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Our Home Smells Like Halloween

I’m a big candle lover and burn candles constantly from September to April. It must be my Danish ancestry because I’m always trying to make our home more cozy in the Winter, and candles are one of the easiest ways. While Andy was out of town last week, I started burning our last pumpkin spice candle. Immediately when Andy got back, the first thing he said was, “Our home smells like Halloween.” I don’t normally burn that scent of candle during Winter. I like to burn Pumpkin Spice during the…

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Five Simple Steps For Living A Small Life

It may seem like a hardship to go from living in a 6,000 square foot home to one that’s 1800 square feet, but it’s really not. In fact, it’s actually very liberating. I’ve blogged about this before, but there’s a great sense of contentment and satisfaction with living small. If you’d like to try, I want to share five simple steps for living a small life. 1. Downsize Your Possessions Before moving into a smaller space, the first thing you need to do is get rid of stuff. The last…

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Hope Of Spring

Anybody who’s endured a long harsh Winter knows how glorious it is to notice the first sign of Spring. After months and months of darkness, cold, and endless gray days, the hope of Spring is what gets us through. Whenever I first see a tiny bit of green poking through the snow, or hear the birds returning from their migration, it’s like a miracle. It’s almost as if a spark of life has been ignited inside me and suddenly I feel full of energy and life! That’s how I’ve been…

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Life Has A Different Plan For You

Do you ever feel like no matter how hard you work towards something, sometimes life has a different plan for you? I’m pretty sure we’ve all been there, and that’s how 2019 has been so far for me. I started off with strong goals and outcomes that I wanted to happen, and so far none of it has. We’re halfway through March and life seems to be going in a different direction than I planned. It would be ideal if things worked out the way we wanted, but that’s unrealistic…

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Small Is Beautiful

When I was in school getting my degree for interior design, one of my assignments was to design a tiny house. By tiny, I mean it had to be less than 1000 square feet. The book, Tiny Book of Tiny Houses, is a great reference if you’re interested in small living. Since that assignment, I’ve been designing houses on both large and small scales, and the one thing that I’ve realized is that small is beautiful. I’ve both lived in and designed large houses, but there’s something special about small…

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