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Movies and Marriage

I seriously have a movie problem..I love movies! LOVE!! I have girlfriends that I see movies with regularly and Kelly and I often go on date night too. When I go to movies with my girlfriends I kind of come home with ideas for Kelly…… When I saw Country Strong I told Kelly that he should invest in a cowboy hat and possibly take up smoking. {I don’t care what people say about that movie…I loved it} When I came …

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All Four Love {Love Your Passion}

What is your passion? When you are given a few hours to yourself what do you dream of doing? What do you actually make the time for? When I think of passions I think of all the things that recharge me and make me who I am. Nothing makes me feel more alive than hiking up in the mountains or taking a run. I feel like I am being healthy and loving on my family everytime I cook them a …

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My Nest {Natural Cleaners}

Over the years I have gotten better at choosing more natural cleaning supplies. It is only recently that I have been making more of my own. This was a little hard for me at first because I love when everything smells “clean”. {I love cleaning supplies..so weird I know!} This past weekend I was reading my friend Maria’s blog and she introduced a new blog to me. While I was reading Brianna’s blog I was excited to see that she …

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Made From Scratch {Gluten Free Carrot Cake}

Like many Americans we have gone gluten free {at least two out of five}. The rest of the family has easily adjusted to our diet. I have been gluten free for the past 11 months.  Hard to believe how quickly that time has gone. You can eat gluten free and still eat very unhealthy. My health journey has led me to find gluten alternatives that have the most health benefit as possible. I am a huge fan of cooking with …

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Inspired {Brandie Pahl}

In this big creative world I have met old souls that I have connected with right away. Some women I have met in person, others I will only know through our emails and others I will only know through their writing. There are women that have made their mark on my heart and they don’t even know me….or their influence. Then there are women you are quite certain you would be fast friends with if your paths ever crossed and …

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All Four Love {Love Yourself}

It is easy to feel comfortable behind the lens. I love that I am the one capturing our day to day lives. It is different being on the other side of the lens. This was a fun activity for me because it was out of the norm. I have become more comfortable about it over the years I have had this blog. {It would be strange for you to follow me, read my words and not know what I look …

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Na-Da Farm {Come See Me}

{All photos on this post are by the talented Traci Thorson} Last summer, while I was visiting my parents, I was able to take the short drive to Na-Da Farm. We both homeschool our children, the kids had recently become pen pals and we were all looking forward to meeting each other in person. From the moment we drove onto their property we couldn’t help but smile. Jason and Anne Marie have paid such beautiful attention to details throughout their …

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My Love Story {Part Two}

{while we were dating in 1998} Around our twelve year anniversary I wrote this post about My Love Story {Part One}. It tells of love almost at first site, a quick engagement and a marriage 8 months after we met. It talked about complete peace on our wedding day. I knew then that he was the one for me and I didn’t doubt that…but there is a part two that also needs to be told….and part three is already being …

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All Four Love {Love Unexpected}

We know what we love. We know who we love. The sweetest of gifts are those little things that surprise you with the joy that they bring. Love unexpected. There are too many little things like that in my life so I will just share a few from this week. I have lived in Colorado for over 14 years and I am still in awe of the mountains. I grew up in Illinois with rolling hills and big oak trees …

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In The Shop {Love 146.org}

Last year around this time I watched helplessly as one of my good friends and her husband buried their three week old daughter. They had tried for years to get pregnant without any success. They then tried for years to get pregnant through IVF. Years without a baby and all your heart wants is a baby…leaves you heartbroken and exhausted. Then they were told they were pregnant. The most exciting news was that they were pregnant with twins. My friend …

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Me, Myself and I {Perspective}

Do you remember as a kid lying on the couch with your feet up in the air and your head down by the floor? Didn’t you love the different perspective of the ceiling and parts of the room you usually didn’t notice? I always loved hanging upside down on the monkey bars and seeing how different everything looked from that perspective. Perspective. I feel like I saw the world with a different perspective when I went to Alt a few …

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Shop Talk {Websites}

By now I hope you have had a chance to check out the new website. I have gotten many emails asking about my new site and blog redesign. I thought this would be the easiest way to answer your questions. First of all I knew it was time for me to have my own website. I have loved Etsy and I know it may surprise many but I will continue to sell on Etsy. Esty has been amazing to me. …

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All Four Love {Loved Deeply}

Good morning! I hope you have been taking some photos this week. {previous post HERE explains the whole thing} I have to admit that my photo taking was not too impressive this week with the snow storm and all. I am hoping to get outside over the next three weeks and not only take photos inside my home:-) Even though this week was {loved deeply} there are obviously many people missing from these photos. {here are three that make my …

Video {Art Supply Basics}

Hello everyone! I am excited because today I am sharing with you my first video. Let me clarify….I did a really awesome one and the sound was bad. I did a second one and it was OK but the sound was also jacked up. I made a third as the the sun was going down, I was sick of the sound of my own voice and I was already tired of what I was saying and that is the one …

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Made By Hand {In The Studio}

I will think of new pieces I want to create all of the time. I will draw them out and put them in an ever growing pile of ideas. The truth is….I have not painted anything since New Years Eve. We gave the kids tons of choices for New Years and they chose art night. So, we all created late into the evening. I love these times with my kids when paints are left out all day…and even days…and we …

Family First {The Talk}

Our oldest son is 10 and we had not had “the talk” with him yet. I had been encouraging Kelly to talk with him while they were alone and he kept telling me the timing hadn’t been right. Feeling like he really needed to be told before someone else did I tried talking to him while we were alone in the kitchen…… Me: (trying to be cool and nonchalant) Jack, I was wondering if you had any questions about your …