Keeping My Head High

Hello friends!

It has been forever since I’ve been here…and, I’m sad to say that it hasn’t been for good reasons like being on vacation or being too busy with awesome stuff to sit down and write a post…

…unfortunately, we have been going through some tough stuff over here.

We had an amazing Thanksgiving and I had an amazing birthday the day after but, sadly, the weekend after brought some sadness into our lives.

That Saturday night, my mom called me and told me that my great uncle Tom had been hit by a car while he was walking to church.  They had life-flighted him from the scene and he had some pretty serious injuries but was conscious and, surprisingly, in good spirits.  We knew he had a long road to recovery and prayed that he would remain strong.  Unfortunately, the following Monday evening, he passed away…even though he was a fighter, his injuries were just too serious for him to overcome.  My heart was broken for my entire family as we are very, very close even though many of us are spread across the country.  However, our love for each other and the strength we share pulled us all through as we spent last weekend saying our final goodbye to him.

In addition to losing my uncle, our community experienced an unexpected tragedy that, actually, involved a very good friend of ours.  I prefer not to go into detail about the situation here on the blog because of anyone involved and the nature of the tragedy but, since it happened, it has been something that my husband and I have been struggling with almost every day.  All I can do is ask that you keep us in your thoughts.

With everything that has been going on, I have not felt like myself and have been trying to deal with everything the best that I can.  Each day, I feel better and, each day, I try to keep my head up and be thankful for all of the good that I still have around me.  I am so grateful for my husband, my friends, and my beautiful family that has helped me through everything.  Also, I, absolutely, love this time of year and have been trying to use all of the good feelings I get from Christmas to lift my spirits.

I am happy to be back here in my space and plan to share some awesome stuff with you like fun Christmas events and yummy holiday baking adventures!  I hate to start the week off with a not-so-fun post but it’s not all bad!…I, finally, feel good enough to get back to doing what I love!  I feel some big things coming for new year and couldn’t be more excited!

I hope you have been having a great holiday season and have been spending time with those you love!


The Big Holiday Decision

Hi friends!

I hope you all had a great weekend!  Did anyone decorate their house for Christmas?  I know that was the plan for a few friends of mine but I am holding out.  I always wait until after Thanksgiving…so this upcoming Saturday and Sunday will be Christmas extravaganza time at our house!

The start of the holiday season also signifies that time of year when we get to spread cheer to all our family and friends.  Soon, our mailboxes will be flooded with Christmas cards and party invitations…I get excited to check our mail every day!  With that being said, I haven’t even picked our cards out, yet, so I guess I need to get on that!

I just asked Lee, this past weekend, what our plans were for our Christmas cards.  We normally do photo cards and I planned to do the same this year…I just like them too much!  It’s always fun to drag our pups with us somewhere and make someone try to get a photo of us…even though, after our little shoot is over, we end up with one picture that might work and 1,000 pictures that look like this


…someday, I’m just going to put one of these on our card.  We like to keep it real.

This year, I am turning to when the time comes to order our cards.  I love their products and the idea behind their company – they use designs from independent artists in an attempt to share their creativity so that they can gain exposure and build their businesses.  They, also, spread the love by donating a portion of their proceeds from works of art to Every Mother Counts, which is an organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother.  Beautiful products to choose from and beautiful ways to support others; sounds like a win-win! has their new holiday collection out and they have some awesomely festive designs!  They have so many different ways to display your favorite photos, they have fun fonts, colors, and textures to choose from, they have unique card shapes, and, what I love the most, they have new foil-pressed accents that add some shine to your greetings!

Today, I want to share some of my favorites with you and, maybe, you guys can help me choose by letting me know which ones you like?  Because I’m, like, reeeeeally bad at making decisions.

Reindeer Love
Reindeer Love Holiday Cards

Pine Circle
Pine Circle Holiday Cards

Our Favorite Time
Our Favorite Time Holiday Photo Cards

Merry Christmas Happy Year
Merry Christmas Happy Year Holiday Photo Cards

Holiday Map
Holiday Map - East Coast Holiday Photo Cards

Modern Rustic
Modern Rustic Foil-Pressed Holiday Cards

…and there are SO many more!  I know I’m going to have the hardest time deciding!

Also, offers art prints and gifts for the home and I have my eye on two foil-stamped art pieces that are from a collection called “Constellations.”  I would love to get the constellation prints for my sign and Lee’s sign and hang them in our bedroom!  They also offer stationary like business cards, thank you cards, notebooks, and planners.  I can’t say enough about the designs and the variety of products that you can find!  Check them out and make sure to pop in and see them on November 30 for a big Cyber Monday promotion!

I know I’ll be on their site, again, soon, so I can upload the one picture that we get out of the million we try to take with our pups for our Christmas card!


Disclaimer:  I was provided compensation in the form of a credit to for this post.  As always, all thoughts, opinions, and choices of shared products are completely and entirely my own. 

Something to share:  Tell me which card you like the best from the ones I’ve chosen above!  Do you send out holiday cards?…do you go traditional or personalize with photos?