Made For Real

Daily relate.

organizing hair accessories

I’ve spent way too much time trying to come up with the most efficient way to organize hair supplies in our home. With two girls (possibly another female on the way??) the hair STUFF is constantly scattered around bathroom cabinets & floors, bedrooms, living room, my room and bathroom, kitchen… Yeah, you name it, hair bobbles everywhere.

Here’s my list of “must haves” for a system to realistically work for us:

*easy to access but not necessarily visible
(in a bathroom or bedroom)

*easy to group items by color

*designated spaces for headbands, ponytail holders, barrettes
(we use these the most)

*everyday functional
– as in easy to keep clean, organized
– creative/cuteness factor a MUST






I’ve also seen hanging shoe organizers used lots of ways,
also tubes – such as paper towel/TP rolls or PVC pipe.

We have used various forms of the above ideas. But now our collection of hair goodies just doesn’t fit these systems. Everything is currently thrown in a clear bucket. No matter how many ziplock baggies I’ve arranged by ponytail color…it just doesn’t last!

So now I’m shopping my home for IKEA items I could possibly convert into a solution : )
I’ll let you know how it pans out.

What do you use to contain your hair supply stash?
Any clever ideas or links to share with us?

***Upcoming projects on my list: washi tape organizer, jewelry organizer***
{the washi tape is so important, am I right?!!! It’s a necessary part of my happy place}

Getting Lost {guest post}

Kim is a longtime friend of mine, has guest posted here before, and talks with complete gut honesty (which is why I love her so). As I’ve mentioned, her daughter and my daughter have connected hearts since toddler days in the church nursery! Slays me how long ago that seems and yet how fast time flies. I’ve been thinking lately that I’d love to host some discussion for the “beTweens & Teens” in our homes. When I asked Kim to contribute a post on anything of her choosing she just happened to mention the Dannah Gresh event – her recent conference adventure is just the thing to kick us off!!



My newly turned 13 year old daughter and I just recently attended one of Dannah Greshʼs “Pure Freedom” events. Wow. Really… Wow. What I learned that evening, well, you canʼt put a price on it. Dannah has devoted her ministry to encouraging young girls and women. She speaks candidily about a poor choice she made as a teen and how that choice affected her physically, mentally, and spiritually. She speaks to girls regarding the value of modesty, purity, and virginity. She is a blessing and I am so thankful that I have Dannah, her research, information, and books to help me equip my teenage daughter. Okay, if Iʼm being honest, and to teach this mom a thing or two!

So what did Dannah teach us that night?

The first thing she did was give us a little quiz. This forty-eight year old who has been married to the same man for 25 years answered questions to find out if I was boy crazy. Hilarious! But, you know what? I am! I am absolutely boy crazy and I have been for as long as I can remember.

Dannah then explained to us ʻgirlsʼ about being boy crazy. She calls this the “Violent Craving”. We all have it. Our moms had it. (ew!) Our grandmas had it. (bigger ew!) Generation upon generation of women have experienced it and our daughters will, too. (horror) It is has been with us since The Fall. After Adam and Eve sinned, God explained to them how things would never be the same and part of this curse is this “Violent Craving”. Genesis 3:16b – “Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”

Everyone has a deep desire to be loved, so Itʼs no wonder once those hormones start flowing we girls become boy crazy. We are bound to confuse our longing for Godʼs love with a desire for a guyʼs love. Additionally, it doesnʼt help matters that it feels good when our guy throws his arm around us, holds our hand, or gives us a compliment. We hunger for a perfect unfailing love and we look to imperfect guys for that love. We should be looking to the One who is enough. God Himself is where we should direct our hearts.

But if we canʼt even get basic cravings right, how are we supposed to get this “Violent Craving” right? Dannah explained to us how cravings can be very deceptive. How we crave one thing when in reality we really need another. Fascinating! For example: if we crave sweets what we really need is chromium, so put down the Snickers and try broccoli and grapes instead. How ʻbout a craving for bread? Well, you need nitrogen and go for fish, meats, nuts, or beans. Or, is your weakness salty foods? Chloride is your real need and you should go for raw goat milk or fish. Do you see where Iʼm headed with this? So, if itʼs guys you crave what you really need is God, and you should try “getting lost.”

Dannah then told us, “A girl needs to be so lost in God that a guy has to seek Him to find her.” Seriously, I think part of my brain blew up just trying to understand the depth of that statement. How can this not be my desire for my young teen girl as she grows into a youg woman? Then, I wondered HOW, especially in a world that continually programs us to be self-centered, can we do this? How do we counter “Follow your dreams.” “If you want it, you can have it.”

The answer is to “get lost”! To “absent oneself.” That means to keep yourself away from something. Great! How can I keep my daughter away from guys for the next five years? Oh, I know… weʼll just lock her in a closet until she graduates – problem solved ;-) Not quite. Though guys might seem like the obvious problem, in actuality, itʼs ourselves.

Part of getting lost is getting over ourselves. Placing aside our plans, desires, and dreams. Stepping away from things that are controlling us, thus releasing ourselves from a fixation on the things we think we need. Okay, and another little part of my brain just blew.

Hereʼs what Dannah was trying to say: getting lost means getting over yourself so that you can experience the all-encompasing love of God in such a way that you are directed by HIs desires and dreams. We all suffer those snack attacks but our souls need something of greater nutritional value! Who wouldnʼt want to experience His deep, rich, and satisfying love? Which in turn will teach you His picture for marriage… a beautiful picture of a generous, life-giving love.

