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Danielle Cosgrove

Hello, friends!

Well first off, Happy very, VERY belated New Year to you all. It’s been a hot second since I was last on the blog, so it’s good to be back and writing again! These past several months, with the holidays, travel and continuing the process of settling into our new home have been super busy, both physically and mentally for us. It’s been a struggle to make time for the blog and just creating in general consistently, so that’s been a bummer.

But as much as I’ve hated the delay in getting back here and into the swing of things again, the time spent away has been so very good for me. It’s given me a lot of clarity and time to really think through, reevaluate and plan for some super exciting things this year. I’ve been reflecting on 2017 and looking ahead to what I feel God has planted in my heart for 2018, and I’m SO excited to share that with you guys today!

SIMPLICITY

When I first created The Lowly Life, what inspired me initially to choose that name was the humility aspect of it. I have always desired to live a life of complete humility before God and to exemplify the character of Jesus, that was so beautifully and perfectly displayed. And while that purpose will still rule supreme in all that I do, the Lord placed fresh vision on my heart and is taking things in a new, yet perfectly aligned direction this year.

The Lowly Life is now going to stand for: Encouraging, inspiring and empowering others to live more simple, full, intentional lives for the glory of God. This is something I have become super passionate about over the past year and could not be more excited to represent. I have personally struggled and seen others in my life struggle with pursuing simplicity, slow living, being intentional and fully present, and so this message really hits home for me.

I’ve allowed many unnecessary stresses, busyness, drama, comparison and distraction to affect my own life. One of the main factors for that was my unhealthy use of my phone, but overall, my time (which don’t get me wrong, I am one of Instagram’s biggest fans and I love my iPhone, but my time on them was just turning out to be too excessive and not good for my life).  My passion stems from that, and comes from a place of deep, personal conviction. It’s such a huge desire of mine to help others pursue whatever a simple and full life looks like for them. I think it’s super important for us all to take a step back and remember just how precious life is, asking ourselves if we are truly living ours in the best, most God glorifying way.

There is SO MUCH life to live and enjoy outside of all the petty, meaningless things we can allow to take up our time. I want to challenge myself and others to find ways that we can lay aside meaningless distractions and fill more of our lives with what matters most. That could mean setting up family game nights, taking regular walks with your spouse, hosting fun parties or movie nights with friends, baking more in your kitchen, writing letters to long distance loved ones, reading books more (studying the Word more is huge), setting time aside to create (We ALL are creative and so many of  you are capable of so much more than you think you are), prioritizing fun vacations, and going on wild adventures with your people, getting more involved in your church and other communities…the list goes on and on, my friends and there’s so much that we can be replacing the excessive time on our phones, TV’s and computer screens with! 

COMMUNITY

Another huge aspect of change for The Lowly Life this year and something  I’m really passionate about, is community.  I am going to be incorporating more like minded people into what I do, allowing them to share their passions and hearts with you all on things that pertain to my overall mission. I’ve been so blessed and inspired by some amazing people in my life, and cannot wait to feature them here, so that they can speak into your lives and also just give you some fun ideas, tips and tricks to try! We’re going to be covering SO MANY amazing topics here that will touch on every area of life, and I’m just looking so forward to having a community on board with me to share them with you all.

As for me, I am going to be posting regularly and alternating guest posts with my own personal content each month. You’ll be seeing a lot of the same kinds of stuff from me, like favorite recipes, DIY’s, content on my marriage and family, thoughts on life and my faith, fashion, friendship, and probably a LOT more about our home, now that we are finally filling it with furniture and making it look oh so pretty!

I’ve also got a few other tricks up my sleeve this year, but I’m still working through and don’t want to reveal them just yet. So keep your eyes and ears peeled, folks! And if you think to, please keep me and everyone else that’s going to be apart of this new and exciting journey in your prayers! I cannot thank each and every one who takes the time to read my blogs and support The Lowly Life enough. You have been SUCH an encouragement and I am just so thankful for you all.

