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15 Wedding Gifts We’re Still Using – Nearly 10 Years Later!

I was recently cleaning out and decluttering my kitchen when I realized we still use quite a few things around our house that we received as wedding gifts back in 2008 – nearly 10 years ago! So, I thought it might be helpful to put together a list of the items we’re still using throughout our […]

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Blue House Tour: Kitchen 2017

The kitchen in our blue house has come a long way! As a reminder, here’s what it originally looked like. The pictures on top are from the day we moved in, and the three photos on the bottom are from the MLS listing. Obviously, this room already had quite a bit going for it: Corian countertops […]

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Blue House | Life | Renovation

The Saga of Painting Our Kitchen Cabinets White

I started painting the cabinets in our kitchen back in 2013. It was a job that would, unfortunately, span over the course of several years. The process was long and frustrating, and it’s taken me a couple of years to feel like I could blog about it without sounding totally defeated. In 2013, I was able to […]

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Why We Decided Not to Move

Last week I shared a post where I briefly mentioned that we had considered moving. The decision to stay in our blue house was not an easy one, and it was definitely a decision where we considered multiple factors. Arriving at the decision to take on adding two expensive outdoor features (pool and detached garage) […]

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Gifts | Life

A 31st Birthday Wish List

Whew! April has been a crazy month! My pop-up business opened in March and continued through mid-April, and then I went to the beach for a week. It was a wonderful month, and I was certainly glad for the rest at the end. My birthday is in exactly one month, so I thought it might […]

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Life

How Exercise Helps Me Achieve My Goals

I recently shared my list of goals for the year and announced my word of the year: WORK. After that post, I realized I wanted to share a bit more about why I chose the word “work” to intentionally drive and focus my year ahead. Intentionally focusing 2017 around the word “work” was a decision I […]

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2017 Goals and My Word of the Year

This year, I’m planning to simplify my goals a bit and only concentrate on a few for our home. Instead, I’m going to focus on a word this year. In years’ past, I’ve definitely had a major, overarching goal that could have been summed up by one word. For example, last year would have been […]

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Sitting Room Inspiration

A few months ago I realized that I had a desire to create a retreat within our home for me. Now that I work from home, I spend the majority of my time in our home’s office. I absolutely adore working from home, but sometimes I find myself craving a change of scenery. At first, […]

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Grad School Survival Kit

I recently completed coursework for my master’s degree. During the last year and a half, I’ve been exhausted, overworked, and pushed to my breaking point, but I have proven to myself time and time again that I am far more capable than I give myself credit. Along the way, I’ve relied on a few simple things […]

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2016 Goal Check In

Back in January, I made a list of goals for the year ahead. Since the year is halfway over, I thought it might be a good idea to check in to see if I’ve made any progress and also to see if I need to make any adjustments to my goals for the remainder of […]

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