New Year, New Items!!

With the new year comes new beginnings and fresh starts, which I happen to be a sucker for in all honesty.  

We are so excited for what this year has in store.  We have big plans and new items we can’t wait to show you.  To start off the year, we wanted to brighten your wardrobe with some new colors of our popular items.

Our boho tassel necklace now comes in champagne pink.  We couldn’t love this shimmery and classy color more.  It’s a subtle rose gold-like hue and oh so perfect in time for Valentine’s.

These tassel hoop earrings have been a hit! We love the statement they add and how easy they wear with your everyday looks.  We now carry them in coral and navy.  More to come too, (wink wink.)

In the baby accessories we wanted to offer more neutral leather bow colors.  These are such a little lady hair piece.  We now have four new leather bow colors.  Bronze, pale blush, champagne and a fun design in wicker.  All of the leather bows come in either a nylon headband or clip style.  Perfectly versatile.  

We look forward to all 2018 holds.  Happy New Year all!!

Erin 

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A Meaningful Gift

I wanted to share with you a tradition that my family has done over the last 10 years now.  We started out of a story & tradition that our pastor shared with us.  It is my most favoritist tradition and I wanted to pass along in case any one wants to try.  (I am sure there are other much similar traditions out there, feel free to tweak and fit it to your own family.)

Found Gifts

Here are the rules: 1. It has to be found (not bought) 2. It must represent the person or a character trait of the person to whom you are giving it.

The purpose behind this found gift is to be intentional.  I usually try to think about the person who’s name I have drawn, throughout the whole season.  (I also aim for tears…the best.)

Our Tradition: We draw names and we do this on both sides of the extended family.  And we save the found gifts for after all the gifts have been opened.  Everyone fills up their plates again and cozies up all together to share the meaningful and intentional gifts they have found.

Last year my Pops drew my name.  We had no idea that we would lose him this year so, going back through my gift of photos of the two of us and the words of encouragement he gave me, now means more to me than I could ever begin to explain.   I think this is one of the best parts of the “found gifts,” they will last so much longer than candles, lotion, socks, you name it. 

This year I got lucky enough to draw my husband.  I’m excited to give him something and have been thinking on it all throughout this season.  I feel like we have been in a “grind” over the last 5-6 years in just trying to survive little ones and all of the things that entails.  I am excited to take a little time to encourage him and share what I love most about him.  I am not all the way finished with it yet but it’s something like this: 

Justin.

I was so excited to get you for found gift this year because I feel like I never take the time to really tell you how much I admire who you are.  I know sometimes we put those we love most last on the priority list and I loved the chance to just take some time to really reflect on how much I am blessed by who you are as a person.

For your found gift this year, I thought on it for a long time, but during a church service (when I probably should have been listening), I kept picturing a light bulb.

Ok, I think this isn’t just any light bulb.  This is a Christmas light bulb.   Here are some reasons it came to mind

1. I love your “festiveness.”  Just like this colorful bulb, little did I know that I hit the jackpot with you.  I basically married Clark Griswold.  Especially this holiday season I have noticed just how “festive” you like to be.  From your Christmas sweaters & shirts to singing Christmas Songs at the top of your lungs, you put the magic into the ordinary things.  This isn’t just for Christmas.  All the holidays and birthdays have a tradition that include some sort of good old-fashioned family fun.  This is one of my favorite things about you.  (I should have known when you grew a beard for your CRU Halloween Lumberjack costume, that I was getting the deluxe deal.)

2. Another reason that I chose this particular bulb, was because it is a replacement bulb.  Most strings of lights need to all be working together to function.  If one goes out, you have to replace it.  I feel like this is one of your best strengths.  I watch you fill in and hold up so many people in your life.  I am the closest and the one you hold most of the weight for. (Not a fat joke).  But I also see this in your job at Shoal Creek.  You step in and take action to make sure all of the pieces are connected and in working order so that as a unit it can function.  I love that God created you to see both the small and the big pictures.  You know which areas need a little lift or snip or rewiring and you are able to take that and work it into a well-functioning system.  Without the replacement bulb, the strand is no longer usable.  I see you as such a crucial part in so many people’s lives, especially through Shoal Creek.

3.  Finally, I love the connectedness that this string of lights represents.  I know we have talked a lot over the last few months about “surviving” baby stage and that we are entering into a new phase of life where the dust has began to settle and a vision can be faintly seen on the horizon.  I have loved talking with you about the people in your life that you want to make meaningful connections with. I love that you gave a network and a tribe of people from whom you give and receive life.  I am excited about the strengthening and growing of that “line” especially what I can see you already placing inside of each of our kids.  You have a light in you that shines and shares.  It is beautiful and with the network of others lights up the way.  

