Trimming the Tree & Santa

This weekend was filled with a visit to Santa and hanging ornaments on our tree.


First Look at Winter

Winter is definitely here in Northern Michigan! Everything looks so pretty and white right now!





I was driving along and had an owl fly up in front of me. He perched himself in a tree next to the road long enough for me to get a few pictures. He was so pretty!



Idea File: Festive Holiday Desserts

Good morning!
I have a little secret to share! I am not much of a baker!
It is much like sewing. I wish I could and would sew more, but truth be told I just don’t think baking or sewing are in the cards for me. I have baking in my blood! My grandmother used to do a lot of cake decorating. My aunt for years made homemade bread for the whole family. My little sister sews and bakes, but both have skipped me entirely! If I could and would bake I would love to create some of these yummy desserts.

{Candy Cane Crumble Nutella Cookies}

Candy Cane Crumble Nutella Cookies  |  So pretty & yummy for the holidays!

{Melting Snowman OREO Cookie Balls}

Melting Snowman OREO Cookie Ball Recipe

{Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn Munch}

Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn Munch - Yellow Bliss Road

{Gingerbread Men Sandwich Cookies}

Gingerbread Men Sandwich Cookies @KatrinasKitchen

{Flourless Peppermint Cake}


{Raspberry Almond Shortbread Cookies}

Raspberry almond shortbread cookies




All of Ashley’s {Under the Sycamore = a favorite daily read} gift wrapping ideas…



These two blog posts over at Kelly Rae Robert’s blog.



Assembling a Life Team

Who is on your Life Team?


Continuing to build my Etsy shop

Life Lately

Winter has arrived in Michigan...
Preparing a Fall dinner for a dear friend...
Our littlest guy just keeps us so busy and full of joy...
I came across the lockers at a local Habitat store. They were so hard to pass up... 
 Morning indulgence...
 Lots of discussions on what the next year looks like for her after graduation...
A sweet message from my Mom...
   Beautiful Sunset...
Craft night prep... 
Getting a little crafty at home... 

One Last Look At Autumn

I don’t know about where you live, but here in Northern Michigan it has quickly turned from the vibrant beautiful colors of Fall to the cold, wet, sometimes snowy weather of (Pre) Winter. It is my least favorite time of year, but I really don’t live in the right state if I am going to complain about Winter now do I?

I am still so inspired by these fall photos that I wanted to just have one last look and then I will be all about Winter & the upcoming Holiday Season!

Fall <3


Autumn: Give Thanks


ti metto al mondo


autumn leaves    #fall #autumn #leaves #branches






Are you ready to let Autumn go?




this book

Jen Hatmaker - 7 An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess image Author, Jen Hatmaker, took seven months, identified seven areas of excess, and made seven simple choices to fight back against the modern-day diseases of greed, materialism, and overindulgence.

Listening to…

this singer


these thankful tags at {Jones Design Company}



adding new items to {A Woman’s Haven Esty Shop}…my new Sunday ritual.

Retro / Vintage Japanese Ceramic Cup


to make this gingerbread spice cake with eggnog frosting

Holiday Spice cake with Eggnog Buttercream


for this Anthro Cookie Jar

Bubo Cookie Jar


a fun evening girl’s night making this chalkboard tray from {Just a Girl}



This TV Show {Reign}