coffee chat No. 42

I made up that number. I’m not sure why.

If you’re new around here, sometimes I like to do what I call COFFEE CHATS. This is where I just spew all the little stuff out at once – kinda like if we were real life friends sitting around over a cup of coffee and hitting every random topic we could think of. You know, all those odds and ends that sit at the top of our brains and come pouring out if given the chance.

So that’s what today is: a conversation (albeit a bit one-sided. Sorry about that) between girlfriends about all the random things.


First up, let’s talk about winners!

Last week was our big summer art print sale and whew! you all stocked up. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your support of our little art shop. It seriously makes me blush to hear all your sweet words and receive orders for artwork I made. Who knew the little girl who wanted to be an artist (and a window dresser and a teacher and a talk show host) would end up getting to actually be an artist! It’s the best.  If you missed the sale and still want to order prints, use discount code GRATITUDE for 15% off.

Anyway, along with the sale was a fun giveaway of 10 prints of choice to one lucky winner.


Congrats Rebecca! An email has been sent and you get to choose 10 of your favorites for free!


We also did a giveaway with She Reads Truth for four winners receiving $30 in store credit.


Congratulations ladies! Your contact info has been passed on to the team at SRT and you’ll receive an email from them shortly.


Since we’re on the topic of winners, let’s talk about the best new thing I’ve eaten in a while.

chobani flip
This yogurt is like dessert (it probably should be considered dessert, but I like to call it a healthy snack). I first bought a pack at costco, but they don’t carry it anymore. So now I find it for way more money at Target. #wortheverypenny


A while back I was on a podcast with Jamie Ivey. It was such fun. If you haven’t had the chance to listen yet, you can do so here (we did episode #42 and #43). You’ll love Jamie’s show – all of her guests are interesting and kind and relatable.

Speaking of podcasts, I listened to a really good one yesterday from the Love + Respect show. I enjoy most of the podcast episodes because they are about marriage and God and life and hosted by a psychologist and pastor (father/son team), but this one hit me right where I’m at. God has me in a spot where my eyes are being opened to some ugly and hurt and un-truth in my heart and life and while it is hard to go through and a little bit painful, it feels so affirming to know it is all for His glory and is refining me and making me whole.

Ryan and I learned so much from reading the Love + Respect book and we go back to it often. If you haven’t read it, definitely add it to your must-read list.



Yesterday I invited myself (and the kids) over to my long-time friend Erica’s house. You might remember her lovely home from the Christmas house tour I featured last year. They’ve done so much work on their new house and this summer completed the most gorgeous backyard makeover. It’s like a dream. So she let us come over and we spent the day sweating in the sun, enjoying the view and watching seals pop their heads up out in the Sound.

I’m so thankful for her friendship. Do you have friends in your life that even if you don’t spend a lot of time together, you can always pick up right where you left off? There are no hurt feelings for going months without talking and you’re free to be yourself and do things like invite yourself over and bring store-bought cookies for dessert. She’s a gem and I’m grateful for this type of friendship.


A few weeks ago I repainted No.3’s bedroom.


We went with Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore – a color I used in our mudroom and really like. It’s the perfect warm gray. For more Revere Pewter inspiration, check out all the love on pinterest.


Anything else?


I splurged on myself and bought this throw for fall. I found it for way less on another online shop, but this morning it is no longer available. Perhaps I bought the last one. If I find it again for cheaper, I’ll let you know.

We popped into a really cool coffee/tea/shop in Langley, WA (Whidbey Island) this past weekend. I was so inspired by the decor, the signage, the feel. If you find yourself in Langley, be sure to check it out.

My friend sent me this link for a house nearby that was renovated and looks just like what I’d want to live in.


Okay, I’ve talked your ear off. I’ll let you get back to business.

(Is there anything else you want to chat about? Let me know in the comments!)

26 Responses to coffee chat No. 42

  1. Emily August 17, 2015 at 12:04 pm #

    I have to tell you that thanks to you, I am now OBSESSED with Chobani Flips, and the Almond Coco Loco is my favorite flavor. I bring one every day to work for my afternoon pick-me-up. Thank you!! :)

  2. melodee August 8, 2015 at 2:16 pm #

    I love these coffee chats! that paint color is perfect :) your blog is my favorite go-to for everything now! I have the freebie justice printable in my typewriter right now (it is beautiful, thank you!)….love all the beauty and outfit posts, too….ooooh and that plaid blanket is darling…. how I wish we lived in the PNW….what a beautiful view your friend has!

  3. Cindy August 8, 2015 at 7:16 am #

    Hi, Emily – I recently discovered “Greek Gods” Greek yogurt with honey, and it is hands down the best yogurt I’ve ever had! Not too sweet, and if you sprinkle it with a bit of cinnamon, it’s all kinds of good for your body! I’ve not found it in individual serving sizes, but I rationalize the lack of convenience with, “hey, less plastic!”

  4. Danielle August 7, 2015 at 10:38 am #

    I love these posts! This is a random thought but did you create an August paperworks collection? I always love seeing the new designs you come up with!

    • emily August 7, 2015 at 12:38 pm #

      I did and I never shared it on here! Here is the link to see the designs: http://shop.jonesdesigncompany.com/product-category/paper-works/

  5. Terrell August 6, 2015 at 2:12 pm #

    Hi Emily!! I just wanted to give you a shout out to let you know I love the coffee chats. It’s always super fun to see what you’ve been up to lately. Also, about PaperWorks..just tossing my 2 cents out there..I love what others suggested, as well as I know I would love to see maybe paper craft..? I’m kinda obsessed with all things paper anyway, but things like wrapping embellishments, napkin holders, you know…:) I love giving someone something that was printed from PW and they ask where did you get this art? I happily tell them how much they need PW in their lives, haha! It’s like the most exiting thing to open the file each month. Thank you and your amazing PaperWorks team for always sending outstanding goodies and your blog has been a long time favorite!!
    All the best!

