trip to the coldest place on earth.

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  ok, maybe i'm being a little dramatic, but Indiana at the beginning of February felt like the coldest place on earth to us.  we visited my family for a long weekend to celebrate Sister's fourth birthday (more on that tomorrow) and to pick up some awesome vintage furniture and goods to fill my antique booth. it snowed a lot and the … [Read more...]

20 Valentine Gift ideas for Kids

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  before we know it, Valentine's Day will be here.  i'm not generally a huge gift-giver, but for the Holiday of LOVE, jon and i like to give our kids something small to show them how thankful we are to be the ones who get to love them as parents.  we always give them a book and write a little note in the front cover.  when they leave the … [Read more...]

blurb. (christmas gift spoiler alert)

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  ssshhhhhhh, don't tell my dad---but....... i'm revealing my christmas gift for him today, because honestly, i just have to share this great gift idea and i couldn't keep it from you until after christmas morning! my dad has his own business and is constantly on the go--paired with the fact that all of his grandchildren live at least … [Read more...]

Black Friday–unique & meaningful Christmas gifts

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  phew, i'm physically exhausted from all the clicking and searching and typing i just did to find YOU the best, unique, and meaningful gift ideas for this Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend!  i'm pretty sure you can find something for everyone--even Jesus, on this list! 1.  Canvas People--GREAT GIFT IDEA! Get your family photos … [Read more...]

shabby apple $75 shop credit giveaway!


  --this giveaway is now closed:  the winner is Joanna!  email me, girl to claim your prize :)!---   anybody like free, beautiful clothing? oh, you do?  me too and today the amazing folks at  Shabby Apple  are giving YOU an opportunity to win $75 gift card that you can use to buy any of their beautiful retro dresses or … [Read more...]

#stitchfix –personal online stylist….? yes, please!


  If you follow me on twitter, you've heard my ranting and raving about how much i LOVE Stitch Fix!  i got my first "fix" right after we moved into the new house and couldn't wait to try on every last beautiful piece. ok, now let me back up a minute and explain a little about how it all works: WHAT IS STITCH FIX? Stitch Fix is a … [Read more...]

5 Moving Tips that will help keep your sanity

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  We sold our townhouse and moved in with my husband's parents while we found and closed on the new house and so our moving situation was a little different from most.  We had to put much of our stuff into storage for a few months and so I researched and learned some nifty tricks to help organize the move. Today, I'm going to share those … [Read more...]

photo friday: my current photo favs & a link party!

happy friday, friends! thanks for coming back every week to link up your beautiful photos. today, i'm sharing my etsy treasury of some of my all-things-photography products. they would be great for any of us or for your favorite photog friend! you can view the entire treasury: HERE   that's all for now from me, but leave  a link … [Read more...]

must-have makeup with Jenna The Wife.

you know how i gush over my bloggy friends-turned-real life besties? . well, today, i'm at it again with the beautiful, talented, hilarious Jenna from Life of the Wife.  she and i instantly hit it off at our blogging retreat in March and got "deep" right off the bat.  girl, there are things we know about each other that are TMI and we don't even … [Read more...]

monthly menu guides return.

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raise your hand if you have "cook more"  "save money" or "eat better" on your list of  New Year's resolutions.  today, i'm going to hopefully help you toward meeting those goals! for those of you who have been reading since this little blog began back in feb. 2011, you probably remember how i used to post a monthly menu guide every month.  this … [Read more...]