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5 Things to Love

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

things to love round up jan 22

Last week, I shared that one of my goals for this year is to put more love into the world— love for people, places, things, words, etc. Today, I’m sharing five things I love right now. They celebrate loving where you live, a great story, a challenge, happy mail, and your skin.

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Happy Handmade Craft eBook – 115 Pages of Ideas!

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

cardboard doll house craft from happy handmade ebook

Eeee! Friends, I have some exciting news. Today is the world-wide launch of Happy Handmade, a super fun eBook filled with 115 pages featuring colorful crafts that will spark your child’s imagination.

I am thrilled to be a contributor to this collaborative book written by 18 international crafting moms and edited by the incredible Michelle McInerney of Molly Moo. Here’s a peek at what’s inside… (more…)

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Things To Love

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

things to love round up jan 14

One of my goals for this year is to put more love into the world. Love for people, places, things, words, etc. Today, I’m sharing five things I love right now. They’re also five things that are helping me survive this winter by making me smile.

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What are you loving right now?

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We Are One

Friday, January 9th, 2015

we are one

Sometimes things don’t make sense. It’s hard to watch the violence out there in the world. I don’t think any of us really understand it. Or maybe some do, and that’s why the cycle continues. As a parent, I find on certain days, it’s especially challenging to think about the world my children will inherit. I’ve read articles and statistics that say it’s better now than in history past. And I try to believe them. I do.

Today, our thoughts and hearts are with the victims of violence in our neighborhoods and across the world, especially France.

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Big Love

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

big love illustration by jennifer cooper/classic play

I recently ran across an article about self-compassion. While the article is a few years old, I thought it was still timely, especially at the beginning of a new year…

“research suggests that giving ourselves a break and accepting our imperfections may be the first step toward better health. People who score high on tests of self-compassion have less depression and anxiety, and tend to be happier and more optimistic”

And this nugget which bonked me right on the head…

“I found in my research that the biggest reason people aren’t more self-compassionate is that they are afraid they’ll become self-indulgent,” said Dr. [Kristin] Neff, an associate professor of human development at the University of Texas at Austin. “They believe self-criticism is what keeps them in line. Most people have gotten it wrong because our culture says being hard on yourself is the way to be.”

So hey you, feel good about yourself! You are amazing.

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A Look Back – Highlights from Instagram

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

highlights from instagram 2014

People use Instagram in a variety of ways; some are extremely creative, others use it to build community, a few use it to entertain, and then there are those who use it as a visual catalog of the year. I think I typically fall into that last category. I’m a horder by nature, and my favorite thing to horde, excuse me, collect, are experiences. 2014 was a year of experiences, here are some of the highlights.

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Peace Out

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

stollen bread for christmas

Christmas is almost here and my kids are about to go on a long winter break, which means, I need to check out. There are presents to wrap, specials to watch, bread to deliver to neighbors, and nog to drink.

Like many people this season, I’ve been reflecting on the year. The highlight reel is beautiful—a trip abroad, a new creative venture, a paying gig, an unforgettable road trip, and so much more. The other stuff, the stuff I wish I could leave on the cutting room floor was not so pretty. It was hard, and ugly, and messy. As they say, such is life.

As we head into 2015, I’m making some decisions about where to go from here professionally. There will be major changes, of this I’m certain.

Before I head off though, an enthusiastic word of thanks. Thank you for your generous support, enthusiasm and encouragement all year!

May 2015 be your best year ever!

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Happy Friday!

Friday, December 5th, 2014

filming a commercial

We’re kicking off our weekend with Dave officially becoming a member of the 40 club. Friends already there have called it “the power decade,” “second half living,” and “the grouchy years.” haha! It seems the reviews of 40 are mixed.

Tomorrow night, we’re celebrating with an opening of Dave’s first photography show. I’m so excited! Also a little stressed. I still have a bunch to do. While I tie up some loose ends, here are some things this week that caught my eye…

-Would you?

-the cutest little gift guide

-free domestic shipping through Dec 8th at Forage!

-I could use this

-Handmade Winter ebook

-this recipe for peppermint ice cream looks yummy

-adorable reindeer craft

Have a wonderful weekend!!

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