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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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Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! This week was filled with track meets, piano lessons, sitting in the sun, barre class, Audrey’s field trip, closing the watercolor class, watching Harry + Meghan tv specials … I guess all of that makes for a full week. Last weekend we celebrated Mother’s Day at our house with 17 adults, 11 kids […]

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Free printable watercolor coloring page

Here’s a fun project to do on your own, with friends or to keep the kids creatively occupied for a bit: A watercolor coloring page. I drew a quick sketch of a sweet bird and simple lettering and you get to fill it in! Rather than the typical marker or colored pencil coloring pages, I […]

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Coffee Chat episode 28 | lilacs, springtime and such

Well hello there! It has been way too long since our last coffee chat. Isn’t that how things go, though? You have every intention of getting together with your girlfriends and weeks (or months!) go by before it actually happens. But here we are! Grab a cup of coffee (or whatever suits your taste buds – […]

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15 lovely watercolor-ers to follow on instagram

Instagram. The place where I keep up with family and friends, fellow bloggers, get fashion inspiration, drool over gorgeous homes and darling babies and admire talented photographers. Also, the place where I’m consistently in awe of lovely watercolor artists and their work. I follow quite a few artists on Instagram. Each one has her unique style and […]

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Watercolor for the everyday artist

Each month, I volunteer in the kids’ elementary school classroom teaching art. At our first art lesson of each school year, I like to ask the students to do something for me. I say to them: “raise your hand if you are an artist“. In the younger grades – kindergarten, first and second – almost […]

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What I learned in April

I decided that this year I’m going to practice slowing down at the start of each new month and reflect on what I learned over the last 30-ish days. This is now my fourth month of doing this and I am loving the discipline of it. It’s easy to focus in on the big things […]

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Entry updates for spring

I’m on a total lighten + brighten kick lately and the entry was next to get a quick makeover. (Mason didn’t know I was snapping pictures when he walked downstairs and I actually love that I captured him in this one!) Since December, we’ve had our vintage theater seats and a favorite Lindsay Letters Doxology […]

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the best chocolate chip cookie recipe / jones design company

the best chocolate chip cookie recipe

I posted this photo on instagram last week with this caption: “Not to brag, but I make some pretty amazing chocolate chip cookies.” I mean, just look at those?! It’s always fun to try out different chocolate chip cookie recipes to get just the right consistency. I like fluffy cookies, a little crunchy around the […]

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