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Join The Last Living Studio Art Workshop Abroad | Prague to Budapest

Being a creative person can mean your heart and mind is all over the place with all of the beautiful things you can do, the art you can make and the places you can travel. I started The Living Studio art workshops as a way to join travel and creating in a way that was authentic to me and shared it with others that also wanted to wake up to the beauty all around them. These overseas trips were a …

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If Adventure, Creating and Travel Speak To You {I have something for you}

Sometimes we get to be wild explorers and travel far away, other times we can connect with other creatives not far from home and at other times we have the joy of hunkering down right where we live and creating among our day to day life.  Each one of these are life giving and creative building travels. I love that my travels have allowed me to build beautiful new friendships, sketch among stained glass windows and old wooden pews, sip …

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The First The Living Studio {Lake Como}

I am back from the first The Living Studio and I am feeling tired, blessed and changed. I am also a little sick but that will pass:-) I had dreamed of traveling with other creative people to beautiful and interesting places near and far. My desire was to get out of our comfort zone and create not just in a studio but out where life is really lived I wanted to see people capturing their experiences with their art supplies …

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When You Have a Heart That Has Always Longed To Travel {when Italy knocks on your door}

  I have had an itching to travel for as long as I can remember. I think I begged my parents throughout my whole childhood if we could move. I used to call the airlines and get price quotes on a flight from Chicago to LA on a weekly basis. The best part is that my mom let me do it. I was a dreamer. I read magazines and books about far away places and loved reading about discovered art …

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Paris {Day One}

When you touch down in another country you are most likely dealing with exhaustion, excitement and coffee shakes all at the same time. You may also be walking around in a state of tired delusion. That was us the first day. We flew through the night and landed at 8am Paris time. We dropped our bags off at our sweet hotel on Rue Cler and headed out. Kelly had never been to Paris before so our first stop was the …

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Back from France {Giveaway Winners Announced}

This is my first day back home after being in France for the past two weeks. I feel like I am coming out of a France fog. It is really hard to believe what I just go to experience and that so many people that I love helped make it possible. My mom drove from Illinois to watch our children for the week my husband was with me and my sister helped with the business. I am currently starting to …

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Easy Instagram Tips {filters and so much more}

I love my Canon 5D Mark ii. I really do. I have been cheating on it for awhile now though and I am not ashamed. I use the inferior camera on my iphone everyday and I use Instagram to document our days. It is not just the ease of Instagram that has me hooked but all the awesome apps that you can purchase to instantly change your photos. That whole instant thing is pretty fun and convenient. I thought before …

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Ramblings of a crazy woman!

The photos will be as random as my words. You’ve been warned! First off I want to thank all of you that left comments on the last post about France ideas and all of you that emailed me privately! I loved your suggestions! Have you ever tried to plan a trip to France, order curriculum for your kids, run a business, attempt to get your home from going into utter despair, pay bills, call a friend or two a month………? …

15 days but who is counting? {Weigh in With Your Best Suggestions}

15 days until I leave with Kelly for Paris! This will be my second time in France but my first time in France with my husband. This is my 40th birthday present. This took a lot of hard work and saving to make it happen but now that it is really here I am giddy with excitement. I have barely thought about the trip because of being busy with the home, children, school planning, business….but now my mind is all …

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Reflections of Paris {Final Installment}

This will be the final photos from my trip to Paris in the summer of 2010. You can find the other posts HERE, HERE and HERE. I have loved reminiscing about my time in France. {I would like to point out that it was very windy…I am not really pregnant:-)} My final day is Paris was seeing some of the architecture that would be a sin if you missed. {FYI…it is a little bit perfection to be at the Louvre …