Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by!   Have you ever had one of those days? My day challenged me on several levels.  Maybe because I'm the queen of self-doubt.  How about you?  Do you second guess yourself, too? I came across this quote from Benjamin Spock, the famed parenting/baby doctor: Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.  This sage advice was aimed at parents who thought they didn't know anything about parenting.  Yet, it's pretty good advice for most of us. It's easy to think someone else will know more or might have more experience when really, you already are … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by!   Happy Pre-Valentine's Day! Sunday night we had our two neighbor kids over for a Valentine Sunday supper.  It was so fun.  My table was set similarly to the quick and easy Valentine's Day table I shared on the blog last week.  You should have seen the kids' eyes when they saw the table.  We had such a good time and they were so well behaved at the table and enjoyed the simple meal so much.  It was a kid-friendly meal, but the presentation made it taste so much better.  I'm sure they felt loved and isn't that what Valentine's Day is really all about … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by!   Here it is, almost a week before Valentine's Day! So often we focus on the romantic side of Valentine's Day and yet we all are not in a place where romance is a part of our lives.  BUT... we all need love.  We need to love and be loved.  We need people.  We can't walk this journey alone, can we? The best way I know to be loved is to love others. Maybe if we focus on others and loving others well, when we get to the end of our lives we'll be like the velveteen rabbit.  And what could be better? Let's do our best to remember this... “Keep love … [Read more...]

  Tell me I'm not alone... there's nothing better than coming home to a clean and well-organized home!  Yes? That's why I'm excited for this week's features from Project Inspire{d}.  There are some fantastic home organization ideas that will make your day... maybe year... run smoother.  And we all need that! Take a few minutes to kick back, relax, and check out all the features...  and don't forget to pin this and your favorites, too.    8 Tips & Tricks to Organize Almost Every Area of Your Home   Easy Closet Space Solutions on a Budget from Paint Yourself A … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by!   Do you have a friend who's going through a tough time? Have you ever thought that YOU could be her bright spot?  That you could be the one to shine a warm sunny light into the shadows of her life? We really do have the power to brighten someone's day.   Make a point this week to carry the sun around with you and SHINE for all you're worth. Then just maybe your friend will say... “When it was dark, you always carried the sun in your hand for me.” Seán O'Casey   To encourage you in this sunny endeavor... I created this FREE printable … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by!   I wonder how many times I've quit or given up while standing upon the precipice of a big breakthrough? It's easy to become overwhelmed and weary in the midst of life's challenges. At the risk of sounding trite, I want to encourage you to... Hang in there.     Push yourself one more time.  Trust God to help you.  Believe it can be done.  Don't give up.   "Keep the faith. The most amazing things in life tend to happen right at the moment you’re about to give up hope."   If you need this encouragement or know someone who does, … [Read more...]

  I'm a huge fan of red!  And hearts! And though I'm not a big romantic, I do enjoy doing a little bit of decorating with red and white and hearts.  A month after all the Christmas decor has been down, there's something fun and whimsical about getting a little bit crafty and sprinkling a few hearts in my home decor. That's why I'm excited for this week's features from Project Inspire{d}.  There are some really great DIY ideas you'll want to check out and try your hand at for Valentine's Day. Take a few minutes to kick back, relax, and check out all the features...  and don't forget to pin this … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by!   Have you noticed? There seems to be so much angst in the world these days.     So on this day when we honor the memory and work of Martin Luther King, Jr., I thought it appropriate to create a printable, quoting his words... "Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend." LOVE is caring, forgiving, and stands up for what's right. LOVE is what disarms people and opens up conversation.  And in the end... LOVE will have a bigger impact on the world than anything else.  If you would appreciate this reminder in the form of a … [Read more...]

