Friday Faves :: links I love

Friday Faves

this fizzy popsicle drink would be so fun + tasty for summer!


I loved this post entitled Kids Have Big Ears. Any mama can tell you that they receive comments from strangers (and others) about their kids. But how we respond to those comments is what makes the difference.

Choose to speak truth in front of your children. And that truth is this: “Children are a gift from the Lord. The fruit of the womb is a reward.


Although this is entitled Things that Discourage Millenial Spiritual Leaders, I found myself very encouraged by this post.


I always love reading practical tips from Denise & her husband about marriage. They encourage me to love my husband better during the day to day routine instead of waiting for the once-a-year anniversary, birthday, or other special occasions.

“Fun times and special memories don’t require anything but a heart that says, “yes.” Yes, to your spouse, yes to their whims, yes to their desires, yes, to having fun wherever you are.”


A few weeks ago, I snagged some Tinkertoys & Lincoln Logs at a yard sale. They’ve been such a hit with my kids that I checked Amazon to see how much they cost. I don’t know if this is typical, but this was the first option* that came up and I had to do a triple-take on that price! Almost $160? That sounds crazy to me, but maybe that’s the going rate for them. Do you know? I also found another option called Fiddlestix*. They look pretty similar and are much cheaper. If you’ve ever found a steal of a deal on Tinkertoys or Lincoln Logs (or “off brands”), please let me know!

So what’s your weekend look like?
We’re heading home from Kentucky today. It’s 8 hours in the car, so I’m definitely going to be hitting up an audiobook {thinking about Persuasion by Jane Austen after reading these commentsif my little ones decide to sleep during the journey. We’ll see how that plan goes… :)


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because i don’t have anything else to do

A couple weeks ago, my husband convinced me to get a new theme for this site.

We are still having marital difficulties over that decision.

{long awkward pause}

I’m kidding. We had them; that is true. But we kissed and made up about it.

Aaaaanyway, I’ve been using little pockets of time to try to figure out this new theme, how to change it to look the way I want, and blahblahblah. It has not produced blood or sweat, but I may have shed a few tears over it one night. Basically, website development is not my thing. But I’m learning; so that’s a positive, right?

One of the things I’ve been working on is a new logo. I’m not a very decisive person. As in, my husband frequently shows me much patience + grace while waiting for me to decide on ice cream flavors, menu items, and well, pretty much everything else. So, I’ve come up with a few logo options and would love to get your input. You know when you work on something for forever and feel like you can’t see straight anymore? I’m about to that point.

So, here are five options:

:: ONE ::wc png 500

:: TWO ::circle wc png500

:: THREE ::

:: FOUR ::outline

:: FIVE ::ink splash white text

Which one do you like best? Or do you dislike them all? I’d love to get your opinion!
There’s one I’m leaning towards because of the website design & one I love just because I love it. Which is precisely why I need help. Thank you, o ye graphic design lovelies!

Friday Faves :: graphic tee crush

Friday Faves

Friday Faves! And today, I’ve got to share a recent crush I’ve acquired for graphic tees.

When I say “recent” I really mean “over the past year.” See, terminology changes when you get out of high school. A recent crush for a teen is like, this morning. Because it changes so frequently. Trust me, I’m not hating on teenagers. I love them. In fact, I even used to be one and greatly enjoyed most of the process.

Anyway, how’d we get off track? Oh yeah, crushes.
So I think I first started noticing cute graphic tees via instagram. When I started following these tee shirt companies just so I could try to win their free products – you know how that goes? And somehow down the line, they sucked me in to their vortex of creativity + cute products. I haven’t shelled out any green to them yet, but you know, making a little post like this is shelling out some crazy kind of admiration. I haven’t used the “L” word in this relationship yet. It’s too soon for that. But we’re definitely on a “like” basis, even if we haven’t attained “love” status to this point.

