Don’t Mind the Mess

If you come hang out here this weekend, please excuse any messes you may find. I’m tweaking overhauling the design of my blog.

You know how after Christmas, everyone is tired of decorations and wishes they had white walls and blank tables and flowers everywhere and they want everything to be clean and fresh? I’m kinda like that with my blog about twice a year, and it’s time! :)

By Monday, everything should be tidied up and ready for visitors! Thanks for your patience!

My Favorite Shoes in the History of Shoes – The Root Collective


Have you heard of The Root Collective? It’s a company founded by Bethany, and they partner with artisans in Guatemala to create the most beautiful artwork for us to wear on our feet! No, seriously. Look at these shoes!

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And that’s just some of them.

To get a clearer picture of the mission and vision behind The Root Collective and its partners, check out this video. Warning: get the tissues. :)


The Root Collective — Walk the Vision from Em Grey on Vimeo.

Beautiful, right?

Yesterday, The Root Collective launched its Spring line. You need a pair or seven, trust me. I have two and will be ordering a third pair soon. They are comfortable, super nice, and can be dressed up or down.

If you purchase between now and Sunday (3/8) and use the code ‘SPRING’ you’ll get 20% off! (Another amazing thing: when there are sales and coupon codes, the artisans overseas still get paid 100%. I mean, how awesome is that…)

***I’m an affiliate for TRC, because I believe in their mission and products. I wear them on my feet almost daily. I suggest that you do, too. :) ***

***TRC let me borrow the above pictures, and the video is produced by***



February Goals


So far, I’m enjoying this goals thing! It’s been fun to remind myself that I have a deadline to complete tasks, and I think I work well under pressure. Granted, that’s not necessarily reflected in this month’s goals…I didn’t do so hot in completion, but I made strides! And that’s important!

Let me make some excuses and be a little vulnerable before we dive right in. January has been a hard month. Life has just been difficult. Throughout the holidays, I feel like we ride this sort of “high” of being on vacation from work, spending lots of time with family, doing fun, out-of-the-ordinary kinds of things and we kind of get to “check-out” of real life. Then *smack* January comes and you really notice all of those things that you’d pushed out of your mind. This January, some changes happened at work that took me by surprise, some opportunities have come in my personal life that I couldn’t pass up but have taken a lot of brain space, and some progress is being made in the legal case of our cherish child. Lots and lots of “stuff” has just been happening and truthfully, I feel a little overwhelmed. A lot overwhelmed, actually. So sometimes, through good and bad things, life is just hard.

Sorry to be #vagueblogging. I’ll be sharing a lot more details in the future but for now, on to the review of last month!

January Review:

• Read a book. Okay, I didn’t finish a book, but I almost finished one! That’s got to count for something, right? I started reading (and almost finished! :)) Radical Hospitality. I will definitely be doing a review on this book because I feel EVERYONE should read it. It will make you look at your neighbor in a completely different light.

• Finish decorating the nursery. I did this! I added the last few touches to the nursery and I love it! I’ll be sharing all the details soon!

• Blog three times a week. Ick. Let’s just not talk about this one. Failed. Miserably.

On to goals for February!

February Goals:

• Finish decorating the guest bath: Our guest bath actually connects to the guest room and the hallway, so it’s super convenient to the nursery. That also means that I want it to be nice for guests, but still have a sweet nursery feel. I painted it months ago but pretty much stopped right there. Well this month is the month!

• Finish the book I started last month. Ha! It’s really good! I really just need to make more time.

• Work out three times a week. This is something I did actually start last month. Well, my husband started this last month and kind of went along with it. I’d like to keep it up, even though I HATE working out…ugh. This week, I’m already behind but I bought a new pair of work out pants so that totally counts.


After working for a few hours last Saturday and having a really busy Sunday, I feel like I didn’t get a weekend and this week has been just off everyday. Not one single day this week did it actually feel like the day that it really was. Ha! Does that even make sense? It does to me, which may speak to how glad I am it’s Friday. Looking forward to shutting my brain off tomorrow and not leaving my pajamas.

But today is not pajama day, it’s Friday! Linking up with Jeannett!

