore “The Morning Routine You Can Start Today”

Finding Joy in the Chaos

Eccles. 3 “For everything there is a season. A time to be born, a time to die; a time to plant and a time to harvest; A time to weep, a time to laugh; A time to break down, and a time to build up. A time to live in chaos with 3 kids under 3, and a time to… 

Okay, that last line might not be straight from the bible, but I’m pretty sure God would say he was talking about my life right now too in that passage.

Raise your hand if you feel chaos flailing around throughout your days. I’m talking throwing sippy cups at our plans, cutting molars in the longest hours of the night and destroying a clean living room in 24 seconds flat. 

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Holiday Cranberry + Baked Brie Appetizer

This post is sponsored by Joan Of Arc Cheese but as always, the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

I’m sharing a super delicious recipe this week that makes me feel totally fancy. If you’re needing something quick and easy to bring to a family Christmas or New Years Eve get-together, this might be perfect! I’m talking 3 ingredients, 5 minutes prep time and about 15 minutes of baking- now that’s a win in my mom book. And this Brie Cheese? The best!

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Sibling Snapshot

Later this week, my baby turns 4! The twins will also be 16 months just one day later. Our days all together are some of the best days of my life and I try to treasure all of it. Though some days are long with clingy babies and an opinionated threenager, most days I just beg time to freeze.

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The Final Days of Pumpkin: Muffins + Creamer Recipes

As we approach the final weeks of November, we usually phase out the pumpkin spice and bring in the peppermint, the mocha and the eggnog. Before pumpkin is so last month, I wanted to share our favorite pumpkin apple muffin recipe and some yummy homemade pumpkin spice creamer! These don’t last long in our house, so we’ve made them 3 times just this month. Jac was my baking helper this week, since if anyone is nap-striking around here, it is is always him 🙂 There’s no eggs in this recipe, so you bet he licked the spoon clean!  more “The Final Days of Pumpkin: Muffins + Creamer Recipes”