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reader survey 2013 results


Thank you, friends, for taking the 2013 reader survey I had up a few weeks ago. Our goal was to help us get a better idea for who you are, what you love about JDC and how we can make things better around here. Curious about the results? Here you go:

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There were a few questions where you could write in your answers and it was fun to read through your responses.

Many of you like my honesty and realness best which is such a flattering compliment and affirms that I’m doing okay sharing more than just pretty pictures and put-together moments.

Some appreciated the clean design and uncluttered feel of the blog, which again is affirming to my decision to keep my site advertisement-free.

Most of you want to see more tutorials, more of our home, more in-the-process rather than all-finished type posts. And a bit more about our everyday life.

I’m on it.

So I’m kinda curious: are you surprised at any of the stats? Do you have anything to add?

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q & a


I’m trying something new for the next few days :

I’ll call it Q & A.

You can ask me any question in the comments

and I’ll respond back {as best as I can} as a reply to your comment.

It will sort of be like we’re having a real life conversation as friends

only in a weird cyber-ish way.

But still as friends.

Okay : ask away :


Thank you for all of the questions so far. I think I have answered each one, so if you have more to add, scroll to the end of the comments and keep asking!

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getting to know you {7}

getting to know you



My answer: amazing dancer {ballet to be exact, although I wouldn’t complain if I could just do the moonwalk. And if I could dance like the contestants on So You Think You Can Dance – I’d be in heaven.}

Now its your turn : are you a the singing type or the dancing type? And if you are awesome at one or the other, don’t be shy about letting us know! Its fun to appreciate each others talents :

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getting to know you {6}

getting to know you

I can hardly believe that this is our sixth week of doing this : my how time flies.  Do you like the questions? Are you enjoying reading the answers? I totally am. It is fun to get to know each other.

This week’s question is:


You can elaborate if you wish, or just give one word.  I’m looking forward to hearing where you are at!

My word is  . G R A T E F U L .

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getting to know you {5}

getting to know you

Last night I went out for dessert with my sisters and cousins.   Our plan was to eat at:


to get a *H U G E* slice of:


{coconut cream pie}

But it seemed that every other Seattle-ite thought Dahlia Lounge was the perfect place to spend their Friday night as the wait was 3 1/2 hours.

So we changed plans and headed to another yummy favorite:


They’ve done some updating since my last visit and now have the cutest menu ever {apparently I’m more concerned with the font selections than the food options!}.  I strayed from my norm of ordering something apple {crisp, pie, crumb cake} and ordered this:


{sicilian donuts with orange honey-ricotta cream and warm nutella chocolate sauce}

Oh. My. Goodness. It did not disappoint.

So : my question for you this weekend is:


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getting to know you {4}

The weekend is here – which means {among other things} it is time for

getting to know you

This weekend’s question is:


I have vacation on my mind, even though there is not one in sight! So, we’ll just dream for now. But rather than the usual ‘if you could go anywhere, where would you go’ question, I’ve added the component of traveling alone.  Would you do it? Have you done it? Where would you go? What would you do?

I think I would take a little trip by myself – spend the time sleeping, relaxing, reading and maybe a bit of shopping. But when meal time came, I think I would be so embarrassed to dine at a restaurant alone!  Once in college I decided one of my life goals was to see a movie in the theater by myself. I did it, and it wasn’t terrible {other than having to say ‘just one, please’ to the ticket lady}, but it would have been better if I had a friend with me. I think the same would be true for a vacation.  I love the idea of being alone, but I think I would get pretty lonely, pretty quickly. 

As for where I would go : right now, I’m torn between Napa, California staying in some gorgeous bed and breakfast at a winery overlooking the changing Autumn leaves, snuggled up by a fireplace reading a good book and wearing a cute chunky knit sweater and Frye boots that I don’t own but want


or someplace warm and tropical like Maui where I could spend my days laying out on the beach or swimming in the ocean, enjoying the amazing beauty that is Hawaii. 


Ahh, both sound wonderful. 

But both sound more wonderful if I had my husband or my sisters there with me!  So maybe my answer is no :

Okay, your turn.  Leave a comment if you want to dream for a moment :

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getting to know you {3}

getting to know you

It’s that time again : you girls are fun to get to know and I can’t wait for your answers to this week’s question:


Now I realize that not all of you have been pregnant, and I don’t mean to be exclusive, so if you haven’t experienced pregnancy cravings, you are free to make something up {or share a weird craving that you’ve heard of or just tell us about what you had for dinner. I don’t care : I just think this game is fun!}

My answer:

With all four of my babies I craved ICE like it was dessert. I would go through the Starbucks drive-through and just ask for a cup of ice. Yum, it was delicious.

With Audrey, I experienced the WEIRDEST craving to eat Lemon scented Soft Scrub, lick the chalkboard and drink lotion. Crazy. I seriously had to remind myself that I would be insane to actually take a bite of chalk.  I asked my doctor about it and apparently this medical condition {called Pica} occurs when your body is lacking minerals such as iron.  Some women crave dirt or clay or metal. I just wanted to eat toxic cleaning supplies.

Anyway, I did find out that my iron was very low and took some supplements to bring it back into the normal range – and my infatuation with soft scrub greatly diminished. Weird. And kind of funny.

Okay, now it is your turn : can’t wait for the off-the-wall answers.  Have a great weekend!

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getting to know you {2}

The question this weekend is:

{I’m pretty sure that is not a grammatically correct way to ask that question, but I couldn’t think of another way. Forgive me.}

My answer: I’m a mascara girl. Without it I look 12.

Leave a comment if you’d like to play along. I love reading through your responses!

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getting to know you

I typically take the weekends off from blogging. But I’ve been thinking lately that I’d like to have something fun up on my blog over the weekends, so I’m starting a new feature.  It’s called

getting to know you

My ‘in real life’ friends know that few things make me happier than asking silly ‘getting to know you’ type of questions. The more awkward the better!  Maybe its annoying, but I think it is fun.

So each Friday, I’ll post a new question or fill in the blank statement in an attempt to get to know each other better. Just leave your answer in the comments if you want to play along.

Let’s start with something a bit light-hearted:


My answer: hands down, Survivor. I’m sure I would not win and I think the bug bites alone would drive me to insanity, but there is something so adventurous about it that appeals to me.  Plus, Elisabeth Hasselbeck was on it and I think she is cute.

Can’t wait to hear your answers!

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