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13 July 2014

Grace Over Hate Movement


Chantal Wiebe on Instagram posted this insightful and thought-provoking comment recently. "It's not always a smooth ride, friends. I sometimes let my 

boys down. I sometimes holler

at them. I sometimes forget they

are just children. Tears fall and

words fail. But here's why I don't

share every ugly detail:

some things are meant to be

worked out in private moments.

While we are here together in this

little app, let's not confuse

authenticity for intimacy. Or well-

lived for well-liked, in the form of

twice-tapped little white hearts.

Because there is a difference.

And we should have no additional

reasons to put ourselves as women

in the public stocks with our self-

deprecation for company. We are 

doing our best. And we are not

perfect, just #perfectlyenough." 


Sometimes with social media, I feel a sense of 'damned if you do, damned if you don't'. Finding a comfortable spot between "keepin' it real" and maintaining privacy as a family can easily become more about trying to navigate the opinions of others, being we only show tiny pieces of our lives. But I believe your life is not my business, even if you post photos showing your life. A peek into your life is a privilege, certainly not my right. We can each have a voice and that's the beautiful balance in our differences. We can each contribute something to make social media worthwhile. I might seek parental wisdom from one person & fashion advice from another. And what if we internalized less opinions about one another's posts and instead just felt love? Isn't that what we're called to do? Extend grace and turn to Him for self-assurance. Rather than judge someone without all the information (because a photo or two a day is definitely not all the information), what if we just assumed others struggle and have insecurities and dysfunction and lose their temper (or maybe that's just me! ��..ha!) and we overlooked those faults, cut each other some slack, and in that assumption of commonality, find peace in others' decision to share whatever they choose. We often judge others actions but we want others to judge our intentions. But shouldn't we view one another the way we want to be viewed and work to lift each other up? We're not perfect but perfectly enough, as @chantal_Weibe so eloquently stated in her post that really got me thinking on this whole topic of intimacy versus authenticity.  We get to choose how we react to every situation. How awesome is that? Grace over hate. Love rather than judge. Read Chantal's post on her feed for more thoughts on this.) #perfectlyenough #graceoverhate  

25 June 2014

Remember To Play



Don't get me wrong, I love lists...I am a list makin' mama! But as our days pass, especially in this 'hurry up/be successful/grow your business/do it better' culture, life can become a list of chores to be completed rather than what it should be- work to live, don't live to work. I feel fortunate that I truly enjoy my 'work' being an artist & a mama but I enjoy it more when I let it happen the way it's supposed to happen. I know that might not be the popular attitude to have right now. Setting goals and working hard are key ingredients to achieving success. But success without balance is just.....tiring! This day won't come again. Make the best of it. And every once in a while, throw your list out and just wing it. It'll all be okay. ;) 

Your kids won't remember that you got your to-do's all checked, they will remember that you played with them. 

16 June 2014

Love Grows Best In Little Houses


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09 June 2014

I Am What I Choose To Be

You are not your past nor are you what people chose to do to you. You are what you choose to be. I realized at some point that this is not a task I can tackle alone. With God's grace & mercy I know I have the chance to start over. Every single morning. I am not intentionally blowing it. But I blow it. Every day. God graciously extends His love to us & we're expected to do the same. When it's difficult to love other people, start with loving yourself & see if loving others comes easier. Happy Monday!! Cut yourself some slack this week. :)

03 June 2014

Free Shipping Promo!

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28 April 2014

Gin & Tonic Sorbet Recipe

Gin & tonic is a favorite summertime drink for my bestie & I and though it's not quite summer,
anytime is a good time to talk g & t's. 



This should make your hot summer days a little more bearable, don't you think? 


(adapted from The Boys Club)




16 April 2014

When Life Gives You Lemons Change Your Perspective



Oh that Phil Dunphy. He's a character that we all feel like we know a version of. Here's the thing though- it really is about perspective. We always have the opportunity to turn a situation around simply by choosing to view it different. I realize this is easier said than done, especially when tragedy strikes. 

We have an employee who has become very dear to us. He has overcome huge struggles in his life. He wasn't given much of a chance at life from the get-go. He spent years in prison. He courageously turned his life around and shares his testimony any chance he can. He was literally near death, after being shot thirteen times (yes!!! THIRTEEN!!) when God spoke to him and told him he would be spared.  He didn't believe in God before this experience. Now? His faith is a beacon of light for all that come in contact with him. Recently, he learned the hard way that there is  zero tolerance  for slip-ups and he will be spending a year incarcerated. Through letters he's shared with us he tells us that God blessed him with an opportunity to go on a mission for a year to reach the unreachable. Can you imagine? Learning that you will spend a year in prison and you CHOOSE to have this attitude? Obviously it's been difficult for him especially because this is the first time in his life that he has what he considers family that love him and support him (no matter what) and he talks about how he's disappointed us but he's also learned that we haven't left.  He chooses to ask God what he's supposed to get out of this and he chooses to listen. Yes, we all have free will (that's what got him back in the system in the first place) but the beauty of free will is we can turn our thoughts around the second we choose to.

We only have one shot at this life. As all the cliche phrases go, there's no do overs and this isn't a dress rehearsal. But having grace in our hearts spills over into our minds and choosing this perspective makes the time we have here a whole heck of a lot better. 


14 April 2014

The Household Notebook- What Works For Our Family & Free Printables!


