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 [...]