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5 words that lit a fire in me last year...

5 words that lit a fire in me last year...

Late last year during a monthly training... I was sitting at the end of my dining room table, thankful I had remembered to log on to a monthly live Q&A call with a group of fellow, like-minded female makers. I don't know 98% of the women on this call and the introvert in me wanted to stay quiet and let others do the asking. But before I knew it, I was jumping in, hand held high (aka taking myself off of mute) and while I don't even remotely remember the question I asked, her response will forever stay with me.  "I'm sensing serious...

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In case you need this reminder...

In case you need this reminder...

You've Got This! Welp, we've made it through week one of the new year and if you're anything like me, you've found yourself in this space of being super motivated to take on the world and just wanting to chill!  One minute I'm making lists and setting goals and the next I'm curled up on the couch binge watching Bridgerton on Netflix, and not feeling one ounce of guilt for being a total lazy bum. When the Painted Pearl was more of a hobby, I used to take the whole month of January to chillax and mentally check out. It seemed like...

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2020 in Review...

2020 in Review...

2020 wasn't all bad... Friend!! I've missed you. It feels like it's been weeks since I've popped into your inbox but really, it hasn't been that long at all. We're just stuck in that space between the holidays and the new year where everyday feels like a Monday, or Sunday, because I have no frame of reference for weekdays vs. the weekend right about now.  Anywho, I hope this finds you cozied up with a cup of coffee before we all say toodle-oo to 2020! Because that's exactly where you'll find me today - cuddled up in my PJ's, lost in a book I'm eagerly...

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Sweet Treats on the Cheap this Halloween!

Sweet Treats on the Cheap this Halloween!

My post may be a day late... But it's not a dollar short! In fact, I'm sharing a few tricks to make sweet treats on the cheap for what is sure to be a very different Halloween this year! #2020  It's no secret that I love a good Dollar Tree and it's where I got most of the supplies used in this "No Tricks. Just Treats!" platter for the boys. From the orange & white striped treat boxes and plastic spider and bat rings (that I cut and hot glued to paper straws) to the felt ghosts, googly eyes and the black and...

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Boone or Bust!

Boone or Bust!

This past weekend......we escaped to the mountains of NC, just outside of Boone, to enjoy a weekend away with friends in their mountain cabin. You know you've hit the friend jackpot when your two families, with a total of 5 kids and 2 dogs, can bunk together for four nights and still be as close at the end of the trip as you were at the beginning! Among the many laughs and few kid tears, many memories were made, some we're all still laughing about today! I may have lostseven years of my life on the hike with my two...

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