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Pebble From the Birth Place of Jesus

What an amazing opportunity for any Christian.  This is the kind of thing that only comes around once in a lifetime.  This is no ordinary cross; this is the ability to own a piece of the cave where the baby Jesus spent his first night with his mother Mary.  You can own a piece of the cave where the magi came to bestow gifts upon the newly born Lord.  Here was the cave in the rear of the house, and used for cattle. In a manger, as the most ready and fitting place, the babe was laid. The place where the shepherds came to pay their adorations, the place marked by the star of Bethlehem.

There are many different options, but this is my favorite: The Carpenter’s Cross is the embodiment of the simple life Christ lived. Straight, clean lines, the ultimate in modesty and a true symbol of the working life of Christ, who Himself was a carpenter by trade. With The Original Nativity Stone at the apex of the Cross, this is the perfect Christian gift for the man, woman or child who strives to live life on a daily basis according to the teachings of Jesus.

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Carpenter’s Cross


Emperor Justinian built the church that now stands over the cave of the nativity in 565 A.D. on the site of a previous church built by Constantine Cesar and his mother the Empress Helena, in 327 A.D.  It is one of the oldest churches in the world.

The cave of the nativity is 38 feet long by 11 wide, and a silver star in a marble slab at the eastern end marks the precise spot where the Lord was born. There is an inscription on the star that reads: Hie de virgine Maria Jesus Christus natus est. that means: Here Jesus Christ was born to the Virgin Mary.  Silver lamps are always burning around, and an altar stands near, which is used in turn by the monks of the convents. The manger in which the Lord was laid was taken to Rome by Pope Sixtus V. and placed in the church of St. Maria Maggiore, but a marble one supplies its place. A few feet opposite, an altar marks the spot where the Magi stood. The walls are covered with silken hangings.


The actual birth place of Jesus


The stones that are contained in the crosses were removed during construction in the cave.  You can read the story about it here by clicking on the cross, and then on the second page clicking on “The Story.”

This is the only time that stones from this most holy of places will legally be removed.  Once these stones sell out, they will never be available again.  Take this opportunity to give a gift that will become an heirloom for generations of your family.  Give the gift that truly keeps Christ in Christmas. If you want to buy one now, you can get 15% off with code HOLIDAY15  Purchase yours here Nativity Stone Crosses

If you want a gold cross, this one is really beautiful: The Classic Nativity Stones Cross is perhaps the most spiritually connected Christian gift symbolizing our love for Jesus Christ.  The unique design of this cross is the work of world-renowned jewelry designer Paul Dimitriu.

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The Classic Nativity Stones Cross


Whipped Coconut Oil & Lime Body Butter

Coconut oil is a staple around our house.  We use it to cook and bake as well as for a moisturizer.  It smells divine and my favorite part is that it’s all natural and non-toxic.  In fact I can even eat it which makes me feel better putting it onto my skin & especially my 12 month old!  I love this simple little twist.  Not only would it be great for at home use but would make a fantastic gift!

To make it you’ll need:

1/2 cup coconut oil

20 drops of lime oil (or your favorite essential oil)

A jar (the volume will double so make sure you have a jar that will fit at least a cup)

Whip the coconut oil with an electric mixer until it becomes soft.  Once it’s soft add the oil.  Mix a bit more and voila! Just be sure to note the expiration date on the coconut oil and store it in a cool, dry place.  Most of all enjoy!

Recipe found on Blah Blah Magazine


DIY Mother’s Day Lily Box

Homemade gifts are the best, especially for Mom!  She’ll so appreciate the time and thought that went into something crafted by you just for her.  This DIY Mother’s Day Lily Box found on Decor and the Dog is so perfect for the occasion.  This could be really neat if made with herbs or other plants and flowers as well.

Supplies Needed

  • Planter Box
  • Paint Markers
  • Flowers, Herbs or Plants (whatever suits your or your mother’s fancy)


Herb Keeper

Now that spring has finally arrived we’re already starting to cook differently.  With warmer weather I like to shed the heavier dishes we eat in the fall and winter for lighter, fresher fare.  This is the time of year when we begin to use more and more fresh herbs.  My one rub however is that we never seem to use the entire amount that we buy before going bad.  I’ve had my eye on an Herb Keeper for a while now and I’ve finally decided to purchase one.  They have some cool features:

  • Keep herbs like rosemary, thyme, oregano and dill fresh longer
  • Also great for keeping vegetables like asparagus and celery fresh and crisp
  • Slots in removable tray hold and hydrate herb stems while keeping leaves above the water
  • Sized for storing large quantities of herbs; designed to fit in most refrigerator door shelves
  • Measures 4-3/4 inches in diameter and 9-1/2 inches tall

Cuisipro Herb Keeper – around $18 on Amazon


DIY Wire Trash Can Side Table

I need a new side table to set beside my bed.  I’ve looked at several furniture stores and they’re either expensive or uninteresting.  So in my true fashion I decided to find a cool DIY side table that even someone as un-crafty as myself can make.  This one is not only stylish but looks incredibly simple.  It’s a no brainer!

For full instructions visit Ana Antunes Home Styling.


Here are a few trashcans that I think will work out perfect for this project!

Slice Alteration Wastebasket – buy on Amazon for around $19


Floating Square Metal Wastebasket by HFD – can be purchased here on Amazon for around $33


Olli Blocks

Now how cute are these?! I’m all about unique toys that offer kids a chance to be creative.  These are a great gift idea for any kiddo in your life.  The cool part is there part bought part homemade so it shows you put some effort and thought into it.  I love all of the quirky characters….too cute!

To purchase the pdf printouts (boys, girls & animals) click here. $5 per set or $12 for all three.


Naturally Sweet Valentines

Not sure about you, but I’m not a fan of my child eating candy and other sweets laden with refined sugar.  I really liked this idea for Naturally Sweet Valentines from Twig and Thistle.  A much healthier and unique way to spread the love this Valentine’s Day.

If you’d like to purchase the stickers you can do so here at Twig & Thistles Etsy shop.


Organic Flowers

Although my husband and I aren’t really into Valentines Day there are plenty of occasions throughout the year when we may want to send flowers or a plant to a friend or family member for one reason or another.  I always feel a little uncomfortable about ordering from just any old company as I don’t know where or how they source their flowers and plants.  I recently ran across this company Organic Bouquet.  They are an eco-friendly retailer that only sources from sustainable farmers and provide good resources for farm workers and artisans.  The other nice part is their prices seem to be comparable to the other online flower retailers.

Click here to visit Organic Bouquet!

New Children’s Book – Beautiful Girl

One of my favorite authors is Christiane Northrup, M.D.  She is an OBGYN and has written some fantastic books on holistic women’s topics.  I was delighted to see this new book she has written for little girls called Beautiful Girl.  Dr. Northrup believes “helping girls learn at a young age to value the wonder and uniqueness of their bodies can have positive benefits that will last throughout their lives. By reading this lovely book, little girls will learn how their bodies are perfect just the way they are, the importance of treating themselves with gentle care, and how changes are just a part of growing up.”  What a beautiful message for any little girl.

You can purchase it here at Hayhouse or at Amazon