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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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diy stamped leather keychain

Getting mail is one of the best parts of my day. What is it about opening the mailbox and being surprised by what’s inside?! It’s often filled with junk mail or bills, but every once in a while a magazine comes or a note from my sister (she’s so good at sending cards!) and it […]

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what to wear: swim + beachwear

So, we’re headed to the beach. The beautiful, gorgeous hawaiian island sands of Maui. I can’t wait. We took a trip to Maui three years ago with our group of friends and somehow we’ve all convinced our parents and friends to watch our many small children again so we can get away for round two. In […]

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The Blog Class is BACK!

Three years ago, Ryan and I created a class we were so proud to offer called The Blog Class. We helped over 450 students start, design, use and grow their blogs before closing down registration to make some updates. Well, nearly 1 1/2 years later, The Blog Class is back! We’ve completely updated the whole course, […]

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simply embellished copper tags

We celebrated my mom’s birthday this weekend. She is many wonderful things, but perhaps one of her best qualities is her completely authentic excitement over opening gifts. Every one is the best gift ever! which makes you feel pretty great as the gift-giver. Receiving gifts is not my love language, so I have to work a little […]

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inspired by lilacs

It’s springtime in the Pacific Northwest which means the weather changes daily between bright and sunny and sudden downpour. It also means the hills are covered with every possible shade of green, leaves are popping and LILACS ARE IN BLOOM! The older I get, the more obsessed I become with flowers. They’re all my favorite. But […]

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fun freebies: striped number art

Because I can’t get enough of black + white stripes (I even have a pinterest board dedicated to the pattern!) and bold typography (here’s the pinterest board for that!), I had some fun combining the two into these cute STRIPED NUMBERS ART PRINTS. You could use them for birthdays, add them over coat racks to […]

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For You: A Free Blogging Workshop

Ready to learn all about blogging?! Our FREE blogging workshop is up and ready for you to join! A few things about this workshop: It is available for you to watch ON DEMAND. Just click to watch any time! You are welcome to take notes, but there’s no need. I’ll be sending you an email […]

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can i make money blogging? We're answering that question / jones design company

5 reasons I don’t have ads on my blog (but still make money)

By far the most asked questions about blogging are centered around money. Can I make money? If so, how much? And how exactly do I go about it? The topic of blog monetization is far too big to cover in one post (sorry!). We go much further in-depth in the Free Blogging Workshop so don’t miss the conversation […]

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Carving out time for blogging when life is full enough already

Let me see if I have this correct: You’ve been thinking about starting a blog for a while now (or maybe you started one years ago). You have your topic all figured out, you’ve come up with a list of posts you can’t wait to put together, but you work full-time you have small children […]

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The Big Collection of 50+ Blog Post Ideas / jones design company

the big collection of 50+ Blog Post Ideas

Last time, we discussed how to choose a topic to blog about.  I shared 5 great questions you can ask yourself to help identify where you can add a unique perspective to your readers. Let’s piggy-back on the finding-your-niche conversation and dive into how to come up with actual post ideas. Because lots of would-be bloggers […]

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