Author: Jen

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Spring Cherry Blossom Love and Party Decor

We live in DC so naturally we couldn’t miss seeing the Cherry Blossoms-   Somebody please throw a party and invite me–the ideas below are so beautiful:  

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Agate and Geode Style

I went to the Smithsonian National History Museum in DC with my Mom and Dad awhile back and was dazzled. I keep thinking I need more geodes and agates in my life, don’t you? Like these napkin rings from my blog post a few days back: Or this jewelry: Or just any of these gorgeous ideas below… My birthday is coming up just in case anyone is interested.

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Easter Table Ideas (Love)

  Easter Table Ideas (Love)…I broke it down into three categories: Easy, Not As Easy, and Do Not Attempt. “Easy” “Not As Easy” “Do Not Attempt”  

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The Proclamation of More Travel

Oh Gentle Reader, I read the travel section of last week’s newspaper today. It should be telling that I am reading Sunday’s paper the following Saturday–it takes me that long. Or that I keep only the Travel and Arts sections. Yesterday I made a Proclamation to my husband. He knows when this happens that he must adhere because when I Proclaim then that is – it. “We are going to Denmark and Belize.” I should add a Dammit to that statement as well. You see, gentle reader, my soul gets a little lost moving. My soul gets sidetracked with kids. My soul gets hijacked with the plastic to do’s. You know the to do list that isn’t saving or seeing the world but organizes the produce drawer in the refrigerator. My soul takes a back seat to the rest of the household and when time is freed soul is too tired. I walked the dog last week (foreshadowing for The Proclamation) after a margarita infused meal and shouted into a cell phone (so sorry Althea) …

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Life After Junk Store

  I’m just a table Yes, I’m only an ugly table. And I’m sitting here at a junk store Well, it’s a long, long journey To your door It’s a long, long wait While I’m sitting here out of date But I know I’ll be fine decor At least I hope and pray that I’m able But today I am still just an ugly table Boy: Gee, Ugly Table, you certainly have a lot of patience and courage. Ugly Table: Well I got this far. When I started, I wasn’t even a table, I was just a tree. I’m just a table Yes I’m only an ugly table And I got dumped at this junk store Well, now I’m stuck in this store And I’ll sit here and wait While a few key people discuss and debate Whether they should paint Boy: Listen to that couple arguing! Is all that discussion and debate about you and whether it’s worth it to repaint you? Bill: Yeah, I’m one of the lucky ones. Most ugly tables never even get this far. Boy: Isn’t repainting a …

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New Orleans Love

  I got married in New Orleans. It rained so hard during our 3 day celebration that they ran out of garbage bags that weekend because all of our guests were wearing them in attempt to stay dry. I’d show you pictures but our photographer had such a good time at our wedding she got drunk and forgot to take any. Oh it was a good wedding… A little NOLA style for you.

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Collage Art Love

  It’s been snowing here. Maybe you saw it on the news? I refrained from going outside as much as possible. Which brings me to one of my snowed in days…I was inspired to make a collage. Just me, the TV, some scissors, and howling kids in the background. I decided to frame one for my “corner office”. Speaking of collages… This is what is trending with family photos: You can click on Jenna’s link above to see how she made it. It sounds super inexpensive to do–which makes it the best. While searching for collage ideas I saw this: I love this idea. Love it. You can make a statement piece for a room with an old chair and by collaging magazine cut-outs. Kids can help and it could be a creative snow day project. Speaking of collages and kids… This is using magazine cutouts as prompts for your kids to create their own art. You can read more by clicking on the above link. Looks like some great art for accenting a wall …

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If You Give A Mom a Snow Day…

  If you give a mom a snow day she’s going to want to take a nap. While she’s trying to take a nap chances are the kids will want their snow pants. If you give them their snow pants they will want help. Once you wrestle the snow pants, snow boots, coats, hats and mittens on they will go outside. When they get outside they will want to come back inside. They will probably pound on the door to let them in while yelling “MOOOOMMMMM” because they can’t supposedly open it with their mittens on. Once they get back inside they will ask for food. If you make them some food you will have to clean it up. While you are cleaning it up they will probably ask if they can pull out their messiest most complicated craft project. If you say yes they will most definitely need help. While you are reading the directions they will get bored and ask you for more food. Once they have the food they will want to …

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Does it Spark Joy?

  I pretty much have just enough time to maintain the status quo, meaning I can get what NEEDS to get done–done, but beyond that, Oy Vay. I have to remind myself that life is too short to obsess about the unfinished petty stuff–dusty baseboards, scuffed up walls, a playroom that looks like it was “tossed” by the Feds, etc… It’s all just a byproduct of a much loved home, right?  I, do, however, constantly try to find ways to minimize extra angst in my life. I mean life is not always very easy. The last thing I need is my own home to bring me down, stress me out, and be a giant buzz kill when sometimes everyone and everything else is jockeying for that position. So I keep hearing about this book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo. Her essential question is ‘Does this spark joy?’ “Keep only the things that speak to your heart, then take the plunge and discard all the rest,” she advises. “When you put your …