Stay tuned, friends,  and have an amazing weekend!

For His glory,

-Danielle

 

 

I don’t know about you guys, but this time of year is my absolute FAVORITE and I just get so excited when it finally comes around!

Thanksgiving is a holiday I always look forward to, I mean, who doesn’t look forward to a day that gives us all an excuse to stuff our faces with yummy food non stop?! But my most favorite part about this time of year is when the Christmas season rolls in. I get weepy just thinking about it. The music (which I’ll talk more about a bit later because I’ve got a fun little Christmas playlist for ya!), the movies, the decorations, the snow (please, God!), cozy nights by the fire, gift giving..I could go on!

But so much more than any of that, I love that this time of year helps us bring back into focus the greatest and most beautiful point in our history. When Jesus Christ came to this fallen world to save and redeem it. He lowered himself beyond comprehension and was willing to leave the throne of Heaven to dwell among us, living the perfect and blameless life before God that we never could. His all surpassing love for us, drove Him to come to a sick world, dying for the sin and wretchedness that permeated it, giving us the gift of salvation and fellowship with God. Because of Christ’s coming, we have a lasting, eternal hope. We have been fought for and forgiven and I love that the Christmas season gives us another opportunity to meditate on and rejoice in that very truth.

Last week my friend Kimmy Alsheimer, of Drift Design Co., told me that she was making an Advent calendar called Light Of The World  and asked if I would collaborate with her on it! I’ve never owned a wall hanging Advent calendar like this and absolutely loved the idea of having one hanging on our fireplace mantel, so saying yes was a no brainer!

When I tell you that this will be your new favorite Advent calendar, I truly mean that. Kimmy and her sister Amy created a stunning compilation of lovely devotional cards for every day of December, leading up to Christmas! Each card is unique, with tasteful designs, colors, text and themes. I love how well it blends with my home and compliments the fireplace (Side note: I snagged those cute stockings from Chip & Jo’s Hearth & Hand collection and am completely obsessed with them! other side note: My hubby and I made that pretty wooden art piece above the fireplace last year and couldn’t be more proud of it. Hopefully next year we’ll have time to make more and sell them)! Christmas decorations can be so vibrant and colorful, which is fun but also a little intense, so I love that this calendar tones things down and brings balance to it all. But aside from the aesthetics of it, I am really looking forward to just diving into each day of Advent, reflecting on the purpose of the season in a new, fun way with this calendar.

I wanted to get the calendar up on the blog ASAP because everyone needs to snag one of these beauties just in time for December 1st!  And Kimmy has a special discount code for all you blog readers! You can use the THELOWLYLIFE (the link attached will automatically add the discount to your cart!) at checkout for 15% off your purchase. The discount expires December 1st so get a move on people! And for a few bucks extra, Kimmy will hook you up with the supplies (twine + clothespins) you need to hang your calendar up. Hooray!

Now, back to the Christmas music! I wanted to share with you guys a fun Christmas playlist I’ve been working on this month. It’s a complete and total mish mash of some of my most favorite artists and Christmas songs! So if you’re looking for some new tunes and enjoy listening to a variety (and I mean a huge variety) of Christmas music, look no further my friends. You can find my playlist called Christmas Cheer over on Spotify, with a picture of Toby playing in the snow, looking as cute as ever. Just hit shuffle and you’ll be all set with about 25 hours worth of holiday musical goodness!

Thank you all so much for checking out the blog today. I hope and pray that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and get to celebrate  it with the ones you love (and that you eat all the glorious food you can possibly cram into your body)! Don’t forget to grab one of these gorgeous Advent calendars for you and your family to enjoy this holiday season and be sure to use that promo code for that nifty discount.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

Happy Fall, friends! Welp, it’s been a hot second since I was last on the blog, but when life (crazy, CRAZY life) happens, you just have to take a major step back sometimes and rest awhile. We have gone through some big  transitions these past couple months and are currently enjoying a very new and exciting chapter! So I finally wanted to sit down and give everyone a big ole’ update on us.

