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2 Minute Ways to Feel Productive

2 Minute Ways to Feel Productive

If you are caring for young children, you know that your time is not your own. Many days you don’t have five minutes to yourself. You try to unload the dishwasher and someone needs you. You come back later to the job half done and […]

60 Stocking Stuffers that Encourage Creativity and Won’t Break In One Day

60 Stocking Stuffers that Encourage Creativity and Won’t Break In One Day

Need some ideas for stocking stuffers that will encourage your kids to be creative? I’ve got some ideas for you, because after 21 years of buying stocking stuffers, I’m pretty adamant that we NOT amass a pile of plastic junk. (Think junk times five kids, […]

Exciting New Watercolor Venture

Exciting New Watercolor Venture

Many of you know that I paint in all my free time. Well, I should say, I make free time to paint. No, really, one of the ways I love to unwind is by painting, and my idea of a perfect day is to go […]

DIY Primitive Welcome Candles

DIY Primitive Welcome Candles

It’s fall, and I don’t know about you but I’ve got the decorating bug. I want to tuck berries and leaves in every cupboard and basket I can find. Chunky knit throw blankets come out for chilly nights, and Yankee Candles are just plain a […]

Living An Artful Life: Figuring Out What is Really Big and What is Small

Living An Artful Life: Figuring Out What is Really Big and What is Small

Does life make you a little crazy? Are you over stressed and pre-occupied? Me too, sometimes. That is precisely when I need to intentionally surround myself with beauty. When my children were very young, and I was stressed out, {ahem, often!} my husband would watch […]

20 Easy, Inexpensive, Warm-Weather Ways to Entertain

20 Easy, Inexpensive, Warm-Weather Ways to Entertain

Spring and summer are some of the best times to entertain and show hospitality. As the warm weather comes, you can move your party outside and enjoy warm evenings together. Casual barbecue dinners, sitting in the sunshine sipping lemonade with friends or more elegant dining […]

Hospitality 101 Series

Hospitality 101 Series

My sweet friend Niki asked me to share some ideas for extending hospitality in the home, a topic that I am happy to cover because it is near and dear to my heart. In the last few years, I’ve been asked to speak several times […]

Schools Decide that Cursive is N/A, and Why I Believe in the Handwritten Letter

Schools Decide that Cursive is N/A, and Why I Believe in the Handwritten Letter

Do you write letters? I feel sorry for those who don’t know the joy of writing and receiving a personal letter. They don’t know what they are missing. In today’s world of efficiency and productivity, a hand written letter is undervalued. Why put all that […]

What I’m up to lately.

What I’m up to lately.

So, I’m writing an e-book. Ahem. It is nearly done, just a few more tweaks. You’ll hear more about that in a few days. But for now, think Christmas on a dime, and dealing with a tough economy during the holidays, M-kay? And today I am […]

How I Use My iPod Touch In Everyday Life

How I Use My iPod Touch In Everyday Life

I have an iPod touch that I love,love,love and use for EVERYTHING except for making calls…because it can’t do that. (that would be the iPhone for you non-techy types) Someday when money is no object and college bills are nonexistent, we’ll talk iPhones. But for […]