Social Distancing safe alternatives to cancelled celebrations

Social Distancing safe alternatives to cancelled celebrations

It's a weird time to have a baby! It's a weird time for us all in one way or another though. Over the past few weeks my feelings have wrestled between disappointment over unmet expectations and guilt for having a pity party when so many others are so much more severely impacted. They've moved towards [...]

What no one told you, you need in your hospital bag!

What no one told you, you need in your hospital bag!

We're expecting baby #2 in just a couple days so I'm making my lists and checking them twice! For me, preparation means peace of mind. Before having my first son, I spent hours on Pinterest reading blog posts and checklists about what to take to the hospital - there's TONS of great resources out there [...]

29 creative ways to celebrate love on valentines day (& the rest of them too!)

29 creative ways to celebrate love on valentines day (& the rest of them too!)

I shared this blog post last year and thought it would be fun to resurface the ideas in light of the love week! 😉 Only this year - I'm adding one more! Because it's a leap year now and the extra day of the month deserves an extra idea! So here's my bonus idea for [...]

Simple systems + habits that help my family stay organized

Simple systems + habits that help my family stay organized

Before I talk to you about organization, I thought I'd share a little blurb from today's instagram encouragement: I had GRAND plans for January! I was ready to take on this new decade with so much intentionality and anticipation! But somehow, the first month is already over and it kind of ended up feeling more [...]

Our babysitter notes template + some simple self-care tips to start today

Our babysitter notes template + some simple self-care tips to start today

*Templates can be found at the bottom of this article! ❤ *If you're the mama of a baby, you may like these templates (found at the bottom of this older post) better! The topic of self-care tends to make me uncomfortable. You too? I don't love the buzzword meaning it's come to hold of splurging and [...]

Festive & (nearly) free toddler activities to try this season + a few of my favorite resources!

Festive & (nearly) free toddler activities to try this season + a few of my favorite resources!

This one's for the moms of littles who don't necessarily consider themselves a "crafty" or "Pinteresty" mom! Because boy oh boy, is it the season of seeing what every other mom is doing on social media is and wondering, "How do they have time to build that doll house by hand AND make bakery level [...]

How to make your own homemade holiday advent calendar (in under an hour!)

How to make your own homemade holiday advent calendar (in under an hour!)

One hour before it was time to leave town for Thanksgiving celebrations and you know what I was doing? No, not packing - too predictable! 😉 I was creating my first DIY advent calendar of course! When I get inspired to tackle a DIY, I tend to just jump in and figure the rest out [...]

Honey for the holiday soul + My top 5 farmhouse show & bazaar recommendations in the PNW

Honey for the holiday soul + My top 5 farmhouse show & bazaar recommendations in the PNW

The older I get the more I think the end of the year is becoming my favorite! Don't tell summer 😉 There are plenty of reasons to love it, but I think the best part is a universal shift in focus. Fun and joy become a priority. Our schedules fill up with gatherings and we [...]

My favorite (affordable) fall staples & where to find them + my fave festive breakfast recipe!

My favorite (affordable) fall staples & where to find them + my fave festive breakfast recipe!

I've heard it going around that, "September is the new January." I don't know about you, but I totally feel this way! The change in weather and the holidays around the corner make me feel like anything could happen! All the hustle and bustle of this time of year is so exciting, but it can [...]

My top coffee table titles + styling & where to start

My top coffee table titles + styling & where to start

It seems like every living room magazine cover and Pinterest picture is complete with a perfectly styled coffee table that looks like it's never touched. Do you ever wonder how they actually use their table for coffee? 😉 Or think it looks nice, but feel unsure about where to start in achieving your own look? [...]

7 (family friendly) hikes in the PNW that should be on your adventure list!

7 (family friendly) hikes in the PNW that should be on your adventure list!

I know Starbucks has officially come out with their pumpkin spice drinks, but this is your friendly reminder that summer is not actually "over" until September 21! And if you're a Pacific Northwest local, a little rain doesn't stop you anyway! 😉 That means there's plenty of time to soak in the great outdoors - [...]

The easiest surf & turf nachos you HAVE to try before the summers over!

The easiest surf & turf nachos you HAVE to try before the summers over!

It's been a while since I shared a recipe here and this one is easily one of my favorites ever. We've been making an extra effort to open up our home and prioritize community this summer, but sometimes that also means extra work and that can be enough to hold you back from extending an [...]

The secret ingredient to meaningful party planning (it’s simpler than you think!)

The secret ingredient to meaningful party planning (it’s simpler than you think!)

We've had a whole lot of reasons to celebrate and parties to plan recently so I decided to round up my best tips for maximizing meaningfulness in your even planning! Because isn't that the whole point?! Thoughtfulness is THE secret ingredient that takes an event from "fun party" to sentimental moments and memories! A while [...]

