I kind of adore my little guys’ bedroom so I just had to share it with you!
Yesterday I gave you a little sneak peek of their room with a couple before and afters of their dresser. The transformations were amazing and so simple to do and cost nearly nothing.
Their room is full of handmade details, vintage finds and lots of love! I hope you enjoy the tour!
What’s your favorite detail?! I really love the alphabet blocks that spell Proffitt. Aaron and I picked those up in an antique store before we were even married! I love that adorable gum ball machine too! A recent yard sale find that is in need of some gum balls!
- Bed – Craigslist (We needed a bunk bed that had a full on the bottom so the boys could sleep together. I transitioned Asher out of a crib super early because his baby sister was about to be born and I am far too practical to buy another crib when he would be out of it soon anyway! We wanted him to be able to snuggle with his big brother so this type of bunk bed was a perfect option! Eventually, I would love to paint the bed black to coordinate with the toy shelf and other black details!)
- Tall Dresser – Craigslist
- Tiny Dresser – Goodwill
- Toy Shelf – Expedit Shelf from Ikea
- Chalkboard – Ikea
- Curtains + Bedding + Pillows – Ikea
- Mini Bookshelf (under top bunk) – Ikea (spice rack)
- Vintage Phone – Gift from a friend
- Aaden Sage Wood burn Art – from a crazily talented friend
- A’s – Michaels & JoAnns
- Super Hero Prints + Brother Prints – Me!
- Pendant Bunting – another crazily talented friend made them for me… in about 5 minutes. Fabric – JoAnn’s.
So, tell me! What was your favorite detail?!
Anyone else love a good before & after?!
When making our house into a home, I work with a tiny budget. For the most part I’m ok with that (insert: learning contentment) because I love projects and I see potential in just about everything.
Two years ago we had just moved into a new house due to some crazy circumstances. I took that opportunity to change up the design of the boys’ room. I gave away their existing furniture to their soon-to-arrive baby sister, so that meant they were without a dresser. This was not a huge problem because their new bunk bed (craigslist find!) had two drawers under the bottom bunk and was perfect for their little shorts and pants. However, I still needed something to house jammies and undies. Due to the circumstances with which we had to move, the finances were tighter than ever. So when I found this little gem at Goodwill for a whopping $12 I had to make it mine! Or the boys rather.
I liked the lines and knew that a fresh coat of paint and new hardware would make it perfect!
I painted it Behr’s Pure Red and added black knobs from Home Depot and it was perfection!
Then, a little over year ago we moved again into the home I hope we get to stay in for awhile. The boys were now another year older and as they were growing so were their clothes so this tiny little nightstand/dresser just wasn’t big enough. So I searched on Craigslist and scoured the thrift stores until I found a dresser that I loved and was inexpensive. I found the gem below via Craigslist.
Again, I loved the lines and knew that a coat of paint would make this $40 find just perfect!
I used the same can of Behr’s Pure Red to paint the dresser and spray painted the hardware black.
Furniture Painting Tip: Zinnser Primer is a dream and makes projects like this super easy! It’s oil based and smelly so make sure to do this project outside. No need for sanding with this primer! Just paint your primer coat. Let it dry and then paint your top coat. Red is tricky and definitely took a few more coats than I would have liked but with this primer I have had no peeling and even with rambunctious boys pulling the drawers out everyday for over a year, it still looks amazing! (And no, Zinnser does not even know I exist, this is in no way a sponsored ad. Although that would be nice. ;))
What do you think? Aren’t they pretty amazing! Stay tuned for all the details of this cute little boys’ room tomorrow!
I’m straying just a bit this week from the normal alphabet focus and activities. Spend some time this week intentionally and purposefully celebrating Holy Week as we prepare our hearts for Easter Sunday. If you are looking for additional activity ideas as well as focused Scripture emphasis and devotional reading ideas for Holy Week, check out the Easter Advent Calendar in my shop now as a printable! (There is even a FREE art print included in the printable!)
Memory Verse Printable (Click to download, save and print!)
Talk About / Questions to Ask
- Ask: What does this Bible verse mean?
- Ask: What does ‘He is not here’ mean?
- Ask: What does ‘He is risen’ mean?
