A Small Token of Appreciation

free phone wallpaper

I appreciate you visiting my blog and reading my joyful scribblings so I created a free little gift for you. I made several different wallpaper images that you can use on your smart phone through a really fun app called Rhonna Designs. Rhona Farrer makes it really easy to create your own little works of art with her beautiful designs and … [Read more...]

12 Everyday Things To Be Thankful For

gratitude quote

Practicing gratitude is scientifically proven to improve our relationships, make us happier and healthier and has a multitude of other benefits. Why is it so hard then to remember to be thankful sometimes? It's easy to give thanks for things like dream vacations, completing a big project or a new baby.  It's the little things in life I take for … [Read more...]

3 Things To Do With Phone Photos

3 things to do with phone photos

Are special moments you've captured with your smart phone held hostage and long forgotten?  I have three quick and easy ideas to help you start enjoying your smart phone photos today. These ideas also make great gifts for the holidays. My iPhone has quickly become my go to camera. It's now easier than ever to print images and make digital … [Read more...]

12 Holiday Cocktails for Thanksgiving and Christmas

12 Holiday Cocktails

Does the thought of Thanksgiving being only 13 days away make you want to grab a cocktail? I've got you covered. These 12 enticing holiday cocktails are sure to help you get your merry on.  The thought of baking, shopping, wrapping gifts and gathering with extended family in close quarters can send even the saints among us over the edge. I've … [Read more...]

Homemade Pie Crust and The Best Pumpkin Pie

homemade pie crust recipe

  Since I usually like to take the easy route when it comes to cooking I chose to make a pie crust from scratch for my "Get Out of Your Box" challenge this month.  Oddly enough, I found making a pie crust from scratch is easy. The clean up just takes a little longer.  I announced my new eBook last month on 31 ways to live curiously and "Get … [Read more...]

Perseverance and Royals Baseball

Perseverance quote

The Royals Baseball Team has captured the heart of Kansas City and in my opinion are a perfect example of perseverance.   A crowd of an estimated 800,000 people attended the Royals victory parade in downtown Kansas City.  Schools were closed for the day and many businesses shut down early so that families could attend the parade. People waited in … [Read more...]


October on Instagram

The month of October I'm usually obsessed with anything pumpkin, the colorful leaves of fall, and Halloween.  This month many Kansas Citians, including myself have been obsessed with the Kansas City Royals. That is part of the reason why things have been a little quiet around here lately.  Forget about orange, red and yellow, it's been all about … [Read more...]

7 No-Carve Pumpkins

7 No-Carve Pumpkins

I'm amazed at the numerous ways people find to decorate pumpkins.  These seven no-carve pumpkin ideas will get your creative juices flowing and help you think out of the box. I have nothing against the color orange, but I'm a huge fan of white pumpkins.  This made me curious about the difference between white and orange pumpkins.  They are grown … [Read more...]

Are You a Starter or a Finisher?

Marie Forleo Creative Success Quote

I've had a hard time lately finishing things. Creative challenges are exciting, but can also get overwhelming which causes me to sometimes never truly finish projects. While writing this post I found some advice on how to follow through on projects from one of my favorite ladies to follow, Author and Life Coach Marie Forleo. My problem is I … [Read more...]

Kansas City Holiday Mart 2015 Ticket Giveaway

Holiday Mart 2015

The month of October brings with it beautiful fall colors, pumpkins, a crispness in the air and the Junior League of Kansas City's annual fundraiser Holiday Mart.   I'm giving away two tickets to this years event.  One person will receive two single day tickets for Holiday Mart 2015.  I decided to combine the tickets to give to one person because … [Read more...]

My New eBook + Ideas To #livecuriously This Fall

Get Out of Your Box Fall Ideas

I mentioned in an earlier post that I've been working on a project.  I'm happy to announce it's one of many projects I've started that is now finished. I created an ebook with the help of Brian from The Blog Advisor.  I'm thankful Brian was able to take my words and ideas and put them into an inspirational ebook which encourages living curiously. … [Read more...]

14 Easy Fall Recipes

14 easy fall recipes

My daughter asked me the other day when I was going to start cooking again.  We are down to three in my home since my son went to college and I just haven't been in the mood to cook.  Not that I'm ever really in the mood. We've been doing a lot of grilling, but that will soon come to an end as the temperatures turn colder.  This got me thinking … [Read more...]


September on Instagram

The month of September was filled with some fun outings around the Kansas City area.  This time of year there are lots of festivals and activities happening.  Now that we are into October it's officially pumpkin season and I can't wait to take fall pictures as the leaves change colors.  If you're on instagram I'd love for you to share your … [Read more...]