For those of you who don’t know, Jay and I recently moved from Austin, TX all the way to Atlanta, GA in September. We had been in prayer and discussion about this move for a long time, and were given the confirmation to go in August. One of the the big driving forces for us moving to this area was living near my family again and also being in a much closer proximity (closer, anyway) to the rest of our family and friends in surrounding states. We had prayed about relocating to a couple different areas, but had peace very quickly that this was where we were supposed to be. Jay and I both work remotely, so we were blessed with the ability to move within a very short period of time and to have job security once we got down here. We are absolutely loving Georgia so far. And it’s kind of hilarious how excited and completely awestruck we were when we laid eyes on all the big, beautiful trees and hills out here. Talk about drop dead GORGEOUS!

As of November 1st,  we officially became HOMEOWNERS (No big deal, only been a dream of mine since forever) of the most beautiful first house we could have asked for, and are going on week two in our new place! It’s been a complete dream and we’re having so much fun fixing it up and making it our own (But to say that I have problems with making final decisions is a complete understatement and it’ll be a miracle if we have this place furnished 8 years from now at this rate. Jk…hopefully).

We’ve found a solid church in our town that we are really excited to connect with and be apart of, which is a huge answer to prayer! We’ve made new friends, done a fair amount of exploring so far and have just really been enjoying time with family. My parents have been SUCH a blessing to us since moving here, giving us a place to stay and feeding us while we hunted down a place to live. It’s surreal having them and my little bro so close to us now. We are so, so thankful!

I honestly don’t even think it’s fully sunk in for me yet, even after all that’s happened,  that we’re actually here. That Georgia is our new home. That all the prayers we’ve prayed and all the dreams we’ve had are coming to be. We are truly rejoicing in the undeserved goodness of God and all that He’s lavishing upon our lives right now.

Austin will forever hold such a special place in our hearts. So much growth, in every aspect of life, took place in us there. We made lifelong friendships, tried lots of new things, ate LOTS of good food and experienced such a sweet season with God. He pushed us to reach, dream, and hope for bigger. To trust Him with everything and in everything, when it truly seemed like our whole world was falling apart. He revealed himself in new, beautiful ways, which brought us into a deeper relationship with him and with each other. Jay and I experienced a great deal of heartache and confusion while we were in Austin, but God was so faithful and carried us through it all. He was always there strengthening and comforting, giving us the ability to better encourage, comfort and love each other.

It hardly ever makes sense why God does what He does, when He does, and what He chooses to use to grow us. But I promise you, friend,  there will never be a time that He can’t be trusted. Never will there be a moment that He isn’t faithful or good. His promises are true, His love is steadfast, His timing is perfect and His mercies are new with each new day. As the leaves continue to change, fall, and wither,  as Autumn continues welcoming the cold breezes and winter winds, as this beautiful season of harvest continues, may we come before our good and gracious Father with hearts full of gratitude. May we lift up our eyes and hearts in thanksgiving, entrusting Christ with our all, recognizing Him for who He is and for all He’s done.

Jay and I have a lot (alot alot alot alot) of big hopes, dreams and exciting plans for the coming months and we’re ready to embark on whatever that adventure looks like together. If you think to, please keep us in your prayers. Pray for God’s wisdom and guidance alone to lead us, for our hearts to be ever turned towards Him, for our new home and neighborhood, that we can be a light and encouragement to the people around us, and for the new life in general that we’ve started here in Georgia.

Thank you so much for reading! Hopefully it won’t be coons age before you hear back from me on here again. Happy Monday, friends!

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do,whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

– Collossians 3:12-17

 

Okay, friends.

