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The Beauty Files {Daily Makeup}

I meant to get this post up sooner and I’m sorry that it took me a few extra days. Today I wanted to follow-up with Daily Makeup after I shared my morning skincare routine. I don’t really wear a lot of makeup and anytime we are home I don’t wear any. If I have to quickly run out of the house I will touch up with my blemish stick and mascara and call it good. I don’t know if everyone …

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The Beauty Files {Morning Skincare Routine}

I love learning about new products from other friends. Nothing is better than hearing what people REALLY use and like. Each year I do a beauty post with my favorite skincare and makeup products. You can see my last makeup post HERE and HERE. This will be a three part series where I will share my morning routine, makeup and nightly routine. I would love your feedback and for you to share your favorite products too. I know there are …

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I Don’t Only See Myself

Five years ago Cathy Walters took my business head shots. Five years. You know when you keep meaning to do certain things and the time just slips away!? I thought my business deserved more than selfies taken in the car. True. Cathy was over in December and was kind enough to capture some new shots. When I first saw the photos I instantly saw my mom, my sister, Aunt Jeannette, Aunt Beverly and Aunt Malinda. I saw them in my chin, …

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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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Can You Even Imagine How Boring It Would Be?

A few weeks ago my friend Jennifer Rizzo came to Colorado to photograph our home for her new Christmas DIY and Decor book coming later this year. After all the work was done it was fun to shop, talk and have some down time. One morning at coffee I had been telling her about the movie The End of The Spear. Later that night we watched the movie and no matter how many times I have watched it…it moves me …

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Can You Feel It?

Can you feel it? A brand new year is knocking at the door. Are you nervous, scared, indifferent? I don’t know what kind of year 2013 was for you. For most of us it was filled with a mixture of love, pain, forgiveness, hurt, joy, laughter, tears, second chances…it was life. So many times we can think that a new year is a blank slate and a second chance. You know what? EACH DAY is that. You don’t have to …

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Are you tired of being sick and tired? {I was}

{Read to the bottom to see how you can get your own 1 hour of health coaching} If you have followed my blog for any amount of time you probably know about how sick I used to be. I have written about it HERE. After 8 + years of being sick, hospital visits, blood work, CAT scans, MRIs  and even ambulance rides …my life started to change. Change in the most amazing ways! Here is a little bit of my …

What I Have Been Watching {There is inspiration Everywhere}

   Before I share the videos I am loving this week I wanted to thank you for all of your sweet comments about our home in the 2013 Holiday Housewalk! That so many of you said over and over that you see love in our home brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for taking the time to look and to comment. Today is day three of the tour and there are SO many incredible homes in this tour. There …

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Do You Want More?

Until recently our Benjamin preferred to sit with Kelly and me in the sanctuary each Sunday. If the pastor asked if anyone wanted to accept Christ…Ben would raise his hand. If the pastor asked if anyone wanted healing for back pain..Ben would raised his hand. If the pastor asked if anyone wanted healing for a heart condition…Ben would raise his hand. Pretty much Ben would raise his hand for any and all healing, salvation, requests for prayer. I found myself …

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Good Morning World!

It was a short night for the adults here at casa Oliver. We were getting all of the videos up for week two of Home for the Holidays. I wanted to give you a little peek into week two because it is soooooo good! These women are amazing! {You can still join us} Week two is all about gift giving {and the heart behind giving}. I have so many things I want to write about but I am not having …

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Weekend Inspiration

Happy weekend! We are busy getting week two ready for Home for the Holidays. I wanted to share some of the beautiful things that made me smile this week. Enjoy! Early this week my new Avett Brothers CD arrived and how can that not make a girl smile?  *** Just another reminder that I need to learn to play the guitar.   {Source} *** This soup has to be made this weekend! {Source} *** I had a three hour coffee …

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In The Jewelry Box {My Current Favorites}

I am a creature of habit. I like coffee first thing in the morning. I can’t work on the computer without my hair being pulled back. I like to watch movies with the lights off. I have five books at once on my nightstand so I can read according to my mood. Whether I am high maintenance (hmmm), picky or just a creature of habit…I can also find myself in slumps when it comes to fashion, hair, makeup, jewelry etc. …

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I am tired of being quiet {and I have a lot to say}

We have been on vacation for two weeks now and between all of our history absorbing, coffee drinking, marathon walking, children fighting or hotel hopping…I have had time to think. I have written many times that I am a doer and this often leads to me not hearing. A child can stand at my side and tap my shoulder until I hear but often the Lord’s voice is quiet and still. When I take walks or make art…I hear the …

