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Creating Beauty in the Ordinary

Hello love!

I’m Meagan and I’m so honored you stopped by!

In 2017 my resolution was to be more creative. First, let me say, I don’t “do” New Years’ Resolutions. So when I try, they are very broad: Be More Creative. But this year, something changed; I wanted to actually DO something with that statement. So here is the start – a blog. A place to ramble. A place to be creative. A place to be heard {in a very anonymous way – the internet is a very big place people.}

And I know I’m not doing anything special. In fact, I think I’m just trying to do what everyone else is doing…create beauty in the midst of ordinary.

But the way we go about it looks differently for everyone, and that’s what is so special. It’s about our specific journey. Where God is leading us – and how we actually get there. Note: the two do NOT always line up.

Along my journey {so far} I’ve become an older sister. Accepted Christ as my savior. Found a sport I love. Finished school. Gotten married. Kept the same job for 6 straight years. Became a mom. Nothing spectacular. Nothing to win some award for. But everything has been beautiful. Transforming. That’s what life really is: finding the beauty in your ordinary. Because it’s there. All around you. Just waiting…

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Flexible Meal Planning

Guys, meal planning is the worst. I’ve always been a “how do I feel tonight” kind of eater, so trying to plan out dinners is NOT my forte. Plus, I’m the worst at the grocery store. I shop the same way, “oh this looks good.” And it totally does. That day. But maybe not tomorrow, or the next day, and now it’s bad. Like I said, I’m the worst!

Now, I’ve been blessed with a picky princess and a 15-month-old-going-on-15-year-old-always-hungry boy! Naturally, something had to change. And really, it HAD to be me.

So, here we are. I’m learning to be creative in my ordinary. Because to me, meal planning can be so ordinary. So boring. So mundane.

But it doesn’t have to be!! Thanks to cookbooks. Thanks to Pinterest. My ordinary is saved! πŸ™‚

And here is the other side – planning. Ugh. I am NOT a great planner. But kids have started changing that as well. {Really, kids change E V E R Y T H I N G!} So now I’ve started a flexible meal planning system for my family.

Here is what that means: We start with a plan. I get groceries for “the plan”. And then life happens. πŸ™‚

So this was the first week of meals…

And during the first week, we already had to change. And that’s just the beginning, I’m afraid. The next week the same thing happened. Sometimes it’s a good surprise that hits us – like we got a meal provided for us. Score! And sometimes it’s just because my day got too crazy for the meal I had planned, so we had to modify the week. Boo.

But here is the great part. I’ve already planned out a few different meals this way, and already got the food in my house. Now, it’s just a matter of being flexible – switching up a couple meals. Or being able to afford going out because we are being smarter with our food purchases and not wasting as much food. Hello, 54th Street!

Bonus – the first couple weeks of meal planning, I realized some of the dishes we ended up having leftovers I wasn’t expecting. So that was another happy flexible moment. Again, learning to be creative in my ordinary – even if it’s just with meals.

 

Happy Flexible Planning,

Meagan

Prom

Prom season is upon us! I remember that feeling when you finally get into that right dress and everything feels perfect…for about a minute. And then you remember you still need shoes, a purse, some jewelry, and something to cover up – because it’s going to get cold. And then you check your allotted prom spending money and realize it didn’t go as far as you thought it would. 😦

That’s where I come in!

I’m looking for a few girls interesting in hosting a Chloe + Isabel pop-up party – so you can earn those prom jewels for FREE!! It’s simple, just invite a few friends who are also needing their jewelry or hair accessories for prom. That’s it! I bring the food and the pretties.

Encourage your guests to bring their prom dress with them so we can help style her right. Oh, and it would probably be a good idea to bring your mother as well. She can offer timeless advice, and also the checkbook! πŸ™‚

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These pop-up parties are just like they sound – they can happen anywhere! A coffee shop, a restaurant, someone’s house, or online!

As the host of the party, you get to control the guest list and the venue. The more jewelry and accessories that are purchased at your party – the more credit you receive to earn your jewels for free! Also, when your party reaches $1,000 in sales, you can receive this gorgeous piece…. {This month only; each month we give away a new piece!}

For anyone not familiar with Chloe + Isabel, I would encourage you to check out their website or see my post about them. But here is a brief overview:

Chloe + Isabel is a lifestyle brand exclusively designed in our NYC studio + inspired by the world around us, each original product tells a story.

