Mixed prints for spring

Top of the day to you! 😁

Today I wanted to share my favorite spring outfit that takes me through these crazy fluctuations in Minnesota weather! Next I have been dying to tell anyone who will listen about our double stroller because we’ve had it a few months now and still absolutely love it! Finally, I wanted to give a bit of a life update to tell you a few things you didn’t know about us lately.

First, my long leopard cardigan sweater and buffalo check tee are both from Shein. The buffalo check top is literally under $6 now and it’s probably my most worn top and I highly recommend it. I think mine is a size medium. They were gifted to me by the company awhile back and I still wear them all the time! I think the top is a few years old now! The denim shorts are from the Universal Thread line at Target and they work so well for me and my after baby body. I feel like they are long enough and fit the right way to hide some of my baby weight, yuh know?

Our stroller is the Joovy Caboose Too Ultralight and it is the best inexpensive double stroller ever! It’s sturdy, relatively light, folds up well, and has a cup holder! Plus, one of the biggest things about it for me was that it can hold a lot of weight so I don’t have to buy a new stroller as the kids get bigger. Oh, and the wheels work SUPER WELL, which was not our experience with our more expensive single stroller!

In other news, have you heard about our new business venture over here?! It’s an art subscription box called Classy Artist Box! Each month we send out supplies and access to a video lesson on our new site! This was our first month and I feel such a frenzy of nervously working out a few last minute kinks. BUT it’s so exciting to be able to do what I love and pass that joy to people around the country!

Today is an exciting day for us because in a little while we are launching our little kids boxes with options for preschoolers and elementary age kids! More on that soon, but for now here’s a link to our shop!

I love the kids boxes because it’s such a great way to spend time with your little ones in a way that you both can enjoy. Plus I’ve done all the shopping and creativity for you so you don’t have to come up with it all on your own!

Now I’m gonna go and start making the kids examples for our June boxes!! We are starting with fish related projects and I’m so excited to make them with Wolfie (who turns 3 this week)!!!!



snakeskin blazer & pushing forward in stress

About this Blazer:

Can you tell I’m a fan of snakeskin?! Yes, it’s trending right now, but I have to say I love it no matter what! I never met an animal print I didn’t like as long as it’s done in a classic way! and what is more classic than this $22 blazer?! (ps. if you can’t find the blazer with my link, use search ID 628289).

Use code SH4131 for %15 off, no limitation, valid until march 31st, 2019!

Shein has one of the best selections of animal print that I’ve ever seen and this blazer is just one of the many items I own and love of theirs! Yes, I agree that if you’re looking for classic pieces on their site, sometimes you have to wade through a slew of neon, barely-there “party dresses,” but I’ll tell you it’s worth it!

My favorite way to search is from their homepage and go to the dropdown titled “CLOTHING” and “Blouses.” Then select from the “elegant” or “preppy” categories, though the casual section hosts many great options as well.

I also like to browse their “casual,” “maxi,” and “elegant” dresses because they have great options for everything from hot summer days to fancy weddings.

Speaking of animal prints, my Leopard Print *actual art print* is just $20 over on my shop!

Life lately:

Have you missed me? Yes, I’ve been a bit MIA, but it’s because I’m constantly working on a secret project. So far, I will say that it’s honestly the biggest, most difficult, most rewarding thing I’ve ever done in my entire life — other than motherhood. In my mind, I keep comparing the work I’m putting into it on the time and effort I spent on my Master’s degree, which scares me a little because that stress reminds me of grief.

If you knew me back when I lived in Sweden or afterward, you would know how important Sven was to me. He was an orange rag doll who behaved more like a dog than a cat, and I cared for him like a child. So when he suddenly passed away one Friday morning — in the midst of all of the work, writing, teaching, and research — I grieved very hard.

So now when I have times of intense stress, sometimes my mind reacts by feeling like it should go into grief or survival mode. Instead of focusing on the next steps I need to take, sometimes I start worrying about the what ifs and the future. I’m no psychologist, but I know that’s unhealthy and unbiblical. God’s Word tells us to not worry about anything… to not worry about things because God loves us even more than we imagine and He’s like a Father who wants us to run to Him so He can protect and teach us.

