Why We Should Choose Happy Thoughts

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 No comments

When Googling "how many thoughts does a person think in a day", the answers I found were between 50,000-80,000. Now, apparently, this is debated, and of course, the numbers would only be an estimate anyway. But regardless of which source is correct, it's quite obvious that most of us think a stinkin' crazy amount of thoughts every.single.day.

But let's take it a step further, shall we? What if we were to examine each thought that we had in a day- would the majority of our thoughts be positive and encouraging, or negative and pessimistic? Would you find that you are the thinker of good, kind, and encouraging thoughts, or would you find a murky little pond of negativity?

I think most of us, if we are honest, realize that we have more negative thoughts than we really should. We think rude, judgemental things about others. We put ourselves down frequently. And I bet we also have to constantly fight off the feeling of defeat when the task in front of us is harder than we would like it to be. Am I wrong? I hope I am, but I am doubtful.

But the thing is, thinking negative thoughts gets us nowhere. It doesn't bring success, nor does it encourage others.
There are plenty of good reasons to choose happy thoughts, and if you want to know what those reasons are, then keep reading.

Believe it or not, it's actually very important to think happy thoughts. Find out why today on The Peculiar Treasure!

Boosts Our Mood

When we choose to think happy thoughts, we often receive a sort of placebo effect. Our circumstances don't necessarily change just because we decide to choose happy thoughts, and yet we often find that our mood quickly and drastically improves anyway. So, if nothing else, we can say that if we want a quick mood booster, then we need to think happy thoughts.

Keeps Us From Throwing a Pity Party

Since thinking happy thoughts is often a mood booster, we will also find that if we choose happy thoughts, it's a lot harder to throw a pity party. And lets be honest: pity parties are not parties at all. They are simply the worst. Soooo, there's more reason to start up that happy-brain!

Reminds Us to Be Grateful

When we choose to think happy thoughts, we are focusing on the things in life that are good, helpful, encouraging, and a blessing. Which will automatically cause us to feel grateful for the things we've been given. Who knows, maybe you'll even break out in song to the doxology like I do sometimes... #i'mnotweird #youreweird 🙈

Sets Us Up For Success

If we want to be successful in life, one of the first things we need to do is believe that we can. No one can reach there goals and be content with them if they are always convinced they are going to fail. They may reach the physical goal, but they won't be able to enjoy it for fear that they will soon lose it all.

But when we choose to think good thoughts- happy thoughts- we are choosing to push through our fear of failure, so that we can reach the goal we set out for in the beginning. Thinking happy thoughts isn't what causes you to reach your goals, but it is one of the things that allows you to enjoy your achievements and keep moving forward.

Makes Us More Likable

This last point is more like a side note, but golly-gee-whiz, it's true. When we choose to be positive, encouraging people and we choose happy thoughts, people are naturally drawn to us. Very few people actually want to be around a negative Nelly all the time. No one wants to constantly be bombarded by grumpiness, sadness, or melancholy. So if nothing else, think of it this way: thinking happy thoughts shows on your face and in your words, and a happier person tends to be more fun and likable.

Think happy thoughts- it's actually important!

I hesitated as I wrote this post because of it's simplistic nature. I feared (and still do) that it might seem too juvenile of a point. But when I survey the people around me- how grumpy, down, and negative many of them are- I tend to think that maybe people need this simplistic reminder. Maybe it's a basic idea that is too easily forgotten. I know that is often true for myself.

So I hope this post was helpful, encouraging, and not too basic. I hope this week and onward you will choose to be happy, speak happy, and think happy thoughts!

One in Marriage: How to Help Your Spouse With Their Struggles

Friday, September 1, 2017 No comments

A while back, I was talking to my friend Grace, who usually has some pretty awesome things to say. We were talking about marriage, and the difficulties that it can sometimes bring. We talked about our own imperfections, as well as the imperfections of our husbands (not in a snarky way). I mentioned to Gracie a few of the things Taylor tends to struggle with and that sometimes I don't give as much mercy as I should.

Per usual, Grace knew exactly what to say (I'm sure it was more like God knew exactly what she needed to say. lol).

"Kristin, when we get married, we become one with our spouse. That means that now, our spouse's problems are our problems too. So instead of getting upset about it, it's our job to help them overcome their struggles- just like we would try to improve our own shortcomings".

