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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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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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5 Simple Ways To Live Hygge For Busy Moms

Posted in Family Traditions, Home {Our Nest}, Motherhood, Organization
on September 3, 2017

I have been reading a lot lately about the Danish tradition of Hygge, and I’ve completely fallen in love with the concept.  Just in case you’ve never heard of Hygge before, Hygge is best defined as,

“the art of building sanctuary and community, of inviting closeness and paying attention to what makes us feel open-hearted and alive; to create well-being, connection, and warmth; a feeling of belonging to the moment and to each other; celebrating every day.”

Doesn’t that describe what we all want in our life, and isn’t it really your main goal as a mom?  To create meaningful memories and traditions; build a cozy, creative home for your family; & be able to cherish moments with your family each and every day?

Well, today I’m going to give you 5 Action Steps you can take today to be on your Hygge-living way!

Let’s get started….

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Spring Decorating Trends Inspired By Pottery Barn

Posted in Home {Our Nest}, Pinterest Projects
on March 27, 2017

Every season, I love to visit Pottery Barn and gasp in awe at their beautiful home decor.  In the past I’ve shared with you some Christmas Decor & Fall Decor, but today it’s time to lighten things up a bit with Spring Decorating!  From basket-weave textures, to aquamarine votives, to terrarium gardens, & succulent walls….it’s all here!

So, pull up a chair, and grab your cappuccino, and enjoy this springtime tour of Pottery Barn.

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A Seasonal Guide to Cozy Living: The Danish Tradition of Hygge

Posted in About Stephanie, Family Traditions, Inspiration
on March 22, 2017
A Seasonal Guide to Living a Cozy, Purposeful Life

Hygge (actually pronouced “Hoo-gah”) is a Danish concept that has completely changed my day-to-day living.  Traditionally, Hygge is described as a way of embracing a cozy life during the cold winter months.  But, today I’d like to share with you a seasonal guide, that will help you “live Hygge” all year-long…

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Coffee Break Series: Turning A House Into A Home

Posted in Coffee Break Series, Inspiration
on March 2, 2017

Welcome to my first Coffee Break post.  My hope and desire in the Coffee Break Series is to share with you, my friends, what’s on my heart.  Today I’d like to share with you something that hit me over this past week…the importance of turning our house into a home.  What does this mean to us as women, wives, & mothers?  And, what does this mean for our families?

So, please join me for girl talk, snuggle into a comfy spot for a couple of minutes, savor your coffee, and prepare to be inspired, sweet friend.

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A Peaceful Happy Life: 20 Ways To Live Hygge This Winter

Posted in Family Traditions, Home {Our Nest}, Home Decor, Inspiration
on February 5, 2017

Hygge is a way of life, that is embraced in Denmark, where according to various studies, people are happier than anywhere else in the world.  By creating warm, cozy homes, celebrating the season, unplugging from technology, and connecting with loved ones and nature, the Danish have learned to live a satisfied and fulfilled life.

I decided to investigate the Hygge way of living, and what I discovered is simple and doable.  It’s these simple steps that help the Danish actually enjoy their long winters, and embrace each season of life.

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Have A Very Merry Magnolia Christmas

Posted in Home {Our Nest}, Likes & Links
on November 30, 2016
Magnolia Market Christmas

I could not contain my excitement a couple months ago, when I saw the unveiling of the Magnolia Market Christmas Home Collection. I think my husband thought something very serious had happened, because I shrieked with excitement so abruptly.

I absolutely love Chip & Joanna Gaines.  I love their spirit, their family life, their philosophy…basically everything about them.  I want to be them!

Their home improvement show on HGTV called Fixer Upper, has completely transformed how I view decorating my own home.  Adding a little country vintage flare here and there, and including chalkboard elements a barn door and some shiplap are a Fixer Upper must.

If you’ve never heard of this adorable couple, then…

“Pardon My French Door, But Holy Shiplap…You’re Life Is About To Be Changed Forever!”

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How To Create A Cozy Home This Christmas

Posted in Home {Our Nest}, Pinterest Projects
on November 17, 2016
How to add extra coziness, warmth, and Christmas cheer to your home.

I absolutely go googly-eyed over this time of year!   Between all the Christmas decorations and Sparkly lights, I can hardly contain my excitement for the impending Christmas season.  There are so many activities and family gatherings I look forward to every Christmas. But quite honestly, some of my most treasured moments, are cozy nights at home by the fireplace, hot chocolate in hand, Christmas lights glowing, carols playing in the background, and cookies baking in the oven.

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Pottery Barn Inspired Fall Decor-White Pumpkins, Mercury Glass, & Succulents

Posted in Likes & Links, Pinterest Projects
on August 7, 2016

I have quite literally fallen in love with the Early Fall Preview at Pottery Barn this year.  Between the hues of grays & blues, the luxurious soft textures, gorgeous damask patterns, & succulent arrangements….I’m completely smitten.  I’ve collected some amazing DIY Pinterest projects, and beautiful table scapes & decorating ideas using white pumpkins, mercury glass, & minty green dried hydrangeas….that completely marry fall with these beautiful earth tones.

I’m beyond excited to share this Early Fall Preview with you!  There’s even a link to Magnolia Farms new paint line & online market below…to help you complete the look Fixer Upper Style!  (My other obsession!)

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