DIY Potted Plant

I saw a pot painted like this while perusing Pinterest one day, and I absolutely loved the idea of painting plain clay pots white! I think painting a few with a couple different designs would make such an adorable touch to any room. I love that you can also make it as messy or as neat as you would like, and it just spices up the plainness of the clay!

This particular one that I decided to make was a gift for the twin's Godmother, our friend Heather. I knew I wanted to give her a gift that would represent the twins, something handmade that she could have and enjoy for a long time. This seemed like the perfect idea to me! I chose two funky cacti to represent the twins, and then the fluffy succulent behind them to represent Heather looking over them. You can use any plants that make you smile! And can I just say how much I love giving homemade gifts?! And really, who doesn't love a good succulent?! Giving a gift like this just never gets old to me. 

Here is what you'll need! 

To begin, choose what colour/design you'd like to paint. I just decided to paint the bottom half of the pot white, and have it look a little bit messy and rustic. 

After letting the paint dry for about an hour, I decided to write a little quote on the front of the pot using a fine tip Sharpie. I did write their names underneath the "Love" but those will be shared when the girls are born! 

Fill your pot about halfway with potting mix of your choice, and then set your chosen plants on top! Once you have the placement of your plants where you'd like, fill in the rest of the pot and pack it tight with soil. 

And there you have an adorable little personalized gift, or just a perfect pot for any corner of your home! 

This was the first DIY that I've had the energy to do pretty much since I got pregnant, and it was so nice to just sit and create something. I absolutely love doing little projects like these, I'd love to know if you give it a try! 

Take good care, lovelies!

Love Conquers All

The world is so full of tragedies lately and it truly breaks my heart.

This week has brought me personal struggles, which in hindsight are completely irrelevant to what is truly important in this life. My house is a mess. Half of our upper floor is in the process of being painted. I have an exam on Tuesday that I am nowhere near ready for. I haven't done laundry in what seems like a year. I don't have a bathing suit that fits. 

And then you hear about the death, violence, and fear that strikes the world every single day, and all of my insignificant "struggles" are completely washed away. 

We all need to focus on love. We all need it, no matter how small or large our problems are. We all need to give love in every single way that we can. We all need to be kind to the people who need it most - the people who have so much hate in their hearts that they commit treacherous crimes that will stay with the world long after they've been committed. That's who we need to love. That's who needs our kindness most. We need to raise loving babies, kind babies, courageous babies, to grow up and to bring this world peace. 

If there is one thing that I wish for my girls to know deep down in their core is that love conquers all. Love can and will save lives - if we are taught that it can. 

If we could spread love as fast as tragic headlines in the news, this world would be a completely different place. So spread love. Tell someone that they are beautiful, that their soul is beautiful and that they deserve happiness. We all deserve happiness. 

Take good care, lovelies. 

Learning

Life has been a bit of a learning curve lately, which always breeds great opportunity for learning, for growth. Life is changing, in ways that I could never have ever imagined. In the most wonderful of ways. No matter the change, I never deal well with it. 

Growing a baby is the most incredible experience. It is the most wonderful gift, the most exciting time of my life. It is the most important and miraculous moment of my life thus far. And it is hard work. 

I have been incredibly sick, these first four months, and I have been even more hard on myself. I am ashamed that I cannot care for my husband and my puppies the way I once could. I am embarrassed of the mess that is my home. I am sad that attempting to cook for my family sends me running for the bathroom. 

But I am learning. I am learning that there is no greater challenge, no greater responsibility than to bring a new little precious human into this gracious world. I am the most blessed person on this earth, it feels like. And that is what I must remember. 

I must remember that taking care of myself includes accepting that my life has changed. I must accept that what I can do right now is more than enough. I must do my best, and always remember that I am enough. Most importantly, I must learn to take care of my priorities, my values.

I am learning, and I am blessed. Unthinkably blessed. 

Take good care, lovelies! 

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