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In cards & designs/ unique & useful

Downloadable Father’s Day Card + Special Offer!

Everyone- Father’s Day is just around the corner. It is less than a week away. I have new cards just for the occasion… and I’m a wee bit excited about them. I had a little too much fun with some of them.

With it being just around the corner- I have them in digital format for the purchasing (and a special little surprise after the jump)!

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In unique & useful

Hello June! Downloadable Calendar Freebie.

Helloooooo June (seriously June?)! Hello freebies- a free June 2017 calendar specifically. It’s available for you to download today.

So during the month of May- my car was totaled by a crazy hail storm, my cousin tied the knot, our friends had their baby (awwwww), and my hubby and I kicked some yard work butt in our front yard. Our backyard is still a disaster and we’re waiting for that project to get going. We did finalize the budget- so we are getting closer. Woot woot!

I switched from florals to bright skies for the background this month- June usually chases away all signs of cold weather in Colorado and brings that sunniness that Colorado is known for in the summer.

Summer is not my season- I understand what’s nice about it. You don’t need a coat- the nights are longer and being outside in the evenings is blissful. The heat though… not my favorite. I grew up escaping the heat in the summer by living it up in the mountains in a cabin- sigh. Those were the days- summer vacay!

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In health & well-being/ wisdom & happiness

Retrain the Mind. Refresh the Soul.

This girl suffers from anxiety- officially diagnosed and everything. Does it sound like I’m bragging? Cause I am not. At all. It is nothing but a hurdle in my life that I would wish on no one. That being said- it is not unsurmountable. All it takes is a little determination, commitment, and dedication to conquer anxiety.

retrain the mind with a brain detox

I’ve recently discovered one of the most beneficial tools for me just over two months ago. This tool targets the toxic thoughts that can replay over and over in my mind which creates and aggravates my anxiety. My toxic thoughts usually center around unworthiness and failure.

Okay, so this tool is the 21 Day Brain Detox developed by cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Caroline Leaf who specializes in metacognitive and cognitive neuropsychology (and please don’t ask me what all that means beyond it’s about the way the brain works).

Detox programs appear to be all the rage right now- but these programs primarily deal with the physical body and what foods you feed it. You painstakingly track and stay aware of everything you put into your body to achieve all sorts of different outcomes.

This detox program is very similar. With a biblical perspective as the foundation, Dr. Leaf walks you through how to transform the way you think and respond to those thoughts. You pick one major toxic thought you struggle with to work through in your 21 days. You carefully go through a ten-minute routine each day (which I did in the car every morning right before work). Then you work to be aware of every time that toxic thought comes up throughout the day. Continue Reading →

In beauty & confidence

New Makeup Finds & Favs

I recently went through a bit of a makeup spree. I’m not sure what inspired the mass purchasing- but I thought I would share my favorites of the bunch that I have discovered (actually a couple of these have been hiding around in my makeup drawer for a while, and I’ve just not got into them). Most of these are on the high-end of the spectrum *wince*  which is unusual, but they’re worth sharing.

If you are interested, I talked about absolute favs of the both the high-end world and the drug store world previously. Those two lists are still very applicable- this is just a new supplemental list.

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In links to love/ pinterest finds fridays

This and That. You Can’t Put into Words.

Oh, hey Friday. So it snowed. Yes- it snowed. in May. in Colorado. It snowed. Also- my car is getting assessed after the horrible hail storm that happened last week.  Lime-sized hail, 80-degree weather, and then snow. Whatever Colorado. You’re so weird.

What happens this weekend will depend on what happens the rest of today with my insurance assessment. We may be car shopping… or not doing much. We shall see. I love my car so I will be a little heartbroken if the insurance company declares it a total loss. We shall see my friends. We shall see.

In the meantime I have Pinterest finds and links to love for you! Happy Friday!!

05-19-2017 pinterest finds. links to love.

one  |  an adorable pocketed denim dress  //  via roolee

two  |  a tall gallery wall and a freestanding stove/fireplace. love it all. //  via interiorpin

three  |  live for the moments you can’t put into words.  //  via mia creates | instagram

four  |   Fennel Pollen Panna Cotta with Honey and Caramelised White Chocolate  //  via butter and brioche

five  |   this painting called – rose garden on south green way   //  via carlos ramirez

six  |   this review on Lush’s Scrubee that I can’t wait to try  //  via allure

Seven |   this honest youtube series about a common women’s health issue  //  via youtube

In analog v digital/ unique & useful

Analog versus Digital. Listening to My Heart’s Content.

analog v digital. podcasts and audiobooks.
I have developed a great love (and shall I say addiction) to podcasts and audiobooks. They have begun to take precedence over other things that fill my earbuds or car speakers. This area of my life has been a strange place the digital has won over the analog in the battle of analog versus digital.

I started with audiobooks last year… and that was a slower burn. Then something got me into podcasts (honestly can’t put my finger on what got me started). Now I listen to podcasts daily. Not exaggerating- daily.

Every morning as I’m getting ready for work – I have a playlist of podcasts trying to impart me with some wisdom. I usually get through four podcasts before I’m all dolled up and in my car. In the car, I tend to get through only a portion of one before I pull into my office and switch it over to my earbuds.

Then I tend to listen to as many as are available throughout the course of my day- breaking it up with the occasional batch of music. When I’ve listened to all of the new episodes released by my favorites- I’ll then switch to my audiobooks.

This has been my daily ritual since the start of this year.

I can’t explain why I’m so hooked. Maybe it was that I stumbled across some empowering and uplifting podcasts when I need them most. Maybe it was that I stumbled across a couple of interesting ones (like the one about pens or the one about folklore – haha). I’m not sure.

I will tell you that the influx of encouragement and knowledge has moved my soul. I needed that- a little soul moving.

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