Lumberjack Birthday Party


The year has flown by and my older kids are both turning another year older this week. 
How is my oldest 9 already? It seems like it was just yesterday when we brought her home from the hospital, but that was almost a decade ago!!

 We can't stop the time from flying by, the only thing we can do is live every moment to the fullest. 
Love each other, cuddle our kidos while they still like to be cuddle, read aloud to them while they still love bed time stories and spend as much time with them as possible. 


We celebrated their birthdays this weekend with family and friends. It was a such a fun day.
 At the end of the day, my son told me that he wished it was morning again and he could have his party all over again. I agree with you my dear, it went by way to fast. 

This year our theme was lumberjack inspired, both boy and girl friendly. 

Felt boys crown and the girls berry crowns are DIY. The supplies are from craft warehouse
Lanterns are from amazon
Trees are from amazon 
Table runner is from amazon 
Straws are from amazon 
Happy Birthday banner is from amazon 

-Love this years theme, it ties in with my christmas decor so well :)-

-Dessert Table-
Cakes are from our favorite bakery (I just put some animals and trees on them)
Cookies are home made. You can find the recipe here 

Living for Him....




I recently had an opportunity to meet an amazing and selfless woman. Every month she opens her house to young married women, and ministers to them, just as Titus 2:3-5 teaches us.

She has been ministering for 12 years now. She talks about how we should love our husbands and children, how to be graceful, and thankful in everything, how to dwell on the good and get rid of all bitterness in our lives. 

It was such an amazing evening that the time flew by way to fast. I could listen to her speak for hours. 


As stay at home moms, we may sometimes feel that our work is not important. But the bible says that it is God's will for us to minister to our children and husband before anyone else. 
We are to raise our children with all our hearts, and raise them for God's glory.

 

Last week I had a thought on my mind all week long. Why did God put all of these people on earth? Are we here to live for ourselves? To be selfish and do what ever we please? Is that really why God made us? NO, He is the king. He put us on this earth to glorify Him. To live for Him. Everything is for Him. We raise our children for Him, we honor our husband for Him. 
We are on this earth for such a short while, why not live for Him while we have the opportunity. 


Blessings, 



Its the most wonderful time of the year...


This is truly the most wonderful time of the year. I love everything from the Christmas music to decorating the house. 

 My kids were so excited to decorate the tree this year, they kept asking me for days if it was time yet. This year I gave them free rein with the decorating.   All I did was string the lights on and put the hooks on the the ornaments for them. Emily (my 8 year old) and Nico (5 year old)  brought a step stool and did a great job arranging all the ornaments on the tree.  William (my two year old) was  excited to help out to, watching him carefully take the ornaments from my hands and and run to the tree and find the perfect branch for it melted my heart. My little baby is growing up to fast. Off course, he ended up hanging 5 ornaments on one branch, but I didn't even mind. 

The kidos are growing up so fast, all I can do is love them, treasure them and bless them every day. 
I may not be able to give them all the "things" I would like to, but I can give them precious memories. 

Last night we decided to take a spontaneous trip to the grotto.
Bundled up and with warm drinks in hand, we walked though the paths and took in all the lights, we watched two different choirs perform, and outdoor puppet show and some animals at the petting zoo, including a real live camel! 

It was a beautiful night and a perfect way to kick off this holiday season. 












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Holiday Gift Ideas for the whole family with Uncommon Goods

This post was in collaboration with Uncommon Goods. All opinions are my own. 

December is fast approaching and it is an extra busy month for us. Think holiday preparations plus two kids birthdays. In order to actually get everything done on my check list, I have to start in November. I started planning my kids party a few weeks ago, and bought them birthday gifts which are now wrapped up and waiting for their big day!

 Now, I am shopping for christmas gifts for my family. 
I don't know about you, but I buy almost all of my gifts online. This way I can shop from the comfort of my couch, and find the best price on the things on my kids wishlist, and the most unique and special things for my husband and friends. 

When companies contact me to collaborate, I always check them out and ask myself if this is something I would buy, eat, or wear? If not, then I decline. 

When I went to check Uncommon Goods christmas gift ideas, I was amazed at all of their high quality and unique items. They have alot of handcrafted pieces, which are my favorite, I am a huge on sentimental gifts, I love to give and receive gifts that are special, unique and something I would treasure for a long time. 

Uncommon Goods is run out of Brooklyn NY, out of a historic army terminal. Not only are half of their items handmade here in the US, but one third of their entire collection features recycled/up cycled materials! 
Oh, and their lowest paid seasonal worker starts at 50% above the minimal wage. I don't know about you, but this sounds like an amazing company to support. 

