a new baby.

February 07, 2016



You know those moments when you can see so clearly backwards? or so clearly see God's goodness in a story? It terrifies me to share this today, I feel vulnerable and timid...yet, I have always felt led to share my story. To let God use my story for others to see Him at work, to see His goodness. 

For the past three years I have watched bellies grow, deliveries happen, babies grow and people move forward in time .... I have stayed still. I have stayed in a period of 3 years where I navigated through loss, confusion, heartache.... the isolating feeling of walking your story and walking it alone. As much as people love you and lift you up and embrace you and that means everything, you still are the  one walking it and its hard to fully communicate it. I hate the feeling of others feeling sad or awkward so I did a lot of soul searching and praying to the Lord. 

After our third miscarriage beginning of last year we decided to seek out answers, through tests and  God leading us through sweet doctors we were able to snag a diagnosis and the opportunity to hope again. "This could be our last try... God this story is yours and I am going to trust you know best.... write the story, its yours."

I had to trust that each step was Him leading me. and teaching me and stretching me and changing me. You know when you can look back and see God withholding something because He knew you would change along the way? I know I am a completely different person than I was when I started this blogging journey. I have been humbled and stripped away. My pride was exposed and wiped away. 

I have prayed so many times thanking God for protecting me even when I didn't realized how much I needed it, for being patient with me and for giving me the opportunity to become a better person. 

Heartache is a sucker punch, but as I start to walk out of a fog, I can look back and say " I get it now."



The image of me putting my arms out and free falling forward towards dreams of a last babe was present in my mind. I just couldn't shake that our family wasn't quite complete and He wasn't quite done with my story yet. I prayed and prayed for a word for 2016 and I kept hearing over and over Ephesians 3:20.
I kept hearing ABUNDANCE.

"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to His power that is at work within us."

Could it be Lord? 
Could I be hearing this correct? Is this what you have for me?

The day after Christmas I took a positive pregnant test. It was such a range of emotions- fear, tears, happiness, excitement, anxiousness. We went in right away for appointment after appointment, being monitored every step. 



Then around 7 weeks we went in for the first sonogram. Chris came with me and I sat in the waiting room trembling. With the past 3 losses the first sonogram went fine, it was the second where we would find out about our losses...but still the vulnerability and rawness in my heart had me shaking. The walk down the hall to the sonogram room seemed like an eternity. 

I looked at Chris before we went in and said," no matter what happens in there- we are still us when we walk out." 
I remember one of my best friends saying this and it has stayed with me. We will still be us on the other side. 



We saw a perfect little heartbeat and a sweet little babe that day. 

Then last week I was scheduled for our ten week sonogram to see if we could make it past that 9th week. Again I sat trembling. Chris and I sat in the car beforehand ... " Today I trust Him above trusting myself....if I trust His plan is better for me than no matter the outcome I feel peaceful today."



It felt like such a big day. This could be so much bigger than a loss, it could be the end of the road for  this journey. It felt so big and yet, I felt completely surrounded by peace. I kept going back to Ephesians 3:20- Lord show me! 

I have also been incredibly sick, having trouble keeping even liquids down this whole first trimester. I know what it feels like to do this ( this is the 7th time around) for weeks and weeks and end up with empty hands. It's a tough lonely road. 


I want to be open with my story, I want to be vulnerable with my feelings even when it feels embarrassing or vulnerable or scary. 

The thought of typing out about another loss seems incredibly overwhelming, sad, and scary... my pride wants to wait to share this news until way way later... but I can't shake the feeling I am supposed to share this story, its His story, not mine. 
No matter the outcome.

So here I sit today. Still unsure of what tomorrow holds for me or for this life...but I do see His goodness here. Hopeful this is my double rainbow. 

I am grateful for the opportunity to share it. 

PERSIMMON PRINTS GIVEAWAY.

February 05, 2016



I'm super excited to share about Persimmon Prints with you all toady! Kacie has a huge heart and, working together with Work + Shelter, donated all our swag bags for Hope Spoken this year. 






