Purge & Splurge | Spring Cleaning Your Space

blog dIf it doesn’t inspire you… ditch it. You should look around your home and love it. This might sound impossible, but I learned this idea six years ago, and every year has gotten better. Let your surroundings make you happy… because there’s enough around you that does not.

Walls | My affinity for photography is overwhelming. My walls are BLANK because I can’t decide WHAT to order and hang. Redic. Along with portrait adoration… is colour! SO much so, that I’m non-committal… I’m just deciding to choose pics and paint, knowing I can always change it, and loving it while it charms my home.

Clothing | I don’t own anything I don’t wear. IF you do… give and live, babe! Enjoy your day by letting go and bettering someone’s wardrobe. Be selfless and give that “oh! Totally forgot I have this!” to someone who will “I’ve ALWAYS wanted this!” blog eYour armoire should be an instant representation of who you are, who you love, and what you believe in.

Kids’ Space | If your kiddos share a space, coordinate their bedding… this creates the illusion that it’s a bigger space than it actually is. Keep pattern in framed pieces and touches, like an ottoman, rug, open-closet display. We make it a rule in our home to purge before every holiday, and at the beginning of every season. This keeps your babes tidy and always giving!

Romantic Space | Rich colors with whimsical touches, keeping with your beau’s desires. My husby can’t handle ”too girly”… so I keep that, and the like, in mind.

I truly believe the atmosphere you create sets the tone for your home. So if this seems too much, too fast… start slow.

*Burn a candle…. Use complimentary scents throughout your home. *Add drapery… A good pattern to reflect your family’s personality. *Have music lists… A company setting: full of tranquil, inspiring music. A party mix: full of fun and motion. A study list: complete with classical and spiritual. And, of course, the bedroom hits: John Legend-y and such! A personal fave… LC inspirational music for baby to sleep and play. *Commit to buying at least one item a month that you can’t imagine never seeing again. Buy it. Store it. And be inspired by it… help it create your room. One piece – one accent wall, can inspire your entire space. This might just be your splurge moment! #doyou [disclaimer: photos are from pinterest!]blog b

Hippity Hoppity Easter’s Gone Away…

meThe baskets are gone. The eggs are gone. The Easter Bunny is gone. The smiles are…. seemingly…… g o n e. Are you a Holiday lover? My four year old is all about everything celebration. It seems children don’t quite understand when a holiday is over… the tree they fervently decorated gets merrily thrown out, the endless supply of fireworks fizzle out after an evening, & the must-have costumes get masked by clutter. If I’m honest, I lean toward deflation myself when a much-anticipated holiday ends. I know many adults who thrive when it’s time to vacay- not that I fault you. HALLELU for beaches & barbeques!                            *almost 4 months!*}

…But what makes you happy? Is it living momentary excitement to momentary excitement? “It’s EASTER! That means candy, egg hunts, pictures with the bunny, matching Sunday best, overflowing baskets, candy, visiting with family, CHOCOLATE candy [!!] (you can clearly digest my momentary excitement) – It’s over?… back to the daily grind… BUT the weekend is coming!!!” If you can relate to this… you just hopped into my psyche. I’m hoping to challenge you with what’s on my heart… What if you were that excited about the day-to-day that seems so unfortunately mundane?! What if going to work made you smile? Going to the supermarket made you giddy? Potty-training made you smirk? Oh.emgee… I’m even perked to read what’s next…

kai and actual myIt’s possible. SO possible that joy can fill your heart, your mind, your soul, that you don’t even know otherwise. That Joy keeps you from anger when you get cut off AND the bird flown your direction; that Joy ensues warmth in your heart toward the unknowing stranger who so flippantly received your kind gesture without a simple “thank you” in return; that. JOY. pursues you daily & allows you the opportunity of freedom in contentment with today.                                                                        {*my festive four year old, Kai and three year old, Amiyah in their Easter best!

That Joy is Jesus. He left a perfect home, to take every single stank eye you’ve given, slander you’ve hurled, degrading thought you’ve processed…upon Himself, to become it, to see you free. He has given it all…His holiday never ended. It is every single step you take & breath you breathe. Today is beautiful. Your co-workers need you, your HUSBAND needs kennayou, your babies need you, that stranger needs you. YOU…need you. Prepare for the unthinkable… & see how Joy can flood your heart. You can find joy in who you are… because you are His.                                            *Kenna Love at 16 mo.s!*}

xx. meg.

Superdads Solving the Diaper Bag Algorithm

diaper bagsThis one goes out to all the SUPERDADS out there!

Has anyone else had this conversation with their spouse?

SuperMom: Honey, could you finish packing the diaper bag before we go?


SuperDad: Um, yeah… I can totally do that… Can you just go over what that entails?

SuperMom: Babe, we’re going to be late! Ok, look. Put these 10 items in these 6 pockets. But make sure to pack double of Item X, unless we’re out, in which case please pack triple of Item Y. And check the weather report in case we need to pack rainy day items which are in the bag in the laundry room. But if it’s not rainy, we’ll need extra snacks and drinks because we’ll stay longer, in which case, could you also pack a second snack bag?

SuperDad: Riight… Ok, no problem sweetheart.

~~~~~In case you’re a dad (or know one) who’s not naturally programmed with the Mommy Diaper Bag Algorithm… We hope this video from Jenni June helps alleviate diaper packing stress!


Diaper Bag Selection: A lot of dads will still carry it for you if it’s pink, but… Why put them through that? I suggest picking a gender-neutral one, that he can comfortably carry even when you’re not around OR pick 2 – his and hers!

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March Madness!


March was full of madness… Not just jacked up brackets, but the craziest weather ever. We midwesterners can’t always live the glam life of the east and west coasters. We are just begging for some warm weather and sun rays. Until spring truly has sprung…. I’ll strap on my kids’ “Tigger tails” and bundle them up for outdoor play – because we ALL need the fresh air.


Enjoy your babies. Do you? Or did these snow days make you cringe? Do the winter blues make you want to pull your hair out? Are your kids your madness? People look at me like I’m crazy when I say “we are pregnant with our fourth.” Children are a blessing from The Lord. A gift! A joy! An honor to have.

I hope your March didn’t make you mad, but if it did…today is a great time to let the rest of April make you joyful.

Happy Spring!!


find your ItFactor.

So what is it that makes that someone special? It’s that indefinable something that draws people in. Let’s inspire your thAng, and rock it out.

*Ham it up with him: A Sexy Wife

Playful banter seems to be a gal’s best friend. I enjoy getting a good grin out of my collegiate love… especially, those inside, unspeakable jokes in front of people. Fun little games make marriage enticingly sweet. So, don’t give up the sizzle. Have fun with him, and turn up the heat with class.

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