Five Friday Finds: Little Man Closet Edition

Little Man's Closet: Mustard

Imagining Edison in this outfit makes me so happy! Mustard yellow is one of my favorite colors, especially in January, when we have a few more cloudy days than usual. Although, I’m not really complaining about the weather, since I know most of the country just dealt with Blizzard 2016.

I should mention that as of right now, Edison doesn’t own any of these items, and also this post isn’t sponsored. These are fun finds on my wish list, not only because of how adorable they are, but also the stories behind the products.

This year, one of my resolutions is to get back to shopping ethically. It used to be difficult to find very ethical children’s clothing, but I’ve found so many great shops on Instagram that I can’t wait to share with you!

The slouchy beanie is from NOXX,  and is handmade locally, in Scottsdale Arizona. They make beanies of all sizes, with new colors and fabrics all the time. Since he has practically no hair still, I’m thinking that some hats might be a good idea for Edison.

The jersey leggings are from Alexandra Rose, and are also handmade. I wish they came in grown up sizes!

I love the truth on this tiny baby sweatshirt from Camplight Apparel. Every purchase from Camplight Apparel helps feed malnourished children.

These leather loafer shoes are from Potato Feet, a handmade family business in LA. I’ve put several pairs of their moccasins on my wish list.

The colors and patterns in this quilt are stunning! It’s also handmade, from a local company in Mesa called KB Cute Designs. They also make bedding, changing covers, swaddle blankets, and beanies.

Have you found any great local treasures lately? Give them a shout out in the comments!

Five Friday Finds 9/24

Just a handful of things/blogs/shops/articles that I find inspiring, encouraging, or entertaining: 

Via Emily Henderson

1. It’s fall y’all! And I’m loving these fall styling videos and posts from Emily Henderson and Target: Cozy Retreat and Gather Around. Get inspired to bust out that fall decor. I was so inspired, I already autumnized the living room.

Via Designer Blogs
2. With fall comes a renewed desire for adventure, and for those of us living in the valley, we can actually go outside without melting away in the sizzling heat.This looks like a fun fall bucket list. If you’re putting together one of your own, here’s a blank printable.

3. October makes me think of Harry Potter, and that makes me think … I need this mug for Christmas. 

4. After listening to this podcast with Jon Acuff and Jess Lively, I added this book to my Amazon wishlist.

Via Craftsy
5. Fall means back to school time, and being the nerd I am, I miss it. If you’re with me, there’s good news: Craftsy is having a sale on classes; over 550 classes are $20 or less! You can add “Learn something new” to your fall bucket list!
What did you find last week that you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments below or on Facebook!

Five Friday Finds 9/18

Just a handful of things/blogs/shops/articles that I find inspiring, encouraging, or entertaining: 

1. #WeWelcomeRefugees. You’ve seen the photos of Aylan – the three year old who woke up the world to the tragedy experienced by millions of people as they flee from ISIS and civil wars. #WeWelcomeRefugees is a budding movement started by Ann Voscamp with World Relief and the Justice Conference with the goal of connecting churches in America with those in Europe. Find out the practical ways you can get involved!
2. Brittany from The Nested Nomad is running a new series on “Simplifying Your Life.” For me, fall is the perfect time for a refresh, and I’m looking forward to the next posts in the series!
3. Elizabeth at Oak and Oats posted 5 Tips for Your Blog Redesign. Almost makes me want to do it again…
4. The Influence Network. The Influence Network is about encouraging and equipping women in their passions and projects right where they are. I finally joined in May, and I haven’t regretted it! For the price of two lattes, you get art prints, at least one free class, and other goodies as a member. I’ve loved every class I’ve taken, on everything from writing as a ministry, to home decor, to impacting the culture as a Christian. I haven’t figured out the forums yet, but I still highly recommend becoming a member, even though you can purchase classes individually. The $10 cost motivates me to learn something new each month. They also have an annual conference, that someday I’d like to attend.
5. Lauren at Mercy Ink shared the story behind their new fall line of prints. The scriptures she chose speak to me at this time in my life, with the difficulties we’ve had since Edison was born. My favorite is the “Be Still” print. I need that reminder several times a day!

