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farmhouse inspiration

We’re finishing out our summer with a quick stay with my family at The Farmhouse.

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Isn’t it beautiful?! The Jones side of the family has rented this restored 1800′s farmhouse for the past three years and it’s been such a perfect place for our families to be together.

(UPDATE: here is a link for details on The Farmhouse)

Being here reminds me of how much I love the look of a farmhouse. Just clicking through my pinterest boards confirms it. Here are a few of my favorties:

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I’m particularly drawn to a classic white farmhouse with metal roof.

But a wood barn is also charming.

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Black trimmed windows are an added bonus and give a farmhouse a more modern feel (which I’m particularly drawn to).

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But what we love most about The Farmhouse and what is so appealing about these images is the open space, the views and greenery and endless sky.

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When I think of a farmhouse, it feels like a deep breath, fresh and bright and simple.

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You can see all of these pretty farmhouses and more on my pinterest board called Home Sweet Home. If your curious about what style I like best, just hop on there and it will become quite obvious (think white, natural wood, stone, lots of windows and pretty lighting.) See all my pinterest boards here.

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ice ice baby

There were only a few things I truly missed while in Rwanda and one of them was ICE.

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It’s one of those quirky things about me – I am addicted to good ice. Soft enough to break, just the right amount of crunch, not too solid or too melty. Who knew you could be so particular about ice.

My love of ice started at a young age, but came to it’s peak when I was pregnant. While my friends craved hamburgers or steak or sour patch kids, I would go through the Starbucks drive thru just to order a cup of ice. It was like dessert. Some call that an indication of iron-deficiency (which I also had), but there was nothing so satisfying as a cup of frozen water.

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My compulsion to eat ice has settled down, but I do still love a good ice cube. Give me a glass of water with a slice of cucumber, a sprig of mint and a bunch of ice and I’m a happy girl. (Well, that or a gin + tonic with extra lime and lots of ice. I’ll take that, too.)

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Ryan and I are not great gift-givers, but he has bought me two completely un-romatic, yet perfect-for-me gifts in the past few years. One was this milk frother that makes the most delicious lattes, and the other was this portable ice maker.

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Since our fridge does not have a built-in ice-maker, we keep this portable version on the pantry floor. It makes great ice, the kids love to snack on it, and I find I drink way more water with ice so accessible. Win all around.

And now you know a very random fact about me: I love ice. Off to go make myself a glass of ice water …

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making a small difference

One of my proudest professional moments so far was participating in the creation of this cute journal:

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(photo by paige knudsen)

It was my first collaboration with Noonday Collection, a company I have come to love and will be traveling to Rwanda with in just a few days (!).

My part was simply to design the cover and artisans in India turned them in to beautiful works of art. I know it was just a little thing, but I felt so honored to be part of something bigger – helping women across the world make ends meet for their families.

To know that the journal made a small difference in the lives of families across the globe is inspiring to me. But it doesn’t take designing products – simply purchasing them can make an impact, too.

This whole concept of’ using my purchasing power for good’ is fairly new to me, but one I am seeking to embrace. I want to buy pretty clothes and gifts and decorations, and if I have the chance to buy pretty things AND have my money go towards supporting artists and small businesses, I’m all for it.

I’m headed to Africa where I’ll get to meet a handful of these women whose lives are forever changed because their work is sold through companies like Noonday. I’ll be traveling with a few friends whose lives have been forever changed because they have funded their adoptions or sent their kids to college or paid their mortgage with the income they’ve made through selling products created by these artisans. It’s such a beautiful cycle and one I’m grateful to be part of.

You can make a difference, too. Here are two ways:

1. Follow along on our Rwanda trip to learn about the ways Noonday and IJM are advocating and providing opportunities for families across the globe. Our group will be sharing throughout our stay and you can stay up to date by signing up for updates here. There’s actually a pretty generous giveaway going, so enter now for a chance to win.

2. Host a trunk show. Gather your friends and neighbors, snack on finger foods and sip your favorite drink while you hear more of the Noonday mission, shop for beautifully made jewelry and gifts, and use your purchasing power for good.

We’re actually creating a new collection of items while in Africa (SUPER excited about this and I’m sure I’ll share much more next week!) and those will be revealed at a nationwide trunk show this August.

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Everyone who attends the trunk shows will have the chance to vote on their favorite designs we’ve created alongside our new Rwandan friends and the winning designs will be produced. More details on the #styleforjustice collection to come, but check your calendars and sign up to host a trunk show!

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>> Click here for details <<

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5 minute makeup

I’m channeling my inner 15 year old and talking about make up today. My sisters and friends and I used to do makeovers all the time – playing with thick eyeliner or new lipstick and always adding a mole ala Cindy Crawford.

As much as I loved those makeovers, I never totally got into wearing lots of makeup and still prefer a natural look to a totally made-up face. It’s quite convenient, because I don’t really have the time or energy to give myself a fancy look each day – 5 minutes is about all I have. Thankfully, there are a few beauty secrets that make a quick morning makeup routine possible.

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I made a quick video showing you what I do to achieve a 5 minute face:

I hope this inspires you to try a few new products/techniques or just encourages you to add a touch of makeup to your already gorgeous face.

Here are the products I use daily:

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cleaning wipes / moisturizer / tinted moisturizer / concealer / loose powder / blush / brush set

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tightline shadow / smudge brush / mascara / eye shadow / brush / eyebrow powder / angled brush / lipgloss

To learn more about lash extensions, here is a post all about them.

For more makeup tutorials (like how to fill in brows, and how to highlight and contour), visit my favorite beauty blog: Maskara. You’re days of playing makeover are about to return.

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june insta wrap-up

The best thing about instagram is the way it helps me document our every days. Outings, around our house, pretty things that catch my eye, moments I want to remember. I love documenting for me, but I also find sharing and interacting to be so enjoyable. It is fun to see how other ladies live, their surroundings and what they find inspiring (here are a handful of my favorite IG feeds) and perhaps my photos are fun for you to see a bit more behind the scenes of our life.

Here’s what happened in June …

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girls weekend at the beach / teaching my baby the art of baking / mixing patterns

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dress rehearsal for baby ballerinas / summer house tour / going away invitations for my bestie’s family

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color + stripes in Audrey’s closet / graphic design class open / favorite summer salad

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hair cut day (not in love with the results) / napkin doodling / cotton candy + mariners baseball

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teacher thank you gifts / pretty cupcakes / beautiful hike with the kids

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moving in our friends / truth for the day / puppies are cute

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swim lessons / I want this house / watercoloring a new print for our Rwanda trip

It was a bittersweet month … the end of a great school year, best friend moving away, new friends moving in, start of summertime fun. This season of life is full and fun and we are excited for what’s to come this summer.

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