the care and keeping of you (and me)

I got my haircut last night.

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My previous haircut was seven months ago. They suggest getting your hair trimmed every 6-8 weeks. You could say I was a bit behind.

Last week I had a colonoscopy.

It was so pleasant.

That is a total lie. None of it was pleasant. Except maybe the glorious sleeping gas they give you that knocks you right out and makes you dream happy dreams (it also makes you a little crazy and you might say random things to the nurses when you wake up and find hospital bed selfies you don’t remember taking when you look through your phone a few hours later. I’m slightly embarrassed about my post-anesthesia behavior.)

For months I knew I needed to get to the doctor. And that I needed a hair cut. And a dentist appointment and better face wash and moisturizer that doesn’t sting and all those little maintenance things you forget about doing for yourself when you are a woman.

This idea of self-care has come up in conversation a lot lately.

My girlfriends and I pushed each other to finally schedule doctor appointments after admitting how long it had been since we were last seen (me: almost 5 years. Not proud about that one). A lady yesterday told me she consciously chooses to buy her son new clothes before she gets something for herself, even though she could really use a few new items. An instagram friend shared that she finally pampered herself with a manicure – and decided not to feel guilty that it took time away from her to-do list.

Sometimes we forget about taking care of ourselves because we’re too busy taking care of others.

Sometimes we don’t have it in the budget.

Sometimes we don’t have the time. Or make the time.

Sometimes we’re waiting for the symptoms to just go away, or the weight to come off or our situation to change.

But ladies, we really need to care for ourselves anyway.

Getting your toes painted makes you feel pretty. Going for a run makes you feel rejuvenated and healthy.  Following through with a medical procedure makes you face the truth and move forward.  It doesn’t matter what your thing is – a haircut, new pair of jeans, updated lipstick color, an eye exam, a workout dvd, mammogram, crest whitestrips, a correct-sized bra – whatever it is, take a first step towards caring for yourself.

Do it for your kids (they need to see you take time for yourself!), your husband (he likes when you feel pretty!), your friends (let’s encourage one another!) – but mostly, do it for YOU.

So that’s my pep talk for the day.

I’d love to hear your thoughts … do you struggle in this area? Do you think it’s important to take time for yourself? What stops you? What one thing do you need to do to take better care of yourself? Let’s chat …

(and also, will you please remind me to go get my haircut in about 6-8 weeks?!)

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10 ways to celebrate the BIG game this weekend

My Seattle Seahawks are playing in the Superbowl this weekend. Two years in a row! It’s so unbelievable and well-deserved and this city has never been so electric and excited for our team.

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I’ve been a Seahawk fan for all of my life and can’t wait for Sunday’s game. Call me crazy, but I can’t stop listening to sports radio listening to the commentary and interviews and lead-up to the game of the season. Just. So. Excited.

If you’re still putting together your weekend celebration (or need a few ideas for what to bring to a party), here are 10 great ways to enjoy the big game.

1. Show your team spirit with a diy applique shirt (see full tutorial here)

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2. Make these delicious chocolate covered s’mores and add sprinkles in team colors (find the recipe here)

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Seriously. Make these.

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3. entertain your guests with a Seahawks word search

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4. Decorate with a simple football paper chain

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5. These buffalo blue cheese lil’ smokies won’t last long, but you will be happy you made them.

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6. Print these coasters to protect your coffee table.

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Free football coasters from design sponge – download here

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7. Serve snacks in these printable snack cones (instructions and printable found here)

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8. Bring out these easy football ice cream sandwiches for a crowd (and kid) pleaser

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9. Grab a few rolls of washi tape in team colors to make these flag food picks

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10. Send your guests off with these cute penalty flag party favors

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Fun, right?!

Hopefully these will give you some great ideas for making your game-day extra special.

#gohawks

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for my fellow pact-breakers (or anyone who needs a little help with everyday organization)

So you made a pact with yourself that you’d be more organized in 2015. You’d send hand-written notes. Or you’d stick to a menu or buy only what’s on your shopping list.  You’d remember birthdays or keep everyone’s activities on one central calendar.

All are such good pacts … unfortunately they are just so hard to keep!

Paper Works (our monthly club with stylish designs made to keep your organized) was created with us pact-breakers in mind.  We have great intentions, but unless there’s something right in our faces reminding us of the goals we’ve set, we’re lost.

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Paper Works is filled with helpful prompts, schedules, blank notes, calendars and shopping lists to keep us focused and organized in the day-to-day tasks. But it’s more than just an ordinary organization system … it’s cute.

Because you know what makes me more likely to write a hand-written note or post a chore chart? If it looks cute.

