Galentine’s Day with Minted

hi friends! WHERE DID JANUARY GO? the month flew by and I can’t believe it’s almost February and the month of love! ?? I’ve never been a huge Valentine’s Day fan (mostly because I was single for a looong time✌?) and thought the holiday was kind of forced and cheesy. ? random fun story though – one year in college, my friend Tess and I threw a party on February 14th with the theme/tagline “bring a bottle, not a date” because we were so anti-Valentine’s Day and wanted to spend time with our lady besties instead. it was hilarious and very fun and now I want to […]

present over perfect this holiday season

My mantra for this month and holiday season is present over perfect. If you know me at all, you know I’ve always connected with the lovely, powerful words from Shauna Niequist. She’s my favorite author and sort of like my patron saint – it seems like every time I read something she’s written, it just hits me. Yes, yes, yes. Needed those words and that reminder. Anyway, she often writes about this whole ‘present over perfect’ thing and the power of being being here, right now, over striving for perfection. Today, I wanted to share a few excerpts from some of her books about what present […]


There are years when the Christmas spirit is hard to come by, and it’s in those seasons when I’m so thankful for Advent. Consider it a less flashy but still very beautiful way of being present to this season. Give up for a while your false and failing attempts at merriment, and thank God for thin places, and for Advent, for a season that understands longing and loneliness and long nights. Let yourself fall open to Advent, to anticipation, to the belief that what is empty will be filled, what is broken will be repaired, and what is lost can always be found, no matter […]

holidays & pinterest

holidays & pinterest

i am SO EXCITED for the holidays!!!! i always love the christmas season and even more excited this year that i get to celebrate with eric and our families! in the spirit of the holiday season, i created a new pinterest board in partnership with my friend diana, as a part of her business’ holiday pinterest event/series. i’m going to continue updating my board all month, but here are a few of my favorite pins/gift and decorating ideas. happy holidays! holiday card via rifle paper co. winter hat via joe fresh {worn by blogger atlantic-pacific} peace on earth map print via lindsay letters {love, love, love […]