I don’t know about you but buying Christmas gifts can sometimes be a challenge for me. This year we wanted to try something a little different for my husband’s family. For his mom and sister we decided to gift them (and us) a workshop at the new AR workshop in town. AR Workshop is a new do it yourself boutique that has a wide variety of adorable projects.
Before the class, we all registered online and chose the design we wanted to make. It was fun for all of us to be able to pick unique projects that matched our personalities and homes. Brian, his mom and cousin chose to make lazy susans and Brian’s sister and I made plank wood signs. When we arrived at the workshop they had all our supplies and a custom stencil ready for us.
The ladies helping us were so fun and they helped us choose our paint and stain colors. They wrote our colors on a piece of paper for us and they sent us to work on our stencil.
The entire workshop took us about 2 hours. We worked at a leisurely pace, drinking coffee and chatting while we worked. First we stained our projects,then we assembled the projects with a nail gun, then we worked on getting our stencil ready, and after priming the project we were reading for the final task of painting.
I was blown away how great all of our projects turned out. It’s fun to have a unique piece that you made that looks like it’s straight off the pages of Pinterest!
Below is a photo of our completed projects in our house. We are pretty pleased with how they turned out.
I highly recommend checking out the Sioux Falls’ AR Workshop. It’s such a fun thing to do for a family activity or even as a date night. You can visit their website or Facebook page to see all the projects available.
Happy first day of Summer. I can’t believe how fast this year is flying by! Since today is the first day of summer I wanted to share a list Brian and I made of a few of the things we wanted to do together this summer!
Do you have a summer bucket list? What Summer bucket list items would you add to this list?
Title: Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely
Author: Lysa TerKeurst
Genre: Non-fiction, Christian, Personal Growth,
Publisher: Nelson Books
Publication date: 2016
Number of Pages: 269
Amazon Plot Synopsis:
The enemy wants us to feel rejected . . . left out, lonely, and less than. When we allow him to speak lies through our rejection, he pickpockets our purpose. Cripples our courage. Dismantles our dreams. And blinds us to the beauty of Christ’s powerful love.
In Uninvited, Lysa shares her own deeply personal experiences with rejection—from the incredibly painful childhood abandonment by her father to the perceived judgment of the perfectly toned woman one elliptical over.
If you’ve ever felt rejected, unloved or even simply left out I would recommend this book. Most of my life I’ve been dealing with feelings of feeling left out or uninvited. This book I think everyone has dealt with rejection in one form or another. This book did an excellent job of providing practical tips for how to “live loved” through every season of our lives.
I thought this book was an easy read and I would suggest buying yourself a copy. I think I highlighted every other sentence in some chapters. In the back of the book Lysa laid out some of her favorite quotes from the book. I love to go back and reread these quotes. I also have posted a few of them around my house and to end I’ll share of few of my favorites from the book with you.
Rejection steals the best of who I am by reinforcing the worst of what’s been said to me.
The mind feasts on what it focuses on. What consumes my thinking will be the making or the breaking of my identity.
Do you ever struggle with feelings of rejection or feeling left out? Would you be interested in reading this book? Or if you have read this book what did you take away from it?
If you’re anything like me whenever Spring hits I have an itch to unpack all my shorts and tanktops and embrace the warm sunshine, but I live in South Dakota and sometimes that sunshine is a little unpredictable. One day it’s pretty chilly and raining but then the next day the sun is shining and its a perfect spring day! Spring can sometimes be a difficult season to dress for but I’ve put together a few of my favorite Spring outfits that will hopefully inspire you to swing into this season.
Outfit #1 -The 90’s Babe! If you were a child growing up in the 90’s you probably wore a denim skirt at some point. Well get ready to dust it off and rock it again (or maybe just buy a new one) – denim skirts are back in! I love my button up front denim skirt and black crop top. I love to pair it with comfy tennis shoes, a baseball cap and a 90’s dark lip.
2. Outfit #2 – Mauv-elousOne of the colors of the Spring season has been this beautiful mauve color. I love wearing cardigans any time of the year but in the Spring they are a key layering piece for me. I love this mauve colored tank paired with my favorite grey textured cardigan. Paired with my favorite high waisted jeans, lace up shoes and fun accessories this is one of my favorite outfits to wear, especially on chilly or rainy days.
Outfit #3 – Flirty FloralEvery girl needs a comfy tee shirt dress in her wardrobe and this one is my favorite! I love everything about it, the color, the lace up detailing and the floral print. It’s easy to dress up or down by simply changing your shoes! I chose to wear it a little more dressy with my favorite lace-up shoes. Dress: Similar at Lime Lush Shoes: Chelsea’s Choker: Similar at Forever 21
Outfit #4 – Beautiful BlushI love wearing this Dusty Rose Cold Shoulder Sweater with Lace Up Back. The cold shoulder and lace up back details make this top trendy and chic. Its super soft and comfortable, which is always a bonus! I love wearing it with high waisted jeans when I go out to a concert or a date night. It’s been one of my go to outfits this Spring.
