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What I Have Learned Homeschooling | This Stuff Is For All Of Us

This year marks our 13th year of officially homeschooling and as I reflect back over this journey I am in awe and humbled by what has been invested, how our family has been impacted and how I have changed as a mom and wife. A few weeks ago I was talking with Kelly about all of the things I have learned about our home, family, children and myself over these years homeschooling. The biggest being myself.  Whether your kids are …

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Walking Decisions Out and Overcoming Fear | Part Two

You can read part one HERE. We had decided by that first night to take the gift of our new home, land, and studio and see if we could make a go at it without a net. We made this decision in early May and there was no net as of August 1, 2017. As the days of no net quickly approached I could feel the stress, anxiety, and pressure slowly creeping towards me. It wasn’t full and overpowering but …

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May We Unravel and Grow Together | Happy New Year

  I have felt more quiet and reflective lately and at first, it was because I didn’t think I had anything to say. Quiet in words, actions, and even creativity. We have just come through one of the largest business projects to date, finishing my first book and transitioning our home and business to have Kelly working full-time with me. We have also had a very strange year of things outside of our family and it has left us tired …

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What I Have Learned Through Homeschooling | This Stuff Is For All Of Us

This year marks our 12th year of officially homeschooling and as I reflect back over this journey I am in awe and humbled by what has been invested, how our family has been impacted and how I have changed as a mom and wife. A few weeks ago I was talking with Kelly about all of the things I have learned about our home, family, children and myself over these years homeschooling. The biggest being myself.  Whether your kids are …

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Building a Creatively Made Business | Your Business And The New Year

Re-post from January 2017. The New Year is not the only time you need to stop and re-evaluate your business and where it is going. Take time each month to adjust the things that are and are not working. Getting your business and your own creativity back on track should be a regular part of your business health. A brand new year is a perfect time to re-evaluate your business goals and to take the time to see what changes …

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Q & A All About Business, Home and Family | We Want To Hear Your Questions!

We get so many emails each day asking about our home/land/studio/business/family and we haven’t done a blog Q&A for a long time and thought NOW is the perfect time! What questions do you have? It can be about anything (almost anything:-))! You can ask it in the comments of this post or email us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com. Next week I will do a video answer all of the questions! I can’t wait to hear from you!

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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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Finding Myself Missing Writing

[Within the past two weeks we have packed up a home, moved outside of town onto acreage, unpacked, started to make a house a home, went to the Daddy Daughter Ball and drank a lot of coffee] It seems that with the busyness of life, family and business that I don’t choose to write out my thoughts here as often. My free time now may be a late night walk, cuddling up on the couch, sitting with a teen at …

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Creativity Takes Courage {Danielle Burkleo}

*** 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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Creativity Takes Courage {Kimberly Taylor and The Grow Hope Foundation}

Our newest Creativity Takes Courage interview starts right now! *** 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 …

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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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This Girl Has Joy!

This girl is my skipping, twirling, back flip, humming, singing, smiling kid. She is the kind of kid that can get in trouble and within 5 minutes she will be in your lap kissing and hugging on you. She hugs, kisses, loves and compliments so much each day. {Except when it comes to her younger brother. THAT is a whole different post} She is my only girl and she is this incredible blend of girly girl and athlete. She likes …

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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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For Such A Time As This

My friend Lorraine Lewis is very sick. I have not known what to do or even what to say. With her permission I am writing to all of you today. From the moment I heard that she had stage 4 cancer she consumes my thoughts throughout the day. I have known Lorraine for at least 6 years. I remember so many years ago I bought a piece of her mixed media art and I secretly told her that I did …

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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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A Brand New E-Course {and a giveaway too}

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED Last fall I launched Creatively Made Home {creating a home that reflects your heart in everyday living}.   I wanted to create a course that celebrated what really matters in your home…..you, family and friends.   I also wanted to celebrate making life beautiful in the everyday.   My heart was to create a course that encouraged women to open the doors of their home because of what was inside of them…not just what was …

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A Sign, A Discount and Some Silly Faces

Ever since Creatively Made Home I get emails asking where I got my Love Sign. (I had ordered the sign after I had seen the signs in my friend Edie and Paige’s homes) This is one of the first things that you see when you come into our home (unless it is my messy studio). I love that the first words you see when you enter our home is about how love should be. I am not saying we always …

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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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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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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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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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End of Week Ramblings

I wanted to give you all a few quick updates about where you can find us lately. We are so excited that you can now get iphone skins, covers, wrapped canvases of my art etc. at Society 6! I hope you pop on over and see the really fun and beautiful new items we get to offer you. We are also featured this month in the Fall 2012 issue of Folk Magazine! Two articles in fact! They did such a …

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Our Love Story {Part Two}

{while we were dating in 1998} My last post shared about My Love Story {Part One}. This post was originally posted on February 14, 2011 It tells of love almost at first site, a quick engagement and a marriage 8 months after we met. It talked about complete peace on our wedding day. I knew then that he was the one for me and I didn’t doubt that…but there is a part two that also needs to be told….and part …

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Play House With Me {and we have a giveaway}

Today is the official launch of Creatively Made Home! So many awesome, fun, beautiful projects and videos are underway and I thought it was about time that we celebrated all of the goodness coming out of our next e-course! I am hooked on e-courses because… *The connection I get to have with all of you *The ease of the videos and the convenience of watching them whenever and wherever you want *The live chats *Watching creative women connect with other …