A Shabby Chic Baby Shower!

My sister and brother in law (who is my double brother in law, my older sister married my husband’s younger brother!) recently were incredibly blessed to adopt a newborn little girl. They have not been able to have biological children, so they now have 3 beautiful children that are in their family through adoption. They adopted twins as toddlers, but also really wanted to experience life with a baby from the beginning.

They had to wait a long time, pray, and almost give up hope before my sister received the call that they were matched with a birth mom the day before her 40th birthday! Talk about an amazing birthday gift.

I knew that I wanted to put on a baby shower, and not just any old baby shower. It had to be absolutely perfect for this day.

My sister loves roses, and so I went with a Shabby Chic Floral theme for the shower.

Baby shower for my sister and her new little girl. We did a shabby chic floral theme!

My sister (wearing the floral maxi dress from Deborah & Co.) and her new little daughter! I put pink tulle up behind her and then hung white lights up between the tulle. They had some amazing newborn pictures taken that were available right before the shower, so I framed one of the pictures and hung it at the top.

The baby quilt behind the rocking chair was my mom’s baby quilt (who passed away seven years ago, we miss her so much). I tried to put little touches of my mom out as much as I could. I used her candlesticks on the mantel, I put a picture of her out in the kitchen, and my sister and I both thought about her a lot that day. It was so hard. She would have been crying tears of joy that day to see my sister finally holding a baby in her arms!

Floral Tepee for a shabby chic baby shower.

I had this crazy idea that I could pull off every project I had in mind, but I finally admitted defeat and called my mother in law! She is really crafty, and when I told her I wanted to make a lace tepee to put all the gifts in (and then later use it as a reading nook for my girls in their room) she jumped right in and said she would make it! Sean cut out the poles for her, and she painted them, drilled holes and connected the tepee together with white rope, and then draped the lace around the poles. Some pretty flowers went on top! I love how it turned out!

Baby Shower Tables set up for girls to eat.

We had 50 people come to the shower, and almost half of that number was girls. I didn’t want them eating in the living room with carpet, so I set up these tables in our dining rooms that has wood floors and they ate there. It was perfect!

You can clearly see we are not done with our dining room! That back wall is going to have white shiplap on it, and my grand piano will go in here, along with a table that Sean is going to build for us. It’s going to be amazing one day, once we get all these projects done and trim up.

This was the dessert table, and it was fun to decorate. I used my letter board to write a message out about Anna, and then put pictures on the table from the photo shoot they had. I taped white paper lanterns to the ceiling, and found a picture at Hobby Lobby that said “Such a Big Miracle in Such a Little Girl” and put my first nail in my newly painted walls to hang it up. Ha! It was a big deal to all of us. We worked so hard to get all the wallpaper down!

Dessert time!

I made brownies but put them in little mini muffin pans for a brownie bite. And isn’t my niece adorable?!!!

Mini cheesecake bites and cream puffs, plus we had a chocolate cake.

For food I had:

Croussant rolls with chicken salad or deli meat and cheese.

Mini Quiches

Cheese and Crackers

Veggie Tray

Build your own Yogurt Parfait (greek yogurt, berry blend and granola to top), they put in small pink containers.

And then we had Passion Tea and water.

I have a drawer that needs fixed. I’m married to a cabinet maker…but you know how that goes. It’s on the list of things to do. 🙂

I passed out these baby favors when people left. I found the little boxes on Amazon and filled them with yummy chocolate from Costco.

I put together this activity for the younger girls to do while the moms were writing advice down for Jennifer that we put in a beautiful rose theme scrapbook. They used the Sharpie markers to write fun things on the diapers. Honestly though….I’m not sure if she will be able to use the diapers. A mom said she had marked the size on a package of diapers with a sharpie marker and it bled through to the clothes. :/

This isn’t the best picture but I had to cut out some ladies sitting below the mantle because I didn’t have permission to post their pictures on the blog. 🙂 We whitewashed our mantle, and I love how it turned out! I framed a large picture of Jennifer and Anna, and then had pink candlesticks on the mantle along with these white rose lights I found at Target.

I had so much fun putting this all together for my sister and I’m thankful for all of our friends who came and blessed her with a lot of nice gifts for her new daughter!

If you want to read more about their adoption journey, you can read these two posts. 

An Adoption Story Written By God!

Adoption Fundraiser post that has their infertility story. 

