10 Ways To Celebrate Baby’s 1st Christmas

Today I’m sharing with you 10 of the cutest, most unique ways to celebrate your baby’s 1st Christmas.  I’ve got lots of inspiration included in this post, from footprint keepsakes, to baby’s first ornament, to a special letter from Father Christmas himself, to a gallery of photos you can recreate with your little one.  There’s a lot of Christmas magic packed into this post.  So, I hope you enjoy this explosion of all things baby & I hope you and your little one have a very Merry Christmas!

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Cultivating Hospitality & Hygge- November PowerSheets Goals

Posted in Inspiration, Likes & Links, Organization
on November 5, 2017

Hi, friends!  Can you believe it is already November? As I’ve been brainstorming my PowerSheets Tending List Goals over this past week, I’ve decided to cultivate hospitality and hygge this month.  As we say goodbye to all things Halloween, and begin to embrace Thanksgiving & Christmas, I want to focus on a life-giving, organized home as well as simplicity and purposeful rest.

There is nothing quite like this season.  I love the transition of fall into the twinkling magic of Christmas-time.

How are you planning to make the most of the rest of 2017?  What do you hope to focus on in the month of November? Here is a peek at my PowerSheets Tending List for this month for some ideas and inspiration….

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12 Simple Halloween Treat Recipes

Posted in Family Traditions, Motherhood
on October 30, 2017

I’ve gathered together the cutest and easiest Halloween treat recipes that any little goblin or ghoul will happily eat up.  I love to feature talented foodie bloggers here, and these bloggers are completely amazing.  I can’t wait to try these recipes.  Which one will you try?  Will you have a favorite, or will you want to try them all like me?

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The Teal Pumpkin Project: A Safer, Happier Halloween For All Kids

Posted in Family Traditions, Home {Our Nest}, Motherhood
on October 29, 2017

The Teal Pumpkin Project, started by FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education), encourages families to offer non-candy options for trick ‘r treaters on Halloween.  This allows kids with food allergies or other sensitivities to participate.

A friend of mine has a daughter named Molly, and she has a peanut allergy.  Her allergy made Halloween a bit tricky until teal pumpkins started showing up on porches in their neighborhood.  Now, Molly {and her mommy} can enjoy Halloween just like all of the other families.

Here I’ll share with you more information about The Teal Pumpkin Project, how to participate, links for trinkets and toys to give away this Halloween, as well as FREE printable resources to help you decorate your porch and teal pumpkin.  Are you ready to join The Teal Pumpkin Project family?

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Cultivate What Matters: The 2018 PowerSheets Goal Planner

Posted in Inspiration, Likes & Links, Motherhood
on October 26, 2017

It’s been a happy day around here, friends!  The 2018 PowerSheets Goal Planner is now available in the Cultivate What Matter Shop.  Have you heard of this remarkable goal planner?  Do you need a new, creative way to keep you inspired all year-long?  Well, PowerSheets just might be the answer to all your prayers.  So, pull up a comfy seat, grab your latte, and get ready for the 2018 PowerSheets reveal.  Who’s ready to tackle some goals and live a simpler, purpose-filled life?  Me, me!!

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Luminous Nights: Chinese Lanterns Date Night At The Toledo Zoo

Posted in Life Lately
on October 16, 2017

Just the other night, my sweet hubby surprised with an amazing Date Night.  He whisked me off to the Toledo Zoo for the Luminous Nights, a Chinese Lantern extraordinaire.  Toledo Zoo is only the second zoo in the entire world to offer this beautiful spectacle of color and glowing light, and I am so thankful we got to see it.

If you live in the area, a trip to The Toledo Zoo for Luminous Nights is definitely worth the drive.  I feel so #blessed to live close enough to the Toledo Zoo. It’s an amazing place to visit for the entire family.

I can’t wait to share this awesome Date Night with you.  Let’s go…

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Coping With Miscarriage & Loss: The Story Of Our Angel Baby

Posted in Babies, Infertility, Inspiration, Motherhood
on October 15, 2017

Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.  It is a day where moms all across the globe unite to honor our babies that have gone too soon.  We light a candle and remember the babies who are in Heaven, and pray for their families back here on earth.

I’d love to share with you the story of our angel baby.  Miscarriage and loss is never easy to talk about.  But, I am here to scream it from the rooftops, that you are not alone on this journey, dear friend.

Here is the story of our sweet angel who I can’t wait to meet one day, and how we learned to cope with loss.

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5 Simple Ways To Prevent SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) Today

Posted in Babies, Baby Care, Baby Gear, Motherhood, New Mommy Series
on October 13, 2017

SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, is every parents worst nightmare.  But, what if there were 5 Simple Ways To Prevent SIDS that you could begin doing today?  Well, look no further, friend.  Today I’ll share with you 5 ways to easily and quickly prevent SIDS and give you piece of mind every time to lay your little one down to sleep.

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5 Things I Learned About Marriage From Chip & Joanna Gaines

Posted in Family Traditions, Home {Our Nest}, Home Decor, Inspiration, Motherhood
on September 28, 2017

Binge watching ‘Fixer Upper’ on Saturday mornings has become a new favorite in our home.  Even my husband watches the show with me!!  He and I both get a kick out of Chip’s shenanigans, and I’m practically drooling by the end of each show looking at Jo’s beautiful designs.

Chip and Jo Jo are definitely #marriagegoals, aren’t they?  I love how they can be goofy with each other, yet parent their children gracefully and run an enormous business together flawlessly.

I think Joanna and I would be quick friends, and I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’ve day dreamed of sitting on their farmhouse porch, sipping sweat tea with her, devouring some cupcakes, and talking about everything home and family.  And, in this elaborate day-dream, I see Chip and Adam wrangling the cattle out in the pasture…Adam getting his inner cowboy on.  Those 2 goofballs would be knee-deep in mud, while Joanna and I shared stories around her kitchen island with subway tile and greenery in the background.

I guess I’ve thought about this more than I realized!  Ha!

This adorable family has graced our television so often, that they feel like close friends. So, it’s no surprise that when I heard this week that this upcoming season of Fixer Upper will be their last, I was sad.  Actually, ‘sad’ is an understatement.

But, if there’s anything that we have learned from Chip & Jo, it would be that family comes first.  Not even a popular HGTV show will cause them to compromise their family values.  And, I don’t know about you, but for me it just causes me to love them more.

So, today I’d love to share with you 5 Things I Learned About Marriage from this amazing, God-fearing couple.  What a powerful testimony our marriage can be…

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