1.30.2015

Oreo Cheesecake Cookies with Ashley

Hey! I am Ash and I blog over at The Grits Blog! Today Cassie is sweet enough to let me takeover. I thought I would bring you one of my favorite pinterest wins - Oreo Cheesecake Cookies. Enjoy!




I found a - oh what do you call, you know that  thing that is so rare that no one ever finds?? What is that called?! Totally escapes me this for this post. Well whatever the name is, I found it.

I found a Pinerest. Win.

Rare and elusive - but I did it.

Oreo. Cheesecake. Cookies. A Pinterest Win! #oreos #oreocheesecake #oreocheesecakecookies

I found this pin on pinterest a few weeks ago and was like okay, I can do this. The recipe didn't require any crazy baking tricks. It's just cookies and regular ol' baking.

Also, did I mention - there are only five ingredients. FIVE INGREDIENTS!

Oreo. Cheesecake. Cookies. A Pinterest Win! #oreos #oreocheesecake #oreocheesecakecookies

 Ingredients:

4 ounces of softened cream cheese (so half a block
8 tablespoons of butter at room temperature
3/4 cup of sugar
1 cup + 2 tablespoons of flour
10 broken oreos (I crushed half into oreo dust)

 How to:

1. Beat together softened cream cheese and room temperature butter until light and fluffy.
2. Add the sugar and beat well.
3. Slowly mix in flour until just incorporated.
4. Fold in oreos.
5. Cover in a bowl and let refrigerate for at least and hour, up to two hours.

While you wait, go watch some netflix - because we all have a little bit of netflix to catch up on.

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Did you catch up on House of Cards yet? Okay good.

Continuing on with the how too.

6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grab the bowl of deliciousness out of the fridge.
7.  Using a spoon - or an ice cream scoop like I did - and start scooping your cookies out. Roll them into balls and slightly press down.

Oreo. Cheesecake. Cookies. A Pinterest Win! #oreos #oreocheesecake #oreocheesecakecookies

Oreo. Cheesecake. Cookies. A Pinterest Win! #oreos #oreocheesecake #oreocheesecakecookies

8. Bake for about ten minutes - just until edges are starting to get golden. These cookies are very ooey gooey reminiscent - meaning they will be soft. Let the cookies set up a little bit and then move them to a cooling rack.

9.  Eat and enjoy!!!

Oreo. Cheesecake. Cookies. A Pinterest Win! #oreos #oreocheesecake #oreocheesecakecookies

I hope you enjoyed this recipe and that I see you around my neck of the woods! You can always get at me on twitter on and facebook!!

1.28.2015

10 Reasons I'm a Self-Proclaimed Tomboy

10 Reasons I'm a Self-Proclaimed Tomboy
I have a confession. I'm not a girly-girl. I don't like pink, I frown upon Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and I generally prefer jeans and a t-shirt to dresses. I grew up around boys which meant I played with dirt instead of Barbies and watched Power Rangers instead of My Little Pony. I tricked myself into thinking I was more girly in college because I started watching trashy reality TV and wearing dresses- but I think I'm still a tomboy at heart. Here's why:

1. I don't screech, squeal, or talk in a high pitched voice when I get excited. And I might actually roll my eyes at you if you do. Sorry, it's just a reflex.

2. I like whisk(e)y. Like actually like it. Most women think I'm weird, but the guys think it's cool. Because you know my main goal is to impress all the guys (jokes). I always liked it but I really started to love drinking it after living in Scotland a few months and drinking the best whiskey ever.

Maker's Mark Whisky

3. I frequently leave the house without makeup. I barely wear makeup to begin with, so it's not too shocking. However, I really just prefer the natural look, especially being a blonde. Some colors just overtake my face.

4. I rarely wear high heels. First of all, my husband and I are the same height so there are certain restrictions in place because of that. Second, I really think they just take too much effort.

