Lately in Photos.

July 28, 2016

BROWN SUGAR SHORTBREAD

July 26, 2016

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Mary Beth Johnson is a wife and mum to four schooners, as she's dubbed her children. On a normal afternoon, you would find her in moccasins, skinny jeans and a comfortable tee, camera in hand. Recently moving to the suburbs of Atlanta, Mary Beth spends her days homeschooling, sneaking away to the bookstore, trying to act the part of a southerner, and sifting through recipes in The Vegetarian Times. Food is her love language.

I will always have a sweet tooth, which is one of the reasons I will always work out. I can pass on chips with willpower, but put a slice of cheesecake with drizzly blackberry sauce in front of me and my self-control is out the window. In the past 6 months, I have started making sweet treats a regular afternoon habit. 
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This is now something I, too, look forward to every day and the kids are picking up on my habits. We recently found this amazing shortbread recipe from another friend and it is so simple I taught my oldest daughter how to make it completely on her own. At around 3 they start asking for a snack and more often than not, we have these cookies. I always have the ingredients on hand and they are fast to whip up when you need a sweet fix unexpectedly.
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The kids love to drag out our cookie cutters (that don't usually get used until Christmastime) and they make all sorts of fun shapes and sizes. I love seeing them get creative, picking out which one they will eat when the cookies come out of the oven.
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This recipe is seriously so easy I almost debated whether or not to share, but it has become such a staple in our home I thought it may bring some joy to you out there as well. Always, always have with coffee if you can, and it makes the day that much brighter.
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//BROWN SUGAR SHORTBREAD
Ingredients:
2 cups flour, sifted
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, sugar, salt (do not use coarse salt). Work the butter in gradually until well mixed, using an electric mixer (sometimes it takes a minute for it to start "congealing". Add a few drops of cold water if necessary.)
Place dough on floured surface and pat out (do not roll) to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into 1 1/2 inch rounds with a cookie cutter. Prick several times in center with a fork to make a design.
Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 20-22 minutes, until golden.
Makes 24-28 cookies.

ThredUp.

July 25, 2016



I am SO excited to share with you guys ThredUp!

If you are like me, your kids grow quickly and so having an option for adorable clothes that are great prices is huge! AND not to mention us too right?!

 thredUP is the best resource for women's and kids' high-quality secondhand fashion (like a well curated online consignment store)!!!! They have so many of our favorites.... a range of brands from Madewell to Zara to Joie, always up to 90% off the original retail price! Yahoo! 

I had so much fun searching through so many of my favorite brands, and it was incredible convenient to have them all in one spot and that I was searching from home on my computer! 

^^This adorable Halabaloo dress retails for $136 and I got it on thredUP for only $45—an 66% discount! And I got Ainsleigh's adorable little top below for just $5.00!!!! SUCH a steal!!!



It was like a one stop shop! I could search for the kiddos, baby things and also some great finds just for me :).



What to expect? When you place an order, you will get an adorable polka dot box right to your doorstep. Inside, your finds will be hand-folded with cute thredUP tags, wrapped in nice tissue paper, all held together with a cute sticker. An adorable unboxing experience ;) ! 



I love that everything was in one spot- handbags, shoes, vacation finds, dresses, maternity, kiddos, baby and more! 


Want to know the best part? Besides the adorable clothes?

thredUP makes it so that you can afford brands and designers you might not normally be able to.




Its also super convenient for us busy mamas.... thredUP has a ton of merchandise, but it’s so easy to find what you want without digging. It's way easier than digging through racks at a resale shop or bargain chain. Just search for your brand and toggle by size and color! 



One of the first things that I asked was, can people sell their clothes back too?!
Guess what? YES!



Just order a thredUP Clean Out Bag, fill it with the items you no longer want, and place on front of your front door for pick-up. It literally could not be easier!!! 


Also. Buying secondhand is better for the planet. 



Every Clean Out Bag sent to thredUP keeps 206lbs of CO2 from entering the atmosphere, saves 17,916 gallons of water, and keeps 24 items out of landfills. Those are some amazing facts! 



If you are like me, shopping from home is by far the easiest- then pair that with favorite brands, great prices and that you can get everything you need in one spot- its a huge win-win! 



Use code WTH40 to get 40% off your entire order! 

Code expires 8/2. 
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*post sponsored by ThredUp, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

baby. 34 weeks.

July 20, 2016



I have about a thousand emotions as we get closer and closer to the end. Everyday at some point I get a wave of panic that we'll lose her.... this is the hard thing about walking through loss so many times before....I guess that nervous feeling always has that sneaky way of creeping in. 

Every sweet kick & flutter is a rush of relief, a cherished movement, a dream still intact. 



It's so bittersweet knowing this is the last time. 

Everytime I look at my growing belly or experience the beauty of LIFE inside me, I just try and seal up the feeling in my heart forever knowing it will be the last time. The end of a chapter. 



I have endless gratitude that I even got this last chance. There were many nights and days I wasn't sure if I would ever have the ability to carry a last babe. I didn't think I would get to walk this road one last time, so I have tried to cherish every single day and seal in every emotion and feeling all along the way. 



I will miss the smiles strangers give me and the funny comments from people that make us laugh, I will miss knowing that I get to carry the dream of another sweet child coming into our world, I will miss those tiny hiccups & the flutters, knowing that she is just inches from my heart and so safe and snuggled in. I will miss experiencing the miracle of LIFE within me. I will miss the kiddos kissing my belly and laughing as they feel the kicks.

I want so desperately to cherish every little baby feeling and baby thing as she grows and as we leave the baby phase forever. 



I think it's hard whether you have one or seven, to know this is for sure the last time. To walk away forever from a chapter that has been such a big part of your life and heart for almost 10 years. 

Ten years of tiny toes and diapers and nursing and pregnancies. 

We love you sweet baby girl- thankful I am able to experience it one last time through you. 
My sweet double rainbow. 

All About Heidi Shoes.

July 18, 2016



What is it about the sweetest baby shoes that just makes your heart flutter? 

As soon as these little matching shoes came in the mail my heart just soared- completely GORGEOUS and made me THAT much more excited to have our little bundle in my arms! 

All About Heidi  has THE cutest, most beautiful shoes....and not only do they have so many adorable baby shoes for your little, but you can match! 




These shoes are not only completely gorgeous and well made but also comfortable and unique. 



I am so excited to share these incredible shoes with you today!!! AND a great coupon code- check them out!!!



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*post sponsored by All about Heidi, all thoughts and opinions are my own

a Growing Baby Bump.

July 14, 2016




33 weeks! What in the world, it is flying by! 

I wanted to post a few recent baby bump pics because sweet baby girl is just growing by the minute. I am so incredibly thankful for the chance to carry this last addition to our family, for the chance to have redemption again in our story, again to see God move in mighty ways. 



Every moment in this pregnancy I have felt God in it. He has led me before it and now in it....and to think now we are so close to having her in our arms, its just the most amazing feeling. I am forever thankful. 

Each kick and flutter and sonogram is so incredibly cherished. 



There are so many moments that it all feels incredibly bittersweet- knowing it's the last one. The last time to experience the beauty of carrying LIFE. The last baby in my tummy, the last newborn smells. 



Sweet baby girl, you are already SO incredibly loved...counting the weeks until we get to meet your sweet face!