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6-8-24

Happy 39th!!!

No certainly not my birthday (although I wouldn’t mind going back a few years), Today is our 39th anniversary.

We actually celebrated with friends a couple of days ago at my favorite restaurant!

What an amazing life Doug and I have built together. And did I mention one of our kids moved back to KC, and his girlfriend came along? I know! I can’t get over it. We even had this wonderful pair celebrating with us. I don’t think life could get any better — well, maybe better come Aug when we will have our first grand baby!!!

So much to celebrate and so much to look forward to. But for now, I’m celebrating today!!!

And there’s a reason, I couldn’t celebrate with The Hubs today.

I’m spending the day with three of my Blogging Besties (so you. right want to keep and eye on my stories today).

Two are heading on down to Dallas tomorrow, the other back home in Southern MO.

Next Tuesday we meet up again with two more in Rockwell TX where we we are spending four days learning together, growing together and encouraging each other.

And I’m sure its will all be generous sprinkling of laughter throughout.

What I Can’t Let Go Of:

While I prepare for our retreat, I can’t let go of this quote posted earlier by one of the retreat gals:

“Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you; spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.”

— Amy Poehler”

So true!!!

This group of my six Blogging Besties have zoomed together every week for almost three years. We are in communication daily through our phones, helping and encouraging each other.

This will be the first time we have all been together in person!!!

I could not be more excited.

These ladies have changed my life, and I can’t wait to see further change and growth!

On the Blog This Week

Finished Line Art Wall Decor in the Corner

Do you have boring walls? But wallpaper may be too much and too expensive. Here’s the next best thing.

NO artistic skiill needed — pinky swear!

If you can trace, you can do this!!!

Pick your own subject, scale and colors.

All the details, plus my tips and tricks are waiting for you.

This week I’m all about Time-Savings

I have three of my favorite, simple little tricks to use on your phone to save time from tedious tasks —

less time spent on tedious, means more time for joy!

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Isn’t this porch mat the cutest!!!

My amazing friend, Michele of Vintage Home Designs has made the cutest block print-esque entry rug!

I love it and can’t wait to make one myself!

But I didn’t want to wait to have mine done to share this with you. After all, that’s what friends do, right?.

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Who Loves a Giveaway?

I know, they are so fun.

We all think “I never win anything” . . . until we do!

Will this be your time to win? There’s only one way to find out!

And super congrats to Cindy from Reinvented Delaware for getting this fun FB group going and growing. Maybe I’ll catch up with you there.


Annie at Zevy Joy shares all her tips and tricks for composing this refreshing and casual centerpiece!

LOVE how it turned out!

a ceramic bowl holding bright oranges and lemons and fresh herbs is on a wood table

I hope you’ve been enjoying the weekend!!! Thanks for hanging out with me a bit,

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