Spring Cleaning: 15 Minutes To Freshen Each Room In Your House

Home Matters
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I’m gearing up for my book tour, which is always a season of travel for me. (Side note: OH MY GOODNESS MY NEW BOOK COMES OUT IN LESS THAN A WEEK!).

Travel is many good things: fun, adventurous, new and an excuse to tote around my adorable carry-on. But it’s also some not fun things when you’re living a life that’s more disjointed than normal. There’s not a lot of routine to be had on the road.

It also means leaving my house for stretches of time. And I’m not alone when I say that I like to come home to a clean house. Especially after the celestial snow goddesses have wreaked havoc on my property for the last few months.

I like to come home to gleaming floors. And sparkling windows. And bright white grout. And Marie Kondo-worthy closet organization. The hard part is getting it all done!

All of this is to say that cleaning is on my mind.

(to judge whether this time of the year has the same effect on me, see my clean out post from last year.)

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Healthy Breakfast Recipes For Every Day Of The Week

Food for Grownups
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Last week I shared with you my love of The Great British Bake Off (and Paul Hollywood) but the pièce de résistance of that story was the one point miracle muffins I made.

Earlier this week I had a very early meeting the next morning and I was chatting with a friend about how hard it is to be responsible with breakfast when you’re jetting out of the house early to make a meeting. As someone that works from home, I am so impressed with those of you who succeed at this feat every morning on your way to work. I usually can pull together a healthy meal on my own schedule, but if I am rushed it takes every ounce of self control not to run for a drive-through, 1,000-calorie breakfast burrito at the closest fast food joint.

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Easy Weeknight Korean Beef & Sweet Potato Bowls

Food for Grownups
easy weeknight korean beef and sweet potato bowl
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My weekdays are usually pretty filled to the brim. You’ve probably assessed this from the themes of productivity and goal setting on the blog. No standing over a hot stove or nine course dinners for me.

But I also hold myself to a higher standard than a simple frozen meal or a bowl of cereal (not that there is anything wrong with that!). I just get so much joy out of putting a meal on the table that I don’t want to rob myself of that. It’s a creative outlet for me. I think I probably have too many creative outlets but is that really such a bad thing?

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Eight Biographies of Fierce Women That Changed the World

Books
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Susan B. Anthony labored her entire life planting a tree from which she never got to eat the fruit. She died years before women won the right to vote. How proud she would be decades later that women are not only voting in record numbers, but they are also running and winning Congressional seats in record numbers as well.

In honor of #InternationalWomensDay, I wanted to talk about a few fierce women that have paved the way for all of us. We owe them! They deserve major major kudos. At the very least, pick up their biography and read all about them. There is so much wisdom and inspiration and courage in these pages. Soak it all in. Harness that power.

Here are a few biographies that belong on everyone’s shelf. There are so many more inspirational women and incredible stories that this list just scrapes the surface.
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Miracle Muffins: Just One Weight Watchers Point Each!

Food for Grownups
miracle muffin one point weight watchers

The snow in Central Oregon is up to my eyeballs.  Like most writers, I am prone to exaggeration. But this is not that.  We had 51 inches of snow in a five-day period and are expecting another 3 inches this afternoon. I stand 65 inches tall so the snow is literally up to my eyeballs.

This means that I am spending a lot of time indoors. Of course I am using these snow days to write and to catch up on my quilting.  But I’m also deeply immersed in another favorite cold weather pass time: binge-watching stuff on Netflix.  continue reading

St. Patrick’s Day Crafting Roundup

Creativity and Crafts
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Let’s be honest, no one needs a reason to craft, but sometimes it’s fun to have an event or holiday in mind when getting those creative juices flowing. continue reading

Spring Fashion 2019: Dressing Fierce For Warmer Weather

Beauty and Fashion
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I’m done talking about winter.

Ok, maybe I can’t promise I’ll be done forever, but I’m done for right now. The storm is still going on in Bend, OR and my friends and family are stuck. But, I made it out to Puyallup, WA a couple of days ago in anticipation of the Sewing and Stitching Expo and I’ve seen the light.

Literally. I saw the sun again. The sun!

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Savory Salmon Cakes (AKA Pantry Recipes for the Snowbound)

Food for Grownups
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Having lived in Wisconsin, Colorado, and Connecticut, I’ve told my share of Snowmaggedon jokes over the years.

My tongue in cheek taunts were winks at people who live in temperate climes, the people who race to the mini-mart in a panic and empty the shelves of bread and milk at the merest dusting of white stuff and never learned to use the business end of a snow shovel.  

You know, Floridians.  Or anybody who never learned to ice skate.

Don’t be offended. I’m just kidding.  This is just something people from frigid climes do to keep the blood circulating in February. However, I’ll admit there is an unspoken element of pride in our teasing. Deep in our hearts, residents of the Frozen North believe we are made of sterner stuff than the rest of you. Blizzards build character, dontcha know.

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Coping With Grief by Helping Others

Nurture Your Soul

From Marie:

I don’t invite people to guest post here unless they are very special people with something important to share.  Tierney Davis Hogan, definitely qualifies.

Tierney was the first friend I made when I moved to Central Oregon.  I actually met her before I moved, at a fabric trade show. Her husband was with her. When Terry learned I was a novelist, he asked what kind of books I wrote. With a completely straight face, I answered, “Erotica.”  Terry blushed all the way up to his ears! It was a terrible trick to play on someone I’d just met. But something told me he was a guy who could take a joke. I was right. He was a very good sport about it.

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Crossroads: Dead Ends, Chaotic Paths, and Cloverleafs

Shape Your Legacy
Crossroads - which road to take
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Ever found yourself zipping down the road of life, traveling in a fairly straight line, only to discover that you’ve unexpectedly run out of road and are facing a dead end?

I think we’ve all been there from time to time, haven’t we? Probably more than once.

If you’ve been traversing this planet for any length of time, you understand that dead ends happen; it’s just part of the deal. Even so, when the path runs out on us it usually comes as something of a shock. Things were going so well and then, Bam! They’re not. Everything comes to grinding halt and we’re left feeling confused and more than a little surprised, maybe even gobsmacked.

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