Friday, January 30, 2015

((on loyalty and hope))



To be completely honest, it has been a really discouraging few weeks on the business side of Oh, Sweet Joy. I've gotten stiff-armed by countless boutiques, even ones I've worked hard to build a solid relationship with. Between passive and indecisive emails that just lead me on and don't give me a distinct answer, wholesale orders not being followed through with, being completely ignored and just all around bad timing with exciting opportunities that don't get to play out...I'm just feeling  defeated. I try so hard not to wrap my identity up in my brand...but I have to admit it's really difficult not to take things personally and not wear my heart on my sleeve. It's one of those situations where I'm like, "What does it even look like to find my identity in God? How does that tangibly play out in my life?"  I keep asking and pleading with the Lord, "What is it you're trying to show me and teach me here, God?" 

And I still don't know. However, some things that keep coming to the surface are:

1. "When we know God and are loved by him, the seasons of life are no longer threatening or crushing because we know that he is good and loving." This is from Chase's sermon this past week, which you can listen to here, if you're into that sort of thing.  When my hope is in God and not the stepping stones of success I try to lay out for myself, I cannot be threatened by a season where things aren't working out. It definitely isn't time to throw a pity party, but instead an opportunity to remember truths that I know and need to choose to believe. 

2. I value loyalty way too much, especially when I feel that I've been nothing but loyal. When it's not reciprocated I feel betrayed and unloved. But, how dare I demand loyalty of someone to anything or anyone other than God? It's pretty gross to see that in my heart. It's eye-opening and convicting, to say the least, that I want someone to be more loyal to me and my brand than anything else...and if I'm not careful, that can quickly result in an entitled attitude of "Give me your endless support like I've given you or you're dead to me." Ew.

So, like I said, it's not time for a pity party, but I would love some encouragement and truths that uplift you or even punch you in the gut to snap you out of it when you're defeated and deflated. I'm hoping the comment section below can be something I refer back to when life doesn't go as planned...which is often, isn't it? ;)

love.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Green Smoothie Recipe

One of my goals during this pregnancy and for the year is to eat more fruits and vegetables. We eat a lot of homemade meals around here, but I don't usually think through hearty sides or make adding healthy vegetables a priority. One way I've been sneaking veggies into our diet ((and have been since Knox started solid foods)) is throwing kale and/or spinach into our ((almost)) daily smoothies. It's a super easy way to add in some greens without changing the taste of an afternoon treat. The best way I've found to do this is to buy a big spinach and/or kale mix container at costco or Whole Foods and freeze it (you can divide it up into freezer bags if you want, I usually don't). This way, you always have greens on hand and don't have to worry about them going bad.

I saw a comment on instagram that said they use a green juice as their base and thats something I never thought of. Brilliant! I made a winner of a smoothie this week using some green monster naked juice and produce I purchased at Whole Foods and thought I should share it with you. You could also use some of their fresh pressed juices, but they're not pasteurized and it made this preggo nervous.



Ingredients:
1/4 cup Green Monster Naked Juice
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup spinach or spinach/kale mix 
3/4 cup frozen pineapple
1 cup coconut Greek Yogurt (good flavor and great source of protein)
1 banana 
(optional: ice)

Add ingredients to blender and blend on low for 60 seconds or high for 30 seconds, depending on your blender. This makes enough for two smoothies. 




Now, I like my smoothies more on the juice side than on the thick Jamba Juice side. You can alter this to your preferences. 

What other greens do you throw in? I saw a green drink the other day that had parsley in it. Made me wonder what other green veggies could be thrown in undisguised. 

love.

Friday, January 16, 2015

((art feeds))

I love seeing inspiring women do big things with their dreams. That's exactly what Meg, of Art Feeds, is doing. Instead of a simple Follow Friday on instagram, I wanted to write a quick post about Art Feeds. It is a nonprofit organization that fosters and facilitates emotional expression in children through art. You can read more about them and what they do here. Simply put? $1 = 1 lesson for a child. 


They also have a rad online store with comfy goods to wear, paper items (think stationery + prints), and stylish accessories. The interior of this cozy sweatshirt is the softest thing I own. My favorite item they have is this color outside the lines tee for kids..SO dang cute and what a fun project! All proceeds go to fund Art Feeds. They also have a #doubleyourgive campaign so that when you donate to Art Feeds, you also receive a gift to give to someone and a card explaining what was donated on their behalf. 


I found Art Feeds through instagram (through Meg) and you can follow them, too,here. It's such a fun feed to follow! 

What other rad businesses / non-profits have you loved hearing about lately? 

love.

Friday, January 9, 2015

coffee donuts repeat

outfit details: tee // jeans // booties // cup ;)

Yo. I forgot to put these ((cozy fit)) weekend tees in the New Year sale, so through today they're marked down to $25. You're welcome. ((sizes going quickly, so hop to it)) This design is also available in a raglan pullover for these frigid temps. 

and p to the s: make sure to check the unisex sizing info before you order to make sure you're ordering the correct size! 

love.








