Our Parties Aren’t Pinterest Perfect

Do you struggle with wanting your celebrations to be "Pinterest Perfect"? Here's why I don't anymore and what I get to enjoy instead...

Okay, I know you’ve seen them. Those parties where every last detail matches the color scheme or theme. I’ve seen them pinned and repinned on Pinterest.

And, truth be told…I’ve pinned quite a few myself.

But, then a special birthday approaches and I know there is no way our celebration will look Pinterest perfect.

It used to bother me. But lately I’ve been thankful I don’t have to live up to Pinterest-worthy standards and I can instead simply celebrate and enjoy being with my family.

Maybe someday I’ll have the time, resources, and desire to make my parties a little more coordinated than they are now, but I seriously doubt our family parties will ever go viral on Pinterest.

We recently celebrate Eliya’s fifth birthday with no matching paper goods or fancy balloons. We didn’t purchase coordinating gift wrap or plan an elaborate dinner or finger food spread.

Instead we invited family, told them we were having finger foods and dessert, and actually accepted help when they asked if we’d like them to bring something to eat.

We ended up with chicken salad and rolls, two cheese and cracker trays, chips and salsa, two veggie trays, popcorn, cookies, mini cupcakes, cake and ice cream. More than enough with leftovers to prove it!

We didn’t play any planned games. Instead all the cousins watched a movie, talked, and played while the adults caught up and passed around babies.

021515 Eliyah's Birthday-56-L

{SMDi Photography}

Isabelle

No one worried about getting to the next item on the schedule.

We sang and snapped photos and enjoyed just being together!

allyson

{SMDi Photography}

021515 Eliyah's Birthday-169-L

{SMDi Photography}

And because things didn’t have to be perfect…

the kids got to help make homemade sprinkles…

guessing

sprinkles

and they loved decorating personal snack boxes for popcorn…

poppre

pop

popcorn

and Eliya decorated her own birthday cake, which made her feel like five years old is very grown up indeed :)

party1

party2

party3

parties fb

Does planning a party stress you out? What is one thing you can let go of so you can simply enjoy the occasion? Have you learned to let go of party perfection? I’d love to hear about your experience.

scroll down or click here to leave a comment

link parties

When You Forget You’re Loved

lovedFebruary 15th. It can be a let down.

Maybe yesterday you were wined and dined. Maybe you enjoyed breakfast in bed, a massage, a night on the town…but this morning you wake up to familiar sameness.

Or, perhaps you waited for a surprise gift that never came. Or spent the day alone as another Valentine’s Day passed you by.

Can I just tell you, no matter what yesterday was like, you were fiercely loved!

A story so uniquely amazing that it could only be written by the very author of life.

So if you’re feeling unloved today, here are some lines of love written for you.

I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. ~ Jeremiah 31:3

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~ Romans 8:37-39

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. ~ Ephesians 2:4-5

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; ~ 1 John 3:1(a)

The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. ~ Zephaniah 3:17

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ~ Jeremiah 29:11

Need a reminder for the times you forget how loved you are? Pick up one of our Jeremiah 31:3 prints, Zephaniah 3:17 prints, or our Jeremiah 29:11 print in our shop or print this list to display in your home to help you remember just how loved you truly are.

You Are LovedToday’s Question: How do you remind yourself of God’s love?

scroll down or click here to leave a comment

An Unmotivated Slacker’s Guide to Spending More Time in God’s Word

Do you struggle with spending time in God's word? Do you want to enjoy reading your Bible instead of viewing it as a task to simply check off your to-do list? Here's how I'm motivating myself to spend more time with the word. http://allourdays.com/2015/02/slackers-guide-to-spending-more-time-in-gods-word.html

Have you ever pledged to complete a Bible reading plan only to fall miserably behind in the first week? I’ve been there, too. Far too often!

The next day I come to the table with a sense of guilt and a determined focus to read extra so I can catch up. Yes, learning more of God and his will for my life is deduced to a catch-up game. Except it’s no fun and in the end I never really win.

I don’t want Bible reading to be drudgery. I don’t want to simply check it off a list and move on with my day or even worse snap at my kids because they’re interrupting my Bible time and I’m gonna get even further behind.

Total confession: I’ve so done that!

I also know that while I might be able to love God without spending much time in his word, just like it would be hard to continue to grow in love for my husband if I never spend time with him, it’s impossible to have the fullness of relationship that God desires to have with me. I don’t want to get to heaven and be a stranger!

I also want to make sure I have all the tools I need to please God and live a difference-making life right here and now. One of the big (HUGE) tools God gives us is his word.

So, this year I’m not making a daily goal or printing off some pretty checklist. Been there, done that! (And maybe someday it’ll work for me.)

Instead, I’m making a list of ways I can spend time in God’s word that are more enjoyable for me. Ways I can look forward to reading and hearing his word throughout my busy and often hectic days. Ways he can breathe peace into my heart and my home. Ways I can once again fall in love and build the relationship that makes all the others even possible.

Quick Insert: If you print off a Bible reading plan and joyfully follow it, I’m in no way knocking you for that. In fact, I think you’re pretty awesome!

Here are some things I’m going to do instead:

Do you struggle with spending time in God's word? Do you want to enjoy reading your Bible instead of viewing it as a task to simply check off your to-do list? Here's how I'm motivating myself to spend more time with the word. http://allourdays.com/2015/02/slackers-guide-to-spending-more-time-in-gods-word.html

(This post contains affiliate links. You can read our full disclosure policy here.)

  • Grab a blanket, make a cup of hot tea, and sit next to the wood stove in the early hours. Read a few verses or a chapter, doodle in my Bible, and simply meditate on the passage and what it means for my life.
  • Leave my Bible open on the counter next to my planner and read it as I have a few spare minutes or when I feel myself needing a reminder of God’s love
  • Type up and print out some encouraging scriptures (here are 15 to get you started). Place them around the house where I’ll see them throughout the day.
  • Continue reading God’s word to and with my kids. Right now we’re reading through Jesus Calling for Kids and The Jesus Storybook Bible. I LOVE both! My husband is reading through The Action Bible with the kids each night, it’s in graphic novel format so it would be great for older children (boys especially) who may be hesitant to read the Bible on their own.
  • Continue reading through Jesus Calling (it goes right along with the kid version, but I like reading both).

Now all of those ways of getting into God’s word sound fun to me and not at all like a chore.

Update: I’ve had some questions about the type of Bible I have. It’s a single column journaling Bible (like this one, but red). This is my dream Bible.

For more ideas, check out Haley’s thoughts on Bible Reading for the Modern Woman @ The Tiny Twig.

TODAY’S QUESTIONS: What about you? Do you struggle with reading your Bible as an activity to check off your to-do list? What’s one way you can infuse more joy into you time in God’s word? Click the big blue button below to leave a comment.

scroll down or click here to leave a comment

link parties