Spring Dress Refashion

A while back, Cara & I went shopping at a local thrift store. I got this dress for $4. It’s a size 14, which is giant on me. I bought it, along with a white button-up shirt that is my size, so that I could use all of that pretty blue fabric to make something I could wear.

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Explorer & adventurer – mostly through scratches of ink on a page – I enjoy my husband, our twin boys, our boisterous German shepherd, and strive to live for the glory of God.

Nutella Crepes

I love math, and I’m good at budgeting. I’ve never had to freeze my credit card to avoid spending money. I have, however, had to freeze my Nutella to avoid eating it. I’ve also had to ask my husband to hide it from me. Why do I even bother buying it, you might ask? I don’t! But every Christmas, birthday or random care package my loving mother sends me some! She’s the best…and I’m learning more self control through this painstaking process. I try to be productive with my Nutella and try new recipes (rather than eating it by the spoonful), so today I bring you Nutella Crepes…a European favorite!

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Lover of all things sweet…my husband, our twins +1, our adorable cocker spaniel, and Reese’s peanut butter cups. But I know none sweeter than the name of Jesus.

Ten Ways to be a GREAT Bridesmaid

I love weddings. I mean, I really love weddings. This is good because I have been a part of eight weddings as a bridesmaid, served in several other friends’ weddings in various capacities, and got married almost ten months ago myself! I consider it a huge blessing to have been a part of the wedding day of so many friends. So through all these experiences and the process of planning my own wedding, I feel like I have learned a lot about being a bridesmaid. Whether you are planning your own wedding or are going to be a part of one soon, I hope these things will be helpful as the wedding craziness ensues! So without further ado, here are ten ways to be a GREAT bridesmaid.

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Follower of Christ. Coffee connoisseur. Lover of life and all things fun. And the wife of the amazing Kenny Oliver.

More Tips for Saving on Your Dog

MORE tips for saving on your dog

Last month, I posted some tips for saving on your favorite furry friend (as long as it’s a dog). In that post, I covered ways to save on dog food, treats, and toys.

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Explorer & adventurer – mostly through scratches of ink on a page – I enjoy my husband, our twin boys, our boisterous German shepherd, and strive to live for the glory of God.

Peanut Butter Caramel Brownies

I made these brownies for the same Super Bowl party for which I made my Glazed Snickerdoodles. They are a spin off The Pampered Chef ‘Warm Nutty Caramel Brownies‘. I’ve always thought peanut butter and caramel go really well together, so I experimented a little bit and came up with these!

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Lover of all things sweet…my husband, our twins +1, our adorable cocker spaniel, and Reese’s peanut butter cups. But I know none sweeter than the name of Jesus.

Wedding for Under $2,000

I lost my dad to a heart disease when I was four years old and my mom never remarried. Shortly after his death, my mom left her job as stay at home mom to go back to work and make sure we could make ends meet.

Money was tight growing up. I think a good way to describe it is that we always had enough, but there was never any extra. My mom has always been extremely selfless – going without her own comforts to make sure we had ours.

I always knew that I wanted to pay for my wedding on my own. I didn’t think that was a burden meant for my mom to bear. I appreciated (probably more than I ever showed her or told her) all the financial sacrifices she made for me and my brother growing up. This was one small way I could give back.

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Matt and I courted for five months before we got engaged. (You can read our full love story here). I knew he was serious when he told me he intended to marry me…soon. In those five months, I managed to save $2,000 specifically for wedding costs. So when he proposed on Dec. 2, 2011, we had our budget set….$2,000. Continue reading

Lover of all things sweet…my husband, our twins +1, our adorable cocker spaniel, and Reese’s peanut butter cups. But I know none sweeter than the name of Jesus.

Marriage Isn’t a Game of Mad Libs

Marriage doesn’t happen by accident, and it isn’t sustained by pure chance. It takes work.

You can’t just fill in a random verb or adjective, or hope that random actions will lead to a strong marriage. You have to be intentional about getting to know your spouse. Learning what their needs and wants are. Learning how to best serve them to the glory of God.

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Explorer & adventurer – mostly through scratches of ink on a page – I enjoy my husband, our twin boys, our boisterous German shepherd, and strive to live for the glory of God.

Glazed Snickerdoodles

A friend of mine got married back in December, and she asked me to make roughly 12 dozen snickerdoodles. She had an adorable little dessert bar set up and several ladies from the church contributed. I hadn’t made snickerdoodles since I was in high school, and the ones I made then were really just the ready-to-bake sugar cookies dipped in cinnamon sugar. They’re actually really good, but I wanted to do something homemade for my friend’s wedding.

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Lover of all things sweet…my husband, our twins +1, our adorable cocker spaniel, and Reese’s peanut butter cups. But I know none sweeter than the name of Jesus.