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Currently / 1.6.15

I love jumping in on this link up from time to time. One I just love

Anne

and

Jenna

, and I think it is really sweet to share what I am up to from time to time with you all!

planning -

 Well, this is probably the thing I am the most pumped about. I was able to meet this lovely lady up top in October at the Renew Retreat. Jenni blogs over at

Frankly My Dear

. We became fast friends, and were inseparable the whole trip. WELL, Jenni is moving to Memphis (30 minutes from where my in laws live) THIS WEEK. So not only am I planning to see her this month, BUT I am planning to get together with her and

Rachel of Rachel Rewritten

AND

Lauren of Sincerely Lo

. We are all going together to a calligraphy workshop and we are so pumped about it! Happy dances all around! 

hoping -

I am hoping the

Fabulous Foodie Swap

is a huge success and lots of fun! I have been overwhelmed at the response and number of sign ups and I cannot wait for this thing to get rolling!

Sign ups

are open until THIS SATURDAY! So don't miss out on this fun swap! 

baking -

I am not so sure I can go so far as to say I am actually baking these, but I have attempted, and will continue to attempt macaroons. These little guys are no joke and not for the faint of heart. I would say the first time wasn't as bad as it could be...they tasted great, just cracked, turned too brown, and did not develop feet....so yeah, not a real homerun. But I am trying again, and hoping for better success next time! 

wearing -

My

Evy's Tree Sophie hoodie

that I got in the Holiday Sale! I got it for a HUGE discount, and it is amazing. Now that I have felt it and seen it I would be willing to pay full price for this thing. It is like wearing pajamas but so stylish and cute! I am in love and cannot wait to purchase more from this company in the future! 

resolving -

I am not really sure how I feel about New Year's resolutions...so let's just say this. I am striving towards more rest this year. I am setting boundaries, goals, and limits for myself and working hard to stay within those boundaries to the best of my ability. 

What about you? What have you been up to lately? 

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Currently

It is time to link up Anne and Jenna for another round of the Currently Link Up! 


making - Right now I am making all the crochet things. Seriously though, I have more yarn than the average person, and I am always found with a skein and hook in my hands. I have been selling so many cozies that I use all my free time to fill orders and build back up my inventory! It is seriously SO MUCH FUN! 

listening - To Mariah Carey's Pandora Christmas station. Literally all day. Every day. and I dont even have one tiny bit of shame about it. 

wrapping - These bottles of vanilla extract. Well not these exact bottles, but the bottles I made two months ago to give as gifts this holiday season! So yum, and so easy to make! 

watching (switching with reading because I haven't had time to watch anything...wah wah) - I am reading Notes from a Blue Bike still...yes I started in over a month or two ago but I am slowly but surely finding time to keep working through it, and it is so good for my soul. 

anticipating - I am highly anticipating getting these lovely pictures back from Lauren who took our Christmas card photos. She is SO SO TALENTED, and I am dying to see all the shots she got of our little family! :) 

What have you been up to lately?

Also, check out my handmade holiday guide over on A Beautiful Exchange today! Some really great shops! and don't forget to enter my Holiday Gift Guide giveaway for a chance to win lots of goodies! 

Currently // Vol. 2







I love this fun link up hosted by Jenna and Anne! Such a fun way to reflect on the season we are in and all that is going on in our lives! Summer is one of my favorite times. While our summers are not as slow as they once were back before adulthood, I still love the slow evenings when Ben comes home, walks at night, lightening bugs, summer rain, and Farmer's Market visits. Everything seems to slightly slow down in the Summer, and I just eat that up! So hear is what is happening in my life currently!

I am currently...

wanting- a Chemex coffee maker. Ah, it looks so cool. yes, I know I already own a French Press, standard coffee maker, and a Keurig...but this coffee maker is different. :) The Chemex is supposed to be a smoother way to brew your coffee. It makes strong, bold coffee that is not bitter. I even heard from a friend that it was so non acidic that she didn't even have to put sugar in it...hello, I need this guy in my life. I am hoping maybe with my birthday coming up I can purchase one...or better yet have it gifted to me...hint, hint, to all my friends out there! :)

wearing- Stripes, stripes, and more stripes. I have been living in basic slouchy tees all day every day. Throw one on with jeans, shorts, nikes, a skirt, over a maxi dress...every day my friends! I love this slouchy tee from Anthro. and it is actually not that expensive!!

reading- I have been all about some ebooks lately. From Hayley Morgan's The No Brainer Wardrobe to Jacey Verdicchio's Escaping Reaction, Embracing Intention I am loving reading these books!

cooking- All the blueberry things! Ben and I went and picked blueberries last weekend and we now have over a gallon of fresh blueberries...so needless to say I have been throwing them into everything! Next up, blueberry sweet rolls. Homemade sweet rolls are my favorite, and in my opinion the best way to kick off a weekend! :) 

loving- Of course I am loving my sweet Piper girl. She is getting bigger which makes me sad, but seriously is still the cutest thing in the whole world. She loves to wrestle with us, lick the baseboards, and pee upon the arrival of guests (we are working on that one). She is my little cuddly fur ball, so what is not to love?!

drinking- Strawberry Lemonade... nothing says summer like homemade lemonade, and then on top of that, strawberry lemonade is the next best if not better drink! I love making this and sitting on the porch with a mason jar full of this sweet stuff! 

