What I learned in the Herm

I moved to Hermiston barely two weeks married, six months out of college, and only having lived within the same 40 mile radius. I never expected to move to what I then knew as some desert town that grew watermelon, and I didn't necessarily have the best attitude. This Saturday, our chapter in Hermiston comes to a close. I'm a sentimental person, and I can't help but share my reflections on this season, both profound and silly.


Summer Wedding Style Guide

It is wedding season! Love is in the air!
I thought I would take a chance this season to share style tips for attending a wedding. 


Relaxing Movie Night Musts

I have SO much going on in life right now. Between finishing the school year, moving, and thinking about my new teaching job, it can be difficult to get my brain to quiet down. Something my husband and I have both needed is something to distract us from the craziness. A move night or two has definitely helped!

My favorite movies are inspirational ones. I love stories where you really connect with and feel for the characters. I like walking away from a movie feeling refreshed, and that my mind was broadened. 
Setting the scene for a movie night makes it much more enjoyable. A cozy set up with blankets on the couch, lights dimmed low, and the pillows just right makes it nice. 
It can be challenging, but I also like to make sure we put our phones away and just enjoy the moment. 
A great snack is also a must. Popcorn is a classic, but I'm a total sweet-tooth. Muddy buddies or chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven hit the spot.
During the summer Daniel and I traditionally watch a lot of movies. We take turns picking, and last year we tried to watch a lot of award-winning movies. We certainly ended up seeing a lot of great films we probably wouldn't have chosen otherwise. We use our local library to check out films, it's a great way to save money and see something new!
Another great resource for movies is Pure Flix. Pure Flix is a Christian film company with an online database. They are offering a free one month trial, check it out here!
What are your movie night musts? Do you know any inspirational movies I should check out? Thanks for stopping by! 


Confessions of a Plant Killer & 5 Minute DIY Planter

 My mom and my grandma have both been professional florists, but I... am a plant killer.
There's been a few springs that I've eagerly gone out and bought pansies and petunias and planted them in cute little pots on my porch, only to underwater them and see them whither.
Later on, I turned to succulents, hoping my history of neglect would help them survive. Alas, I loved them too much and drowned them.
In one particularly sad instance, I thought I finally had succeeded at keeping a plant alive. 


Mixing Patterns & Eastern Oregon Bucket List

We are officially moving!
 While we have certainly been blessed by the experiences we've had and people we've met in Hermiston, Daniel and I have always intended to return to our roots in the Willamette Valley. He has been working so hard to find a job, and officially landed one in Woodburn! We are feeling so joyful to be closer to family, friends, and alll the trees. 
As we wrap up our time on the eastern side of the state, we realized there's a few things we haven't done out here that we wanted to be sure to. We've jokingly called it our "Eastern Oregon Bucket List". There's not an actual document, it's more of a mental list. 


While We Wait...

The Lord is good to hose who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.
It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord. 
Lamentations 3:25-26
When I reflect on the last couple of months, one theme I see is this: waiting. Waiting for a call. Waiting for an opportunity. Waiting for healing. Waiting for an answer. Waiting for the right timing. Waiting for God to provide. 

Waiting is HARD. It not only calls upon us to have patience, but also tremendous trust. 

In this time of waiting, the Lord is teaching my heart some valuable lessons. He's told me that while I wait...


Cobalt Capris {and $25 Shopping Giveaway!}

Do you ever see an item of clothing in a unique color and think:
"I just love that color and I have to try it on!"


Three Meatless Main Dishes that Fill You Up!

Welcome back to my "Three Dishes That..." series, where the focus is on creative and fun ways to incorporate more good-for-you ingredients into your meal time. Check out the first post on main dishes that pack in whole grains and produce here

To many Americans, a dish without meat feels incomplete. They are seriously missing out! There are so many delicious and healthy options for meatless dishes. Today I am sharing with you three of my favorites, along with some wisdom on the benefits of a meatless meal from my dear friend and Registered Dietitian Erica Baty. Read on for three flavorful and filling meatless main dishes, and tips from a pro!


His & Hers Spring Florals

Oh, Spring is in the air at last! 
The beautiful pink blossoms on the trees outside our apartment have finally popped. I love sitting in my chair by the window and looking at the trees while the sun streams in. 
I also just have to celebrate spring with my favorite pattern: floral! 


Learning to Lose Myself in Service to Others

As I've developed as a follower of Christ, there have been certain virtues that I resonate with. As I read about the value of kindness, empathy, mercy, and joy, I think to myself, oh yes, that's me, I see that fruit of the spirit in myself.
One that I've always struggled with is service.

I am definitely not a natural servant. If I'm honest, a part of me likes to be served and noticed for my work! Throughout my journey I've heard many brothers and sisters in Christ express that they feel closest to God when they are serving others. Thankless work like setting up chairs before church and shoveling snow allows them to feel God's presence and love. Tireless work which requires much sacrifice of one's own needs like working at a summer camp or cooking for a gigantic group of people brings these people the joy of the Lord.


Three Main Dishes that Pack in Produce and Healthy Grains

There's such a huge misconception that eating healthy has to be boring, or you have to stick to a super specific plan to be successful. I'm excited to start a blog series called "Three Dishes that..." focusing on some fun and creative ways to get more of those healthy ingredients we need and want in our diet. 
Today's post centers on main dishes that pack in a haul of fresh veggies and fruits, and a serving of those good-for-you whole grains. 
A major highlight of this series is valuable input from a registered dietitian! A dear friend of mine and a R.D., Erica Baty, was willing to give me some very helpful information on the benefits of whole grains and produce variety. Read on for to get some wellness wisdom, along with a few delicious recipes! 


5 Necklaces You Need in Your Life

I have been really into necklaces since early high school, and I think they can really make a look and add some personality. Today I'm sharing with you some of my favorite necklace types that you need in your life! 


Spring Cleaning Cheerful Kitchen

The kitchen is truly a happy place for me. It's a place where I relax and listen to music as I get creative, cook nourishing meals to keep us going or bake naughty treats to indulge in, and love on my husband and guests by cooking and baking for them.
It's that spring cleaning time of year, and I don't know about you but my kitchen is always one of the first spaces that needs a scrub, and also one of the biggest cleaning jobs. 
But once it's finally clean, I remember why I love my kitchen! For our kitchen we chose cheerful patterns, happy colors, and a clean and fresh mood. 



2017 Must List: Experiences, Not Things!

A must list often consists of "things"- must haves. When I think of my vision for my life, my must haves are experiences, not things! As spring is drawing near and possibilities are expanding, I'm beginning to think of the activities I really want to do this year. Here begins my must-do list for 2017!
1. Go Hiking
 Exploring nature is one of the things that makes me feel most alive! This year I want to go hiking and explore new places, especially state parks and national parks if possible. I haven't been to Crater Lake since I was really young, I would love to return there! I feel like it is a must as an Oregonian!