émoi émoi.

December 22, 2014



Y'all this sweatshirt arrived to my house last week and I have been wearing it non stop! It's sooooo incredibly comfy yet so cute, it's perfect! And perfect for the weather right now, I adore it! 

I love being a "mama hen" over here and love this precious company. Great for mamas and even the papas! 



"Founded by Adèle Bounine and Nathalie Fargeon in 2010, émoi émoi is a French webshop offering a refined selection of fashion and beauty care for young mums and mums-to-be. The founders have chosen the most talented designers from across the world for maternity and nursing."

Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

December 20, 2014



I am excited to share with you today another way a friend of mine is using essential oils! Abbey made these delicious Marshmallows and I had to share! 

Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows
Yields 25 gigantic marshmallows
Total cook time: 8 hours
(Adapted from this recipe)

Ingredients:

Butter to grease pan
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup cold water
1/3 cup gelatin (5 packets)
3 cups granulated sugar
2 cups light corn syrup (or 1 cup light colored honey for healthier option*)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
6-8 drops red food coloring

Directions:

1. Grease an 8x8 glass baking dish with the butter and then sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar so it is covering the dish. In a large mixing bowl, mix 1/3 cup of gelatin over 1 cup of cold water and set aside.

2. In a large saucepan, combine granulated sugar, corn syrup (or honey), salt, and water. Stir this mixture on medium-low heat until all the sugar has dissolved, and then bring it to a boil. Once it is boiling, turn it down to medium-high heat and don't stir until it reaches 240°F. Or if you don't have a candy thermometer, cook it until the mixture turns into a pliable, gel-like ball when placed in cold water. (That is how I always test it. You will know your mixture is getting to the correct temperature because the bubbles start getting viscous and are slow to pop.)

*If you decide to make your marshmallows with honey, be aware that honey tends to burn more quickly and will harden very easily, so make sure you are keeping a watchful eye! I made a batch with honey and one with corn syrup, and I do have to say the corn syrup is a little more forgiving, and gives fluffier, lighter marshmallows.

3. Pour the syrup gently into the gelatin and begin by mixing on low speed for about 5 minutes. Once it starts to thicken, add in your peppermint essential oil and food coloring. Turn the speed up to high until it has doubled in size and becomes thick. Pour into the baking dish and allow it to set for 8 hours or overnight.

4. Once the marshmallow has set, dust a cutting board or pan with powdered sugar and gently pull the marshmallow mold out. Cut five, 1 1/2 inch wide rows with a pizza cutter until you have 25 marshmallows. Dust all of the sticky sides in powdered sugar. And voilà! You have the most delicious treat in the world. Store in a cute jar or container and display them proudly on the counter because they are as beautiful as they are delicious.

Post by Abbey of Along Abbey Road



***  Any suggestions made on this blog are very specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. If you are currently on medication, please DO NOT STOP. This is just how I make & do things. you must make informed decisions for yourself and your own family. 
“We are starting our journey with Essential Oils and have done our own research on the purity of oils.  I am confident in using oils in our recipes because we only use Young Living.  They are  beyond organic and never use pesticides, herbicides or any harmful chemicals. Their soil has never been exposed to them as well.  I don’t suggest ever using any other oil for ingestion because I don’t know of their purity. "

wear.

December 19, 2014



Casey Bag c/o: Lily Jade 
Casey Vest c/o: Scout & Cloth 
Casey coat: here

years past.

December 18, 2014


( a few cellphone pics from lately)

For the past few years I have chosen a word for the year. I wanted to do a little recap of past words and the thoughts I had written with them at the time.

Last year.....

For the past few years I have chosen a "word" for the year. 2014... my word is BRAVE. My whole life I have basically been the opposite of brave. I have been careful and I have been anxious. Ever since this post  I have been praying that I would be brave. I want my faith to be strong and to rest in His plan above my own...no matter what it holds. I have a feeling in my gut that this year is going to entail trusting Him a lot. Chris' movie will be released, I am *hoping* for our last baby which will be a flood of trust & emotions, new opportunities, Aiden will start Kindergarten, we will have our first Hopespoken conference and a million unknowns.
I want to be brave. 

I want to take this one, beautiful, precious life and I want to live it well. 

I want to literally run towards the plans that He has for me. I don't want to hesitate, I want to soar... arms spread wide open. 

This morning I woke up and Aiden's arms were around my neck. I pulled back and the sunlight was perfectly shining in on his face. I ran my hands across his forehead to brush back his sweet hair and just  thanked God for him. Then I turned my head and Ainsleigh was there too. They must have crept down the hall in the night and snuck in beside us. Her eyelashes and pouty lips were perfectly still as her tiny little lungs rose and fell. I could hear Apple stirring nearby. My precious Appie. These babies are such a gift.... I mean truly a gift. And having open hands with their precious lives is such a struggle for me.
But this is my year...the year where I am brave. 

