• If Someone Painted A Picture of Me

    *This post is sponsored by Minted. All images and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting our sponsors!*

    If someone painted a picture of me, I would want it to look like this.

    I could've never imagined how much being a mother would change me.

    How much it would strip me raw and make me feel so deeply.

    How quickly and pointedly it would expose my selfishness and start an ongoing battle of me vs. mother. I don't want to breastfeed, it's inconvenient to me. But the mother inside of me rises to the occasion and does it anyway. I'm so tired, I wish someone else could do this. And yet, the choice to lay myself down and pour myself out, day after day. It's so very hard at first. At least it was for me. There were days where I felt so out of sorts. Am I only a mother now? Sometimes I thought I had lost me. But now I see that's all part of the process; the mother inside me being born. It's a true birth in the sense that you start with no experience. You've never done any of this before and you grow and you learn and you love. Oh, do you love. 

    And then it gets easier. Someway, somehow. In the painful process of the striping away of self, you heal into motherhood. And you realize you've just become a new version of yourself. Perhaps more beautiful than you coul've ever imagined. 

    So when I saw this Mother Embrace art on Minted, it just took my breath away. It felt like a portrait. Did someone paint this of me? I was quickly transported back to those early days of motherhood. I could feel the soft breath on my chest and the chubby hands on my face. I could sense that ache in my arms to hold my baby. I remembered the feeling of knowing that I am home to another person. I'm the embodiment of safety and security and nourishment and love. 

    My goodness, what a privilege. 

    And the hard parts become blurry. So strangely. Because I remember how big and strong those emotions felt. How FOREVER the hard days seemed. The long, sleepless nights. The fussy, teething days.

    And my redemption came with having my second son. I felt made for it. I'd grown into motherhood and felt confident in the new verison of myself. I actually loved her. I felt like people made it seem like motherhood was supposed to come so naturally and some parts of it do, for sure. But it was a fight against the natural for me. My natural bent to do whatever I wanted whenver I wanted.

    But man, what a worthwhile fight.

    So, I imagine this will be an heirloom piece someday. Something my sons get one day and fondly question, 

    "Was this mom holding you or me?"


    No matter where you are on your motherhood journey, I hope you can see yourself in this painting. 

    I still haven't decided if I want it in my room or downstairs where everyone can see it.

    I mean, the power of art is so strong, isn't it? 

    A small piece like this can transport me back to a specific place in time.

    Looking at this Mornings Away art, I'm standing in Lynchburg, Virgina in the summertime looking at the skyline and singing "clouds that look like mountains in the sky are next to mountains anyway" John Mayer style.

     Maybe you've never experienced how art can make you feel something.

    I dare you to try to scroll through Minted's art collection and try not to feel something. 

    And then when you do, use this link to score 15% off all gifts + free upgrade to priority shipping!

  • Beautiful Handmade Gifts in 10 Minutes Tops

    It happens every year, doesn't it? You get in a pinch and you need a last minute gift!

    Well I'm here to give you two simple but beautiful gifts that take less than 10 minutes to make!

    First up is this simple sugar scrub. A good sugar scrub helps to soften and exfoliate even the toughest skin like on your feet, knees and elbows. The older I get the more I love a good bath and good bath products so this is a great gift to me! 

    DIY Sugar Scrub


    1/2 C Course organic sugar

    1/4 C coconut oil (slightly melted)

    10-15 drops of essential oil (I used Vitruvi Eucalyptus Oil)


    Mix sugar and coconut oil together, add in drops of EO and mix again

    Yep, it's that easy. Now put it in a cute little container and it's ready to gift!

    ORRRRR take your packaging up a notch by adding an easy DIY wire ornament!

    This is another seriously less than 10 minute investment and looks so cute when

    added to gifts!

    The sky is the limit with these! You can make any word or name you want!

    I used Artistic Wire 18 gauge in Brass for mine. It was $2.99 at Hobby Lobby and I had a 50% off coup so only $1.50 and I made 6 ornaments and still have about half the spool left!

    I just free handed mine but if you don't feel confident in your cursive letters, just print some out on a sheet of paper and use it as a guide for yourself!


    Make sure to add a small loop to each end of your word if you're wanting to add a ribbon hanger!


    And here you have the two gifts combined! Easy, affordable and super cute!

    Wanna make this gift a bit more substantial? Throw in some extra Vitruvi Essential oils 

    and this recipe so they can continue to make their own sugar scrubs!

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  • Tried & Tested: Gift Guide for Him



    I spent the first couple years of marriage striking out hard in the gifts department for my guy.

    We're both into giving surprise gifts and not just handing each other a list. But a surprise is only really great if the person likes it, hah! So I'm here to save any of you other surprise gift-givers with some tried and true gifts I've given my husband that he has LOVED.

    1. Eno Hammock

    Whether your guy is a hiker or not, this is such a great gift. My husband hangs it in our backyard during the summer and reads. I love to snag it every once in awhile myself. And we can seriously both comfortably sleep in there, nice and cozy.