5. I pretty much never paint my nails because I chip them within 24 hours without fail. Seriously, I'm just not delicate enough to make a manicure last, so I just don't paint my nails. HOWEVER-- recently, Loxa Beauty sent me some OPI Infinite Shine Gloss Top Coat to try and it has CHANGED MY TOMBOY LIFE. I might actually be a girl that paints her nails now because this top coat makes the color last FOR. EVER. No jokes. Mine lasted through five days of everyday life, swimming, weight lifting, and just being less than delicate generally. Check out my sidebar for a promo code from Loxa!

Loxa Beauty OPI Infinite Shine Top Coat

6. I prefer to be outside exploring to almost anything else. Seriously, even though I blog and that's girly in itself, you can typically find me outside on my bike, running, or adventuring.

7. I will pop a squat anywhere. Seriously, I'm pretty sure my husband hates this but A GIRL HAS GOT TO GO WHEN A GIRL HAS GOT TO GO. I've made him pull over on the side of the road countless times- oops. I also think I have a bladder the size of a pea but that's another story for another day.

8. When I was little, I busted both of my front teeth out. TWICE. I knocked out one while playing airplanes with my brothers and falling face-first into a coffee table and I can't even remember how I knocked the other one out, but it wasn't pretty either time. I was toothless for a while. Super cute. 

9. My filter doesn't always work. I tend to say what is on my mind and tend to be a little more confrontational than the average woman.

Costa Rica Rain Forest

10. My husband says... "You don't shower everyday." But this one might actually be more girly because WHO WANTS TO WASH THEIR HAIR EVERYDAY? Dry shampoo wins always. In reality though, I always shower on the days I workout so that's about 6 days out of the week. I promise I don't smell.

If you're interested in being a cool tomboy like me (I make myself laugh), you can check out this totally professional and super informative WikiHow post on how to be a tomboy yourself HERE.

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1.27.2015

Six Pointers for Making Fitness a Priority

Today I am teaming up with Kalyn from Geez, Louise for a fun little health and fitness collaboration. We are bringing you six pointers for making fitness a priority. Since this looks different for everyone, we decided to share some of our own personal preferences!

make fitness a priority

I'm too busy to work out-- how do I fit it into my schedule along with all the other things I have to get done during the week?

K: When I started to get serious about my health and working out, I realized I would have to make some sacrifices. If you continue to say you are "too busy" then you will always be too busy to make fitness an important part of your life. The most important factor was deciding to make fitness a priority. Once it was important to me, I was able to make time for it in my busy schedule. 

C: Change your perspective. Are you too busy to eat or sleep? No? Then you're not too busy to work out. I started seeing it as a necessity instead of just something I would do when I had the time. If I don't have time in my schedule, I make time by getting up earlier or going for a run on my lunch break. 

Right before my first official triathlon!
What little things can I do during the day when I don't have time to make it to the gym or get outside?

K: If you have a "desk job" then I highly suggest taking breaks. Set a timer for every hour and get up and take a walk - whether to the bathroom, the break room, or just around the office and back. It will (firstly) get your blood flowing and your metabolism going and (secondly) ease the monotony of the work day.

C: The most important thing you can do to incorporate exercise into your day is to make little changes. I always try to walk when when I can instead of drive (even if that means just parking further away to run into a store), take the stairs instead of the elevator, and stand instead of sit when it is an option. When the weather is nice, my husband and I commute to work on our bikes. It's a built-in workout that has a purpose!

What's the best way to ensure I have healthy meals even on the busiest of days?

K: For me, the most important step is to not buy the icky foods. If I don't have them laying around, I don't eat them. Additionally, when I cook dinner I usually try to make enough extra to take to work the next day. Some people "meal plan" and cook all their meals for the week on the weekends. This can be really beneficial, however there's a lot of time and planning that goes in to it. There are many resources out there for meal planning, prepping, etc, along with other tips and tricks for eating healthy, but I think the main focus should be to be prepared for each day. I try to do this by bringing meals/snacks so I don't find myself in front of the vending machine eying that snickers bar.

