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SHE’S ONE 

Our sweet baby girl turned one in the blink of an eye. I honestly don’t know where the year has gone. We had a great time celebrating Maryn Joy’s first birthday.  I’m so thankful for my sister who took all of these amazing pictures and so grateful our family and friends joined us on this special day.

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PARTY DETAILS 

 Maryn is wearing the cutest party hat I’ve ever seen and I’m keeping it forever. You can find it here.  Maryn’s romper was so perfect and fit the theme very well.

 

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DIY Banner- I bought the burlap triangles (already cut) from Hobby Lobby, glued it to twine and added gold stickers from Target! Paper arrows are from my friend’s Etsy shop, ArrowsEnd. (she’s currently on a break).

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DIY Birthday Banner – These banners can be a little pricy, but they are so easy to make. You just need card stock and string. The gold letter stickers are the same ones pictured above.

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DIY cake topper – decorative paper straws, card stock and string.

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Homemade teepee sugar cookies – These were a big hit and so delicious. The frosting didn’t turn out as smooth as I wanted, but still cute. You can find the recipe here (don’t forget to leave out the baking powder). I decorated the designs with a paintbrush and food coloring!

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You can find these adorable cupcake toppers here.

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Party Favors – I found these treat bags from Hobby Lobby, stamped them and threw in some candy, bubbles and tattoos!

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DIY gold animal jars – This turned out to be one of my favorite things! I bought a few canning jars at Hobby Lobby along with a packet of plastic animals. We spray painted the animas and tops with gold paint. Decorate with your favorite candy! These would also make great favors for any shower or birthday.

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I loved the subtle details on the food table. I found this print on Etsy and my dad picked up this gorgeous cactus at Lowes (another favorite from the party).

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I wrapped leftover yarn and craft feathers around paper straws.

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I found the big 40 inch balloons on Etsy and they were amazing. The number one balloon lasted a week and my friend used it the following weekend for her daughter’s birthday!  (#1 balloon)    (Round balloon). I hung a curtain rod at the top of the fence and just draped white curtains to create a simple backdrop for Maryn’s smash cake moment. We already had the teepee, so I just placed it along the fence.

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I bought the tassel behind the teepee here. I was very strategic with the decor pieces I bought because I wanted to buy things that I could repurpose. I figured there’s no sense in buying these things if you’re just going to throw away or store in a box!

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The tassels hanging from the branches are just yarn cut and tied together! My friend sent me the idea and we knocked them out in just a few short minutes!

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CAKE SMASH 

It took her awhile, but she really got into the cake. I think she would have eaten the whole thing if we would have let her!

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IT’S MY PARTY .  .  . 

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OUTFIT CHANGE 

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This day was magical and I can’t wait to share these memories with her one day!

 

 

 

Bedroom Clutter

I talk a lot about small spaces and that’s because we’re currently living in a smaller house, so I’m trying to adjust. Organization is key. I love these shelves from Ikea, they fit in small spaces and hold a lot of storage.

I found this works great in the bedroom to help keep my jewelry, books, purses and other accessories organized. Baskets are great for these cubes because you can hide a lot of things, but looks minimalistic. {I keep purses, wallets and wristlets in the basket}

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Wall Gallery – West Elm Style

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Loving my new wall gallery, even though I feel like it’s not complete. It’s hard for me to really get into my home decor when I know we’ll probably be moving this time next year, but might as well do my best to make it feel like home.
 Here are a few of my tips along with some help from West Elm.
  • Hang whatever you want that fits your style!
  •  Work out your design on the floor before you start hanging! Take photos as you rearrange and choose your favorite layout. I always take photos and send them to a few of my friends for some advice.
  • Biggest pieces should always go in the center and then fill in. Only keep a few inches between each piece.
  • Add a pop of color and different textures.
  • There are no rules! You can add or exchange pieces as time goes on.

Community

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! Psalm 133:1

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We were in Connecticut last week on a retreat with our new friends at Q (Luke’s new job). I feel so thankful my husband works for an organization who value family, community and a break from reality. It was the ultimate getaway, but the evening dinner was my favorite part of the day.

Everyone was responsible for providing one meal to prepare and share with the group, which is such a fun idea! We poured a glass of wine and enjoyed amazing food that was skillfully prepared. There’s something special about sharing a meal with others, it’s one of my favorite things. One night, we discussed displacement and a sense of belonging in our different stages of life. So many insightful thoughts were shared and it made me think about how vital community and meaningful relationships are for our hearts.

If we don’t surround ourselves with community, we become isolated. Isolation can lead to discontentment and emptiness. Every time I’ve fallen into this cycle, it’s lead to brokenness in my life. If you’re reading this and don’t have community, I would encourage you to be proactive and put yourself out there. Pray and ask God to lead you in that direction. I’m not super outgoing, so it’s always a step outside my comfort zone. I promise, it’s totally worth it.

