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What I learned in May, June + July

So the idea behind this series of posts was to take a few minutes at the close of each month this year to reflect on what I learned. It will act as a snapshot, of sorts, of the year and a way to mark and remember the big and little things I’ve discovered about me […]

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How to water the plants while you’re away

It’s vacation season and that means there are a few things around the house that need to be looked after while we’re away. One of those important (at least to me) things are the potted plants. There are a couple of good options when it comes to keeping your plants watered while you are away: […]

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Modern Semi-DIY Fire Table

At the center of our newly made-over patio is a modern/classic fire table. It is powered by a small propane tank stored inside which makes it super easy to turn on and off for evening ambience, roasting marshmallows and staying warm. I love a good outdoor fire, but I don’t love going inside smelling of […]

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Back Patio Makeover

For just over a year, our back patio has sat unused. When we moved in, there was a large pergola covering the patio that was charming, but not quite right. Besides being bulky and causing the patio to sink in the corners, it also blocked a lot of light into the house. Since we’re surrounded […]

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Cute summer pajamas

There are many things about my mom that I’m thankful she passed on to me: Her natural way with children. Her preference for baking. Her love of flowers, pretty gift wrapping, a good musical, chocolate, meaningful conversation, family. And also her appreciation for cute pajamas. The thing about pajamas is that because you don’t wear […]

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front porch love

My sister and brother-in-law and their kids spent the weekend with us. We were craving some family time so on a whim, they packed up and drove the 1.5 hours to come for an overnight. Yesterday, we spent the majority of the day sitting out on the front porch. It started with coffee and Sunday […]

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pale skin, I might not love you quite yet

I posted on Instagram yesterday something that’s going on in my heart. It seemed to strike a chord with my ladies over there so I thought I would share it here, too. You’re thing might not be fair skin, but whatever it is, be encouraged today. And may we collectively be kinder to ourselves. When […]

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12 books on my Summer Reading List

One thing I’m very much looking forward to this summer is reading. I usually read a few books during the summer, so that isn’t necessarily new. But the older I get the more I enjoy the quiet of reading good book. And the older the kids get, the easier it is for me to take […]

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About Last week

Last week I didn’t publish a single blog post. I can only think of maybe two other times in the last nine years where that has happened. It felt very strange. And also, very necessary. As you probably well know, this end-of-the-school-year stretch gets pretty packed. While most of the country has already started summer […]

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How I painted our kitchen cabinets

As promised, here is my blog post telling you all my not-so-secret tips for painting kitchen cabinets. This last painting project is the sixth time I’ve done cabinets. The first time was in our first house in the teensiest kitchen you’ve ever seen. I wish I had pictures of that one but it was way […]

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