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August 23, 2017

LEARNING TO LOVE TO CLEAN - nesting

I know what you're thinking, love to clean?  Maybe I should re-title that to - Learning to appreciate the feeling that having a clean and organized home provides and how that lets me do the fun stuff like bake and decorate and take off on a fun shopping day with friends and even leisurely enjoy tea and a magazine without guilt.  But that's a little long for title, don't you think?

organization, cleaning

I hear from women all the time that they don't like cleaning and they don't want to squander what

August 21, 2017

FINDING YOUR PURPOSE - STEPPING OUT IN FAITH

Reclaiming, striving, working, living, learning, loving, becoming...these are the words that resonate through my head in the middle of the night as I pray and wonder what my message is.  What call to action do I feel led to proclaim?

You see, it is my belief that we all have a purpose.  We all have a message to share.  We are all here as ambassadors of God.  But knowing that in my head and walking it out in my heart are two totally different things.


Given the state of our world I believe the call we have as women to love, nurture, teach and lead by

August 17, 2017

HOW TO ESTABLISH A CLEANING ROUTINE - nesting

I know every spring everyone talks about the urge to clean and purge but I think I'm so busy in the garden that the thought of giving up that precious outdoor time to come inside and get organized just passes right by me.


For me that feeling hits somewhere around August when the back to school supplies hit the stores and

August 14, 2017

NOURISHING FRIENDSHIPS - FINDING YOU TRIBE

Hello Monday!  It was a busy weekend around here.  I had both grand boys on Saturday and at three and nine they sure do give me a run for my money.  I adore having them around, the constant buzz and easy laughter, but when bedtime rolls around I'm not sure just who's going to crawl in first, me or them.


I uploaded a video to my YouTube channel on Saturday chatting about sustaining friendships with

August 11, 2017

HOW TO PUT TOGETHER A GIFT BASKET - creatively inspired

I love putting together gift baskets for friends birthdays or other special occasions.  They are so easy to tailor make just for the individual and it's easy to tuck in a couple of handmade items which is something I love to include.

coffee basket

I will usually start with a theme for the basket and then start shopping from there.  Once I have the

August 9, 2017

GARDEN CLEAN UP AND AGING - gardening

Every year when August rolls around I know that my garden is going to need a major clean up.  I had every intention of getting my entire backyard perennial bed trimmed and weeded last weekend but was clearly (and not so subtlety) reminded that I am not as young as I used to be.  Most of the time I'm not a big age kind of person.  Don't get me wrong I am not at all thrilled when I look in the mirror or in the replay of a video and see the tell tale signs of my mid century modern self but I'm not that thrown off by it.

What does drive me crazy is how long it takes me to do what I used to in no time at all.

cleaning out the garden

It seems like just yesterday when I was able to work a full time job away from home, clean the entire

August 7, 2017

LOVING OUR HOMES - Cottage Style

I've been on a renewed mission to learn to love my home again.  I seem to go through spurts where I dream of selling our house and everything in it and searching for our  perfect "dream home".  But then reality (with all it's budgets, work locations and the physical labor of packing up our current place) sets in and I start to think of ways I can make changes to have this home a place I truly love being.


I will usually start out making a list of what I'd like to have and then I'll walk through each room in

August 4, 2017

IT'S OKAY TO LET GO OF PERFECTION - let's chat

Returning to blogging has been like reuniting with an old friend, after that awkward hello it kind of seems like you never left. Even though so many of those first blogs I fell in love with have ceased to exist there are still quite a few that have hung in there and resisted the lure (or at least returned after a brief tryst) of instagram and remember the way that blogging encourages relationships.  And isn't that something that is sorely missing in our hustle and bustle world.


I am talking about just that on my midweek podcast and I'd love to hear what you think.  Is it okay to

August 2, 2017

HELLO AUGUST - Front Porch Tour

August, you guys!  One month closer to fall and boy, after these last few days of hot, humid weather I am definitely counting the days.  Why is it that summer used to go by in a flash and now it seems to go on forever?  Don't tell me...I'm getting old.  Ha! Ha!


I just changed out the decor on the front porch, transitioning from 4th of July to late summer and I