INSPIRED

making inspiration real.

sometimes i’m overwhelmed by inspiration.  ha.  what a problem to have. i mean it.  of course, i seek it out.  my rss feed, podcasts, flipboard all stream inspiration constantly.  i love it. even the music i listen to during the day is what i call “epic inspiring” – check it

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pink is the new black + white

pink is a color i’m obsessed with for some reason i have yet to figure out.   maybe it is the awful weather we’ve had here in detroit.  like, the worst in the country <insert sympathy for me here> but pink just seems to warm everything up and be distinctly

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plaid + flannel

when i think of flannel, i typically think of plaid.  and i think of… don’t you? ah, eddie vedder.  hand’s down, my generation has the best music ever.  but that is not what this post is about.  it’s all about flannel + plaid.  two things that have fall written all

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Fun Stuff I Found!

I don’t know if you do this or not, but whenever I’m reading something or I see something online that I love, I screen grab it.  Are those two words or one?  Screengrab? Anyway, I’ve been doing this for years and now that the iPhone actually separates your screengrabs out for

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week in review

what a fantastic week i’ve had and how great that i have this blog to remember it.  today we launched the first of 27 chevy sonic adventures across the country.  this is a partnership between agency 720, SCVNGR and chevy.  this week – who am i kidding – this whole

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paris: the new workout

we’re planning on going to paris in december.  i’ve been wanting to go to paris for over 25 years.  i just really wanted to go with someone i loved.  like romantically (sorry mom.) so now, ROF is using his one week of vacation to take me there!  december may seem

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it’s not a mess, it’s creative!

ask my mom.  ever since i was in high school, i felt the need to be surrounded by creativity.  not mine, but others.  there is something about having it all around me – where i can see the details from wherever i am in the room.  what do i deem

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Super Bowl Cocktail Video “Boston Cooler”

Since the Cowboys aren’t in the Super Bowl, this isn’t a big deal to me.  ROF is rooting for New England.  In fact, he is giving us all a refreshing cocktail to sip along with this scrumptious dip or these awesome sliders.

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5 lovely links (you’ll love!) spooky desserts

halloween is right around the corner.  that used to be my favorite holiday.  i loved getting dressed up and i especially remember the feeling when i was younger of pretending not to be afraid and then being really scared.  i loved the whole pumpkin carving thing, the trick or treating

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rant: only say thank you when you are thanking someone. thanks.

it’s not normal for me to rant on my blog called “the appreciator” but i feel like it.  and it’s my blog. have you noticed how incorrectly people use the words “thank you”?   especially in this modern day communication via email, i notice that people say “thank you” when

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cabin fever

ROF and i are embracing the michigan lifestyle and this includes going “up north”. if you don’t know what that is, check out this video: we’re slightly crazy about it and are thinking of renting a cabin for the summer next year. if you’re not familiar with michigan look at

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Cook it: gazpacho 

get it: 4 vine ripe tomatoes, skin removed and chopped 1/2 cucumber, diced 1/2 green pepper, diced 1/4c red wine vinegar 1/4c olive oil 1 tbsp black pepper 1 tbsp garlic powder (we love bolners fiesta brand) 2 c zing zang bloody mary mix 6-46 dashes of tabasco make it:

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appreciating: family and keeping it real

“the strength of a family, like the strength of an army, is in its loyalty to each other.”   MARIO PUZO, The Family there is nothing more loving and more heartbreaking than the dynamics behind families.  and everyone has a story.  no family is without defect.  sure, families love to

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saturday: week in review

wow.  this week was awesome.  i’m so appreciative of so many things.  it was labor day weekend and we had monday off and lots of stuff going on.  good friends, parties, birthdays (D turned 40!), seeing friends haven’t seen in a while.  but then it was back to work. thankfully,

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listening to this now… detroit playlist

who am i kidding? i’ve been listening to these songs for the past two months straight, not just now. they aren’t for everyone.  which is just how i like it.  i do believe i’ve worn ROF down playing them as much as i do.  i see some head nodding and wavy

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Killer Chili Recipe

I think I may have found a killer chili recipe.  Actually, I have several really good chili recipes – but this is no ordinary recipe. This is fancy chili. This ain’t no throw it in a pot and watch it boil type of chili.  It’s stay-in-on-a-cold-Saturday-afternoon-light-a-fire-in-the-fireplace kind of chili.  in our case, we made it

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the best home offices…for me

if there was one luxury i’d want in a house it would be my own office.  it is most important that ROF have his own office for all his boy stuff because let’s be honest here girls, the rest of the house is pretty much my playground for creative experimentation.

