I mainly used this photo because I didn't know which photo to use for the beginning of this post, but, coffee is, indeed, awesome. Especially coffee with artsy steamed milk on top and especially when it's enjoyed with friends.
Anyway, all of us ladies have come down with colds, and Evie's got a fever, so we've been cooped up in the house. No fancy coffee at a hip coffee shop for me today.
But I wanted to share this post I've been working on that does contain some other awesome things that will hopefully be encouraging or just interesting. Just some tiny details and things that have made my days a little brighter.
I hope you enjoy!
1.) The Hope Ledger, a blog post from She Writes Here- I stumbled across this blog post recently on how to store up hope through memory keeping, and I was so inspired. Mainly because it gave me some meaningful ideas for what to do with all the photos I take.
I'm pretty active with posting photos to Instagram, and I also have a subscription to Chatbooks, which prints your Instagram photos into a physical photo book automatically for every 60 photos you post. And that's awesome, but I have so many other photos that don't make it there that I want to keep track of. Unfortunately, I'm really bad at printing when it's not super easy. But I do believe printing photos is so important.
I took the author's advice and printed my photos from Social Print Studio, and I was super happy with how they came out. I bought two sets of the mini prints, and they are made with quality and are just super cute because of how teeny they are. They'll fit perfectly into a journal or notebook.
If you have a desire to do something with all the photos you take, but feel intimidated with starting, I think you'll find this post gives really helpful, manageable ideas to keep your photos (and the memories they hold) in a lovely and meaningful way.
2.) "Song of the Sea"- This has become one of my favorite children's movies probably ever. The animation is more like art, so whimsical and unique. And the story was so heart warming (yet a little bittersweet) and deep, too. I think you can tell how good a kids' movie is if both the parents and the kids enjoy it. And we all enjoyed this movie so much. It's free on Amazon Prime right now, so if you have that, definitely check it out!
3.) Mixed Berry Pie Bites- I made these for the first time last weekend when we had some friends over for dinner, and they were delicious. I got it off Pinterest, which is a risk sometimes. You just never know with these recipes that look easy and yummy. I've had more than one Pinterest fail, let's just leave it at that. But this one was both yummy and fairly easy. It was a little bit messy...lots of berry juice oozing out and berries not staying in their squares but it actually turned out not to be that big of a deal because it came out just fine. I recommend giving these a try and serving them with ice cream. Super yummy.
.... And it was so yummy that there was hardly any left to take photos of so I tried to do my best with what was left.
Which was not much, as you can see.
4.) Making things with Evie- Lately, I've been realizing just how much of a little helper my oldest girl desires to be. She loves helping me with making cookies or cards for people, and she gets excited to help with boring things like sweeping or sorting clothes. My tendency is to think, Oh, she's only two. She can't do that. But now I see that she is capable of so much more than I think...granted, she operates at a much slower and not-so-efficient pace, but I want to foster this attitude of helpfulness in her. I want to encourage and challenge her to try new things and work with me on projects. I think it helps her build confidence, too, when she achieves these little victories.
So all this got me thinking it would be cool to try some craft projects with her, and I came across this children's version of embroidery from @naturallycuriouschildren on Instagram.
So I have to be honest, this project didn't go over quite as well as I had hoped. I think she still might be a little too young to understand the concept of threading the yarn from back to front. But I'm glad we tried, and I'll hang onto the supplies for when she's just a bit older, maybe around three.
I also found this cool account with fun, creative ideas that might be worth trying, too: @theworkspaceforchildren. And another idea I'd like to try is making homemade bread or muffins. She really loved helping me bake Christmas cookies, so I thought this might be fun.
5.) "Bunny Roo, I Love You" by Melissa Marr and Teagan White- I got this book for the girls for Valentine's Day, and it is just so sweet. It's not what I expected, which turned out to be a really pleasant surprise. But basically, it's about all the ways a mother cares for her baby but told in a simple yet creative and poetic way. Plus, the illustrations are lovely. This is one of those books you keep so your kids can read it to their kids. Just because it conveys the love of a parent so well.
I hoped you enjoyed this little bit of awesome! As always, I'd love to hear about any awesome things you've come across, so feel free to share in the comments!