- Ask: What do we celebrate on Easter morning?
- Ask: Is Easter really about a bunny and eggs (even though those are fun things to play?)
- Ask: When Jesus rose from the dead, what did that mean for me? (Talk about how Jesus defeated sin and death and made a way for us, as sinners, to be connected with Him!)
Dye + Decorate Easter Eggs! (Make your own colors using this chart. As you dye them talk about what the colors mean and read the Scripture together:
- Black: Our Sin / Romans 3.23
- Red: Jesus’ Blood & Death / Romans 5:8-9
- White: Forgiveness of Sin / Isaiah 1:18
- Purple: God’s grace / Ephesians 2:8-9
- Blue: new creation / 2 Corinthians 5:17
- Green: Growth in our faith / 2 Peter 1:3-7
- Yellow: eternity & heaven / John 3:16
Make Resurrection Rolls!
- 1 can refrigerated crescent rolls
- 1/2 stick butter, melted
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- Large marshmallows
- Mix sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Melt butter in another small bowl and cool to room temperature. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with foil and spraying well with non-stick spray.
- Give each child a crescent roll. The crescent roll represents the cloth that Jesus was wrapped in. Have them unroll the dough. Read: Matthew 27: 57-61 & Luke 23:50-56
- Give each child a marshmallow. This represents Jesus. Dip the marshmallow in melted butter, representing the oils of embalming. Now dip the buttered marshmallow in the cinnamon and sugar, representing the spices used to anoint the body.
- Then wrap the coated marshmallow with the crescent roll. Seal the roll well. This represents the wrapping of Jesus’ body after death. Talk about how Jesus was buried to prove that He died.
- Place on prepared baking sheet. Bake according to directions on crescent roll can (Talk about how Jesus was in the tomb for 3 days. Pretend like they’re in the oven for three days!) Cool 10-15 minutes (center will be very hot).
- Open the rolls and discover that the marshmallow is gone! Talk about how Jesus was raised from the dead and the tomb was empty! Read: Matthew 28:1-10 & Luke 24:1-12
Pray. Spend some time talking about prayer, what it is and how we can think of it as simply talking to God. Emphasize what a gift prayer is, that when we talk to God, He hears us! Talk about how prayer is a privilege (ask: what does ‘privilege’ mean?) and how prayer is powerful (Give examples of answered prayer in your own life. Your children probably being a major one!) Then read Mark 14:32-42 and talk about how Jesus prayed in the garden. Talk about why He was praying and what He was praying for. Finish up by spending some time in prayer with your little one!
Praying for all of you mama’s this week, that you would intentionally and purposefully pursue Jesus and the hearts of your children! Happy Holy Week!
When thinking about your client experience, the best and most efficient way to address your experience as a whole is to simply list out every touch point you have with your client or potential client. Then address each touch point and ask the following questions:
- Does this element visually represent me, my authentic style/preferences? Does it visually depict my brand?
- Does this element resonate with my ideal client?
- Does this element have purpose & intentionality?
- What are my ideal clients’ needs? Am I fulfilling those needs with these elements? What’s missing?
Client experience is not limited to your tangible collateral pieces but for this post let’s chat just a little about a few collateral pieces that I believe are must-haves.
- Business Cards. Obviously. Except how many of us business owners actually have cards that we love and feel like are purposeful, intentional and beautifully represent our authentic brand?!
- Note Card. A general note card for saying hello to a client, welcoming a client, sending a note to a colleague or vendor.
- Thank You Card. Separate from the note card so that you have an opportunity to genuinely, intentionally and purposefully say Thanks. Do this with your voice. If you say ‘thanks so much’ then the card should say that! Or ‘Thanks friend,’ or ‘Thank you’ or ‘Thanks a ton.’ Your pieces need to speak your voice!
- Gift. Whether your client is signing on for you to plan their wedding, photograph their wedding or they just purchased something from your online shop, use every opportunity possible to wow them. Figure out a gift that fulfills a need in their life, resonates with them, has purpose, intention and represents your brand well.
