How Well Did You Sleep Last Night? Every morning my husband I greet each other with a nod or a kiss, pour a cup of coffee, and then ask, “So, how’d you sleep last night?”  I think we started this tradition because we’ve both gone through way too many sleepless nights and   And I […]

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Healthy Living, Inspiration, Life Purpose, Mid-Life, Oils

Didn’t Sleep Well Last Night? My Map To Dreamland

What are your favorite things about Fall? The cooler weather, the fact that (eventually!) you’ll get to wear boots and sweaters? Or is it the vibrant colored leaves hanging in the trees, showing off as they’re displayed in all their splendor against the grey skies? Maybe for you, it’s the food – the pumpkin spice […]

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Creating, Design, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Photography, Redecorating

The Great White Pumpkin Is Not A Myth

When The Love Is Gone – “I love you, but I’m tired of this and if you would shrivel up and die, I’d be thrilled.” Those were my thoughts this morning as I stared down at my oversized zucchini plant and picked yet another beautiful green squash from the midst of its massive leaves. You’d […]

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Healthy Living, Inspiration, Life Purpose, Lifestyle, Organic Gardening

Four Tips To Keep You From Quitting

When Life Goes Awry I had begun painting a large wall mural using wide strokes and vibrant colors – jewel tones with hints of pale pink sunrises over deep blue oceans. It was only painted in my imagination, but it was my plans and dreams for what my life would look like after my children […]

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Adoption, Inspiration, Life Purpose, Lifestyle, Mid-Life, Quotes, Travel, Vision

What Do You Do When Your Hopes and Dreams Disappear?

“Memories you’ve shared, gone for good, you feared They’re all around you still, though they’ve disappeared. Nothing’s really left or lost without a trace Nothing’s gone forever, only out of place.” From Mary Poppins Returns “Nothing is ever really lost to us…” Tomorrow Annie, Garry and I are going to spend a family afternoon at […]

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Adoption, Blog, Children, Family, Inspiration, Life Purpose, Lifestyle, Quotes

The Secret Life of Memories

Hey there! I decided I would try something new and give you some helpful information but tell it in the form of a story.  The story is about Mike and Margaret (Maggie) Harrison, the owners of Maggie’s Magical Garden and Inn, in Eaglerock, Virginia.  Maggie has an organic garden (a woman after my own heart!) […]

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Baked Goods, Blog, Creating, Family, Food, Fruit, Grain Free, Inspiration, Uncategorized

ARE MY TOMATOES EVER GOING TO RIPEN?

I’m sitting at my gate at the airport in Texas, waiting for my flight home to Virginia, feeling very happy and content.  I’m on my way home after a weekend visit to Waco, Texas, which far exceeded all of my expectations and I’ve got the pictures to prove it!  My niece lives in Waco and […]

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Baked Goods, Creating, Design, Food, Inspiration, Life Purpose, Lifestyle, Redecorating, Travel, Vision

Two Valuable Lessons I Learned From Chip and Joanna Gaines

My Easter Morning Realization I woke up early on Easter morning, poured my coffee, applied my beloved Green Tea-Algae Mask, grabbed my journal and enjoyed a few minutes of peace of the holiday.   After I washed off my mask, I completed my morning facial routine,* poured a second cup of coffee and waited for […]

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Facial Products, Healthy Living, Inspiration, Mid-Life

What Your Skin Is Craving

First, A Bit Of Advice Let me offer you a piece of good advice before you decide to buy a house:  be sure you see the house with your own eyes and walk through it to get a feel for what you’ll be spending the next 15 to 30 years paying for.  Trust me on […]

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Blog, Creating, Design, Family, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Paint, Redecorating

Three Tips To Help You BEFORE You Start Redecorating

Introducing Annie Last week I started the process of updating my daughter’s bedroom.  I’m going to be posting about my progress on her room as I work, instead of just waiting for the BIG REVEAL! after I finish all my labors. Before I show you the room, the “before” photos and the updates we’ve made […]

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Adoption, Children, Family, Inspiration, Life Purpose, Lifestyle, Mid-Life, Parenting

The Story of a Middle-Age Mom

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