I created a wish list with my favorites for men, kids and ladies. Now, hopefully my hubby won't peak, because he will be getting a few of these things :) 



1. This stylish smartphone dock is handcrafted from driftwood gathered from the beaches of Maine. It is beautiful and functional, something I would love to see on my husbands nightstand.
2. This timeless maple wood watch is one of my top picks for my hubby, it is certainly a unique piece which will spark conversation.  The watch maker also plants a new tree for every watch produced! 
3. I love this beautifully crafted wooden domino set. Something we can play with the family and leave out as a decorative piece in the living room. 
4. This beautiful chain has a unique love tuner on it. The chain has a small meditative flute, to be worn on a chain. This copper and brass pendant plays therapeutic tones with simple inhales and exhales through the mouth. Offering a stress-reducing sensation by focusing on your breath.
5. I know my husband would love this adventurer multi tool clip watch. It includes seven tools: a watch, bottle opener, knife, screwdriver, compass, tweezers, and a toothpick all in one design which can be attached to keys, bag or belt loop.
6. I am a sentimental person, and love saving our ticket stubs to look back at. With this ticket stub diary, you can save and organize your precious memories. 
7. I love this mustache mug! It has 14 iconic mustaches from historic figures, Not sure which stache is which? A numbered answer key is printed on the bottom of the mug.
8. This working mans hygiene kit is something I am getting my hubby, 
the manly salves, scrubs and balms are specially made to meet the needs of the working man. From soothing sore feet, to healing cracked lips and knuckles.


You can find more gift ideas for men here


1. All three of my kids would love this wood rocker! The kids can all take turns rocking out! There is an app you can install on your smart phone, which you then attach to the guitar and play by strumming on the screen in 4 different modes.
2. The on the go art kit is too cute! it includes all the materials you need to complete eight projects based on the work of Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O'Keeffe, Henri Matisse, and other modern art masters. Perfect for road trips, plane trips or when we go out to eat. 
3. This Goldilocks and three bears play set is adorable, I know that both my daughter and son would love it. It comes in a carrying case which would be perfect for travel! 
The kit includes a picture book and the house and furniture which fit easily together like a 3D puzzle, after they are finished, they just break it apart and put it back into the case, which can be stored on their bookshelf. 
4. It's not a secret that my daughter loves to craft! This fairy kit is adorable. It has everything you need to make fairy houses, beds, necklaces, and off course the cute little fairies. 
5. Love this, construction plate and utensil, perfect for my picky two year old. Think it will make him want to eat his vegetable? It's worth a try :)
6. Another great shared gift for my kidos is this adorable ice cream truck! Perfect for playing indoors and out. 

You can find more kids gift ideas here
1. I adore the selection of personalized art that uncommon goods carries. This is family cameo portrait is one of my favorites, something I would treasure and pass down to my kids.  
2. This mama here can use some spa time. This farm fresh spa tin includes everything I would need. It is handcrafted in Alabama and is made of Goat's milk, lavender, and shea butter, just reading that is soothing to me :)
3. This mother & daughter letter book set has to be the greatest idea ever! The set includes 40 cards for mothers and daughters to complete and exchange. Once completed, the cards find their way back into the secret pockets of the book. Full with sentiment, each personalized book is meaningful way to honor your bond, and be passed down from generation to generation as an heirloom from the heart.  They also have a grandparent & grandchild book.  
4. I am a big fan of dainty jewelry. This custom morse code necklace is so beautiful! You can customize it with your name or a secret message like "i love you" or an anniversary date. 
5. I love this Love pillow! It is printed with the well known love verses from 1 Corinthians. This is something that is beautiful, functional, and unique. 
6. Ok, this 60 hour coiled candle is a show stopper! The 100% beeswax candle coil is fed in small increments through the candle clip. Once you run out, you can buy the refill. I have to say, I have never seen anything like it and would adore to get one for myself. 

You can find more gift ideas for ladies here


Happy Holidays!
Love Always,






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Weekend Getaway to the Coast


This past weekend hubby surprised us with a little weekend getaway to the coast. It is not the most ideal time to go to the Oregon Coast, it being November and all, but it has been raining non stop for the past month, so we were really itching to get out of the house for a little while.

The house we stayed in, was right on the beach and had a big fireplace and huge windows to watch the crashing waves. Cozying up on the couch with the family is just what we needed. 
This was probably one of our most relaxing weekend getaways we have ever went on. I had to time to read, do my bible study lesson and go explore the beach with the family. 


-I am a little shocked at how big William has gotten, he is growing like a weed, soon he will catch up to his brother-

-Out combing the beach for treasures-




-Found some huge pieces of drift wood that the storm brought in-

-The beach house we stayed in was so dreamy-

-They are always up for an adventure-


-These two were up bright and early, so we played board games until daddy and little brother woke up for breakfast-

-The view is amazing-

-It cleared up on Sunday-

-The house has 2 huge decks that wrap around the house, the kids loved running around them-

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Gluten Free Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies


This mama has been busy experimenting with GF recipes. One thing on my list to perfect are chocolate chip cookies. I made a batch last week and they were so gritty, my son had one and asked me if he could please just the regular cookies. Poor guy, I don't blame him. 
Then a few days later, I tried another recipe and they were so hard and dense. 
This time, I decided to try my regular recipe, but make it with my favorite gluten free flour mix and some xanthan gum. Well my friends, I did it! I found the perfect recipe for gluten free cookies. They are soft, chewy and no grittiness!  
My son and daughter both loved these and agreed that they taste just like the regular cookies. 



This recipe makes 12 big cookies. 

Print recipe HERE





INGREDIENTS:


1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips


Directions:



1.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone liner and spray with oil.
2.
In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Sift in the dry ingredients  and mix until blended. Stir in the chocolate/butterscotch chips by on the lowest setting of your stand mixer or by hand with a wooden spoon.
Drop cookie dough 1/4 cup at a time onto the prepared cookie sheets. Cookies should be about 3 inches apart.
3.Bake for 11-13 minutes, in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.











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