     Also if you don't mind it in a different color pattern this one is only $34!

    2. Stanley Heritage Thermos

    This thermos gets so much use. When my guy is headed out for a full day, I love to brew him some coffee and fill it to the brim. It keeps it warm all day for him! Your guy not into coffee? It keeps soups warm all day too!

    3. J.Crew Classic Flannel

    You really cannot beat a guy in a classic flannel. And J.Crew makes the classiest ones around in my opinion. And if you shop the Factory, it's only $29!

    4. Traditional Safety Razor

    My guy is sort of an old soul, so this traditional safety razor is right up his alley. Wanna make it extra special? Get it engraved with something sweet!

    5. Jord Wood Watch

    I swear, I have never seen a man get more compliments than when he wears this watch. I get it though, it really is stunning especially when you realize it's made completely out of wood! This is extra special for my husband because he's a woodworker so it fits him perfectly. 


    Also I have a code for you guys to get 25% off ANY Jord wood watch so 

    just follow this link to save dat money!

    6. Pair of Theives Dad + Kid Socks

    I mean, does it get any cuter than matching Dad + Kid stuff?

    7. Stumptown Coffee

    Good coffee is always a good idea.

    8. Herschel Supply Co. Travel Kit

    Whether he's going out of town or just showering after the gym, help your guy travel in style and keep all his things together.

    9. Classic Macalister Boots

    These boots have held up so well for my man and they are so easy to dress up or dress down.

    10. Sudio Wireless Headphones

    These headphones are such great quality and make it so easy to just sync with your phone and listen to music or podcasts. Use code HONEYSUCKLE for 15% off. 

    Maybe a subscription to Apple Music to go with?

    11. Leather Magic Wallet

    This slim wallet was a game changer for my guy. He loves to travel light and this little wallet surprisingly holds a lot!

    12. Camp Style Coffee Mug 

    A manly mug if I ever did see one. He can heat it over the fire or warm it on the stove.

    So there you have it. Some tried and tested gifts by yours truly. 

    Give your man something he won't return this year!

    *This post contains affiliate links but all opinons are my own.*

  • Printable Advent Calendar

    Advent is upon us. The season of anticipation, of waiting, for the Hope of the world to come.
    That's why I get behind Advent calendars so much. Because I think there's much to be said about really soaking in the anticipation. Counting down the days until we celebrate the day the weary world did rejoice and gets to again and again. 
    I started dreaming up this design last year because I knew the boys would be at good ages to
    participate. So our days alternate between a Scripture reading and a Christmas activity. 
    What I love about it is that you can totally make it your own. Write down whatever traditions are important for your family!
    I had fun thinking up ideas to write down but the Scriptures are so important to me too. 
    Every year my kids are able to soak in the real meaning of Christmas more and more and
    that makes my heart so excited!
     Since this Advent Calendar is really for the boys, I like to put it right int he heart of their playroom.
    Last year I gave them their own little tree if you will. 
    String them together like a banner, washi tape them to the wall like a tree, or just keep them in a little basket at the breakfast table! Sky's the limit with these cards!
    This calendar is available for purcahse through my shop!
    And here are some more ideas if you're drawing a blank for what to write on them:
    Wrap Christmas Presents
    Make Special Cocoa
    Get Cocoa and Go See Christmas Lights
    Put on a Christmas record and Dance
    Dinner by Fireside
    Watch a Christmas Movie 
    Give an unexpected Gift
    Read a Christmas Book 
    Give an unexpected gift to someone in Need
    Bake Christmas Cookies
    Give Cookies to the Neighbors
    Sing your Favorite Carol
    Kiss Under the Mistletoe
    Smile at a Stranger and Say Merry Christmas
    You can also tape little gifts or candy to them if you like to add in that sort of thing!
    Tag me on Instagram if you post yours, I love to see what other people do!
    I love what @stephandtheboys did
    And here's mine from this year:
  • Fall Home Tour

    Before you get too inundated with Christmas, let's take one last look at 

    the fall home decor for this year.

    So, come on in!


    You'll first be greeted by this gorgeous fresh evergreen wreath by Lynch Creek Farm.

    The smell is divine and the pinecones and magnolia leaves add such a pretty touch!

    (pssst - I'm giving one away! See details at the end of this post!)

    After you enter, feel free to throw your keys and phone on the entryway.


    Enjoy the inside scent of Candelle's Toasted Marshmallow.


    And notice the ever changing phrase on our Felt Like Sharing Letter Board.

    Now come on into the dining room and sit down, and hopefully I'll have coffee and cinnamon rolls ready for you.


    Let me put a record on for us while we chat. You like Adele?


    Let's take our second cup of coffee into the living room, shall we?




     Take a seat! I just made a new pillow for this chair, so it's the best seat in the house. :)


    That was fun! Thanks for coming over.

    Wanna come again for dinner sometime?


    Want some more place setting ideas? Check out this post!


    Did you love that fresh evergreen wreath from Lynch Creek Farm on my front door?

    Go find me on Instagram (@shelbygoodman) and enter to win one straight to your own front door!