11.17.2017

friday favorites

Happy Friday! Next week is Thanksgiving and we are so excited to have Dustin working a short week and for all the fun & good food ahead. It's been a quiet week here which was a nice change of pace. I had an Oils of the Bible class last night so I was baking all day yesterday prepping the treats for that and we have our marriage group tonight that Dustin and I are lead together. Other than that, a slow weekend ahead of lounging and planning next week's menu with my Mama. I am working on a fun blog post with Dustin that I'm hoping to share next week, but for now, Friday Favorites! 

one | The girls love 3 things more than almost anything: stickers, lego duplos and animals (they want a dog and cat so bad). Even Della loves playing with her big sisters' legos, more than any of her baby toys. So when I stumbled upon this adorable sticker book, I had to grab it for Olivia and Penelope. It just came yesterday and it is so darling. They will sit on the couch or in my bed for hours doing stickers so this was a fun new one to add to their lineup. 


two | We have been trying our best to stay healthy with the dropping temperatures and the girls being around so many kids at church & school & my moms groups and our favorite way to boost our immune system is with essential oils. They have been a game changer in our sleep, health, immunity and home since we first started using them in 2015 after Poppy was born. When the girls have runny or stuffy noses, my favorite oil for that is SniffleEase. I diffuse it in their rooms or put it on/around their noses and it helps so much! Find the above photo here to read how else we use it!

three | Last week I ordered 3 of these shirts for Della and oh my goodness, they are so cute! Even more adorable than I expected and such a great price. I love all the little feminine details and they are great for layering.

four | We are huge Lindsay Letters fans over here and as soon as I saw this Darlings Christmas Lullaby Canvas I just fell in love. Everything she does is just out of this world. We have her Come Thou Fount canvas in our kitchen -- I grew up singing that hymn with my grandparents and its always been what I sing to my girls at bedtime. So much so that both Olivia and Penelope can sing it word for word by themselvse. Talk about heart melting. I also love this print and this one. Excited to share more Lindsay Letters goodness with you guys soon!

five | I wanted a warm sweater type jacket that Della could wear when I am loading her in the car in our garage and for quick car transfers when we are going somewhere this Winter but won't be outside more than a few minutes. She is still so small that most coats swallow her up or are too bulky and uncomfortable in her carseat. I picked this bear sweater up a few weeks ago (at 70% off!) and its seriously so soft, warm and cozy. If you're a cardholder, you can get it for 50% off + an extra 10% off this weekend. Comes in a few colors, of course gray is what I chose because it's my fav color ever ;) Plus the bear ears are too cute. 


six | Our favorite shop for knit dolls, BlaBla Kids, is having their Black Friday Sale a week early! You can get 25% off when you spend $75 or more with the code hollyjolly. We love their knit dolls, rattles, mobiles and more. And when you shop you are supporting artisans & their families, because everything is made by hand and fairtrade. Promotion ends tonight! Also, take me back to summertime because look at her!! 

Hope you guys have the best weekend!!

11.10.2017

friday favorites

I'm not sure how we are over a week into November already! I shared earlier this week that I'm half in holiday mode but half never wanting Fall to end; we are still loving the crunchy leaves and crisp Fall air. Oh and babies in pom pom hats and tiny sweaters. 


My calendar is filling up with holiday parties & gift exchanges and to be totally honest, I am loving every bit of it. Christmas festivities seem to start earlier and earlier each year but really, the season is so short, why not?? I have vowed to wait until after Thanksgiving to get a tree; we have a tradition of going to the tree farm the weekend after Thanksgiving to pick a tree with our girls and then decorating it together. But other than that, give me all the gift wrap, ribbons and greenery!

Olivia just finished her Fall session of swimming class and we usually take the Winter off and then she'll start back again in the Spring. It feels good to have one less activity each week; right now other than school three days a week, she just has AWANA on Wednesday nights. I love not having commitments every night of the week for my kids' activites; she was in so much last year (including dance, which was weekly for like 10 months!! That was the first and last time I'll do that) and it feels so good to have a bit of a different pace this year, especially as the holiday season arrives. Live and learn, right?!

I am already starting to get gifts ready for our girls and friends, as well as teachers and leaders at my moms' groups, so I thought it would be fun to share a few of things I'm loving -- both for gifts for others and maybe a few things to add to your own Christmas wishlist. I basically pick out my own presents because when Dustin asks what I want, I can never come up with anything but then when I'm out and about I often find something I want, like last night at a women's event at our church when I found the coziest slouch hat from Six Notes Clothing that I'm pretty sure I'm not cool enough to wear but couldn't go home without because it was so warm and my favorite color ever, gray ;)

one | We tend to keep gifts for our girls as simple and minimal as possible, so we use the phrase "something you want / something you need / something to wear / something to read" and for the wear portion I love giving the girls new Christmas jammies as an early gift on December 1st to wear all month long. I found these sets and fell in love...they are even cuter in person!! We love Mini Boden pjs and the quality lasts wash after wash. You can get 25% off your purchase and free shipping on orders over $49 with the code S7W5 today through Monday November 13.

two | I picked up this wooden hot cocoa set from Magnolia's new Hearth and Hand line at Target using a 25% off toy coupon {text TOY to 827438 and you will get a text back with a link to the coupon; I used mine in stores; ends November 11} plus my 5% redcard discount. As soon as the line was previewed I knew the cocoa set would be perfect for the girls in their play kitchen. This is their "want" portion of gifts. It is so darling and I love the classic feel of wooden toys.

three | Our favorite bonnet shop, Briar Handmade, has Customer Love week coming up next week and they are releasing a new collection of giftable bonnets with the prettiest florals included. They'll also be restocking their pom bonnets. I picked up this pom bonnet for Della for winter and have my eye on one from the collection dropping Monday as well!


four | One of the gifts I'm most excited to give this year to my girlfriends are framed art prints. No matter someone's home or style, who doesn't love a pretty and thoughtful art print?! My favorite shop for art prints is Lily & Val -- their hand lettering and chalk art is incredible. I used their Hot Cocoa Recipe print last year for a cocoa bar I hosted and have their All Is Calm print up in my kitchen. If you're looking for a non-holiday one, this Collect Beautiful Moments print is my top pick. Use code BLESSEDNEST at chekcout for 15% off your purchase through Thanksgiving.

five | The top I've been living in lately 

six | If you're wanting to curl up on the couch this weekend and are looking for a good movie to watch, I love The Age of Adaline. Dustin and I first watched it back in 2015 right after Poppy was born and it was how we chose Della's name. The story is so unique and Blake Lively is amazing. If you haven't seen it, it is so good. This time of year just begs for movies and popcorn on the couch. Bonus points if chocolate peppermint pretzels are involved! 

Happy Friday! Hope the weekend brings rest & relaxation. XO

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