Coffee Chat (video edition!)

How about a little something different for this version of coffee chat …

Mentioned in the video:

smorescakeMy mom/grandma’s butter crunch cake recipe:

butter crunch cake recipe / jones design company

Note: it is a small rectangular layered cake and will not look like the top photo. But it will taste 100x more delicious. 

The Kevin who is mentioned at the bottom is my uncle who had ALS and this was a cookbook friends and family made as a fund raiser. Just FYI.

Hope you enjoyed the chat! xo.

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mini valentine

no-fuss mini classroom valentines

Valentine’s Day is coming! Which basically means the kiddos have parties in their classrooms and get to eat massive amounts of candy hearts and pass out valentines to their classmates. Ryan and I don’t really do Valentine’s Day – our dating anniversary is on the 15th and that has always been a special one to […]

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How to hang a large photo print without a frame (it's super easy) / jones design company

The easiest way to hang a big photo (as seen in Audrey’s room)

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sweet diy headbands

Every day of Audrey’s baby life, I adorned her sweet head with a handmade headband (see photos here and here).  My baby girl turns six (SIX!!) next month and while she will still wear a headband from time to time, she’s mostly a ponytail or leave it down kind of girl. So when my sister and […]

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learning how to be kind to myself

Be Kind.  The quality I admire most in others, the one character trait I wish for our children and the word I’d love for our family to be defined by is kindness. My friend just told me this weekend that in a study of what makes marriages last, the biggest factor was kindness. Honesty, communication, love – these […]

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How To Clean A Gas Range Top

There are two types of people: Those who like their space CLEAN and Those who like their space ORGANIZED I happen to fall in the second group. This doesn’t mean I don’t adore a clean house, but if given a few minutes around the house I’ll choose organizing, picking up, putting things in their place every time. […]

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7 Blogs I’m Lovin’

Before I started blogging, I was a blog reader. Now, this was back in the days of google reader (I loved it), pre-Instagram and Pinterest, and during a season of my life when I was home with three little ones (and one more soon-to-be on the way).  My discovery of blogs was admittedly late, but I […]

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Turkish Towel Fail

At the top of my Christmas wish list was a stack of new towels. Not just any towels. Turkish towels. Ryan thought I was crazy. What’s wrong with our regular white terry cloth towels?  I didn’t have a great answer other than these three mildly unconvincing responses: I have heard great things about the size, […]

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Paper Works monthly subscription

How To Add Style To Your Everyday

With great excitement and after a loooong time coming, I’m so pleased to share with you the brand new Paper Works website. Paper Works – a subscription filled with stylish monthly paper goods – started in 2012 (first it was called JDC monthly, then we switched to the way cuter name of Paper Works).  Thousands  of households […]

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Video House Tour / jones design company

If you were to just drop by (a video house tour)

I was thinking the other day … sometimes it’s tricky to understand how rooms flow together when just looking at pictures.  You’ve seen our house from every perspective I can think to show, but still it’s probably different in real life than it appears in images. So today, I’m giving you a quick tour of our house […]

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zevy joy

Cozy Up with a Pom Pom Blanket

Do you follow Annie @zevyjoy on instagram? If not, you might want to. Her photos are bright, soft, cozy and full of glorious neutral texture. About once per week, she tags me as the source when questioned about where she found the pom pom blanket that pops up in many of her photos (a very sweet and […]

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What To Wear to Barre Class / jones design company

What to Wear to Work Out

Ryan and I went to the gym on Monday morning. It was packed. All us New-Year-Resolution-types who are determined that this is the year to get in shape! found ourselves working up a sweat next to one another. Our family joined the local YMCA last fall and I’ve been loving, loving, loving the barre classes. I skipped […]

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The Best of JDC in 2015

With the start of a new year, it gives us a chance to look back at the previous 365 days. I love going through old posts and remembering what happened throughout the year.  So here are the highlights and favorite posts from 2015: JANUARY The year started off with an introduction of sorts. I forget […]

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classes closing and new classes to come

A few updates for all you student-y types who love learning new creative skills from the comfort of your jammies (aka. online, at your own leisure). CLASSES CLOSING Registration for the Simplified Graphic Design classes (Introduction to Illustrator and Projects + Techniques) closes on Thursday, December 31st. If you think creating your own graphics, artwork, […]

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