Smart lady, huh?

And even though that info wasn't necessarily new to me, it was still a very timely reminder that my husband needs a partner- a helpmate- not a nagging woman with a bad attitude.

So how can we make our husband's problems our own in the most helpful way possible? Continue reading to hear my thoughts.

When we become one in marriage, we also agree to take on our partners problems as our own and to help them in their struggles. How can we do that? I've got some tips for you!

Identify the Struggle & the Source

The first step is making sure we even know what it is our spouse is struggling with. Sometimes we really aren't sure. In those cases, ask. Espress a desire to help and uplift, and try to have a conversation about it. If they aren't even sure of the answer, ask them to think on it for a day or two and them come back to the conversation.

Remember That Your Struggles Aren't Any Better

Once the struggles of your spouse have been identified, it's tempting to have a "better-than-thou" attitude, or begin thinking that at least you don't have that struggle (whatever that may be).

Remember that you are just as imperfect as they are, and that just as you need grace and patience, so do they.

Pray and Study Scripture Together

Staying in God's word and making sure that you are both focused on God and living for him is crucial to personal growth for anyone who is trying to follow God. Be sure that you and your spouse are staying immersed in the truth of scripture, which is "useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness" (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

Make a Game-Plan

What can help your spouse create better habits, make better choices, etc? What is it that encourages them to do better, and what is it that tends to set them back? I guarantee you that I know one thing that doesn't help: nagging. And I can also guarantee you that I know of someone who is a champion nagger. Who? This girl, right here *covers face in shame*.

I can't tell you what will help your spouse the most. They may not even know at first. But trust me- nagging is not helpful.

Honestly, just pay attention. For example, does your husband struggle with laziness? Try to identify if it's worse when he is stressed, bored, etc. Then try to create situations that will help him avoid a lifestyle of laziness.

Ask for Help in Your Own Struggles

Sometimes, if we ask our spouse to help us with our own struggles, it takes their mind off of their own. For instance, if you struggle to eat healthily, asking your hubby to help you make wise decisions with food. Then, they may be able to focus more on helping you than on their own struggles.

It's not a guarantee, but for some spouses, a distraction is all they need at the beginning of the process.

Seek Counsel If Needed

I fully acknowledge that there are some issues that need professional attention. If your situation fits into that category, I am not going to pretend that I know how to help, because I just don't.

For more serious situations such as substance abuse, verbal abuse, sex addiction, continual, frequent, and/or unrepentant use of porn, constant communication issues, or "unresolvable" arguments, seek professional (preferably faith-based) help.

And for any sort of physical abuse, seek out a safe place to stay and the police.

Finally, Keep At It!

We all know it takes longer than a day or two to form good habits when we are used to something else. So keep at it, be consistent, and keep being an encouraging, grace-giving spouse as your partner strives to improve in their problems, struggles, and imperfections.

Do you have any tips for helping a spouse with their struggles? Comment below.

How can we help our spouses with their struggles? I've got some tips for you over on The Peculiar Treasure.

September Goals + A Fall Playlist

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 No comments

Hey friends! Guess what... Friday is the beginning of September! I know it's a little cliche' but I honestly cannot believe that it's already closing in on Fall! How in the world does that happen!? But despite the fact that time has flownnnn by, I am so excited about Fall.

You can bet I will be having plenty of Fall posts, pictures, and plans, and I cannot wait to share them with you. But for today, let's talk goals, and then at the end of the post I have a Fall playlist for you to start your September off right!

Goals For August

Grow my Blog Stats

PASS! Other than pageviews and Facebook likes, I met and exceeded my goals. Woot woot!

Secure One Virtual Assistant Client

I am now working part-time from home as a virtual assistant, and starting in October, I will fill the rest of my hours with a part-time nanny job. I will be caring for an infant.

Contact One Brand For a Collab

I didn't even try you guys...

Continue My Workouts with Mr. T

Mr. T and I got some good workouts in during our Summer together. However, the heat deterred us more than I wish it had.