I have a little confession to make: Instagram is my favorite social media app. One of the first things I do in the morning is scroll through my Instagram. As I scroll through my feed, I love seeing yummy foods, inspirational quotes, trendy fashion and beautiful scenery. So today, for you I’ve picked a few of my favorites of Instagram for you. So the next time you’re in the mood for someone new and inspirational to follow on Instagram check out these favorites of mine…
@jennymustard To kick off my list I have to share one of my top favorites, Swedish bloggers Jenny Mustard. She is a minimalist, youtuber, fashion blogger, and vegan. I love the beauty and simplicity of her feed. She’s also very inspirational and empowering. If you’re a fellow youtuber lover or podcast listener be sure to check her out there as well.
@heleneinbetween This Instagram account majorly ignites my wanderlust. Helene, her husband and dogs moved from Texas to Germany and now travel and blog their way through Europe. Her feed is filled with some of the most beautiful places in all of Europe!
@theanastasiaco This lady makes the most amazing prints and sells them on her etsy store. She’s also a vintage lover, I love the aesthetic of her feed.4. @farmgirlsdabble
This Instagram account will get your mouth watering! Brenda’s motto is “Deliciousness is meant to be shared.” She posts everything from hearty stews to delicious desserts.
Alyssa’s instagram is a great place to go if you’re looking for something new to read. I love all her photos and her book selections are always unique and fun to keep up with!
6. @witanddelight_ Kate Arends is a St. Paul-based creative and multichannel marketing consultant with extensive experience in the design industry. I love how she mixes patterns and textures.
This account celebrates the awesomeness that was the 1990’s. This account shares clips from some of our favorite tv shows, movies and music videos. This account will be sure to get you your daily nostalgia fix!
Kyle is professional photographer, world traveler, and art collector. I first saw Kyle’s photos at an arts festival in Minneapolis and was immediately obsessed!
9. @everyday_ellis Karli is a favorite fashion blogger of mine. I love her girly and classy style.
I can’t believe another birthday has came and went! My 25th year was full of adventures, blessings and some pretty big changes! I don’t have any big plans for my birthday since this time of year is always so chaotic for me, but I’ll probably just have a nice dinner out with the hubby! Since I just turned 26, I wanted to share 26 random facts about me that you might not know. I love learning a little more about the ladies behind my favorite blogs, so I’m hoping that you’ll enjoy reading these little facts about me! Without further ado…
My favorite ice cream flavor is Taletini black raspberry chocolate chip gelato.
My favorite condiment ketchup or honey mustard, I could eat it on anything!!
My favorite household chore is cleaning the toilet (there’s just something so satisfying about it, my least favorite is vacuuming!)
My favorite TV shows would be Friends, Gilmore Girls, Boy Meets World and Pretty Little Liars
I had two imaginary friends as a child.Their names were Burp and Duh. They were both purple with green hair and we loved to color! ( I was a very strange kid.)
I am not a morning person, it usually takes two alarms to wake me up.
Summer used to be my favorite season but recently it’s changed to autumn.
99 percent of the time, my hands and feet are ice cold.
The diamond in my wedding ring is from my mom’s wedding ring.
Right now my obsession is matte liquid lipsticks, I can’t get enough of them!!
I hate automatic toilets and lights, they never work for me!
I love musicals! A few of my favorites are: Hamilton, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera and An American in Paris.
I have Omphalophobia, which is a fear of belly buttons.
For my 7th birthday my dad bought me a dutch rabbit and we named him Dutchy!
I met my husband when I was 13 years old. He’s always been my best friend.
I went to college and got my degree in Early Childhood Education.
I’ve never had a traffic violation.
I love packing and planning for trips!
I used to have the biggest crush on Clay Aiken. I even had a life-sized poster of him. *face palm*
I got to swim with dolphins this year and cross something off my bucket list!
I collect Starbucks mugs from the places we travel.
I love photo booths
My siblings and I are all adopted.
After Brian proposed to me and I said yes, later that night I had to have him repeat everything again because I was just so excited I couldn’t remember.
I’m obsessed with everything 90’s: fashion, music, ect.
This year I’ve really learned how to embrace change from new hairstyle to a new job. I’m excited to see what things my 26th year has for me.
Thanks for taking the time to read a few random facts about me!
There is so much to experience at Pike Place Market. It’s easy to see why it’s called “The Soul of Seattle”. I previously blogged about what to see and do in Seattle but I decided that Pike’s Place Market needed its own Must See List!