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What I Wish For You Today {Heck, what I wish for all of us}

On my run today I was listening to different music, thinking about friends, thinking about all of you guys and I wanted to share these songs with you. Within each of these songs I hope you find glimpses of yourself. I hope you hold on to a few words that will encourage and inspire you. I hope you will know…really know…that you were made for a purpose. I hope you will know that your time is now. **********   Come …

Flashback Friday {My Favorite Makeup}

Last days to get the brand new Creatively Made Home {home for the holidays} at the early registration price of $48! Registration is open. On August 26th the price will go to $58. ********** {originally posted on May 9, 2012} Hello everyone! I am back from teaching in California and my leg is healing beautifully! It is still bandaged but almost all of the infection is gone. Seriously….everyone that has ever known ANYONE with an infection has shared some horror …

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There Is Room For All of US {Melissa Loves}

I am a big believer that there is room for everyone when it comes to your gifts and what you have to offer this world. Your gifts are beautiful and big…and so is this world. Awhile ago I wrote THIS post about making room for creative people around you. I hope you will join me with this new series about moving over and making room for others. For this first post I wanted to show off the beautiful gifts of …

Flashback Friday {I Will Show You Mine If You Will Show Me Yours}

{Originally posted on May 16, 2012} This week I thought it would be fun to show you what I carry in my purse. This is really it except there was some loose garbage that I had to shake out:-) 1. The Anne Ruffle Messenger Bag 2. My favorite sunglasses from Banana Republic 3. Keys (with the oldest leather key chain but my father in law gave it to me years ago) 4. I always have to include some food incase …

Honestly {I Wanna See You Be Brave}

I am loving this song (and the whole album) by Sara Bareilles. “Brave” You can be amazing You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug You can be the outcast Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love Or you can start speaking up Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do When they settle ‘neath your skin Kept on the inside and no sunlight Sometimes a shadow wins But I wonder what would happen …

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Random Ramblings

Good Morning! It is a cool and rainy morning here in Colorado. It is only just beginning to feel like summer and we don’t get very much rain so we are appreciating the extra moisture. **** We just finished our school year and we are ALL thankful to be done. I always look forward to the three month break so I can get renewed and gear up for another school year. Right now I don’t want to see one math …

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Let’s Step Back in Time {Saturday Mornings and other Ramblings}

Last Saturday as my husband and I were drinking our morning coffee we started talking about what Saturday mornings were like growing up. It was funny to  reminisce on those weekly routines. Saturdays to me was waking up early, heading downstairs and watching cartoons. If I woke up really early my only option was Davy and Goliath. Goliath may be the Caillou of the 1970s. I can do the impression if you want:-) Next up on the schedule would be …

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The Hair Vote of 2012 {Dun Dun Dun}

I get more comments about my hair than almost anything else. It is actually quite amusing. I was starting to get worried that when I cut it I was going to get a comment like Amy in Little Women, “Jo, how could you, your one beauty!” Thank goodness I didn’t get anything like that…yet. So, a few weeks ago I put up a silly collage on my business page asking people to vote for the hair cut I should get. …

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Preparing Our Hearts {It ain’t always so simple}

I can’t believe that tomorrow is December 1! How can it be so close to Christmas and a brand new year? I have thought a lot about our month of December and what I really desire for our family. Part of the plan has been built upon two of my three that fight and pick at each other all. day. long (at least it feels like it). I know that siblings do this. I did it and I was really …

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To What Extent Would You Go To Rescue Your Own Children?

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. — Martin Luther King, Jr. There’s an estimated 7,000 children who work in the Ghana fishing industry. Some of these children are as young as 5 and 6 years old. All of these children are slaves. –Mercy Project Today many in our country will take a day off from our jobs to celebrate the social …

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It Pays To Give {thank you}

{How cute are they? Pure yumminess} Whether you gave to Barb’s wall or helped spread the word…thank you. She still needs your help so I hope there is something (no matter how small) that you can give. Everyone that spread the news about helping build the wall in Uganda or gave anything towards the effort was entered into a giveaway here on my blog. I know that so many of you gave and never entered the giveaway so thank you …

You Ask {I Spill}

First off I want to thank you for your overwhelming response to our new collection. When you put so much of yourself into something and then it is loved by others……that is one of the most rewarding feelings in the world. Thank you! There is still time to enter our $500 giveaway package. Go HERE to find out all the details! ************ Follow this link to my last You Ask {I spill}. Now onto your questions. Bess asked… That little …