Heart to Hearts

A New Chapter

A New Chapter

I share the following news with the fullest of hearts! In 2020 we will no longer be taking on planning and execution contracts. With the exception of one final full service wedding in June that we are joyfully seeing through to completion, this chapter in my life and business will be coming to a close. […]

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What Worked and What Didn’t in 2019

What Worked and What Didn’t in 2019

My friend Lara has always done a kick you-know-what goal planning series at the end of each calendar year, and ONE of my favorite parts is where she shares the things that worked and did not work for her over the previous 12 months. It’s easy to be motivated by other people’s successes but I […]

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When Your Second Baby Changes Your Heart

When Your Second Baby Changes Your Heart

I recently shared photos from Ev’s first birthday party but I wanted to also share these thoughts, specifically as a summary to that first year of life, in a post separate from the festivities. I feel it’s important to not only document milestones in my life but celebrate the coming out on the other side […]

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Being Brave

Being Brave

My 2019 was supposed to be the year of peace but I’ve found most of the last 10 months have been spent feeling uncomfortable, challenged, and often at a crossroads where I’m pushed to be complacent or bold. Further, what I’ve uncovered is that part of the discomfort I’ve been experiencing, part of the vulnerability […]

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How to Be An Imperfectionist

How to Be An Imperfectionist

One thing I’ve learned about myself, especially so throughout this year as I’ve faced multiple big professional and personal transitions, is despite my best efforts I still struggle with failing short of perfect. How silly to so often feel paralyzed by being less than when I’m wise enough to know I’ll never be perfect. So […]

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The Best Way

The Best Way

If there’s ONE thing I feel best describes my outlook on just about everything, it’s that there is always a best way. Minus a few scenarios in life where right and wrong apply in a more black and white way, I feel most situations, decisions, and methods-of can be done in a best way; parenting, […]

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Why I Make Soap

Why I Make Soap

I often write about my adventures in soap making and never shy away from sharing a pretty soap picture. But I’ve never done a deep dive into the how or why so I thought it would be helpful, and let’s be honest, totally fun to share a bit more here on the blog. I’m sure […]

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Ten Years of Blogging

Ten Years of Blogging

Today is a very special day and one full of love for more than the obvious hallmark holiday reasons. Today I celebrate TEN years of blogging! If I could paint a picture for you to illustrate where I was exactly ten years ago today, I was sitting in a small Chicago apartment, at a bar-height […]

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A Radical Approach to Social Media

A Radical Approach to Social Media

It started sometime in January of 2017. Almost two years ago. I remember I was standing in the banquet space at the downtown market, representing my business at a bridal show. I never do bridal shows but I did this one to test out the waters. I was scrolling my instagram feed in the midst […]

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The Year of Peace

The Year of Peace

Out of all the times I’ve picked yearly guide words, ‘intentional’ and ‘disciplined‘ are the only two I can remember. I think it’s because with both of those years I really sat down to dive into a snapshot of what I wanted my year, and ideally my life, to look like. When you have a […]

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Celebrating Christmas In A Transitional Season

Celebrating Christmas In A Transitional Season

I asked my husband what would be an appropriate title for this post. “I need a word to go after, ‘Celebrating Christmas In A . . .  Season,’ what’s a politically correct fill in the blank?” “Uh, in a struggle bus season?” was his response. Without even missing a beat. I married up, you guys. […]

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Eight Weeks With Everett Drew

Eight Weeks With Everett Drew

Remember this post? Talk about long days and short years. Here we are living that truth out all over again. When I was pregnant with Everett, I imagined his newborn days would be as easy as the ones I had with Lachlan. Lachlan’s newborn days weren’t anything tremendously difficult or far from textbook ordinary but […]

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