Finish Reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Ummm, I'm writing this post a few days before August is finished, so technically I have a couple of days left... but no, I have not finished. However, I am making headway and this weekend I am house sitting and will have plenty of time to read 😉

September Goals + a Free Fall Playlist

Goals for September

Stay Active

Now that I am working as a VA, one thing I'm a little nervous about is staying active. Mr. T kept me active, but now that he is in school, I won't have that extra push anymore. I really want to walk at least 3 times per week, and I would love to reach between 2-3 miles per week. That's really not much at all, so I feel like I have no excuse.


Taylor and I have been trying so hard to stay on top of everything. We aren't always the best at adulting when it comes to keeping our house spic-and-span and purging the things we don't need. For the past week or so, we've been trying to be better at adulting in every area: cleaning, healthy eating, organizing, money-saving, and spiritual health. It's a work in progress but we are in it to win it! 😉

Visit Baby E Twice

I knew I would miss baby E after being her nanny for nearly two years, but I had no idea how much I would miss her. That little girl completely stole my heart and I miss her every day. My goal this month is to visit her twice. I know it's hard to coordinate schedule's between two families, but I think that should be doable.

Read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

I'm finishing up book four and I hope to move on to this one by early September, and maybe even finish it. I'm so slow!

Friends, I'm excited. I'm so blessed and thankful to have found both a VA job and a nanny job that will work together well! I am thankful that I will have some down-time this weekend. I am thankful that Autumn is quickly on it's way. And I am thankful for strong, pumpkin coffee, which I have already consumed many cups of through August 😉☕

I'm excited for what the coming month holds. Are you looking forward to it, or do you feel like it's going to be a tough month? Comment below.

3 Ideas for Feeling Pretty When You Just Don't

Friday, August 25, 2017 No comments

I was given free product in exchange for this blog post. All opinions are my own.

You know those days when you look in the mirror and your first reaction is "Eeewwww"? Yeah, one of those. We all have them, I think. And even though we really shouldn't be dwelling on those thoughts, and even though we really are beautiful just the way we are, it still stinks to have those feelings. Sometimes it is just nice to feel pretty, to feel vibrant, and to feel free from self-consciousness.

First of all, our beauty comes from Christ. We are made in the image of God, He loves us, and when he created us, he liked what he saw. The creator of the entire universe was pleased when he sculpted us. So, if God sees our value, and God sees our beauty, it really can't get any better than that. We should be completely pleased with that truth.

However, I fully acknowledge that we can take care of ourselves at different levels, we can have good days and bad days, and sometimes, a girl just wants to enhance the way she looks and feels. And I completely resonate with that.

It's not about fixing something that's wrong with us, and it's not about making ourselves acceptable to society. Feeling pretty isn't just about appearance, but it's also not just about what's on the inside. So today, I am sharing a few ideas for what I do when I don't really feel beautiful- whether on the inside or outside.

3 Tips for feeling pretty in those moments when you just don't.

Encouraging Music

Sometimes, all I need is some good, cheerful, encouraging tunes to cheer me up. Whether it be something danceable, a song that reminds me of God's goodness, or a song that I really just like belting out at the top of my lungs- listening to music is often a good idea.

And the thing about it is, if I start feeling more cheerful, I usually also feel better about myself. The better my attitude, the more self-confidence I tend to have. I suppose this is because I know that a smile brightens my eyes, which usually improves my looks by about 500%.

Fresh Flowers

I love fresh flowers, but it wasn't until very recently that I realized it really was okay to buy myself flowers just because I feel like it. I knew other people did it, but it felt excessive and silly. But then I realized that treating myself to something as pretty and fresh as a bouquet of flowers made me feel cheerful and feminine. It's a strange thing, but I feel better when I have a vase of fresh cut flowers in my room. And again, if I feel feminine and fresh, I also feel prettier.

Pretty Lipcolor

I'm not going to lie- when I heard about Lipsense, I was soooo skeptical. I figured it was just another thing for people to go crazy over, sell for a few months, and then realize that it's not so great and fade into obscurity.

But I kept wondering, and kept wondering. Why? Because I actually love makeup. I don't wear it very often because as a nanny, it's pretty pointless. When the only person that sees you all day is a two year old boy, it doesn't really seem like there's a reason.

