11 February 2018

DIY Valentine treats and FREE printables!

I have five kids with Valentine's parties in two days and I obviously haven't gone to Target to buy cards. Because my kids were off all week for conferences and because I don't take six kids to stores all at once because I really like my sanity, I wanted to see what I could do from home. So I came up with these little printables, made a few clicks on Amazon Prime for little cellophane bags and candy, and voila! 

Extra bonus: my boys aren't disgusted by the ooey gooey sentiments on most cards. 
"I am NOT giving any cards away that say love or cute or anything." Mmmmkay.

I thought I'd share the love, and give you guys free printables if you're in the same boat! My girls are giving away little baggies of animal crackers, two boys are doing m&m's, and one is doing Smarties! They each get a role in filling the bags and signing their name and everyone is happy. 

Just fill each little bag (ours are Wilton 4x6"), fold over and staple shut. Cut labels and fold in half. Have your kid sign the back before attaching to the baggie with another staple. An easy and fun project for your next Valentine's party that you can do together!

HERE are the printables for each!

Happy Valentine's Day!

26 January 2018

quick and easy blueberry sunshine muffins

Something I've discovered over the last six months is that I LOVE using my essential oils in the kitchen. Part of that might be because I don't actually have to plan ahead and have ingredients on hand - I mean, let's be real. It's so easy to bump the flavor up in your favorite dishes with so many amazing options. Like these blueberry muffins! If I wanted the same amount of orange flavor that I get from four drops of my orange vitality oil, I would have to zest two oranges. Which is fine if I have oranges, but I didn't this morning. So I whipped out my little bottle of sunshine and bam! Done.
I've been challenging myself to get out of the cereal rut with my kids - something a little more filling and nutritious to start their days off right. Bonus if it's warm and cozy, too. And this recipe fits the bill!
These are my Blueberry Sunshine Muffins and they are delicious! They're also easy to whip up, which is awesome (because complicated isn't my thing), and perfect if you have little helpers. The addition of Cinnamon Bark Vitality is not only tasty, it helps even out blood sugar levels, so that there isn't that dreaded midmorning crash - your kids will make it all the way to snack time 😉
Here we go!
Blueberry Sunshine Muffins
serves 12
one cup rolled oats
one cup 2% milk
one tablespoon apple cider vinegar
one cup all purpose or whole wheat flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg, beaten
4 drops Orange Vitality 
1 drop Cinnamon Bark Vitality
1/4 cup avocado or coconut oil
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Either line a muffin tin with paper liners, or spray with cooking spray. (Trader Joe's has coconut oil spray and it's my favorite.)
Put the vinegar into your one cup measuring cup and fill the rest of the with milk (you're essentially making buttermilk), then add in a cup of oats and set aside.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
Add the beaten egg, your vitality oils, and the oil to the milk/oat mixture and whisk gently. Add to the flour mixture and stir just until all the ingredients are mixed. Gently fold in the blueberries.
Pour evenly between your twelve muffins tins and bake for 15-18 minutes, until golden on top and a toothpick comes out clean. Voila! A sunshiney, comforting, mostly healthy way to start your day!
And if you're into nutrition info, each muffin has about 150 calories, 6g of fat, and 3g of protein.

*if you don't have vitality oils yet, never fear! sub the zest from two oranges and 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.

17 January 2018

intentional: more than just a word

I had this whole vision of what my phrase for 2018 would be: let your heart be light. Approach all things with joy, and when that seems impossible, work through that. but then, God kind of nudged my heart to go a little deeper and changed up my plans. #likehedoes 


That’s the word that has come into my mind and onto my heart over and over again the past couple of weeks. Intentional in my marriage, in my parenting, in my faith, in my work, in my friendships, with my time. I confess that I am the queen of distraction, that I can so easily lose focus, that I don’t always invest myself wisely. So here’s to 2018, to living more intentionally, and to letting my heart be light and filled with joy, even when it may not come easily. To being a better version of myself, by His 

And intentional in using my voice and sharing my heart.
For so long I have hesitated. I've written so many posts in my mind, always longed to put my heart and my mind into tangible words. But then time swallows up opportunity, or distractions appeal more immediately, or let's be honest, I need to binge watch The Crown.

But if for no one else, if just for me, I want to write them down. 
The things that matter to me, should be kept. So here is to a new year, and new beginnings, and to creating space to be intentional.

28 August 2017

it's in the little moments

I've missed this space. There are so many small, precious moments in this life that are easy to miss. I grasp onto them and think, "don't forget this." But inevitably I will. Life isn't always magical or awe inspiring. Most days are usually some variation of the day before. But there are all these tiny moments of magic. Little glimpses into the gift that this life is all day long, and when you string them all together, they add up to a life I never want to forget. 

So I want to preserve this space. I want to keep at as a place to remember. A place to glimpse the journey that is this precious life.

23 December 2016

an advent redeemed

If I'm being really honest, I've failed at my goal. To keep a quiet heart, to be reflective and intentional this advent. It's been a whirlwind this season - always feeling one step behind where I think I should be. Grand plans have fallen victim to unending to do lists. We are two days away from Christmas and I long for quiet. 

The great thing though, about living a life swallowed up by God's grace, is that it's never too late. He knows my heart and my circumstance and my longing for Him. I think back to that first Christmas. I imagine things weren't quiet and serene for Mary either. That she didn't have time to ponder and reflect as she rode nine months pregnant on the back of a donkey along dusty roads into Bethlehem. The quiet came after. That night in the manger, taking in her new baby, knowing but not knowing how great and wonderful and full of love the world just became. 

That's what I'm trusting God for right now, tonight. That in the midst of the whirlwind of the days leading up to Christmas, there will be moments of quiet. To sit and reflect on this baby that came into the world and saved it. God in the flesh, right in our midst. 

I went to my son's Christmas performance this week, families filling the church to the brim, eager to hear their little ones sing loudly for all to hear. Away in a Manger and We Wish You a Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday to Jesus. Between classes taking the stage, there was a bit of a lull - siblings grew restless in the pews, parents shuffling and starting conversations, and our pastor stood up and directed everyone to their hymnals and asked all to join in singing Silent Night. No background music, just voices filling our little sanctuary with words that've been sung thousands of times. Tears filled my eyes as the beauty of that simple moment filled my heart. The hope of what's coming, of all the magic and grace and joy and peace and goodness that comes on Christmas morning, when the Light of the world came to live among us.

So maybe my advent hasn't looked the way I'd intended it. Jesus is still coming. He's still who my heart is celebrating. He still fills our great big world and my little tiny one with hope. Unending hope. And my heart could not be more grateful.

*this is a post I wrote a few years back that showed up on my facebook memories feed today and rang true, yet again. I thought I'd share it in case someone else can relate.