start today: a thankful tree with printable tags

For the past three years our family has done a thankful tree and it has become my kids’ favorite tradition for this time of year.

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Our entry table was the spot for our tree last year, and this year it sits on the bar cart in our dining room (photos coming tomorrow!)

A full explanation is on this original thankful tree post, but the idea is simply to grab a few branches, pop them in a pretty urn and put out tags to write on and then hang from the tree. As the boys went out the door to school this morning, each stopped to think of something they are thankful for and put it on a tag. It was so sweet to watch them do it on their own and take a few seconds to reflect before they went on with their day. You can dedicate a time each day to do this as a family, or just let them go at it – which is probably our approach this year – every time they pass the tree, they are welcome to use another tag.

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There are thankful tags from that first thankful tree post which you are welcome to use, or choose your favorite from these designs.

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Just dowload the pdf, print on your favorite paper (see my favorite sources here) and cut around the edges. Punch a hole in the top if you’ll be hanging from branches, or just use as little cards to keep in a pretty bowl, or on your thanksgiving table or as lunchbox notes.

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october recap

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Instagram continues to be my favorite social media outlet of choice. It’s such an easy and visually pleasing way to share day-to-day activities, tell you what’s happening on the blog and to connect with ladies from all over the world. I have much to improve in my photography skills, but it sure is fun to try different angles, look for pretty lighting or interesting compositions (zooming in close to the wheelbarrows, for example). I learned a ton in Ashley’s iphone photography class (definitely worth it! Or try her dslr for fancier photography skills) and continue to play around using my iphone to take pretty pictures.

Here are a few of the highlights from this past month.

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thankful for november

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September means the end of summer, schooltime and back to a routine. October welcomes fall, brings with it changing leaves and pumpkin anything. And then November.

November feels like comfort. Cozy. Warmth. Crackling fires and spice cidar. Brown, crunchy leaves, and chunky-knit sweaters. It’s a time to be grateful, reflect, eat once-a-year feasts and usher in the most wonderful time of the year.

Isn’t November great? I am thankful for this next month.

But with this month comes some stress and scheduling and nothing robs you of enjoying the moment like feeling overwhelmed.

Let us help you keep organized this month so you can enjoy things like jumping in leaves and sipping pumpkin-spice lattes. Continue Reading →

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bow pillow (tutorial)

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A simple, understated pillow, with classic detailing and menswear-inspired fabric? Yes, please.

One of my favorite pillows I’ve made is an oversized bow pillow (which you can see in the background of this picture and in this post about pillows). The inspiration came from those silky bow blouses from the 80′s, but with a slightly more masculine feel with the gray plaid of the original pillow. It’s such an easy one to make that I thought maybe you would like one in your home, too. I’d love to show you how. Continue Reading →

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blogging essentials art + graphic design class discount

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You might notice that I’m on a watercolor painting kick. It started with the seasonal essentials prints, was seen in this custom print and now a super-cute painting made especially for bloggers.

The Allume blogging conference is happening this weekend. Ryan and I went last year and it was one of the highlights of our year. We’re sad to miss it this time around and wanted to be part somehow.

So instead of being there in person, I have sent an art print for all of the Allume attendees for their swag bags. Continue Reading →

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