College Gift {Buy + Handmade}

Our oldest daughter settled into her dorm this weekend to start her college career {!!!}. It was a weekend filled with laughter, tears, trepidation and exhilaration. She starts something new and adventurous and we, as her parents, are so incredibly blessed to witness the beginning of this journey. Our daughter's best friend leaves in a couple days to start her college days, so we filled up a recent thrifted basket with some fun college essentials// handmade + store bought. 

Girl college gift basket. SugarBeans.org

Handmade: The blanket was bound with a satin ribbon; crocheted jar cozy filled with pens + pencils; and vintage-wrapped hangers ready to be hung. 

Handmade college gift. SugarBeans.org

Buy: Fig bars (yum), lint roller, pens, pencils, games, candy, mason jar sipper, and notebook. 

College days. Nothing compares. We sent these girls off with prayers, small gifts, and a piece of our hearts. 

What college essential would you want in a gift basket??

This week {Summer's End}

This week was filled with the end of summer; slow mornings and bittersweet summer nights marked the beginning of high school for a few and college for one.  We hosted a wonderful bonfire/ cookout for a few friends to say farewell to our college-bound girl. 

My teens and more. SugarBeans.org
We love front yard games!

We love front yard games!

The backyard.

The backyard.

And three days after the wonderful outdoor get-together, this happened: first day of High School for three of my teens. One sophomore, two freshmen. 

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My grad came out to join her siblings on the grand opening day. She's extra giddy because high school is in her rearview mirror, college just a few days away. 

Change. It's happening, and I am learning to appreciate the newness of our days. 

Granny Square Pillow {tutorial}

Granny Square Pillow {tutorial}

This project is the perfect marriage of my two favorites: crochet + vintage linens. This winter was filled with fun crochet projects {granny afghancrochet hook casesphone cozies, jar coziesmini flags and more} and I found my time crocheting to be quite relaxing, so the hooks have appeared even in the warmer months. Last week I finally purged an ugly cushion cover and replaced it with ...

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Frozen Bananas {Summer Delights}

Frozen Bananas {Summer Delights}

We have a few family members that find dairy difficult to digest; a bummer for the summer months with ice cream being consumed in large quantities by most people in town. BUT, I have found frozen bananas make a wonderful substitute to the taste and texture of ice cream without the dairy and icky side effects that plague some of my loved ones. 

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