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Lately… Fall 2013

It’s been an incredibly busy Fall… I am really looking forward to slowing down the pace of our daily life- embracing the concepts of relaxing, savoring, and dreaming.  It seems like we’ve been on a continuous loop of create, publish, start, finish, hurry, document, and perfect.  Lately, I’ve been…

reflecting on motherhood after reading these 2 articles: Tell Me How Beautiful It Is To Watch Them Fly and I Became a Mother, and Died to Live.

finishing my 30 Days of Thankful Album.

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reading The Wheat Belly and Practical Paleo.

laughing as Olivia blows us fish kisses while drinking a green smoothie!

stumbling my way through Photoshop tutorials and feeling proud that I can now successfully whiten teeth, even complexions, and brighten darkened glasses.

watching movies with James in our newly painted basement.

enjoying the lights.

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ordering our Christmas cards and falling in love with this gift wrapping option by Minted.com: Krafted Frames

staging pictures for The Dating Divas to highlight amazing ideas in their NEW Quick and Easy Ways to Rock the Romance.

looking through the pictures from our November mini-session with our photographer- I just love these images:

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Photo Credit: TH Photography

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Photo Credit: TH Photography

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Photo Credit: TH Photography

waiting for kitchen cabinets.

eating delicious Chicken Tikka Masala with a dear friend from out of town.

visiting my favorite local craft and paper store- can’t wait to design a class for these ladies in the Spring!

following Olivia as she cruises along our furniture.

counting our blessings on this DIY board featured on Jessica Sprague’s Create Inspiration blog.

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looking forward to our annual Friendsgiving/Holiday Party this upcoming week.

and struggling to find balance.

How about you?

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30 Days of Thankful: Week 3

Another week has gone by and I am loving Cathy Zielske’s 30 Days of Thankful project.  Here’s a peak at my pages through yesterday:

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Before our trip, my Mom and I stopped at Pottery Barn Kids and I picked up a pack of DIY butterfly paper masks to bring to Wisconsin for Halloween.  This darling set turned out to be such a fun activity for all the girls.  They even made a special butterfly cut-out for Olivia… priceless!

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A snapshot of my favorite details: fun musical notes, a camera tag, a little ribbon bow, and more!

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Project archives: Week 1, Week 2

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30 Days of Thankful: Week 2

What an incredibly busy week!  Here’s a peak at Week 2 of my hybrid album as I’m following along with Cathy Zielske’s 30 Days of Thankful:

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And some of my favorite details:

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In case you missed it, here’s WEEK 1.

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30 Days of Thankful: Week 1

Last year, I started intentionally documenting this season of gratitude by participating in Cathy Zielske’s 30 Days of Thankful.  You can find a glimpse of my 2012 album HERE.  Life seems to be moving at 1,000 mph lately, so this tradition is especially meaningful for me right now.

Here’s a look at the first batch:

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Day 1:  So grateful for quiet moments filled with beauty.  This tired pumpkin fell asleep on our walk this afternoon.  Love the feeling of slowing down to take in nature’s breathtaking array of Fall colors.  It’s been raining leaves for the past few days- we’ve seen gusts of golds, oranges, and reds swirling through the air.  Feeling grateful for bursts of sunshine, a beautiful sleeping baby, and sweet moments of utter calm.

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Day 2: I made a new friend today!  Normally, I am terrified of larger dogs… BUT, this sweet gentle giant captured my heart.  I’m so thankful I had a chance to meet “Bear” and catch up with his mama.  Good coffee, a loveable puppy, and a great conversation with a friend… a perfect Saturday morning!

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Day 3: Dearest Olivia- I am so grateful for your beautiful smile.  Your wide open grin quite literally lights up the room.  We are in awe of how much you have grown and learned over the past 10 months.  The road has not been easy- you are already unbelievably strong and I know that you will become an amazingly confident, caring woman.  Right now, I am soaking in precious moments: your sweet little laugh, the symphony of your distinct babbling sounds, and this amazing smile.  Love you always, Mom.

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Day 4: I am so grateful for my husband, James.  I am constantly amazed by his ability to fix anything.  I have yet to find a project that intimidates my mechanical engineer!  I still don’t know how a simple conversation about painting the breakfast room turned into a full scale kitchen demo and renovation… BUT, I am so grateful that James has the knowledge and skill to craft a beautiful space.

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Day 5: I am so grateful that my parents live close enough that popping over for dinner is an option while our kitchen is a functional mess!  Tonight, we enjoyed a wonderful new slow cooker recipe.  I will definitely be making this quinoa, chicken chili again!  Earlier in the week, my mom made a batch of homemade chicken noodle soup.  Olivia LOVED this dinner… It was probably the most we’ve seen her eat of solid foods in one sitting.  It was so cute to watch her devour this dinner favorite.

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Day 6:  Feeling extremely grateful today for perfect timing.  I had to take Olivia to music class during the window of delivery for our new kitchen appliances.  Our new oven, microwave, cooktop, and hood were delivered just before my mom had to leave for an appointment.  Five minutes on either side (my mom leaving or our return) would have meant the difference between moving ahead with the project and the reality of delays and/or extra delivery fees.

Some of my favorite details:

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Don’t you just love those tool die-cut images?  I embellished the digital base pages with patterned paper, punches, glitter, gold leafing, metallic nailheads, and ribbon.

Update: See Week 2 of this Thankful Project

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