I’m proud of the affect you make daily on so many people. A number I think will surprise you one day in Heaven.  

Love you and Merry Christmas.

Erin

Our “Family Christmas Card”

I got a lot of the things crossed off the holiday list this year, but family Christmas cards were NOT one of them.  I have it on my life’s bucket list to get to them one of these years, but 2017 won’t be that year.

If I could, I honestly would, send each and every one of our customers a little love and thank you, from the bottom of my heart.  Wild Juniper was a dream I didn’t know would ever be and each and every time (I’m not kidding) someone comes into our shop or buys something from us online I am so honored and humbled that they believe in us.  

As we close out this year, Racheal and I both want to say “thank you!”  We take not one of you for granted.  We are so grateful.

-Erin

Taking A Moment from the Hustle

I’m sure glad I’ve driven all over heaven and earth trying to find the right hatchimal, when a Burger King crown would have been sufficient. I spent the afternoon trying to convince my littles to be good while I had 8,000 errands to run.  Just when I think I’ve finished my gifts shopping I swear I think of 5 more things I need to get. I give up. I was running around like a crazy woman yesterday and even attempted to survive, wait for it… walmart. 

I really do love most of the things that make this season this season, but it can be so overwhelming.  No matter how organized I get before Thanksgiving, I still find myself running around like, well, a crazy lady trying to cross it all off.

And as I was listening to Bing Crosby for the 57th time and bribing my kids so they would stop pulling all of the things off the shelves, I had a moment.  That moment of “dang it, I think I’ve lost the perspective again.”  That glimpse of stepping off the carousel and watching the blur of lights from which you came. 

It’s not about any of this.  I have totally gotten caught up in the hustle and bustle and the stressfully festive events that muddle up my calendar.  The whole reason I celebrate is because of a much much quieter, slower and still moment.  A peaceful and hopeful moment.  

I absolutely love so many things about this Christmas season.  I just think I make too much of a fuss over all of it trying to be perfect in it.  Striving to do it all.  That is too much pressure for me.  I’m so thankful for moments of stepping out of the blur and remembering the “why.”  I can’t say I am good at staying in that, but I AM saying I am going to try to figure out how to bring more peace to this season and I have hope that I can also pass along some to others.

-e

Each Gift Matters

In a space in time where consumerism is at its peak, and it’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle and money exchanging hands, we talk about how important it is for our customers to feel that it’s more to us than that. We want our customers to be able to give a gift that doesn’t cost them an arm and a leg.

And maybe remember chatting with us and maybe even getting to glance in the back at where that necklace or headband was made. We know you have tons of gifts to buy and even more places to buy them from. 

We know your days are jam packed and your wallet isn’t always. Thank you so much for choosing us time and time again. Hope to see you at the shop or online today!

Also, did ya’ll know we will ship items from our store for you? local shoppers, if you come in and see a gift, don’t go home and package and mail it! let us do it for you.

-Erin & Racheal

let’s be honest.

getting dressed is hard. there are so many rules and so many things to cover.  it’s like doing a hard puzzle with ticking time bombs (kids) in the background.  if you are anything like me, your typical momiform is jeans, a tee, and in the cooler weather – a cardigan.  if i’m feelin fancy, i wear booties. otherwise flats.

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we want to be cute. and also comfy and practical and pulled together. hence the puzzle.  

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i pretty much wear the same thing everyday.  which is why i’m super thankful for accessories that i don’t have to think about.  necklaces i can throw on with what i already have in my closet and what i already feel comfortable in.  

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here’s the deal. we are busy moms on the go… all the time.   we feel guilty for spending any time on ourselves… that’s probably a whole ‘nother blog post – but, i digress.  sometimes all it takes is a little accessory to pull that momiform together and make you feel like you can conquer the day.

because let's be honest. we are nicer when we like our outfits.

because let’s be honest. we are nicer when we like our outfits.

What the Heck is Life?

 I recently I took a double decker bus tour, with a dear friend, of our city.  It was fun to play “tourist” in our own town and i came away with about 80, 000 facts about the history and the people of this Kansas City home that I love.  It definitely thrilled my inner-history loving geek.  But, I tend to be a little wacky and sentimental in my thoughts so of course I have been overly analyzing some thoughts on that experience.  (I won’t judge you if you stop reading.) 

Add in a recent journey of watching my dear sweet Pops (grandpa) battling cancer and the affects that chemo has done to his body and health.  It is an evil and awful sickness, that steals everything.  

