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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 …

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Teen Girl Bedroom Makeover

It has been awhile since we had updated our Maddy’s room and wouldn’t you know it that in the meantime she has become a young lady! Her last room update was vintage linens, sweet colors and her favorite color at the time…turquoise. As we were pulling together ideas, colors and patterns of what direction to go we were looking to Maddy and what is authentic to her the whole time. What fun is an awesome room if the person that …

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When Country Living Asks How We Keep Our Home Clean…

We were recently asked by County Living Magazine to share some of our tips for keeping our home clean.  I wanted to make sure I was extremely honest about what works and doesn’t work in our home. You can read what everyone said HERE but I also wanted to share all of the tips I had sent to them… We are a family of five and some days I feel like we can barely stay above the mess.  Kelly and …

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Summer Tour of Homes 2015

I am not a design or DIY blog so I am always humbled and honored when bloggers that I adore and admire ask me to be a part of their home tours. This means so much to me because family, faith and friends mean everything to me and HOME is so much at the center of it all. Our home is truly an eclectic mix of what we really love and use…and I hope it shows. To begin this tour …

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An Action Packed Monday!

What a Monday we are having! I am not even on my first cup of coffee and look what is already going on… 1. Week four of Studying Under The Masters III just launched and it is FULL of videos by artist Kelly Berkey! This course has lifetime access and it is so full of content that you will be studying, learning, re-watching and growing as an artist for a long time. 2. My week with Life Book 2015 launched …

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Things I am Loving Right Now

This time of year is so fun with the changing of the seasons, the extra rain we get in Colorado, finishing up school and the excitement of pool days and vacations around the corner. I have mentioned many times how much I love music playing throughout the day, candles lit, books everywhere and the little things that make our home pretty and cozy. I always like sharing some of these little things that make the day to day beautiful and …

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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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Just Dreaming About It Won’t Get You There

In the new year there can be long lists of dreams for the year and maybe even a yearly bucket list.  What I have found to be true is that me just dreaming about something has never led to the actual doing and experiencing.  If I want to learn something, go somewhere, spend time with someone… I have to make a PLAN OF ACTION. There have been more times than I can count that I had no idea how I …