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Oh how we love Kid President!

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Several years ago my heart was won by a sweet little Kid President, Robby Novak. Get ready to smile…

The Kid President is a little boy with BIG voice. Robby, with the help of his older brother in law, Brad, began to make videos because they wanted to encourage kids to make a difference in our world. “I believe kids can change the world. I also believe grown ups can change the world. It just takes all of us working together.” Watching his videos, I am always left giggling and feeling so good about the world. With so much negative on social media, it is so great to have a good example for my little buddy to look up too, even better that he is silly too.


I have used several of the KP’s videos to teach Jude a few valuable lessons; like how to treat others with respect, to be thankful, that we have so many reasons to dance, oh and that corn dogs are awesome!
Being the huge FAN that I am, I ordered Jude (ok, me) the Kid President Box. Of. Awesome. from fanjoy, mostly because I had been eager to get my hands on the book, The Kid President’s Guide to being Awesome. The box also included a T-shirt, enamel pins, stickers, postcards and a few do-good items as well.





“This is LIFE, people! You’ve got air coming through your nose! You’ve got a heartbeat! That means it’s time to do something!” I look forward to sharing with you a few projects I have in line for our family as we take on the challenge to MAKE OUR WORLD A BETTER PLACE.

One last thing…


Aren’t these enamel pins just the best? Mom gets the pins.

On the Road: Panama City Beach, FL

Monday, June 13th, 2016

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I just wanted to share a few photos from our family vacation to Panama City Beach, Fl. Growing up in the mountains, I am still rather ackward jumping into flip flops and lounging by the ocean. The sand, the salt water, the JELLY FISH (eeek), I am still a little uncomfortable. I will admit few things beat lounging in the sun with a good book. I brought with me Brooklyn by  Colm Toibin and read it cover to cover. I rarely actually get into the ocean because I am a bit afraid of all the sea creatures, ha! When I finally braved the ocean waters with my little Jude man, a crab grabbed onto my pinkie toe and wouldn’t let go. I don’t think I have ever seen Jude laugh so hard. I am sure he will never stop telling that story… definitely worth the pinch.


IMG_1678This was Bear’s first beach trip. He seemed to enjoy squishing the warm white sand in between his little toes. Sand was everywhere! I am thankful for a friend who shared with me the secret of using baby powder to help clean sand off of little faces and hands.





My husband took our big buddy jet skiing. I was tickled because Jude continues to tell my how much fun he had with dad “ski diving.” The boys raced their jet ski out into the ocean and were able to find a whole school of dolphins playing around. Next, they stopped off at Shell Island to snorkel discovering tons of sea urchins, shells and lots of pretty coral. We used our new Ollo Clip macro lens to capture all the intricate patterns of our finds (sea urchin, hermit crab, sand dollar, coral).






IMG_1547One afternoon we drove down to the little walking town of Seaside, FL. In Seaside we visited cute little boutique shops and ate lunch at a food truck strip. We couldn’t pass up trying a few toasty grilled cheese sandwiches from The Meltdown on 30A. We ordered sandwiches for the three of us; bacon, Brie on cranberry but bread for me, meatloaf for Jude and Spicy Turkey for Michael. The meatloaf sandwich was hands down our family favorite, melty mozarella, meatloaf, a thins slice of ham and marinara. We ended our lazy, strolling afternoon in Seaside with fresh juice from Raw and Juicy.



We celebrated National Donut Day at the famous Thomas Donut and Snack Shack in Laguna Beach. We tried a dozen of their fun assorted flavors, the maple bacon was a hit but my favorite was the deliciously moist blueberry cake doughnut! We had a visitor for the weekend portion of our trip, our best buddy Amanda. Amanda is our nanny and Jude’s best friend in the whole wide world. She loved her swirly, extra cinnamon sugared treat.


I am told it is a sin to visit PCB without trying out Pineapple Willy’s, there I ordered a giant icy cold virgin Pina Colada, perfect on a hot summer day.



Each time we have made a trip to PCB my son leaves talking about “the upside down house,” Wonder Works Museum. As we drive along his face is usually squished against the window, screaming in excitement when he sees the building which looks as if it were lifted up into outer space and dropped (kerplunk) completely flipped upside down. Our last day in the city was overcast and rainy SO, Jude’s wish came true. Wonder Works is any kid’s dream; a tunnel that lets you feel 75 mile an hour winds, laying on a bed of nails, roller coaster simulators and more science labs than I could have imagined. Jude even got to step into an astronauts suit for a quick picture on the moon. Best buds and science… it doesn’t get any better.

