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Boost morale, save time and avoid hassles with these tips for sending military care packages.

Dealing with Deployment // Care Packages

Mail call is a big deal for military members of all branches who are serving our nation far from home. It is also quite an operation — just check out this video from my husband’s ship, the USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77).   Filling a box with familiar comforts and sweet notes is a […]

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Today is my birthday. I'm 42 years old. Check out these 42 things about me in celebration of my birthday.

Guess Who’s 42!

1.  Today is my birthday. 2.  It marks 42 years of living on God’s green earth. 3.  Confession: I had to do the math to confirm I am indeed 42. I have officially reached an age where I can no longer remember how old I am! 4.  But my age doesn’t really bother me. I […]

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1. Take a nature walk. // Get outdoors with the kids this summer!

20 Outdoor Things To Do With Kids This Summer

When it comes to play, I more often orchestrate activities than join the fun. This summer, I’m challenging myself to disconnect from devices, let the house get messy and be more present in play with my kids. I’m far from an outdoorsman, but growing up in Colorado developed a solid appreciation for nature. I strongly […]

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Learn how to make an outdoor planter that will bring beauty, life and interest to your porch or patio all summer long.

Anatomy of an Outdoor Planter

We have yet to start landscaping our yard, so this spring I planted over a dozen containers for our outdoor space. The fresh flowers and greenery instantly transformed our patio while also satisfying my newest obsession in gardening. Whether you’re just getting started or looking to supplement what’s already done, read on to learn how […]

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Achieve this whimsical look by turning an everyday watering can into lovely door decor in three easy steps!

Watering Can Door Decor in 3 Easy Steps

I’ve been inspired this summer to create alternatives to a traditional round wreath that still welcomes guests and brightens the front door. I received a watering can grow kit as a gift and instantly fell in love with the bright, bold color. I knew it would look incredible against my classic white door. So instead […]

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Quick, easy and completely customizable! There's so much to love about this mailbox door hanger design!

Think Inside the Box // Mailbox Door Hanger

With the start of a new season comes the chance to create new decor for the front door. This summer I’m breaking away from traditional round wreaths and repurposing this wall-mounted mailbox into some lovely door decor. To make one of your own, here are the supplies you’ll need: wall-mount mailbox styrofoam or floral foam faux […]

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Full of vitamin-rich fruit and protein-packed yogurt, make my favorite fruit smoothie at home the next time you need a tasty midday pick-me-up!

My Favorite Fruit Smoothie

Some of the strawberries we picked on Mother’s Day found their way on top of chocolate cupcakes in a delightful strawberry cream cheese frosting. Others ended up in a blender for my favorite fruit smoothie. This is my go-to smoothie. The recipe is incredibly versatile and can be made in a flash. The results are […]

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Using fresh berries, this strawberry cream cheese frosting perfectly complements rich, chocolatey cupcakes! (Recipes for both included.)

Fresh Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

On Mother’s Day, we went strawberry picking at a local farm with my sister and nieces. It was a beautiful day and we returned home with two baskets full of bright red strawberries. These farm-fresh strawberries smelled amazing, too, so the first thing I did was wash and hull some to dip in homemade whipped […]

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Hanging plant baskets are perfect for porches and patios! Quick and easy way to boost curb appeal and bring color and life to your outdoor space!

How to Make a Hanging Plant Basket

Since we bought our home two years ago, gardening, landscaping and houseplants {oh my!} are all I can think about come spring. My green-thumb dabblings began with pre-arranged containers that hung from our pergola in the backyard. I loved how they instantly added interest, color and life to our outdoor space. I’m no expert in gardening, […]

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