There’s this big fat lie that some of you are believing and it needs to stop right now. You know, that convincing lie that tells you that you aren’t creative and have nothing to bring to the table. This is something that has been SO heavy on my heart lately and I feel like I need to remind some of you lovely people just how amazing and truly creative YOU (yes, YOU) are!

I’ve been hearing so much these days, people being super hard on and blind to the greatness that’s within themselves. Maybe it’s because they can’t dance worth squat, or paint beautiful pieces of art, or cook exquisite meals, or carry a tune, or build things, or take “good”, “Instagram worthy” photos, or play an instrument…whatever the case may be! They compare the strengths and creativity of others with their own, quickly leaving feelings of discouragement, inadequacy and the sad belief that they have nothing legit to offer. But that’s the FARTHEST thing from the truth, friend, and if you’re one of those people, feeling like you aren’t creative or capable of creativity, you couldn’t be more wrong!

I feel like we do SUCH a good job of confining what creativity looks like into these little, specific boxes, and I think that social media has played a HUGE role in helping (hurting) us with this. We have endless access to other people’s lives, talents, successes and quickly beat ourselves down, discounting the good in our own lives, because of how different it looks from others. We turn a blind eye to the God given talents we possess, because they aren’t mind blowing, out of the norm, or something that’s super exciting to us. But here’s some good, factual news for your Friday: YOU are SO creative, YOU are SO special, YOU can make a difference with what you’ve been given, and long story short, YOU ARE ENOUGH.  There are so many ways that you are creative, you’re just not seeing them clearly!

It could be the way you tend to your home. That ability you have to keep things organized, clean, and looking so good. It could be the way you write. Through song, in a private journal, or a blog. Nobody writes like you do!  It could be in the way you parent your kids. Those games and crafts you come up with, the adventures you take them on, the lessons you teach them, the way you help them experience the fullness of life. It could be the way you serve others. Your unique ability to engage with and make them feel included, accepted and loved. It could be your cooking and/or baking! It could be in the way you work out, or style hair, or make DIYs,  or the unique clothes you wear, or the way you decorate, or the way you get work done… I could literally keep going for days, folks!

Seriously, creativity comes in so many different forms, and we need to broaden our thinking on the subject! Christ has created every last one of us with significant purpose and ability, and it’s when we refocus on Him (because our focus is not fully on Him when we have such a harsh and negative view of how He designed us) and dig down deep to find the ways that He’s made us awesome (not encouraging arrogance here whatsoever, just a healthy, correct viewpoint of ourselves!) that is when we will live with more freedom and confidence, fully aware of the amazing ways we’ve been created to create.

Fact: You ARE creative and it is my prayer that this little blog post helps to remind you of that, boosts your spirits up, and encourages you to walk with more peace and confidence to be the amazing, gifted human being you are.

Happy Friday, friends and thanks for reading!

In April I had the opportunity to visit Magnolia (again) for Spring At The Silos and it was a hoot! Pretty much all of my absolute favorite vendors were there and it took everything in me not to come home with at least one of everything. I called it quits after snagging my darling Nora hat from Gigi Pip and new favorite beach towel/throw from Suay Threads, but one of things I was obsessing over all day, was the gorgeous jewelry some of the vendors were selling!

I’ve been wanting a staple necklace to add to my wardrobe, that’ll easily pair with my outfits and add that final, perfect pop of color. As much as I wanted to purchase some of the necklaces I was drooling over at the Silos, I determined that I would just make one myself and save the money. And I’m so glad I did, because this necklace was so much fun to make and I loved being able to determine exactly what colors and style I wanted!

If you’re like me, looking for some unique jewelry to add to your collection, but don’t have much of a budget to work with, this super easy DIY is for you, my friend, and will be your go to piece of jewelry all summer long! A super cute necklace that you made all by your creative self and that’s under $20?!? You’re welcome.

DIY NECKLACE:

If you’re buying all of your supplies from Hobby Lobby like me, be sure to use the good ole’ 40% coupon on one of your items to save you even more money! 

