Emily Ley Planner
Happy Monday, friends! Today I’m so excited to share a giveaway with you that I have a feeling a lot of you will be excited about. My friend, Emily Ley, is one talented designer and is the creator of the Simplified Planner, also known as one of the best day planners around and my lifeblood to organization and order in the day-to-day.

Emily and I first connected over e-mail while we were both struggling with infertility; Emily and her hubby were trying to get pregnant with their second baby and we were trying to get pregnant with our first. I still remember e-mailing Emily the day we got our positive pregnancy test with Baby H only to receive an e-mail back from her the same day letting me know that they had just found out their IVF cycle was successful and they were pregnant with TWINS! It’s been so fun to follow along with Emily’s journey this past year, and I couldn’t be more excited for her to welcome little Caroline and Tyler into the world in a few short weeks.

As I myself and experiencing a season of change and unknowns I’ve been especially excited to crack open my 2015 Simplified Planner in an effort to set a handful of goals and intentions for the year ahead. If I let it be, the change swirling around me can feel incredibly unsettling, but taking a little time to think about the year ahead (with all of its uncertainty) and putting down a handful of goals and dreams on paper has proven to be very helpful. Will all of those goals and dreams come true this year? Probably not. But that certainly won’t stop me from having the courage to write them down!

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So, what’s that about a giveaway I mentioned earlier? Well, I’m giving away a 2015 Simplified Planner to one lucky reader. You can consider yourself extra lucky if you win this planner because Emily’s planners have been sold out since the fall when they were first released! I got my hands on my own when they first came out, and a second for one of you guys because I love them so much.

The giveaway will be open until Friday! See below for ways to enter…

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Words of the YearAfter last year’s “words of the year” ended up being so prophetic (hello, discipline and patience!) I was a little scared to pick words of the year for 2015. Understandable, right? I took my time praying about my words of the year, chewing on them for a while to see how they sat with my soul before writing them in pen and sharing them with the world.

This year I’ve settled on a couple words to guide my year, since I never think one is enough and two always seems more fitting and all-encompassing. They are:

JOY and GRATITUDE

Picking these two words came fairly easy to me this year. I’ve felt strongly that after the last year that we’ve had, God is leading us into a new season. Perhaps I’m just being hopeful, but I’m looking forward to seeing the ways that God leads our little family in 2015. I’m sure there is going to be a good amount of change involved, like when we add a baby to the mix and as I figure out what I want to do career-wise, but I’m looking forward to embracing those changes with an attitude of joy and gratitude for what God is doing, even when it may confuse or challenge me.

I know that picking a “word of the year” may be a little bit trendy right now, but I just can help myself. I love the idea of picking words to guide your year and keep you focused from month to month.

What about you? Have you picked words for your year? I would love to hear what they are!

Madison

Readers are Leaders Print
One of the things I enjoyed doing most when creating our nursery was creating printable art for our little one’s book shelves and walls. I’m certainly not a designer by trade, but I do find a lot of joy in the creative process and have just enough knowledge and experience with InDesign and Photoshop to be dangerous and waste a lot of time!

My little sister Ashley is going to be a teacher when she graduates in May, and one of her favorite things to say is “Readers are leaders!” She has said the phrase so many times that I made a promise that I would put up a little bit of artwork in Baby H’s room to serve as a reminder of Aunt Ashley. In return, Ashley agreed to keep our baby stocked with good books to read! (Side note: After some research, I guess the original phrase is actually Leaders are Readers but I think I like Ashley’s version better!)

I made and printed this little printable and framed it in a 5×7-inch frame for the bookcase in our nursery. (I just used Target Photo for ease and price) In case it would be of any interest to you, I am linking below so you can print it off for your own use!

READERS ARE LEADERS PRINTABLE

Madison

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It was so wonderful to head home last weekend and spend a little time celebrating Baby Hofmeyer at our first baby shower! My mom’s amazing friends hosted the shower at my mom’s house and a handful of my good friends from high school were also there to celebrate. I can’t believe that we’re past the 32 week mark and that little one will be here so soon. To be surrounded by so many people who have prayed for our baby for the past 8 months was humbling, and a few tears may have been shed.

Although our nursery is practically complete, I was feeling a little nervous about the lack of baby items we had, like diapers, wipes, bottles, pacis and the like. I’m feeling much more prepared now that we were showered with so many generous (and practical!) gifts.

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Thank you a thousand times over to the women who hosted the shower and for everyone who came to celebrate together. I felt so undeserving of the attention and the love, but so blessed by everyone at the same time!

Madison

 

Nursery 10

Happy New Year, friends! I’m kicking off 2015 with a tour of my new favorite room in our house, Baby Hofmeyer’s nursery! It’s been so fun to put together this nursery piece by piece, and seeing it finally come together just 8 weeks shy of baby’s arrival makes the whole thing even more real. I’m finding it hard to believe that we’re really going to be a family of 3 pretty soon.

I’ve never been great at taking photos of rooms in our house. It’s a skill I have yet to really acquire, but I’m working on it. So please forgive the fact that some of these photos are less than stellar. Let’s take a tour, shall we?

Nursery 1
We decided on the paint color as the first order of business when deciding on decor. The paint color is Sherman Williams Worldly Gray. I love how the color changes throughout the day; sometimes it looks like it has a lot of brown tones and other times it looks totally gray. The color comes off warm and happy, which is hard to come by in gray paint colors. 

Pictured in the first photo is the floating ledge that a family friend made for us years ago. It was black until a few months ago when we painted it white to match the nursery decor. The fabric pennant banner is from our wedding and made from my grandmother’s childhood dresses. We decided on a mix of blue and pink/purple fabric patterns to work with a boy or girl. On top of the ledge is a print that I made myself in InDesign (you can buy something similar from Naptime Diaries Shop) along with a giraffe I found at Homegoods and a little old-fashioned clock from Pottery Barn.

Nursery 3The bookshelf pictured above is the Midcentury Modern Horizontal Bookcase from Target.  We loved that the bookshelf fit with the time period our house was built and had adjustable shelves. Since they didn’t have this bookcase in white we decided to buy it and paint it white to match the room’s decor. The books are a mix of old a new, including some books I loved as a little kid. The globe is a vintage Rand McNally globe my mom found for $3 at a thrift store. Joe really wanted a map of some sort in the room so this how we incorporated one.

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The crib was a gift from my parents. It’s the Babyletto Hudson Crib in grey that also converts to a toddler bed when our little one gets bigger. I debated going with white, but since we already had a lot of white in the room I wanted to ground the room a little with a piece of furniture that was a different, darker color.

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My mom found this adorable little chair (pictured above) at a second hand store and painted it grey and gold to match the room’s decor. And the little teddy bear on the chair? It was mine as a little girl. Pippa insists on pulling the teddy bear off the chair a few times a day and dragging it around the house.

I think my favorite element of the room is the dresser below! My mom found it for $35 at a second hand store and I think it might be the deal of the year. We ended up re-finishing it and painting it white. It’s a midcentury modern style dresser that we’ll eventually put our changing pad on top of, and the lamp is from Homegoods as well. Before baby arrives we plan on filling the organizer to the right with diapers, wipes, diaper cream, pacifiers, etc. And we found it, as you might guess, at Homegoods!

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I think that’s it! We still have a few odds and ends to purchase before baby arrives, but I’m totally thrilled with how the room turned out. We were going for something that was gender-neutral and would work for a boy or girl (since we decorated before finding out if we were having a boy or girl) and I think the room fits the bill!

Madison

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