The Instagram Effect

October 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Features

the instagram effect

Unless you’re living off the grid, you’re surely familiar with the ‘Instagram effect.’ The thing that happens when we all share small beautiful glimpses of our lives in square format.

There are bunch of different personality types/philosophies/styles that play into the Instagram experience. And there’s no shortage of strong opinions about it either. These are all snippets of conversations I’ve heard: Continue Reading...

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13 Days of Halloween | Spider Web Game

October 22nd, 2014 | Posted in Halloween

Classic Spider web Halloween party game from classic play

Spider Web Party Game
Arachnids, they’re spooky! Some give them the boot. But in this spidery game, webs end in great loot!

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The Tween Years | Quotes About Raising Teenagers

October 22nd, 2014 | Posted in The Tween Years

ee cummings quote about growing up

Parents often dread the tween and teenage years: the angst, the mood swings, the independence, the rebellion. I get that it can be an overwhelming time, but to be honest, it’s been some of my favorite years of parenthood. The conversations and discussions we have, the adventures we take—it’s a pretty fantastic time in their lives. I’ve learned it’s a pretty fantastic time in my life as well. So in celebration of the teenage years, here are some quotes from all over the world about adolescence. Continue Reading...

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Home | DIY Fall Decor

October 21st, 2014 | Posted in home

1- Color Block Bias Blanket from Purl Soho

I was in the mood for making some things – that’s what the fall and the change in weather does to me. And I wondered if you felt the same way, so I did a little digging and came up with four really great DIY ideas that I think we should try. Whaddya say? Continue Reading...

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The Tween Years | Twelfth Birthday Party

October 20th, 2014 | Posted in Parenting, Parties & Celebrations

tween birthday party

Over the years, I’ve thrown a lot of birthday parties—twenty as a matter of fact. TWENTY! We’ve come a long way from the garden party I threw Ellie for her first. I remember cutting out an unreasonable amount of little flower shapes out of card stock. My hand was cramped for days. A picture of our daughter was glued into the middle of each and then affixed to a large cut out garden attached to the wall. Continue Reading...

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Happy Friday Links + a Question!

October 17th, 2014 | Posted in Features


How has your week been? Ours has been full of celebration. The weather this week was mostly dreary, but for one of the first times I can remember, it didn’t bring me down. It was actually a bit refreshing. Maybe it just reminded me of Sleepy Hollow, which, is kind of perfect for this time of the year.

I also spent the week painting Ellie’s bedroom. Everything is changing this season. I’m trying to stay positive and bright about it. The changes are all good, it’s just that I have a tendency to hold onto the past. What can I say? I’m a work in progress, much like the half-painted bedroom.


-If you sew, you’ll want to check this out

-Have your heard Karise Eden’s voice? I. am. obsessed! Her story is incredible too. Such a survivor. She took two years after her debut on The Voice Australia to refocus and define success on her own terms and now she’s back with a new album. Hoping it takes off here in the US too.

-SO excited about this! Mari from Small for Big just launched Smallful, a digital download shop. The quality of the printables is crazy good.

-Best books for every state

-for when you need a ‘silly’ break

-Then and now series looks at the kids in the same place but years apart

-these make me smile

Before I go (I’m taking off to take the birthday girl and her friends shopping), a question:

How good are you at asking for advice? I recently accepted I am totally crappy at it. Not sure if it’s a first born thing, a stubborn thing, or a defense mechanism thing, but I rarely ever ask for advice. And according to some research, it might be holding me back. How about you? Do you struggle with it too? Or are you a pro at it? I’d love to hear!

Have a lovely weekend

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13 Days of Halloween | Pumpkin Night Light

October 16th, 2014 | Posted in Halloween

pumpkin night light

Pumpkin Nightlight
Cinderella had a pumpkin, if the stories are true, that turned into a coach after it grew. While that legend is cool, hold your horses, sit tight. More impressive than that, is a pumpkin night light.

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13 Days of Halloween | Baked Apple Surprise

October 15th, 2014 | Posted in Cooking, Halloween

these baked stuffed apples are delicious

Baked Apple Surprise
Poison? Rotten bits? You’ll find none of that inside. Instead of a trick, it’s a treat! A delicious surprise.

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