Let's Party Like Girls...Giveaway Items!

It's been SO fun hearing about how impactful Let's Party Like Girls was...both for the nonprofits we worked with as well as loving on the ladies who attended! Having women leave with their arms full of giveaway items and new friends digits in their phones just makes my heart soar.


Because I kept telling everyone the whole point to this evening is:

Being filled so you can pour out

That being said, I really wanted to do a big shout-out to the incredible girl-bosses who so selflessly and generously donated giveaway items!!

You ready for this big (fun) roundup?!

Fed by Bread

I'm thrilled to start out by telling you about my dear friend Hollie's company Fed by Bread. We Serve Kneads is their tagline, (how cute is that?!) and serving needs is something they most certainly do since 100% of their profits go to feed children in Rwanda.

Head to her site and see all they do (and all you can order)!  

Root Pretty

Another sweet and generous supporter of Let's Party Like Girls is Krista, the founder of Root Pretty! If you've not heard of this incredible beauty brand...be excited! Root Pretty is all about natural makeup, skincare, haircare, body care & even non-toxic cleaning products.

They're vegan, organic, gluten-free, don't have any fillers, and are hand-poured! Their products are so yummy.

We LOVE everything they are and do. 

Anchored Press Devotional Planners are one of my favorite things ever. Founded by my dear friend Deana, it's every bit as gorgeous as it is helpful. And when I say helpful, I mean...yes, it'll definitely keep you organized...all the details and sections she includes are amazing.

But I also mean helpful because it keeps me in the Word all day long!

Head over to her website and see what I mean! Oh...and this will be the second year I contribute and have a week of devotionals inside!

I share this honor with Rebekah Lyons, Audrey Roloff, Jamie Ivey, some of my best friends (Amy Kavs and Meredith Watkins), along with many others! 52 weeks in a year means 52 incredible women have stepped up to inspire us to grow closer with Christ throughout each and every day!

Thank you Deana for gifting these!!!! Head to Anchored Press and buy your own!


This fun paper-loving shop is an extension of sweet Kaitlin's lifestyle blog. Inside, you'll find art prints, greeting cards, note pads, and mugs! They're all darling and whimsical like this Christmas print shown below!

Head on over to her shop + blog!


I met Sara, the creator of Vander Jacket a few years ago at a Denver Seminary event and adored her right away. I had no idea at the time though, that she was the incredible girl boss that she is!!

Vander Jackets are one-of-a-kind, handmade running jackets...made specifically for YOU!

The above photo is mine and I'm so obsessed with it (the package is the gift card she donated...how cute is her packaging?)!

Watch this video from when she had her Kickstarter Campaign.

Whether you're a runner, know a runner...or just want a really fantastic jacket, head to her site and spoil yourself with one!!

I met Ruth Simons (founder of Grace Laced) about 4 years ago and have adored her since. You should have heard the gasps as I pulled out her wildly popular Fields of Joy 2018 calendar during the giveaway portion of our party. It was actually pretty funny. Everybody loves Ruth!

If you don't know Ruth, you need to. Mom of six boys, she infuses Christ's love and scripture into all she does...and she does a lot. Whether homeschooling, writing books, inspiring via social media, or painting the gorgeous things you'll see on her website, etc.

Head to her shop and be inspired!!


Another incredible woman you need to know is Kris Karr, multiple New York Times best-selling author, wellness advocate and cancer thriver. What is a cancer thriver?? Well, Kris has been living with cancer for over a decade. Upon learning in 2003 that she has a rare and incurable (yet thankfully slow-growing) stage IV cancer, she started a self-care pilgrimage.

In Kris' words, "Although I still have cancer, I am healthy, and I run a mission-driven business that serves my community and makes me feel profoundly grateful each and every day. If I can pull that off, just imagine what YOU can do."

My best friend Kiesha has been telling me about Kris for years and am just thrilled that she was willing to team up with us for Let's Party Like Girls by gifting her new juicing book, as well as her Crazy Sexy Love Notes, which is a 52-card deck full of self-love encouragement.