6 Things You Don’t Need to Buy

6 things you don't need to buy

I recently came across an article that popped up on my computer home page titled "50 Things You Really Don't Need to Buy".  I try to stay focused on my task at hand when I'm on the computer otherwise I can easily waste an entire day surfing the internet. However, this particular topic caught my attention.  My word for this year is RELEASE.  I … [Read more...]

3 Good Book Club Reads

3 Good Book Club Reads

I recently read three books that I thought were worth sharing: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, At the Water's Edge and The Rosie Project.  These three books have a similar theme in that the main character finds love in unexpected places.  They are all fictional stories with very different types of characters, but I found them to be quick reads with … [Read more...]

The Red Hot Chiefs Tailgate Experience

Red Hot Chiefs Tailgate Experience

Fall weather, football tailgates, and lots of good comfort food are a few of my favorite things. This post is sponsored by Farmland who is giving away a Red Hot Chiefs Tailgate Experience you won't want to miss.  All opinions on bacon recipes, football and tailgating are mine. What do Chiefs football, Farmland Bacon and tailgating have in … [Read more...]

What Can You Do Today?

Mother Teresa Quote

Do you ever wake up in a slightly negative mood and then you tend to feel off the rest of the day? I recently had a day like this where I was just ready to throw in the towel and watch Netflix for the rest of the day.  That is, until I decided to take a walk and listen to a podcast from The Lively show. It all started the night before with our … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Jambalaya

slow cooker jambalaya

This slow cooker jambalaya recipe has all the flavors of New Orleans, but won't have you slaving over your stove all day.  Throw all the ingredients in a slow cooker and let it simmer all day for a warm hearty meal.  We are getting a taste of fall this weekend in Kansas City which stirs cravings for warm comfort foods.  I love easy meals like soups … [Read more...]

Shit Happens

optimist quote

I couldn't think of a better title for this post than shit happens because that is what literally happened last week at our house. We are all adults here and the word poop just doesn't convey the same feeling.  Last week I stepped off of my basement step barefoot into wet soggy carpet. My husband was on the computer checking email oblivious to the … [Read more...]

The Summer Wind

summer winds on the beach

Labor Day is fast approaching and soon the summer winds will turn into the crisp winds of fall. I often resist change; however, there are times when I really look forward to it.  I'm always ready to welcome a change in the seasons.  Not so much winter, but I do enjoy a nice snowfall every now and then. A month or two of winter weather is plenty for … [Read more...]



I often take pictures of random things that make me smile.  Bright colors, vintage finds, flowers, chocolate, coffee, doughnuts and penguins on top of buildings are few things that captured my attention the month of August.  I shared all of these pictures on my Instagram account.  I know many people don't have an Instagram account and that's okay. … [Read more...]

Happy Mail

mail quote

I define happy mail as the following: magazines, cards from friends or family, bonus checks, and packages that contain books, clothing or out of the blue surprises.  Bills and water filters for our refrigerator don't count.  This past week I received two packages that made me SMILE.  One was a gift of sugary sweets which remind me of my childhood, … [Read more...]

How We Can Learn From Dogs

miniature schnauzer Fritz

Today is National Dog Day! Some people might think it's strange to have a day designated for dogs, but not me.  Dogs remind us of some of life's simple joys and can teach us many lessons.   I love my four-legged furry friend.  He keeps me company during the day and is a joy to be around 99.5 % of the time. Why not 100%? Everyone has their moments. … [Read more...]

My One and Only Glow From Running

running quote

I recently came across some I Hate Running Quotes on Pinterest from the website PopSugar which made me SMILE.  Running is something that does not bring me joy, but I continue to try to love it. I run because I really like food pretty much sums me up.  This past weekend I participated in the Foam Glow 5K with my husband, daughter and her friends. … [Read more...]

9 Inspiring Thoughts for Back to School

9 inspiring thoughts for back to school

It's back to school month for kids in my area and it can be bittersweet for both mothers and children.  Mother's are either jumping for joy that the kids are back in school and ready to get back to more of a routine or they miss the lazy days of summer and having their kids home.  Sometimes it's a combination of both feelings. We moved my son … [Read more...]

Homemade Pecan Sandies

homemade pecan sandies

Homemade cookies give me joy although I often pay for it later if I over indulge. I find homemade baked goods hard to resist so I don't bake that often. However, I love to share recipes of desserts I've tried and that I occasionally will make.  As a kid, one of my favorite prepackaged cookies used to be Keebler Pecan Sandies.  Now that I'm an adult … [Read more...]

My 12 Hr Adventure with Caribou Coffee

Caribou 12 Hr Adventure

Everyday life can be full of 12 Hour Adventures. This post is sponsored by Caribou Coffee who helped fuel my 12 Hour Adventure over the weekend.  Read to the end of the post for a free Crafted Press beverage offer. I love the longer light filled days and carefree spirit of summer.  I'm more of a night owl than a morning person and rely on … [Read more...]

