Why You’ve Got to Have Guests When Your House isn’t Perfect

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I learned the hard way that it’s better to invite a friend in than tell them no because you are embarrassed. I said NO once, years ago. And I still regret it. Telling my friend she can’t come in to use the bathroom went way deeper than my shame over a falling apart weird bathroom […]

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Six Months In :: Snow

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We’ve lived in the Charlotte, NC area for 6 or 7 years now. I think I remember two significant snows. One was at Christmas so we weren’t in town to see it. I mourned that day. This property is 45 minutes south and east of our last house. So I wondered how many decades we […]

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Everyday On Display :: Make Mine Beautiful

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a post on pretty sponsored by Kleenex I was the teenager who instead of sneaking out was in my room with the door closed peeling the ugly labels off of my makeup and shampoo bottles. So much ugly for no reason. I remember wondering something that still baffles me, if we are creating something that […]

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Lighthearted Office Plans

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  While Chad and my dad are in my office teaching themselves how to be plumbers, I decided to go ahead and find some inspiration for my new room. Our house has been very clear with me that it wants to be mainly neutral so I thought the office needed some color. I’ll be using […]

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How to Make A Newspaper Bag

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While we were in Uganda we stopped to buy coffee and the store put our coffee in the CUTEST newspaper bags. I was so excited on the inside because I just knew this newspaper bag would be the BEST craft ever for me to make and share with you. Pinterest would go wild with Newspaper […]

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Weekend Links

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Friendship Papercut DIY Feather Pendant 5 Free Things You Can do Now to Create a Gorgeous Room Freedom in 704 Square Feet // NY Times One sentence in this article stopped me cold. When recounting how the extended family felt about the couple that tore down a 1950s house and built their tiny 704 square […]

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My Friends Wrote Books & I Want You To Have Them, The Books, Not the Friends, But That Would Be Fun Too (A Giveaway)

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THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED I think it’s time for some intention, encouragement and best of all laughter. How about a giveaway of three fresh new books that I really think you will love?! Before I start do you know that I think of my friends in two groups? Not ‘online friends’ and ‘in real life […]

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My Office

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I’ve had this here blog for almost seven years. And for most of that time, I had an office where I could be messy and creative and leave my stuff everywhere and have craft supplies organizedish and close my door and work like I mean it. I’m happy to say I used my offices well […]

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Dance In Your Kitchen

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I’m home now. The last time I traveled with Compassion I had a question from one brave reader that all of us, including me, were wondering about.  It went something like this…   How in the world can you come back from all that you’ve just seen, children living in one room, mother’s doing everything […]

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Why Today Was Spectacular in an Ordinary Way

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Even though I’m the older sister I always make my little sister do things first. She started a blog first, she wrote a book (three books) first, she went on a Compassion trip first. She tests the water because she’s brave and then if it’s fine, I’ll follow along. It’s been that way for a […]

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