Friday Favorites

I’m joining Andrea, Erika, and Narci for Friday Favorites today. Here are some of the things I’m loving!

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I’ve been a little obsessed with Noonday Collection for the past year. To be honest, I never thought it was really my style because I don’t wear a ton of jewelry with color and I really just like big earrings. But then I attended a trunk show hosted by one of my favorite friends and found so many things that I loved! I’ve gotten a couple of emails asking about these earrings, so I thought I’d share the details here. These three pairs of earrings are in constant rotation and I am just obsessed.

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Empress Earrings

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Moondrop Earrings

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Octagon Hoop Earrings

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And I have my eye on these Ivory Drop Earrings… hint hint!

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I got an email last week from a reader named Andrea and she wanted to introduce herself and tell me a little about her blog. And I am so glad she did! Her blog, 127 Things – Life Lessons Left With Love, is one of the sweetest things I’ve ever seen. Andrea’s mom passed away from cancer 9 years ago, and before she did, she gave Andrea a journal. The journal is titled “127 Things I Want My Daughter to Know.” So, after a few years, Andrea decided to share her most prized possession and her mother’s wisdom through her blog. Each blog posts touches on one of the 127 things and how it impacts Andrea’s life as a mom, wife and teacher. Grab your tissues!

As a mom and as the daughter of a mom who is so courageously battling cancer, I just adore this blog.

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Yesterday, the brand new Influence Network site launched. Y’all… it’s fantastic! It’s so easy to navigate. You can easily find the forums, where to sign up for classes, a directory of the other women in the network who are so excited to meet you! There’s never been a better time to join the Influence Network because there’s a huge, incredible FREE event for all members on May 14. The Creative Women’s Summit features incredible women like Lara Casey, Lysa Terkeurst, Lindsay Sherbondy, Hayley Morgan and Jess Connolly. They’re sharing their experiences, their faith, their wisdom and all members can watch for free right from their homes. So… pop over there and check it out.


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James Walker has started giving us some sweet little smiles. But, the other day, Hayes asked to hold him and this is the face he made. If he could talk, I think he’d be saying, “You let this guy hold me?”

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Happy Friday, friends! I hope you all have a great weekend!

Mother’s Day Giveaway: Tiny Tags


There are moments when I cannot believe that I have three children. Three! They’re my little people and so much of my life revolves around them. It’s just incredible.

And then when I see my mom with them and know that she loves them because they are amazing and sweet, but also because they’re a part of me? It just makes my heart ache a whole lot. Watching my mother love my children has been one of the greatest joys of my life.

With Mother’s Day quickly coming up (ladies, it’s time to start giving hints for what you might want), I wanted to do a little giveaway with a company that I’ve fallen in love with.

Tiny Tags makes the most beautiful silver and gold necklaces that celebrate the love in our lives. Tiny Tags celebrates children and they give back to children and mothers in need. Melissa created Tiny Tags and she is also a mom of three boys. I know how proud she is of her family because I feel the same way about mine. And as someone with three healthy children, she is deeply aware of life’s blessings, so she has chosen to give back as much as possible. I just love it.

Melissa wanted to give away a piece from the Open Loop Collection to one of you for Mother’s Day, in celebration of your little ones. It’s the perfect gift to give your mom or for your kiddos and husband to give you for Mother’s Day as a daily reminder of the loves in your life.

Enter code EC15 for free shipping through April 26, and enter the giveaway below!

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Just complete the form below to enter or click here!

Tiny Tags Mother’s Day Giveaway


the new normal

the new normal

James Walker is officially six weeks old today. What on earth? I had my six week appointment yesterday and everything was good. My incision is healing nicely and I got the go-ahead to exercise again. I haven’t really missed exercise, but I’m ready.

I had goals to nurse for six weeks and then see how things were going, and so far so good. I have nursed James Walker for six weeks and will continue as long as I can. And now that I have a part-time, work from home job, I had a goal this month to establish a routine for myself that helps me figure out when I’ll have my work hours.

This is all new to me. All of it. Being a family of five. Having older kiddos and an infant. And working from home. I’m excited about all of it, I want to do it all well, but I also know that I can’t do all the things and do them all well. And no one expects me to.

I can do some of the things every day and do them well.

There is laundry to do and there are meals to prepare. And there’s a marriage to focus on and older children to raise. It’s life and mine is no different than so many other women. So I’m just trying to figure out day by day what works and what doesn’t. And how to make the most of my time while still soaking up the moments with my kids.