Jordanne Marie Handlettering

Head here to learn more about Kris and here for her shop full of cookbooks, etc!!

We paired these awesome goodies with Jordanne Marie's fantastic hand-lettered tumbler!! Sadly it's no longer available...but click here for other items in her shop!!


I may have lots of author-friends, but most of them are via Instagram and the like. The incredible women who authored these books however, are real-lives amigas.

Alex, author of Loving my Actual Christmas lives here in Denver and has written several additional books that you simply must check out (especially Loving my Actual Life). This Christmas edition is so fantastic, you guys. It helps remember the heart of all we do during this sometimes too-buy feeling season.

Sara and I met several years back and loved one another instantly...adoption does that, I guess. They also have six children, several whom are adopted (and some out of birth order, like us!). Her books Every Bitter Thing is Sweet and her latest, Unseen are just so incredible.

Check out both ladies' books...you can thank me later!

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Queenwood Designs is a local business here in Denver and we are SO thrilled by their generosity in gifting not one, but two signs that we gave away! I thought a fight might break out because the girls all wanted them so badly, haha.

Two lucky ladies went home with arms full!

It's so fun to see how social media unites people. Michele, the creative behind His Paintbrush and I first connected a year or two and I have been in awe over her talent ever since. This incredibly gifted woman has quite a story and one you totally need to read. Born with a type of dwarfism, she travels the globe painting and speaking, while sharing God's loving-kindness with everyone she meets.

Head to her site to purchase notecards as well as fine art lithograph prints. Everything she creates is breathtaking...check it out!

See this cutie with the blue hair? She's the genius hair-guru for all of us in this photo. Though she's been my "hair girl" for several years, she's also been my confidant and friend for even longer. She is incredible. If you're local, you simply must check her out.

Whether it's makeup or hair you need done, you'll never feel more beautiful or inspired as when you leave her salon.

Be inspired by her Instagram page here!

Rustic Shine Designs


Isn't this the coolest thing ever?! Kendra, the creator of Rustic Shine Designs hand-turns each page to create a word or design. I'm so sad I don't remember who won this because I want to ask them for a photo showing where in their home they placed it!!

Want one of your own? Head here for this and many other designs.

Abby Paffrath, the artist behind Art 4 All grew up in Breckenridge and now lives in Jackson Hole. As an artist and lover of the outdoors, she has created a line of hats that allow art to be more than something that rests on a wall. Instead, all are able to enjoy by carrying a little bit of the outdoors with them!

Abby gifted such a large stack of caps that as I tossed them to the winners, I almost felt like I was Oprah saying, "You win a hat...you win a hat...you ALL win a hat!!" (ok maybe there weren't that many, but it felt like it!)

Head here to see all her awesome trucker hats!

Rodan + Fields

with Lisa Thayer

I am SO obsessed with this Rodan + Fields Lashboost. I had lash extensions last year and they were so dreamy...but I just couldn't justify the expense. I started wearing faux lashes most days because I missed the length of the extensions...but it ripped out my real lashes because I wore them so much.

For my birthday back in October though, Ben bought me this last boost. It's so legit and amazing! I was SO thrilled to gift this gorgeous set to a very deserving woman!! If you want your own, email Lisa LJThayer@rodanandfields.com! (click here for this gift set!)

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Did you ever get the chance to see our article in Denver Style Magazine? I love how Everthine is featured in the corner! This is the third year we've had their nativity set, ans well as ornaments, tree topper, and scripture based ribbon (which I cannot find online, sorry!) on the several trees in our home and we just LOVE them!

Let's face it...so often faith-based home decor is so cheezy and horrendous. But not when you shop Barbara Rainey's decor line!!

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See the "I Am the Bright Morning Star" tree-topper?! Isn't it the cutest?!

