Friday, December 20, 2013

Happy Christmas Friday!

I can hardly believe Christmas is a mere few days away! Forrest turns in his final project today (cheers throughout the land!) and we hit the road tomorrow for Arizona. I can't wait! What are your weekend and Christmas plans? I hope you are able to spend the holiday with people you love, and, as cheesy as it sounds, I hope your heart is full of joy, peace and wonder.

In the meantime, here are a few fun links around the web!

Have you seen this video about an airline playing Santa to its passengers? I totally got choked up.

51 Times in 2013 Jennifer Lawrence Proved She Was Master of the Universe.

8 Items Every New Parent Needs. Made me laugh.

I absolutely loved reading this birth story. I also love watching her HGTV design show.

Mocking It Up: a fun infographic about all the Mock Newbery lists around the country.

Finally, my friend Julia writes a hilarious & thought provoking blog called: Eating Stories Like Grapes. You should check it out!

Merry Christmas, friends!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

A Very Manly Christmas

You are probably already done with all of your Christmas shopping, but just in case you're are a few ideas for that special fellow in your life!

Make magazine
$34.95 for a year (6 magazines)

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This magazine is perfect for the guy who loves to know how things work and is interested in building a few special projects of his own. Forrest had a subscription for a year (6 magazines a year) and he loved it.

Dear Mr. Watterson
$18.99 for the DVD (check out the link for all the bundle gift options!)

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For the guy who loved reading Calvin and Hobbes as a kid. Or, if you are my husband, still loves reading them.

Knitted ties
$ depends on the type of yarn you buy

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Maybe this one will need to wait until you have a bit more time, but how awesome are these hand knit ties? I love homemade gifts and this one is so original!

ASOS Cable Sweater with Elbow Patches
$35.39 ON SALE

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Because...who doesn't love their man in a sweater that has elbow patches??

NBA League Pass
$39.99 for mobile

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Because the Blazers are ON FIRE this year and he needs to watch all of the games.

What are your go-to items for your fella? I'd love to hear.


Monday, December 9, 2013

Eyes of Faith

The snow started to fall on Saturday morning. The flakes were small but consistent. I watched as my neighborhood was transformed from normal to wonderland, and my heart felt full.


The baby and I enjoyed the glow of lights from our small tree and played while Harry Potter battled trolls and dragons in the background. Still my heart felt full but also distracted.

Despite the beauty of our cozy home, I felt discontentment and jealousy creep in. Instead of being still and soaking in the glow of Juniper's smile, I focused on the small screen in my hand and the pictures of other homes with better decorations and trees. Later, I was, I am, embarrassed that I let myself be distracted from the loveliness that is my home and my life.


It is so easy for me to get wrapped up in the lives of others. To put more energy in watching and assuming what life is like for so-and-so. To get caught up in jealousy and envy at the good fortune of others. Why is it so hard for me shut off Facebook, Instagram or Twitter? Why do I focus so much on the perceived lives of others instead of marveling at the beautiful life I have been given?


Yesterday morning I listened to an Imago Dei podcast from the first Sunday of Advent. I was so encouraged by the songs, the Scripture and the message. One question that stood out to me was:

In this Advent season what kind of eyes do you have? Natural eyes or eyes of faith? What distractions are keeping you from having eyes of faith?

Welp. Ain't that just so appropriate?

I decided that for this Advent season I need a break from so much social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). I removed the Facebook and Twitter apps from my iPod Touch and I am going to try to check it less frequently. I want to be present in this season. I want to focus on my beautiful girl and really listen to her babbles because, as I'm always reminded, these days together are just too fleeting. I want to soak in the light from my tiny tree and breathe a prayer of thanks for a warm house and a roof over my head. I want to look for the Christ child and ponder His coming, and I want to be ready and waiting for His still small voice.

Happy Advent season my lovely friends.
Much love to you.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A Very Merry Humblebug Holiday (& Giveaway!)


And the winner is....Julia! "It's a Wonerful Life. Hark the Hearld Angels Sing while people throw love and money at George Bailey gets me every. single. time."

Me too, Julia, me too.

Contact me at elizabethcheri (at) gmail (dot) com to claim your prize!

Thanks for participating, guys!

The holidays are upon us, and, if you're like me, you are loving all the gift guides out there. Like this one or how about this one?