C: I don't even buy the unhealthy food in the first place because I know if I have chips in the house they will only last maybe 48 hours. My husband and I also meal plan for the entire month and try to make extra for lunch the next day. I would say 99% of the time we pack our lunches. Making your own lunch is HUGE; otherwise, it's too easy to go eat out which adds about 2x the calories to your meal if you're not careful. Preparation is key and that looks different for everyone. 

I'm tired of the treadmill and the elliptical machine, but I still want to stay active and do cardio a few times a week, what are your suggestions?
K: Get outside! Taking my workout to mother nature is one of my most favorite things to do. A simple change of scenery can work wonders. Other things to do for cardio: swimming, biking, or even an aerobics class.
Kalyn and her husband after biking to the top of a mountain.
C: I would also suggest getting outside or trying a group fitness class. Even just grabbing coffee with a friend on Saturday morning and then going for a walk or hike can help get in some cardio for the day. I'm easily bored so I keep a constant rotation of HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts, swimming, running, cycling, and hiking. 

M and I before zip-lining in Costa Rica. 
Do you go to the gym in the mornings or the evenings (or use a home gym, etc.) and why does that work best for you?

K: ​I go (almost) every morning before work - wake up sometime between 5 and 5:30 and go to the gym before I have to be at work at 8:30. When I first decided to join a gym I was working 12 hour shifts and I knew I would want to go straight home and to bed instead of going to the gym and not getting home until 9 or 10 at night. I just carried this on to my current job and now I have whole evenings free to do whatever I like.​

C: I know that if I don't get my workout in before work, I am FAR less likely to work out at all. Since it can be challenging to get up early, I try to make it as easy as possible by packing my gym bag and clothes for the next day the night before, having my lunch ready to go, and making sure my husband knows to harass me when I try to make excuses. If I can't get my workout in before work, I will try to go after or just do a workout video at home. Or just take the day off, because that's PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE.

How do you avoid "workout burnout" and keep yourself motivated to go to the gym or work out after the New Year's resolution phase has worn off?

K: I try to change it up! As I've mentioned, I go to the gym 4-5 times per week and usually I stick to the same routine, but as we all know, routines can get boring so I try to keep a few things in my back pocket for those days when I don't feel like doing my "usual" thing that day. I'll go to a class (such as cx works or zumba), do a fun HIIT treadmill workout, or even *gasp* skip that day. My theory is, if you continually do something that you aren't enjoying, you'll make yourself hate it so much that you never go again.

Kalyn after completing her very first triathlon last spring.
C: Variety and perspective are absolutely key. I don't use exercise as punishment or to "earn" things (and I believe in moderation over restriction) and I am constantly switching up my workouts. Even though I am training for a half marathon right now, I am also doing strength and speed swim workouts, weight lifting, yoga/pilates, cycling, and basic hiking with my husband and friends. I try to remind myself of my goals frequently and not be too hard on myself if I fall short. After all, exercise should be fun!

What are things you do to keep yourself motivated and on track with your fitness and health goals?
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Below you will find February's In the Word in One Year calendar! You can find those from previous months HERE. It's never too late to join us!


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1.26.2015

12 Pinterest Recipe Wins

12 Pinterest Recipe Wins
As I have shared in the past, I meal plan for the entire month. One of my go to places to find new recipes to add to our plan is Pinterest... because DUH this is 2015. I have tried dozens and dozens of recipes from Pinterest; some have been great, and others have been less than noteworthy. That's why today I am sharing 12 of my favorite Pinterest Recipe Wins with you!

12 Pinterest Recipe Wins


12 Pinterest Recipe Wins

12 Pinterest Recipe Wins

12 Pinterest Recipe Wins


Like what you see? Visit my food board on Pinterest for more of my favorite recipes! 

