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Apple Picking + Apple Crisp

We looked at our property and purchased it in the middle of winter and it was completely covered in snow. Over the past seven months of living here we have watched the land change through the seasons and we have had sweet surprises along the way. One of our best surprises so far are some apples trees on the land! Come and check out our first harvest! We have been sharing with the neighbors, the horses and enjoying them ourselves …

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Our Family Room | The Jack of All Trades Room

Our home is very open and has a modern floor plan but our family room is tucked away perfectly just for us. From our kitchen you go up a few steps and you are in this cozy room that has become our movie, game, school and friend hangout space. This room was the first room I put together in this home because with all of the hard work of moving we just needed a space to sit and relax and …

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Finding Fall Home Tour 2016

This is our first fall on our new land and in our home and we are loving all of the surprises. Want to know the surprise we are loving the most right now? We have a huge apple tree! We had no idea because we bought our land and home in the middle of winter. I have always wanted an apple tree and this home has THREE! We have already made apple crisp and we are making another one today. …

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Fall Kitchen and Recipe Tour 2016 | Mini Home Video Too

Welcome to our first home tour in our new home! Thank you for joining me for the Farmhouse Holiday Series. Come back each week over the next few months and get peeks into our home dressed up for Fall and Christmas.  Our hope is that this series will be glimpses into our homes during the holidays, and that we will be sharing inspiration for simple cozy spaces. We went on a crazy home journey within the past year and you …

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Feel Home: Creating a Timeless Feeling Home

I know that one of your favorite courses that we offer on our creative network is anything with home! Being creative and creating a comfortable and beautiful space is at the heart of many of us (and even more desire to know how). But where do we begin? How do we make decisions that truly reflect our heart, style, lifestyle and budget? How do design spaces today that we will be happy with tomorrow? I am honored to share that …

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The Big Picture Free Video | Honoring your gifts, finding balance and living a creative life that you love

Being a wife, mom, friend, business owner, household manager, school juggler and creative are some of the hats I wear. I know you are the same and probably more. I also know that if I am not intentional with my marriage, children, schooling, business, creative time etc. than I miss out on opportunities of being present in each of these areas. I am not saying it is easy but it is very much worth it. Being intentional and seeing the …

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Summer Beauty Favorites

The weather is finally starting to get warmer here in Colorado and the kids have been begging to go to the pool! After the long hibernation of winter and the slow unveiling of white legs and such I thought it would be fun to share some of my day to day beauty favorites. I would love to hear your favorites too! -sources- I only use natural deodorants. This can be tricky because some work incredible and others…not so much. Don’t …

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Our New Home In Pictures

It has been 2 1/2 months since we have been in our new home and land.  In some ways it feels like we have been here forever and then we are reminded we don’t even know this land or home yet.  Before we moved in we had the whole interior painted white and all of the window frames painted black (except for the children’s bedroom window frames were painted white).  We have never done this before and it was the …

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It’s The Weekend! | Strawberry Basil Whiskey Smash

 It’s finally the weekend and instead of getting outside and enjoying the balmy spring Colorado weather, we’re bracing ourselves for the year’s biggest snow storm. But that doesn’t mean we can’t bring spring inside with a perfectly sweet & super yummy cocktail! Whether you’re sunbathing outside or hiding from the snow inside, enjoy a fresh taste of spring! Jen Thank you for joining us for the new series It’s The Weekend! This series will be hosted by Jeanne Oliver and …

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Winners Have Been Announced For Our First Live Workshop {Yes, I said Winners}

We recently asked you to enter {or enter for someone else} for one free spot to our SOLD OUT first live workshop in our new studio. We received hundreds and hundreds of entries! We are a few days late of announcing the winner but it was a bigger undertaking than we planned. So sorry for the delay. We read each entry and with laughter, tears and sometimes a heavy heart we have chosen not one but THREE winners! We couldn’t …

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Big Prayers, Too Many Stipulations and Open Doors Anyway

  At the beginning of the 2015 school year I asked the kids and Kelly to join me in asking the Lord to allow this to be the year when he did BIG things in our family, in the lives of those we love, those we struggle with, our business and our faith. Such big things that when they happened that it would be clear that only HE would get the glory . I think it was one of those …

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Part Three: Finding Our Way Home