A big thank you for all you gifted for Let's Party Like Girls!! There was a lot of squealing going on!!


with Heather Baker

I'm totally a sucker for great packaging...and this is gorgeous! You can go ahead and judge this product by it's cover...cuz it's just as yummy inside! Maskcara isn't for your eyelashes...it's created by a mom named Cara who saw a gap in the beauty industry.

Instead of making women feel more beautiful, she saw a tendency to make them feel more insecure, by convincing them they needed more and more products and more and more rules to abide by in order to meet the standard.

So she created a makeup brand to love on women instead of making them feel less than. Don't you love the heart of that?!

Head here to shop and find out more!

Laura Reinhardt Photography


Laura is the mother of a dear friend from college and a photographer for World Vision. Traveling around the world telling people's stories through the lens of your camera? What a dream job that would be.

She offered that I scroll through hundreds of photos and choose three to give away and these totally tugged at my heart. The smiles on these faces just makes me grin big...and the mother and child on a water walk remind me so much of our boys who used to do this exact thing each day (prohibiting them from going to school).

Such an honor to gift these to three women!

Mary & Martha

with Kela Lemer

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I was first introduced to Mary & Martha last year when speaking at a retreat. One of the girls had a tote that I simply salivated over and when she realized how much I loved it, she gave it to me (who does that?! so sweet) and shared the vision of the company. She didn't work for them...just believes in who they are and what they do!

So honored to have given away this gorgeous Queen Anne's Lace Pitcher to a very lucky lady! Want to see all the gorgeousness over at Mary & Martha (and trust me, you do) click here!

I totally hate selfies (this ridiculous photo was like 2,051 takes later) but I do LOVE this hat! Amy handmakes all sorts of fun things: from state-hats, to pillows and ornaments, to the cutest no-slip running headbands ever.

Head to her Etsy shop or Instagram feed to see more of her creativity and order something for yourself!

Monat + Nerium

with Amber Retiger (Monat) +  Hollis Moore (Nerium)


I didn't understand what Monat was about for a long time but I'm googly-eyed over it now that I get it's mission. My hair has gotten so much thinner over the years and this legit-bumps up your thickness level! Head here to find out more!!

And Neruium has been proven to reduce wrinkles (yes please!!) so head over to this link and learn more about this amazing product!!

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This book, I Walk for Water is genuinely my favorite children's book ever. The words, the pictures, the message...it's amazing.

I'm so honored to call it's author, Lindsay my friend. Her generosity of multiple books, paper-bead necklaces, and African print Christmas stockings just shows the position of her heart: love on others always. Lindz, thank you so much!!!

Shop her book here!


My dear friend Jen is on a mission of health and loves sharing what she knows! Her giveaway is so timely because so many of us are trying to get our health back on track...eating healthier, being more active, and teaching our families how to thrive.

Head here for more information on the revolution that has so captured her heart and here to email her if you're interested in a tower garden (we love ours!), the Juice Plus Shred, and more!


with Caitlin Horn


Yet another makeup and skincare company that strives for health and beauty. I have been using Beautycounter for years and not only love how it makes my skin feel, but also the emphasis it's founder places on getting in front of congress.

This passion-driven company has a mission for getting safe products into the hands of everyone. To learn more or purchase some for yourslelf head here to Caitlin's site!

I saved one of the ladies' favorites for last...this you are so loved 3D barn wood sign is even more exquisite in person. I'm so thrilled it went home with a girl that was over-the-moon excited she won it!

The beloved necklace is made of bamboo and is so light and yet substantial at the same time. Husband/Wife team Will and Amy have SO many gorgeous things in their Etsy shop (I totally want their hexagon essential oil shelf!)

Head on over right this second!

So Sad...

I'm so sad that two dear friend's items arrived in the mail after the event! What a bummer! I wanted to make sure I still included them...and will have to figure out if I'm going to save them for next year or have an online giveaway later on or what!


Our kids have loved Karen's Archer Journals for several years and I'm thrilled to tell you that this Christmas edition is so loved that it's sold out on Amazon!! That being said, you can still purchase the original journal, that is as timeless as it is fabulous!

