meaningful things for home {dayspring “better together” collection}

blog friends, inspiration By October 8, 2015 2 Comments

Dayspring has a new collection called ‘Better Together’ and friends, it is filled with some beautiful, meaningful things for the home. Take a look.

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They sent me a few postcards and this one resonated with me. Some days it’s harder to be brave. Sometimes showing a bit of kindness is an act of bravery. Love this.

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This banner found a spot between two windows. It’s hand-lettered by Aliza Latta. She is so talented!

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And this pillow cover is the same design. We are better together. Sometimes together is hard–I want to be alone and do my own thing. But truly, together, community, belonging is so important.

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And this globe, right?! How gorgeous. I love it.

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You can see the whole Better Together collection here. Which piece is your favorite?


hello friends hello incourage

blog friends, hello monday By July 20, 2015 16 Comments

Hello friends! I am fresh back from the {in}courage retreat. I got home last night and I haven’t even unpacked yet! It was a sweet time to connect with old friends and get to know some of the ladies better. I had time to rest, have some great conversations, eat yummy food and even get a massage. Heaven! If you’re not familiar with {in}courage, it’s an online community with daily blog posts to encourage your soul. I’m part of the group of writers–and I’m honored to be in this group! It’s Monday, how about some hellos?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

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Hello confetti fun!

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Hello loving the ‘friendship on purpose’ collection from {in}courage. Such sweet prints and more.

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Hello sweet friends.

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Hello familiar faces. Do you see faces you recognize?

Hello Nester’s barn. Such an inspiring space. Wow!

Hello time to talk and share my heart and heart others’ hearts. So good.

Hello hotel living for a few days. I love it when someone else makes the beds and coffee!

Hello warm North Carolina nights {and days!}

Hello thunderstorms like a monsoon!

Hello exercising while I was away. I don’t even know who I am anymore! It’s like I crave exercise.

Hello coming home to a clean house. What?!

Hello missing my boys and feeling so incredibly thankful to be home with them.

Hello brand new, beautiful week. Ready or not, here we go!

What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or link your own hello monday post there.


hello snapshots of a weekend

blog friends, hello monday By May 25, 2015 2 Comments

Hello friends! Technically it’s still the weekend since the boys are out of school today. Hooray for long weekends, right? We had some friends stay with us this weekend and you might recognize their cute faces. I’ve got some fun pics to share and some hellos for a brand new week. Ready, set go!

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

Hello music. Steve played guitar and Ma joined in. So cute!

Hello Hands Gallery. Love these art pieces made with license plates.

Hello sweet Whitely family. We miss you already!

Hello happy Matthias. This was his silly face when our table was finally ready at almost 8pm. Hungry and thankful!

Hello cute bike.

Hello awesome band–Ragbone Saints. Their music was good.

Hello taking time to sit and just be. Much needed.

Hello sweet boy–you stole my heart.

Hello downtown–shops and food and lights and things to see.

Hello happy baby. Natalie is maybe the sweetest baby ever.

Hello pretty spaces downtown.

Hello yellow daisies and sandals.

Hello opening my heart to a new week.

Hello Las Vegas trade show.

Hello squeezing in a family hike today.

Hello counting down the days to summer–only 18 days of school left!!

Hello to YOU! It’s a brand new week with beauty waiting to be found. What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or link your own hello monday post there.


loving vintage roadway signs

blog friends, decorating, shops i love By May 21, 2015 2 Comments

I couldn’t wait to share these with you! I’ve been looking for some fun vintage roadway signs and I haven’t been able to find them anywhere. And guess who created some ADORABLE signs with a perfect vintage feel? Yep, Barn Owl Primitives.

These remind me of long road trips on heading North on the 5 freeway to see cousins.

Picnic! Food! Scenic spot!

So fun.

I love the simple brown and white with sanded edges. So sweet! And perfect with some sunny flowers and a funky lamp. Lamp DIY here.

Do these evoke road trip memories for you?

Yay SuMmEr!! Let’s take a road trip and have some fun.

You can see all the vintage street signs here. And use code LLD25 for 25% off anything in the Barn Owl Shop. Awesome!

**Click here to shop**


hello wire wrapping!

blog friends, DIY By April 27, 2015 5 Comments

Hello friends! It’s Monday and I’m back from Snap! Conference. It was such a creative, kind and wonderful group of women! I taught a wire-wrap workshop and sat on a panel about ‘Growing Your Instagram Community’.

Today I’m sharing pics from the wire-wrapping workshop. These ladies were awesome! The night before I got nervous–was the project too hard, too easy? They all watched the demo, jumped in and created beautiful earrings. And there was a little time to talk and connect too–so good for the soul.
It’s Monday, how about some hellos?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

Hello tools and simple instructions. When I started my jewelry business, I didn’t know how to wire-wrap. Crazy, but true!

Hello encouraging each other and learning a new skill, love it!

Hello meeting new friends and getting inspired.

Hello pretty, little handmade earrings.

Hello hotel living–they make the bed and replace the towels. Heaven!

Hello talking shop–blogging and social media. What’s working, what’s not.

Hello being brave and trying something new. Sometimes it’s scary, don’t you think?

Hello new earrings–how pretty do these look?!

Hello fresh flowers and candy on every table. Just what we need to keep going!

Hello blondes gathered around the table!

Hello learning one thing that leads to another idea and then another. That’s how inspiration works!

Hello smiles and kindness.