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music to fix my very short attention span

man, i love rush hour. but i didn’t always.  i inherited my dad’s massively short attention span.  for those of you that like my presentation skills in front of car dealers, it’s because i try to present to people like me.  keep it short, keep it entertaining, keep it passionate.

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5 lovely links (you’ll love): appreciating

you know what’s hard?  it’s hard to write a blog called the appreciator (that is me) when i’m so darn tired, worn out and just pain, well…grumpy.  it’s even harder admitting it to you.  many of you are going through a much harder time than me.  the appreciator can’t complain,

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making martinis

and you thought you knew how to make a martini…🍸 throw around words like “dirty”, and “up” with confidence. by popular demand, here’s ROF’s martini making magic for your drinking pleasure!

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February Playlist: Leonard & Frost

Not my typical playlist. That’s my disclaimer for –arguably– the best playlist for this dreary, tepid, news-saturated month. So turn off the boob tube. Go on. Open this playlist and start at the top. Damn it’s good, if I do say so myself. I’ve made it collaborative so you can

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new york botanical gardens escape

while in NY for business, i got a chance to stay until saturday at my sister/brother in-laws house in chatham, nj. you can’t beat new jersey in the fall.  you know, now that i think about it – new jersey and detroit are very similar.  yes, one is a state

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loving:on-line magazines

once again, for your weekend reading enjoyment, i’m featuring some fantastic magazines that are on-line now.  flip your screen view on FULL SCREEN and rip through these pages because there is some good stuff! 1. matchbook – june edition is red hot!  i love all the features here. 2. sweet paul.  this one

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most unbelievable week in review

boy, i’m a very loved person!  what an incredible week i’ve had to say the least.  if it seems like i’m bragging a little bit, i am.  full force bragging.  the week started on monday, like most weeks do, but this was not an ordinary monday.  first off, it was

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dreaming of friday, on a tuesday.

one of my favorite things to do, ever is stay home on a friday night with ROF.  it’s my blog and i can go on and on about my awesome husband if i want. you see, i didn’t get married until i was 40 years old.  and i don’t regret

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last day of travels – santa fe

yesterday we rolled into santa fe, new mexico. ROF had been here several times (like 8) but it was my first time. he kept saying how much he knew i’d like this place and he was right. he gave me a driving tour of the downtown area and then we

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day 2. the suspense continues. where am i??

ok, so i know i’m keeping you hanging on about where am i now?  it’s been all the rage… “where’s the appreciator??”  not.  anyway…go through these pics slowly and try and guess where i am now.  yesterday, i was in denver and today i am….

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breakfasts of creative people

i love breakfast. i love the pageantry – the cracking of eggs, waft of bacon, the coffee brewing.  the smells and sounds that get sleepyheads all over the house stirring.  i love morning music (listening to it now, which would be my “downright good music” playlist on spotify.) i thought

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idea + advice for parents

this isn’t going to be that deep.  it’s just an idea + a little advice for you. this past week, i was driving to work and stuck in rush hour traffic.  i don’t really complain because i like the time by myself.  i typically go through my to-do list for

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insta artwork

i love instagram – the app that let’s you take pictures and transform them to fantastic pieces of art – all on my cell phone.  really not a huge need to even have a digital camera now.  here are some of my shots.