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The designs are new each month and that makes Paper Works fun to receive and equally enjoyable to use.

As a paper works member, you get a new set of original designs each month. Want to see what we have for February?

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Included each month:
month calendar*
weekly calendar*
daily planner
dinner menu*
weekly menu*
grocery & shopping lists*
dailies chart*
chore charts*
original art print
note cards
blank notes page
scripture memory cards
wallpapers for desktop, iphone, ipad
surprise extras

Simply open the pdf files and print on your favorite paper. Items with an * are editable, which means you can type directly on them before printing. This works great for general chores, recurring events on the calendar or regular monthly meals and especially if you don’t love your handwriting.

The scripture cards are useful for memorizing, but also posting around the house for encouragement or sending to friends.

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And each month we put an extra little bonus in with the collection. This month’s bonus are these petite valentine cards (great to send with your kids to school or to tuck into your husband’s coat pocket!).

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Choose the paper works option that works best for you:

paper works digital // you have access to all pdf files and can print as many as you need. Try it for free for 7 days to make sure it works for you!

paper works printed // receive a professionally printed package of your monthly goods. You also have access to all pdf files.

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For all of the details and many more images, click here.

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Here’s to hoping we can keep working towards those great-intentioned pacts!

PS. If you are a paper works member, your goodies are in your account. You can log in here.  Enjoy!

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lovely prints now available (and a discount)

The Month of Love is right around the corner what better way to celebrate than with our lovely prints and a sale!

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Use them to decorate this Valentine season or to give to a special someone as a love-day gift (gently nudge your husbands, ladies!).

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(ampersand)

love-never-fails-styled

(love never fails)

love-one-another-styled

(love one another)

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(i still do)

Valentine’s Day comes and goes and the best part about each of these prints is that they remain relevant long after the conversation hearts are consumed. Prop one on your nightstand, tape a reminder to your bathroom mirror, hang in your children’s rooms or give as a wedding or anniversary gift. Love never goes out of style.

Each of the prints come in three sizes – 11×14, 8×10 and 5×7.

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We also have Lindsay’s fabulous greatest is love prints back in stock (they sell out quickly, so grab one now!)

greatest-is-love (greatest is love in white)

(greatest is love in slate)

as well as the darling twirl print

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To say thank you for your kindness and support and to celebrate this upcoming month of love, please enjoy a discount on all art print purchases between now and tuesday january 27th.

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start-shopping

(and remember: shipping is always free!)

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an entry re-fresh (tell us what you’d pick!)

This is my friend Rae (and her spunky/darling/super fun daughter, Tilly):

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Fun story: Rae married Ryan’s best friend from high school and we met right before their wedding. Two years later, they moved in with us for several months while they looked for a house in our area. They found one and lived there for 6 years.

A few years later, my best friend, K.C., and her family moved in with us for several months while they looked for a house. They bought one in our neighborhood and lived there for 5 years. Then they moved to Texas (sad).

When they moved out, Rae and her family moved in (yay!).

So now my friend Rae lives in my friend K.C.’s house. It’s the best.

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Anyway, Rae and her husband have 5 adorable kids:

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and we love having them just down the street. They only lived a few minutes away before, but now that the kids can walk to each other’s houses, we see each other way more. The best is when we get together for dinner and have 9 kids running crazy around us. It’s pretty entertaining.

Last week, she asked if I could help with some ideas to make her entry more cheerful and welcoming. It’s sort of a funky space – a bit narrow and dark and empty – which looks nothing like the rest of Rae’s bright/colorful/cool house.  Of course I said yes.

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(a bookshelf in her living room)

Here’s the space we’re working with:

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from the top:

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and when you open the front door from the outside and from inside looking to the corner:

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Its a small area with a coat closet and room enough for a few hooks, mirror (always a nice addition to an entry space for light-reflection and last-minute hair/outfit/something-stuck-in-your-teeth checks), bright art and a rolling crate for shoes (a diy project we’ll do). There is a great mudroom area off the garage entry that the family uses for daily use, so this is more for guests. Rae is hoping for a cheery, welcoming feel.

We talked about a few things and decided on painting the inside of the door (black, I think), dropping down a pendant light, adding a colorful runner and some fun art for personality.

I pulled some ideas together and sent her my favorite options:

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Rae made her picks instantly, but we thought it would be fun to see what you think! Here are three photoshopped images of our favorite combinations:

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light / art / hooks / rug

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light / art / hooks / rug

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light (spray painted) / art / hooks / rug

Do you have a favorite? What would you do if this were your entry?

We’ll be back soon with a few diy’s for the space and the final reveal. Until then, be sure to check out Rae’s website and instagram feed (you will probably fall in love with her).

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