One More Week to Sign Up for Jord Gift Card Giveaway!

There is just one more week remaining to sign up for a free Jord gift card. You can use it toward purchasing a beautiful time piece like mine below.

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The giveaway will be open until June 24 and the winner will be announced right here on A HOUSE WITH CHARACTER.

Jord Wooden Watches: The Perfect Gift, a Discount, and a Giveaway

Until a few days ago, I didn’t own a watch. I told time by the placement of the sun, or, more accurately, by digging my iPhone out of my giant handbag. There had to be a better way. That better way turned out to be this beautiful wooden watch from Jord. I have partnered with Jord to offer A HOUSE WITH CHARACTER readers a chance to win a $100 gift card. All readers are eligible to use a discount code to receive 10 percent off any order.


You know I’m a sucker for cool packaging, and Jord’s packaging is absolutely perfect. My watch arrived in a sturdy wooden box, comfortably resting on an adorable burlap pillow. The box also contained a special cloth and cleaning pen for caring for the time piece.


Jord offers a variety of watches perfect for men or women. They can be engraved and ordered to perfectly fit the recipient’s (or your own) wrist. The watch fits comfortably and is a classic design I’ll wear for years to come.


My watch is the Cassia series Walnut and Vintage Rose. I wore it last Saturday on a dinner date with my husband. I love how it is versatile enough to wear to work or out on the town.


There are so many stunning time pieces to choose from. They would make a perfect graduation or Father’s Day gift as well. Or, if you’re like me and are just tired of digging your phone out of your giant handbag to tell time, you could treat yourself!

To enter the Jord gift card giveaway and get 10 percent off any order, visit this link. The giveaway will be open until June 24 and the winner will be announce right here on A HOUSE WITH CHARACTER.


Note: This post was sponsored by Jord, but all opinions expressed are truly my own.






The Girl is One

It always sounds so cliché, but it’s so true: The first year of a baby’s life goes so quickly! Our youngest turns one tomorrow. We celebrated with a donut-themed brunch over the weekend.

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The bear cake, made by my mother, is a family tradition. I had it for my first birthday, as did my oldest daughter, my cousin (who is also my youngest daughter’s godmother), and my niece. The girl was really quite dainty about eating her cake. She didn’t even get frosting on her shirt!

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We had donuts, cake, and cupcakes. I felt a tiny bit embarrassed because our family dentist who is also a good friend was in attendance with his wife and adorable daughter. I apologized for the sugar overload (while stuffing my face with a sprinkle-covered donut.)

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Happy birthday to our sweet baby girl. You are a cuddly, entertaining, delightful soul. You are a terrific walker and say “mama” and “dada.” You love animals, your sister, and making us laugh. We love you!



1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Recently my daughters and I were perusing our local library when the head librarian (who we know from church) approached us about the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. I was instantly excited! An excuse to make a list and read with my daughters? Count me in.

The 1000 Books Foundation exists to promote reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers and to encourage parent and child bonding through reading. I have read to both my daughters from the time they were tiny babies, but I am excited that this program will help me be more intentional in our reading choices. I think it will also help us carve out more time to read.

1,000 books might sound like a lot, but really, it is fewer than three books a day for a year. In our town, the program began April 1. Books can be repeated as your child requests and still count toward the 1,000. Information on finding a local program, book recommendations, and tips for reading with your child are all available at this link.

To get in the spirit of things, here are six current favorites in our household.

1. Tickle Monster by Josie Bissett. 2. Feminist Baby by Loryn Brantz. 3. I Am a Warrior Goddess by Jennifer Adams. 4. Little Women: A Playtime Primer by Jennifer Adams 5. Found by Salina Yoon. 6. Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Product Review: Date Night In

It’s Friday and hopefully that means you have fun plans in store for the weekend. Last Friday night, my husband and I put the girls to bed early and opened up our first-ever Date Night In box. With two little ones at home, it is sometimes hard to squeeze in date time, so I was interested in trying Date Night In. It was so much fun! Our box arrived in the mail and sat on the counter for a few days until Friday rolled around. When we opened it, I was immediately intrigued!


