Wednesday, September 21, 2016

its a girl thing // polka dots

Outfit details:
Skirt: Handmade Circle Skirt
Shirt: Fred Myers
Boots: Famous Footwear

Today was a most perfect first day of fall. Sunny, but cool and crisp. I was nannying this morning, working on scoring math pages for mom this afternoon, and am headed out the door in a little while for a girls night out with my sister-in-law. All things considered, its been a good day! :) My whole family has been sick for a couple weeks, but everyone is finally on the mend, which is wonderful, and its been nice to be busy again this week. I just bought these boots, and I have to say I am very happy with them. They're adorable and surprisingly comfortable. 

How was your summer?

Friday, July 15, 2016

thoughts on hard days

This quote has been on my mind a lot lately. I have had a pretty hard week; dealing with a bad allergic reaction, running around a lot to different jobs, and then hormones and cramps thrown in there for good measure, all jumbled together to make me frazzled and stressed. I am realizing that  I have been letting little things get under my skin, one annoying conversation or a sibling playing the same three note "song" for the twelfth time in a row, a hurtful comment, or even just a headache, and I am letting them ruin my whole day, and then I excuse my wrong attitudes and behavior, pushing the blame off on anybody else. So I have been thinking about this; Is it really a bad day, out of my control? Or was it just hard for a few minutes and can I brush it off, pray about it and push through the rest of the day with a good attitude?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

the art of being rediculous

John is my trusty photographer. He is sweet and always agrees, and is very gracious by while I change settings, check the lighting and poses and exclaim about how creepy and awkward I look. He just rolls his eyes and snaps another twenty photos. And somehow, with how many pictures we take, its amazing how few "acceptable" ones we get. I think it's a combination of my awkward personality, his laughing at me, and how short my attention span is; because most of the photos we capture end up being entirely ridiculous. Now I'm wondering... do I really appear this ditzy in real life, or just whenever a camera appears. :)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

the many faces of james

James is a bundle of crazy energy. He's incredibly intelligent, has the vocabulary of a much older child, and is rather hilarious. He can be super sweet, and then turn around and be all boy. I don't think I've ever gotten him to pose with anything resembling a normal smile. James has the knack of being able to drive me absolutely insane and also make me melt with his cuteness. This morning he told Mama that she looked cool; because girls say pretty and beautiful, and boys say cool and awesome. He's pretty awesome. :)

Thursday, June 9, 2016

its a girl thing // cranberry

this i need to do this afternoon:
* finish scoring the kiddo's math pages
* fold and put away the mountain of clothing that is currently covering my bed. 
* laundry
* play with my puppy.

places I'd rather be today:
* the beach. always the beach.
* Paris
* Italy
* Goldendale

simple things i love at the moment:
* lemonade
*captain crunch cereal
*morning coffee, afternoon coffee, after dinner coffee
* the sound of the rain outside my window
*listening to Lydia pretend to talk on the phone
* ice cream
* watching my siblings watch a movie

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

How to Get Dressed // Book Review


How to Get Dressed 
by Alison Freer

Costume Designer Alison Freer's styling kit is a magic bag of tricks, built to solve every single wardrobe malfunction on earth. TV and film productions wait for nothing, so her solution have to work fast. In How to Get Dressed Alison distills her secrets into a fun, comprehensive style guide focused on rethinking your wardrobe like a fashion expert and making what's in your closet work for you.
    ...instead of repeating boring style "rules" Alison breaks the rules and gets real about everything from bras to how to deal with inevitable fashion disasters. Including helpful information such as how to skip ironing and the dry cleaners, remove every stain under the sun and help clueless men get their sartorial acts together, How to Get Dressed has hundreds of insider tips from Alison's arsenal of tools and expertise.
- From the back cover
I'd never read a fashion book before, but was interested in a review by one of my favoritest bloggers, so I started reading this with high hopes. The book itself is adorable, with gold and polka dot accents all the way through. I love books that are not only interesting, but are also designed attractively and adorable, and this book was both! And her tips and tricks are insanely practical. It's stuff real people can use, not a book of designer clothing and tips only people with a huge budget can use. Practical advice for using what you have, altering to make things more flattering, and what to buy intentionally instead of just splurging on lots of stuff, 
     I would definitely recommend this book to those interested in dressing intentionally and learning to be practical, frugal, and comfortable with their wardrobe.