  This is part three of a twenty part story but I promise to only make it three parts. I am kind like that. If you would like to read PART ONE and PART TWO. Part Three: Finding Our Way Home There was a calm that had come over my heart in the midst of the waiting.  It wasn’t there all of the time mind you…this calm I mention.  The other residents of my heart worry and anxiousness would appear …

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Our First Workshop in Our New Studio {registration is now open}

It is with a grateful heart, a little bit of butterflies and a whole lot of excitement that we are announcing that registration is now open for our first workshop in our new studio! Join me in beautiful Castle Rock, Colorado on June 24-25, 2016 for a two day art mixed media and art journaling workshop. Our new studio is light filled and surrounded by wooded property that lends itself to exploring, creating and relaxing. You will have opportunities during …

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Part Two: 39 Acres and a Whole Lot of Uncomfortable

  This is part two of a twenty part story but I promise to only make it three parts. I am kind like that. If you would like to read Part One you can read it HERE.   (the photos are from house two and the house I am writing about in this post) Part Two: 39 Acres and a Whole Lot of Uncomfortable When we didn’t get the first house I knew with everything in me that it wasn’t …

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My Handpicked Favorites From My Curated Joss and Main Sale! {last days to enter the giveaway too}

I hope you all had such an amazing Christmas! We have spent days doing pretty much nothing but eating too much, playing games, hanging out with family and watch a ton of movies. It has been wonderful and exactly what we needed. Thank you for your response to my curated sale over at Joss and Main. The whole sale is inspired by our home and style and we are so giddy about it! For the next two days you can …

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Come and Check Out My Curated Sale With Joss and Main! {come and also enter our giveaway}

**THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED** The winners of 2 complete online class packages worth over $1500 each are: Michelle Wooderson commented: December 23, 2015 at 2:55 am (Edit) Everything is so you Jeanne. I love the black bar cart as we’re getting ready to redo a few things in our living room to make it easy for entertaining and more cozy.   Angi eharis commented: December 23, 2015 at 9:23 pm (Edit) Loooove everything about your home and your style, always …

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Last Minute Gift Ideas for Teen Boys and Men {that don’t feel last minute}

If you still have special people on your list and you haven’t been able to find that perfect gift for them I hope this list will help. I LOVE gift idea lists and I am hoping you do too! I wanted to start with the teen boys and men because they are harder for me to shop for (and maybe you feel the same).   1. Clarisonic for men.  Boys like to take care of their skin too and will …

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Holiday Housewalk 2015

How do you say goodbye to a home and bring in the holidays for the last time at an address? The past few weeks have brought such a storm of mixed emotions and now the reality that we are moving from the only home our children have known. We love it pretty simple around here for the holidays and this year will be the biggest exhale of all. The sweetest way to honor a home that we have loved so …

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Bhome {I am joining the party}

Months ago I was contacted to be a part of the launch of a brand new app called Bhome. As much as I have social media in my life for my business I have to be honest that I get overwhelmed by too many things coming at me and the idea of learning one more new thing just usually keeps me from jumping into things way behind other people.  The more I was learning about Bhome and the more my …

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My Cozy Fall Favorites 2015

Cozy, eclectic, artsy, warm and comfortable are words I would use to describe how I hope our home feels to my family and friends. Cozy is the best word and it instant makes me think of comfy pajamas, my hands wrapped around a huge mug of something hot, a good book, the fireplace going, my favorite record playing, curled up on the couch with a fluffy blanket and sweet faces surrounding me. As soon as the temperatures dip below 80 …

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Finding Fall Home Tour With Better Homes And Gardens

I hate running from one place to another and nothing makes me happier than a slow day at home so I can’t tell you how happy I am that I am your last stop on the Finding Fall Home Tour. I get to spend more time with you and we all can take a big exhale, I can get you a coffee and we don’t have any place to run off to. If you are coming from Miss Mustard Seed …

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Art of Home Launch and a Celebration Giveaway!

I MAY be a few days late for this! It was my intention to open the giveaway the day Art of Home | Modern Simple Living began and then we have been so crazy busy with the new courses that I didn’t make it over here! THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED Better late than never and this is such a good giveaway! I asked each of the teachers of Art of Home to share some of their favorite things that …

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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 …