Heart & Craft / Sarah Wizemann

Lille Boutique

Lille Boutique

For this month’s Heart & Craft interview, the spotlight is on Sarah Wizemann, proprietress of the beautiful, one-of-a-kind lingerie shop,  Lille boutique.  I have loved Lille for years. I’ve gotten everything from my wedding lingerie, to my everyday garments, and even my nursing bras from Lille. Sarah has the most on-point taste and eye. Everything she sells is classy, comfortable, quality, and so lovely. All of the pieces I’ve tried on and purchased from Lille fit so well and make me feel truly comfortable and pretty in my skin. I can’t sing Sarah’s praises enough.

I’m so pleased to introduce you to her, her darling daughter Loïe, and even her husband, Alan, who made it into a few of the pictures! Her gorgeous home, beautiful family, and passion for women and the lingerie world is incredibly inspiring to me and I hope it is to you as well…

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Friday Treat Day: Rum Balls!

Rum Balls

Sorry for the crickets over here! I’ve been busy working on a few personal and blog projects that have been taking up quite a bit of my time. I will be hopefully be posting more frequently again soon.

I didn’t want to miss another Friday Treat Day though, especially since its that time of year for one of my favorite treats of all time: Rum balls!  My mom used to make them for all her grown up holiday parties. I remember sneaking a bite or two and loving them. I envied all those grown ups so much!

Finally, I grew up, and can have all the rum balls I want now! So every Christmas I make them. I make them for holiday parties, I wrap them up in a pretty box and deliver them to the neighbors as gifts, and we eat our fair share just my husband and I too :)

Continue reading for the full recipe. There are various ways you can make these balls of goodness and I’ve kind of adapted and combined recipes to make them how I like…

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The Long Journey

Whidbey Island

“Nobody will protect you from your suffering. You can’t cry it away or eat it away or starve it away or walk it away or punch it away or even therapy it away. It’s just there, and you have to survive it. You have to endure it. You have to live through it and love it and move on and be better for it and run as far as you can in the direction of your best and happiest dreams across the bridge that was built by your own desire to heal.”

-Cheryl Strayed

Just had to share this quote as it moved me and made me thankful today for the growth and lessons I’ve experienced and learned from the long journey of healing.

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DIY Advent Calendar

DIY Advent Calendar

Even though I’m 4 days late, I was determined to make an Advent calendar this year for Eleanor. It was a tradition we sadly didn’t do consistently growing up but when we did I loved it. I showed Eleanor the calendar this morning. I took down bag #4 and gave it to her, her whole face lit up as she reached her hand in the bag, before she even discovered the chocolate kiss and little candy cane waiting for her. She gets it, and is already anxious to open another bag :) It was the sweetest thing to watch and made me so glad I made it happen this year.

I ended up making one because I couldn’t find any that I especially liked. I saw this bag idea floating around Pinterest and knew it would be so simple to make anyway. I decided to get cloth muslin bags instead of paper bags in case I’m not up for making a new one next year and just want to reuse this one. Each bag is filled with either a few Christmas treats, a small toy (little bracelets, wooden tops, etc.), or a Christmas related activity that we can do together as a family (get hot chocolate and take a trip to Peacock Lane to look at the Christmas lights, have a big Christmas Eve feast and then read the Christmas story together, etc. A few more of the activities are pictured below). I also got a few wooden nativity Christmas ornaments that are in a few of the bags for Eleanor to put on the tree. Fun for her to do and an opportunity for us talk about the story of Christ that my family celebrates this time of year.

My advent calendar isn’t anything incredibly fancy or elaborate but I love how it turned out. The simplicity of it reflects what I’d like our advent to be. I especially love the bags filled with notes of meaningful, fun activities we can do together as a family to make this Christmas season extra special, create warm, fond memories for Eleanor, and slow us down to think about how blessed we are and the hope that surrounds this time of year.

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Six Stunning Holiday Dresses

Holiday Dresses

I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite parts about the holidays is all the holiday parties. Putting on a fancy dress and getting all gussied up, sipping mulled wine or spiked egg nog, and celebrating the season surrounded by friends.

Above are six beauties I’ve spotted that I think would be perfect for any of your upcoming holiday parties. I’m completely in love with #5, and how gorgeous is that backless #1?!

Click below for where to find these lovely dresses…

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Most Delicious Use For Your Turkey Leftovers…

Turkey Noodle Soup

Quite a few people in my husband’s family are either vegetarian or just aren’t interested in the turkey leftovers for one reason or another. This means we end up with a lot of turkey after Thanksgiving. One of my favorite ways to enjoy turkey leftovers is in a nice big, warm pot of soup. This Turkey noodle soup recipe always hits the spot in the best way after Thanksgiving, as we head into the colder, holiday days…

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The Joy Of Letting My Daughter Win

Potty Training

I knew from fairly early on that Eleanor and I were more alike than different. To name a few similarities: she’s unbelievably stubborn, determined, and particular. If I’ve learned anything so far as a parent, it’s that karma is no joke. Most days I feel like I have a little mirror following me around all day reminding me of those awful warts I still need to deal with. It scares me most of the time. I fear the future, hellish teenage daughter/mom fights, and all kinds of clashing. It kind of haunts me, to be honest…

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Heart & Craft / Karyn Thurston

Girl of CardiganGirl of Cardigan

Our fourth Heart & Craft interview features my friend, the ever-inspiring and mama of one, Karyn Thurston of the blog Girl of Cardigan. Karyn is a writer that will make you cry, move you, and leave you feeling anything but alone. She has put words to so many of my mama feelings, struggles, and tears, and to say I feel blessed to know her would be an understatement.

Karyn also does freelance work for sites like the Huffington Post and is a guru baby-wearer. She is an ambassador for different baby-carrier companies (like Catbird baby and, now, Lillébaby), and does some baby-wearing tutorials on YouTube as well. Go to her for all your baby-wearing questions! Well, really, all of your questions. She wouldn’t ever admit to this, but Karyn is one of the wisest, most insightful people you’ll ever meet. Everything that comes out of her mouth is pure gold. She is one of those rare souls that just knows, you know? She gets it, and you feel that when you talk to her and read her words. Karyn is a gift and I couldn’t feel more honored to share her with all of you…

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Tips For Keeping You and Your Littles Healthy During The Cold Season

Angela Vembar

After Naturopathic doctor, Angela Vembar, did a Portland city guide, I couldn’t help but ask her to come back and answer a few questions I had about staying well during the cold season. I always start to feel panicked and desperate when cold season approaches, especially as a mother of a young child. In an attempt to keep as many of those nasty colds away this season I plan on following all of Angela’s amazing advice religiously…

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The Best Plain White Tee’s

Perfect Plain White Tee Everlane and American Apparel

The plain white t-shirt—a wardrobe staple. Dress it up, dress it down, knot it, tuck it in, let it hang out, roll up the sleeves, layer it under a cardigan or blazer, or pair it with a skirt or jeans. You can literally wear this cotton classic with anything.

But strangely enough, this universal garment is one of the hardest pieces to find. It took me forever to find the one that felt and fit just right…

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