Pose for a photo in front of the “Public Market” sign – This is a classic overly touristy thing to do but if you don’t get pictures did you even really see it!? 😉
Get a coffee at the first Starbucks.- Starbucks is a classic for a reason and it’s fun to see where it started. Be prepared to stand in line for a little while but make the most of it, chat with your neighbors and listen to a few of the street musicians near by.
Visit the famous Gum Wall in Post Alley – I had to do a little arm twisting to get Brian to check out this one out with me (he was thoroughly disgusted by the gum wall) Be sure to bring some gum of your own and leave your gum behind to add to this piece of art.
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese – This place is famous for the World’s Best Mac-N-Cheese. They also make cheese on site so you can stay and watch the cheese being made. We ordered the mariachi mac and cheese and would highly recommend it!
Left Bank Book Collective – We fell in love with this bookstore. It’s a little edgier. Left Bank Books operates as a public collective. We found a lot of fiction books and books from small presses and university publications. We both walked out with a few books to add to our ever growing lists of Must Reads.
Pike Place Fish Market – Perhaps the most famous sight to see during your visit to Pike Place Market is Pike Place Fish. It has has become a huge attraction for tourists to come and watch the employees throw the fish around and joke around! It’s a really fun time.
Check out Golden Age Collectables – We really enjoyed Golden Age Collectibles, it’s a shop on the lower level of the market. They sell comic books, action figures, autographed photos, large cardboard cutouts of famous actors and movie scripts. We had fun looking through memorabilia from our favorite TV shows and movies.
I loved the hustle and bustle of the market. It was fun to take in the sights of the beautiful displays of flowers, colorful fruits and vegetables. I hope you’ll check out a few of these places yourself if you find yourself in Seattle.
If you’re like me at all there’s no better motivation to clean your house than having guests over but aren’t you sick of scrambling to pick up and scrub toilets 20 minutes before your guests arrive? Well I am! I’ve started to try and change this habit by making a daily cleaning schedule for myself, to help relieve the stress of a quick clean. I wanted to share my schedule with you and hear your ideas about how to keep a clean house.
Weekly Cleaning Schedule
Things I do Daily:
Pick up stray items
Put dishes in dishwasher
Monday: The Bathrooms
Wipe mirror and counter
Tuesday: The Bedrooms
Change bed sheets
Wednesday: The Living Room
Pick up stray items
Wash a load of darks
Thursday: The Kitchen
Clean appliances ( fridge, stove, and microwave)
Wipe off counters
Wash a load of whites
Friday: Let’s be real no one wants to clean on Friday!! Day off keep with daily schedule
Saturday: All Over and Outside
Vacuum all carpeted areas and rugs
Mop all wood floors
Clean out car
Sunday: Day Off – Keep with daily schedule
Following this daily schedule has really been helping me keeping the house clean! Give yourself a little grace if you skip a day, it’s not going to be the end of the world. What are your best tips for keeping a clean house?
My Seattle recap and travel guide are finally here! As you know, Brian and I did a short weekend trip to Seattle and Portland in October. It was a wonderful and fast paced trip. We got to see a lot of the city and I wanted to share the secrets of Seattle we discovered.
Where to stay:
One of the best parts of our trip was our apartment we found on Airbnb. The location was perfect it was close to many sights and great restaurants. The view of the Space Needle was breathtaking. The building also has a beautiful sky lounge on the roof that has great views of the city.
Where to Eat:
Bambino’s Pizza: We stumbled upon this hidden gem, our first day in Seattle. Some of the best pizza I’ve ever had. We tried the Calrosa Pizza it has bacon, pepperoni, sausage, smoked mozzarella, an amazing red sauce and a wood fired crust. It was amazing!
Tutilino Ristorante: This restaurant was right by the theatre district and was perfect for our pre show dinner. The food was beautiful and delicious. I ordered the Sweet Potato Gnocchi and would highly recommend it.
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese-Mac: This restaurant is one of Pike Place’s tastiest secrets. I ordered the mariachi mac and cheese it has roasted Anaheim chilies, a blend of fresh veggies, and the award-winning beecher’s cheese. This restaurant is also a fun place to see and watch them make the cheese.
Starbucks Reserve and Roastery:This place isn’t just an ordinary Starbucks. As soon as you walk in, you’ll be amazed with how awesome this place is, especially if you’re a coffee lover like me. The roastery the place where small batches of special beans are roasted. Here you even get to see this process. It’s a great place to walk around, buy Starbucks merchandise, have a nice lunch, a cup of coffee and try their amazing truffles.