Friday, June 3, 2016

These are a few of my favorite things // 07

+ reading books with Lydia
+ being busy
+ late night ice cream
+ funny conversations with James {4}
+ solving problems
+ deep cleaning
+ strawberry acacia refreshers from starbucks
+ warm weather with blue skies!!
+ thousands of daisies on our property
+ sunsets
+ the Psalms
+ dancing
+ old movies (Cary Grant, Gregory Peck and Audry Hepburn.)
+ P.G. Wodehouse
+ playing old piano pieces
+ picking up my flute again (and remembering why I stopped playing. Hyperventilating isn't very fun. :)

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

ten ways to improve an off day // a list


1. Read some Psalms
Sometimes, it's better to skip reading Leviticus and read some Psalms instead. 

2. Listen to happy music.
Some of my favorite happy music include  The Vitamin String Quartet, Frank Sinatra and Michel Buble, and Jadon Lavik.

He is merciful, yet just.:
3. Drink more coffee. (or whatever you're into.)
I usually try to limit my coffee consumption to just the morning before 11:00, because I don't really need it after that and I will just end up acting like the squirrel from Over The Hedge and then deteriorating into a shaky mess if I drink it all day. But some cold, dark afternoons I just really need to give myself permission to have another cup of coffee!

4. Make a list of things you're grateful for.
 I started keeping a gratitude journal after reading One Thousands Gifts and getting inspired. And it helps a lot on days when I am sad, or just down because of the weather. (Please tell me I am not the only person who struggles with it being dark, depressing and cold outside!)

5. Bake something yummy.
Like these Lemon scones with lemon glaze that I made this afternoon. Because for some reason lemon is such a happy flavor to me.

6. Be productive.
Write a To-do list and try to complete as much as possible. For weirdos like me, the act of crossing something off of a list is such a rewarding feeling that it literally makes me giddy sometimes. 

7. Curl up with a good book
Right now I am reading The Reason: How I discovered a Life Worth Living by Lacey Sturm. Its her autobiography from a abused, suicidal teen to a redeemed, forgiven woman. But for just a feel good book on an off day? Christy by Cathrine Marshall, or Anne of Green Gables is always a good idea.

 "On a bad day, there's always lipstick."  -Audrey Hepburn:

8. Do something that makes you feel pretty.
Curl your hair, apply some happy lipstick (this morning I put on barbie pink. ;), paint your nails, wear heels! Its such a silly thing, but sometimes doing something extra will really help improve your mood.

9. Do something happy for someone else.
It gets your focus off of your hard day, and brightens someone else's. Pay for the person behind you at Starbucks, paint your sisters nails, send a quick text to someone you miss, tell someone "I love you!" put together a random email of ridiculous pins and quotes for your bestie, find something to do for someone you love. :)

10. Eat Ice cream
This one is from three of my little siblings, but basically it's what I would say too. Ice cream is always a good idea. :)

Sunday, May 1, 2016

its a girl thing // silver and blue

Sweater: Kohls
Skirt: handmade
Cami: Forever 21
Sandels: Fred Myer

    This was my outfit for a normal Saturday around the house baking and babysitting this afternoon. For the past year or so, I have been freezing cold all of the time, so even though the sun was shining, I was  perfectly comfortable in my sweater. The little girl I was watching thought I was crazy and should go home to put a tank top on. ;)
    This skirt is making me so happy at the moment. My mama agreed to make circle skirts for the ballet studio my sisters dance with for their recitle. 50+ skirts to be exact. She has perfected the art of figuring them out, and I decided that I needed some summery skirts that were light and fun. So I made a couple one day this week, and this gray and silver pattern was one of them. It is, lovely, lightweight and I am very happy with it. (Today I am wearing a navy and white polka dotted one that also makes me very happy. ;) 

How are you revamping your wardrobe for summer?