After years of using the old-school filing cabinet, I decided to come up with a system that worked better for our family....actually it works better for me. I found that when papers went in the filing cabinet they somehow didn't make it to their intended destination and it made me lazy.  I was shoving papers in the 'file later' section and said papers/documents were not getting filed. 

I use the Martha Stewart notebooks found here along with her tabs and sheet protectors. Any sheet protector will do but I like the little flap on these ones as it keeps your papers in the notebook. The flap prevents them from sliding out. 

Each member of the family has a designated color and their documents stay tidy in their section. I have a section for Matt and I together as well which includes our marriage certificate, house stuff etc.  I keep copies on hand of things like birth certificates behind the original so I have them handy. If we needed the whole darn notebook in an emergency I could grab it which gives me a strange sense of comfort. 

I have a few different notebooks for our schedules as well as our family motto. I'll post more on that soon. ;) 


Click the images to print for your own 'Household Notebook'. 





05 April 2014

Free 'Think Before You Speak' Printable



I know this is likely a staple of teachers' classrooms but decided I wanted to make my own version for our home. Not only is this a fabulous reminder for our kiddos, but I KNOW I could use a dose of humble pie myself.  I'm not always an example to my kiddos like I should be. Not only do I want to work on thinking before I speak, I want to work on not thinking these things period. What a waste of time, don't you think? We get what we give and when we give nasty thoughts, it permeates us and undoes the good we're trying to spread.

23 March 2014

Love Never Fails




Love is impossible without faith and faith isn't really faith without love. I think we are called to love but to love in this way, to REALLY love, is one of the most difficult tasks. It's something I struggle with every day. 

"Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end."
1 Corinthians 13:7 The MSG


20 March 2014

Lemons Lemons Lemons Cakes & Cocktails

Happy Spring!! It doesn't feel quite like spring around here but with this cake it smells like it & tastes like it. Grab some Trader Joe's tulips and you're set. Enjoy!

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Lemonade Cake
1/3 cup butter
3 eggs
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/4 cup frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed (swap out for pink lemonade if desired & replace yellow food color with red)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tsp lemon zest
1 1/4 cups buttermilk or sour milk
Yellow food coloring (optional)
Thin lemon slices (optional)

Directions
  1. Allow butter and eggs to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan. In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add sugar, about 1/4 cup at a time, beating on medium speed until well combined. Scrape sides of bowl; beat for 2 minutes more. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Beat in lemonade concentrate, lemon zest & vanilla. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Stir in a few drops of yellow food coloring. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Spread cake with Lemon Butter Frosting. 
Lemon Butter Frosting

1/3 cup softened butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoons frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
Directions

1. Beat softened butter on medium speed until smooth. Gradually add the 1 cup powdered sugar, beating well. Beat in the 1/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate & vanilla. Gradually beat in the additional powdered sugar. Beat in additional frozen lemonade concentrate to reach spreading consistency.

(/1/ ; Recipe adapted from BHG)

With all the leftover lemons, how about a Lemon Drop to go with your cake. Have your cake and your cocktail too? Or something like that. ;)

Lemon Drop
2 cups frozen vodka
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup superfine sugar
1 lemon, thinly sliced
Ice


Directions
Combine the vodka, lemon juice, and sugar and pour into a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour into martini glasses and garnish with lemon slices.



03 March 2014

Let Them Eat Cake Party Theme!

             

Before I got started, I sent this video over to the birthday girl to give her an idea of what everything could look like when we pull all the details together. Of course she was delighted. Her mama was even more delighted because it gives her the chance to do the fun part. 


This is what I've been working on! Fun fun! The birthday girl's name is on the cake but I left it off this graphic.
The girls will be taking home this little gem as one of their favors.
Be Kind and Hold Your Head High...those are my favorites. Of course Eat Cake is right up there.

Interested in a custom celebration suite? Email me at hello@aedriel.com and we'll discuss details.



17 February 2014

17 December 2013

Glam Holiday Breakfast: Glitter Guide Feature



It was such an honor to be included with such talented gals. Monika Hibbs from The Doctor's Closet and Stephanie Jean of Lulu & Drew put together and amazing shoot for The Glitter Guide here. This flocked tree sets the tone for such a glam holiday breakfast. I think the kids will appreciate the details almost as much as moms!

Here's a peek at a few of my favorite photos. Be sure to check the links above for more!



Find these little Aedriel Originals' scripted plates here




 I'll be back tomorrow to share another fun shoot with you all! 
XO!


30 November 2013

Small Business Saturday Feature






Shop small, shop local, support handmade, and share the love.

Here are a few of my favorite things...


Emily McDowell is genuine and humble and ridiculously funny. Find her goodness here


I will not compare myself to strangers on the internet. 
Can I get an amen?

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 Elizabeth Mayville is one of my favorite artists. Her art evokes a feeling of peace and loneliness at the same time. How is that even possible? 
 Find her here.





We have her print on our antique bookcase pictured above. This is another combination of contrasting feelings. Her print offers a bit of a modern edge while still being reminiscent of a time period we've only heard stories about. 

What are some of your favorite small businesses? 

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24 November 2013

Free Gift Tag Printables for Christmas


How fun are these free gift label printables from Lia Griffith?? Find them here.


Find these at myownlable.com here.


These are fun, aren't they? Find them here