Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas Gift Guide | Ashlee Proffitt

With Black Friday only a few days away, here are 11 fun items to gift your mom, sister, and sweet friend in your life!

  1. Metallic Latte Mug
  2. Note Card Set
  3. Floppy Hat
  4. Essie Polish
  5. Friends Candle
  6. Metallic Infinity Scarf
  7. Gold Jewelry Bowl
  8. Sailor’s Knot Stud Earrings
  9. Travel Mug
  10. Coffee Mugs
  11. Tumbler

And most importantly, Happy Thanksgiving!!!


All Things Fashion by Megan Michele | AshleeProffitt.com

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!

 

 

Intentional Mama: Thanksgiving Crafts + Activities

Children's Printable Memory Verse| Intentional Mama by Ashlee Proffitt

Bible Focus
  • Bible Verse: Thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift. 2 Corinthians 9:15
  • Memory Verse Printable
  • Talk About
    • Ask: What does this Bible verse mean?
    • Ask: What does ‘Thanks be to God’ mean?
    • Ask: What does ‘inexpressible’ mean?
    • Ask: What is the ‘inexpressible gift’?
    • Ask: What are your favorite gifts?
    • Ask: How do you show thankful hearts for those gifts or when someone gives you a gift?
    • Ask: How do we show God we are thankful for His gifts?
  • Pray a prayer of thanksgiving together.

Children's Thanksgiving Crafts & Activities | Intentional Mama by Ashlee Proffitt

Thanksgiving Crafts + Activities
  1. Leaf Turkey
  2. Thumbprint Turkey
  3. Thanksgiving Worksheets
  4. Thanksgiving Word Scramble
  5. Thanksgiving Placemat
  6. Thanksgiving Mad Lib

 

Children's Art Prints | Ashlee Proffitt | shop.ashleeproffitt.com

Thanksgiving Table: Gold

Thanksgiving Table in Gold | Curated by Ashlee Proffitt

I come from an enormous extended family so our Thanksgiving dinner has always been buffet style and the ‘adults’ sat at the table while the rest of us piled anywhere there was an open space. I loved it. And still do. I plan on eating my fill while loving on my siblings and niece and nephews and parents and cousins and aunts and uncles and my sweet granny.

If I am being honest, the table setting doesn’t really matter. What matters is family and hearts of gratitude towards a King who has provided graciously for His people.

But it sure is fun to play right?! If I were hosting a small Thanksgiving dinner I imagine this is what my pretty white table would be dressed in. I am obsessing over these sweet details!

But I’m still biased towards the chaos of a big family with paper plates buckling under the weight of home-cooked country Thanksgiving goodness.

Curated Table Sources

Charger | Flatware | Glasses | Table Runner | Dinnerware | Napkin Ring

Branding: Joy Pedrow

Branding Inspiration Board by Ashlee Proffitt | www.ashleeproffitt.com/branding

Hooray! I am so excited to introduce to you this gorgeous brand that I have been pouring over the past few months. This brand, complete with a new website (!!!), launched this week and I am so excited about how everything turned out.

Joy is an amazing young woman with an unbelievably strong testimony of a changed life. She desires to encourage and inspire woman with the Truth of Jesus and I have no doubt this woman is going to do big things.

Congratulations Joy!! It was an honor and absolute pleasure to work with you!! I am so excited to see what your future holds!

xo,
ashlee

Brand Board for Joy Pedrow by Ashlee Proffitt

P.S. The collateral pieces and client experience elements along with website details are just as amazing! I cannot wait to show them to you next!


 

Branding & Design Services | Ashlee Proffitt | ashleeproffitt.com/branding

She Reads Truth + Hospitality

Hospitality, a word that we have to come to define beautifully decorated homes and perfectly executed dinner parties, can actually be defined biblically as generosity towards guests, both friends and strangers. Generosity, to sacrifice and give of one’s resources, gifts, and time. To be available to love on people in both big and small ways; in the planned and unplanned; both when life is put together and when life is messy.

Oftentimes I fall in to the former category. I have long since defined hospitality as a clean, organized home with gorgeous table settings and a 4 course dinner. And yet, over the years, God has been changing my heart, pulling me towards that which is uncomfortable, a place where I get to see Him more fully.

The beauty is that my home can still be clean and organized and I can still cook a really yummy dinner. It isn’t about not doing those things, rather hospitality is a matter of the heart. 

Am I striving for those things to establish and validate my worth? Am I performing to impress others? Impress God?

The beauty is that my worth, my validation, my value lie in my Savior. He has made me righteous. Him alone.

Not a clean house. Not a beautifully decorated house. Not a beautiful dinner party.

Jesus. Alone.

God graciously let me see that I was finding so much worth and value in my performance, in my ability. And when He began to change my heart He took away guilt over not attaining perfection and in it’s place gave me freedom.

Freedom to not always be put together. Freedom to be a mess. Freedom to love others well, despite the circumstance.

A few months back I was commissioned by She Reads Truth to create the artwork for one of their most recent Bible Study Packs. The topic was Hospitality. And I could not have been more excited. As a woman who has struggled with having a biblical perspective of hospitality, a Jesus-centric view of hospitality I couldn’t wait to interpret that visually.

 

Hospitality | She Reads Truth + Ashlee Proffitt

We chose the hospitality icon, a pineapple as the focal point. I watercolored the pineapple and did so very purposefully. Although I love watercoloring, specifically in this case, I chose that medium because it represented the messy beautiful work that hospitality is. It is never perfect, but it is so very beautiful. And the same thinking was applied towards the lettering. After a few attempts at beautiful and almost elegant type for the title, I chose to do a quick marker written title; again representing that it is not perfect and it is often messy but it works. True hospitality works. And lives are changed because of it.