*all images via Pinterest

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1.23.2015

"Lean On Me" Review

Lean on Me by Anne Marie Miller
The book "Lean On Me" by Anne Marie Miller has a deceiving title, in my opinion. The author calls this a book about building community, but it's really more of a chronicle of the dark places she has been in her life. Through a divorce, failed jobs and moves, and financial troubles, Anne Marie candidly shares her struggles and reveals just how her community, or "team" as she calls it, helped her back into God's light. Back into a place of vulnerability and joy, despite the darkness she had been through. She shares her challenges in overcoming her introverted and isolating tendencies, and beginning to participate in a committed and vulnerable way with those around her in order to build authentic relationships.

Anne Marie's ability to be raw and open is refreshing and relatable; something that can be hard to find among perfectly crafted lives displayed through blogs, social media, and television. We have all been to those dark places that make us want to hide from the world under our guilt and shame. "Lean On Me," challenges you to break free of those self-imposed chains.

In my favorite part of the book, Anne Marie talks about a church service that she attended where the elders had offered to wash the congregation's feet. After a long, hard year following her divorce, she was anything but vulnerable, especially with God. She writes, "As the choir sang and the rest of the congregation had their feet washed, I realized how hard it is for me to choose to receive love, and learning to receive love is just as important as giving it." I'm pretty sure that if I asked you to raise your hand if you had ever felt like you had a hard time just receiving love, many of us would have ours lifted high. I know I would.

Vulnerability is hard and scary. Annie Marie does not try to hide that truth. Instead, she lovingly encourages her reader to express those things that take root in them and begin to position themselves in a place to receive a refilling. Otherwise, she explains, we will run dry.

Although this is called a "Christian" book, it's not full of biblical references. It's also not full of a tidy to-do list of steps to take in order to create the perfect community or learn how to be more vulnerable. It is, however, an honest book that can begin to open your heart to the importance of building a community. It also comes with a study guide, which would be a great tool to utilize with a church group or close friends!

I will be honest and say that this book was nothing like I had expected. Now, we all know that's not necessarily a bad thing. Instead of pulling out my journal to take notes on how to step outside of my comfort zone and create an intentional community with other women, I found myself looking back on my own life. To the things that hurt me; the things that made me shut myself off from community. This book will challenge you to take a look at your life from a new perspective and challenge you to think about whether or not you like what you see.

*BookLook Bloggers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review. All opinions are honest and my own.
 
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1.21.2015

Story Behind the Tattoo: Bex's Lily

I am so thrilled to welcome Bex to the blog today! It has been such a joy getting to know her and more about her story. Today she is with you to share HER Story Behind the Tattoo. It's so special hearing about the meaning behind tattoos, and I know you will love hers.  
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Hey guys! I’m Bex at Butcher's Niche. Normally over there you’ll find me talking about style even beauty and home style. Occasionally I’ll even throw in a recipe, but today I wanted to share a little story with you.

For some reason until I found Cassie’s blog I never thought to share the story of my tattoos on my own blog. But like with so many other things in a bloggers life I was inspired and finally shared about the most personal one I have . . . my star . So today I wanted to tell you about my Lily...
IMG_5422.JPG When I was 17, my mom and I didn’t get along very well. To me she was the judgmental old lady who put too much faith in God and had lived a fairly easy life despite growing up poor in West Virginia. To her I was the judgmental teenager who was giving up on God because of a few bad things that had happened in my fairly easy life. And we eventually stopped communicating . . . But when I turned 18 she gave me a book. . . just one of those small little paperback books you see on display in Cracker Barrel type places that said ‘stories to tell my daughter’. Beside all the poems and short stories she had made notes telling me stories from her life, experiences she had never shared before, heartbreaks within our family, and lessons she had learned in her life. Turns out her life wasn’t as easy as I thought it was . . . That is her story to tell and I hope one day to be able to show her how meaningful and inspiring it is.

imageThat's me and me mama with our favorite husbands! After 10 years my mom and I are best friends now, she’s taught me to be reverent, forgiving, sassy, confident, and loving. She’s shown me what it’s like to have a real relationship with our Savior, to put your all into Him, how to pray to Him and trust that He will answer that prayer, and how to strive for a clean heart.

