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christmas adventWeek 2 of  advent inspiration with Lesley is centered around the second name for Christ in Isaiah 9:6 – Mighty God.  “Mighty” can be translated to mean great power, skill, strength, or force.  I thought a fun way to illustrate this would be with a shield (perhaps a bit like Captain America’s?).  I like the parallel, because the not only does a shield represent strength but it is also a protector of its bearer, much like God is the protector of our little ones.christmas adventFor week 2 of advent (starting on Sunday, December 8th), light a second candle next to the first one, so you will have two candles lit this week.  Light the candles whenever you sit down to eat together as a family, read Isaiah 9:6 and talk about what it means to be “mighty” and how you know that God is mighty.  This is once again a fairly simple craft; I found these adorable wooden shields at Joanne’s (it appears they aren’t available online, but there are some on Etsy).  I really like the natural wood showing through, so there is just a little bit of acrylic paint on the top with some gold rub n’ buff around the edges.  Ribbon is stapled to the back for Vivi to hold onto.christmas adventI’d say they work pretty great for battling imaginary (and perhaps real!) foes!  Be sure to check out Lesley’s blog for a a recipe for peppermint chocolate truffles (want one now!) to make alongside your kids this week! Hope you checked out the pretty polka dot pancakes from yesterday. I can personally attest to the fact that they are delightful.christmas advent


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christmas adventThis week, Lesley and I are teaming up for some Christmas advent inspiration.  Yesterday we shared the concept, as well as an idea on how to make your own advent centerpiece.  We are focusing on Isaiah 9:6, taking one name from the verse each week leading up to Christmas.  The first week (the week of December 1st) , the name is “wonderful counselor,” meaning God is amazing and has the wisdom to rule.  To start the week, light one of the advent candles on the end when your family eats together, read the verse, and talk about the name “wonderful counselor.”christmas adventThis week’s craft is a paper cup telephone.  The idea is that God is wise and listens to you, so you can talk to Him about anything, and He will guide your steps.  It’s a really simple project; all you need are two paper cups with small punched holes in the bottom to attach the string with knots.  I used masonry twine (Isn’t the color so pretty?  Who knew!  It also comes in yellow!) and some gold vinyl I have, but stickers, markers, or contact paper would all do just as well!  The telephone really does work, and Vivi and I played with it.  She loves the way it makes her voice sound louder, and how you can hear someone so well from far away.  (Note: be sure the string is pulled taut when using it as a “telephone,” otherwise it won’t really work.)  Maybe ask a few questions through the telephone or practice telling each other sweet little secrets.  christmas adventI think it’s fun to light the candle every night you eat together as a family to really set the tone that this is a special season, and to encourage conversation on the topic.  You can read the same verse every night (the littles will have it memorized in no time!), or find other supporting verses to talk about this week, to let them know of God’s great wisdom and the fact that they can talk to Him about anything that is on their precious little hearts.

Now, head over to Lesley’s blog to check out a recipe for some extra yummy polka dot pancakes to make with your little ones and friends for this week!

(And, yes, I made the crafts in all the pictures this week, but I’ll be doing these with Vivi throughout December and sharing how hers turn out on instagram!)


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Lesley Graham"ok now i'm gonna cry! sweetest comment ever and he is 100% right!! xo "

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christmas adventSo, Christmas is fast upon us and I really wanted to do a little advent project.  I know this is early – before Thanksgiving and all – but I was hoping there would be enough time for any of you to be able to prepare so you can do something like this with your little ones if you wish.  I realize that not all of you celebrate Christmas/this season as the birth of Jesus, but regardless I hope you will at least be inspired by some prettiness and fun ideas for activities to do with the kids.  Lesley and I worked together and she will be featuring fun kid-friendly (gluten-free!) recipes on her blog, and I’ll have craft ideas here.Christmas advent Last year, I decided it would be fun to celebrate advent in the traditional sense, where you read verses about the birth of Christ every day the month before Christmas, and you light a new candle in a wreath each week.  However, it got to be a bit cumbersome with a newly-minted squirmy two year old, and while it was a great thought, the verses were lengthy and it was challenging to all sit down for supper together every night and make time for it.  This year, I wanted to find a simpler (i.e. achievable), more impactful way to convey to Vivi the reason we celebrate Christmas by choosing one verse on which to focus.  She really though the candles were special last year (who doesn’t think candles make dining more festive!) so I wanted to keep that idea and make a pretty, simple, modern advent centerpiece.christmas adventI found a cheese board at Target, and painted the triangles on top with acrylic paint, and put a little gold rub n’ buff along the edges as well.  The pretty mercury glass hurricanes are from Target as well.  You can certainly make your own version of this; you just need five candles.  christmas adventThe verse we are using is Isaiah 9:6, and each week before Christmas, we’ll be focusing on one of the four names given to Jesus with a fun little craft to prompt a some discussion and hopefully make it memorable.  I have that poster above available in my Society6 shop if you want one similar (in evergreen, winter blue, and pink) but it would also be fun to make your own or just write it on a chalkboard.  More details coming throughout this week!  Be sure to check out Lesley’s blog for coordinating recipes for some baking fun!flowersOn a completely unrelated note, we had Vivi’s birthday party this past weekend.  It was so much fun.  The weather couldn’t have been more perfect, and we had such a wonderful time celebrating!   My sweet friend Lindsay Coletta did all the flowers and I can hardly handle how beautiful they are.  I have them displayed all over the house, and I think I might cry when they wilt.  Can’t wait to share photos!


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CT"Hi Joni! Everything looks stunning! Quick question, where did you get the vintage geometric chairs?! "

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my little deer

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Today, I have a fun giveaway from the talented Stacie of Gingiber!  I’m such a fan of her adorable prints and pillows, and she is offering a giveaway of her Pajama Bear Pillow and Reindeer Pillow, just in time for Christmas!  To enter, be sure to check out her shop and just leave a comment below, and the winner will be announced next Wednesday, November 20th!  Here is a little inspiration around that adorable reindeer pillow:my little deer


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Sheri"Did you announce the winner?? Don't see it on here or on your instagram? "

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Chelsea"Not gonna lie, kind of want the pillows for my bed :) so adorbs! "

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a little rocket girl

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astronaut baby room ideasToday on BHG is a little space inspired nursery.  We saw Gravity last weekend.  Have you seen it?  Quite the movie, and I wasn’t expecting it to be so emotional.  Space always manages to shift my perspective.  It makes me feel so very tiny – does it make you feel a bit introspective, too?  This is sort of an updated version of the Rocket Girl board from awhile back, with a bit of a more modern spin.  That rocker is so gorgeous, isn’t it?  Quite the splurge – but beautiful.  Go here for sources.


Molly"I love this. LOVE. So fresh and original!! "

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