Cupcakes and Sunshine: 2018

Saturday, December 22, 2018

The Best of Days- December 2018

These past few weeks have been incredible (aside from flu 2018!). From friends, to celebrations, to good food, joyfilled reunions, and lots of laughs in between. Here are a few quick snapshots of life lately:
Grandmother's recipe for Buckeyes- the best! similar recipe HERE

love this faithful friend! Abby, you're a gift! 

and the best dance partner too!!

Cruisin' into 2019

Came prepared with lots of books. Check out previous post to see what I've been reading this month. Do you have any good reads to start off the New Year?! I'd love your suggestions!

this team! Love these ladies!

Favorite mid-day stop!! 
2nd favorite mid-day stop!

They let me third wheel - 52nd Anniversary lunch

No matter where we are in the U.S, you'll probably find us here!

Once flu 2018 passes over (quick- get a flu shot on your way to grab your last minute gifts if you haven't yet!), some homemade chocolate chip cookies and cocoa are the plan. Thankful for this time to rest and reflect on 2018 and to celebrate friends, fam, and most importantly this advent season and the birth of our Savior. Hope it's been a great December. Merry Christmas, friends!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

December Reading List

There is nothing better than a sparkling evergreen candle, twinkling Christmas lights, a cozy cup of coffee, and a good read. These are the books I'm reading this December, and I want to know what you're reading too!

1. The Nesting Place:

Love this book! (and the semi- sequel Cozy Minimalist Home is on my wishlist!) I love reading Myquillyn Smith's stories on simple decor ideas, creativity, and that it's not all about perfection. This book is one of my all time favorites.

2. I'm doing some traveling this December, and ordered these two since there will be limited internet access (🙌) for a few days! I'm so excited to unplug,  and dig in. (Have you read these? Let me know your thoughts!)

3. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

Wow, this book is too good. I had a friend send it to me on Audible this past week, and I had all intentions to listen to it while traveling. However, I started it a bit early, and couldn't stop. I'm about a third of the way through, and now wish I had it in hard copy too. So much wisdom here- get this book, friends!!

Any books you're reading or some that are on your Christmas wishlist? I'd love to hear! Happy weekend, friends!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Advent- Home Sweet Home: Intentionality (& Cozy) in the Everyday

Waking up this morning with a happy, full heart! (& pot of coffee)

Last night, we gathered together all of our things and had the best night decorating for Christmas. Advent season is the sweetest as we watch the way Jesus came, lived and loved, and remember the reason for the season - Emmanuel, God with us.

Paint a wreath on canvas, and add a classic red bow for an easy indoor project! You can switch bows out seasonally
In the midst of busy, it is so good to be home and mindful of simplicity and joy.

The first of many Hallmark movies + mugs full of cocoa (all month long) 
A collection of Christmas cookie cookbooks make for a simple kitchen centerpiece

Bandit may actually be my favorite Christmas decoration

My Grandmother quilted/sewed this advent calendar for me this year and filled it with sweet treats each day! Love that I get to treasure this for years to come!!

Filling glass flower vases with inexpensive Christmas ornaments is an easy way to add some sparkle to a cozy corner! Chalkboards add a personalized, handmade touch! 

Cocoa cheers to you!! I'd love to hear some of your favorite Christmas crafts, decor tips, and memories!

Advent studies:
IF Advent Study (sent to your email!)
IF Emmanuel Study
Paul David Tripp Advent Devotional 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Home Sweet Home: On a Journey for Intentionality (and Cozy) in the Everyday

Life lately has been a little busy, but I'm getting back to doing some things that are life giving (why do we get so busy and bogged down and forget simplicity in the everyday?), and I'm focusing on a little more intentionality.

Over Thanksgiving, I took an east bound roadtrip home, stopping in Georgia and South Carolina. It was a long trip, but long trips make good time for lots of podcasts (would you guys like a post on some favorite podcasts?), and some sweet time with the Lord.

Some of those podcasts I listened to were on intentionality in making your home a cozy, inviting place, and this is something that has been on my heart for a long time. I'm so excited to be more intentional with turning our house into a home.

For the past few months, I've been taking notes on all my favorite things about home.

I've been writing down memories of my favorite homes (I have a few below!), what made them feel like home, and I've been taking notes on hints of warm hospitality at each of those homes. I've listed some of those things below and want to know what most makes your house (or others!) feel most like home?

this is one of my favorite places in our current home- our colorful collection of coffee mugs 

  • warm smells of cinnamon / vanilla
  • fresh, crisp bedsheets 
  • board games 
  • a puzzle on the kitchen/ living room table
  • bookshelves with lots of books

  • imperfect furniture pieces with lots of character
  • my aunt and uncle always had a plate of cheese and crackers for anyone arriving out of town (& I always looked forward to getting to their house and eating cheese and crackers and olives growing up- ha!) 
  • arriving to a home with a handwritten note / gift on your bed 
  • twinkle lights/ warm lighting
  • family photos and pictures on the walls 
  • my grandma's refrigerator was a story of its own- with all of our artwork and letters and newspaper clippings she had kept
  • a basket of cozy blankets in living areas
  • lots of laughs

this was one of my FAVORITE homes- the house I lived in in college with 7 of my best friends

  • a welcome mat 
  • fresh flowers 
  • gatherings of friends and family
  • already brewed coffee when first waking up 
  • also the smell of bacon and pancakes to wake you up! 
  • BIG greetings with lots of hugs (also long goodbyes!) 