  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors

STEP ONE:

Pick the amount and size variations of beads you’d like to use for your necklace. I played it safe and painted a bunch just in case I wanted to add more than I was planning. Plus, it’s always fun to have more options and colors to choose from when you’re done!

STEP TWO:

Choose your paint colors and get to work! It’s fun to mix colors and is also a money saver, so that you don’t have to buy a ton of paint. Think about what some of your favorite colors are and which ones make sense to include. For me, I wanted a balance of deep, bright and rich, so I painted a variety of each and narrowed down my final selections from there. I also added abstract designs to some of the beads, so if you wanna be adventurous, knock yourself out!

STEP THREE:

Let em’ dry! Drink some coffee, skim through the Magnolia Journal (because who isn’t reading or loving those right now?!) get some fresh air or catch up on a favorite show while you wait! I left mine alone overnight, just to play it safe. You’ll also want to flip them over at some point to make sure that they aren’t sticking to the surface you’re drying them on, which will make the paint scrape off.

STEP FOUR:

Now it’s time to make your necklace! Decide how long or short you want the length to be and cut the thread accordingly. Slip your thread through the bead holes, based on how you want them situated and then tie a small, tight knot with the ends.

And there you have it, my friends! A perfect, simple necklace that will be sure to make a statement with all of your pretty summer dresses and blouses! I just love how this looks with my Black Red Stripe Dress from Ashley Lemieux and can’t wait to wear it with other outfits.

Thank you so much for checking out my blog and if you give this a try, I would love to see and hear how yours turned out! Please let me know in the comments and be sure to tag me in a post if you share a pic of it on your social media.

Happy summer, folks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

This time last year, I was on cloud nine, launching my blog and sharing my very first post about some DIY Mother’s Day cards! My photography skills weren’t that great, to say the least and I didn’t really know what on earth I was doing at the time, but I loved being able to make something special for the incredible mothers in my life and share it here.

I don’t know about you, but I live 15 hours away from my beautiful, sweet momma, and I could not hate the distance more, especially on Mother’s Day! I would love to be able to celebrate and honor her in person this year, but it just isn’t doable, unfortunately. So I wanted to do something special for her, and decided to bake some homemade butter cookies! When my husband and I visited my parents in GA for Easter, mom gave me a scalloped cookie sheet that I just love, and I promised her I would bake her lots of yummy cookies in return!  As long as I can remember, my mom has always loved eating cookies with her morning coffee and I thought that whipping up a special batch using the cookie sheet she gave me would be the perfect gift for Mother’s Day! I also wanted to make some for my amazing mother in law and seester, who this time last year was pregnant with my niece, and praise Jehovah, Lorien is now a happy and healthy 6 month old beauty! I’ve learned so much from these incredible women and I am blessed to call them family.

Deciding on the flavor for my butter cookies was a no brainer. My hubby was given several bags of Teavana’s delicious Chamomile Bloom tea, which we both absolutely love and I knew that it would be the perfect ingredient for my cookies! Since I’m unable to bring these ladies pretty flowers, I thought that going a more floral route with the cookies would be a good substitute. These are super easy to make and turned out delicious, so if you’re wondering what to get for your momma this year, I would highly recommend baking some of these goodies. You just can’t go wrong gifting a batch of homemade cookies, people! Okay, here’s the simple, yummy recipe:

Chamomile Butter Cookies

Oven °325

Ingredients

  • 24 Cavity Scalloped Cookie Pan
  • 1 ½ Cups All Purpose Flour
  • ½ Tsp. Salt
  • 5 Tsp. Softened Butter
  • ½ Cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 3 Tablespoons Milk
  • ½ Tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • ½ Tsp. Pure Maple Syrup
  • ¼ Cup Teavana Chamomile Bloom Loose-Leaf Tea (Or whatever loose-leaf tea brand your prefer)
  • 1 ¼ Tsp. Lemon Zest

Directions: 

STEP ONE: Preheat oven. Combine flour and salt in a medium size bowl and set aside.