  6. Dawn Kitley August 6, 2015 at 11:31 am #

    hi! We live in Washington, too! Only, we are down near Olympia. We haven’t spent a lot of time up your way, esp Whidbey Island. Anything you’d like to point out worth seeing? We are outdoorsy, the camping-type. Anything up near the San Juans? Or inland? Thanks!!

  7. Angie August 6, 2015 at 9:33 am #

    Hi Emily,
    Thank you so much for the love and respect podcast recommendation and introducing me to she reads truth studies. Both are really what I needed in this season of my life. I am definitely feeling the “rub” as KC called it in bible study where God is challenging me to really reflect more on my purpose and intentions. Thanks again

  8. Amber August 6, 2015 at 5:56 am #

    Hey Emily,
    Thanks for the podcast recommendation. I’m always looking for a good listen. My question is this, my husband and I are visiting Seattle for the first time in September. Do you have any recommendations for restaurants, places to see, shops, etc? Is there a place we should take a day trip to? We’ll be there for 3 full days. Thanks!

  9. rachel August 6, 2015 at 2:09 am #

    Do you use the Kindle app on your phone when you download an audio book?

  10. rachel August 6, 2015 at 2:03 am #

    I’d love to chat about food and recipes! Your Salted Caramels are a huge hit around here! I’d also love to know how you make/season your homemade Chipotlé burrito bowls! ;)

  11. Amy August 5, 2015 at 7:48 pm #

    I had to check out #42 and #43 podcast of your interview with Jamie Ivey. Can I say I might just be a new fan after listening? I want to tell you I had to pull the car over to finish the podcast as I listened to you speak about slowing down and being still. I am going through the exact same thing! Resting from the pressure to perform! It’s hard for me because that’s my profession….opera singer.?. I’m in the middle of an amazing bible study by Deborah Wilson called “Give Yourself a Break…Entering God’s Rest”. You have to check it out! She addresses the very thing you spoke about needing in this season of life….rest. You deserve a break! We all do! Thanks for being real….it’s refreshing!

  12. Jennifer August 5, 2015 at 6:23 pm #

    Would love for you to do a post on your recent Hawaiian trip with pictures!

  13. Betsy Gordon August 5, 2015 at 6:05 pm #

    My husband and I attended a Love and Respect Marriage conference here in Atlanta three years ago. It was so wonderful and really inspiring. We laughed so hard for the two days of the conference. They were also super, super sweet to talk to afterwards.
    I think I might get out the book and re-read it. Always need a little refresher, right?
    Take care,
    Betsy Gordon
    West of the Square Designs

  14. Ellie August 5, 2015 at 3:29 pm #

    Those Chobanis are SO GOOD, but be careful with the sugar content! It’s pretty high, eek! I love plain Greek yogurt with the Trader Joe’s chocolate almond granola and it’s almost as good :)

  15. Jodie August 5, 2015 at 3:10 pm #

    Love this post. Love the flow between fun, personal, and design. P.S. When you compile all your fun projects and posts into a book, can I buy the first copy? ;)

  16. Beth August 5, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

    If you have Grocery Outlet near by, they often have them there, also! 2/$1 or sometimes even cheaper if they are near their date. (I have eaten them after the expiration date [gasp!!!] and I am still here….so I think they are fine.)

  17. Jenni August 5, 2015 at 1:02 pm #

    If you have a Winco nearby they have the best price on the Chobani flips yogurt. They are so good!

    • emily August 5, 2015 at 1:29 pm #

      I do! Thanks for the suggestion! And I’ll be stopping in there asap to stock up :)

  18. Kellee August 5, 2015 at 12:35 pm #

    I love that yogurt, too!!! I also love the paint choice. I’m used to buying my paint at Lowe’s. I looked up Benjamin Moore and in AZ it’s sold at Ace Hardware and a little pricier. Do you always use that brand and love it more? Is it worth extra splurge? Thank you!

    • emily August 5, 2015 at 2:12 pm #

      I had mine mixed at lowes and it was great. I didn’t even go with the most expensive formula since it is just in a bedroom.

  19. Hope August 5, 2015 at 12:24 pm #

    Hello! Since u are a lover of podcasts and Jesus I thought I would open your world to Telling the Truth. I have sat under the teaching of Stuart, Jill and specifically Pete Briscoe for years (I’m also the art director for the ministry). We recently designed an app (you can find it in the App Store and search for Telling the Truth). U can listen to sermons, receive daily devotionals and stream Pete Briscoe live every Sunday (he starts a new series this Sunday after taking the last three months going through the book of Hebrews)! Enjoy!

    • emily August 5, 2015 at 2:12 pm #

      Thank you for the recommendation!

  20. Heather August 5, 2015 at 12:08 pm #

    LOL! I have to laugh at your random choice of the number 42, for you see according to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the number 42 is “the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything”! To me, any coffee chat offers the opportunity to discover the answer to life, the universe, and everything ;) ! Great post, as always!

  21. Jaimee August 5, 2015 at 11:40 am #

    I want to refresh some paint, but I dread painting. It’s all fun and games until you ruin the yoga pants you shouldn’t be painting in and you JUST want to be done. But there is NOTHING like a fresh coat to update a room!


    • emily August 5, 2015 at 2:13 pm #

      Here’s the key: get a book on audio, plug in your headphones and tune the world out while you paint! It works like a charm :)

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