Sunday, December 6, 2015

Oh Christmas Tree

We got out in the fresh country air this weekend and found mom and dad a Christmas tree. The morning was cool, foggy and frosty. Just beautiful and peaceful.

Friday, September 18, 2015

My classroom ... !

I realize it's a month into school for most kids now, but I've been busy! Just wanted to share a few photos from the early part of the year. I think it will be cool to see how the room transitions through out the year. I have already made several changes and added lots more stuff to the walls than what's shown here. More to come :)


First day of school! I was so nervous! ha!

These cabinets hold all the glorious supplies. The kids also have art jobs. That's what's hanging on the doors.

This wall changes a lot depending on what we're learning or talking about.

My first bulletin board!

Started the year off learning about colors.

See more daily behind the scenes on my instagram:


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Exciting News!

2015 is turning out to be the year of transformation. Not just for me personally, but it seems everyone around me is also experiencing some kind of great change as well. Maybe that's just life though and for whatever reason, I'm more in tune with it.

I have exciting news to share though!

If you have been a follower here or know me personally at all, you know that I have been in a long unsettled period with my job.

It is something I have wrestled with a lot since I graduated college. I celebrated my 10 year graduation from Bluffton University this year and it felt very sentimental and monumental at the same time.

 (that's me on the top of the sign - far right!)

I shed a lot of tears, prayed a lot of prayers, asked for a lot of advice, read a lot of self help and career books. Dreamed a million dreams and people, it's FINALLY happened.

You are looking at the new K - 6th Grade Art Teacher at Grove City Christian School!

An Art Teacher! FINALLY!

And I give all the credit to God. He has continued to put a passion and dream in my heart for this career. When I thought I had done all that I could to get myself  a teaching role, with no success, I threw in the towel. I was ready to move on from this dream. It wasn't meant to be.

And you know the minute I gave up the fight, was when God plopped in my lap the opportunity to become a teacher.

I interviewed with Grove City Christian 4 years ago for an art teacher role. I didn't get the job then, but they had kept my resume on file. And what do you know - THEY contacted ME with another open position! It wasn't even on my radar that they were hiring!

God is so good!

I am looking forward to so many new friendships, memories and stories. I'll be sharing some inside peeks of my classroom and projects I'll be doing this year in the coming weeks!

Celebrate with me!?! :)

Friday, June 26, 2015

Re-focusing on the important

I recently heard that June is the new January.

If you know me at all, you know I love mornings, new weeks and new challenges. Whenever I start something new, it has to be a new month, a new week or the start of a new day. (I think that’s why God gave us mornings and nights, so we have the chance to start over every day).

The idea of June being like January got me thinking about how it is absolutely the perfect time to start something new or maybe take a look back at those January resolutions and put a fresh spin on them.

I love the excitement and anticipation of a fresh new project or goal!

I revisited some of my January goals and thought about making the ones I set more realistic, but what’s that to strive for… mediocrity?  I fully expect that I will fall short of most of these and I think there’s sage advice about setting reachable goals, but I kind of like thinking of these as the ideal way I’d like life to look!

1.       Read my bible everyday
2.       Paint or do mixed media in my sketchbook at least once a week
3.       Go on one new family adventure a month
4.       One date night a month

How about you? Any goals you’d like to revisit or new ones to start?!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Sans the dairy... and the sugar... and homemade coconut milk coffee creamer

Since my daughter Ada began eating solid foods (she's 3 now), I became ACUTELY aware of what I was putting into my own mouth. I felt like a hypocrite making whole fruits and veggies into beautiful purees for her and then shoving Reese's PB cups and Chick-Fil-A down my own mouth....I still love me some Chick Fil A.... :/

 I felt a strong urgency to learn more about my food and how it effected my body.

I always knew I wanted to make Ada's food, so that I could control the ingredients and sugar levels. And I did, but the older she gets, the battle for what she eats grows increasingly more difficult.

Ada and I have both been experiencing some minor health related struggles. Constipation and acne, respectively. (Sorry baby, I hope you're friends don't read this when you're 16), but these issues, though nothing too severe have been enough for me to really take more drastic measures in our eating habits. It was enough for this mama to watch helplessly as her child struggled to pass a tiny rabbit pellet sized poo.

Some of my own personal health struggles have been around cystic acne. It started in college. I've tried medication (that worked... but ew.), monthly facials, special face washes, creams and potions and every month the zits would return, especially around that oh so special time of month (sorry dudes).

I began doing some of my own research about using food to heal the body. I have always felt deep in my heart that natural foods were the way God intended us to eat, so why wouldn't those same natural foods help my body heal itself. I recommend watching Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead by the way... And while healthy eating isn't a blanket statement for fixing all health issues I do believe it is the place to start.

I started doing some research among some of my other favorite bloggers who are more experienced in nutrition (Linda Wagner, The Wellness Mama, and Pumps and Iron). What I found was cutting dairy and sugar were just the things that Ada and I both needed to help us.

So far removing sugar (sweets and processed foods, where sugar hides) has been fairly easy to cut out. The DAIRY on the other hand! People, that means cheese! And cream in my coffee! GONE!

BUT so far so good. I have cheated on a few things, but for the most part I have drastically removed dairy and refined sugars from our diets and I think it's working. Ada and I are both taking a probiotic and drinking significantly more water. Which is an added bonus.

(There's coconut milk in that coffee! Starbucks has it now! Iced coffee with no sugar and coconut milk! Yum.)

We have also increased the number of green juices we drink during the week too. I like it as a substitute for coffee in the morning.

When I do want coffee I use a home made coconut milk 'creamer' recipe.

My skin seems less bumpy. I am eager to see if I break out in any large cyst like zits in the next few weeks. And, Ada is, well, using the potty more frequently :)

I love food. It's seriously amazing.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Fairy Gardens and Hand Painted Up-cycled Pots

For Ada's birthday she received the cutest Fairy Garden Kit. Do a quick search on Pinterest or Etsy and you'll find oodles of adorable miniature gardens intended to attract fairies. The kits include anything from small shells, sticks, tiny sparkly objects, moss, rocks, mini houses, flower pots and on and on.

This project actually came out of making the fairy garden itself. I have an old charcoal grill (see below) that I painted years ago and use as a flower planter. This year I thought it would be the perfect thing to let Ada play around in and put her fairy garden in. 

I bought flowers and little succulents to make a mini garden inside the grill. The flower pots that the succulents came in were just TOO cute to toss. And that's when the idea struck me to paint them and reuse them in the fairy garden. 

So, we set off to get our supplies, clean up the pots and get started.

We used acrylic paints. I added detail to the floral designs with a sharpie pen.

This was another SUPER easy and kid friendly project. Ada loves the chance to paint, especially on non-traditional items. Basically anything other than a piece of paper.

They are SO cute!

Here we are getting the garden started. I filled the grill with potting soil and created a separate garden in an old metal container we used to put in our bathroom. I just poked holes in the bottom so the water could drain out. We planted succulents in that pot.

We laid sticks and moss down in and around the flowers on top of the dirt.

Creeping petunias and inpatients - in Ada's favorite colors... 

You could use the pots to plant more fowers or to hold tiny treasures for the fairies.

Ada's fairy garden kit was filled with all kinds of little mini trinkets, all in some shade of blue.

The garden is supposed to welcome fairies to live and visit and to provide them with trinkets to make their own contraptions. Watch a Tinker Bell movie if this makes no sense to you.

Just love those little succulents.

It's been fun to collect found objects at parks, around the house or at Hobby Lobby to add to the garden. I like challenging Ada to think creatively about what would be fun to add.

Plopped the garden right under our Weeping Cherry tree.

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