Family First

Hey sweetest friends!

I just wanted to pop in here and let you know that I am taking a blog break this week.  I feel like there are some family things I need to give my full attention to so I will be back next week.  Thanks for your understanding and I hope you are enjoying sunshine wherever you are.



The Story of Cozy

We love cozy clothes in this house.  I mean seriously.  Doesn't the thought of snuggling up in some comfy pants with the softest tee shirt just make you feel all relaxed and happy inside?!  We have cozy days several days a week. . . okay most days of the week.   Some of our favorite things to do on these days are playing circus train, farm, coloring and of course a some kid shows thrown in there too.

Our newest favorites for lounging days are from Tiny Tiny One, an online concept store that stocks organic baby clothes.  Like this little ocean and whale set for Gideon and the peek-a-bunny-butt pants for Emmett.  That's not their official name, but seriously.  How cute is this little bum?!
All the clothes we have from them are really sturdy and durable and soft as soft can be.  Another awesome part about all the clothes from Tiny Tiny One is that they are organic cotton.  Here are some benefits of dressing our little babies in these kinds of clothes

The skin of babies & children are particularly vulnerable as their skin is being around 30% thinner and more sensitive than adult’s, the skin of babies readily absorb toxins.  

While conventional cotton growing uses harmful pesticides that are easily absorbed by the skin and the the production of conventional cotton uses chemicals to wash, bleach, prepare, dye and finish the fabric.  

Organic cotton is free from harmful chemicals and heavy metal. It is softer and safer choice for babies sensitive skin.

// You can read more on this topic here //
My friends from Tiny Tiny One are generously offering my readers free international shipping // their company is based in Hong Kong // PLUS 10% off two items.  Oh my goodness, guys! This is your time to stock up on the cutest baby gifts and goods for the year.  I mean seriously.  I'm just dying to dress Gideon and Emmett in this little blue stripped tee shirt and this owl branch romper.   And just for fun, if I had a little girl this summer, I would definitely choose this mint striped kimono and these navajo pants.  So so many cute pieces to choose from.  And this Seaweed Snuggle Blanket?! I can almost feel it's coziness now.

Remember the offer only lasts a week so make your order quick!  Also be sure to check Tiny Tiny One on Instagram + Facebook + Pinterest.
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What are your favorite things to wear and do on cozy days?!

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Basic Beans & Bacon

Do you like that double alliteration up there in the post title?! Or should it a triple alliteration?! Also is it just me or do you girls love simple meals as much as I do?! I'd wager I love them a little more than most. haha

A few months ago, I bought a massive bag of mixed beans from Costco and then this recipe came to me.  If you can even call it a recipe. It's seriously that simple.  Of course only if you can remember to soak your beans the night before.

Also on the topic of soaking beans. . . despite the little bit of extra work it involves, did you know that it unlocks all the nutrients and health benefits of beans?!  Plus you aren't exposed to BPA from the can or all the additional salt and preservatives that are added to the cans.  Okay.  End of bean-soaking-rant.  On with dinner. . .
Beans & Bacon
// serves 4-6 //

3 c mixed beans, soaked // you can read more on bean soaking here // 
1 large jar of spaghetti sauce
1 onion, diced
1 lb bacon, cooked and chopped into bite size pieces
salt to taste

Cook your soaked beans and diced onion in a large pot, covered with a few inches of water.  Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 1 1/2 - 2 hours.  Once the beans are tender, drain water.  Mix in bacon and spaghetti sauce.  Cook until heated through.  Add salt to taste.  Enjoy!!
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If you soak your own beans, what are your favorite ways to use them?!  Like I said, we have a massive bag. haha

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Broken Beauty

// This post content is a spin off something I shared on my personal Facebook page last week and so many people were interacting within the post. To me it speaks of our deep-seeded desire to be real with those around us.  The desire to lay aside the pedestals we place people on and truly bear our souls to one another.  Yet still longing to feel an unwavering sense of love and acceptance. And because I thought you may feel the same way, I wanted to share these thoughts in this space too. // 
^^ the night before Adam's and my wedding almost 4 years ago ^^

Some of you may know that I come from a family of seven kids, two amazing parents.  One big crazy family.  We did so many fun things together when we were growing up.  Forts in the backyard woods.  Musical events where we sang and played a half dozen random instruments.  We would sing songs at family gatherings in complete four part harmonies.  We went camping and reinacted at historical events.  We homeschooled and heck, even home churched for a while.  We were as thick as thieves. 

People would make comments over the years. . . how perfect we seemed, how incredible we were, how amazing, loving, how close we all must be. 

To be honest, it always makes me cringe a little inside because we fight hard. We say hurtful words. We misinterpret others actions. We have been to dark places that the rest of the world will never see. 
^^ missing our sister in mexico ^^
But we also love fierce. We don't quit. We laugh and have an insane amount of inside jokes. And at the end of the day, we keeping failing and then running back to the Jesus because without Him, the ugly would take over and the beauty wouldn't have a chance to shine.  And it's that what life is all about?!  Redemption.  Undeserved, unmerited grace.  What an incredible gift. 

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This little video from a recent Sunday night is just a little taste of the beauty and my heart is so so grateful. i will never stop fighting for and loving this big family our ours and I hope you do the same for yours! XO

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