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December 1, 2020

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**NOTE: if there are only a few or zero items on the wish list, that is GOOD NEWS! That means the wish list has almost been fulfilled or maybe it has been totally completed! I’m updated the post throughout the day as I can! A few weeks ago, sweet people from my Instagram community submitted […]

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December 1, 2020

While I utilize Target and Amazon Prime as much as the next gal, there is just something created by a small shop maker that feels unique, special and thoughtful if it’s being purchased as a gift. Over the last couple of years on IG, I’ve been able to connect with such a an amazing group […]

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November 28, 2020

One of my favorite stores is having a pretty epic sale if you sign up to be an “insider,” which is just your email, etc. You get a birthday gift, free shipping and all kinds of other fun perks for free! Anyway, if you sign up, check out my favorite items from Madewell below, most […]

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November 23, 2020

christmas holiday cupcakes treats buttercream decorations

*This post is sponsored by Rubbermaid® – thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog! I’m getting into the holiday spirit, and cupcakes are never a bad idea…especially these cute Christmas wreath cupcakes! I used to bake and decorate wedding cakes, birthday cakes, and holiday cookies to help my hubby get through pharmacy […]

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November 18, 2020

Hey guys! Things look so different this year, and when I was thinking about creating a few gift guides for the holiday season, I thought I’d come at it in a different way. While my favorite gifts to give and receive are experiences together, that can’t happen as much this year, so instead, I rounded […]

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November 17, 2020

One of my favorite things to do is put together examples of capsule wardrobes to both demonstrate how having a smaller amount of your favorite items in your closet can still result in a wide range of outfits that all go together and can be mixed and matched! This Christmas holiday capsule is full of […]

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November 16, 2020

Anyone else getting a little (or a LOT) stir crazy staying home so much more this year? We have been feeling the need to bust out of the same 4 walls we’re always looking at, so we decided to rent a local-ish Airbnb for a drive-able and safe family getaway. My BIL recommended a place […]

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November 16, 2020

It’s that time of year for lots of family pictures, and I thought it would be fun to put together a few fall family picture outfits in a mood board concept if you are in need of some coordinating clothes! The affiliate links for each item are below. Which color scheme is your favorite? Are […]

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October 28, 2020

fall at big cedar lodge missouri

Y’all…this is our happy place. We love coming to Big Cedar Lodge and have been since I was pregnant with our first kiddo! This time around, they asked us to come and show my Instagram buddies [HERE] what to do in the fall at Big Cedar Lodge, and we were more than happy to oblige! […]

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October 28, 2020

Not really sure what’s going to happen with trick or treating this year, but the girls still really wanted to make our Teal Pumpkin Project pumpkins to help raise awareness about food allergies and how to include EVERYone during the holidays! We have two daughters with Celiac, and this is a project that is close […]

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October 19, 2020

FINALLY got to see our family this weekend, and since it’s been so long, I thought I’d make it just a little bit extra. 😉 Grabbed some inexpensive sleeping bags [HERE], a princess tent under $40 [HERE] and some twinkle lights [HERE], and the cousin and sister slumber party was ready to go! Things are […]

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October 16, 2020

A little smoothie moment so they’ll hush just long enough for me to introduce you to…The Bingley rug from my custom collection with my partner Well Woven!! 🎉👏🏼 For this rug, I wanted something that read a bit more traditional with regards to color palette and design…but with an updated twist! Click [HERE] to check […]

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October 15, 2020

The weather is getting chilly, and that means it’ soup season! I’ve got a house full of chaos…err…kids, and for me, soup night needs to be simple and easy. No time for a from-scratch meal every night of the week, so these two super simple “no cook” soup recipes are just the thing! If you […]

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October 14, 2020

Y’all, Target has some CUTE stuff this fall if you are looking to add a few pieces to your capsule wardrobe! Have you ever tried making a capsule wardrobe? It has really changed how I view spending and shopping, and it cuts down on how long it takes to get dressed. Interested in checking it […]

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October 6, 2020

We did it!! We finally finished our DIY painted and stenciled porch floor, and boy…it was a doozy to complete. A few years ago, we updated this space by adding more poured concrete and a pergola [HERE], and now it’s even more fun out here! If I had it to do over again, would I […]

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October 5, 2020

*post sponsored by Walmart — hope this service + guide are helpful! Do you guys have any special dietary needs in your fam? We have two kiddo who must eat GF, so we made this gluten free guide to Walmart for y’all to use next time you are doing an online delivery or pickup order! […]

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September 30, 2020

*this post is sponsored by Dropps…but like, we legit love + use them daily. 😉 The kitties are wondering why I’m in “their” laundry room (check out the BEFORE of this newly renovated space HERE!!), and I’m just wondering which one of them is going to help me with the laundry. 😉 Have y’all tried […]

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September 23, 2020

plum sweater

One of THE most requested content suggestion I get is to build capsule wardrobes in stores to show how the items come together on the spot. Since it’s such a strange time right now, I decided to order the items and try them on at home instead! Here’s an Old Navy fall capsule wardrobe try […]