In that back of that book was a hand drawn lily. Over the years I’ve always gone back to that book to learn more about my mother, about my family, and to mediate over that Lily and everything it means to me.

1.20.2015

Between the Lines: Dark Places

Two blog posts in one day?! You got it. I just couldn't pass up two great link-ups so I decided to do both! I am so excited to be participating in Between the Lines with Anne from Love the Here and Now and Kristyn from Chits & Giggles. This month's book was Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. 



1. Libby became famous as a victim—how do you think this strange fame effected her? 
Oh Libby... I struggled with her character at first. I'm the kind of person that really tries to strive in the face of adversity, which made it hard for me to relate to her. I mean, no child should have to experience the hell she was put through in this book, but her lack of motivation, negativity, and pity party just seemed to annoy me at first. I think this strange fame sure worked a toll on her. Instead of rising above the unfortunate circumstances, she hid from the world. I also felt like she milked her fame in a way; she seemed to be always looking for the next best way to profit off of her horrible misfortune.

2. What do you think of Patty Day as a mother? Is she doing the best she can, or is she making excuses for herself? 
This is a really challenging question to answer. I think Patty was definitely doing the best she could, even if her best was nothing like what our own best might be. I empathized with her character for the most part. However, I did dislike the fact that she was stashing money while claiming she was "broke." I feel like she was a well-crafted character in the book. 

3. Why do you think the author chose to set the murders on a farm? What images and themes does the heartland and farming evoke?
To me, the heartland and farming evokes a sense of despair. That sounds awful but often times farming is a hard, hard job that can take a toll on a family unit. Farming, to me, is also associated with pride. Often, farms are passed down through the generations and families take great pride in them. I think the author's choice to set the murders on a farm just helped to convey the complex mess that this family had gotten themselves into. The pride Patty felt over her family, to the extent that she was willing to give her own life. But really, I don't have a good answer to this question.

4. What do you believe in Diondra’s motivation throughout the story? Does her relationship with Ben change him?
Diondra.... another complex character. I think her motivation throughout the book was selfish. She came from a home where her parents were not around and where she was given anything she wanted. Te hat can leave a girl feeling empty and alone, causing her to seek approval from others. In this case, that other was Ben. Ben was easy to manipulate and he needed her (unlike her parents). This probably made Diondra feel like she was filling some sort of void in her life. Regarding her relationship with Ben, I think it did change him. However, I think that change was for the worse. 

Have you read the book? What were your thoughts?

Love the Here and Now
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Tell Me About Your Town: Best Date Night Locations


Let's get real here for a minute. We are super cheap. We are also total introverts, so our date nights tend to look pretty lame and repetitive- but we love them and that's all that matters. That being said, the best date night locations in our town are the restaurant Bleu and a redbox rental + our comfy couch and kitties. We are party animals over here.


Bleu. We rarely splurge, but when we do it is almost always on good food. We are complete and total foodies and Bleu has some GREAT locally grown dishes and cocktails. Some of my favorite dishes include their bacon brussel sprouts, fish tacos, and the roasted sweet potato sandwich. Not to mention they have a great outdoor seating area that we love to enjoy during the warmer months of the year. Lots of girls nights and happy hours have been had here as well.

  
Redbox. Because who actually wants to spend like $25 to go see a movie and sit in uncomfortable theater chairs when you can watch movies from the pleasure of your own home for a tenth of the price. Our town has an obscene number of Redboxes (I'm totally selling you on Columbia right now, huh?!).



Our Couch. Who doesn't love a comfortable couch to snuggle on during date night? This couch has seen great conversation, tears, and a lot of fun which makes it perfect for a laid-back date night. When you come visit our town, we might even let you sit on it...

Don't forget to link up for the next "Tell Me About Your Town" to share what we would do together on a blate (blogger date) in your town!
The Rambling Llama


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1.19.2015

15 Blogging Prompts for 2015

15 blogging prompts for 20151. What are you working on during 2015? This can be a resolution, a heart-level problem, or even a house project. Tell us about it and any progress you have made.