- Packaging. Is your packaging purposeful, thoughtful and intentional? What kind of wrapping paper did you use? Is your ribbon appropriate to your brand aesthetic? Do you need a branded gift tag? How will it be delivered? Is it shipped or given in person? If shipped, what kind of mailer are you using? Do you need a sticker or decorative item on envelope?
- Final Touch Point. If you have a long-term relationship with your client (i.e. wedding planner or photographer) you need to consider the last thing you leave in your client’s hands. I would encourage something tangible and beautiful that reminds them why they ultimately chose you when they could have chosen anyone else. Remember, a great client experience is the best marketing tool you could ever have for your business and your brand.
Shay Cochrane‘s collateral is a gorgeous example of what a cohesive experience looks like. (Logo designed by Emily Ley. Client Experience and collateral pieces by Ashlee Proffitt.)
Just a few things for you to consider as you work through your own branding! What do you consider a must-have collateral piece for your business and brand?
Here in Florida we have the amazing gift of strawberry fields upon strawberry fields. I have this crazy strong desire (it’s the country-girl-grandaughter-of-a-farmer in me) to teach my children about food, how its grown, where it comes from. So, every spring we go to the strawberry fields. And it’s one of my most favorite things! The littles get their own bucket and pick/eat to their heart’s content.
After all our picking, the question then becomes, what to do with all of these strawberries?!
I do a few different things:
- Freeze them! I use them in smoothies and they will last for about a year if sealed well.
- Strawberry Fruit Roll-Ups (SUPER simple and so good you will likely want to eat the entire batch when they’re done. And you will never want a fake fruit roll-up again.)
- Make jam!
Before you make anything you must:
- Wash the berries. I let them soak for about 15 minutes in my sink. I sprinkled with baking soda to help clean them and after they soaked, rinsed really well.
- De-stem the berries.
For the first-time canner/jam-maker:
- You will need at least 8 80z jars for the recipe below.
- I used a mini hand blender to ‘crush’ my berries. I ‘pulsed’ it and it worked amazing! (Similar to this hand blender. Also, it is perfection for making baby food!)
- I do not own a canner (although it would have made the process much easier and plan on investing in one next year!) and used this method (scroll down to see how she created a rack for her stock pot. GREAT post for beginnners!) with my two largest stock pots. Worked great, just a little extra tedious. And another method that would probably work as well.
- Spend the $1.00 on the funnel. Makes pouring the jam into the jars super easy!
- I use the directions/instructions from Sure Jell and the recipe in the box works like a charm. I listed it below in a way that is just a teenier bit easier to understand.
|Serves||8 8oz Jars|
- 5 cups Strawberries (Discard Stems & Crush Strawberries)
- 7 cups Sugar
- 1 box Sure Jell Premium Fruit Pectin
- 1/2 teaspoon Butter (*if desired)
|Fill canner (or large stock pot) half-full with water. |
Bring to a boil. Turn heat to low and simmer.
|Wash jars & screw bands in hot, soapy water; rinse with warm water. |
Pour boiling water over flat lids in saucepan (off the heat). Let lids stand in hot water until ready to use.
|Crush strawberries. Use a potato masher and crush 1 cup at a time.|
|Measure exactly 5 cups crushed berries into 6-8 quart saucepot.|
|Measure exact amount of sugar into separate bowl. (DO NOT reduce sugar amount or the jam will not set correctly.)|
|Stir in 1 box pectin (Sure Jell) into saucepot with the crushed berries. Add 1/2 tsp butter to reduce foaming, if desired.|
|Bring mixture to full rolling boil on high heat, stirring constantly. (Rolling boil will not stop bubbling when stirred.)|
|Stir in sugar quickly. Return to full rolling boil and boil exactly 1 minute, stirring constantly. |
Remove from heat. Skim off any foam.
|Ladle jam into prepared jars, filling to within 1/8 inch of top. |
Close jars with lids. Screw bands tightly.
Place jars in canner.
|CANNING INSTRUCTIONS |
1. Water must cover jars by 1-2 inches; add boiling water if necessary.
2. Cover canner; bring water to a gentle boil.
3. Process (allow to gently boil) for 10 minutes.
4. Remove jars and place upright on a towel to cool completely.
5. After jars cool, check seals by pressing middle of lid with finger. (If lid springs back, lid is not sealed and refrigeration is necessary.)