  It's been cold here in the Great Lakes!  And there's nothing better to beat back the cold than a hot steamy bowl of homemade soup.  Mmm. Good! Nearly every week, I'll roast a chicken, remove the meat from the bones, and gently simmer the bones and some veggies for at least 24 hours so I can have the elixir of the gods... delicious, healing, bone broth.  Often I made homemade chicken soup with the broth.  Sometimes I go wild and make another hearty soup, but chicken is our mainstay.  We love it and enjoy it for several days.  That means I have simplified my meal planning in a BIG way.  I love not … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by!   I started the year off by setting new goals and working to improve my skills in several areas.     So often I struggle because everything isn't perfect.  I want all my ducks in a row... but you know... sometimes the conditions are not perfect. Am I alone?  I'm guessing not.  That why this Alan Cohen quote, "Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect." really hit home for me.  If you're like me... you just might appreciate having this quote in front of you.  I created a FREE 8x10 printable art quote for … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by!   It's 2017!  How many times have you had to check yourself when writing down the year today?   Are you struggling with any of your resolutions on Day 2?  Hopefully not.  But, you and I both know that sometimes we just plain struggle to do the things we know we ought to do.  The things we need to do.  Even the things we've dreamed of doing.  If you need a nudge to quit making excuses and get on with whatever your goal or dream is, then I hope you'll download this FREE printable to help you do it!  This quote from Barbara Sher, "You don’t need endless time … [Read more...]

   Here we are... on the brink of a New Year.  Are you ready?  There's something about the fresh start we feel as we clean up from Christmas and prepare for the turn of the calendar. Lots of resolutions are being made... shed a few pounds, work on fitness, set goals and priorities for ourselves personally and at work, and getting organized.  If you could use a few terrific organizational ideas... you are in for a treat!  This week's Project Inspire{d} had several organizing ideas that you'll want to check out!   With these helpful ideas, you'll be able to address a few areas and feel good about … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by!   Here we are, quickly sliding out of 2016 and into a fresh new year!   Are you excited for the new year?  I'm in the process of re-evaluating a lot of what I do and how I do it.  And because I'm a doer... this thought process doesn't exactly turn my crank.  It would if I were doing it with a team that I led, but as a solopreneur, it's more of a necessary task. To that end... I discovered this quote from Teddy Roosevelt: Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.   And it's providing me with some framework in which to do some dreaming and goal … [Read more...]

  Merry Christmas! Are you in the Christmas spirit?  This can either be an incredibly busy few days leading up to Christmas, or it can be a time of celebration, family, friends, and many memories in the making.  I hope that there is more of the later for you.  This year it's a much more relaxing pace than ever before. As a final Christmas "present" I wanted to create one more Christmas printable for you. If you'd like to make an easy gift or create a little something extra for your Christmas decor, then I hope you'll take advantage of this Christmas art printable I created for you.  Download it by … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by!   The Countdown to Christmas has Begun! It's time to finish up the shopping, creating, decorating, and start wrapping and baking.  And just to make it super easy for you, I created these sweet candy cane Christmas gift tags for you.  There are 12 on an 8x10 sheet to make gift giving even sweeter.  I think these would be especially perfect for those food gifts you'll be making. They are my gift to you!! Download these Free 8×10 sheet of 12 Merry Christmas Gift Tags for personal use HERE!    If you missed stopping by since last week, I shared … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by!   It's officially the Christmas season! Why do I say that on the 5th of December?  Because last night it snowed!  Two whole inches!  And it was gorgeous and wintry and Christmasy and beautiful.  And I'm not even a fan of snow!! How are you coming along with your Christmas decorating?  Today I used fresh greens and rose hips to make two wreaths for my windows... inside.  The aroma is delightful, too!  The only thing... I can hardly see the rose hips against the greens. Ugh! If you're like me and would like to add a little extra something that speaks to the … [Read more...]

  I love Christmas trees...  They can be big and tall evergreens or they can be small table top trees of any kind and size.  I love them all!  And I'm always looking for creative ways to make more trees for the Christmas season.  This week at Project Inspire{d} we were blessed with some pretty creative Christmas tree ideas, big and small.  If you're like me, you'll want to check them all out.  And even if you have your decorating done... well... there's always room for one more tree! When I saw this really creative idea for adding a natural element and a tree to Christmas home decor, I totally … [Read more...]

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