Honestly, I donʼt care if youʼre a teeny bopper dreaming of your future husband or a wife 25 years into marriage, that would be a marriage worth dreaming of and aspiring to. So, I decided it WAS time to “get lost” and “get lost” I did.

I headed out to the book table and left a little lighter in the wallet but with armloads of valuable informantion. Worth every penny and more! If you are looking for books on the topics of modesty and purity, you need not look any further. Let me wholeheartedly recommend some of Dannahʼs writings. You wonʼt be sorry you read them, even if you donʼt have a teenager in the house!
True Princess by Erin Davis (a member of Dannahʼs Pure Freedom team): This is a set up in a bible study format to help nurture humility in your little princess. This study teaches them while they are valued and prized by their Heavenly Father, this role does not come without great responsibility.

Secret Keeper by Dannah Gresh: A 35 day experience to help you discover real beauty. Deeper than your closet beauty, farther than the mall beauty, this draws you closer to the One who is most entralled with your real beauty.

And the Bride Wore White by Dannah Gresh: Dannah opens herself up and share personal passages from her own journals that show the joy and heartache of her dating years. She exposes Satanʼs lies about sex, she talks about breaking out of harmful relationships, and offers compassion while equipping you with guidelines and seven secrets of sexual purity to apply to your own life.

Lies Young Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss & Dannah Gresh: Nancy & Dannah expose 25 lies most commonly believed by women. They share honest real- life stories to overcome these lies.

Get Lost: by Dannah Gresh: A guide to finding true love. She traces Godʼs language of love through scripture to help you purseus your heartʼs deepest desires and seek love the way God designed it.

You can also check out Dannah at Or, if you have a younger girl in the house her is the bomb. Yes, as if you couldnʼt tell, she officially has a fan here! So, be a dear and hand me those Doritos ~ I have some reading to do ;-)

angry cookies

since I’m all about keepin’ it real I’ll be honest –

I’m trudging through days that you just wanna pull hair out
…and not necessarily your own hair

so I decided spur-of-the-moment to make angry cookies


I tried to make them all ominous looking
{just kidding, kind of}

the kind of cookies that you look around and say,
“what could I throw in this mix just because?”

no recipe when you’re angry
no, no
just wing it and know they’ll prob be nothing you’ll make ever again

MY angry cookies consisted of honey, PB, handfuls of oatmeal, choc chips

{after a batch my daughter and I decided they needed bananas}

Are they the worst cookies ever? No
Will I make them again exactly the same angry way? No

enough said.

do YOU ever angry bake?

9 times out of ten it accomplishes nothing –
but it’s better than meditating on angry, I suppose??!!

lovely gifts (worth it)

Some gifts I picked out (read: “ordered immediately”) for my birthday!!

iPad cover – washi tape design!
{the pleated poppy}

raindrops square zip pouch
*hello cute mini tote for my nursing pads : )
{gussy sews}

ampersand necklace (showed you earlier)
mine arrived!! L.O.V.E. precious to me
{Lisa Leonard Designs}

adorable “oh happy day” mason jar garland
mine came in blues/teals, yellows, pinks…
for over my kitchen sink this summer
{raising up rubies}

and some gifts are just a much needed surprise
I enjoyed these immensely

Just returned from a terrifical getaway – with my sweet hubby – up at Mackinac Island !!! Can’t wait to share some pics with ya! Hope you all have a relaxing Memorial Day weekend : )

Whatever… just sayin’

swoons.swoon.swoony-swoon. swoon.


Have you heard about craft weekend?


I. must. go. pick me! pick me!



How fun would this be… seriously

swoon heaven – I want to move into this place for a week.
okay, a month

Have you attended??

birthday/mom’s day thoughts


How was your weekend? I hope EVERYONE had an uplifting week.
I have to admit that after the recent miscarriages we experienced my heart bounces from pangs of longing, to feelings of great joy, relief and then sorrow all over again. Can’t tell you much I miss my babes I never got to hold. And how grateful I am at the same time that they are all in the arms of our loving Creator.

13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, my God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you. {Psalm 139}


With this next baby on the way I feel over the moon ecstatic, but guilty for the gift as well. Such a catch-22 in my mind and soul. Such a gift I don’t want to take for granted. So many hurting friends that are missing their babies, too, and longing for new life in their bellies.

I am praying for this year to be one of abundant new life. Redeemed hearts. Healthy babies. Life given and lives saved. Comfort. Peace. Grace. Hope renewed.

love to you all,

banana bread {low sugar}


I should label this:
the bread that worked more than once

banana bread and brownies are two things I usually can NEVER make the same way twice
(homemade style, not box mixes)
and I don’t know why…just a fact

BUT, I’ve finally worked out recipes for both that actually work! repeatedly : )

Here’s the Banana Bread

1 stick butter (soften in your oven while it’s warming up)
1/2 – 3/4 c. honey
2 eggs
3 big, ripe bananas
1 t. cinnamon
1 small splash of milk (or cream)
1 small splash vanilla
2 cups whole wheat flour (or flour of choice)
1 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
small pinch of salt

choc chips, nuts, or whatever add-ins you may like (op.)
Mix butter and honey together. Add eggs.

Mash bananas in a separate bowl with cinnamon, milk and vanilla. Add to mix.

Add flour and rest of ingredients. Mix just until combined.

Bake at 330 for 1 hour.

Leave in pan 5 – 10 mins. Let cool on its side on a rack just a bit more.
{Makes 1 loaf}

My kids loved it and I seriously only used 1/2 c. honey, max.
You can substitute granulated sugar for the honey, but why if you don’t have to!!