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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 the warm sun

i’m not going to complain about how cold it is up here (and everywhere for that matter) but something in me just wants to look at the color yellow. top left: beautifully bold yet simple room.  i love!  courtesy of a beautiful mess blog click here top right: i’m a

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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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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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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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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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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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don’t call it a resolution, it’s re-focusing

i’ve always loved new things and experiences.  like the first day of school after goofing off all summer. new clothes and a new notebook with that first blank page just begging to be written on with your new pen from your new book bag (didn’t have backpacks back in my

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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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toronto//travel

this past weekend, ROF and i scurried off to toronto for a weekend getaway. it was my first time ever in canada and i loved it.  only 4 hours away from birmingham, michigan it wasn’t a bad trip at all.  i was glad to read my friend and  former neighbor’s

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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