What to do:
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: I love being married to a tech man because it exposes me to a whole different world. This visitor’s center might not be a tourist stop for all tourists but if you’re a tech lover I suggest you check it out. It’s truly amazing to see what Microsoft mastermind, Bill Gates and his wife Melinda do for the global community. The center is gorgeous and displays the work Bill and Melinda do on a global level. If you’re near the Space Needle or plan on being in this area, make a stop here as it’s just across the street from the EMP museum. Admission is free and we promise you’ll learn a lot.
The EMP Museum: This place was so much fun we didn’t want to leave. EMP stands for experience project music. The museum focuses on pop culture, featuring exhibits on music, fantasy, horror, and sci-fi. One of my favorites was the one on Nirvana! For my Sci-fi obsessed husband this may have been the highlight of the trip. While we were there the was a Star Trek exhibit. A must for any trekkie!
The Pike’s Place Market:There is so much to do at the Pike Place Market. At a later time I’ll be posting a separate blog just about the things to see at the market.
The Space Needle: Visiting Seattle one of the things we were most looking forward to was visiting the iconic Space Needle. The space needle offers spectacular views city, harbor,bay and even the mountains in the distance. It was a truly spectacular view.
Seattle Aquarium: This is a perfect thing to do on a rainy Seattle morning. We loved watching the otters play and seeing feeding times in the fish tanks!
There you have it, another city guide. I know we only scratched the surface of what Seattle has to offer but I’m sure we will be visiting again soon. Let me know what your favorite things are to do in Seattle!
The Pacific Northwest is not typically a dream destination for many when planning a vacation but I would argue that it should be. Back in October we hopped on a plane and headed on an adventure to the Pacific Northwest. We fell in love with Portland and Seattle! We found an awesome area of the country where bookworms, foodies, and hipsters congregate in cute little cafes to escape the rain. Here’s a little recap of our favorite parts of our Portland adventures.
Where to stay:
One of the best parts of our trip was our little apartment we found on Airbnb. It was close to everything and had the cutest little bay window that looked out on the yard at the changing leaves. We love having our own space when traveling.
Where to Eat:
Zeus Cafe – We loved this little gem, the staff was friendly and the food is good. Their truffle fries are a must! The cafe is cozy, a great place for lunch, get a table by the window to look out the window and people watch.
The Picnic House: One of our favorite restaurants of the trip was the Picnic House. It was a casual dining restaurant with top-notch food. Brian had the croque madame and I had the meatloaf and we were both impressed with the food and service. It comes highly recommended from us. As an insider tip, do make a reservation.
Voodoo Donuts: You can’t visit Portland without visiting voodoo donuts. Even though it’s a touristy thing to do, it’s well worth it. We would recommend the grape ape donut, capitan, my capitan, and the butterfinger donut.
Stumptown Coffee: This was one of our favorite places to get a cup of coffee. I loved the cold brew called winter cheer. It had cinnamon and clove in it, Brian loved their regular cold brew. There are a few Stumptown coffees in Portland but we loved the one connected to the Ace Hotel.
Khao San: This was a fun little place to eat. It was good fresh Thai food with generous helpings and a fun environment!
Food carts: Portland is known for their food carts. To be honest we could have eaten here every day and been completely happy. No matter who you are I’m sure you’ll find something to love.
What to do:
Cathedral Park and the St. John’s Bridge: The St. Johns Bridge is one of the most iconic sites in the city of Portland. When we visited Portland the leaves were just changing and the view behind St. John’s Bridge was stunning with the fall foliage. Under the bridge is Cathedral Park, it’s a great little place to take a walk and take in the sights of the pacific northwest.
Portland Art Museum: One of our favorite things to do on vacation is visit art museums. The Portland art museum has a great collection of modern art. We were so excited that during our trip to the Portland Art Museum we got a chance to see the Andy Warhol exhibit on display.
The Pearl District and Powell’s Books: Make sure to visit the Pearl District for some great shopping. Powell’s bookstore is the largest independent bookstore in the world, I could have spent my entire paycheck and whole vacation there. For other great places to shop I would recommend: the buffalo exchange, flairwalk, and sabina style.
Ace Hotel: As I previously mentioned Stumptown coffee is a great place to get a cup of coffee. Connected to the coffee shop is the Ace Hotel, a little boutique hotel with a cute lobby. Bring a book, grab your coffee and relax for a little while. Make sure to also check out the lobby for the old-fashioned photo booth. Brian and I had a blast taking photos!
Living Room Theatres: Portland has a lot of really cool movie theatres that serve food and drinks and screen a lot of independent films. Brian and I chose to go to Living Room theatres and see Girl Asleep! It was a fun thing to do on a rainy evening in Portland.
And there we go, those are my recommendations! I know we only scratched the surface of what Portland has to offer. We will be visting again soon. I hope that you will find these reccomendations useful in your travels! Let me know in the comments what your favorites of Portland are!