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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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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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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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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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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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3 quick tips on how to talk to people

one thing i’ve been blessed with is an absolutely fantastic career.   one big part of this career over the past 24 years has been having meaningful conversations with clients, potential clients and other people i don’t know very well.  i’m sure there are a lot of people who can

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i’m digging this!

here are some things i’m currently digging: already placed order #2.  going to get me in big trouble someday. dance and sing around the house like i do.  blare this! my cousin britt said it’s what everyone in cali makes and i can’t wait to serve it this weekend! can’t wait

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all about ellie

“eating healthy” can be delicious and good for you.  duh.   everyone stumbles on to things at their own speed, right?  well, it has taken me a while to get to this point. ROF and i are going to a nutritionist for a little over 2 months and have really

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4 perfect cocktails: #2 the martini

like the margarita, the martini has many great memories for me. at an early age, i always thought the martini glass was chic, hip + intimidating, all at the same time.  as a teenager and in my 20’s, i used to watch clips of the rat pack and james bond

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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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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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appreciating: minnesota, soup & ROF

so i’ve been struggling lately on what to write about. first i thought about: soup.  moderately obsessed with soup right now.  but nah.  i can do better than soup. then my mind shifted on where i am right now.  i’ve spent the past week in minnesota.  and, boy, this is

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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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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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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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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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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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appreciating everyday people

so this brief blog post is to say that i appreciate the fantastic guy who works in our building downstairs who holds the door kindly for all of us leaving the building around 6pm – 7pm.  the door locks so he does this so we don’t have to fish for

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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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salted caramel recipes

salt + caramel = 2 things that go together like soni+cher, peanut butter + jelly and vodka + lemons. after pumpkin, the one thing that says ‘fall’ is salted caramel. there is just something about the sweet + salty togetherness that when you mix it with the background of falling

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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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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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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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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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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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schwoosh, sniff, sip: our napa wine experience

here it comes… my disection of our dream vacation and honeymoon to san fran and napa.  we just got back yesterday! i’m gonna break it down in several different posts because, as you will surely see, our concentration was placed in two specific places:  eating and drinking.  (is there anything

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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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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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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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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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5 lovely links (you’ll love): tailgating recipes

happy tuesday! another day, just aiming towards friday.  i hope you’re doing well.  today is tuesday, so you know what that means…i find links and you click on them.  it’s really that simple.  for some reason lately, i always have food on my mind.  it’s just wrong.  i think it

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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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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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hometown love. edition one.

if you’re ever in the big d, meaning dallas, check out some of our favorite places to eat.  sure, you can peruse yelp.com in search of strangers reviews and taste bud preferences but why do that when you can see what we like.  this by no means is an exhaustive

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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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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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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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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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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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lessons from E.T.

last night ROF and i watched movie # 25 on our quest to watch the A.F.I (american film institute) top 100 movies.  we have been working our way to #1 and it has taken us about 3 years now.  you can read about our journey here. the #25 movie was

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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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grill your pizza, yo!

 ROF was not happy about the idea of grilling pizza. we were doing our pre-dinner ritual of playing cards when he kept saying things like: “so i don’t get it.  how does it work?  i mean, do you roll the dough out?” trust me, love.  look at all these recipe

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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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detroit runs deep

i’ve really missed all of you, big time. i miss writing and all that creative stuff. today, i want to reflect on the past 2 weeks i’ve spent in the great city of detroit. it actually was just 6 days but who’s counting? i don’t know if it is the

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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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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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