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Christmas in the Studio

As we head into the "most wonderful time of the year" my prayer for all of us is that we can stop and remember Who helps us when we are a tangled mess of lights. It is going to be nearly impossible to stop the days from flipping frantically past us during the next month but I truly do want us to go into this holiday season aware of our triggers so that we can do less and be more intentional with our time.

I'm excited to introduce the CP Studio holiday line! Raleigh and I worked hard designing items that we hope will encourage you to celebrate your people, place, and purpose. You will notice many new items, as well as, some updated favorites. Each item in the Studio has been handmade and printed in the good 'ole USA. We are also excited to announce that a portion of each purchase will be donated to the Wiregrass Hope Group this holiday season. 

To shop the Studio this Christmas, head here.  

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how to create calm amidst the holiday chaos

We're in that magical and slightly maddening stretch of the year where the calendar is overflowing with holiday parties, celebratory dinners, and family get-togethers.

For the most part it's fun, but sometimes all the activity can leave me feeling frazzled. 

In those moments, it's especially important to me that our home feels like a retreat from all the busyness.

Scent is one of my favorite ways to create a calm, restorative atmosphere, so I'm thrilled that Mrs. Meyer's is bringing back my favorite seasonal scents: peppermint, orange clove, and Iowa pine. This week only, Grove Collaborative is giving away free Mrs. Meyer’s Holiday Sets to new customers. Learn more about why I recommend these products in today's blog post.  

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how to say goodbye to the ones you love {a tribute to my grandfather}

Today would have been my grandfather's 85th birthday. 

He's been gone now for nine days, and it is still hard to comprehend that he's gone. The thing with death is that it always comes before we are ready to say goodbye. We all long for just one more day, one more hour, one more second with those we love. But death, like so many other things in this world, is not something that we can control. I can't live in regret, and neither can you. What we can live in is the memories that we shared with the ones we love. We can celebrate their lives and believe that we are made for #connectionnotperfection. 

Join me on the blog today as I pay tribute to my grandfather, a Veteran, an athlete, a man who loved the Lord. As we celebrate his life, I pray it gives you comfort in saying goodbye to the ones you love. 

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how to make pumpkin streusel muffins

It's October, which means it is officially PUMPKIN SPICE SEASON!!! Is anyone else doing a happy dance? 

Every fall, I love to whip up a batch of my homemade pumpkin streusel muffins. The thing that I love most about these muffins is the streusel topping which is made with a mixture of brown sugar, cinnamon, and chopped pecans. Inside the muffins, I add pumpkin puree to keep the muffins moist along with dashes of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and pumpkin spice which really enhance the pumpkin flavor. 

Read more about how to make pumpkin streusel muffins in today's blog post. 

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5 books you will love this fall

This week my family is on fall break and we are enjoying some free time around the house. Whenever we are on a break from school, I love to sit down with a cup of tea while the kids are napping/resting and read. Reading is my vacation, a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday living, a moment of retreat. Today, I wanted to share with you five books that I think you will love this fall {+ a giveaway at the end!}.

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