However, the side effects of never wearing makeup are that I often feel frumpy and I often think "ew" when I look in the mirror. Should I think "ew" about myself? Of course not! But I will admit that I do look pretty frumpy a lot of the time. Makeup may not be the main reason we are beautiful, but it certainly doesn't hurt our self-esteem if we have a healthy view of it.

So I was already starting to want to improve that situation when I started asking my friend Summer of Coffee with Summer about Lipsense. She had recently started selling and I figured that if she was into it, it might not be the gimmick I thought it was.

As Summer and I discussed the product, she told me about how she went from being a skeptic to falling head-over-heels for Lipsense. She had never been one for direct sales, but discovering Lipsense changed her mind since she believed in it so much. Summer kindly offered to let me try it out if I wanted to do a review for TPT, and I am so glad that I did! I'm loving Lipsense. I have been surprised that it lasts as long as it does, and I am beyond-impressed with the color selection.

Summer gifted me the shade "Luv It" (above), and I loved "Luv It" (see what I did there 😋) so much that I ordered another, more "everyday" shade. This time I bought "Beige Champagne" (below) and I am seriously in love with it. It might be the most beautiful lip color I have ever owned! Plus, Lipsense is smudge-proof (no joke!), lasts hours and hours before wearing off, and there's a shade for just about every scenario you could possibly imagine!

If you are interested in trying Lipsense, check out Summer's Lipsense Facebook page, The Darling Lip Studio, or her Lipsense Instagram account. Summer is approachable and tries to help you identify the best shade for you. She isn't just interested in selling product- she wants you to love the product! So if you think you'd like to try Lipsense, head on over to her Facebook page, where you can choose your colors, ask questions, and order your product.

Obviously, these ideas are not cure-alls. Sometimes, the only thing that we need is a good ol' dose of perspective. But, when we have perspective and we just need a pick me up, these ideas are some that often help me, and I hope you find them helpful and successful too.

Never think that your value, worth, or beauty come from coating your face in makeup, getting a nice bouquet of fresh blooms, or even from how you feel about yourself in the present moment. God determines your value, worth and beauty and he says you are valuable and lovely. But if you just want to feel an extra little boost of peppy and pretty in your life, give these tips a whirl!

Sometimes, a girl just wants to feel pretty. Today on The Peculiar Treasure, I'm sharing 3 things that help me feel pretty on days when I just don't. Plus, a mini review of Lipsense!

Sometimes, a girl just wants to feel pretty. Today on The Peculiar Treasure, I'm sharing 3 things that help me feel pretty on days when I just don't + is Lipsense worth the money?

The Peculiar Treasure Turns 3 + A Blogiversary Giveaway!

Monday, August 14, 2017 No comments

As I sit here thinking about the fact that my blog is officially 3 years old, I'm amazed at how much things have changed since I started. I went from blogging about everything from the food I ate that day to going to a friend's wedding. I wrote out my prayers, and wrote mini-devotionals.

My first "serious" post was published on July 17th, 2014. I had blogged before, but it had finally hit me that I wanted to start learning more about blogging and become more consistent. Still, my first post was terrible, and I didn't know what the heck I was doing. I wrote in a style emulating the only lifestyle blogger I knew of at the time... read at your own risk 😂😉

But overtime, with a lot of trial and even more error, I started to learn the ins and outs of blogging. The learning-curve was pretty steep since I tend to struggle with coding and the technical side of things. But since my degree was in English and creative writing, that part of blogging evolved far more quickly.

Now, I find myself feeling more proud of my work, more confident in my ability to market myself, and still passionate about the work I want to do. And while there are things I still desperately need to improve upon (photography & technical terminology, namely), I am still so excited to have come as far as I have.

And then when I think about the fact that I am not only a blogger, but a virtual assistant and an admin in my all-time favorite blogging group, I get even more pumped up. I love this crazy thing called blogging and I am so glad that the Lord brought me to a place in life where I discovered that passion. To Him be the glory!

An Awesome Giveaway with Awesome People

To celebrate TPT's 3rd birthday, I decided to put together a giveaway and I am so glad to have seven other amazing people teaming up with me. So if you want to win really cool stuff, keep reading. 

This giveaway includes:

  • A "Jesus & Coffee" mug
  • A beautiful scripture print from Craftivity Designs
  • A gorgeous skeleton key necklace from Love Doing Life
  • A set of lovely, colorful Pura Vida bracelets contributed by Marsha Apsley
  • Two adorable faux succulent plants
  • A wooden, boho stamp with ink pad.

