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Every Step You Take… The 30×30 Nature Challenge

I just stepped off my paddle board and wrapped up 30×30 Nature Challenge!  Perhaps you did too? It all started on May 4th during an ordinary conversation with a friend at work.  He described the 30×30 Nature Challenge in a simple sentence:  spend 30 minutes...

Decorating Easter Eggs

Spring is hatching. I hope your heart is open to the weekend unfolding and that you rejoice in the season of spiritual gifts.  We are sprinkling our home with symbols of the season.  Here are a few ideas for decorating eggs! We stamped our intentions on this...

Happy Pumpkins: 10 DIY Pumpkin Projects

Please examine this pumpkin stem and tell me what you find. Don’t you love finding magic in unexpected places? In the cracks and hiding in negative spaces. When I was a young (maybe 8?) my dad’s sunset photo was featured on the local news.  The...

Finding Joy: DIY Easter Eggs

Here we are 25% into 2015: the year in which I named joy as my companion for this trip around the sun.  The challenge so far has been connecting these three simple letters and reconciling how to honor life with a joyful heart… when some terrible situations have...

Winter White and The Frozen Bubble Equation

We are covered in white and dreaming of a Crayola summer.  White is just the boss of a Midwestern winter.  It paints the sky above and the ground below.  And, white touches everything in between. Mercury milestones create a “should I stay or should I go?”...

Repeat the Sounding Joy: DIY Marquee Sign

I hope all is merry and bright in your corner of the world. In case you are searching for a last-minute, homemade gift from the heart… create JOY! I used 13.5 inch jumbo letters from Hobby Lobby for this project.  Apply a coat of paint and allow time for the...

Holiday Intentions and 10 Creative Gift Ideas!

Sometimes I have to slice life into tiny pieces to understand anything. Chop, dice and toss: all in an effort of understanding and stitching together thoughts on why suffering seems to lurk in every corner.   Individually what can we do to collectively make a...

Heart to Heart

“I want to know if you can see beauty even when it’s not pretty, every day, and if you can source your own life from its presence.”  -Oriah Mountain Dreamer Today was a whirlwind of tiny gestures rooted in kindness; strung together like the links of a chain.    When...

Arctic Bubbles

 Precious jewel, you glow, you shine, reflecting all the good things in the world. – Maya Angelou Last winter I experimented with freezing bubbles in a photo quest.  It didn’t really work out (ok, it was an epic fail).  When I heard our temperature would...

A Lyrical Christmas: O Hear the Angel Voices

Radiant beams from Thy holy face, With dawn of redeeming grace. -lyrics, Silent Night  Truly He taught us to love one another; His law is love and His gospel is peace. -lyrics, O Holy Night Joyful, all ye nations rise, join the triumph of the skies; Light and life to...

Intention Ornaments

“Intention sets the tone for the way you start something and has the greatest effect on its outcome… it can be a dedication, a point of focus, or simply the lens through which you would like to see.” -Mandy Ingber, from the book Yogalosophy The...

Halloween Soiree

We recently hosted a little Halloween party to celebrate the season of fright.  Halloween provides a great creative license to tap your inner child.  My family might say it is a wee bit freaky just how seriously I embrace this holiday.  Today I am sharing a few...

Blessings

May love and laughter light your days, and warm your heart and home. May good and faithful friends be yours, wherever you may roam. May peace and plenty bless your world with joy that long endures. May all life’s passing seasons bring the best to you and yours!...

Grateful Indeed

“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely,...

Happy Halloween!

Moon magic! I indulged in candy (lots) and dressing up the only girl in the house that wears what I recommend! Her favorite costume? She was rewarded with some chicken (dog candy) for her cooperative spirit! Good bye...

Rainy Day Candles

Using rub-on transfers today to create a few candles!  Try these! The process… 1.) Trim rub-on image with scissors. 2.) Use a popsicle stick to apply pressure to the graphic so it transfers to your...

More Pumpkins!

Pondering simplicity today and wondering why I am obsessed with new twists on a timeless classic (pumpkins).  I love the rich and vibrant pumpkin color.  But… I can’t stop.  The mantel project is still...

Haunted

Since we moved our fireplace mantle has remained a blank slate.  I was gifted with a mirror recently that I believe will be perfect for the mantel… but for now it sits in front of the fireplace awaiting its perch.  Today is step one in the “holiday”...

Lil’ Pumpkin

I remember disputing with my dad, whose favorite season is fall, that I do not share his love of the season.  I announced this as a child, repeated it throughout my teen years and even as a young adult.  I could only see brown in the trees of the midwestern towns...

Wicked Cool

The girls tell me we never properly celebrate or decorate for most holidays.  I disagreed with them on the celebrate comment, but I did admit to some laziness when it comes to dragging out the decorations for most holidays.  With Halloween just around the corner I...

Cake & Frogs

We are all celebrating birthday eve.  The youngest in the family will be celebrating a milestone birthday this weekend and to honor this birthday properly we let her select how she wants to celebrate.  Her decision…  tickets to the Abby Lee Dance Studio Once in...

Memorial Day

Deepest gratitude to those who have served and fought valiently to protect our freedom.  Feeling the grip of grief as I try to pray for parents, siblings, spouses and friends that have lost loved ones.  I pray for anyone who knows the grief and trauma that many...

Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day! Joyful wishes to everyone who nurtures another soul. Grandmothers, caregivers, volunteers, teachers, Foster moms, angel moms (especially angel moms), moms who ache because they have lost. The list could go on and on. Grateful for every...

Birthday Blessings 2.10

“She said she usually cried at least once each day not because she was sad, but because the world was so beautiful and life was so short.”  Brian Andreas 2.10 I was out late on 2.9.12 celebrating my friends’ engagement!  Happy tears and joyful...