2. Create some tangible objectives for that 2015 word of yours. How can you expect to live out your word fully unless you have a concrete idea about how that will look for you? Tell us about it and let us help keep you accountable! You can see mine HERE.

3. What events do you have coming up in 2015 that you're looking forward to? Let us get excited with you and count down the days until your big event!

4. Write a letter to yourself now, from yourself in 2005. What insights would you give yourself today; ten years later? What might you have encouraged yourself to do differently or to do more of?

5. Imagine 2015 was your last year; what would be on your bucket list? Get creative!

6. Share 15 new things you would like to try in 2015. That recipe on Pinterest you have been drooling over? GIVE IT A GO.

7. Items under $15 that you're loving lately. That cute mug from Etsy? Share it with us!

8. Dream up 15 date night ideas to live out with your significant other in 2015. I mostly just suck at coming up with date night ideas and want to steal yours...

9. Tell us 15 reasons why you love your job. Don't love your job? Too bad. Let's focus on the positive during 2015!

10. Create at 15-item checklist for achieving ________. Whether your thing is SEO for blogging, organization, or keeping your kiddos occupied during the day, YOU are good at it. Share your best checklist for those of us that aren't so good at it!

11. Write uncensored for 15 minutes. Just write whatever comes to mind. Whatever is on your heart. Don't proof for content, only spelling/grammar. Then? Click PUBLISH!

12. Spread the love. Share 15 people (bloggers/social media accounts) that are inspiring you to be your best in 2015. And tell us how/why.

13. Make 15 predictions for where you will this time next year. This will be a good one to look back on a year from now.

14. Create a reverse bucket list of the 15 things you have ALREADY accomplished. This can be since the beginning of 2015, since you've been XX many years old, or since you took your first breath.

15. Create your own list of 15 blogging prompts. HA, see what I did there?


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1.16.2015

F.O.R.G.I.V.E.

Forgive.
I haven't taken the time to share this with everyone yet, and I have honestly been on the fence about whether or not I would at all. However, after seeing Amber's list of ways to write about your word of the year, I knew I needed to share. Not just for your sake, but for the sake of keeping myself accountable.

My word for 2015 is "FORGIVE." 

Forgiveness is something I have struggled with for a large portion of my life. Ever since I can remember, I was not friends with someone because they did X,Y, and Z to me a year ago. With some people, I couldn't even remember what they did anymore and I still wasn't ready to forgive them. Sure, I can let little things slide off my back without care, but that person that didn't even RSVP to my wedding? I'll hold it against them for a good year just so they know they hurt my feelings (even though I probably won't even tell them that).

When I became a Christian, this changed. I knew forgiveness was something I needed to work on. Not just to be more like Jesus, but to free myself from the bondage and weight it was holding me under. It doesn't come easy now that I am a Christian, but just reminding myself that God forgave me when I didn't deserve it makes it somewhat easier for me to forgive others.

Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave

So, 2015 is the year of forgiveness. Here's how I'm quantifying what the word "forgive" will look like for me this year:

F. Freedom from the bondage of holding things against others. Tangibly, this will look like a lot of apologies to others who I felt like owed me an apology. There will be a lot of me reaching out to people I have been holding grudges against, without expecting them to ever acknowledge the thing they did that hurt me.

O. Openness about forgiveness and how it is going for me. I want to be authentic with those around me so that I can be held accountable for how I am living out forgiveness during 2015 on a regular basis. I'd love for you to ask me how it's going.

R. Read books on forgiveness. I have read quite a few already, but I really want to immerse myself in books on the topic this year. Suggestions are welcome.

G. Get better at saying, "I'm sorry." If I can't even ask for forgiveness myself, how can I expect to forgive others? This is something I am admittedly awful at doing; just ask my husband. Bless that man for dealing with my pride so well.

