DIY Glitter Starbucks Cup

For my beautiful niece’s sweet sixteen, I wanted to make her something simple and fun! I saw this idea on Pinterest, so I decided to make it for her! It’s sparkly and fun to match her amazing personality!

What I used:

Starbuck’s Customizable Cold Cup 16oz

Hot Pink Glitter

Krylon Spray Adhesive

Super Glue

*I also purchased a separate dome lid for the cup, since Alyssa enjoys whipped cream on her Starbucks, but this is not necessary!

Ok, here’s the deal. After following this tutorial, I honestly wasn’t impressed with my results. Because the tutorial instructed me to spray the adhesive on the inside of the outer cup, my result was a bit cloudy. I don’t know if I sprayed too much or what, but after that, I decided to try to do it a little differently!

I had to purchase another cup, but I wanted it to be perfect for her, so this time I actually sprayed the adhesive on the outside of the inner cup instead, and applied the glitter that way! By applying the glitter that way, then inserting it back into the outer cup, the glitter was much more sparkly without the adhesive clouding it. Here’s a picture of the two different ways side-by-side so you can see what I mean!

The left cup is the original way and the right cup is my way.

I then applied Super Glue to the threading of the two layers, so if she wants to hand wash the cup, she can without getting any water between the two layers.

I was much happier with the results, and I can’t wait to give it to her!

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9

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Cowboy Caviar

I was craving something fresh and tasty for a snack, so I went hunting in the fridge and pantry. It’s one of our favorite things to do. When it’s just about time for a grocery trip, we like to make something delicious out of whatever is left over from the shopping trip before! It’s challenging and it’s also kind of fun to see what we come up with. Brendan was out-of-town and I didn’t feel like cooking, so I threw this together!

This is my version of a cowboy caviar. I believe the original recipe was black-eyed peas, but I’m a big fan of black beans, and honestly, that’s what I had in my pantry, so here’s how I made it!

What I used:

1 can of black beans, drained

1 can of sweet corn, drained

1 sweet onion, diced

3 ripe (but firm) avocados, cubed

3 fresh tomatoes, cubed

2 fresh garlic cloves, minced

1/2 cup of cilantro, chopped

2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar (or red wine, but balsamic is all I had)

1 Tbsp olive oil

salt & pepper to taste

Combine all of the ingredients, toss and enjoy! Serve with tortilla chips or anything else that sounds good with it!


“All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.” – Proverbs 15:15

Say Mama!

Just when I think he couldn’t get any sweeter, baby J said what I’ve just been dying to hear. He ever so sweetly said, “Mama!” It was music to my ears. I’ve heard it said many times that our children make life worth living, but I never could have imagined how true that really is. He’s everything I ever could have hoped for and more. He is so incredible, it’s such an honor to be the one he now calls Mama.

“Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.” – Psalm 127:3

Four Years Ago Today!

Four years ago today was one of the best days of my life. I was in one of my favorite places in the world, New York City. I was with one of my favorite people in the world, Brendan Dekker. I was about to be asked one of the most important questions ever asked of me..Let me start from the very beginning. Brendan was going on a business trip to NY, so he asked me if I wanted to come with him. We were going to stay the weekend to spend time in one of our favorite places, but this was no ordinary trip. After Brendan got off work that evening, we headed out to dinner, but Brendan said he had to stop on the way to pick something up from his co-worker’s apartment first. We got out of the cab and headed up the elevator of a beautiful apartment building in the middle of Manhattan. We stepped out of the elevator, but instead of an apartment, it was a beautiful rooftop garden overlooking one of the coolest cities I’ve ever been to. We had a picturesque view of busy streets below, a skyline of buildings as far as the eye could see, and a stunning view of the Empire State Building.

I honestly thought Brendan got the floor number wrong, but we walked out to enjoy the view anyway. Little did I know, it was his plan all along. As we stood at the edge, just taking it all in, Brendan reached over and gently held my hand. He kept glancing over at me while I’m sure I chattered on about nothing important, until I realized he was acting very suspicious. Right when I was about to ask him what he was up to, he dropped to one knee. I can honestly say from this point on was a bit of a blur. All I know is I said “Yes!” to the most important question ever asked of me. I was going to be Mrs. Brendan Dekker. After he stood up, I kissed the man of my dreams and couldn’t stop staring at the most beautiful ring ever!

Brendan had been up to the rooftop earlier that day, and had stashed a bottle of champagne and a pair of flutes to celebrate! We stood, basking in the view, in each other, and in the celebration of our love. I pretty much immediately called my Mom and Dad and the rest of our families to tell them the good news! It was hands-down the most exciting moment in my life.