Jewelry is our number one products right now, but we also sell hair pieces, lip gloss, scarves, purses, sunglasses, nail polish, candles, and fragrance. Each piece has their own story and design inspiration: either for the trendy Chloe or the timeless Isabel. C+I has your accessories covered!

And I’m so excited to announce that we have new products launching tonight! These new designs are perfect for any special occasion you have: wedding, prom, graduation, you name it. I’d love to hear what you think – drop a note in the comments after you have seen all the pretty things here.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s start on your Chloe + Isabel party today!

Happy accessorizing,

Meagan

No Complaints Dinner

It’s been a few rough months of picky eating at our house and I’m tired of picking food up off the floor. I’m pretty sure my littles’ taste buds are changing daily. {We have a dog, and she doesn’t even eat everything the kids drop. Most everything, but not everything.}

Tonight, my kids ate their whole meal and didn’t throw anything on the floor. It seems like it’s been forever since that happened, so I wanted to record it!

Next time you have a desperate moment, like we did, and need an easy meal – here is what we did…

Ground Beef Quesadillas, Cooked Carrots, & Pears. Simple and pantry staples.

 

First, we do cheese quesadillas often, but I mixed it up tonight by adding some leftover taco meat. Win! {Side note: we started making our own taco seasoning and it’s delicious! Here is the recipe we use. Second side note: I forgot to put cheese in the picture – but there is definitely cheese in our quesadillas. :)}

Next, cooked carrots are a staple in our house. But, since they have been so picky, I went ahead and added a little bit of honey and cinnamon to sweeten the deal. Insta gone!

Last, my kiddos are fruit over veggie kids every day. So to make sure they eat something at every meal I always add fruit. Bonus: it’s also their dessert. Win-Win!

I’m wondering how many of you have been in the same rut?? {And please tell me it passes!}

Hoping this is just a phase, but knowing it will be longer than I want, what are your go-to meals that I can incorporate in our family? I’d love to hear what works with your picky eaters!

 

Another desperate mom,
Meagan

Wanderlust

Take an adventure with me and our new Spring collection…All aboard!

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Let’s board the train and take in all the colors with our Sunset Vista collection. From the use of Tiger’s Eye, semi-precious Cherry Quarts, Malachite, and light Peach. Plus the use of floral motifs and pearl – just like your train luggage. Because sometimes the vessel you journey in is just as breathtaking as the destination.

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Sunset Vista Convertible Stud Earrings and Sunset Vista Pave Wrap Ring

First stop: Budapest.

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We start our day with a Misty Morning. Design inspiration is from the sweeping lines and tear drop silhouettes of Hungarian art. Grey, Mother of Pearl, Clear Crystal Pave, Antique Rhodium, and Lavender take over this collection. {Just in time for Easter or Mother’s Day!}

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Misty Morning Statement Bracelet and Bead + Chain Multi-Wrap Bracelet

Next stop: Paris.

Introducing, Parisian Belle. Hints of Montana Blue, Antique Pink, Mint, Opal, and light Peach find their way into this collection. This girl embodies the worldly elegance of a traveling spirit.

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Parisian Belle Statement Ring and Parisian Belle Statement Bracelet

Next on our adventure: Istanbul.

Turkish Delight {Have you ever tried this stuff? It’ actually quite delicious!} features Coral, Howlite, Sodalite, and our ever popular blue + silver. Hand-painted tile work is where the inspiration for this collection came from. Plus, we are introducing a new necklace silhouette that you will want to have in your Spring and Summer wardrobe…

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Turkish Delight Convertible Necklace Set

Modern Mosaic has been upgraded! There was already a great line started, but now we have some additions. Filled with Grey and Clear resin over Mother of Pearl with geometric shapes. Taken from the architecture that Turkey has to offer.

Talk about your every day jewelry – these pieces are excellent with denim! What girl doesn’t need more jewels with jeans.

