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5 lovely links (you’ll love): orange is it

lately, i’ve been inspired by everything orange.  is it because i’m desperately wanting october to arrive?  orange reminds me of the fall leaves that we do get, believe it or not, here in the big d.  or maybe orange reminds me of the morning which is my favorite time of

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around my home

i love being home.  and nothing beats saturday mornings.  to be more specific, it’s saturday mornings before 10am.  the air outside (now) is crisp, the sun is just starting to peek out and i just love the feeling of home. yesterday morning i woke up early and tiptoed around our

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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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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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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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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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mindful of life, while you live it

what a great sermon we listened to this sunday. thank you Dr. Blair Monie!  it was uncanny that my mom had mentioned something similar to the theme of the sermon the evening before.  it was talking about being really mindful of where you were, where you have been from and

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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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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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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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rendezvous with ROF in raleigh

great weekend in raleigh, north carolina with ROF.  he is there on business and i thought i’d swing in and say hello.  as you can imagine, we didn’t eat at burger king.  more like we ate like kings.  oh yeah, it wasn’t any warmer in raleigh except for during the

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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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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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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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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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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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don’t be afraid of color

are you one of those color-shy folks that likes to stay neutral inside your house for fear of…. fear of… fear of WHAT?  what exactly holds you back from showing a little leg inside your house with a  pop of color?  now more than ever, it’s easy to get away

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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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getting better and brighter

this past week i was fortunate to be forced out of my comfort zone.   if you remember, i like turbulence on a flight because it shakes me out of my thoughts and forces me to be present.   well, that is kind of how this past week was for me.  i’ve

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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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things to love today

there are so many little things to love, here are a few things i’m loving right now… 1. portlandia. this show tickles me.  carrie & fred are my new best friends after flying around the country with them on my ipad.  it pokes fun at portland in a lovable, hysterical

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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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killer company chili recipe

everyone is looking for that killer chili recipe and i may have found it. 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 before the super bowl while it

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those big decisions

now that i think about it, i was always driven by inspiration and passion. i was far from an all star all “a’ student in high school. in fact, i don’t even remember caring to be one.  that seems like such a sin to say out loud in a day

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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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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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social media tips for busy executives

social media can be daunting, especially if you’re already having trouble fitting your to-do list into a normal day. who has time for it?  you say to anyone who asks. social media is very important in this current year of 2014.  you can’t ignore it anymore.  but there are some

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ne’er had i found on earth

Ne’er had I found on earth a spot that had such power to please, Such shadows from the summer sun, such odors on the breeze; I threw my mantle on the ground, that I might rest at ease, And stretched upon the greensward lay in the shadow of the trees.

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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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best flank steak recipe

just in time for the weekend and back by popular demand… need a “go to” steak recipe?  this is it. i call it the “girlfriend steak dinner” because it’s what ROF served his girlfriends if they made it to date #4.  i know this because one saturday while we were visiting

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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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what younger women need to know – part deux

as my avid readers know, i’ve launched a new series called: what younger women need to know It stems from a need to connect with older, confident women.  i want all those tidbits, advice and most of all the perspective.  a couple of weeks ago, i profiled shirley and you

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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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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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5 lovely links (you’ll love): relax why don’t you?

i don’t know about you, but i love tuesday’s “5 lovely links” because it is fun finding them.  yesterday was so stressful (it was a monday) and so i decided to give you 5 links to help relieve stress. tech note: oh yea, my mom wanted me to give a

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5 lovely links (you’ll love!)

so you thought i’d forgotten a post, huh?   not me!  tomorrow, my team and i are putting 35 bloggers in 35 chevy dealer diamond white chevy traverses’!  and…at the texas state fair, no less.  who knew this idea which was created around a table at a cafe by the galleria

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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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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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fargo & good food: oxymoron?

up until this week, the only thing i ever thought about when i heard the word “fargo” was this: but i actually went to the real fargo, north dakota this week with the CEO of my agency:  harold and beth out of the minneapolis/chicago office and mark from our media

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to make you think is a good thing

i’m mailing this blog post in figuratively because i’m enjoying being with ROF and our weekend.  so i found these saying i think make you think. so think, why don’t you?  

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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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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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like it or not – you’re making an impact.

for some reason, this has weighed a lot on my mind lately and i can’t remember what has brought it on. maybe it is moving and all the emotions that go along with that. it’s something that is easier to see being applied to someone else – but not necessarily

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mugging down

i’ve always wanted to collect something. but could never decide on what.  my sister collected hotel supplies (there’s a story behind that) and shot glasses (so 1980’s).  my aunt is a great collector of various themes.  my mom had dabbled in various interesting artifacts.  i used to gather matches from

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4 perfect cocktails: #1 margarita

every man, once he passes the beer only or the tumbler of rum (or jack) + coke phase of drinking, needs to learn how to make a good cocktail.  it needs to be one that he likes, impresses his friends + becomes a signature drink his lady friends brag about.

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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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slumming it at the mansion

this time of year with all the parties is so much fun – friends, work, family and i love it all. it’s fun to get cleaned up and be wined and dined and i got to do this last thursday. ROF and i were invited to the duke party at

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