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Your Love Is Deep {Your Love is Wide}

Life has been particularly busier than normal these past months and I do not do busy very well. Busy makes me feel like I am treading water and just keeping my head above water. Each morning I try to focus on what really needs my attention whether it be home, business, children, friends, marriage or myself. These days lately it just feels like everything is needing my attention.  Hence the treading water. We will figure it out especially with all …

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When Life Wakes You Up {uncovering spontaneity}

Last September while walking around Arlington National Cemetery with my family I received a message from my doctor that some recent tests had shown some abnormal cells and I needed to come in. I immediately called the nurse back that had left the message and asked, “Are you saying they are cancer cells?”. She told me she couldn’t tell me any more and would have the doctor call me back the next day. The next day? I slowly sat down …

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Living Room {Before and After}

The next two weeks most of my posts will be about our recent remodel projects. I love these kinds of posts and I hope you enjoy them too. Today I wanted to share our living room before and after. We extended our cherry floors from our kitchen into our living room and it made an amazing difference in the appearance of space and the ease of visual flow. I love the color and minimal grain that you see in cherry …

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For Such a Time As This {You are included in the adventure}

This morning I went on an early morning jog real quick before I needed to make breakfast for Jack and Maddy. Jack started high school last week (he has homeschooled up until now) and Maddy is starting a new two day a week school program for homeschoolers (that is 30 minutes away). I will still be homeschooling Benjamin this year and he will continue to go to his one day a week enrichment school. I love early morning runs or …

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Catching the California Light {our recent trip to the sand and waves}

We just returned from two weeks in southern California and we are still adjusting to missing our friends and the ocean. Our trip was magical in so many ways and the friends we stayed with lavished us with open arms, good food, laughter and incredible adventures. After our time with friends we stayed a few days with Kelly’s family and then made our way to Santa Ana and Studio Cresendoh. I had two of the best days ever teaching and …

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I have no idea what I am doing {I have been here before}

Guys, I have to tell you that we are in a new stage of parenting and it is freaking me out! We have our oldest about to turn 14 and he will be going to the public school next year. I feel like I am getting one parenting challenge after another and I am making things up as I go along. Please don’t tell him we have no idea what we are doing. I guess that is not completely true. …

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All Roads Don’t Always Lead Home {We are learning that is ok}

I would have to admit that I am probably a little more (or a lot more) sentimental than my siblings. There is nothing good or bad about this but I do find myself affected differently than my siblings at times. When my parents sold the house we grew up in I was a wreck! I love connections to the past and places. Not surprising with my love of vintage items, history, art and traditions. They bought a small farm about …

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Acts of Service Advent Tree

Good morning! I have been getting a lot of questions and emails about our acts of service Advent tree that was seen in the housewalk. I had intended to write this yesterday but you know how that goes. Even though it is December 11 (how did that happen) you still have time to do some of the acts that I will share. Obviously, you can create your own that work with your family too. This idea originally came to me …

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Vintage Christmas Tree With Balsam Hill

If you have had a chance to see our home dressed up for Christmas you will see over and over that I love vintage. I love beautiful things that tell a story. No matter where we travel I am always drawn to the art and the history of the culture. If I have the choice to buy something new or go searching for something that may be a bit tarnished…I usually choose the tarnished. Even when decorating I search for …

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Dream Maker {Everyone Should Have One}

I always had the mom that told me I was special and talented and could do anything. You know…the mom that tells you amazing things about yourself and you roll your eyes. You think your mom tells you nice things about yourself only because she is your mom. That is part of it. The other part is that she can see past what you see. She can see the good and the bad and the potential. She can see what …

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Finding Fall Home Tour {16 Bloggers and BHG!}

Are you getting ready for fall, baking too much, lighting candles in every room and wearing your UGG boots everywhere? No? Is it just me? If you are ready to jump into cooler weather, baking, yummy soups, hot cider, open windows, colorful leaves, bonfires and pumpkins you will want to come back here on Monday! The talented Laura of Finding Home and Better Homes and Gardens has brought 16 bloggers together for a fall home tour. You will be able …

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The 411 {all the details about the teen bedroom makeover}

I wanted to tell you real quick that for the next 24 hours we are offering Jennifer Rizzo’s Santos Cage Dolls e-course for only $10 (you have access to the videos for 6 months) . Fall is the perfect time to get back into creating and Jen’s Santos dolls are incredible and even perfect for decor and gift giving. I learned so much about using clay and breaking down the face into shapes. Jen is an amazing teacher and you …

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Ramblings on a Wednesday Afternoon

I hope you are all having a great day. We spent the day at the creek doing school with my sister and her children. It is one of our favorite back to school activities that we do each year. There is something so peaceful and magical about the grassy hills, creek, huge trees and an empty park. We almost had the whole play to ourselves. Today I just wanted to ramble a bit (if you have ever met me in …