I. Inviting God into the dark places of my heart that keep me from wanting to forgive someone. I want to repent for my lack of forgiveness and ask Him to show me how to forgive even those that hurt me the worst.

V. Vulnerable. I want to be vulnerable with those that upset me and explain to them that my lack of forgiveness wasn't on them, it was on me. I want to be able to confidently say that my lack of willingness to be vulnerable about how they hurt me was probably even worse than what they did to me in the first place. That it was my pride and selfishness that prevented us from moving on or restoring the relationship for so long.

E. Establish some sort of regular way of checking up on myself throughout the year. I can't expect my only accountability to come from others. I'm not sure how this will look yet. It might be incorporated into my monthly goals. It might be something I blog about from time to time as an "update."

What is your word for 2015 and how can I help keep you accountable?

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1.14.2015

The Story Behind the Tattoo: Peony

Peony tattoo

Peony tattoo

It's been a while since my last Story Behind the Tattoo. Since my last tattoo was heavy and emotional, I figured I would share one that was less heavy-hearted and more "fun." My peony tattoo is on the underside of my right arm; the same arm as my sleeve. Historically, peonies embody romance and prosperity and are regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage.

I got my peony right before we moved to Missouri. Right after we had gotten engaged and committed ourselves to spending our lives together, and right before we took a huge leap of faith and moved halfway across the country. A move that we hoped would bring us prosperity in our relationship, our careers and education, and our faith. And although we have only lived in Missouri a little over a year and are only in our 7th month of marriage, I would say we have achieved the things we hoped for. I know this has nothing to do with a silly little tattoo, and everything to do with Jesus, but oh is it a great reminder.

This tattoo was also done by the friend who did my sleeve. A friend who saw me go through a lot of things that no one should have to go through. A friend whose words and opinions meant a lot to me. A friend who I saw go through the birth of his twins and the split from their mother. This just adds that much more meaning to it.

Not to mention it's beautiful.

What's your favorite flower?

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1.12.2015

"The Nesting Place" Review


"The Nesting Place" by Myquillyn Smith isn't just a book for married homeowners. It's a book for anyone who desires to break free of the chains of perfection in order to make their living space a place of relaxation, freedom, and love. Myquillyn will teach you how to overcome those "lovely limitations" in your mind that put restraints on creating the home you desire and deserve. 

She gently guides you through giving up on perfection, embracing messes and mistakes, exploring the true purpose of your home, and taking risks. This book is full of inspiration, practical advice, and grace.

Myquillyn gives you permission to be imperfect, which for at least me personally, lead to an overflow of creativity and appreciation towards God for all that I have been given.

I had heard really great things about this book, but I've never been much of a creative so I didn't expect anything huge to result from picking it up. Despite my lack of creativity, I've always desired a lovely home. This is something that has torn me and even my marriage down at times. BUT THIS BOOK. This book changed me.

Within the first 50 pages of The Nesting Place, I was already learning to give myself grace in the context of my home. Grace for not having a perfectly tidy home all the time. Grace for not having our guest room put together or the holes in our walls sealed yet. Grace, paired with the lightheartedness and inspiration of Myquillyn's writing inspired me to start taking risks in my own home.

Those walls I wanted to paint but was always too scared that I would hate the color I chose? I painted them. I even painted one wall a BOLD purple. Sue me.



That chaise lounge that needed a new slip cover? The slip cover that IKEA discontinued? I covered it in old curtains without even picking up a needle. Sue me. 

That book page wreath I had been wanting to DIY but was too scared it wouldn't turn out like the Pinterest perfect photo? I made it. And guess what? It turned out AMAZING. Don't sue me for it because I really love it.

This book inspired me to overcome my own fears and try something new. It encouraged me to let my husband pick the paint color, because who cares if it didn't turn out perfect (but I think it did)?




I don't care who you are, what stage of life you are in, your relationship status, or your living status. THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU. It's not only a book on interior design, it's a book on faith, love, grace, and overcoming your own insecurities. And it's for you.


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