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What started as a digital diary to document a newfound journey as a stay at home mom / wife has quickly evolved into my own little corner on the internet where I share all that life brings my way -- the good, the bad, and those "aha!" moments. All with a hint of sarcasm, a dash of truth and bold European wit. Thanks for following along!

1.12.2022

Happy New Year With Basic Invite

Hiyyyyyaaa friends, we haven't chatted all year -- so allow me to take this moment to say happy new year!  I hope your first few days of 2022 have been filled with lots of warmth and joy. I've taken them to rest, focus on family, and get my life in order before I start planning all the things I want to accomplish this year. 

And speaking of planning, I've partnered with Basic Invite to make the invitation part of any party planning a breeze. If you haven't heard of Basic Invite yet, then I am so excited to tell you all about them! They're one of the few invitation services that allow customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. 

Once you select a design, you can change the color of each element on the card, and with over 180 colors to choose from, you can make your dream comes to life.

Buuuuut wait, there's more! They also allow their customers to order a printed sample of the invitation before they place their final order, so you can see the paper quality and how it will print in real-time; allowing you to make sure the card comes out exactly the way you had in mind! They also have over 40 different envelope colors to choose from, so you can have them match the invitation -- bonus points that all of Basic Invite’s envelopes are peel and seal so they can be closed quickly and securely! 

I also really love that Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows you to share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other social media to request addresses from friends and family. The addresses are then stored in your account and can be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers address printing at no extra cost on all card orders which is amazing too! 

Don't they sound amazing?! I'm turning to them for all my party planning needs this year -- baby shower invitations, graduation announcements, birthday invitations, and holiday cards all customizable and all in one place! I mean all I know is that, I'm turning to Basic Invite for baby shower invites for a girl (a mama can dream right?)

Just take a look at all the dreamy options... and then peep the sweet little discount code they've given my readers at the end of this post -- you don't want to miss it!

 









aren't they all so beautiful?l! I just love them all so much, I can't wait to start planning all the parties this year. I adore the invisible style business cards and cannot wait to design my own and get this -- right now Basic Invite is offering 15% off!  

USE CODE: 15FF51

for more ideas, check out thier socials : Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter

AHHHH! I am just so excited for all the events this year and am so excited to customize all the invitations! Annnnnd, even though most of my parties are in April, I'm gonna admit that I've already been spending nights over at Basic Invites website and playing around with certain cards and colors -- it's been so fun! 

I hope we all have the best year ahead of us and can't wait to share what it has in store for us with all of you! 




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12.24.2021

The Weary World Rejoices



sharing some Christmas Eve thoughts.
I hope they speak to + encourage you as they have me. ✨

just imagine. the night has fallen. ⁣
a star shines bright. wise men are seeking.⁣

shepherds staring at the glorious sky. ⁣
angels singing. majestic sounds fill the air.⁣

all because a baby is born. ⁣
and with that, ๐—ฎ ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ท๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€. ⁣

I’ve spent the last few weeks dwelling on those words:
a weary world rejoices. ⁣

can you imagine the world before this night? ⁣

cold and dark. waiting on a Savior. ⁣
tied down by legalism.⁣ every little act of evil requires a sacrifice.⁣
every mistake you made required a priest to intercede on your behalf. ⁣

and like humans do, even after the rituals, ⁣
you would be always left wondering if it was enough. if you are enough. ⁣

the world was weary. ⁣
until — ๐™จ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™š๐™ฉ ๐™—๐™–๐™—๐™ฎ ๐™…๐™š๐™จ๐™ช๐™จ ๐™ข๐™–๐™™๐™š ๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™–๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š.⁣

๐˜ฐ๐˜ฉ ๐˜จ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ด ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต. ⁣
๐˜ข ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ. ⁣
๐˜ข ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ.⁣
๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜บ’๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ. ⁣

a gift to the world, ⁣
sent from above from a Father who loves all His children. ⁣
๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ท๐—ผ๐˜† ๐—›๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜ ๐—ธ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ต ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—š๐—ถ๐—ณ๐˜, ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฑ ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐—ผ๐˜„๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฝ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—›๐—ถ๐—บ. ⁣

๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ด. ⁣
๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ด.⁣
๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ ๐˜ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ฉ. ⁣

๐™Ÿ๐™ช๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช, ๐™ƒ๐™ž๐™ข ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™…๐™š๐™จ๐™ช๐™จ. ⁣

friend, if you don’t know Him —⁣
I implore you to seek Him on this night. ⁣
He is right there, holding space for you in His kingdom.⁣
waiting for you to reach for His hand. ⁣

๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ฉ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜บ, ⁣
๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ซ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜’๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ.⁣
๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—›๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐˜€. ⁣

๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ด. ⁣
๐™ข๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™›๐™š๐™š๐™ก ๐™ƒ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™ก๐™–๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ, ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ข๐™ค๐™ง๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™จ๐™š๐™–๐™จ๐™ค๐™ฃ.




