Wednesday, July 23, 2014

It's the Little Things//Pop's Girl

Our Lion's Club members open up the carousel, train and put-put during the summer evenings at our local park. I remember going with my parents when I was a little girl. Its funny the memories that resurface when you revisit a familiar place from the past. You blink and then you're back with your own child.
My parents went with us and if you know Paisley well enough, you know her Pop's is her best friend. And, he's a pretty cool one in my eyes. I mean, not many papaw's will get on the jungle gym with their adventurous two year old grandchild.
But, that's why I love my Dad. He's always been my best friend and now he's Paisley's too. I remember growing up, we did everything together whether it was something I wanted to do or something he wanted to do. I am thankful for these memories. Those are the ones that I love the most.
 I am thankful for the little things like summer nights with Pop's and his girl. I love you, Dad. Thank you for being an awesome grandparent to our Paisley. Memories like these are the ones she won't forget.
To link up with Jess for "It's the Little Things," click here.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Recipe: Ice Cream Sandwich Series Part 3

Here we are- Part Three and the conclusion of the Ice Cream Sandwich Series! Hooray!
I hope you all had a chance to make some delicious ice cream and/or cookies this last two weeks. If not, I hope you at least got to pin these recipes to make on a slow weekend. Did ya?
This post is going to be short and simple. Straight to the point. It's easy-peasy too! So, let's get to it!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Our Weekend

Happy Monday from my sweet giggling girl! Goodness she makes my heart full.
I can't believe the weekend is already over! This summer is flying. 

Our weekend was spent with many giggles, bunches of hugs, and lots of love. I love simple weekends, when the only thing on the agenda is to enjoy each other.

Lately, simplicity has been on my heart. I feel like the Lord has really been working on me and I am so thankful for that. I feel like he has be nudging me to a really big opportunity, one that takes a big leap of faith. One that makes me put all of my trust in Him, knowing that He will carry me.

I posted this on Saturday:
"Ruth has been in my heart, popping up everywhere I go over the past couple of days; my thoughts, dreams, devotional, etc. I recently downloaded the She Reads Truth app and it is wonderful! This image was on their instagram and I ran across it today-of all things, it was Ruth. 
I feel like He is opening a door but there is so much debate in my mind. Are you ever afraid to take that leap of faith, knowing that you could fail but you are feeling that nudge from the Lord? Something that I can't quite announce yet but He is stirring in my heart. I'm praying for guidance and obedience to his plan. This opportunity must be for His purpose and glory only. I love these reminders for they are comfort to my soul. Lord, you are faithful." 

Do you ever feel like you need to detox from yourself, getting rid of all of your selfish desires so you can focus on what He has prepared? I have been and it has been refreshing. I'm excited to see what he will reveal. 

In other news, we are still working on potty training. Is there such a thing as a toddler potty relapse? If so it was this weekend.
We were doing so well but it has been a challenge to make it on time or she tells me after the fact. I know, this too shall pass. I told Zack that I would eventually miss changing her diapers, another reminder of her growing independence. He then gave me the look. :)

I hope you all have a wonderful Monday!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Etsy Shop Series: Horse Feathers {Review + Giveaway}

I am thrilled to share HorseFeathers Gifts with you all today! I was ecstatic when Chelsea agreed to collaborate with me on a fun review and giveaway. I've been head over heels for this shop since I ran across it on Etsy months ago. She has been a joy to work with + I cannot say enough about how high of quality the jewelry is.

A little behind the business:
"Chelsea Farmer, and her mom Tammy Asher, have been best friends from the beginning and in 2009, they harnessed that friendship and turned it into a business partnership, launching HorseFeathers from their hometown in Western Kentucky. From barn sales to style consultations, the HorseFeathers brand quickly came together-exemplifying heirloom quality at everyday cost. What started as a small local shop soon bloomed into a national online brand. At HorseFeathersGifts.com, Tammy and Chelsea sell exclusive, vintage-inspired jewelry, accessories, and home goods. Inspired by rural landscape and small town living, the gals love to put a little country in every outfit and home. HorseFeathers Gifts has been featured on Fox News, highlighted in OK! Magazine, and loved by celebrities across the nation!"