6. Let stand at room temperature for 24 hours. Store in a cool, dry, dark place up to 1 year. Refrigerate opened jams up to 3 weeks.
- Mid-Length Cut (Source)
- Loose Curls / Naturally Tousled Hair: This is a forever trend… no explanation necessary! (Source)
- Warm Brown Haircolor: This color was trending hugely at Spring Fashion Weeks across the globe. If you’re thinking about changing your hair color to a brown hue, this would be a perfect look! (Source)
- Dramatic Roots 1: Dramatic Ombre, with stark changes in hair color, are out. What’s really trending for this year are soft, subtle highlights that blend well with your roots, which will give you an incredibly rich look. A great way to achieve this look is with the “Balayage” technique – it’s an absolute must and tends to require less maintenance, which your budget may appreciate! (Source)
- Dramatic Roots 2 (Source)
- Side Braids (Source)
- Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder in Nude
- Buxom Show Some Skin Weightless Foundation
- L’Oreal True Match Mineral Pressed Powder
- Sephora 10 Hour Fix & Correct Concealer
Megan Michele joins us bi-weekly for a fashion & style post to keep us young busy moms and career women looking our best. She offers simple tips and ideas to create effortless looks that won’t break the bank and beauty tips we are all looking for. Check back here every other week for beauty tips and style inspiration!
- Letter: F
- Trace an F
- Practice Writing Letter F | Worksheet Printable 1 | Worksheet Printable 2
- Find the Letter F | Worksheet Printable
- Bible Verse: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3.16
(Memory Verse Printable)
- Talk About / Questions to Ask
- Ask: What does this Bible verse mean?
- Ask: How do we know God loves us?
- Ask: Who is God’s only son?
- Ask: What does perish mean?
- Ask: What is eternal life?
- Talk About: How believing in Jesus, that He died for our sins, was buried to prove that He died, and rose Himself from the dead, and asking Him to be Lord (talk about how “Lord” means ruler, manager of our life) of our life means we will have eternal life.
- CRAFT: F is for Feather
- Draw a letter F on a heavyweight piece of paper
- Glue feathers to the F shape
- Have fun with the feathers. Sort them by color or size. (I got a huge pack of colorful feathers from Michaels for just a few dollars!) Or throw them in the air and have a feather party!
- TALK ABOUT
- READ (check them out in your local library!):
Go to a pet store and look at all the fish! Take a little clipboard with paper or a notebook to write about or draw pictures of all the different kinds of fish you see.
Cracker Pick-Up Work on those fine motor skills! Give your little one fish crackers, tweezers and two bowls. Have them use the tweezers to move the crackers from one bowl to the other bowl.
Beanbag Toss! Use beanbags and ‘fish bowls’ to have a beanbag toss game. (Dollar Tree sells jars that are perfect for a fish bowl game!)
Have fun this week mamas!!
Hello April! Hooray for SPRING!!
I had wonderful intentions of doing a goal update at the beginning of each month and life happened so at the end of February I decided to let that goal go for awhile at least and just do a quarterly assessment and update.
Per usual, I was a little ambitious in my goal setting. That realization often leaves me paralyzed, anxious and depressed. I want so badly to be amazing at everything, to accomplish the goals I set out to accomplish. God is teaching me much in the way of what it looks like to pursue HIM not my goals. Even in preparation to writing this post, I felt a bit like a failure and am realizing how much stock I put in productivity and seeming perfection. I am grateful for a God who reveals my heart and pursues my heart and changes my heart every single day.
So, while I do love setting goals and do value them, my hope and identity does not rest in my accomplishing any of these. AH! Do you feel that? That’s freedom my friend.
My goals for
JANUARY – March 2014
- Read the Bible & time in prayer daily (I’m attempting to read through the Bible this year. Yay!) YES. I wanted to read through the Bible in a year and realized quickly that in this season of my life I simply cannot devote the time required to stay up on that reading plan. (Note: I am a sucker for actually studying, i.e. reading every commentary note, on each verse thus the reason the daily reading takes me SO incredibly long.) I also realized that reading through the Bible, while amazing and I would highly suggest it, does not make me holier. So, I switched gears and have been reading Ephesians for the past two months. It has been amazing!! I read the same every day for a week. I study out the verses that God is really speaking to me on that particular morning, intentionally ask God to help me apply those verses to my life that very day and then pray through that scripture. This method of studying and spending time in the Word has been really amazing.