Well, I'd like to add my own two cents to the discussion and offer up the perfect holiday gift for that special lady in your life. Whether she is your mom, your sister, your best friend, your wife, or your daughter, she will love a piece of Humblebug Jewelry which is handmade by Crystal Humble.

I met Crystal twelve short years ago at a small Bible college nestled in the Rocky Mountains of Estes Park, Colorado. I remember feeling so nervous and alone as I climbed the steps of the Chalet for the first time, but then Crystal bounded up to me with her bright smile and I was able to take a deep breath. We have been friends ever since.

Crystal is so full of joy, energy and imagination, and when you look at her jewelry you can't help but feel joyful, energetic and full of imagination too. I am the proud owner of one of her necklaces, and I hope to add a few more pieces to my own jewelry collection (hint, hint, Forrest).

Today, I am beyond thrilled to announce that you, dear reader, have the opportunity to win one of Crystal's beautiful necklaces. Take a look...

"Vanity of a Beautiful Mind"

Isn't it gorgeous?!

To enter the giveaway just leave a comment below answering the following question...

What is your favorite holiday movie?

One entry per person. (Facebook comments do not count.)

The winner will be announced on Sunday.

As an added bonus, from now until December 15 use this special holiday code -  "Holiday Cheer" 12252013 - to get 20% off orders of $100 or more on the Humblebug website. Thanks, Crystal!

Also, feel free to like Humblebug's Facebook page! Crystal is always updating her portfolio and the pieces are always so gorgeous to look at.

Happy Holidays!

Check back next week for gift ideas for the special fella in your life.

P.S. For some, leaving a comment has been tricky. If you do not have a Wordpress or Google account, go ahead and use the Anonymous option; however, please make sure to leave your name in the comment. Thanks!

This giveaway is sponsored by Crystal Humble of Humblebug Jewelry. Thank you so much, Crystal!!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Trip (all the gory details)


What a week.

Here is a snippet of our trip...

The drive to Estes was a little more stressful than Forrest and I were hoping for. First, I got pulled over an hour outside of Pocatello. Sigh. Thankfully, the copper let us go with a warning. Then we hit ice and black ice outside of Wyoming and the baby screamed for a good long time. I was so stressed out I took a Dramamine and then marveled at how heavy all of my limbs felt. When we finally got into Estes we were greeted with a snowy winter wonderland. Unfortunately, our car was not as enchanted as we were and promptly slid into a ditch. Steve and Lesta rescued us and then we all collapsed into a heap of exhaustion.

Good times.

I could tell you about all the fun we had while in Estes, but I think pictures do the job just as well.

Juniper met Santa and was less than impressed.

See, I told you.

Thanksgiving outfit

The kids table

Snuggles for everyone. Seriously, this girl LOVED all the attention.

4 generations


Playing with Adrien and Nora

The whole gang together all the babies.

Christmas! Yep, we crammed a lot into this trip.

Darling girl

Love these people

We really had such a lovely time with everyone. It is so wonderful to see so many people love on our girl. Plus, Forrest and I got to have a date night - the first in many, many months - and we got to go see Catching Fire which was amazing. Also not pictured...a trip to the Science and History Museum in Denver, haircuts for Forrest and I, lots of football, lots of laughs, and so much good food. Honestly, I think Forrest and I need to eat only salad until our next big trip in three weeks to go see my family.

When we left Estes on Sunday we planned to split the trip up so we wouldn't go crazy from the screaming baby. What we didn't count on was 65 mph winds that threatened to blow our car over. I'll admit that I cried at one point because it was so scary. Then the motel we stayed in was laughably horrible. The first room they put us in had three doors - the one from the hallway, one for the room next door, and one that went outside. The latter was not closed all the way so the room was freezing. A chair was pushed against it (to keep it closed?) but we were able to shut and latch it completely and then promptly blasted the heater. I went to the bathroom and chuckled at the broken toilet paper holder but then shuddered at what looked like blood in the sink. I kid you not. All of us were trying to be brave but when we found hairs and dirt on one of the beds Forrest called the front desk and asked for a new room. The new room was better but we still wouldn't let the baby crawl on the floor.

Ah, memories.

How was your Thanksgiving?

Check back later this week for some holiday gift ideas and a special giveaway!!