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To Be Paid or Not to Be Paid…

That is the question isn't it? At what point if ever, do we start charging for a talent or service we frequently give to others? Women often uniquely struggle with the idea of putting a dollar value on their skills. Shouldn't I be generous and giving? Why not lend to...

A Peek Inside Victoria and Isabella’s Vintage Modern Nursery

After 20+ years of waiting, and nearly 9 months of here and there efforts, the nursery is DONE and I must say we're all quite pleased with the results! My friend Tiffany Kiefer, mom of 5 kids, put it best saying, "The nursery is really for the Mom more than the kids,"...

Girlfriend Tip — Relaxed Curl How-To

We girls have to stick together when it comes to easy breezy hair strategies. (Sorry guys, you may wanna skip today's post.) Not everyone will relate to this tip, but I've personally long admired the loose waves that I hear take irons and effort, effort I really don't...

Ranch Dressing

What does a girl wear when she goes to live on a ranch?? Options, so many options. Camo seems to be the style of choice in these parts. Yesterday at Wal-Mart we saw a "camo family" with Mom, Dad, and Junior all decked out in camo coats. For Cady and I, let's just say...

Décor a la Ranch

You all know me, can't resist a decorating inspiration regardless of where I am in the world. One of the things I'm loving about this ranch is the natural, rustic decor. I'm not typically drawn to this type of look for my own interiors, but hey, this isn't about...

Copy and Steal Everything

It's a habit that started about 20 years ago... Attending a conference for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), we participants were all sharing best ideas and lessons learned via jobs in alumni and donor relations. One of the presenters said,...

How to Evolve Your Decor Style

My daughter-in-law, Cady, and I were passing time looking at home decor magazines last week in the hospital. She was commenting on my decor style and I told her how it has evolved over time. I’ve enjoyed watching both Cady and our daughter-in-law Ailsa, create...

No Thanks Spanx

I love the story of Sara Blakely, how she invented and overcame a dozen "no thanks" moments on the road of inventing Spanx. The airport TV's were showing an interview with her on CNN Saturday. If you think the American dream is dead, just meet Sara Blakely. She’s...

Fall Fashion Trends to Try

Seems I get a lot of questions this time of year about the fall trends to follow, so here's my short list of those that will be top-of-mind and closet... Winter White -- Always have been a fan of this. Looks so clean and sleek. Shades of cream and white mixed are...

Fake It, Make It

We had a fabulous night last night, women gathered to focus on helping one another move toward doing their dreams, at our Love Your Life event in NYC. My wonderful guest, Ashlina Kaposta, a.k.a. The Decorista, and I talked about her journey as a young college student,...

Tonight We Do It!

If you happen to be in NYC, you simply MUST join us as we kick off our fall season of Love Your Life.  It's fashion week too, which is only fitting since one good gathering of women deserves another. Tonight my special guest will be Ashlina Kaposta, also known as The...

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