It all has been an exploration of this beautiful thing that I call life and what to do with it.  It is so crazy to think of all of the people and the lives that were here in these exact same spots before us, a hundred years ago, a thousand years ago, probably experiencing some of the same core emotions as we all do now.  Our life is such a fragile and insane thing and we all just get one. 

I haven’t had any huge epiphanies, but I have begun to consider that possibly the great things and the most lasting legacies happen in the small, routines and rhythms that we do day to day. Kindness, generosity, compassion, time together with others.  My laundry piles and never ending clutter tends to cramp this style of mine, but I have been thinking harder and trying to do the next right thing in moving toward making the life I do have one I share.  This is what will matter.  

the main question

i’ve been asking myself this question a lot lately.  why? i’ve been reading that the root of success in anything at all is knowing why you started.  knowing why you are still doing it.  i’ll be honest, after doing the same thing for 6+ years, it can be easy to forget why i started.  but lately i have really wanted to remember.  

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reason number 1.  i’m an entrepreneur.  i just am.  ever since i was a child i was figuring out how to turn something random into a profit for myself.  

reason number 2. someone told me i could.  there is so much power in words.  in your inner circle breathing life into your dreams.  my mom told me – you can do this. i know you can.  so we did.  

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reason number 3.  i want to live creatively.  i want my kids to live creatively.  i want to create something out of little.  either in business, in our home, in a recipe.  i can’t help it.   necessity really is the mother of invention. 

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reason number 4.  this business has allowed me to be a small part of the community we live in, and the community we have found online.  i neeeeed community, and i need to feel like i’m contributing.  i like to have skin in the game.  this reason has fueled the passion behind our brick and mortar and this blog.  we are passionate about creating meaningful experiences in our own lives, and hope that passion carries itself out in Wild Juniper.

Fall Comfy Cozy Outfit Idea

The cooler weather is kickin’ in here in the midwest.  a.k.a, i start off freezing and by the middle of the day I end up sweaty.  Hence, why I love layers.

Here is a quick comfy outfit idea: Grab your favorite, best fitting jeans (everyone needs these), a fall colored pocket-tee, tie up the bottom corner.  Throw on a neutral (gray or beige) comfy knit sweater.  The kind you stick your hands into and sip your coffee.  Lastly, add a beaded tassel.  Secret: You’ll fool everyone that you’re more dressy than you are with these beaded tassels.  Instant upgrade.  Voila! You’re set to run errands, chase the little or devour all things pumpkin.

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Stupid Comparison Game

I’ve caught myself in the last few weeks, probably more like months, comparing myself.  It snuck up on my honestly.  I try very hard to focus on the good and the beautiful things I have in my life, but oh so subtly comparison seeps in and before I know it I wonder why I’m grumpy and frazzled.

This last weekend I felt so tired and grumpy.  I was definitely not in the standing for “mom of the year” award. (Nor will I ever be.)  I rarely take times to sit down and be still, but every time that I do, and take a moment to look at what craziness/chaos I have going on inside of me, I come back with a breath of fresh air.  So, during the little one’s nap time, while the boys were upstairs (I’m sure jumping off furniture), I sat down to just sit. And reflect.  I usually use this time to journal or pray or read.  

As I started to reflect, I realized how much of my “stress” included me wanting more.  More money, more clothes, more stuff for my house, more traveling, more things… Don’t get me wrong, I am not ungrateful for the many many (probably too many) things I have.  I guess I just got swept up in the shiny new objects or Pinterest dreams I had.  It’s embarrassing to admit, but I have a feeling we all have been there chasing the ideal.  If I’m not careful to remember to focus on working hard, being grateful (truly grateful) and being content no matter what I have or don’t have, then I find myself energy-zapped, grumpy and sidetracked from the important things that are right in front of me. 

“I’ve learned now to be quite content whatever my circumstances.  I’m just as happy with as little as with much, with much as with little.”  Phil. 4:13 I have a feeling that money and things are not the issue.  I can have tons or none, it is more about my resolution and resolve to be content on a deep level.  

If you’re anything like me, here is my own personal reminder I want share with you: you’re fine.  chase after success, but not at the expense of your heart.  Take time to be: by yourself, be with others. Pay attention to the priceless things.  

 

P.S. Be creative with what you do have.  I’m married to a youth pastor but love fancy things.  I’ve made it my life’s work to scour thrift stores. Kidding, not kidding.  –Everything in this room was thrifted, discounted or a back alley craiglist meet-up.  And it’s my favorite room in our home 😉