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Random Ramblings {Life Right Now}

I can’t believe it is almost August! We have had a full (but wonderful) summer. A few days after Kelly and I returned from Italy we felt spoiled as we spent a night out watching The Avett Brothers at Red Rocks.  We are so spoiled by this venue that we don’t even like concerts anywhere else. A few days later we watched my sister’s three kids for 9 days while they helped my mom and brother move from Illinois to …

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Gluten Free and Paleo Pancakes {Yummy}

We have been gluten free in our home for over two years now. Our tummies feel so much better but we feel the best when we also eat paleo. You can easily eat gluten free pancakes but they are not good for you. They may be gluten free but they are also health free. You may find yourself eating more potatoes and white rice which = sugar! Read your labels carefully and make your foods from scratch as much as …

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Creating Your Own Outdoor Movie Night {summer is coming}

Summer is right around the corner and my mind is going crazy thinking of all the fun things I want to do with my family and children this year. Summer is the perfect time for casual parties, afternoons with backyard water slides, water balloons and homemade popsicles. When the weather starts to warm up I am more likely to invite friends over for a backyard BBQ or an afternoon coffee date while the children play. I think I come out …

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Getting Past The Ugly

One of the hardest things is pushing past the ugly. When we are doing something new or something out of our comfort zone there is often the ugly that accompanies it. I am the biggest cheerleader of my children to practice, try again and push beyond…it can be harder when it comes to me. Have you ever had a hard patch in your marriage.  Has it been hard? Ugly? Did you push past the ugly?  Did you get to other …

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Dear Daddy {From Madolyn}

For the past 7 years Kelly and Madolyn have gone to the Castle Rock Daddy Daughter Ball. I know when Kelly first took her that it wasn’t really his “thing”…but it was definitely her kind of “thing”. After that first time together and seeing how much she loved getting dressed up, dancing with her dad and just being together….it quickly became his thing too. Madolyn is now 10 and I know they will have many more special times together because …

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Living Beyond Happiness {Reaching For The Joy}

  {image found HERE} I hear it all of the time… You deserve to be happy I deserve to be happy If I only had xyz… I would be happy It is not that happy is a bad word. I just know that there is more! {image found HERE} You are surrounded by it every day. Surrounded by this idea that happy belongs to you and it you aren’t living it every second than you are doing something wrong or …

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There May Have Been Withdrawals {harder than I thought}

My home life and work life overlap, collide and sometimes don’t have boundaries with one another. It is the blessing and curse of running your own business from home. To throw one more thing into the mix…we homeschool our children. In short, our children are usually with us for school, running the house and watching us (and many times helping us) with our business. They cheer for us when things sell well, they help more around the house when we …

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My Favorite Things 2012 {Homeschool Favs}

Today I will share my Homeschool Favorites of 2012 You can also see my Business Favorites, Creative Favorites, Home Favorite and Beauty Favorites. If there was ever something in our lives that I never went looking for, didn’t plan to do and could have never pictured myself doing..homeschooling is it! If there was something that has blessed our lives immensely…homeschooling is it! I started because I had a 5 year old that was reading beautifully and my teacher friends recommended …

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Hold Tight {it is worth the work}

{I surprised my family with a weekend in Denver…I didn’t even tell Kelly} Sometimes I wish I could slip back into time and be a small child that can’t sleep on Christmas Eve with an excited heart. As a child you are oblivious of other things going on around you. {A night ice skating with my sister and her family} I have said recently that the age I am now is very real. Very. You can’t turn your head and …

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Random Thoughts and Ramblings

Our Thanksgiving was just as I imagined with just a bit more time in the kitchen than I imagined. I guess food doesn’t cook itself…weird. We hiked, went to see THIS movie, made THIS recipe and stuffed our face with THIS. We ended our night with “Little Women” and I feel like the Christmas season has now officially begun. No matter how many times I see the movie I just can’t get into Amy’s character (Susan Sarandon/Winona Ryder version). Does …

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Happy Thanksgiving {A reminder and a coupon}

{the image is mine} When we were pregnant with Jack we were living in Adam’s Morgan in DC. I was about three months pregnant with Jack on Thanksgiving that year. Without family  to spend the holiday with we decided to just keep it low key and have a simple meal at our home and watch movies all day. {Right now that sounds pretty dreamy} I don’t know why we thought King Sooper’s “Thanksgiving in a Box” sounded like a good …

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A Little Boy’s Room {No longer a baby}

We recently took Benjamin’s room from his nursery paint colors to a room that will grow with him for awhile. When Jack was born we decorated his nursery in pale blues and it was beautiful for our first baby. When Benjamin was born he was our third baby and second boy. I knew as soon as I found out we were having a boy  I wanted to create a really fun room for him and one that would grow with …