 

 

 

Gift Guide For The Homeschooling Mom

Inevitably the question always arises. “What do you want for____(Birthday, Christmas, Mother’s Day…) and you struggle to find a good answer. So I decided to put together a gift guide for the homeschooling mom to give you ideas! You could even just email your husband this blog post to give him ideas and he could surprise you this Christmas!

Some women want all practical gifts, and others love a little splurge when it comes time for gifts. I’m a combination of both, so you will see that on this gift guide!

Gift Guide For the Homeschooling Mom! You might be difficult to buy for, but never fear, send this blog post to your husband for ideas!

 

  1. Comb Binding Machine– Let’s just jump in with a super practical gift! My friend recently gave me something she had printed off and bound, and I was surprised that I had never even thought of getting one of these. Now it’s high on my wish list! I can see how practical it would be for printing off workbooks for the children, and ebooks for myself.

2. Scotch Laminator – I received this two years ago and love it! I’ve laminated a lot of printables for school, or flashcards that come in a set that I want to keep nice. Every homeschooling mom should get one!

3. Pencil Sharpener – You know how frustrating it is to not find pencils, or not find any that are sharpened! I’ve been through several pencil sharpeners during our school years, and so far the one that has lasted the longest is the manual Carl-Angel Pencil Sharpener. My mother in law gave it to me a few years ago and it’s still going strong!

4. Instant Pot – these are all the rage and for good reasons! I love cooking frozen chicken breast from Zaycon in this, and baked potatoes are so moist and yummy. Brown rice also turns out nicely in here. I need to try more recipes, but for what I currently use it for I’m really happy. I have a 6 quart and it works ok, but would love to get an 8 quart one day. These are even better than crock pots for homeschooling moms in my opinion. How many times do you forget to set out the meat and it’s still frozen at 5:00, or you just don’t know what you are going to make? But if you want to use a crock pot, this will function as one!

5. Teaching From Rest Book – You have to stay encouraged as a homeschooling mom. The days can be so long and difficult! This book will bring you immense encouragement and it’s an easy, shorter read. A must have book!

6. Essential Oil Diffuser – I pulled my diffuser out from the box when we moved and it didn’t work anymore. I just purchased a new one from Amazon so we will see what I think. I’m thinking about joining Young Living again under one of my best friend’s to get their starter kit, as I’m out of some of my favorite oils (Thieves, Peppermint, Lavender, Peace and Calming) and that’s another great gift idea! Essential oils could help calm you down on a frustrating homeschooling day!

7. The Homeschool Planner – Do you need a new planner, or want to try something different for 2018? Grab this PDF homeschool planner that we created and then have it printed out and bound as a gift!

8. Lilla Rose Hair Products – It’s hard to get up in the morning and look put together. Some days homeschooling moms are tempted to stay in their pajamas, but I always encourage moms who read this blog to try and get up and get dressed! It can really help you be more productive. A Lilla Rose Flexi Clip is a super easy way to fix your hair in a minute or two and make it look nice! If you need Sizing or Styling ideas, watch this video.

9. Homeschool Mama Shirt – Why not go ahead and share at the grocery store that you are a homeschooling mom with this t-shirt? You know they are wondering when you come in at 10:00 AM with your five school age children with you! HA! I think this is a sweet shirt!

10. Diffuser Necklace – this is another gift high on my list this year. I love how this one looks and I’ve been really wanting to try it! Put a few drops of essential oil in the necklace and you can smell it for several hours. This would be great for soothing oils, or essential oils for headaches.

Reversable Tote Bag

11. Reversable Faux Leather Tote bag – Homeschooling mom’s need good bags. Whether you want a larger purse to hold the diaper and wipes for that toddler, or you want to stash a few books and a planner in your purse, I’ve found I prefer carrying a little bit larger purse. This reversible tote bag looks classic and super nice, and it should hold up well! Another item on my wish list (I’ve seen a blogger use this tote for a few years now!).

12. The Life Giving Table – This isn’t a homeschooling book, but I think Sally Clarkson is an amazing author, and mentor from afar. This is her latest book and I have it on my nightstand to read! Bring some life back into your mealtime and home through the inspiration and guidance found in this book.

13. Paper Cutter – Homeschooling moms have a lot of paper projects, and this paper cutter will be a big help! I recently had a friend help me with a project and she used this paper cutter. It made the job so much quicker!

Some other ideas I thought of are an Amazon Prime membership, or a Stitch Fix gift card! Homeschooling moms don’t spend a lot of time pampering themselves or going out shopping for clothes, so this is a fun way to have clothes delivered at home from a stylist.