Head here for the Spring edition whose purpose is helping children discover that God's purposes are their target, and His Word is their guide.


I've known Jen, the founder of Picket & Oak, for close to twenty years (we obviously met at birth, haha). First going to Bible school together in England and then traveling Europe together, I can tell you firsthand that this girl is amazing.

After teasing her about pressing wildflowers found in our travels, it's was no surprise when she launched a skincare and wellness brand. Each product Jen crafts is designed to enhance our daily skincare ritual through the intuitive power of botanicals, nourishing plant oils, and natural mineral earth deposits.

Check out her shop! Your skin and body will thank you!

I wanted every woman to leave the party with something. So even if they didn't receive one of the large giveaway items (which was highly unlikely because we had gobs of them...many of our sweet girl bosses send multiples!!), they'd leave with this!

A huge, HUGE thank you to Heather + Kelsey at Denver Style Magazine (my latest article is inside!!) as well as Kathryn from All The Loveliest (I mean hellooooo...she hand paints coffee foam! WHAT?!) for donating 100 copies of your work so no one would leave emptyhanded!

See that cute little roller in there? I included a little bit of Happy, which is my favorite combination for emotional health. Because who doesn't need an extra little dose of happiness?!

If you're curious about essential oils, did you know I have a whole separate website about it? Head here!! It's literally changed our family. I thought it was mumbo-jumbo for a long time but have been using them about 2 1/2 years now and we love them.

A big, HUGE, MASSIVE thank you to each one of these amazing women who so generously gave from their shops. Ladies, you are transforming lives and filling spirits.

Thank you for allowing us to highlight you in recognition of all you have done and are doing!

We can't wait for next year!!

Take Joy,


p.s. want to see photos from our big Let's Party Like Girls night? (Of course you do) Head here!

p. p. s. thank you to Sara from Something Styled Co. for letting us use this gorgeous phooto on our intivations!


Thanksgiving inspiration, recipes + printables

Happy Thanksgiving week! One of our kids has the whole week off so we're headed on a mommy/son date in a minute...but first I wanted to share a little roundup of some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes, printables, and table decor!


Last year, Bought Beautifully approached me with the desire that I decorate our Thanksgiving table with their gorgeous fair trade items. I gleefully said yes and set out to create a beautiful tablescape full of bold color, mismatched patterns, and textures.

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I think it's my favorite Turkey Day table I've ever done! I used blankets as tablecloths, dish towels mixed with fabric napkins, and all sorts of repurposed items to bring the space to life!

Don't feel like you have the right stuff...and don't want to spend money by buying anything? Maybe this post will inspire you! 

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I also made some printable Thankful Tags to be placed on a thankful tree or on each place setting.

Click here for the post + to download!


Do you have a favorite stuffing recipe? Even if you're not gluten-free...I have a feeling you're going to LOVE this one!!!

Click here for the post + recipe!


I think it's so important to start the week by preparing our hearts for the big day on Thursday.

Back when this blog was still Hugs & Punches (before I switched to my name as I began working to get my book published), I had created these fun printables to place in lunchboxes and throughout the house.


I should probably redo them with my updated website...but I have a feeling your kids don't care a bit about that part, haha.

Click here for the post + to download!

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Ok, one more recipe. Though this post doesn't tout it as a Thanksgiving pie, it's ALWAYS on our table for the holiday.

I admittedly purchase our pumpkin pies at Costco, but because this is such a big favorite in our family, I always make sure to save time to make it... because it's just that good.

Click here for the post + recipe!

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I hope you have THE most fantastic week thanking the Lord for all of His blessings! From our family to yours...Happy Thanksgiving!!

Take Joy,


Making Friends + Partying with a Purpose

I've just started planning our 4th annual Let's Party Like Girls night and am so excited! The concept for this party began when I realized though we had lived in Denver a little while and I knew people...I didn't really have many friends.

Ughhhh...the feeling of not having "my people" pained me. It's such a hard and empty feeling, isn't it?