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Modern Mosaic Three-Row Convertible Necklace

Thanks for journeying through Europe with me!If you want to see the full collections, {and trust me – you don’t want to miss these!} head over to ChloeAndIsabel.com.

Happy Accessorizing!!

Meagan

“Perhaps your daily bread is financial. Maybe it’s wisdom that you need. Perhaps your daily bread is patience or mercy or love or pain relief. It could be almost anything. When we pray for our daily bread, we remember that God is Jehovah Jireh – our provider – and we recognize that all good and necessary things come from him. And just as he is the One who supplies all of creation with their needs, so he is the One who provides our needs.”

Excerpt from “Known & Loved” by Caryn Rivandeneira.

Read this the other day in my devotional and it really hit home. I find myself often NOT praying for my “daily bread” because we have been blessed with food everyday. But it’s not just about the physical food we need. We have emotional, physical, and spiritual needs everyday. And how often are we praying for those things? And when we do, is it just because we are told to? Or because we actually want those things for our spiritual health? Something to ponder this week…

What about you, how are you creating beauty in your daily bread?

Mighty Flood of Justice

“Instead, I want to see a mighty flood of justice, an endless river of righteous living.” Amos 5:24

If God wants to see something, he can make it happen. But I think he wants to see his people turn back to Him, on their own. He wants to see his people want to see justice in this world as much as He does. So much that we will ask, “What can we do?” and “When do we start?”

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I think we can simply start with the people around us, our neighbors. But it doesn’t stop there. It’s a mighty flood and an endless river. It’s all of us doing our part. And it’s not just in our neighborhood. It’s around the world. Partnering with others who are “fighting the good fight.” {1 Timothy 6:12 / 2 Timothy 4:7}

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Those like:

These links are mostly for the Kansas City area. But your area should have a similar program or organization available.

And to answer “when do we start?” – how about now? Was one of your resolutions for 2017 to help others?Β  Then what are you waiting for?!? Create the beauty you want to see in the world – go volunteer!

I’d love to know, who do you partner with that is also “fighting the good fight”?

“Fight the good fight for the true faith.” 1 Timothy 6:12

 

P.S. These pictures were all taken on my husbands and my {probably} last cool vacation ever – the Dominican Republic! And I say “probably” because, ya know, we have kids now. =] So here are a couple more pics of me, trying to stay out of the ever increasing tide. Man, that sure was a spectacular place!

CandI for Vday

Ah, Valentine’s Day. It’s just around the corner.

Whether you have a SO or a little gal in your life, you are probably scrolling through Pinterest trying to find a cute idea to get her this year. No? Just me?

Don’t get me wrong, there are some awesome ideas on there. But sometimes I look at those crafty people and what they make and think, “Boy, I’m really lazy.” And keep scrolling.

So for those of us who aren’t super crafty but want something special – I suggest #candi! See below for my jewelry ideas by person. Or see all Valentine’s Day inspired jewelry here.

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Dainty + delicate for the lil sweetheart.

Little Sweetheart:

Cupid’s Arrow Stud Earrings $24

Petites Bejioux Be Mine Ring Set $36

Petits Bijoux Pave Heart Bracelet $42

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Sweet accessories for your bestie.

Bestie:

Jardins du Midi Travel Candle $28

Liquid Lipstick Set $48

Jardins du Midi Eau de Parfum $58

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Pinks, purples, + girly details for the girlfriend.

Girlfriend:

La Vie en Rose Convertible Ear Climbers $34

Petits Bijoux Circle of Hearts Ring $36

Artisan Crystal Bracelet $48

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For the love of your life – a.k.a. the wife!

Wife:

La Vie en Rose Double Band Ring $42

La Vie en Rose Statement Cuff $58

La Vie en Rose Collar Necklace $128

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For the one with the biggest heart – your mom!

Mom:

Jolie Crystal Stud Earrings $28

Retro Glam Square-Cut Crystal Necklace $58

Bouquet Rouge Statement Toggle Bracelet $68

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Don’t forget to show some love to the in-laws!

Mother-in-Law:

Take Heart Bracelet $24

Beaded Stretch Bracelet Set $34

Ethereal Chandelier Collar Necklace $68

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And alsoΒ  your man-crush!

