my finished handmade felt heirloom advent calendar

December 5, 2014

I finished this up last weekend after Thanksgiving, just in time! I may have an addiction to felt needlepoint. New favorite craft for sure. I call this an “heirloom” advent calendar because the materials are high quality and labored over by me with love so I am definitely forcing it on one of my kids when they grow up. :) I want to give another shout out to my mother-in-law for getting this for me way back in the spring or summer (an early Christmas gift!) so that I actually had time to make it for this year. I love it so much. If you want one, you can find them here. It requires basic needlepoint, embroidery, and sewing skills. Advanced…
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favorite things giveaway blog hop! (closed)

December 3, 2014

As a thank you to our readers and in celebration of the season for giving, I’m happy to be joining with a bunch of other bloggers to give away a bundle of my favorite things. Each of us put together our own gifts, so once you’re done here be sure to visit their blogs and enter for a chance to win there too. Here is what I’m giving away: One of my favorite books, Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout A reusable coffee cup And a reusable handmade coffee sleeve for when you forget the cup at home Amazing handmade bar soap from a local company, in my favorite vanilla orange scent Two sets of alphabet stamps (upper and lower case) The…
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working mama files : sarah from beauty school dropout

December 2, 2014

Working Mama Files is an interview series designed to support and encourage working moms along the path to having a fulfilling life. Today’s episode features one of my favorite bloggers, Sarah from Beauty School Dropout. She and I have a ton in common: professional careers with creative hobbies and small children. She’s a great one to follow for goal inspiration and managing life as a working mom. I’ll let her introduce herself to you in more detail, but be sure to check out her blog! Who lives in your house? I live with my husband, Matt, my two boys, who are 4 1/2 and 1, and my old grumpy dachshund, Lucy. Will you tell us a little about your current…
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a quick tip for avoiding financial hangover

November 30, 2014

So as you can see this post is sponsored, but I was happy to be able to share this company with you if you don’t already use them or aren’t familiar. Specifically, I want to share with you my number one tip for handling irregular bills and holiday expenses: save up all year. That might seem like common sense. For me, it was what I always tried to do, but if I just tried to save the money in my checking account I’d very likely end up spending it. Or if I put money in savings I wouldn’t know what I should be using the money for, or I’d use it on something else if it came up. When one of my…
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project life 2014 : weeks 45 – 46 (+ my plans for 2015 & other creative updates)

November 28, 2014

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Ours was very full but so much fun and the kids did great. Today I am home with the kiddos and the plan is to get our Christmas decorations up. It might be a 3-day process with a crawling, teething baby and a preschooler who wants to “help” around, but I’m determined to have fun. We have holiday movies lined up and nutrition is kind of out the window for the day. I might venture out to the craft store at some point, but only if I get up the nerve. :) I just wanted to share my most recent project life spread with you, and talk a little bit about my…
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