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We turned on the fireplace last weekend. I love it. This is the second winter we’ve had a fireplace, and it’s just so darn nice!

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My new favorite diffusing combo. Love it! So fresh!

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I bought myself this blanket with a Christmas gift card. I kinda have a thing for blankets. It’s so soft and I love the color. However, anytime I use it, I usually wind up sharing it with the cat he always steals it when I get up to get a drink from the fridge or a snack. Silly Bubbles.

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We had an episode of the ickies this past Monday. At least, I think it was Monday. Our toddler was acting a little strange and just a little “off.” I couldn’t quite put my finger on it until he upchucked all over me and the couch. (And my new blanket.) Fortunately, hubby was able to swoop in and take Little Man to the bathtub while I immediately stripped off my clothes right there in the living room and started cleaning the carpet. Sorry for the visual but that’s motherhood, y’all. This was my arsenal for the rest of the night. Diffusing Thieves, Oregano, and Purification (to cleanse the air and our bodies of any germs), rolling the Immunity Roller (Thieves and Oregano) on the bottoms of our feet and down our spines, and cleaning the floor and couch with Thieves Cleaner. Thankfully, no one else got sick and our Little Man slept well through the night with no more ickies! #oilsforthewin [Still running the January promos! Email me if interested!]

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And finally, to redeem everything from this week, hubby went out and found me some Crispy M&M’s last night! Remember these things? They were discontinued in 2005 and now they’re back! Best hubby award goes to my boo! :) (Don’t worry. The blanket is clean now. Well, it was until I spilled pineapple salsa on it. So it’s been washed twice this week. Hashtag real life.)

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Happy Friday!

Word for Word

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I’m not going to call this a series because who knows when I’ll write about this again, but today I’m sharing some of those funny-sweet moments between adults and toddlers!

I don’t know how much time you spend around a toddler but they have some funny words that don’t necessarily mean what they think they mean. It leads to some hilarious moments and also some moments that I’ll cherish forever. There are some things that I won’t correct because what Big Boy says is just too funny, and I want to record them here so I’ll always remember them.

For instance:

Bee-Boo: This means boo-boo. “Mama, fall! Bee-boo!”

• Pidaman: Spiderman. We’re still working on the S’s.

• Choo-choo: Of course this is train and I will be sad when the day comes that he calls it a train.

• Bupper (rhymes with supper): Diaper. Ugh, so cute.

Eee-bot: Robot. (He got a toy robot for Christmas and he loves to snuggle with it on the couch while watching TV.)

So adorable, I can’t stand it! Please tell me I’m not the only mom out there who appreciates these sweet words!



My favorite day of the week!

Linking up with my internet bestie who doesn’t know who I am, Jeannett!

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Lots to share from the last few weeks! Buckle up!

Banana pudding for a friend. But the rule is that you have to put only the prettiest cookies on top, and eat all of the broken cookies. You wouldn’t want to waste them!

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Bubbles hanging out in Willow’s crate. I don’t even know. He kicks and screams when I try to shove him in there!

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Migraine relief. I keep this with me all  the time for lots of things but at the first sign of a migraine, I roll it on!

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At my job, I get to manage work study students for a couple of hours each day. The work study students in my department are the best on campus!

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In my diffuser for like a month straight. Tempted to throw it in there today, even though it’s not Christmas…

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I have the laziest cat on earth. I folded a couple of loads of laundry before we traveled for Thanksgiving, and he didn’t put any of it away while we were gone!

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This is where my energy comes from. Love this stuff!

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Pens again. If you’ve spent any time around here, you know that these are my favorite pens in all the land. And I just got to open a new box recently. Happy dance!

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A couple of weeks before Christmas, there was a Compassion event at a local bookstore. It was incredible! You put on headphones connected to an iPod and walk through a series of rooms that were set up like a real-life Compassion child’s home/school/etc and it was narrated by the kid the rooms represented! This was one of the rooms. It was an incredible way to put into perspective the way that people live around the globe. If you get the opportunity to go to the Compassion event, go! And take your kids!

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Christmas cookie decorating. (This is the part where I admit that I bought pre-made cookies and decorations and he did the assembly.)

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This guy. We got a date night right before Christmas as part of my Christmas gifts. First stop: Tupelo Honey Cafe. It’s amazing.

