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Outdoor Birthday Party

Happy Monday! I know some of you are back to school already, but we're still celebrating summer--even if it is the last few minutes of it. My little one turned 13 a week ago, and she said she wanted to have a few girlfriends over to hang out in the backyard. "A few friends" is code for 15. Just so you know this. I did not. As usual, I went into full birthday mode until my teenager quickly put the kabash on it. As much as she's loved her birthday parties of years' past, she made it clear this was to be casual--meaning JaG was just gonna have to reign it in this year. Ick. I wanted a cute little burger slider bar; she wanted $5.00 pizza. I wanted a chalkboard wrapped in moss hanging on the wall; she wanted one from the basement leaning on a table. We definitely compromised and ended up getting a casual yet pretty … [Read More...]

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How to Make SNOW Ice Cream

When you live in Michigan, and your winter (technically 2 1/2 weeks of it) has brought a total of 53 inches of snow, you start trying to figure out just how to embrace it all. And by embrace it, I mean eat your way out of it. Seriously. I present you with SNOW ice cream. There are several … [Read More...]

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Tweaked Table

Aside from working, planning for Haven, going to softball games, wrestling meets, blah, blah, blah…I’ve been trying to get our living room updated a bit. After finally finding the sectional, it just seemed like such a blank space behind it. It needed something. I quickly found the perfect table (that … [Read More...]

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Outdoor Birthday Party

Happy Monday! I know some of you are back to school already, but we're still celebrating summer--even if it is the last few minutes of it. My little one turned 13 a week ago, and she said she wanted to have a few girlfriends over to hang out in the … [Read More...]

Duck Tape® Project Ideas

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Duck Brand. All opinions are 100% mine. I've worked with Duck Tape® for quite some time. I've made some accessories, a Valentine's ipod box, and a Valentine's Day purse for my daughter. That's, … [Read More...]

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Back to School Ideas for Teenagers

Thank you so much for all your kind messages about my Lowe’s makeover. I certainly have some specifics to show you, and I’m working on that. For now, however, we have something perilous to talk about. Back. to. school. "GAH! Run for your lives! Hide … [Read More...]

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Lowe’s Refresh Reveal!

So where did we leave off? Oh yeah. The weather. Well, it wouldn’t be a true spring refresh if we didn’t have some true Michigan weather to hold us back. Unfortunately, my other job kept the schedule very limited to weekends, so if the weather didn’t … [Read More...]

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Lowe’s Refresh: The Plan

I’m back!!! Right now you’re thinking, “You left?” Yes, I’ve been gone for awhile. It’s been a whirlwind summer, and I’m glad to be settling back into “normal” life. It included a 17-day trip to Europe (SO much to say about that), a huge project … [Read More...]

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Mother’s Day with Groupon

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Groupon. All opinions are 100% mine. The day is coming! THEE day. The one day where I can--and do--say no to any chores asked of me or any questions that come my way. Nothing says Mother's Day … [Read More...]

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Tweaked Table

Aside from working, planning for Haven, going to softball games, wrestling meets, blah, blah, blah…I’ve been trying to get our living room updated a bit. After finally finding the sectional, it just seemed like such a blank space behind it. It needed … [Read More...]

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Love the Home You Have

I used to write notes. Someone baked me a cake? I wrote them a thank you note. I knew someone was going through a hard time? I sent them a note of encouragement. But then e-mail, Facebook, etc. came along and the notes stopped. Anyone else guilty of … [Read More...]

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K-Cup Storage

I was professing my love for my Keurig (again) to a girlfriend the other day, and she responded that she’s not keen on getting one because she wouldn’t know where to store all the K-cups. 1. There’s still people out there who don’t have Keurigs? 2. … [Read More...]

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Pretty Desk Accessories

I’m organizing my office right now, and I suspect I’ll be done around September. The task is daunting. In an effort to distract errr motivate me, I’ve been shopping around for some new desk accessories. Feminine is the new black these days, and I’m … [Read More...]

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Flashback Friday {Valentine’s Day}

For someone who doesn’t really decorate for Valentine’s Day, I have more V-day posts than I thought. My kids are getting older (sniff), so the cutesy projects are few and far between. So reminisce with me as we take a look back at some of my … [Read More...]

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Winter Fashion

If you’re anywhere in the midwest, you know that it has been co-old. Lots of snow and cold means looking for some cute fashions to keep me warm. As I type this, I have a personal heater on me. And the fireplace going. So you could say that these … [Read More...]

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A New Sectional

It’s been a long time comin’, but after years of waiting, we finally got our sectional. If you remember (or don’t), I was about to purchase it TWO years ago when Maximus had a close visit with the grim reaper. Well, one thing after another got in the … [Read More...]

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Haven Conference Tickets

Can you believe it’s already here? Time to talk Haven, everyone! The girls and I are busy getting everything ready for another fantastic conference for you! We’re excited, and we hope you are too! So what do you need to know? Well, here you go-- And … [Read More...]

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Olivia Pope Fashion {Scandal}

My go-to show Scandal is on, and I can’t figure out why I love it more. Is it the story line? The strong, intelligent woman who drives the show? Orrrrr is it to see what Olivia Pope is going to wear? Uhhh that might be a tie. I LOVE her classic … [Read More...]

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Perfume Storage

Remember when I built these bookshelves for my daughter? Ohhhh come on…you remember…these? Well, my baby is growing up. She no longer reads “kid books, mom” and all her books are now digital. Picture my lip quivering and a tear strolling down … [Read More...]