Wednesday, January 7, 2015

a little outfit schmoutfit

Sweater: ((old)) anthropologie. (kind of similar here. and here
Lace crop long-sleeve (the mauve-y colored layer): Free People here (navy option here)
Voile & Lace Slip: Free People (ivory option here and on sale here, olive version, burgundy version)
Skinnies: AG (found here)

The amount of times I've worn this outfit in some form or fashion the past week is ridiculous. What can I say, I like to wear my wardrobe and I've definitely gotten my money's worth so far! There's something about the wintery and snowy weather we've been having that makes me want to wear ALL THE LAYERS. This outfit is just the right amount of bohemian and I'm planning on getting another color in both of the Free People items! Just gotta save those pennies :)

Hope y'all are having a great week. Just thought I'd throw in a light hearted outfit post into the mix. 

love.







Friday, January 2, 2015

2015



I'm somewhere in the middle of all of the posts I see about the New Year. I'm somewhere in between LET'S MAKE ALL THE THINGS HAPPEN and meh. It's a new year. I'm more melancholy than normal about the new year, but I'm also hopeful. 

You see, 2014 was tough (understatement) but I also felt the Lord so strongly so many times. The Lord changed my life through hardship and through joyful times. He was so evident in every nook and cranny of my year.

I'm a small business owner, so I obviously like to dream big and set goals and make ideas come to life, but I also am unorganized and sometimes can be rather lazy. I have a hard time shuffling everything and at the end of the day, I'd rather sit on the sofa and watch TV with Chase than go down into the studio and package 75 orders. During the day, I'd rather play with Knox than peruse instagram (though many times, I find myself mindlessly scrolling through my feed). Sometimes my workload and inbox is crippling..and instead of tackling it, I ignore the problem. 

I've resolved all the cliches in years past - to be more organized and work out more. Stop drinking dr. pepper and meal plan more consistently.

But this year, my resolution is simply to live life. 

Want to join me in that?

Whatever that looks like for you, be it:
Being present. Making goals. Running after a dream. Being still. Taking risks. Taking the time to daydream. Having hope. Choosing joy. Traveling. Being content. Seeking after the Lord. Self-care. Trusting God more. Killing sin. Kicking bad habits. Taking time to be creative.  

However you live it out, make 2015 a year of life worth living.  Because if nothing separates us from the love of Christ and we are more than conquerors, then we have no excuses. 

"Life or bust."

love.


Monday, December 22, 2014

((recipe)) candy cane chocolate chip cookie sandwiches

((Tap Tap))

Is this thing on?

Seriously, y'all. I have no idea how a month went by without me blogging. I'm not going to apologize, because I do what I want buuuuuut...here I am! With a delicious "recipe!"

If there is one thing I'm not about during the holidays - it's the hustle and bustle. I mean, what good is taking time off from work if you're just going to stress and make more work for yourself? I'm not talking about joy-filled and life giving things like buying gifts and wrapping presents -- but making sure you bring a homemade fancy dish to every Christmas party you go to? No, thanks. I'd rather sit by the fire watching The Santa Clause for the fourth time this month while sipping hot cocoa with whipped cream and crushed candy cane pieces on top. Wouldn't you?

And speaking of crushed candy cane pieces ((they're just so festive and pretty!)), today's "recipe" is a semi-homemade delicious treat that everyone will love. The best part? They're so stinking easy to make. ((hint: one of the main ingredients is store-bought!))



Candy Cane Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches 
Makes/Serves: 7

Ingredients:
Half a cup of butter
1.5 cups of sifted confectioner's sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 box of candy cane chocolate chip cookies ((365 -  whole foods store brand - they're free from artificial flavors and sweeteners and suuuuuper delicious))
2 candy canes, crushed

Directions:
Step 1: Make a simple buttercream frosting by creaming together slightly softened butter and sifted powdered sugar. Mix on low speed for about a minute and then on medium speed for 3 minutes. Fluff that butter up! Add vanilla and beat for another minute or so. Optional: Fold in a tablespoon of crushed candy cane pieces. 
Step 2: Crush candy canes and place in bowl. You can either pulse them in a food processor or break up into a ziplock baggy and hit with a wooden spoon. 
Step 3: Place a good amount of frosting onto 7 of the cookies. Top with remaining cookies, push a bit to make the frosting reach the edges. 
Step 4: Roll around in or sprinkle with candy cane pieces.
Optional: Place in refrigerator for at least 20 minutes so that buttercream can set up and won't just ooze out when you take a bite.



Enjoy, y'all! I hope you have a happy holiday - whatever you're celebrating. 

love.