Little did I know how much I would need to embrace the word brave this year past year. So many things happened, so many hard roads, so much heartache. 2014 taught us much and I believe with my whole heart that 2015 is the spring after the long rain. It is the year of FREEDOM. My words for 2015 are BELIEVE & FREEDOM. I am going to claim them and let them take over every bit of me. I am claiming it now so that a year from now I can look back and say wow, those words were perfect for 2015.  

Here are few snippets from other past "words"...

2013 was HOPE.

" I have tangible hope in multiple areas. God redeemed my heartache. Sometimes I wonder if we as humans encounter heartache, loss and sadness not only because this is a fallen and sinful world. An imperfect world. But also so that we can truly appreciate the joys as well. On a new level of appreciation. A new level of thanks. To balance out human perspective.This isn't heaven so we can't understand the whole picture. We must have hope to come out on the other side of tasting incredible sadness. I want to matter. and not in the "I am awesome and matter so much kind of way", I want my life to mean something. God has me here for a purpose and I am constantly seeking out what that is and what that looks like. I want my life to matter. I want to give hope. "

2011 was PEACE.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Matthew 5:9 My all time favorite book, "A Beautiful Offering" has a chapter on peace... "When you decide to live out what you believe. When you decide you want peace in your possession, then you will find out what that looks like & feels like. You begin to pray for God to give you peace. You incorporate peace in your relationships. You decide to respond differently. You speak in love. Act in tenderness. You imitate what you know about peace until it becomes a reality for your character & your life." It is so convicting. Dying to your desire. Dying to your flesh. "He restores what has been broken & heals what has been wounded. I don't have peace because I figured it all out. I have peace because I believe in Christ."

2012 was CHANGE.

"I have roots that run deep. 
The old me that I am constantly fighting... insecure, unforgiving, entitled....it's time to uproot and CHANGE.
 So this year I will keep the word peace as a daily mission and add the word change. 
Because it's time. 
Those poisonous roots have been in me far too long."


Do you have a word for 2015??

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CHRISTMAS GINGERBREAD COOKIES

December 16, 2014

Gingerbread Cookies | ANNAPOLIS AND CO

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.

There are a few traditions I hope to establish with our children from Christmas to Christmas and baking cookies together is one of them. I had told my girls we would sit down and make these together one afternoon and they were so excited they finished their school in record time!

Gingerbread Cookies | ANNAPOLIS AND COGingerbread Cookies | ANNAPOLIS AND CO

I loved the idea of trying gingerbread cookies, as they are festive and not overly sweet. This is an amazing stand-alone recipe and you can use a toothpick to poke eyes, nose and a mouth in the gingerbread men before baking - really easy! But should you wish to add to the excitement and decorate, simply mix a bit of powdered sugar with a few drops of milk and you will have the perfect icing. For decorating, I put the icing in a ziplock bag, cut a teensy hole in one corner, and we used it as a decorating tube.

Gingerbread Cookies | ANNAPOLIS AND CO

//CHRISTMAS GINGERBREAD COOKIES

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup molasses
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest (optional)

For icing: 1 cup of powdered sugar + a couple teaspoons of milk

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves until well blended. In a large bowl (KitchenAid's great for this) beat butter, brown sugar, and egg on medium speed until well blended. Add molasses, vanilla, and lemon zest and continue to mix until well blended. Gradually stir in dry ingredients until blended and smooth.
Divide dough in half. Wrap each half in plastic and let stand at room temperature for at least 2 hours or up to 8 hours. (Dough can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, but in this case it should be refrigerated. Return to room temp before using.)
Preheat oven to 375°. Grease or line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Place 1 portion of the dough on a lightly floured surface. Sprinkle flour over dough and rolling pin. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Use additional flour to avoid sticking. Cut out cookies with your favorite cookie cutters. Space cookies 1.5 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake 1 sheet at a time for 7-10 minutes (the lower time will give you softer cookies--my favorite!).
Remove cookie sheet from oven and allow the cookies to stand until the cookies are firm enough to move to a wire rack. After cookies are cool you may decorate them any way you like. I gradually mixed about 1 cup of powdered sugar with 1-2 teaspoons of milk until I reached my desired icing texture, and then decorated using a ziplock bag. These make wonderful Christmas gifts to your neighbors and friends. ENJOY!!!!

Source: Food.com
*All photography is my own.

artsy with kreation krate. { & giveaway}

December 15, 2014



Last year my mom gave my kiddos the cutest little art table and they sit and work at it every single day. When we moved into our new home I put the table in the front living room right by our beautiful window. Its' such a pretty spot with the natural light pouring in. It's like it is asking for creativity and inspiration to be born there. 

I opened up the package that they sent and every single thing I needed for the instructions was in the box! I love this! So convenient & to have everything that we needed right there was so easy & amazing. 

We absolutely adored this time together, I love the convenience of everything being sent right to my doorstep and I love the idea behind spreading the love!

The kids adored both of these projects and the boxes we have received from them in the past have been a huge hit as well, we are smitten! 



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home tour: our bedroom.

December 14, 2014



bedspread found here