our tropical Christmas- a tour and link up

saipan christmas tour

Y’all, I am so excited to share a little glimpse of our tropical Christmas today (and I can’t wait to see your Christmases as well!). Especially since this year’s Christmas looks a little different than our holidays in years past. In fact, if I had to describe our December so far in three words, they’d […]

ornament advent countdown

An advent countdown, but with a twist- each ornament has a name of God written on it (there are accompanying devotions using the Jesus Storybook Bible for the names they chose)

December has snuck up on me this year. I finished up our advent ornament countdown this afternoon in fact. This is one of our favorite traditions, though, and we’re so excited to have a set of names of Christ advent ornaments here in Saipan. To make a new set, we cut a piece of drift wood into rounds, […]

30 minute advent calendar

the simplest-ever advent calendar (make a countdown using bags, free printable labels, and a tray)

It’s a little bittersweet to head into this holiday season without any of our normal ‘Christmas stuff.’ I do think that unpacking familiar boxes of ornaments, wreaths, and décor might help offset a little of the weirdness and homesickness that is settling in. But I also kind of like the way that having nothing is […]

how to spray paint an artificial christmas tree

This is the perfect way to give an old fake tree a new look (how to spray paint an artificial christmas tree)!

When we moved to Saipan in June, we brought six trunks of stuff with us. Things that made the bring-with-us cut? Clothes (not many, but I still wish I would’ve pared even more), Legos, a few of Piper’s dolls and purses, my sewing machine, a small bundle of fabric and a few party supplies. Nothing […]

fantastic (free!) outlined fonts

fabulous free outlined fonts

I love bubble fonts. They make me feel a little bit like I am making giant signs for student council in junior high (side note- isn’t it funny that junior high isn’t a thing anymore?). And since my mind is on all things back to school right now, I figured I should probably share some […]

no-dye easter egg ideas

White pen on brown eggs.

This week we have had a gloriously rainy week. In the desert this is not a common thing, so we are LOVING the week of cloudy skies, warm drinks, soup (more on that later) and crafts! My girls have been itching to dye easter eggs since we got a package from some sweet friends back […]

DIY bunny rabbit softies

DIY bunny softies

One of the highlights of my niece Josie’s ‘snow bunny’ party was the array of bunny rabbit softies that dotted the decor. These bunnies would make great Easter basket treasures and were fairly simple to put together (the most labor intensive part was embroidering the faces), so I thought I’d share the DIY process. I […]

free printable valentine- my whole heart for my whole life

free printable valentine

When I got married, I was young and naive and had no idea that I was making one of the most epic decisions of my whole life. I didn’t realize that marrying Adam would effect every. single. aspect of my life and change me in more ways than I can count. And even though I […]

free printable valentines- “you’re bow-tiful” labels

free printable valentines- you're 'bow-tiful' labels

Piper Jane chose bows as her Valentine goodies this year (well, for her girlfriends… for the boys, who probably won’t appreciate the bows as much, she’s going to borrow her Bubba’s idea and give bags of Legos). To make these Valentines, just put the bows (found in five packs for a couple dollars at Forever […]

25 free printable kids valentines


One of my favorite things about blog-land is the genius FREE kids’  valentines printables! Here are twenty five great ones to get you started- I am a sucker for you… Free glow stick valentine printable You’re Sweet treat bag toppers Airheads free valentine printable Dropping down parachute printable Playdough valentine printable Bouncy ball valentine printable […]