A special book for “the dreamers & the doers”.

Since September I’ve been praying over (and working on) a special group project, and today I get to share with you what we’ve been up to! :)

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It’s no secret I’m a dreamer and a doer. Since I was young I’ve been creating and making plans. I love to sketch on paper my dreams to see how real they can become. But perhaps more than that I love how far an encouraging word can take my dreams. Do you feel the same way?

Last year I joined a group of women and together we co-wrote a book called, Thirty One Days of Prayer for the Dreamer and the Doer — and, it’s a lovely prayer book.

Lovely like, “my heart is re-filled with grace and overflowing encouragement to keep going.”

Lovely like, “I wasn’t sure how to pray over my situation, but now I have new-found direction.”

Lovely like, “I am not alone.”

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Inside this 200+ page book are beautiful, real prayers covering the following topics:

prayer // God’s word // worship + gratitude // faith

freedom // seasons // rest + balance // wellness

authenticity // identity // grace in my home // simplicity

serving // loving {well} // singleness // marriage

motherhood // dreams // my spouse’s dreams // my children’s dreams

fears // comparison //confidence // goals

creativity // stewardship // success + failure // busyness

my business // branding + marketing // collaboration + opportunity // online influence // social media

 

Each of the 31 prayers includes a full-page prayer, four verses and three reflective questions.

I’ve written on the topic of simplicity. This was an opportunity for me to share my heart on living cozy in a big Los Angeles. It’s so important to be thankful for exactly what God puts in our lives. This community collaboration has allowed me to be vulnerable with so many others who may be thinking, worrying, and praying about the same things.

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I’m so honored to be joining these women and my friends over at The {Well} Studio.

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Now booking our February giveaway bundle!

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We’re working on our February giveaway bundle with a focus on Valentine’s Day (surprise, surprise) and it’s off to a great start! I’m excited to share with you the shops and products we’ll be bundling and giving away on February 2nd. And perhaps the even better news is we’re still booking prizes for this giveaway! I’ll let you in on a little secret: Lisa Leonard Designs, The Printed Palette and Julie Ann Art have all said yes our February giveaway. It’s going to be super great, that’s for sure! If you are a handmade shop owner I’d love for you to join us in February. We host only a few giveaway bundles each year and they’re a fun way to stay connected to this community of handmade talent. Click here to apply to February’s giveaway, or click the graphic above. Have a great weekend! xo

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Now booking for our December giveaway bundles!

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Hi lovely! We are in the process of booking for our December giveaway bundles, scheduled for the 1st of the December (and just in time for the holidays). In June we hosted a summer-themed bundle featuring $895 in prizes, in August hosted a back-to-school and fall-essential themed giveaway (over $700 in prizes) and in October we hosted two baby-themed bundles (over $880 in prizes).

If you’re a handmade shop owner we’d so grateful to have the chance to work with you for our December giveaway bundles, based around the theme “Holiday Gift Giving”. We’ll be splitting the prizes into multiple bundles — which means there will be multiple winners! SO fun.

 

You can skip ahead to the giveaway application form by clicking here, or read on for more details:

* we’re looking for handmade/small business who offer products geared towards men, women, children, hostess gifts, winter seasonal, etc.

* our December giveaway is scheduled for Monday, December 1st and will end on Friday, December 5th

* each participating shop will receive two social media links via Rafflecopter for the entry requirements

* we’ll be sharing the December giveaway bundles with our social media communities (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Bloglovin’, an RSS feed, an email RSS feed) — this includes a reach of over 172,000 monthly likes/impressions

* our giveaways are open to US resident only (no need to worry about international shipping costs)

* we’re accepting a limited number of shops. To view the application and apply, please click here, we’d love the opportunity to work with you!

 

PS. I’ve got a secret to share with you! We’ve already secured prizes from Pen & Paint and Red Letter Words for our December giveaways ;)

PPS. Want to get a jump start on your holiday shopping? Visit our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide which includes discount codes from nearly every participating shop.

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Introducing our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide!

Well hello, October! I’m so happy it’s the first of the month. The weather is finally cooling off a bit here in Los Angeles and the holiday-themed family/kiddo activity emails are appearing in my personal inbox. It’s so exciting :) And not to mention, October is the month our second baby is due!!! We’ll see though when baby actually makes his or her debut…

Our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide launches today and runs through December 15th. I’m really excited to share with you the 17 shops that are participating this year as they feature some really fun items! Most of them are offering a unique discount code to the MWD community, which is so generous of them! I wanted to give you a tease of what’s inside our Holiday Gift Guide so below are photos of my favorite items with a direct link to each shop.

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Baby Bjorn:

A Swedish family-owned business started in 1961. Our concept is to make day-to-day life easier for parents of small children by developing safe & innovative products of the highest quality for children up to three years old.

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Baby Mama Sew Shop:

Purses, bags, clutches and zipper pouches, as well as clothing items such as skirts and aprons for women and kids.

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Delva B. Tree:

Stylish and fun handmade baby bibs, burp cloths, blankets, children’s crayon wallets and other accessories.

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Drawstring Studio:

Modern home decor items to fit everyone’s needs and budget.

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Fountain Top Creations:

A shop full of cozy crocheted and knitted hats, scarves, cowls, ear-warmers, and more!

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Gingiber:

An illustrative paper goods and homeware store filled with prints, pillows, tea towels, cards, tote bags, and more.

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LilyAlyssa Boutique:

Sweet women’s accessories crocheted and sewn: headbands, scarves, hats, ear warmers, etc.

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 Love Forward:

Handmade accessories, home goods, and gifts; inspired by love.

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Oh So Antsy:

Hand cut custom state and country shaped jewelry.

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Paper + Spark:

Fresh, fun, and functional everyday essentials for your desktop, workspace, and home.

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Pink Poppy Party Shoppe:

An array of handcrafted personalized party decorations.

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Purpose Jewelry:

Handcrafted jewelry made by survivors of sexual slavery. 100% of the proceeds go to International Sanctuary, a non-profit that provides holistic care, and empowers rescued women & girls to obtain true freedom.

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Saffron and Nutmeg:

Hand knit and sewn items made for mamas and kiddos.

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Shared Joy:

Boutique quality headbands for the fashionable joys in your life!

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 Silly Mama Quilts:

Fresh and fun handmade gift and home décor items. Original designed pieces make some of the best gifts for a wedding, new baby, holiday or treat for yourself.

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Simple and Trendy:

Modern style with classical appeal. Mason jar tumblers, monogrammed wine glasses, iPhone charger decals and stickers.

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The Vintage Honey Shop:

Specializing in handmade necklaces that mamas wear, but is safe for babies to chomp on while teething!

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We’re so excited about this years Holiday Gift Guide and for all of the participating shops! Offering a unique discount code to our community so we can start our holiday shopping is incredibly generous of them, so thank you sponsors!

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