I’d love to know what is on your wish list this year? I love hearing what others are wanting to get! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modest Monday and a Link Up!

What a busy weekend! I hosted a baby shower for my sister with 50 people in my home on Saturday, and I gave it all I had to decorate and get ready for it. I had a blast doing it, and then crashed in the evening when everyone left! Sunday I just threw together the outfit you see below for church and didn’t stress with it at all.

I’m hoping to share pictures of the baby shower on the blog this week! I don’t think I took as many pictures as I had planned on doing, but I have a few fun pictures to share!

A LulaRoe maxi skirt for an easy outfit, along with a denim jacket my mother in law had just given me!

Along with a braided Leather Lilla Rose headband!

What I Wore

Skirt – LulaRoe

Shirt – St. John’s Bay long sleeve shirt (my favorites!)

Denim Jacket – Similar found here

Shoes – Nude flats from Zulily

Makeup – Younique

Hairband – Lilla Rose 

 

Link Up Time!

Please feel free to share posts about anything concerning being a godly, feminine woman. Topics include: modesty, being a wife, mother, homeschooler, homemaker, cooking, sewing, etc.

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The Good and The Beautiful Handwriting Curriculum

With six children I’ve gone through a lot of different handwriting curriculum, but so far my favorite has been The Good and The Beautiful Handwriting curriculum! We discovered it for this school year and I purchased it almost on a whim. I love change, I love to try new things, and so it’s been working out really well!

So far all of my children have told me they love this new curriculum, and they all do it without grumbling. That’s a win to me!

There are six levels in this curriculum, and kindergarten or first grade starts in level 1.You can purchase these books in a PDF download so you can use them over and over again with your children, or you can purchase the books already printed with a nice cover.

I decided to do the printed books this year, but I kind of regret not purchasing the PDF downloads. These don’t take a lot of ink to print, so if you have a larger family the PDF download is a great option. If you purchase PDF’s and they just sit on your computer though, definitely get the printed version!

You can see a video I made of our children sharing what they like about this curriculum. You will hear Sophia screaming at the end of the video…I almost filmed it over again and just decided it’s real life and you will understand what it’s like to have a 2 year old in the house!

I started our kindergarten child in level 1 and it’s been the perfect fit this year. You learn all the letters, and towards the end of the book you start writing short words and sentences.

Our 2nd grade child is in level 3, which introduces some cursive. They are copying poetry, Bible verses, grammar rules, alphabetizing, and drawing.

I put our 4th and 6th grade children in level 4 together. Our 6th grade child is a boy who has never cared what his handwriting looks like. I wanted him to really get a good foundation in cursive, instead of rushing through it and to have something easier to enjoy this year. The handwriting books all have 100 pages in each one and I knew we could cover two books in one year.

At first glance the handwriting books may look simple and sweet – which they are. But these are actually different than a lot of other handwriting books out there as quite a few of the lessons include pictures to color or draw! There are beautiful pictures of children to color, and boxes below the handwriting lesson to draw assigned pictures.

Because my children all love art (thankfully they take after Sean in art, I can barely draw a stick figure!) they have really enjoyed this part of the handwriting curriculum. I’ve been thankful that it incorporates the art into handwriting. Consider this…if a child learns to slow down and draw a nice picture in handwriting, couldn’t that help him slow down in his writing assignments?

Do I expect perfection in my children in regards to handwriting? No I don’t. Partly because my mom had me work on handwriting from K-12th grade. I have a huge notebook of copywork assignments I did from Jane Austen, Shakespeare, the Bible, Poetry, etc from when I was in high school. I didn’t mind doing it, but I didn’t like feeling like I could never reach the desired goal. You can definitely read my handwriting but it’s not the most perfect, desired handwriting out there. I encourage my children to give their best, and at times I make them erase a page and do it over again. But I pick my battles and I’ve not chosen handwriting to be one of those battles.

If the handwriting curriculum you are using is not a good fit right now, try a new one! Don’t struggle through an entire school year with a handwriting book that your child hates, it’s an easy fix to switch to a different book! If your child is the artsy sort, chances are they will love this curriculum!

I also wanted to let you know that through November 11th, you can get the book list on the Good and the Beautiful website totally free! This has been a great resource, and will help you find wholesome, classic, moral books for your children to read! Go grab it here and print it off to keep your children busy reading!