I was browsing around this week, looking for some cute shirts to put on my “I would buy this…” pinterest board and decided now was a good time to declare this crush to you, my faithful blog readers. The good thing is this: you can’t take my crush from me. In fact, everyone can have a crush on cute graphic tees and it won’t spoil this relationship. May you gain inspiration. And maybe even a new shirt.

a little graphic

1: This thinking trend tee cracks me up. But so true, right?
2: This ferris wheel tee is just fun! And makes me want to go to a fair.
3: Who couldn’t use a paper shirt in their life?*
4: This VW one is just awesome. And makes me think of curtains hanging in the van windows. Probably some sort of yellow flower patterned curtain at that.
5: This shirt would be perfect for road tripping, no?
6: I definitely would be singing “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” every time I wore this shirt. My kids would love it. My husband? uhhh…I think I would be aiding in his sanctification process.*
7: This shirt makes me want to go camping. & eat s’mores. & burnt hot dogs. #yum
8: I don’t really bike. But I still like this shirt and would totally wear it with pride. until someone asked me if I biked…at which point I would have to
a) lie,
b) sheepishly say “no” or
c) pretend not to have heard them and run away.
I think ‘c’ would definitely be the best option.

So, how is your relationship with graphic tees? Non-existent? Tight? Or the ever popular “it’s complicated” option via facebook? 😉
Happy Weekending, my friends!


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* = amazon referral link // happy shopping!

DIY World Map Wall Art

Oh, by the way, we painted a world map on our wall.

diy world map

I debated about even posting this home tidbit, because:
1) We did this over a year ago (right before Miles was born) &
2) I had a hard time taking a good picture of the room.

But I figured this might be an inspiration to someone. Despite my obviously lacking skills in photography. Which is slightly painful, so let’s not even talk about it, mkay?

We started by painting the wall with chalkboard paint from Lowe’s. Yes, you could probably make your own. Yes, it would be a lot cheaper. No, I didn’t think of it until we had bought the paint. And no, I don’t really regret it.
I save regrets for things like not eating that 4th piece of brownie. Important things, you know.

diy world map3

We picked up 2 of these paint markers from Hobby Lobby using a 40% off coupon:

diy world map2

Jonathan got to work.

What – you thought I did all of this? Nope. I was totally planning on it, but I told him my idea and then he just ran with it. Clearly I didn’t attempt to stop him. I was 8 3/4 months pregnant, by the way. This was one of those projects I put on my mental ‘I’d-like-to-do’ list and then when Miles decided not to come early, I figured we might as well get busy doing something else so we wouldn’t go cRaZy waiting on the babe.

I found an outline of the world, Jonathan set up his laptop & projector, and we took turns tracing.

diy world map1

After a day of painting and tracing, we were left with this:

diy world map

We use the map to show our kids where friends & family live and we point out where missionaries are while we pray for them. My hope is to use it even more when our kids get older. Anything to help them get a big picture perspective on their world is a good thing in my book. This is just one avenue we’re using to help them learn.

This whole project took about 4 hours & was under $40. Over a year later, we still love it!

Hope it’s an inspiration to you!

Friday Faves :: homemade granola bar recipes

We head out this weekend for my husband’s classes in Kentucky, so I’ve been attempting to gather some breakfast/snack foods to bring with us. Thanks to Pinterest, I’ve come across some tasty bar recipes that I just had to share.

These bars have quinoa in them! How fun is that? I would like to try these, but would probably just use peanut butter instead of PB2.

075 pb2 granola bars

Almond Butter Granola Bars // these sound amazing. Packed with dried fruit + seeds, I know these Almond Butter Granola Bars would keep me full for a while.


Peanut Butter Granola Bars // a fun snack food I know my kiddos would love!


Banana Oatmeal Bars // no added sugar! dried cranberries! oats! yum!


Coconut Bars // I have never bought whole dates, which is what these delicious sounding Coconut Bars call for. Forgive me, but every time I see the large container in Sam’s Club, I just see a container of roaches. Gag, right? But it’s true. However, I may break down and ask my husband to buy some for me buy a container one day. I’d just have to get over the gag reflex first. Do you use dates?


Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Bars // gluten free, these guys are also a healthy option for breakfast or a snack!


And now I must ask – do any of you have a healthy-ish bar recipe you love?
I’ve been using this one for a year or two & we love it. I’m just looking for something a bit less sweet. Would love to know your favorites!

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