When I received an email from umano, my heart jumped with glee! I couldn’t get over these amazing shirts and the beautiful mission behind this company!


“umano believes in the unlimited potential of a kid’s imagination and that art inspires kids to create their own path. art education is not about learning to draw, it’s about learning to see. kids draw the art and with every product you purchase, umano will give a backpack full of school supplies to empower a kid to unleash their creativity.”


I fell in love with this elephant shirt, The Tiny Dancer, that Emanuel created. To have a look into the artist behind this beautiful design and to hear about his love for elephants made wearing this shirt more of an experience rather than luxury.


Check out umano’s website for all of the amazing shirts designed by inspiring children!



I am a HUGE fan of Pons by Avarcas USA. 

Like…I wish I had them in every color and I can’t help but wear them until the sole is worn down. I could not think of a better sandal for my lifestyle and personality. They have especially become an essential staple for my travels to Uganda! The structure of these sandals is the best for those rocky red dirt roads and are easy to slip on and off as a sign of cultural respect for when you enter a home. I am also in love with them because, well, it’s a rare opportunity to get a pedicure in Uganda so the beautiful leather hides the not so pretty underneath. #keepingitreal

I have gone through two pairs of the brown and just recently added the forest green to my Pons family. I think the taupe are next. 😉

I am so excited to share a discount code for 20% off with you all!!



That code will be available until July 31st!



Oh Nashville, you have this way of stealing ones heart. I’m not sure if it’s the green painted across the landscape or the southern accents making everyone smile when you say “ya’ll”. JP and I took a quick trip out to Tennessee this past week for work and luckily we got to spend quality time with our good friends as well! The last day we were there we just explored and treated ourselves to some of Nashville’s most amazing food, coffee and dessert spots.

Las Paletas



When it’s 95 degrees out with a whole lot of humidity, what sounds better than a delicious popsicle? We strolled through the 12 South Neighborhood taking pictures, walking through the park and enjoying this yummy treat from Las Paletas.


Mas Tacos Por Favor



One of my love languages is tacos. So the name of this place says it all because it is pretty much what I am thinking all of the time. Located in East Nashville, you would never know it from the outside but the most delicious taco’s reside right through that front door! Mas Tacos Por Favor really hit’s the spot when it comes to unique combinations and delicious Agua Frescas. I highly recommend the quinoa and sweet potato taco!



Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams


Okay, so we DO have a Jeni’s that just opened up in Los Angeles, about 10 minutes from our house and we MAY have waited in a line for 30 minutes on the opening weekend. I wanted to drive down Music Row with JP to show him all of the music companies that line the streets in their cute old houses. Once we got done there, we ended up in Hillsboro Village where Fido and Pancake Pantry both reside. When we saw Jeni’s new location on the corner, we both looked at each other asking the question “do we really have room after those delicious tacos?”. Well, if you know my husband I am sure you know what the answer was. He treated himself to a half scoop of vanilla and milky chocolate. From the bite or two he shared with me, I can honestly say it is some of the most delicious ice cream we have ever tasted.



Barista Parlor- Golden Sound


We ended our travels with one last coffee visit at Barista Parlor’s newest location, Golden Sound. Our wonderful friend Tyler is one of the head baristas for this awesome company, so it was a great chance to have one final cup of coffee, brewed by our talented friend.



I met Felicia in 2007 at photography school. She was someone I always wished I could have spent more time with in school but as the years have gone by our paths have crossed and our relationship has strengthened because of our passion for Jesus. The last time the four of us were together was in Joshua Tree where little Harper here was only a tiny seed in Felicia’s belly.



It was so amazing to get to meet Harper and spend time with Tyler and Felicia during our stay. They are the kind of people that truly encourage and support your wildest dreams while reminding you of the love Jesus has for His children through their actions and relationships with others. It is such a blessing to have such amazing friendships spread through out the world that only strengthen as the time goes by. Of course we wish we could do daily life with everyone but as the Lord has called us to travel and keep moving forward, He has given us some strong bonds to keep us stable through that process.






Our hearts are in tune with one another. They have been before we ever even went on a date. There would be times that God would lay it on my heart to pray for JP McLeod, a friendly acquaintance whom I had only crossed paths with two times and would receive texts from once in awhile. I couldn’t help but wonder what God was up to as I barely knew this guy! Once we sat down face to face and JP opened up about what he had been going through, it all made sense. God needed me to stop what I was doing and pray for his beautiful child who was lost and hurting. Our hearts have been interwoven in ways we cannot explain but leave us in awe that God has chosen us for one another.

As we walk forward in a path very unknown, there is comfort that neither of us have to do it alone. My hands may shake due to nerves but when I feel his fingers clasp mine, they now have company. My thoughts may wander to places filled with fear but his words are filled with the affirmation and reminders of truth that I need to hear. My knees may grow weak but his will meet me on the ground where we will pray for our Saviors peace and provision. Together.




I first met Sarah, the owner of Ara Collective, while living in Uganda in 2013. Her magnetic personality invites people of all walks of life into her world. She exudes passion, talent and beauty in everything she does, whether it is hosting a dinner party, traveling the world or designing artisan hand crafted pieces. I have been so excited to follow along on her new journey of Ara and I can’t wait for you to take a peek inside of this beautiful collection!



Indigo Jaspe Pillow – 16″x 16″ – $69.00


This Indigo Jaspe Pillow is officially one of the most beautiful items of our home.  It was woven in the Guatemalan highlands on handcrafted foot looms with locally sourced materials. I can’t get over the beauty woven into the design of this pillow. Knowing this item was hand made by women who were once the most marginalized and isolated people in their communities and have now found such a incredible way for sustainable living makes me love it even more.


The best part of this product is that 10% of it’s proceeds go back to helping the collective of Pixan to help provide scholarships, education and health initiatives for their artisans. There are 6 different groups of artisans in this collective and each is made up of passionate, creative people who make one of a kind goods for Ara. I LOVE looking at my Indigo Jaspe Pillow knowing that it is an item from a passionate group of artisans who love giving back to their own community and have been honing their craft for many generations.



Ara Collective is offering my readers a 15% discount when you use the code MARY15

I invite you to head on over to Ara’s shop to find the perfect rug, pillow or throw for your home. Educate yourself on the amazing artisans that are handcrafting the products that you will invite into your world and see how you will be helping their world with your purchase.

I will leave you with a beautiful quote from Ara’s mission:

“we believe every person—despite the social, economic or geographic situation

they were born into—deserves the freedom to discover, to dream and to thrive.”




  • July 23, 2015 - 1:46 am

    Maddy T - Omg! Your shoes are so cute! Where did you get them at??ReplyCancel