holiday cards with basic invite

now that it is December, it is time to get serious about ordering holiday cards to send to family and friends. Andrew and I love opening all the cards we get and displaying them on our refrigerator. these cards remind us just how blessed we are to have such wonderful people in our lives!

this year, we decided to order our cards from Basic Invite! they seriously have cutest holiday cards! there are so many companies to choose from but let me tell you what makes Basic Invite stand out.

Basic Invite gives you all the freedom. you can choose from 250 different holiday card designs and take your pick of over 180 color options to customize every element to make it your own! my personal favorite are the foil cards. the foil comes flat or raised and in silver, gold or rose gold!

you can choose from over 40 different colored envelopes to really make a statement. best part? no licking required! envelopes from Basic Invite are peel and seal. they also offer recipient address printing at NO COST!

do you get nervous your card won’t turn out exactly as you’ve hoped? have no fear! Basic Invite allows you to order a sample of your holiday card so you can see and feel all the details to make sure everything is to your liking before you place your final order.

right now, Basic Invite is offering 30% off your order with code: holi30. so whether you’re needing holiday cocktail party invitationswork christmas party invitations, or holidays cards make sure to check out Basic Invite.

can’t wait to share our card with you!

XO Lo

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the night before christmas…the rest of the story

this post has been a draft for so long just WAITING to be shared and today is the day!

I am so excited to share with you that my mom is a published author of a children’s book called “the night before christmas…the rest of the story!” she originally wrote this book to use in a Christmas program at our church. after years of reading her story to her students during the holidays, she finally decided to submit it to a publisher and I am so glad she did. my mom is such an amazing woman of God. she labored over this book so that every detail, from the story to the illustrations, would be biblically accurate and lead others to faith in Jesus Christ.

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this is a perfect book to read to your kids during the holiday season to remind them of the real meaning of christmas. her book is currently available on Amazon and will be in bookstores near you in the next few weeks! i am so excited for my mom and hope that you will be encouraged by her book! {click here to buy your copy}

XO Lo

embroidered details

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as much as i am ready for all things fall, it has still been pretty hot out so i thought i would share one more summer outfit with you! this embroidered top from Stitch Fix
has been on repeat ever since i got it in my last box. i generally go for neutral colors in my closet but i love the pop of color in this top. there were a few similar tops and dresses i had pinned on my stitch fix inspiration board on Pinterest and am so happy my sytlist saw those and sent me this top! i had meant to post this look weeks ago but i had a little mishap and i wasn’t sure if i would be able to even show it at all! here’s the story:

so my sweet husband did the laundry for me and accidentally shrunk this shirt. like it looked like a preschooler could have worn it. it was so short! i was super sad because i had just gotten it and hadn’t seen anything similar in local stores. i looked at the tag and it said the shirt was made of 100% rayon. anything made of rayon is notorious for shrinking and i really should have known better before i just threw it in the basket. i decided to search google for any hope of ‘unshrinking’ my new top and guess what? i was able to make it good as new!

my secret formula:

mix 1 tablespoon of hair conditioner into 4 cups of warm water. soak garment for 10 minutes. wring it out, lay flat and gently stretch in every way. stretch the garment a few more times as it dries.

i was so relieved that it worked and that the little laundry mistake didn’t completely ruin my new shirt. if you ever find yourself if that situation make sure you give this trick a try. i am so glad i did!

XO Lo

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alaska travel guide

last week, my brother and i took a trip to Alaska! my sister and her husband moved there about a year ago and we were so excited to finally be able to go visit. it was pretty chilly and rainy for most of our trip but everything was still so beautiful. in case you are planning a trip to Alaska in the future i thought i would put together a guide of things to do while you’re there!

portage glacier cruise {~1 hour from anchorage}

this was my favorite thing we did on our trip. the weather cleared up so it was a perfect day to be out on the water. they do 5 tours a day from may 17-sept 18. the tour is very affordable and definitely worth it. for more information click here.

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ride in a float plane {in anchorage}

my brother and I took a flight tour with Rust’s Flying Service. we spent most of our time flying over the cook inlet and searching for wildlife. we were able to see beluga whales, seals, bears and moose! it was such a cool experience!

they offer multiple different flightseeing tours that range from $100-$500. {note: some tours are only offered in the summer!}

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hike to waterfalls

this was the first hike we did to thunderbird falls. if you look closely you can see some people closer to the falls which shows just how massive the falls are!