- Exercise (of some type) daily – I live in Florida. I have no excuses for not getting outside and being active. Sort-of. I have been regularly exercising much more, but still not where I want to be on this. Still looking for a workout buddy if you know anyone….
- Go to bed by 10:30pm. Nope.
- Phones away at 8pm. Yes. We of course are not perfect but turning social media off at 8pm has been a great move in our marriage.
- Plan my week ahead on Sunday afternoon/evening. Yes! I cannot stress this enough. Do it!
- Weekly meeting with Aaron on Monday morning. Yes! These weekly sync-up meetings have been amazing for our marriage and family, helping us to be more intentional with the time we have and to ensure we are getting intentional time with each other and with the kiddos. We begin these meetings with a devotion (Morning & Evening by Spurgeon) and time in prayer.
- Begin memorizing Philippians as a family. Chapter 1. (I’ll be honest, we are already really behind on this one. Good thing its a short chapter.) Nope.
- Choose a specific time/day to meet with the women leadership in my city group. Yes!
- Seek out at least 2 ladies from my city group to meet with this month. Yes! Again, while not perfect, God has changed my heart to give me the ‘want to’ meet up with these precious women and He’s also provided the time.
- Read Seven by Jen Hatmaker. Yes! AMAZING read. Go get it. Now.
- Read Redemption: Freed by Jesus from the Idols We Worship and the Wounds We Carry by Mike Wilkerson. Yes! Almost finished…
- Read Community by Brad House. Started.
- Read Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath. Yes! I cannot wait to take the Strengths Finder test!
- Pray for clarity on podcast & ebook subject / content. Done. Still praying.
- Pray for direction on new products & designs. Done. Still praying.
- Set up business savings accounts. Done.
- Work on Asher’s 2-3 year & 3-4 year photobook. Nope.
- Create a blogging calendar for the month. Yes!
- Write 3 blog posts a week. Yes!
- Research art classes in the area. Nope.
- Create email list of pastor’s wives. Nope.
There were a lot more Yes’s in there than I thought! Hooray! (Don’t remind me that was supposed to just be the January goal list. ;))
My goals for
I am simplifying or trying to and have removed the goals that have successfully become a beautiful rhythm like Bible reading, etc.
- Exercise (of some type) daily
- Begin memorizing Philippians as a family. Chapter 1. (I’ll be honest, we are already really behind on this one. Good thing its a short chapter.)
- Seek out at least 2 ladies from my city group to meet with this month.
- Finish reading Redemption: Freed by Jesus from the Idols We Worship and the Wounds We Carry by Mike Wilkerson.
- Read Community by Brad House.
- Read The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber
- Create reading list for rest of 2014 (14 in 14 may not be realistic any more….)
- Write & Release Ebook 1!
- Begin writing Ebook 2 (I know that is so ambitious! bah.)
- Launch mini Spring Collection! (Including the Easter Advent from last year!)
- Begin designing Summer Collection
- AadenSage catalog & funeral home contacts made
- Launch 2 brands this month!
- Weekly Newsletter! (Eek! This seems like a daunting goal…. Sign-Up here to be get on the list!)
- Throw a party
- Celebrate Easter!
- Decorate Master Bedroom
- Makeover Office! (Making room for something really exciting!!)
- Make master closet beautiful
- Garden 1x a week (i.e. make sure the HOA doesn’t send us a letter about how terrible our yard is looking.)
- Lanai – add two big plants, a hanging plant, and powerwash. I realllly want garden lights out there too! I need to save up though!
- Paint a few more walls (we are slowly painting all the walls a gorgeous off-white… very slowly.)
- Work on Asher’s 2-3 year & 3-4 year photobook.
- Work on family photobook 2013
- Research art classes in the area.
- Create email list of pastor’s wives.
I think that’s a great start! I always add to this list and then I have regular life which is crazy so…. we will see! What goals do you have this month?! Use the printable below to write yours down! Enjoy!