Category Archives: Holidays

shop news & a contest

i am laying in bed drinking hot apple cider .. i swear 5 lbs heavier ..  watching the kardashian christmas.  don’t judge.  we dvr all things kardashian around here
i am trying to get out of my head and into my heart to share about our thanksgiving and it just.isn’t.happening

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(gold strength & dignity sign)

we wait until after thanksgiving to put anything christmas up.  i am glad we did.  it helped me to focus and stay in the now.  we did get down the tree and decorations yesterday and began morphing the house into a simple christmas.  we will share it with you next monday.  do you remember last years mantle…it was colorful wasn’t it?


but real quick i wanted to update you on the SHOP opening.

we shared a sneak peek of one of our signs in our first collection on instagram on black friday.  in case you don’t follow us on instagram i wanted to have this sign up for our family thanksgiving.  this year has been one of the hardest of my life.  these words have been my lifeline and i wanted to share it with you in the way of a sign for your walls.  we took pre-orders for shipping when we open on january 2.

it comes in white background with gold lettering – black background with white lettering & black background with gold lettering ( not shown yet)

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we will have a new way of doing things so turnaround will not be so long.

we will only have so many custom spots open at one time.  when one goes out another spot will open up.  i think that will help..worth a try anyway:)

we will have several new lines of ___________ ( tBa)  we are soooo excited to share them with you.  we KNOW you are going to love them as much as we do!

i am having miss heather design a whole new logo.  have you seen her printable advent kit 



we would LOVE it if you would help us name our new sign collection?  the STILL GOD sign will be in the collection.  it will be creams, blacks & golds….some hints:)

ok…so think on it…and then leave your ideas in the comments.

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for the WINNER

for the one we choose YOU will be sent your choice of the new signs in the collection you named

SO..put your thinking hearts on and let me have it…i can’t wait to see what you come up with.  remember it is a new season K?

i can’t wait to see the jen rizzo’s holiday house walk again!  does anyone else look forward to it?  i am always so inspired by each home and the hearts that live there.

later this week i will share our “new” table scored off craigslist the day before thanksgiving.  my ig friends all voted cream to paint the chairs and so today nikki painted


if you don’t follow us on instagram be sure to — as we near the opening of our shop we will be giving sneak peeks and a few instasales and who knows what else:)

i would love to hear how your thanksgiving was..and it is totally ok if you had christmas up already…really:)  ..i mean really it is no judging here..we love the kardashinans after all

ok…they are getting ready to show their christmas card…speaking of….this weekend is our photo shoot!

love love each of you….



jeanne oliver hit the nail on the head

hello everyone!  well jeanne i don’t have my tree up either and if i am truthful i am fighting this very thinking with my girl..

who is 14!  she wants to put up the tree and decorate her room.  there is absolutely nothing wrong with that in and of itself is there?
but hold on…

our subject is living in the NEXT vs. living in the NOW right?  living in the next  is the very mindset that the media wants us to have and when they suck our children in they have us right?
if i am even more truthful…they are watching us..their parents aren’t they?  uh oh..this stings a little

so instead of succumbing here is what i have been practicing

remember my mantra?

prACTice doesn’t make perfect…prACTice makes change

here is a little how it goes…

i say, ” darling, let’s live in today.  it isn’t even thanksgiving yet.  christmas will come and has a joy all of itself
i want to extract all the sacred moments from today and thanksgiving.

but mom…there may even be a wee bit of eye rolling and pouting involved.  but i am sticking to my guns.  period
i am sure i act like that when i don’t get to indulge myself.

i honestly believe…the older i get…that
thanksgiving is the real deal.  gratitude IS grace and that is what carries me each and everyday.
this has been one of the hardest years in my memory and gratitude and grace oh and a big ol’ heaping spoonful of trust have gotten me through each day.

so miss jeanne oliver,  i loved your post..your heart..and YOU!  praying you have eyes to see the sacred within each is most always in the small things…winkxo

high five!

and here are a few of my favorite pins the last few days…i pray… you too..are practicing change by sharing & showing those watching you to be present.  little eyes are watching.

