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4 Ways to Create a Stylish Home Office in the Living Room

When we moved to this house a couple of years ago, the plan was to build me an office in the unfinished part of the basement. But as the kids have grown, we’ve sort of decided to re-purpose that space as a fourth bedroom for one of them. Which means I’ve had to figure out how… 

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Weekend Retreat Link Party #109

It’s the first Thursday/Weekend in March….Spring is almost here! OMG Cheese Stuffed Meatballs by Modern Housewife | St. Patrick’s Day Printable by Blooming Homestead | Almond Joy Macaroons by Penney Lane Kitchen | Make a Custom Treat Stand by Mama, Mommy, Mom  This week’s Featured Links: Britni’s Favorites { Play.Party.Pin} 7 Awesome Movie Night Theme… 

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dairy free cream of broccoli soup

Dairy Free Cream of Broccoli Soup

We’re not much of a soup family. Check that. Dean and I and the girls like soup. The boy not so much. (He really only likes this soup. And cup-a-soup and Mr. Noodles. Ack.) Anyway, I’m a fan of cream soup. But our family isn’t so good with cheese. So I came up with this… 

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He Makes All Things Beautiful| Free Spring Printable

The other day I mentioned needing a little color in my spring decorating. Winter in our part of the world has been awfully white. (And cold!) But I’m not okay with changing my overall neutral color scheme just for a short blip in my decorating preferences. So I decided to add color in in small doses…. 

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Make an Apron from a Tea Towel

Last Spring I picked up an adorable Easter tea towel and pretty ribbon with the full intention of making an apron from them. But time got the better of me and when spring turned to summer and I still hadn’t made an aprong, I put the towel and ribbon in a drawer and forgot about them. I… 

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Make Money Blogging | How I More Than Quadrupled My Blog Income in Less Than a Year

So last time we talked blogging, we talked about how to grow blog traffic and how in less than one year I grew my blog traffic by more than 350%. Today I want to share the strategies I used in the same time period to more than quadruple my blog’s business income. (These “how to blog” posts are NOT… 

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Sunday March 1 2015

Sunday Love Notes

Need a little encouragement today? Know that He’s looking after you and that you can do this! xo

Hand painted globe

DIY Hand Lettered Globe

Have you noticed the trend lately? The hand-lettered trend? It’s on art prints, cards and vases. It’s on globes too! Since it’s such a fun look, I thought I’d try my hand at making over a wee globe that I purchased years ago. DIY Hand Lettered Globe Supplies globe paint (I used Fusion Mineral Paints in… 

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Weekend Retreat Link Party #108

Well, guess what day it is again? It’s Thursday…which means I get to bring you the Weekend Retreat Link Party! German Chocolate Bars from Just Us Four | DIY Moss Frame from This Silly Girls Life | DIY Tissue Paper Tassels from Sewlicious Home Decor | Salted Caramel Crepes with Biscoff from The Gold Lining… 

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Butternut squash mac and cheese casserole

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese (Dairy and Gluten Free)

Mac and Cheese is pure comfort food. But when you’re trying to slim down, you have a picky eater and all your kids can’t eat cheese, it becomes a quest to find a recipe that can be adapted for everyone in the family. So I adapted my own Dairy Free Gluten Free Butternut Squash Mac… 

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Gold Spike Decor Paperweight | Craft Fail!

Last week I was visiting Chapters/Indigo with the kids. We call things like that field trips. They peruse the books and I ogle the pretty decor items. Homeschool + Work = Perfection Anyway, as always I spotted about a million things I adore. And all the gold (Kate Spade has a gorgeous line!) had me all… 

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How To Grow Blog Traffic

How to Grow Blog Traffic | How I Grew My Blog Traffic by 350% in Less Than One Year

I’ve been blogging for almost five years. Aside from homeschooling my kids, working on this blog business is how I spend my days. (It’s often how I spend my nights and weekends during busy seasons too.) AKA Design has seen decent growth in those five years. But last year, I really found my blogging groove. As a result… 

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DIY rag balls

Rag Balls (Bowl Filler)

I am a pretty neutral girl. I mean most of my clothes are grey, brown or black. And my house – our house – is also pretty neutral with shades of white, cream, black, grey and brown. But in the dark days of February I start to crave a little color. Usually pink. (Must be… 

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Stocking the Freezer |

Stocking the Freezer

Anyone who knows me well knows I love to have a fully stocked house. Yes, a fully stocked house. Canned goods, paper goods, fresh foods and frozen. Having plenty of consumables stored and organized makes this homeschooling, business-owning, Momma of three very happy! Taking Care of Business The fridge we inherited when we bought this house is… 

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Subway Tile Wall in the Kitchen

So we just finished tackling a project that’s been on my wish list forever…THE SUBWAY TILE WALL in the kitchen! When we first redid the kitchen (painting the cabinets, installing the stainless steel counters, changing the backsplash in the original part of the kitchen, flooring, light fixtures, faucet, etc.), I really wanted to do a subway… 

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