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Leap of Faith


Today I am in North Carolina at the She Speaks Conference, where I am speaking about using Pinterest to build a platform.  To be perfectly honest, it is sort of a full-circle moment for me, and although I had originally planned to write something completely different today, I couldn’t help but take a few minutes to reflect [...]

How to Overcome Self Doubt


Do you want to know the honest truth?  Public speaking scares the you-know-what out of me! In college, taking Speech 101 was a requirement for graduation.  Because I dreaded it so much, I put it off as long as possible, until the very last semester of my senior year.  And while I don’t exactly blame Speech 101 for [...]

5 Secrets of a Happy Marriage


I can't even tell you how excited I am to introduce you to my friend Melanie Shankle, aka Big Mama.  I'll spare you the boring details of how we met, suffice to say it involved much laughter (and a little wine) and an instant realization that she is my kind of people.  She is an [...]

4 Resolutions Every Mom Should Make


Today I am so excited to be re-introducing you to my dear friend Edie from Life in Grace.  Those of you who have been around for a while might remember her from the 31 Days of Less & More series that we co-hosted in October.  Edie and I became friends about three years ago, just [...]

Explorer Party Inspiration


In 2010, my soon-to-be-7-year-old daughter received an American Girl doll for Christmas from my dad, her grandpa.  The doll he selected was named Lanie--the 2010 Doll of the Year.  Like all American Girl Dolls, Lanie also came with a book by the same name.  In the almost three years since, Princess has read that book [...]

Easter Brunch Inspiration


I am having a little trouble believing that Easter is already right around the corner.....wasn't it just Christmas?  But all denial aside, this year my 35th birthday just happens to fall on Easter AND my one and only sister will be visiting with her family, which to me seems like the perfect two excuses to [...]

Let Them Eat Cake! {Birthday Party Inspiration}


It's been a while since I've thrown a party and now suddenly I have TWO of them coming up next month!  Yay! This year Trouble picked her own theme for her 3rd birthday party: CAKE!  I found it only fitting since the girl is currently obsessed with all things baking-related & spends hours building cakes [...]

10 fun & easy activities to do with kids {& kid activity link-up}

Happy Presidents Day! I've got both girls home for the 5th day in a row and I realized this morning that if I didn't come up a plan fast it was going to be a very rough day.  So I poked around on Pinterest as well as some of my favorite blogs and even on [...]

Crafty Inspiration {Cleanliness is Next to Craftiness}


One of my goals for the year is to spend more time doing crafts and other creative things (like finding things to fill my very empty walls and adding a little color to my oh-so-vanilla home decor!)  I was hoping to do a project this week, but my plans were thwarted by annoyingly practical husband. [...]

Party Inspiration: Princess Tea Party


***UPDATE:  See the actual Princess Tea Party photos here*** Princess is a girl who knows what she wants. She has been asking for a princess-themed birthday party pretty much since the moment her Crafty Pool Party ended last year. I have to admit, I have had a hard time mustering up a lot of enthusiasm [...]

Sweet Soda Shop Party Inspiration


Trouble is almost 2. Can you believe it? No, I can't either.  My baby is not a baby anymore! But while I am feeling a little sad that she's growing up so fast, I can't help but get excited about the prospect of planning  a birthday party.  It is, after all, my very favorite thing [...]

Party Inspiration: Candy Canes, Cocktails, & Christmas Classics


It's party time!  Husband and I are throwing our annual holiday bash this weekend, so at the risk of spoiling the surprise (for my friends who read this blog), I thought I'd share some of my party preparation this week, starting today with my inspiration for this year's shindig: candy canes, cocktails, & christmas classics. [...]

Beachy Master Bedroom Remodel: The Inspiration

My husband bought our house two years before we met, back in his bachelor days.  Needless to say, it needed a woman's touch.  We have now been together for more than six years and while I've managed to do my thing in most of the house now,  our master bedroom still needs a little work. [...]

Party Inspiration: Crafty Pool Party


Anyone who knows me knows that I love to throw parties.  For me, every holiday is a new opportunity to plan an event.  Cocktail parties, ice-cream parties, coupon-clipping parties--you name it, I'll throw it.  Heck, I even threw a "birthing party" for the home birth of my second child.  But my absolute favorite thing to [...]

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