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Thoughtfully Gifted - Chip Chip Hooray
CELEBRATE, CREATE, DIY, Mommy Break Features

Thoughtfully Gifted – Chip Chip Hooray

When you gift, gift a story. – Thoughtfully gifted

To me a gift is so much more than a present. Every gift tells a story, from the wrapping paper to the meaning behind the gift.   Do you ever wish you could mail the PERFECT gift to a friend that would brighten their day, make their birthday extra special or just send some extra love??!!  Well I have the perfect company for you!

Let me introduce you to Thoughtfully.  Thoughtfully is a gifting company that is creating a new gifting experience much more exciting than the traditional gift basket.  Thoughtfully believes that a gift should last long after the beautiful wrappings have been torn away. Thoughtfully creates unique gifts that tell a story – a curated adventure perfect for each special individual in your life.

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1 Year BLOGiversary

1 Year BLOGiversary – Backstage Access to Espresso Ever After

Blogging has become such an amazing creative outlet for me, in a time that I have needed it the most … mommyhood!  I am so thankful that over the last year through blogging I have been given the opportunity to do what I love and to grow as a wife, mom, friend, and writer through Espresso Ever After.  I am so thankful to you, for following along, encouraging me and and supporting me through this blogging adventure! Cheers to 1 year and to many more to come!

In honor of my 1 Year BLOGiversary, I wanted to give you a behind the scenes Espresso Ever After tour of my 5 favorite blog posts from the last year. This tour includes my vision as well as my mental and emotional states at the time of creation and reveals the WHY behind the content of each post. I hope you enjoy the tour, and thank you for your love and support in my blogging journey!  As usual, grab a latte, get cozy and enjoy!

:Backstage Access to Espresso Ever After : My 5 Favorite Blog Posts:

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mommy of the month

Mommy of the Month @ Lucy and Leo

I am beyond excited to share with you that I was selected to be the June M.O.M. – Mommy of the Month by Lucy and Leo.  Lucy and Leo is an amazing children’s clothing company and I couldn’t be more honored for this opportunity.

mommy of the month

:: Click HERE to see my feature and read more of my Q & A interview on mommy-hood. ::

Lucy and Leo was featured a few months back on the blog as a ‘Mommy Break Feature’ and I absolutely adore their mission, as clothing that gives back. Click HERE to check out my feature on this fabulous organic childrenswear company.

Beyond thrilled!  Thank you again Lucy and Leo!!!

8th wedding anniversary
CELEBRATE, Faith & Encouragement, Holidays, LIFESTYLE

8 Things I Have Learned In 8 Years Of Marriage

Today marks my 8th wedding anniversary, I can’t believe I have been married for 8 years to my college sweetheart! I am so thankful for all of the fun moments and memories, as well as the hard times and difficulties.  We have been through college, more college, moving to Washington, moving to Kansas, buying a home, having babies, career changes, losing loved ones…  I could go on and on.  The beauty of marriage is that you have a partner to do life with.  Someone to lean on in hard times and someone to rejoice with in the good times.  Marriage is a beautiful gift.

8 year wedding anniversary

Since today is my 8th wedding anniversary I wanted to share…               8 little gems I have learned in my 8 years of marriage.

Disclaimer: my marriage is not perfect… far from it actually.  But, we are fully committed to one another and do our best to love, serve, and respect one another on a daily basis.  
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Jord wood watches - time

This Father’s Day, Give The Gift of… TIME!

The value of a watch is not in being able to tell how much time has passed, but in being aware of the need to make that time count. Jord

Since having our second daughter we have learned more than ever that time is precious!  We are busier than we have ever been, and we’re loving every second of it.  That being said, for Father’s Day this year I am giving my husband the gift of time.  My husband is a busy man who works very hard providing for our family, filling each of us with love, support and encouragement and always leaves his stress at the door.  This year for Father’s Day I thought it would be fun to give my hubby something to represent how grateful we are for him and all that he does for us, by surprising him with a watch to remember where we are at in time… a family of 4 with 2 sweet and rambunctious little girls!

Jord wood watches - time

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Mother's Day 2016

Happy Mother’s Day – Mother/Daughter Photo Shoot

Mother’s Day has become such a special holiday to me.  I am so thankful and beyond blessed to have two of the sweetest little girls that I love so much and I am honored to be their mom.  Being a mom is truly the best!  That being said, I cannot do what I do as a mom without the unquestioned love and support of my amazing husband.  I am so blessed and grateful to have such a devoted, thoughtful and relentlessly loving husband.  Thank you, Travis!

My husband usually asks me in advance what I would like for Mother’s Day, but this year that didn’t happen.  (Hence why I posted my Gift Guide for the Men this year – lol!) But, much to my surprise… he did not disappoint, instead he exceeded my expectations!  For my Mother’s Day gift, my sweet husband told me to get dressed up, and while I did… he got the girl’s dressed up in darling, matching dresses;  he obviously knows the way to my heart – matching dresses!  He surprised me and took us to a nearby park for a mini mother/daughter photo shoot.  I am so thankful that he knows what makes my heart explode with happiness.  I love that I have adorable photos to always remember and look back upon.  These are the crucial moments that I will always want to look back on!  Thank you Travis for capturing the most precious moments with my girls!  Truthfully, the BEST Mother’s Day gift I could have asked for!

“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” — Robert Browning

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Teacher Appreciation - thank you gift

Teacher Appreciation Week : A+ Gift Tutorial

teacher – noun  teach·er  \ˈtē-chər\ : a person who teaches or instructs; a person whose job is to teach students about certain subjects

 It’s that time of year again… school is coming to a close and summer is about to arrive, which means it is time to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week.  That special teacher has been supporting, encouraging and inspiring your child all year long, don’t forget to show your gratitude with a little something thoughtful.  I wanted to share with you a simple tutorial that you, too, can create for the teacher you love.  With the help of a few items, you can make them feel loved!

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7 nursery organizational tips

Spring Refresh :: 7 Nursery Organizational Tips

I am so excited to introduce you to a very good friend of mine, Mika Perry.  She is the epitome of beauty and elegance, and one the sweetest ladies I have ever met.  Mika is a supportive wife, a mom of 3 beautiful little girls and she is an organizational genius.  Literally, she is a professional organizer… talk about a dream job! Mika runs the Arizona market for NEAT Method, the nation’s largest luxury home organizing company, and trust me y’all, she is FABULOUS!  She is living the NEAT life!

Spring Refresh - organizational tips

Mika is taking over Espresso Ever After today to bless us all (yes, me included), with 7 nursery organizational tips and tricks.  I am so excited to learn from the best!

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