Have you been to Panama City Beach? If so, what are your favorite places?


What I’m loving…

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015


Simply Tuesday: 

A book by Emily Freeman

Simply Tuesday Introduction from Emily P Freeman on Vimeo.

The world around us values those who hustle and produce. I am wired this way. Often I feel insignificant, less valuable, when I am not producing BIG things. Striving to be the best mother and wife, running a profitable business, achieving goals, even maintaining a clean, tidy home in the mist of chaos. This are the things that give me a sense of worth.

Can we embrace our smallness? Yes. It is time to embrace our small-living moments. Emily challenges readers to embrace Tuesdays, our most normal day. Tuesdays remind us who we are, that we are human.

“Small is an invitation to participate in something greater than ourselves.” (pg. 29) 

When we are made small, God is made bigger. Simply stopping to sit on a bench for a sweet chat with your neighbor or taking time in those little moments of wonder you see in your child’s eyes… It is in these small moments that we must live.

Grab a copy of Simply Tuesday and take enjoy a few small moments of your own.

Also, subscribe to Emily Freeman’s blog and start creating a space for YOUR soul to breathe.

Belong Magazine

A magazine for bloggers



“Belong Magazine is designed to celebrate the art and community of blogging. In all that we do, our mission is to inspire women to use their passions for a purpose in crafting and sharing honest words, images and ideas virtually to be life-giving and encourage others. It is our desire for women to know that they are enough, their voice matters, and that they have a place. They belong.”

I received a free copy of Belong Magazine at this year’s Allume conference. First of all, I was excited to dig into the pilot issue because it was beautifully printed. Clean, crisp with vivid green succulents on the cover. Opening any magazine I immediately begin scanning for recipes, though I knew this was a magazine for bloggers, I did just this. Ahhh… Yes! The pilot issue includes a recipe for Caramel Apple French Toast Casserole and a Strawberry Marshmallow Dip! I also enjoyed Styled Sophistication, an article on blog styling as well as What is Blogging, which focuses defining what blogging really is.

I am looking forward to purchasing my copy of  Belong Magazine, Issue #1, which began shipping this week! This magazine is also available for digital download.

Who We Might Become

A worship album by my friend Kirby Kaple

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We moved to Georgia in 2008 and quickly became friends with the lovely, talented Kirby Kaple. She and her husband Rob showed us Southern hospitality at its finest. I had never heard a Southern drawl until I met this sweet girl!

Kirby led worship at our church while I was pregnant with our son Jude. Our life was filled with her beautiful voice as we worshipped. As soon as our son began to talk, I could see his heart for Jesus and his special love for our friend Kirby. Somehow I know that he could hear her voice from inside me singing, “He loves us..”

Our friends have since moved. Kirby is working with House Fires a worship collective out of Atlanta, Georgia AND she has been working passionately to write and produce her very own album, Who We Might Become. Her words are heart felt, as her music so genuinely draws me closer to the King.

Go preorder your copy of Who We Might Become today on iTunes and receive 3 songs upon purchase!

Lollipop Bookmarks

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014


I love reading.

As a kid, my grandmother gave me a complete set of Little House on the Prairie books and I was completely hooked. I remember spending hours upon hours curled up under a blanket reading of the great adventures of the characters in my storybooks. I am a paper book girl. I love the turning the paper pages of my favorite novels, stacking books around my house, book shelves lined with beautiful bindings, bringing such color into our home.

These bookmarks are perfect for the many books I start at once. I am ALWAYS in need of a book mark. I usually resort to sticking all kinds of crazy things into my books to hold my spot until I can get back to the magic of the story; receipts, napkins, postcards. These bookmarks fit snugly down in my book bindings, peeking beautiful and bright out of the top of my favorite pages.



Scrapbook paper


Mod Podge or craft glue

Cooking skewers


I simply cut 2 circles out of scrapbook paper. Next, I coated the backside of each circle in Mod Podge. Place the pointed end of the cooking skewer in the middle of one paper circle and place the second glued backside onto the first circle. Press the two pieces of paper together around the stick until all edges are firmly stuck together. A little glue may spill over the edge… it’s ok, just wipe it off. Let the glue dry completely before using your Lollipop Bookmarks.


I filled a mason jar up with coffee bean and stuck these cuties inside… now I always have a bookmark.


What I am reading:

Longbourn, Jo Baker

Lady Catherine, the Earl and the Real Downton Abbey, The Countess of Carnarvon


Restless, Jennie Allen

Flying Paper Airplanes