Hygge and me


Hygge print via footnotes studios

Have you heard about the newest (but not really that new, I may be a year or two behind here) trend?–HYGGE! It’s the Danish word that expresses the idea of having a cozy lifestyle. It’s been on my mind for about a year now and I even got this book last year for Mother’s Day. The idea is that the Danish people have some things figured out in the happiness department and if we study their best practices we can improve our contentment as well. Continue reading Hygge and me

Framing Homemade Art

First I have to apologize for being MIA lately. As everyone, I started out having big plans for 2018! Those were quickly shut down on our way home from Virginia when I got the flu and just two weeks later got food poisoning. So it’s been a rough January. Luckily I’m on the the upside now and am determined to start using my craft room again! Today I’m sharing how I framed an embroidery based on a super cute love story

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How to actually keep your resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions are shiny and fun and the first few weeks of January they feel necessary and cool. All the cool kids are pledging to make 2018 the best year ever! It should be a great year and I want you to have the best year ever, but NEWSFLASH having the best year ever involves doing work and making changes NOW.

The three pictures in the post are in the running for nursery artwork. Any suggestions or votes for a favorite are appreciated. Source: Rocky Top Print Shop

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Maureen’s favorite things

Over the holidays Kristine, Caroline, and myself went to Virginia to visit with our parents. There is something about going to your parents house, it feels so comfortable and nice. This was the first time any of us had seen where our parents are living since they moved a couple months ago. So, it seems odd that a place I’d never been felt like home. That’s the magic of a Mom. Or maybe it’s just our Mom, because she’s pretty special! Regardless, it felt like home. My mother walks the line of meticulously organized and comfortable like a pro. She’s just the most cool Grandma there is, with a house that matches.  Continue reading Maureen’s favorite things

Looking Back and Looking Forward

As the first post of 2018 I thought I would revisit a few posts from this year. We started this blog with the first post on April 25th. As mostly first-time bloggers this has been a year of exploration, we are still figuring what we want this blog to be and the best way to share our creativity with all of you.

But, here are some of our great ideas from 2017:

Rainbows of playdough

We are stretching out Christmas break as long as possible, but I am looking forward to a new year and some new projects. And before too long this baby girl will be here and probably throw off all my plans 😉

My yummy lunch from today.

Boxing Day!

Happy Boxing Day! December 26th is a holiday we always “celebrated” growing up. My Mom spent a few years in England in her early twenties and so the tradition of this English holiday entered into my childhood.
I always thought the name came about because it was the day we boxed up our Christmas decor. (Did my mom trick me into helping tidy this way? Ha!) In truth the day was created because it’s the day that the English boxed up gifts or tips for service workers. It’s also become a big holiday for shopping similar to how we have Black Friday in the United States. Continue reading Boxing Day!

The gift of presence

Ever since I left my job a few months ago (more about that here) I have been trying to focus on spending more quality time with my son. Of course some days go better than others, but during the month of December I decided to try and make a more concentrated effort.

I made these gingerbread cookies and made an effort to let him direct the decorating.

I thought I would do a little round-up of some of the activities we did together. None of them were particularly fancy or expensive, but we had a great time together. This seems like the first Christmas that my son has really been able to understand what is going on and I am loving it! Continue reading The gift of presence

10 things I buy at the Dollar Store

I went to the dollar store today to pick up a few things I needed to finish off some Christmas gifts. The dollar store is one of my favorite places for inexpensive gifts and supplies but not everything in that place is a good deal. I’ll share a few things I got in my trip today and 10 of the best deals and finds from the dollar store.

[The one disclaimer here is that not all dollar stores are created equal! Some have better selections and the quality of merchandise can vary greatly. Shop around and find “your” store.] Continue reading 10 things I buy at the Dollar Store