How to Enter

To enter this giveaway, complete the tasks in the Rafflecopter form below. Each task is worth one point. The more you do, the better your chance of winning. Open to the United States and Canada ONLY. Please know that we will be checking to make sure the tasks are completed, so please be honest about who you've followed/what tasks you've done. Thank you.

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Good luck friends!

Living By Example- When Words Won't Work

Monday, August 7, 2017 No comments

I like to talk. I like to speak my mind. Sometimes that's a good thing. Sometimes that allows me to speak the truth when it needs to be said (lovingly), even when the truth isn't very popular. Sometimes it allows me to avoid lasting drama because I am willing to clear the air right then and there.

But, sometimes my love of talking gets me in trouble. Sometimes I sound ridiculous because I can't stop talking when I am nervous. Sometimes I worry out loud about things that shouldn't even be on my mind, which gets obnoxious for others. And from time-to-time, in an attempt to speak the truth in love, I forget that sometimes, living by example is more effective than talking about it.

There's a fine line. Truth should still be spoken. We shouldn't avoid or hide truth or our personal conviction. We should never be ashamed of them. But there are times that it doesn't matter what we say- people just aren't going to listen. And even more, there are times when saying anything (even when it's the truth) will actually hinder someone from seeing God, seeing truth, and seeing love.

It can often feel impossible to discern the difference between these scenarios. I mean really, how are we supposed to know what will be more effective for every single person we encounter?

Honestly, a lot of the time, I don't know the answer to that. But what I do know is that we should always be living by example. Times to speak will present themselves, but the time to live out the truth is always there.

We are called to live by example, but is that more important than speaking the truth even when it's unpopular? Read more to find out!

Commanded in Scripture

We are told over and over in scripture to live out what we believe.

John 13:35 says:
"By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

The above verse is 100% true. Jesus calls us to love God and love our neighbors. Those are the two greatest commandments (Matthew 22:36-40). So obviously, living by an example of love is huge in the eyes of God.
But likewise, Galatians 6:1-9 shows us a method for both living in love and speaking the truth when it is needed. This isn't a contradiction, but a more detailed look at how to do both well. Take a look:
"Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load. Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers."

But there is something key here: this verse still focuses much more on us living out what we believe in our own lives more than anything else. Does it show that there is a time to speak the truth even when it isn't popular? Absolutely. But the verse seems to suggest that our first priority should be living out the truth- the second, speaking it.

They Will Know Us By Our Love

When my mom was a teen, she had known only of legalistic, judgmental churches. Not churches that stood firm in truth, but churches that gave you the side-eye for having on too much makeup or for listening to rock music.
It wasn't until she was an adult and met a group of people who loved her well exactly as she was that she began to be curious about God.

Did she need to know the truth about the error of her ways (sins), and did she need to turn to God? Of course. But had these people not loved her well, exactly where she was at, she would have had no interest in the truth they would later share with her. It was through Christ's love shining through them that she discovered the love of God, his ways, and the better version of life that he had for her.

They Will Notice And Ask

The awesome thing about all of this is that when we truly live for Jesus and people notice a difference, they will ask about it. Not everyone, of course. But some people will get curious, and they will ask about it in one way or another. And then our "living it out" can naturally segway into a moment of speaking the truth. And God says that we should "always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect" (1 Peter 3:15).

It always makes me so happy when people notice and ask. I love talking about it, and I love knowing that they saw something different in me. 

Obviously, sometimes we just have to be brave and speak the truth even when no one asked for it or wanted it. There are times where that is appropriate. But there are also clearly times when it's not. And as a general rule, people should be able to see that there is something different about us before we've ever spoken directly about our faith.

People should know that we love them with all of our hearts even if we disagree with their lifestyle. And people should see that we live differently. They should be able to see that we don't do the things that the world does to find happiness. And they should see that we live this way with humility. No one wants to be preached to by an arrogant Christian about the way in which they are living. No bueno.

So speak the truth when it's necessary, and of course also when it is asked of you. But even when you are silent, be constantly living out the truth that is alive in you. It's a process, and I am on this journey with you!