What did you find this week? Share it with us in the comments!

Five Friday Finds

Just a handful of things/blogs/shops/articles that I find inspiring, encouraging, or entertaining: 

1. Emily Ley Planners and All Things Office-y. Looking at Emily’s website makes my heart beat faster. It’s been awhile since I’ve used a real planner, and I think when the 2016 ones go on sale on September 9th, this is going to be the year. Also, if you watch the video – color-coding with washi tape? #Brilliant.
2. Periscope. In the last week or two, all my favorite bloggers joined Periscope at the same time, because they all said that their favorite bloggers had just joined. So, I joined too, although I have no intention of making any videos, I love watching the live videos from my favorite bloggers and being able to comment and participate in the discussion live. If you’re on Periscope, I’ve really enjoyed watching Hilary Rushford of Dean Street Society and Gretchen Saffles of Life Lived Beautifully.
3. Grace in Style. I recently found this blog through Instagram. We share a passion for ethical fashion and Jesus, and she also writes about food and traveling – and takes beautiful photos. 
4. 31 Bitsies. 31 Bits is the ethical jewelry company empowering people to rise above poverty, making stunning pieces out of rolled paper. They recently launched Bitsies, kid-sized jewelry, to teach kids about the world and how they can change it for the better. 
5. Modern Burlap. Another Instagram find, I cannot tell you how much I want some of their muslin swaddle blankets. Especially this blanket, and this one. Plus, they have an option to add on a one-for-one, so for and extra $10, a blanket will be donated to someone in need. 
What have you found lately? Share it with us in the comments below!

Valentine’s Day Ideas You Can Still Pull Off

Happy Valentine’s Day! If it’s snuck up on you too, here’s a handful of ideas that you might just have time to still pull off: 

1. A giant balloon heart. Maybe on a smaller scale.

2. Breakfast in Bed. Or save it for tomorrow, when you’ll have time to enjoy it. 

3. Or, donuts for breakfast with a sweet note.

4. If healthy is more your style, try the heart egg toast!

5. Love note on the mirror. 

Happy Friday, and whether you spend it with your sweetheart or not, be sure to let the people in your life know how much you love and appreciate them!

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Beauty Find Friday: Cozy

1. This candle. It’s from Williams-Sonoma, and I got it on sale. Best $5 ever spent. It has a “clean scent of pine with cedar wood, cinnamon, patchouli, thyme and citrus.” The apartment smells like a forest, and I love it. 

2. Speaking of the apartment, I’m also loving that we moved some furniture around! Saturday, we moved a bookshelf from a different wall to the corner shown above, and it makes me happy everytime I look at it. Never mind that antenna cord stretching to the top shelf.

3. These mugs. Seriously, I love them all. Here’s two I really want/need.

3. Sleepytime tea. Delicious and soothing.
4. The fact that my hair is actually long enough for a decent braid.
5. The Autobiography of Jane Eyre. I don’t really watch TV, so webseries based on classic novels is as close as it gets. I’m not crazy about the guy playing Rochester, but Jane is incredible!
Now, I’ll just light my candle, sit on the couch in my book-lined apartment, sip some sleepytime tea from a cute mug, and watch some Jane Eyre. 
What are you loving at the moment? Share your beauty-finds from the week in the comments!

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Beauty Find Friday: Favorite Wedding Moments

Arrow Necklace

First, you might have noticed before I did, after I redesigned Scribbles, you couldn’t comment. Now the comment link is working, but all of your past comments are not appearing on the blog. Again. I’m trying to get help from Disqus to get them back up, but so far, no luck. 

