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easter 2014

The boys and I went to church Saturday night and the service was beautiful and engaging.  We left with not only full hearts:

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But full bellies as well!  The boys decorated eggs.

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And I made Raspberry Pretzel Jello Salad and a loaf of bread from scratch.  (Let me just say, bread-making is serious business.  It was a 6-hour process from start to finish!!!)

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We were up bright and early the next day.  The boys hunted for eggs and I finished up an egg dish for brunch at my parents’ house.

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We filled up on all sorts of breakfast goodies while visiting with family on the porch.  (It was that warm outside.)

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Then made our way to my mother-in-law’s home where we also celebrated two special birthdays!

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BTW, the note above was written to the Easter Bunny by my husband and his siblings in 1975!  My mother-in-law always finds a special way of connecting the past to the present.  Another example of this can be found on the very placemats Emilio and Lorenzo are using to decorate their eggs in the black and white image above.  She gifted them to us one year => my husband’s laminated artwork from childhood!

Hope your day was filled with special moments and memories as well.  Happy Belated Easter!

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our family mission statement as art

Earlier this month, we kidnapped our children and made our way to a local coffee shop.  We had one goal in mind and that was to create a family mission statement.

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I shared a little bit about the process in this post HERE and promised to follow-up with another post once our new artwork arrived.

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Well, it arrived on Friday and is now hanging right outside my office.

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Strategically positioned in front of the bathroom door – each and every time someone exits, they will see this:

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The piece was created by Patty Godfrey Design.  Has a total chalkboard look but the design is actually printed on canvas!

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I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!!!  [If you would like to check out all of Patty's designs, click HERE to find her shop on Etsy.]

Patty Godfrey - April 22, 2014 - 10:55 am

Thank you so much, Tina! I love your blog, and your photography is so interesting and beautiful. I love your point of view. Thanks for featuring my chalkboard art!
Patty Godfrey

Tina - April 22, 2014 - 12:56 pm

Thank *you*, Patty!!!

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5 fun things friday

5 Fun Things Friday

1.  Confetti Cake Blizzard.

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It’s been more than a year since I’ve seen this treasured flavor.  (Tastes like birthday cake and even has SPRINKLES!)  It’s back until the end of the month so be sure to grab one before they are gone.

2.  A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story by Donald Miller.

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Awesome book.  Incredible book.  Borrowed it from the library in read it in one sitting.

3.  French Meadow Bakery & Cafe.

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They just opened a new location in St. Paul and the place is simply beautifulMy new happy place.  Love the décor, food & coffee.  It was our first stop for this season’s Friday breakfast dates!

4.  Flytographer.  Traveling to Paris (or Rome or London or Instanbul or Prague or another one of several other vacation destinations) and need a photographer to help capture the experience?  Whether it be a surprise engagement, family vacation, or once-in-a-lifetime trip with your BFF Flytographer will help you locate a local professional photographer.

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You can book your shoot by clicking HERE (gift cards also available).  [We are SO doing this for our family trip to Paris!!!]

5.  Ludlow Trunk Bar Cabinet.

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I love the style and the fact that it can be locked.  Would be a super cute addition to our main floor living area… if it were only within our budget!

Happy Friday!!!

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the prospects w/tim mahoney

I never had a chance to post information regarding my husband’s last gig ahead of time.  (Click HERE to follow The Prospects on FB where you will receive the latest news on upcoming shows.  You could also join their mailing list by clicking HERE.)

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It even made the local news!  Pretty cool for the band.

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Their next show is on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 8:30 pm (Rosemount Carbone’s Pizza and Pub) which is a fundraiser for Moms and Neighbors.

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Hope to see you there!

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