What have you been up to lately? 

Currently...

I am super excited about this post today! My sweet new blog friend Jenna emailed me about this link up last week and I knew I wanted to jump in. So today I am linking up and sharing about my life currently...what I am currently cooking, reading, wearing, loving, and anticipating!

COOKING- This should not come as a surprise to anyone. I have started cooking through the book Bread & Wine, by Shauna Niequist, and am loving it. So far I have tackled 6 of the 29 recipes, and last night I made RISOTTO! Major fist pump after accomplishing that! I stirred that rice for 40 minutes and had to do a 20 minute yoga stretch routine for back pain after dinner...but it was so worth it. The house smelled amazing, and the risotto was delicious. I have also made Dark Chocolate Sea Salted Toffee, Goat Cheese Biscuits, and up next is a Simple Cassoulet! 

I also tried a recipe (not from the book) for homemade cilantro pesto a few weeks back. We marinated some shrimp in the pesto and then grilled them and served them over creamy pasta shells. I will be sharing this recipe on Friday! So stay tuned. 

READING - Well, thanks to another precious blog friend, Holly, who sent me this book in the mail... I am currently reading through Jen Hatmaker's book, "Seven". And I am loving it. I am only two chapters in, as I just started it over the weekend, but it is such a humbling and eye opening read. I have been so convicted of the excess that I chase after in my life, and have been reminded that less is often more. I cannot wait to read more of this honest and raw book. Have you read this book? What did you think? 

WEARING - Ah it is transition time in clothes. Some days it feels like Spring, others it is 86 degrees outside. So I have been wearings lots of dresses lately...long maxi skirts with flowing tanks, cotton knee length dresses, and sandals...every day. I am eagerly awaiting my 4th StitchFix box just to arrive just a few days before Ben and I leave for our anniversary beach trip! I am hoping that these are some great spring/summer pieces in the box that I can add to my wardrobe! What are your go to Spring pieces? I would have to say mine are sandals, maxi skirts and cotton tanks/tees!

LOVING - Yoga. I just started trying it out this week per the suggestion of my friend Nikki. And I LOVE it. I have always been more of a runner, but since Ben and I have been married I have hardly run once...I have not really gained weight but I miss being active, and running just has not been happening. So I started watching yoga videos on Youtube, and I am in love. One day in and I am sore in the good kind of way. I am excited to learn more and get better at this type of exercise. 

Also, I am LOVING design. I am not a professional, or even close to calling myself a graphic designer. But I have had so much fun lately playing around in Photoshop, creating unique blog designs for others, and making digital prints! I think I got a degree in the wrong thing...haha just kidding. But really, I have found such joy in creating things, and being creative in designing different logos, prints and blog templates. I am eager to take some online design classes in the days ahead to learn even more. Here are a couple prints I have done for some friends lately!

Check out some of my latest Blog Designs:

Last thing I am loving...my new Swiffer Wet Jet mop! Lame, I know. But we have not had a mop this entire first year of marriage... gross right? Well Monday night we finally purchased this little guy, and I am in heaven. I have mopped every hardwood surface in our home...twice. :) I love the feeling it gives me to have a clean and tidy home, and I won't complain about the fresh scent either. Swiffer for the win! 

And finally last but not least...

ANTICIPATING - This should come as no shocker but I speak for Ben and I both when I say we are really anticipating getting our sweet little puppy. We will be bringing her home June 2nd on the way home from our beach trip...and we are giddy with excitement. We have almost everything we need for when she comes home...bed, kennel, toys, shampoo, treats, bones, leash and collar...we have got it all. We are hoping to get updated pictures of our little Piper this week or next! I am so excited to be a fur mama to our little girl...call me cheesy but this is such a big step for us!

I am also anticipating my first every Influence Network class. I finally took the plunge and joined yesterday after receiving an email from Jenni about the member's downloads this month (access to an interview with Shauna Niequist eekk!). I will be taking a class on creative ways to grow online community! I cannot wait to compare notes with Jenni after the course, and look forward to be a member of the awesome network of women seeking after Jesus! Are you a part of the Influence Network?

Lastly, of course I am anticipating our on year anniversary! It has been the greatest joy of my life to be married to Ben and get to show the world the beauty of the Gospel through our marriage. It has been sanctifying, hard, and glorious all wrapped into one package. I am grateful for a weekend away just the two of us to relax and enjoy each other while catching some rays on the beach! Oh how I love this man of mine!

Thanks for the fun link up Jenna! And Happy Hump Day everyone!


Check out my sweet sponsor this month, Jenni of Frankly My Dear!