Second, from Oct. 2nd – 14th, I’ve been soaking in the fall weather in my home state of Iowa, assisting my younger sister with her wedding, and too busy to blog! So today’s Beauty Find Friday is a list of my favorite wedding moments from last weekend, in chronological order.

1. Evi and I spent a few hours on Thursday baking 119 pumpkin muffins for the wedding reception. I’m glad we had that time to spend together before wedding business took over.

2. My older sister and fellow matron of honor, Elissa, and I ordered dresses from Shabby Apple originally, but the weren’t the right color, so we returned them, and Elissa ordered a dress from a company in China. She ordered the wrong color, and they wouldn’t let her return it. So we ordered a different dress in the right color. Mine arrived in Arizona a few hours after I left, so I had to wait for Brian to bring it a few days before the wedding. Elissa’s arrived about the same time. Neither of our dresses fit, but Elissa’s was at least “wearable.”

I ran to the mall and tried to scrounge up something else, without much success. When I showed the dresses I found to Elissa, she suggested on a whim that I try on the dress she ordered in the wrong color. Elissa is several sizes smaller, so I didn’t have much expectations as I stepped into the dress. But as I began zipping it up, miraculously, it fit! Even though it wasn’t the same color as Elissa’s dress, the two shades did look great together, so it worked!

3. Getting my nails done. For the first time ever! It was more relaxing and enjoyable than I expected, and I love the way they turned out!

4. Fast forward to the wedding day. After spending the morning decorating, we three girls went to the beauty school to have our hair done. Unfortunately, they didn’t do what I wanted, and I ended up taking it all out and re-doing it myself. But, I did enjoy chatting with the photographer while he took pictures of us getting our hair fixed, and I enjoyed getting dressed in Evi’s apartment with her and Abbi, the bridal assistant. 

5. One of my top three moments from the day was giving Evi a special gift. My sister-in-law gave me a necklace the day before my wedding, which I wear often. I wanted to give Evi a necklace, but I wanted it to have special meaning. I bought two necklaces and gave one to Evi right before we left for pictures. When I handed her the tiny box, I choked out that it was a gift to remind her of the special time we had as kids, when we pretended our dolls could go back in time to medieval England, and spent hours upon hours on adventures with Robin Hood’s band of merry men in Sherwood forest. 

She opened the box, and the tears started. “That’s my favorite childhood memory,” she said as we hugged. The necklaces are golden arrows from Apple Latte on Etsy, which if you know the story of Robin Hood, you understand the connection.

6. As we left for pictures, I snapped a few pictures of Evi crossing the street in her wedding gown. Another of my top three favorite moments.

7. As it turned out, I spent most of the wedding day running around, solving problems. But for a stretch after the pictures, we all had to sit tight and wait. The sound guys forgot a few things, and had to run back into town for them. I’m actually glad, because this was almost the only time I had all day to relax, and catch up with my relatives. 

8. I almost missed going down the aisle! Because I was running around all day, I HAD to go to the bathroom before the ceremony. The bathroom was in the lodge, and the ceremony was outside, quite a distance from the lodge, with mostly open lawn between. When I emerged from the restroom, I saw that not only had the wedding started, but that the ushers were seating the groom’s mother! Mom was next, and then it was my turn! I sprinted across the lawn, and made it just in time to walk down the aisle, breathing a little hard. It wasn’t funny at the time, but I’ve laughed about it a lot since!

9. Just before I walked down the aisle, I turned and looked at the nearby shed that the bride and assistant were hiding behind. Both of their heads were peeking around the corner. It was a picture perfect moment that I’ll always remember. 

10. After the reception, I tried to sneak out of the lodge to find Evi’s purse before they made their grand exit. My Grandma and Grandpa caught me, and Grandma grabbed my hand. She told me that she appreciated my speech, in which I mentioned visiting Evi and Christian in Oregon and observing how perfect they are for each other. My grandparents hadn’t met Christian until a few hours earlier that very day. “We grandparents worry about these things you know,” she said. “But I told Grandpa, if Emily thinks it’s a good match, then that’s good enough for us!”