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cocktails with ROF jack-o-fire cocktail

all month long , we’re going to feature a signature holiday drink and release it on thursday. one thing that is fun to do if you’re having a holiday cocktail or dinner party  is to start with a pre-made signature drink.  typically just one to hand people as they come

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five fab faves

happy tuesday to you! here are a few of my favorite things that i’m appreciating right now: 1. music//feist:  especially the songs: i feel it now & how come you never go there. this morning was a little rough and popping these in my headphones on the plane cheered me

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greetings from colorado

spending some quality time with some very quality folks in beautiful colorado. what an unbelievable blessing it has been to be able to do this two years in a row. i use the word “blessing” and not “lucky” because it ain’t “luck” that got us here to God’s country! we’re

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change is in the air

by now you may have learned that ROF and i are moving… it’s bittersweet.  i’ve always embraced change but at the same time there is something in me that wants consistency and same-ness. there is comfort in what you know vs. the fear that comes with what you don’t.  however,

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Staying Curious in a Curious Time

Have you ever felt like you’ve lost your mojo?  That is how I’ve felt this year.  I hate saying that out loud because I have so much to be thankful and happy for when so many of my friends and acquaintances are going through a hard time.  Do you know what

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be inspired! quotes to get through

middle of the week… can we make it till friday?  let’s read together some words of inspiration and be happy.  click on any one to make it bigger.   all these are from my board on pinterest.  all credits can be found there be inspired !

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encouragement for today

there’s something i want to remember every single morning.   but i don’t.  i wake up and go through my programmed routine and i forget.  in the beginning i didn’t forget. and i made myself promise that i wouldn’t. i don’t want to forget to remember to live this day as

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encouragement for today

this week has been filled with encouragement. and it’s only tuesday! sunday’s sermon was excellent about God giving you courage and encouragement when you need it and pray for it.  ROF and i did a bible study last night based on the sermon and it asked us to name some

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what younger women need to know.

I love older women!   older than me, that is.  i think about all i’ve been through in my 44 years – the things i’ve done, seen, loved + cried over and, well, it’s a long list.  that’s why i appreciate hearing from other women that are even older than

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The Cranberry Moscow Mule Holiday Cocktail

the weekend is almost here <sigh> and i’m ready for it! i’ve got a fun weekend planned which includes: – wisconsin chamber orchestra rendition of handel’s messiah – five hours of DIY bliss with herbs and essential oils and bath products at a class at the botanical gardens – ROF

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day 3ish travels

no cell service on this indian reservation-turned resort. was in cleveland, ohio yesterday, denver the day before and today finds me in between albuquerque and santa fe, new mexico. ROF picked me up at the airport at 8pm and we drove west to amarillo and arrived at 2am. the next

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lyrical sunday: we live

on september 25th, my dad will have been gone 7 years.   hardest for me to believe (and i’ve always thought this) is that a living, breathing human being who was such an integral part of my life is just…gone.  never to be spoken to again. maybe some of you

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chef dat underground dinner in dallas

last night we finally did an underground chef dat dinner in deep ellum. i say finally because i had heard about it from several people including suzanne and some friends of the glasses and always wanted to check it out but didn’t have the chance. until last night. what an underground dinner

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how to make world class scrambled eggs

scrambled eggs?  am i off my rocker?  what about turkey, cranberry sauce or harvest rolls?  nah, you’ve got that covered…it’s too late for that.  but what you really need to know is how to make world class eggs.  guys, listen up.  and by that i truly mean guys.  you have

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love you woody allen. yes, i mean it.

listening to harry janes & his orchestra – the “i’ve heard that song before” – takes me right back to age 22 when i first realized that woody allen’s movies were the slice of life movies i loved.  especially this song in hannah & her sisters.    i know. i know.  lots of controversy

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5 lovely links (you’ll love!): entertaining

no one likes to entertain more than me.  maybe martha stewart.  i guess you could say that ROF and i like to do that more than anything.  there is nothing we like better than having good friends, good food & wine and of course, music.  almost every weekend we have

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feeling appreciative

if you read my “bio” or whatever you call it in the upper right hand corner, you will see that i’m the appreciator because i wasn’t sure what to focus my blog on.  i started writing this for background info as part of my job – so that i would

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shirley’s pot roast recipe

nothing beats a juicy pot roast on the weekend. whether you’re one person or 10 – this is a winter necessity.  so buy some meat today for the weekend and make your house smell fantastic! i received some requests for shirley’s pot roast recipe after my post last week, so

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quick thought – advertising for good

if every big time advertiser partnered with one or more charities and gave the cause just :05 attention on their TV or digital ads, think about the much needed attention that charity would get.  

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