Each date also includes a menu for an easy-to-prepare, yet scrumptious meal as well as a complete grocery-shopping list. Our menu, courtesy of Marina Makes, included roasted walnut and honey bruschetta and a delicious penne bake with vodka sauce. I’ll definitely be making these again.


Our date also included supplies and instructions for making yummy Oreo pops to snack on during the date.


Then it was time to start documenting the “Story of Us.” Each Date Night In box features a unique theme designed to spark conversation. Ours even came with an “old-school” disposable camera.


Our date required us to answer various questions about each other and our plans for the future. It also featured a photo scavenger hunt. We had a great time making our book and can’t wait to complete it when we get our photos developed this weekend.



We were surprised how much the activities in the box really prompted us to talk about our wishes for the future and what we are currently so thankful about in our marriage.


We reminisced about our first few dates and talked about some prospective travel plans, all with our little ones asleep in the other room.


A Date In Box would be a perfect gift for newlyweds or parents with a new baby. We are definitely going to try another one. I love the element of surprise. I also look forward to trying a Kids Night In or Faith Night In.

For more information or to purchase your own box, visit this link. You can purchase a one-time-only box or a subscription for monthly shipments.


Note: Date Night In provided a free date box to A HOUSE WITH CHARACTER for this post, but all opinions expressed are truly my own.



Why We Still Need Feminism

With the thought of today being International Women’s Day, I pulled my old NOW shirt out of the bottom of a dresser drawer last night. It’s wrinkled and worn. In my teens and early twenties feminism was a big part of my life and my identity. As I looked at the old tee from those days, I began to think “is all this feminism and activism still necessary?”


Then there was my answer: My 10-month-old daughter crawled into the room, babbling low and deep as if to say, yes, Mama, it’s all still necessary.

I am fortunate to be married to a great guy who believes in feminism, is dedicated to equal parenting and household duties, and nurtures every hope and dream of our young daughters because he truly believes men and women are equal. I am also fortunate to work with a group of strong and intelligent women as well as men who respect that strength and intelligence.

Still, sexism drifts into my life, usually in the form of comments.

“You might want to think it over a little more. I mean, you just got back from maternity leave.” –A male (former) coworker in response to a business decision I made.

“You’re so lucky your husband will babysit for you.” –A female acquaintance.

“I won’t set foot in that church because women shouldn’t be pastors.” –A male community member.

Occasional sexist comments, while inappropriate and frustrating, are nothing compared to the vicious sexism and misogyny taking place in many places around our world. According to the United Nations, globally, more than 200 million women and girls are estimated to have undergone some form of genital mutilation. Worldwide, 35 percent of women have experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence.

Here at home and throughout the world, we owe it to our daughters to keep gender equality at the forefront. Feminism has a place in our daily lives, even when our NOW shirts are yellowed, tattered, and shoved in a drawer. Feminism isn’t a shirt, or a placard, or a loud angry mob with megaphones.

We can choose to stand up against inappropriate behavior targeting people of all shapes, colors, genders, and beliefs. We can choose to support one another instead of tearing one another down. We can choose to raise strong, confident girls, and fair, respectful boys. That’s feminism, my friends, and we still need it.

Some Spring Favorites (Yes, I Know It’s Still Winter)

The official start of spring is still a month away and we are supposed to get yet more snow today, but can’t we at least start talking about the end of winter? Here are a few spring items I’m excited to incorporate into my life.


1. These Easter sprinkles are adorable for cupcakes and cookies. (Williams-Sonoma) 2. I love this butterfly pattern and my three-year-old loves the soft feel of this dress. (Cat & Jack for Target) 3. Lately my daughters spend 99% of their time pretending to be unicorns. These headbands will be in their Easter baskets. (Target) 4. This floral pattern makes me feel warmer. (Loft) 5. A precious book about flowers is perfect for spring. (Anthropologie) 6. My dining room table has been rocking this runner for the past few weeks and I’m loving it. (Hearth & Hand with Magnolia for Target)