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Art of Home | Modern Simple Living Begins Tomorrow!

 Tomorrow the online course the Art of Home | Modern Simple Living will begin! We would love to have you join us as we celebrate home and simple ways to create an artisan lifestyle. Here is a peek into week one…the Art of Farm To Table. (Keep in mind that this is only week one! What an fun and rich course this will be)      I grew up with a large garden, morning cereal often had fresh berries from …

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Where Do I Begin? {if I love decorating, diy, cooking and homemaking}

There are so many awesome online courses out there and sometimes it can be hard to know which one to choose! I know that your time and money is so important and that is why I wanted to make finding the RIGHT online course easier for you. The first step we did was create an online digital catalog that would allow you to look at most of our courses all at once and in a beautiful format.     The …

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Top 6 Social Media Tips For Creating Balance {For Home and Business}

(These photos have nothing to do with the post but what fun is a post without photos? I thought you would understand.) When you are a stay at home mom, homeschooler and entrepreneur with a home office… your worlds start to collide. There are days that without everything right here at home I know I wouldn’t be able to do all that we get accomplished. Then there are the days when everything coming at me can be a little too …

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Step by Step Kitchen Cabinet Painting With Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

One of the questions I get asked the most is regarding how I painted our kitchen cabinets and what do I think of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I have waited until now to share my opinion because I thought we needed to really live with the cabinets to see how they wore with daily use and to give me time to give an honest opinion. Before we start let me be honest that if I had contacted many people to …

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Creativity Takes Courage {Cat Bude}

*** For those of you that are new to the blog I want to tell you a little bit about the free series. My creative network offers free videos, new online courses, live “chats” and now interviews with courageous lovelies from around the world. Over the past two years I have had the opportunity to interview some of my favorite creative women and business owners. You can see the talented list of interviewees over on my creative network under Creativity …

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How We Celebrate Valentine’s Day {and a huge giveaway}

  I think when it comes to Valentine’s Day we are pretty chill around here. Maybe it is because I don’t like people telling me what to do and when to do it.  I can be annoying like that.  When it comes to LOVE…I am all over that!     We are quirky, may dance a little too much and often make up songs throughout our day that sometimes resemble rap (and they are not good).  We laugh a lot …

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I Feel The Changes Coming {Do You?}

A new year is upon us! It is always crazy and amazing that we get to be a part of this beautiful life and what we choose to do with our days. I waste many. I makes others full of goodness. I have felt a change coming for awhile now and I love how everything is falling into place for a new year. The year of rest! The building years have been amazing, long, exciting and tiring. It is time …

This Little Light of Mine {I’m Gonna Let It Shine}

I first saw this video at my church on Christmas Eve a few years ago. I thought it was so powerful and beautiful and I am honored that the creator of the video has allowed me to share it here. I hope this is a sweet reminder during December and throughout the whole year… Now go out and let your light shine! Thank you Michael for allowing me to share your beautiful video. This video was created by Michael Sweet …

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2014 Holiday House Walk

{If you like the images on our mantle you can print them out HERE. We are all crazy for them and love how whimsical they are! Alice, I think you are the bees knees.} I am so glad you have stopped by and I can’t wait to welcome you into our home. I have loved home, making home and loving on the people I love for as long as I can remember. The older I get the more I know…truly …

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Creatively Christmas {a book, some crafting, our home and a giveaway}

Last January Jennifer Rizzo came and captured our home still decorated for the holidays. After months of Jen writing, photographing and creating for her book I believe we were one of the last homes that she needed to photograph. It was a fun time of working and playing during her visit and a sweet honor to be included in her first book! I was able to see a draft of the book before it went to print and as I …

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Want To Get Your Heart Into The Holidays? {This year make it simple and meaningful}

One of my most popular online course is Creatively Made Home {home for the holidays}. This three week course is all about the heart of home and how to make the holidays all about the people you love. I wanted to offer this beautiful and rich course at a discount for the next 72 hours. For the next 72 hours you can get this course for $29!  This is 50% off! *There will be 65 videos.  30 project videos and …

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Holiday Tablescape Ideas

One of my very favorite things in the whole world is having people in our home and feeding them well. One of the ways I try to make the meal special is the simple details I put into the tablescape. I rarely need to buy much and try to use what I have but make it special just the same. I love to mix and match my dishes and to also pull elements in from the outside. Here are some …

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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 …

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 …