One thing I know for sure is that we all thrive with structure. James Walker sleeps great at night when his day is structured. So he knows when he’s going to eat and when he’s going to nap and when he’s going to get his bath. And the big boys know the same things about their schedule. And they know James Walker’s schedule. It just helps all of us.

And it helps me to know what’s next. I need my own schedule so I can manage my time, the household duties, and my work tasks.

James Walker eats at 6:00 a.m. every day, and right after that feeding, I swaddle him and put him back down to go to sleep where he sleeps until 9:00 a.m. So instead of going right back to sleep like I really really want to, I get on up and make myself some coffee. (My friend Jessica would call this one of my Fringe Hours.) I start a load of laundry and then I do my devotional for the day while I sip coffee.

The laundry thing is huge. I finally, finally have a laundry system! I do a little bit of laundry every day. That’s the system. And then I fold it immediately and put it away. Genius, right? How did it take me almost 15 years to figure out what so many of you have been doing all along? I’ve spent years letting laundry pile up before washing it. And then I’d let it pile up and procrastinate on folding it. Not anymore, sister!

Anyway. After I finish my devotional, I tackle some of my Influence Network emails. Oh, email. (In heaven there will be no email. Or laundry.)

The big boys make their way downstairs around 7:00, and Todd and I get them dressed, fed, and out the door for school by 7:45.

When they leave, I get dressed and get ready for James Walker to be back up at 9:00. I feed him, play with him until 10:00. “Play” for a six week old means ten minutes on the activity mat, ten minutes in the bouncy seat, and ten minutes sitting with me while I sing and read to him. And then he’s down again for another morning nap. I sit down to do more Influence work and tackle more of my to-do list until James Walker is up around noon and the boys come home from school. And the rest of the day is spent playing with my three boys and prepping dinner if I didn’t do something in the crock pot.

At night, to prepare for the next day, I set out all the things I need to get done in the morning… the boys’ clothes are laid out, their bags are packed for school, lunch boxes are set out to be packed, and my load of laundry is already sorted and in the washer ready to start. Hudson and Hayes are in bed by 7:00 and asleep by 7:30. Then Todd and I bathe James Walker, I feed him, and I go to bed as soon as James Walker is asleep between 8:30-9:00.

I love to read and keeping that hobby is important to me. I know people sometimes think they don’t have time to read, but even if I just read a chapter every night, it helps me fall asleep and sleep well. So I try to read as much as I can before I crash every night. And then I just wait to see what time James Walker wakes up for his middle of the night feeding. And the day starts all over again.

I know that some days the plan just won’t work. Babies have a mind of their own and don’t always stick to a schedule. Hudson and Hayes have their own things on the schedule like soccer and baseball. We have doctors appointments and sickness and emails go unanswered and work goes unfinished for a day. The plan doesn’t always work. And that’s where grace comes in and where I will have to remind myself to embrace the mess, embrace the chaos, and just enjoy the kiddos.

I’d love to know if any of you have any tips. How do you work from home when your baby is having an off day? How do you break up your work hours throughout the day? How did your household management routine change as you welcomed new babies?


I mentioned my daily devotional. Yesterday, I started the brand new Naptime Diary and, mamas, it is incredible. The devotionals are so sweet, not too long, and perfect for the mama heart. There is a place to journal your thoughts, to list out the fruit and the things you’re thankful for that day. It’s a true gift from the Naptime Diaries team. 

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printable daily feeding log for baby

printable daily feeding log for baby

A few years ago, I shared this daily printable that I use for keeping track of how much my babies are eating, when they’re napping and for how long they’re napping. I never shared it as a printable, so thought I’d make it a little easier. If you’d like a copy you can just print it out and you don’t have to wait on me to email you a Word document.

I know there are probably some more efficient, eco-friendly ways to keep track of feedings, diapers, and naps electronically, but I am a pen and paper kind of gal. I still have the feeding logs from Hudson and Hayes and have even looked back on them to see what they were doing in comparison to what James Walker is doing. (I promise that I’m not a pack rat!)

So if you’re a pen and paper kind of gal and you’re trying to keep track of how much your baby is eating or how often, feel free to print this bad boy! There’s a spot to write how many ounces of a bottle they take, how long you nurse on each side, when they go down for a nap and when they get up. And of course wet and dirty diaper tracking, too.

Click here for the PDF for the Printable Baby Feeding Log for Breastfed and Bottle-fed Babies

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