Category Archives: Lists, Tips, and Ideas

6 Ideas to Brighten a Space with Gallery Walls

I know minimalism is all the rage right now, but something in me cringes when I walk into a house and see stark white walls and no art anywhere. Maybe it’s the artist in me talking, but there’s something about … Continue reading

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8 Ways to Bring Back the Lost Art of Snail Mail

Remember handwritten letters? You know, snail mail? Like actual cards that people wrote and sent in the mail? Even though I grew up during the age of letter-writing, I’ve almost forgotten that that’s an option anymore. We live in such … Continue reading

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5 Ways to See the Beauty in Unexpected Places (and a Free Printable)

If you’re like me, you might find it’s easy to become distracted by everyday worries, responsibilities, and beeping notifications that constantly vy for your attention. The whole “stop and smell the roses” thing can become nonexistent in our lives. And yet, it’s oh so important.

I wrote a couple of weeks ago about the reason I’m doing what I’m doing; about my desire to point others toward beauty, and about how what we see changes us. This pursuit might seem superficial, but I think there are hints of Eden all around us; traces of God in the ordinary. Slowing down to notice them is the only challenge. So I’m offering a few simple ideas to take to heart when seeking beauty in the unexpected places. Continue reading

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10 Free or Inexpensive Ways to Date Your Spouse

While a fancy dinner, trip to the movies, or going to see a show are great, we’ve been trying to be more thrifty about how we spend money, especially on entertainment. It takes little creativity (we definitely got in a eating-out habit), but if you think outside the box just a bit, there are some great inexpensive date ideas out there. Continue reading

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Share the Love – 5 Reasons to Shop Handmade This Holiday Season

You might not have known this, but Saturday is Small Business Saturday, a chance to support local, handmade, and small businesses. As I’ve gotten connected with other crafters, artists, and makers, I see so much amazing talent and value to what others are making. So here’s why you should shop handmade this holiday season. Continue reading

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6 Things I learned From Moving Cross Country

It’s been an interesting transition; in a lot of ways I feel like we’ve been here a lot longer than three and a half months. We feel so settled. But I also think I haven’t emotionally processed everything about the transition or even fully wrapped my head around the fact that we’re out west after six years in the east. In hopes of sharing a little wisdom I gleaned along the way, here are 6 things I learned from moving cross country. Continue reading

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7 Things I Learned in 7 Years of Marriage

In some ways it seems like the time has flown by and it hasn’t really been that many years since I lived alone in my little apartment in Wisconsin, but then sometimes I think seven years is a legit amount of time to be married (I mean, it’s practically 10 years which everyone knows is pretty solid).

So without further ado, I want to share 7 things I learned in 7 years of marriage: Continue reading

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