Maybe I’ve been living in the dark ages, but have you heard of this magazine?!

It’s like Martha Stewart + Real Simple + Bible Study. It’s fantastic.


 My best friend gushed about it a few months ago but I forgot about it until my mom gave me one for Christmas.



Recipes and design tips…


…and Bible Verses surrounded by beautiful photography.




And most importantly, learning more about God’s Word and Missions throughout the world. People changing lives, impacting the Kingdom.


Hope I brought a little more Faith + Beauty to your mailbox!

Life: Beautiful? Yes it is.

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Wow, we’ve had quite a year over here at the Anderson house.

From continuing to remodel our house and growing our blog, to bringing home 2 more kids from Ethiopia…. it’s been a busy one!

Here are some of the most ‘liked’ posts of the past year:

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Why I Dress Up

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Meeting Abreham

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Introducing Baby Elsabet

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{surprisingly amazing} Gluten Free Quinoa Chocolate Cake

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Elsabet sleeping

Now That They’re Home

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God Must be Laughing

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Salad in a Jar

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A Week Home – Lots of Firsts

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Ezekiel – 2 Years Home

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Studio Tour – Organization Tips with Lissy

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Happy New Year! May your 2014 be a blessed one!

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This morning Imani and I got to work on Jesus’ Birthday Cake.


Four layer red velvet cake with crushed candy canes {yum!}.


Every year I put something different on top. Sometimes sparklers, sometimes ribbon bunting, this year I thought I’d make my own printable banner.

{I printed mine onto cardstock}

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If you’d like to print your own, click here!


Oh how I love decorating our Christmas table!



Who says paper plates can’t be used for a fancy dinner? Silver chargers beneath add shine, depth and make them seem more substantial.


After our candlelight church service, we came home for dinner.


The past few years we’ve done fondue.



They get so serious about it!


Sweet Imani wanted to wear her Christmas apron over her dress so she didn’t get it dirty.


How I love that little face!


After dinner, we popped open the musical crackers I had placed next to each plate.


Inside were crowns and pieces of a xylophone, each with a different tone.




We each got to play Conductor, playing {well…”playing”} our Christmas carols together.


After dinner, the kids opened the package holding their new jammies and the World Vision catalog.


{after much deliberation, they decided upon gifting a family with a sheep}


Abreham asked that we have Ethiopian food for Christmas Day’s dinner so he’ll be cooking most of the day tomorrow.

And after dinner is over, our Birthday Party with Jesus will begin!


The cake is all ready!

{and so are we!!}


We’re still waiting on our Christmas cards to arrive {how does paying for 2 day shipping turn into several weeks??}

Sigh. Oh well. I sure do love our card though!


. . Merry Christmas!!! . .

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Ok first of all…full disclosure:

I got this from one of the blogs I follow {Going Home To Roost}. I thought it was so good that I wanted to share it with you!

one of the joys of christmas (for me, anyways) is wrapping gifts with pretty paper and lots of bows. as soon as christmas morning is over though, this turns into one giant heap of trash! here’s some information and several tips to help us all reduce the environmental damage of this paper intensive holiday.

did you know?

- gift wrap was founded by hallmark in 1917. it’s now a $2.6 billion industry each year!
- about half of the 85 million tons of paper products americans consume every year goes toward packaging, wrapping and decorating goods.
- wrapping paper and shopping bags alone account for about 4 million tons of trash annually in the u.s. alone.
- if every american family wrapped just three presents in reused materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.

tip: try to start by purchasing wrapping paper made from recycled materials. you can also skip the paper all together and reuse items from around the house. use fabric scraps, newspaper, maps, vintage sewing patterns, reusable shopping bags and more!

many centers and cities can recycle wrapping paper with no problem. call your local recycling center (or check their website) to see if they’re able to recycle it in your town. if your paper can’t be recycled (especially if it has glitter or metallic paper in it), consider reusing it! above is a little collection of ways to reuse wrapping paper that i gathered from this article. i especially love the idea of shredding it for use in gifts next year!

photo by brittni mehlhoff

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P.S. Bonnie also has a monthly membership full of inspiration {ideas, printables, recipes, illustrator tips, etc}. Click here to learn more!

{she also has options in gifting it!}

gift the roost tribe!

Merry {almost} Christmas!

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for the love of polka dot

Whether you’re needing a little gift for someone or something for yourself, these are some of my absolute favorites!

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I use this washi tape on everything from the envelopes for our Christmas cards to hanging up a photo when I can’t find a thumbtack.

The glassine sacks have also been used for tons of things, including wrapping teachers gifts {fold over the top and use a sticker or washi tape to hold closed!}.


These paper straws are displayed {with more in red stripe} in an old jar in our kitchen.

The gold plate is a gift for a friend, though one in my office sure would be lovely.

The paper placemats are crazy cute. I’m starting to think about Elsabet‘s 1st birthday…perhaps I’ll use them for that! {inside are both a scrolly design as well as the polka dot}


I bought several of these fun boxes at Homegoods.

I loved using it when wrapping a gift for one of the Angel Tree kids we’ve gotten gifts for {kinda wanting to keep the other!} this Christmas.

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And who doesn’t love a little polka dot confetti?!

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 . . are you as crazy about polka dot as I am?? . .

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