Foodie Finds | Aug 31

Hi and happy Wednesday! It’s another installment of my new weekly food post in which I share my favorite food blogs and recipes that inspire my weekly menu! This week I’m leaning more in a healthy direction and sharing some of my favorite meals for when my husband and I are looking to detox from the fun we indulged in the weekend before – such as the yummy catered BBQ we had for Greyson’s dedication after-party! #noregrets

Onto the links…

Iowa Girl Eats – I love Kristin’s food blog because it’s health centered and all of her recipes have gluten-free ingredients! I just love her fish taco recipe with the sweet corn and avocado slaw and that white sauce! Even after we finished eating the tacos I ate the slaw as a side to many other dishes! Another great way to eat this recipe is as a tostada! My husband came up with the idea of frying the corn tortillas and placing the taco filling on top and OMG delicious!

Inspired Taste – This food blog is run by a husband-wife team who bring from scratch meals straight to your kitchen! I love a good meatloaf and this recipe for using turkey, which is a lean protein (i.e. doesn’t have as much fatty goodness), and incorporating mushrooms of all things to keep the meat moist is so neat! It’s a great recipe that offers a healthier alternative to traditional meatloaf which uses beef.

Annie’s Eats – Another great healthy food blog is right here at Annie’s Eats. Her recipe for Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Muffins were to die for and a great protein and energy boost for the morning. And if you’re looking for baby food inspiration her homemade recipes look easy to make, which is perfect for any new mom!

What’s inspiring your kitchen this week? Share your favorite recipes or food blogs below! I love discovering and being inspired by new recipes!

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When God Shows Up | A Grateful Heart

I am so happy that Emily from Ember Grey has decided to bring back her Grateful Heart linkup. Out of all the different linkups out there for bloggers to participate in, the GH has always had special meaning for me. I love reading through the differing posts about what each person is feeling grateful for. It could seem as important or mundane, but that’s the glory of God right there – it’s only up to us to see His blessings no matter how big or small they may seem. There’s something about starting your week off right (especially on those dreaded Mondays) with a grateful heart for life to be put into perspective.

Today my grateful heart does not lie within myself completely. It is the gratitude I have for being witness to His grace upon the people I love, which serves as a reminder that He is always with us and for us.

“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.” Psalms 127:3

One // Within the last couple months I have been able to see two blogger friends become mothers in the same, but yet a very different way. I don’t know their complete stories and I wasn’t there through the heartache, tears, and the disappointment in trying to become a mom. However, I was able to see their faith grow stronger and their hearts grow larger through their struggling circumstances for God to then place baby boys into their arms. Please, check out Emily’s own journey to motherhood through adoption to which she just brought baby Crew home and Catherine from A Short Blonde as she navigated through infertility to then welcome baby Phoenix just a month ago. These are the stories that constantly show us that it is indeed His timing for all things, but yet there are many lessons and blessings along the way. Thank you ladies for sharing your stories with us!

Two // My own grateful heart lies within my church and the village we call home here at our apartment complex of all places. This weekend Greyson was dedicated at our church and afterwards we celebrated with a little BBQ get-together right in front of our home. Philip’s parents were able to plan a visit as well as Greyson’s godparents for this special weekend, both traveling from Texas and Colorado respectively. I know we are loved, but to see it in the eyes and hearts of those who surrounded us yesterday just brightens my soul.

A few people are thrown off by what a dedication is and it’s simply us presenting our son to God and to our church; to publicly say we are Christian parents, to commit our child to God and His purposes for his life, dedicate ourselves to raising him in the Christian faith, to live and lead him in a Christ-like way, and for Greyson to make that choice for himself once he is ready to become baptized as he accepts Christ into his heart. It welcomes our church and others to pray over him and us as parents and to have that sense of community is just makes me feel whole within my family.

My heart just overflows with gratitude not only for the many blessings in my life, but to also see Him working in the people around me near and far. During the service this past Sunday we had a guest speaker, Matt Massey, share a message about healing and I personally found it to be so powerful and much needed for the day considering my morning didn’t have the greatest of starts. If you have the time, I highly recommend checking it out below.