Pack up & get moving! – A pep talk for when God says “no” (or worse, “nothing”)

Pack up & get moving! – A pep talk for when God says “no” (or worse, “nothing”)

Once there was this job I thought was surely mine. I hadn’t even graduated college yet and I really wanted it (I thought I did anyways), but that job was not mine. It was my first big rejection and it wasn’t fun. When I didn’t land that job I was embarrassed and even a little [...]

How to cultivate a positive family culture (+ an easy & kid friendly 4th of July recipe!)

How to cultivate a positive family culture (+ an easy & kid friendly 4th of July recipe!)

I've been thinking a lot about the power we have as women to shape the future memories of our family. Now that I'm a mom, I look back on fond childhood memories with a whole new understanding that there was very likely a parent behind that memory - fostering an environment, creating an experience, and [...]

How to turn your pinspiration into a party that won’t break your budget!

How to turn your pinspiration into a party that won’t break your budget!

In the last 30 days I hosted two bridal showers for my sister, a 1st birthday party for my son, and a Mother’s Day lunch for family and friends. It was a party planning marathon and I'm combining all the fun DIY and budget friendly tips from each of them in this one packed post! [...]

How to turn your DIY hobby into a side biz (+ how it can strengthen your relationship!)

How to turn your DIY hobby into a side biz (+ how it can strengthen your relationship!)

Recently I shared my best tips for furniture flipping and we went step by step through my latest DIY project! If you haven’t read that yet, you can right here! 🙂 I’ve always had a love for DIY and it’s something I’ve taught myself through a combo of the internet, learning from others, and a [...]

DIY for everyone! Basic furniture flipping tips to help you tackle your next project

DIY for everyone! Basic furniture flipping tips to help you tackle your next project

Recently I shared about how The Guest Room all started with some DIY projects in the spare room of our little apartment. If you haven’t read that yet, you can find it here - hope it encourages you 🙂 At that time, we were approaching DIY for a profit and we learned a ton of [...]

The Guest Room – Where it all started + the calling you & I have in common!

The Guest Room – Where it all started + the calling you & I have in common!

A couple years ago, Jordan and I started new jobs, moved to a new city, and started fresh in almost every way. We had led very busy, full lives up to that point and that year was a time of forced rest and intention as individuals and in our marriage like we’d never had. It [...]

3 ways to say “I love you” this Valentine’s Day (no matter your budget or season!)

3 ways to say “I love you” this Valentine’s Day (no matter your budget or season!)

Our first Valentine’s Day together, Jordan was 16 and his driver’s license was so new he couldn’t even legally take me anywhere! So let’s just say we had lots of living room dates that year! From then on, we spent most Valentine’s in the gym at a basketball game or working around an evening practice. [...]

Who do you think you are? (How personality assessments can change your relationships!)

Who do you think you are? (How personality assessments can change your relationships!)

The concept of knowing ourselves is kind of odd. I mean, who knows you better than you?! The funny thing is, life has a way of making us question, "who the heck am I?!" I'm not just talking mid-life-crises (or quarter-life-crises or new-mom-life-crises... a very real thing, I'm learning!) The most famous psychologists throughout history [...]

What sparks real joy (clearing the clutter of our homes & hearts)

What sparks real joy (clearing the clutter of our homes & hearts)

I don't know if it's the Marie Kondo craze or just the fresh start feeling of a new year, but I feel the need to out-with-the-old-in-with-the-new everything in my house! It seems like everyone I know is on this bandwagon, but between saving our home budget for a someday downpayment and now having registered for [...]

Why I Chose To Be A Stay At Home Mom (& the financial approach that works for us!)

Why I Chose To Be A Stay At Home Mom (& the financial approach that works for us!)

Some days being a stay at home mom is magical and I soak in the blessing and privilege it is. Other days, I really miss feeling a greater sense of day-to-day purpose and I feel… less than privileged. Maybe even less valuable in this world. Isn’t it funny how quickly our sense of identity can [...]

5 Soups Your Family Will Love This Winter (& my best tip for building friendships this season!)

5 Soups Your Family Will Love This Winter (& my best tip for building friendships this season!)

Happy December!  As much as I LOVE providing great meals for my family, I don’t actually enjoy cooking all that much. Thats why I usually aim for meals that are homemade and delicious, but require minimal ingredients and time to prepare. Ideally, I like to make at least one meal a week that's a favorite [...]

How To Overcome Loneliness (& 5 tips for making your house homey)

How To Overcome Loneliness (& 5 tips for making your house homey)

“They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts.” (Acts 2:46) The more women I talk to the more I hear this same thing, “I need more friends! You too?! Oh, I’m not alone!” Oh my goodness it’s sad and relieving all at once because I have felt like that [...]

10 ways to love on a new mom during social distancing

10 ways to love on a new mom during social distancing

You might've heard a mom joke that, as painful as delivering her baby was, as soon as she met that tiny miracle she forgot the pain. While I'm not sure I'd exactly say I've forgotten the physical challenges of bringing a baby into the world, I'd definitely do it again in a heartbeat because my [...]