Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A Naptime Coffee Date

Hello friend! There are just so many fun things I've been wanting to write about--so grab a cup + let's share :)

Uffda. It's been a morning--a good one, for sure, but definitely a busy one. Do you ever have one of those creative/motivational bursts when you just feel like you need to bust out the dance music, empty your closets, and do all the things?

Well, I had one of those this morning (well, actually, it's been kinda all week!) I was tired of looking at Luke's super cluttery closet, so I finally cleaned it out :) Now, it's a both a closet that fits extra clothes/toys/Luke stuff that he doesn't need daily plus is a fun little reading/play nook. It's definitely not Pinterest-worthy, but it's functional and fun!


Speaking of Pinterest, I've found a few recipes that hit the spot lately. I brought this cake to a morning mom's group, and it was definitely a hit! Sweet, but not too sweet for an early morning snack :) I've also made this super easy tomato soup a few times (the only change I made is to blend it...since I wasn't a fan of the chunky-factor). If you need something you can whip up in a few minutes + is easy to freeze, try it!

I've also tried a few toddler-friendly activities I found on Pinterest. Creating a sandbox in a storage tub has definitely been a big hit (even though we've used it only a few times since it's been so rainy), but the noodles and straw activity was not Luke's cup of tea. Oh well!


Have you had any sweet finds on Pinterest lately?

On a totally unrelated note, I feel like my business is going through an adolescence phase. Meaning: it's trying to figure out it's identity, and that process might be a little awkward ;) I'm pretty sure that most small business go through this process--the growing, the experimentation, and asking lots of questions about value, identity, and purpose. This past year (plus) has been a year of slow growth, but I feel like I'm really defining and solidifying a few key areas that I really need to plug forward and improve on. So, there's been a bit of "spring cleaning" in the shop (grab any of these 10 prints for $1 through March...they are going into retirement!), plus a lot of scribbling down ideas, writing specific goals, and trying to be patient :) I always want to do everything RIGHT NOW, but I know that taking it slowly (and surely) will benefit me and the Nicole Joelle Print Shop.

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(Be Still Print)

In other news, the big 3-0 is coming up for me! Yikes + yay! I'm actually kinda excited (and a little sad!) to see my 20's go, but also so looking forward to my 30's. I'm ready for them!

Before I zip off (those dishes are calling my name), I wanted to leave you with a few other posts/things I've found encouraging lately:

Good Enough Decorating over at the Nester--I needed this reminder in the middle of lots of projects!

I actually really love (most days!) living in a smallish house (just under 1200 sq. ft), so I am always interested in how other people live in small space (especially people with kids). How fun is this apartment? 

Speaking of small spaces, can I have this office? Off to look on Craigslist for a vintage airstream ;) 

I hope that you have an absolutely lovely rest of your Wednesday!


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