The rest of the weekend was such a fun celebration. We went to dinner that evening, though neither of us were able to eat much from all the nerves. The next day, Brendan had arranged a private airplane ride all over New York. It was a view not many are ever fortunate enough to see, and I felt like the luckiest girl in the world to  have enjoyed it with the most amazing guy in the world.

The next evening, Brendan had made reservations at this ridiculously awesome restaurant called River Cafe. It’s nestled under the Brooklyn Bridge with sweeping views of the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty, and the food was delicious!! The next (and last) evening we had in the city was spent in the third row, center-stage of the Gershwin Theatre for the amazing performance of Wicked as our first engagement present, compliments of my awesome future in-laws.Not only did Brendan truly make me the happiest girl in the world by asking me to be his wife, he made it an absolutely unforgettable event in our lives. He put so much thought and effort into making it more perfect than I ever could have hoped for.I can honestly say it has only gotten better since then. He amazes me every single day by the way he loves me. The way he makes me feel so special and beautiful. The way he makes me smile and laugh. The way he accepts me for who I am and loves me even when I don’t deserve it. The way he fulfills my every need and want, and gave me the coolest son anyone could even hope for.

Four years ago today I said yes to more than a question, I said yes to a lifetime of happiness with the most incredible husband I could ever have imagined.

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13

DIY Tiny Footprints Canvas

While my parents were visiting this weekend, I thought it would be a fun little project to make a canvas print with my Mom for baby J’s nursery! I’ve been wanting to do some footprints for him, so when I saw this idea on Pinterest, I decided to do something similar!

Since J just turned 6 months, it was the perfect opportunity to use his tiny little footprints to make a piece of art for his wall.

What I used:

12×24 canvas

grey and black acrylic paint

1″ Stencils

2 paint sponges

painter’s tape

tape measure

We started by sectioning off the canvas with tape into thirds, then stenciling the ages we chose in each section with the paint and sponges. After that, we put a light coat of paint on J’s foot and practiced on scrap paper first. After finding the best amount of paint and the quickest way to get his foot on and off the surface, we went for it on the canvas! I had considered doing a foot and hand print, but after practicing with the foot, I realized at his age, a hand print would probably get very messy, very quickly and not give the outcome I was hoping for.

There are so many variations you could do with this, from the ages to the paint colors and even the layout! This is what worked best in J’s nursery, and I couldn’t be happier with our simple color choices!

I think it turned out SO cute and it was so special to make it for him with my Mom! I find that the slight imperfections and blemishes add character and will remind me of the fun we had making it. I can’t wait in three months to add the next set of footprints  to see just how much he’s grown! 


“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” – Romans 12:12

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Watch Out World!

It’s amazing to me how quickly the last six months have gone by. Everyone always warned me, and I know it’s so true, but even still, it feels like just a fleeting moment has gone by since baby J entered our lives. Gosh, it feels like just yesterday we saw the “positive” sign on the little plastic stick. I literally cannot even begin to imagine what I could have possibly done to deserve this amazing little boy. I thank Jesus every single night when I put him to bed for choosing us to be his parents. I ask that He continues guiding us to raise him to be the godly man He intends him to be and to give him a love and passion for Jesus. He is just the most incredible little person I’ve ever met, it’s such an honor to be his Mommy. He has brought a joy and excitement to our lives that we never knew possible.

I like to think that I really am treasuring every moment. I remind myself daily to relish the small things, for they are just as important as the big milestones.

Half-Year in Review

Entered this world. Came home. Loves his teddy bear. Peed on Daddy. First Easter Sunday service. Lost his umbilical cord. Loves the sling. Visits from all his family. First smiles. Slept through the night. First time visiting Daddy at work. Rolled over. First wedding. Loves napping with Mommy. Road trip to Arizona. First Mother’s Day. Loves his own reflection. First time babysat by Grandma and Papa. Lost all his hair. First time at the beach. Loves splashing in bath time. Grabs Mommy’s nose. First Father’s Day. Began laughing. Over-night trip to San Diego. Loves when Mommy sings. First brewery tour. Loves his Sophie. No more swaddle. Plays Peek-a-boo. Loves story time. Circumcision. First time in an airplane. Loves evening walks. Gave first real kisses. First tantrum. Found his toes. Fireworks on Fourth of July. Baby/Daddy morning time. Started solids. Loves to Skype. Blows raspberries. Loves watching football. First word. Loves play dates. Two front teeth. Loves zucchini squash. Loves his walker. Sat up unassisted. Sleeps on his belly. Scoots and wiggles. Loves playing with Daddy’s moustache. Watched first Baby Einstein movie. Loves his puppy and kitty. Up on all fours.

I can’t wait to see what the next six months brings us. I’m so excited for the many ways baby J will amaze us and remind us just how beautiful this life can be.

“For in Him all things were created: things in Heaven and on Earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” – Colossians 1:16-17