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11.24.2021

Shop Small Gift Guide Ft. Why and Whale

 

hi friends, it's thanksgiving tomorrow and that means christmas is so close! I cannot believe it. we're running out of time to buy gifts as a lot of things seem to be out of stock. so, today's feature is from a small shop that I often frequent when looking for gifts and that shop is why and whale! 

before we get to the gift guides, I'd love to chat about their subscriptions boxes because they're a gift that keeps on giving even after the holidays are over.

  • we're currently subscribed to their Maileg box which sends us a plush Maileg mouse + accessories every month. it's a super cute way to get your collection going if you've been eyeing them. you always get the subscription price in products in the box, so that's nice to know. 
  • we're also thinking of subscribing to their Holtztiger box which sends two wooden animals each month. this box would be to kick start our collection because we currently do not have any holztiger items and they're so cute. perfect for imaginative play! 
  • they have a Book of the Month box too for all the avid readers out there. they're all newly released books too, so it's a great way to build up a library with newer books if you don't know where to start.
  • they have a Minikane box too and y'all if I had a daughter I would already be subscribed! they are the cutest dolls and so life like. 
  • they also have a Surprise box where you get three to six curated items each month. it's always a surprise and a fun little mix of things from Why and Whale!


grapat little thing │rocket + astronautdual magnifying glassstar wandwooden dinosaurspinning toplight up sensory cubesdoll familyslingshotcloud bath bombwooden carmousepaint set

lola stacking setyellow guitarplanet chalkfamily builder magnet setnesting bowlsbauspiel window blocksrainbow treesgum ball machinestacking blocksmake a face wooden toyrainbow stackerjumbo finger crayonsgrapat insects


so that's a wrap -- aren't these options all so cute? I just love how colorful they are! And what about all those fun subscription boxes? forever wishing and looking for reasons to subscribe to them all! 

I hope yo have a wonderful thanksgiving! until next time, 


please note / this is not a sponsored post, nor are there any affiliate links listed / all photos of products + logo taken from why and whale's website.

11.22.2021

Shop Small Gift Guide | Mama To Be + Newborn



today's gift guide revolves around an expectant mother and her precious newborn baby. these are all items from smaller business that I have bought from in the past and have loved. it's so important to buy items that a new mother will actually use and I feel like this curated list is making me dream of snuggling little one of my own. 

robediaper bag bundle knotted capsleeper setswaddlefeeding pillow ⎹  cradle cap brushbaby skincare triopacifiers ⎹  lounge dressbaby sleep bagsleep loungermini blanketmama skin + belly bundle

short and sweet, but filled with so many goodies -- that's what I call a good list. as we close today's post, I hope you've felt inspired by today's gift guide and that it's given you some inspiration for your own shopping... until, next time. 



some minor notes 
this is not a sponsored post.
several links listed are affiliate links.
all photos of products + logo taken from the small shop's etsy page.

11.19.2021

Shop Small Gift Guide Ft. Bella Luna Toys

 

today's gift guide is from another one of my favorite small shops -- bella luna toys. her products are all waldorf inspired and I just love watching those hours of open-ended play of cultivated imagination be inspired by these products. I've curated a small round-up of toys that are still in stock for this holiday season. 

the root children │ children of the forest │ octagon block puzzle │ wooden rabbit hutchblanket dollgold leaf caterpillar dollfelt knight + horsewooden drumwooden treehouseflutewooden hen house │ wooden weaving sheep small doctor kitmouse hedgehogbow + arrow set


I am eyeing that wooden henhouse + rabbit hutch so hard right now and am putting it on our must-have someday wishlist. they're so cute! bella luna toys is such a great shop to support and I'm so happy I get to share such wonderful small shops with you this holiday season. until next time, 


please note / this is not a sponsored post, nor are there any affiliate links listed / all photos of products + logo taken from bella luna toy's website.

11.17.2021

Shop Small Gift Guide | Have It All Dads + Grandpas

 

hello friends! today we're shopping for dads and grandpas that have it all because they're the hardest to shop for. each year, I spend hours trying to brainstorm a sentimental gift for my father because he is the kind of guy who is frugal and already has all that he needs -- or so he claims!

here is a little round-up of fun gifts + stocking stuffers for the men who are hard to shop for!



grandfather teemug  woodsman soap personalized hammerfishing lure golf ball letter openergrandpa definition print  hat bullet pen guitar pick 



and that's a wrap for the have it all dads and grandpa gift guides! hopefully, these gift guides were able to a little inspiration when shopping this holiday season. until the next one, happy shopping!



some minor notes 
this is not a sponsored post.
several links listed are affiliate links.
all photos of products + logo taken from the small shop's etsy page.
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