Linking up with…
Ember Grey

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The Shelf That Makes My Inner #joannagaines Smile

I have been a longtime and loyal customer of Minted – from their beautiful artistic cards and announcements to their colorful prints. When I saw that they were expanding to include their newest and long awaited art shelves I just had to get my hands on one for Greyson’s nursery. I personally love the concept of wall shelving because, as many of you know, my husband and I are still in a one bedroom apartment with a new baby. It’s important that we continue to live minimally while in this home and wall shelving helps us create purposeful and multi-use space on our walls. So, which one stole my little heart?

The Little Artist Shelf is a piece that Greyson can grow into as it not only serves as a shelf for frames to display, it is also designed to showcase your child’s art with an assortment of art clips that hang below. For our 4” shelf we have 14 clips in which to hang his future artwork. At the moment I have my Instagram prints of Philip and I hanging since Greyson loves to look at them while we change his diaper. Once this boy can put crayons to paper you’ll bet to see them up and hanging!

The other great thing about wall shelves is that you can use them for many things: to display art, books, or simply utilitarian by getting items off a counter space. I love using mine to display our favorite baby books and to keep his most used products within reach such as his baby lotion, diaper cream, and Orajel. Also, the white wash was a perfect color shelf for his nursery since we went with a woodland theme as it has a great earthy-white tone. I am also very happy with the quality of the shelf; it’s made of sturdy premium wood, is durable, and the white wash finish looked homemade. So if you’re looking for a rustic piece for your nursery or kids room I couldn’t recommend this shelf enough!

Although the Little Artist Shelf is my personal favorite, this shelf is one of many that Minted has just released. There are five other art shelves, The Artful Shelf series, that come in premium wood, herringbone or French farmhouse details, and even copper!

Image Source: Minted

Are you just in love with the Little Artist Shelf that includes art clips as much as I am? Which art shelf is your favorite?

For more nursery inspiration be sure to check out Minted’s children’s art prints for the perfect print to add to any of these wall shelves. I mean…my heart just skipped a beat with this one…

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and affiliate links are used. I was provided the Little Artist Shelf by Minted in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

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Open Letters August

Today I am out and about with my in-laws, but I am stopping by quickly to share with you all the open letters for August! I’m sad that this will be the last linkup that Julie will be hosting, but I am thankful for the opportunity to co-host with her this month and for the connections I’ve been able to make through the linkup!

Dear Teachers Pay Teachers,

I am grateful to you for helping me provide an income for my family through creating and sharing my teacher resources. Now that I’m staying home I find it important to still contribute, even though it may be in a small way, other than raising Greyson (even though it’s been a pretty great gig). I love expressing my creativity through these products and it’s a small way I can maintain my passions for teaching while out of the classroom.

Dear small business owners,

Women like Julie and my sister-in-law Jenny are an inspiration to watch as they entered into motherhood, decided to stay home to raise their families, and still managed to start something new for themselves. I am in awe of the hard work, determination, passion, and skill that drives their businesses and am excited for what the future holds for them. It can be scary to start something new, turn it into a business, and take that first leap and I am honored to watch it unfold and grow. Once I find myself with some disposable income I’m excited to purchase something from their respective Etsy shops!

Dear church community,

When we first moved here to CA and away from my home church and women’s small group I was nervous about having to start all over again with finding the right church and community in which to belong. Thankfully a dear friend and neighbor was carrying her Bible one morning tucked under her arm and I happened to notice. I asked her which church she attended and it was then she invited my husband and I for Easter services. I fell in love and we have been going ever since. I am grateful for the community Ventura Missionary Church has provided for me and my family, which now includes Greyson. I’m looking forward to getting him dedicated this Sunday and beginning the journey into raising him according to His teachings for our lives.

Thanks again, Julie for having me as a co-host and hosting this lovely linkup these last few months!

Open Letters June

Open Letters May

Now onto the linkup! Be sure to link up your very own letters!

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