Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Why I Choose To Shop Small


Since 2010, the Saturday after Thanksgiving (also known as Small Business Saturday) is when holiday shoppers focus on supporting and celebrating local small shops. This "holiday" was created by American Express, and back in 2010, the company even rewarded shoppers with a $10 credit for every $10 they spent at small businesses. Since then, the idea has really taken off!

Living in a small town, shopping small and local is very important to me--and not just on Small Business Saturday. Small shops are the heart of our community, and according to the Small Business Administration, they're the heart of our country too.
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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Seasons of Life


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There is nothing quite as magical to me as hearing the stories about how someone's life changed in unexpected ways. If you've been hanging out here for a while, you probably know that home decor, DIY projects, and creating gluten-free + vegan recipes are not my "real" job. In fact, this online journaling exercise about our home and life began as a bit of a creative outlet for me that was meant to simply be a way to recharge my imagination and energy.

In my day job, I'm a social science researcher, and I study adult psychosocial development. Quite a mouthful, right? In a nutshell, I listen to people's stories and try to hear what is going on in order to document the psychological theory. That's a rather long way of explaining that listening to stories is my life's work, it's what fuels me, and it's really no wonder that stories mean so much to me.

Lately, I've been reflecting on my own story, looking back on from where I came, and thinking about how we arrived at this season of life.
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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Farmhouse Christmas Style Guide


It's the most wonderful time of the year, and here at the farm, we are in full celebration mode! Today, that means Christmas music on repeat along with boxes and crates full of holiday decor stacked in the foyer as I decorate each little nook throughout our home, but soon the transformation will be complete, and we'll have a full blown winter wonderland to enjoy in the weeks ahead.

If you're decorating your own home and looking for a little inspiration, our first ever Seasonal Decor Style Guide has everything you need to create a gorgeous farmhouse style Christmas, room by room.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

How to Make an Acorn Wreath


I love the flowers of spring, the warmth of the summer sun, and the joy of the holidays. But when it comes to decor, I truly love fall. Most of our home is already designed around rustic and natural textures and colors, so fall just "fits" in effortlessly. In fact, much of the decor that might be considered seasonally appropriate for fall stays up in our home year-round, and I plan the other seasons' decor around it. This year, though, I wanted to make something special for autumn.

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