Step Two: Beat sugar and butter until fluffy in a large bowl. Add egg yolk, vanilla extract, maple syrup and mix until well combined.

Step Three: Gradually add and mix in the flour/salt and 3 tablespoons of milk. Work dough with hands until it becomes pliable.

Step Four: Add Chamomile and lemon zest to dough and combine well using your hands.

Step Five: Grease scalloped cookie pan with cooking spray. Begin pressing small amounts of dough (about a teaspoon in size, but add more as needed) into the cavities of the pan.

Step Six: Bake for about 10 minutes, rotating the pan halfway into baking. If cookies are not lightly golden, bake for an additional minute or two.

Step Seven: Allow cookies to cool for a few minutes and then transfer them to cooling racks.

You should end up with about 4 dozen cookies, so they’ll be plenty to go around and enjoy! Whether you’re a coffee or tea drinker, these will pair really well with both! I love how the maple and lemon balance out the flavor you get from the chamomile. If you give this recipe a try, let me know how it turns out for you and what you think!

I also want to give a quick shout out to Tessa Worley of Fox & Bear Paper Co. for the darling Mother’s Day card I snagged from her shop! She designs the absolute sweetest cards and prints and I collaborated with her on a recent post to tell ya all about them! If you’re looking for some new art or  just want to send a little love to someone, go check out her Etsy shop!

Thank you so much for reading, and Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful moms out there!

 

One of the biggest desires of my heart in creating this blog, was to have the courage to speak up..to share what I have to say about things. I am not the most wise or well spoken individual, and I struggle so often to share what I’m hearing and learning from God, because of how aware I am of these facts. So often I have a thought about or response to something, but I belittle its significance and just let it go. I have not been faithful to pursue part of this blogs’ purpose, out of insecurity and doubt I so easily allow myself to give into.

But God has been revealing to me more and more and more (He’s had to remind me A LOT), that He hears and sees exactly where I’m coming from and that is really all that matters. This is all for Him. He values what I have to say and even if it doesn’t come out in the best, most eloquent and precise manner, even if it seems like no one is listening, reading, or cares… it’s somehow still a thing of beauty and value to HIM. I don’t have to have all of the right words, I don’t have to impress anyone. I can just be me, pursuing and learning from Jesus. Striving to serve Him fully with my life, and trust that the Holy Spirit will grant me with strength and wisdom to proclaim His goodness well.

So I said all of that to say this: I want to be faithful to write more about my hope in Christ here. I want to share more about the thoughts, joys, weaknesses, triumphs, trials and restorations of my faith. I want to speak in confidence about things,  knowing that regardless of all the weaknesses I see in myself, God is being glorified. It’s an act of worship unto Him when I open up about what He’s been saying, doing, teaching and taking me through. I want my life to be nothing less than a representation of who He is. I don’t want to hide or be ashamed of a single trial I face. I don’t want to struggle with sin and not share with someone else how I was able to overcome or learn from that sin. I want the gospel to be proclaimed and understood more fully, and it’s my prayer that this platform can be used to accomplish that in some way.This blog post was supposed to be about something completely different, but when I sat down to write it, this is what spilled out!

I hope that this has somehow encouraged and challenged you, friend. Be encouraged that you are loved, paid attention to, and heard by God. Even if you’re feeling as alone and inadequate as can be, HE is with you. HE sees and knows you better than anybody, and what He sees is pure gold. HE will never fail you. Run to Him with all that you have and ask for Him to reveal the truth of who He is, what He’s done for you and who you are to Him. And challenge yourself to proclaim Him boldly and more actively in your life. It may seem like we have so much to lose sometimes, but the truth and greatest hope is that we have everything to gain by being a willing, humble vessel unto God.

Yes, and I will rejoice,  for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

-Philippians 1:19-21

Thanks for reading!