It’s a conscious decision for me to focus on my tasks at hand instead of worry, but I know it’s the right decision.

What makes you worry? How do you actively work to combat those negative thoughts and press on toward your goal?



“Why did it have to be…”


What’s that from? 🙂

Can you tell I had a little fun taking these!? A little artsy, maybe?

Anywhoo, this snakeskin print bag from SheIn is so nice for just $17! I said it before and I’ll say it again… I am so impressed! To shop: http://bit.ly/2DodZKT or use search ID 655539 on the Shein Website!

It’s just $17 and you get 15% off of your purchase with code SH4131 now through March 31, 2019!!!!

Can you tell I had a little fun with this shoot?! But I also need to show you the smart compartments inside the bag too, which I think are great quality! See?

I really love that the purse’s flap closes really easily with the magnet!

Jeggings: AE high rise (on sale now!) | Blouse: similar here | Leopard Cami: VERY similar here from Nasty Gal



cozy long cardi

Ladies, I have to tell you about this exact cardigan I just got from Lemon Drop Love!!!! Why? Because it’s seriously incredible! I wish you could see it in real life because you just don’t know how good it is until you feel it and see how it moves. The stitching is incredible too. And I don’t say this lightly… it is my new favorite cardigan!!!!

It also has pockets!!! Need I say more?!

I don’t want to make you feel like you need a long cardigan if you don’t because I never want to be that girl. BUT if you are even thinking of getting one… you need THIS ONE! It’s just $39 and you get 15% off of your purchase with code LEMON at checkout. I’m not sure how long that discount will last so I would snag it sooner than later!

What draws me to this cardigan even more is that it looks polished enough to wear on a date night (or to Bible study like I did tonight!!!), but it also can be worn around the house as I play with my kids and do housework (like I did all day!!!). haha

The other reason I love this sweater and the whole shop itself is that it’s run by someone who is truly seeking the Lord and doing his work, which seems so rare in this day.

www.lemondroplove.co is founded by Nancy Johnson who I grew up knowing from church and who worked with her husband to start a branch of Youth for Christ in my hometown. They have since moved their family to Colorado, where they continue to touch lives and spread joy… errr… lemon drops of love!

I posted about them here too!

Really, it’s a shame you can’t feel the fabric on this thing, it’s so soft, sturdy, and cozy!

By the way, how do you like my curtain choice in our dining room? 😛 When we moved into this house we brought some curtains from our old house with us. After putting up all the curtains again in our new house I realized I had a problem. I didn’t have 4 matching panels for our two window dining room! Well, you can be sure I put my college degree to work with my epic problem solving skills (kidding) and decided to match the two panels on the inside of both windows and then match the panels on the outside. Subtle, but still there. Maybe some day I’ll save my pennies to change it, but for now we don’t mind.

I’m sure you don’t really care about my curtains, but these are the things I put way too much thought into. However, I’ve got your attention still so I’m going to inform you of what I decided about my dining room curtain situation for *someday* in the future: I want a crazy colorful pattern for the future curtains to spice up our dining room, which currently looks too normal for my taste- hehe. In fact, I would love it to look like a watercolor brushstroke frenzy with bright colors. And then I would line the edges with some sort of gold fringe. Don’t judge me… I like a little drama, a little color, and a whole lot of interesting in my design style. It makes me happy and helps me feel cozy at home…. and I think that should be the whole point of interior design.

Continuing on with my interior design rant… I’m not into crazy colors on the walls, unless done sparingly and thoughtfully. I wouldhttps://theclassyartist.com/product/large-floral-dark-oil-painting/ rather have a color somewhere easier to change, like artwork (please feel free to browse mine here), throw pillows, or curtains.

Let me know if you have any questions about the cardigan… or if you have any questions about your curtains… I can give lots of crazy artist recommendations! Sometimes I wonder if I should have called this blog the Cray Cray Artist instead 😉