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Favorite Things Party

Friday, February 9, 2018

Last week I hosted the 7th Annual Favorite Things Party! As always, we had such a great night; awesome gifts, yummy food and great fellowship with some of my dearest friends! 

A recap on how it works:
Everyone took 3 of the same of their favorite things for $10 or less along with an optional favorite appetizer or dessert. 

When it was time for the exchange everyone took turns to show their favorite thing that they brought, and explain to everyone why they like it.
 I then drew names one at a time out of a bowl, once your name was called it was your turn to go up and choose a favorite thing from the table. We did 3 rounds of that so each girl went home with 3 new favorite things!

Here's what we brought:

Me: All the necessities for a relaxing detox bath--a bag of Epsom salts with a few drops of Eucalyptus oil added, Bigelow Lemon & Ginger + probiotic tea, and a Eucalyptus candle 

Trisha: Her favorite books--"If You Only Knew" "You Are Free" and "Uninvited"

Jessica: The Green Glove Dryer

Amanda: goodies from The Vintage Stop; a wire basket and canvas tote

Val: round beach towel

Emily: Amika dry shampoo and texture spray

Mindy: Dr. Teals Epsom Salts (Lavender or Coconut Oil) and Batiste dry shampoo 

Lisa: Spongelle body buffer sponge and Mango Diet Coke

Marcie: Gold Bond healing foot cream, pedicure kit and nail polish 

Rochelle: warm liner socks (perfect for wearing booties in the winter) (from Target) and Moroccan Oil Lotion 

Lyndsey: Pink Himalayan Salt Lamp 

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Robb turns 34!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Robb turned 34 on the January 22nd!

We celebrated him with a date night out for dinner and to see The Greatest Showman. 

We also celebrated his and my sister Lisa's birthdays at FireRock Grille with my parents and the kids,  and also with Robb's family at Carinos. 

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Friday Photo Dump

Friday, February 2, 2018

having some family fun in the snow

Jovie has the life :)

Although I hate the cold, the snow is so pretty.

After a nice long break it was back to the mat in January. Feels good to be back at it.

dreaming of warm weather vacation on a blustery day

Dr. Jovie's advice on staying healthy, "just eat good food and Jesus will heal you!"

Gray spotted a rare visitor in our front yard!

Ready for a fun field trip to gymnastics 

She was a little unsure at first but totally loved it!

Showing off her #noondaystyle

sibling slumber party!

Trisha and I at Moxie Matters tour!

Jen and Nichole were amazing!

Prima Ballerina 

Jovie and I had a fun morning when she was star helper in her class 

This guy was Star Student of the week! 

A big cup of fuel before getting to work on my sample sale.

Eating a Butterfinger while making kale chips, it's about balance right?! :)

She got her mama's baking skills. 
I apologize in advance to her future husband and kids, but I fully endorse Zeeland Bakery for baked goods of any kind. 

visit to the Lake with Dad while Mom was at Woven.

My bedroom door was flown open by a cute boy who should have been sleeping, this piece of paper was thrown in, and the door was quickly shut again followed by running footsteps back to his room. 
This sort of stuff isn’t the norm for my sweet middle, and that makes it all the more special. 
Melt my heart.

I found this progression of photos to be quite funny!
My "not so grand" idea to use a sled as a snowboard...

Fun at the Winter Party at church 

taking a quick rest in their teepee fort on a family hike in our woods. 

Celebrating my dad's 60th birthday!

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Friday Favorites

Friday, January 26, 2018

"These are a few of my favorite things" (lately) 

I got this cookbook for Christmas, and although I'm not doing a Whole30 challenge (and probably never will be, ha)  I LOVE the recipes!
We've made several of them, they are easy (Robb even made a couple of them while I was gone!) and they are so flavorful and delicious!

I'm loving this song.
Reckless Love - Cory Asbury

I'm a huge fan of podcasts! I listen whenever I'm folding laundry, cleaning the house or prepping dinner.
I loved Candace Cameron Bure as a guest on Jamie Ivey's podcast "The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey Episode #176"
I love how Candace remains true to her Christian values while in the entertainment and fashion/beauty industry. And of course, I love Full/er House, because I need some cheesy entertainment in my life ;)

I just made the Modern Leather Tote from Noonday Collection my new favorite "must have" bag!
It's made in India with the softest leather, and provides dignified work and fair income to the Artisans! 

The Root Collective is another amazing company that ethically makes the cutest boots and shoes, and creates jobs for the people who need them in Guatemala! 
PS. Candace Cameron Bure is a fan of them too, and I already mentioned I'm a fan of hers!
I have my eyes on these Chloe wedges once they are back in stock!
You can save 15% on ANY purchase using this link :)

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Woven By Love Retreat

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

I had another amazing weekend at the Woven By Love Retreat for adoptive and foster moms.
This was my 3rd year and it just keeps getting better!

Rebekah Lyons was our General Session speaker. She was amazing!

It's such a gift to be surrounded by this community of women who understand both the joy and struggles of adoption!

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Noonday SHINE Conference

Thursday, January 18, 2018

I just got back from an amazing weekend in Austin, TX for the Noonday Collection SHINE Conference.
It was packed full of encouraging speakers, amazing leaders, like-minded ambassadors, and delicious food!

This was my first time traveling alone, I felt like a true adult! Thankfully, I did meet up with some fellow ambassadors and we navigated the airport terminals, city bus route, and journey to our hotel as a team!

Our emcee for the weekend was the one and only Jamie Ivey!

I "fan-girled" so hard, the only thing I could think to say to her was that she had killer legs! Oh my word! 

The group of artisan partners from Uganda, Peru and India! It was so empowering hearing them speak about how Noonday is impacting their lives!

Team dinner of chips and guac and queso! 

I found this in my suitcase from my sweet and supportive hubby!

These POWERHOUSE women started it all!
Jalia  (Artisan partner from Uganda) and Jessica (founder of Noonday Collection) 

A picture with sweet Mercedes from Peru

Adoptive mom group out for dinner Friday night!

About to head to the Spring Line fashion show!

Taking my new Spring Line lookbook along to pour over at the PJ party!

Pic with my incredible roomies Saturday morning. 

Book signing with Jamie Ivey
I redeemed myself a little, and this time I asked her who her favorite pod-cast guest was! (She had to think hard, but said "Sally Lloyd Jones!)

Jen Hatmaker was a guest speaker at one of the General Session, she had me laughing and crying in true "Jen Hatmaker" form!

Jessica and I posing for a picture!

Awards and Recognition Dinner

I left Austin Sunday morning with a heart full of love for this world changing company!

What I took away from this conference was that even though my impact seems small, and I have a lot of growing I'd like to see happen in my business, my contribution DOES matter, and it is making a difference. It's an honor to be a part of!

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