"Join Persimmon Prints in loving others well throughout the month of February! Our Love Well campaign is a simple, community approach to intentionally love others, just as our Heavenly Father first loved us. Each day, throughout the month of February, we'll share one more simple way to love others well, and you're invited to join! Share by committing to love others well in each of your days this February, by sharing the 'Love Well' campaign with friends, or by picking a day on our list that resonates with you + blogging about your heart on this topic. You can also share your 'Love Well' products alongside your experience this month, and connect with us + others throughout February, using the #letslovewell tag while posting + reading about others' experiences."



29 Ways to Love Well
1. Encourage a friend + list reasons you love that person.
2. Love the person right in front of you.
3. Call someone just to say 'hello'.
4. Buy a coffee for the person in line behind you.
5. Search for every opportunity to say 'thank you'.
6. Take a fresh batch of cookies to your neighbor's house.
7. Write a note of encouragement.
8. Smile.
9. Listen, just to listen.
10. Use others' first names.
11. Pray with a friend.
12. Donate items to others in need.
13. Give the people you're with your full attention.
14. Write a prayer for a friend + send it to that person.
15. Help someone you know with yard work.
16. Write a kind letter to a stranger + offer encouragement & hope.
17. Help friends celebrate their special milestones.
18. Pay close attention to ways of congratulating others accomplishments.
19. Hand someone a flower.
20. Offer up a hug.
21. Be quick to smile + slow to complain.
22. Pass out 'you are loved' cards.
23. Practice calling people up + celebrating their victories publicly.
24. Choose to love + take care of yourself.
25. Use encouraging words on social media.
26. Volunteer your time.
27. Befriend someone new.
28. Commit to saying 5 kind things.
29. Surprise someone through service.


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Giveaway: $20 giftcard

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Lately in Photos.

February 02, 2016

Nene Shoes Giveaway.

February 01, 2016



Y'all. These shoes are the dreamiest. 

Not only are the shoes completely adorable but MATCHING for all of us- swoon! So well made, so stylish- we are completely smitten! We haven't taken them off since we got them!!!



"Nene Shoes, launched Oct last year, makes stylish & comfy matching shoes for women and girls. We are a husband-and-wife team based in New York and will be launching our Spring 2016 (Made in Italy) collection in March."


Use coupon code CASEY for up to 25% off
(25% Off for matching bundle, 15% Off site wide)

Giveaway: $100 Shop credit.

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THYME & WHITE BEAN POT PIES

January 29, 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.

It is finally cold enough in the south to make some soups and stews and not feel ridiculous. I bought a crockpot (newsflash!) and I've been getting those huge bags of carrots and onions at Costco and going to town with them. 

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I will say, I am on my longest streak of meal planning I've ever been on. Despite growing up in a large family, the main event was never dinner and I don't remember us really planning other than Sunday afternoons, so I struggle often with whether family meals should be a thing or not. It sounds so good in theory, but I just downloaded one of those time tracker apps and found that I cooked for two hours last night. 2 hours! Am I doing something wrong?
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The more I practice, the more shortcuts I find. Like, freezing leftover chicken stock and cooking ground sausage ahead for pasta dishes. Or cooking chicken breasts at the beginning of the week and then using them in salads, soups, and other one-pot dinners for upcoming meals. My older vegetarian self would simply die, but I am learning to love this new phase of cooking.
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We still eat vegetarian about fifty percent of the time and I ran across these white bean and sage pot pies and knew we had to try them. Sometimes, I like to test things out on my husband to see if he misses the meat. These were so savory simmered in wine, that I don't think he even noticed! Don't be surprised if you find yourself reheating the leftovers and eating these for breakfast the next morning. They are absolutely heart warming.
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Ever since I started making the Pioneer Woman's pie crust, I will jump at the chance to make my own for a dish. The recipe makes three crusts and works for either sweet or savory. I freeze my extra crusts and I can tell you it's so nice to have them on hand when I need them! 