 

Last year, I asked a huge favor of my sweet, beautiful and talented grandma Harris. I have seen her make so many gorgeous clothes throughout my life and for whatever reason, have never asked her to make me any! So when my grandparents asked me what I wanted for Christmas last year, I knew exactly what to ask for. A pretty floral dress!

In September, I was able to visit my grandparents in Illinois and we went shopping for some fabric! I had THE hardest time narrowing down the style/pattern I wanted (my poor grandpa probably wanted to blow his brains out because of how long it was taking for me to make up my mind, bless his heart!), and when I did find something I liked, there wasn’t enough fabric available for it (story of my life). The process was so much fun though! We sat looking at catalogs for what seemed like hours and I even had my grandpa give his style expertise as to which fabric he liked best (sorry I didn’t go with your favorite, gramps!). Finally, I came across this gorgeous, black, floral fabric and just fell in love with it. I’m a sucker for a black dress in general, but throw some pretty florals in the mix and I go crazy!

I showed my grandma several examples of different styles I liked for the dress and I am still blown away by how perfectly she designed it. Initially I was wanting something longer and more flowy, but after finding this fabric, I decided to go a different, more classy route with the design.  My grandma made this dress without having the luxuries of me nearby to try it on or to help with the process. But she’s a pro, because it only took one small adjustment to get it where it needed to be. And folks, it is absolutely gorgeous! She left the waist wider because I told her that I had a brown leather belt that I thought would look good with the dress and it was definitely the perfect finishing touch! I knew that I wanted to save this beauty to wear for Easter. It just screams spring, and I’ve been over here counting down the months til I get to show it off!

One of these days, I hope to be able to spend a whole lot more time than I do now with my grandparents and have my grandma teach me her sewing ways. I would absolutely love to make some of my own clothes, as well as clothes for my future kiddos, and if I’m going to learn from anybody, I want it to be her! With the busyness of the holidays and how distant all of our family is from each other, it’s almost impossible to get any quality time with anyone once we’re all together. So to have that special day with my grandparents, just the three of us, meant so much and I’ll cherish those memories for the rest of my life. Thank you grandma for all of the time, love, and hard work you put into making my gorgeous Easter dress! I could not be any more obsessed with it.

Thanks so much for checking out my blog! I hope you all have a lovely Easter with your families.

Oh, and Happy Spring!

-Danielle

 

 

 

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I recently met Tessa, the owner and Illustrator of Fox & Bear Paper Co., through The Rising Tide Society. I absolutely loved her unique, darling style and was so excited when she asked to collaborate! I think what I love most about Tessa’s work, is that it’s just plain fun. It takes me back to my childhood, as silly that sounds, and every piece puts a huge smile on my face. I’m a pretty big fan of animals, so when I first laid eyes on all of her charming cards and prints, I just had to have some of them!

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I knew that I wanted some of her greeting cards, because you can never have too many of those lying around, but a few of her lovely cards in particular stood out the most to me! I always call my dad Papa Bear and Tessa had two of the sweetest cards for dad that were bear themed in her shop. I’ve always loved picking out cards, finding or designing the perfect one for the amazing people in my life, and the one I chose for my dad could not be more perfect! I can’t wait to give it to him for Father’s Day this year. I was also able to snag a cute Ewe themed Mother’s Day card for my momma (Sorry mom and dad if you see these early!) that I absolutely loved. My other favorite  was the I Really Love Dogs card, because it looks just like my little guy, Toby and because I really, REALLY love dogs!

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The next thing I picked was the Hobbit Hole print, because my seester and brother in law are the biggest Hobbit/Lord Of The Rings fans on earth and have majority of their home decorated with some sort of Lord Of The Rings theme in mind. My seester gave birth to my adorable niece, Lorien Grace (Lorien comes from Lothlorien, the kingdom of the elves in LOTR) a few months ago and is decorating her room Hobbit themed, so I knew she would just love this print for Lorien’s space.

