Hello Sweet Cheer: October 2015


October Makes me Happy - But Now It's Almost Over

Happy Wednesday friends!

     I titled this post and starting writing it about 2 1/2 weeks ago... I basically feel like I blinked and November arrived! What is with that? I hear that's what happens, every year life flies by quicker and quicker! It's the craziest.

     Things I've enjoyed about this October: We got some rain, I'm starting to need a sweater or jacket most days, I get to come home to something warm and yummy in the crockpot (when I make that happen) and keeping every candle in the apartment lit as often as possible!

     And the best part of October this year, is that by the time it's over we'll be moved into our new rent house! We are sooo ready to get out of the apartment and can't wait to have our own space again. I'm dreaming of parking in my own driveway and having space for guests! We move in T W O days! So exciting! I really should be packing, but I'm laying in bed cuddling with my pup, blogging, and waiting for my precious husband to bring home Chick-fil-A ;) !!!!!!

     Even though I love this time of year, I'm actually really glad time has been flying. I hear October is the hardest month of teaching and I think I'll agree! Things have been really tough. I've had some crazy days! What I keep trying to remind myself is the fact that the Lord has me exactly where I am for a purpose. I am continually praying that he would make that purpose clear to me and give me opportunities to share Him with my students (in the most legal way possible of course)!

Here are some pictures to show you what's been going on this past month!

Just a sweet seven year old birthday party! We love this precious girl.

Sweet brother and sister!

And then we took her on a birthday date to Starbucks and Toys R Us, what a combo!

I got to enjoy the women's conference at our church! This sweet necklace was our craft :)

So many sweet friendships formed and being formed! So blessed my our church community.

Oh.... you must make this. Copycat Lemon pound cake from none other than Starbucks. I'll link the recipe for ya, you can't pass it up!

So that's our life over the last few. So many exciting things coming up... my birthday is next week! Thanksgiving! We are going to the Cowboys game with family so that should a ton of fun. My sister's baby should be here in a little over a month! Christmas!! We are headed to New York the day after...! I love the holiday season and this year's will be one to remember :)

A few things to send you off. I've been reading through some Psalms lately and the one we studied at our women's conference was Psalm 37. So so good. "Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness." Psalm 37:3 I pray that I am befriending faithfulness in all I do! Praising my Savior for his glorious work on the cross that I might have access to the Father. 

Happy Day!
xoxo || meredith holguin


Introducing Nori Paper Co.

Happy Friday, my friends! Today I have my sweet friend, Malissa and her friend and co-owner, Erin, guest blogging! Malissa is a dear friend of mine. We lived together in college, witnessed each other get married and I just couldn't say enough wonderful things about her sweet soul. They make a wonderful product and I am so happy to help them get their name out and grow their business. Without further ado...


     Hello there! We are Malissa and Erin, the owners and co-founders of Nori Paper Co., our sweet little paper shop on Etsy. We met years ago and became fast friends with nearly everything in common: our beliefs, styles, hobbies, and taste in men (our handsome husbands are second cousins!). Malissa, a grey and mustard-yellow gal, studied Interior Design and now works as a corporate Interior Designer with an architecture and design firm. She spends her evenings and weekends doting over her ever-smiling baby girl and asking her husband what culinary delight he’s whipping up for dinner. Erin, a navy and copper lady, started college as a graphic design major but changed to Psychology. Now she’s a stay-at-home mom of two and pastor's wife, channeling her love of design into Nori Paper Co. and her degree in psychology to convince her husband that their fights are always his fault. (Joking! Or am I?)

     Nori Paper Co. was named after Malissa's daughter, Norah, whom Erin and her husband affectionately nicknamed Nori Paper (because they love nicknames and sushi). The name seemed like a perfect fit for their paper company. Proper sushi making is an art, and true sushi chefs are masters of their craft, delicately and precisely executing each hand-made piece with care. Same thing goes for what we do at Nori Paper Co., except there are less knives and more pens.

     Nori Paper Co. launched in September, though it took months of dreaming, doodling, and trips to the paper store before we finally took the plunge. We are a hand-lettering modern calligraphy shop for envelope addressing, art prints, greeting cards, and custom orders. We've got a couple seasonal lines coming soon to our Etsy shop, as well as a greeting card collection. We are thrilled to be turning our creative skills into a hand-crafted, service-oriented business for anyone who has some words they want us to make pretty. We are open and eager to custom work, the sky's the limit! (Only because we can't actually write on the sky.)

You can shop, like, or follow us at:


Thanks for reading and go like their pages and buy some gorgeous hand-lettered paper! I'll be back later this weekend with an update and some fall inspiration!

xoxo || meredith holguin