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fun freebie: summer essentials watercolor art

Well happy (official) summer! School ended for us last week and we’ve jumped right into summer mode: lazy mornings, shorts + flip flops, grilled anything for dinner and evening walks around the neighborhood. This time of year is the best in the Pacific Northwest – the weather is warm, but mild (think high 70’s – […]

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using self-tanner (before and after)

I’m pale. Like, really pale. I don’t mind being fair-skinned most of the year. I know my skin-tone goes well with my hair color and I like having freckles, but in the summer when you have to bare so much skin and mine is just so pale, it’s not my fave. The problem is twofold: first, […]

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The Love Project with Ashley of Under the Sycamore

My friend Meredith is the most amazing 23 year old I’ve ever met. For sure. We met on the Rwanda trip last summer and with each story she told (ie. how she got her parents to adopt her little sister) and each adventure she had been on (ie. living in Iraq serving heart babies), we were all […]

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sweet book themed baby shower

My sister-in-law, Jess, is due any day with her first baby – a sweet little girl. We’re beside ourselves in the Lex family because it will be the first new baby since Audrey and we’re just slightly baby-crazy around here. Since Jess is a lover of literature and she has already been showered with more […]

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if you’re curious about what I’m really like …

I met Jamie Ivey (next to me, second from left) over chips + queso in Austin at if:gathering this winter and connected instantly. We both have four kids – three boys and a youngest girl. We are the same age. We love Noonday and Sole Hope and talking and Jesus. We have friends in common. I don’t know why, but […]

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re-arranging the kitchen shelves

Memorial Day, 2015. A day filled with no plans. A house that felt cluttered and busy. What’s a girl to do? Re-arrange the kitchen shelves. I haven’t changed the shelves around in over a year, so it was time. Things don’t get too dusty – I try to wipe things off fairly regularly – but […]

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Caught My Eye (kid things edition)

These are the things around the internet that have recently caught my eye: Clubhouse Makeover by House Tweaking This camp-y clubhouse is a post from last year, but it’s just so good. Simple, outdoor style by the super talented Dana of House Tweaking. What kid wouldn’t love spending their summer hiding out in this M*A*S*H […]

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18 ways to use Adobe Illustrator in your everyday

Registration is open for my Simplified Graphic Design class where I teach you all the basics of Adobe Illustrator – the premier software used by graphic designers. If you’re not familiar with Illustrator, you may think (based on it’s name, alone) that it is used primarily for illustrating.  And maybe to the professional user, that […]

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free Seaside clipart and how to use it

Can one ever have enough clipart? I think not. Especially of the hand-drawn variety. Add a little drawing to a gift tag or invitation, use one in your logo or in an ad – nothing overboard (ha!), but just enough to make a visual impact. Fun, fun, fun. I’ve got summer on my brain and […]

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graphic design class summer session begins now!

Have you been itching to learn how to make your own artwork, design your family’s holiday cards, create a personalized invitation, customize your blog with one-of-a-kind graphics or brand your small business? Learning to use Adobe Illustrator will open up all of those doors for you. As a self-taught graphic designer, I understand the hesitancy to […]

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house tour / summer edition

Sweet, sweet summertime. I’m so happy this new season is upon us. We’re up here in the Pacific Northwest where summer doesn’t officially start until the kids get out of school mid-June, but we are just about mentally there. My kids (four of them ages 11, 9, 7 + 5) have stayed up much past […]

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celebrating summertime

So, my friends, we’re almost six months into 2015. Didn’t that go fast?!! Summer has officially begun for many around the country and even though our kids here in the Pacific Northwest don’t get out of school until mid-June, there is just an excitement in the air. The popsicle man keeps making his rounds in […]

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closet confessions

Today I’m over at my blog-friend Sheaffer’s place sharing my closet confessions. She asked fun questions like what’s the most embarrassing thing in your closet? and what are your go-to style staples?  My closet is way too dark and un-photogenic, so I borrowed this diy clothing rack and brought in a bunch of clothes to photograph […]

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caught my eye

These are the things around the internet that have recently caught my eye: Dreamy bedroom by Vintage Whites Don’t all those textures make you want to curl up on that bed with a good book?! The rest of the room is so pretty, too. Tory Burch Fitbit leather wrap bracelet A bunch of friends and family wear fitbits […]

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Oh, how she’s grown.

Just the other morning, Audrey crawled up onto my lap as I was at my desk doing a little work. She sat there, as she has since she was a baby, only this time, I could barely see over her head. My baby is no longer a baby. This little lady has been my sidekick from […]

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