A Cup of Tea

I’ve been loving loose leaf tea lately.  Ever since I got my teapot for my birthday, I’ve been on the hunt for some good tea to brew.

It’s actually been a little tricky to find loose leaf tea, and some that’s not super expensive.  The best place I’ve found with a nice tea selection that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg is World Market.  Here are two teas that I’ve been in love with.

The Ginger Peach by The Republic of Tea is sooo yummy.  I’ve had this before in tea bags, but it’s even better in loose leaf.  And the World Market brand Moroccan Mint is mellow and comforting. I also love that it’s green tea without an overwhelming green tea flavor.  I love green tea for it’s health benefits, but I’m not always in the mood for it’s unique flavor.

This is what the ginger peach looks like. So pretty and fragrant.

Scoop some into your pot, pour on some boiling water and let it steep.

It’s a little hard to figure out how much water to pour in since there aren’t any markings on the teapot…and you end up with less water in the end since some of it gets trapped in the basket.

But it usually always comes out delicious. Push down the plunger and pour away.

Perfect for a rainy day and a good book.

And, you have to drink it out of a teacup of course.

Pour yourself a cup today!

An Ordinary Day

Reid had yesterday off, so we decided to go to an estate sale with the girls. First, we stopped for some donuts at a place that’s been around forever.

Of course she went with sprinkles.

I love those vintage chairs outside the donut shop.

Jane agrees. Pretty cool.


And what better family activity is there than sword fighting with swords made out of pool noodles?

Things like these are normal occurrences in the house of a youth pastor.

Lunch was a little healthier than breakfast.

Have a great weekend!!

Entryway Window

First off, thanks so much for all of your encouraging comments, emails and texts after my last blog post. I was not expecting that much feedback!  I’ve been so blessed by this blog and readers. I am definitely not quitting, but just needed a little time away from it to regroup.  Thanks also for keeping the Nagel family in your prayers even though most of you don’t know them. I know they probably appreciate it!

I do have a fun little quick project to share today.  I’ve had this old window for awhile and have been wanting to do something with it, just never got around to it until now.

When I found some clearance knobs at Hobby Lobby and Anthropologie, I snagged them and decided to turn the window into a little wall hook/entryway functional piece.

We measured and drilled holes for the knobs and then simply screwed them in. (Reid always wants to be in my blog…here is your picture, hope you are happy.)

Then, I hung it and was done!

It’s the perfect spot to drop off your scarf or bag!

I’m wanting to do a little entryway makeover, so I’ll be back with more ideas!

Plate Wall Collage

I’ve been a little MIA lately.  You were probably wondering where I went and if I’d come back.  I’m still here, promise! I finally completed (kinda) the thing I had planned for our dining room wall.  I mentioned wanting to do something with it after we painted it teal.

I’ve been collecting white plates for the past few months.  They are mostly from thrift stores, and I don’t think I paid over $3 for any of them.  I did find a few at Marshalls on clearance.  Once I thought I had collected enough to start a little plate collage, I tried laying them out on the ground.

Then I traced each plate onto newspaper and started taping it up on the wall.

After I came up with something I liked, I just started nailing the hangers right into the newspaper.  Well, first I made a little mark with a sharpie so that I’d know where to nail.

You do have to measure down a few inches based on how your plate hanger fits onto the plate.

And here they are!

It definitely looks smaller in pictures than it does in real life.  Although, I probably will still keep collecting plates and adding to it.

I love how it contrasts with the darker wall color! I’ve been working on a few other projects around the house that I’m excited to share!