 //THYME & WHITE BEAN POT PIES 
 Serves 6 

 FILLING 
2 Tbsp (30 ml) olive oil 
1 large white or yellow onion (150 g), finely diced 
Salt + Pepper to taste 
1 pound (453 g) carrots, peeled and finely chopped 
1/4 cup (34 g) unbleached all purpose flour 
optional: 1/2 cup (120 ml) dry white wine (or sub more vegetable broth) 
3 cups (720 ml) vegetable broth 
2 tsp fresh thyme, chopped (or sub 1 tsp dried)
 1 15-ounce (425 g) can white beans, rinsed and drained 

 CRUST 
 1-1/2 cups Crisco (vegetable shortening) 
 3 cups all-purpose flour 
 1 whole egg 
 5 tablespoons cold water 
 1 tablespoon white vinegar
 1 teaspoon salt 

 Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C) and arrange 6 ramekins on a baking sheet. Set aside. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Once hot, add oil and onion. Season with a pinch each salt and pepper and stir. Sauté until soft and translucent - 4-5 minutes. Add carrots and season with a pinch more salt and pepper. Cook 2-3 minutes, then add flour and stir well to thoroughly coat. Cook for 1 minute, then slowly add white wine (optional) followed by vegetable broth, whisking to prevent clumps. Add thyme and white beans and bring the mixture to a simmer. Then lower heat to low and simmer for a few minutes. Cover and remove from heat while preparing crust. In a large bowl, with a pastry cutter, gradually work the Crisco into the flour for about 3 or 4 minutes until it resembles a coarse meal. In a small bowl, beat an egg with a fork and then pour it into the flour/shortening mixture. Add 5 tablespoons of cold water, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 1 teaspoon of salt. Stir together gently until all of the ingredients are incorporated. Separate the dough into thirds. 


***Note: Separating it into thirds will result in three thin crusts. If you prefer a more substantial crust, separate it in half.

*** Form 3 evenly sized balls of dough and place each dough into a large Ziploc bag. Using a rolling pin, slightly flatten each ball of dough (about ½ inch thick) to make rolling easier later. Seal the bags and place them in the freezer until you need them. (If you will be using it immediately it’s still a good idea to put in the freezer for about 15 to 20 minutes to chill.) When you are ready to use the dough to make a crust, remove from the freezer and allow to thaw for 15 minutes. On a floured surface roll the dough, starting at the center and working your way out. Use a pizza cutter or knife to cut into 6 large squares slightly larger than the size of your ramekins. At this time, scoop the white bean filling into the ramekins until almost entirely full (reserve any leftovers to enjoy as soup or future pot pies). Use a lightly floured spatula to scoop each pie crust square onto a ramekin. Repeat until all ramekins are covered. Use a knife or toothpick to create small holes in the top of the pie crust to allow steam to escape. Bake pot pies for 35-40 minutes, or until the filling is bubbly and the pie crust is golden brown. Let cool 10 minutes before serving. Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for 3-4 days, or in the freezer up to 1 month. Reheat in a 350 degree F (176 C ) oven until completely warmed through. 

clean.

January 27, 2016



Over a year ago now I decided I was going to start sharing what our family was doing with Essential Oils and natural products and how it has forever changed our life! It has been so amazing to see a beautiful community form and see young newlyweds, college students, families and mamas benefit from being open handed with our own journey with oils. 

I invited God to lead this journey and it has forever changed our world. 

Many people think it is overwhelming or intimidating, I have been there! But with a community full of support and resources, it truly feels more like a family! 



Many people believe these oils are new & trendy when in reality people have been using oils for such a long time! Essential oils are used for a very wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used a single oil at a time or in complex blends depending on user experience and desired benefit.



Each month my team has a monthly theme!  We have done Natural Beauty Month. ( check out our hashtag #naturalbeautymonth). Yoga Month, My Healthy Day, I'm an Oily Mama, Summer DIYs, back to school and more! 



For beauty month, I wanted to remind people that while watching what goes into our bodies via food is so important, but so is what our skin is “ingesting”. I encourage you to get this app and check out the products in your home. VERY eye opening.



Young Living has so much more than oils! 

We take the vitamins/supplements, we use their detergent, their dish soap. Soaps, deodorant, face wash, cleaner, lotions, meal replacements- you name it! 


Another company that I adore is Root Pretty. I trashed all my old makeup a year ago and have been sold on Root Pretty ( clean makeup) ever since! I adore all of it and love knowing what I am putting on my face is clean.

You might even notice a few new gorgeous lip glosses with my name on them over there ;)- it was SUCH  an honor collaborating with her on some really fun, dreamy ideas! 



If you are feeling a tug that you want to learn more, email me or check out my site!



I would love to be on this journey with you!!



I also have some fun oily videos over on YouTube
xoxo!