Friday, March 18, 2016

thoughts on a friday afternoon

Coffee Mug - Ceramic Coffee Mug - Tea - Quote Mug- Tea Lover - Gift Idea - Tea Cup - Tea Time - Adulting Is Hard:

"The whole purpose of places like Starbucks is for people with no decision-making ability whatsoever to make six decisions just to buy one cup of coffee. Short, Tall, light, dark, can, decaf, low-fat, nonfat, etc. So people who don't know what the hell they're doing or who on earth they are, can, for only $2.95, get not just a cup of coffee but an absolutely defining sense of self: Tall! Decaf! Cappuccino." - Joe Fox, You've Got Mail

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Last night I was watching You've Got Mail for probably the 21st time. And I think it's the cutest movie. But Lydia wanted to cuddle, so I was snuggling with her, and every single time I laughed she would do the most adorable little forced giggle, and then look at me to make sure I noticed. And we had the "battle of the pause button," because she figured out the movie stopped and I tickled her when she pushed it. :)

He is merciful, yet just.:  

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Tomorrow I get to go back to my hometown to spend a few days with my bestie. And you know what, I've been thinking about this lately, but I don't really think of it as home anymore. I think I finally got over being upset about movie, and think of this area as home now. I'm not resisting learning my way around and making friends. I'm not terrified every time I leave the house.  I can see ways that I  have blessed in moving here two years ago. I have a good church, and a bible-study group that is really good for me, in being able to study and learn, and also learn to become more vocal and articulate about harder things. I left some friends behind, but I've made more genuine, good friends in the two years that I've lived here than I ever had before. When I start to think about how angry and upset I was, I regret expending all that emotion and frustration. Yes, it was hard. Really hard. But it was a good thing.

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"The steps of a man are established by the Lord, and He delights in his way. When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, because the Lord is the One who holds his hand." Psalm. 37:23-24

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I am so ready for spring this year. This rain and cold has been starting to get to me, and the past two days have been sunny at least and I've been so happy. I can't wait until it's warm and happy out all the time, and I'm not longer freezing all of the time. ;) I'm in such a raspberries and lemonade mood. At a coffee shop a few days ago I just wanted a strawberry lemonade, but they couldn't make it, so the barista and I decided on a lemonade rockstar with strawberry flavor added; and then I proceeded to drop it all over my car right there in the drive thru. (But she was so nice and made me another one and helped me clean it up.) Yesterday, in a fit of spring fever I made a lemon cake, which I do every spring. And I remarked something about Lemon just tasting exactly like spring, and Caleb came to me quite perplexed. "Why does lemon taste like spring? You can't taste spring. It just happens!" gosh. When did he get so smart?

they're so pretty!.:
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 After reading My Life in France by Julia Child I ordered several dvd's of her cooking show from the library, and I love her even more. Not only is she full of confidence and adventure and totally inspiring, she's just adorable. I'm a messy cook. After I get done cooking the kitchen is usually a disaster and it's a big job to get it cleaned up, but hey, the food tastes great! :) But I noticed that Mrs. Child is a messy, slightly klutzy cook, but she also doesn't let it faze her. In fact sometimes it strikes her as funny, and you can see that she is trying hard not to laugh in the middle of the show after spilling something all over. She'll try to flip an omlet in the pan and end up spilling it all over the stove top, but instead of freaking out or being upset she just picks up the pieces and smashes them back together saying something like "If nobody is in kitchen with you nobody has to know!!"

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Lydia just woke up from her nap, and we're going to go play outside for awhile. It's the thing that makes her happiest. At the moment she's standing in front of me with amazing, wispy bed hair, chattering in the cutest munchkin voice about nothing in particular. :)