Celebrate Back to School Amazon Giveaway

back to school amazon gift card giveaway

It’s that time of year again: time to stock up on school supplies, buy new clothes, get dorms ready... and the list goes on. I have teamed up with Chloe Crabtree over at Celebrate & Decorate and some other great blogs to bring you an awesome giveaway. We’re going to help the winner by making things a little easier on their pocket book and … [Read more...]

A Simple Tip That Will Improve Your Photography

rule of thirds

There are many things you can do to improve your photography, but there's one little rule which can make your photos look much more pleasing to the eye.  That rule is called the rule of thirds.  If you've studied art, design or photography then I'm sure you're already familiar with this traditional rule. I'm not an expert at photography and … [Read more...]

7 Simple Party Ideas

7 Simple Party Ideas

I've rounded up seven simple party ideas that are easy, but can take a party from drab to fab. Combine the ideas or pick one or two to focus on and keep things even more simple.  I have some secret boards on Pinterest where I collect ideas I find for future posts and these are a few of my favorites from other blogs.  I believe just by adding a few … [Read more...]

Embrace Curiosity

Curiosity quote

"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." I love this quote by Walt Disney.   I recently had an experience where curiosity led me down a new path and helped me get out of a rut. I read a blog called the Decor Fix by Heather Freeman and noticed that … [Read more...]

10 Best Places to Eat & Drink in Chicago

10 Best Places to Eat & Drink in Chicago

Whenever I visit Chicago I like to shop and eat my way down Michigan Avenue.  There are so many great restaurants in Chicago.  I have a few stops I always have to make, but I also like to try new places.  This summer we spent a fun getaway weekend in Chicago with our old neighbors. They introduced us to a few new places they liked so I thought I'd … [Read more...]

Easy Entertaining with Mars Ice Cream

Easy Entertaining with Mars Frozen Treats

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mars Ice Cream. All opinions and photos are 100% mine. Do you ever associate food with a particular person? Whenever I think of ice cream I think of my Dad.  It's one of his favorite treats. He loved making us banana splits and root beer floats when I was a kid. As the collection of ice … [Read more...]

Simple & Delicious Recipes

simple and delicious magazine

I have some exciting news to share. I'm featured in Taste of Home's August/September issue of Simple & Delicious Recipes magazine. You can find it on newsstands starting today and  until September 8.  My Chocolate and Peanut Butter Goody (Crispy) Bars are part of the back-to-school treat ideas.  You can find the recipe on my past blog post here … [Read more...]

Two Important Lessons I Learned on My Break

blog break image

Someone once told me if you want to hear God laugh, make a plan. I am a planner at heart and planned to spend the month of June relaxing on the beach, reading lots of books, completing several home projects and using part of my blog break to re-evaluate my vision and goals for this blog.  Some of those things happened, but not the way I had … [Read more...]

Summer Break

summer quote

June is my birthday month and I've decided to give myself a break from blogging for the month of June and possibly even longer. I've enjoyed sharing stories, my favorite finds, decorating and entertaining ideas and recipes for the past three years, but I've been needing a break for quite some time. I've hesitated to take too long of a break in the … [Read more...]

Before and After Home Office & A Giveaway

gallery wall

I have been postponing showing you pictures of my new office area for months now because I didn't feel like my pictures did it justice. I've lived in my house for 16 years and it has evolved many times over those years.  We had an open computer desk originally and then bought this huge computer armoire so that everything would be hidden.  The only … [Read more...]

12 Foil Packet Recipes

12 foil packet recipes

Foil packet recipes are the bomb in my book. They are like the one pot meal for the grill and aren't just for camping.  I love that they save time by not having to clean pots and pans especially during the summer months when I'd rather be outside relaxing on my patio.  I've rounded up 12 foil packet recipes which I think look good and would like to … [Read more...]

My Almost Appearance on The Late Show

Me at the Late Show with David Letterman

image credit During my freshman year in college Late Night with David Letterman was a popular program on our 6th floor dorm's television set along with frequent visits from Pizza Shuttle.  I have to admit I haven't watched Letterman in years because I no longer stay up until 1:00 am in the morning on a weeknight.  Letterman's last show aired … [Read more...]

Farmhouse Fixer Upper

living room

Lately my husband has been watching the hit HGTV show Fixer Upper featuring husband and wife team Chip and Joanna Gaines along with shows like Love it or List It and Beachfront Bargain Homes. I enjoy decorating and I love watching Joanna work her magic.  However, my husband and I aren't the fixer upper type.  He doesn't enjoy woodworking and … [Read more...]