Hospitality | She Reads Truth + Ashlee ProffittHospitality | She Reads Truth + Ashlee Proffitt

It was a joy working with the She Reads Truth team and together we created a Study Pack, Art Prints and Bible Verse cards. They all hold the same symbolism and are all so beautiful.

If you have never joined the She Reads Truth for a bible study, do so! Spend time in the Word and see His promise to renew your mind, heart and soul. And the She Reads Truth team has graciously offered a 15% discount to my readers with the coupon code: ASHLEE through Friday, November 21. I think that is a great deal too amazing to pass up. So, go get your Hospitality Study Pack and ask God to work in your heart His desire for you in regards to true hospitality.

 

Intentional Mama: Give Thanks

Children's Thanksgiving Printable Coloring Pages| Intentional Mama by Ashlee ProffittChildren's Printable Memory Verse| Intentional Mama by Ashlee Proffitt

Bible Focus
  • Bible Verse: Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34
  • Memory Verse Printable
  • Talk About
    • Ask: What does this Bible verse mean?
    • Ask: What does ‘give thanks’ mean?
    • Ask: Who is ‘the Lord’?
    • Ask: Why would we thank ‘the Lord’?
    • Ask: How do we know He is good?
    • Ask: What does ‘endure’ mean?
    • Ask: What are some things you are thankful for?
  • Pray a prayer of thanksgiving together.

Children's Thanksgiving Printable Coloring Pages| Intentional Mama by Ashlee Proffitt

Give Thanks Activity + Printable
  1. Writing: Have your child make a list of God’s characteristics. Isaiah 40:9-31 is a great passage that talks about the greatness of God.
  2. Talk About It: Talk about why we can be thankful for a God who is all of those things we listed.
  3. Action: Print out the Thanksgiving coloring pages (links below) and have fun coloring with your little one. Talk about God’s enduring and forever love while you color!
  4. Prayer: Spend just a few minutes thanking God for his enduring and forever love!!
Thanksgiving Coloring Pages

One | Two | Three | Four

Recipe: Kale & Quinoa Minestrone Soup

Recipe: Kale & Quinoa Minestrone Soup | Kate Sacra for Ashlee Proffitt

Recipe curated by Kate Sacra adapted slightly from Mind Body Green & Cooking Classy

Recipe: Kale & Quinoa Minestrone Soup | Kate Sacra for Ashlee Proffitt

Kale & Quinoa Minestrone Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 Large Yellow Onion (diced (2 cups))
  • 3 Medium Carrots (diced (1 1/2 cups))
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 cups Zucchini (diced (from about 2 small))
  • 2 cups Green Beans (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper (diced)
  • 3 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 1 Carton Organic Chicken Broth (32 oz) ((or unsalted or low-sodium vegetable broth if making vegan))
  • 1 can Crushed Tomatoes (28 oz)
  • 3 cups Water
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons Fresh Parsley (chopped)
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary, crushed
  • 3/4 tsp dried thyme
  • Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 cups Dry Quinoa
  • 1 can Great Northern Beans (15 oz) (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can Chick Peas (drained and rinsed (aka garbanzo beans))
  • 2 cups Fresh Kale (thick ribs removed, chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • Shredded parmesan cheese, for garnish (omit or use vegan parmesan if making vegan)

Directions

Step 1
In a large stockpot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add diced onion, carrots and saute about 5 minutes, until softened. Add in zucchini, green beans, red bell pepper and saute 2 minutes, then add garlic and cook 1 minute longer.
Step 2
Add in chicken or vegetable broth, crushed tomatoes, water, parsley, rosemary, thyme, season with salt and pepper to taste and bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and allow soup to gently boil, uncovered for about 20 minutes.
Step 3
Add in dry quinoa then cover and cook 15 - 20 minutes longer.
Step 4
Add great northern beans, chick peas, kale and lemon juice and cook, uncovered, until kale has wilted, about 5 minutes. Serve warm garnished with parmesan cheese.

Recipe: Kale & Quinoa Minestrone Soup | Kate Sacra for Ashlee Proffitt


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Intentional Mama: Giving Thanks

Intentional Mama | Simple Ideas for Teaching Children About Gratitude |Intentional Mama by Ashlee Proffitt

I would love to spend intentional time this month teaching my children about gratitude and looking for opportunities to exemplify a heart of thankfulness.

Last week the Intentional Mama post encouraged the little ones (and you!!) to list out people, things, experiences they were thankful for.

Today, let’s talk about people we are grateful for and then let them know it!

Children's Thanksgiving Activities | Intentional Mama by Ashlee Proffitt

Bible Focus
  • Bible Verse: giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ Ephesians 5:20
  • Memory Verse Printable
  • Talk About
    • Ask: What does this Bible verse mean?
    • Ask: What does ‘giving thanks’ mean?
    • Ask: What does ‘always’ mean?
    • Ask: What does ‘for everything’ mean?
    • Ask: What are some ways we can show we are thankful?
    • Ask: What are some things you are thankful for?
    • Ask: Why do you think it’s a good idea to show gratitude (thankfulness)?
    • Read the following verses together. Talk about God made everything and everything we have is a gift.
    • Read: 1 Timothy 6:17. Talk about why God blesses us.

Children's Thanksgiving Activities | Intentional Mama by Ashlee Proffitt

Giving Thanks Activity + Printable
  1. Writing: Have your child make a list of people they are grateful for.
  2. Think About It: Encourage your children to think through why they are thankful for those specific people and to share the ‘why’ out loud.
  3. Action: Print out the Grateful Cards (links below) and have your child write cards to the people they said they were grateful for.
  4. Prayer: Spend just a few minutes thanking God for those people!!

Grateful Card Printable (Black) | Grateful Card Printable (Blue) | Grateful Card Printable (Pink)