thankful new ventures

According to L on Etsy has evolved over the years.  Started out with headbands, then a few wine glasses masquerading as coffee mugs - banners and the likes.

I am very excited to share that my newest creative itch to scratch has taken my digital.  Who knew?!

I will be offering VERY adorable and affordable printable in my shop!  Here's the slick part - most of them are already designed and ready to go.  You click "buy" and an email with the high-resolution files comes right to you, ready to print at home (or at Costco or Target for pennies!)

What's even better is I'm designing custom prints, so you can start checking off that Christmas list...

I mean, how cute is this modern "family tree?"
For those of you trying to decode - it's not NAEO.  It's Nathan, Elizabeth, Olivia and Avery.  Cute, right?

So this isn't just a shameless plug for my latest endevor.  Well, not entirely.

I designed a perfect, seasonally appropriate print and it's yours!  For free!!  Just for being a fan of mine.  I am thankful everytime I hear that little ding on my phone for a comment, or like or God willing, a purchase a creation of mine.  I love creating things that people enjoy in their own lives, an this is just a new extension of that!

So... what can you get for free today, you ask?!  This 8x10 JPG or PDF, ready for framing, perfect your Thanksgiving mantle-scape that you've carefully pinned and have been planning for months.  OR - the first addition to your best-of-intensions Thanksgiving mantle.  Either one works for me.

Get the JPG here
Get the PDF here

Now this goes without saying, this is for personal use.  No selling this beauty, unless you plan to send me a case of Diet Coke, wine or a check - capish?

And, what's even more, I'm going to give you guys a special sale that I won't advertise anywhere else!  It's your basic buy one, get one.  Buy 1, Get 1 Free.  Buy 10, Get 10 Free (remember, I do have customize options, so all of those aunts, grandmas and the like can get their little loves in a neat little frame that doesn't involve any finger paint or the deadly aftermath that will surely ensue.)

Another creative outlet where I can watch Netflix and drink wine at the same time.
It's tough, I swear.



Summer is over.   The leaves are falling (however ours still seem to be clinging to the branches, so you know we'll end up raking in the snow!)  Halloween is almost here - and then it can leave because I hate candy corn.

Here's what else I've been up to...

Making our home clean again.  For some reason, the summer always gives way to doing things outside instead of cleaning inside.  We had piles of towels and swim bag items living in our dining room all summer.  Why pack them away when they'll just be used again in another day?  Operation:  Keep Surfaces Clean is in full effect.

I hate the pick-up line at the girls' schools.  People, pull up.  Don't leave your car - move 10 feet and use the parking lot.  You're not special - you are literally like every other person here picking up a child.

Wednesday has become my favorite day on Facebook, because of Matt Bellassai and Whine About It.  If you haven't seen any of his videos, stop what you're doing and go watch them!  Or at least finish reading up here and THEN go watch them!

I also really dislike all the "new" fall TV this year.  The cheese factor of these shows is just too intense.  And I really love cheese.  I mean, I watch The Real Housewives and Below Deck for Christ's Sake!

Over the summer, Nate and I had a few couple's counseling sessions.  I share this only because I feel that people who do go to, and need counseling, should definitely get it.  Our lives and marriage was far from perfect, and we're still not in any position to write a book on the subject, but in my honest I'm hoping to remove some stigma.

I am experiencing (very slight) Mom Guilt over not volunteering for any of Liv's class parties this year.  I mean, I "stay home" - isn't this what I should be doing?  But then I think of how loud and crazy a 25-minute lunch can be among a few of them in the lunch room.  I'm out.

Pumpkin Spice Latte.  Just because I feel every is doing it.
Wait, I hate coffee.  Where's the Diet Coke?

I've also been thinking I need to post a few new tutorials here.  Crafts?  Food?  Drinks - obviously!  Stay tuned for more fun this fall friends!

Oh, and few cute photos from our summer, just because, why not?

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