FARMHOUSE 5540: Thanksgiving Keeping Room

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Fall Fashion  skinny pants, ankle boots, long pea coat


Industrial Shelving Design,



Old School J. Crew


winter cabin



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i need to do this / Hilda Grahnat


Good advice.


today i want to live with my eyes wide open!…xotiff


mayonnaise is the secret to mix up an ordinary grilled cheese

grilled cheese

i am getting that know..the holidays! minus the stress.  the anticipation of in all the goodness of the the most wonderful time of the year:)  it starts now~with our calendars doesn’t it?  is your filing up as fast as mine? cookie baking with the girls..the morgan christmas..parties..checking the lists..organizing the calendars

whoa girl!  remember it is not a race…it is a journey!   i am getting ahead of myself…thanksgiving first.

most of us have been practicing gratefulness through out the year and i really think that turns up the volume on thanksgiving for me..what about you? to planning out our table for thanksgiving.  we are determined to have a sit down this year.  isn’t this stunning?  thanksgiving al fresco might be possible in missouri.  it is either stunningly warm or freezing.  this is the vibe i want for our table this year.  woodsy..a little glam.  simple.  rustic.  less fuss to detract from what is really important.

Baby Its Cold Outside
the pretty blog

i might be becoming an amazon prime addict with all this bed “time” on my hands.  i am addicted to the food network…my two new favorites are jamie deen’s home for dinner and trisha yearwoods southern kitchen.  i might have ordered trisha’s cookbook georgia cooking in a oklahoma kitchen

if i did believe in reincarnation i would come back as a southern girl…just sayin!

.. and my first silpat too!  i am dreaming of becoming a foodie and going back to a simple life of cooking, cleaning, loving on my peeps and creating.

but all within boundaries of peace!  i don’t know about you but i crave this!

so today i wanted to share with you our latest simple comfort food dinner in our soon to be series Soul Supper Sundays!
it is a collision of jaime deen’s grilled cheese and panera’s.    we had panera’s all natural white bread cut thin.  then we grated sharp cheddar cheese…no packaged cheese around this house anymore!

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there is something different about fresh grated cheese minus the binders or whatever stuff they put in there to keep it that way.

take two pieces of the panera bread…or even better yet homemade bread.  yum! sprinkle your grated cheese all over it.  spread mayo on each side of the bread.  yes you heard me.  AHmazing!

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grill it just like you would a grilled cheese. i was a starving marvin for some food so nikki bought potato soup from panera and blended it in the blender for me and voila! perfect.  the kids got creamy tomato as their sidekick to the grilled cheese.  it was super comforting.  super yummy!  a difinite addition to our Supper Soul Foods…coming in the weeks ahead.

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mayonnaise is the secret to mix up an ordinary grilled cheese .. and of course the real grated cheese:)

cheers to a simple comforting soul food to enjoy with family…. xotiff


how to SLOW down & find the beauty in the holiday’s & a giveaway

CMH2 Home Collage Words

let’s switch gears on monday shall we?  i have something FUN to share:)  from my beautifully hearted friend jeanne oliver!  i know you love her too right?
read on and just soak up the beauty of these photos won’t you?  oh..and pin pin…:)

keeping it cozy

jeanne oliver designs

life in grace

jennifer rizzo

na-da farm

thistlewood farm

city farmhouse

raised in cotton

ok…pure loveliness right?
READ on…..:)

Course description:

Join eight of my friends and me as we celebrate loving on your home, friends and family through the holidays.

You will be encouraged as you hear honestly from each woman about the times things did not go as planned during their holidays.

You will hear honest discussions about their own journey of hospitality.

You will walk away inspired as you hear about the traditions and special moments from their childhood and how they create special moments with their families today.

You will be able to watch beautiful videos with gift giving ideas, decorating projects and favorite family recipes.

We all want to create authentic moments with our friends and families.

We all desire for the ones we love to leave our homes knowing that they were welcomed and loved.

My hope is that this course will help you slow down and find the joy and beauty in the holidays.

*There will be 30+ project videos

These will be incredible videos that include everything from cooking, gift giving and decorating

*Tons of beautiful house photos from each of the nine women

*Supply Lists and PDFs for each project

*A digital recipe book of the recipes shared in this course

:::the beautyFULL hearts that will be sharing:

CM2 round collage NAME WHITE-1

i am giving to myself some real time to SLOW down and enjoy a course for ONCE!  i am done with being so crazed that i can’t take time to be all present and enjoy being taught
and what better than to learn how to SLOW down & find BEAUTY & JOY in the holidays.  to LISTEN!

SO…jeanne has so humbly offered 2 spots for YOU to be a part with me and join these authentic women as they share their STORY with us!



got this from miss jeanne herself…loved it

To enter all you have to do is leave a comment on THIS post telling me what makes you feel special during the holidays.

