My dearest Bekah,

Your birthday is almost here and with it comes my birthday too. I know one day you’ll read this and, depending on how old you are, it won’t make complete sense. But that’s ok. One day it all will make perfect sense. On that wonderful day that you were born, mama was born too. For so long I didn’t know who I was, why I was created, for what purpose I had lived, that is until I met you. Read more


I’ve been thinking deeply about many things these past few weeks. Maybe it’s because of the holiday season which is fast approaching. I know I tend to be a bit more reflective this time of year. This is also the time of year that I need to be extra careful not to lose my cool and my way. It’s easy to feel like the grand events of our lives hold all the weight. And as great and meaningful as these big dates or events are, they’re not.

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Thanksgiving is only one week away! Tis the season for family gatherings, gratitude, and lots of food (and emotions). Even as I write, I can sense the sweet scent of pumpkin pie in the air. This year I’m even more excited because I’ll be hosting dinner here at our place. Ok excited and a bit nervous. But my creative juices have been flowing for the past week as I tirelessly search for simple, modern tablescapes, that are not only functional but less wasteful, too.

During my Pinterest hunt, I came across so many gorgeous photos. Here are a few of the tablescapes that made me swoon. Hope they inspire you to create your own holiday magic.

**If you guys enjoyed these ideas, head over to my Pinterest – Our Living Notes – for ideas, tips, and much, much more (wink wink). **

Ikea table
Photo: Ikea

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In Portuguese we have a saying: “Quem canta seus males espanta”. It means that those who sing scare their woes away. And… a family that sings together, stays together, right?! So, every other night after dinner and bath time (which by the way is one of Bekah’s favorite times), hubby will whip out our acoustic guitar and we’ll sing a while. If you follow us on Instagram, you’ve probably seen us on our Insta-stories.

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