Hello feeling thankful to be back home with my boys!

Hello exhausted from travel.

Hello busy busy week with Mother’s Day orders. Have you placed yours yet?

Hello laundry and groceries and email. Neverending!

Hello meetings and workouts and a photoshoot. So much good stuff!

Hello to YOU! What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or link your own hello monday post there!


easy boho {and a giveaway}

blog friends, what I'm wearing By March 11, 2015 3 Comments

Hello friends! I think lately I’ve been pouring all my creativity into basic day to day stuff. It’s just been so crazy busy–the kind of busy where I forget to eat. Crazy, right? That means I’m making the same dinners over and over and wearing the easiest outfits. And that’s okay!

Today I’m linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for some fashion inspiration.

I wear this black dress a lot–it’s one of the easiest, most comfortable things I own. And the boots are jacket are every day favorites.

And the bag, right? I’m partnering with Nena & Co for a giveaway on instagram today. Scroll down for details!

I find if I get good pieces while I’m shopping, outfits come together easily. I don’t have time in the mornings to plan outfits. I pretty much grab the easiest stuff.

Outfit details: Dress, Plenty Boutique. Denim jacket, Gap. Booties, Frye via Zappos. Necklace/Earrings, My shop. Bag, Nena & Co.

Wanna win a bag from Nena & Co and a ‘Next Step’ necklace from Lisa Leonard Designs? Hop over to Instagram for the giveaway!


The Fringe Hours {love!}

blog friends By February 26, 2015 1 Comment

I’m sure you’ve heard all the buzz about the new book, The Fringe Hours around the web. But just in case, I had to share.

I’m about halfway through, and you guys it’s so good. So so good.

Somehow I got lucky enough to be friends with Jessica in real life. She is one of the kindest, smartest, most honest and most productive women I know.

I’ve sat in groups where we ask each other, “How does Jessica get so much done and not go crazy?!”

When Jessica Turner writes a book about self care and productivity, it’s time to stop and listen.

The Fringe Hours is a beautiful book filled with insights, stories, wisdom and interactive pages.

How adorable is Jessica with her three kiddos. And yes, they really are that adorable in real life!

This book is so good. Invest in yourself. Invest in this book. {It’s only $8.99!} You won’t be sorry!

Click here to find The Fringe Hours on Amazon.

Click here to join The Fringe Hours book club.


beauty in brokenness {free printable!}

blog friends, finding beauty By January 23, 2015 3 Comments

It’s Friday friends! Whose ready for the weekend?

Today I am featured over at Barn Owl Primitives’ blog. Such an honor! I adore Kristi–and although we’ve never met in person, we regularly connect online, through texts and with phone calls. I can tell you she is a woman with heart who has built a thriving business that creates beautiful things. She and her husband work together {like Steve and I} so we have a lot in common.

If you’ve been hanging around here much, you’ve probably heard me talk about finding beauty in brokenness. I used to think I could create a perfect life, now I realized there is no perfect. But there is still so much beauty! In the crazy, everyday mess, I see bits of beauty and love–and it fills my heart!

Barn Owl Primitives created this gorgeous sign for me and guess what, today they are making it available as a FREE printable just for you! How amazing is that?! Click here to find it on the Barn Owl Blog. 

Happy Friday Friends!


Someone is going to win a nativity set! {**giveaway***}

blog friends By November 6, 2014 1,230 Comments

Ok friends! I’ve got a BIG giveaway today! Someone is going to win a nativity set! {scroll down for details!}

The response to the nativity has been so overwhelming. You guys are amazing! It went out of stock last week and we’ve been working hard to bring it back.I know that was frustrating for some of you and I apologize.

This project started because I wanted to create a keepsake for each of my nieces and nephews. As it came together, I knew I had to share it with you too! Each nativity comes with a story booklet. The pic above is my son, Matthias, reading the booklet to my nephew, Brandon. My heart completely melted!

Growing up, the nativity was a big part of our Christmas every year. I want this nativity to become a keepsake that your kids can share with their kids. Each piece is hand-molded, cast in fine pewter and hand-polished. There are 14 hand-crafted pieces along with a stable made from california wine barrels. Simply beautiful and full of meaning.

It’s the perfect way to bring the true heart of Christmas in to your holiday season.

N A T I V I T Y   G I V E A W A Y   T I M E ! ! !
Here’s how to enter:
Leave a comment telling us your favorite part of your family’s Christmas celebration.
For additional entires, share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and/or your blog.
Leave a comment for EACH entry here on the blog.
Good luck friends! I hope YOU win!

God made light

blog friends, celebrate the every day By October 24, 2014 2 Comments

Have you heard of God Made Light? It’s been all over the internet lately. It’s a new children’s book, and you guys, it is beautifully written and full of truth.

It talks about how God made light and God made YOU. It’s poetic and moving–I started crying, especially when it talks about how when God made YOU, God made light. This is near to my heart because of David’s special needs. He was made to shine and he does. That’s beautiful. Matthias really liked the part about how His light shines in us, even in the dark, even at bedtime when we might be afraid. Lately he’s been a little scared at bedtime and this was a sweet reminder.

As you can see, David didn’t want to put it down. So sweet!

Matthew Paul Turner and his wife Jessica are friends of mine. I’ve been hearing about this book for a while and I am so thrilled to see it out in the world and to read these precious words to my boys {and myself!}. So meaningful.

God Made Light is available here. And there is an adorable floor puzzle and night light here.