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September 22, 2020

After we reworked our landscaping out here this summer, we were left with a pretty large, blank wall and whole bunch of baby plants that don’t do much to add interest quite yet. We decided to try our hand at creating a DIY invisible wire trellis on a brick wall, and the whole project cost […]

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September 21, 2020

fall wreath front doo decor

I’m ready for fall, y’all. The temps might still say “Summer,” but my heart is screaming “FALL!!!” I’m not quite ready for pumpkins to invade the house quite yet, but I wanted to gently bring some fall to the front door with this DIY fall wreath recipe I use whenever creating wreaths from scratch! It’s […]

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September 16, 2020

Y’all…I love this one. SO MUCH! The Elizabeth from my rug collection with Well Woven is here! Just like the other rugs I curated, the Elizabeth is named after a character from my favorite book, Pride and Prejudice.  Like her namesake, the Elizabeth can’t be put into just one box: she’s multidimensional (boho, eclectic, modern, […]

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September 15, 2020

diy desk four chairs kids space

We moved into this house when I was very pregnant with our third daughter, and one of the main reasons was to give each girl a room of her own. Fast forward to adding a fourth daughter to the family, and now all four would rather share a room for nightly sister sleepovers! While I […]

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August 31, 2020

So I found this AWESOME carved wood coffee table for a steal on CraigsList, and despite its orange-y stain and highly lacquered finish, I could see the potential underneath. If you’ve ever wondered how to bleach wood furniture for that natural, pale wood look, here ya go! Note: it’s a lot of work up front, […]

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August 25, 2020

We all do it. The great TV show binge is what’s getting us through life in the time of corona, and my husband and I have worked out a system of binge watch TV show favorites perfectly paired for just the right amount of action, romance, laughs and tears! We try really hard to find […]

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August 20, 2020

Wanna talk about a snack that I can’t make fast enough? It’s these easy gluten free energy balls, and they taste like double chocolate chip cookie dough, you guys! SO. GOOD. I’ve tested and tweaked a bunch of different recipes, and this one is our family’s very favorite combo. This is a big recipe that […]

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August 4, 2020

gnat sticky strips

Y’all, I have worked long and hard to start to become a Plant Lady, and I will not be outdone by the tiny little gnats I’m now discovering around my green babies! Just when I thought I had the hang of this houseplant thing, I started noticing a few gnats…and then a few more…and then […]

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August 3, 2020

jane well woven vintage rug

After months of emails, meetings, concept planning and a trip to New York to the company’s studio, my custom rug line with Well Woven is finally here!! (See my NYC design trip HERE!) It was such a cool experience to be part of the design and curation process from the start, choosing colors, patterns, textures […]

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July 28, 2020

Since we are all staying home more and more these days, I’m trying to find creative ways to make our space interesting, fun and cozy for the kiddos. They currently share a bunk room, and I thought adding a simple reading nook for kids in one corner could be a sweet little spot for snuggles […]

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July 14, 2020

straw bag agolde shorts summer style

Ever thought about trying a capsule wardrobe? If you’ve ever stood in your overstuffed closet and still couldn’t find anything you truly loved to wear, then a wardrobe capsule might be for you! I started doing these almost 8 years ago, and it has changed the way I spend money, helped me examine WHY it […]

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July 9, 2020

We recently painted the exterior of our brick home to make it feel more like “us,” and we also added cedar shutters. See the finished exterior HERE! Once we did that, our very dark (and very weathered) wood front door no longer went with the exterior of the house. Instead of spending additional money to […]

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July 2, 2020

cottage style home exterior front porch

We have spent some time and budget on redoing the exterior of our home after dreaming and saving for a few years, and it has truly made the house feel so much more like “us” than it did before! We painted the brick [see BEFORE + AFTER HERE] after testing out numerous paint colors [winning […]

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June 15, 2020

Listen. I am no gardener. I can keep a very limited amount of very specific (read: hard to kill) plants alive [evidence HERE 😉], but I would like to learn! We have two groupings of hydrangeas at our house, one on the east side and one on the south. Pretty sure the plants on the […]

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June 11, 2020

gluten free lemon cookies with glaze

Recipe initially inspired by Southern Plate and My Gluten Free Kitchen with a few tweaks to make it work for our GF family! Okay people, our easy gluten free Lemon Scooties cookies are here for ya just in time for a sweet summer treat! Not really sure how we got started calling them Lemon Scooties […]

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May 29, 2020

laundry room refresh open shelves

We’ve been putting off this project ever since we moved into our home almost 7 years ago, and now we’re wondering why we waited so long! This 2 day laundry room renovation was a long time coming, and it feels so good to be done. Looking back, I think I was (sadly and embarrassingly) too […]

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May 28, 2020

learning games apps for kids

Normally when school is finally out for summer, my attitude towards routines, schedules and learning goals is SEE YA LATER!!! I usually look forward to a relaxed vibe with nothing on our calendar except chilling and resting and doing whatever we want (it feels like MY summer break too, because we do part-time homeschool, ha! […]

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May 21, 2020

matching outfits mom and daughter

One of my girls’ absolute favorite things at this age is to match outfits with each other and with mom. I know it won’t last forever, but while they still think it’s cool, I’m going to do it! Usually, I find matching outfits for one daughter at a time, and I take her out on […]

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May 14, 2020

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