Even though speaking the truth (in love) is a good thing, living out the truth can often be more effective. Read more at The Peculiar Treasure!

Decorating A Home To Create An Encouraging + Personalized Atmosphere

Friday, August 4, 2017 No comments

I received free product in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.

Have you ever visited someone's house and just gotten an immediate sense of welcome and calm? Or felt like their home was yours?

Growing up, I heard a lot of that from my friends. They loved the smell of my house, the look of my house, and they loved getting to visit with my family and eat dinner with us. 
That was all my mom. She decorated beautifully, kept candles going, and always had something yummy in the oven. She welcomed people in and made them feel at home. And sure, my friends mostly loved us (not our stuff),  but there is still something to be said for home decor that creates a peaceful, encouraging, and pleasant environment.

As the granddaughter of an interior designer, I have really come to appreciate the art of choosing home decor that radiates the vibe I want to put off in my home. For me, I want to choose things that are personal, that are close to my heart, and that encourage me in my faith each day.

So today, I'm sharing a few ways I like to make my house feel inviting, peaceful, and like a reflection of who I am.

Decorating a home is not always easy, but creating an inviting, encouraging, and personalized touch makes all the difference.

Handmade Pieces From Others

Many of my closest friends and some family members are very creative. We often give each other handmade gifts for birthday's and Christmas, and I love that about us! This year I have received a hand-painted coffee sign made from reclaimed wood, a hand-painted, framed, hymn art piece, and a distressed, wrought-iron cross. All of these gifts are gorgeous and things that I love having in my home. Not only are they lovely, but they also add a smile to my day when I think about the person who took the time to create each piece.

My Own Handmade Pieces

I can't paint or draw by any stretch of the imagination (it's bad, you guys!), but I do well with other crafts like making wreathes and candles. I have made a wreath for my front door for every season, and I love switching them out as the seasons change.

I love having a wreath on the door because it gives off a homey vibe before people ever step foot into the house. It gives an added touch of beauty and care, and sets a good first-impression.

I also love handmade wreaths because they tell a story. They are unique and show off pieces of the maker's personality that wouldn't be seen if they hadn't made it themselves.

Personal Touches

One thing that really makes a house feel like a home is pictures of loved-ones scattered throughout. Not only does it add a personalized touch, but I also find it encouraging to be able to look around and see photos of the people who love me well and support me.

Scripture Reminders

Just as an FYI, we did not paint our house. The people who lived here before us did 😂

One thing that is really important to me is to have scripture and Christ-centered messages around my home. Seeing them throughout the day serves as a great reminder and helps me stay focused.

I love scripture art. Having bible verses around my home can be a huge encouragement. I also love old hymns. Sometimes the lyrics are just so encouraging and perfect reminders of God's love and my desire to live for him.
So, when I was contacted by Aimee of Aimee Weaver Designs, I was thrilled!

Aimee and her husband make handmade, hand painted signs out of reclaimed barn wood. They make personalized pieces based on the customers request, and they also have pre-made signs with scripture, hymn lyrics, and encouraging quotes.

"We are passionate about creating beauty from yesterday’s treasures, from pieces of the past lying by the wayside. Our desire to redeem and restore includes using antique hardware, rustic hinges and original nails. Most of our reclaimed wood is found in old barns around the Lancaster County countryside." -Aimee

When I received my sign in the mail, I was immediately impressed. The piece that I chose is huge, very solid, and absolutely gorgeous! The wood is perfectly stained and restored, while still holding onto some of it's original character, and the lettering is beautiful. Even Taylor talked about how much he liked it, and he rarely says anything about home decor.

We absolutely love our sign. It is the perfect statement piece for our living room!

If you are interested in a sign from Aimee, seriously check out her website! The signs she and her hubby make are totally customizable. You can choose your own wording, size, and colors, so it fits into your space perfectly!

I love adding personal touches to my home, and choosing the right pieces can really add an encouraging and calm atmosphere. I love looking around my house and seeing all the awesome pieces that I've made myself, that friends and family have made for me, and that have encouraging and motivational quotes on them. 

Do you agree? How do you decorate your home? Do you like adding a lot of personal touches, or do you prefer to go with more standard, premade pieces? Comment below!