If you have no idea where to start your community search, I would encourage you to look inside your church first. Joining a house church or small group with others who are in similar stages of life is a great place to start. You can also find a book club, mom’s group, or branch out and start your own!

I’ve learned that life is always better when you’re doing it with others.

Hello Nashville

It feels surimage1real. I wake up a little startled in the morning because I forget where I am! This move was stressful in more ways than one and if it weren’t for our small group and Luke’s parents, we would still be in Atlanta packing the U-Haul. Seriously, ya’ll are amazing!

We spent the past five weeks driving back and forth looking for a place to live. We put an offer in on a dreamy historical home in Franklin, but lost to someone who offered 30k over asking with cash..what?!  We were bummed, but decided renting was the best option at this time. Finding a place to rent was excruciating, but the Lord is good and always comes through. We found a small three bedroom located in- between downtown Franklin and Cool Springs…not the exact location we wanted, but we’re happy and thankful!

The garage is still packed full of boxes, a lot of stuff will have to be stored in the attic until the next move because we’re out of space! I’m starting to feel settled and more at home as the days go by. We are excited about this new adventure, stay tuned!

Here are a few sneak peaks of the new place…

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Cincinnati – Atlanta – Nashville

Music City…here we come!

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It feels like yesterday we were in the midst of transitioning from Cincinnati to Atlanta. Now, 18 months later, we’re on the move again. We left behind best friends, family and great memories in Ohio and I didn’t think it was possible to recover from that. It took awhile, but Georgia grew on us and we are so sad to leave. We’ve met a lot of great people, had a baby and put our 20’s behind us in the past several months. Ohio and Georgia will always have a place in our hearts and I’m confident we’ll feel the same way about Tennessee.

Taking another job and moving to another city is risky, overwhelming and exhausting, I can’t even begin to explain how crazy the past few weeks have been and we’ve got a few more before we feel settled and can finally relax, but that’s what an adventure is all about.

“There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind”  CS Lewis

 

Nursery Design

I had the best time creating and designing my daughter’s nursery while I anxiously awaited her arrival. I’ve received so many sweet comments and questions over the past several months, so I thought I would share a few of my thoughts and ideas.

First, you need to know that I didn’t have a lot of space to work with. This is a very small room, but I made it work, so don’t stress about space! There are only a few pieces you need to make your nursery functional; crib, dresser and rocker..that’s it! I mostly used my wall space to create the environment I envisioned.

Second, if you don’t want to do your nursery around a theme, you have a few options. You can  choose a color palette and design your bigger pieces around those colors. (check out Design Seed for inspiration). You can also choose an object, like a painting and pull ideas and colors from that. My first nursery piece was a painting I purchased from Hannah Crosby (check out her website/blog here). From there, I knew that I wanted to incorporate elephants/animals, gold and travel…random, right?!

The painting (aka my inspiration) is the center piece and the other prints along with the gold decals are from Etsy. Can we talk about this rug?! Rugs are simple, but create the perfect statement for your room. I knew that I wanted some kind of tribal print, but couldn’t find one that was reasonably priced. I even had my husband on the search, he ended up finding the winner at (DENYDESIGNS).

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Decorate around that pesky thermostat, but keep it crisp and simple. Both pieces from TJ Maxx.

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Books are important, so why not display them?! The floating shelves are from Ikea and only $14.99!

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Recently, I created a little space below the bookshelves. The dog loves this spot more than the baby, but at least someone is enjoying it. This little chair was my Grandpa’s, he stole it from his Sunday school class when he was a kid (dead serious). My dad fixed it up, painted it and it looks brand new. I love functional and sentimental.

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I was browsing the clearance section at Home Goods one day and found this. I carried it to the front of the store and every woman stopped me and asked if they could have it..not even kidding.

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Finding a comfortable chair is important because you’ll be rocking and nursing that sweet baby around the clock! I wanted a simple, neutral color because I figured I could easily find a place for it after it serves its purpose (BuyBuy Baby). The gold ottoman (Overstock) is a great statement, but also practical. I added the side table (Target) a few days post baby because I needed a place for my water, phone and nipple cream (gross, but necessary during that first week).

Side Note: the Keekaroo changing pad is probably my favorite baby item to date.

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ORGANIZATION IS KEY

Small rooms come with small closets, so I needed to get creative. I bought two bookcases from Ikea to place inside the closet, but only one fit…major bummer. However, this bookcase helps organize books, shoes and other accessories, so it’s still a win. Also, babies grow out of their clothes very quickly, so I started to store them in plastic bins and label them by size and they easily fit on the top shelf. I’m sure I’ll thank myself later for this.

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I keep the dresser drawers organized with drawer dividers from the Container Store. Easy access to lotion, hand sanitizer, pacifiers and toys are important while you’re changing those diapers, so I wanted to find some good storage that would be visual. My husband spotted these elephant organizers in Pottery Barn Kids one day, they are perfect because they hold everything you need and don’t take up a lot of space.

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There you have it, my secrets to a simple and cute nursery.