HorseFeathers eco-friendly jewelry including original silk wrap bracelets, wax seal pendants, hand-stamped jewelry, and keepsakes are all handmade in good ole' America. I love that!
Above are some of my items and I also have a blue and brown bracelet that can be switched out for the one worn. It is SO comfortable and I have received many complements on its uniqueness and quality. The mood ring is an absolute favorite piece of mine. Every time I look at it, I can't help but think of one of my favorites movies, "My Girl." It is gorgeous and I love the mood chart that came with it.

Below are some other favorite items from their shop.
I would like to thank Chelsea for working with me on this collaboration and for sharing their business with us. :)

Guess what!? You have a chance to win a $25 shop credit to HorseFeathers!

Enter the Rafflecopter below and please follow all guidelines. One winner will be chosen via Random.org and this giveaway is limited to U.S. residents only. The winner will be verified. Giveaway is live now until midnight, July 23rd.
Good luck to all entrants! 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

It's the Little Things//Gratitude

I posted this on Instagram earlier and thought "Hey, this would be perfect for The Little Things Link-Up" as well as me not having a post prepared for it today. I have fallen a bit behind but will be preparing the blog with posts this afternoon.

Reflecting
This quote on Pinterest of all things profoundly touched my heart last night. Often I find myself wanting the next best thing. I plan on how I can achieve more, make more, get more, find the "new" versions of things when ultimately my appreciation for what I currently have ceases. The blessings I have now were once "wants" at some point, weren't they? Why do I even think more will fill that void? When does the neediness stop? When was the last time we took in a breath of fresh air and thought, "If this is all I will ever have, if this is as good as it gets, that's just fine. I do not WANT more?" I'd like to think we'd say that but ultimately, this world has turned our hearts more to our so called "needs" {not HIS plan} and the desire for constant and instant gratification. There is always a longing for "the finer things." I hate that. I hate that my heart can be so materialistic, shallow, and unfortunately this is a way that the Devil attacks our souls, fixing our eyes on "things"and deflecting our deep desires to please God. He whispers lies of entitlement to Earthly garbage, distracting us from our devotion to Christ. I'm convinced that maybe we have a little too much sometimes, especially me. I fall so short in this area and I'm thankful to have reflected on this today. I'm thankful for a savior who forgives my selfish heart. A simple and beautiful photo from Ashley blessed me and flooded my thoughts yesterday evening. As she is currently in Ghana, she posted pictures of kids playing soccer together. They didn't have the latest iPad, toy, or even electric for that matter and yet their faces radiated with pure joy. They were happy with what they had. I'm sure having food to eat and a place to sleep that night had fully fulfilled their true "needs" and wants. Their pure joy came from within, not connected to wifi. Her photos that afternoon resonated within me and shook my soul. It's scary to think of how wrapped up in our dangerous web of selfishness we can get until we are overwhelmed with greed. We our not our own. We belong to the King and "deserve" nothing. God has stirred my soul for simplicity and I am thankful for that. Being truly transparent, it's been awhile since I thanked him for our food to eat and roof over our head-blessings that I really take for granted. I truly want that desire for nothing other than his raw plan for me. I'm thankful for his grace and for bringing me down to reality when I get too high on cloud Kenzie.  I'm not saying it's not ok to have things or to want nice things {sure I do!} but I want to address and  relinquish that consistent nagging of want and self entitlement that spoils our hearts. Each day we have a choice to make ourselves better and each day I want to say, "this is MORE than enough. Thank you, Jesus."
If you'd love to link-up your little moments or thoughts, my sweet friends Jess and Ashley host on either of their blogs.

I hope you have a great Wednesday! I'm off to channel my inner chi {whatever that is} at yoga. :)