{things that}delight me.

{cat house via design sponge.genius.}

{s’more favors via elizabeth ann designs}

{anthro ornaments}


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pumpkin cheesecake.

must. try. this. recipe.

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hodge podge.

i have no word really for my interior design style. i am extremely fickle, like a lot of different styles, and rarely am apt to settle on just one. so i’m basically hodge podge. which is why i love this sneak peek at design sponge. a lot of the furniture is thrifted, which is so me.

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j is still a bit young to totally understand the idea of an advent calendar, but he’s loving that he gets to open a box every day to see what’s inside!

the first week was filled with so-not-creative no-sugar lollipops since we were busy party-planning, but this past weekend i finally got it together to add some meaningful things to the mix.

the holidays class i recently took had us list all the activities that we’d like to do in the month of december. i basically just typed those activities on cardstock and cut them out. very easy. next year, however, i think i’m going to print them out on super cute labels like dandeedesigns.

other days include a treat coupon that i downloaded from jenn. super easy and andrew and i could decide on a healthy treat for j.

but loads and loads of ideas can be found here.


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forced to be still.

{tea and essays}

it seems that when i try to be still, my body decides it needs to be sick. i spent yesterday recovering from a cough…which for a teacher also means catching up with grading. i am happy to report that i feel much better AND am caught up with paperwork. happy wednesday to all. seven more school days to winter break!


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start a revolution in gift-giving.

“we can tell our values by looking at our checkbook stubs.”-gloria steinem

this quotation hit me hard, guys. i have a complicated relationship with stuff. it’s a constant struggle of godliness vs. worldliness. i’m starting small. i looked at the non-essential things i spend my money on, things like movie rentals, mani/pedis, and magazines (i have a mild addiction to magazines). i am cutting down on these things so that i can sponsor a child through tumaini. it’s such a small sacrifice to give.  donating to this or another like organization is also a great idea for a christmas gift.

and while we’re on the topic. want to give something more? buy fair trade gifts that are unique and helpful for something truly in need. see trade as one. i have a feeling that santa is bringing me a few things from this organization…

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be still.



we’ve had a fun and crazy first weekend of december to get the holiday party-going started (a really, really fun co-ed shower) but now, well now is the time to be still.

i’ve been slowly reading mitten strings for god: reflections for mothers in a hurry by katrina kenison. it’s one of those books that you just need to keep on the bedside table to remind you of what’s important. the essay that most touched me is on peace where she says, “In stillness, we find our peace. Knowing peace at home, we bring peace into the world.”

brooke from inchmark echoed the same idea with her idea to take the first week of december to stay in and talk about the real meaning of the season. since all our gifts are bought and wrapped this will be an easy one for us to do. hope you enjoy your week!

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