Sorry for the extremely blurry shot. Here’s a good picture to make up for it, taken by the professional photographer, of course. Not only is John Allen extremely talented, but also, he’s the nicest guy ever, and so great to work with! Even though he lives in Iowa, he’s willing to travel, so check him out!

Happy Friday!

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Beauty Find Friday: Five Things

1. New Blog Design!

Yep. I did. And I’m ok with that.

This photo and the corresponding color scheme inspired me to try something watercolored, clean, but just a little more whimsical and warm.

 

I simplified the sidebar, got rid of some ads and widgets, and moved things around. I also added an Instagram widget.
I have a few more ideas for some tweaks to this design, including adding some new pages. Any suggestions? What would you like to see? 

2. New Glasses! 

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I ordered a second home try-on from Warby Parker. I didn’t take a bunch of pictures of me wearing them this time, instead, I painted you a picture of them. Well, actually, I just painted them because I needed something to paint, they were handy, and they looked really cool.
I chose the Nedwin, in amber, which seems a lot darker than the try-on pair, but I love it even more. I’m still adjusting to my new prescription, but wow, these are fantastic glasses. They feel made to last forever, and I love, love, love how they look on me. They’re the perfect blend of nerd-chic I hoped for. 

3. Guest Post on Yellow Elm 

You know how much I love thrifting. But I know that not everyone does…yet. Thrift store shopping can be overwhelming, and sometimes you bringing home stuff that just ends up going back a few months later. So, when Elizabeth of Yellow Elm confessed that she wasn’t the best at thrifting, and asked me to share some how-tos on her blog, I happily obliged. Here’s Five Steps to Thrifting Success.

4. 30 Day Shredded!

In 2012, I made a New Year’s Resolution of doing Jillian Michaels – 30 Day Shred DVD. And I did it three times a week, for a couple weeks. I never got past level one. I decided during the last week of August to do it for real this time. 
My sister-in-law suggested staying on each level for only 10 days, and then moving on. Having a set time to move on, and doing it every day, made all the difference. And figuring out how to mute Jillian and still play the background music. Seriously.
I actually enjoyed it this time, and I’m SO much stronger then when I started. I actually have a little six pack! I finished it last week, and now, I’m training for a 5K. Talk about CRAZY. This is the girl who hates exercise and most especially, running! I’m really motivated by my weight loss last year, and by my husband, who has now adopted a healthy lifestyle and lost about 30 lbs. in five months. He wants to do a triathlon… I’m sticking with a 5K.

5. My Sister’s Getting Married!

I’m in Iowa right now for the occasion. Tonight is the bachelorette party, which will consist of camping… in the backyard. No need to sacrifice flushing toilets! That’s my kind of camping! 
I’m writing this on Tuesday, leaving tomorrow morning, and procrastinating from packing. I can’t believe my little sister is actually getting married. Got to try not to think about that yet, and save the tears for the reception. Ha! 
I’m hoping to convince her that we need a photo booth, like the one we made for my besties wedding last summer. If not, I’m sure I’ll find some other hair-brained last minute crafts to make! In the meantime, I’ll be soaking up the cold weather, changing leaves, and eating s’mores. 
Happy Friday! What beauty did you discover this week? Share it in the comments!

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Beauty Find Friday: My Fall Reading List

Books, pencils, and notebooks – ah, the signs of fall. After I painted this doodle, I felt like talking about books for today’s Beauty Find Friday!

Currently Reading: 

Youth Ministry in Small Churches

I pulled this book off of Brian’s shelf about a month ago. I’ve been digesting it slowly; it’s packed with thought-provoking examples, useful tips, and practical ideas. 

I haven’t made much progress in this one, but what I’ve read so far was challenging and convicting. As someone who fits the definition of “growing up Christian” by being raised by Christian parents, with Christian grandparents, home schooled and/or Christian schooled, and faithfully attended church my entire life, I can relate to the blessings and the struggles discussed in this book.