For additional chances to win you can…

*Blog about the course

*Facebook about the course

*Pin the course to Pinterest

*Tweet about the course on Twitter

Come back and tell me each time you do one of the above for additional chances to win.

we will choose on wednesday from random number generator…and a few super simple FALL fun recipe’s for you that i LOVE!


:::to REGISTER now just click on the PAYPAL link below…looking forward to seeing you there sweet friends!


 course is 58.00!!

in His grip of grace


a bit of shop news:

we are on a skeleton shop for another week or two then will re open fully.  we are still taking some customs and our HOLIDAY signs are in the SHOP too:)


nikki hit it out of the park with this design…the words bring me to tears.  enough said:)


our I Am His sign is being placed in so many nurseries and we are soooo humbled.  what powerful words for children to see daily.
this sign is our original design.  the words of course are not ours but the design is.  first seen here on the House of Belonging:)


we had a custom with a wood sign on the GRATITUDE sign so we shot it real quick…i LOVE the wood frame:)



what does coffee breath have to do with it & a giveaway


sitting here in paint clothes my breath smells like coffee unwashed hair all thrown up in a messy list of to do’s is literally a mile long with launching MOXIE..getting orders caught up… dishes dirty are forming roots on my counter…i just nod my head when the kids are talking to me and sleep… well i blink and it is another day…somedays..ok many days i say WHY can’t life be less busy

self says.. remember you have a book review…oh yes - add that to my list.  a bit ago jeruselum asked me if i would review her book A Homemade Year : The Blessings of Cooking, Crafting and Coming Together.  well long story short – the book came in the mail and it had me at
the cover — look at it will you?  ADORABLE!  a mix of fun fonts & color.  quotes at the beginning of each chapter which i looove.  the photography ( by jeruselums sister judea) is stunning..infectious.  easy to read–whimsical…useful and understandable and before i realized i was smiling:)  relaxing into the book was effortless.  Jeruselum engaged my momma yearning for connecting with God and my family.  p.s. i love the smell of new books…i mean really love

this book is like holding the controller.  it lets you change the channel from “shoulding” to wanting.  i believe women have a deep longing to create heart and home but are torn between home and work…even when the work is out of the home for all of us home business moms!

well girls..only WE hold the controller!

jeruselum takes you on a year long journey in the frame of a liturgical year and most importantly from her experience.  she’s done all of this.  she knows!

we are making that wreath this week…btw:)

Jeruselum gives us permission to celebrate in the midst of laundry,dirty dishes, children and the scarcity of this crazy world.  it is ok to go back to a simpler time and immensely enjoy our upturned faces to the sun and inhale deep the fragrance of life. to enjoy our children..our homes..our gifts of creating and cooking

why have those things become an inconvenience?

The Homemade Year gives you way in which you can not only GIVE to your people but CONNECT with them over TEACHable subjects.

this book is the perfect companion to a heart longing to take her family on a year long journey – the journey of daring to live greatly in your piece of the world with your persons.  giving you some new tools to use on how to get to point a to point b.

with so much of the “church”today using guilt and shame to get action from the people this excerpt was a breath of fresh air…Jeruselum commented on a quote from Penny Carothers…

i’ve always elevated the lives of others above my own spiritual aspirations…this mistaken believe parallels my long-held view the spirituality has to look a certain way to be legit.
Jeruselum went on to say– i loved reading those words because i too have gone through seasons of thinking that legitimate spirituality only fit into one very tight fitting box.  my prayer is that A Homemade Year is the kind of book that will free you from just that sort of mistaken belief, from the phantom one-size-fits-all box.  instead i hope this book inspires you to seek and experience God in a different way at your own pace.  this book is meant to act as a guide, to encourage, and to teach – but never to induce guilt, to depress, or to intimidate.

the book makes me long for the kids to be little again. looking back i would create more sacred connections in the everyday with homemade blessings. I will use this book throughout the year and it is a perfect gift to give my daughter to use with my 4 grandbabies.

I would LOVE to give a copy away to one of my FRIENDS.
simply leave a comment of one simple past time that you would like to bring back
i will announce the winner on friday

jeruselum is the auther of the blog jolly goode gal.  it is a sweet place:)

oh…i did finally brush my teeth..xo

A Homemade Year:The Blessings of Cooking, Crafting, and Coming Together
by Jerusalem Jackson Greer
©2013 by Jerusalem Jackson Greer, images by Judea Jackson
Used by permission of Paraclete Press,