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this is barbara falls. at the beginning of the trail there was a sign posted saying that there had been a brown bear attack there only 10 days before! needless to say i was terrified the entire hike but thankfully we did not have any bear encounters and the view was worth it.

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drive down the coast

driving from anchorage down the seward highway was incredibly beautiful. this photo is at beluga point. beluga whales are often seen from mid-july until august in this area.

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visit local attractions

the town my sister and her husband live in is the headquarters of the iditarod! there is a museum and gift shop and we also saw these cute 2 week old puppies!

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south of anchorage there is a wildlife conservation center that we visited!

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we also stumbled upon a place near Talkeetna, AK that produces Birch Syrup. i had no idea that you could tap a Birch tree but they have this syrup all over Alaska. i think i will be sticking to the classic maple syrup, but it was fun little stop.

our trip was short, but we were able to do and see so much! there are a ton of different things to do in Alaska it really just depends on what you’re interested in. if you’re thinking about going, do it!

XO Lo

 

inspiration point

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last week my family and i had the opportunity to attend family camp at Inspiration Point Christian Camp and Retreat Center. this camp is near and dear to my heart. i started attending youth summer camp there in 2001 and came back 9 more summers after that. that week in the summer was one i looked forward to all year. it was a week where i got to grow in my faith, meet new people, and have a lot of fun. Inspiration Point was a major component in my faith journey. every year i learned more and more about God and His love for me. i left camp wanting to tell all my friends about Jesus and the sacrifice he made so that we who believe could be forgiven and made clean.

one of my favorite parts during the week at camp is the Christ Hike. the Christ Hike is where you “Step back 2,000 years into the days when Jesus walked the earth. Experience what it may have been like to follow Him…literally. Spitzer Lake serves as the backdrop to this 12-setting performance depicting highlights from the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.” the camp staff does an amazing job putting this on and even after watching it dozens of times i still find parts that stick out to me like never before. the Christ Hike is open to the public and is a must see! {the next one is July 12th at 7:45!}

Inspiration Point has a lot to offer. they have amazing staff, great food, pontoon rides, paddle boards, a game room, crafts, and the list could go on. but their highest priority is that each and every person that attends camp has the opportunity to learn more about God. you memorize scripture and sing songs around a campfire. you get to listen to phenomenal speakers and you get to experience God without the distractions of every day life.

if you’re looking for a place to recharge and refocus your eyes on Christ I definitely recommend going to Inspiration Point. they offer camps for all ages and all year round! {youth summer camps, youth retreats, family camp, marriage weekend, women’s retreat, pathfinders} to see a full list of the camps they offer and find more about this amazing place visit their website at www.ipoint.org.

“i lift up my eyes to the mountains- where does my help come from? my help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”  Psalm 121:1-2

XO Lo

onyx + pearl boutique

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A new boutique opened yesterday in downtown Fargo and i am so excited to give you a sneak peak! Onyx + Pearl is a sister store to Lot 2029 and mint + basil {a kitchen and home shop} and is equally amazing. I was told that this store was going to be more high end and sophisticated so i went into the store assuming the price tag would reflect that. however, i was pleasantly surprised to see the variety of items they had for under $50! this top caught my eye instantly! stripes + off the shoulder + ruffles. i think it was made for me! of all the boutiques i’ve come across, Onyx + Pearl definitely carries my style of clothing. i was also really impressed with their jewelry section. they had the most beautiful and dainty earrings and necklaces but also had fun statement pieces {do you see those tassel necklaces?!}!

trust me, you’re going to want to check this place out!

XO Lo

energy bites

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-1 cup oats {i use quick oats}

-1/2 cup peanut butter

-1/2 cup ground flax seeds

-1/3 cup honey

-1 teaspoon vanilla extract

mix ingredients in a medium bowl and chill for 30 minutes.

once they are chilled, roll into balls {should make about 20 small balls}

i like to add mini chocolate chips to the balls. its easiest to just stick a few in after the balls are already rolled.

these balls are perfect in lunches! i stick two balls in a snack bag and store in the refrigerator. they are kid friendly too! it is so nice to know exactly what goes into this snack and they are so delicious your kids won’t even know they’re healthy!

enjoy!

XO Lo