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Next stop: Beauty and the Beast musical! So good! This was an incredible show! We are so blessed to live within a reasonable distance of a great venue for shows like this!

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Cookies for Santa! (This is the part where I admit that these were break and bake cookies.) (I don’t really do homemade cookies…)

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Sick day over Christmas vacation. This girl keeping me company while the rest of the house sleeps. Full disclosure: five seconds later, she was asleep at my feet. Dogs. #eyeroll

2014-12-30 14.18.38 Speaking of sick day, this concoction saved my achy joints and muscles!

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January promos! Check ‘em out!


I fully believe this little magic in a roller saves my kid from getting sick. We roll it on the bottom of his feet and down his spine once a day. Healthy as a horse while mommy and daddy are laid up on the couch, sick as dogs. (Roller is Thieves and Oregano with sunflower oil.)

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Happy weekend, people!

The Great Christmas Exchange 2014

This Christmas I participated in another swap style gift exchange! This was my third swap of this style and it was as much fun as the first two. Check them out here and here.

I received the BEST Christmas package along with a sweet note from my new bloggy friend, Jenn at Stamp In My Passport!

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She gave me a beautiful print from She Reads Truth. It’s one of my very favorite hymns and I think the lettering is beautiful! Currently, it looks great hanging on my gallery wall. However, it may find its way to my office at work, because it will match my new black, white, and gold office decor! (Someday, I’ll get to show you my whole gallery wall. But for now, I’ll just show you this print. I have my gallery wall filled with pictures of our cherish child and unfortunately, I can’t share them to you…)

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Speaking of gold, she also gave me the perfect gold polka dotted daily planner that is already being put to good use! I’ve been drooling over one for weeks and never picked one up for myself. She must have tuned in via ESP and picked it out just for me!

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This was such a fun exchange! Thanks so much, Jenn, for an awesome Christmas gift!

Go check out Beth’s post at Oat & Oats to see what I sent her!

I’m just gonna do a little advertising…

So I love my Young Living Essential Oils, and I don’t like to do the sale-sy thing often, but I have to share this with you so you don’t miss out!


For the month of January, the first five people to sign up for a premium starter kit will receive:

• 15 mL bottle of Cedarwood -OR-
• 15 mL bottle of Grapefruit -OR-
• 15 mL bottle of Orange -OR-
• $20 off the price of the starter kit

Not only do you receive one of these perks, but you also get to be a part of an incredible team of people (Hey, JoyDroppers!) who are so knowledgable about the best way to use essential oils. There is a wonderful community of people that I get to be a part of that has taught me more about how to use oils well than I could ever hope to learn! They love the Lord and they love oils – what more could you ask for?!

For more information about how I use essential oils, check out my 31 Days series from last October!

This deal is only offered by me and only for the first 5 people that sign up so don’t miss out!


January Goals


Happy New Year!!!

Don’t let that photo above fool you. It’s from this time last year. We haven’t seen one flake of snow this year. Ugh. Hoping for some this month!

I really hate New Year’s resolutions. No one ever sticks to them. I’ve never met one person who, in December, is proud of meeting all, or even some, of their yearly goals. So here’s something new that’s not really new that I’m stealing from Beth over at Oak + Oats. If you’re not following her blog, stop right here and click over and subscribe and get lost for a while and read every single post, and then come back here. I’ll wait.

No, really. Go!

Done? Good. Now for the new tradition.

January is as good a time as any to start a new thing, right? (Except New Year’s Resolutions…) I kinda unintentionally haven’t blogged much since the 31 Day series because, well, holidays and traveling and I WROTE FOR 31 WHOLE DAYS FOR CRYING OUT LOUD so I’m looking forward to getting back in the groove.

For the first Monday of each month, or first weekday, or whatever, (let’s not put too many rules on this) at least for this year, I’ll be here sharing my goals for the upcoming month and reviewing the goals for the previous month. Sound like fun? I though so, too! (Go read Beth’s goals. Good stuff there!) (Also, when I say fun, what I really mean is scary and vulnerable and scary.)

