What We Do With Our Christmas Cards After Christmas

I hope you had a great Christmas! It has been a busy post-Christmas week here at our house. We've been doing some cleaning, purging, and rearranging around the house, made a visit to IKEA, several trips to the thrift store, and even did a few Craigslist deals. Our Christmas stuff is packed up and I am ready to ring in 2015, but first I thought I'd pass along this great idea that I got last year from my friend Jennifer, who is always an inspiration to me as a mother. If you are busy packing … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas!

I hope you have a blessed and beautiful Christmas!     … [Read more...]

Kate’s County Fair 1st Birthday Party

With Kate having a late fall birthday, I wanted to incorporate the season and it's beautiful colors into her party. After a quick search on Pinterest, I knew a county fair themed party would be the perfect way to celebrate Kate's first birthday, especially when I realized my vintage red & white baby dress was sized 12 months and would make an adorable party dress for our little sweetie pie! Before the party officially … [Read more...]

{Not So} Happy Easter

If my boys look a bit pitiful in this picture, it's because they were in the early stages of coming down with a nasty stomach virus that still has the both of them and myself in the bed as I type these words. I haven't been feeling well since Thursday, Jack started feeling it Friday night, and Aidan got it on Sunday morning (on top of his double ear infection), and it has been rough! Thankfully Phillip has not shown any signs of illness, so he has been lovingly and patiently taking care of the … [Read more...]

My Love/Hate Relationship with Pinterest

At the risk of sounding a bit melodramatic, I have to say that Pinterest has kind of changed my life. Both for the good and the bad. On the one hand, it has made it so much easier to save and to organize my online finds. You see, I was “pinteresting” a long time ago. I bookmarked websites, screen saved online pictures into Word Documents to save in an Inspiration Folder on my desktop. I even tore pages out of these things called magazines, and saved them in file folders marked Decorating, … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas!

From our family to yours...we wish you a beautiful and merry Christmas! Always, Amanda, Phillip, Jack, and Aidan … [Read more...]

Count Your Blessings

One of my all time favorite Christmas songs is a song that Bing Crosby sings in White Christmas called Count Your Blessings.  (My favorite version is sung by Diana Krall and you can listen to it here.) When I'm worried and I can't sleep I count my blessings instead of sheep And I fall asleep counting my blessings When my bank roll is getting small I think of when I had none at all And I fall asleep counting my blessings Whenever this song comes up on my playlist, I pause and smile as … [Read more...]

When Our Plans Fall Apart

I met the beautiful Jennifer Kindle of The Kindle Crew at Allume this year, and I don't know that I have ever met someone that I have SO MUCH in common with! I wish I could move her and her family from Texas to Atlanta so we could hang out all the time. She has four gorgeous kids and her heart and passion toward motherhood are such an inspiration to me. I asked her to share her thoughts today on how she is living where intention meets grace this Christmas season. Her words truly blessed me and I … [Read more...]

Why do you do that?

I had the privilege of sitting next to the beautiful Katie Sadler at the Allume "Newbies" Dinner and let me tell you, she is just as beautiful on the inside as she is out. She speaks my language of intention as she writes about intentionally pursuing God in all areas of her life on her blog Intentional Pursuit.  I have asked her to share with us today her thoughts on living with intention and grace this Christmas season, and here are her words of wisdom. As the sounds of Christmas music and … [Read more...]

Finding Relief from Christmas Pressure

Since my 31 Days Series has extended into December, I wanted to take the idea of living where intention meets grace and apply it to Christmas season, because that seems to be a time when so many of us begin to feel overwhelmed by the idea that we need to do more and  be better. Last week, I shared my own thoughts on embracing the imperfect at Christmas, and so now I thought it would be helpful to hear some thoughts from others who are doing the same. Today I would like to introduce you to … [Read more...]