ARTIFACT UPRISING Holiday Card Giveaway
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Can you believe December is right around the corner!?  Have you ordered your Christmas cards yet!?  I’m always so busy helping other people design their Christmas cards, that I tend to put off creating my own!  Thankfully, Artifact Uprising made it easy for me this year with their beautifully designed holiday photo cards.  I chose an instagram friendly template for our cards this year, but I also love the new 3-in-1 card :  it’s a card, a photo print and gift tag – all in one.   Family & friends can tear away the photo print for year-round display and use the gift tag for holiday gift-giving.  How smart, right!?  I have been a long time advocate for this company, their mission, and the quality behind everything they do!  Their products always impress!

Today, we’ve teamed up for a giveaway, offering up a free pack of 25 holiday cards!  Simply type in your email address below to enter!  A winner will be chosen on Sunday, 11/30! Good luck!


Rose & Fitzgerald
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Introducing Rose & Fitzgerald.   A beautiful collection of  hand made jewelry and home goods.  My friend Courtney and her husband Laren moved from California to Africa several years ago seeking out beauty and talent in a part of the world brimming with intrigue, untapped potential and age-old artistic methods.  What they found there was inspiration behind the birth of Rose & Fitzgerald, a design-and-craft studio based in Kampala, Uganda.  They work with master hand-craftsmen there to create and curate unexpected, beautiful pieces mixing traditional craft with a stylish flair.  What I love about these products is that they are unique….with the highest level of quality, making them not just a great product, but something you’ll want to hang on to for years to come.

If you’re anything like me and have a hard time finding a great gift for the guys in your life, there are a few options here that are perfect.  Especially those whisky tumblers!  And of course, unique handmade jewelry for women is always a win.  Never too early to start Christmas shopping! ;)

Pictured above:  Dipped Geometric Candle Holders // Raw Wood Charcuterie Board // Cow Horn Spoon Set // Edison Bulb Lamp // Golden Spikes Necklace // Hammored Brass Gladiator Ring // Whisky Tumbler Set

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I posted this photo on instagram last week and was surprised at how many people were interested in having me share the recipe to this granola!  It’s a family recipe, passed down to me from my mother-in-law.  Every year when Sam and I go to visit his mom and dad, either in Minnesota or Wisconsin, we devour this stuff.  I finally wised up and got the recipe to make for ourselves.  Sam’s been eating it since he was a kid, and he still asks me to make it for him!  And to be totally honest, it’s the best granola I’ve ever had too! (and I’ve tried a lot of granola! haha).  This recipe makes A TON….so it will last you a good while.   It’s made up of simple ingredients and is quick and easy to make.  And if you are constantly buying granola like we were, it’s a whole lot cheaper to make it this way!   Just pop a couple bags in the freezer and save it for when you want it.  Enjoy!


1 large cylinder of Quaker Oats
2 cups sunflower seads
2 cups nuts *of choice (soy nuts, pecans, walnuts)
2 cups bran flakes
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups canola oil
2 cups honey
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
2 cups dried fruits *of choice (cranberries, cherries, apricots)


Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Spray roasting pan with non-stick cooking spray
Pour oats in and heat in oven for 10 minutes
Remove oats from oven and stir in everything else except for the dried fruits
Bake at 325 for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes
Remove from oven and let cool
Mix in dried fruits

Store in Ziploc gallon bag in your refrigerator or freezer!

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A motto to live by.

I’ve been a long time fan of The Shine Project (and Ashley, the amazing girl behind it all) and the work they do to improve the lives of at-risk teens.  This tee is part of their 7 week campaign, where each week they highlight a different student employee by sharing their story and life motto.  You can purchase Brianna’s tee here, and read her story here.  A portion of this sale will go to Brianna’s scholarship fund.

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Ace & Jig Ra Ra Zodiac Midi SkirtSALT Pickford Sunglasses / St. Eve ‘Into the Mystic’ Necklace / Am. Apparel Crop Tee

Photos by Jackie Wonders

Have I mentioned lately how much I love a good midi skirt?  Especially this one from Ace & Jig.  I can wear it with almost anything and it’s one of the comfiest pieces I own.  And comfort ranks high on the priority list these days.  Today it was 95 degrees.  Which is pretty miserable when you are pregnant and working out of a house with no AC.  And they say it’s only going to get hotter over the next few days.  I don’t know what’s happening right now  but I sure hope these heat waves and Santa Ana winds don’t last through the entire summer, otherwise I’m in trouble.  I got a call from my mom this afternoon saying she had to evacuate her house because a huge brush fire was a few miles from her and quickly heading in her direction.  Thankfully, the winds shifted and the fire went around her….but it gave us all a good scare.  It’s always strange to think about what you would do if your entire house and everything in it was suddenly gone.  I know it’s just “things”….but it’s also memories.  Items you spent your life collecting.  I guess while other people deal with tornados and storms, we are up against fires and earthquakes.  Mother nature sure is unpredictable.  The only thing that’s worth holding close are the people we love.