For now, I don’t know what each month specifically will look like. Probably just two or three goals (let’s not get crazy) and they will be reading books or household goals or goals to deal with work or family. Stuff like that. Some goals might be down right silly, but that’s okay. These are my goals and my blog, so my rules. So there.

JANUARY GOALS: (Here comes the scary part…)

• Read a book. I know. That doesn’t seem like such a lofty goal. But I have a toddler and no time. And I have about three million books that are sitting on the shelves, waiting patiently for me to pick them up. By the time he goes down for the night, and I have finished the things I need to do, my brain is dead and I binge on Netflix. Lame. I need to make more time for reading and I think one per month is a good goal to start with. So that’s my first one.
Finish decorating the nursery. Seriously. We’ve had a baby or two sleeping in this nursery since July! It’s mostly done but needs a few finishing touches. Those are coming this month!
• Blog three times per week. Ahhh! As much as I love blogging, it’s again not something I make enough time for. Gonna do better.
So there’s month one! Come back the first Monday in February to see how I did!
(Full disclosure: every single time I typed “month” in this post, I first typed moth or moht. So there. Maybe another goal should be increasing my typing accuracy…)



Woah! My first post since the 31 days series! I’m glad for the little break! :)

Linking up with Jeannett cause she’s awesome for hosting this week after week!

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So many things to share. Hang on to your hat.

We took a family vacation to the beach a few weeks ago. Willow found a hiding spot in the house. Blends right in. Silly puppy.

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On the beach trip, we checked out a local restaurant that was similar to Cracker Barrel but much smaller. And this was their “sweet tea.” Unfortunately, this is not sweet tea. This is dirty water. Not sweet. Not tea.

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This was our car as we were leaving the beach. This is pretty much what it looked like at the beginning of the week. Then we shopped and had some extra groceries, and somehow had three times as much stuff as we brought. Any my tetris-expert hubby made it all fit in the car!

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So our little man has discovered that he can reach the books on the shelf beside his crib. I certainly don’t mind him reading but one morning, we found him with about 10 books in his crib! So that shelf is empty now…

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Being a mom really enables you to eat a healthy, balanced diet, without skipping meals, and always consuming the freshest of ingredients. Or, your toddler insists on eating an apple for breakfast, changes his mind about 1.5 slices in, and mom gets all the leftovers. Yeah, that.

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I made the top of our piano function as a fall mantel since our tv takes up the whole real mantel. Bubbles decided to insert himself in the fall vignette. Silly Bubbles.

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Beautiful sunrise. With a sun dog. My husband thinks I’m crazy but the wives’ tale is that once you see a sun dog, it will rain within 3 days. I’m not saying I’m right, but I’m saying it totally rained after we saw this.

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Cody and I split household chores. After vacation we needed to change things up so I took over laundry that he was previously doing, and he took over cooking. And the man can cook! Check out these pinterest-worthy oven roasted potatoes and brussel sprouts! Yum!

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He’s also a wiz a work! He works in marketing at the university where we graduated. Here’s him and some of his team at the open house for their new print shop. So proud of him! Also, I caught him mid-laugh. So cute!

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We went to the in-laws for a weekend. I was unpacking when we got back home and found that little man needed to pack his very important cars in a box of Mama’s very important stuff. #momofaboy

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I got to work one morning and found this in my wallet. I guess my son though that I would be better prepared for any coloring duties that might come my way if he shared his crayon with me. He’s so sweet for thinking ahead for me! :)

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So a couple of weeks ago, I got to go to Allume! One of the best weekends of my life! While we were there, we got to see Judah and the Lion in concert! They were so much fun. Go check out their music!

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One of the speakers shared this quote. It’ll preach.

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We also got to have these amazingly decorated cookies and cupcakes for an afternoon tea. They were almost too pretty to eat! But who am I kidding…I scarfed them down!

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Time change. Every parent hates it, right? We kept big boy up extra late so he would sleep extra late. It worked! He usually wakes at 7:00 am. The morning after the time change, he woke at 8:00. I’d call that a win! Also, those little feet in those little footie pjs? Can’t handle it. Too much cute.

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We are dog-sitting my in-laws’ dog, Hershey. That face. I was about to put some laundry away that I had folded but he insisted on cuddles. I’m not even mad. :)

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