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And lastly, I just had to get Tessa’s super cute Watering Check-List! Not only is this check list adorable, but it will help remind you to keep your plants alive, which I know I could use a time or two! It’s my dream to have a little garden of my own at our future house someday, and I know that I will definitely put this list to better use when that time comes. But for now, I’ll use it to keep up with watering the few plants that I have and daydream about that future garden of mine, full of some of my favorite flowers, veggies, herbs and succulents!

Fox & Bear Paper Co.  is currently on a little break, but her shop will be opening again early April, and you do not want to miss out on some of the amazing products this girl has up for grabs! One product of hers that I hope to eventually purchase and just adore, is her custom family portrait illustrations. They are so darn cute and I can already envision one of my hubby, our fluffy pup and I hanging on our wall. Tessa does an incredible job of meeting the needs of her clients and giving them the style and designs they’re looking for. Make her day and send some major love to her on her Instagram feed, where you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of some more of the beautiful work she does! You can start your wishlist now and then go crazy once her shop opens back up in April!

 

Thanks so much for reading, now I’m gonna go and water my plants! 

 

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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought it was only fitting to kick off the month of love with these stylish and oh so comfy “Love Is Spoken Here” shirts, designed by my incredibly talented friend, Kimberly Alsheimer! Kimmy is the founder of Drift Design Co. and she’s literally the BEST of the best when it comes to all things graphic design, art and handlettering! Collaborating with her on the blog today was a no brainer for me. I genuinely love and admire every single thing this girl does and these beauties are no exception!

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My favorite thing about these shirts is the message they promote and how eye catching they are (Kimmy handlettered the text herself and it is so unique and gorgeous)! In the world we live in today, there’s a whole lot of hatred, discord and hopelessness. So much negativity surrounds us on a regular basis and it can very discouraging and overwhelming at times. But when we fight against the negativity, extending kindness, grace, and compassion towards those around us, it is not only life giving to us, but it can have such a tremendous impact on others. I don’t know about you, but I am constantly in need of the reminder that my life is not my own, and that it belongs to God. If I will just fully submit to His will, He can use my imperfect mess of a person, to bless others and to bring Him ultimate glory. So whenever I wear this shirt, it reminds me to always speak in love, share the hope I have in Christ and to be a safe place for broken people.

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Another thing I love about these shirts is that they are SO comfortable! They’re made with soft triblend heather fabrication, so basically they’re legit and you’ll want to wear them all the time because of how amazing they feel. I also love the fact that there are two different versions of this design available! I’m always looking for ways that my hubby and I can match, without it being too matchy matchy and weird. So the unisex black on grey tee (that my handsome hunk is modeling for you all so well) and the ladies white on grey tee, give us both a bit of differentiation when we wear them. I personally think that these would make fantastic Valentine’s or Galentine’s Day gifts, so I wanted to get them up on the blog as quick as possible so that you all can snag one before it’s too late!

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If we are all being honest, we know that it can be pretty darn difficult at times to live a life of love towards others. It isn’t easy and can sometimes be exhausting. But praise God for His unending faithfulness to equip us with the strength and genuine desire to love, as we fix our eyes on Him and pursue His will fully. He is the only hope we have for treating others in the best way and He is the true and only hope we can give to others, as we show them kindness and speak to them in love.

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So how about we share lots of love today and let’s make a difference in this world? Sound good to you?! And speaking of sending love, be sure to love on my girl Kimmy today! Whether you grab one of these awesome shirts, a stunning art piece or just send some encouragement  her way, I know she would really appreciate it so much. You can find her on Instagram @driftdesignco

And as far as the rest of my outfit goes:  Black skinny jeans, leopard boyfriend cardigan and booties are all from Target, my gold handbag is Fossil, my glasses are from EyeBuyDirect and my jewelry is from Forever21.  Thanks so much for reading! 

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

– 1 John 4:7-12

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