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Our Christmas Cards + An Artifact Uprising Giveaway!

A few weeks ago, we drove 40 minutes up the road to Ashton, Idaho with our friends, the Pugmires, and we took our family photo for our Christmas Card. It’s something we do every year, and it’s such a fun tradition that keeps the whole family photo thing more casual and whole lot less stressful when friends are on the other side of the camera. I always take their photo (with Chris making funny faces to get the kids laughing) and then they take ours. We stopped at two locations, just down the road from each other, and while I loved the white bark on either side of this trail… The moss and woods and girls cracking up in the one below stole my heart and made it to the card. We’ve gotten a few questions about how to coordinate outfits for cards. I just try to balance patterns and solids….

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How We Keep Our Home Clean with a Big, Hairy Dog

Charly has been a member of our family for over three years now and we can’t imagine this home without her. I’m not going to lie, having never had a dog before, it took me a couple weeks to get used to her and that hair and drool (I actually lost my appetite for 9 days when we got her), but she is truly one of us now. We adopted her when she was a couple years old from a family with five young children, so we were hopeful she would be good with Greta (and later Faye, although she wasn’t in the picture yet) and she is so gentle with each of them, but prefers adults when we have people over. Fun fact: Her name was Tinee when we got her and when we asked the vet about changing her name, he said it was best if we stayed with…

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What’s In My Diaper Bag?

This post is sponsored by Oyster. Before Faye came along, we talked about our diaper bag here. Good news–Chris and I both still love it. I find it incredibly fascinating to see what people have in their purses, and since this bag has become my purse for the past 6 months, today, I am dumping it out to show you what I keep inside. I would have to have a lot more in there if it wasn’t for my phone–which is now my camera, planner, laptop and now I even have all my books on it!! I have been using Oyster (a subscription based app available on iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, and desktop–that gives you access to unlimited ebooks for $9.95 a month. Think Netflix for books!) Up until recently, I used to stash up to 3 books at a time in my diaper bag for when I am nursing…

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Wood Dipped Bench + $100 Giveaway!

We got this bench a while ago, and refinished it beautifully and it sat in our last home just fine. And then we moved here and somehow it got put outside one day and then it just stayed there day after day until it looked like this: So sad. The funny thing is, as worn as it looked, we actually used it quite a lot while it sat out there–way more than we did while it was inside–so I realized, hey, this should be an outdoor bench instead of forcing it indoors. So this past weekend I made it outdoor proof and pretty, too. In June, Clark+Kensington paint partnered with OPI (you know, the nail polish brand!) to create a new color palette with three different collections. It’s a pretty striking palette with all very on-trend colors. What you would expect from a nail polish–except it’s real paint in real paint sizes for walls,…

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Original, Soft, Abstract Art: Blues, Greens and Grays.

Remember my large 6’x8′ painting I did for the dining room (you can catch the whole process here)?  It has gotten a lot of attention lately, which is amazing.  To the inquiring minds and readers, in response to your emails, I am sorry–this is not a tutorial for it.  And there probably never will be.  Some art there is no step-by-step to.  I hope you can understand. The good news is, I did a smaller one–the first of many, I hope–and added it to our Etsy shop.  I used the same colors as the one in our dining room–lots of greens, grays and blues–all on a slightly smaller canvas.  Let’s face it, 6’x8′ presents a lot of shipping problems.  Ha!  So this original, gallery wrapped painting on canvas is 24″x30″ and ready to be welcomed into your home. Purchase the painting here.

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Pinterest Hits and Misses

Sometimes I think that Pinterest was created just for me and for those just like me.  I used to have files and files of links and photos, labeled the best I could.  Note: labeling by date is the worst idea ever.  I utilize Pinterest on the daily–not only to store my inspirations, recipes, and also to organize some of my mood boards I am working on, but I am also constantly trying the things I pin.  Multiple times a week, I am referring to my pins and trying things out.   Rarely do we hear how things actually turn out.  Here are just 3 of our most recent hits and misses we found on Pinterest.   1.  The Miss. Garlic Parmesan Edamame using this recipe.  Chris, Greta and I love, love, LOVE edamame–but this was not good.  It was so rich and messy!  Edamame is a finger food, and to…

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Deb’s Earthy-Urban Mood Board

I’m back to share another one of my favorite mood boards of the week.  I don’t know what I would call the style of this room I put together for my client, Deb, recently–“Earthy Urban”?  Haha–we’ll go with that.  Deb recently moved into a new place and asked for my help to infuse some life into it.  Her goal is to have it all put together by Memorial Day.  I am currently working on a large painting for her space, which is making me even more excited to see photos when it is all put together.  Here’s what I came up with: 1 (Benjamin Moore Copley Gray), 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 What would you call the style?  What’s your favorite piece?  Me–I have been drooling over that ottoman ever since I picked it out for her….

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Before And After: Entryway!!

First off, I just wanted to thank everyone for your concern yesterday–my nose is a little swollen and sore, but pain killers and your sweet comments are getting me through it.  I’m already cautiously laughing about it.  Now onto the eye candy–our entryway solution.  Spoiler alert–it’s a lot better than my little bamboo shoe rack I found last week: Behold: Yee-haw.  Our “entryway” is more of an entry wall, but we still wanted something that would solve our shoe storage problem and when I discovered this Hemnes shoe cabinet at Ikea, I knew it would be perfect.  It really anchors the new mirror and it did what not even the prettiest shoe rack could do–HIDE our shoes while storing them in the pull out compartments: Once I showed Greta what this new piece of furniture was for, she had a good time finding all the shoes scattered around and throwing them…

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Keyless Isn’t Always Cool

Newest item on our wish list: We have locked ourselves out of the house at least 6 times in the past year.  Luckily, Chris has always been able to save the day–but this morning he was at work and I found myself in the car wondering why our keyless car wasn’t starting when I pressed the button.  In denial, I kept pushing the start button while simultaneously pushing the thought out of my mind that I left my keys inside of house that I locked minutes earlier.  A sick and sleepy Greta was already to go, strapped in her car seat and we weren’t going anywhere…but we couldn’t stay in the car all day either.  I left Greta strapped in, hoping Chris had accidentally left the back patio door unlocked from grilling last night. Nope. The side door?  Also locked. Dang, we’re so responsible.  I had no other option but…

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*Screeeech.* Backtrack.

If there were two words to describe this weekend, they would be “Poor Greta.”  She is so, so sick.  Her terrible, barking cough has meant no sleeping for days and today a runny nose was added to the mix.  Chris found this homeopathic cold and cough medicine approved for kids age 2+ (hooray!) and she is currently taking her first nap since Thursday.   The other word to describe the weekend would be “backtrack.”  In the midst of lots of snuggling and humidifying and baby Vicks, we managed to gather a few things to spruce up our entryway.  I had envisioned a beautiful wood shelf on brackets underneath our new, large mirror like this inspiration photo: Our entryway would have a shoe rack underneath, since we absolutely need a place to stash our shoes when we walk in the door.  We live in reality around here, even if I wish…

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