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I started thinking of all sorts of reasons to have people into my home and getting to know them in a deeper way than simply small talk at sports practice and school dropoff.

I stopped waiting for an invitation and began opening my own door. Things like playdates, coffee dates, book club, Bible study, etc.

When brainstorming, it occurred to me that my great love of parties could be used in a purposeful way. Thus Let's Party Like Girls was born.

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(invite example is from year two!)

This is what I posted when first talking about this party four years ago:


Do you ever get so caught up with life...trying to be a rockstar mom and best wife ever, keeping up with school activities, sports, volunteering, Bible Study, work, laundry, carpooling, grocery shopping, more laundry, the never-ending house clean up...that you wake up one morning and realize...FRIENDS!

Do I even have friends anymore? I need girl time!

I need adult conversation and to shower and put on those heels I used to wear all the time. I need encouragement from my people!

 So I've decided to have a party, for no reason at all except I need my people. I need some time to connect. I really, really want to love on the women around me and for us all to be surrounded by a whole bunch of pretty.

I want it to be all about us...just for one night.

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Since the first year, it has evolved into something even more beautiful than connecting, making friends, and feeling loved on.

Not only do we strive to honor and love-on the women who attend...

we also honor and care for women both locally and globally.

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By working with the Denver Dream Center, we care for the children of women who are struggling. One or both parents are incarcerated, families are in a difficult season. These are children who likely won't have gifts to open on Christmas morning, nothing to bring them a little magic and joy during the upcoming holiday season.

We set up an Angel Tree last year and through it, 40 children and a handful of families...were all sponsored in honor of our Lord's birthday. Amazing world-changing women stepped up and now these families had gifts on Christmas!

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Several of you who saw my posting on social media even reached out and though you didn't live nearby or were able to party with us, you still sponsored a child, or two, or five!

This year we're also teaming up with Free The Girls, which is an organization I've personally been involved with for several years. By simply donating gently used or new bras, women rescued from sex slavery have inventory for bra-shops in their local marketplace...and because their clients are women, they have very little interaction with men while their heart, body, and soul continues to heal.

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For those of you wanting to be involved...or those of you who want to do your own similar event here's some more fun:


To get in the door, we ask that each guest brings a bra (or two or ten!) and a bottle of wine.


Every person who takes a child from the Angel Tree is entered into a raffle (the more you take, the more you're entered!).


The raffle is super fun...last year our giveaways were included a Kids Advent journalAnchored Press devotional plannersNoonday Collection jewelry, a bag from JOYN, goodies from Fair Trade FridayBought Beautifully, gold-foiled prints, journals, and even a beautiful (original!) fashion illustration were gifted to squealing ladies.

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I also gave away books I love...some by friends and some by ladies I'd like to be friends with: Curious FaithLooking for LovelyThe Nesting PlaceLoving my Actual LifeGirl Meets ChangeHello Beauty Full, and a few others.

For many of the gifts, I pulled names from a hat. But for others, I'd describe the book or explain the heart around something and toss it onto the ground in front of me saying, "Whoever feels like they need this in their current season, grab it quick!"

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Small business owners and authors are so generous with donating. If you're interested, here's how you can be a part of our incredible night!

How can you get involved??

1. We are looking for charitable donations for this amazing, grass-roots, support-raising evening. These donations will be used as raffle prizes for donors.

What do you get?

-Besides that awesome tax write off, your name and product will be featured here on the blog as well as my social media outlets!

- If you are in the Denver area, you will also get a personal invite to this amazing celebration that empowers women and brings some cheer to kids who could use it the most.

Win-win, right? Please please email my assistant (and best friend) Kiesha at v.assistant.teresa@gmail.com if you are interested!

Click here for my initial inspiration as well as Year 1, Year 2, and last year (Year 3).

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If you live in the Denver area and would like to attend (bring friends!!), stay tuned for announcements via social media or email Kiesha (see address above), who will make sure you get an invite!

Take Joy,