This is my grandparent's home in GA, and if the weather is cool enough, we always always make fireplace s'mores 

  • warm, fuzzy bath towels
  • Christmas cards /pictures of other friends and family 
  • seasonal candles
  • open cookbooks or a stack of them on the kitchen counter (even better if they look very used!)

an oldie, but a goodie! You can find out how to make your own cheese spread HERE 
  • a cookie jar with fresh baked treats for anyone stopping by 
  • a variety of coffee creamers / variety of teas for guests
  • the question, "can I grab something for you?" or "Make yourself at home!" 
  • the humming sound of the dishwasher/ washing machine
  • holiday traditions (matching pajamas on Christmas eve) 
  • non-holiday traditions (coffee on the front porch) 
  • homemade meal
  • but also pizza and a movie

The Nesting Place has been one of my favorite books on making a house a home, finding beauty in imperfection, and simplicity and grace in warm hospitality. And if you want to know a little bit more about intentionality in making a house a home, check out this podcast by Jamey Ivey's the Happy Hour and Myqullin Smith.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

New Morning Mercies

Happy Saturday! I wanted to share my favorite book purchase as of lately.

I had heard of New Morning Mercies from a friend, and then couldn't stop screen-shotting daily instagram photos from friends that were posting bits of pieces of it, so I decided to buy it myself.

It is a GREAT 365 day gospel-centered devotional. I've been through a few, and this one is by far my favorite! Sometimes I even peek ahead to the next day, but stop myself so I can look forward to reading it each day.

If you are looking for a new devotional, I highly highly recommend!!

Happy Sunday, friends!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Life Lately- October Edition

I've been anxiously awaiting the arrival of October, and the best month of the year is finally here!

Life lately has been full of...

1. Kombucha: Nothing much has changed here! I really love kombucha. Trader Joe's has lots of new flavors, and during the work day, I'll run out and pick one up to get out of the house, grab some fresh air, and peruse Trader Joe's fall items.

2. Central Market & Roomie Walks: 
We've been walking to central market or walking to grab coffee a few times a week, and it has been so good for my soul. Loving these (somewhat) cooler fall days and you can never go wrong with Central Market.

3. This pup! Makes my heart so happy. I'm thankful for a roommate who so willingly shares him! (and he is also the very best companion during the work day when I'm working from home by myself all day)

4. These 6 ingredient pumpkin muffins: 

This isn't the best of pictures, but these are so good! and only 6 healthy ingredients.

  • 1/2 cup of cashew butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 banana 
  • 1/3 cup of pumpkin
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • + dark chocolate chips
  • +pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon
Blend all ingredients together, pour into muffins cups, and bake at 400 for 9 minutes. I've been having them for breakfast every morning after our coffee-walks. 

5. Wishful Thinking:
This fall weather has me CRAVING cool crisp weather and somewhere pretty. Currently daydreaming of cool hikes and lots of pretty leaves. Texas isn't quite there yet, but maybe a quick blink of fall will be here soon. 

6. Trader Joe's Fall Candles: 
Ah, I love these candles. Our home smells like Honey Crisp Apples and Vanilla Pumpkin, and I can't think of a better way to start October. These make me happy. 

7. Flannel! 

As I mentioned, it's still a little warm in Texas, but with the start of October 1st, it is now socially appropriate to bring/wear flannel everywhere. 

8. Lots of coffee and quiet mornings. 

My two favorite things! 

9. Also catching up with good friends.

Abby's one of my favorites as well! 

9. And lastly, this one again, because he just makes me smile: 

Happy fall, y'all! 

Monday, August 27, 2018

Fun With Warby Parker - 5 Frame Try-On Review

It's 100 degrees in Texas, but I'm jumping on the pumpkin spice latte train (since they were released today!) and getting a head start on all things fall. This Dallas weather will cooperate eventually, right?!

With fall right around the corner, I've been looking at some new fall frames. I am so excited to show off some Warbys today.

If you don't know, Warby Parker is an incredible eye glasses brand, that will send you 5 frames to try on right at home. (Trying them out is completely free! Go ahead, and try it!) Did you know that August is National Eye Exam Month? With that being said, I really think of a better time to get new Warby Parker Glasses.

There are hundreds of styles to choose from online, and receiving your box of 5 try-on frames feels like Christmas!

You choose your five frames online, they ship them right to you (with a shipping label to send right back when you're finished!) Then, you get to customize your frames of choice online.

Warby's give-back program is one of my favorites. For every pair sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need! They also empower adult men and women with training opportunities to administer basic eye exams and sell glasses for ultra-affordable prices. 

My favorites are the Oliver and Welty in "Whisky Tortoise," and I think I'll be ordering both.

I'll be staying in my pajamas as long as possible as well.  ;) Take the quiz to and let me know which frames are your favorite!

Happy Monday, friends!

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