Guys:

Tie Bar $28

Enamel Hexagon Cufflinks $32

Men’s Braided Leather Wrap Bracelet $38

If you have a specific question for a special person in your life, feel free to comment below and I’ll add a suggestion for you.

Bonus – now through Tuesday, February 6th, 2017, we are offering a FREE gift with your $75 purchase! Great for gifting or getting for your sparkle closet. πŸ™‚

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Thanks for stopping by!

Meagan
Chloe + Isabel Merchandiser
chloeandisabel.com/boutique/meaganm

Perspective

I have a love-hate relationship with being sick. I love that I have an excuse to sit around and binge watch HGTV. I hate not feeling good – obviously.

But this time was very, very different. See, my husband and I have 1 year old twins. And in their first year of life, I’ve only been away from them for a few hours at a time. And mostly while they were asleep.

I’ve been very fortunate to not have gotten sick in their first year. And when I finally did get sick, I didn’t get out of bed for two days. So, I still loved an excuse to lay in bed, but I hated that I needed to be away from my babies – especially because they wanted to be with me.

But my husband was the best! Juggling both kids, me, and his work – like a rock star.

The reason I’m writing this post is not just to brag on my husband. Although, that should be done more. But because not even three days before I got sick, I was being mean. Judgemental. Ungrateful. {And many more adjectives, but we don’t have time for that.} All because I didn’t think this wonderful guy that I married was pulling his weight.

I think what actually happened, when I got sick, was I got a much needed attitude adjustment. Something to take me out of my funk of believing the lie that he wasn’t doing the best he can. I wasn’t taking into consideration all that he was dealing with.

Because we are all human. We all have bad days. We have to take the good with the bad. That’s life. That’s marriage. That’s raising kids.

I was also reminded that I needed to do a little more for myself. Eat better. Sleep more. Sometimes, take care of me, first. Because when you’re not taking care of yourself, you can’t be your best you for your littles!!

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What about you – have you ever started to believe the lies that your head comes up with? And how did you get out of your funk?

Pearls, Pearls, Pearls

One of the timeless classics: Pearls. One of the hottest trends right now: Pearls. Basically, if you don’t have a good set of these {or multiple sets} you need one for 2017.

Great for special occasions or the grocery store. You can’t go wrong with this timeless option. Plus, they are great for gifting. {Hello, Valentines Day!}

The great thing about a repeat trend, is it shows up differently the next time around. So we aren’t just talking about a strand of pearls around your neck. {Although, that is still a great statement.} Now, pearls are mixed in with other jewels, media, and metals – that’s what brings it into this decade.

So if you fit one of these categories below, or know a girl that does and has a birthday coming up {hint, hint} pop on over to my boutique and get your very own bracelet, earrings, ring, or necklace.

  1. The “Girly Girl” – this girl loves jewelry, she can’t say no to pearls. There is always an occasion to wear pearls. And if she has multiplies, she can double up! The more pearls the better. Style Suggestion: Chloe + Isabel Heirloom Pearl Statement Bracelet
  2. The “Special Occasion Girl” – this girl doesn’t wear much jewelry, but even she can find a night out to wear them. {Think: holiday parties, girls night, date night.} Style Suggestion: Chloe + Isabel Heirloom Pearl Deco Necklace
  3. The “Rocker Chick” – this girl might be found in black, fringe, or tattoos rather than jewels. But she likes to break the rules anyway; so why not in fashion, too. A leather jacket and pearls? Yes, please. Style Suggestion: Chloe + Isabel Pearl Pave Stacking Ring
  4. The “Vintage Girl” – this girl looooves pearls. {Remember that timelessness of pearls I spoke of earlier?} Yes, she loves a great pearl statement. Style Suggestion: Chloe + Isabel Souviens Threaded Pearl Headband
  5. The “On-fleek Girl” – this girl knows what is on-trend with fashion, up to the moment. She knows how hot these delicate beauties are right now and has already thought of three different outfits to wear them with this week. Style Suggestion: Chloe + Isabel Turquoise + Chain Torsade Necklace

Want a styling suggestion for your personality or price range? Comment below or message me on Facebook for a FREE one-on-one session.

Mix + match to make a true pearl statement. Happy accessorizing!

 

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