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Christmas Tree & Fate

this past saturday finally felt like christmas- so we got our tree! so happy. we drove to home depot and picked out the cutest 6ft tree you ever did see. when we brought it back home our tree stand broke, so we made our way back out to  get one. came home, turned on christmas music and got to work. after the room was lit up with christmas color we sat down to watch parks & rec – eat a cheese plate & enjoy the night.  cory said when we get back from haiti-he wants to do nothing but christmas things all saturday. egg nog. shortbread cookies. christmas movies. all things christmas, which i am perfectly ok with.
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but. this saturday= we leave for haiti. i know i keep talking and talking about it… my heart is literally filled with excitement and anticipation. just to amp up my excitement last night we had something i like to call fate. for those of you who do not know, this is the definition.

FATE
  1. the development of events beyond a person’s control, regarded as determined by a supernatural power.
    we decided we needed to go out and find these beloved chacos everyone loves so dearly. we ended up in little 5 at abbadabbas. on a side note i have never been and this store is amazing. i will be back. soon. cory found the chaco rack and i tried not to squirm over the fact that they are $100 a pair- this nice lady, Amy, was there to help us. we started talking and of course she asked us where we were going and i started talking all about our haiti trip. then i saw her eyes light up  and i knew i was going to have a moment of fate. she started sharing about how she has a non-profit in haiti and she was leaving on the 28th to go back. she is even going to move there soon. i loved hearing her share her heart and show pictures of all that has taken place through her willingness to serve. my heart was so happy after leaving there with those expensive shoes & i knew i was supposed to be there- supposed to meet her. so funny how God works. i love it. if you would like to check out her site you can do so right here — this world is so big yet so small all at the same time. so thankful to meet her!
    you guys please keep our group in your prayers- my heart is so ready for this trip and i am so incredibly grateful for each one of you who has sent prayers our way.
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Chocolate, White Chocolate Chewy Cookie

i have a procedure i follow when adding recipes into my recipe book i am making. i look online (usually pinterest) find a recipe that looks interesting or the picture makes me hungry- make it- have people taste it- then add it to my recipe journal book.

last night– i added another recipe. at first i was skeptical. i have never made a cookie recipe using cake mix, but this one proved me wrong. lindsay, from pinchofyum.com  thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing this recipe. i am going to mix it up next time with some chocolate liquor.

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anyways you can find the recipe here. do yourself a favor and make a double batch- you wont regret it.

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also- just bought this amazing candle at TjMax and this owl towel set at walmart! Love it!

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DIY Christmas Presents

even though we are not doing gifts with the families this year i still wanted to blog about some of my favorite DIY crafts to have for future reference and in case anyone out there needed any ideas. this is all on my pinterest board & you can follow me here.

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http://www.recapo.com/dr-oz/dr-oz-natural-remedies/dr-oz-sinus-congestion-bath-bomb-recipe-yogurt-sunburn-remedy/

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http://moderndaymoms.com/simple-diy-body-sugar-scrub/

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http://www.ashressaday.com/2012/06/18/701/

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http://www.marthastewart.com/280275/how-to-make-bath-fizzies?backto=true&backtourl=/photogallery/bath-and-spa-gifts

+ i loved this necklace idea- for everyone you know that lives away from their “home” or where they would like to call home, would love this.

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http://happyhourprojects.com/glass-map-necklace/

+ thank you martha stewart for all of your perfectly perfect ideas for us- i have seen these made with plates and candle sticks you can get from the thrift store. all you need is a plate, candlestick, glue and paint! So easy and who doesn’t love something to display cupcakes, cakes, & any other sweet treat on.

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http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/311570/good-things-cakes/@center/312332/good-things

What are some of your crafty DIY projects for gifts?

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Whoa

i am so behind. these last few weeks have been really  busy with the husband and life in general. it is officially cold & i sort of like it. it is time for fires, thinking of camping, soup, chili, big sweaters and all things happy but most of all-  THANKSGIVING & CHRISTMAS.

some friends and i went and saw david ramirez at eddie’s attic– he was amazing and you all should go listen to his music right now and buy every album he has.

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we also are only $250 dollars away from meeting our goal for our haiti trip in december. words cannot even express how excited and happy i am about this mission trip. to get away from this world of want and expectation to see a world where their  needs are something we take for granted every day. it is good to get out of your box, out of your comfort zone and do something good. i have been feeling like this for a while now, like everyday i do things and they don’t really matter. i want to do something that matters. there is so much need in the world. everywhere you look there is need. whether it be a shoulder to cry on, people dealing with self-esteem issues, someone who does not have food, someone who does not even own a pair of underwear or wear the same clothes everyday. you do not have to go on  a mission trip to bring change to the world, but i am very happy to be going on one. i know the change we will bring there will  bring just as much change for my own life.

other news: we are so busy with planning the holidays- so many families to visit but so excited to see all of them. say a prayer for my brother who is going through his ranger school right now- i know he is going to make it and we are so proud of him, cannot wait to go to his graduation.

i already have been wrapping presents for cory- we have decided not to do family gifts this year bc we are so busy so just presents between cory & i. we will be gone the week before christmas so it makes it easier. the family and i are going to bring a dish style christmas gathering and just enjoy being with each other. however i love christmas and i love wrapping and here are some really cool wrapping ideas i found on pinterest.

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here are some crafts & food i want to try during these cold days

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what are you guys craving this holiday season?

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Fall feels like – it’s here!

i love it. fall. cool weather. coffee. hats. leggings. leaves falling off the trees and planning campfires with friends. weekend sleeps with flannel shirts. that certain smell in the air. plans for holidays. i love fall time.

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Fall= Food, Family,Friends, & Fashion

you guys it is FALL!  fall to me is so many things, sweaters. hot tea. hot cocoa. campfires. leggings. boots. blue-jean. overalls. holidays. leaves changing colors. boiled peanuts. red noses from the cold. pale skin. and food. all sorts of food.

SOUPS-CHILI-PUMPKIN BREAD-CAKES & COFFEE-HAM-TURKEY– i could go on forever. i have been looking at blogs for weeks now with fall foods & fashion. here are some of my favorites right now for food.

http://www.chalkboardblue.com/2012/11/fall-food-frenzy-caramel-apples.html

http://localmilkblog.com/2013/09/creme-fraiche-pumpkin-coffee-cake-pepita-streusel.html

http://joannagoddard.blogspot.com/2012/04/best-roast-chicken-youll-ever-have.html#more

http://www.keyingredient.com/recipes/13961084/chicken-tortilla-soup-crock-pot/

& for fashion

http://keep.com/free-people-honeycomb-mix-pullover/x/oG6xBugApr/?login_type=email

** side note- i love keep.com you can follow me here—-> http://keep.com/u/evanda_estes/

http://www.lulus.com/products/walk-my-way-cropped-black-and-olive-green-pants/111738.html

& just for fun- some fall photos

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fall is a really busy time for cory & i. his music stuff gets pretty crazy, as in we never know what he will be doing, trying to make it to everyone’s home to celebrate the holidays & sometimes i get a little crazy. i hate being late & i don’t want one family to think we are spending more time with the other one. this year i want to have a little less crazy- i want to take my time with everything and enjoy every minute. we never know what tomorrow holds & it is so important to remember all the little details- enjoy those moments. so my goal is to breathe when i feel anxious about the time and look around me- all the people i love the most, all the yummy food, all the laughs, running a little behind, hugs, the smell of ham, all of it. enjoy it.

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