Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Through the phone

Just a few of my favourite phone snapshots lately!

a relaxing morning spending time in my bible and eating a mushroom omelet
iced coffee in a mason jar on the back deck
enjoying the sunny weather in a new dress
much needed art journaling time: relaxation
a by myself cupcake making party. they were only about one inch wide!
the healthiest breakfast I've had in a long time
flowers in full bloom after a full day of rain
strawberry smoothies to accompany a far too long homework session

You can follow me on instagram @vivibeard. :)

Much love, Vivi

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Sock bun adventures

Not sure if you can tell, but I'm wearing one of my dad's socks in my hair. Never thought that would happen! I learnt how to do this hairstyle here. Simple, glamorous hair. I'm in love.

Much love, Vivi

Friday, 25 May 2012

JOY {part two}

Last week I started a little series on joy. Every week, I'm going to share some tidbits of where I'm finding joy lately. You can read part one here. This week our flowers exploded with life and beauty from buckets and buckets of rain. Oh Spring. You are so good to me.


sticky cinnamon buns with far too much icing
Christmas tea in May
reflections of freshly bloomed flowers
reading on the trampoline
the birds singing outside my window
finding the perfect ring on etsy
making summer plans of smore nights and beach trips

What has brought you joy lately?

Much love, Vivi

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Basking days

Lately I've been spending a lot of time basking in the sunshine of our back deck. I am so blessed to live surrounded by nature. Every morning I awake to the sweet songs of birds right outside my window and every Spring our backyard transforms into a flourishing garden of captivating wildflowers. This Spring is no exception. Sometimes I feel that I talk too much about the beauty of nature. But to me, nature is the way that God reveals His beauty and perfect creation. I just can't get enough.

Much love, Vivi

Thursday, 17 May 2012


This cake was my very first attempt at an ombre cake. I first saw the idea on Pinterest and fell head over heels. My mom's birthday arrived and cake making time came along with it! But like all bakers, sometimes the final results just aren't what you expected. Alas, my "ombre" cake turned into more of a swirl cake. And really, as long as it tastes delicious, no one in my family will think twice. ;)

Much love, Vivi

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

JOY {part 1}

 This past Sunday I worked with the two-year olds in my church's nursery. One little girl giggled at everything. Her nose would crinkle and with a glowing smile she would erupt in laughter. Even the simplest things caused her to burst out in giggles. She had some serious joy, and as I spent more time around her I couldn't help but feel more joyful as well. Ever since then I've been thinking about the importance of sharing joy. Sharing encouragement. Sharing happiness and stories. Sharing joy is contagious. Flowers bring me joy, and I hope that these few snippets have brought you some as well! Sharing joy is going to be a regular occurrence around here friends! This is only part one of many, many more.


art journalling
Burt's bees lotions lathered on my arms
trying my hand at videography
winter soup in may
finding an amazing pinner on Pinterest
one dollar iced coffees
aviators and buns tied with vintage scarves

What has brought you joy lately? I would love to hear!

Much love, Vivi

Saturday, 12 May 2012


{My morning: journaling with fresh fruit and granola}
{miniature jars holding wild flowers add a touch of nature to any room}

{I love when dandelions turn into these puff balls of white.}

{"everything" style oatmeal cookies}

When my week is packed full of activities, the weekend is a time to relax, to unwind, and to enjoy moments of peace. Wildflowers have bloomed up in every which direction and I have been glued to a camera, trying to capture each blossom's beauty. Even the dandelions  are vibrant and beautiful on these sunny Spring days.

How are you spending your sunny Spring days? :)

Much love, Vivi

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Let's bake something delicious

A few weeks ago, my friend Hannah and I decided to have a mini baking party. You know, maybe an hour or two making something easy yet scrumptious. In other words, every baker's dream. Well, we got started and four hours later had finally finished our baking marathon! The final results were definitely worth all of the effort! We made soft pretzels with sea salt, and amazing chocolate eclairs! Feast your eyes, friends!

Much love, Vivi

Sunday, 6 May 2012

A blossom growing on a tree

 Life lately has been more than a little crazy. Homework and tests bombard my thoughts, and I find that the few peaceful moments in my day are those near midnight, where all is quiet and serene. It's those moments that I've clung to for a while now. It's in those moments where I can just breathe. Relax. Reflect on everything that's swarming around in my mind. When I just can't seem to clear mind of constant thoughts and ideas, I think of cherry blossoms. It sounds cheesy, but it works. I imagine huge trees cascading with the lovely flowers, pink, white, and peaceful. And I feel peaceful. God really knew what He was doing when He created cherry blossoms.

Friday, 4 May 2012

Five things to love

{classic burger and fries at a local 50's diner}

{two golden rings stacked together}

{springtime flowers looking vibrant on our back deck}

{quaint lights strung up along ongoing construction}

{receeding shades of grey along the shoreline of the lake}
This week has included the oh-so interesting events of intense nose blowing, vitamin C consuming, and lemon tea drinking. I know. Momumental week for me. Thankfully, all of the mountains of tissues are scaring this cold off and I'm feeling much better! What have you been up to this week? Was nose blowing on your radar too? :)

Much love, Vivi