Perks of night flights. 🖤 It was 68F degrees while sitting outside with a cup of coffee in hand this morning. I’m smitten. 🍂
We’re so excited to be celebrating Jess and Matt today! Oh how we love these people. 🖤 It’s time to boogie. ✌🏼 P.S. 5 min curly updo tutorial in stories! (Fair warning: its not my finest work 😂)
We have a bunch of traveling coming up and I've noticed that any time that's the case, I have the urge to love on our home even more. Apparently my way of doing that today was by deep cleaning the bathrooms and baking some bread. I will tell you, the aroma of freshly baked bread + a pumpkin spice latte blend in the diffuser is what I imagine heaven smells like. I had a big smile on my face all day long because of it. Rosemary bread: - 2 cups warm water - 1 1/2 tsp honey - 1 tsp salt - 2 tbsp olive oil - 4-5 sprigs of fresh rosemary, chopped - 3 drops of rosemary vitality essential oil (@jordyjeanwellness) *this is optional but I believe it made this recipe even better - 4 cups all-purpose flour - 2 tsp bread machine yeast Add all of the ingredients to the bread machine in that order and set to bake. Remove the loaf pan when the bread machine notifies you that it's finished baking. Remove the bread from the pan, stand it upright, and cover it with a tea towel. Let it cool a bit before digging in!
Some days I feel like I’m failing. Today was one of those. I’ve gotten to the point now where I’m able to recognize that it’s just the enemy trying to wiggle doubt and any sort of inadequate feelings into my mind any way he possibly can. I know he just wants me to fold and give up. I know he wants me to isolate myself. I know he wants me to be afraid to share and to be silent. That’s what he does, it’s who HE IS. An evil, deceptive thief. You know what he doesn’t have over me though? Victory. Not today and not any day! So I remind him (out loud, yes, he can hear you) that he’s not welcome here and do exactly the opposite of what he wants me to do- praise God with thanksgiving and prepare myself and our home for another round of the battle tomorrow. #nottodaysatan
We're making progress on our little back patio! Did you see how I painted our thrifted rug this weekend? If not, I saved all of the details in the 'patio' highlights. I love it so much more now and all for $0... It's amazing what some paint can do! We ate dinner out here yesterday and it had me itching for fall nights out here under some pretty lights. ✨Speaking of fall, a new post is up on the blog all about how I plan to decorate for this upcoming season and some transparency as to why we won't be decorating until the start of October.
Even though it almost reached (or did reach) 100 F today, I’m excited to have the window boxes ready for fall! I’m hoping they last through the winter (more importantly through the rest of SC summer/start of fall 🙈). Speaking of colder temps... When are you all going to start decorating for the season? 🍂🍁 I’m team “do whatever your heart desires” and I have to say, as much as I love this time of year, I’m going to wait for a bit. But for those of you that started whipping out the colorful leaves yesterday, this week I will share on the blog what I’m thinking in terms of decor so you can snag what you want! Prayers for everyone in the path of Dorian and for the spouses that hold down the fort while their other half is away on duty.
IT 👏🏼 IS 👏🏼 HERE 👏🏼 !!!! This is something I’ve been wanting to do for so long and I’m so happy to finally make it happen and share it with you all- a month of meals (all paleo-friendly but they don’t have to be if you don’t want to follow my suggestions 😉) AND a corresponding, 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 shopping list to go along with each week! All of this is completely free (although it would be great if you'd subscribe to the blog!). My goal is to make your lives easier and more joyful, especially going into the greatest time of the year. I hope this does that for you and your family. 🖤 You can download the calendar, shopping list, find all information about it, and watch a short video of me explaining it on JORDANJEAN.com! If you think of friends/family that could benefit from this please send it their way! #paleo #mealplan #mealplanner #septembermeals #shoppinglist
I'm just feeling extra full of gratitude today. I think it's because I keep thinking and praying for Eva Love (@lindsayletters.co sweet daughter that is fighting her way through severe head trauma from a fluke fall). When I hear stories like this a lot of times I emotionally struggle to continue on with life as normal and be filled to the brim with joy when I know there are many like little Eva suffering. I’ve thought about it so much - maybe one part of the purpose for Eva's fight is to serve as a reminder of all the things we should be grateful for. We may never know that answer but from what I know of Eva, she is a ray of sunshine. She lives joyfully and Jesus wants us to follow suit. I read Psalm 16:9-11 today which says, “Therefore my heart is glad and my whole being rejoices; my body also rests securely. For you will not abandon me to Sheol; you will not allow your faithful one to see decay. You reveal the path of life to me; in your presence is abundant joy...” and I just imagined her speaking those words sitting on the Lord’s lap. I know you hear her, Father, and you hear the thousands and thousands of us lifting her up in prayer. IT IS TIME! We have so much to be thankful for you guys!!!! As Stephen said while praying last night, Thank you Jesus for this roof over our heads, food on our table, jobs that we love, and our two pups. It's easy for us to forget about blessed we truly are, isn't it? I encourage you today to think of all of those blessings around you and give thanks for them. 🖤 Eva, I won't stop praying for you and expressing gratitude for these days. Jesus is a miracle worker and I know He will work a miracle on you. Through it all, we will continue to glorify Him.
With literally $0 left in the grocery budget, it's a rice and beans kind of week around here as we close out the month of August. A trip to Costco at the beginning of the month, which included 2 packs of tick and flea for the pups 😬 really did us over. These beans have me thinking though (maybe I'm the only one that feels this way?) - why as a society are we so ashamed to have a budget and be sticking to it? Yes, maybe that means we say 'no' to some of life's extravagant things or even just a normal meal but I believe that will and discipline is something we don't celebrate enough. It's time to flip the script, you guys. Let's be proud of our budgets and sticking to them, vs the keeping up with the Jones' mentality it's so easy to get trapped in. By the way, I'm not perfect. This month we we'll be coming in $9.29 over budget. This week we're making it work with what we have though and I'm proud of that. P.S. Want this bomb beans recipe for you to rely on when it's a beans and rice kind of week? 😂 If so, I can make a blog post about it! It's from my Cuban bestie so you know it's good! P. P. S. Need help on how to create a budget/want to know what we do? I have posts about it on jordanjean.com! I can also create more content on this topic - what would be the most beneficial? What questions do you have? I'll make sure to get them answered.