Wish List: 

The Hunger Games (Book 1)
Yes, I’ve decided to read the Hunger Games. I realized that I’m always late to the party when it comes to popular books. I read The Lord of the Rings books after the movies had come out, I read Harry Potter last year for the first time ever. I don’t want to miss out on something good for so long this time. And after all, I do like dystopian literature. Let’s hope this is the next Harry Potter, not the next Twilight.

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
I’ve wanted this book ever since I watched Brene Brown’s TED talk, and I wanted it even more after I saw her segment with Oprah. According to the synopsis: “In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on twelve years of research, she argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection. The book that Dr. Brown’s many fans have been waiting for, Daring Greatly will spark a new spirit of truth—and trust—in our organizations, families, schools, and communities.”

This book just sounds like fun! “Using a simple doodle as a starting point, 18 artists take you on an inspirational, crafty journey! Filled with inventive prompts designed to fuel the imagination, these 75 exercises motivate crafters to pick up a pencil, brush, or marker, and explore their artistic voice. From quick “try it” ideas using shapes and patterns to doodled portraits and contour drawings, these step-by-step projects are wild creative fun.”

I enjoyed Chip and Dan’s innovative approach to marketing in Flip the Switch, and as a writer, I want my messages to stick. “Made to Stick is a book that will transform the way you communicate ideas. It’s a fast-paced tour of success stories (and failures)–the Nobel Prize-winning scientist who drank a glass of bacteria to prove a point about stomach ulcers; the charities who make use of “the Mother Teresa Effect”; the elementary-school teacher whose simulation actually prevented racial prejudice. Provocative, eye-opening, and often surprisingly funny, Made to Stick shows us the vital principles of winning ideas–and tells us how we can apply these rules to making our own messages stick.”

What are you reading now? What’s on your list? Share it with us in the comments below!

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Beauty Find Friday: My Favorite Online Magazines

There’s something to be said about the pleasure of finding a magazine in the mailbox, or flipping through the pages in a coffee shop, or whiling away the hours of a long flight with a glossy stack. With that said, the internet has blessed us with online magazines. Now, we can enjoy magazine articles for free, and on our phones. 

I’ll always love physical magazines, but today I’m sharing a few new loves of mine in the online magazine realm. 

Dean Street Society – Dean Street Society covers style, life, and entrepreneurship with a graceful, plucky spirit that makes me feel like I could be totally at home having coffee with Hilary and discussing what humidity does to our bangs and how to set reasonable business goals.

Clementine Daily – Hilary introduced me to Clementine (she’s the style editor), a new magazine whose every article so far I’ve loved. Their sweet video makes me want to wear dresses every day, buy more flowers, ride a blue bike, and learn to play the ukulele. And dye my hair red. Check out their manifesto here.

Matchbook – I’ve followed Matchbook since their second issue, and it just gets better (Although, I do miss the hand drawn illustrations they used to have). It’s eye candy extravaganza with style, decor, art, parties, and more. In their words: 

“Brimming with intriguing interviews, stately homes, captivating memoirs and swoon-worthy fashion spreads, matchbook seeks to inspire women around the globe to design a life they adore. From lipstick to letterpress, gelato to grosgrain, and Paris to Peru, consider us your field guide to a charmed life.”

The Beauty Department – If you’re on Pinterest, chances are that you’ve seen, and pinned, some of the photo tutorials from The Beauty Department. Everything you ever wanted to know – the right way to pluck your eyebrows, how to create the latest nail art or  braided updo – this is the place. 

Darling Magazine – Even though Darling Magazine has a print edition, there’s still great content on their website. The departments are divided into personas – The Achiever, The Dreamer, The Hostess, etc. Their mission says it all: 

Your turn – do you have favorite online magazines? Share them with us in the comments below!

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